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Gather Together, Give Thanks, Eat Pie !

Fall Pie

 

 

 

~Fall School~
Friday, Pie Day ! 

Anybody at your house have FALL FEVER ?
That’s a thing you know.
Symptoms include the urge to consume inordinate amounts of pumpkin flavored foods and beverages, to jump in piles of crunchy leaves, and for me, the urge to bake.

It  IS Friday, so why not make it a pie day ?
{ Homeschooling benefit # 3,383,938! }

And of course pie IS very educational… it covers science, and art, and history if you’re creative, and definitely math!   And math is very important you know…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, sprinkle some cinnamon, and bake some pies!!
PS…If you’re not feeling pie, there’s some other quick and easy ideas at the bottom of this page too.  “Friday, Pie Day and Some Other Stuff Too” just didn’t sound like a great title for this post.    

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

SO, GIVE THANKS and EAT SOME PIE !

* Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe
This is a delicious pumpkin pie recipe.  Sweet and cinnamony… that’s a word, right?
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 took an egg yolk and a few drops of food coloring & painted it on the leaf cutouts before baking for pretty fall colors.   See?!  Color mixing!  I told you it was an educational activity ?!?!
Add some of these other fun pumpkin ideas & voila !
(The pie pictured at the top  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 !  
Apple Pie

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe you’ve made it all the way to Friday this week, and you’re totally not feeling the whole mess of the 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!
Pumpkin Pancakes


SO WHAT’S COOKING AT YOUR HOUSE
this Friday?

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

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fall leaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~Fall Leaves Activities~

*If you’d like to listen to some lovely, quiet music while you scroll through these ideas, Autumn by George Winston is one of my all time favorites!

*Fall Leaves Favorites for the Littles
Montessori-Inspired Autumn Leaf Unit  from Living Montessori Now
8 Leaf Activities from Teaching Mama
Fall Song, How Many Leaves ?  Counting & Colors Song
– Leaves by David Ezra Stein audio picture book on YouTube
   (very nice reading with original music composition)
– Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf  by Lois Ehlert – audio picture book
– Lots of Leaf Activities and Printables from Enchanted Learning
Leaf Lacing for Toddlers  from I Can Teach My Child
– 
My favorite fall finds for the Littles on my Pinterest board “Littles- Fall Fun”


*Fall Leaves Favorites for Everyone
Falling Leaves Unit Study from DIY Homeschooler
– Autumn Leaves Poetry
– Some great fall leaves ideas from  The Homeschool Scientist
– Fall Leaves Ideas for all ages!
– TONS of Fall Leaf Crafty Ideas from 123 Homeschool For Me
Collection of Fall Leaf Coloring Pages–  nice, detailed drawings  
Leaf Identification Cards  (free printables!)  from Wildflower Ramblings

*Why Do Leaves Change Colors Anyway??
Why Do Leaves Change Colors–  a short video by kids, for kids
Why Leaves Change Colors–  short video explanation from DNews
Why Do Leaves Change Colors–  a simple science experiment from How Wee Learn
Chromatography- Why Leaves Change Colors–  –YouTube  

*And one more favorite 🙂
– Some more fun music for a autumn coloring (HERE), crafting, leafy afternoon
Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi  by George Winston 

Texas Fall

 

 

Making a Memorable Father’s Day 

Love is all you need

 

 

 

 

 

 


All you need is ______ !

Fill in the blank. 
Go ahead, it’s super easy, right?
(You’ll be singing it all day 🙂  )

Why do we want to make things so hard?  

Today I’m feeling like the world may have just gone mad. 
Lost it.  Gone off their rockers.  Wigged out entirely.
It’s been difficult to watch the news (and many television programs), 
scroll through social media, or even have a nice chat with friends and family these days !  

People are riled up!
And angry!
And fearful!

I can feel myself getting sucked into the nasty vortex of emotions too at times.
But this post is not a rant.
And it isn’t a lecture.
You can keep reading.  🙂

All we need is …
As I’ve been working on a really cute Valentine’s Day Unit, I’ve spent a bit of time focusing on LOVE.
What it is.  What it isn’t.  Where it comes from.  How we show it.
Why we need it.

And we sooo need it!
I couldn’t wait till the unit was done.  I wanted to share some thoughts I had that are helping me regain my focus and not be pulled into that crazy whirlpool of anger and pride and fear.

Evil is all around like a thick cloud,
trying to CONFUSE and INCITE
and DIVIDE.

It doesn’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican;  a man or a woman;  completely right or completely wrong.  The goal is the same.
And the war is raging within and without.

So what do we do about it? 
It is all quite simple really.
Not easy, but simple.
Choose to love.

Love God.  Love people.  
Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome with good. 
Overcome with LOVE.
The powerful, perfect kind of Love that casts out all fear.
The kind that fills your heart and overflows with patience and humility
and kindness.

The kind that always hopes, always perseveres, and never fails!
Did you see that? 
 IT NEVER FAILS! 

So LOVE.

It won’t fail.
It won’t fail when you are watching the world go crazy and wondering how to explain it all to your children.
It won’t fail when your friendships are being divided by disagreement and pride.
It won’t fail when frustrations and losses fill your mind. 
It won’t fail.

It’s what we can do.
There is a Well Spring of it available to us all.
And when we have used up all we have in us…there is more.
I don’t know how.  But I know it is true.  
I’ve tested it to the limits. 

It may be cliche, but it is quite true.
All we need (to do) is… Love.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.”

~1 Corinthians 13:4-8

       

 

great books for us history

Planning
to study
US History this year?  


Looking for some great books to make all the people, places, and events come ALIVE ?!?
Here are some of my favorite books for early US History all in one place.    

The lists are compatible with the American Girl History Units, but there are also LOTS of other great history books NOT related to the American Girls …never fear fellows !  
Check back from time to time, I’m always adding to the lists.

As always, it would be AWESOME  if you’re going to purchase any of the books (or anything on Amazon at all) , if you could do it through these links.   T
here is NO extra charge to you whatsoever, and I get a small percentage for any items you purchase which helps me to keep posting all my units for free.  

Also, be sure to follow my American Girl Pages on Pinterest for all kinds of additional printables, recipes, activities, crafts, etc…
(There’s lots of non-AG ideas too !!) 

**I usually pin new fun finds to these boards at least several times a week!

HAPPY PLANNING !!!

civil war great books

 

 

 

* Civil War Reading List

 

 

pioneer unit reading list

 

 

 

*Pioneer America Reading List

 

 

Frontier Unit Study Book List

 

*America’s Southwest
Frontier Reading List  

colonial america unit book list

 

 

 

 *Colonial America
Reading List

 

 

native americans unit reading list

 

 

*Native America    

 

 

 

photo by: Wonderlane

Family Bible Time ABC's

*Family Bible Time ABC’s Devotional….Knowing God and being known by God is the most life changing thing on earth.  This is a family devotional I made up when my children were small to help us learn more about our identity in Christ together.  Each alphabet letter has a corresponding characteristic, a related memory verse, and further related reading.  Some of the words are highlighted with a link to a fun song or activity as well.
 I hope your family will enjoy this Family Bible Time ABC’s devotional !  🙂

If you’d like to read more about the importance of teaching children who they are in Christ, and find some creative ideas too, Four Ways to Teach Christ Esteem to Our Kids‘ is a great article !  

In Christ we are…

A-Accepted                        (Ephesians 1:6)        Ephesians 1:1-14
B- Beloved                       (Colossians 3:12)     Colossians 3:12-17
CChildren of Light            (Ephesians 5:8)      Ephesians 5:8-21
DDelivered                            (Colossians 1:13)     Colossians 1:1-14
EElect                                      (2 Peter 1:10)           2 Peter 1:3-11
FFreed                                    (John 8:32)               John 8:31-36
GGiven Grace                        (Ephesians 1:6-7)     Ephesians 1:3-14
HHeirs                                     (Romans 8:15-17)     Romans 8:1-17
IIn Christ                                 (Ephesians 2:13)      Ephesians 2:1-22
JJustified                               (Romans 8:30)          Romans 8:28-39
KKept by God                      (1 Peter 1:5)              1 Peter 1:3-16
LLight of the World           (Matthew 5:14)         Matthew 5:13-16
MMore than Conquerors   (Romans 8:37)      Romans 8:28-39
NNew Creations                (2 Cor. 5:17)              2 Cor. 5:14-21
OOvercomers                      (1 John 5:4)              1 John 5:1-15
PPeople of God                   (1 Peter 2:9)             1 Peter 2:9-12
QQuickened                         (Colossians 2:13)     Colossians 2:6-14
RRich                                      (2 Cor. 8:9)                2 Cor. 8:1-15
SSons & Daughters         (John 1:12)                John 1: 1-13
TTemple                                 (Ephesians 2:22)     Ephesians 2:19-22
UUnited with Christ         (Galatians 3:27)       Galatians 3: 26-29
VVictorious                           (1 Cor. 15:57)             1 Cor. 15:54-58
W Workmanship of God       (Ephesians 2:10)   Ephesians 2:1-10
XeXamples                            (1 Timothy 4:12)         1 Timothy 4
YYoked                                   (Matthew 11:29)        Matthew 11:25-30
ZZealous                                (Romans 12:11)         Romans 12

 


summer school ideas
Can you believe it ?!?   It’s almost the end of May !!

And summer is stirring!
I’m already dreaming of grilling hamburgers and enjoying big slices of
juicy watermelon !


Summertime and the livin’ is easy !

Or at least it should be 🙂
No matter if we are year round homeschoolers or not, after several weeks of vacation from the daily routine, it’s good to have a little plan for the week.
See how little the plan is ?!

COME BACK !!   Don’t run away!  
I promise these FUN ideas won’t take much (if any) real planning, and will only add to the easy, carefree days that we all look forward to.

So here we go… 10 GREAT Ideas for
“Summer School” !

1.  Get Outside !
* Try something new like Geocahing !   You can get started HERE.
* Pick a day and hold a Family Olympics
* 32 Best Backyard Games
* Backyard Treasure Hunt:  Minecraft Style

* Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
   If you love scavenger hunts here’s a great list of some more ideas !
*
50 Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

(Print this list out…hang it on the fridge…never hear  “I’m Bored!”
this summer !)
* 50 Outdoor Games to DIY This Summer
(Possibly my FAVORITE ideas!  Great for kids of ALL ages !)

2.  Get Wet !  
* Water Obstacle Course  
* 17 Outrageously Fun Water Activities
* 75 Water Activities
* Fun Games to Play with Water 
* Play a game of Water Ball
* Water Gun Painting
* 25 Fun Ice Ideas for the Summer 

3.  Get Creative !
* Write a play and preform it for family & friends !
OR film your own movie
and invite the neighbors for the premier night !

* Try making a family scrapbook together or a simple family tree !
* Build a fairy garden together.
* Try Art Journals and if you need some GREAT ideas to begin, click HERE
* Get crafty with The Crafty Crow !

4. Get Giving !
* Host a Food Drive…Step by step how-to
* Make some Birthday Boxes  or some Blessing Bags
* Share some love with your Neighbors  (new twist on lemonade stand)
* Don’t forget the Elderly… 20 Ideas to Share 
* 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids  (and everyone else !!)
* 20 Unique Ideas for Summer Service Projects  

5.  Get Messy !
* Family Fun Night Messy !
* 20 Messy Outdoor Play Ideas
* Play Fun Foam Twister
* Color Spray T’s
* Get SLIMED !

6. Get Moving !
* DIY American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course
* 12 Sports to Play with Pool Noodles  (No pool required)
* 35 Active Things to Do This Summer
* DIY Get Moving Game
* Fun YouTube Dances For Kids to Learn
* 10 Variations to the Game of Catch

7.  Get Away ! 
Whether you’re just kicking around your own town or city, taking a road trip, or jetting across the ocean to spend a week in Tahiti (I can dream!), summer is a time to EXPLORE !

* Free Fun at Local Retail Stores
(We’ve participated in the kids clubs at several of these stores and it has always been LOTS of fun!!  )
Here’s a few ideas:
Apple Kids Summer Programs
Microsoft Free Events for Kids
Lowe’s Build & Grow
Home Depot Weekly Workshops for Kids

* Going on a road trip this summer?  Maybe to one of America’s amazing National Parks ?
* National Parks Junior Ranger Programs  
* Printable Road Trip Games
* And some games for the big kids too ! 

* Funny post to keep you laughing if you’re on a road trip…and some super fun ideas for the kiddos!

* And if you’re lucky enough to be flying to Tahiti or some other wonderful place, check out this fantastic travel blog Word Traveling!  Written with homeschool families in mind, but good for anyone who loves to travel!

8. Get Reading !

* Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Triathalon 
* Book Notes  (just because I thought this was awesome)
* Expand your reading borders and try the
 2016 Summer Reading Challenge
* Choose and read a book as a family.
Then watch the 
movie …make it a special themed night… you could cook related foods, play music as per the setting, or even dress up as some of the characters !!
* Reading Scavenger Hunt
* Start a Summer Book Club for Kids  

9. Get Cooking !
* Plan a Backyard Camping Trip….complete with COOKING !
* Try cooking a new meal together from a different country…
   HERE and HERE are some ideas to get started
* 10 Summer Snacks for Kids to Make
* Take a CHILL and make some icy snacks !
* Summer Themed Snacks 

10. Get Growing !
* 25 Things You Can Grow From Your Kitchen Scraps  
* Start small and plant an Herb Garden
* Creative Gardens For Kids !
* 10 Unique Gardening Activities for Kids
* Make your own garden markers and watch the beauty grow !

Wishing you all a summer FULL of daisy days !!
I’d love to hear your ideas too !  

Comments are always welcome !

 American Girl Addy: ~Civil War Unit Study~Addy Unit Study Civil War

Welcome to Addy’s World 1854:
Growing Up During America’s Civil War

*This is such a deeply emotional topic of study that will surely create much discussion and perhaps some sadness, anger, and confusion for children.  I hope to convey some positive points (stories of courage, faith, hope against all hope, and the deepest expressions of love) that will help sort out what can be learned,  so that in our personal lives and in the life of our communities and our countries, we will never repeat a history such as this.    

  * Core Reading:

Welcome to Addy’s World 1864

*Week 1: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864”- Life in the South 

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Meet Addy                                                     (p. 1-3)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Intro to the Civil War & Slavery             (p. 26-29)
3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Addy’s Family                                              (p. 30-31; 34-35) 4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Addy’s Faith                                                 (p. 32-33)
5.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Songs to Freedom                                     (p. 36-37 )

*Week 2: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″- North to Freedom

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Underground Railroad                     (p. 38-39)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  New Beginnings in the North                 (p. 8-11; 20-21) 3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Children Still Played                                  (p. 14-15; 12-13) 4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Fashion                                                            (p. 16-19)
5.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Church Family                                      (p. 22-23)

*Week 3: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864”- America’s “Civil” War

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Nation at War                                       (p. 4-7)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Homefront- South                              (p. 42-43)
3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Homefront- North                              (p. 44-45)
4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The War Ends !                                             (p. 46-49)
5. “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Moving On! A New South                         (p. 50-58) Continue reading American Girl Addy Civil War Unit Study