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Homeschooling 2018

  This is year 14 for our family homeschooling and I personally feel that it has been a huge success. I am often asked, “why?” I homeschool because I can give my children a quality Christian education that the public schools can not.  I can work one on one with…

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Little House in the Big Woods LAPBOOK

This summer, we are reading the “Little House on the Prairie” series and watching the TV show for some of our homeschool projects. We found a premade lapbook project for FREE online for the Little House in the Big Woods, the first book in the series. The free lapbook is…

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Posted in Chickens homesteading Quail

Quail eggs in the incubator

As our family continues our journey to create a homestead that provides for us, we are incubating quail eggs (or at least attempting to hatch them). We have a new incubator and have regular egg rack/turner and a quail egg rack and turner inside. We have 24 quail eggs along…

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Essential Oil Tuesday – Homeschooling FUN – Gluten-Free Playdoh (play dough) + essential oils

1/2 cup white rice flour (You can use brown rice flour as well – I did when I ran our of white) 1/2 cup corn starch 1/2 cup salt 2 tsp cream of tartar 1 cup water 1 tsp cooking oil 4 drops Essential oils  (Peace and Calm  or even…

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Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 8

Dear Jack the Cat, You are not allowed to touch the seeds… or the greens. … well, really or anything that I am growing in the house. You are a cat, not a cow! Love, Mom (the one who feeds you meat.)   Jack decided to LOVE on the fodder……

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Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 7

Ok, so I am sure that you are finally bored with my posts on fodder…. I am just thrilled at being able to share my success (and my failure as well) with you… and I know that there are some out there who want to have chickens AND save money…

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Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 6

Houston, we are go for GREEN! We finally have sprouts that are showing COLOR! Day 6 is showing AWESOME growth! I am still uncertain on if a root base will form like I have read about. Remember this is an experiment for us anyhow! It looks like after researching, that…

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Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 5

Oh My! Day 5 is here… we are half way through the growing on the first tray of barley fodder. I have determined that if this continues to work that we need to build another greenhouse… Oh LARRY?!?! Want another project?  I am thinking a lean-to on the front of…

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Growing Fodder for Chicken Feed – Day 4

So the sprouts have really begun this morning and the roots are forming! We have 3 bins going now, plus tonight will soak seeds before bead for the next day to make the 4th one. There is a “sweet” smell from the seeds and about 3 dozen fruit flies on…

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Fodder for the small-time farmer – general information

We are going to revisit our fodder growing in severeal weeks. We dumped all of the moldy trays (yes, the chickens loved eating them still) and have 2 new methods going – A bucket one that we saw a youtube video on and another one where you water the top…

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Spaceman Word Spacer – homeschooling

I am always looking for ways to help my munchkins on writing.  When I was student teaching, the kindergarten teacher had these COOL SPACEMEN word spacers to help the kids learn to space their word when they write. You will need a clothes pin, white paint, sky blue paint, a…

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Essential Oil Tuesday – Making “Ouchie” Bags

Making “OUCHIE” bags filled with rice or wheat is something that anyone could use. These are also called “heating bags”, wheat heating bags, rice heating bags, etc. My daughter, Elwyn, LOVES making these now that she learned how to use the sewing machine. {THANK YOU 4-H!!} We love homeschooled kids…

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Posted in Crafts homeschooling Just Being Family Organizing Summer-time FUN

Making chalkboard clipboards

Making chalkboard clipboards are very easy and they are usable over and over again. They are great for “in the car” activities, traveling, and chore charts for the wall. Our family uses them for all 3. We are making new ones today for the missing one and for our 2…

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Homework time

After school can be CRAZY, especially in a house with 7 children. We have 3 homeschooled and 4 in public school this year. They boys get off of the bus at about 3:30 and as soon as they get home grab a snack box snack and homework. We have discovered…

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Afterschool Organization

Over the last year, we have had our ups and our downs with everything. Their therapist and I have been trying to work through the food hoarding and stealing and we think that we have found what is working. With my trusty Cricut Machine and vinyl that I picked up…

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Getting Kids organized for school

Keeping 7 kids organized is a task in itself. I am often asked how can I manage to get all kids where they need to go. I have a calendar… actually I have MANY calendars. I have an online calendar that my husband can access through google. This allows him…

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Summertime activities – Positive Behavior System – Quarters

We have had SO many views of our POINTS AWARD SYSTEM (Click here to see information on this) that I wanted to share another system that we have been using this summer in our home. Quarter Reward System On the first of the month (or what ever day works best…

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Posted in Chino Valley homeschooling Summer-time FUN

Summertime Fun – Find a Local Library Program

Most children’s libraries put on programs during the summertime. Yes… I am telling you, if you have children, CALL YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY! Our local children’s library website is: http://www.chinoaz.net/library/childrens.shtml The library in Chino Valley, Arizona (where the kiddlings and Larry and I live) has an FANTASTIC summer program. We attend…

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Summertime Fun – A MUST HAVE book

It is not often that I do reviews on books. I actually avoid them because for the most part, I know that everyone is different and has different types of writing so I always feel that I am judging another person’s art. However, that being said, I have found the…

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Favorite Tools as a homeschooler

This is our 8th year homeschooling. I feel like I have successfully accomplished so many things with the kids. I was in my studio and was thinking this morning. “What Items Can I Not Live Without?” Besides the kids computers(yes, they each have their own netbooks) and AOP homeschooling curriculum…

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Posted in homeschooling In my kitchen

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE homeschool days that we can take time away from books and get hands on. Dylan, the little guy who I tutor a few days a week was ahead in his work, and Grif and El needed a BREAK! So the kids decided to make French Baguettes…