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spring chick PEEP!~Spring Science~
Friday Favorites

As much as I love the cozy days of winter, I’m kind of ready for
a new season.
Ready for all the browns to be replaced with greens,
for flowers to bloom,
and the breezes to be warm.
                          Bring on the spring! 

There’s just something about the change of seasons that always energizes me….and err….it seems to have been genetic.
My kids tend to get that same “energy”.


Yep.
                                                 Spring Fever !

So, this week’s Friday Favorites are  some fun   Spring Science Activities
to change things up a bit and get the spring fever wiggles out.    🙂

* ‘Egg’cellent  Ideas*

Bouncy Eggs from Parenting Chaos
8 Fascinating Egg Science Activities  from   iGame Mom
8 Egg Launchers  (These are SO MUCH FUN!!)  from   Little Bins for Little Hands

* Dancing with the Daffodils & Other Flower Power Ideas *

Daffodil Disection (& other lovely related ideas) from Mama Scout
*I really love this mama’s reminder that real learning is the goal!
Seed Sprouting Activity from Housing A Forest
The Magic School Bus Gets Planted!

Flower Pigment Experiment from Coffee Cups and Crayons

* Butterflies, Birds, and Bugs *

Make a Butterfly Feeder and learn all about butterflies with this Butterfly Unit from Premeditated Leftovers
Birds of a Feather from The Scientific Mom
Ants ! from Gift of Curiosity

Daffodil

“And then my heart with pleasure fills,
and dances with the daffodils. ”
– William Wordsworth

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fields of daisies

It’s Friday Favorites!
More fun ideas
for more fields of daisies days!

If you are just stopping by for the first time, you may be wondering what in the world I mean by  “fields of daisies” days.      🙂

Welcome to my cozy corner of Bloglandia!
Click on over to read what these wonderful days are all about,  then come back and sit and stay awhile!  I’m so glad you’ve found Fields of Daisies.
I hope you will enjoy the units I’m posting,  my favorite homeschooling finds, and most of all, I hope you will find some encouragement to keep on
living, loving, and learning with your family!

So, without further ado…on to the fun!!

Earlier this week, I posted some thoughts on being able to SEE the good and the Mercy in each day… and I kept thinking, in the least,  we all have days that test our patience.

It’s so frustrating when our plans change, or sickness happens, or there are endless trips to and from,  and “school” gets put on hold.

How do you homeschool on days like these?

Some days are just difficult, but making them into the best, most memorable kinds of days is totally possible.  It’s more than possible!
(REALLY this IS a fun post!  I promise!  Keep reading !)

 

So HOW do we do it ?!?
Look for the daisy moments!

Here are some ideas.

 


* When mama is sick~

 Can it be a good day when Mom is sick in bed?
Depends on how you see it!

– Read this mama’s sweet reminder at ilovemy5kids
THIS is a perfect field of daisies kind of day!


– Curl up together and listen to your favorite books.  There are TONS of free audiobooks for all ages.
Listen to some stories that might be brand new to you!
There are some fantastic ones out there that have so much to teach…about science, or math, or history!

Click here to see some of our favorites over the years Story Time !
And my very favorite series of books, The Chronicles of Narnia are all available free online!!

* The feeling blue kind of day~
Try ditching the regular routine and do something happy !!
What could be cheerier than  PEEPS ?!?
Peeps STEM activities from Schooling a Monkey
– Peep Science from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Peep Science   from  The Frugal Navy Wife
Peep S’mores… Oh my!  from DomesticSuperhero.com

* Unexpected all day in the car~
Home“schooling.
Laughable some days isn’t it ?!?


– Just talk to each other.

Some of the very deepest conversations I’ve had with my children have happened spontaneously while in the car.  Maybe it is the lack of distractions, or maybe because we have each other as a
captive audience.  🙂
Either way, don’t “miss it” and stress about all that isn’t getting done at home… lots of important life can be found in the confines of the car.


– Roll the windows down and SING!
   Sing LOUD too!
  Ahhhhh.  Doesn’t that feel so good?!?!

–  I love this idea to create your family’s own soundtrack
from Alpha Mom


– Play some silly car games that ALL of you might enjoy!


– A fun “speriment” for the younger kiddos from this mom at
The (Reformed) Idealist Mom

* When everyone is wiggly and has
spring fever~

Get outside!
Even in the rain or slush !   The kids don’t mind, and stomping in puddles can make you feel like you’re 5.
And that’s a good thing.    🙂


– Here are some great ideas from Our Journey Westward

*And at last….the days when you are simply feeling “interrupted” by LIFE!

-I absolutely love this encouragement from Heidi St. John  !
-And THIS SONG from Kristene DiMarco

Hope you find a hidden daisy today !

 

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~ 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.

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

AND/OR
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)
OR
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

~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

Gratitude

~Gratitude Builders ~
 (For Kids of All Ages)

Is today Monday again?!?
Are you SURE it isn’t Monday ?
Gratitude builders (for kids of all ages)… it’s what I’m thinking about these days.  Yep.  And it’s what I’m reminding myself of at the moment as I grump at my lack of computer skills.  Onward…

‘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.
And…
‘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

–  “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

 

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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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 🙂

 

 

Gather Together, Give Thanks, Eat Pie !

Fall Pie

 

 

 

~Fall School~
Friday, Pie Day ! 

It’s Friday, so why not make it a pie day ?
Fall is so cozy isn’t it?
Doesn’t it just make you want pie?
Ok.  Maybe I want pie in the summer too.
But fall just sings apple, and pecan, and pumpkin pie!  Oh my!
And of course pie IS very educational… covers science, and art, and history if you’re creative, and definitely math!   And math is very important…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, bake some pies!!

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

SO, GIVE THANKS and EAT SOME PIE !

* Favorite Pumpkin Pie Recipe
This is a no fail pumpkin pie recipe.  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 take an egg yolk and a few drops of food coloring & paint it on the leaf cutouts before baking for pretty fall colors.  Color mixing!  See how educational baking a pie is ?!?!
Add some of these other fun pumpkin ideas & voila !
(The pie pictured above 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

 

 

 

 

Friday, but not feeling the whole 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 !!

Encouragement for Moms
~Words for Wednesday~
Monday Girl


        Ever want to call in sick ?!?

” A cheerful heart is good medicine” 
   Hope this makes you giggle today !

 

 

          Sick .


“I cannot go to school today,
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.

My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?

My leg is cut–my eyes are blue–
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke–

My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.

My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.

My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.

My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is–what?

What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

~Shel Silverstein
Saturday Girl

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