Living the Natural Life

Digestive System Learning Fun!

January 30th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Lesson Ideas - (3 Comments)

We are learning about the human body.  This morning we discovered our amazing digestive system.  Alex was very excited about this because he could say “poop” a bunch!  He is a boy and he is 6 so being able to say “poop” a bunch makes for a fun day of learning. We started out with …
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Beginning to Understand Unschooling

January 28th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool - (3 Comments)
Future unschoolers?

I am becoming interested in unschooling.  When our family first decided to homeschool I heard the term ‘unschooling’ and thought that it meant simply not teaching your children.  I could not have been more wrong. Everything I read about unschooling sounds great…and honestly not to different from what we are doing.  So now I am trying …
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Mini Deep Dish Pizzas….Kids LOVE These!!

January 28th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Kids | Recipes - (1 Comments)

I needed inspiration for a fun lunch for the kiddos.  I had seen postings on Pinterest for mini deep dish pizzas using a muffin pan so I decided to try it out using some ingredients that I had in the kitchen.  I let the kids put this together so it was messy family fun! What you …
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This is my first year homeschooling.  Many of Alex’s friends began attending kindergarten at the local elementary school.  As a new homeschooler I expected to get the ‘socialization’ question a lot but I am finding that the comment I am getting most often is “I couldn’t spend all of my time with my kids, I don’t know how you do …
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Super Easy Shrimp Scampi Bake

January 27th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Recipes | Seafood - (2 Comments)
Shrimp Scampi Bake

This is a family pleaser and super easy & quick for me.  We have this at least 2 to 3 times a month.  I stock up on shrimp when I find it on sale.  Recently a friend of mine netted a bunch in the river so we have been enjoying those! Here is what you …
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Remember…Just Breath

January 24th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Homeschool - (1 Comments)

I woke up this morning feeling rather overwhelmed.   Laundry mountain was getting really tall.  Toys all over the floor.  Dishes in the sink (I cannot stand this).  Schoolwork to be done.  I had about 60 pieces of clothes on the table to take photos of so I could list them online once the kids go to be tonight.  Yes, overwhelmed …
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Veggie Greek Pasta

January 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Recipes | Vegetarian - (2 Comments)
Veggie Greek Pasta

This meal is an all around pleaser in our house.  All of the kids love it (although I have to remove the onions for Ava).  Alex really likes it cold the next day…he gets this from his daddy because I cannot stand cold food! I began making this dish with chicken.  I have recently found that …
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This post was updated September 17, 2013 Homeschooling is a priority in our family.  My husband and I do whatever we can so  that our children can stay home and learn with us.  Simple living is our key to living and homeschooling on a very tight budget.  We don’t drive fancy cars, live in a …
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Twice Baked Cauliflower

January 21st, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Recipes | Side Dishes | Vegetarian - (0 Comments)
Twice Baked Cauliflower

A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for twice baked cauliflower on pinterest and stuck it in my yummmm board. Thursday I planned to make homemade chicken tenders and was at a loss for what to make with them.  I turned to my yummm board and decided it was the night to try twice baked cauliflower.  I was a little nervous …
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Fun & Mellow Homeschool Week

January 20th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Family Fun! - (0 Comments)

My dad came for a visit this week.  This highlighted another wonderful aspect of homeschooling, the fact that we could slow down on school work during his visit and have fun!  His visit was during the week.  If had Alex been in public school he would not have been able to enjoy his grandpa as much as he …
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No More Cable TV!

January 19th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Family Fun! - (5 Comments)
no ads

Alex is 6.  He has become increasingly susceptible to television marketing.  I used to think that it was cute and clever when he would come to me describing a new toy stating that “it is available in stores now Mom!”  or “this thing will take all of the hair off of your legs and you never …
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Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

January 17th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Poultry | Quinoa | Recipes - (2 Comments)
Turkey & Quinoa Meatloaf

I love quinoa.  Have I said that before?  I am sure that I have but I will say it again.  I.  Love.  Quinoa.   My son loves meatloaf as much as I love quinoa.  I have always made our meatloaf with turkey instead of beef and was excited to replace the bread crumbs with quinoa. …
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Preschool: Letter Recognition

January 12th, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Lesson Ideas - (2 Comments)

Ava is 3 1/2.  She is picking up so much from learning along with Alex.  I recently discovered that she knows all of her letter sounds from (1) listening to Alex learn and (2) watching Leapfrog Letter Factory over and over again.  I can assure you #2 had more of an impact! I guess Ava is ready to start …
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green house

Along with getting the toxins out of the food that our family eats we are also working on getting the toxins out of our home.  I used to think that the smell of bleach and air fresheners was the smell of ‘clean’, I now realize that was the smell of toxic chemicals!  I know that we have saved …
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Germs:  Free Lesson Ideas

This post contains affiliate links. My kids had a blast learning all about germs.  We watched videos, made crafts, and read a few books about germs.  This was certainly a fun week in our homeschool! We are starting our Human Body Unit this week.  Of course we are creating a new lapbook.  Yep,  Human Body Lapbook, here …
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