Birds Book List: Free Printable Friday

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This Week’s Free Printable

If you are helping your kids learn about birds this spring, here’s a printable bird themed book list that you can take with you to the library.

Birds Book List: Free Printable Friday | The Happy Housewife

Stop by and visit my co-hosts, Meet Penny and Blessed Beyond a Doubt, to see what they are sharing today!

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Spring Activities for Fun and Learning

By contributing writer Colleen

Spring is here! This has been the longest winter ever, or so it seems to me.

We’re all a little stir crazy, and I’m trying to get my kids outside as often as possible over the next few weeks. While I don’t want to abandon our homeschool routines completely, I want to get them excited about all the discoveries waiting for them outside.

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It’s really easy to incorporate a little learning into fun spring activities. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

Plant Flowers

There is nothing more spring like than flowers sprouting in your home or yard. Pick up some flower seeds – marigolds, cosmos, calendula, or zinnia – whatever you like. Put some soil in old egg cartons and plant the seeds inside. Watch them grow with your kids. Have them draw their daily observations in a journal. Ask them to measure the sprouts each day, and plan where they should be transplanted once they get big enough.

Then, take the whole operation outside and transplant.

Or grow some Sunflowers and try these easy math activities with them!

Spring Activities for Fun and Learning (Plant Flowers) | The Happy Housewife

Raise Butterflies

Butterflies are my favorite sign of spring, and, despite raising them every year since my 11 year old was two, my kids don’t tire of this springtime tradition. We reuse a butterfly habitat from Insect Lore and order new larvae every year.

This year, we are growing milkweed inside and ordering monarch larvae, and we will be participating in Monarch Watch as citizen scientists. The kids are super excited to tag monarchs themselves.

Spring Activities for Fun and Learning (Raise Butterflies) | The Happy Housewife

Stomp in Puddles

There are not many kids that would turn down an invitation to get their boots on and head outside to go puddle stomping. It’s just one of those things all kids naturally want to do when they see a puddle on the sidewalk or in a parking lot.

Stretch it a little: Trace around one puddle with a piece of sidewalk chalk on a sunny day and stomp in the others. While you stomp with your kids, ask them to predict how long it will take for the circled puddle to shrink perceptibly.

Hypothesize and then observe. It’s science in action.

Go on a Bud Walk

Take to the neighborhood or a nature center and work with your children to notice signs of spring. Compare buds from different trees. What is similar about them? What is different? Are there trees that are flowering already? Are there others that haven’t budded yet?

Spring is a great time to shake off the doldrums that may have taken over your homeschool as winter makes its last stand. Take those kids (and yourself!) outdoors. You’ll all be better for it.

What are some of your ideas for taking your homeschool outside this spring?

You might also like these Spring Science Ideas!

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Twitter Chat: Homeschooling While Working at Home

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Join us each Thursday for a homeschool Twitter chat.

This Week

Topic: Homeschooling while being a work at home mom (WAHM)

Date: 4/24/2014

Time: 3:00-3:30 pm EST

Hashtag: #homeschool

Guest: Ashley Pichea @apichea

You can find downloadable transcripts of all the homeschool twitter chats here.


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Spicy Dry Rub for Chicken


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By contributing writer Andrea Green

Have you ever been asked the question, “What’s for dinner?” and not had the answer? This recipe for homemade spicy dry rub for chicken has saved me from dinnertime panic on many occasions.

This dry rub is made from spices you probably already have in your cupboard and only takes a few minutes to mix up. Once you’ve combined the spices, store your rub in a small mason jar, and you can whip up dinner in a snap!

You can use it on any chicken pieces you have: drumsticks, thighs, or breasts. Skinless or skin on. Boneless or bone in. All you need to do is rub it on. Then choose your preferred cooking method to cook the chicken. I usually broil or grill it.

If you have a family of young kids, you may want to play around with the amount of ground red pepper you include.

Spicy Homemade Spice Rub for Chicken


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until well mixed.
  2. Store closed in a small mason jar until ready to use.

Don’t forget to pin this recipe–it makes excellent homemade Christmas gifts!

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