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.



Charlotte’s Web Literature Unit

Do you love Charlotte’s Web as much as we do?

Charlotte’s Web has been a long time favorite in our home. At the beginning of the school year Jack asked me if we could read it again. I jumped on the opportunity, and took things a step further… I created my very own Charlotte’s Web Literature Unit to share with all of you!

What is included in this Charlotte’s Web Literature Unit?

I created a five week literature unit. Each of the five weeks includes:

  1. Discussion Questions & Answer Keys
  2. Vocabulary Worksheets & Answer Keys
  3. Dictation or Copywork
  4. Project Ideas

Want a sneak peak of some of the fun things we did through our five week unit study?

Barn Diorama
Word Web
Visit to the County Fair
Pig Slop Snack

You can download a free copy of this literature unit below.

If you want your very own copy of this literature unit, simply click the image.

Thank you for all of your support. I hope you enjoy this unit as much as my family did.

What’s a literature unit on Charlotte’s Web without a trip to the County Fair?

Are you interested in poetry tea time? Head on over to my Tea Time page to see how we include poetry tea time into our homeschool.



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

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.




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…
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.


  • 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.

  • 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.




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.



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.



Tea Time Tuesday Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition…

There is a briskness in the air that is letting us know that it is truly autumn time. We are in our sixth week of the school year, and we have settled into our routine. With everything going smoothly we had a day full of coziness… Cozy sweaters, snuggly blankets, and homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk! All of these things were a perfect fit for our Tea Time Tuesday Chocolate Chip Cookies Edition.

Featured Poem

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Edward Kofi Louis

Chocolate chip cookies!
In the land of your muse;
Eating and drinking your tea with the muse of your love.

Plain, rain!
Plain, lain!
With brown sugar;
But, with love in the land of your muse.

Chip, hip!
Eating and drinking tea in th eland of your muse;
Cook, cookies!
With the muse of your breakfast.
Pose, purpose!
With your chocolate chip cookies.

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten made us homemade chocolate chip cookies. To make your own cookies you will need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

You can find the instructions here. Since Kenten completed his work before we the rest of us were done, he baked and cleaned everything up by himself. His cookies were perfect, and we were able to eat them fresh out of the oven when they were still warm and gooey (yum).

**This recipe calls for walnuts. We skipped the nuts because I don’t care for them.**

Our Table

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Chocolate Chip Cookie Edition! I hope you were able to have a cozy afternoon just like us. Want to check out our past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page.






September 2017 Book Haul

Want to see my September 2017 book haul?

As you may have guessed by now I am a bibliophile… I am constantly adding to our home library. I have a feeling that before long I will need to purchase more bookshelves. Is it considered hoarding if its only a big, beautiful collection of books? My September 2017 book haul is a total graphic novel take over. Check out my video below to get an peak inside some of our new books.

Do you have a September 2017 book haul to share?

I would love to see the books all of you have added to your home libraries this month. Comment below or on my channel to share your haul!

If you would like to purchase some of these graphic novels check out our 2017-2018 Homeschool Plan. I shared links to all of the books I shared today, plus a few others.

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Tea Time Tuesday Confetti Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Confetti Edition…

This week we talked about nature’s confetti–leaves! Usually this time of year in Michigan is full of beautiful colors on all the trees, but sadly a lot of the trees in our yard have lost their leaves. That didn’t stop us from talking about all about them though! I found a sweet poem on Hello Poetry that shares my opinion that leaves are nature’s confetti, and it is absolutely beautiful. I just love that I get to share my love of poetry with my children every week, and that is especially true with this Tea Time Tuesday Confetti Edition.

Featured Poem

Autumn in the Park

I watched my neighborhood park
undergo a transformation
on a warm autumn morning

You can find the rest of this lovely poem on “Hello Poetry”.

Featured Recipe

This week Julia made Funfetti Cupcake Cones. To make your own you will need:

  • 1 package Pillsbury Funfetti® Premium Cake Mix
  • Additional ingredients to prepare cake mix per package directions
  • 24 ice cream cake cones (about 2 3/4-inches tall with flat bottoms)
  • 2 containers Pillsbury Funfetti® Vanilla Flavored Frosting

You can find the instructions here. Julia has wanted to make these cupcakes for ages, and is beyond excited that she finally got to try them out.

Our Table

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Confetti Edition. Head on over to my Tea Time page if you would like to check out our past Tea Time Tuesdays.