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Genesee Country Village ~ Civil War Day

Genesee Country Village ~ Civil War Day

I am so excited to share some of the photos and little facts we learned from Civil War Day at Genesee Country Village! The kids enjoyed the Fall Sampler there so much this year that they couldn’t wait to get back for more 1860s fun and learning!  We had 4 hours, and more stations than(…)

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Cotton Ball Sheep ~ Craft & Facts

Cotton Ball Sheep ~ Craft & Facts

What You’ll Need: White and black construction paper Cotton balls Glue Scissors Pink mini puffball 2 googly eyes Red yarn/pipe cleaner Sheep body template (simply click on image to make it full size. Then right click and save as) Sheep head/leg template (simply click on image to make it full size. Then right click and(…)

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Valentine’s Day Card Craft: Cupid’s Arrows

Valentine’s Day Card Craft: Cupid’s Arrows

Ava found a Valentine in Family Fun Magazine that she wanted to make for her friends this year. I did not have all the things needed to complete the project so I modified the activity to fit our needs. Supplies: 12×12 colored card stock (1 piece makes 4 red bases & 1 white piece makes(…)

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Martin Luther King Jr: Free Printables & More!

Martin Luther King Jr: Free Printables & More!

Today the schools, banks, mail, and many other business are off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Each year for the past 4 years we have honored his memory by organizing a food drive on this, our day off. So last week we put fliers in mailboxes, and today we went out collecting(…)

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Sophie’s Choice ~ Post 2 ~ Holocaust

Sophie’s Choice ~ Post 2 ~ Holocaust

My New Year’s Resolution for 2011 was to read Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. My progress is much slower than I would like I am only 38% done). There are three main reasons for this. The first reason is simply that I am not finding the time to read. Between homeschooling the kids, keeping up(…)

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Sophie’s Choice ~ Post 1 ~ Music & Poetry

Sophie’s Choice ~ Post 1 ~ Music & Poetry

My New Year’s Resolution for 2011 was to read Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. Needless to say I am a little late in getting to it this year! I started out very enthusiastically in January or February but did not get very far in the 6 weeks I had the book on loan from the(…)

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Weekly Wrap-Up ~ Week 5: “Indian Summer” & Leaves

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ Week 5: “Indian Summer” & Leaves

  Monday: Columbus Day Daddy was home from work today so we lessened the formal table work and took advantage of the “Indian Summer” that we were lucky enough to have. We washed cars, put away summer yard pieces, and ventured out for a nature hike to try and identify some leaves. I wanted to(…)

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Lifecycle – Caterpillar to Butterfly

Lifecycle – Caterpillar to Butterfly

Lifecycle – Caterpillar to Butterfly Four Stages in the Lifecycle of Caterpillar to Butterfly: The female lays her egg on a leaf or plant. Newly hatched caterpillars are VERY hungry. They spend most of their time eating just like the caterpillar in The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The only difference is real caterpillars eat(…)

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Homeschool Conventions ~ A Link-Up

Homeschool Conventions ~ A Link-Up

What conventions have you gone to  and how did you participate? I have never actually attended any conventions.  I was considering one in PA in June. . . NorthEast Homeschool Convention in Philadelphia June 23-25, 2011 Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, PA Featured Speaker: Dr. Susan Wise Bauer and many more www.northeasthomeschoolconvention.com .(…)

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Review: Time 4 Learning

Review: Time 4 Learning

Over the past month we have been given the opportunity to try out Time4Learning. Each one of my children were given accounts that were set to their grade level. The first thing I liked right off the bat was that if we were working in a level and felt it did not suit our child,(…)

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How The Crow & The Pitcher Lead to Water Displacement

How The Crow & The Pitcher Lead to Water Displacement

Last week we stumbled upon an “accidental” science lesson/experiment. Sometimes at lunchtime I will read to the kids. Whether it be Fairy Tales, short stories, poetry, or in this case Aesop’s Fables. The fable that brought upon the science lesson was: . The Crow and the Pitcher . [image width=”296″ height=”353″ frame=”simple” align=”left”]http://www.startsateight.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/The-Crow-and-the-Pitcher.jpg[/image] In a(…)

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Giveaway & Review:  Pick and Draw

Giveaway & Review: Pick and Draw

I came across Pick and Draw in November of 2010 while perusing through the many wonderful homeschool blogs out there. My husband and I tried the demonstration on their website and loved it! It wasn’t until after Christmas that I finally purchased it for my family. (After, of course, trying to win them on various(…)

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