5 free educational sites with printables for young children

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Yesterday I posted five of my favorite educational websites for young kids.  Below I have listed 5 of my favorite educational sites that you can print worksheets or activities for your children/grandchildren.  Although my kidds are older now, I remember the days when I was at home, ill, with kids under my feet and struggling……….A LOT……………to keep them entertained and occupied.  May those who need this find the same success.

 

http://www.kidzone.ws/

 

https://www.abcteach.com/

 

/www.education.com/worksheets/

 

http://www.dltk-kids.com/

 

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html – not everything here is free but I loved using this site.

 

Until next time………….You my dear, are a superhero!

Five of my top free educational sites for young kids

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After my chronic illnesses kicked it into high gear right after my youngest turned a year old, I quickly started searching for how I was going to keep my kiddos busy,  maybe learn something, and have fun.

I remember those days with young ones under my feet while I was so ill, stressed out, and not sure what was going on with me, with each day bringing on new physical challenges.    One of the ways I kept my kids entertained for a while each day was with computer time……….

Here is a list of 5 of my favorite educational sites for young kids.

Happy exploring…………..

 

http://www.starfall.com/

 

http://pbskids.org/

 

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

https://www.brainpop.com/free-stuff/

 

http://www.nickjr.com/games/

 

Until next time……………you are a super hero even if your cape looks more like a child’s blanket!

‘health food’ find of the week – $0.94

I have found trying to eat healthy and feeding a family on a budget to be quite challenging.    Although some would not consider this health food, I thought it was a great deal and if you are going to eat corn chips, this is a great choice.

This is Great Value (Wal-Mart’s store brand) organic, blue corn tortilla chips made with only three ingredients…….ground organic blue corn, organic sunflower oil, and sea salt and they are naturally gluten free.  One 8oz. bag is only 94 cents!  I thought this was a HUGE deal and hope you do too!

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list of free (and $1.00) summer activities for kids

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It is hard to believe, but summer is just around the corner and with the warmer months brings more time with the kiddos.  It can get very expensive trying to find ways to entertain children/grandchildren/nieces/newphews without losing your mind or physically exhausting yourself.    Below is a list of free activities your kids can participate in and some require minimal outings on your part.

These activities may not be available in all locations.

 

Free summer reading program for kids grades 1-6

https://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/pdf/2018/summer-reading/bn-summer-reading-journal.pdf?x=y

 

Free summer reading program for kids to 14 years old

https://www.halfpricebooks.com/fyb/pdfs/FYBReadingLog.pdf

 

Kids to 14 years old can bowl 2 games/day free all summer.

https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/

 

Regal movie theaters are offering $1.00 movie tickets through the summer two days/week.  One of the movies is Max and is something that is not a predominately a kids movie so adults may enjoy it too!

https://www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express

 

Free movie/game rentals in JUNE for each A on a child’s report card at Family Video

https://www.familyvideo.com/community-involvement/

 

Every 4th grade student and their family gets a free National Parks pass to be used as much as wanted by August 31, 2018

https://www.everykidinapark.gov/game/adventure/start

 

Free family summer camps

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/family-summer-camp

 

Free camp at apple store ages 8-12

https://www.apple.com/retail/camp/notify.html

 

Free workshops for kids ages 5-12

https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#change_store

 

Free month Lego mini-build ages 6-14

https://shop.lego.com/en-US/minibuild-registration

 

While your at it, sign your kiddos up for a free lego magazine

https://www.lego.com/en-us/life/magazine

 

Free fishing – nationwide schedule

https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/free-fishing-days-2018/

 

Free classes for kids

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/events-for-students

 

Free summer audiobook program for kids 13+

http://audiobooksync.com/

 

Another book program for kids

http://www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

 

Pottery Barn kids book club

https://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html

 

Free tokens from Chuck E Cheese for completely logs such as reading

https://www.chuckecheese.com/deals-offers/rewards-calendars

 

If you live in the Boston area, here is what I found for free

https://bostonlivingonthecheap.com/always-free-cheap/free-museum-days/

 

If you live in the Chicago area here is a link to free days at their museums

http://www.chicagoparent.com/learn/museums/museum-free-days/

 

If you live in the Houston area, here is a link to free dates/time for free museum entry

http://houmuse.org/free-admission-times/

 

If you live in the Indianapolis area, here is a link to free and discounted museums

https://indywithkids.com/free-indiana-museum-days-2017/

 

If you live in the NYC area, here is a link to free or pass as you wish museums

https://www.nyc-arts.org/collections/35/free-museum-days-or-pay-what-you-wish

 

If you live in Oregon, below is a link to free admissions

http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/12/get_free_admission_to_12_orego.html

 

If you are in southern California, below is a link to free museums

http://www.socalmuseums.org/free/

 

In the St. Louis area, here is a link to free admissions

http://www.familyattractionscard.com/single-post/2015/04/07/15-Free-Things-to-Do-in-St-Louis

 

If you are in the Washington DC area, here is a link to free activities and museums

https://freetoursbyfoot.com/free-things-to-do-in-dc/

 

Don’t forget that many libraries nationwide have free summer reading programs!  This has always been a favorite of my kids.

Free summer lunches, and in some places breakfasts, are available nationwide for kids through 18 years of age.  These are available in select public schools and parks.  Below is a link but you may have better information googling your state and free summer lunch program.

https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

 

Until next time…………………..YOU are a superhero!

The ‘Inside My Head’ tag……my responses

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I received this tag by the very helpful, kind, happy and positive blogger Ana from  momlifewithchiari .  She writes about what it is like to raise a family of 8 while living with a difficult chronic illness of Chiari……….something I share with Ana.  She blogs about home, life, faith, crafts and kids.  Please take a moment to check her out and you will be as inspired as I am with her life.

 

Rules:

° Thank & tag the person that has tagged you

° Attach the tag photo

° Answer the ‘This or That’ questions

° Tag 10-20 friends

 

Here we go:  a little about me……………..

° How do you feel at the moment?

At this very moment I am thankful that I have a loving family, a roof over my head, clothes to wear, food to eat, and transportation.  So many people in this world do not have such luxuries.

 

° What do you need more in my life?

I need more health in every inch of my body and I would appreciate a little more calm too.

 

° What would make you happy right now?

A venti unsweetened, green iced tea from Starbucks……….and world peace.

 

° What is going on in your life right now?

I am working hard to assist and encourage my kiddos in wrapping up this school year and planning for next school year has already begun.

Praying for my husband’s side business of doing voice work.

Working hard everyday at being as healthy as I can, despite my situation.

 

° What am I most grateful for? List 10 things.

  1.  God –  who else could possibly handle the constant chatting, asking, begging, crying and thanking I do during the day………and night.
  2.   My Husband – He is my rock.  I am so blessed.
  3.   My kids – I hit the jackpot.
  4.   My sister – always has an uplifting text to send me or comment to say
  5.   My friends – there may not be tons of them but the ones – have stuck with me.
  6.   My dog – she is happy to be with me whether I am lying in bed or taking her for a walk.
  7.   This blog – it has given me confidence that I didn’t know exsisted and you fellow bloggers just rock!
  8.   My chickens – they can make me smile just by watching their funny antics.
  9.   I can see to read – this is how I have learned so many amazing things.
  10.   I can walk – I never want to take this for granted.

 

° When did you experience joy this week? 

Listening to my girls practicing for a musical they are in next month.

 

° List a small victory/success?

I did some yard work yesterday.  Yep, raked leaves……….two seasons late, but I did it!

 

° What is bothering me & Why?

I can’t seem to get a handle on slowing down the progression of some of my illnesses…………I believe that it can be done, I just haven’t discovered it YET!

 

° What are my priorities at the moment?

My kids education, my husband’s new adventure, my families health, my health and researching ways to heal.

 

° What do I love about myself?

I am a compassionate person,  my heart aches for people who are hurting.

I appreciate the small things in life.

I like to laugh, despite the pain it causes my head.

I like those around me to feel happiness too.

 

° Who means the world to me & why?

My family.  I can’t imagine life without them.

 

° If I could share one message with the world, what would it be?

Be nice………..you have NO IDEA what other people are going through.

Be generous……….there are SO many needs in this world.

 

° What advice would I give my younger self? 

Be kind to yourself, life goes by so fast.  Eat lots of vegetables and fruit, drink water, exercise, save money and laugh a lot.

 

° What lesson did I learn this week? 

Life goes on…………

 

° If I had all the time in the world, what would I do first?

I would learn to speak Cherokee.

 

° What’s draining my energy?

Waking every day ill………..some days are tougher than others.

 

° What does my ideal morning look like?

Ideal…..so I am going to dream here…..I wake at 8 am, go for a 5 mile hike through the mountains behind my house with my family and our dog.  Walk through the door and have the energy to make a nutritious breakfast including a detox smoothie for everyone and and then we all sit down and enjoy  listening to each other read from a classic novel.

So……in order for this to happen, first step would be to move to the mountains and oh yeah……..and get healthy!

 

° What does my ideal day look like?

Well, since we are speaking ideal here………….I begin where the last response left off.  After reading for the rest of the morning we would prepare a healthy lunch, all go off to  work our jobs of choice, in which we all find enjoyable and fulfilling and then meet up for dinner around 6:30 pm.  Enjoy a healthy meal and bask in the fact that since this is ideal we are all free from pain and ailments.  After dinner everyone participates in their activities of choice.

   

What makes me come alive?

laughter, a windy day, a forest, rolling hills, a sunset, walking on the beach, trees in autumn, an apple orchard, a huge farmers’ market, my families voices

 

° What/Who inspires me the most?

Mr. Fred Rogers……….a man who had a gift from God to be able to make everyone feel special.  He left an impression on everyone he met because he was genuinely interested in what people had to say and who they were.  He saw value in every human life………..now that is someone I aspire to be like.

 

° Where does my pain originate?

Great question……………….so many places, so many illnesses………..could be anywhere and everywhere.

 

° What are my strengths?

I haven’t given up on my dream of healing.

I work hard to see joy in the small things of life.

I enjoy encouraging others in their walk through life’s journey.

I like to smile.

I am good at letting material possessions go.

 

° What is something I’ve always wanted but too scared to get?

A tattoo……………not sure of what but something I have always been afraid to do.

 

° What is something I would love to learn?

Fencing or belly dancing……….they both sound super fun.

 

° Where would I want to live my ideal life?

A cabin in the woods,  a chateau in the mountains, a bungalow on the beach.  Anything small and easy to take care of with beautiful scenery and amazing places to walk.

 

Where would you like to travel in the next 5 years?

I would love to take a road trip across the country, so much of the country I haven’t seen yet.

Belize, Italy, Greece, India………..I would love to see these countries.

 

° What can I do to take better care of myself?

I am going to go grain free and see if this helps me heal.

 

° What hobbies would I like to try?

Race car driving………

 

° When have I done something that I thought I couldn’t do?

Raising my kids while all of us are chronically ill.

 

° At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be?

That other peoples lives were enriched because I was part of it.

 

My nominees: 

Here are my 10 nominees………..I hope you guys are cool with being nominated, if not, that is o.k. too……..just pretend you didn’t get my link!

rawthoughtshealing

lawrenceilloc

chronicpainwithahigherperspective

fightmsdaily

livingfaithfullywithautoimmunedisease

artwithchronicdiseaseandmentalillness

dinosaursdonkeysandms

reclaiminghope

MSichChronicles

Yarn,books&roses

 

Book giveaway!

I would like to thank my current followers with a book giveaway!   Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by,  read, comment, or just check out what I have posted, I appreciate it beyond words.

You will be able to choose from one of the two books that was listed in my last post about care packages .

All I need from you is to leave a comment that you are interested in a book  by May 6th, 2018 at midnight EST.  All names will then be put into a bowl on May 7th and a name will be picked by one of my kiddos. I will contact you directly regarding your win.  If I do not hear back from winner within three days, another winner will be chosen using the same process as above.

Your chosen book will be wrapped in brown paper and sent via USPS media mail to your address.  I am so sorry, but this is for US residences only as the shipping becomes way to expensive once it leaves the US.  Once the package leaves my post office I can not guarantee its safe arrival.  Thank you for understanding the guidelines.

May the 4th be with YOU!

 

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

Who doesn’t love a care package?

In an earlier post I put together a sickness package that I wish I would have had when I and several of my family members came down with the dreaded, can’t-get-out-of-bed-for-a-week flu.  This got me thinking about just how wonderful care packages are and how much I would like to have one brought to me.  Who doesn’t love knowing that she is being thought of in such a kind way?

Letting someone with CI know you care is extra special.  Since CIs are rarely cured, we endure being ill for the duration, or, in really simple terms, forever.  In today’s world people tend to get bored and lose interest in people who never get well.  So anything you do for someone with a CI such as a card, a gift, a homemade meal, groceries, a text, or an email to let the person know you are thinking about him/her is always appreciated.

So, what if you don’t have anyone who would think to give you a pick-me-up gift?  I know this sounds a little different but, what if you purchased a care package for yourself, to keep on hand to bring out when you are having one of those horrible, terrible, no good days? O.K.,  maybe it wouldn’t be as cool if you bought if for yourself, but what is wrong with giving yourself a gift?  Absolutely NOTHING!

So, I made another trip to The Dollar Tree and put together items that I would enjoy receiving, and have listed what was purchased with a picture of the items below.  Although some of the prices may be cheaper at another store, I regularly use The Dollar Tree as I know exactly how much I am going to have to pay.  If you have ten dollars, you know you can purchase nine items.  Simple.  Plus, Dollar Tree stores are much smaller than the big box stores, making them physically easier for me to shop.

My care package includes:

Two books:  Books can be a difficult gift to choose for someone else, especially when you have such a limited choice as you do at a dollar store.  It does help if you know if they enjoy fiction or nonfiction.  I prefer nonfiction which was in an even less supply that day but I was able to find two that seemed interesting, hiding in the very back of the top shelf,  Masters of Wisdom by Edward Abdill and Apha Better Juice by Roy Blount, Jr.

Note cards –   I like to send cards to others who are having a difficult time to let them know I am thinking about them, (who doesn’t love getting real mail), or to send a thank to someone who has been helpful or kind.  Lying in bed gives me plenty of time to write out some personal notes in a card.

Stamps –  This was obviously not from the Dollar Store but if you are going to include cards, stamps are a must.  This is an extra special blessing to a person who is unable to get out of the house regularly.

Journal – I think that journaling is super important as there are many benefits to writing down your feelings, thoughts, and emotions when dealing with tough situations.  A journal could also be used as a gratitude or meditation journal, exercise or health log to keep track of your food, water, supplement and medication intake and symptom list.

Pens – A must with a journal and these pens have a comfort grip.

A snack –  Since I eat gluten free I included veggie straws, a decent tasting gluten free snack.  Make sure you check the person’s food allergies or preferences before purchasing food for a care package.

A drink –  A bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling apple juice made in the U.S.  This drink tastes amazing but it is a horrible deal at the dollar store.  It is much cheaper per ounce at Walmart and Meijer.  Because I don’t consume sugar or artificial sweeteners,there were few choices of drink at Dollar Tree.

Box of tissues –  I could have purchased a box with more sheets but instead I chose a box with a pretty picture on it.  Who doesn’t need a little more beauty in her life?

Lip balm –  I thought this was a great deal, all natural ingredients and made in the US.

Finally, I placed all the items in a small trash basket.  There were so many choices, colorful plastic containers, beautifully colored reusable bags, and mixing bowls.  Instead I picked the small white trash can because I figured most people need a small trash can by their beds (I do!) and if they have one, a new one would be a blessing to put somewhere else they spend a lot of time.

Until next time…………YOU are a superhero and superheros deserve a gift now and then!

 

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