National Lemonade Day! (Lemon Painting) {Preschool Homeschool}

National Lemonade Day! (Lemon Painting) {Preschool Homeschool}

I love a good quirky holiday.  Don't get me wrong -- I delight in the big celebrations like Christmas and Easter, but there is something so delightful in the ridiculous holidays that have become a family tradition around here. Holidays like Cow Appreciation Day, Donut Day, and Lemonade day are some of my personal favorites. With National Lemonade Day just around the corner (August 20th), I thought I'd share some of our favorite Lemonade recipes as well as a fun activity to do with the kids … [Read more...]

Notes from a Blue Bike {Book Review + Giveaway}

Notes from a Blue Bike {Book Review + Giveaway}

It's not often that I find a book whose message flows seamlessly into my life and yet still challenges me to make some real changes in my daily living.  Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider does just that. I've been a fan of Tsh's since I stumbled onto her blog The Simple Mom (now renamed The Art of Simple) a few years back.  I loved listening to her interview with Darren Rowse via ProBlogger podcast and I've admired her work as a writer … [Read more...]

Free Homeschool Resources to Check Out

Free Homeschool Resources to Check Out

I've been reading through the book, Homeschool Your Child for Free in preparation for our official homeschool start this Fall. Though the book is a bit outdated, it is still chock full of terrific resources and things to check out.  I picked it up at our local library, but this might be one resource I need to buy and have on hand.  Here's a few of the things I'm definitely going to check out. 32 Homeschool Websites to Check Out How to Get Started in Homeschooling (includes needed … [Read more...]

Eight Great Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids

Eight Great Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids

Sidewalk chalk is a staple of summer and a great way to build a game in a snap. Last week, we played a fun bulls eye game with some chalk and sponges and I thought I'd dig around for a few more to play this summer. #1 SNAIL HOPSCOTCH Draw a large circle (about 12 inches) on the ground and then draw a very large spiral board on the concrete starting at the circle and spiraling out to look like a snails shell.  Divide the spirals into spaces about 12 - 14" apart and number them.   The first … [Read more...]

No Sew Super Why Inspired Cape

No Sew Super Why Inspired Cape

This last Wednesday was SUPER HERO night for our midweek Kids Club. My 2 year old son isn't quite into the Marvel characters yet, but he's been a big fan of Super Why for awhile now, so we went with a Super Why inspired cape. Want to make your own no-sew cape?  Follow along! What You'll Need: A yard of blue jersey knit fabric (I got mine at Fabric.com for $6/yard) Sharp scissors (Fabric scissors or New Scissors) Circular object to trace (I used a pan) White Dimensional … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids the Catechism: The Trinity

Teaching Kids the Catechism: The Trinity

We're heading into part two of our Children's Catechism curriculum.  It's been interesting hearing the reaction of parents and congregation members when we talk about our curriculum.  Most people relate "catechism" to the Catholic church, but as I mentioned in this post -- it was actually Protestant long before it was Catholic.   Interestingly, I ran into a blog post just this week that encouraged the use of catechism and creeds with our children because it roots them to centuries of Christian … [Read more...]