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FREE Magic School Bus Science Curriculum

I think most people know that The Magic School Bus is an awesome educational resource — jam-packed full of science facts and lessons, packaged in a way that kids love: fun, engaging, and entertaining. But how do we turn an educational television show into a full-on science curriculum? I’m here to share how we did it in our home! I was able to find some great worksheets to go with the episodes (credit to them here), but figuring out how to actually turn it into a curriculum was a big hot mess. I spent a lot of hours compiling and organizing everything and writing lesson plans Read More

FREE printable clothing needs list for yard sale & clearance shopping ~ from Our Cozy Den

FREE Printable Clothing Needs List for Yard Sale or Clearance Shopping!

How many times do you see an awesome deal at a yard sale or on a clearance rack and you want to buy it… but then you think, “Wait. Do I already have jeans/sandals/pjs in this size???”  I had this issue ALL the time, until I started carrying around with me this handy list! It’s easy to keep in my purse and I can pull it out whenever I see a good deal to make sure the item(s) in question are something I really need! Here’s how to use it: • First, circle Girl or Boy at the top of the page, so you know what Read More

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FREE Spring Desktop Organizer

I love a neat & organized computer desktop — who doesn’t, right? A few years ago I discovered the idea of using your wallpaper to organize your icons. It’s so simple: make an organizing photo your background, and then drag your icons to the appropriate sections. I started making fun organizers here on the blog, and my Autumn and Winter organizers were a huge hit. So today, it being the 1st of April and all, I decided to share a Spring organizer with you all! Here is what my desktop looks like, all neat and organized: Click here to download the Spring Desktop Organizer for Read More

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Greenhouse & Garden Scavenger Hunt :: FREE printable!

We’re learning about PLANTS this year in science class in our homeschool, and one of the things that we love about homeschooling is taking frequent field trips. We try to take one every week, but sometimes it doesn’t happen if I get too busy (or plan poorly). This past week we went on a field trip to a local greenhouse to learn about plants, and just before I was leaving, I thought it would be fun to make a little scavenger hunt for the kids. I sketched it on paper, made 2 copies, and off we went! They had a blast looking at all the plants Read More

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Circle Time with Little Ones {with FREE printable!}

Circle Time was something I did every day with my older kids when they were younger. Somewhere along the way we moved on to bigger kid stuff and older kid subjects, and Circle Time got lost. About 18 months ago I started back up again with my younger two kids, because I felt like they were missing out (and even my 7 year old joins us of her own free will) — it’s just better to start the day with some dancing and fun! This is how we do it!! 1. Prayer One of my kids will open us up in prayer, to pray a Read More

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FREE Winter Desktop Organizer

You may remember that I posted back in September about my Autumn desktop organizer for my computer. I just LOVE how easy it makes my organizing and how pretty it makes my desktop! Here’s how to use it: Download my free winter desktop organizer here. Go to your computer’s settings and make the photo your wallpaper. Drag and drop your icons to the appropriate snowflakes! Easy, right? This is what mine looks like once I got it all set up. It’s so nice to have things sorted into different categories, and it’s SO much easier to find things when I need them, without having a Read More

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Homeschooling the 50 States for FREE!

I’m a big proponent of using FREE resources for homeschooling as much as possible. In fact, it’s possible to homeschool completely for free if you really want to! {Check out this post for more ways you save money on homeschooling!} I took a little of the work out of it for you today, and I put together this list of resources to homeschool the good ole U.S.A.’s 50 states for free! Here you’ll find printables, resources, links, and even tests! :: Lesson Plans :: This is what my lesson plans looked like each session. We did Geography twice a week for 30 weeks, for 60 Read More

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Free Autumn Desktop Organizer Download!

Labor Day has passed, so it feels like Autumn has officially begun {even though it is still pretty hot here in Ohio}. I don’t know about you, but I love having a computer desktop that is all neat and tidy! A few times a year,  I make myself a new desktop organizer that is pretty and perfect for the current season. Today, I’m going to share my organizer with you! Here’s how to use it! Download the desktop organizer here. (This link will take you to a full-size image, click and save to your computer.) Go into your computer settings and make the image your new desktop Read More