Tea Time Tuesday Thanksgiving Edition

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay. Today I am sharing our Tea Time Tuesday Thanksgiving Edition. With Thanksgiving just around the corner we are sneaking in all kinds of fun Thanksgiving treats and activities.

Featured Poem

Thanksgiving Day by Lydia Maria Child

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To grandfather’s house we go;
       The horse knows the way 
       To carry the sleigh
  Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood—
  Oh, how the wind does blow!
       It stings the toes 
       And bites the nose
  As over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
  To have a first-rate play.
       Hear the bells ring 
       “Ting-a-ling-ding”,
  Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood
  Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
       Spring over the ground, 
       Like a hunting-hound!
  For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood,
  And straight through the barn-yard gate.
       We seem to go 
       Extremely slow,—
  It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood—
  Now grandmother’s cap I spy!
       Hurrah for the fun! 
       Is the pudding done?
  Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!

Featured Recipe

This week we have plenty of baking and cooking to help with for Thanksgiving, so we kept our tea time simple. I broke out our November Dollar Tree STEM Boxes so we could make cornucopias, and we also made pilgrim hats. To make your own pilgrim hat snack you will need:

  • Fudge Stripes Cookies
  • Rolos
  • Yellow frosting
  • Reese’s Pieces

Pilgrim Hat and Cornucopia Snacks

These pilgrim hat snacks are super easy to make. You just need to put a little bit of frosting on the bottom of a Rolo, and press it down onto the bottom of a Fudge Stripes cookie. Then put frosting on the back of a Reese’s Pieces candy, and press it to the front of the Rolo.

Our Table

Tea Time Tuesday Thanksgiving Edition Table

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Thanksgiving Edition.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you would like to check out our past Tea Time Tuesday posts, head on over to my Tea Time page. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you would like to see more of our Thanksgiving fun.

November Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

Today I am sharing my November Dollar Tree STEM Boxes. With Thanksgiving just around the corner it is the perfect time for cornucopias and pilgrim ships, so I challenged my children to make their own.

Challenge #1: Build a pilgrim ship.

Build a pilgrim ship STEM supplies

 

Suggested Supplies:

  • Tinfoil
  • Paper plates
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue

This was by far our  most difficult challenge this month! We were able to build a few different ships, and tomorrow afternoon Jack and Julia want to put them to the test. Will they sink or will they float?

Challenge #2: Make a cornucopia snack.

Make a cornucopia STEM supplies

 

Make-a-cornucopia-STEM-challenge

Suggested Supplies:

  • Waffle cones
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Sprinkles
  • Assorted candy

We first attempted to “soften” the ends of the cones with wet paper towels so we could bend the ends up like a real cornucopia, but that just ended in a sticky mess. In the end the kiddos didn’t mind… After all, chocolate is chocolate!

Challenge #3: Solve the turkey math problems.

Turkey math STEM Box

Turkey Math from Homework and Horseplay

I made these cute turkey math problems years ago for Jack. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I watch my cousin’s daughters and the oldest one likes to do “school” with us. She is only 2 right now, so I am going to write just numbers on the back of the feathers and she can find the matching numbers. Even though I put this box together for the girls, Jack had fun reviewing his math skills to set these up for pictures.

Thank you for joining me today to check out my November Dollar Tree STEM Boxes.

Did you miss last month’s STEM Boxes? You can find them here, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to see us in action!

Tea Time Tuesday Pink Lady Edition

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay! Today I am sharing our Tea Time Tuesday Pink Lady Edition. Grab a cup of tea and join us for a cozy evening.

Featured Poem

Nature, Poem 2 by Emily Dickinson

Pink, small, and punctual,
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,

Dear to the moss,
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.

Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears
Antiquity.

Featured Recipe

This week Julia made us a beautiful cake that she has named “Pink Lady“. To make your own Pink Lady cake you will need:

  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake (and ingredients included on box)
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Strawberry Waffy Wafer Rolls
  • Pink Pearl Sprinkles (optional)

Tea Time Tuesday Pink Lady Cake from Homework and Horseplay
Instructions:

  1. Mix your cake batter as instructed on box.
  2. Pour into 2, 9-inch round cake pans and bake following the box recommendations.
  3. Let cakes completely cool and then remove from pans.
  4. Place one cake on your cake stand and frost the top. Add the other cake on top and frost the entire cake.
  5. Cut Waffy Wafer Rolls in half and place around the edge of your cake.
  6. Decorate as desired with sprinkles.

Our Table

Pink Lady Poetry Tea Time from Homework and Horseplay

 

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Pink Lady Edition…

Did you miss our past Tea Time Tuesdays? You can find them all on my Tea Time page.

October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up | 2017

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay!

Today I  am sharing our October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up. This post is more than a little late, but life has been a bit crazy lately. I run a rental company (This makes me sound way  more “with it” than I am… We have one rental home down in NC that I manage.), and we have some serious issues happening with a HVAC project gone wrong. On top of that lovely gem of a mess, our house is under attack by all the germs. So instead of sniffing and coughing my way through a video, I am just doing a blog update this time around.

 

Here are my October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up Highlights…

This year we are using Level 100, Level 7, and Level 3 from BookShark. I have split our books up by level, so it is easy to follow. In this family we like to #KeepItReal, so I have tried to share all the little comments my children made after reading the books.

Level 100

October Reading Wrap Up BookShark Level 100

  1. Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
    Kenten-2 star
    Roxanne-No rating 
    {Level 100 is designed for the student to do most of the work on their own, so I will not having ratings for some of this level’s books unless I read them prior to this program.}
  2. History of U.S. (Volume 1) by Joy Hakim
    Kenten-1 star
    {This book is a “baby” book. It is more Jack’s level than mine.}
  3. Amos Fortune by Elizabeth Yates
    Kenten-5 star
    Roxanne-5 star

Level 7

October Reading Wrap Up BookShark Level 7

  1. The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell
    Julia-1 star
    {This book is well written, but I did not enjoy the story.}
    Roxanne-3 star
    {This was supposed to be a reader. Julia disliked it so much that I took over the reading, and read aloud after chapter 3.}
  2. Robotics by Kathy Ceceri
    Julia-2 star
    Roxanne-3 star
    {There is a lot of great information in this book, but we did not love any of the labs.}
  3. Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    Julia-4 star
    Roxanne-4 star

Level 3

October Reading Wrap Up BookShark Level 3

  1. Walk the World’s Rim by Betty Baker
    Jack-3 star
    Roxanne-3 star
  2. A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
    Jack-5 star
    Roxanne-4 star
    {Jack absolutely loved this book! He asked to read ahead almost every day.}
  3. Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla
    Jack-5 star
    Roxanne-4 star
    {This was another hit! We finished this book weeks ahead of the schedule.}
  4. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
    Jack-4.5 star
    Roxanne-5 star
    {This was a great conversation starter. Jack and I discussed so many things about the way people lived “back in the day”, and we finished way ahead of schedule for this book as well.}

Final Thoughts…

Overall I feel as though we had a good reading month! It was definitely a rocky start to this program for Julia since she disliked one of the first books she had to read, but we powered through. She is obsessed with the new book she is reading, so we have found our groove.

I am really happy with our curriculum selections this year. I have not seen Kenten this excited about reading for years, and Jack obviously loves his book selections as well seeing as we are weeks ahead in his reading!

Thank you for joining us for our October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up!

If you are interested in the other books we will be reading this year, head over to my curriculum page. You can find all the details there. 

What did you read this month? I would love to follow along on your reading journey. 

 

 

Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Edition… We spent the weekend helping my parent’s cut and stack wood to prepare for the upcoming winter, so it seems the end of fall is already here (especially since I’m a fanatic and have started preparing the house for the Christmas season). After such a couple of busy days, Tea Time Tuesday was exactly what I needed.

Featured Poem

Gathering Leaves by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.

But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided to make us Harvest Trail Mix. To make your own trail mix you will need:

  • 7.5 oz bag original Bugles
  • 15 oz bag Chex Mix
  • 8 oz bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
  • 10 oz bag Reese’s Pieces
  • 11 oz bag Candy Corn

Homework and Horseplay Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Trail Mix IngredientsSimply pour all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix! This is a super simply sweet & salty snack that Jack came up with on his own.

Our Table

Homework and Horseplay Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Trail MixIf you follow me on Instagram, you know that #reallife has taken over. Our dining room is currently covered in boxes and cleaning supplies, and our school room is not much better. Due to my mess we decided to move into our living room for tea time, and it worked out perfectly. After reading our poems we snuggled up and watched a movie together.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Edition.

Did you miss our past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page.

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Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition…

I am so excited that Halloween fell on a Tuesday this year. In lieu of a traditional school day, we are doing ALL things Halloween today! From pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating it is a perfect Tea Time Tuesday Halloween kind of day.

Featured Poem

Halloween by Mac Hammond

The butcher knife goes in, first, at the top
And carves out the round stemmed lid,
The hole of which allows the hand to go
In to pull the gooey mess inside, out –
The walls scooped clean with a spoon.

A grim design decided on, that afternoon,
The eyes are the first to go,
Isosceles or trapezoid, the square nose,
The down-turned mouth with three
Hideous teeth and, sometimes,
Round ears.
At dusk it’s
Lighted, the room behind it dark.

Outside, looking in, it looks like a
Pumpkin, it looks like ripeness
Is all.
Kids come, beckoned by
Fingers of shadows on leaf-strewn lawns
To trick or treat.
Standing at the open
Door, the sculptor, a warlock, drops
Penny candies into their bags, knowing
The message of winter: only the children,
Pretending to be ghosts, are real.

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten made “Puppy-Chowdaa” which is really just Puppy Chow with pumpkin candy corn. To make your own Puppy-Chowdaa you will need:

  • 9 cups rice cereal squares
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 bag of pumpkin candy corn

You can find the instructions to make puppy chow here. If you want to step things up, don’t forget to add in your pumpkin candy after everything else is mixed.

Our Table

We kept our table pretty simple this week because Jack and Julia needed the space to carve their pumpkins before trick-or-treating time.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition.

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have an amazing, sugar filled evening. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram later to see how our pumpkins turned out and to see the kids dressed up.

Did you miss out on our past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page to see what you missed.

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Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition…

It is a cold and gloomy day out, and the wind is blowing EVERYTHING away… So it was a perfect afternoon to stay inside, eat some yummy treats, and tackle all of our STEM challenges.

Featured Poem

The Monster Mattress Superstore by Kenn Nesbitt (Copyright © 2011. All Rights Reserved.)

The Mattress Factory Superstore
is owned by dear old Fred,
or, as he’s better known,
the Monster Underneath Your Bed.

His beds are cold and clammy
just the way a monster likes.
He also offers beds of nails
and mattresses with spikes.

His waterbeds are filled with sharks,
piranhas, eels, and squids.
But, just in case, Fred also carries
comfy beds for kids.

And Fred makes sure that every mattress
always feels alright
by checking every bed he sells you
EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.

Featured Recipe

This week we decided to switch things up and made an edible craft rather than bake something. Julia came up with this idea on her own and has called it “Monster-Mallows”.

Suggested Supplies:

  • Marshmallows
  • Edible marker
  • M&M’s
  • Icebreakers Mints
  • Red piping gel
  • White piping gel
  • Black piping gel

In addition to making Monster-Mallows, we also broke out our STEM Boxes. If you are not sure what a STEM Box is, you can read about them here. We had a blast creating some spooky monsters!
Our Table

I found these super cute “Monster” plates, napkins, and tablecloth at the Dollar Tree, and I couldn’t resist! I was planning on saving them for Halloween, but when Julia told me about her Monster-Mallow idea I knew we had to use them.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition!

If you would like to see more from our STEM challenges, head on over to my Instagram. I shared a bunch of pictures of the kiddos (and maybe even a few of me) hard at work earlier today.

Did you miss our past Tea Time Tuesday posts? You can find them all on my Tea Time page.

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Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay. Today I am sharing some tips for how I create STEM boxes.

You can watch the video below to hear my top tips for creating your own STEM boxes. If you are not sure what STEM is, here is a break down…
S-Science
T-Technology
E-Engineering
M-Math
So, STEM boxes are simply boxes with different challenges in them that focus on at least one of those four categories.

Recap time…

Here are my top tips (just in case you would rather read them instead of listening to me babble):

  1. Pick a theme.
  2. Shop somewhere affordable, such as the Dollar Tree.
  3. Choose a box with a lid.
  4. Create challenge cards.
  5. Put all the materials needed inside the STEM box.
  6. Allow this to be an open ended challenge and encourage your children figure it out on their own!

Halloween STEM Boxes

As I said in the video, the theme I chose for this month is Halloween. I created three different challenges for my children to complete.

Challenge #1
Build a bone bridge.

Supplies:

  • Q-tips
  • Clothes pins
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Challenge #2
Build a candy corn house.Supplies:

  • Candy corn
  • Tooth picks

Challenge #3
Make a spooky monster.
Supplies:

  • Cupcake wrappers
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom-poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Thank you for stopping by.

Do you use STEM boxes in your homeschool? Comment below with a link so I can check them out! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram so you can see how my children tackled these challenges. 

Want to check out some more Halloween fun? Last week during Tea Time Tuesday we had a Halloween party with friends. You can see our spooky afternoon here.

 

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Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition…

This week our friends from Joyful Wife Life joined us for poetry tea time. I think Amanda and I may have went a little overboard with all the treats and decorations, but it was worth it to see the excitement on their faces.

Featured Poem

Spooky Tea Time Tuesday rewritten by Roxanne Raiche

Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fires burn, and cauldrons bubble…
Calling all witches, wizards, and ghosts
The Raiche Family will be your host…

Stop on by for a cup or two,
Watch out for the goblin goo…
Spooky Tea Time Tuesday begins at quarter past one
Wear your costume and be ready for fun!

I can’t take full credit for writing this poem… I found my inspiration here, but wanted to change it up to fit our Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition invitation better.

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided to make dirt cups. To make your own dirt cups you will need:

  • 1 package (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 15 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/4 cups), divided
  • Gummi worms
  • Tombstone and bone candy


As you can see, we switched things up a little bit and made tiny grave yard dirt cups! We found our candy pieces at Walmart. You can find the instructions to make these yummy treats here.

Our Table

Under each of the children’s plates Amanda and I wrote some questions and Fun and Freaky Halloween Facts. Some of the questions were:

  • Why are pumpkins a Halloween tradition?

  • Why do we don masks and silly costumes for Halloween?

  • What’s with the door-to-door begging for candy? 

     

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition.

I think ALL of the children are suffering with gut rot, and may need a visit to the dentist immediately… But we had a spooky spectacular time! Want to see more from our party? I am uploading an album on my Facebook page in just a few minutes.

Would you like to check out my past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page.

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Booktube Newbie Tag

Today I am taking on the Booktube Newbie Tag challenge.

Check out my video below to hear my responses to the Booktube Newbie Tag challenge.

Do you want to join the Booktube community too?

If you are a newbie like me, I would love to hear what you have to say. Here are the challenge questions so you can join in:

1) Why did you start this channel?
2) What are some fun and unique things you can bring to Booktube?
3) What are you most excited for about this new channel?
4) Why do you love reading?
5) What book or book series got you into reading?
6) What questions would you ask your favorite Booktuber?
7) What challenges do you think starting a Booktube channel will be the hardest to overcome?

Head on over to my channel and comment with a link to your Booktube Newbie Tag video! I look forward to meeting more Booktubers and really getting involved in this amazing community.

Do you want to see my very first Booktube book haul? Click the image below to see what I purchased in September 2017.

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