Courses

Great News if You Want to Become a Published Author

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Do you want to become a published author? Are you looking forward to seeing your books for sale in online places such as Amazon and barnesandnoble.com? Would you like to hold your published books in your hands and share them with others?

Well, I have great news! Self-Publishing 101: Things to Consider Before Publishing Your Book in Print is a course designed to help you reach your publishing dreams! And it is officially available!

self-publishing 101 Course Available

There is A LOT to consider when choosing to self-publish a book! Instead of spending countless hours aimlessly searching for information about self-publishing, this course is designed in an easy-to-follow format to guide you in the right direction.

This course is for anyone interested in publishing a book but has no idea where to begin with the self-publishing process and for authors of any genre interested in learning more about self-publishing a book in print.

If you aren’t sure if self-publishing is the right option for you and your book, you may be interested in the course Choosing the Best Publishing Option for You and Your Book: Traditional Publishing, Hybrid Publsihing, or Self-Publishing?

Choosing the Best Publishing Option

Self-publishing is not the best publishing option for everyone, but if you are interested in pursuing self-publishing, then the course Self-Publishing 101: Things to Consider Before Publishing Your Book in Print may be a great resource to get you headed in the right direction.

You can find more information about the course here. Maybe you will be able to publish your book in 2021!

To your publishing success!

(If you know someone who may like this course, you can gift it to them. Learn how to send a course on Udemy as a gift to someone here.)

Crafts and Projects · Ramblings

Simple Crafts for Kids to Display Gratitude this Thanksgiving

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This year has been quite the year! Need I say more?

I’m sure you have all kinds of thoughts about how this year has not gone as originally planned. Through everything, though, I know I still have a lot to be thankful for. And every morning I thank God for what I do have.

I think Thanksgiving Day serves as a reminder for many to focus on the blessings they have in their lives. So, I figured I’d round up some simple Thanksgiving crafts to do with kids I’ve shared before that show gratitude for what we have.

Thankful Tree

Thankful Tree
Thankful Tree

Each year, my daughters and I create our own thankful tree using a small artificial tree, construction paper, a hole punch, yarn, and writing utensils. We write one item we are thankful for on each of the little tags, which we display on the tree.

You don’t need an actual tree to create a thankful tree, though. You could use construction paper to create your own tree (like the fall leaves one my daughters and I created below).

Fall and winter activities

Thankful Chain

thankful chain
Thankful Chain

Not only are these thankful chains a great way to decorate your house with what you are thankful for, but they can also promote cutting, writing, colors, and pattern making practice for the little ones.

I wrote step-by-step instructions on making a thankful chain in a post published on Hands On As We Grow. You can check it out if you are interested here: Make Your Own Simple Thankful Chain for Thanksgiving.

Thankful Wreath

Thankful Wreath
Thankful Wreath

And another fun fall-inspired decoration. Again, I created step-by-step instructions for this thankful wreath, which was published on Hands On As We Grow. If interested, click here: Kid Made Thankful Wreath to Show Gratitude.

With everything going on this year,

what is (at least) one thing you are thankful for?

Writing Appearances

How to Make Writing Numbers (and Math) Fun

Yes, it is possible to make math worksheets fun. But, kids don’t always want to do worksheets (even if they are fun). Can you blame them?

How to Make Writing Numbers Fun

My most recent post published on Hands On As We Grow is a fun way to teach children how to write numbers. You are welcome to see the directions for these math-related homemade sensory bags here.

How to Make Writing Numbers Fun

If you are looking for more hands-on math fun, make sure to check out the following:

Hands On Math: The Hungry Jar (The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

Math Memorization Fun (The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

Simple Number Car Line Race to Teach Math (Hands On As We Grow)

Crafts and Projects · Ramblings · Writing Appearances

Simple Science Experiments for Kids in the Kitchen

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My daughters and I have done a lot of science experiments together over the years!

Some of them we have only done once. I don’t think I’ll ever soak chicken bones in vinegar again. Not sure if we did something wrong, but that reeked!

Other science experiments have been so much fun (and simple) to do that we have done them multiple times. One such experiment is elephant toothpaste.

You can make your own elephant toothpaste using the step-by-step directions I provided on Hands On As We Grow (here). Make sure to scroll towards the bottom of that post if you’d like to download a PDF that includes the needed supplies and directions.

I also recently wrote an article for The Old Schoolhouse magazine about some more fun science experiments to do in the kitchen.

Make sure to check out “Science in the Kitchen” if you are interested in experimenting with roux, toast, yeast, and baking powder in your own kitchen.

All of the science experiments I shared in that article were adapted from the book The Science Chef: 100 Fun Food Experiments and Recipes for Kids and the course Breadmaking Devotional (found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com).

I also mentioned some additional books that encourage science in the kitchen including a few cookbooks for kids. Here they are for easy reference:

So, learn how to make elephant toothpaste here. And check out some fun science in the kitchen experiments here.

I’d love to hear what your favorite simple science experiment is. Please let me know in the comments below.

For even more simple science experiments, make sure to check out these posts:

Journals

Reading Journals Now Available at Rainbow Resource Center

Reading Journals are now available online through Rainbow Resource Center! Click here to see all of the available options.

Reading Journals Available on Rainbow Resource Center

These large 8.5″ x 11″ softcover reading journals have space to record a total of 100 books.

The interior contents include:

  • Total of 124 pages
  • A page to write the name of the journal owner
  • Personalized Table of Contents – journal owner writes the title of each book on the line next to its number to easily refer back to specific books
  • Letter to the reader explaining each section, what the different numbers of stars mean for rating books, the difference between fiction and nonfiction books with examples, and some ideas to include in the section to write additional thoughts and comments
  • 100 pages to record 100 different books with space to:
    • write the book title, author, and number of pages
    • color in stars for a personalized book rating
    • fill in a circle next to the word fiction or nonfiction
    • write the date started and date ended
    • write any additional thoughts or comments about the book (with your choice of thin ruled lines or wide ruled lines)
  • Pages to record new words and definitions
  • Pages to write the titles of books to read in the future

Check out this post to see pictures of the interior.

What will you read next?