Be a Spring Detective!
With the welcoming of spring, the days are warmer and the
kid’s are itching to get outside. Sometimes it’s hard to keep them motivated as
the end of the school year comes to a close. A great way to end the school year
strong is to study the seasons and be spring detectives with a weekly photo
scavenger hunts. It’s a perfect time for a field trip around your neighborhood
or local state park and it rejuvenating to soak
up the fresh air and sunshine for the whole family.
Host a weekly Nature
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Kids love taking photos so give them a reason to do it! Host
a weekly Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt with other families. Print out the photos and
instruct the kids to notebook about what they are learning by just observing
and being in nature. If you have a budding artist, they may also enjoy
sketching their finds in a notebook.
Look for-Budding trees-which ones bloom first
and last in your area?
Look for Blooming flowers-daffodils, hyacinths,
Watch for new animal life-fat robins, ducklings,
bunnies, worms after a rain
Listen for frogs coming out of hibernation at
Visit wildlife conservatories and nature centers
Take a trip to the local zoo-what new babies
have been born? Photograph them!
Photograph puddles, raindrops, rainbows, wet
bushes, muddy gardens-anything that the rain affects.
Take advantage of this new excitement by
adding spring hands on activities to your day.
Make and fly a kite! Wonderful fun on a windy
spring day! http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Kite
Make a wind sock or wind chimes http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Windsock-for-Children
Make a birdhouse to welcome birds back to your
Talk about how animals find shelter during
storms. This is a wonderful opportunity to share how God protects us too!
Make a storm emergency kit and give each child a
job during storms such as finding flashlights, etc. This helps children feel
like they are not helpless and can do something to feel safe.
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Homeschoolers Finish Strong!
Ten Easy Activities to Keep Preschoolers Busy
Many of us want to finish strong and complete a few
things before we call it quits for the school year. Homeschooling with toddlers
and preschoolers can definitely add challenges towards that goal. One thing
that helped me through those years with my toddler was to do the more important
subjects during nap time.
Also I noticed if I spent one on one time with my
little one first before I started with my school age child, it satisfied their
need for mom-time right off the bat. For
families with multiple children, scheduling each school-age child with easy
activities to keep preschoolers busy helped create a peaceful home and
nourished the young child’s need to be involved with the family.
Toddlers are some of the busiest people! With some
creativity, you can keep those little hands busy while developing their fine motor
skills and hand-eye coordination to
Time spent on getting these activities together will
reap big rewards! Preschoolers can glean loads of educational skills with their
“school” assignments and grow in independent learning.
2. Pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied and develop fine
motor skills. https://www.pinterest.com/janmay2012/preschool-fun/
3. Use masking tape and lay out your
‘track’ roadway on the couch and furniture for
match box cars. Make it fun by going down onto the floor and up the side
of the couch. http://frugalistamamas.com/2013/07/how-to-keep-little-boys-busy-for-more-than-5-minutes.html
4. Use a tub of hot wheel cars (or other toys) and colored construction paper and
instruct your little ones to park the cars on the matching color. http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2011/09/car-color-matching.html
5. Build a dinosaur with cut out shapes of rectangles, triangles and
6. Preschool Shape Hunt - Learning activity for three year olds with very
little set up required- http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/10/01/preschool-shape-scavenger-hunt/
7. Set up a Pouring Station Activity for toddlers with
different size containers into a large plastic tub-this is good for tons of
8. Scoop and transfer different kinds of dried beans from bowls into dry
ice cube tray. Great for developing small motor skills! http://busytoddler.com/2015/09/scoop-and-transfer/
9. Thread dry pasta on straws stuck in play dough. http://laughingkidslearn.com/pasta-threading-activity-for-toddlers/
10. Contact Paper
Collage-Have the child rip strips of
construction paper and put them into a small box. Then tape a piece of contact
paper onto the table, sticky side up. Show the child how to put the torn up
bits onto the contact paper.
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Christmas Advent Fun
I love that it all started with God. It was His idea to celebrate the birth of his son. He set a bright star in the sky like birthday candles and sent gifts through three kings. The heavenly hosts sang songs to lonely shepherds and a tired mother and father found room in an inn.
Let’s keep our hearts yearning for what’s important this holiday season. Take the Nativity out first, let it be the first thing you decorate with. Take it out piece by piece one each day and read the correlating Bible verses and reflect on its meaning.
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The first craft I want to post is how to up-cycle Christmas cards into beautiful ornaments. So many tell the Nativity story in a beautifully illustrated way. We use gold trim, glitter glue, red and green ribbons.
Each year we save the prettiest cards to make into ornaments for the next year. It’s also fun to do it with friends and trade cards- have a Trading Christmas Cards Party! Its also a great idea to glue a magnet on the back and let little hands tell the story by putting each magnet on the refrigerator in sequence. Here is one of my favorites we have made over the years.
For Full FREE download of instructions Click on the Picture.
More Advent Activities for Kids
Thriving Family has a terrific FREE Advent resource for families! It has games and puzzles for kids for each day along with a poster and some great verses to read. Build lasting strength in your family by learning the Bible and celebrating these things together.
The Pilgrims and Homeschooling
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s a great time to
incorporate art with writing! My kids love bean mosaics and we made a cool one
of the Mayflower. We chatted as we worked about the First Thanksgiving. How
brave the Pilgrims were, how devout their faith in God was and their desire to
raise godly children.
It almost feels like homeschooling! We look at the public
school system with shaking knees and pounding chests and think, there’s got to
be a better way than this! We embark on
the Home Education ship to take us to a good land, free land only to find that
there are challenges and hardships there too!
BUT if we stick it out, like the
pilgrims did, teach self-government so our children begin to take responsibility
of their things and actions, we learn that what we have embarked on is a life
changing experience! One that could possibly change the world with godly adults
with leadership qualities and moral character that will shine in the darkness
of this world.
Keep at it dear friend! Your harvest is greater than you
know! Pull back if you need rest. Regroup and get creative! Join a co-op, talk
with a friend, get your nails done! You’ll be glad you did. The Pilgrims had an
opportunity to go back after that first year. But they didn’t take it. They
pressed on to build the New World.
Making Bean Mosaic is easy!
Draw a picture of a the Mayflower and the ocean on orange construction paper
Using Elmer’s Glue, make a puddle and let children
fill in with beans
Embellish with glitter glue
Let dry for about 4 hours
Luther said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen!”He was spot on.
Harriet Beecher Stowe was hailed as the
little woman who started this great Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln
through the influence of her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. If the written word is
paramount in influencing the world around us, howcan we as educators develop it in our homeschools?
Writing is far more than leading your children to make up fanciful stories. It
offers a multitude of educational opportunities building skills your children
will use throughout their lifetimes.
teaches strategic thought and problem solving through learning how to write a
teaches close observation through learning to develop sensory writing which
will overflow into science class!
teaches characterization, producing self expression and empathy
teaches sentence structure and format in a fun way
teaches how to unleash creativity, how to think outside the box, invent and
helps children succeed and grow in confidence. They may not feel brave enough
to tackle a new skill, or process a current life experience but through
speaking through the eyes of the characters they can write about it.
Spiritual Themes through Nature
Exploring Nature teaches children about who God is and
how He provides for all the earth. There is a reason why people feel close to
the Creator when they walk in a forest or enjoy the song of a bird. In this
hectic fast paced world we live in teach your children to slow down and enjoy
nature. It will serve them as a peaceful haven for the rest of their lives!
Catch frogs or toads and make a special habitat for
them. Read books from the library to find out how. Talk about how creating a
natural environment is important in keeping them alive and healthy. Talk about
how God wants us to live in a healthy spiritual environment so we will be
healthy and alive, too.
Write down the things that create a healthy spiritual environment with
colorful markers together, decorate the page and post it on the refrigerator. (2 Corinthians 6:17-18) These might include:
- Bible reading
- Bible memory
- Good attitudes
of love and kindness
music and movies
Catch fireflies and put them in recycled plastic
containers. Let them light up your patio like little lanterns. Talk about how
you can be Christ’s light to a dark world.
Make a weather watch calendar with a piece of white
poster board. Each day draw what kind of weather is outside. Talk about how
even though it may be cloudy sometimes, the sun is still shining above them.
Talk about how we can always count on God’s goodness even when we can’t feel
Visit the Zoo and talk about how each animal’s
difference is pleasing to God and how each one demonstrates a truth about who
He is. Talk about how each one of us, no matter how different we may feel or
look, is pleasing to God and He loves us.
Bolster Creativity with
Free Summer Activities for Kids
Creativity is a huge component in developing critical thinking skills and spacial awareness in children. Bolster it and your students will be above
the learning curve.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy
special creative activities that time doesn't allow for during the school year.
Consider one of the following educational opportunities that might feel more
like fun than education to the kids! And the best part about it
-is that it’s all FREE!
By Make and
Google: Building tinkering and exploring! July 6-August 14th Join young inventors and artists from around the
world in their Maker Camp
Google Community to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field
trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. Maker Camp packs six weeks
with fun projects and videos.
Visit your local Apple store for a field trip
or Apple Camp experience where kids learn how to create movies or create
animated stories. Space is limited for these three-day workshops designed for kids ages 8 to 12 so sign up
Microsoft YouthSpark is committed to
helping young people capture opportunity. They have programs to learn skills,
to prepare for the jobs of the future, even to start your own business. Kids can learn game coding, game design and develop mobile games, movie
making using Windows Phone and Surface Pro, or photography with a phone. This is
incredible for high schoolers and kids of all ages!
Stop by Home Depot on the first Saturday of each month for a
free kids workshop ages 5 to 12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a
FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin
while supplies last!
your child likes to build with wood then Build and Grow Clinics are free to the
public and occur select Saturdays at 10am. Each child receives an apron, goggles, patch and more.
Michael's offers awesome projects for kids and adults of all ages. Dates and times vary, but
projects have included things like making a tie-dye t-shirt for Father's Day
(with purchase of shirt), making a Fourth of July wreath, and intro to jewelry
making. Scroll down the page a bit for the kids stuff.
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Relaxed Learning Summer
Ask my kids and
they’ll tell you we
don’t homeschool in the summer. But actually, they do! I sneak in my “we are
going to be explorers all summer” speech. I give them binoculars, a notebook,
and a magnifying glass. I beef it up with all kinds of explorer talk and even
cook up a few fun snacks that they can take with them in their back packs.
Each day they can pretend to go to another
place-California, China or the moon! I encourage them to build tents, count
ants, and listen for birds and record their findings like real explorers. They
can take pictures or draw pictures in notebooks.
Of course I have my younger children
count the bugs and rocks they collect on their expeditions and the older ones
get to use fractions in our cooking time. But as experts tell us, self discovery
learning sticks with kids for a longer time so I encourage them to find out for
themselves why crickets sing and lightning bugs light up. It doesn't take long for them to beg to
go to the library to find out! We all feel more relaxed and happy without the
push, push, push of the regular school year and I know my kids are satisfying
their curiosity and learning at the same time. Exploring nature keeps them
learning without them even knowing it!
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Scrumptious Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!
These are my favorite Non-Gluten
Paleo Modified Sweet Treat!
Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 ¼ cup almond meal flour and a teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 to 2/3 cup Stevia (I like somewhere in the
½ teaspoon baking soda
Add in one egg
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 teaspoons vanilla Or 3 capfuls
Mix altogether-Add in a little more Almond flour if
the dough is sticky-1
teaspoon at a time
And in 4 tablespoons Hershey Sugar Free Chocolate
½ cup chopped walnuts
Bake 350 for 11-13 minutes
Cookies are done when they feel firm to the tough.
When you take them out-Let them sit for a few minutes before taking them off
Summer Boredom Busters
is a great time for excitement for kids for those first few weeks when school
is out. But it seems like only a couple of weeks before the loss of routine
makes them say, “Mom, I’m bored!”
this, I always sit down with my kids at the beginning of summer with a special
treat and brainstorm with them things they would like to do with others AND the
things they could do by themselves if they get bored. Some of my favs:
- Paint rainbows on toast with food coloring then eat it!
- Use giant size t-shirts, stuff pillows in them and be suma wrestlers!
- Make a doll house out of a shoe box
- Mix up bubble paints with water and paints, then blow bubbles and lay paper over it to catch the imprint
- Catch bugs
- Dig for treasure
- Make duc-tape bracelets
- Marble paint-tape a piece of paper inside a shirt box lid- squirting washable paints in a shoe box then roll marbles around-lift off paper when finished!
- Have a bubble party and invite friends over to bring their bubbles and wands
- Make ice cream cups by layering crushed cookies and candies with ice cream. Push a wooden stick in and freeze.
- Go on the Oregon Trail Adventure
- Play Post Office
- Bird Watch and draw and color in a notebook
- Host a book club and do activities
- Make Teddy Bear Jello Cups
- Let your child make a collage of things they like for their bedroom with poster board and magazines
- see how many things you can make out of plastic recyle-ables
younger one who can’t read or write yet, I have them draw a small picture next
to the words, so if I’m busy and can’t read the list with them, they can
understand the list by themselves. For example, they might draw a tent next to
the one that reads: Make Army Tent with Brother.
I post the
list on the refrigerator. I find my little ones zooming in the room to look at
the list then zooming off again on an adventure. Once the list is exhausted, we
make another one. I also look for outdoor projects they can work on. If this doesn’t work, I always use the, “ace
up my sleeve,” I have some chores for you to do.” They vanish!