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Encouragement for Moms
~Words for Wednesdays~
mom and baby playing

I am a good mom.

Say it out loud with me!

Did you find that hard to say?
I did.
Did you find it even more difficult to really settle it in your heart
without a steady stream of accusations floating through your mind?
What?!?
You didn’t wear your baby?  You didn’t potty train by 2?
You’ve had to rewash the towels 3 times because you can’t remember to put them in the dryer?  AND your 9th grader isn’t taking Advanced Calculus this year?   😀

Yeah…still…You ARE a good mom.
Why is this such a hard bunch of words to speak and believe about ourselves ?
Truly, I don’t know of a more loving, giving, hard-working group of ladies
than the mamas that I am blessed to know.
We may all have very different parenting styles, and a different set of goals for our families and ourselves, but one thing we all have in common…We love our children very much.
And love covers a multitude of sins !

I AM A GOOD MOM.
This week’s Words for Wednesday.
Practice saying them aloud to yourself till you believe them…then share them
with a friend.

I read a lovely blog post today written by Danielle, a mom just like us.
Need some encouragement?  Know another mama who needs a reassuring word?
Read this post and pass it along!!!
THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF BEING A “GOOD” MOM  from Today’s the Best Day

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        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~

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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

 

 

 

     ~Fall Leaves Activities~
fall leaf           

         ~Friday 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


*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 Chart  from Preschool Mom

*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– a more advanced experiment –YouTube  

*And one more favorite 🙂
– Some pretty music for a quiet coloring, crafting, leafy afternoon
Autumn by George Winston 

Texas Fall

 

 

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 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
                          Revolution!

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                           (George Washington )

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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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)

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