It’s camp out under the Christmas tree and read Christmas books night! We LOVE books in our family and try to read them every night before bed if we can. Here are a few of the Christmas books we have and/or enjoy:             The Polar Express – such a magical book (and movie too). I’m not sure who loves it more, me or the kids. Merry Christmas, Curious George – we are big Curious George fans in our house, so it’s no surprise that we love this mischievous little monkey’s...

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We have a sick kid! Well, that’s real life…good thing we started more than 12 days before Christmas… But, if you’re planning along with me, here’s a little preview. Day 2 is Christmas Family Game Night, and here are some cute ideas for you: Roll-a-Reindeer Printable Game from Seven Thirty Three Christmas Bingo from Crazy Little Projects Candy Cane Hunt by Dirt & Boogers – You could hide even more if you used the miniature candy canes. This game could go on and on if you let each kid take turns...

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As I was cleaning up from our 1st Day of Christmas with the kids, I noticed that one of my kiddos managed to get Sharpie on the table. Fantastic. I’m all about making memories, but I prefer not to remember them every time I look at the table. Sharpie is permanent, or is it?   Next time this happens to you, grab some rubbing alcohol and cotton balls and scrub a little… And scrub a little more, until… Viola! Good as new. Once, a couple of years ago, my youngest (at church) drew on a dry erase board with Sharpie....

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We made Christmas cards! There are a ton of great ideas out there, but we picked a couple: Fingerprint Christmas Lights Cards – from Crafty Morning And… Fingerprint Reindeer Cards – from Gemma Garner Of course Bailey wanted to do both: Here are a couple more that I thought were cute: Washi Tape Christmas Trees – from About a Mom (You could also do this with scrapbook paper) Reindeer Picture Adaptable to Cards – from Timmons Times Have fun! Feel free to share any pictures or other ideas in the comments. Don’t...

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Each year, I look forward to fitting in a lot of fun before Christmas. Often, however, the days fly by, and my great intentions are just those….intentions. This year, I’m determined to turn my intentions into reality. To help me accomplish this, I’ve created 12 Days of Christmas with the Kids. The kids are looking forward to turning over one card each day, and I’m looking forward to some great family fun and memories! Join me as I post about each day’s activities. Would you like to join with us in the fun?...

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We have been a part of a local Classical Conversations community for the past six years. It has greatly helped not only in classically educating our children, but also in providing for us a community of support in our homeschool journey. Classical Conversations equips parents to teach their children using the Christian, Classical model of education. They do this by providing programs at the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric levels in local communities. If you missed my post explaining these terms and Classical education as a whole, click...

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Some Visionworks locations are offering $1 eye exams this month! I know for sure that some stores in Kentucky and Tennessee have this deal running, but be sure to check with your local location for participation. We all piled in today to get our eyes checked – such a steal! If you like this post, don’t forget to share it! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and subscribe via email or RSS feed. ...

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December is here! It’s my favorite time of the year, but it’s also a very busy time of year. One of the ways I make any busy schedule easier is by meal planning. If I don’t look ahead at the month and plan food for my family, I find myself flying by the seat of my pants…digging through the cupboards at 5pm, and having quite a bit of spaghetti, grilled cheese sandwiches, or even….dare I admit it….cereal… I’ve attached two copies of our December meal plan to help you get started on yours. One...

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Shopping online this holiday season? Be sure to follow these tips when you do: Always google a coupon code for wherever you’re shopping. I more often than not find some kind of coupon, even if it’s just free shipping. Every bit helps! Ebates – I love Ebates! It’s free to register and free to use. When you’re ready to shop, always go to Ebates and search for the store where you’d like to shop. Click on the link, it will open the website for you, and you will earn cash back for shopping. For example,...

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Classical education (often referred to as the Trivium), consists of three stages of learning: the grammar stage, the dialectic stage, and the rhetoric stage. Teaching a child through the Trivium is designed to give them the tools for learning by maximizing upon their natural tendencies present in each stage. The Grammar stage is the stage where the student learns the structure of a language. Students in this stage love to learn information regardless of why they’re learning it. Their mind is a sponge, soaking in amazing amounts...

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