Packing up Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse

Last week was collection week for Operation Christmas Child  for Samaritan’s Purse. We’ve been packing shoeboxes for this program for years. It’s something we all love to do. I think it’s important to teach the kids that there are other children around the world whose lives are so different from theirs and that by doing this little thing, we can make such an impact on a child’s life.

I also think it’s important for them to remember that Christmas is about giving and not just receiving. After all, the Bible says in Acts 20:35  “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

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Fun With Fall and Leaves! (Preschool)

All through the past few months of Fall, I have tried to have fun with Princess with Fall and Leaves activities. We didn’t actually spend one specific week on this theme, but it was pretty spread out. I thought I would just share all of our fun activities with you at one time.

I have to say, I LOVE this time of year. I really love planning Fall activities with leaves, apples, pumpkins and all that fun stuff! It’s such a wonderful time of year and I always try to treasure the beauty and pass it on to my kids.

So here are some pictures from the fun activities that I’ve been doing with Princess:


img_5073 We went on a leaf hunt and collected some to explore & investigate!

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #16: Candy Corn



I decided to include Candy Corn as Day #16 in the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series. I know that Candy Corn is usually associated with Halloween, but it is such a fun fall treat that I thought it would be a good one to have with this series. There are so many fun crafts and snacks that go with candy corn, although there really aren’t any children’s books that focus just on candy corn.

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Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America Unit Study

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share with you what we’re doing for school for Christmas. Every year I try to find a different Christmas Unit Study to  have fun with.

Here’s a list of all the ones we’ve done in the past (just to give you some ideas!):

  1. The Legend of the Candy Cane
  2. Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House)
  3. Madeline’s Christmas
  4. A New Coat for Anna (Five in a Row)
  5. Cranberry Christmas
  6. The 12 Days of Christmas
  7. Christmas Around the World
  8. The Polar Express

(FYI, most of those I found on either or and were either free or very inexpensive.)

This year I started looking early and was so excited to find this study on

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #15: Table Décor



Day #15 in the 25 Days of Thanksgiving is Table Décor. Decorating the table for Thanksgiving Dinner can be so much fun! It’s always neat to get the kids involved. Whatever Thanksgiving crafts they are making for school can be used as a centerpiece. Or it can be fun to just give them all the Fall decorations and let them be creative and see what they come up with!

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #14: Cornucopia



We always see Cornucopias with Thanksgiving decorations, so Day #14 of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series we’re going to learn about them. I was honestly not sure of the history of cornucopias, so this was fun for me.

Here are some webpages that you can use to read about what cornucopias are and the history of them.

Bountiful Beginnings: What is a Cornucopia? at Bright Hub Education

Cornucopia History at Thanksgiving


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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #13: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade



The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is Day #13 of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series. The Parade is one of the highlights of Thanksgiving for our family. We have always looked forward to watching it while the turkey is cooking in the kitchen. It is so much fun to see the floats, marching bands and balloons!

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The Boxcar Children, Final Week (BYFIAR)

Popstar finished up The Boxcar Children as her first Beyond Five in a Row book back in September. I let her have one week in between starting her next book to work on a few end of book “Projects”. It was a nice break for her after working so hard on this book and she enjoyed the extra projects I gave her to do. Here is a little of what we did that week.




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