Introducing Kids to Coconut

coconut

In my How to Home Preschool series published recently on In Lieu of Preschool, I talked about involving friends and family in your homeschool (see letter U for us). The kids’ Oma came to visit this week and she brought a whole, real coconut to share with us. Honestly I’ve always been intimidated by

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Series Books for Boys 5-9 years old

series books for boys

My oldest child, who is now 9 years old and in the 4th grade of our homeschool, has become a pretty voracious reader over the years. In kindergarten he started reading a beginning chapter book series, and from there he was hooked. He has read tons of books over the past four years, and

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Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

mother's day crafts

Mother’s Day is coming soon! There were some really cute Mother’s day crafts for kids that were shared on the After School Link-Up this past week. There were chalkboard flower pots, handprint art, poem cards, and even dye-your-own flowers for Mom. Check out all these awesome ideas, plus be sure to link up YOUR

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Simple Science Projects for Kids

simple science projects

We love doing science projects at our house. Many of them are easy activities that are lots of fun for kids, and where learning is definitely a byproduct even if not the direct focus. There were several simple science projects for kids shared on the After School linky last week, so I am featuring

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10 Educational Benefits of Mega Bloks Building Kits #buildbarbiesworld

benefits of Mega Bloks building kits

With two young children who love to build, I have discovered a lot about all the learning that takes place during the activity. While it may look like all fun and games, there are really lots of educational benefits of Mega Bloks building kits! Additionally, parents of girls who have shied away from building

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8 Tips for Photographing Kids

tips for photographing kids

I am not a photographer. Let me repeat, I am not a photographer. But I do take hundreds, often thousands of photographs each week and have for several years now. Most of the photos I take are of my children and the activities we are doing. I have used all manner of point and

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6 Fun Activities to Do with Your Kids

fun activities to do with your kids

Looking for something fun to do WITH your kids after school? Here are 6 fun activities to do with your kids that were shared on last week’s After School Link-Up. These activities are geared for ages 5+, but with help, preschool kids can join in the fun, too. Whether it’s art, crafts, music, or

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Raising your Kids to Love the Lord

raising your kids to love the lord

I came across the book Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone this week while browsing in a Christian book store. The title instantly grabbed me because that’s exactly how I want to raise my children…to love the Lord. Though I am already trying my best to do this, I figured

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Eggs on The After School Link-Up

egg drop science experiment

The After School Link-Up is back on Parent Teach Play. It will now be hosted on Mondays. But it’s Tuesday you say! Yes, this is what happens when you fall asleep putting your children to bed on Monday night and haven’t scheduled your post. So, welcome to the Monday After School Link-Up one day

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Easy Spring Wreath Craft using Yarn

spring wreath craft

Want a quick way to spruce up the indoors for spring? You can make your own wreath! This indoor spring wreath craft is easy to create, featuring fuzzy yarn in pretty spring colors, a ruffled ribbon hanger, and felt flower embellishments. I normally post only kids’ activities and crafts, but sometimes it feels good

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