Valentine’s Day Resources Round-Up

Valentine's Day roundup

The Old Schoolhouse has a great bouquet of Valentine’s Day freebies from some of our great friends at A Journey through Learning, In the Hands of a Child, the HomeScholoar, Raising Real Men, and more! Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses — 70+ Resources for Valentines Day 2014 and ♥ Valentines Day Resources ♥ Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity — February Pocket Chart Calendar and I *Heart* Math Addition Facts Unit Chris @ Campfires and Cleats — Lenten, Papal and Valentine Crafts Jenn @ Chestnut Grove Academy — Strawberry Cream Cheese Crescents and Valentine’s Day Activities (ReCap) Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool — Candy Hearts, Sticky Fingers Kristi @ The Potter’s Continue reading

8 Ideas for the Guest Room

be our guest

      This is the season when many of us will have family and friends as overnight guests.  Even if you are short on time, space and money, here are 8 tips to help your guests feel more at home: A basket full of things guests might have forgotten   I have a basket I leave out for my overnight guests.  It is filled with things like shampoo, body wash, lotion, mouthwash, make-up samples, etc.  I save unused bottles from hotel stays or send off for free samples from All You Magazine. Tissues It’s pretty boring, but a necessity.  Go for the Continue reading

Learning about Independence Day (July 4th)

photo credit I believe most of us look forward to watching fireworks on the 4th of July, but do we really remember what the importance of this day is all about? On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted and we became our own country from Great Britain. Very exciting! That is why July 4th is called “Independence Day.” To see an actual picture of Declaration of Independence, click here. To read Declaration of Independence, click here. I have searched the web and found many different things having to do with July 4th / Independence Day. I Continue reading

Fiesta Time: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo (a Unit Study)

Cinco de Mayo means the 5th of May in English. It is not Mexico’s Independence Day. This is a time when individuals living in Mexico and the Unites States celebrate and commemorate the victory the Mexican army had over French soldiers at the 1862 Battle of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. People celebrate the Mexican-American culture and heritage with parties, dancing, parades, music, and delicious food. I will sharing several activities that you could possibly do to celebrate and recognize Cinco de Mayo with your children. Geography and Social Studies Language and Culture  Learn about Mexican traditions and culture in reference books and through online research. Spanish is the Continue reading

Celebrating Advent with a Jesse Tree

As I grew up, we marked the days until Christmas with this advent calendar that my mother made.  I have fond memories of my siblings and I competing to get to put up our favorite ornaments, and of course to put up Santa on the 24th.  But once my own children came along, I wanted a way to mark the days until Christmas that keep their focus on the reason for the celebration–the birth of our Savior Christ–and not just on the anticipation of presents to be opened as soon as they can coax us out of bed on Christmas morning.  Continue reading

Preparing for the Holidays — Decorating

  Welcome to the first day of 5 Days of Preparing for the Holidays. Today we’re talking about Decorating! Come along as members of the Crew share with you all of their tips for creating a lovely home during the holidays. Everyone is welcome to link up with this Blog Hop. We would love to have you!   Blog Hop Rules  (we do reserve the right to remove your link if you do not follow these rules) 1. There will be a new linky each day. To add your link, click the button that reads “Click here to enter your link” at Continue reading