Monthly Archives: October 2014

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** Election Day is coming up!  **

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ”
~
Ronald Reagan

It’s almost election day!
Excited about it, or not this year, it’s a great way to teach our children some very important lessons.
Why not take a break from the routine and make a quick brush up on the election process?
Maybe even take them along when you go to vote!  
YES!  You can do that !  Read more HERE .
Here are a few online freebie resources for a quick study.
I am always amazed at how many really wonderful (and free) ideas there are out there!
Wishing you all a fun week of living, loving, and learning together! 


* Especially For the Littles

And anybody else who likes fun coloring pages, simple explanations,
and The Berenstain Bears!!   🙂

*In All You Do… Breed- Love has LOTS of really cute preschool-early elementary election day printables (activities, coloring pages, handwriting pages, etc…) all freebies of course.    If you have not visited this blog before, you should.  One of my new favorites !

The Big Election … The Berenstain Bears  (Full Episode)

Duck For President  (YouTube)

* For Everybody 

Homeschool Deals Election Day Freebies  (LOTS of links for reading, printables, activities, and even crafts!)…My favorite ‘favorite’ today!!       🙂

Elections Printable Lapbook from Homeschool Share (very nice!)

*Election Unit Study from Busy Teachers Cafe

The United States and Our Government …  Printable book

Congress for KidsAll About Elections

*School House Rock 3 Branches of Government

*School House Rock Electoral College

 

 

 

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~Words for Wednesdays~

Friendship..a tremendous thing
“You have been my friend.
That in itself is a tremendous thing.
I wove my webs for you because I liked you…
A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies.
By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle.
Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”
― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Encouragement for moms~
Go out and PLAY !!

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“If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children… we should have happier households.

Let the mother go out to play!

If she would only have courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense,
and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book,
or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures,
or in bed, without the children,
life would go on far more happily for both children and parents.”                                                                                                                                      ~Charlotte Mason

Let the mother go out to play !

Don’t you just love those words ?
Children have no trouble playing.
Fun is pulsing through their veins and wiggling out of every limb.
Play just comes naturally to them.
If left alone long enough, children invent the most wonderful games and fantastic stories.
Creativity and imagination are limitless, emotions are being worked out,
FUN is happening !
Think about it…kids generally don’t return from playing outside all stressed out!  🙂

When was the last time that YOU went out to play mom ?

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old;   they grow old because they quit playing.” 
~Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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Fall Coloring Pages for All Ages

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Coloring Pages for All Ages
     

Who doesn’t love to color ?!?
There’s something so cheery about a new box of crayons
& a good coloring book! 

Coloring is a great activity to keep the wiggles to a minimum
while listening to a read aloud, when everyone needs a mental break,
while waiting for a sibling’s practice to end,
in the kitchen while mom is cooking dinner,
or anytime, really !

Leaves are falling and the air is crisp even here in Texas.
Here’s some of my favorite fall coloring pages.
Print a few & be sure to color one yourself !

*Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page & check out the
free audio books
too !  Coloring and audio books are such a great way to spend an afternoon !   🙂

*Less Detailed Pages
Fall Leaves from Itsy Bitsy Fun
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Lots of Fall Coloring Pages from Raising Our Kids
13 Fun Fall Pictures to color  from Eyes On Heaven
Simple Scarecrow, Squirrel,   from Activity Village
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Autumn Coloring Pages (nice themes) from Coloring Page
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P for Pumpkin (coloring & tracing page)

A is for Acorn (& much more) from Twisty Noodle
– Charlotte’s Web coloring pages

*More Detailed Pages
It’s Fall Y’all doodle/coloring pages from Abstract Doodles
Fall Owls (4 sample coloring pages) from Dover Publications
Scarecrow with Birds
4 Fall/Thanksgiving Coloring pages  from Doodle Art Alley  (very sweet drawings)

Autumn Horses from Oodles of Doodles
Kids Playing in Leaves,  Children Catching Leaves from Activity Village
Autumn Scene
Autumn Tree with Rake
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown coloring pages
Charlotte’s Web coloring pages

* FREE Audiobooks to go along with the fall theme
and the coloring pages
 🙂

The Story of Johnny Appleseed
(If you’d like to listen to a longer story as recorded on “old time” radio
THIS is a kind of fun recording )

Charlotte’s Web
(THIS recording is chapter by chapter which is quite convenient for stopping and starting)

The Long Winter
(from the Little House series-  also read chapter by chapter)

* Looking for some more relaxed FALL FUN for your family?
 Fall Leaves Fun 
Fall School-  Friday, Pie Day !!
Go Out and Play !
 Fun Family Fall Activities

 

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Making Memories
~Words For Wednesdays~

What is your happiest childhood memory?

Really.
Stop and think hard.
Close your eyes and remember.
Think of the all the little details.
It will make you smile.
Even today.

Ever think of how your own children might answer this question someday?

Every day, we have the opportunity to create memories with the people we love.
It doesn’t have to involve expensive vacations or extravagant gifts…just some thought
and some time and lots of love.
Get creative !

I have two kids in their 20’s and my youngest is 17.
Every year they ask if we can still carve pumpkins.
It’s a tradition.
They bring their friends…we laugh…throw pumpkin guts…make a huge, sticky mess…
toast pumpkin seeds…eat snacks…and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”.

I don’t know about how life changing or meaningful any of that may be,
but every year,  I take a deep breath,
and let the crazy mess begin,
and know we’re making another memory.

Need some easy memory making ideas today?

Here’s a list that I absolutely LOVE,   just to get you started.
10 Things Children Will Always Remember from The 36th Avenue

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Making Memories 🙂

 

 

SPIDER FUN !
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Eeeeeeeeek !!!  Spiders !!!

Field’s of Daisies Friday Favorites….Spider Fun.
It’s a stretch y’all.

So for anyone who knows me, it will come as no surprise when I say

spiders are NOT my favorite.
Not on Fridays, not on Mondays, not on any day !!!

Why is it all spiders can’t be cute, little, eency weeny spiders that spend their time climbing up a water spout outside?
Or be as friendly and kind as Charlotte?
Or as poetic as Dickinson’s spiders?

But alas, much to my chagrin (and confusion),
KIDS SEEM TO LOVE TO LEARN ABOUT SPIDERS!
So… This Friday’s Favorite is a smorgasbord of my errr… some free spider favs online.

*Spider Favs For the Little Guys
– Montessori Inspired Spider Activities & Printables from Living Montessori Now  (PreK-1) 
‘The Very Busy Spider’  book study from Starts at Eight
   (‘The Very Busy Spider‘ read aloud on YouTube)

Spider Unit Study from Teaching Heart

*Spider Favs For Older Kids
Spiders from Enchanted Learning
Mr. Mahoney’s Spiders Page (TONS of links for every age & type of learner!!)
Spider Unit from The Mommy Writer
Smithsonian Unit: Under the Spell of …Spiders!
Arachne the Spinner‘  a Greek Myth and some related printables .

 

* Spider Videos for Everyone (errr…except me)
– Wild Kratt’s Secrets of the Spider’s Web
(this one is really good…minus all the spiders )

The Magic School Bus Spins a Web
NatGeo Super Spider Documentary
Spiders
from All Things Animal
(Short video all about spiders for younger kids…I like the happy music playing in the background!)

– Spider Facts from Mocomag Kids Magazine
(This is my speed-  all animated !! )


spider funThe Spider as an Artist

Has never been employed —
Though his surpassing Merit
Is freely certified

By every Broom and Bridget
Throughout a Christian Land —
Neglected Son of Genius
I take thee by the Hand —

Emily Dickinson

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It takes some courage . . .
Follow your dreams mamas !

~drawn by my mama, 1973
~drawn by my mama, 1973

Follow your dreams Mamas!

Mamas, don’t ever forget to keep following your dreams.
You’ll inspire your children to dream.

Keep practicing the things that bring you joy.
You’ll encourage your children to try too.

Keep asking yourself what you want to be when you grow up.
You will give your children a living example
to always keep growing
tall and true
with courage.

Wishing you a lovely Wednesday!   🙂

Gather Together, Give Thanks, Eat Pie !

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~Fall School~
Friday, Pie Day ! 

It’s Friday, so why not make it a pie day ?
Fall is so cozy isn’t it?
Doesn’t it just make you want pie?
Ok.  Maybe I want pie in the summer too.
But fall just sings apple, and pecan, and pumpkin pie!  Oh my!
And of course pie IS very educational… covers science, and art, and history if you’re creative, and definitely math!   And math is very important…If we have a whole pie, and I eat 3 pieces… well, you get the idea. 😀
So, grab some aprons and gather everyone in the kitchen.
Get that pie school done !
Chop some apples, measure some flour, stir some pumpkin, bake some pies!!

And while you’re at it, why not invite some friends and family over to share in all the pie goodness ?!  Or maybe bake some individual sized pies or some of the other easy to make fall treats below and go on a sharing mission…it’s a great excuse to meet one of your neighbors, surprise the secretaries at the doctor’s office, or just treat someone to a little kindness ! 

SO, GIVE THANKS and EAT SOME PIE !

* Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe
This is a no fail pumpkin pie recipe.  I always add a dot of butter right in the middle before baking.  Not sure why, but my grandma always did that so I do too.   🙂   I also like to use any extra pie crust to make cut outs for the top of the pie (see photo above).  I take an egg yolk and a few drops of food coloring & paint it on the leaf cutouts before baking for pretty fall colors.  Color mixing!  See how educational baking a pie is ?!?!
Add some of these other fun pumpkin ideas & voila !
(The pie pictured above is this pie recipe) 

* Favorite Apple Pie Recipe
This is a great, no-fail recipe.  No soupy insides!   Slices perfectly!  
 The only changes I make to this recipe is to reduce the amount of sugar a bit, and use a mix of both Granny Smith & Gala (or some other type
  of red apple).  This is a very plain pie recipe, but don’t be worried…it’s so good !
I made this one on Monday.  Need more to call it a full day of school?
Try a mini Johnny Appleseed Unit !  
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Friday, but not feeling the whole pie day thing ??
Here are a few quick and easy fall favorites to make together & share~

* Baked Apple “Chips”
Sprinkle with some cinnamon & nutmeg if you’d like.

* Hand-Dipped Fall Pretzel Sticks
From Mess For Less… such a cute, quick, and easy snack to make.  Perfect for sharing!!

* Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Great way to extend the pumpkin learning fun!  Carve a pumpkin, guess how many seeds, bake it into a pie, try some of the fun activities HERE , roast the seeds, and call it a good day !

* Pumpkin Pancakes
These “pancakes” are good enough to be dessert.  I have been making these special pancakes for my kids at the beginning of fall  since they were babies.  It is definitely not my usual pancake recipe, but they are a yummy treat and a fun tradition in our family.  You could make individual pancakes out of them, or giant family style pancakes like I do.   I usually cook them in cast iron skillet, but have made them in a pumpkin shaped cake pan as well.   One more reason to love the fall !  Pumpkin everything!   Enjoy!
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SO WHAT’S COOKING AT YOUR HOUSE this Friday?

I’d  LOVE  to know!
Leave a comment & share your Friday FALL Favorite !!