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~Thankfulness:  The Real Things Haven’t Changed~
   Words For Wednesdays

Little House on the Prairie

“The real things haven’t changed.
It is still best to be honest and truthful;
to make the most of what we have;
to be happy with simple pleasures;
and have courage when things go wrong.”

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

I have been working on a unit study about life in Frontier America.
I am amazed by the pioneer’s courage and their simple faith.
Thankfulness…the real things haven’t changed.
Their gratitude for the smallest graces
is something we can all reflect on

and aspire to.
What simple pleasures are you thankful for today?
My quick list:
~Laughter
~Hot Coffee
~The smell of baking bread
~Salty, roasted pumpkin seeds
~Music
~The change in seasons today

        Thanksgiving Unit Study
~An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving~

old fashioned thanksgiving

~ A Gentle Unit Study~
Stories to read aloud together, recipes, games to play, crafts, history,
family devotional ideas, and lots more fun!

* Reading:

* “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”  by Louisa May Alcott
(google reader, book format)
OR
Read/print it out on a single page here
OR
Listen to “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” Audiobook (free of course)

*Watch the Hallmark movie version of “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” online
Continue reading ~An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving~

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
– 
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
– 
Autumn Coloring Pages (nice themes) from Coloring Page
– 
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

 

Cozy Reading Dogs

 

 

     Story Time !
~Friday Favorites~

My Friday Favorite this week is story time.
Some of the sweetest memories with my children have been made while all curled up reading books together.

Can you remember your favorite childhood books?

My children all have theirs and can even still remember some of them word for word… we may have read ‘Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?‘  one or five thousand times.  🙂

Another way our family has enjoyed great story times is by listening to someone else read the story.  We would pile up on the couch with blankets and pillows and snacks, or in a fort built on somebody’s bed and enjoy the story together.   This is especially fun on a cold or rainy winter’s day.

Listening to a book being read aloud builds so many wonderful skills, and if you have a reluctant reader in the mix, this might be a way to help them appreciate all the joys of a good book without the frustration!

There are so many great audio books available for free (and to buy) !
These books are a great resource to use for history, for english, for science & nature study, for snuggle times, ok…you get it…for anytime!

Need a break?  The kids need a break?   Go on a nature walk & then come back in, get cozy with a cup of cocoa, and listen to a classic Thornton Burgess story.   LOVE this one!  🙂
Just to give you an idea of what’s out there,
here’s some of my favorites~
The Velveteen Rabbit‘  (audio)
The Velveteen Rabbit‘  (text to read along if you’d like)
Just So Stories‘   (audio)
Just So Stories‘  (text)
Aunt Jo’s Scrapbag

Longer Stories-
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden
Little Men‘  (Both boys & girls would love this story I think!  One of my favorites!)

Here’s a few picture books read aloud on YouTube for the littles~
The Rainbow Fish
Goodnight Moon
Go Dog, Go!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Are You My Mother
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

HAPPY FRIDAY TO YOU !

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I love fall !
Fun Fall Family Activities!
Fall is my Friday Favorite today.  🙂
I LOVE FALL !
The cooler weather, breezy and brisk;
the beautiful colors,  reds and rusts;
cozy sweaters, hot spiced ciders, and roaring bonfires, oh my!
It just makes me want to get outside.
The change of seasons seems to bring some kind of refreshment to the soul.

This Friday’s favorites are all fall…
**Note:  I think you can enjoy these ideas most anywhere in the country even if it’s
85* like it is today here in Texas.   Alas, I lit my pumpkin candle & sipped my pumpkin spice coffee while writing this post.   It is raining (BIG change), and  it’s 85* today.  That is a change from 105* at least.   It’s fall, y’all !    🙂

Go on a nature walk !
Perfect way for everyone to take a break and breathe in the fall !

*Crafty Ideas
* Nature Walk Ideas:  Simple Play from Nurture Store  (all freebie ideas, no worries)
* Leaf Rubbings (with a great tip on how-to for any littles in your family too!)
from Word Play House
*
Pinecone Spiders  from Fireflies and Mudpies
*
Fall Walk Windchimes  from Fun Family Crafts

* Fall Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Fall Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt (for all ages!) from Starts at Eight
Digital Camera Fall Scavenger Hunt (free printable)  from Hearts and Trees
Fall Family Scavenger Hunt from the National Wildlife Federation
Autumn Scavenger Hunt (free printable) from The Homeschool Den

**Didn’t find a scavenger hunt that was just right?  Here is the ULTIMATE LIST of scavenger hunts for any occasion !  Or for no occasion other than kids of all ages seem to LOVE scavenger hunts.  🙂     From My Joy Filled Life

* Nature Notebooking Ideas

– Simple Nature Journaling from The Homeschool Scientist
 Inspiration Everywhere uses magazine cutouts of birds & other wildlife sightings…
love this idea!
Assorted Fall “Nature Walk” Coloring Pages
Nature Walk Coloring and Drawing Page

 

My Friday Favorite…
      

smile medicine cap !smile bagel

Smile Veggies

Sometimes it’s all in how you see things !

I see a bagel, some veggies, and a bottle cap… pretty dang exciting stuff.
What do you see ?  Do you see it now ?
Kinda funny actually.
Wonder how many of these little giggles I’ve missed out on! 


Some days we need a little creativity to
find the humor in life.
Is my bagel really grinning at me ?

Some days we need a little creativity to laugh.
I think that bottle cap just winked at me !
A good belly laugh or at least a chuckle can be right in our faces…… It is often simply all in the way we look at the little things. 

I have a Facebook friend who frequently posts pictures of these
smiles in hidden places from time to time.
She’s had her share of tough things to walk through in life,
but she chooses to look for and see, what is good  (and funny!)
about life!
She knows that these little smiles are reminders from God that she is never alone, and so she continues to look for them and share them as an encouragement to us all !

If you aren’t looking for them,
you might not even notice they’re there.

Hope you will look for and  find a hidden smile just for YOU today!

So, can I have 2 favorites today ?
I mean, it IS Friday after all.

It kind of ties in with creativity….
I really wanted to share it because it is such a great, creative  🙂 idea !!

Have you ever thought of making magnets out of magazine  (Click on link to see more!)  cut outs , or coloring books, or even old books
(gasp!  I know!) ?
You could make them for anything your child is interested in or learning about at the time…AG Dolls, working trucks, kinds of fall leaves or flowers, birds,  ABC’s, or cut outs of words for poetry making.
I think they’d be great on cookie sheets in the car and  on the fridge at home.
The ideas are endless !

Happy Friday y’all !

 

Curiosity

“The important thing
is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity
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