Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Edition

We are early Christmas decorators here, but with Thanksgiving officially past it is finally time to break out ALL things Christmas. What better way to kick off the Christmas season than to have a Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Edition.

Featured Book

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Featured book from Homework and Horseplay

This week we are switching things up and skipping the poetry… We always start the holiday season by reading this book and doing some baking, and I wanted to share that tradition with all of you.

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Featured Recipe

One of our favorite things to bake for Christmas is “Grinch Cookies“. To make your own Grinch Cookies you will need:

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix 
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 6 to 8 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup  Andes Mints, chopped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • Red Runts candy

Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Cookies from Homework and Horseplay
You can find the instructions here. We do NOT add the mint extract because my children find them to be too minty and we add “hearts” to add that extra Grinchy touch. Otherwise we follow the instructions. We were super excited to find that you can now purchase Andes Mints bits now… No more chopping!

Our Table

Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Table from Homework and Horseplay

Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Table Setting

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Grinch Edition…

We are off to watch “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”, and relax for a little bit before heading to Julia’s chorus performance. She had a performance last night as well, but I was one of the chaperones in the waiting room with the children. I can’t wait to hear her sing tonight.

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Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

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Are you ready to take on a challenge? You came to the right place. Dollar Tree STEM Boxes are the perfect way to push your children to new limits and add a twist to your homeschool. So what exactly is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. All of which are important components to succeeding in our modern world. 

I will update this page monthly with my new Dollar Tree STEM Boxes, so you can take on the challenge too! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to see us in action.

2017 Dollar Tree STEM Boxes





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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 
  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



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.

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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

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

  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…

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October Homeschool Reading Wrap Up | 2017

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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.