Halloween and Pumpkin Themed Homeschool Week

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It’s the week before Halloween and we’re getting all prepped for our 2nd full week of preschool here! Primarily, we are doing the Letter of the Week curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler and we absolutely LOVE it! I LOVE being able to print my own lessons and she’s got the week all planned out and detailed for you! It’s totally FAB! I JUST got her book Homeschooling 101 in the mail today and can’t wait to dig in a little more and get our mission statement and our WHY written down to refer back to!

Even though this is only our second full week, we had previously worked on some letters and had 3 weeks done just randomly, so we’re actually on our 5th letter. Typically, this would be Uu, however, since it’s Halloween, I’ve decided to put Uu off until next week and do Pp this week! I’ve got LOTS of pumpkin stuff in order!

So… Here’s a sneak peek into what we will be up to this week!

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Books are

  • The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider by Kate Toms
  • Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman
  • Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
  • The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry
  • Where’s My Mummy by Carolyn Crimi

With each book, there will be a craft to follow on my instagram account I’m sure, so be sure to follow me there!!

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I just got this Writing Without Tears book after looking into what other homeschoolers are using and loving. My 4.5 year old doesn’t LOVE writing, so I’m hoping this can help us both 🙂

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I got these wonderful pages from http://www.education.com and after printing several free pages, I decided to get their plus account and even got 10% off! It’s really a great site and you’ll see us doing lots of supplemental pages from them.

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These cute pages are also from education.com and are for cutting and pasting practice. Tucker loves to craft and cut and I thought the spider page would be cute to do after reading our spider book. The octopus is for recall because last week we did the letter Oo! The cutting pages are behind these and just lines for the kids to follow!

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Again, just a few more pages to help with those fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. These are all from education.com. I’m not sure that I will have him cut out all of the pieces to Frankenstein as I have a feeling he’d get upset because they are pretty difficult for his age, but he will have fun dressing him up and gluing them!

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This big coloring book is HUGE, like difficult to store because it’s so large and awkward but it’s super cute and we love coloring in it! It’s got some great dot-to-dot and number coloring pages in it that I’ll use to fill some time with the boys this week.

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This packet is one from http://www.education.com as well and what kid doesn’t love to talk about themselves?! It’s like 20 something pages long, and I’ll be doing most of the writing in it but I’m excited to get him to start dictating things for me to write. I also look forward to looking back on these in the years to come!

And LASTLY, a few crafty things I’m thinking about doing this week…

  • We already made the banner in the first picture today because Tucker was so excited!
  • Carving a pumpkin
  • Painting the pumpkin seeds and using in art projects
  • Pumpkin stamping with potatoes
  • Mummies made from toilet paper

Hope you enjoyed seeing our goals for the week! Remember to follow me on instagram to see all of our crafty stuff!!

❤ Jessica

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Our Adventures in Homeschooling…

So I’ve spent months and months digging, planning, and searching out a great curriculum to get started with for homeschooling my 4 year old and my 2 year old has happily joined in on the fun too. I spent so much time trying to decide what to use and purchase, I was driving myself crazy! I finally reached out to a friend who has been homeschooling her kids for awhile now and decided to just try my own thing at first… well, that didn’t go so well… I was disorganized and just couldn’t mentally prepare for some reason. So, I decided to use the “Letter of the Week” program from http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com. I purchased her kit and started printing off all of the lessons and my kids are LOVING them! We got started a few weeks before we PCS’d so school kind of went on the back burner for awhile but we’ve reviewed the 3 weeks we did prior to moving and we’re gearing up to start a full week next week!

I’m a hopeful organizer, so I have these ideas in my head but I rarely spend the money to carry them out, even though they would make my life SO MUCH easier! Anyways, I wanted to link this AWESOME and FREE desk name printable with the alphabet AND numbers 1-10! We’re working hard on capital and lowercase letter recognition and sounds. My 4 year old hasn’t always been interested in letters or numbers so I never pushed, but now he’s ALL about it with this program! You have got to check out Erica’s stuff!! Here’s the link to her post about the name tags!

Enjoy and I’ll be sure to post my latest crochet items soon 🙂

❤ Jessica

Crochet Addiction!

So I seem to go through phases of different crafts. I’ll get obsessed with crochet for a month and start several projects and only finish a few (whoops!). And then I’ll get into a sewing kick and do the same. Well, right now it’s crochet that I’m completely enthralled with. Over the next few weeks I’m sure I’ll be posting lots of crochet projects I’ve started (and hopefully finished!)

The first one here is a baby blanket for my nephew who is due in November! I’m going to be an aunt for the first time, eeek! I added the letters which were free. They are the moogly alphabet on ravelry. The bumble bee was an addition too and can be found here http://craftycori.com/2014/06/buzzy-bee-baby-blanket-with-matching-hat/

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The pattern for this is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181367191/intarsia-deer-crochet-pattern-bambi-baby You can check out this lady’s etsy site and her website is amazing too! She’s got some super cute stuff! I bought the fox pillow pattern too so be on the lookout for my finished product soon 🙂

Gentle Baby Whipped Body Butter

You’ve probably noticed that I’m into essential oils lately! And there’s SO

MUCH you can do with these oils! I mean, seriously, the possibilities are endless! My sewing machine has been packed away for a few months (I’m mad at it haha) and it’s been way too nice outside to feel like crocheting. So, what’s a crafty girl to do… craft with my new passion, of course! “Gentle Baby™ is a soft, fragrant combination of essential oils designed specifically for mothers and babies. It helps calm emotions during pregnancy and is useful for quieting troubled little ones. It is also soothing to tender skin. Many of the essential oils in this blend are used in elite cosmetics to enhance a youthful appearance.” From http://www.youngliving.com.  It’s also been out of stock, for like ever! So, when it came back in stock I HAD to get my hands on some! I’ve been seeing all these neat whipped body butters and creams so I knew just the thing to make with this! This is so simple and soooo heavenly! Here’s how I did it!
You’ll need:
-small jar with lid (glass is best)
-Gentle Baby oil
-organic coconut oil
-hand mixer
-bowl to mix in

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Instructions: put a few scoops of coconut oil into your mixing bowl. My glass jar was reused from some foundation so it didn’t take much coconut oil at all! Mix with hand mixer until it’s creamy. This usually takes about 3 minutes or so. Add 5 drops of Gentle Baby and mix for a few more seconds to incorporate. Poor into your glass jar and you’re done! It will take about 2 days for the coconut oil to set again and when it does it will be light and fluffy just like a body butter! Enjoy!

Oil Diffuser Necklaces

Since starting my oily journey, I’ve began making diffuser necklaces! They are a great way to wear your favorite oil around with you all day! Plus, they are pretty too!

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I give these free at my oily classes when people sign up! It’s a great way to send them home with something unique. I also let them use a drop or two of their favorite oil from the night 🙂 They have been a big hit!

The Oil I’ll NEVER be Without!

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Believe me… I wouldn’t have believed it myself until I tried it! Joy is an amazing blend of oils that has changed my life and helped me be a better mom and person like I want to be! I apply it to my wrists and over my heart every morning and can feel my emotions beginning to balance. I more than love this oil!

It comes in the premium starter kit along with 10 other amazing oils!

Are you ready to have more joy in your life?! What are you waiting for?!

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Young Living oils!

Not a whole lot of crafting going on right now BUT I’ve been introduced to something life changing! Young Living essential oils!
Headaches, backaches, sore throats, temper tantrums, anxiety, sleeplessness, stuffy noses, coughs, all relieved with JUST healing essential oils! I’m not sure what took me so long to finally take the plunge and get my kit!

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Look at all the wonderful oils you can get! Even my 3.5 year old asks for them when he doesn’t feel well.
If you’re interested, I’d love to help you begin your own wellness journey with essential oils!

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Or email me at jessicachante@gmail.com

Happy Thanksgiving!