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G is for Gingerbread – ABC Blogging

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This week we are on the letter G and I went with a holiday theme with gingerbread.  Hope you enjoy.

G is for Gingerbread 

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In 2005 we celebrated my in-laws anniversary on Amelia Island and got to see the giant gingerbread house.  And it was wonderful to see all the cousins pose by it.

Over the years we have sometimes taken the time to build a gingerbread house and other years we haven’t.  This year Hannah picked up whole village and put it together.

Of course there are gingerbread men as well.  Here is Food Networks recipe for Gingerbread Cookies.  But what I really like is a regular gingerbread cake served warm with some whipped cream.  Joy of Cooking has a Gingerbread Cake recipe.

And don’t forget to read one of the many version of The Gingerbread Man while you are making the cookies.  And for some learning fun here’s a link to Starfall the Gingerbread Man.

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F is for Face – ABC Blogging

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#abcblogging #face I continue to participate in the ABC Blogging challenge.  This one is going out a little late but better late than never.  This round I am using photos old and new to share my message.


F is For Face

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This week I have several images of faces.  These are the faces of my children and date back to 2002.  It is amazing how much they have changed over the years.  At the time these photos were taken Hannah was 1, Joshua was 5, Caleb was 7, Hayden was 12, and Jacob was 19 (I had almost forgotten what he looked like without a beard).  These are just random shots taken throughout that year.

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Our face can convey what we are thinking and feeling but for those who have a good “poker face” we might be able to keep our emotions to ones self.  Different cultures also but a different spin or a different level of importance to what our face is expressing.

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The older is a person is often times means that they are less likely to let their feelings just jump out on their face.  And of course there is always those faces children can make to give a wealth of feeling like the rolling eyes.

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And maybe you have given your children that look that conveys so much about what you think of their behavior at a given moment so that they know it is time to straighten up.

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Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel has a show in season 3 – episode 2 – Laws of Attraction that in part talked about how we perceives faces and what attracts us to other.

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Homeschooling and Tablets A Great Match Give Away

Christmas Fire Giveaway

The Crew is on hiatus from writing reviews until January. So while we have a little time on our hands, we thought we’d bless our awesome readers with a super cool Christmas Fire Giveaway! Twenty of our team members and The Old Schoolhouse have joined together to sponsor this incredible giveaway with 3 winners!

We are excited to be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Fire HD Tablets!

One person will win a Fire HD 7 Tablet, and TWO people will win a Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition (in your choice of lime green, blue or pink).

Fire HD 7 Tablet ($139 value, one winner)

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Tablets in Our Homeschool 

Android, Apple, and Kindle – Oh My!

When it comes to homeschooling and tablets there are lots of options out there and between saving up and winning contests my family now as access to all the platforms.  When it comes to applications different devices offer either different options or applications.  Some things work better on different devices as well.  So if you are in the market decide what your needs are and then start shopping.

Step One Stay on Track

One of the first ways to make use of a tablet in your homeschool is for assignments.  Whether you use a to do list, calendar, or an online program there are lots of ways to your family can know what is next using a tablet.  We use Homeschool Managers.  This is an online program and can be accessed using the browser on your device.  For example I can use Silk on the Kindle or Safari on the iPad mini and both allowed me full access to the program as a parent as well has giving my children the ability to log in and check off their assignments.

Portable For Schooling on the Go

Tablets are the ultimate in easy travel. Even the larger tablets are still fairly lightweight and easy to use which make them the perfect companion for studying on the go, traveling to the library, or while waiting somewhere.

Quick Answers at Your Finger Tips

Sometimes you need a quick spelling, want to know the meaning of a word, or wonder what something looks like.  With a tablet on hand you can quickly look up your answers without getting to side tracked during the school hours.

Cloud Can Be Your Friend

Now all tablets either have an Office App or something that is compatible so along with the cloud you can work on your reports or other projects on the go and also on your main computer.  It gives you the ability to make changes and corrections on the go.  You can also your tablet in presentations to other homeschoolers or family members.

Social Media

This is not about debating the need for social media.  Just acknowledging that it exists and is the way that may groups stay in touch with either other, make announcements, and allow sign up for events.  Tablets make a quick and easy way to stay on top of what is going on.

Calendars, Alarms, and Staying in Sync

As my children have gotten older they are involved in different activities at different times and add in other appoints and our life can get hectic.  I love using a calendar app that allows me to keep track of all things homeschool and life.  Currently, we all have our own google calendar and I have all of them visible on my devices as well as having permission to add things to everyone’s calendar.  Using alarms can help keep things on track when you need to get something done in a certain time frame.

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E is for Elephant – ABC Blogging

Another Week of ABC Blogging

Time for another ABC Blogging post.  For this series I am using photos old and new.  I’ve enjoyed looking back through my old photos and taking new ones.  I hope you enjoy the journey with me.  #abcblogging #elephant

E is for Elephant

This week I have several photos.  The first one is one of my favorites from our trip to the Louisville Zoo in 2004.  We had taken an Evacuation Vacation during the middle of the very busy 2004 hurricane season and ended up in Louisville where one of the grad schools my oldest was looking for.  Hannah seemed to really have fun playing on this elephant statue.

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In 2006, Jacob did his last undergrad semester in Uganda and got the rest of these elephant pictures during his stay there.  There are two main types of elephants the African and the Asian.  Both are endangered.  You can read more on the World Wildlife Foundation’s website.

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You can view elephants on this webcam from the San Diego Zoo as well.

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I also found this cute blog post on How to Make Elephant Toothpaste from  A Moment in Our World.

And now a cute little You Tube Moment with Henry Mancini’s Baby Elephant Walk.




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