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!
Coarsely;
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.

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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.

 

 

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What We Are Reading: September 2017

What are you reading in September 2017?

As you can imagine with three separate BookShark levels we do a lot of reading in our home. Not only do I love reading, but I enjoy hearing what others are reading and getting book recommendations. In my video below you can see exactly what books we are reading in September 2017 with our curriculum, plus a few personal selections. We have a bit to go before we finish all of our books, but it has been a great reading month for the Raiche clan.

Do you want to purchase some of these books for your home library?

I have linked all of the books we are reading in September 2017 below.
Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Thank you for watching!

I would love to hear what all of you are reading in September 2017. Comment below or on my channel.

Want a preview of what we will be reading this year? Check out our 5th, 7th, and 9th grade curriculum selections for the full lists.

Inside Look: Curriculum

Want an inside look at our curriculum selections?

Before I purchase any curriculum I do tons of research... Part of that research consists of watching videos with sneak peaks inside the books. Today I am doing my version of an Inside Look: Curriculum. I already shared our Level 3, Level 7, and Level 100 BookShark materials with you, but I am just getting around to sharing our Timberdoodle and Amazon purchases. Check out my video below to see Kenten's science and our STEM.

Would you like to purchase these products for your homeschool?

I have linked to all the products I shared today. Simply click the product you are interested in below to be redirected to Amazon.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Thank you for watching!

I hope you enjoyed my little Inside Look: Curriculum. I would love to see what STEM and art materials all of you are using this year. Comment below or on my channel.

Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition…

If you have been following along you know that last week we took a break from Tea Time Tuesday because my nephew passed away. It has been a rough couple of days, but with the end of September approaching we are trying to get back into the swing of things. This week in math Jack is working on calendar activities, and has been struggling with how many days each month has. I figured it was the perfect time to bring out an old nursery rhyme for our featured poem this week. In addition to our featured poem, we also read all of our BookShark poems for this week.

Featured Poem

Thirty Days Hath September by Mother Goose

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap year, that’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten helped Jack make sugar cookies. To make your own sugar cookies you will need:

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar (to sprinkle on top)

You can find the recipe here. This is a very easy recipe to follow. Kenten has made these cookies a few times over the last couple of weeks, and everyone loves them. I am so thankful that my sweet boy stepped in for me today so we could still have Tea Time Tuesday.

Our Table

This week we had Tea Time Tuesday in our school room. You will notice that we did the bare minimum for preparations, but it was still nice to change our setting. I definitely see us using our school room for this more often.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition!

Do you want to check out our past Tea Time Tuesdays? You can find them all on my Tea Time page.

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Homeschooling Through Heartache

Some of you may have noticed my lack of a Tea Time Tuesday post yesterday…

And I don’t know if I even have the words to make it through this, but I want to ask for your understanding and patience as my family struggles through the next few trying days. Yesterday we received the news that my nephew who is only a few months older than Kenten took his own life. I feel like our world is crumbing down around us, but somehow we have to figure out how to continue living and homeschooling through heartache.

It is far too soon

… to discuss suicide
… to explain cremation
… and to watch my children suffer through this loss

But most of all it is far too soon for this goodbye!

To my nephew-you will be missed. I hope you have found the peace you did not have in this life.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help before it is too late. There are so many people and organizations out there… You are not alone!

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Homeschooling Through Heartache

I’m not sure I know how to, but in just a few short days we will have to pick up where we left off and get back into our homeschool routine. When tragedy strikes, I think it is important to remember:

  • We are in control of our own homeschool, and sometimes it is necessary to take a break (and feel no guilt).
  • It is perfectly ok to modify your curriculum and do only what is manageable at this time.
  • Everyone handles difficult experiences in their own way.
  • And most importantly, family first!

So for now I am stepping away to be with my family…
Thank you for understanding, and please know that I am always willing to listen if you are struggling.

 

BookShark Guest Post

I have some exciting news!

A few days ago BookShark asked me if I was interested in writing for their blog, and of course I jumped on that opportunity as quickly as possible… As of today I am a featured BookShark Guest Post writer!

Want to check out my BookShark Guest Post?

Here is a sneak peak….

How to Manage Multiple BookShark Programs in a Single School Year

This year my family will be using three BookShark programs with my three children. Yes, you read that right—three separate levels: Level 3, Level 7, and Level 100. Homeschooling multiple children all on different levels can be a daunting task, but don’t let that discourage you from starting this new and worthwhile adventure. If I can do it, so can you. Here’s how I manage multiple BookShark programs in one year.

You can read the rest of it on BookShark’s blog. Please head on over and feel free to share!

Ever wonder what three BookShark Instructor’s Guides look like?

Took a bit to get them together, but these things are amazing. I love how organized everything is.

Thank you BookShark!

I am so grateful for this opportunity, and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

 

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