Crazy, Funny, Beautiful Kids

These three bring me so much joy. They challenge me and push me to the brink of frustration...but they also have the sweetest smiles and the best hugs. Plus they make me laugh with their eccentric creativity and silly observations.


  • Big Buddy about ready to introduce Mini Man to the Harry Potter audiobook: "This story is awesome literally awesome!"

  •  "I don't like bright chocolate, I like dark chocolate!"


shirt: target (similar),  jeans: gap (similar), boots: target

sweater: target, shirt: (similar),  pants: gift (similar or similar)


  • We were discussing spider-man and how great power comes with great responsibility. Mini Man's response: "God's given me a great power, the power to hold on to people!" 
  • After asking me to zip his coat: "you are the queen of zippers!" 



shirt: hand-me-down (similar), vest: hand-me-down (similar),
skirt: gift (similar or similar), tights: target (similar), boots: gift (same)


  • "I'm starving hot!"
  • We had to go to the mall to get my i-phone fixed and upon entering Little Lady's eyes go super big: "this is beautiful, so beautiful!"
  • Little Lady and I were cuddling the other night talking about silly things when Jeremy told her it was time to go to bed..."but Daddy I need to talk more, I like talking"
  • I spent a Saturday in my sweats when I realized I needed to pick something up at the drugstore. I  asked Little Lady to go with me: "You are going to change right?"...ouch! 



Literature Based Kindergarten: Stone Soup

Primary Literature
  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, this is a delightful retelling of a classic folktale. It's a Caldecott medal honor book - the illustrations are delightful and charming. It tells the tale of three traveling soldiers who stop at a village looking for a bit food and a place sleep. The villagers, however, are stingy and lie to the soldiers, saying that they are short on food. The soldiers use trickery to get the villagers to contribute to their delicious and magical 'stone soup'. I chose this book for November because I thought it be a great way to implant the message that I want my children to take away from Thanksgiving; for them to be grateful and generous with the blessings they have been given. I also had plans this to delve deeper into Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas and The Pilgims' First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern but life got bit crazy and so we had to settle for just reading them. 


  • Vocabulary Words to Review
    • trudged - to walk slowly
    • village - small community of houses
    • loft - upper level room
    • splendid - magnificent
    • cellar - underground room
    • peasant - farmers, common people of Europe
    • banquet - lavish meal, feast

Literature Based Kindergarten, Heckedy Peg

Primary Literture

  • Heckedy Peg by Audrey and Don Wood. This was our last October book, I wanted something a bit scary to go with Halloween. An evil witch, Heckedy Peg, tricks seven sweet children (all named after the days of week) in to letting her enter their house while their mother is away. Once inside she turns them all into food. Luckily, their mother is able to rescuing them with a few tricks of her own and some cleverness. The book's painted illustrations are stunning. They contain just the right amount of darkness which adds to the suspense-fulness of the book. 

Complementary Literature
  • The kids memorized 'A Week of Birthdays' from The Real Mother Goose. We chose to use  Sunday instead of 'the Sabbath day'. 

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace;
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go;
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for its living;
But the child that is born on Sunday
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

  • Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser and Paul O. Zelinsky. This is a traditional retelling and is accompanied by exquisite paintings, it is a Caldecott Honor book. 
  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood. The Woods' have created several fantastic children's books. I, however, chose to use this one as a companion because the illustrations techniques are similar to the ones used in Heckedy Peg. This is a comical tale about a king who refuses to get out of the bathtub. It's sure to have your kids giggling. This book is also a Caldecott Honor book and the illustrations, especially the costumes, are breathtaking. 
Learning Activities/Games:
  • Puzzle matching game, children can match the correct child to the food he was turned into and the present he requested. I've made the printable available (for free) here



Please check our homeschooling page for more children's literature and unit ideas. 

Autumn Wind Chimes

Lately, my kids have been in to making 3D art projects. They enjoy molding with clay. We also use plaster-of-paris and silicone molds to make shapes/ornaments. Last week we used some autumn themed shapes to make wind chimes. 


Supplies - clay pot, plaster-or-paris, silicone molds, straws, paint brushes, acrylic paintMod Podge, scissors, fishing line, jingle bells/keys, and a large washer/button. 

You will want to make sure you use acrylic paint since plater-of-paris is very porous. If you use tempera paint the colors will be very dull.  Since the plaster-of-paris doesn't really make a sound we attached some jingle bells/keys. 
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