Month: October 2015

Seasonally Inspired Homeschooling First Grade – Week 10 | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsHow was your homeschooling week? We had another relaxing week of not-driving Noctis to and from school for two hours every day. We did a lot of crafting, reading books, and hiking, plus went to the homeschool day at the zoo. It was raining, so hardly anyone was there, which was exactly how we like it.

Saturday will be Halloween… It is supposed to be pouring rain here, which is coming from a Seattlite, so when I say pouring, I do mean pouring. I’m not sure what we will do about that. Many of the local malls, city centers, etc. have indoor trick o’ treating, but Sola has already stated that she could not handle the crowd in an enclosed place.

Here is our seasonally inspired homeschooling first grade lesson plan for week 10. Please refer to week 1’s post for a list of all the books that we are using this year. (more…)

Walmart Family Mobile | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #TreatYourFamily #CollectiveBias It’s that time of year again, time for spectacular light displays, festive holiday shows, cold weather outings, and general seasonal fun. Seattle is a fabulous city to be in at this time of year, as […]

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How to Make Vanilla Extract | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

It’s that time of year to start thinking about holiday baking! One ingredient that we always use of lot of for holiday baking is vanilla extract. Several years ago, I went to buy some vanilla extract and it cost $15/bottle for non-organic extract! I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it at that price. I […]

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Seasonally Inspired Homeschooling First Grade – Week 9 | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

How was your homeschooling week? Our week was great! Noctis got his driver’s license last Friday! Sola and I have had an extra two hours every day to do as we wish. It has felt very decadent. Now we need to work on finding a whole new rhythm. We have been doing a lot of […]

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How to Remove Seeds from a Pomegranate | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

When I was growing up in San Diego, one of the neighbors had a pomegranate tree and some of the branches grew right up to the brick wall by the side walk. So several of us kids took to climbing the brick wall and stealing pomegranates from the tree. We’d then run up the street […]

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