50+ Sensational and Outstanding Homemade Pumpkin Recipes

The cool and crisp days of fall are upon us, when we pull out the sweatshirts, sweaters, and celebrate the year's harvest. It is the time of year when we eat lots of pumpkin recipes and carve pumpkins. The pumpkin industry in the USA brings in $141 million dollars every year which equates to about 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins. Pumpkin recipes have been made for many, many years around the world not only for food but for medicine too. Colonists would cut the tops off of the pumpkins, scrape … [Read more...]

50+ Awesome, Quick, and Easy Kids Craft Ideas For Fall

I simply cannot believe that summer is just about done. It amazes me how fast summer goes by every year, it seems to go by faster then any other season. Maybe it's because of the warm weather, late nights, bonfires, beach trips, swimming, sleepovers with cousins and neighbors, festivals, and all the other fun that happens most during this great season. During the summer our house is filled with at least 1 extra kiddo at least every day and often nights, but usually multiple extra kids. Our house … [Read more...]

All About Trees

This months Mother Goose Time theme is In The Orchard. During our first week we learned about the lifecycle of the tree, during this time we learned about seeds, roots, trunk, branches, and leaves. This was such a perfect lesson to be able to do right in time for the fall leaves changing colors and falling off the trees. During our second week we learned about fruit trees. Here are some of the fun learning activities we did during the first 2 weeks. While we were exploring seeds the kids … [Read more...]

All About Apples

This months topic in our Mother Goose Time Curriculum  is in the Orchard. During the first week the kids spent time learning about the lifecycle of trees. During the second week we learned about fruit trees. While we learned about 5 different fruit trees, we ended up spending a few days learning about Apples as well as Johnny Appleseed. The reason we extended our apple unit is because in Michigan this time of year there are LOTS of apples. So we do many different things with apples, we go to … [Read more...]

Our Halloween Ideas For Kids #Halloween

For the last couple of weeks we have been doing some misc Halloween fun through out some of our days and have also added some new Halloween work to the little boys shelf in our school room. I am doing things differently this year with our trays instead of adding many new trays each week, I am choosing a few of them and adding them to our shelves and only changing the other activities once or twice a month. Making these changes has helped me be more accountable for getting the trays out and … [Read more...]

Review: The Pilgrim Story

Dayspring Christian Academy is an online self paced interactive program that teaches children in grades 3-6 the complete history of the Pilgrim Story. It starts before the pilgrims left from Plymouth, MA and teaches the kids right through three years after their arrival in the new world. The last lesson takes students on a virtual field study of Plymouth, MA. Through out the lessons there is Christian character and biblical principles intwined into the lessons that teach hard work, … [Read more...]

50+ Halloween and Fall Ideas For Kids

Through the years we have enjoyed lots of different Fall/Halloween projects so I thought it would be fun to put together a list of Halloween and Fall ideas, they are all things we have done through the years with our kids. I hope you find some fun new ideas to try with your kids! 1. Learn about the Skeletal system and make "noodle Skeletons" 2. Make flubber. All you need is borax, glue, and food coloring. 3. Glue pieces of tissue paper to a leaf cut from construction … [Read more...]

30 Awesome Apple Activities For Kids!!

One of the things that I think of when I think of fall is apples, there are so many things you can make with them and the cinnamon apple scents of fall. Michigan is known for the many apples it grows, but with the fact that our weather this past year has been very different from our normal weather, many of the local farmers crops this year were a complete loss. I even had one person tell me that for a bushel of apples that would any other year  cost $40 this year will cost over $400!! So with … [Read more...]

Leaf Project Ideas for kids

Leaf Project For Kids Last month while there was lots and lots of leaf raking I took a week to have the boys study leaves. We found leaves outside and decided to do a few leaf project for kids. We did leaf crafts, leaf rubbings, we preserved the leaves in wax paper, and of course learned why they were all falling off of the trees. Leaf Decorations: I set some blank leaves out for the kids to decorate, and Dustin made these leaves one day during some down time. Simple but very nice. He … [Read more...]

DIY Thanksgiving Craft Ideas ~ Turkeys

DIY Thanksgiving Craft Ideas ~ Turkeys I seen this cute DIY Thanksgiving Craft Ideas on another Blog and thought it would be a cute project for the kids to do for Thanksgiving. We used Styrofoam cups, which we had to be a little extra careful with, but no one broke any of the pieces off. I had them cut about half of the cup wall off, then cut the other side into 4 pieces Here is the one I made as an example for the kids, minus the eyes. Ethan working hard on his, he did most of the … [Read more...]