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Encouragement for moms...PLAY !







Charlotte Mason on Play…
It might just surprise you what she had to say !

“Let the mother go out
and PLAY !”

Charlotte Mason understood a lot about children….she also understood a lot about moms.  I found this to be some advice I need to take to heart!

“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 ?
Go Play Mom !

American Girl
Josefina Unit Study

American Girl Josefina Unit Study

America’s Southwest  Frontier


* 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

American Girl Units for SummerCan Summer School Be FUN ?!?!?

YES !!!

Try these  free  American Girl Units.
Complete daily lessons with crafts, recipes, games, activities, printables, and more!    Take a LOOK !!

* Kaya’s World:  Native America  1764
* Felicity’s World:  Colonial America  1774
* Josefina’s World:  Southwestern Frontier America  1824
* Kirsten’s World:  Pioneer America 1854
* Addy’s World:  Civil War America  1864

*I also have saved the best of the best FREE ideas to go along with these units as well.   You can find them on my Pinterest HERE

American Girl Unit Studies

~ A Christmas Carol~
(Mini Unit Study)
God Bless Us Everyone

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
If you’ve never tried a unit study before,
this busy time of year might be a good time to give it a try !
Simple learning ideas for stress free
and FUN holiday homeschooling !
So that there’s lots of time for baking cookies, going to plays, homemade presents, and hopefully,
even a bit of quiet time to soak in the awe of the advent !


  A Christmas Carol

*Reading Suggestions-

*Week 1:  ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol”  (Gutenburg Version)
“A Christmas Carol”  (Easy to Read Version…Larger Print)
This piece is divided into 5 staves, perfect for one week’s daily reading.

Listen to one of these audio versions
 iTunes Version
  YouTube Version  (Audio with Text)

Watch the 1971 animated version  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
George C. Scott full version  A Christmas Carol
(There are many good animated and full versions to be found)

*Vocabulary & Other Activities
* A Christmas Carol Lesson
( Lots of printables…worksheets, fact sheets, recipes, and other activities)
* A Christmas Carol Vocabulary
* A Christmas Carol  Script–   Try gathering some friends and acting out this play version !
* Discussion Questions, Fun Activities, and more
* A Christmas Carol Crossword Puzzle
Reading Comprehension Questions from Easy Fun School

*Week 2:  Charles Dickens

* Biography of Charles Dickens  OR  Everything Dickens  (interactive)
Watch the brief BBC Biography, The Life of Charles Dickens on YouTube
or the full length A&E Biography  (very interesting, but probably best for older students)

* ” Christmas With Charles Dickens“, a short memoir by Dickens’ daughter, Mamie Dickens

* “A Christmas Tree” , a short story by Dickens
(Also, you can listen to a well done  audio version on the same page!
This might be helpful, as some of the victorian language is likely
unfamiliar and a bit difficult. )

* Collection of Short Stories by Dickens to enjoy reading online

* ‘The Ivy Green‘ a poem by Dickens

*  Samantha:  An American Girl Holiday
(Just for fun-  though this movie is not set in England, the time period and the themes
of the industrial revolution and child labor are the same)
Continue reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ Mini Unit


~Gratitude Builders ~
 (For Kids of All Ages)

Gratitude builders (for kids of all ages)…
it’s what is on my mind this week.
That, and truth be told, I’m thinking about those sweet faces in the picture above, and all the friends I am missing from the time we lived in Peru.
I know I need to turn the melancholy feeling toward gratitude & I’m hoping
in digging out some fun ideas to share this week, I’ll do just that!

‘Tis the season to reflect on all we have to be thankful for in these wonderful lives of ours !
‘Tis the season for gathering together with friends and family.

‘Tis the season to cram as much wonderful life as possible
into every corner of every day .
I’m not sure about you,  but these very lovely feelings of gratitude and family warmth
can quickly turn into a jumble of endless evenings of events, crying kiddos,
serious shopping stress,  kid meltdowns, and then one major mommy meltdown !

What helps our family?
I’m a planner.
I make plans to make plans.
I’m not even joking.  Ask my poor family.
And because,  I’m prone to mommy meltdowns (and yelling at dogs!),
I know we ALL can benefit from taking some quiet time as a family to appreciate these special days.

Just taking a moment to breathe, to be thoughtful, and to be thankful.

So, I’m making a plan.    🙂
I’ve googled, and Pinterested, and pulled out old books.
I’m making a list of a few things to do, nothing strenuous or time intensive,
just a couple quick ideas to make some quiet family time actually happen.

*Gratitude Builders For Kids of All Ages ~

* Quiet Times:
– “Praying Scriptures of Thanksgiving” from His Mercy Is New
   (Try reading & praying these simple verses together in the morning, or before bedtime)

–  Printable Family Gratitude Devotions from Frugal Fun For Boys
Simple Weekly Thanksgiving  Family Devotions from Ligonier Camp
The Attitude of Gratitude (Lapbook) from Homeschool Helper Online 

*Stories of Thanksgiving for Families:
–  Thank You, God, for the Fleas!” adaptation from Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place
Audio Version  (Only about 3 minutes)

–  “The Children’s Book of Thanksgiving Stories”  from Project Gutenberg
( I love this resource !  Lots of short stories. Great for bed time, car time, anytime !)

Family Thanksgiving Book

My Family’s Thanksgiving Story
Perhaps you might like to make your own family’s special story of Thanksgiving.
I started the Thanksgiving notebook when my children were very small.   Every year there are various questions written at the top of it’s pages…every person (including guests) on Thanksgiving Day (or sometime during that week) signs in beside a number on the first page and answers the questions throughout the book.  We have several books now that are filled with the sweetest thoughts, memories, and words of love & friendship.   There are some years of little kid scribbles, of some umm… ‘creative’ things the kids were thankful for, some touching memories of happy times, and even several years that the pages are mostly in Spanish as we celebrated with our beautiful Peruvian friends.
Every year I bring the old notebooks out to read and remember.  There are some lovely treasures in those books-  thoughts from my Grandma, who passed away at 95 last year, and other people we have been blessed to know and love along the way.
These books are a very precious part of our family’s story.

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*”Watch” a short book, or a movie curled up together:
– “The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings”  book on YouTube
– “The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks”  book on YouTube
– “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”    (full episode)

* Family Activities:
– Create a Simple Gratitude Garland from Life Lesson Plans
– Write a “We are Thankful for You” letter to someone as a family

– Try printing out these family talk Gratitude Table Topics from Growing Book by Book
Family Games… Ideas for Building Attitudes of Gratitude

“An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” Unit Study from Fields of Daisies (that’s me  🙂 )
– Some lovely Thanksgiving Coloring Pages from Karla Dornacher
  (Because they’re my favorite everyday  🙂 )

“The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful;  it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” 
― David Steindl-Rast




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),
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
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

Now try not to get the Friday song stuck on repeat in your head all day long.
🙂 You’re welcome.

Anyhow, for me Friday means the beginning of the weekend…Yahoo!
Hopefully sleeping in a little, a lazy Saturday morning in my pjs with coffee & Pinterest,  and since I’m here in Texas, it means Friday night football games !
All good reasons to celebrate the day.  🙂

So , I thought it might be fun to do a little something to celebrate Fridays here together too!
And since I have found so many amazing resources lately,
I thought I would pick one of my favorites each week to share.  One day when I know what I’m doing in Blog World,  we’ll celebrate with exciting give-aways and fabulous linky parties.  Until then, it is simply Friday Favorites 🙂
Without further ado…. this week’s favorite is:
Garden of Praise   and most specifically their
Art Appreciation Lessons  

What a fantastic resource!
They offer TONS of free materials including
Art Appreciation
100+ Biographies of Famous People
+ Music Activities and Lessons
Bible Lessons
+ and lots & lots more.

Hope you enjoy your Friday !


“The important thing
is not to stop questioning.
has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe
when he contemplates the mysteries
of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough
if one tries merely to comprehend
a little of this mystery every day.
Never lose a holy curiosity.”

‒ Albert Einstein


American Girl Felicity:
Colonial America
Unit Study

American Girl Felicity Unit Study
  Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774
Growing Up In Colonial America !!

* Core Reading-
“Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”


*  Week 1: Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774
Introduction to Felicity and Colonial America

1. Introduction to Felicity’s world 1774                             (see Day 1 Plan Below)

2.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 1-3                  ( Life in the New World)

3.   Review of the 13 Colonies                                                (Southern Colonies)

4.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 24-25               ( Plantation Village)

5.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 6-7                     (At Home with Family)

* Week 2: Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774
     A Day With Felicity

1.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 12-15, 16-19              ( Society )

2.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 22-23, 32-33              (Work )

3.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 8-9                                (Play )

4.   “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 20-21                           (Food)

5.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 26-31                             (Slavery )

*  Week 3: Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774

1.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 4-5, 42-43       (Boston Tea Party & the
                                                                                                              Midnight Ride)

2.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 44-51            (War! At home & at Camp)

3.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 52-53               (GeorgeWashington )

4.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 54-55                (The Turning Point  )

5.  “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”- p. 56-58                 (Surrender!  )

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Native American Unit Study (American Girl Kaya)Welcome to Kaya’s World!  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)

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