Ugly Sweater Craft {Blogmas Day 9}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing with you all a very fun Christmas craft, ugly sweaters!

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This is our second year of doing this craft, because we loved it so much the first year, we decided to do it again this year!

To make these you’ll need…

  • Ugly sweater template  from Fun Learning for kids.
  • Red cardstock
  • Various Christmas themed craft items – pom poms, glitter, jingle bells, etc.
  • Glue

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These are super easy to make, once you have printed your ugly sweater template on your red cardstock, then all that’s left to do is cut it out and decorate it.

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The kids thoroughly enjoy making this Christmas craft, and one of the best things is i bought most of the supplies at the dollar store so this was also a super affordable craft project.

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Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers {Blogmas Day 5}

Today I thought I would share some gift ideas for homeschoolers. In case you aren’t a homeschooler yourself and you need some ideas on what to get a homeschooler in your life, OR maybe you are a homeschooler and someone needs an idea on what to get you and you’re having a hard time coming up with some ideas to share with them, then this gift guide is for you.

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So without further ado, here are some ideas for the homeschoolers in your life…

  1. Subscription services –  Tinker Crates, Letters From Afar, Magazines (National Geographic is a great one!), etc. This is the gift that keeps on giving!
  2. Books – I’ve never met a homeschooler that doesn’t like/need books. We are constantly buying books. Some great book ideas for homeschooling moms are: Homeschool Mom’s Bible, Teaching From Rest, and The Unhurried Homeschooler.
  3. SuppliesPens, Pencils, Markers, Scissors, etc. We go through a lot of supplies!
  4. Memberships – Zoo, Aquarium, Museums, etc.
  5. Tickets – Plays, concerts, sporting events, etc.
  6. Gift Certificates – Amazon, bookstores, Starbucks, etc. If you aren’t sure what they have, this is a great gift, so they can buy what they want/need.

I hope you find this list helpful.

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10 Thanksgiving Themed Books {for kids}

Only 7 more days until Thanksgiving, which is enough time to hit up your local library {or Amazon} for some great Thanksgiving themed books for kids.

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My personal favorites are; God Gave Us Thankful Hearts, Thankful, Thank You Stinky Face, and Thanksgiving in the Woods!!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving themed book?

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Themed Learning {Apples}

This past week we learned almost all there is to know about APPLES!!!

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And today i’m sharing all we did during our themed learning week.

Books we read:

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Fun Stuff we did:

#1 – Science Experiment

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We put apples slices into 4 different jars. One jar had just air, the next had water, the next had oil, and the last one had vinegar. We observed them all day to see what would happen to the apples and we put our results in our journals.

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#2 – Bobbing for Apples

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This is such a fun activity to do with the kids, all my kids loved it! My 10 year old has even requested that we do this activity on his birthday!

#3 – Worksheets

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Life Cycle of an Apple, Apple Pop ArtApple Unit,  and Pattern Block Puzzle Apples. All of these are free downloads on Teachers Pay Teachers.

 

Food we ate:

Apple turnovers – Super easy and delicious!

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Fun lunch – Apple shaped sandwich, Apple Pie Oreo, Applesauce, apple slices, and apple juice.

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That’s it for our Apple Themed Learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!

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November Reading List

How is it already November?! I swear, it’s true what they say, “the days are long but the years are short”.

Anyways, since it’s a new month you know what that means, a new reading list!

Here are all the books we are reading this month…

November Reading List

Samuel {13 Years Old/ 8th Grade)

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Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries)

 

Dasean {10 Years Old/ 5th Grade}

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Race to the Ark (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Book 2)

 

Karina {7 Years Old/ 2nd Grade}

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Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail 

 

Cruz {4 Years Old/ Preschool}

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Thank You, Stinky Face 

 

Veronica {me}

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel – I was actually recommend this by a reader of mine (thank you!), I can’t wait to read it!

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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Themed Learning {Halloween}

A few years ago I shared about doing a themed learning unit, Winter. I remember how much fun that was for the kids, so I decided to bring back themed learning units. Yay!

Of course with Halloween being only 1 day away, what better theme to start with…

Halloween Themed Learning

 

We started our Halloween themed learning unit last week, and here is everything we did.

Books we read:

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Fun stuff we did:

#1 – Halloween Sensory Bin

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You can read all about our Halloween Sensory Bin, HERE. The kids had a lot of fun doing this.

#2 – Carving pumpkins

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We carve pumpkins every year. It has been a tradition of ours for about 12 years now.

#3 – Candy corn, corn on the cobs

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We first tried our hand at this a few years ago, and it was a lot of fun so we decided to try it again. You can find really cool ones on Pinterest.

Food we ate:

Pumpkin shaped sandwiches – We made peanut butter and jelly, but you could do any kind of sandwich. You just need a cookie cutter. I paired the sandwiches with oranges, Jello (orange), Carrots with ranch, goldfish, Halloween Oreo, and a homemade pumpkin looking pretzel.

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Mummy hot dogs – So cute, fun, and easy to make! You only need hot dogs and crescent rolls to make these mummy hot dogs. Recipe can be found HERE.

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Roasted Pumpkin seeds – Use the seeds from the pumpkin carving, roast them in the oven (350 degrees F) for about 20 minutes.

 

Movies we watched:

 

That’s it for our Halloween themed learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!

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