We all love to read storybooks to our children, but there comes a point where they expand their knowledge and skills and branch out into their own reading. This starts with smaller books and grows into Chapter Books. When my children first got into chapter books, they sometimes had a few issues with not thinking they read enough or that the book was just too long...

No matter how old my kids get they just cannot read or listen to I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson without chuckling and laughing as the story progresses, especially around Thanksgiving. This year I wanted to create a fun hands-on learning tool to bring our lessons to life that was inspired by this storybook.  If you are not familiar with...

Welcome back to another edition of the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We are so happy to see you here! Just in case you missed the blog hop last week make sure to check out the 195+ posts that were shared with all of us last week. The Thoughtful Spot is a place to gather every week to share your family friendly posts, crafts, educational ideas, recipes, and...

Hello and welcome back to my meal planning for the 26th installment of my monthly meal planners. This installment covers the entire month of November 2014, including Thanksgiving!  This FREE monthly budgeted meal planner covers the whole month at once. With fall here, this meal planner includes more oven and crock pot recipes for variety, flavor, and time savings....

Any Disney fan will know that the theme parks are always divided up into groupings of rides and attractions based on a common thread. Some of the best roller coasters in Disneyland can be found in Tomorrowland. To top it up some rides at Disneyland and a variety of attractions too, are getting their own stories told in feature motion pictures.  On the horizon...

We all own a vacuum and run it in our households once or more a week. Many of us however, myself included, take for granted flipping that switch to do our daily or weekly household chores. For our son this simple act of running our vacuum would have neighbors running to the door if we didn’t live out in the country without any neighbors close by. When we vacuum...

Howdy, pardner! When you think of the Wild West, what comes to mind? Cowboys? Cowgirls? Stagecoaches? Indians? Bandits? I’m sure we can all come up with great images in our minds, and I know I have always enjoyed reading about things that happened in the Old West. Our theme for this month of Poppins Book Nook was the Wild West and our contributors sure had a...

It is truly amazing how time flies and how quickly children grow. It seems like just yesterday that our family was entering into the unknown world of homeschooling with our 3 ½ year old son. Fast forward to this school year and I now have a 5th and a 3rd grader. While we will still continue to do group work together each school day such as our History Rocks lesson...

Giving gifts during the holidays can become particularly tricky when you are giving to a child who has special needs. While a popular toy may seem like the sure fire bet, I urge you all to explore further a gift that will keep on giving throughout the entire year. Besides, you can never tell which toy will be you child or recipient’s favorite, so why not make it...

Are you ready for the next installment in my book studies to accompany the Chronicles of Narnia? Do you have a fan in your household of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis? Since my husband and I both like the books, we are both happy to see that Beck is enjoying the first book already, so this second installment is right on time for his progress, and hopefully...

With a US Census Bureau estimated 2013 population of approximately 3.9 million people and bordering seven other states, Iowa has a person per square mile density of 54.5. Or did you know that the state has a land mass of 55,857 square miles? Did you also know that Herbert Hoover, who was the 31st President of the United States, was a native of Iowa and the first elected...

With Halloween almost here, it is time to start planning for Thanksgiving and believe it or not, Christmas. If your family is like ours, then at Christmas time Santa sends a special Elf to help watch your family and keep everyone cheerful, happy, having goofy family fun, and steering your children to be on, and stay on, Santa’s Nice List! Sometimes finding a few...

Welcome to the Pack Your Bags monthly pack update.   I hope you enjoyed learning about the country of China last month. This month we will be journeying to the country of Australia.  As with each month in the Pack Your Bags! Monthly Lapbooking Series, you will find the following components to help your student enhance their knowledge...

Welcome to the Months of the Year Printable Series November Descriptive Writing activities! The month of November brings lots of fun images of the fall and Thanksgiving. These descriptive writing elements should be fun for children of all ages, but the November themed images are a great way to tie descriptive learning elements to the month with acorns, leaves, turkeys,...

Welcome back to another edition of the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We are so happy to see you here! Just in case you missed the blog hop last week make sure to check out the 160+ posts that were shared with all of us last week. The Thoughtful Spot is a place to gather every week to share your family friendly posts, crafts, educational ideas, recipes, and...

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