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Archive for March, 2013

Country Study – Israel


The next country on our list is Israel. We even have a Little Passports to use! YAY!!

I was a little upset at the lack of resources I could find. There are plenty out there if you just want to study the Jewish holidays, though.




Good Night, Israel



This is Israel



Sammy Spider’s First Trip to Israel



Let’s Visit Israel




Welcome to Israel 



Israel the People



Israel ABCs



Israel – First Reports Country Series






Israel – Safari the Globe – 99 cents



Israel: Picture Book (Educational Children's Books Collection) - Level 2 (Planet Collection)

Israel – Picture Book – free for Prime



The Dead Sea Scrolls - A Quick Guide For Students

The Dead Sea Scrolls – 99 cents



Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends

Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends – FREE



Jewish Fairy Tales (Dover Children's Thrift Classics)

Jewish Fairy Tales – 99 cents






Israel mini books – Homeschool Share (scroll down)

Choose a Country Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Country Notebooking – Notebooking Fairy

Country Notebooking – Homeschool Creations

Dead Sea Lapbook – Homeschool Helper Online

Israel Printables – Activity Village

Israel Coloring Page – Crayola

Israel Printables – Scholastic

Jewish Printables –

Jewish Printable Activities and Crafts – DLTK-Kids

Expedition Israel – Amanda Bennett Unit Studies – $8.95





Choose a Country Unit Study – Squidoo

Israel – National Geographic Kids

Israel Lesson Plans – Lesson Planet

Israel – Time for Kids

Akhlah – The Jewish Children’s Learning Network

Israel – Games, Printables, Lesson Plans –

Israel Facts – Country Reports

Israel Info – Info Please

Israel 101 – Stand With Us


Hope you find these resources helpful! 🙂







Sunshine Day Tunic and Clam Diggers – Tutorial

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Well, the name is Sunshine Day BUT the pictures for this were taken on the COLDEST day we have had since moving here!!!!! LOL There was no way I was going to make Cailey stand outside in 40 degrees…..


For some reason this outfit (or maybe just the striped fabric) reminds me of…….



Y’all remember that, right??? LOL I loved watching Brady Bunch reruns after school when I was a kid.



ANYWAY…. Here is the tutorial.



What I used – 

3/4 yard of the stripes (very silky and flowy)

1/4 yard of the gold cotton for the yoke at the top

1 yard of heavier, stretchier cotton for the clam diggers

1″ elastic





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I had this idea… I was going to make the front and back yoke one piece…. with lining….. Yeah… I even cut a muslin (above).

It took me a bit to figure out the problem. LOL

One I realized that I wouldn’t be able to turn it right side out after sewing the lining, I resigned myself to 4 pieces instead of 2.


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So, then I made a pattern piece after much measuring and figuring. LOL




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Pin the lining pieces to the main pieces and sew all around, leaving the bottom open.



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Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.



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Cut the pieces for the bottom of the tunic. I cut the top of it about a 1/4″ wider than the bottom of the yoke.

Make it as long as you like, widening as you go and curving the bottom.



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Pin the bottom of the yoke to the top of the bottom piece, with right sides together. Sew then press your seams.




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Now, pin the front to the back, with right sides together. Sew the shoulder and the sides.


Next, fold up and press 1/2″ on the bottom. Then fold up and press 3/4″. Sew the hem.



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Remove the cat from your work space.



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Grab a pair of your child’s pants to use as a cutting guide for the clam diggers. Turn up the leg bottoms to your desired length.




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If you have a right side/wrong side fabric, you will want to flip the pants guide over to cut the second leg.



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Sew up the inseam from the bottom to the start of the crotch curve.

(If your child is very small, you will want to hem them first.)



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Turn one leg right side out and slide it into the other leg. Pin and sew.



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Now for the elastic casing. Fold over 1/4″ and press. Fold over again by just over 1″, press and sew the casing, making sure to leave a section open to insert the elastic.



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Pin the ends of the elastic and insert into the opening.

Then pull both ends out and secure with zigzag stitches.

Sew the opening closed.



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Fold up and press the bottom of the legs by 1/2″. Fold up and press another 1/2″ and sew the hem!



Turn right side out and press!




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As always, let me know if you have any questions. You can always use the Contact Me button at the top of the page.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!





Bear Unit Study


Our next animal study will be about bears!! They look soooo cute and cuddly, don’t they? LOL

I will never forget the first time Colin saw the taxidermy bears at Bass Pro. He wanted NOTHING to do with them! LOL





Watch Me Grow – Bear



Bears – Usborne Beginners



A Bed for the Winter – DK Readers



Bears: Polar Bears, Black Bears and Grizzly Bears



Bear-ology: Fascinating Bear Facts, Tales and Trivia



The Magic School Bus – Polar Bear Patrol




The Magic School Bus – Sleeps for the Winter



Bear Snores On – (There are a lot more books in this series.)







Bear 5-Pack of eBooks! Learn About Bears While Learning To Read - Bear Photos And Facts Make It Easy! (Over 240+ Photos of Bears)

Bears 5-Pack  – free for Prime members



Bears! Learn About Bears and Enjoy Colorful Pictures - Learning Fun! (50+ Photos of Bears)

Bears – Kids Look and Learn – free for Prime members



Bear Facts & Pictures (Fun Animal Photo Books for Children)

Bear Facts & Pictures – Free for Prime



Bears: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series)

Bears – Our Amazing World Series – FREE for Prime



Amazing Series for Kids: Discover Bear Picture Book

Amazing Series for Kids – Bears – FREE for Prime



Grizzly Bears! Learn About Grizzly Bears and Enjoy Colorful Pictures - Look and Learn! (50+ Photos of Grizzly Bears)

Grizzlies – Kids Look and Learn – FREE for Prime



Bears - The wonderful world of the Bears - Touch Screen for Kids (ANIMALS)

The Wonderful World of Bears – FREE for Prime





Zoobooks – Bears

Zoobooks – Polar Bears

Your Big Backyard – Dec/Jan 2011

National Geographic Kids – April 2012




Bears Unit Study and Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Giant Panda Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Bear Printable Activities and Crafts – DLTK-Kids

Bear Activity Sheets – School Express

Bear Coloring Pages –

Bear Worksheets –

Montessori Printables (animal tracks, animal families) – Montessori for Everyone

All About Bears – Unit Study – Currclick – $6.95

Polar Bears – A Fun Study – Currclick – $1

Bears of North America – Simple Days Unit Study – Currclick – 99 cents







Bear Activities and Facts – Kid Zone (lots of printables here, too)

Polar Bear Animal Study – Squidoo

How to Draw a Grizzly Bear – Art Projects for Kids

Brown Bear Facts  – Nat Geo Kids

Bears – Kids Konnect

The American Bear Association

Learn About Bears – Squidoo

Bear Pictures – Nat Geo

Facts About Bears –

Bear Lesson Plans – Discovery

Bear Theme – Lesson Tutor

List of Bear Movies for Kids – Common Sense Media

Bears – Animal Planet

Planet Earth  and Living Planet are both great series that have several bear parts.

Jeff Corwin watches a bear.



I have to admit, there weren’t as many bear things easily found as I thought there would be. :/ Most of the stuff seems to be geared toward the very young (teddy bears).

If you want to do a specific bear, you could probably find more things.



Coming up tomorrow, a SEWING tutorial!! YAY!! LOL





Another Pattern Remix

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Here is my version of Me Sew Crazy’s Spring Fever Dress! None too soon, the linky party opened yesterday at Project Run & Play!


Here is a picture of the original dress.



Here are some more pictures of MY version!


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The little bunny is my very first attempt at making my own iron-on. I LOVE IT!!! Get ready for some more! LOL



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This was also my first attempt at covering buttons. It was SO much easier than I thought it would be! 😀



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I printed out the pattern in the largest size available and then set to making it a size 8.



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Here are my pattern pieces upped to size 8.  (Please excuse the messy writing!)

I changed the back of the original dress to the front, left off the sleeves, and changed the skirt quite a bit. Instead of having 4 ruffles for the skirt I have one over a regular skirt. 😉 I didn’t mix it up a whole lot but I think I did enough to make it MY way.



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Here are my pieces all pinned and ready to sew!!!


I had thought about using some of the eyelet trim for sleeves but then thought it might be a bit too much…. Still not sure about that. LOL


So, there it is! I hope you like it!!!


In other sewing news, I am STILL waiting on my shipment from Joann’s. GRRRR! Amazon is sooooo much faster! I ordered the owl pellets, Magic School Bus Electricity kit and 2 books a few days AFTER ordering from Joann’s and the Amazon shipment got here days ago! SIGH……




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