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Grocery Coupons

Grocery coupons are a great way to save money!  Here are some Kraft coupons for your next grocery trip.
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I am always looking for new and fun activities to enjoy during the summer, but costs can start to add up quickly! Saving money whenever and wherever I can is important, especially during the summer months. Kraft Foods wants to help you save money without sacrificing on great taste and quality by offering multiple HIGH value coupons worth $16.25. If you can cut back your grocery bill, that opens up the possibility for fun activities with your family and friends all summer long! Be sure to download these coupons now to begin saving! You can find all of these great deals on http://cbi.as/copy

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Chores for Kids by Age

Ever wondered what chores your kids are old enough to help with? Here is a great list of chores for kids by age level.
Kid Chores by Age

All kids can help out around the house! And I don’t just mean cleaning up their own toys.
Working together to keep the house clean is not only helpful, but it also will give kids a sense of belonging to a family and helps them to learn responsibility & how to clean. I LOVE this Kid Chores by Age from Kids Activities Blog as a starting place on what things your kids might be able to help with around the house.
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Lots of Back to School Traditions

We are big on traditions at our house. I think kids benefit immensely from the repetition and excitement that tradition brings; they are usually the things that kids remember their entire life.
I’ve shared our birthday traditions, Christmas traditions, and vacation tradition, but today I wanted to share our back to school tradition.

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Our Back to School Tradition

On the 1st day of school we have pancakes shaped into the grade the kids are going into. It’s easy to pull together, but is such a fun, memorable way to start our school year. It is always a HUGE hit! I use a pancake pen to make it easy to “write” on our griddle.  Here is our favorite pancake recipe.
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Note: For all those that are wondering, the pictures are from last year as we haven’t begun our school 2014-2015 school year yet!

6 {FUN} Back to School Traditions

Take Back to School Pictures like Paging Fun Mums           Make a special back to school lunch like Kelley McGuire
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Start a back to school countdown like LalyMom                Send them off with a special note like Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
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Back to school date like More than the Mulberries           Take the Teacher a Back to School Gift like Events to Celebrate
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More Back to School Traditions

What are your back to school traditions? Do you have a traditional breakfast, always get a new backpack, take special pictures, a special lunch? We’d love to know!

If you have a blog feel free to link up below. If not, please leave a comment so we can read about your traditions too.
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You Might be a Homeschool Parent if . . .

A little humor that only homeschooling parents will understand . . .
Are you a homeschooling parent Check the signs to find out!

5 Signs you might be a homeschooling parent [summer edition] made me smile. It is written by a seasoned homeschool mom who blogs over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. I love how she writes so much wisdom with such a witty sense of humor. Go take a peak and get ready to nod your head along!
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FREE Zoo Fieldtip Animal Reports

Here is a fun way to turn a trip to the zoo into a fun, educational sceince field trip! These Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Reports will help your kids to explore the zoo more in-depth.  These are great for Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, and elementary age kids.
FREE Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Reports - Great for field trips to the zoo for homeschool toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary students.


Is your family enjoying some fun summer trips to the zoo?

Or maybe your homeschool coop is heading for a zoo fieldtrip this fall. Either way you will love these Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Reports that help make the zoo not only fun, but educational too!


There are various choices for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and 1st-6th graders.


Zoo Fieldtrip Book for Toddler & Preschool

Toddler Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Book Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy this simple My Zoo Visit Book. They will feel like a big kid with their very own animal report. The book is filled with 8 pages of your child’s favorite zoo animals. They can color in the pictures and trace the animal names. Print this front and back to make a special book.

Zoo Fieldtrip Reports for Preschool & Kindergarten

Preschool and Kindergarten Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Report Books There are two Zoo Fieldtrip Books to choose form for Preschool & Kindergartners. I Saw a…. Zoo Book allows early readers to read a simple sentence and then draw a picture of an animal they saw that fits the sentence. The My __________ Report option is great for at the zoo or at home to explore one animal in depth. Children will draw pictures of where animals eat, sleep, live, and more.
Note: Print sheets front and back to make a simple book.

Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Reports for 1st – 6th Graders

Elementary Homeschool Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Report Forms


There are several choice for your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade homeschoolers on their zoo fieldtrip.

  • Zoo Map – practice mapping skills by having children draw a zoo map
  • Simple Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Report – draw the animal picture, color where on the map they are from, write some basic facts, and note animal behaviors.
  • Zoo Fieldtrip Animal Report – animal classification, diet, behavior, zoo adaptations, population in the wild, behavior observations, and draw a picture
  • Comparing Animals – compare the similarities of two different animals

  


Zoo Field Trip Reports

Download FREE Zoo Field Trip Animal Reports

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Craft and Pray Around the World: A Christmas Experience for Families

If you are looking for a unique, meaningful Christmas experience for your family this December you are going to want to take a look at my newest book – Craft and Pray Around the World.
Christmas Activities for Christian Families - Craft and Pray Around the World #Christmas #kidsactivities #homeschooling

A Christmas Experience for Christian Families

First, let me be clear, this is a “religious” book. The whole premise behind the book is to help families have a spiritually focused Christmas season. Secondly, there are lots of wonderful books that explore the events surrounding Christ’s birth; this is not one of those books. This book is unique in that it focuses on why Christmas.

For God so loved that world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

So in light of God loving us so much that he gave his only Son (Jesus) to be born on Christmas (and later die on the cross as an atonement for our sin) because he loved the world, we are going to learn more about the people of the world whom God loves.

We will learn what Christmas is like around the world, make an ornament for each country, and then most importantly we will pray specifically for the needs of the people in each of the 24 countries we are studying.


Craft and pray Around the World Sample Page

Christmas Around the World Activities for Families December 2013 100

Each day you will pick one of the 24 countries around the world. Each day includes:
  • Traditional Christmas greeting
  • Christmas traditions
  • 3 specific things to pray about
  • Craft – a simple, unique ornament that represents the traditions of that country
  • Links to additional information
  • Paper ornament to hang on your tree (including the greeting, traditions, and 3 prayer requests)

Buy Craft & Pray Around the World: A Christmas Experience for Families

My desire with this book is that it is affordable so that every family can do this meaningful Christmas
experience.

I also really wanted to give back through this book. So from now through the end of 2014, all the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to help people around the world.  I am partnering with World Vision to hopefully (with your help) address areas that we pray for in this book – helping communities get water through a well and give towards the hope for sexually exploited girls fund to help vulnerable children.  These are two areas that are near and dear to my heart and with your help we can make a difference in Jesus’ name.



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    Make an Indoor Fort with Pool Noodles

    Looking for a fun, inexpensive way for your kids to make an indoor fort? I love this pool noodle playhouse!
    Make an Indoor Fort with Pool Noodles #kidsactivities

    Every time it rains my kids want to build an indoor fort.

    Next time it rains, instead of grabbing the couch cushions, I am going to grab pool noodles we got from the summer clearance section and make this inexpensive, and oh-so-clever Pool Noodle Play House From ABCs to ACTS.
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    Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pack

    If you have a Jake and the Neverland Pirates fan they are going to love learning with these free preschool worksheets for Toddler - 3rd grade.
    FREE Jake and the Neverland Pirates Worksheets for Kids - These are so cute! What a fun way for kids to practice alphabet letters, numbers, counting, adding, and so much more with a fun disney inspired theme for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade kids.
    *These worksheets are inspired by Jake and the Never Land Pirates. These are not licensed by or endorsed by Disney.


    Learning is always more fun with favorite characters and creative activities!



    I whipped up these Pirate Jake worksheets for kids to learn a variety of skills in a fun, playful way.



    This pack includes activities for Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade Kids.



    Jake and the Neverland Pirates Worksheets for Kids

    The FREE Neverland Pirate Pack for kids ages 2-8 years old includes:
    • Pre-Writing Pages
    • Cutting Practice
    • Upper and Lowercase P’s
    • Colors (with what color is my pirate hat book)
    • Graphing
    • Counting (1 to 14)
    • Which One is Different?
    • Complete the Pattern
    • Basic Addition
    • Puzzles
    • Addition & SubtractionNouns & Verbs
    • and so much more!

     

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    Download FREE Neverland Pirate Printables

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      Make Preschool FUN with Disney Junior

      This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
      Preschool Fun with Disney Junior back to School Products! #Ready4Preschool  #shop

      Get preschoolers excited about learning with Disney Junior back to school products!

      Preschool is Fun with Disney Junior Back to School Products

      preschool, mickey, playdough, #Ready4Preschool  #shop Whenever my older kids get ready for back to school my youngest gets the school itch too; she wants a backpack and school work of her own. My “big girl” may not be ready for traditional school yet, but she is sure an eager learner ready for some fun hands on learning activities and playing school. What better way to get make education fun than learning with her favorite Disney Junior characters!
      #Ready4Preschool  #shop
      We were excited when we saw the Disney Junior Back to School Products while getting school supplies for my other kids at Wal-Mart. My almost 4 year old would love doing school with Mickey! [Note: There are also learning materials based on Sophia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and other products from Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.]
      preschool, mickey, playdough, #Ready4Preschool  #shop
      My daughter [whom I refer to as Tinkerbell on this blog] was thrilled with her preschool activities. She brought her stuffed Mickey Mouse down to sit down next to her. My favorite part was when she started to teach Mickey using the adorable Mickey Mouse hand pointer included in the kit.
      preschool, mickey, playdough, #Ready4Preschool  #shop There were tons of activities included in the Learning Schoolhouse Activity for Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students. There were 6 activity boards to use with dry erase markers, a magnetic dry erase surface with correlating magnets, a map of the US, a movable clock, flashcards, sight words, and more. We will certainly be able to use this for a long time. #Ready4Preschool #CollectiveBias

      Hands on Learning with Mickey Mouse Playdough

      Hands on Learning with Disney Junior Mickey Mouse #Ready4Preschool  #shop
      We also come up with this fun hands on playdough learning activity. We used flashcards from the Disney Junior Learning Schoolhouse Activity, playdough, alphabet stamps, and Mickey Mouse cookie cutter to practice alphabet letters and spelling.
      Hands on Learning with Disney Junior Mickey Mouse #Ready4Preschool  #shop
      Tinkerbell picked a word ford flashcard. Then we rolled out the playdough and used the Mickey shaped cutter to make a Mickey for every letter in the word. Then I pulled out all the letters my preschooler would need. Then she stamped the letters in the Mickey shaped playdough to spell the word.  We had so much fun with this hands on activity. My preschooler practiced saying and identifying her alphabet letters as well as being introduced to how letters work together to spell words.




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      46% off Complete Magic School Bus Series on DVD

      Right not you can get 46% off the complete magic school bus series on DVD! YAHOO!

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      My kids love the Magic school bus. They love the silly adventures Miss Frizzle takes with the kids. I love the Magic School Bus because my kids are learning – a lot! I am amazed at what they retain and are sharing with us thanks to this clever, educational show!

      Right now…you can get an amazing deal on all 58 episodes of The Magic School Bus on DVD!

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      Make 3D Artwork with Foam Paint Recipe

      Make a super cool 3D artwork with this simple foam recipe for kids activities.
      #kidsactivities #art #playrecipes #preschool

      Kids love creating artwork! They love to draw, paint, use microwave puffy paint, glitter and glue and more! So we are always on the lookout for a super cool new way for my kids to make artwork.

      Kids can make 3D artwork with DIY Foam Paint from Dabbles and Babbles. This only uses 3 ingredients and produces gorgeous results!
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      Homeschool Curriculum for 1st and 3rd Grade

      Homeschool curriculum choices for 1st grade and 3rd grade. See what math program, science, history, spanish, and more a fellow homeschool mom is using this upcoming year in our homeschool.
      homeschool curriculum for 1st grade and 3rd grade  #homeschool

      Have you picked out your homeschool curriculum yet?
      Since I know I am always interested in what curriculum everyone is using, here is our 1st and 3rd grade curriculum for the upcoming year. I will share our Toddler/Preschool activities along the way as well, but no “school” for my 3-year-old yet!

      Do you get excited picking out and planning your homeschool curriculum?

      I do. I really do.
      I love picking out what is going to fit my child at the developmental stage their at with the interests they have and with what I’ve learned from the previous year teaching them. This year I am keeping track of everything on a monthly schedule so it is easier to see at a glance [see free homeschool forms]. The kids will “check off” their work on our school punchcards.
      Homeschool Planning
      In the morning we will do Bible together as a family. Then we will do Social Studies, Science, Art or Music. Each week of the month we will focus on a different one of those 4 subjects so we can really dive in and explore several topics in depth. In the afternoon (when my preschooler still naps) the older kids will work through Math, Language Arts, and Spanish.

       

      1st Grade & 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

      Math

      We have really loved the low cost, easy to use, creative teaching methods, and accelerated pace of Singapore Math.  So…..if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!


      Note: We buy our Singapore Math through My Father’s World to get a great deal [entire year of math for $47 which includes lesson plan/answer key]

       

      Language Arts

      1st GradeSing Spell Read & Write Level 1  My kids have responded really well to this fun, multi sensory approach of this outstanding complete language arts curriculum.  [read why we use Sing Spell Read & Write]  We supplement it with Reading the Easy Way 1st Grade [sight word worksheets, games, readers, and more]
      Sing, Spell, Read & Write, Level 1 (Edition 2)   tpt1
      3rd Grade – Unfortunately our favorite Sing Spell Read & Write does not go beyond 2nd grade! So… we have had to look for other options. After looking through and reading reviews of countless programs I decided to piece together one from the best of what I saw:
      • Grammar – Bob Jones English 3 Writing & Grammar
      • Spelling – A Reason for Spelling Level C 
      • Writing – Daily 6 Trait Writing Grade 3 [I really feel the need to help my kids write better. Writing is a skill they will use their entire life and their future livelihood may very well depend on it. So I am using a separate writing curriculum this year in addition to the free monthly writing prompts we’ve been using.]
      • Handwriting – A Reason for Handwritting Level C [we love writing scripture!]
      English 3 Student Worktext (2nd ed.) 
      We are also using a variety of my free language arts games & activities!

      BibleBible Truths 3 Student Worktext (4th ed.)

      We started using Bob Jones Bible last year with my 2nd grader and I really liked it. The worksheets are fun and engaging while covering a lot of Bible stories. For kids that grow up in a Bible believeing home it is great to really cement in these stories and learn a little more. We center our morning family devotion time out of the passage the kids are doing their reading from that day. The kids do 1 sheet (front & back) each day. Note: We get the Student Worktext only.

      • 1st Grade – Bob Jones Bible Truths 1
      • 3rd Grade – Bob Jones Bible Truths 3


      Spanish



      Spanish Spain 1,2,3,4,5 v4 PTO

      Social Studies

      I love big units that allow us to really immerse in a period of history. We like to make arts & crafts, read lots of great books, write reports, take fieldtrips, etc.  [see our completed history units] I feel like I have the gift of time and flexibility in these early elementary years to follow their interests and love of creative play. Plus the kids remember these large units [like our Viking Early Explorer Unit] so much better than textbooks!!
      This year’s themes [which will be shared on the blogged & linked here as we finish with them] are:
      • Ancient Egypt
      • Native Americans
      • US States
      • Ancient Greece
      • Ancient Rome

      Science

      We really loved Christian Kids Explore Biology we used last year together as a family [see our edible animal cells], but the other titles in the series are for 3rd-8th grade. I love the convenience and family learning experience of all studying together. So… we are going to do several Science Units this year instead: [units will be linked here as we finish]
      • Earth Science Unit
      • Astronomy
      • 5 Senses
      • Simple Machines
      • Human Anatomy
      • CSI Unit
      • Bees
      • Magnets

      Art

      We have loved the famous artist studies we’ve completed so far! To make it easier for the kids to look back at who we’ve studied in the past we are using these free artist report pages in a notebook along with a picture of our art project.  This year we will be studying: [our study & project will be linked as they are completed]
      • Ghiberti
      • Van Eyck
      • Michelangelo
      • El Greco
      • Blake
      • Degas
      • Mary Cassatt
      • Mondrian
      • Calder
      We will also be doing seasonal art projects, Child Size Masterpieces [hands on review] and Draw Write Now [to learn how to draw] 

      Music

      We have really loved using the Color the Classics series we’ve been working through. This simple program designed for elementary age kids allows kids to hear the music, learn about the musician, and color a picture of the composer. It allows kids to really retain the information as they hear, see, and color it.  This year we are doing:
             

      So what curriculum are you using this year that you’re really excited about?


      Homeschooling Resources



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      Edible Funfetti Playdough Recipe

      Simple playdough recipe that is safe to eat.
      Simple Edible Play Dough Recipe for Preschool Sensory Play

      We LOVE playing with playdough at our house.


      Ever since I discovered how easy it was to make our own play dough, I was hooked. I love that I know what is in the dough and we are not playing with so many chemicals! While I usually just whip up a batch of our favorite Kool Aid Playdough Recipe, sometimes it’s fun to try something different.

      Funfetti Play Dough Recipe from Smart School House is so easy to make. It is only 2 ingredients and all of it is completely sweet and edible. Although because it’s mainly sugar, you woudn’t want to let your kids eat it all!
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      Skip Counting Paths: Practice Counting by 9s and 10s

      For those that have been asking, here are the Skip Counting Paths Worksheets to help your Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade student to practice counting by 9s and 10s.
      Free Skip Counting by 9s and 10s math worksheets #mathworksheets #kindergarten #homeschooling

      These math worksheets will help kids practice counting by 9s and 10s with a variety of sheets that increase in difficulty.  Skip Counting in a way that is not only fun, but educational!

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