Mount Sunapee Homestead

A Homesteading and Homeschooling Adventure

The Complete Homeschool Planning Printable – FREE!

Homeschool Planner Printable - FREE

Hi all! I know it seems like summer vacation just started,  but school season is just six weeks away!  I thought I’d repost this from last year for all those looking for a one-stop homeschooling planner!  Enjoy! ~Brianna The Complete Homeschool Planner – FREE!   I’m super excited to announce that we’re officially kicking off the homeschooling year in two weeks!  Even though we’re doing Pre-K level activities, we’ll still be following a schedule and a curriculum of sorts.  Naturally, I took to Pinterest to find the best of the best for planning advice, homeschooling activities and printables (preferably free!).   I found loads of great resources from fellow homeschooling moms (some of my favorites I’ve listed below), but each printable I found only had certain elements of what I was looking to capture.  For instance, one mom had a killer weekly schedule, but was missing a goaling section.  Another had beautiful goal sheets, but no reading log.  You get the idea!   So, what’s a frugal momma to do?  Easy – make my own!   Using the inspiration from all these great ladies, I pulled together the best of the best in my own format to create: The Complete…
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We’re back and guess what’s coming…

 It’s been a long,  silent spring,  but we’re back!  During our radio silence,  we moved the Homestead (chickens included) and welcomed another future farmer!  But,  it’s time to get back into the swing and welcome the next batch of Homestead critters.  Can you tell what based on this picture?? And,  if anyone wants eggs,  the ladies are laying!!!

Kids Ice Art – A Frozen Science Activity

Kids Ice Art Science Activity

Kids Ice Art – A Frozen Science Activity   Are your kids getting antsy with all this cold weather?  Many families withdraw into a self-imposed hibernation during the winter months, but I say let’s get out and explore.  It’s only this cold once a year! Frozen Science This activity not only gives kids a reason to get outside and explore, but also teaches some basic science concepts such as: freezing melting liquids solids Materials: Pinecones, leaves and/or twigs Water Freezable bowls (I used Styrofoam so I could peel them off after the water froze) Cold weather or a freezer! How to: Bundle up and head outside.  Ask your child to find some objects to bring back inside (e.g. pinecones, leaves, twigs, etc). Have your child arrange his or her object however he/she would like in a bowl or two. Pour water into the bowls to cover the objects. Place outside or in freezer. When frozen, remove the ice blocks from their container and talk with your child about what happened to the water. For easy cleanup, place art outside and allow to melt naturally!

The Spring Homestead Checklist

Spring Homestead Checklist

The Spring Homestead Checklist Some folks may wonder exactly what we homesteaders are doing when the snow is still on the ground to the time the summer sun shines bright overhead.  Well, take a peak at our seasonal chores below.  Of course, fellow homesteaders may have more or less tasks depending on their holdings.   For those looking to start homesteading, check out the Homesteading 101 post for more chores by seasons! Livestock Order any piglets or poults from farmers or feed stores by late winter/early spring. Prepare brooders check heat lamps from last year review poult care check cage wires to keep mice out if brooder will be in garage or barn Pick up chicks/poults, lambs, piglets, etc Assist with livestock birthing (if not ordering) Check any pasture fences to prevent escapes Install electric fences and train livestock to fence Garden Ensure seeds are ordered by late winter/early spring Start seeds indoors according to packaging Purchase any started plants in late spring to transfer to garden Till the garden when ground thaws  Plant cold-loving varieties (e.g. spinach, chards) Begin to harden off seedlings Prune any fruit trees before budding occurs Bees Prepare hives to install any new bee colonies…
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