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Best Staycations For Kids

Best Staycations For Kids | What are the best staycations for kids? Well, glad you asked! My twelve-year-old granddaughter wrote an article here about Staycations For Kids! I can’t wait to share with you some of her ideas, her reasons for staycations | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #vacation #staycationBest Staycations Just For Kids Episode 350

What are the best staycations for kids? Well, glad you asked! My twelve-year-old granddaughter wrote an article here about Staycations For Kids! I can’t wait to share with you some of her ideas, her reasons for staycations – and some kid-friendly ideas. If you want to read her blog post it is here.

As I shared in my two other podcasts on this topic, why take a staycation and how to plan for a staycation, it is so much less stressful to plan to vacation around your own zip code. It obviously can be cheaper but you can use that money to buy some play equipment like a trampoline or perhaps a slip and slide. It doesn’t need to be extravagant.

Kids love to have a good time and if we (parents) are in a good frame of mind the vacation will go much better. I remember traveling to Virginia for a trip to DC to see the Smithsonian Museums, Williamsburg and then up to the mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had children five children, four months to nineteen with us. The trip was costly, my husband lost ten days of work (he is self-employed but lost a big contract with another builder because his crew messed up something in his absence), and I was exhausted when I got home. We did have a good time and the sights were amazing, but for use, it was a once-in-a-lifetime-with-all-the-kids visit.

The great thing is you don’t have to do this all at once – you staycations can happen all year long, so be sure to take out the calendar an plan it!

So, what are some of my favorite summer staycations for kids? My grandaughter’s list included:

  • The Zoo with some fun ideas such as play games.
  • Visits to the Museum – with a game such as a treasure hunt looking for specific things
  • Camp-In complete with camping “foods” and games.
  • The beach or park
  • Family Sports Team – weekly

Our family has hosted staycations for years. Best Staycations For Kids Include:

  1. Theme parks state resident passes
  2. Camping – we were able to camp near home on a waterway that was inexpensive
  3. Parks
  4. Night events (it’s cooler)
  5. Marathon movies at home w/ snacks and popcorn
  6. Canoe/kayak
  7. Guided boat trips – backwater to see water life, manatees, dolphins, etc.

Best Staycations For Kids – Day Trips.

What is nearby that you can visit in a day and come back home? Around my area there is:

  • Theme parks
  • Historical Museums
  • Thomas Edison’s Winter Home
  • Henry Ford’s Winter Home
  • Native People (Indians) Mounds and Digs
  • Shell Museum (2)
  • An Island – (2)
  • Baseball Stadiums (2)
  • Beaches
  • Jet skis
  • Parasailing
  • Ice Skating
  • Alligator Farm
  • Airboat Rides
  • Nature trails
  • Nature Museums
  • Ding Darling Nature Preserve
  • Planetarium
  • Campground

What is in your area? Have you really thought about it and planned out a vacation? If we wanted to do all of the things on my list we would not have enough weekend time.

Have you looked at online resources? Did you know you can find the following online?

Helpful Advice For The Best Staycations For Kids:

  • Budget your time. Be sure to have snacks on hand, plenty of water, and time out for lunch.
  • Naptimes – consider this when planning a staycation.
  • These are the best and you can go back home at night.
  • Kids love to touch things so for little ones be sure the exhibits are things they can touch
  • Let the kids take pictures.
  • Have a plan. Whether it is time for a packed lunch or time allotted for the visit.
  • Check the weather a few days ahead and make alternative plans if the weather is bad.
  • Create memory books of the places you visited or things you did.

Staycation Planning

Staycation Planning | If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends. #podcast #staycation #homeschoolpodcastStaycation Planning Episode 349

If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends.

  1. Be sure to take the time off.
  2. Indulge – reading, events, food.
  3. Make a plan for the day, week-end or week.
  4. Research

Begin by brainstorming. What are some of the things in your area that you could do with the kids, and maybe even with just your husband? In our area these things revolve around water sports. There is boating, Skiing, Jet skiing, parasailing, fishing, SCUBA diving, and more. We have a shell museum, actually two – we have a hands-on museum for kids, and a small zoo nearby.

There are sporting events such as baseball. We have two indoor ice-skating rings and an island nearby. There are also many outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, outdoor concerts at the local mall and more. There are art events, theatre and music festivals. Once you have a list of ideas, narrow it down to the top ten.

Which of these top ten ideas are feasible? Now it is time to make a plan.

Five Things To Think About In Staycation Planning


  1. What is the amount of money you will spend for these events?
  2. If you do not have a set budget think about a max you are willing to spend each day?

Activity or Event or Both

  1. List your event – be sure to figure in the time.
  2. Is this free or is there a cost?
  3. How long will it take to get there?
  4. Will you pack breakfast/ lunch or eat out?

Planning – Schedule

  1. What is your time frame?
  2. Can you take the time off of work?
  3. Do you plan to go out to eat? If so, where?
  4. What will you do during the day – the more planned out the better your vacation will go even if the schedule deviates.


  1. Try something new.
  2. Enjoy an appetizer/ or dessert or both
  3. Go to restaurants that are family owned and not chains.
  4. Think of conversations you can have with your family.
  5. Take your time – there is no hurry! You are on vacation.


  1. Relax! Make a decision you will enjoy yourself (think about how much money you are saving!)
  2. Enjoy each other.
  3. No drama – set boundaries for fighting, etc.
  4. Make time to see the little things you would normally overlook.
  5. No work. This is a vacation so be sure to leave your work behind temporarily.
  6. No electronics during the outing.
  7. OR – your kids can enjoy unlimited electronics if you decide this is their vacation!
  8. Relaxed dress – unless you are going somewhere that requires fancy clothing.
  9. Enjoy the events – look at the little things and enjoy!
  10. Praise God each day and what are your thankful for?






Staycations | Sometimes the best vacations are staycations! These fun times are so close to you that you never see them or make the time to enjoy these places. In this episode, we will discuss why staycations can be the best vacation your family ever takes. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastStaycations – The Pro’s and Con’s Episode 348

Sometimes the best vacations are staycations! These fun times are so close to you that you never see them or make the time to enjoy these places. In this episode, we will discuss why staycations can be the best vacation your family ever takes.

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So, what is a staycation? It is a vacation at home.

Let’s look at why people take vacations.

  1. Spend time with family
  2. Relax and unwind.
  3. “Get away.”
  4. Experience new things.
  5. Avoid work.
  6. Visit different places.
  7. Try different foods.
  8. Learn something new.
  9. Enjoy local culture
  10. For the mystery, uncertainty, and excitement

Staycations ~ Best Vacations at Home

Often we overlook the wonderful things happening right in our own town in order to travel to another destination, live out of a suitcase and spend lots of money. Don’t get me wrong, vacations are wonderful and sometimes just getting away can bring so much enjoyment it makes it worth the time to plan and the money spent. But what if you decide to do something different this year?

If you are like me, you might live in a city that is a vacation destination. There are so many things to do, however, most would be considered off the beaten path. We don’t have a theme park in my town, but we do have gorgeous beaches, two baseball stadiums, a hockey stadium and not one but two indoor skating rinks. People fly to southwest Florida from all over the world to enjoy our white sand beaches, local seafood, and glorious and endless sunshine. Even the days it rains you can count on the fact that the showers are typically localized and short, with the sun peeking out of the clouds soon afterward.

Truthfully my area is a tourist hub anytime from October to the week or so before Easter. The traffic becomes congested with tourism and all those who come to see the two major league baseball teams that play in my area. And, the locals pay money to leave.

How do you make a staycation a vacation? In the next episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms I’ll go into details on how to plan one to make the most of your time, but just let me explain the basics here.

  1. Create categories of what you would like to do if you were on a typical vacation. These may include accommodations, site seeing, attending events, or an experience like parasailing
  2. Think about the foods you would eat or restaurants you would frequent.
  3. What activities would you do? Adventure, active or passive?
  4. Length of time.

What are the pros and cons of a staycation vs. a vacation?

Staycation Vacation
Pro’s Con’s
Save money Costs More
No packing Packing clothes for different events
Less stress Stressful – unknown hard to plan for
Less planning More planning
No time off from work Time off from work
No travel Plan travel time
Can be done on a whim Need time to make arrangements
No need for house sitter – care for pets House sitter – pets, etc.
Con’s Pro’s
Harder to relax and unwind Easier to relax and unwind
Staying home “Get away”
Same surroundings Different surroundings
Harder to experience new things Easier to experience new things
Harder to try new foods/ events Easier to try new foods and events
Harder to sightsee Easier to see new sights


Ultimately the choice is yours – but recently when I was looking at a vacation in nearby Georgia for my family I found the average house that would fit my size family, close to nature walks, the rapids, and other local events would cost six thousand dollars for one week. That is not including food, although since it was a house we could save money and cook. However, we decided that while it would be fun to see the mountain views the cost was more than we wanted to spend.

So, instead we plan on visiting the local beaches, trying local cuisine on nearby Sanibel/ Captiva Island, and take nature walks along our beaches. The kids will fish, again locally and perhaps take SCUBA diving lessons. This is a fraction of the cost of going away for one week.

And, there is more! I have some fun podcasts upcoming. Stay tuned for more ideas and a way to plan out your staycation so that you’ll wonder why you ever vacation!







Mommy Night Time Routines

Mommy Night Time Routines | Mommy Night Time Routines | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #help-sleepingMommy Night Time Routines Episode 347

Many people can’t sleep because they can’t still their minds. Mommy night time routines can help you wind down. These tips will help you to get a restful nights sleep.

In this episode, we will discuss why night time routines are good for you and ways to help you relax. This month is all about you moms – and I hope you’ve enjoyed this series.

Catch the other shows if you’ve missed them here:

Why Mommy Night Time Routines:

  1. You don’t have to think. You are in autopilot.
  2. It can free your mind to think about other things, pray or even think about your next day.
  3. Repeating the pattern trains your body to get ready for bed.
  4. Make your unwind time a specific time. For example, put kids to bed, read for thirty minutes, soak in the tub, etc.

Things that interfere with a good nights sleep.

  1. Lights – clocks, red lights on TV, clocks, etc.
  2. Noise – is the room quiet?
  3. Limit or avoid electronics.
    1. The light from certain devices can affect your internal clock. Some phones have dimming lights for the screen.
    2. Takes valuable sleep time
    3. Can cause worry or stress – robbing you of sleep.
    4. Overstimulate your brain
    5. Caffeine or other stimulants such as black tea, energy drinks, etc.
    6. Alcohol – some people think it helps them fall asleep but it can interrupt deep sleep so you are less refreshed the next day.
    7. Sugary foods, spicy foods, or carbs.
    8. Overeating – being too full.

Mommy Night Times Routine — Things that help you to relax.

  1. Regular bedtime – this helps your body get use to winding down the same time each day – phones even have an app about this.
  2. Routine – which we are talking about. Set time, read, pray, drink a warm beverage, etc.
  3. Your bedroom – use it only for sleep, not reading even or watching TV. Good sleeping environment to sleep.
  4. Reading – in another room.
  5. Take a bath – soaking in a scented tub helps relax the body. Using Epsom salts helps to detox the body as well. Be sure it is not right before you go to bed, as the body might be too warm to relax.
  6. Drinking herbal teas or warm milk – there are properties in heated milk that help to relax the body. Add a drop of pure vanilla extract (avoid chocolate as it has caffeine.)
  7. Use a praise and thanksgiving journal – being thankful is helpful.
  8. If you can’t help thinking of things as you unwind, write it down. Use a book just for that.
  9. Sleep in a cooler environment – keeping the temperature down, if possible signals the body to start shutting down!
  10. Prayer! It helps to cause our bodies to relax.

Exercise and eating well — drinking plenty of water during the day. This will help with your mommy night time routines.

Routines can look like this – after the kids are in bed, you can kick off your shoes, take a bath. Afterward, your nightly routine can include brushing your teeth, facial routine, and then reading a book. Write in your Praise Journal and end the evening routine with prayer.

Overcoming Mental Fatigue

Overcoming Mental Fatigue | The help you need to identify and combat mental fatigue | #homeschool #podcast #homeschoolpodcastOvercoming Mental Fatigue Episode 346

Feeling tired results in mental fatigue, causing you to feel anxious, forgetful and emotional. In this episode, we will discuss ways to overcome mental fatigue. And don’t miss the episode on Mommy Night Time Routines – listen here.

Thanks to our sponsor – and the book One More Child.

Mental fatigue comes when we are overworked physically and mentally. Typical life for a homeschool mom involves so much! We clean, we cook, we work with the kids. We are overjoyed on the success of our children and follow them to lessons, and events. We even plan events and host endless get-togethers for birthday celebrations and the like.

Even with all the technology we have today instead of making our lives easier it becomes more complicated in some ways because it brings information into our homes (think Facebook here) that might cause us to worry or stress. And the pressure we put on ourselves! To succeed, to achieve, for our kids to succeed and achieve! Our schedules are busy, busy, busy. Sometimes it is difficult to think!

This becomes a vicious cycle and it can become a way of life if we are not careful. Many times we resort to coffee or caffeine to combat our tiredness which just continues the cycle. Having mental fatigue causes our thinking to be impulsive and we don’t really think things through!

Here is what causes the problem:

  1. Too much on our schedule.
  2. Never relaxing, keeping busy all the time.
  3. Overcommitting
  4. Your phone or other digital devices.
  5. Hurried meal times, eating standing up.
  6. Not enough sleep
  7. Not enough exercise


Here is how to break the cycle.

  1. Enjoy each moment – take the time to look around and appreciate your surroundings.
  2. Say no – stop overcommitting
  3. Pray – and then breathe! Taking deep breaths does help.
  4. Put down your phone
  5. Eat sitting down, enjoy your food.
  6. Get a good nights sleep – nightly routine
  7. Exercise even if it is just walking


Overcoming Procrastination

Overcoming Procrastination | Join Lucia as she shares how taking charge of your life and overcoming procrastination will help you live your best life on purpose. Today’s the day to open the door to the cage of self-imposed limitations so you can step into a bright future that includes freedom, success, and victory! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastOvercoming Procrastination

Join Lucia as she shares how taking charge of your life and overcoming procrastination will help you live your best life on purpose. Today’s the day to open the door to the cage of self-imposed limitations so you can step into a bright future that includes freedom, success, and victory!

Jeremiah 33:3 tells us, “To call unto God and He will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you don’t know.”  Lucia explains that it’s necessary to make time in your daily schedule to clear your mind and imagine what your life can be like.

Success and procrastination are totally incompatible so if you plan to change your habits, you must discipline yourself to take responsibility for your life and stop putting things off.  Today’s the day to seize the moment – seize the day, because, at the end of the year, you don’t want to look back and say, I wish I would have done so and so.

We can’t deny change when it comes to our lives, and we can’t stop making choices to change and grow or we become stagnant in life.  We need to embrace change because it helps us grow. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, For everything, there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

Lucia will encourage you to change your habits this year, because if you don’t, this year will be like last year, and next year will be like this year.  Before you know it, you will be at the end of your life with a bag full of wishes and I should haves!




Encouragement For Moms

Encouragement Just For Moms Episode 344

Let’s regroup and recharge! It is time for encouragement for moms – yes, you! This episode if just for you mom, I’ll share some of the ways I’ve been able to take some time and refill, gain more energy and then charge back into life. Some of these things are easy and you can do in a few minutes, others take a bit more planning. Either way, this will be a blessing for you Mom, as we celebrate moms in the month of May!

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Encouragement For Moms

Moms, let’s face it we often put ourselves last and that means we are overworked, have mental fatigue and just want to go to bed, most days. When we are overwhelmed we feel defeated like we can’t continue on like this and remain healthy. Stress eats away at our health in ways that are detrimental! We want to be healthy, energetic and joyful! Does this sound far fetched or beyond your reach? Does this sound like I’m talking about someone else, but not you?

Friends, we have to take care of ourselves. It wasn’t until I got sick from stress and overwork that I realized I needed to change. I don’t smoke, drink or eat excessively. I don’t crave sweets – but I do like an occasional piece of chocolate. Feeling like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders, I realized I had to slow down and take charge of my health. With good food, supplements, and essential oils, I regained my health.

Now I’m not saying it was just what I fed my body – but I also fed my soul. I take time each and every day, to begin with prayer. An hour or more of prayer. Not just a “help me, Lord” like I use to shout out as a busy and frazzled homeschool mom – although I do some of that as well. More along the lines of reading the Bible, listening to the Word speak to me and praying all day. I recently did an episode of taking Jesus with You – on A Few Minutes with God Podcast. It has been such a blessing for me!

Look at why you feel the way you do and make a change. No one can do it – but you can!

Let’s talk about 5-Ways in 5 minutes to Recharge and Fresh – Encouragement for Moms

  1. Stop. Drop. Pray. Everyone says to take a deep breath – but how can you breathe when you feel stressed out? So, we are going to work on destressing! When you feel your most stressed stop right then, drop to your knees and pray! Recently I was working with one of my grandkids and they were getting stressed, so I stopped and prayed for them and it worked, they relaxed smiled and were able to complete the task at hand!
  2. Stop and smell the roses! Literally. What scent do you enjoy? I know some of you may be allergic to perfume, but if you like a particular clean scent – or even going outside after it rains – anything that will lift your spirits. I love lemon, and citrus smells. I love Bergmont an essential oil that has some of these scents. I use it every night before I go to bed, I put a few drops on my fingers and massage it on the back of my neck! It is so relaxing.
  3. Hot or cold compress. You can take a washcloth and place it in water (you can also use a “smell” you enjoy) and either heat it up in the microwave for 15-30 seconds – be sure check that it isn’t too hot — or, place it in cold water and place it over your eyes for five minutes. You can ask a child to read to you, or sing, or tell you a story! This will more than likely make you smile (or laugh) and give you a revigorating few minutes to relax! You can wash your face, this helps invigorate you as well.
  4. Sit down with your legs up. We sit, but either we have our legs folded, or crossed or under a desk with our kids doing school work nearby and when you get up you can be stiff and sore. If you sit with your legs elevated (even if you sit on the floor – where I spent many hours in my homeschool journey!) it works! You will feel refreshed.
  5. Sing! Don’t say you can’t hold a tune, put something uplifting on and sing! You can sing low so the song is louder but it helps. I sing praise and worship music all the time when I feel down and it is so uplifting. I have a song called Joy and it makes me, joyful!

The things that take longer than five minutes that you have to plan for are a long luxurious bath, listening to podcasts – for help and encouragement, hiring or trading with a friend to babysit the kids while you take a much needed break (this doesn’t mean you go grocery shopping! Although going alone does sound like a good idea!

Learn to say no – I didn’t include it in the list above because I wanted to focus on things you could do now, not preventative for the future. Get rid of the things that cause stress in your life – now! Your health and the wellbeing of your family is counting on it!

Life Skills For Kids

Life Skills | With the advance in technology many major, must-know life skills are forgotten. In this episode, we roll up our sleeves and discuss the important life skills you kids must learn. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #lifeskillsMust Know Life Skills – Episode 343

With the advance in technology many major, must-know life skills are forgotten. In this episode, we roll up our sleeves and discuss the important life skills you kids must learn.

With smartphones, there is ready to access information on any imaginable topic – yet our children are at a disadvantage without this handy tool. By life skills, I don’t mean foraging in the forest to hunt and gather, better known as survival skills.

Here is my list and please add to this with your own ideas:

Personal Life Skills


  1. Convictions – Why you believe what you do
  2. Can you articulate your belief to others
  3. Can you defend your beliefs
  4. A hard look at your faith – and your relationship with Jesus


Communication – Verbal and Non-Verbal

    1. The ability to explain what you mean in a few words
    2. To be respectful and allow others to speak
    3. To listen when others talk and answer the question
    4. Cell phone etiquette – and oral communication
    5. The eyes and posture tell what you think

Critical thinking

    1. To realize that we must think for ourselves – but our parents have our best interests at heart!
    2. To realize that everything we read online is not a truth
    3. The ability to make decisions and solve problems
    4. How to resolve a bad decision
    5. Consequence

Control of Self and Opinion

      1. Everyone does not have to agree with you
      2. Everyone who does not agree with you is not wrong
      3. Allow others to have an opinion however know the difference between opinion and fact
      4. Anger management
      5. Stand by your convictions and know that “your own truth” or “he that defines the term wins” is just talk to make you doubt that you can have convictions.
      6. Self-awareness
      7. Empathy for others

Coping with Stress

    1. Daily stress happens how do you handle it?
    2. What are good ways to cope?
    3. What are bad ways to cope?
    4. How can you have less stress in your life?


Practical Life Skills

    1. Cooking, cleaning, hygiene and taking care of yourself.
      1. Make a sandwich or an entire meal.
      2. Do laundry.
      3. Plan a grocery trip and meals – comparing prices
      4. Clothing shopping and sales!
      5. Personal hygiene and why
      6. How to clean a house – a room!
      7. How to change a light bulb or do simple home repairs
      8. Order at a restaurant
    2. Money management
      1. (Allowance or earn money) – Save – Spend – Tithe
      2. Checking or savings accounts
      3. Understanding credit and why it should be avoided
      4. The difference between credit and debit
      5. Planning for the future
      6. Understanding household budgets
      7. Cost of goods – home, car, food, clothing, etc.
    3. Education and Learning
      1. Are you self motivated?
      2. Where do you find your information?
      3. Do you know about primary sources and what this means?
      4. Can you teach yourself? How?
    4. Writing
      1. Communication in the written form
      2. How to address an envelope
      3. How to write a nice email – or what should be in an email.
    5. Directions
      1. Can you follow a GPS
      2. Can you use a map?
      3. Do you know your general directions (N – S- E – W)
    6. Transportation
      1. How do you go from place to place
      2. Do you understand busses, subways, etc. if you are in a big city?
      3. Do you know how to maintain a car?
      4. Change the oil – or the tires?
      1. Insurance
      2. Social security cards
      3. Medication and things that do not mix
      4. Drinking / Driving etc.
      5. What doesn’t go in the microwave
      6. Cars and carbon monoxide





Assignments Kids Love

Assignments Kids Love | Are there really assignments that kids love -- yes! Especially when you allow them to study an area of interest. As a homeschool mom, I loved having proof that my children learned and what better way than through assignments. Testing is truly the easy way out. A child memorizes what is on the test and then proceeds to forget. | #podcast #projects #homeschoolpodcastAssignments Kids Love – 342

Are there really assignments that kids love — yes! Especially when you allow them to study an area of interest. As a homeschool mom, I loved having proof that my children learned and what better way than through assignments. Testing is truly the easy way out. A child memorizes what is on the test and then proceeds to forget.

My daughter has a history professor that uses the following and very effective method of giving assignments.

  1. She assigns a book to read.
  2. She has them write a one page report covering the main ideas.
  3. She has them do a presentation on the book about ten minutes in length and then asks them questions.

In this way they not only have to research, write and then present, but they have to know the information in order to answer questions.

Assignments Kids Love – Ways To Demonstrate Knowledge

  1. Write a report. Use a word processor, use photos and illustrations.
  2. Or you can use a “Lapbook” technique. Use a file folder and cut outs to illustrate each of the points you want to make. This can be stored as a file folder and used for displays.
  3. Create a display using a science fair board.
  4. Use the wonder bubble unit technique. Draw one circle in the middle with a main idea or theme. Ask the children – what is the question or the problem to be solved? You can brainstorm ideas and decide which should make it to the board. After research write the main points on circles tied into the main one. The children can present their board. It can be created on a large piece o

In addition, begin small and work up. You can start with a short book on a topic they would enjoy and then increase it as the subject becomes more complex. For example, you would not give a topic like astronomy because it is too vast – but perhaps, a planet, a space flight like Apollo 11 or an astronaut like Neil Armstrong.

As far as the finished product I talked about the different methods in a previous podcast – Podcast on Homeschool Forms Here

Collections, Reports or Projects:


  • The geological location where the rock is commonly found. (List if there are many)
  • What type of rock is it?
  • Describe this rock.
  • Why do you collect this rock?
  • What makes this rock special?


  • A specific sport and how it is played, a team or a player?
  • Why did you select this topic?
  • What do you want to learn about this topic?
  • What do you want others to know about this topic?
  • Where will you find the information, you want to learn?
  • Do you want to go on a field trip to learn more about this topic?

Acton figures

  • The history behind the collection
  • The story behind the collection
  • Why specific pieces
  • What are you missing/ looking for?
  • Why do you enjoy this collection?


  • About the Author
  • Series name
  • Why do you enjoy these books?
  • Why do you collect these books?
  • Is there a book you are missing in the series?
  • Is this book published in other languages?


  • Geographical location
  • Color, Size, shape description
  • What type of animal once lived in this shell?
  • Why do you collect shells?
  • What shell would you like to find?

Academic Topic:


  • Study the constellations in your geographical location
  • How many can you identify?
  • Are there any planets you can see with the eye?
  • Use binoculars – does this make an improvement?
  • Go on a field trip to a nature center


  • What are the four oceans of the world – name them
  • Do you live near an ocean? Which one?
  • Have you visited the ocean? What did you see – describe.
  • Study the tides of the ocean you are closest too.
  • What type of animals live in the ocean? Make a list.
  • What types of birds live near this body of water?
  • Chemical composition of the ocean and experiments.


  • Type – describe
  • Geographical location
  • Eating habits
  • Does this bird migrate? If yes, map the migration process.
  • What is your favorite bird and why?


  • Type – describe
  • Geographical location
  • What does this insect eat?
  • Is this insect a pest?
  • Why are insects valuable to the ecosystem?

Wonders of the World

  • What is the definition of a “wonder of the world”?
  • What are the classic Seven Wonders of the World?
  • Map out the places on a world map.
  • What do you think is a wonder of the world that is not listed?

Famous Men or Women

  • What makes someone “famous?”
  • Select one famous person you want to know more about.
  • What is notable about this person?
  • Where did they live? Do?
  • Explain why you selected this person and what you want people to know about them.

Notable Authors

  • Select one author – someone you enjoy reading.
  • Describe this author’s background.
  • What books has this author written?
  • Do you have a favorite book? Why?
  • What makes this author’s writings enjoyable?


  • Select one classical music (or another type of music) composer.
  • Describe this composer’s background and history.
  • What is the most famous work this composer is known to write?
  • Was this composer (if classical) famous in their day?
  • What instruments are highlighted in this composers work?

The topic of Choice:

  • Why did you select this topic?
  • What do you want to learn that you don’t already know?
  • Where will you search for information?
  • Have you considered doing interviews?
  • Have you considered going on a field trip tied into this topic?
  • How will you demonstrate your knowledge? Report? Poster? PowerPoint presentation? Oral presentation?
  • What do you want others to know about your findings?




Last Minute Easter Prep

Last Minute Easter Prep | Last minute Easter Prep made easy! If you are hosting an Easter celebration or joining one here are some things to remember to make your time memorable and fun. And, the best part it can be hassle-free and will save money and time. | #podcast #holidayprep #easterLast Minute Easter Prep – Episode 341

Last minute Easter Prep made easy! If you are hosting an Easter celebration or joining one here are some things to remember to make your time memorable and fun. And, the best part it can be hassle-free and will save money and time.

Easter is a time when we rejoice and celebrate and commemorate the Lord’s death and Resurrection. Eggs symbolize new birth and for us, as Christian’s, it is a time of renewal of our faith and rebirth in a sense as well.

SO, how do we translate our faith into a celebration that the children will understand and remember for more than just the candy? We have a celebration!

I’ve hosted many of these and now my younger kids are grown up and sadly can’t join us as they are away in other states in college. While I’m sad for us, I’m happy they can spend it together. However, my “help” has dwindled down and that is why I am big on doing things way ahead. There are always last minute things to do. If you are a guest ask if you can arrive early to help. And be sure to volunteer to help clean up (without being asked!) Unless you know your host really does not want your help.

My secret has been keeping it simple. And, in reusing things from past celebrations and adding on as money or time permitted for crafts. For example, I use cloth napkins that are over ten years old and napkin rings. I also use paper napkins and have those out for use with appetizers, etc.t


Fancy clothes are nice and special but we rarely wear them more than one time and they tend to be more expensive.

  1. Sewing is an option for those talented.
  2. Dress up a simpler dress with jewelry or a pretty sweater.
  3. Order online and return what you don’t like. Saves time and money, often online sources are cheaper than shopping in the stores.
  4. Go to second-hand stores – great bargains for those with patience!
  5. Outlet or discount stores


  1. Create nice posters that commemorate the Lord’s resurrection – the March 2019 planner contains some you can print out that I’ve provided.
  2. Have the children make a paper chain with strips of colored paper in pastels you can hand.
  3. Use wildflowers and create a spring bouquet for the tables.
  4. Colorful tablecloths and napkins


  1. Everyone has a job – be sure they know what it is.
  2. Guests want to help – the ones that don’t you’ll either know or they may surprise you!
  3. Have a floater *typically spouse who can go where needed – on call.

Food – Keep it simple:

  • Casserole or roast – prepare ahead or in a slow cooker (or instant pot!)
  • Ready-made sides  – or prepare and freeze
  • Allow others to bring something
  • Cake or cheesecake, brownies


  • Start way ahead
  • Assign jobs – take out the trash, pick up items from the floor, etc.
  • Keep trash bags and cleaning cloths handy for spills
  • Set up tables or count number of chairs
  • Cups with lids for kids (use disposable insulated coffee cups with lids -insert straws)

Games for Kids – Basket of stuff for little ones –

  • Coloring books and my favorites are nonmessy – coloring markers that don’t make a mess “magic”
  • balloons (helium is a favorite) with weighted toys. – caution – ceiling fans!
  • Paper crafts – airplanes
  • Plain paper and coloring pencils
  • Plastic eggs with pennies or cheap toys
  • Kathleen’s store – trade in eggs for stuff

Older Kids:

Playoffs –

  • Checker game boards
  • Chess boards
  • Card games
  • Outside activates if weather permits

Food – Taken inventory

  1. Make a list – what needs to be done this week?
    1. Food shopping
    2. Make ahead foods
    3. Buy ahead foods and date – when (bread, etc.)
    4. Cleaning
    5. Table settings/ plastic plates?
    6. Kid-friendly activities
  2. What did you plan to make or take that you didn’t do yet?
    1. Do you have time? If not buy prepared.
    2. If so – make it and freeze it ahead.
    3. If you are making it the day of – plan a schedule
  3. Plan your menu with times to cook –what does in when? (Talk about lasagna – cold)
  4. Appetizers – will you have any? If so are they easy to prepare ahead of time?


Church – the most important event is going to worship the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Some churches have a late evening service the night before that goes on for hours – ours does with readings from Genesis through the birth and resurrection of our Lord – basically the salvation history. Others have a sunrise service or services during the morning.

Remember to begin the day with praise and prayer! He is Risen!!


This is a wonderful response  ~

Ha!Ha! Thank you for this! I have already purchased our whole Easter meal this past weekend – two slices of ham steak (just need to be heated) and microwave everything – potatoes – sweet and regular – mac and cheese, and two frozen already made desserts! We will make deviled eggs out of our colored eggs and probably resurrection rolls out of canned crescent rolls 😉 Decided my family will enjoy this just as much because we never have this kind of food. We will be having a big breakfast at church – which my daughter and I are making homemade dishes for -that morning. A long time ago, I would have said: “Oh no  – I can’t cook homemade for other people and then not do it for my family”. But I realize there will be lots more time for homemade for my family during the year when it isn’t a holiday and they will enjoy a happy mama more than the food 🙂 Thanks again! It really is about Jesus and not food!