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    Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

    Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

    Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers … [Read More...]

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    Sewing 101: How to Clean Your Iron

    Good morning! Do you get nasty brown gunk on the bottom of your iron? Worried it might come off and stain your fabric? Before you toss out that old iron and buy a new one, I wanted to share a quick and easy method for cleaning your iron and making it look new again!   You will … [Read More...]

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    Fix It! Grammar Review

    Hi everyone! As most of you know we are trying out a new English/Grammar curriculum this year and I’ve had several requests to do a review of that for you. We’ve been using Fix It! Grammar now for about 6 weeks and so far I really like it. I also have a giveaway for you so make sure to read all the … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth: Mexico World Geography Unit

    Did you know that Mexico has the second largest land border in the world? Do you know which border that is? If you guessed the Mexico/United States border then you are correct! The Mexico/U.S. border is 3,141 km (1,951 mi) long! Give yourself an extra point! There are over 100,000,000 people … [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...]

DEC
02
2010

Easy Taco Salad

This is one of my favorite Weight Watcher Recipes, it tastes great and is low fat (as long as you don’t add too much of the optional garnishes that is)! Ingredients: 1lb browned ground beef or turkey 1 T taco seasoning 2 T water 1 can drained black beans 1 can drained chick peas 1 sm. can sliced black olives Lettuce of your choice (I used baby spinach leaves) 1 Tomato diced Optional Garnish: Salsa, 1 sliced green onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, Tortilla Strips (Found in the salad dressing isle of the grocery store) Directions: 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add turkey/beef; cook 7 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain if necessary and return to pan. Stir in taco seasoning and 2 T water, cook another 1-2 minutes. 2. Add remaining ingredients except garnish to pan and stir just enough to mix. 3. Serve on plate of lettuce, and garnish as desired. 4. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2010

Letter I for Inchworm

  Hi! Welcome to the Letter I for inchworm collection! I hope you enjoy this week! Letter I Memory Verse: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:14 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Letter I Writing Practice: Wikki Stix Alphabet Cards: Letter I   Letter I Tracing: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.   Letter Ii Do-A-Dot Page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!   Large Floor Numbers: We spread these on the floor, then i call out a number and she hops to it. Or we'll put them in random order and she'll hop to them in order. You can also do a hopscotch pattern with them and have them say … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2010

Advent Activities

Each year I try to do some sort of fun thing for Advent. This year we’re doing a combination of things. First, I made these cute little numbered ornaments for our Advent activities. Click here to download the Advent Ornaments You simply print and punch out with a 2” circle punch. Then using mini-clothespins attach each one to a mini-Christmas tree or a string of garland. Each day we take one down and do whatever activity is on the back. For this you can print my activities on the backs (they are included in the download) or you can print just the ornaments and write in your own activities. Last year we did The Jesse Tree, so this year I ordered some Make your own Advent Candles and Bartholomew’s Passage. I have to say that these candles didn’t come with any instructions, so if you’re a newbie like me here are some instructions on making Beeswax Candles! We’ll light the candles each night as we read a chapter from our book. If you’re not up for purchasing a new … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2010

Character Study: Arguing

I am working on some character studies for our family and I wanted to share them with you all as well. I’ve been collecting verses that support issues we’ve had in our household and turned them into a 4 day character study that we've been doing each week.I've completed 10 studies, this is the first in the series and is based on arguing, you can click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. I will post the rest of the studies weekly. A Character study: Arguing 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.We also do a daily/weekly "Challenge" for each study, so for example the challenge for this week … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2010

Nest DVD Giveaway!

As promised, we have another great giveaway from Nest Learning for this month, The King is Born DVD is up and would make a great stocking stuffer! Yipee! Nest Learning offers Biblical animated DVD series covering the Old Testament and New Testament. They also have a Hero Classics series and other great DVD choices. When you purchase a series of DVD’s you also receive an instant download activity book for each video in the series. The activities range from games, puzzles, coloring pages and more. What I like about them is that the activities cover Prek – 8th Grade, so I can print off a coloring page for my preschooler, a maze for my 1st grader and a crossword puzzle for my 2nd grader. You can purchase the videos individually or as a set! Now for the giveaway! Nest Learning has offered the The King is Born DVD FREE to one of you just in time for Christmas! Click here for more info on The King is Born DVD Journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and witness the humble birth of … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2010

Candid Conversation with God

I wanted to share the conversation I had with God before we started homeschooling. It came to me a few times so maybe it’s the Lord’s way of asking me to share, so here we go… Dear Jesus, I wanted to discuss this whole homeschooling thing you have called us to. I have a few concerns and would just like to hear from you, you know some kind of confirmation that we should homeschool, that we’re on the right track, because I’m freaking out just a bit. So here’s where I’m at with this whole thing… 1. I’m scared. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deut 31;8) And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matt 28:20) 2. I’m worried about what other people will think or say. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. (Prov 29:25) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov 9:10) … [Read more...]

NOV
27
2010

ADVENTure of Christmas Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win The ADVENTure of Christmas from Lisa Whelchel! We have our winner, congratulations to Chris from The Mommy Journey! But don’t worry, there’s still time if you didn’t win a copy, I highly recommend getting one, you won’t regret it!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay tuned Monday for The King is Born DVD Giveaway from Nest Learning! … [Read more...]

NOV
27
2010

Expedition Earth France Activity: Eiffel Tower

So what’s a trip to France without the Eiffel Tower!?! Of course for this week we learned about the Eiffel Tower and made a small scale replica of the Eiffel Tower using a 3D Puzzle we found. This puzzle was fairly easy to put together. I know people who have done the popsicle stick towers but it just seemed like too much work to me, so we did this one instead! Since I only purchased one puzzle, we separated it into “floors” so everyone could have a turn. This one is a foam puzzle so you do have to be somewhat careful not to bend the pieces, but all in all it was fairly easy to complete. For now, our Eiffel Tower is proudly displayed in our homeschool room, and may become part of a geography fair display, we’ll have to see. Click here to see all of our activities from France! Click here if you’d like to follow along with our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum Journey! … [Read more...]

NOV
27
2010

Expedition Earth France Activity: Handmade Soap

Did you know that it wasn’t until a French scientist discovered how to make soap inexpensively that everyone began to buy it and use it? Me neither, don’t you just love homeschooling! It gives me a chance to learn all that stuff I didn’t pay attention to when I was a kid. The French are famous for soap that is made into pretty fancy shapes scented with lovely fragrances. This craft was one of the easier one’s we’ve done, so easy in fact that our soap may become Christmas presents for family! So what do you need? Some soap shavings (We purchased a block of soap from Michael’s craft store) Soap coloring (Also found at most hobby stores) Soap Fragrance (Also found at most hobby stores) Some sort of soap mold (I bought one at Michael’s, but you can also spread it on a cookie sheet and use cookie cutters to shape it) Bowl to melt soap in. (I used an old tupperware bowl that I tossed after, but actually the soap cleans out really easily, I mean it IS … [Read more...]