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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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 TrailĀ 

 

Cruz {4 Years Old/ Preschool}

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Thank You, Stinky FaceĀ 

 

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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Happy Halloween 2018

Hi Guys!

Halloween is finally here, can you believe it?!

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This year all my kids are actually going with a theme. This hasn’t happened since my oldest 2 were very little, and I was able to dress them up how I wanted.

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This year we have; Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Death Stroke.

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We plan to take them trick-or-treating tonight, just like we do every year.

Is your kid(s) dressing up? What are your plans for Halloween?

Happy Halloween!

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Fall Photos {Kids}

I found the cutest idea for fall photos on Pinterest last month, and my Hubby, just being the amazing person that he is, helped me recreate that idea.

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Isn’t this the cutest little setup?! My Hubby built the stand using some free wood he had. I bought the crates at Michael’s when they were on sale, and my oldest son stained them for me.

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My Hubby also found some old rusty chains to add a little something extra to this setup.

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I bought the hay bale at Walmart, i think it was like $5.

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The pumpkins i bought at a local grocery store.

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I used some orange craft paint to write ‘PUMPKINS’ at the top.

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Of course even our puppies had to get their picture taken.

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I think these turned out great, i just wish the lighting would have been a little bit better on this particular day.

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Halloween Sensory Bin

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing something really fun, a Halloween sensory bin!!

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Sensory bins are super easy to make and can keep kids entertained for hours. Here’s what you need to make a Halloween Sensory Bin of your own.

  • Rice (or beans) – I bought a 10 pound bag of white rice for $6.48 and a 4 pound bag of black beans for $4.57, at Walmart. With these amounts, i was able make 3 sensory bins.
  • Pumpkins (fake) – I bought a bag of small pumpkins for $3 at Target, and bought the bigger pumpkins at Walmart for $0.98 each!
  • Assorted Halloween items – Stretchy eyeballs ($1.98 Walmart), Skeletons ($0.98 Walmart), Bat Rings ($0.98), and Flutes ($0.98 Walmart)
  • Plastic Bins w/ lids – I bought a pack of 4, for under $10, at Walmart.

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I poured half the bag of rice in one bin, and the other half in another bin. Then i added several Halloween items to each bin.

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I poured the entire bag of black beans into one bin, and added Halloween items to that bin as well.

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My kids, all 5 of them, really enjoyed playing with these Halloween Sensory Bins.

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One of the great things is that the rice, beans, and bins are all a one time purchase. Just change up the items you add to your sensory bins based on holidays/seasons/etc..

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Have you made a sensory bin before? What’s your favorite items to add to yours?

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The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts Review

Hi Guys!

I shared during my curriculum picks that we are using The Good and The Beautiful for language arts this year. **Side note: What homeschooler isn’t using it? as it seems to be very popular this year.**

Anyways, we are into our 10th week of school, so i thought i would give my review on this curriculum.

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I’m just going to dive in and tell you my pros and cons of The Good and The Beautiful language arts curriculum.

(We are using levels Pre-k – 7)

Pros:

~Levels 1-5 are available to download for FREE!

~It’s pretty much open and go, not much prep work involved.

~I love how it covers more than just language arts, they also add in geography and art appreciation.

~If you don’t decide to download it for FREE (or you order one of the levels are aren’t available for free download), their prices are aren’t that expensive compared to other language arts curriculum.

~It’s just beautiful. I love all the artwork throughout it.

~I feel like it’s a well rounded curriculum, it covers everything, there are no gaps. From spelling, to punctuation, to grammar, to vocabulary, to writing my kids are covered.

Cons:

~It’s advanced. Which isn’t really a con, it’s just something you have to be aware of before you order/place your child into a level. They have a level placement test which you can download for free on their website.

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That’s it, those are my pros and cons. Which obviously my pros outweigh my cons and i’m 100% sure i will be ordering this curriculum again next year!

If you are using The Good and The Beautiful this year i’d love to hear what you think about it. Leave me comment with your thoughts.

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