Category: Homeschooling

Broken Crayons

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Today I took my children’s broken crayons and made new ones. I go through this process once, maybe twice a year. I can’t stand throwing away something that so easily can be used again. Anytime I think of taking something old, dull, broken, & in many pieces, I think of how Christ takes us as unworthy as we are and transforms us with His everlasting love and grace. Oh, it’s a beautiful thing! You can see it in so  many wonders around you if you take the time to truly see it. Let us never forget the truth that God uses our brokenness and creates beautiful things out of our lives.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. –2 Corinthians 5:17

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If you are interested in  following the same tutorial to create these crayons as I did, you can find it at this blog post.

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Educational Insights Chef Showdown™ Game {Review + Giveaway!}

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We highly encourage playing games in our household of four! We are always looking for fun as well as educational games that my kids will enjoy and challenge them in many different ways! Recently, I was introduced to Educational Insights Game Chef Showdown. I’ll have to say once knowing the title, I was quite intrigued! Basically, Chef Showdown is a fast paced game of matching for kids ages six and up. It allows for the play of up to four players but there must be at least two to play. The design is bright and cheerful and really does a great job in drawing any potential players in. Be warned though that the cleverly designed food might even make you hungry. Continue reading

Drawing with Mark DVDs


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 Look for Drawing with Mark DVD’s at your local Michael’s!

 I’ve only given my nearly 6 year old  daughter a preview of one of the Drawing with Mark DVDs but she’s excited with the fact that we’ll be using these for our Homeschool Summer art activities! Because not only will she be learning how to draw all sorts of things, she’ll be learning educational facts with each of the different DVD’s such as facts about dinosaurs, life on the farm, caring for animals, our solar system and so much more!

I grew up watching and learning how to draw from TV shows like Pappy Drew It and The Imagination Station and feel the aid of DVD’s can really grow the skills of any artist. I like that Mark starts with the basic foundations of using shapes such as circles, triangles, and goes from there. The fact the educational bits takes kids on site before the lesson is pretty neat as well! I totally like that there’s so much learning going on!  Each DVD contains two half hour lessons and would be best for children ages 5-9 years old. I would recommend these most certainly and will be posting our Summer art with Drawing with Mark in the months ahead! Continue reading

Graham Blanchard & Callie Grant Books: Little Seed: A Life, Close As A Breath, and Jesus Saves Me {Book Review}

gblogoI was recently given the opportunity to share my thoughts upon and spread the news on three Christ centered books written specifically for children by Graham Blanchard & Callie Grant. Each of the three titles that were sent along my son and daughter enjoyed quite a bit. Each of the books each have a specific purpose and come from certain lines that in different ways nurtures and has potential to grow the spiritual development of a child. There’s nothing more important than for a child to come to know certain aspects of their Saviour whether it be just scratching the surface or going much deeper. I guarantee these titles will invoke many Christ-filled conversations. Continue reading