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Homeschooling Tips for Teaching Your Kids

Homeschooling Tips for Teaching Your Kids

Are you thinking of teaching your kids at home? You can easily learn how to homeschool your kids. Use these homeschooling tips for parents to create a successful school routine and make learning fun!

DIY Glitter Slime & Water Beads

DIY Glitter Slime & Water Beads

There’s something really fun about making homemade slime. We made dark purplish blue slime with glitter and aqua water beads. Mixing up a batch of slime is Chemistry that kids can do themselves!

DIY Mint Playdough Kids Sensory Activity

DIY Mint Playdough Kids Sensory Activity

Making playdough is a great activity for any afternoon, especially to entertain antsy kids! On days my kids can’t easily go outside due to weather, making playdough is a purposeful hands-on creative project. This DIY mint playdough uses my BEST homemade playdough recipe, with added mint extract!
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Field Trip to Clarkia Idaho Miocene Flora Fossil Dig

Field Trip to Clarkia Idaho Miocene Flora Fossil Dig

We took our 3 kids on a field trip to Clarkia Miocene Flora Fossil Dig in Idaho. Our family discovered that digging for fossils is a pretty cool hands-on science activity!

Red, White & Blue Star Spangled Slime

Red, White & Blue Star Spangled Slime

Slime is super easy to make and really fun to play with! Red, white and blue slime is a creative kids activity for the Fourth of July or any open afternoon!

Word Family Dominoes Kids Phonics Game

Word Family Dominoes Kids Phonics Game

Some of the best homeschool activities are fun, creative and educational. Playing word family dominoes is a great activity to reinforce phonics concepts. After all, many words sound the same but look different, and many words look the same but sound different! I created this word family phonics game out of cardboard and scrapbook paper. You can easily make your own set of game pieces and even customize them with words for your child’s learning level.
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Our Coronavirus Chronicles & Fun Stuff to Do at Home

Our Coronavirus Chronicles & Fun Stuff to Do at Home

This spring has been an interesting experience for our family because of COVID-19. Don’t miss our weekly Coronavirus Chronicles videos to see what we’ve been up to while social distancing.

How to Make a Kids Sensory Bin

How to Make a Kids Sensory Bin

It’s really easy to make a sensory bin for your kids using items you already have at home! Create this exciting kids discovery experience using a sensory medium, miniature creatures or characters and colorful sensory accents.

Preschool Tracing Worksheets & Coloring Pages

Preschool Tracing Worksheets & Coloring Pages

Teach preschool kids the basics of coloring and tracing with these interactive preschool tracing worksheets and coloring pages. Designed for kids ages 2 to 5, these printable worksheets help kids with tracing numbers, letters and shapes. Kids can also practice their coloring within the lines.
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My Kids Homeschool Routine & Creative Kids Activities

My Kids Homeschool Routine & Creative Kids Activities

The recent Coronavirus outbreak and resulting school closures have created many questions for families who are now faced with having kids at home all day. Here’s what “school at home” is like for our family, as well as some creative activities you can do with kids of all ages.

Fun School Stuff for Preschool

Fun School Stuff for Preschool

You can easily do preschool with your child at home and encourage their love for learning at a young age. These preschool workbooks and activities are very helpful to keep a 3-year-old busy!

Crafty Ideas for Back to School

Crafty Ideas for Back to School

Any time of the year is a fun opportunity to get crafty. We love personalizing our home and life with creative ideas that are also budget friendly! My kids get excited about back to school because they get to pick out a few new school supplies. It’s always fun to personalize books and notebooks with colorful tape, stickers and school-inspired doodles. These ideas for making re-purposed pencil cans and custom book covers will brighten up any desk.
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Spring Nature Hunt & Interactive Kids Activities

Spring Nature Hunt & Interactive Kids Activities

Springtime is a great season to enjoy creative family activities. My kids love doing crafty projects such as going on a nature scavenger hunt and dying eggs. The whole family can enjoy these fun spring activities!

Back to School Basics for Kids

Back to School Basics for Kids

What’s the first thing you do to get ready for going back to school? New school supplies, comfy shoes and healthy snacks are all important. These back to school basics are helpful to check off your list!

Creative Homeschool Science Projects for Kids

Creative Homeschool Science Projects for Kids

Teaching science to kids can be creative and fun! It’s easy to make school at home interesting and interactive to inspire a love for learning. I am not a natural teacher; I am super crafty, kind of disorganized and I go with the flow but I find ways to enforce my kids’ daily routine and make our homeschool schedule work. My oldest child is in kindergarten this year and she’s been learning how to write her letters, do basic math and explore simple scientific principles. We love doing experiments with color and learning about the 5 senses! Here are a few projects we’ve enjoyed to mix up our daily homeschool routine.
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