Free Thanksgiving Road Trip Activity Book!

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If you plan on traveling during the upcoming Thanksgiving travel holiday you may want to consider print this FREE Thanksgiving Road Trip Activity Book for your kids!

We usually travel eight hours by car to my moms house and when our kids were littler we would bring anything that would occupy them even if it was just for a little while.

This free activity book will surely keep them busy!  It is packed with all kinds of activities and road games.

Get your FREE Thanksgiving Road Trip Activity Book today!

Free Veterans Day Activities For Kids!

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November 11th is Veterans Day!

I think it is important to teach our children to honor the men and women who sacrifice their lives daily so we can live ours!

To help you with this I have gathered what I consider to be some of the greatest FREE Veteran’s Day Activities for Kids available.

The US Dept. of Veterans Affairs has a teachers Veteran’s Day resource guide full of activities and valuable ideas to teach children the history of the day. Just scroll to the bottom of the page to find the link.

Enchanted Learning has a ton of Veterans Day printable activities.

Veterans Day Online Quiz

Veterans Day highschool activity.

Veteran’s Day Printables.

Tons of great Veteran’s Day Craft ideas for kids.

So go ahead and enjoy this special day with your kids, and remember to pray for the troops and their families who are still sacrificing today.

How will you celebrate our heroes on this day?  I’d love to hear your ideas, please leave them in the comments below!

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Monsters University Spooky Halloween Activities!

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Your kiddos are going to love these FREE Monsters University Activities perfect for Halloween!

Ways to Motivate Kids to Finish School Work

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School homework assignments and homeschool work can present many challenges, especially when you are teaching a head strong child.

One of the greatest challenges can be unwillingness from the child to complete his or her work.

Here are a few ideas of how to better encourage your child to complete their homework or homeschool assignments in a positive and tantrum free way.

Make It a Race

Challenge your child to complete the assignment in a limited amount of time.

Set a stopwatch on your phone or a kitchen timer. Enthusiasm makes this very effective, especially for small children. Exclaim, “Okay, let’s see if you can finish ALL of this writing practice in one minute!! Ready? Set. GO!”

Or you can challenge them to race you with a particular chore.

Need to wash dishes or vacuum the floor? Say to your child, “I know you don’t like doing writing practice. You know what I don’t like doing? The dishes! But they both have to be done, so let’s have a race. Let’s see if you can finish your writing before I finish the dishes!”

You’ll both be encouraged to quickly complete a task that you aren’t necessarily looking forward to.

Create a Reward System

Create a system of rewards where they can earn a prize after completing a predetermined amount of assignments.

An example of this would be for every 10 assignments that they complete, they get to choose a gift from a gift box or closet.

Shop sales, garage sales and online deals to create a gift stash. You could include small toys such as Lego mini figures, Hot Wheels cars and other smaller toys for younger children. Or include vouchers for a pizza date, frozen yogurt stop or iTunes gift cards for older children.

You could create an assignment chart similar to a chore chart to track the completed work.

Use stickers to track each completed task and when your child reaches the predetermined amount of work, they get to choose a prize or gift as a reward.

You could even make a rule that a sticker is earned only if the task is completed without complaining.

Get the Worst Finished First

Is math your child’s least favorite subject? Does writing practice cause the most conflict?

Tackle the least favorite first!

This is often taught in time management classes and is a good tip for any project, chores or assignments.

Get the thing finished first that you are least looking forward to doing. This is great to apply to your children’s schoolwork as well.

Work Before Play

Create a rule that school or homeschool work must be completed before playtime has started.

It can be especially difficult to get your child to complete school assignments when they have to stop playing their video game or put down their toys to do so.

As soon as breakfast is over for homeschoolers or as soon as they get home from school, have them tackle their assignments.

Knowing once they are finished they will have free time to play or relax will be added motivation to get the assignments finished. For older children, you could even change the WiFi password each morning and tell them they can come to you for the password once they have completed assignments to show you.

Be Patient

Though this isn’t necessarily a tip to help your child complete their work, patience is key for yours and their sanity.

Try not to lose your cool while encouraging your children to finish their schoolwork.

If things get especially frustrating, step out of the situation for a moment and allow yourself to collect your thoughts. The same could be helpful for your child as well. If they get very frustrated, close the schoolbooks and have them take a few deep breaths before continuing.

Work together to maintain the peace in your home while completing necessary assignments.

The Good Dinosaur Coloring Sheets

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“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?

Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend.

While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.


Download your FREE Printable The Good Dinosaur Coloring Sheets.

Done With Homeschool Giveaway It ALL!

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I have been trying to get my home into a more organized state.

In fact, it would seem that I am in a constant state of becoming organized.  In the process I have noticed several areas in my home that have “Hot Spots” that need to be dealt with before they turn into full blown fires.  Those of you who know about Fly Lady is will understand (I am a Fly Lady dropout), otherwise allow me to translate for you.  These are spots in your home that seems to naturally collect stuff.

Maybe a countertop, corner of the couch, chair, stair, table in your home has become your “hot spot”?

You can find them anywhere and I used to be so much better at noticing them.

See the strange thing about them is that they happen subtly so you don’t seem to even notice them growing. They actually become part of the room and in my case, I am blind to them after a while.

One hot spot in particular has been sitting in the corner of my office on the floor.

It consists of several boxes filled with old homechool stuff that I was hoping to sell but haven’t.

Today I realized that I needed to face the reality that my homeschooling days are over. Furthermore, since my surgery last year, my child raising days are over.

WHY am I still hanging on to all this stuff?

Because it is some pretty awesome stuff, especially the science stuff!!!

It’s hard to let go, I loved that season of life.

So I think I have come up with a pretty great way to let go and bless you too :)

Beginning Monday morning I will be giving away it all!!

facebook logoJoin me on Facebook here, and I will be posting each item or group of items available for you to win throughout the day. The giveaway will last until Tuesday morning.

To enter, you will simply leave a comment on each post letting me know you would love the item and you’ll be entered.

If I post something that you don’t like or need, just skip that one and wait for the next item up for grabs.

We did something similar to this last Christmas and it was a lot of fun so I am anticipating this will be as well.

Please let all your friends know about this if you think they’d like to get in on.