Fun Easter Activities

I can’t believe that Easter is almost here! My youngest son has a late April birthday and there has been a few years his birthday has fallen on Easter Sunday, giving us double reasons to celebrate!! Our church always has a big Easter celebration that we enjoy attending as a family. This week, the Crew is sharing Easter resources in the Crew Round up. These are some of the ones I found:

1. Teaching Ideas has a ton of links to printables like bookmarks, cards, word searches and coloring pages as well as links to resources for teaching about the Easter story.

2. Activity Village has become one of my go-to websites for learning resources. Their Easter page has links for craft ideas, coloring pages, worksheets, puzzles, and even fun videos.

3. Woodlands Junior School offers Easter lessons for math (measuring the circumference of an egg! How fun!), crafts, and other activities. Not all the links on this page work, but a lot of them do and they have some cool ideas I would not have thought of.

4. UMC.org has links to family devotionals and other resources you could use for your own personal study during the Easter season.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. If you know of any other cool resources I can check out, let me know in the comments. To see what other crew members have to say, click here: (goes live 4/2/14)

Easter Resources

Easter Resources Round-Up

My Favorite Pinterest Boards

Ahhh…Pinterest, a place a girl could waste hours thinking about things she hopes to do…someday. 😉 I was slow to start on Pinterest, but believe me, I have made up for it. Fortunately, Pinterest is full of great ideas for homeschoolers. There are all kinds of links to activities, freebies, giveaways, and inspiration that it has really become one of my go-to sources when I need ideas. For this week’s Blog Carnival, Homeschooling with Pinterest, I am going to share some of my favorite Homeschool boards.

1. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Just like their digital magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine pinterest board brings you the best in ideas and resources for homeschool. From useful apps, to resources for individual subjects, to ideas for planning and organizing, TOS has it all. When I am stumped for ideas, I pop on over to their board and usually have no trouble finding what I want.

2. The Schoolhouse Review Crew
Of course, I am a member of the crew, but even if I wasn’t I would still follow this board. First of all, I am a curriculum junkie, and the only thing I love more than new curriculum, is researching new curriculum!! Personal reviews are very important to me because they help me determine if a product will work in my home. There is nothing worse than looking at something online, thinking it will be the BEST thing ever, and then getting it home and realizing it just isn’t going to work for you (yep, I’ve learned that lesson the hard way a few times!). So whenever I am thinking about ordering something new, I always look for reviews first!! The crew also has posts full of ideas for unit studies, field trips, great books, and freebies and giveaways!

3. Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies
As a homeschooler on a budget (and who among us isn’t?) I am always looking out for deals and freebies. This board pulls them together all in one place. With resources organized by subject and topic, it is easy to find a giveaway for whatever you are looking for.

4. Home Educating Family
The boards at Home Educating Family include homeschooling resources, giveaways, parenting resources, and encouragement for busy moms.

5. Educents
I love the Educents website and their pinterest board is full of more of the same. Fun ideas for history and science, organization plans, and tips on how to deal with homeschooling challenges are just some of the things on their boards.

I find the internet is full of so many great ideaS, but I just can’t bookmark them all! Pinterest is an excellent way to save an idea for later, without having to clutter up space on my computer. Of course, I would love to invite you to follow my own Homeschool Pinterest board here: Kingdom Academy

To see other ideas for how to use Pinterest for your homeschool, check out the Crew Carnival here: (opens 3/26/14)
Homeschooling with Pinterest

Avocado Tomato Salad

My recipe for this week is an easy side dish. I love avocados. They are so good for you and they taste delicious. I put avocado in sandwiches, on hamburgers, and in my tacos. I like to make this as a side for a light dinner or to bring to a barbecue.

Ingredients:
2 avocados
2-3 tomatoes
1 ball mozzarella cheese
1/2 bunch cilantro
olive oil
red wine vinegar
salt and pepper

1. Peel and chop the avocado.
2. Chop the tomato into small pieces.
3. Chop the mozzarella into chunks.
4. Chop the cilantro.
5. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
7. Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, to taste.
8. Chill and serve.

I love the fact that I can whip up this simple dish in just a few minutes if we end up with last minute company!!

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Menu Plan Monday 3/24/14

 

My family is enjoying spring break this week. We are welcoming a change from our normal school routine. We are also going to start working on our garden, and I am really excited! Last year we had a nice harvest of squash, green beans, broccoli, lettuce, and tomatoes. It’s a lot of work, and we learn a little bit more each year that we do it, but we love having our own fresh vegetables on the table. This is what’s on our menu for this week:

Monday: Lasagna

Tuesday: Carnie Bowls

Wednesday: Tacos

Thursday: Shrimp Scampi

Friday: Spinach Artichoke Chicken

Thanks for stopping by to check out Menu Plan Monday! Be sure to come back next week.

Booklovers Anonymous: A Wrinkle in Time

The first time I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, I was in fifth grade. This is one of the first books I can remember wanting to read over and over. I was so excited by the adventures of Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace. And the thought of traveling through time, and tesseracts, and the incredible worlds they visited….they were the stuff a dreams. The Christian themes in the book are quite obvious, and easily lend themselves to discussion. However, it is the relationships between the characters that stand out to me the most. The fact that Meg rescues her little brother because her love for him is the one thing IT can’t overcome, sends a very powerful message.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Both of my boys read this book as part of their literature class in about the sixth grade, although I also used it as a read aloud when they were younger. A Wrinkle in Time is actually the first book in a series that can set your kids off on a wonderful adventure. First written in 1962, it is still enormously popular today.

When my kids read this book, we do numerous activities, like sketching their favorite scenes, drawing or making models of each planet, creating a comic based on the book, and making their own “map” of the different universes the children visit. Glencoe also has a study guide with questions and graphic organizers available. Scholastic has put together a nice little study guide with background about the book and the author, as well as questions for each chapter. Shmoop has some general questions and quizzes. The Edsitement website has great directions for creating a board game based on the book.

A Wrinkle in Time lends itself to creativity, so with an artistic child the possibilities are endless. Of course, you can also tie some of the topics into science (just look up tesseracts to get started). There is also quite a bit of math in the story, and literature references as well. This book will work for any child in 5th grade and above who loves excitement and adventure. Check it out and enjoy!

I appreciate you stopping by to visit. Be sure to come back next Thursday! Did you ever read A Wrinkle in Time as a kid? Let me know in the comments!

Ham and Egg Cups

I’ve been getting into make-ahead breakfasts lately and this is one my friend made for her family last week. I decided to give it a try and it was a big hit with my hubby and boys.

Ingredients:
12 eggs
12 thin slices of ham
Chopped spinach
salt
pepper
garlic powder

Directions:
1. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.
2. Line each tin with one piece of ham.
3. Crack each egg directly over the ham.
4. Sprinkle chopped spinach on top of the eggs.
5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
6. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until yolks are solid.

I stored these in an air tight container and we heated them up in the microwave for about 25 seconds during the week. Easiest breakfast ever!!

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