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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...]

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    Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

      Hi everyone! I have another simple and fast recipe to share with all of you busy homeschoolers out there! After saying this was fast, I realized that I normally make these a few days after I’ve made my Southwestern Chicken Tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice. That way I can just pull … [Read More...]

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    World Geography: South Africa Unit Study

    Our Expedition Earth World Geography journey has brought us to the continent of Africa. So, Haai! And welcome to South Africa! The kids have been excited about Africa and it’s finally here! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: Some Things We Learned: Where … [Read More...]

MAR
17
2014

King Arthur & His Knights Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share my new King Arthur & His Knights Unit Study & Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: King Arthur and His Knights is the tale of Camelot and the mystical land filled with knights and wizards. In this version students will read how King Arthur came to power, and all about the adventures of his Knights of the Round Table as they battle their way across the forests and islands they call home. This unit is meant to be used with the Classic Starts King Arthur & His Knights version as retold from the Howard Pyle original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose.   Watch the King Arthur & His Knights Lapbook … [Read more...]

MAR
13
2014

iHomeschool Studio MP3’s on Sale now!

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Hi everyone! A little while back I did a post on the upcoming 2014 iHomeschool Studio online webinar! And I know some of you probably missed it, but guess what? It’s okay! They have the MP3s up for sale for anyone who didn’t get a chance to tune in to the webinar. Isn’t that awesome!? And really, they had some of the best bloggers and speakers around participating, so it’s definitely something to check out! Disclosure: I am an affiliate for iHomeschool Network, links included in this post are affiliate links.   What’s iHomeschool Studio you ask? It’s an online webinar with sessions ranging from organizing and frugal homeschooling to personality and learning styles. They have help for those of you with intense kiddos, high school students, and um, those lacking motivation. Although they cover academics like science, music, and geography, we also delve into matters of the heart as we help you instill a love of Christian missions in your children and build positive … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Venezuela

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Buen Dia’! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Venezuela! Did you know that kids in Venezuela have hot chocolate for breakfast? It’s a very thick soupy pudding mixture that children dip bread in! We didn’t have any soupy hot chocolate, but did try our own U.S. version, and frankly they were just happy to have hot chocolate for breakfast! ;o)   So of course we started off our week by finding Venezuela on the map. Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Venezuela & the Caribbean Sea on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the Venezuelan people Read Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Venezuela Geography from A-Z Vocab: Waterfall, Cataract, Cascade Read: Living World Encyclopedia (Continued our Rainforest Animals reading) Did Paint Your Own Pottery Read: Usborne … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2014

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Giveaway

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Hi everyone! Today I have a treat for anyone looking for less stress, more sleep, and a restored passion for life. So I’ll just assume that probably includes everyone on this planet. With the exception of our cat. He has no stress. Unless you count moving from the bed, to a sunlit spot, and back to the bed again in the evening. But technically he’s not a person…so… For the rest of you all reading this post, today I’m talking about Crystal Paine’s new book “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”. In her new book Crystal shares some much needed practical ideas to help you get a big picture perspective to help you live your life on purpose! Disclosure: I received this book for review and giveaway on my blog. All of the opinions expressed in this post are mine and were not influenced by the company or the free product provided. “In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you'll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Conventions

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The season is upon us everyone! Homeschool Convention season that is! That’s right, all of the amazing homeschool curriculum vendors meet up to display and share all of their materials. There are usually workshops taught on various homeschooling topics by wonderful speakers to help you get started on your journey. And many even offer used sales areas for people to come and sell their used curriculum at a bargain rate! You know that’s where I get most of my materials! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you, and today we’re talking about how to get through a homeschool convention in style! Or at least with all your hair and sanity still intact.   Homeschool Conventions: Here are a few of my favorite  Homeschool Conventions. I can’t say enough good things about the people who put on these conventions. They pick wonderfully inspiring speakers, and really go out of their way to create a great experience for both new and veteran homeschoolers! They’re … [Read more...]

MAR
10
2014

Robinson Crusoe Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share my new Robinson Crusoe Unit Study & Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Robinson Crusoe is an exciting tale of a young and impulsive man named Robinson. He it obsessed with adventure and travel and would like nothing more than to become a sailor. As he ventures out in search of finding his dream, he encounters several action packed adventures! Eventually he finds himself shipwrecked on an island. In this story your student will read all about Robinson’s life as a castaway, and his struggle for survival as seen through his own eyes. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Robinson Crusoe version as retold from the Daniel Defoe original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are … [Read more...]

MAR
06
2014

Foil Fish Kids Craft

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Ready for a fun kids craft? I don’t know about your kids, but mine love anything involving aluminum foil. We’ve used it to make boats, balls, leaf impressions, moons, magic wands…you get the idea. We like foil. Plus it’s recyclable, a nice bonus. So today we’re going to make some fun aluminum foil fish! This is a great project even for younger kiddos, and it goes well with my Letter of the Week Letter F activities too! Note: We’re making fish, but you could really do this with any theme you prefer. Let’s get started! Supplies: Colorful construction paper Sharpie markers A pencil Tin foil Glue stick Scissors Optional: some type of plastic netting for texture   We started off by creating our background. So we used a light blue paper for the sky, then cut a wave shape out of darker blue and pasted it to the front.   Next draw your designs on a sheet of aluminum foil using a pencil,  then trace over it with a black sharpie. … [Read more...]

MAR
05
2014

World Geography: Brazil Unit Study

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Hi everyone and Oi! Welcome to our world geography unit study on Brazil, we had so much fun with this week, and my kids absolute favorite was the rain forest diorama craft that accompanied this unit! Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Brazil & the Atlantic Ocean on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Portuguese – Oi’! Prayed for the Brazilian people Read Children Just Like Me Book Made Brigadeiros (Yummy chocolate balls) Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Brazil Geography from A-Z Vocab: jungle, River, Meander Living World Encyclopedia: Learned all about the rain Forest Created an awesome Rain Forest diorama! (pics below) Tried to play soccer, but had to do it inside as we had snow all week! Learned about the 2nd Wonder of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue Tried to finish our week with a traditional Brazilian meal, but didn’t feel like driving clear … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2014

Lakeshore Learning Count & Compare

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Hi everyone! I have a super fun review and discount coupon for you today from Lakeshore Learning! The Teeny Tot was super excited to receive the Lakeshore Learning Count & Compare game!   I mean who doesn’t love those little die poppers and baby froggies? The Teeny Tot had so much fun popping the die and moving the alligator mouth that she didn’t even realize she was learning!   The concept of this game is simple. Your child pops the die on both the right and left sides of the board. Then they place that many frogs on each lilly pad under the popper.   Next they move the alligator’s mouth so it’s open towards the side with the most frogs. Because everyone knows the alligator wants to eat as many frogs as he can!   This game is great for 1-10 number recognition, counting skills, and of course teaching greater than, less than, and equal math skills to preschoolers. For those ready to move on to larger numbers, they also … [Read more...]

MAR
03
2014

Homeschooling 101: Creating Lesson Plans 2

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Good morning readers! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you, and we’re continuing on with our lesson plan discussion.   Last time around we discussed Creating Lesson plans. Today we’re going to discuss creating lesson plans in a little more detail. So here’s the nitty gritty of how I get started creating our lesson plans.   Step 1: Add your predetermined school year, holidays, and days off into your planner. Since we already set these parameters in our previous steps, this should just be a matter of transferring the information from your calendar into the planner of your choice. I typically follow a traditional public school year, but you’re welcome to set your calendar anyway that works best for your family. Just make sure you’re planning enough school days as indicated by your state’s requirements. We typically take a 2-5 day fall break (Thanksgiving time usually), Christmas break (3 weeks in December b/c life gets crazy around … [Read more...]