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    World Geography: Kenya Unit Study

    Jambo everyone, and welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography week in Kenya! Here are Some Things We Learned: Where Kenya is on the world map & located Nairobi Learned a song in Swahili How to say “Hello” in Swahili Prayed for the people of … [Read More...]

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    iBlog & iBlog Pro Bundle Sale!

    Hi everyone, are you thinking about starting a blog? Do you wonder how to make some extra income for your family at the same time? Well, we have iBlog and iBlog Pro bundled for you at a discount yipee! But you’ll have to hurry the sale ends April 20th at midnight!   Disclosure: I am a … [Read More...]

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    Hands on Easter Activities for Kids

    Bunnies, chicks, eggs…oh my! All of those things are fun, but I really want my kiddos to get the real meaning of Easter as well! So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Since Easter is quickly approaching I’m in the mood for Easter Activities! Yesterday I shared … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar with Amy McCready!

    Good morning parents! Are you wondering how to get your kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling? Look no further! I’m partnering with Amy McCready in another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

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    The Time Machine Literature Unit

    Hi everyone! Today I have another fun literature classic for you, The Time Machine Unit Study! Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The Time Machine tells the story of an anxious scientist who discovers how to travel through time. He starts in London in 1895 and travels all the way to the year … [Read More...]

NOV
22
2009

Felt Pizza Tutorial

Well, like I said I developed a felt food craving quite quickly after the felt doughnuts! There is a wonderful video tutorial from Lilly Bean! Here's my attempt at the felt pizza:Supplies:4 Sheets of light tan felt for crust1 sheet of light cream for cheese1 sheet red for pepperoni1 sheet green for peppers1 sheet marbled tan or brown for mushroomsneedle and matching thread, scissors, sewing machine if you have one!regular sized plate and rulerFilling: you can use 1/2" foam, or I used some sheet cotton from my christmas houses!)Instructions:1. Using the light tan felt, trace your pizza pie shape onto the felt. The straight sides measure 5.5" and then I used a plate to draw on the curve. (Repeat 4 times if you're making a whole pizza)2. Layer your traced felt piece onto another one, then roughly cut out the crust shapes going through both layers and secure layers together with a pin. Using a sewing machine, sew along the line you traced onto the felt. Once done, cut a slit into one side … [Read more...]

NOV
21
2009

Felt Doughnuts Tutorial

Well, after my "I'm not a sewer turkey project", I got on a felt food kick and decided to make some doughnuts! I got the idea from Escape Artist, and here's my attempt at it!Click here to see the rest of my felt food creations!Supplies:Felt for doughnut, I used light brown, dark brown(it takes 1/2 sheet per doughnut) Colored felt for frosting: I used light pink(I got about 4 frosting pieces/sheet)Doughnut template: you could use a CD or I used a large can of chicken and a nickle for the hole LOL!Scissors, needle, matching threadFluffy stuffing, I used a polyfiber fill stuffing.Topping embellishments, I used beads as well as hand stitched on sprinkles.Directions:1. Trace your pattern onto the doughnut colored felt, you'll need 2 circles per doughnut. Then trace the doughnut hole, I used a quarter, but I think the holes are too big, so I'd use something smaller like a nickel or the inside of a CD.2. Cut out the doughnut circles and holes. Next cut out free form frosting piece and a hole … [Read more...]

NOV
20
2009

Jewelry Making and Pattern Skills!

The fun way to work on patterning skills: make some jewelry!I heard my daughter saying "tiny, long, tiny, pink, tiny, long, tiny, honeybee, tiny, long, tiny..." I guess she decided one of the beads looked like a honeybee...actually it kind of did..well, a bee hive anyway. (If you happen to be one of our female family members, please don't look at the next picture as it may be your Christmas present LOL!)****And voila'! The fun way to practice patterning skills when you're 6 years old! (Or 30 something ;o) ) … [Read more...]

NOV
20
2009

Mosaic Cornucopia Craft

I found this fun cornucopia craft on Spoonful Crafts and added it to our Thanksgiving Week! Supplies: 1 sheet of plain white paper Half sheets of construction paper: brown, black, purple, red, yellow, green and orange White craft glue, Q-tips, small dixie cups (1 for each student) Scissors Pattern from Spoonful  (I just printed 1 per student **Sorry, the original printable is no longer available, but you search for "cornucopia printable" and get several options.) Directions: Cut small squares from each color of construction paper Provide small cups of white craft glue for each child along with a stack of Q-tips Use paintbrushes or Q-tips to dab small amounts of glue onto the paper and glue on the construction paper squares as follows: Brown – horn Black - horn mouth/rim Purple – grapes at top Red – apple to the right, below top grapes Purple – eggplant Red – apple below eggplant Green – leaves below apple Yellow – apple below top grapes Green and … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2009

The Homeschool Toolbar!

I don't normally promote things like this, but I just read about the Homeschool Toolbar and thought I'd give it a try! I have to say I LOVE IT! There are tons of homeschooling resources at your fingertips and even lovely Christmas Music to listen to if you choose! The toolbar features: Top homeschool websites & resources Top homeschool blogsThe latest homeschool & parenting newsEmail notifier to organize all of your email accounts.Homeschool communities and forums. Integrated Twitter & Facebook apps. Web search using Google Integrated RSS feeds Category browsing helpful to moms and homeschoolers. Search highlighter Local Weather Organizing tools such as a To do list, notepad, calculator, conversion charts, maps and more. Radio connected to "Positive & Encouraging K-LOVE" , NPR or your favorite local radio station (this feature is optional and can be added or removed as can all toolbar features.)Check it out, you won't be sorry! … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2009

Letter F for fish in action!

Here's some of our Letter F week fun in action!I know a whale doesn't theoretically go in the 'fish' category, but it swims and is the only close card we had and she wanted to do the tangrams today, so its all good :)Our Letter Matching, Please note, the original idea for this game came from Tot School and Carisa's blog. I ended up making my own letters as I wanted lowercase and she didn't have them. These letters work well if you use a 1 3/8" circle punch to punch out the letters then xyron them onto 1 1/2" wooden disks from Michael's. Click here to see the process of making the letters. If you're looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa!Fish Size Sorting: She loved this one, and laughed when I asked why all the fish were swimming upside down :)Working with our color cubes and the Letter F: I use our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards! for this activity. Click here to see more CREATIVE COLOR CUBE IdeasFish Lacing Card: We did the … [Read more...]

NOV
18
2009

Teeny Tiny Tot School

This is a post just to let you all know that I've officially given up! The Teeny Tiny Tot has won. After weeks of trying to keep her off desks and off chairs and out of everyone's boxes, I've given up. Here's a glimpse at what our school's been like lately...imagine trying to do work with this on your desk:So today, she's officially joined the homeschooler's of the household and her grand prize is her very own desk complete with pre-filled workboxes! May she sit on top of her own desk peacefully forevermore. (Note: I'll paint it a pretty color once its not all snowy outside!)The boxes have been kindly filled by her siblings in the hopes of a more orderly school time starting tomorrow, here's a sample of some of her boxes:As a side note, here's where we found her this morning:Please pray for a peaceful co-existence between homeschool and the Teeny Tiny Tot!Update: Today was a success! She loved her boxes, and climbing on her own desk! Praise God! … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2009

Prek Letter S

Welcome to the Letter S! We will be having fun with snowmen this week! Hope you enjoy! Letter S Memory Verse: Seek the Lord while He may be found. Isaiah 55:6 Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 Click here to download the S verse puzzles (I use these 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 S on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Letter S Handwriting worksheet: Letter S letter hunt story: I either have her circle the letter S's that she finds, or mark them with a do-a-dot marker for fun! You could also use clear bingo chips or put them in page protectors to re-use as well! Letter S Tracing: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2009

Tracing Shapes With Stickers

I found a super fun idea 'tracing shapes with stickers' for my preschooler today on Her Cup Overfloweth! So cute, I am adding it to my preschool arsenal now!Actually it was so fun, I had to print copies for my kindergartner and 2nd grader:Here is a link to a shape tracing template from Coloring Castle, they also have this shape tracer worksheet that gives the connecting dots only and the student has to fill in the missing ones, I used this for the older kids!I also made a Numbers Tracing Worksheet as well, figure while we're at it might as well practice numbers! LOL! … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2009

Magical Anti-Gravity Broom!

Okay, I'm a sucker for a challenge, and so we just had to do the anti-gravity broom trick...consider this my first (and possibly last haha!) 'Myth Busters' post!I found this on Pink & Green Mama Blog and had to try it. At first I felt like a dork wasting my time trying to stand up a broom in my hallway, until....drum roll please....it worked!I'm not sure what makes this work and I've read some ideas on equinox or gravity stuff but no one seems to know why it works, and I don't want a bunch of emails saying its a hoax, so I'm not claiming anything other than it was fun and we liked it!All that said, I was proud of myself, the kids weren't so impressed, until they tried it themselves, and hey, its all good, just about 5 minutes I'll never get back, LOL! At least it was a success!For those of you who can't resist....leave a comment! … [Read more...]