Sneaky Educational Gift Guide for the Homeschool

Keep checking this page, which will be updated throughout the rest of the week and next week with current deals to help you achieve the goals of your homeschool. 

Black Friday Deals

Subscription Boxes: 

Little Passports has a deal offering their best deal all year, save up to $40! LOVE this subscription box that teaches culture, language (indirectly), and geography. Take monthly field trips around the world through Little Passports. Promo Codes available: BF10, BF20, BF40.

Bramble Box available in Canada, also! Mom hand-curated activity boxes for kids age 3-7. Perfect for keeping the younger children occupied while learning and teaching a Math lesson with an older child! They have a 10% OFF for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Mona MELisa Designs is 20% OFF right now. Their products promote Hands-On learning. Great for any curriculum, honestly. Several match up with Classical Conversations; could also be used with Charlotte Mason. 

The Maestro Classics 12 CD Music Collection comes with music cds and 24 page activity book. I mean, talk about a way to teach classical music. This beautiful set, a total investment for your homeschool. Classical music relaxes and teaches melody, composition, and the beauty of the arts. Check the link to see what it includes. 

Scholasticlots of fun things to do and educational.  FREE SHIPPING!

 

 

 

Cyber-Monday Sale

Kids Cook Real Food:

Bonus Buy: Any new member will get the premium content snack videos ($20 value) absolutely FREE.

There will be 4 videos showing your children how to use the food processor, how to separate eggs, and how to find healthy snacks.  There will be engaging demo videos that will teach your children to make homemade crunchy granola, energy bites, and pumpkin pie bars. Check it out here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Gifts for the Young Child Learning Spanish

You want your toddler, preschooler, early elementary child to learn Spanish in a fun way, hands-on, without it really seeming like a language class.

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Here you will find a running list of ideas for games and ways to teach content in Spanish to young children. These are the very same things they will need to learn in their first language (i.e. English). Using these items, they will be expanding their Spanish vocabulary in an effortless manner.

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The kids will find entertainment putting this large cardboard Spanish floor puzzle together. Melissa & Doug Spanish Alphabet Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle. It promotes early literacy, letter recognition, letter-object recognition, and Spanish language skills.  Another great puzzle option is this wooden one, Melissa & Doug See-Inside Spanish Alphabet Wooden Peg Puzzle.

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Practice color-name recognition with this egg-puzzle that teaches names of colors in Spanish, matching, and sorting. BeginAgain Color ‘N Eggs Matching Puzzle – Educational Puzzle – Learn with the Color Puzzle that has English AND Spanish! – Fun Puzzle Game + Perfect Preschool Puzzle 

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You could also put word-object puzzles together like this one that uses a picture, the word for the object in English at the top, the Spanish on the bottom. This puzzle could be used for a long time, a great asset for the homeschool as well. You could work on spelling, making sentences (or silly ones!), story starters, etc.  It can be done independently as well, since it is self-checking. Ingenio Spellable Bilingual Spelling Game helps children build vocabulary in English and Spanish. 

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Children love to learn new songs, dance to music. Why not get them a new Music CD with fun Spanish songs? They will build on vocabulary and learn to say new sentences without even meaning to! Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish is available as a CD. You can hear a preview of each of the songs and purchase one at a time if desired. Another option for Spanish music is José Luis Orosco  de Colores. It has traditional songs, his voice sounds really nice, nice music. I even sing along!

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Our Life Giving Table Fall Edition Inspired by Sally Clarkson’s New Book The Life Giving Table

Our Life Giving TableFall Edition

As a homeschooling family, much time is spent gathered around our dinner table. It is the place where we eat, yes, but it is so much more than that.

Our dinner table is the place where we do school, make crafts – even messy ones, the place where my kids get to help cook different meals, the place where we read and paint.

Our dinner table is the place where many of our family memories are being made.

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table

Our table is scratched, stained with different colors of oil paint and it is okay with us. We realize this is just a season in our lives. Someday, we may have a new table with zero scratches and perfectly looking wood. However, the fact that my table is the way it is signifies that it is loved by a group of people.  I would not have it any other way. 

As we spend even more time around the table, I am going to delve into Sally Clarkson’s new book, The Life Giving Table. She is such a candid, well-spoken, sincere woman. I look forward to her new book and learning more ways about to make my table more Giving than it already is. 

Sally Clarkson’s book, The Life Giving Table, is an inspiration to make the most of the time we spend gathered around this wooden table. Her book is inspiring us to grow, to connect, and to invest our time during meals into more than eating food, but to be together as a family where many of our memories are being made.

Her book also comes with a companion book to help digest the content of her book into applicable lessons.

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In some ways, my dining table makes me think of the book The Giving TreeOur table gives, gives, and gives. This is the place where gather to make memories, to pray, to read our Bibles, where we have conversations, where we work hard to edify one another. Our table is the place where we put our phones away to just be with one another. 

As we enjoy meals, read books, take pictures, spend time together, our table is the place where our fondest memories are being made to last a lifetime.  Research also shows that families that eat together are healthier and closer. Children who have a healthy experience around the table are also healthier adults later on in life. 

The table is a place to cherish one another, build each other up, engage in conversation, hear jokes, hear about each other’s day, ask questions, answer questions. 

The table is the place to be together. 

The table is the place to be united.

The table is the place to grow in love. 

The table is the place to grow closer together as a family and closer to God. The maker of all things. 

 

What is your Life Giving Table like? Will you be reading Sally Clarkson’s new book? Let me know in the comments. 

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Homemade Pumpkin Yogurt – Two Recipe Alternatives

 

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Recipe

I fell in love with everything Pumpkin flavored some years ago when I first tried Pumpkin Pie. It was so new to me. I never had anything pumpkin flavored in Chile. It was not a popular flavor. In the United States, however, as soon as September hits, everything and I mean EVERYTHING is pumpkin flavor.  There are cereals, desserts, foods, coffee, candy…everything that you can think is more than likely available in pumpkin. 

My table also looks very Fall-sy, Fall-ish, Otoñal, Autumn-ish. The decoration in our home is also representative of Fall: pumpkins, sunflowers, yellows, oranges, and brown.  More about my Fall table on this post: My Life Giving Table – Fall Edition.

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Usually for snack time, when time permits, I like to make a special snack for the afternoon to go along with our read aloud time.  This time I made Pumpkin Yogurt with banana slices, because we always so many that need to be used up, and crumbled Graham Crackers. 

 

The process to make this Pumpkin Yogurt was very simple. Too easy, if I may say so.  We had some vanilla yogurt and added pumpkin puree, a bit of cinnamon, and blended the ingredients in our Ninja blender. In the meantime, my children got some Graham Crackers in a ziploc bag to crumble the crackers. Another one cut up some banana slices to garnish the Pumpkin Yogurt. 

You may also like this recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe 

As you can see, the process was very simple and it was delicious. As I was trying to write down the recipe that day, my children asked for more, so it took quite a while until I was able to sit down again to write down the recipe.  Can we still call it a recipe? You tell me.  Go ahead and make it. Let me know how you like it! 

 

Ingredients to make Pumpkin Yogurt using Flavored Yogurt 

 

  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Banana slices
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Cinnamon
  • Graham Crackers

 

Steps to make Pumpkin Yogurt

 

Blend yogurt, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon until desired consistency. Serve, Top it with banana slices and crumbled Graham Crackers.  

Enjoy!!!!

 

Ingredients to make Pumpkin Yogurt using Plain Yogurt 

 

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Recipe

 

Blend yogurt, pumpkin puree, and frozen bananas until desired consistency. This way you will have a natural sweetener (the bananas), your yogurt will be mostly natural flavors this way. Very healthy. 

 

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Gift Guide for the Nature Loving Child

 

 

Nature Study is a VERY important component of our eclectic homeschool. We enjoy spending time outside, walking, observing plants, bugs, trees, leaves, etc.  God’s Creation is so beautiful and intrinsic; there is always something new to learn about outside.

Charlotte Mason hit the nail on the head when she coined that children should spend time outside playing, in nature, observing, LEARNING from nature. 

Since even before we officially began to homeschool, we had spent time outside just in nature. Sometimes walking a trail, other times even in the backyard observing the plants that are in our home. 

My advice to you is to become familiar with the flora and fauna you have in your area. Visit natural museums or look up books about your state’s nature. Palm trees are local to Florida whereas Michigan has willow trees and pine trees everywhere. Take advantage of those geographical differences to discover and learn about nature right where you are.  

 

 

 

 

 

So many times when going on nature walks, we stop to observe tiny caterpillars or worms. The kids wish we could take them home to continue observing them. This Bug Catcher and Viewer helps us transport the bug to our garden to continue our observations. This set comes with an Insect Magnifier, a Catcher, and 2 tweezers to pick up bugs without actually touching them.

We have found that using a Bug-Catching Net is really useful for catching butterflies, look at, and release. Sometimes we snap a quick picture of it, or another insect, to read about in the book Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides) . 

This Outdoor Set for Kids – Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass & Magnifying Glass is actually in my wish list. It is a very complete set that would be great to use when going on a hike, so the kids could bird watch from a distance through the binoculars. They could also use the compass for finding the direction we are walking while looking at a map.  

Books for the Nature Loving Child and Books for Nature Study

Books for Nature Study

 

  1. The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms

  2. Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman)

  3. Trees, Leaves & Bark (Take Along Guides)

  4. The Burgess Bird Book For Children 

  5. The Burgess Animal Book for Children

  6. The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature (Dover Children’s Science Books) 

Games for Nature Study

  1. Outdoor nature scavenger hunt card game for families

  2. Bug Bingo 

Nature study is a natural way of learning and appreciating the world around us. It also raises consciousness in caring for everything around us like animals and plants.

Go ahead and go to your backyard to enjoy, discover, and learn about what surrounds you!

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Homeschooling and Preparing for a Hurricane in the Same Week

Little did we know this week we would be preparing for Hurricane Irma, right after watching out and praying for our friends in Texas who endured Hurricane Harvey a week ago. 

Irma looks massive. So many people have left. So many people are staying. The streets are quiet, all shelves are pretty much empty with a few exceptions here and there. Most people have been pretty calm out on the street, which is great. People have been lining up for water, facebook groups have served as a means to share information and encouragement for those who are new to hurricanes. 

I keep on hearing this is the first time people have seen such a massive hurricane about to hit Tampa. This is the first time we have witnessed fellow friends having to evacuate from Clearwater and St. Petersburg area. 

While we are here at home, waiting, watching the news, homeschooling, we have also been preparing to face the hurricane. 

First of all, we are praying. Praying hard the hurricane will loose strength and for people’s safety. 

Secondly, we have been taking the necessary precautions to be ready for Hurricane Irma. 

 

Hurricane Essentials to Have at Home – Home Preparedness Kit in case of Emergency

 

The light can be used as a lantern when expanded or as a flashlight when compacted, making it a dual-purpose light. It also works for charging cell phones, using as a flashlight. It can charged with batteries, electricity, or SOLAR in case of power outages.
It is very light. Very easy to use. Just got it out of the box, plugged in, and that’s it.

I am glad we got it because it can help us charge our cell phones. It comes with a USB cord to charge, or it can get charged solarly. This light is VERY bright, it will light up a whole big room. It also has a button that allows you to set an intermittent light in case of emergency to let others know you need help. You can also use the energy from this lamp to charge a cell phone.  We are really happy with this purchase! 

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We got this large Brita water filter that comes with a dispenser. It yields 18 cups. We got this so we can filter tap water. The filter comes with it. Be sure to grab extra filters

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This is a item we are going to be getting. I keep seeing to put important documents in the dishwasher, but honestly, i think having a water proof case is the best option for permanent storage.

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This is another item we will be getting to have for next season. Gas lines can be very long (or short!), but the scarcity of gas may make it more difficult to contemplate evacuating on short notice. I actually saw some people filling up their gas cans and thought that was really impressive. So definitely adding this item to my list to get ready for next hurricane season!

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In case of any emergency, I strongly recommend having a first-aid kit at home. We have one from Ikea, but if you don’t have a store you, this kit from Amazon looks just as good. it comes with 299 pieces. This is also really easy to pack and store in a suitcase in case of evacuation.

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Homeschooling the Week of Hurricane Watch

 

Make a hurricane out of cardstock – draw a spiral on paper. The small spiral will be at the center which will become the “eye” of the hurricane.  Really simple, great activity.

Notebooking – We watched a few YouTube videos and then the children did some notebooking in which they wrote in a sentence what is a hurricane, then they drew a picture. 

Discuss Safety Measures – Where to go? What to do? Listen to phone alarms, check weather reports. 

Write down lists – This was so important!!! 

  • Things to pack
  • Things to purchase 
  • Priorities 

Most importantly, we discussed the importance of keeping CALM. In times when things go out of the norm, it is very important to pray, have a plan, and stay calm.  God will guide our steps, every step of the way. 

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 119:106

 

Trust in God, above all. 

 

Keep safe. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Books in Spanish to Teach Feelings and Emotions

Books to Teach

 

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From a very young age, children learn about their emotions. They understand they feel something and may very well act on it. As they grow, they will be learning how to identify their emotions as well as learning how to process them.  If you are a bilingual teacher or if you are teaching Spanish to young children, I recommend the following books to teach the emotions in Spanish

 

El Monstruo de Colores

This book will give clues in colorful pictures for children to be able to learn and identify their emotions. This book does really well with young children. A must have in a Spanish library.

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El monstruo de colores (Spanish Edition)El monstruo de colores (Spanish Edition)

The English version of this book illustrates common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calmness. This book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers about their feelings. Kids will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!

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Asi Me Siento Yo

 

Picture book filled with illustrations on a variety of feelings.

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Alexander y el Dia Terrible, Horrible, Espantoso, Horroroso: Spanish Edition

 

This book is FAVORITE in English and I am so glad to have found a Spanish edition. The best part of this story is that it puts the names of emotions into context making it easier for Spanish Language Learners to really learn the names of the emotions and know how to use them in context. Great book to have in your Spanish library!

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Alexander Y El Día Terrible, Horrible, Espantoso,Alexander Y El Día Terrible, Horrible, Espantoso,

 

What books would you add to this list? 

 

Other Book Lists in Spanish that might interest you: 

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