Be looking for Printables from me!

I’m so excited to fill you all in about what I’ve decided to start doing. I’m going to start adding printables for all your homeschool needs! I have been thinking about doing this for quite some time now and have finally decided to give it a try, and let me tell you I’m having so much fun and I can’t wait for you all to see them! I will be making one’s for free and will also be having some you can purchase as well.

Also, since I’m still in the process of making them I would love to get some feedback from all of you on what types of printables you would like to see. What age groups, what subjects, etc. Let me know in the comments section and I’ll be sure to get working on some for you!

You should start seeing them within the next month and the one’s for purchase will be available through my etsy shop ………..until I figure out how to put them on here hehe ūüôā As soon as I get some of the printables added to etsy I’ll post the link to my shop¬†etsy shop in another post, I’m going to add¬†sneak peek below of some of what you can expect to see!

Tracing shapes

Cold Weather Indoor Fun!

Are your kids getting cabin fever like mine are, I don’t mind cold weather especially if it snows, but we just can’t get outside as much as we usually do it’s just too cold even though here it doesn’t get nearly as cold as it does some places but to us it’s freezing. ¬†But since my kids love the outdoors and we just can’t make it out like we want to I’ll share a few fun things to do during this cold weather.

  • ¬† Always have play dough on hand or if you don’t have any make some of your own, there are tons of recipes for it everywhere here’s one we like: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 1/4 cup salt
    1 cup flour
    1/4 cup waterLet your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water.

    You can also add color with food coloring, or use unsweetened Kool-Aid for a nice scent and color, you can even make it sparkle with glitter.

  • Obstacle course: ¬†Get out their remote control cars and put some large cans or paper towels under the rug and let them jump their cars over it they will be occupied doing this forever! ¬†You can also do this with their hotwheel cars but it’s even more fun with the remote control ones.
  • Cooking: ¬†no matter what the weather my kids love helping in the kitchen, but make sure to let them help out even more during the cold months to give them something to do plus, who doesn’t like an excuse to bake!
  • “Washing dishes”: ¬†My kids also love to help wash dishes they think it is a game so give them a bin of water and some dishes and let them go to town (this works well in the bathtub too so they can be as messy with it as they want and you don’t have to worry about water getting everywhere)
  • Play Stations: Set up different little play stations, spend about 10-20 minutes at each one and then start all over again. ¬†Ideas for this would be play dough, painting/coloring, tea party, cars, baby dolls, pretend play/dress up
  • Dance: Cut on some music and have a little dance party, who cares how silly you look, the kids will love it and you will have tons of fun too.
  • Reading: Do lots and lots of reading all throughout the day snuggle up on the couch and just read to them, get them to read to you or just make up stories together and act the stories out (hot chocolate makes this even better)

These are just a few things you can do during this cold weather, do you have any other ideas?  Comment below and share them with me.

Awesome Homemade Gel Paint!!!

I have been trying to do tons of fun arts and crafts with the kids lately, and our latest fun thing to do was when we made Gel paint, this stuff is absolutely amazing and super simple and inexpensive to make so glad I saw this idea!

What you need:

  • Styling/hair gel
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter or sequins

First get a small amount of hair gel

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Then, add food coloring, for this amount of gel (about 2- 2 1/2 Tbsp.) 1 to 2 drops is plenty.

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After that, add your glitter or sequins, or any other fun things you can think to add

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Finally, time to mix it all up, we used popsicle sticks to mix it and they worked really well

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And here is your final product, a very fun, neat looking, inexpensive, homemade paint and the best part of all is getting to see the kids having fun and watching them use their imaginations thinking of fun things to paint!

ImageHope you enjoy making this with your kiddos, if so comment below and tell me how much fun it was for you!!

Our Thankful Turkeys

¬† We’re getting to a very late start in our Thankfulness for Thanksgiving, we do of course try to think of things we’re thankful for all year round, but I do think it is good to take extra special time during this time of the year and really emphasize on being thankful and I promise, if you ask your children what they are thankful for they will come up with tons of things.

¬† Of course other fun things about Thanksgiving and Christmas time are arts and crafts and cooking together!!! ¬†Two things that are beginning to be my favorite things ever to do with the kids which is awesome, because, before it felt like such a chore but when I changed my perspective, prayed about it and God showed me it’s all about them and not me I have really, really begun to enjoy it thoroughly. So, we made Thankful Turkeys!! ¬†It was so much fun, they got to pick out the colors they wanted then got to color their turkeys and glue them together and I wrote on them what the kids told me they were thankful for.

  Caidence told me that she was thankful for:  God, trees, rain, rope, lessons, and Jesus.

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  Jeremiah told me that he was thankful for: clothes, his toys, the trees, the grass, the leaf piles, and the rain.

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¬† Although I didn’t make a thankful turkey, I will say what I’m thankful for, I’m thankful to have an awesome God, I am thankful that I have an amazing husband who works so hard for our family and loves his children so much, I am thankful that we have a roof over our head and everything that we need, I am thankful that God showed us a way for me to be able to stay home with our children, I am thankful that we are able to homeschool our children, I am thankful that we live in a country where I can openly worship the Lord and teach my children all about Him without having to worry about getting put in jail or even killed for it.

¬† And yes, that is our completely decorated Christmas tree in the background this early in November, we wanted to be prepared and have the house decorated before the baby was born so that we wouldn’t have to after he gets here.

  Tell me, what are you thankful for?  Have you made thankful turkeys or some other arts and craft with your child to show your thankfulness?  I would love to hear from you, comment below!

Homeschool Fun, The Octopus!

This week in our homeschool we have been learning about the octopus and other ocean animals, we’ve been able to do several fun activities, and have a few more still left to do, but, I just wanted to share a few of them with you. ¬†One of our activities included making an ocean mural and anytime you bring out anything messy in this house the kids get thrilled!! ¬†But it actually ended up not even being any bit of a mess at all. ¬†We used some finger paints and SAND!!

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I have never pulled out sand during arts and crafts time before but I do have to say we may do it more often because, it was a hit!

We also made an octopus hot dog which was so cute and the kids loved getting to eat them. ¬†They were the cutest things ever! ¬†What we did was take a hot dog weenie and cut the bottom portion in half, then in half again, and once more to make 8 legs (great math lesson by the way). ¬†Make sure you use a sharp knife though because as you cut more it gets harder and harder to make good cuts so use a sharp one or else you’ll cut off a leg. ¬†After you cut it, boil it in some water for just a couple of minutes and watch as the legs curl up to look just like octopus legs, and then the kids requested I cut eyes and a smile for the octopus and then enjoy eating them (who doesn’t love a snack during school time!!)

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Every week we have a biblical concept that goes along with whatever it is we are learning, and this week our biblical concept was “Even the octopus praises the Lord” ¬†and that comes from Psalm 69:34 “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that move in them.” ¬†So, we learned all about praising the Lord and all the ways we can show praise to Him, to go along with the number 8 which we also learned I had Jeremiah name 8 ways we can praise God, ask this to your children, and I’m sure their answers will surprise you, they know so much more than we give them credit for! We made a tambourine to use to praise the lord out of two paper plates they decorated and some rice in the center although I would recommend using a stapler instead of glue, because even with rubber cement the plates came apart.

One other activity our curriculum says to try out which we may is taking a glass of water using black watercolor paint to show how the octopus uses ink to hide from predators I thought this would be really great for those who learn visually!

What have you been up to in your homeschool, do you have certain things you study each week, or do you teach some other way?  I would love to hear all about the adventures in your homeschool!  Comment below!