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Happy Thanksgiving and Deals and Freebies!

We love celebrating Thanksgiving. We have been doing gratitude journals, fall art lessons, and reading Cranberry Thanksgiving to begin celebrating this week. Tomorrow we will enjoy Cranberry Cream Cheese French Toast and breakfast casserole at our house and then spend the evening celebrating over turkey with all the ‘trimmings’ with our extended family.  However, you celebrate I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

There are so many great deals and freebies going on this week for the ‘Black Friday-Cyber Monday sales. I wanted to go ahead and get this information in your hands today as I take tomorrow off to enjoy a time of Thanksgiving and fellowship with my family. There are some great deals going on over the weekend on various homeschooling and family related items. I hope that you enjoy some time with family and friends, good food, and much thankfulness. I am thankful for my readers and all of your support as we journey together. I look forward to connecting with you again next week.  Please feel free to share this list and add any other great sales in the comments. You can also check out the sales thread on Facebook at Dawn Peluso, Schoolin Swag for the latest sales as they come up.

 

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Knowledge Quest has just announced a Cyber Monday sale starting Monday at 9am! We love their “What Really Happened…” books and they have some great mapping programs and geography resources.

Educents has some great Black Friday deals and sales going on toys and educational gifts with door busters starting tomorrow (11/23)! Use code HOLIDAY to save an extra 10%. They even have several great gift guides to help you find just the right gift for that hard to buy for child in your life. We are particularly fond of the Maestro Classics CDs. Classical music combined with great stories are a wonderful (and easy) addition to our homeschooling. We can listen at home or in the car. Sometimes I use them as a formal lesson and sometimes we just listen for fun.

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Not Consumed is having a great sale this weekend. Some of her sales are good through 11/24 and some are running all weekend, so be sure to check them out. Free Shipping, Bundle Deals, Buy One Give One Bible Studies and More.

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Enrichment Studies is having a big sale from November 24th-28th. They also have a great freebie this month. This is a great way to supplement your fine arts and music studies with simple easy to use resources.

Kiwi Crates has a special 60% off your first box through 11/27 if you use this link. They have great ones to choose from for many different ages from toddlers up to teenagers. These make a great gift that is fun and educational. We have tried and enjoyed several of the different boxes.

Amazon has some great Black Friday deals all week long! Including some great deals on Kindles.

Amazon Prime 30 day FREE trial. If you do not yet have Amazon Prime this is a great time to try it for free for 30 days! Get your Christmas shopping done with free shipping, enjoy Christmas music and more.

Apologia is running a free shipping special and other sales throughout the month. They have their children’s books on sale right now and a big cyber sale coming on Monday.

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Proverbial Homemaker   is having a 40% off sale sitewide! This includes some great Bible studies, Brick Challenges (think Legos as school), organizational materials and more. Just click the link above and use code: PHHoliday2017 through 11/27 for 40% off the entire store!

Homeschool Buyers Co-op is running some great specials on Heros Then and Now book series. If you have not tried these books I highly recommend them. We use them with our missionary studies as well as our history studies. The children beg for me to read more each time we read them aloud. We read George Mueller last year and are currently reading about Mary Slessor.  You can also get a FREE Homeschool ID card to use for discounts at various stores that offer teacher and student discounts.

25% off Online Rehab with Tummy Team. CYBER MONDAY ONLY! This one isn’t specifically home school related but so many mamas are struggling with this that I wanted to share. Please feel free to message me with any questions and share this post with anyone that might be interested. If you are struggling with diastasis or pelvic floor issues the Tummy Team has some great online PT programs. I did their Core Foundations and saw a huge improvement and I’m going to do the prenatal crash course. I know this can be an issue for a lot of mamas so I figured I’d share. I’m happy to answer any questions about my experiences.  (ref)

The Green Ember is only $2.99 on Kindle or Free with a KindleUnlimited Trial

$10 Sign-Up Bonus for Ibotta and they are doing some major savings and rebates starting today. Great way to save money on the things you are already buying.

$40 off your first HelloFresh Box

If you are looking for some maps to help extend your geography check out these from Knowledge Quest Map Trek (including a free sampler).

Twelve Christmas Adventures

A couple years ago I was thoroughly done with all of the stuff and clutter that had accumulated and Christmas was fast approaching. We used that as motivation to declutter and give away unneeded and unused clothes and toys to those that could use them. However, I didn’t want to be right back where we started after the holidays. I also wanted to be sure that I was sticking to our budget, especially with a new baby due that spring.  That year we gave the children what we called the ‘Twelve Christmas Adventures’. It was a set of ‘coupons’ that explained that we were giving them one adventure for each month of the year. It was a great experience that added lots of time well spent and no clutter to our home. It also allowed us to spread out the expense over the entire year.

We did a variety of different adventures that varied in time and expense but you could easily do ones that were only local day trips and free to little expense. We did have to adapt a few of them for various reasons throughout the year but we did twelve adventures and had a great time as a family.

We did a couple of things that were overnight trips for our family. Our very first adventure was an overnight trip to Raleigh to see a children’s play. The children really enjoyed the play and still talk about it several years later. Our next adventure was a trip to our local bird park. Since we have annual passes to our local aquarium and this is part of our reciprocal membership, our only expense was the gas it took to drive to the park. We even included grandparents and a great-grandmother on this trip which was a great way to spend time with family. The children loved the park, especially feeding the flamingos. Our Aquarium membership is  $145 for two years and includes admission to three aquariums, the zoo, and the bird park in our state, 10% off additional purchases and lots of free and discount tickets to other museums, aquariums, and zoos. We feel that it is a great value for the money.

Knowing I was due with our third child that year in April, we planned a very low key trip to the fireman’s museum in our town for that month. This way we still got an adventure but it was easier to manage. Over the course of the year we did things like a camping trip (this can be to a park, campground, or even your own backyard), a family hike, and a ball game (again it can be as simple as a local high school or if you are close by it might be a professional game). If you are looking for discounted tickets to events and attractions near you check out Groupon, they sometimes have some great deals. This can be a great way to come up with ideas you might not have thought of, or just to get a discount at  the places you are already interested in.

These adventures could be free things like taking a picnic from home and enjoying it at a local park, going on a nature hike, finding somewhere fun to spread out a blanket and look at the stars. During the summer you could make ice cream sundaes and eat them on the beach or at a lake. The important thing with this plan is that you are finding fun ways to spend time together as family.

There are many different ways to present this idea to your children. Ours love opening gifts, so we did an envelope to both of them that explained that we would be doing twelve trips or adventures and then had a paper about each one wrapped in a separate box. They divided up the boxes and opened them to find out what awaited them over the coming year. If you want to get away from a lot of different boxes, you could easily explain it all in one card or box. You could even spread it out and have them open a box each month instead of all on Christmas Day.

If you are looking for other ideas check out our Clutter Free Christmas Ideas and stay tuned tomorrow for our post on sales and deals on home school and children’s gifts over the holiday weekend.

Also check our free resource library for two new Christmas freebies, Christmas Traditions and a Christmas Bucket List.

When you sign up for our free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.

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This post may contain affiliate or referral links. As always I will never recommend a product that I don’t believe in and you will never be charged more for purchasing through our links. It does help pay for the costs associated with the blog.

Pancakes and Games or New Nation Week 2

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Once again this week history proved to be quite yummy. My daughter made a pumpkin pancake recipe from this era in history. It had cornmeal and flour in them and the result had a bit more texture than what we are used to with plain flour but they were very tasty. She also got the chance to do a little grinding of corn since since we were out of cornmeal (though we cheated and used an electric mill).  We even had a great conversation about how milling would have worked during that time and the fact that grains would have typically not been as finely milled as what we are used to eating today. All in all, they were tasty and nutritious (if a bit high in sugar).

We also really enjoyed our visit with a local Christian middle school to talk about historical games. The children demonstrated ‘Graces’, ‘Hoop and Stick’, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, ‘Cup and Ball’ and a ‘Bilbo Catcher’. This was a great experience for everyone. My children practiced their public speaking skills, showed proficiency at history by teaching it, and had the chance to dress in costume which they always enjoy. The students were able to learn about the games and  take a turn practicing with them.  These games were played for many years by children of various ages and social class. If you want to know more about some of those games check out the Youtube video on colonial games the children did last year.

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We did some read alouds, including several great stories from The American Story. I think the favorite story of the week was the one in that book about the portrait of George Washington that is now on the one dollar bill. It was a funny story about how much he did not like getting his portrait made.  We did our drawings about the bill of rights to reinforce last week’s lessons.

We skipped doing our history art lessons this week in favor of doing the free Thanksgiving lessons being offered by ChalkPastel.com. We really loved the Cranberry Thanksgiving ones because it is our family’s favorite Thanksgiving book. I read the book aloud this week and then the kids have been taking turns reading it on their own and reading it to the three year old. Since I was able to get fresh cranberries today at the store we are planning on making the recipe for cranberry bread that is in the book for breakfast one day this week.

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We will have a shortened school week due to Thanksgiving but we plan on focusing on Native Americans. We are going to watch some of the live stream from our North Carolina History Museum of their Native American program from Friday. We are going to enjoy a Native American meal, do an art lesson, and enjoy some reading about various Native American tribes and traditions.

Make sure you check out our recent posts about Clutter Free Christmas and Homeschool in December. If you plan on doing any homeschool or children’s shopping stay tuned for our post on Wednesday all about great deals during this holiday weekend.  We pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Also check our free resource library for two new Christmas freebies, Christmas Traditions and a Christmas Bucket List.

When you sign up for our free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.

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This post may contain affiliate or referral links. As always I will never recommend a product that I don’t believe in and you will never be charged more for purchasing through our links. It does help pay for the costs associated with the blog.

Westward Expansion: December History Resources

Westward Expansion (1829-59)

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The conclusion of the War of 1812 opened lands west of the Appalachians to settlement.  Lewis and Clarks expedition had opened the eyes of the young nation to the vastness of the continent and whet the appetite for adventure and growth.  A darker period of history also resurfaces here in Indian wars, resettlement, and conquest of native peoples. Expansionist tendencies couple with emerging technologies, steam trains and canal building, and promote the movement of goods and people on a scale not before seen in history.  Growth and expansion sews the seeds of contention and conflict with neighbors, perhaps more importantly lead up to the most destructive conflict in the nation’s history.

Do you remember going to a computer lab in school and playing Oregon Trail? I might be telling my age there but it is one of the first computer programs that I ever remember playing (along with Reader Rabbit but that is a story for another day).  You can still access that computer program in all of its simplistic glory on the internet for free. That is one of the many resources that we will use this month as we work our way through Westward Expansion, the Alamo, and the California Gold Rush.

We hope to visit Duke Homestead and our North Carolina State Capitol building during this month. They give great representations as to what was going on during this time in history and will be decorated for Christmas which will be an added bonus. Since a trip to California isn’t really an option right now we will also do a couple of virtual tours using the National Park Service to get an idea about the area involved in the Gold Rush and Fort Laramie.

We always do lots of baking around the holidays and this year we will include some of the desserts I found from this time period (like Molasses Cake) into our regular baking. We will also probably have some corn bread and other favorites using older recipes.

Years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Alamo. I remember being very shocked by its location. I had envisioned it in the middle of open land as it would have been all those years ago, but now it is in the middle of a city.  Since we won’t be able to travel to Texas we will also be doing a virtual tour of the Alamo during our study. Once we have studied the Alamo I plan to watch, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.  Then we can complete a Venn diagram about the real story of Davy Crockett and the Alamo versus the movie.

We will be enjoying a variety of books and continuing to read from America’s Story by Master Books. I know that Elizabeth is going to read A Nest for Celeste (John James Audubon) which is an adorable book about the travels of John James Audubon written from the perspective of a mouse.  She also plans to work on finishing up her Native American badge for American Heritage Girls as her project for this month. Matthew is still deciding on his but considering a Lego model of the Alamo.

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We take several weeks off for Christmas, New Year’s and my daughter’s birthday, so this will be a slightly shorter month for us, but if we haven’t finished the movie or virtual tours the children would be happy to work on those during their time off. Let us know your plans for teaching about this period of westward expansion in the comments.

 

Also check our free resource library for two new Christmas freebies, Christmas Traditions and a Christmas Bucket List.

When you sign up for our free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.

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This post may contain affiliate or referral links. As always I will never recommend a product that I don’t believe in and you will never be charged more for purchasing through our links. It does help pay for the costs associated with the blog.

Clutter Free Christmas Ideas

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Christmas can be overwhelming!  Selecting presents and the budgeting that goes along with that, family trips, social obligations, church functions, trips to see Santa, lights, decorating, not to mention the deep spiritual aspects of the holiday.  I feel that and I want Christmas to be a joyful celebration with my family, but all the ‘hustle and bustle’ plus my daughter’s birthday the first week of January, often leaves us frazzled and gasping for ‘white space.’

For some it is not knowing what to buy and for some of us it is the overwhelming amount of stuff and clutter that tends to come into our homes during this time. I am so grateful that so many people love our children and wish to bless them. However, we also only have so much space and often when there are too many toys they don’t get played with and they become clutter and ultimately not appreciated. In addition to taking up space, it is also harder for children to clean up when there is so much stuff. Rather than go crazy and throw everything out (don’t tell me it hasn’t crossed your mind once or twice) or tell everyone they can only buy socks and underwear (how do they disappear so quickly) I’ve put together a list of ideas that are fun, educational, and hopefully won’t become clutter. There are books, CDs, art supplies, and creative kits. Another idea is to see if family members are willing to work together to buy something larger like a bicycle or if grandparents would buy a family gift like a basketball goal.

In addition to these ideas, one year we did what we called the Twelve Christmas Adventures. We came up with twelve family adventures that we could do, one each month, and gave the children a list and information about each one at Christmas. This spread the fun (and expense) throughout the year and they really loved it. I’ll do a more detailed post about those Christmas Adventures next week because it is a post all it’s own.

Some of them are not physical items, some get used up, and some are just items that really get used and played with in our home.  It is my prayer that this list can help give you ideas to lessen the overwhelming clutter of this time of year and help you regain the sense of joy and peace that we wish would fill our holidays.

Share your favorite gift ideas in the comments!

 

Kindle and Books:

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There are many great Kindle Books to go along with this and they take up no extra space. You can even often fnd free ones. Here is a link to some Christmas ones that you could preload onto the Kindle.If you don’t want to get a Kindle but still like these books you can also use the free Kindle Reader App.

Audio CDs for the Family:

Art Supplies:

Experiences:

  • Museum Membership
  • Aquarium or Zoo membership (ours actually includes all 3 of our state aquariums and the NC Zoo)
  • Movie Tickets
  • Ice Skating or Roller Skating
  • A Play or Symphony (Our symphony even has special performances designed to engage children)
  • A Camping Trip (if you already have the gear this is a very inexpensive way to make some great family memories)
  • A Gift Certificate to a Favorite Restaurant

Magazine Subscriptions:

Legos:

(So these are toys and could still become clutter, in our house however, they are prized possessions and used frequently. We feel that they are able to be contained, well used, and worth the extra bit of room they take up.)

Lego City  (This series has some great buildings, boats, etc)

Friends (This series is more geared towards girls with more pink and purple blocks and other ‘girly’ aspects)

Lego Architecture (These are awesome for older children. They feature smaller more intricate designs of famous buildings. )

Lego Classic  (These are assorted blocks that can be turned into many different creations, great for using your imagination.)

 

Lessons:

You Are an Artist Chalk Pastel Lessons

Mark Kistler Art Lessons

Piano Lessons Online (or find someone local)

Guitar Lessons Online (or find someone local)

 

Books:

Otis series (Great for Preschool Age Children)

Chronicles of Narnia ( A family favorite)

Mandie Series ( A mystery series featuring a young girl. )

Green Ember (A great story of good versus evil, does have some scary parts that might be a bit much for sensitive readers.)

Little House on the Prairie (great for the whole family)

Outdoor Fun:

Basketball Hoop (makes a great family gift)

Hammock Seat

Swings

Sand Toys

Razor Scooters (My children love theirs and play with them several times a week and more in good weather. )

Bicycle and don’t forget the Helmet

Kits and Subscriptions

Cricket (24-36 months)

Koala (3-4 years)

Kiwi (5-8)

Doodle (9-16)

Tinker (9-16)

This link will get you 60% off of your first box in any of the above subscriptions through 11/27.

Bookroo (Board and Picture Book Subscription Options geared towards birth to age 6, these are adorable books that come individually wrapped and are so much fun for them to unwrap.)

Great Kids Snack Box ( A monthly box of gluten free snacks)

Fun Education Supplies:

Pattern Blocks

My First Science Kit

Big Bag of Science

Solar Rover

Magic School Bus Chemistry Lab

Snap Circuits

Lacing Cards

For Adults

If you happen to be looking for a few clutter free ideas for the adults in your life then check out these options.

HelloFresh (This is a meal delivery service. They deliver the ingredients and the instructions for a meal ready to cook in about 30-40 minutes. They are normally very yummy and healthy. If you use this link you can even get $40 off your first box.)

Grove Collaborative (Cute natural cleaning sets, body products, etc and you get $10 off your first purchase using this link. )

Amazon Prime Gift Subscription (You can give the gift of Amazon Prime for 3 months or a year, includes free 2 day shipping, movies, music, and more. )

 

If you didn’t find enough ideas in my list then check out the Gift Guides by Educents, they have ideas by age and subject. They are even running a special. Use the code HOLIDAY for an extra 10% off your purchase.

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Also check our free resource library for two new Christmas freebies, Christmas Traditions and a Christmas Bucket List.

When you sign up for our free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.

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This post may contain affiliate or referral links. As always I will never recommend a product that I don’t believe in and you will never be charged more for purchasing through our links. It does help pay for the costs associated with the blog.

Friday Deals and Freebies

Last Day for Schoolhouse Teachers and Tummy Team Sales!

30% off Online Rehab with Tummy Team. This one isn’t specifically home school related but so many mamas are struggling with this that I wanted to share. Please feel free to message me with any questions and share this post with anyone that might be interested. If you are struggling with diastasis or pelvic floor issues the Tummy Team has some great online PT programs. I did their Core Foundations and saw a huge improvement and I’m going to do the prenatal crash course. Right now they are having a 30% off sale with the code Thankful2017. I know this can be an issue for a lot of mamas so I figured I’d share. I’m happy to answer any questions about my experiences.  (ref)

Need a good way to organize all of these great printables and have access to them when you need them? Try a free Dropbox Plan.

Amazon Prime 30 day FREE trial. If you do not yet have Amazon Prime this is a great time to try it for free for 30 days! Get your Christmas shopping done with free shipping, enjoy Christmas music and more.

Apologia is running a free shipping special and other sales throughout the month. Right now they are offering 20% off of their children’s books.

Schoolhouse Teachers has a great Flash Sale going on right now! This is HUGE.. This sale is a $139 BOGO! Buy one year, get one year free – so essentially, $69.50 per year! That is less than a $100 per year for curriculum for your whole household. This deal is only good through today Nov. 17th so act fast!

The Green Ember is only $2.99 on Kindle or Free with a KindleUnlimited Trial

$10 Sign-Up Bonus for Ibotta and they are doing some major savings and rebates starting today. Great way to save money on the things you are already buying.

$40 off your first HelloFresh Box

If you are looking for some maps to help extend your geography check out these from Knowledge Quest Map Trek (including a free sampler).

Homeschool Buyers Co-Op is offering a great deal on Discovery Education Streaming right now. 60% off and bonus Smart Points redeemable for other products. We have used this in the past and enjoyed it.

Two Free Audio Books with an Audible Trial and if you aren’t sure what to start with I’d suggest checking out the Green Ember or The Penderwicks for good family choices.

Lifegiving Table: Living Out Grace (Chapter 8)

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Fondue Snack Meal (Low Prep Feasting)

” A wise discipler must make space for rest and beauty in the midst of life.”

 

There was a time in my life when I was so overwhelmed with all that had to be done that I basically ‘outlawed’ all of the beautiful things that add such depth and warmth to our lives. I said no to planting flowers, no to decorating for most holidays (except Christmas I never did give up Christmas), and no candles burning warmly. I was trying to find peace and calm in the midst of working, starting a home business, raising two children, helping with a church plant and more. Fast forward a few years and I’ve learned that while we do need to prioritize and sometimes simplify, we can have beauty without a lot of added stress.  Now we plant flower bulbs (work once and get years of enjoyment),  my daughter has made beautiful place mats that grace our table in different seasons but also wash easily and don’t add to my workload, and most days you will find flowers either in a pot on a vase on our table. That $3.99 on flowers every few weeks is well spent for all of the smiles and beauty they add to our house.  These things add beauty to our lives but don’t’ steal our peace.  (A post for another day but getting rid of things that you don’t need and don’t’ add beauty can add space and margin for those things that do add beauty.)

During that busy time when I outlawed all of those ‘extras’ I was living in survival mode. I really love Sally’s words about sustainability in the midst of life’s crazy times. What can we do in the midst of it all to bring peace and comfort to ourselves and our family? How can we live out our ideals in ways that work for the season that we are living in right now? Maybe this week that means that instead of feasting on a five course dinner you eat Chic-fil-a with a smile and a good conversation. Maybe it means that we make a large pot of soup and eat that for several meals this week. Or we utilize our crock pots to have dinner ready instead of cooking during the ‘witching’ hour. That can be particularly helpful if you have small children that tend to melt down during that time you would normally cook dinner. Spend a few minutes this week thinking of ways that you can make life sustainable for your family during this season.

The section on being prepared is a great one because it makes such an impact in our day to day lives. There was a time when I didn’t think I had time to be prepared and I was living day by day and hour by hour. However, I’ve found that a little time spent in preparation saves a lot of time later and adds a huge amount of peace and sustainability to our lives.  She used examples like keeping bread in the freezer and having cookie balls ready to be popped in the oven as needed.  She also talked about snack meals which were simple, low prep ways to feed your family on those crazy evenings when you are exhausted. It worked out well that on Friday we had our own version of a snack meal. My daughter loves fondue but my husband dislikes how long it takes to cook and eat it at home. So, we came up with a compromise that was so easy and so fun. We did cheese fondue with a tray of sliced cured meats (think don’t need to be cooked). It only took about 15 minutes of preparation and we had a tasty meal that delighted the children.

Sally talks towards the end of the chapter about “Living Well in the Midst of Life”. It is so important to remember that many seasons are going to be busy and each time brings its own challenges, whether it is the midnight feedings of a new born, the insatiable energy of a toddler, schooling and activities with an elementary school student, puberty, friends and emotions with pre-teens and teen. Each season of parenting has joys and challenges.  While it will look different in each season, we can’t wait to start living out our ideals until things slow down or things are easier. We are only promised today and we need to use the time we have to the best of our abilities. This doesn’t mean we beat ourselves up when things aren’t perfect or that we have to put five course meals on the table each night (or any night). We simply need to find and share beauty and peace in our day to day and make the most of whatever we have be that a piping hot homemade meal, chicken nuggets or trays of snacks.

“Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.” Mark 6:31

I think it is comforting to remember that even Jesus and the apostles went through busy times when they felt like they didn’t have time to eat and that Jesus took them off to a quiet place to rest. We need to make our times in our homes that quiet in the midst of the busyness of life.  This week I’d like us to take these two action steps and share with us in the comments what you are trying:

  • What single step can you take right now to reduce stress or make schedule more meaningful?
  • Make a list of  simple ways you can create spaces of peace and beauty in your life.

I’d also like to leave you with a bit of practical help, if you are looking for recipes for cookies that can be frozen, ideas for meal planning, cake mixes you can make and keep in the pantry, or other ideas for your kitchen check out our Homeschool in the Kitchen page. We are adding links and ideas each week to make that a great resource for our kitchen.

Also check our free resource library for two new Christmas freebies, Christmas Traditions and a Christmas Bucket List. These are great ways to help plan and prepare for some simple holiday fun!

When you sign up for our free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.

Resource Library

This post may contain affiliate or referral links. As always I will never recommend a product that I don’t believe in and you will never be charged more for purchasing through our links. It does help pay for the costs associated with the blog.

Schoolhouse Teachers has a great Flash Sale going on right now! This is HUGE.. This sale is a $139 BOGO! Buy one year, get one year free – so essentially, $69.50 per year! That is less than a $100 per year for curriculum for your whole household. This deal is only good through Nov. 17th so act fast!

A New Nation: Week 1

We started the study of the New Nation with a few videos including Schoolhouse Rocks and a couple episodes at the end of Liberty’s Kids. Liberty’s Kids was about how George Washington refused to become a king which is such an important part of how our country was created. Schoolhouse Rocks has some catchy tunes about our constitution and how a bill becomes a law which help children remember important facts about the way our government operates. We are going to review the bill of rights with next week with this free worksheet where they will illustrate each of the rights.

I read, We the People, by Lynn Cheney as one of our read alouds this week. It does a great job of going through the basic information about problems with the Articles of Confederation and the transition to the Constitution. The pictures are beautifully done and each page has a quote from someone there at the time of the writing of the Constitution.

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Matthew is reading the book Six Frigates and seems to be enjoying it so far. It is a longer book and so he is reading it over the course of a couple of weeks. He decided that he wants to do a Lego replica of the battle at Ft McHenry for his project this  month. He also plans to look at the rations for the War of 1812 and cook up a meal one day in the next couple of weeks. To help him with his project we are going to spend a bit of time next week looking over the pictures and videos on the National Parks Website about Ft. McHenry.

Elizabeth is going to complete the American Heritage Girls (AHG), Our Heritage badge, for her project this month. She loves that she can combine her history with her AHG work. She will be cooking pumpkin pancakes this week from a historical receipt (the term for recipe during this time period) as well as volunteering at a school event  teaching children about games of the time period. She is also reading Little House by Boston Bay to get an idea of life during the War of 1812 from the prospective of a young girl.

If you would like to join us on this journey through US History, join our mailing list and get access to our free library. Each month I’ll post a list of resources and ideas for the time period we are going to cover the next month. You can learn more in our post Our Journey Through History.  Colonial through New Nation resources are currently posted and the Westward Expansion resources should be posted by the end of the week.

When you sign up for our free resource library you will get a link and password to the library, we are adding to the library each month with new items. You will also get a bi-weekly newsletter email to keep you up to date on what we have going on.

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Schoolhouse Teachers has a great Flash Sale going on right now! This is HUGE.. This sale is a $139 BOGO! Buy one year, get one year free – so essentially, $69.50 per year! That is less than a $100 per year for curriculum for your whole household. This deal is only good through Nov. 17th so act fast!

 

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This week ‘You Are An Artist’ is doing a fun free art lesson each day! Today they are doing this great pumpkin lesson.  Check our facebook page each day for a link to the lesson of the day.