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Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes


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Thanksgiving Candy-Corn Turkey Cupcakes


Well we're almost there!  
The feast of Thanksgiving! 



I'm thankful for God's Provision in a new land so many years ago, thankful for perseverance of a people yearning for freedom and truly thankful for all God has done for me in my present life.

Too often we forget about the small things in life like sunshine, clean water, hot showers (one of my favs!) Perspective is EVERYTHING! When we have to go without some of these things for a time, we realize, that the world is spinning around and God is watching over it all and not worried about a thing! He makes things happen when they should. Even the smallest details of our lives. If He can see when a sparrow falls, how much more can He see us?

Today I'm celebrating in the way I love so much... COOKING With KIDS!! Below is a fun Thanksgiving Treat to eat or take as desserts. Kids love making them and eating them! Grown-ups too!


    Candy-Corn 
Turkey Cupcakes 

These are so easy to make! Start by frosting a batch of cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
Poke 6 candy corns in the back for feathers. Poke 3-4 more in front of them. This part is PERFECT for preschoolers!
Place a candy pumpkin near the front for a head and frost with chocolate frosting. It might work easier to frost them first, then stick it on.

Cut one candy corn in half and stick on as beak. Use more frosting to help stick if you need to.

Attach candy flat rounds for eyes. (The kind you find with the sprinkles)  I attached a white one first then green on top. Couldn't find brown ones but red, green and white were in abundance!

I always think its nice to share with neighbors, shut-ins and those who cant bless us back. In doing so we minister to the Lord. Why not make up a batch of Turkey Gobbler Cupcakes to share?

Look for our hands-on writing books that transform writing time to a delight! 

Perfect for Christmas gift for the girl who loves to Read and Write!

Little House Live Online Book Club

                     
                      Little House in the Big Woods 


Cozy up with a good book this winter! Watch Little House in the Big  Woods come live in our ONLINE class Literature Study!

We will learn history, geography, Listen to music of the day, make butter and biscuits, and paper dolls! Learn vocabulary and much more! Loads of fun and learning! Don't miss it!

Ages 7-14

Starts January 22 - 10 week semester

Grading available







Online Teen Writing Class Fall 2018

ONLINE HOMESCHOOL
Creative Writing and Publishing
for High School Credit
Fall Semester 2018 

with Author and Educator Jan May

12 Weeks Starts August 29 
                        1pm CST 60 minutes

Learn the foundations of writing fiction and how to craft an unforgettable story with realistic characters, subject research and poignant themes. Whether you like fantasy, action or drama come and deepen your writing!

In this class we will explore character arcs, sensory writing, plot twists and lots more! Learn how to edit and format your story for online self-publishing on Lulu.com.

Lots of fun writing exercises during class and interaction with other teen writers! Receive critiques and grow in your craft. If you want to develop your fiction stories, this is the class for you!

There will be two 5-7 page stories assigned throughout the semester and weekly writing homework that strengthens the fiction writing craft lasting approximately 45-60 minutes each.

The self-publishing portion (last 3 weeks) is optional. Students who do not wish to participate will have regular homework instead.

Students with Works in Progress may bring them to work on throughout this class.

Subject content must be approved by the teacher and must remain PG 13. This is a Christian based class so no writing of zombies, vampires, ghosts or witches, or anything with the point of view of death or demonic supernatural beings. Mythological creatures are ok as well as elves, and other types of beings from the Lord of the Rings. Blurring the lines between good and evil is not acceptable as a Christian worldview will be upheld.


    Why Take a Creative Writing Class? 


    • Great way to earn high school English Language credit

    • It’s a great way to supplement a current Language program by mixing things up.

    • Creative Writing is a fun way to develop writing skills

    • It also helps teens self express

    • A student will learn to self publish for the aspiring young authors

    • Helps students become better creative non-fiction writers

    Spring Online Writing Class for High School



    Creative Writing 
    Spring Semester 

    Online for High School
    with Author and Educator Jan May

    12 Weeks Starts January 31 
         1pm CST 60 minutes



    Lots of fun writing exercises and interaction with other teen writers! Receive critiques and grow in your craft. If you want to develop your fiction stories, this is the class for you!

      Why Take a Creative Writing Class? 


      • Great way to earn high school English Language credit

      • It’s a great way to supplement a current Language program by mixing things up.

      • Creative Writing is a fun way to develop writing skills

      • It also helps teens self express

      • A student will learn to self publish for the aspiring young authors

      • Helps students become better creative non-fiction writers

       Martin Luther said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen!” 

      Online Creative Writing for High School - Homeschool


      Creative Writing Spring Semester 
      Online for High School
      with Author and Educator Jan May



      12 Weeks Starts January 31 
                                   1pm CST 60          minutes



      Lots of fun writing exercises and interaction with other teen writers! Receive critiques and grow in your craft. If you want to develop your fiction stories, this is the class for you!

        Why Take a Creative Writing Class? 

        • Great way to earn high school English Language credit

        • It’s a great way to supplement a current Language program by mixing things up.

        • Creative Writing is a fun way to develop writing skills

        • It also helps teens self express

        • A student will learn to self publish for the aspiring young authors

        • Helps students become better creative non-fiction writers

         Martin Luther said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen!” 

        #HmSReview-Girls of American History











        #HmSchReview


        Girls of American History 
        by Justine Gamble


        This amazing multi-sensory curriculum was written by a homeschool mom of five who followed the pattern of: read it, see it, write it, and do it. 

        Each lesson includes a suggested schedule where there is a list of field trips and activities such as play dodge ball, tour an automobile factory, or host a girls manicure day! Of course one of my favorite games is jacks since I remember that from when I was a child in the 60's.

        I love the hands-on extension activities such as plan a meal with food from the book, plant a flower garden, or make jam! 
        It includes vocabulary from the book as well such as manikin, choreographer, and amaryllis.

        Included are some great handouts for learning the components of a fiction story like: breaking down Melody's character traits with her words, thoughts and actions.


        This is a great resource for the creative soul! Tons of ideas of relative resources such as games and crafts of the 1960s and lots of book sources you can purchase or check out from the library.

        This guide works much like a unit study where it gives you the skeleton and then you get the resources to use-it gives dozens of links to pertinent books on Amazon.

        What a fun plethora of education resides in this book!
        I highly recommend it! 

        Right now it's on sale for a huge discount in the Digital Build Your Bundle Sale. Look for it the Brother and Sister Bundle or build your own bundle from over 200 top curriculum publishers. Don't Wait! The Sale Ends Today! (May 30)







        #HmSch Review-Let's Have our Own Medieval Banquet










        #HmSch Review

        Let's Have our own Medieval Banquet 

        by Meredith Curtis and  Lara Nolette

        Get ready for a delightful adventure filled with kings and queens, knights and bards, and lords and ladies. This 58 page book is packed with information on the Middle Ages written by a person who planned and executed a Medieval Feast! 

        Learn about castles, heraldry, and nobility. Learn about medieval holidays like 12th Night and Saint Stephen's Day. But most of all learn about how to have a genuine medieval banquet adorn with all the pageantry, food and fanfare.

        Definitions and explanations of the culture fill the pages such as: why people wore crowns, what was chivalry, and how to become a Knight or Squire. 

        This resource gives you a great detailed outline on how to plan your own Medieval Banquet from a list of all people needed to help plan the feast to what each family needs to prepare such as: a family crest to drape on their table and a head covering for the ladies. 

        There are even simple patterns for making medieval costumes like a Robin Hood hat and damsel hats for girls complete with dainty streamers hanging down the back.  

        This book keeps on giving with wonderful recipes for your feast! Such as a Coat of Arms salad mixed with fruits and vegetables on a large platter, honey oat cakes, and Drepe (chickened and almond milk).

        I could see this performed in a backyard or a park, small or large scale-either would be loads of learning and fun.

        There is a great list of resources to continue a study of the Middle Ages such as the Magna Carta by James Daughtery (Beautiful Feet Books), the story of King Arthur and his Knights, and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. 

        You will love the photos of the fanfare like a castle cake and the royal table decked out in purple sashes and shields. And kids wont forget the pool-noodle jousting tournament!

        I loved this book and highly recommend it for kids of all ages!


         This delightful book is on sale now as a digital book in the Build your Own Bundle of Ebooks sale. With over 200 books to choose from from top publishers, you can build your own bundle and save TONS of money for your school. Check it out now, it only lasts through Tomorrow. (May 30)
















        Character Training is Heart Work

        BYB 2017 New Millennium Girl Books





        Build a Green House of Faith in Your Homeschool


        It was during the first few years of homeschooling when I met an extraordinary young lady. She was creative. She was mature. She was vivacious and responsible. And she was only 14!
         
        As with most of us married with children, I didn’t go out often (something I would heartily change that if I did it all over again!). But when I did, I wanted to leave my children in a wholesome and safe environment.  I had already experienced the downside of leaving my children with girls who came highly recommended from a nearby Christian school. 

        Upon coming home I discovered one had been on the phone with her boyfriend the entire night and that the other had played Barbie dolls with my eight-year-old daughter. I’m not opposed to Barbie dolls but wasn’t happy to hear that Barbie and Ken needed to take a shower that night– together!
         
        Thankfully this new found girl was different. She had light in her eyes, a glow on her face, a purity of heart and a desire to love God above all else. I had to know. I had to ask her mother, "How did you instilled this into her daughter’s life?" Her answer? “Three or four times a week we listen to on-fire, faith-filled  preaching videos with our entire homeschool family. We don’t wait for Sundays, we want to hear it all week long!” 

        The living Word of God streaming forth, coupled with this young woman’s faith, created a hot house for growing Christ-like character. I knew right then and there I wanted to emulate the same strength in my children. She reminded me once more that it wasn’t about math or language or  ACT scores. It was about Jesus.  It was about how my children would affect the world and their generation for the glory of God. And that has made all the difference!

        I found some terrific resources for building character in the Digital Sale Going on Now. Over 240 affordable books to choose from. Included are books on Character Training like Parenting is Heart Work and It's the Heart and Not the Hemline. It ends Tues May 30th, so hop over and check it out! Great investment for pennies!










        #HmSch Curriculum Review


        BYB Sale 2017 New Millennium Girl Books       
         #HmSch Review

        Ancient History 
                          Mini Quiz Set 
        By Bonnie Rose Hudson
        Ages 11 and up


        BYB Sale 2017 New Millennium Girl Books
        Five different thematic packs, each pack contains 7 quizzes and puzzles testing your student’s knowledge of the history of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, China. Learn about famous dynasties, geography, daily and family life. Each pack is 17-20 pages long.

        These quiz packs are a fun, versatile resource perfect for unit studies, review or launching an independent study on ancient peoples.  

        Each of the quiz packs come with a variety of puzzles and games, word searches, crossword puzzle's, decoding, matching, and true or false.

        It's also a great way to give students practice by looking up that the answers and recording them. I thought it would be a great alternative to spice things up in history! Also they works great with multi-grade level children ages 11 and up so everyone can have fun together. I liked this perk!

        Looking at this resource reminded me of the day when I taught a Rome Club Homeschool Co-op with my daughter's friends and we studied facts in a fun way at learning stations. This would be a terrific resource for this kind of thing!



        Right Now this Resource is on Sale 
        as Part of the Build Your Digital Bundle Sale going on through this weekend. Over 240 eBooks to choose from:charcter books, elementary books, Mystery of History and many other Cathy Duffy tops picks. It's such a huge savings, its worth checking it out! 

        The Digital Classroom

            
                             
          The Digital Classroom
        A Homeschool Mother's Helper

        With Kids on computers all day, it seems natural to incorporate digital curriculum into your school days. Using digital curriculum stored on your computer gives you the convenience and versatility you need for a smooth day in your homeschool. You can easily print out a history lesson, unit study or grab something last minute to keep a little busy! 

        Kids love reading lessons on their iPads and computers, so mixing in digital lesson time can help a tired subject matter or fix a wiggly child. 

        I love the convenience of having lessons stored on children's iPads to boost the effectiveness of the Traveling Classroom: errands, picking up a sibling from soccer or grandmas house. 

        When digital books go on sale you can literally get history, geography, biographies, math lessons and writing for pennies! 

        And I dont know about you but my bookshelves groan when I pass by. I'm a book lover at heart and picking out new books is like finding buried treasure but by having a combination of digital books, it saves me space and time having to weed through those shelves.

        Have you ever heard of the Build Your Bundle Sale? It's a Digital Homeschool Curriculum Sale and this year it's bigger than ever. They have Over 240 products from top publishers discounted up to 96% in 20 bundles. 

        Each bundle has 10-15 themed ebooks such as the Brother and sister bundle with fun soldier writing books for him and biblical modesty for her. 

        AND they are so affordable! They start at 9.95 and you can even get 50% discount on credited online classes for teens. You can even mix and match the books if you would rather build you own bundle. 

        It's worth checking it out and even finding something new you have been wanting to try out!