Happy Birthday Joseph: A Dr. Seuss Themed Birthday Party

My youngest son was born near the end of February but when we looked at family schedules, we needed to wait and do his party on the first Saturday in March. I scheduled his party and then realized that the date coincided with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I decided not to let that coincidence go to waste and set out to plan a fun but simple themed party.

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There are hundreds of ideas for a Dr. Seuss themed birthday party on the internet so I had plenty to choose from. Then my older children got involved and started adding ideas of their own.  Together we came up with some fun, easy, and inexpensive ways to turn the birthday party in a Dr. Seuss extravaganza.

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I spent a mere $14 at the Dollar Tree for decorations and the only other expense was food (around $50 for 30 guests). We utilized the Dr. Seuss books that we already had along with the bright red, blue, and white decorations from the Dollar Tree. This kept it simple and made a big impact. I focused on decorating the food table and the area where the high chair was set up for the baby and his smash cake.  We also chose mostly foods that could be prepared the day before to keep stress levels low and allow me to be able to enjoy the party.

I adapted Lindi Haw’s idea of using a Dr. Seuss book as a guest book. I had each of our guests write in the cover of Oh The Thinks You Can Think!. I am very excited to have that keepsake for him when he gets older.

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When we were thinking about themed snacks, we immediately thought of green eggs and ham. We simply made our regular deviled eggs and added a bit of natural blue food dye to make them green. I added a bit of ham to the serving tray and it was done.  Next,came a series of Cat in the Hat snacks. We found several ideas over at Mighty Moms and then added one of our own. We made Jello Stacks and strawberry and banana stacks from ideas we found there. Then we also added tomato and mozzarella skewers. I simply cut up some fresh mozzarella and alternated it with cherry tomatoes on the skewers.  We also got our idea for ‘roast beast sandwiches’ from that blog.

My children thought it would be great fun to have Truffula trees and came up with two different ideas. First they had broccoli with dip as trees and then, my daughter created a ‘forest’ of Truffula trees using lollipops, an egg carton and a bit of green tissue paper. She covered the large egg carton with the green paper to give her a base and then simply poked holes and stuck the lollipops through the holes. We also had the colored gold fish in honor of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and my daughter decorated cheese sticks to resemble the Cat in the Hat.

We can’t forget the cakes! We had a small smash cake for my son that my daughter topped with whipped cream and used blueberries to make a “1”. Then for everyone else my mom had made her special strawberry cake and my daughter used strawberries to decorate the top like ‘Cat in the Hat’.

While the party was for a one year who did not really care about crafts, my eleven year old daughter thought it would be lots of fun to do themed crafts with the other young children. So she set up a station outside where they could do a hand painting activity and decorate their own ‘Cat in the Hat’ hats.

Overall, I thought the party was a great success. We were able to decorate in just a few minutes, the snacks were fun but simple, and everyone had a good time. These ideas are great for a birthday party or to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. What are your favorite birthday party themes?

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Through The Year in Foot Prints: March

Dr. Seuss’s birthday was March 2nd. We always enjoy celebrating Dr. Seuss and reading on that day. This year was extra special because it happened to also fall on the day we had planned to celebrate my youngest son’s birthday. While my daughter was looking for fun craft ideas she came across some ideas for using hands to make fish representing One Fish Two Fish.

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I decided that using Joseph’s feet and making his monthly footprint art into fish would also be fun. So we printed out a fish bowl template.  Then we dipped one foot into red paint and placed it on the fish bowl. Next, I did the other foot in blue paint and placed it on the fish bowl.

Then we washed his feet off with a baby wipe and allowed the paint to dry. Once the paint dried we added a quick mouth and eyes with a black sharpie marker and cut the fish bowl out.

One thing I will note, is that if you were going to do this craft with children who had bigger hands or feet you would want to choose a different fish bowl. I would try to find one that was landscape and not vertical to allow more room.

This was an easy and fun craft and I look forward to adding it into our collection and watching his feet grow throughout the year. I hope you enjoy this craft. I would love for you to share your finished projects or ideas with us!

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What’s Coming Up in March?

For such a short month, February was jam-packed! Elizabeth got her 4H goat, we did our Trail Life and AHG Pinewood Derby, wrapped up our Junior Historians projects, and stayed busy with a variety of events and activities.

On a personal note, I finished reading two more books!   Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson was a great read. Sarah shares her thoughts and ideas about reading, it’s importance and how it affects our lives. She also includes many wonderful book lists for various purposes. For example, one list is “Biographies: The Real-Life Epics That Shaped My Dreams”. Another list was “Novels of Eucatastrophe: The Fantastical Stories That Taught Me to Hope”.  While I honestly do not think that I will ever read all of the books on her lists, reading Book Girl gave me a renewed passion for reading and lots of good ideas for new books to add to my growing list of books to read.

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I also finished Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa Terkeurst. In this world full of social media, busy schedules, and high expectations, I think many of us have felt ‘uninvited’ at one point or another. This book shares great insight and Biblical perspective to help us heal and overcome and also to help us look at how our own actions are effecting our lives and friendships.

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You can expect to see at least new reviews in March. The first one, Victus Study Skills System,  has already posted. I will also be sharing about Homeschool Complete, Drive Thru History, and more. So many exciting products and we are having a blast trying them all out.

I also have a couple of fun field trips planned that I look forward to sharing with you including a fun nature center and planetarium. We also celebrated my youngest son’s first birthday on Dr. Seuss’s birthday (a week late for my son but when we could work it in the schedule) and I will share all of the fun theme ideas we used for his party.

Pi Day and St. Patrick’s Day are coming up soon. They are always great fun to celebrate and add a little fun to our school day. Make sure to check out those blog posts from last year full of ideas to help you cerebrate. I am also working on a great post about fun books to reinforce math skills that will be perfect for Pi day!

I have been busy testing out new quick and easy, low GI breakfast ideas based on your various ideas and recommendations. I look forward to sharing with you what worked for, what didn’t, and how I adapted a few things to make them work for our family. I have found some yummy ideas and think we are making head way in getting our mornings back on track.

March seems to be shaping up to be just as full as February. We started our online book study of Girls’ Club: Cultivating Lasting Friendships in a Lonely World, but it is not too late to jump in and join us.  I would love to have you follow me over at Pinterest. I am just getting started but enjoying sharing posts and other ideas there.  What is happening at your house this month?

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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls (Book Review)

Does your child love adventure? Do you want to instill a love and understanding of the events in the Bible? The The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls by WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group may be just the series you are looking for. It combines lots of adventure with wonderful true Bible stories in a way that is fun and easy to follow.

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My daughter was assigned to read The Great Escape (Book #3) during her school reading time over the course of a week. However, on that Monday evening she came to me and said that she hoped it was okay that she had read the entire book that day. When I asked her what she thought she said, ” I loved them. I really liked that the main characters were kids. I also like how they include the Bible while still making it an adventure.” She was thrilled that I also had Journey to Jericho (Book #4) for her to read and was excited to know that there are several others in the series.

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I had the opportunity to read through The Great Escape (Book #3) and found it to be simple, easy to follow and a great introduction to the first chapters in Exodus which tell of the plagues of Egypt and the Egyptians escape including the parting of the Red Sea.  As an adult it only took about 30 minutes or so to read but I would expect it to take young readers longer than that. The chapters were short enough to not feel overwhelming to most young readers.

I felt like they did a good job of staying true to the Bible though there are obviously fictionalized components. The book begins in modern times with two siblings staying at their uncle’s house. Since this is not their first adventure they know when they find an old scroll that it is going to take them on a time traveling adventure.  They end up traveling to the time of the Exodus, meeting a fictional Princess and getting a firsthand view of the plagues in Egypt before leaving with the Israelites.

I really liked that at the end of the book there is a section which explains where in the Bible you can read the story and a little about the fictionalization of the story (in this instance the Princess was not based on a specific real person).

As you can probably guess Journey to Jericho (Book #4) is about the story of the walls of Jericho. Once again, the main characters are two siblings Peter and Mary along with their dog Hank.  The story is set up in a very similar way with the siblings going on an adventure to solve the mystery of another scroll.

Overall, we really enjoyed these books. My daughter did not seem to mind that we started with books 3 and 4 as they can certainly stand alone. However, if I were purchasing the books I would probably start with book one and read them in order. Reading in order would have given you a little more information on the scrolls and the power surrounding them.  I am also just a little peculiar about preferring to read series in order.  There are five books in the series and my daughter has already ordered book one to add to her collection using some birthday money that she had set aside.

Worthy Kids recommends this book for first through third grades. I think the story is great for an even wider range, maybe kindergarten through fifth grades read aloud. The independent reading level is probably closer to second or third grade, though a strong first grader may be able to read it.  It was easy reading for my fifth grade daughter but she enjoyed the story. I highly encourage you to check out The Great Escape (Book #3) and Journey to Jericho (Book #4) for adventure filled journey through stories from the Bible. Don’t forget to click below to check out what the other Review Crew members thought about these books. Tell me in the comments what Bible story you think the author should turn into the next book in the series.

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Through The Year in Foot Prints: February

I love Valentine’s Day , though we don’t celebrate in the most traditional way. I love my husband very much but for our family Valentine’s Day has become a great reminder to celebrate the love we share as a family and the love of God with others. The children enjoy making and sending cards to various friends and relatives, we give away candy to various folks that we see throughout the day (postal workers, sanitation workers, etc), and over all just try to share love and joy. We also eat ice cream sundaes for lunch but that is a story for a different day.

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That made choosing this month’s craft super easy for me. I loved the idea of being able to make several of these and send out for Valentine’s Day and so I decided to use his feet to make a simple heart that we could send out to the grandparents, as well as keeping one here. There are many variations on this craft that involve poems or sayings and other decorations. You can keep it simple like the one we did or spend a bit more time dressing them up. I will share links below to several of those projects to give you some ideas if you wanted to add to the craft project.

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Instructions:

I simply put red paint onto a plate, dipped the baby’s foot into the plate and pressed it onto the cardstock at a slight angle, then I repeated with the other foot creating a heart. I then drew a heart around the footprints and added his name, year, and a Valentine’s greeting. You could cut out the heart, add a poem, or even frame it as shown in some of the links below but we thought that keeping it simple was best for our purposes.  My four year old wanted to paint with us as well so he tried a hand print heart. The feet did a little better at making the shape but he had a blast and I think it still turned out cute.

I hope you enjoy this craft. I would love for you to share your finished projects or ideas with us!

Links to Similar Ideas:

Framed Picture

Salt dough foot print heart

 

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What’s Coming Up in February?

I know people have been talking about how long January was (and some days sure felt long) but the month seems to have flown by for us. We took a big field trip/ mini-vacation to Myrtle Beach to visit WonderWorks and Medieval Times, we made good progress on our school goals, Matthew got his 4-H pig for this year, and I finished reading two books.

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I completed Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John and Just Open the Door by Jen Schmidt in January. Both of these book are books that I would recommend reading. Becoming Mom Strong gives solid parenting encouragement with a Biblical background and stance. Just Open the Door is a book full of advice about Biblical hospitality. It gives practical ways to show hospitality both formally and informally. I loved how she included a variety of ways and simple ideas to help make your whole family demonstrate hospitality.

 

I am excited about what February will be bringing. My preschooler who has been begging for more school work has the opportunity to try two new programs, Dimensions Math and Homeschool Complete for which I’ll be sharing complete reviews. My older children are also hard at work on a few reviews including the newest Heirloom Audio, Victus Study Skills, and some great novels.

 

February is full of small holidays which can add a fun change to the day to day. I hear many say that they start to feel burned out in February between the cold and the after effects of the holidays. Spending just a little time to enjoy holidays like Groundhogs Day, Presidents Day, and Valentine’s Day can bring a bit of refreshment to your homeschool.

I am also very excited to be getting ready to start a blogging through the alphabet group. Stay tuned next week for details and more information but I am excited to be sharing a new post in that series each week with you.

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It has been awhile since our last online book study because of the baby and then the hurricane, but I am excited to be jumping back in with Girls’ Club: Cultivating Lasting Friendships in a Lonely World. I have had the privilege of previewing the first three chapters and the full book arrived in the mail this week! I’m excited to finish reading it soon!

For the most part we were enjoying our curriculum choices from the beginning of the year but time constraints caused me to switch a few things up. I’m still working on tweaking our new schedule but I hope to share that with you over the next few weeks. If you want to see what we started off with you can check out my posts about preschool, fifth grade, and seventh grade.

All in all February is shaping up to be a busy but fun month. I am looking forward to checking out all of these new programs and sharing them with you, my wonderful readers. I also joined Pinterest though I’m just getting started. I would love to have you follow me there. What is happening at your house this month?

 

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Kids in the Kitchen: Knife Skills

 

When people watch my children in the kitchen, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, “Aren’t you worried about them using a knife?”.  While safety is very important and we are always reminding them to use their knives safely, I do not worry because we have spent the time upfront to make sure that they have the knife skills they need to safely do the job. There are a few keys to good knife skills for children that will help them be able to use knives appropriately in the kitchen.

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Choose the Right Knife for the Job

This is one area that is challenging for a lot of parents. How do you choose the right knife for the child and the job? First, we need to understand that ‘dull knives’ are not the solution. This particularly applies to knives that are supposed to be sharp but are not and in cutting things that do not cut easily. If you are trying to cut something with a dull knife you are more likely to slip and cut yourself.

When we start our children with a knife (somewhere around 2 or 3 depending on the child and their interest/development) we start with a butter knife and a lettuce knife. While a butter knife is not a particularly sharp knife, it is not designed to be sharp, and is used to cut things that are soft and easily sliced. This works great for soft fruits and cutting up veggies on their dinner plates. For harder vegetables and fruits that need a sharper knife you can use a lettuce knife. I love these knives because they will cut right through many foods but will not cut your child. As soon as we introduce them to these knives we begin instruction so that they learn to use the knives properly and safely.

As they get older and begin to use regular kitchen and chef’s knives, we make sure they are kept clean and sharpened. You want them to be able to slice what they are cutting and not feel like they have to ‘hack’ at it. It is also beneficial to choose knives that fit well in their hands so that they are able to handle them comfortably. My two older children both received a Sabatier-K chef’s knife for Christmas a couple of years ago that works very well for them. It is a high quality but reasonably priced knife that fits well in their hands. We purchased ours from their outlet store but they are also available on Amazon. At 11 and 12 they can both do any cutting that is required for the meals that they cook.

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Quality Instruction

Instruction is vital to good knife skills. While a young child’s fine motor skills may not allow for perfect knife skills in the beginning, you do not want bad habits to develop. For older children or if you need a little refresher yourself, Alton Brown has an episode titled American Slicer that can help with knife skills.

You want to make sure they learn to curl their fingers under and away from the knife, to have a good surface to cut on, to cut or peel away from their bodies, and to be aware of what is around them as they are cutting (make sure baby’s hand isn’t on the cutting board, etc).  They need to learn not to run with the knife, to carry it point down like a pair of scissors, and not to swing it around like a toy.

When you begin teaching about knives it is important that young children understand that they may only use the knife with permission and under supervision. As they get older they can be allowed more freedom.

Practice

It is really important that we give them opportunities to practice. It can often seem easier and certainly quicker to just take care of it ourselves. However, giving them multiple opportunities to practice will help grow their skills and confidence. Like many life skills the more they practice the easier it will become, just be sure to continue to monitor for safety until you are confident that they are consistently using the appropriate safety measures.

Teaching children to use knives can feel scary at first but it is a life skill that is so very important. Accidents do happen, but proper training and experience greatly decreases the risk! I highly encourage you to take the time to teach them well and enjoy the shared time in the kitchen.  What kitchen skills are you wanting to teach your children?

 

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Happy Birthday AA Milne

Growing up we did not have satellite or cable television, but my aunt and grandmother both had a satellite dish (you know the big ones that looked like UFOs). When I went over to their house I loved watching the television show Welcome to Pooh Corner. I have so many fond memories and when my children were old enough I was excited to share the characters of Winnie the Pooh and his friends with them as well. The show is no longer available but the books that inspired them are a great place to start.

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Today is the birthday of the man who created the wonderful imaginary world of Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne. What better way to celebrate his life than to read some of his wonderful stories. There are several different books and collections written about the bear and his friends. I have included links to those in the resources list for your convince. If you do not have any of them, several of them are less than $2 on Kindle or Audible.

In addition to the stories that he wrote, we really enjoy the book, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.(As of this posting the book is only $1.71 on Audible but prices are subject to change.) This book is a great story about the bear that inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories as well as an introduction to World War I. It is a picture book but even my older children enjoy it.

If you want to do something a little different you could try a new recipe with honey (Pooh’s favorite food). You could also try this free Winnie the Pooh art lesson by the wonderful folks at You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. If your children are a little older you could also watch the new Christopher Robin Movie, I have not yet seen it but it does have good reviews on plugged in.

I hope you have a chance to study AA Milne and his wonderful books. Winnie the Pooh is such an enjoyable addition to any childhood and a great way to revisit memories of when you were younger.  I had a $5 credit on Audible and a lot of errands to run today, so for less than $1 I picked up The House at Pooh Corner and we will be listening while we ride. Take a few minutes today and read a book, listen to a story, draw a picture, or try a new recipe. Who was your favorite character from the 100 Acre Wood?

Winnie the Pooh Resources

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What this means for you, right now — is that The Activity Room is open for enrollment only through this Thursday, January 24th. After that time, she’ll close down to focus on her members and won’t open the doors again until May.

 

A Fun Winter Art Lesson and What It Reminded Me About Flexibility.

We have been using You Are An Artist Chalk Pastel lessons for several years now and I really enjoy the ease of use, the fact that my children can do them independently, and the flexibility that they offer. They did these adorable winter bird chalk pastel paintings this week which are now proudly displayed in our kitchen.

 

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A few months ago my oldest son who normally loved art and drawing was starting to resist doing the lessons and I was not sure what was going on. He is a preteen and can be a bit moody as is typical of boys his age so I did not know if it was the program or just him testing the waters and pushing his boundaries. As we talked more I realized that he was frustrated with the bit of mess that can be caused by regular chalk pastels. My other two children that participate in the lessons do not mind the bit of mess, that is easily cleaned up with a baby wipe. I first tried letting him use his colored pencils and while he enjoyed that more, it was harder to get the same effects as the pastels with regular colored pencils but then I found Chalk Pastel Pencils! You get the neatness of colored pencils (no chalk pastels on your fingers) but the ability to blend and create the effects of chalk pastels. He received a pack of these pencils for Christmas and is once again excited about participating in his art lessons.

When I thought about the effects of that relatively simple change, I realized that there are many areas of our home school that might be positively affected by small changes.  If your child is not enjoying or performing well in a particular area you may not need to go all out and completely change curriculum (though sometimes that is the right solution). For example they need to do that subject during a different time of day, or they prefer reading in a comfy pod chair instead of their desk. When we have problems it is a good idea to look for those little changes that can make things work more smoothly. I would love to have you share with me what you are doing in art or what little changes have made your school days run more smoothly.

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To keep the fun going, and keep making memories with your kids, Jamie has a program called The Activity Room that I know you’ll love, so I have to share about it just a bit, plus it is only open for enrollment a few times a year and enrollment JUST opened TODAY.

What this means for you, right now — is that The Activity Room is open for enrollment only through this Thursday, January 24th. After that time, she’ll close down to focus on her members and won’t open the doors again until May.

Foot Prints Across the Year

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I thought this turned out adorable but in hindsight I would not use a black background.

Children grow up so fast and it really is true that the ‘days are long but the years are short’. As the mother of a 12 year old I can tell you that the years fly by and I’m sure that will become even more a reality as he continues to grow up and gets ready to leave home. I am blessed to have four children ages 12, 10, 4, and 10 months and I want to make sure that I utilize the perspective that comes from having older children to really enjoy the moments with all of them. This doesn’t mean that every moment is going to be fun or that I’m going to be any less exhausted (teething anyone?) but I want to make sure that I capture the memories while they are at each new stage.

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When my oldest was a baby I thought I would always remember with vivid clarity each moment, each new accomplishment, each different stage, but time has a way of making some of those memories quite blurry. I think this is especially true for busy moms that have so much going on with just keeping the house running and making sure everyone is clean and fed. I wanted to be intentional about watching the baby grow up even in the midst of the hustle and bustle so I decided to create a keepsake each month that would remind me how much he was growing.

Each month I’m going to do a foot print project that goes along with the month/season and at the end of the year I will have a fun collection and be able to see how much his tiny feet grew over the course of a year. My four year old LOVES anything related to paint so he will probably also participate although I don’t expect to see as much of a dramatic difference in the size of his prints. I may use his hands instead of his feet. I had originally thought about using hands for both of them, but attempting to make a hand print using the 10 month old taught me that it was not the best plan.

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The hand print did not turn out well as he did not want to relax his hand.

I hope to be able to create some kind of book or keepsake at the end of the year to commemorate the growth.  While you have the paint out and the children messy you can even create a duplicate project that you can send to grandparents or other relatives that might enjoy the keepsake.

For January I found this footprint snowman that was super easy to complete. For the baby I just helped him make his foot print and then I finished the project. I let my four year old see the example of this cute snowman project using a hand print and he loved the idea. However, I made the mistake of leaving him alone with his hand print and his new paint sticks and the results were not quite was I was expecting.  We may try again later this  month with a little more guidance.

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If painting isn’t the right fit for you, you could do some other fun craft, a series of pictures, or a program like Qeepsake which sends you a question each day to answer and create a journal of memories. I hope this post encourages you to have fun capturing memories of the hectic but wonderful time when your children are small and growing and changing rapidly. I would love to hear your ideas in the comments for how you record those memories and mementos.

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Exciting news from All About Learning Press this week! They are coming out with a full color edition of levels 1-4 All About Reading and to celebrate they are hosting a $1,000 giveaway! We use All About Spelling and are hoping to use All About Reading next year with my son who will be in Kindergarten.

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Are you looking for a free Bible study that your whole family can enjoy? The Proverbial Homemaker is offering up a study of James that is FREE for a limited time.

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