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Erica  Married to a Chiropractor, Electrician & Farmer πŸ’™ 2 Boys & 1 Girl πŸ’ž ACF Pastry Chef on sabbatical 🍰

Part of our homeschool routine are these Patch the Pirate CD's. As a kid I grew up on them and loved them as they encouraged you to use your imagination and create a fantastic world of wonders so when my Dad & Step-mom sent them to me I was ecstatic! πŸ˜€ I'm praying my kids will come to love them as much as I do. We play the Rise & Shine CD in the morning to get everyone up and moving as there faith based songs. During our lunch break I put on The Great American Time Machine while the kids eat which takes us back in time throughout history telling stories like "Sailing into New York Harbour " or "Washington at Valley Forge" a Christian Patriotism theme CD that adds song in as well. It makes them think and create a whole new world with characters such as Patch the Pirate using just their imagination. We switch off with Armadillo Amigos stories where the theme is Love Thy Neighbour and use the Blanket of Stars bedtime songs to calm us down and get us ready for bed. I love that the CD's are faith based, help them learn a bit about our Great Country's history, teach them about loving one another, being kind to one another and causing them to create a world with new characters using just their imagination!πŸ™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ—½ πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ
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#homeschoolresources #homeschoolingmom #homeschooling #patchthepirate #christian #christianblogger #faith #patriotism #unschooling #unschoolinglife #imagination #kidslearning #kids #moralsandvalues #routine #morningroutine #toddlers #children

Last night it started raining bringing with it cooler weather, signs of Fall and my first cup of tea since the Spring. β˜”πŸŒ¬πŸƒπŸ΅ Once Summer hits it's all about Sweet Tea and Starbucks Frappuccinos. 😁 Now that cooler weather is rolling in this Mama has stew in the crockpot for dinner, home-made bread rising and thinking of taking the kids for a walk in the rain as right now their energy is to much for this Mama to handle in a camper. 😬
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What inside activities do you do with your kids when it's raining outside? I need some ideas so help a Mama out. πŸ€”πŸ˜‰
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Looking through my photos and found these gems from September 2015 when my William was 4 years old and my Wyatt just 17 months old. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’™πŸ’™ How times flies. πŸ™ƒ
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#fallisintheair #coolerweather #rainydays #septemberdays #fall #myboys #lovedayslikethese #trees #leaves #teakindaday #goodbyesummer #nature

Labor Day was a day filled with family, fun and a full day of exploring. We decided to explore Ohio's history and visited Fort St. Claire and this fabulous old covered bridge in Eaton, Ohio. We loved having Daddy home for two whole days and all to ourselves! πŸ’ž He even brought out our camp chairs built a fire in 95Β° weather to cook beef bratwursts and s'mores for the whole "camping experience!." πŸ”₯πŸ«πŸ•οΈ Needless to say he was the only one sitting next to that fire. πŸ™„πŸ€£ *
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What did you do for Labor Day? Camp? Family gathering? BBQ? *
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#labordayweekend #laborday2018 #campinglife #eatonohio #fortstclaire #coveredbridges #history #thepast #familytime #unschoolinglife #unschooling #homeschoolingmom #ontheroad #blogger #memorial #tankgirl #tanks #mygirl #allamericangirl

Yesterday we decided to cut school just a tad bit short as it was such a gorgeous day outside. To gorgeous to be inside. β˜€οΈπŸƒ We headed to the playground at our campground to build sand castles only to find this Black Wasp aka Cicada Killer building his own sand castle of sorts. 😱 We had no idea they could do this or even exactly what they were doing so Googled it after this video was taken. We found out the females build homes with chambers in sandy soils for their larvae and then drag home cicadas for their babies to feed on once they've hatched so to speak. This mama wasp finished her home then covered the hole so as to disguise it. This turned out to be such a great learning experience for us all. We even found different types of caterpillars which we googled to find out what type they were and pictures of what they'd turn into. πŸ›πŸ¦‹ Love that my boys took the initiative to search out more bugs and insects to Google as I truly love when they love to learn and encourage it! πŸ’™πŸ’™
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#homeschoolingmom #homeschooling #unschoolinglife #unschooling #nature #bugs #insects #blackwasp #cicadakillers #campinglife #camping #kidslearning #outsidelearning #natureplay #google #richmondindiana

After a rough week of having to move campgrounds due to drama (in all of our on the road travels and campgrounds we've stayed at we've never had an issue until this one...a telling for another time) and truck issues we're finally settled into our new Campground and truck made it into the shop for repairs. We had a bit of an interruption in our schooling due to the move and kids coming down with colds but we're back into the swing of things. Sunday after time with the Lord we went exploring. We took the kids on an adventure through the woods at our current campground as we found a hiking trail which led to a river. We let Daddy lead the way as he's the tallest and would hit any spider webs before we did clearing a path for us. πŸ•·οΈπŸ•ΈπŸ˜‚ That's how we roll in this family! 🀣 We were planning a campfire that evening so boys could roast hot dogs and marshmallows but heat index put temp over a 100Β° plus the mosquitoes were awful so my husband took us out to A&W for hot dogs and root beer floats. 🌭🍺 As we only get 1 family day a week we try and make the most of our time together. πŸ’ž
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What did you do for family time this week? *
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#exploring #nature #hiking #familytime #ontheroadwithkids #ontheroad #homeschoolingmom #homeschooling #unschoolinglife #unschooling #campgrounds #godprovides #faith #givingourselvesgrace #grace #learningexperience

We took our kids to see the new Levi & Catharine Coffin Interpretive Center here in Fountain City, Indiana. It was a great learning experience for us all. Levi & Catharine Coffin were Quakers who believed slavery was wrong and in direct contact with the laws of God. Instead of doing nothing they risked everything and helped 1000 freedom seekers reach Canada, a place of safety. They were so successful that not a single slave that came through failed to reach freedom. πŸ˜±πŸ™ The Coffin house still stands and houses quite a few amazing features that helped housing all the extra guests without others knowing. Definitely a place worth checking out! We expounded on what the kids learned by adding a few lessons to their homeschooling on slavery. *
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Anyone from Indiana have any other suggestions for historical places we should visit before we leave? *
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#leviandcatharinecoffin #slavery #indiana #fountaincityindiana #historicalplace #freedomseekers #history #homeschoolingmom #homeschooling #unschooling #unschoolinglife #mykids #historicalhomes #familytime #lifeontheroad

Yesterday was a day filled with the Lord, fishing and family time. πŸ™πŸŽ£πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦ William ended up catching two fish and reeling them in himself. He's becoming quite the fishermen! πŸ™Œ He's showing Mommy up as I was sitting right near him and didn't catch a single one. πŸ€”πŸ™„πŸ˜‰ I love how my Husband takes the time to explain the different parts of the fish. No fish were harmed or eaten in the making of this video but instead released back into the lake. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„
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#familyfishing #fishing #myboys #daddyandhisboys #fishingvideo #fish #catchandrelease #pondfishing #campinglife #camping #learningatitsfinest #outsidelearning #sundayfunday #familytime #outfishingmama #summerdays

I do a happy dance everytime nap time or bedtime rolls around because it is then I finally get a bit of time to myself to get things done. While this sleeping beauty snuggled in with her "Teddy" which was hand-made by none other than @claraloocreations (who by the way makes the most dreamy animal rugs and animal pillows!! 🐻🦊) Mommy had the chance to organize the kids two cabinets in our camper full of toys (which you can check out in my stories) as well as our 1 cabinet full of books as I needed to find a place for all the kids school books to go. πŸ™Œ The boys were outside playing with friends so I took full advantage of the time I had to organize things. πŸ˜πŸ’ƒ *
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Are you one to get things done during nap times or do you take the time to catch up on some must needed sleep? *
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#claraloo #bearpillows #handmade #kidsdecor #campinglife #campingdecor #lifeontheroad #sleepingbeauty #mamastime #naptime #ontheroadwithkids #lovewatchinghersleep

Day 1 of homeschooling my boys (1St grade & Pre-K) was a great success!! πŸ™Œ I praise the Lord for this as without him it wouldn't have been! πŸ™ One of our daily activities I implemented for my kids are these @soundsations_qld Nature Play Prompt cards. Each day one child gets to pick a card out of the pile and we go on a nature hike to complete the activity listed on the card. Yesterday my son William chose the Mobile Stick card in which they had to collect feathers, leaves or in our case flowers to make the mobile out of. While on our hike they learned the 3 things needed to make things grow.
1. Soil
2. Water πŸ’§
3. Sun β˜€οΈ
They also learned how the roots of a flower hold the plant in the soil and takes in the water. How the stem moves the water from roots to the leaves and how the leaves make the food so the flower buds into what it is and how it holds the seeds for new flowers to grow. 🌻🌾🌷🌱
All in all a great learning experience for them as well as a great way to burn off some energy before resuming studies. πŸ™Œ We actually turned our mobile into more of a flower wand which the kids loved. It only lasted a day but was well worth making just for the enjoyment and learning experience. *
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I'm so glad that I won these Nature Play Prompts @soundsations_qld from @sb_wallick give-away as these are such a great addition not just for our homeschooling but for our camping life as well! I definitely recommend! *
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#soundsations_qld #soundsations #natureplay #naturewalk #natureprompts #homeschoolresources #homeschoolingmom #homeschooling #unschoolinglife #unschooling #lifeontheroad #learningresources

#tbt of my Wyatt at 5 months old. 😍🐻 Finding it hard to believe he starts Pre-K next week. This week has been busy writing down education plans, figuring out curriculum, writing down daily schedules for next week as this Mama is not only homeschooling him for Pre-K but homeschooling his older brother who starts First Grade this year!! 😱 I wonder a lot if I'm up to the task as I've come to realize just because I know it and find it easy it's a lot harder to teach it to someone at the level they need to comprehend and understand. I'm so thankful for the Instagram community of homeschooling moms and teachers that I've come across that have helped and inspired me along the way to keep at it and not beg my husband for us to go home just so I can put them in public school. Sometimes I think of how wonderful it would be to have not one but TWO kids in public school and how peaceful it would be to grocery shop with just ONE toddler in tow. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜œ As I pull my big girl teaching briches on I'd like to thank @forthechildrenco, @elishakemp, @jodimockabee and really so many more for inspiring, helping and sharing what they've learned. They've helped make this homeschooling /unschooling journey just a little easier for me. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜
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#myboy #5monthsold #mylittledaredevil #myson #etowahtennessee #homeschoolingmom #unschoolinglife #unschooling #homeschooling #lifeontheroad #homeschoolingmama #homeschoolresources

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I love their imagination, their creativity when they play. They take me back to my childhood which I love. πŸ’ž
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#mykids #kids #imagination #creativity #playfullearning #playground #newlisbonfamilycamp #indiana #chebellabows #flying #soaring #childhoodmemories #plane

After almost two weeks of being stuck inside a camper due to sickness of one sort or another in all 3 kids plus Hubby falling I'll, we have never been more excited to get outside and have fun in the sun then we were this past week!!!β˜€οΈπŸ–This Mama was jumping for joy when my daughter's @swimzip arrived in the mail 2 days after I won their give-away!!!! πŸ’ƒπŸ’ I was over the moon to have won one of their newest Jet Black Scalloped AMAZING SPF 50 kids swimsuits!!! πŸ™Œ I ordered a size up (3T) in hopes she'll be able to wear it next summer as well. We took it for a test run on the lake and not only did we love it but other Mommy's did as well!! πŸ˜€πŸ‘ We've spent most of this week out on the lake with some amazing friends we made while being in Indiana. πŸ–οΈβ˜€οΈ
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Here's hoping your feet sink into the warm summer sand and feel the waves lapping at your feet before summer is gone. πŸ–
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#swimzip #swimsuit #kidsswimwear #spfswimwear #lakedays #toddlerfashion #girlmom #motherhood #motheranddaughter #toddlersofinstagram #summer #summervibes #2yearsold #mybabygirl

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