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Edible Spiders

Edible Spiders

Ingredients:

  • Sandwich Bread (Pumpernickle bread makes a nice "black" spider, but you can use any variety.)
  • Cream Cheese
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pretzel Sticks (thin)
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Circle Cookie Cutter

Directions:

Cut sandwich bread into circles. Spread cream cheese or peanut butter between two circles. Insert eight, short pretzel sticks into filling. Top with chocolate chips for eyes.  

Perfect hands-on project and snack for a unit on insects or spiders!

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Gummy Worms

Gummy Worm Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 small pkg. unflavored gelatin
  • 2 small pkgs jello (with or without sugar)
  • 1 pkg Kool-aid (sweet or not)
  • 1 cup boiling water

Directions:

Mix all in bowl. Pour into pans about 1/2" deep. Refrigerate until set. Cut into strips to make "gummy worms." If you use a scalloped edge rotary cutter, you can get "ridges" in your worms.

Make several batches in different colors for a variety of colors and flavors.

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Ants on a Log

Here's a yummy science project for an insect unit:

Ants on a Log

Ingredients:

  • Celery
  • Cream Cheese or Peanut Butter
  • Raisins

Directions:

Cut celery into "logs." Spread cream cheese or peanut butter down each log. Place raisins along the "log" to create ants on a log!

Lots of fun and yummy!

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5 Things You Must Do Before Going to a Homeschool Conference

Buying curriculum in the early 80's, when I started homeschooling, was a challenge because curriculum was nearly impossible to obtain. Today, however, homeschool families have a new problem: There's too much curriculum available. Go to a homeschool conference and you’ll soon see what I mean!

Fortunately, you can eliminate some of the guesswork in purchasing curriculum by following a few guidelines outlined below:

1. Prepare Before you Go

If you go to a curriculum fair unprepared, you will spend way too much money and come home with a lot of stuff you don’t need. The solution: prepare a shopping list ahead of time.

Homeschool Planning forms

2. Determine What Your Child Needs

Do some assessment. What does each of your children need, this year? What grade level requirements

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No Place Like Holmes - Book Review

Griffin Sharpe is a genius. He notices everything, counts everything, and memorizes everything. And, he’s always right. But being right has one big problem: It doesn’t help him make friends.

No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe tells the story of a boy who goes to live with his “Uncle Snoops” in London whom he has never met. All he knows is that his uncle lives at 221 Baker Street. At first Griffin thinks his uncle is the Sherlock Holmes, but he soon discovers that his uncle is Rupert Snodgrass, a 2nd rate detective who lives next door to the famous Mr. Holmes.

Griffin quickly learns that his uncle doesn’t want him in London. He’s too focused on getting business from Sherlock and has no time for a kid. So, Griffin has to fend for himself and ends up in the middle of an adventure

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Review of Ancient Rome iPad App

Ancient Rome, created by Encyclopedia Britannica Kids, is an app that both parents and kids will enjoy. It’s educational AND fun!

The app is divided into segments that you choose from a wheel at the bottom of the screen:

Articles: Read articles about the Rise of Rome, The Roman Republic, The Caesars, The Roman Empire, Gladiators, Art and Architecture, and Roman Mythology. Each article includes facts about Rome, the rulers, people, photos, and more. A fun way to learn about Rome!

A-Z Roman Gods: Information about the gods that were worshipped in Rome, as well as images.

Images: A wipe-off game that includes images of the main structures of Ancient Rome, including the Amphitheater, Road, Forum, Aqueduct, Baths, Lighthouse, Triumphal Arch, and Temple. The goal is to name the

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Victory Garden Video

Looking for resources to teach a World War II Unit? Here are a few I found:

The Good Fight : How World War II Was Won by Stephen E. Ambrose. This book is excellent and perfect for family reading.

Mr. Donn's World War II Lesson Plans.

Create a World War II Memory Book.

Start a Victory Garden! Watch this old video for instructions!

Victory Garden Video
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A Woman’s Place - Book Review

As homeschoolers, we often look for books that complement our lesson plans in science, history, music, art, etc. One place I look for books for teens is the Christian bookstore. Here, you’ll find all sorts of wonderful books written for adults, but that are perfectly wonderful for teens. They are great stories, written in all genres (mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, etc.), and clean!

Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors in the Christian book world. Austin has written a number of books set during the 20th century, a time period that, until recently, hasn’t been written about very much.

"A Woman's Place" is the first book of hers I read. This is the story of four women during the 1940s, a time when the role of women began to change from stay-at-home mom to
"get out and work

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