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Blast Off with Ziggy
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Blast Off with Ziggy

Mar 1, 2015 by

One of the BEST aspects of All About Learning Press‘ Pre-Reading program was ZIGGY !! He’s a lovable zebra puppet friend who takes part in your lessons. There’s something about a puppet…. my child tended to listen to anything Ziggy wanted to say or do… not me. 😉 Even though we skipped Level One and went right to Level Two I still purchased the...

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Spain
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Spain

Dec 26, 2014 by

Starting to get momentum going in Europe now…. just finished FRANCE and now we’re headed SW to sunny SPAIN! PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Spain’s flag and coat of arms – both symbolism and colors. Also here. Cruise around Spain’s coast, climb the mountains and run around the olive groves with...

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Happy & Friendly Halloween
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Of all the holiday traditions during the year, I’ll admit that Halloween is at the bottom of my list of favorites.  I loved it as a kid – and our own kids love it today – carving the pumpkins, the dressing up, the candy, walking around in the dark with flashlights…. Until becoming an adult – or perhaps it’s just the day and age...

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Map of Caring & Sharing
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Map of Caring & Sharing

Oct 27, 2014 by

We are starting a map to track recipients of our Samaritan Ministries Shares – handmade cards with a personal message with our ‘member share’ enclosed. Instead of a sense of dread that we used to have paying our monthly BCBS premium, we now are filled with prayerful love and joy sending our member share to a family with a real, publishable medical need ie....

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Samaritan Ministries
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Samaritan Ministries

Oct 27, 2014 by

When was the last time this happened to you? You get your ‘health insurance’ premium and instead this month it is LOWER than your regular payment because there were less insurance claims … so everyone’s bill is reduced that month to compensate. N E V E R. This month we just experienced this – with Samaritan Ministries which I must say clearly is NOT...

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Review: YL Lavender Mint Daily Shampoo
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After nearly finishing my first bottle of Young Living Essential Oils’ Lavender Mint Daily Shampoo I am officially ready to share my review about it. IMPRESSIONS This one product for me was a roller coaster of impressions…. from love at first smell to …. my hair HATES this product…. to I love this smell so much and how it feels that I want to...

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France
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France

Oct 17, 2014 by

Crossing the English Channel we head over to FRANCE which will be our 5th country studied after England, Scotland, Ireland and Iceland. When I think of France I think of vineyards, wine, cheese, baguettes, croissants, the Eiffel Tower, old castles, elegant churches, farm cottages and the French Riviera – oh, and my husband’s annual favorite… Le Tour de France. Can’t wait to explore! PASSPORTS:...

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Volcano
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Volcano

Oct 15, 2014 by

Pebbles had a Smithsonian Giant Volcano Kit that was begging to be finally made. She loved making it, was fairly easy to do! Once the plaster was dry she had just as much fun painting it to look as realistic as possible. Then… it sat in the cupboard for ages for the day when we felt like making the lava erupt.  Since we were...

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review: Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
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Love the Thieves line so buying their refillable foaming hand soap was an easy choice. But would it really foam up and be nice to wash your hands with ?? If you’ve read my other YL posts before, I’m not a blind follower of YL.  I really want to know if these products are what others say they are.  They are not cheap so...

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daily calendar & weather board
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We liked the idea of incorporating the days of the week, months, seasons, weather, concept of today, yesterday and tomorrow in one easy SMALL convenient way.  I looked all over at different systems and while they were SO fun and great.. they were larger than the space I had. I bought a 7-day magnetic white board from Office Max.  It stuck to our ‘magnet...

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pre-K reading & handwriting fun
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Pre-K is finished for us now, but wanted to share some of the letter play and handwriting activities that our son REALLY enjoyed! We cut out construction paper and I drew letters of the alphabet in upper and lowercase.  He took a pin and poked all along the black lines. We then took it into his room with a flashlight, turned off the lights...

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Iceland
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Iceland

Aug 23, 2014 by

Heading north from studying England, Scotland and Ireland to chillier waters to explore ICELAND! Super excited about this one because it’s one of the countries that I really don’t know much about at all.  I remember seeing slides that either my mom or grandma had purchased of an aerial view of Iceland back in the 60s?? and had a mental picture of volcanoes and...

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Foolproof Shortbread
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Foolproof Shortbread

Aug 11, 2014 by

When studying Scotland we wanted to make real shortbread.  Being long time fans of everything that America’s Test Kitchen makes… naturally we turned to them for advice on making shortbread.  Followed it perfectly… even grinding the oats to flour in our Vitamix. Cutting out the center with a cookie cutter and baking it in an open spring form pan top did the trick.  I...

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Republic of Ireland
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Republic of Ireland

Aug 10, 2014 by

We’ll be exploring the Republic of Ireland next on our geography adventure. On my paternal family tree side our ancestors were originally from Ireland, County Wicklow area before they left for Yorkshire, England back in the ? 1800s?  Pebbles would fit right in today in Ireland with her bright copper red hair for sure. I don’t know very much about Ireland so will be...

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First Day of School 2014-2015
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Today, Pebbles enters Grade 5 and BamBam Kindergarten! We like to start first week of August when the other kids in the area start school. I know we don’t have to but there’s something about seeing the yellow school bus drive by our window every morning that pushes us into action. 😉  We celebrated with...

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Key Lime Pie
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Key Lime Pie

Jul 30, 2014 by

My hubby LOVES Key Lime Pie so for his birthday I made him one.  Our recipe of choice is from Martha Stewart with a minor adaptation. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs (crushed crackers via food processor OR rolling pin over a ziploc bag) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 5 tablespoons brown sugar (never white!) 1/2 cup freshly squeezed key-lime juice (best...

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Scotland
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Scotland

Jul 28, 2014 by

After learning about England we go north to explore another country within the United Kingdom – SCOTLAND!  One thing I’ve learned about visiting the first country is that it is more helpful if I use these blog posts and update them with resources live as we go so that Pebbles can link off and use it rather than just document what we did! This...

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England
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England

Jul 28, 2014 by

The first country of our global geography adventure is ENGLAND! This was a great country to start because this is where my parents were born and the majority of our relatives live today.  I remember visiting England a couple of times when I was little and have a few strong memories.  The double decker red buses.  The cobble stoned streets. Tall skinny brick homes....

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where are we going?
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where are we going?

Jul 14, 2014 by

We’ve been dreaming about our ideal geography program and now it’s time to take action and figure out how to accomplish it. We’re super excited to start! But first, I need to think and plan WHERE we’re going …. in order to get organized. Pebbles wanted to start last week ! So…. I better get my act together. Perhaps we start where our ancestors...

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design your own geography buffet
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Researching various world geography curriculum and quickly, and rather shockingly realized that it’s just as complex as language arts! There are so many variables in geography: map reading / navigation skills (compass rose, latitude/longitude, magnetic north, scale, distances etc.) physical geography (weather, land formations, erosion etc.) different kinds of maps (political, geophysical, weather, nautical, landmarks, populations, economic etc) cultures around the world (people, government,...

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pre-K math JOYS
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pre-K math JOYS

Jul 6, 2014 by

Joy and Math.  Not usually something that computes normally. Finding your little guy UNDER the coffee table, in his jammies, head on his stuffed friend along with his dog nearby doing math by choice on his own.  I was so joy filled at the cozy sight that I grabbed my camera snuck up behind the table as quiet as I could to not ruin...

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