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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
12
2010

Currclick Giveaway!

Boy did you pick the right day to read my blog! Currclick has generously offered some great products especially for my readers! And what makes it even more fun is that we’ll have 4 (you heard me FOUR) winners! YAY! Here is the line up of giveaways: Math Mammoth Add & Subtract 2-A by Math Mammoth Dan's Doodles Coloring Book by Sather Homeschool Exploring the Ocean with a Hermit Crab by Shirley's Preschool Activities Big Box, Little Box: EBook/DVD Video Combo by TNG Publishings And just to make it even better, Currclick’s also offered discounts special for you! 30% off any product by Gentle Shepherd (Use code ccbloggentleshep) 10% off any product by Creative Teaching Press (Use code ccblogctp) To use the special discount codes: During the checkout process, select your payment method and enter the code into the section titled "Enter Coupon/Gift Certificate Code". Please note that the codes are case sensitive and are valid until March 1, 2011. So are you ready to win!?! … [Read more...]

DEC
11
2010

Handmade Beeswax Candles

Click here to download the Advent Ornaments As I said, this year I ordered some Make your own Advent Candles and Bartholomew’s Passage for our Christmas Advent activities. I have to say that these candles didn’t come with any instructions, so I thought I’d post my pictures, it was really quite easy.  Supplies: 4 sheets of 12x12 beeswax prepared wick blow dryer Step 1: Lay your sheet of beeswax out onto a clean surface. Cut wick so that at least 1/4” sticks out the top of the sheet, then gently press wick into edge of sheet of beeswax. If you wax is cold and not bending easily, heat with blow dryer just a tad until softer. DO NOT MELT WAX! Step 2: Gently but tightly roll first layer of wax around wick. Make sure wick is tight inside wax. Step 3: Continue rolling until you reach the end of the sheet of beeswax Step 4: Gently press edge of sheet into candle to secure. Step 5: Repeat for remaining advent candles: Step 6: Trim excess wick to about 1/4 inch. Step 7: Get out … [Read more...]

DEC
11
2010

2010 Digital Scrapbooking Calendar Template Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the 2010 Digital Scrapbooking Calendar Template and as promised we have a winner! Congratulations to Penelope from Carpenters Children! Didn’t win? No worries, you can get the 2010 Calendar Templates for ONLY $3! The pages are for an 8x8 calendar, and I just buy blank calendars and adhere the printed pages to each month. I’ve put together a calendar to share with all of you as well, it includes everything you see above, so not only are you getting 12 layered templates, but paper, tags, twine, frames, flowers and ribbons! YAY! Note: Since the files are layered Photoshop templates, you can get rid of the 2010 and make it any year you wish, as well as edit any of the layers. Details: All files are 300dpi, files are .psd (photoshop) layered templates (which means you have full editing capabilities, and you will need a software program that can open .psd files to use these templates.) … [Read more...]

DEC
09
2010

Bottle Cap Counting Cards

Since we have so much fun with our Bottle-cap Alphabet Activities, I wanted to create some number disks as well. I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile, and a kind reader “reminded” me, so thank you! Click here to download the Letter Disks and Activity Cards Just make the letter disks and then place each number disk on the card based on the number of items on each card. These are a K4 expansion pack and coordinate well with my Letter of the Week curriculum! If you haven’t made these already, click here to see how to make the number disks. Click here to see my other K4 Curriculum Activities!These activities are part of my K4 level expansion to my Letter of the Week Curriculum, click on the images below to see more activities. The K4 curriculum isn’t quite finished yet, so until I get it packaged all nice and purdy you can download from my posts! … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2010

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study

A good friend of mine over at "The Homeschool Rookie" is working on some Bible Studies for her kids and has generously offered to share her first study on my blog YAY! Click the image below to download In this 3 week study, you and your child will explore the many details involved in understanding the Fruit of the Spirit. You will read and memorize Scripture, make observations together, discuss questions pertaining to your reading, read about ways to apply it to your daily life, do an activity together, and pray together. The topics include: -What is Spiritual fruit? -Who is the Holy Spirit? -How do we walk in the Spirit? -How do we receive the Holy Spirit? You will study the 9 individual pieces that are the visible characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. Day 14 ends with a review and wrap up. Thanks so much for sharing Beckie! … [Read more...]

DEC
07
2010

Character Study: Obedience

Welcome to the 2nd study in this series based on Obedience, you can click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. Thanks to a good friends suggestions, I changed up the format to flow more smoothly and added in some extra things as well. A Character study: Obedience 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: "Choose to obey God's Word even when it's hard". 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 … [Read more...]

DEC
06
2010

Preschool Christmas Activities

Hi everyone! I wanted to share my Preschool Christmas Activities for this year! We’re officially on break for school now, but we’re still having fun with preschool games, Christmas crafts (don’t worry, I’ll share!), holiday baking, Advent activities and Christmas Around the World! (I know, not really a break huh!) So here’s what we have going on for Preschool this month: Click here to download the entire Christmas Preschool Activity Pack (Download Help: If your browser is not opening the file, try to RIGHT click on the above download link, then select "SAVE LINK AS" and you will be prompted to save the file to your hard drive.) Roll a Christmas Tree: The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll a die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice Candy Cane Counting: You can laminate these then write the number in the box, or if your … [Read more...]

DEC
05
2010

2010 Digital Scrapbooking Calendar Template

Each year for Christmas gifts I do a digital scrapbook calendar for my parents and grandparents. I fill it in with fun pictures of the kids and family for the year. It’s turned into a great tradition and keepsake for our family. I also give them all a 8x8 empty scrapbook to put the old calendar pages in so they have a chronological keepsake of our family. The pages are for an 8x8 calendar, and I just buy blank calendars and adhere the printed pages to each month. I’ve put together a calendar to share with all of you as well, it includes everything you see above, so not only are you getting 12 layered templates, but paper, tags, twine, frames, flowers and ribbons! YAY! Details: All files are 300dpi, files are .psd (photoshop) layered templates (which means you have full editing capabilities, and you will need a software program that can open .psd files to use these templates.) Here is a post on getting started with digital scrapbooking if you have questions. And just cuz’ … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2010

Nest King is Born DVD Winner

As promised, we have a winner for our Nest Learning - The King is Born DVD! Yipee! And our winner is… Krista from Honolulu Hawaii! Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned Monday for a 2010 Digital Calendar Giveaway from….me! … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2010

Christmas Treasures Digital Scrapbooking Kit

For those of you who missed it in the Jessica Sprague Digital Designer’s Blog Hop, I wanted to share my Christmas Treasures kit! I’m still offering the mini-kit freebie and also presenting the full Christmas Kit for sale! Christmas Treasures FREEBIE! What’s included in the mini-kit Freebie? 5 12x12 Papers, 2 Curly tags, 1Tied ribbon, and a Felt Alpha with hanging strings. (All files are 300 dpi, includes .jpg & .png format) Click on the image above to download your Christmas Treasures Freebie! And now for the full Christmas Time Kit! What’s included in the Christmas Time Kit? (All files are 300 dpi, includes jpg & .png formats) 24 Papers 1 Pocket with 12 paper strips 3 Buttons 10 Tags Felt Alpha with string ties (bow and straight) 4 felt flowers 2 Photo Corners 4 Felt Trees Hanging "Merry" embellishment 7 Ribbons 1 Twine tie 2 Circle Tags 4 Postage Stamps 1 stitched border Here’s an up close view of all the elements you’ll … [Read more...]