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  • Cinnamon Spritz Cookies Recipe

    Cinnamon Spritz Cookies Recipe

    Last week my new cookie press arrived, and I made my first batch of classic spritz cookies. I love the buttery flavor of the classic version but wanted to try some variations. Cinnamon is a flavor that I associate with the holiday season, so I removed the almond extract of the classic recipe and added […] More

  • Classic Spritz Cookies Recipe

    Classic Spritz Cookies Recipe

    Baking cookies is one of my favorite holiday activities. Although I love to make all types of cookies, one of my favorites to eat is butter cookies. I love the light buttery flavor. This year I bought myself a cookie press. My mom has one, but I had never used one before. I wanted to […] More

  • Thanksgiving, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Thanksgiving, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Learn more about Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) by studying the spellings of some vocabulary words related to the Thanksgiving holiday: Thanksgiving, gratitude, turkey, cranberry, Thursday, squash, cornucopia, delicious, acorn, and potato. Structured Word Inquiry English spelling is rule-based. There are no exceptions, just more rules to uncover. I have yet to find a word whose […] More

  • Autumn, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Autumn, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Learn more about Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) by studying the spellings of some vocabulary words related to the autumn season: autumn, September, October, November, scarecrow, equinox, harvest, chestnut, deciduous, and chilly. Structured Word Inquiry English spelling is rule-based. There are no exceptions, just more rules to uncover. I have yet to find a word whose […] More

  • Halloween, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Halloween, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Learn more about Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) by studying the spellings of some vocabulary words related to the Halloween holiday: Halloween, pumpkin, costume, zombie, cauldron, ghastly, enchant, skeleton, vampire, and candy. Structured Word Inquiry English spelling is rule-based. There are no exceptions, just more rules to uncover. I have yet to find a word whose […] More

  • Buttercup Squash Soup Recipe

    Buttercup Squash Soup Recipe

    Ingredients 1 buttercup squash 4 cups of chicken broth 2 cups of milk 1 packet of onion soup mix 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon of salt 1 teaspoon of black pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut the buttercup squash in half. Remove the seeds. Oil a baking sheet. Place the squash […] More

  • Apple Crisp Recipe

    Apple Crisp Recipe

      Apple crisp is one of my favorite apple recipes. I love the mix of sweet apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. With two apple trees in my yard, I have plenty of apples to make one of my favorite and super easy desserts. Ingredients 6 cups of chopped apples 1/4 cup plus 4 […] More

  • A Short History of the English Language

    A Short History of the English Language

    Prior to c.450, the peoples of Britannia (Britons) spoke Celtic languages. Between 388 and 400, Romans occupied Britannia (modern England and Wales). Celtic-speaking Scots and Picts lived north of the Romanized Britons. In c.450, Germanic tribes including the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes invaded Britannia. The language that developed was Old English. Just as there are […] More

  • Watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Movies in Chronological Order

    Watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Movies in Chronological Order

    I am a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I recently introduced the series to my three children. Instead of watching the films according to release date, we viewed the twenty-three current films in chronological order starting with Captain America: The First Avenger and ending with Spider-Man: Far from Home. If you have not yet […] More

  • Our Eighth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Eighth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    I have been homeschooling my children since the fall of 2014. My oldest two have so far finished preschool. My second will finish kindergarten later this fall. My oldest has completed first grade, second grade, and third grade and will finish fourth grade before the end of the year. I already have my fifth grade […] More

  • Seventh Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Seventh Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    I have been homeschooling my children since the fall of 2014. My oldest two have so far finished preschool. My second will finish kindergarten later this fall. My oldest has completed first grade, second grade, and third grade and will finish fourth grade before the end of the year. I already have my fifth grade […] More

  • Our Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    I have been homeschooling my children since the fall of 2014. My oldest two have so far finished preschool. My second will finish kindergarten later this fall. My oldest has completed first grade, second grade, and third grade and will finish fourth grade before the end of the year. I already have my fifth grade […] More

  • Our Fifth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Fifth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    I have been homeschooling my children since the fall of 2014. I started homeschool preschool with my oldest when she was 2.5 years old. After two years of preschool work, she started kindergarten when she was 4.5 years old. She completed all her kindergarten level work by the following May, so I graduated her to […] More

  • Our Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    I have been homeschooling my oldest daughter for a five and a half years now and my kindergarten son for two and a half years. I started homeschool preschool with my oldest when she was 2.5 years old. After two years of preschool work, she started kindergarten when she was 4.5 years old. She completed […] More

  • Our Third Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Our Third Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    I began homeschooling my oldest daughter in the fall of 2014. I started homeschool preschool with her when she was 2.5 years old. After two years of preschool work, she started kindergarten in September when she was 4.5 years old. She completed all her kindergarten level work in May, so I graduated her to first […] More

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