Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat Fortune Teller

Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat Fortune Teller

A Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat Fortune Teller (also known as a cutie catcher) was exactly what we needed as we finished "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" for the umpteenth time! It's always bittersweet when we finish one of these wonderful books by J. K. Rowling. She is an expert at drawing you into a story and making you feel as though you are in the characters shoes, so to speak. One of the first nail biting moments of the book is when Harry is to be sorted into one of the Hogwarts Houses and the Sorting Hat is placed on his head. "Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin," he whispers quietly to himself.

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Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy

Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy

We were so thrilled to get our first snow here in East Tennessee! It was white, fluffy, and gloriously cold! So cold in fact that, if out long enough, your face and hands hurt! The children pointed out that when the sun's rays hit it just right; it looked like millions of diamonds covering the ground. Of course the first thing I wanted to do, while the big fluffy flakes fell, was curl up together and read aloud. What better book to read while it's snowing than the Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingells Wilder. When we got to the part where Pa brought in the pans of snow for Laura and her sister Mary to drizzle the maple syrup into, our children were instantly on board with making maple syrup snow candy!

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35 Favorite Read Aloud Books

35 Favorite Read Aloud Books

One of my favorite things in the whole world is snuggling with my children and reading aloud from a great book. We enjoy picture books as well, but there is nothing like a fantastic chapter book or novel read aloud. I've found that our read alouds really deepen our bond and helps us to connect as a family. Plus I get to re-read some of my favorite childhood books.

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Brownies, Books, and Games in the New Year

Brownies, Books, and Games in the New Year

The past year has seen many changes and challenges for our family and our homeschool. We found ourselves uprooted from the hustle and bustle of city life, and planted firmly on my sister's farm in Tennessee. Adjusting to the ebb and flow of this new life has been both overwhelming and wonderful. We've found that the seasons of homeschool, much like our lives, can transition and shift. So, with this New Year and new homeschool season upon us I am focused on being thankful, making more meaningful connections, and making memories with our children. What better way to bond with our kids than with brownies, books and games in the New Year! 

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Kids' Books about Galileo

Kids' Books about Galileo

February 15th is Galileo's birthday, so I decided to search out all of the kids' books and fun resources to aid me in teaching our son about the man that designed the first pendulum clock. Galileo improved the telescope and thus discovered sunspots, tracked the phases of Venus, and puzzled over the rings of Saturn. He also went on to discover the four massive moons of Jupiter! This is definitely a scientist our son wanted to know more about.

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Top 10 Posts of 2016 for Nourishing My Scholar

Top 10 Posts of 2016 for Nourishing My Scholar

As 2016 draws to a close I find myself reflecting on all of our homeschool adventures, rabbit holes of learning and books of inspiration. You, my readers, have with been with us through them all and I thank you. I hope we have brought you some encouragement, resources and laughs this past year. Here are the top 10 posts of 2016 here at Nourishing My Scholar, plus our top 10 photos on Instagram. I hope you enjoy this look back over our year!

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Keeping Your Happy through Winter

Keeping Your Happy through Winter

I just went out and bought all the twinkle lights I could find! No, I'm not stocking up for next year's holiday decorations. I'm preparing myself for the dark cold winter that lies ahead. As moms, we know that with the dreariness of winter's days, the less happy we can become. A certain grey dullness can overshadow the joys of our everyday life. Even our little ones can exude a bit more crankiness this time of year. There are certain triggers, compiled over several weeks, which can bring about the gloom. Yet there are also some proactive choices we can make to help keep our happy even through the winter months.

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Learning about Caves & Caverns at Ruby Falls

Learning about Caves & Caverns at Ruby Falls

If you live in the southeastern region of the United States, then more than likely you've heard of Ruby Falls, Tennessee. This unique underground waterfall and limestone cavern is a favorite destination for many families. We've passed by it for years, but we finally made the stop and visited on our last trip back from Atlanta. Wow, what an amazing experience! We learned tons about the different speleothems or cave formations such as stalactites, and stalagmites, plus so much about cave and cavern formations.

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Christmas Baking and Making Memories

Christmas Baking and Making Memories

Every year I set aside time for the children and I to do some Christmas baking. Sometimes that means that another activity must fall to the wayside. We all enjoy our Christmas cookies far too much to skip this family tradition. It has brought us joy for many years. Not to mention all of the lovely memories we've made. So, when I announced that today was the day for Christmas baking, the children were beyond thrilled. Our daughter even donned her best dress just for the occasion! 

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Swirl Paint Christmas Ornaments

Swirl Paint Christmas Ornaments

Swirl Paint Ornaments, also known as pour paint ornaments, are a fun and easy activity for children during the holidays. We have been wanting to make these awesome ornaments for years, but never seemed to make the time during this chaotic and hectic season. This year, was to be different. This year we created beautiful swirl paint Christmas ornaments, and had a fabulous time in the process.

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Traveling with Kids: Remember to Bring Audio Books & a Big Travel Mug of Patience

Traveling with Kids: Remember to Bring Audio Books & a Big Travel Mug of Patience

The holidays are upon us and I find myself surrounded by the chaos that is holiday travel with children. Our bags are packed for our adventure and excitement is in the air. You know the excitement? The kind that prevents you and your children from sleeping all night long. It is akin to the excitement of Christmas Eve.  

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20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter

20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter

What if your child isn't ready for Harry Potter? What books are similar but for a younger audience? I've scoured the internet looking for great fantasy adventure books, alike to the famous Harry Potter series, yet geared toward children who are NOT yet ready for the intensity that comes along with the Hogwarts life. So, here are 20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter!

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5 Life Lessons We Learned from the Harry Potter Books

5 Life Lessons We Learned from the Harry Potter Books

We are a family of bibliophiles. We love books. We collect books. We never seem to have enough books! Curling up together and reading aloud is one of our favorite activities. Give us quality books that teach life lessons while keeping us engaged and entertained and we're a fan for life. The Harry Potter series will likely go down in history as a quality children's book series that teaches life lessons. Here are 5 of those life lessons we learned from the Harry Potter books.

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Winter Hike with Friends

Winter Hike with Friends

Our son led the way over streams, across logs and over bridges. He was as happy as a lark showing his friends the way up the mountain. The children discovered snail shells, river rocks, mountain trout, mushrooms, and lovely golden leaves every where they turned.

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25 Books Your Child Should Read After Harry Potter

25 Books Your Child Should Read After Harry Potter

Your reluctant reader has finished the Harry Potter series...um...now what? Here they are all glassy eyed and full of wonder from their journey into Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. They are simply unwilling to come back to the muggle world, but instead wish to stay in the realm of fantasy and adventure. Well, I too have found myself in this exact position, and I'm positive I'm not alone. Here are 25 books your child should love reading after Harry Potter!

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Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle

Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle

When a little boy has a love of Harry Potter, you find that he wants everything to have a Harry Potter theme. This spills over into Christmas as well! Last year we created a Harry Potter Christmas Tree and a Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle. His Papa and I helped him with some of the harder to make towers and rolling out of the gingerbread, but the majority of the work was done by our 9 year old son. He was so pleased with the results of his hard work. His Hogwarts Gingerbread Castle was quite epic.

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Winter Solstice Activities & Books

Winter Solstice Activities & Books

The Winter Solstice is upon us! Also known as the shortest day and longest night of the year, the winter solstice usually takes place on December 21st or 22nd every year in the Northern Hemisphere. Many cultures around the world celebrate the solstice by holding festivals, and holidays. These celebrations were created to celebrate the return of light, and the joy of each day growing longer and longer.

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Gift Ideas for Kids who Love SCIENCE

Gift Ideas for Kids who Love SCIENCE

Lets talk kids who love science for a moment. I don't know about you, but our kids love anything science related! We're talking chemistry, engineering, geology, robots, STEM and everything in-between. They will spend hours building, tinkering, and completely absorbed in any experiment. So, if you're like me and frantically searching for science related gifts, then search no more. Check out these fantastic holiday gift ideas for your science loving kids!

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Explore the 5 Senses with the Know Yourself Adventure Series

Explore the 5 Senses with the Know Yourself Adventure Series

I am so excited to share an awesome subscription box that I recently discovered! Do your children love hands on learning that's fun? I know ours sure do. Do your kids love science, technology, engineering, and math aka STEM? What about comic books? Our son thrives on STEM based learning and being a reluctant reader, comic books have been a big hit with him too! How about all of these things I mentioned with a bit of history and geography thrown in? Then allow me to introduce to you the Know Yourself Adventure Series!

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