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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 ?
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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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American Girl Kirsten-
Pioneer Unit Study

Kirsten Pioneer Unit Study

Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854:
Growing up on America’s Frontier

 


* Core Reading-


*Week 1: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854
Kristen’s Journey to America

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 1-3, 40-41                     (Meet Kirsten in Sweden)
2.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 4-7                                   (Journey to America )
3.   “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 8-11                               (Go West ! )
4. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 12-13                               (Home on the Prairie)
Pioneers
5.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 14-15, 24-25                (Home on the Prairie )
Native Americans

*Week 2: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″
A Day With Kirsten

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 22-23, 26-27                 (Daily Life)
2.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 16-17; 32-35                (Fun & Games for Everyone! ) 3.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 18-21                              (Love & Marriage )
4.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 36-39                              (Fashion)
5. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 30-31; 49 (inset)          (Medicine )

*Week 3: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854”
Friends and Foes on the Prairie

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 44-45                                     (Around Town)
2. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 42-43; 46-47                        (Kirsten’s Neighbors)
3.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 48-55                                    (The Dakota Conflict)
4.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 48-55                                    (Conflicts Continue)
5. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 56-58                                     (The Great Land Rush)

Continue reading American Girl Kirsten- Pioneer America Unit Study

Encouragement for moms~
Go out and PLAY !!

leaves explosion
“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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Jackolantern


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

Making Memories  :)
Making Memories 🙂

 

 

SPIDER FUN !
spiders wallpaper

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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American Girl
Josefina Unit Study

American Girl Josefina Unit Study

America’s Southwest  Frontier
1824

 

* Core Reading-

*Week 1: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824
Introduction to Josefina and America’s Southwest Frontier

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 1                                   (Meet Josefina)

2.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 2-5                              (Josefina’s World )

3.   “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 8-9; 32-33               (The Village)

4. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 10-11; 28-29            (Daily Life)

5.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 16-21                          ( Family)

Week 2: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824″
A Day With Josefina

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 22-25                         ( Fashion & Beauty )

2.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 26-27                         (Medicine & Health )

3.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 13 (inset)                 (Art & Music )

4.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 12-15                         (Faith)

5. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 34-35                          (Food & Fiestas! )

Week 3: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”
Life on the Trail

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 36-39                            (Friends & Neighbors)

2. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 40-45                             (El Camino Real)

3.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 48-49; 54-55              (The Santa Fe Trail )

4.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 50-53                              (Life on the Trail )

5. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 56-58                               (Becoming “American”)

Continue reading Josefina Unit Study- America’s Southwest Frontier 1824

 

Welcome to Kaya’s World

Kaya Unit
Native America
Unit Study

*Core Reading-

 

*Week 1: “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”  
Introduction to Kaya & The Nez Perce
  1. You Tube Video intro to Kaya                                  (Meet Kaya)
  2. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 2-5           (Kaya’s World)
  3. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 6-7           (Horse People)
  4. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 44-45     (Friends & Enemies)
  5. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 20-21      (A Dangerous World)
* Week 2: “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”
A Day With Kaya
  1. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 12-13, p.24-25         (Family)
  2. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 26-31                          (Dress)
  3. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 8-11, p. 40-41         (Houses & Food)
  4. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 14-17, p. 34-35       (Work & Play)
  5. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 18-19, p. 32-33       (Art & Music)
* Week 3: “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”
People & Places
  1. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 47                          (Lewis & Clark)
  2. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 48-49                  (Henry & Eliza Spalding)
  3. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 50-51                  (The Nez Perce War)
  4. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 51 (inset)          (Chief Joseph)
  5. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 52-55, p.58      (The Nez Perce Today)

Continue reading American Girl Kaya Unit Study

 

Child swinging
photo by Jason Paluck

~American Girl Unit Studies ~

Here we go!
The first unit study coming up!
Need a fun and fresh way to study American history?
Or, just a break from the daily grind?
Do you love the idea of doing unit studies with your family, but find the cost to purchase one, or the time it takes to put a unit together overwhelming?
I hope these units will save you some time, give you some inspiration, help your family learn a ton, and make some super fun memories !!

Please comment!
I’d love to hear your suggestions & see what you’ve been working on!

Other than the six books listed below (available at most local libraries & of course for purchase), all other ideas & activities can be found online. I also have included a list of
resources you may like to purchase including the historical fiction series of American Girl Books, but these are not needed for the unit.

The units are organized by subject area and broken up into weekly lessons that correlate with the reading.   This is just my idea of organized. 🙂
Each unit is designed to last between 3-6 weeks, but of course, you may choose to skip some activities to shorten it up, or add lots of your own to study the topic more in depth. These units could serve as a fun mini study, or a complete year long history plan.
The sky is the limit!

Native America– “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”
Colonial America– “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”
Frontier America– “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”
Pioneer America– “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854”
Civil War America– “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864”
Turn of the Century America– “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904”

This is just a simple framework to get you started. However you may use this hodge podge of ideas, I hope you (oh yeah, and the kiddos too, of course) have FUN!!

Wishing you all the freeing joys of a good high swing on a lovely spring day!


 

It’s a fields of daisies kind of day. . .

 

daisy
photo by Rachel Kramer

It’s a fields of daisies kind of day!
It’s a fields of daisies kind of day.

Years ago, when I first started homeschooling my 3 children, my sister-in-law and I coined this term to describe one of those magnificent, living, learning, loving kind of days spent with our kiddos.  You know the kind of day.  The trip to the beach to collect & classify seashells… the afternoon hike in the fall to collect leaves…everyone sprawled out under a big shady tree “doing school”… strolling through an art museum on a Monday morning while the rest of the world is back to the grind.
And then all of a sudden you look up and you are struck with what a great blessing  it is to be right where you are in that moment.

And the days fly by!
My oldest children have moved out on their own, and my youngest child will graduate next year is a freshman in college ! These kind of days have morphed into new kinds of happy, but I always want to remember the beauty and simplicity of the daisy days.
As I went through the stacks & stacks of curriculum and unit studies our family has collected, they brought back memories of so many great times spent together.  I couldn’t bear to toss them all out.
And so I thought I’d share them with you!

As a very, very newbie blogger, I am learning as I go.
I will be posting a series of American Girl unit studies first, then adding other themes & topics and some random thoughts as I go.  I hope you’ll come back often to see what’s new!

Have you had a fields of daisies moment lately?
I’d love to hear about it!

Wishing you a lovely day!