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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Acorn Tic Tac Toe Craft

Hi, Monica here from Shifting Seasons. I'm over at Homeschool with Purpose today sharing my Acorn Tic Tac Toe craft for this fall season. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

{FREE} Respiratory System Teaching Helps

Breathe In...Breathe Out...

You'll find helpful experiments, videos and worksheets to enhance your child's understanding of their respiratory system. The experiment was one I remembered doing in 5th grade. When I did this at our homeschool co-op, the kids absolutely loved it and wanted extra turns. 

Here's how you do it: Fill the gallon jug or 2 liter (just depends what you have laying around). Hold your hand over the opening of the jug and turn it upside down. Place in a sink of water high enough to cover the opening, so no water escapes from the jug.  Place a tube in the opening of the jug allowing the other end to be used for blowing. Let you child blow the water out and they can see their  lung capacity compared to others. 

Early Elementary

Monday, September 8, 2014

Easy Healthy Snack Ideas: Bell Pepper Boats

Right now, I am on a quest to find more healthy snackoptions for my kids. I love feeding my kids healthy options, but as a homeschooling mom, if a meal or snack takes a long time to prepare, it isn’t very likely that I will have time to make it during the week.

I love the idea of creating cute snacks to make snack time or meal time more fun for kids, but the amount of preparation that goes into some of the snacks I’ve seen online are way beyond what I will ever do for my children. I simply do not have the time to spend an hour preparing a cute snack that my child will gobble up in 10 seconds.

However, I also don’t want to feel like I am depriving my children so I determined to try to come up with an idea for a snack that was easy, healthy, and cute. This is how the bell pepper boats were born.

Bell Pepper Boat Tutorial


  • Bell peppers
  • Dipping sauce (we like ranch dressing)
  • Cheese
  • Toothpicks
  • Cherry tomatoes or whole olives

Cut the cheese into slices about ¼ inch thick. They need to be thick enough so that the toothpick can slide into the cheese without cracking it. Cut the cheese shapes into triangles about 3 inches high.

Stab the toothpick through the cheese to make a sail.

Cut the bell peppers into boat-like shapes. No need to be incredibly precise. You can make them sort of oblong like canoes or square like rafts. I found the easiest way to make the boat shape was to cut around the natural "wedge" shapes that bell peppers have. 

Stick the bottom of the toothpick into the flesh of the bell pepper. You may have to add a slice of cheese inside the boat to stabilize the sail if your cheese sail is too heavy.

Pour a bit of the dipping sauce onto a plate to make "water." Place the boat onto the water.

If you want to be super fancy, put a little olive or tomato inside as a passenger.

Ta dah!  You now have a cute snack that didn’t take hours to prepare or weird special ingredients.
Bo approves of our snack selection.

Do you have any quick ways to make snacks cute? Share them with us! 

 Brenda is a writer, editor, and homeschooling mom of 2 (ages 8 and 1 ½).
As a homeschool graduate herself, and the sibling of 6 other homeschooled graduates, she offers assurances to worried homeschooling moms that it really does work out all right in the end.
Brenda blogs about homeschooling, crafts, life, and more at Schooling a Monkey.