Happy early Easter! Have you been looking for some crafts to do with your kiddos while waiting for Easter while keeping the theme. It is so much fun for us all to do crafts, what makes them even better is making them with your kids. While waiting for the holiday to come this will bring some fun for you together, some of the crafts you might be able to make for others from the kids! Easter is such a fun holiday to make all these cute little crafts for with all the bunnies, eggs and chicks!

  1. Foam Cup Bunny by I heart Crafty Things
  2. Handprint Lilies by One Little Project at a Time

These look pretty, lilies have always been my favorite flower, what about you?

3. Paper Easter Bunny Craft by Easy Peasy Fun

4.Easy Paper Plate Bunny Craft by Simply Today Life

5. Paper Mosaic Easter Eggs by The Pinterested Parent

6. Easy Bunny Corner Bookmark by Easy Peasy Fun

7. DIY Salt Dough Easter Eggs by Design Mom

8. Stained Glass Easter Cross by Fun Holiday Crafts

9. Paper Bunny Hiding in the Grass by Crafty Morning

10. Easy Plastic Egg Wreath by Creative Homemaking

11. Bunny Ears Bags by Oh Happy Day

12. Fluffy Chicks by The Artist Woman

13. Handprint bunnies by Crafty Morning

14. Paper Plate Bunny Ears by Alpha Mom

15. Popsicle Stick Chicks by Crafty Morning

16. Fingerprint carrot and Bunny by Crafty Morning

17. Lollipop bunnies by One Little Project

18. Handprint Chick Puppets by Kids Craft Room


If you like these Easter crafts then you should check out some of our crafts and activities that are available. Such as Activities based off of children’s books and Learning activities using Dollar Tree items.  Have a great holiday with your family and fun making all these crafts together. Making crafts add on that extra fun for you and your kids, what could be better!

We are very hands on learners in our home. So it has been a search to find the right Phonics curriculum since this isn’t exactly the easiest subject for my boys. I ended up finding a fun filled curriculum called Happy Phonics.  It is very hands on and full of games to keep hands on learners happy. So I thought it would be great to share it with all of you so that you could see an option that could possibly help your kids to learn.

Now Happy Phonics isn’t the only thing that we use for phonics. We also use All About Reading, so this kind of is an added bit to that for when we need fun game days that we can still learn during.  Happy Phonics splits up the different steps of phonics into different steps that have games involved. You work on each step until your child fully understands what they are learning. So this is a mastery kind of curriculum, meaning you don’t move on until ready.

There are seven steps for your child to go through. Some steps at the beginning you might be able to skip depending where your child is.

Step one: Teaching your child to sing the alphabet Song.

In this step it is self explanatory you will be teaching your child how to sing the alphabet. There are some suggestions of how to do it in the booklet that comes with the curriculum. They suggest continually singing throughout your day, you can record yourself saying the alphabet or find some songs that are made for this reason.

Step 2: Teach that capital letters match the lowercase letters.

You will have the Alphabet desk strips provided to point out the letters as you sing the alphabet song. Another option is the Muffin match, which is a game that they will match the muffin top and muffin bottom together. One has the capital letter and the other has the lowercase letter to match together. There are also some practice pages that you can use to help recognize those letters, these are the Capital match sheet and the find my letter sheet. These will have the letters all over the page, you pick a letter for them to find among all the letters and they circle them. With these pages it might be easier to laminate it so that you can use the pages more than once.

Step3: Teach a sound for each alphabet letter.

With this step they are learning the sounds that each letters. There are white phonics flashcards that are available to work with. One tip that they provided is to make sure to only share the first sound that they have more than one (don’t worry you will go over the other ones later).

Step 4: Blend letter sounds to form a word.

This step will start helping your kids take those letter sounds and put them together to make those words. For this step there are quite a few games that will help them learn how to blend. Some are flippin fun which are books that you can use to place words together. Each one will have a beginning sound and then an ending sound to the words to learn what they sound like. Example would be having the word at on one part and then letters that will go along with it to make a word. You will have more than one letter to flip through to match with at. Another game is Rhyme game where you will take cards that have pictures on them and show your child that they may not be the same word but they both have the same ending or beginning sound.

Step 5: Teach common non- phonetic words: a, the, to, etc.

This are the words that just don’t make sense when sounding out. Just like you ant to sound the out one way but they look differently.  Build a Sentence game is the game where you lay out cards that have different words on them. Your child will lay them out in the way that the sentence is supposed to go. This will include them learning about where a and the should be placed in the sentence. Another game like this one is the Scrambled Sentences  which will help them learn how to put sentences together.

Step 6: Teach that vowels (a, e, I, o, u) can make a second sound: their alphabet sounds.

Once they know the alphabet names and sounds (most common ones) they will be learning the other sounds for the 5 letters that have more than one sound. You can use the phonics flashcards to work with the vowels so that they can see the vowel and learn how to make each sound.

Step 7: Teach the phonics units containing two or more letters

This step is broken up into a few parts to help process the information shared easier. The first group is ch,th, sh, and wh. You will see in the package of games and everything that there will be a tongue positon chart that will help show your child where they need to place their tongue to say these. There is also the CH, SH, TH and WH game where there will be two decks of cards where they will pick a card from both stacks and on sounding out the word that the two cards make.

The second group is a. The letter a is the only letter that has three sounds. There are clue cards made for these specially and then the Reading house can also be used to learn them. Also there is the 3 A’s book to help your child the special group.

You can see the video for the rest of the group as there are over 10 included.


I really hope that this review for Happy Phonics ends up giving you enough information to help you with hands on learning in your homeschool! Happy Phonics sure has started helping with learning phonics in our home.

Have you had the moment of wanting to quit homeschooling your kids? We all will be there at some point.  How you take care of the situation will depend on what you will tell  yourself and the actions that you take. Just remember these things that could affect you and your kids, mainly your kids though.

  1. You might be having a challenge right now but there will be other challenges that you face when you place them in a different form of school.

You are having some challenges in your homeschool aren’t you? Fighting with your kids to get their school work done during your school hours? Having the challenge of teaching your kids. You might be going through this right now but remember there are different challenges. If you put them in public school you will be dealing with hours of homework after school which your kids would end up fighting with you over. Your kids will have challenges with feeling like they are behind if they have a learning disability and you will have the challenge of making the decisions that would benefit them the most. At least with homeschooling you can control the challenges that you have by having your kids learn the best way for them and not worrying about how others are learning and being compared.

2. Time is going by fast and by sending them to school somewhere else you will miss everything.

When you think about not homeschooling anymore think about the fact that you will not see your children like you would during homeschooling. You will have much less time with them, will not be able to see how they grow and their faces when they learn something new. Also what happens if you or your spouse has a different work schedule than what is considered normal? Your kids won’t see you little they would otherwise. For us this would be the case because my husband has an odd work schedule, if my kids went to public school they would never get to see their father. As he would be home while they are in school and working at night when they are home.

Also think about the fact that one day your children will not be with you, they will be leaving to go on with their lives. Whether it be starting college or getting a job. Then eventually will have a family of their own. With this coming at a later time spending time with them now will mean so much more to you.

3. Will your child be able to learn the way that works best for them if you send them to school elsewhere?

This is a big question! Will your child be able to learn the way that they need to if they are in public school. For my boys they wouldn’t, they are very hands on and my oldest needs to be able to move around. Are children able to do that when they are in a public school? No that isn’t possible as they are told that they need to stay still to make it easier for the teacher to teach everyone in the classroom. Where while you are homeschooling you can teach your kids the way that better suits them. People will tell you to go one way but with this decision you need to make the final decision and have you significant other tell you their opinion.

4. Talk to your kids and get how they feel

Remember your kids are also included in this homeschool journey with you. It will affect them also if you decide to quit homeschooling. Ask them how they feel about it. If they are going to do what needs to be done in order to continue homeschooling. Also see what they would feel could help your homeschool experience better. This way you can see how they feel which could help your decision making when determining if you will quit for sure or not. Tell them that no matter what decision that is decided that you will always be there for the no matter what.

In the end we really need to take into consideration what will happen to our family and what would be best for the whole family. Just remember mom you need to take time to make sure it is the right decision to make and tell yourself that what you decide will be the best for you and you can go back if needed. Really think about it and then you will be able to better decide if you should quit for sure or if homeschooling is the best way for your family to go. Don’t worry you are not alone in this journey!

Have you been looking for a music program that you can do with your younger children? Haven’t found one yet? Musik at home is a great program to do music with your younger kids at home that is used within your schedule. It is done when your family has the time to have some musical fun, not when someone else tells you to do it. They help you provide a musical experience for your infant up to your preschoolers. Providing an active atmosphere where your child is moving around and also using musical instruments while listening to nursery rhymes and other forms of music.

Musik at home is a program that was started by Kathryn Brunner who works to help you as the parent to incorporate music into your home on a regular basis. Each lesson is meant to be done with the interaction of the parent and child to provide more intimate time together. You will be doing a lot of activity and singing together throughout each video that you watch and interact with.

Each class level has 12-18 week sessions, where they are split up into 6 class videos so that they classes can be done multiple times. Classes for babies are 8-12 minutes and classes for preschoolers are 12-22 minutes. While she leads you through each lesson you can take the time to let your children lead the way at home by providing enough space to move around. The videos are designed to be able to be paused so that if your child wants to do some form of movement they are able to.

When you have decided to start a class subscription you will find some bonus videos that go along with that particular age group. There are some materials that you would need such a some round small sticks to be able to tap against each other to go along with the music to help the child learn about rhythm.

The music class series of Family Music of all Ages works with the ages of 1-5 years old. It can work for 6 and 7 year olds also. It is made to give your whole family time to get together to move around to have, sing songs and rhymes that can be familiar and different.

There are 6 videos each with a special theme and 2 bonus videos. Nimble and Quick: Clocks and Candles, Nimble and Quick: Bath Time and Bed time, Nimble and Quick: Flying and Floating, Twist and Turn videos and then the 2 bonus videos. With each different theme you have a fun experience of doing different actions and songs that are associated with that theme. You will go flying, play with an imaginary umbrella and so many more fun things to do.

My boys and I had so much fun with this music program. With them ranging in age it entertained all three of them. That to me is a big deal with having a 15 month old and two preschoolers. Having a program of any kind that works for all of them and gives us a chance to interact more as a family gives me such joy. With all the movement and music I would recommend this program over and over to use with younger children. Musik at home has changed the way that we have done music in our home this past month, giving my boys even more love!

Have you been looking for a way for your child to learn that is not all about textbooks? I know I have and we now do a lot of hands on homeschooling. Especially with math we are doing hands on activities to keep their hands busy. I looked everywhere personally to find what could make our homeschool learning hands on and have found a lot of information that has seemed to really help my boys. You can find this information everywhere but I thought I would share some with you too. I will split this up into subjects that they will be learning.


I know personally I the subject my boys have the hardest time with. So finding ways to incorporate hands on learning has helped them a lot. You can find ways to make this happen yourself or there are actual curriculum that would help too.

We use All About Reading for our phonics curriculum.  They have games, activities, cards and so much more keep them busy but learning at the same time. Your child will use a book but they aren’t only using it. It has changed the love of phonics for us so much!

The same company that makes All About Reading also make All About Spelling. All About Spelling has blocks and other pieces that have the letters on them to help the child learn how to spell words while doing something with their hands.

If you don’t want to use a curriculum and want to make it up yourself here are some suggestions:

You can play learning games

Write words or letters in salt, sand or other materials

Use playdoh to make what you are learning

Use magnetic letters


Writing can be sometimes tough to learn depending on the child but there many ways to do it!

We use Handwriting Without Tears. It has literally taken all tears and frustrations away from my boys learning to write. They are full of hands on activities along with the usual book to write in. They start at the very beginning and then bring your child to the end. Including cursive and typing on a keyboard.

Ways to teach handwriting hands on:

Write the letters in salt or sand

Write on a mini chalkboard

Use playdoh to make the letters


Math is one of the subject that are really easy to learn by being hands on. There are so many different materials that can be used.

Rightstart math is a hands on curriculum with learning games. They are very limited in worksheets.

You can use mathlinks to help count numbers

There are little round or bear counters that could help with counting

Use dominoes to help with addition and subtraction

You can use Legos

You  use dice


Make some Art from a particular time in history

Make a small replica of a building that was important

You can act out a time in history

Visit historical locations or museums


Do science experiments

Go outside and learn about nature by actually touching and seeing the objects


Hands on learning can be fun all on its own. With doing this style of learning my boys have really learned at a faster pace while going at their pace.


What are some other hands on ways of learning that you can think of?


Who doesn’t love a good book? Even kids do too, but having something to do after reading that book and something they can look at later helps them remember what they had read. There can be those moments later where they find that craft or activity that had been done about the children’s book and then say “hey mom look what I found, remember when we read this”.  It gives them the chance to remember exactly what they had read and then make them have a chance to remember why they loved the book. Here are some fun activities that could help your child have one of those moments.

  1. Chicka chicka boom boom letter learning activity by Sugaraunts.com

Who doesn’t love this book? Here is a chance for child to learn their letters while still seeing the tree in the book.







2. Ten Apples Up on Top Counting Activity by Teaching Mama

3. Bears on Wheels reading activity by The Toolbox

Now this is a great way to learn some words while taking a glance from words from the book

4. The Big Friendly Giant Dream Tree by Buggy and Buddy

5. If you give a Mouse a Cookie Fine Motor Cookie Craft by Books and Giggles

Such a cute and easy craft to make out of a loved book.

6. If you give a Moose a Muffin ABC Game by Not Just Cute by Amanda Morgan

7. Little Cloud Activity by I can teach my child

8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar necklace by Kids Activities Blog

9. Mister Seashore Paper plate seahorse by Glue to My Crafts

10. Mouse Shapes learn to spell your name activity by Growing Book by book

Aren’t these activities inspired by Children’s books adorable and fun looking? They will give your child that fun moment at a later time to remember all about what the book and is about and what they had learned while it reading it.

If you like the look of these activities you should check out our list of Dollar Tree learning activities. They are a bunch of great activities that you can do with items that you find at the Dollar Tree. What could be better than that? These activities will give your child some extra fun!!




Homeschooling a speech delayed child has some challenges that come with it. As does homeschooling any child. Only difference is they don’t always have all the speech and you have to work some extra with them on certain things. This has been true with my oldest (even though since getting some more help it has gotten much better and has come a long way). It takes him longer with anything with English as that is mainly speech related. Though math there is no hesitation at all. Here are some tips that I have come up with while homeschooling him to help moms that have speech delays whether they are getting help from speech specialist or not.

  1. Make sure to go at their pace

I know this is said about every child but this is especially important in this case. I have noticed with my son that if I push him further than what he can handle then he shuts down. Especially when it comes to something that he needs to talk when doing. Now we do work on getting him to talk, that is very important but when it comes to school I don’t push him on certain things as he gets frustrated or us just not ready to move on.

2. Practice speech in different situations

Practicing in different situations I have found has been important and have been told by the specialist that he works with is important. It gives a chance to see what should be said in each circumstance and how talking certain ways will help with what they need to express. With him we make sure to talk about things and share with him what words and ways we should talk about in those times.

3. Practice saying words with them

My son has the hardest time with pronouncing certain letters and words. Or knowing when to use a few words at the right time. So we practice words that include those certain letters to help work on how to use our mouths the right way and how they should be said the right way.  For example L is a letter that has always been hard for him. He can say the letter by itself but when saying a word with that letter in it he has a hard time. Mainly because of not being able to pit his tongue where it needs to go. So while we are doing school work we are working on saying words that have that letter in it in our lessons to make him figure out how it works. I also show him where his tongues needs to go and how his mouth must look.

4. Try not to get frustrated

This is important. Since when you get frustrated with them while they are learning something they have a hard time with then they get upset. If learning something that is rough to say while learning a subject and you get upset with them because you are frustrated and want them to learn it faster, this ends up making them upset and they get really mad and shutdown. My son has a hard time with English like I mentioned before, we are working on letter sounds and some of them are  difficult for him to make. There have been times where I have gotten frustrated with him because I just want to get past that point whether he is ready or not. At this point he gets upset and wants nothing to do with any of it.

So in the end take into consideration what they struggle with the most. Yes definitely work on it with them but don’t push them too far. Give them breaks when they need them and then go back to it at a later time. Remind them that you love them and that you want them to be able to do all things that could be possible for them.  Don’t mom and dad it will come in time. With my son he is saying much more than what he was before, he just need help with a few things here and there.

Are you struggling with teaching a speech delayed child? What are some things you have done to help them?

Remember it will get better and they are who they are meant to be!

Do you like shopping at Dollar Tree? Did you know that you can get supplies for teaching your children? They have so many educational items and even some items that wouldn’t be considered educational can be used for learning activities. Want to know some learning activities you can make?

  1. Ice Tray activities

You can use their ice trays to sort  colored items, buttons, pom poms and other small items. Can help with color recognition and fine motor skills.

2. Mini Trash Can Sorting

The plastic mini trash cans that you can find in Dollar Tree stores are great to use when learning sight words, word blends, nouns, verbs and so many other different words and information that your child is needing to learn.

3. Photo Albums used as reusable writing pages

Their photo albums make great ways to use dry erase markers over and over. This bringing learning activities that need to be used more than once like math problems, matching items and so much more.

4. Baking Sheet Magnet Boards

Using the baking sheets from Dollar Tree can make so many activities. It gives another surface to use all the magnetic learning tools that you have. Like your magnetic letters, numbers and other learning items that include magnets.

5. Puzzles

They have some great puzzles that are foam that can be used with learning. You can use them in a sensory mode where you hide the letters and then place each letter in the designated place on the puzzle.

6. Guided reading cubes

You can use the foam dice that they have and place the information that you need in your guided reading work. They can be used to learn other information too.

7. Pool noodles

Pool noodles can be used for so many reasons in learning. One example is cutting them up in different pieces and learn fractions with them. You can also use them to learn other forms of math. Even matching your uppercase and lowercase letters.

Welcome to our last week of the geography series, where we will talk about the 5 oceans. First lets remember what we have talked about in the past. The first week was map skills, second week was landforms, third week was bodies of water, week four was the first week of the 7 continents and week five is part two of the 7 continents. Now lets take care of the four oceans what can be found in them.

  1. Pacific

The pacific is considered the largest and deepest of all of earths oceanic divisions. It goes from the Artic in the north all the way down to the southern ocean or Antarctica depending on how you want to define it. It has Asia and Australia on the west and the Americas on the east. The ocean is shrinking by 1 inch each year due to plate tectonics. Along the western part of the ocean are a bunch of different seas consisting of the Celebes Sea, Coral Sea, East China Sea, Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, South China Sea, Sulu Sea and more.

2. Atlantic

The Atlantic is the second largest ocean of the world. It takes up 20 percent of the world. It can be found between Europe and the Americas. It is also from the Artic Ocean down to the Southern Ocean.

3. Indian

The Indian is the third largest in the world. It has Asia in the north, Africa at the West, Australia on the east and the Southern Ocean at the south. It is known as the mine of gems. It has many different small islands that are all among it, Madagascar, Bahrain, Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and many more.

4. Southern

The Southern is also called the Antartic Ocean or Austral. It is found in the southernmost waters circling around Antarctica. It has cold water that flows from the Antartic mix. The reason for it being considered separate from the other oceans is because of the difference of the water found within it. The water circulates faster than the water elsewhere in the world because it flowing around Antarctica. Due to large areas of rocky sections it is a common place for birds to have their nests.

5. Artic

The Artic Ocean is the smallest and shallowest throughout the whole earth. As it being at the Attic north pole it is almost completely surrounded by North America and Eurasia. It is covered mainly by sea ice especially during winter time.

I hope that you have enjoyed this series about geography and that it has helped you in some ways.

Have you been wondering how your child learns? This is something very important for you to know in order to teach your child the right way for them. I have gone through this with my older two. One of them is very hands on and the other needs to hear and see what he is learning. So why not get into figuring out this information for each of our children. This is done by figuring out what the best learning style is for them personally. Which will help them learn better. Best part you will find something that could help  with their learning at the end of this post!

  1. Is your child hands on when they are learning? If you so you probably have what is considered a kinesthetic and tactile learner.  This means that they need to have some to touch while they are learning and possibly need to move the best way. My oldest is like this. We do a lot of learning with blocks and other items that he can touch with his hands. He also moves around a lot when learning, whether it is he is jumping up and down or running around the room. Moving and using his hands are the best way for him to learn.

2. Does your child need to hear everything when they are learning? This means that they are an auditory learner. In order for them to learn better they need to hear what they are learning. This can be done by them listening to something on cd, dvd or by someone saying it out loud. My 3 year old learns this way by saying  everything out loud when we are going over something. He also needs me to repeat everything as we are going through it so that he can hear it pronounced the right way.

3. Does your child learn by seeing? Then the learning style for them is visual. They need to see everything in front of them in order to best learn what is they are learning at the time.  Dvds are something good for this group too, along with seeing it on a worksheet, flashcards and many other ways. As long as they can see what they are working with they are capable of being able to learn to their best. Books are also something great for them to learn using as they are need to look at the writing to be able to read it.

There are other learning styles that you can check out. Also your child can learn needing to use more than one of the learning styles.  There is nothing wrong with that. You just need to watch them while they are learning to determine the way they learn best. Once you have figured that out you can make sure that what they are doing uses that learning style to best help them. You will get there.

What learning style does your child follow?

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