Tuesday, December 16, 2014

7 DIY Holiday and Winter Projects for Kids

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Today, I’m sharing with you some fun projects that I have done elsewhere this month. Some are holiday-themed and some aren’t. Enjoy!

Over at Busy Being Jennifer, I rounded up some fun holiday-themed crafts that you can whip up in just a few minutes. These projects are all fun and most are easy enough for kids to join in, too!

One of my favorites is the gold-dipped feathers. They would look so elegant on a tree but the project is easy enough for kids to do.

At To The Moon and Back, I wrote about how to buy educational gifts for kids that are still fun. My kids get way too many presents that just wind up as clutter. Educational gifts not only get used more, but also provide lasting value to children. Check out this post for last-minute educational gift ideas!


At Mom Prepares, the kids and I made these fun stick ornaments from materials we found in our yard. I felt quite eco-friendly while making these. The kids had a blast with them. 

Cold and flu season is here for a while, and what better way to prepare than by whipping up a batch of elderberry syrup? The syrup in the stores is so expensive, and you can get a lot more bang for your buck by using this simple recipe!


Over at Homeschool with Purpose, I’m talking about how to organize before or after the holidays. If
you’re scrambling to make room for new holiday gifts, make a lesson in generosity with your kids! Use this time to show your children how to give back to less fortunate children and techniques for keeping things organized at the same time.


And here at Schooling a Monkey, we created fun Christmas gifts for neighbors over a period of 5 days. Check out all the projects in one place here!


I also created a fun list of winter-themed science for preschoolers, but older kids will love these projects, too!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

100 Ways to Make Homeschooling Easier

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As homeschooling parents, we have a lot going on. That is why I love teaching resources that make things easier, rather than harder. The following list of 100 resources will make your homeschooling experience easier!

100 Ways to Make Homeschooling Easier

These 100 homeschooling tips will make your homeschooling day much easier!

Easy Organization Tips for Homeschooling Families 












Easy Homeschool Planning Methods












Easy Tips for Teaching Multiple Ages










Easy Tips for Homeschooling While Juggling Other Responsibilities












Easy Teaching Tips for Homeschoolers 













Printables for Homeschooling You Can Use













Easy Homeschooling Learning Activities












Easy Tips for Behavior and Encouragement while Homeschooling 












Easy Homeschooling Tips for Middle School and High School












Easy Ways to Pick a Homeschooling Curriculum












I hope these resources can make your homeschooling journey easier!


Check out the other 99 amazing lists of 100 things for homeschooling families!


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

High Tail It Board Game Giveaway from Simply Fun



Hey guys, remember the board game gift guide I posted a couple of weeks ago?

Simply Fun has allowed me to give away one copy of the game High Tail It to one of you lovely readers!

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Merry Christmas from Schooling a Monkey and Simply Fun!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Pretty Pintastic Party #2

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DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Neighbors: Day 5- Sunshine in a Box


Today is the last day of our 5 days of DIY Christmas gift ideas for neighbors series. Today, we are featuring sunshine in a box! I love this gift because it is so cheery and adorable. You can also adjust the contents to suit a family/neighbor of any kind. I found most of the items in our box from around the house (it's surprising how many little yellow trinkets are lying around!), but the dollar store is also a great place to look for little items like these. 

The concept of sunshine in a box is simply to send bright colored items to a friend to add a bit of cheer their day. You don't have to use yellow items if you don't want- any color would work. I could see a red box being quite festive for Christmas!

Here is what is in our box:
  • A jar of popcorn
  • A copy of Winnie the Pooh (with a yellow cover)
  • Yellow glitter nail polish
  • Stuffed bee
  • Yellow scarf
  • Crayons in a yellow box
  • Butterfinger candies
  • Yellow coffee mug
  • Yellow dart gun
  • Yellow soap
You could also include a lot of other items, such as lemon drops, bananas, tea in a yellow box, rain boots, yellow gloves, and almost anything. There are tons of yellow items to choose from. 


After you gather your items, wrap them in festive tags and ribbon to make the gift read more "Christmas." 

I used a piece of yellow fabric to wrap the box. You could also use yellow wrapping paper. I think anyone feeling a little blue this holiday season would love getting this gift!

Click the image below to view the entire series of neighbor gift ideas:

More Christmas Gift Ideas




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What are your favorite gift ideas for neighbors?