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    Quilting 101: How to Wash a Quilt

    Hi friends! Today I’ll be showing you how to wash a quilt! There are several ways to go about washing your quilts, but today I’m just going to show you how I like to do it to help prevent any damage or bleeding of fabrics or thread.   Products I recommend: Dreft Detergent or … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Bind a Quilt (Machine or Hand)

    Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to bind your quilt! There are several ways to go about binding your quilt, so today I’m just going to show you a couple of ways that I like to do it. I’ll also be showing you some tips to help you get … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 First Day of Homeschool!

    Hi friends! Wow, I can’t believe we’re starting out 10th year of homeschooling today. It’s been quite a ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities! We’ve got our new curriculum all sorted in our work drawers, and the school room has been cleaned out, … [Read More...]

DEC
22
2010

Sublime Digital Scrapbooking Kit

I’d like to introduce my new Digital Scrapbooking Kit with a mini-kit freebie! And without further ado…I present “Sublime!” Click on the image above to download your FREE mini kit! And if you like the mini-kit, here’s the full kit: What’s included? (All files are 300dpi and .jpg, .png and .abr file types) 26 papers 2 Ribbons 2 Frames 3 Flowers Alpha (upper and lower) 3 Postage Stamps 2 Paper Clips 7 Epoxy Pebbles Twine 12 Mos Circle Date with months and days(.png and .abr files included) Weekly Date Stamp & 2 Paint Highlights 2 Tiny Tags Purchase the Sublime Kit for ONLY $3! Visit my store to see all of my kits: Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

DEC
21
2010

The Gingerbread Disaster

Ever start one of those projects and silently cry “Why, oh why did we do this? If only we could go back in time 10 minutes ago when my kitchen was spotless and I’d just mopped…why???” Then you remember “oh yeah, because my mom brought up gingerbread kits for my kids and started the mess while I was out shopping because she thought it would be fun.” Every year we make these houses, trains, trees oh my! And EVERY year we vow to make the formation of the object and allow it to dry BEFORE letting the kids decorate. And every year we forget to do that and end up with a house with a roof that slides off and a train that leans like the Tower of Pisa. This year we had the added pleasure of a small, okay large, icing snafu which resulted in white icing all over, and I mean ALL OVER my kitchen. I think at one point I decided we were going to have to throw out my kitchen table and bring in the big sander for the floor. (Which isn’t all bad, I’ve been wanting to re-stain my wood floor a lighter … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2010

Expedition Earth: Greece

γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo) and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Greece! We had so much fun with our Geography Curriculum learning about Greece! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off finding Greece on the map and stamping our passports with the flag of Greece. We learned: Where Greece is on the world map & located the Aegean Sea A song in Greek How to say Hello in Greek: γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo) How to pray for the Greek people About children in Greece Learn about the Greek Parthenon Learn more about Greece from National Geographic Kids Completed our Greece lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Greece Learned new Geography terms Made Kourabiethes (Greek Butter Cookies) Learned a bit about Greek Sculpture Here are some of the fun things we managed to photograph this week: We worked on our Greece mapping worksheets: Made Kourabiethes (Greek butter cookies) Learned about … [Read more...]

DEC
19
2010

Character Study: Selflessness

Welcome to the 4th study in my Character Study series based on selflessness (vs selfishness). I thought with Christmas coming, this might be a good time! (click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study.) A Character study: Selflessness Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit. Our daily/weekly "Challenge" for this week: "think of others first, better to give than receive". I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me to focus on the good … [Read more...]

DEC
18
2010

Currclick Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Currclick giveaway! As promised we have 4 (you heard me FOUR) winners! YAY! Our First Winner is Katie at Hippos & Dinosaurs: Next is a.evans1804: Next is The Iowa Farmer’s Wife: And last, but NOT least, Kelli from Living in a Monsters World I’ll be contacting everyone with your prize information and will try to get you what you requested if all works out well. Thanks everyone for entering to win and stay tuned January for more fun giveaways! … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2010

Sculpey Clay Christmas Ornaments

Each year we make some sort of Christmas Ornaments. This year we decided to try Scupley clay for our ornaments. Supplies: Sculpey clay Rolling Pin Straw (used to poke holes for the ribbon) Cookie cutters (Optional, we cut shapes out of the rolled clay) Ribbon Paint, or we used Sharpie Paint Pens from Michael’s (note: these are REALLY hard to get off of counter tops, don’t say I didn’t warn you!) Although the clay was a tad hard to roll out, once rolled it was really easy to cut and manipulate. We baked it for about 15 min and voila, ornaments! Once the ornaments were dry, we colored them: Even the Teeny Tot got involved. (Note to self, do not let Teeny Tot use Sharpie Paint Pens in future projects) And here are our end results, this was an easy Nativity craft if you’re looking for one and it turned out really cute! Click here for more Christmas Craft Ideas! … [Read more...]

DEC
16
2010

Letter K for Kite

Welcome to the Letter K preschool activities. We’ll be having fun with Kites this week! Letter K Memory Verse: “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies." Psalm 34:13 Click here to download the verse puzzle. (Note: I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek) For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter K on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Letter K writing practice: click here to download the A-Z handwriting Worksheets. Calendar Time: Put up the number, correct colored chain link to complete the pattern and count the calendar! Then say the full date ie: Friday, March 5th 2010. Discuss Yesterday and Tomorrow too! Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Outside Activity: Go fly a kite! Literally :o) I waited to post this until … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Italy

Buon giorno and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Italy! As a country near and dear to my heart this week, we had a great time, and I even learned some new things about Italy too! Of course we started off our week finding Italy on the map and stamping our passports with the Italian flag: Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Italy on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about the Italian flag How to say “Hello” & “Thank you” in Italian – Ciao, Grazie Prayed for the Italian people Learned a song in Italian  Completed a lapbook activity Learned Roman Numerals Learned about and classified 6 animals of Italy Learn a little about Italian Opera Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Volcano Learned about Mt Vesuvius and made a volcano Learn about the 5th Wonder of the World: The Roman Colosseum and made a model out of Foam Bricks. Learn about the Leaning Tower of Piza and made a model Learned about Michelangelo and painted upside down … [Read more...]

DEC
14
2010

Word Family Ladders

Thanks to the wonderful idea of a reader, I’ve created these Word Family Ladders. They’re similar to my beginning sound Blend Ladders, but these contain 37 common word families for your children to work on. Click here to download the Word Family Ladders We use plastic alphabet letters or dry erase markers to make the as many words as we can for each family. This helps children recognize common word endings. Here are some more ideas on practicing the word families: 1. Brainstorm with your child about all the words you can make for each family. Write them on your white board as you go. 2. Read the word family story from "AlphaTales" (Scholastic) – As you read the story have your child be a “word family detective” and see if they can spot all the words in that family! 3. Use Word Family Ladders with the magnetic letters and see how many words you can make. Click here to see my other K4 Curriculum Activities! These activities are part of my K4 level expansion to my Letter of the Week … [Read more...]

DEC
13
2010

Character Study: Patience

Welcome to the 3rd study in the series and is based on Patience. (Click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study.) A Character Study: Patience Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit.Our daily/weekly challenge: "Be patient, bear with one another in love" I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me to focus on the good instead. Whoever has the most stickers at the end of the week gets a prize, and frankly if I think my kids are actually trying … [Read more...]