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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 3 – Let’s Talk Fabric!

    Good morning! I hope you’ve enjoyed my How To Quilt series! I hope these posts have been helpful for you. Today I’m so excited to share the final part in my series, fabric. I’ve also added a section at the end of this post full of helpful links, websites, tutorials and more to help you get going! … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar–TONIGHT!!

    Hi everyone! Join Amy McCready and I for a FREE LIVE parenting webinar TONIGHT Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 PM, EST.   For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She … [Read More...]

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    Little Bits Review & Giveaway

    Have you guys heard of Little Bits Electronics? Well, they were new to me! But when they sent me an email to review their products, I was intrigued. I already knew that Turbo loved to play with anything electronic, and after taking a look at their website, I knew he’d love to check them out! … [Read More...]

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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 2 – Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

    Last week I shared How to Get Started Quilting Part 1 with you. The post got rather long, and so I decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Part 1 is your basic supply list, part 2 is going to be about sewing machines. Then next week part 3 is where it gets fun. We’ll take a look at fabric as well … [Read More...]

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    Positive Parenting With Amy McCready–Free Webinar!

    It’s been awhile since I’ve partnered with Amy McCready, and I wanted to do another seminar for all of my new readers! So next Wednesday night I’ll be joining her for another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

APR
14
2010

Whole Wheat Bready Goodness!

I LOVE the smell of fresh baked bread! And after several attempts at different recipes, my husband has finally perfected it! (Yes, I said my HUSBAND).I’ve tried to make the bread, but let’s just say it doesn’t go so well and leave it at that shall we?The recipe we used is from the Urban Homemakers website, and so far has been the most consistent we’ve tried.Ingredients:2/3 C honey2/3 C oil6 C warm water3 TB Saf Instant Yeast1 1/2 - 2 TB Real Salt12-16 C fresh whole wheat flour3 TB Dough Enhancer1/3-1/2 Cup Vital GlutenDirections:Step 1: Combine the warm water, yeast, and 2 Cups of fresh whole wheat flour in a large mixing bowl or Bosch Mixer. Allow to sponge for 15 minutes. Add the honey, oil, dough enhancer, salt and 12-16 C additional flour until the dough begins to clean the sides of the mixing bowl. (We typically use around 13 -14 Cups.) Do not allow the dough to get too stiff (too dry). Dough should be smooth and elastic. It is a common mistake for the beginning bakers to add too … [Read more...]

APR
13
2010

Model’s for Little Guys

My son has been interested in building models but I always thought he was too young until I found this X-Wing Fighter! I found this one at Michael’s. They say 8+ years, so he did it together with Dad. They are no paint, no glue, snap together pieces, so they do have to be able to read the numbers to match them up. He completed his model in under an hour. We’ll be doing more of these for sure! … [Read more...]

APR
11
2010

Prek Letter E

Welcome to the Letter E where we’ll be having fun with Elephants! Letter E Memory Verse: Even a child is known by his doings. Proverbs 20:11 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 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 E 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 Large Floor Numbers: I place these on the floor and call out a number, my daughter hops to that number. You can also lay them out in random order and have your child hop to them in numerical order.   Letter E Do-A-Dot Page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!   Elephant Number Matchup!This game is for counting practice. Simply cut out along … [Read more...]

APR
11
2010

Curriculum Clean-OUT!

Hi, I just wanted to share this great resource with everyone! My good friend Jolanthe over at Homeschool Creations is running the fabulous Bi-annual Curriculum Cleanout again.It’s a great way to find some new stuff, or get rid of old stuff! So make sure to head on over and link up today. There are lots of great freebies and give-aways going on with this, so make sure to check everyone’s posts as well as link up your own goodies! … [Read more...]

APR
11
2010

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Firefighter

The Old Schoolhouse recently sent me the WannaBe™-When I Grow Up I Want to be a Firefighter unit to review. I thought this would be a great unit for my son who loves firemen! It was well written and fairly engaging for him, though he’s only 6. One thing he did ask for right off the bat was "Where are the pictures?". That was the only downfall of this study that I noticed. I'd like to have seen more pictures in the reading as my kids are young and it helps hold their attention. I also think, based on the amount of reading involved, is that he would have gotten a bit more out of it if he were 8+ years old. Otherwise, we still managed to enjoy this study, and especially enjoyed the activities that went along with it. Its a great way to introduce future occupations to your children, especially if they are showing an interest. I may look into doing the "Veterinarian" study with my daughter when we’re all done! Before we start, here is some general information about the TOS Wannabe … [Read more...]

APR
09
2010

Download –N- Go: Expedition Australia

I was recently offered the opportunity to review the “Expedition Australia” Download N Go unit study by Amanda Bennett for The Old Schoolhouse. I’ve been interested in the Download N Go units for awhile, so this was a wonderful treat for us! The Download N Go studies are intended to be a 5 day unit study. Each day you explore different aspects of your subject. For example, for Australia, we looked at the Geography of Australia, we learned about people, animals, weather, games, and important geographical features such as the Great Barrier Reef. The Expedition Australia unit includes: Day 1: Where on Earth is Australia? Day 2: Some of the Special Places in Australia Day 3: A bit of Australian History Day 4: Cool things to know about Australia Day 5: Fun and Games in Australia Daily objectives, Book Suggestions, Lapbook components & Family Fun Ideas There are four convenient options to purchase the units: You can purchase them individually 4 Weeks at a … [Read more...]

APR
08
2010

Join the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party!

The 2010 Ultimate Blog Party is about to start and this is my first time participating! I'm looking forward to meeting new blogging friends and surfing all the fabulous blogs that are out there for moms! Here’s what 5 Minutes says about the party: “The Ultimate Blog Party has become an exciting tradition in the “Momosphere”. It is a bloggy carnival where participating bloggers publish a “party post” introducing themselves and then party hop through the linky lists meeting other bloggers.” There will be a ton of blogs linking up and lots of great prizes, simply click on the banner above to join in the fun! (You don't have to have a blog to visit all the great sites!) Check out 5 Minutes for Mom for details. So who am I and what can you find here? My name is Erica and this is a homeschooling blog full of ideas, resources, and FREE printables! I also have a wonderful preschool Letter of the Week curriculum. Visit my sidebar for lots of other great homeschooling blogs and … [Read more...]

APR
08
2010

Outdoor Observations…

My 2nd grader came to me today and said that she wanted to study plants and she needed a Nature Walk grid. She had a bucket in one hand and a magnifying glass in the other. Now, I definitely didn’t plan this, but hey, who am I to tell a kid they can’t go learn right? So…I gave her the paper, and let her have at it.   She came in, carefully washed her rocks. Then proceeded to observe each object closely, drew a picture of it, wrote the name, and then taped a specimen on her sheet. Here are some of her finds: rocks, leaves, tall grasses. We reviews the parts of a plant: Stem, leaves, veins, roots. I don’t know about you, but it always amazes me when they tell you something that makes you realize they were ACTUALLY listening that day you were trying to teach them the anatomy of a plant! LOL! And here was her final product: It later dawned on me that this was our first experience in “Un-schooling”. Cool. … [Read more...]

APR
07
2010

Mom, I Need Help!

I thought I’d share a great idea a fellow homeschool mom in my local group gave me! It’s my helper for when the kids need my help, but need to wait for me for whatever reason (I’m helping a sibling, on the phone, talking to Daddy, etc). Because I know you’ll ask: The little people clips are from Lakeshore Learning, but I’ve also seen them places like Wal-mart. So, I taught my kids that when they need help, but can see I'm busy, they can go to this chart on the wall (It’s just a pocket folder cut in half) and take their clip and put it on me. This way they know that their request has been noticed, and I won't forget to go help them when I'm done! (This is particularly helpful after having 4 kids, as it would appear that I've lost most of my braincells and can barely remember my own name!)Each child get's their own colored clip with their name on it to use. This way I can see who needed me. There are also ideas for them to keep busy while waiting, though I have to say they rarely do … [Read more...]

APR
06
2010

Add It Math Game

Hi everyone! Are you looking for a fun way to teach addition to your children that doesn't involve flashcards in the typical way? Well, look no further! I created this fun game called “Add It!” and I wanted to share it with you all today! (Note: I edited the game board so it now goes left to right. This picture is opposite what the board looks like in the download. Thanks for the suggestion Gwendolyn, that does make more sense!) How to play the game: Take an addition flashcard and place it on the game board. Using any manipulative of your choice, place the correct amount of objects into the top green box based on the top number on the addition flashcard. Place the correct amount of objects into the middle yellow box based on the bottom number on the addition flashcard. Using the “Scoop”, scoop all of the objects from the green box & the yellow box, down into the blue box. Count the total of objects and place the correct number card onto the bottom of the … [Read more...]