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Monday, August 27, 2018

Guar Gum Grinch Slime

Dragonfly and I have been having so much fun exploring the awesome slime chemistry from Little Bins for Little Hands.  At least a few times a week, we test out a new recipe and get our hands dirty together.  It's great bonding time and mess-free (yes, really).

A few weeks ago, Little Bins posted a brand new slime recipe involving guar gum.  This plant-based, gluten-free food thickener is perfect for making glue-free slime.  Dragonfly couldn't wait to test it, so we ordered the guar gum from Amazon right away.  Fortunately, the other ingredients in this slime are the normal ones for slime- food coloring, baking soda, and saline solution- so we already had them in the house.

I noticed from reading the post on Little Bin that we use more guar gum than they do.  She uses 1 teaspoon of the powder, and we used 1 tablespoon.  The larger amount made it harder to incorporate into the water (we used 1 cup of warm water), but it did make a very stretchy, juggle-ly slime.  It was very fun and is cheaper per ounce than using glue.  Try it out for yourself!

And if you love making slime like I do, you have to check out The Ultimate Slime Guide book.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

School Supply List for Homeschooling

It's back to school season again!  Or as homeschoolers like to call it "NOT-back-to-school" time.  Social media is full of posts, memes, and videos complaining about how expensive school supplies are for traditional schoolers.  Few people think about what homeschoolers need for their education.  The home-school combines all the classroom needs and all the student needs into one big list.  The homeschool should have it all!

The Basics

Like all school children, homeschoolers need fresh pencils, lots of glue sticks, scissors, and other ordinary supplies.  Take advantage of Back-to-School sales to get good deals on crayons, pens, and notebooks.  Unlike most school kids, homeschool families should also grab a few hundred sheets of computer paper for all the printables, a new Instant Ink compatible printer with free ink, and lots of liquid glue for slime experiments.

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Math Class

One of the best parts about homeschooling is being able to have access to all the math manipulatives and visual tools whenever you need them. I am very tactile when it comes to math, and always did better when I could see and feel the answers. I'm so glad my kids don't even have to ask to get out the Cuisenaire rods, money, or counters. Be sure to check the Target dollar spot for flashcards, learning clocks, mini erasers (counters), and more.

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Science Class

If I ever had a homeschool classroom, I'd fill it up with science stuff.  There are so many categories of scientific experimentation and exploration.  I'd have microscopes, petri dishes, chemistry sets, and cabinets full of specimens and models.  Like math, science is better if it can be touched and seen. instead of just read.

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Phonics and Literature Class

It's no secret that homeschoolers love to collect books.  I usually buy mine on Ebay, at thrift stores, and on Amazon.  I also recommend magnetic letters, spelling games, and other things for reading practice.  I also like to grab some new Audible books for quiet time and for read alouds.

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What's on your list?  What would you add?

Any experienced homeschoolers want to dispute it?

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Monday, August 13, 2018

When Life Give You Lemons... Fun Lemonade Ideas for Kids

Next Monday (August 20) is National Lemonade Day!  It's a perfect day to celebrate the end of summer and to raise a sweet and sour glass to many summers to come.  For homeschoolers and teachers, I've included many books, activities, and other things to help you turn the day into a learning adventure.  This post was so much fun to make, and I hope you enjoy it!


Book!  Books!  Books about lemonade!  Most of these are early reader ones for elementary kids.  Some of them even include math concepts!

Sensory Play

Lemons are so cheery that they draw you in for playtime, plus they smell amazing!  As well as drinking lemonade, your kids might enjoy pouring and dumping lemon-scented rice, squishy yellow play dough, or making a lemon explode.


Drinking lemonade isn't the only thing you can do on Lemonade Day.  You can also eat amazing lemon-y foods!  Don't eat the chapstick, though.

Poke-a-Dot Blueberry Lemonade Popsicles // Mama, Papa, Bubba

Pink Lemonade Rice Crispy Treats // Thrifty Jinxy

Earth Day Lemonade // Paper and Glue

Lemon Sugar Scrub // The Thrifty Couple

Maple Syrup Lemonade // Mama, Papa, Bubba

Sunny Lip Balm // Sugar Spice and Glitter

Honeydew Lemon Slush // Amanda's Cookin

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate // Ruffles and Rainboots

Have a Lemonade Party with your friends to toast the end of summer!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Go Back to School with Instant Ink

We recently got an Instant Ink compatible printer for our homeschooling.  I had been putting off buying ink on our old printer for several months, not wanting to put out the money to purchase new cartridges.  Then, I heard about a great deal on a new HP printer.  For the price of two cartridges for the old printer, I bought a brand new wireless printer with 10 months of free ink!  I've wanted a wireless printer for a long time, so it's even more perfect.

The printer is part of HP's Instant Ink program, a subscription service where ink is automatically sent before you need it (amazing!).  When you sign up for the program, you chose how many pages of printing you think you'll use a month- 30, 100, or 300.  Every month, your printing allowance starts over.  When the cartridge gets low, HP automatically sends you new ink.
Never run out of ink again!


- Big, Big Savings!
        check out the list on the right

- The Ink Gets Sent Before You Need It
        never run out again!

- Wireless Printing
          anywhere in the house or from your phone

- Suspend or Cancel At Any Time
         no penalties (possible bonuses for returning)


- Pay Every Month
        whether you use it or not

- Limited "free" pages
        must pay for additional pages

- must have wireless internet
         printer doesn't come with a USB

Update- One Year Later

We LOVE our Instant Ink Printer!  It's so amazing to always have ink in the printer when you need it, to print from anywhere, and to get FREE ink!  It's the best thing we've ever bought for our homeschool classroom.  Now, we just need a similar service for printer paper.

As well as the codes listed above, try adding- FREEINK, SAVE50NOW, 3FREEINK, SAVENOW50, HPINSTANTINK4U.  The more you stack, the more ink you get for free.  Also, make sure you sign up for the most pages at the beginning when you'll get them for free and then bump your subscription back down when the months run out.