Saturday, February 21, 2015

Life Skills: Lessons in Couponing

     Money, money, money! That's the math topic my younger children are reviewing this month. They long ago learned all the money basics so we started the block with a brief review of those skills. They ran through the review section of Math Mammoth U.S. Money and practiced calculations with a few of the free money worksheets from But nothing drives a lesson home like a real life lesson

   I wanted them to have some real life lessons to go along with our unit so I created a section on couponing. Couponing allows for lots of discussions and practice with math calculations and money. They will learn to identify and compare prices of items, determine the amount of savings when using coupons, calculate the percentage saved on the cost of an item from using a coupon, how to calculate the total cost of a shopping trip with coupons, and so forth.

   Because we are a family that loves to use interactive notebooks, I created a short interactive notebook for our unit. There are a total of 8 pages in the notebook. Included are foldables on couponing as well as math activities and writing prompts.

   I am offering this file for FREE and you may download a copy of our Lessons in Couponing, here

Peace and blessings,

Thursday, February 5, 2015

12 Months of Homesteading: Working With Yarn

     It's February, and this month we will be focusing on being creative with yarn! My daughters long ago developed a fondness to yarn. They all have different preferences as to which techniques they prefer, but they enjoy their creations just the same.

     There are so many different things that you can create using yarn. As urban homesteaders, we have learned to make many household items, such as dishcloths, Swiffer mop covers, pot holders, and coasters. But children don't just want to learn a skill for it's practicality, they want to learn things that they feel they can enjoy and have fun with as well. Things to wear are always a hit with children.

     If you have never picked up a piece of yarn, it is not to late. Working with yarn can be one of the most peaceful past time projects you could ever learn. Join us this month as we explore the various techniques of arm knitting and crocheting.  Arm knitting, loom knitting, knitting, and crocheting. We will learn the various tools used and even learn some advanced techniques. Our first project will be a loom knitting project, so here is a list of supplies you will need for this month, and a quick video intro to loom knitting.


  • yarn
  • crochet hooks
  • knitting looms
  • knitting needles
 How to use a knitting loom:


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