Thanksgiving Journal Devotionals For Kids


Celebrating Martinmas Novemeber 11

Do you know that we have never celebrated Martinmas before? It’s a great holiday, started with Saint Martin, showing his light to the world on a cold dark night.

There are many ways to celebrate the day. Some have a bonfire, roast marshmellows, drink cider and have a lantern parade. Kids make their own lanterns and parade around the neighborhood or fire singing various Martinmas tunes.

It’s a time to welcome winter, to recognize the light that each child has in their life and how they can be one for others like St. Martin.


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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Book, Movie, and Field Trip

Really neat idea for a homeschool trip. Anyone up for it? We could go to Russell Stovers!

Stories of Our Boys

Lula’s Chocolate Factory

I finally hit upon a CHAPTER book that the boys love enough to read, even without me. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I wish I had read it when I was a kid. It’s so good! Funny, yes, but also FULL of great life lessons.

Joshua and Caleb give it all their thumbs up.

I would love to say that I timed it on purpose to coincide with our CC group’s Chocolate Factory Tour field trip…..but no. It was just a BEAUTIFUL coincidence. 🙂

They were so excited!

Lula’s Chocolates is a family operation. We got to see them making these delicious goodies. You can buy them at any Whole Foods Grocery Store! Of course, we partook in some chocolate-y goodness while we were there. We also wore really nifty hair nets.

That’s Dan, checking out the sea salt dark chocolates. Oh my, what a wonderful combination…

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Brains, Brains, Brains

5 Speckled Frogs

I splurged this Halloween on a brain mold.  I have been wanting one for a few years, but have never committed.  I came across a link for “5 BRAIN ACTIVITIES USING A BRAIN MOLD“.  Her blog post was called something snazzy and fun, but my own brain went “BRAIN MOLD!!”  and so I ordered one- because it’s not just for food, its for school!  I did make brain Jell-o first.  It turned out well considering I bought the wrong color Jell-o and I used half and half instead of evaporated milk. DSC04394

Then, I broke out the vinegar!  Using a little red coloring, I tinted it and put it in the brain mold, in the freezer overnight. DSC04399

WHOO-EEE the vinegar smell about knocked me over when I opened the freezer this morning.  I ran it under some warm water and it popped out nice and easy onto my plate.  Then I…

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Daily Weather Chart

Weather charts a great idea!

Western Township Academy

I decided to use a daily weather chart as a part of our routine.  I found a cute weather chart on Pinterest from


Pin it here:

Here is how my version turned out:


I printed it on cardstock.  I would have laminated it, if I had a laminator.  I used stick-on magnet strips, on the back of the pieces and used a magnetic dry erase board from Wal-Mart.

Gage has really enjoyed using the weather chart to keep track of the weather.

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Homeschool Schedules

Hupostasis = Faith

One of the things that people ask me most is what our “homeschool day” looks like.  Homeschool will look different in every home depending on:
-how many outside activities you are involved in-whether your kids (and/or you) do well with structure
-your “homeschool style” (un-schooling vs traditional)
-when you and your children work best (morning, afternoon, evening)
-the age of your children
-your work schedule (if you work outside the home)

I have nothing against a more loosely scheduled day or even un-schooling if that works for you and your kids, but for me and for my children (at least for now), we all do better with a much more structured day.  No, we do not have a strict schedule that we stick to every day, but we do often make schedules when I feel like we are getting to out of control.  Usually we work from lists.  Over the…

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