Category Archives: Around the House

How to Store Non-Weather Resistant Toys Outside

I try to waterproof as much of our outdoor materials as possible. I’ve even found ways of making water-proof books and board games that can be left out in all sorts of weather without being damaged. But there are other things that I’d rather not get left out in the rain. Things like chalk. Magnetic letters. Dress-up Supplies.How to Store NonWeather Resistant Toys Outside

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DIY Home Recycling Station – Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels

About two months ago LittleMan took a tour of a local recycling center with one of his homeschool groups. Ever since that field trip LittleMan has been reminding us constantly to watch what we put in the trash and make sure we recycle everything we can. Given his increased interest in recycling, we thought it would be a good time to put together a recycling station in our own home.
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Keep reading for details of our field trip, the directions to make your own recycling station, and free printable recycling bin labels. (more…)

How to Make a Family Travel Guide

I’ve written before on living a life of adventure regardless of where you live and how tight your budget may be. We have just moved to my husband’s home-state and, in an effort to get me excited about the area, Marmaduke purchased me a guide book with many historical and natural must-see sights. This got me thinking about a handy little DIY travel guide that I made when we lived overseas.
How to make your own Family Travel Guide for homeschool field trips, weekend activities, and holiday fun, Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)

Homeschool Travel Kit, First Grade

If you are taking any sort of trip this summer, then you’re probably looking for a way to keep the kids occupied while traveling to and from, and during their downtime while there. If whatever activities you found also happened to prevent summer slide, then all the better!
We recently went on a camping trip and put together two homeschool travel kits, one for our SunnyGirl (age 2) and one for LittleMan (age 5).
Besides the file folder games and the sight word ball, pretty much everything inside of the travel kit was purchased from Dollar Tree. All the file folder games we used were found as free printables online (links below).
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Homeschool Travel Kit, Preschool

If you are taking any sort of trip this summer, then you’re probably looking for a way to keep the kids occupied while traveling to and from, and during their downtime while there. If whatever activities you found also happened to prevent summer slide, then all the better!
We recently went on a camping trip and put together two homeschool travel kits, one for our SunnyGirl (age 2) and one for LittleMan (age 5).
Besides the file folder games and the alphabet ball, pretty much everything inside of the travel kit was purchased from Dollar Tree. All the file folder games we used were found as free printables online (links below).
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Lazy Easter

Last year I went out of my way to try a whole slew of Easter activities and crafts which one by one all failed.  There was the egg geodes which never crystallized, the Easter Island volcano which never erupted, and the new dye method which left us with white eggs. With nothing quite turning out the way it should, I declared it the Easter of FAIL.

This year I’m already in a stressful situation (see my recent series, homeschooling through crisis for more info about that) and I quite frankly didn’t have it in me to risk another Easter of FAIL so I decided to take a new approach to the holiday. The Lazy Easter approach.
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Homeschooling Through Crisis: Emergency Relocation and Your Homeschool

Welcome to part two of our series on homeschooling through crisis.
Homeschooling Through Crisis
There are a lot of reasons one might have to pack their homeschool materials up on a moment’s notice. Some positive, such as your family won and all-expenses paid trip to Europe and has to leave right away! However, there are many not so positive reasons as well. Death of a loved one, loss of income, natural disaster, unexpected illness or injury in the family, loss of home, legal troubles, and a wealth of other unexpected and unpleasant reasons might cause your family to have to relocate with only a few days – or even a few hours – to prepare.

In this situation you may decide to leave your homeschool materials behind or you may choose to make room for a few things in your luggage, the choice is up to you. (See part one of this series, Homeschooling Through Crisis: Should you?)

I opted to (more…)