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First Day of School Picture Confession

First Day of School Picture Confession

 This post is a time for confessions.   Confession #1: I haven’t taken first day of school pictures for the past few years. Even though my Pinterest boards have quite a few cute suggestions, my best intentions have never materialized.   Confession #2: First day of school pictures stress me out. Having both of my boys with their hair combed, clean clothes on, ready for school and pictures = major stress.   Confession #3: Today, I am laying my mom…

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Hunting For the Lazy Days of Summer?

Hunting For the Lazy Days of Summer?

The long, lazy days of summer are here. Though, to be quite honest I haven’t spotted one of those days yet. Our summer schedule has already filled up with out of out of town visitors, day trips, summer camps, and finishing our homeschool year. The long, lazy days have been replaced with long car rides filled with squabbling siblings. However, I recently found a secret weapon to quiet the squabbling. Thanks to my new secret weapon, my kids buckle in…

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Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience

 One of my favorite smells is the smell of a new box of Crayola Crayons. Yes, it has to be Crayola. I am a crayon snob. So the Crayola Experience, at the Florida Mall in Orlando, holds a special place in my heart. From the outside entrance, giant, playful crayons invite you to enter the interactive attraction. The Crayola Experience is jam packed with 26 exhibits that invite guests to create and play. Climbing through the playground, molding with clay,…

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Depression Era History Movies 

Depression Era History Movies 

When our family is dragging and no one wants to do school, it is awesome to be able to pop in a movie and know that they are still learning. Here are our top four for learning about the depression era: 1. It’s a Wonderful Life – The popular story of George Bailey is a favorite of mine. Even though my kids were annoyed that our movie wasn’t in color, they couldn’t help but root for Bailey. This timeless classic not…

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Remembering 

Remembering 

During my school years, History class usually ended with the Civil War and Reconstruction. If the teacher was doing really well, we might do a brief overview of World War II and cover Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I don’t remember the Vietnam War ever being mentioned. I knew there was a lot of turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War. I knew that my dad was on an aircraft carrier somewhere out in the ocean during the Vietnam War. I knew…

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World War II Resources 

World War II Resources 

We are fortunate to have so many resources that make history come alive. Here are some of our family’s favorite resources for learning about World War II.  1. The Hiding Place is an encouraging story of ordinary heroes in a dark time. Based on the inspirational story of Corrie Ten Boom, the Focus on the Family audio drama is a riveting story. The multi voice dramatization and sound effects, some of which were recorded in the Ten Boom’s actual family…

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Clifford House 

Clifford House 

I just discovered one of the many gems in Eustis, Florida: the Clifford House. Located at 536 North Bay Street, the Clifford House is home to the Eustis Historical Museum and Preservation Society. Construction on the home began in 1910 and was completed in 1911. Guilford Davis Clifford, a native of New York, planned to build his home years earlier but postponed his plans due to devastating freezes in 1894 and 1895. I was impressed with the sturdiness of the…

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Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival 

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival 

Spring comes early to central Florida when Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is in town. This year the Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 1 to May 29. A visit to the Flower and Garden festival is a great accompaniment to a unit on botany and butterflies. Last year we brought our nature journals and sketched some of the many plants that Disney showcases during their festival. However, this year we opted to stroll around and enjoy the…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Growing up St. Patrick’s Day was a day I dreaded. I could never remember when it was, so I almost always forgot to wear green and would usually get pinched. As a young woman, I simply ignored the day altogether. After all I don’t care for beer, even if it’s green. Green isn’t my favorite color and if someone pinches me, I can call the police. However my St. Patrick’s Day apathy was called into question when I had kids….

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History Of Flight 

History Of Flight 

To finish up our unit on the Wright Brothers and flight, I purchased the History of Flight kit from Be Amazing Toys and sold at christianbook.com. Included in the kit are four airplanes that changed history and directions on how to build and fly the planes. Designed for ages 8 and up, the kit cost $24.99 at christianbook.com.  The first plane we constructed was the Wright Brothers plane. The plane was easy to construct. In fact, I gave the plane…

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