How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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Great group service project idea - Blessing Bags - Homeless Gift - Giving to Homeless - Charity

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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6 Things We’re Doing to Ensure Our Daughters are Cyber-Safe

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If you are raising girls, you want them to be safe online - these 6 house rules are great tips for keeping kids cyber safe online using the internet.

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Norton by Symantec for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Norton, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Given that my current occupation is as a self-employed blogger, I spend quite a bit of my time on a computer, laptop, and cell phone. I am no stranger to technology, the internet, or social media. And neither are my kids. The other day, my six year old daughter Lisa informed us that she wants a cell phone. This statement came only a day after she informed us she wants her own laptop or tablet.  She ...

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The Affordable Online Early Learning Curriculum for Young Kids: ABCmouse.com

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ABCmouse.com is a subscription based learning curriculum program for kids ages 2-7. They offer a FREE 30-day trials too!

You may or may not know this about us, but we are homeschoolers. We recently completed our first official year of homeschooling as our daughters ended their kindergarten year recently. Only, we haven't actually stopped schooling them. Our year has gone great, and, well, not so great. My original curriculum - Five in a Row - eventually started to collect dust as the chaos of a new baby, a toddler, work from home, increased church responsibilities, and a husband gone with longer and more stressful doctoral classes prevented me from planning and getting to the library like I needed to for that curriculum to work. However, we ...

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Forget Peek-a-boo; Let the Kids Play Speakaboos! {Giveaway!}

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Three-Little-Pigs-story-screen

This post is sponsored by Speakaboos, but opinions are mine. Enjoy. My daughters just turned six and we are heading towards the end of our first homeschool year. As kindergartners we've been focusing a lot on reading, writing, and books. But, my daughters are still not fully reading books on their own (yet). They can read books with simple words and such, but they lack major confidence. One of the things we are trying to do to encourage their love of books, and of reading, is to surround them with stories. I recently became an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant and have been reading story books to them out loud. ...

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Green Kid Crafts: The Crafty Way to Get Your Kids Into Science

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Green Kid Crafts Review - Detective Science Kit

Green Kid Crafts may be my favorite educational subscription box for kids to date. Green Kid Crafts is a highly rated monthly subscription service full of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities and experiments. As a homeschooling mom who doesn't really like science, I was so thrilled with the Green Kid Crafts box they sent me to review as an affiliate, that I have since subscribed to receive even more boxes. When I first heard about Green Kid Crafts, I totally thought it was going to be some nature filled box of poorly made crafting materials, containing products that were 100% green/recycled. ...

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Why Girls Should Know Lemons Aren’t Only for Making Lemonade

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STEMBOX LED LIGHT experiment with lemons

When it comes to teaching science to my kids, I come up lacking. I did okay in biology, physics, and chemistry in high school, but only because I actually studied, never because I enjoyed them very much. As we are homeschooling our kids, it worries me that I may not be the best science teacher around. With only 1 in every 1,000 girls pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, I don't want to limit my twin daughters' options because of my own shortcomings! Thankfully, my husband is currently a PhD in Mathematics Education and I did fairly well in high school and college Calculus classes, so they shouldn't ...

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The Safe Way to Let Kids Use the Internet

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A great way to keep kids safe online! Very cool internet filtering software.

This post on internet safety for kids was sponsored on behalf of Net Nanny via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. Our main desktop computer is on its way out, prompting us to buy (or rather my husband to assemble) a new computer so that we can better work from home.  We want to figure out what the big issue is with it so we can pass it onto our almost six year old twins daughters so they can use it to play educational games, watch videos, TV shows, look up information, and so on. However, our daughters have not had access to the internet before. Yes, we've streamed videos for them, looked up information in ...

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8 of the Best Educational Subscription Boxes for Kids

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Great list of fun educational subscription boxes for kids. Children love receiving mail, so why not gift them something they can learn from too! Perfect for homeschooling families.

Looking for an educational subscription box for kids? The following are among the best and most popular options out there today! One of the greatest things my dad did was send me postcards in the mail. My dad was a over-the-road truck driver. He was gone the majority of the week, and occasionally for multiple weeks at a time. Receiving a postcard from him in the mail was great. I got to see a cool image of some place he's been before, and get a personalized message from him, just for me, letting me know he thought about me. I don't know a kid that doesn't like to receive something just for them in the mail. My kids love ...

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24 Best Educational Apps and Websites for Kids

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Awesome list! 24 educational apps and educational websites for kids! Most focus on reading and mathematic skills and info on if they are free or paid. So excited to have this!

It's crazy that something that I do each and every day can be so hard to teach my children. But I don't remember how I learned how to read, and chances are you don't either. I was not an early education major in college. I never learned the methods of how teach reading. I only recently learned what a CVC word is (consonant-verb-consonant like the word dog) and that when an e comes at the end of a word, it make the first vowel say its name and the e itself is silent (thank you Talking Words Factory!) like in the word note or cane. And I'm homeschooling my five year olds for kindergarten. Talk about pressure and feelings of ...

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The #1 Reason We Aren’t Sending Our Kids to Public School for Kindergarten

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Homeschool Kindergarten

The last week of August we officially began our homeschooling journey with our five year old twins. We did this even though I have two other children at home, a 2.5 year-old toddler who is my constant shadow and lap snuggler, and a brand new baby, born a month before homeschool began. Just thinking about homeschooling as a very tired, breastfeeding, toddler chasing, work-from-home mom blogger was overwhelming.I questioned myself in our decision to do this thing: Would I be able to do a good job teaching them or would I be too tired to think let alone teach? Would I actually be organized and creative enough to prepare lessons that ...

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9 Reasons Why Handwriting is Better than Typing

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Handwriting inspires creativity more than typing.

Each person is unique in that they have distinguishing features about them. Each person has their own, one-of-a-kind, set of DNA (except for identical twins) and fingerprints, along with their own original composition of body features and coloring. Another unique characteristic that humans do not share is their handwriting. In fact, understanding and analyzing someone's handwriting can say a lot about a person's character, disposition, and aptitude via the science of graphology. But, today we live in a digital world and many people are switching the pen and paper for keyboard and screen. But, I don't believe that we should give up ...

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Be a Learning Hero – Answering Your Common Core Questions

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Learn how you can be your child's learning hero by learning all you can about the Common Core Standards from BeaLearningParent.com - the first non-biased website designed for the parents!

Knowledge is power. When you know more, you can prepare more. You can make informed decisions. You can advocate better for your child. Many parents and their children now are facing standardized tests, and new ways of doing things as part of the Common Core Standards. And it's all very confusing. As a parent, I want to know what my children would face in a regular classroom setting. My husband, as a college mathematics teacher, needs to know how the incoming undergrads are being taught math, and the best way to teach math himself. And sometimes you just hear a lot of misinformation on the educational system in America. And that's ...

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