Tracking Natural Disasters and World Politics

My son has taken quite a liking to Fox News lately, especially Bill O’Reilly. He cringes and shakes his head at the random people interviewed on Watter’s World and asks us, “Are people really that ignorant about the world around them?” Unfortunately, yes some people are, possibly because they want to live in a small, safe bubble away from the hurt of the world, or because they feel politics has become too confusing to understand. Maybe because they just simply do not care. Regardless of their reasons, there really is no excuse. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach…

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Reading Around the USA: 50 Books for Kids from 50 States

Reading Around the USA: 50 Books for Kids from 50 States

Alabama My Name Is America: The Journal Of Biddy Owens, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948 Biddy Owens is the batboy for the Birmingham Black Barons, one of the best teams in the Negro Leagues. With a supporting cast of characters that includes some of the greatest players ever, Biddy¹s story covers the games, the grueling road trips, racial segregation, and day-to-day life in Birmingham during this pivotal time in American history. Alaska The Adventures of Balto: The Untold Story of Alaska’s Famous Iditarod Sled Dog Balto, the great Alaska sled dog, still stands larger-than-life on Dogdom’s Mount Olympus. Yet few people know…

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Could You Live on $1.25 a Day? A Unit Study on Niger

In Guidan Gado, Niger, a drought and outdated farming methods have caused starvation and an exodus of young men from the village. Through Raise a Village, Samaritan’s Purse hopes to change the lives of these people. Sixty-five percent of Niger’s population lives on less than $1.25 per day and forty-three percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Can you imagine living on less than $1.25 per day? What if your precious children were suffering from malnutrition? Raise Hope for an Abundant Future On July 10, Samaritan’s Purse launched Raise a Village, a 10-day effort to raise enough money to transform…

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A Book and a Big Idea: There’s a Map on My Lap

There’s a Map on My Lap! is a Cat in the Hat Learning Library’s beginning reader’s guide to maps. When my son was younger, this book taught him that the world is divided up into countries, counties, states, and cities. He learned about topographic, and terrain, as well as the difference between globes, atlases, and maps. For the love of picture book, my friends and I have created A Book and a Big Idea. The name speaks for itself. We will share one of our favorite books and a big idea to go along with the book. It could be…

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DIY Dry Erase Map

I LOVE maps. I think this stems from the genealogist in me. Township, city, county, state, country maps…they all fascinate me. I look at a map and start to wonder about the deep history of the land, how it once looked, and why the original settlers chose to live in the exact spots they settled in. The United Kingdom especially fascinates me, primarily because most of my heritage is Irish, Scottish and English. When I started to teach my son all about our heritage, we had to un-jumble several terms that are often mixed up and bumbled about. You’ve probably…

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Educational Crafts with the Silhouette CAMEO

*I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because even homeschool moms need help with grammar occasionally. If you are not a very crafty person and do not subscribe to the popular craft blogs, like I do, you may have NO idea what a Silhouette CAMEO is or why I am dedicating an entire series to it. People, this machine is crazy. Crazy awesome, I mean. This machine is a die-cutter, with a teeny tiny blade that can make very intricate cuts in paper, vinyl and even fabric.  Unlike other machines, this one does not require you to purchase cartridges,…

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