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    40% OFF Homeschool Curriculum Sale Day 4!

    Welcome to day 4 of my 40% off sale! Just in case you’ve missed the last two days, I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get your curriculum for next year, the time is now! I hope you’re all enjoying the giveaways and grabbing … [Read More...]

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    Homeschool Curriculum 40% OFF Sale Day 3!

    Welcome to day 3 of my 40% off sale! Just in case you’ve missed the last two days, I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get your curriculum for next year, the time is now! I hope you’re all enjoying the giveaways and grabbing … [Read More...]

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    Homeschool Curriculum 40% OFF Sale Day 2!!

    Welcome to day 2 of my 40% off sale! I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get your curriculum for next year, the time is now! I only do these sales about twice a year, so don’t wait! For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School 40% OFF Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

    Hey guys, it’s about that time again, time to start looking for new curriculum! Our year just ended, but I’m already planning ahead for next year and gathering curriculum, planning, and getting things ready to go for our 10th year of homeschooling! Whaaaat?! And just to say a big thank you to all … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth: Netherlands Unit Study

    Good morning friends! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on the Netherlands! Of course we started off our week finding Netherland on the map and stamping our passports with their flag. Our flags are taking over our wall map! But it’s fun to see how much land we’ve … [Read More...]

OCT
19
2010

Digi Scrap Contest Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Scrap Scrap Scrap Blog Train kits! Here is my winner! Yay! You can still download my mini-kit Sublime for free: Click on the image above to download your FREE mini kit! If you’re interested Click here to purchase the full kit!   Thanks again, and stay tuned when we’re doing another JessicaSprague.com Certified Digital Designer CHRISTMAS blog train with lots of FREEBIES and more chances to win! … [Read more...]

OCT
19
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Israel

Shalom! Welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Israel! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other, Shalom! We located Israel on the map. This is the smallest country we’ve done so far, so the kids really had to look to find it. We played the Israeli version of tic tac toe. instead of marking your spot with an X or an O they use colored rocks. And instead of putting them in the blanks the rocks are placed on the intersections of the lines. 3 in a row wins! We learned about the Dome of the Rock, and made a painting with foil on top. We worked on our Israel Lapbook Component: We learned about animals found in Israel, the Teeny Tot was particularly tickled with this activity. We finished our animal lapbooks then classified them on our wall, here are our favorites: We made these cool stone inlays that we’ll use as coasters. I do have to point out that this didn’t go quite as smoothly as I’d expected because I … [Read more...]

OCT
17
2010

Guidecraft Review & Giveaway ~ Rainbow Blocks

Yay! It’s time for another great giveaway from Guidecraft! This time it’s a fun set of Rainbow Blocks! This set was so much fun, we even doubled up blocks and used them to ‘mix’ the primary colors and create secondary colors. These Rainbow Blocks come in a set of 30 various shaped pieces. They have a hardwood frame with rounded edges and colored plexi interiors. The Rainbow Blocks are really good at encouraging creativity, the kids have had a blast playing with them. I think they wonder if Christmas has come early this year! Everyone had a chance to experiment with the Rainbow Blocks and I was pleased to see that they came up with some cool “difficult to balance” ideas! We were warned not to touch this, and even had to lock the Teeny Tot out while it was being constructed! But it was worth it, cool dude! So did we like the Rainbow Blocks? Heck ya! Every one loved playing with this, and it’s particularly friendly for your Teeny Tots since all of the pieces are large! And just … [Read more...]

OCT
17
2010

Chex Muddy Buddies

We made this yummy snack for our Keeper’s Meeting and it was such a big hit, I wanted to share it with you all as well! Not that you all haven’t made it before, but just incase (I mean the recipe IS right on the side of the Rice Chex box) Ingredients: 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup butter 1 cup chocolate chips 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 9 cups Rice Chex cereal 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar Directions: STEP 1: Measure cereal in large bowl. Set aside. STEP 2: Put chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in bowl and microwave for 1 minute on high. Stir. Cook for 30 seconds longer or until smooth. STEP 3: Add vanilla to melted chocolate mixture and stir. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until coated. STEP 4: Add powdered sugark to bowl and stir until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in Ziploc bags or large sealed bowl. STEP 5: Clean off spoon and anything else that may have touched the chocolate. STEP 6: Enjoy! … [Read more...]

OCT
17
2010

Expedition Earth Winners!

I had so many people respond to my Expedition Earth giveaway that I decided to giveaway 2 FREE copies of Expedition Earth! So, congratulations to Andrea Halstead and Angela Elliot Tomczak! They've both won a FREE copy of Expedition Earth! YAY! Thanks to EVERYONE for reading my blog!! :o) And stay tuned the next few weeks, I have lots of giveaways coming up! … [Read more...]

OCT
16
2010

Letter C for Caterpillar

What’s in the box this Wednesday? Today I’ll share some of our preschool boxes for our Letter C week, this is always one of my favorites as the little caterpillar pieces are so cute! Here was my preschooler’s line up for today: A caterpillar number order game: Letter C writing practice: Caterpillar Lacing activity: Caterpillar color matching: Caterpillar counting activity: Caterpillar letter match: Large floor number game. (I call out a number and she hops to it) Here is our alphabet book page, letter C for caterpillar. I gave her several colors of foam circles and she glued them to the paper along with eyes and antennae, then drew on legs. Caterpillar number clips, I wrote numbers on mini-clothespins. Here she is matching the clips to the correct card. To download these games and see all of our Letter C activities click here! Click here to get more information on my Letter of the Week Curriculum! Visit our sponsors! Pick and Draw by Rich Davis! Easy Lunch … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2010

HSBA 2010 6th Annual Blog Awards!

It’s time for theHSBA 6th Annual Blog Awards! I had so much fun participating in this last year thanks to you all! I know bloggers like to see how they’ve blessed your families over the year, so make sure to head over and nominate your favorite blogs for this year’s awards! Here’s the schedule: OCT 15 – 30: Nominations Accepted NOV 6 – 17: Voting Polls Open! November 19: Winners Announced! … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2010

TOS Review ~ Map Skills

Map Skills is a 3 week unit study written by Kim Kargbo at Soli Deo Gloria Resources that teaches basic mapping and navigation skills. The unit is designed for ages K-6th grade. The students learn basic directional skills, basic map reading, appropriate language skills related to map reading and basic geography. The study also includes 4 correlated Biblical verse worksheets. What’s the Cost? $14.00 The unit asks that you have a variety of maps, globes, atlas, wall maps, road atlas etc. They also ask for a compass, blank maps, and an additional workbook and recommended reading books. One thing that I noticed after going through the curriculum was that you really need the other resources to complete this unit and without them you wouldn’t really gain much in map reading. I was disappointed to see that my local library only had 3 of the 10 books recommended and the cost of many of them was way more than I was willing to spend. What were our thoughts? This study was a good supplement … [Read more...]

OCT
13
2010

Welcome to the Digi Scrap Blog Train & Giveaway!

Welcome to the Scrap Scrap Scrap Blog Train! All the participating designers have recently been certified as JessicaSprague.com Certified Digital Designers and we’re ready to party! To celebrate we’re all giving away free mini-kits! Here's what you need to know: All mini-kits will be available for download through October 18, 2010. You can also enter to win a full kit from each designer on their blog. Each blog has different rules on how to enter so make sure you follow the directions! We will randomly select one designer's blog and one random comment on that blog. If that person has commented on all 10 blogs they will win all 10 kits! Be sure to include your e-mail in each comment so we know how to contact you when you win! Now that we have all that out of the way, let's get this party started! I’m kickin’ it off with my new kit “Sublime!” Click on the image above to download your FREE mini kit! Previous Blog - Simply Kelly Next Blog – Latz Designs Want to win the … [Read more...]

OCT
13
2010

Expedition Earth ~ India

Namaste! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on India! This week we learned a lot about India's culture and animals! Of course we started off by stamping our passports! We found India on the map, then located the capital, Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea: We colored and learned about the flag of India. We made fun inlay jewel mosaics. For this I used self hardening Crayola Clay and plastic jewels. We learned about animals from India: Then we talked about the facts we learned about them and classified them on our wall. We learned about the Taj Mahal, and then made a craft. Oh the paper Taj Mahal craft…sigh…what can i say other than this was a task! I ended up having to put most of it together as the cutting was a bit tedious. Also, a tip for you: Make sure to ENLARGE this quite a bit. I quadrupled the size of it and the little tops were still difficult to fold in. I think it would have been easier if it were bigger. We made Lassi (a sweet drink) I liked this, but the … [Read more...]