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Top 10 Posts of 2013

Top 10 Posts of 2013




It’s TIME!!! Time to ring out the old and bring in the new! 😀 Don’t you just love New Year’s?? You can kiss the mistakes of the last year goodbye and welcome a clean slate.

As I’ve said before, I never make resolutions. No way am I setting myself up for failure from the get go. 😉 BUT here are some of the things that I want to do more of in the new year.


SEWING –  It’s been 2 LOOOOONG months since I have sat at my sewing machine. That’s 2 months too long. I have GOT to figure out a way to unpack my sewing stuff in this tiny house!! We are only supposed to be here a few months (until the rental agent finds us a bigger place) but I am going through some heavy withdrawals already!!! LOL


CRAFTING – It has been forever since I made anything. ARGH!!!! I need my creative outlets!! I’ll go starkers!!!


READING –  I used to set myself reading challenges at the beginning of each year. It’s been a couple of years since I have done that. Just not enough time. SIGH…. BUT I am planning a couple of different challenges for 2014. One is the Alphabet Soup Challenge made by Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book.  You can check my page for it out HERE.

The other challenge is to read 100 books. That used to be NOTHING to me. I could read 3 books a week. AHHH, those were the days.

I’ll be keeping up with that challenge over at Goodreads. You can click the Goodreads widget over on the right side. I think it will take you to my books.


Now, on to the Top 10 Posts of 2013!!!



worm unit study

My Worm Unit Study!!!

That was a fun one to make. We actually haven’t done it yet… SHHHH!!! That’ll be one for spring! 😉



My Rocks and Minerals Unit Study! That was a fun one. The kids love anything hands on. I made sure to save everything from our  kits so we can do it again. 😉



Apron skirt 1

Apron Skirt Tutorial I just love old fashioned clothes for kids!! Not all the time but it’s nice to have some pieces. This was such a quick and easy little skirt to make. It can be easily personalized for the little girl in your life.



DinoROAR 1

DinoROAR Tutorial Part 2 – Colin still loves this outfit. It’s holding up well, too! HA! Little boys can be so hard on clothes!!




Marco Polo Unit Study  

Another fun, hands on study. And another one that we have actually put to use. 😉



Plants Unit Study –  Ummm… another one that we will be getting to this spring…. I figure we’ll do plants and worms at the same time.  😉



Simple Machines

Simple Machines Unit Study

This is going to be SO MUCH FUN, when we actually get to it…. (Our next science unit will be weather, which I think is perfect for winter in TN.)




Tee to Short-all 1

Tee to Short-all Refashion Tutorial

This was so much fun to make for my cousin’s little guy.




Aztec, Inca & Maya (DK Eyewitness Books)

Aztecs, Incas and Mayans Study Unit

I think this one was so popular because it’s hard to find great resources for that topic. Not sure why… It’s so interesting! So much fun to learn about!!!



Drum roll, please.


Sharky Stuffed Toy 1

EASY Stuffed Shark Toy Tutorial and Pattern

My very first (and really only) pattern made to share! LOL

Y’know… I never get around to making one for Colin…. Something to add to my to sew list!! Not like it isn’t a mile long already!!


So, there you have it! My top 10 of 2013!!! I hope you’ve enjoyed them all!!! Please, stick around for 2014!!!! And invite some friends!! PLEASE!! LOL





Halloween FUN – Printables, Crafts, Activities and More

Halloween Fun




Here are some resources that would be great for a Halloween unit or just a fun Halloween themed break from the norm. 😉


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Halloween Lapbook  and Notebooking Pages – Homeschool Helper Online

Halloween Printables and Activities – Spoonful

Halloween Printables, Crafts and Activities – Activity Village

Halloween Coloring Pages, Crafts and Lesson Plans – Crayola

Halloween Worksheets –

Halloween Printables and Crafts – DLTK-Kids

Halloween Coloring Pages –

Jack-o-lantern Theme Pack  and Halloween Theme Pack – Gift of Curiosity

Candy Corn Math Pack – Royal Baloo

Halloween Worksheets – School Sparks

Frankenweenie Activity Sheets – Saving Dollars and Sense

Halloween Counting Printables – Over the Big Moon

Halloween Worksheets – abc Teach

Halloween Printable Pack – 2 Teaching Mommies

Halloween Printable Tot Pack – The Intentional Momma

Halloween Activity Pack – Nick Jr.

Halloween Printables and Paper Crafts – Squidoo




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Halloween Activities –

40 Quick Halloween Crafts – The Country Chic Cottage

Halloween Chapter Books – What Do We Do All Day

100 + Halloween Ideas for Kids – My Small Potatoes

Halloween Books for Boys – Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!

Halloween Activities – Apples 4 the Teacher

50 + Halloween Activities for Kids – Growing a Jeweled Rose

Halloween Poems – Squidoo

Halloween Crafts for Kids –

20 + Halloween Crafts – iVillage

Halloween Info for Kids – Smart Stat

Halloween History –

40 Halloween Facts – Random History

The History of Halloween – Social Studies for Kids




Halloween Science Projects – Chemistry

Halloween Chemistry – ACS

Halloween Science Experiments – Kitchen Pantry Scientist

Halloween Science Experiments and Ideas – Science Bob

10 Experiments for Halloween – Babble

Candy Experiments

Halloween Science Experiments – YouTube









Early American Settlers Study Unit




Our next history unit on the list is early American settlers. I will be including resources for Jamestown, Roanoke and Plymouth. I wanted to include St. Augustine but I had a realllllly hard time finding any resources. :/ I guess we will have to use Wikipedia (YILES).

I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to make up notebooking pages for this unit. Fortunately, there are TONS of freebies to be had for Jamestown and Plymouth, not so much for Roanoke. If I have time before we actually DO this study I will make some and add them here. 😉

As always, I include resources for a variety of ages. All books can be found at your local library, on Amazon or Paperback Swap (you should really check out this link).

All printable resources are free unless marked with $$$.



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This is the first in a series on Jamestown. Deanna devoured these books a few years back.










Has a good section about Roanoke.

































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Jamestown Activities and Printables – 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Jamestown Printables – HS Launch

Mayflower Diagram

Coloring Pages – Patriotic Coloring Pages

Jamestown Printables and Activities – Harrington Harmonies

Pilgrim Info and Printables – History on the Net

Early American History Notebooking Pages – Practical Pages

Pilgrim Coloring Pages – USA Printables

Printable Mayflower Craft – Toy Maker

Pilgrim Coloring Pages – Activity Village

Roanoke WorksheetsJamestown Worksheets –   Pilgrim Worksheets –

Jamestown PrintablesPilgrims Printables – Scholastic

Early Colonial Printables – Teacher Vision

Early Colonial Printables – abc Teach

Early Colonial Printables – Student Handouts


From Currclick

Enigmas – The Lost Colony

The Virginia Company in Focus

The Lost Colony Storybook

Jamestown in Focus

The Story of Jamestown Lapbook –   The Story of Jamestown Note Pack – Check with HoaC before purchasing to see the price difference

Jamestown Mini Lapbook

Jamestown Lapbook

Colonial America Unit Study

Pilgrims LapbookPilgrims Note Pack – check with HoaC to check price differences

Pilgrims Unit Study

Pilgrims Mini Unit






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Pocahontas and Captain John Smith craft – Carrot Top X 3

List of Online Books for Early American History – Old Fashioned Education

National Geographic – Beyond the Movie – The New World: Nightmare in Jamestown – Netflix

Mayflower Activities – Den School

Mayflower Compact Activities and Info – Mom’s Mustard Seeds

Early Colonial History Videos and Activities – Have Fun with History

Early American Lessons and Activities  – Squidoo

Online Games and Info –

Pilgrim Unit Ideas and Activities – Refined Metals Academy

Mayflower History

Early American History Lesson Plans

Pilgrim Crafts – Activity Village

Resources for the Dear America books – Scholastic

Early American History Info – Raising Refounders

Jamestown Info – History Is Fun

Early American Lessons and Activities – Mr Donn

Plymouth Web Quest

Colonization Lesson Plan

Pilgrim Activities – Kiddy House

Early Colonial History Activities – Adventures in Mommydom

Jamestown Game – History Globe

Virtual Jamestown

America in 1607 – Nat Geo

Lost Colony of Roanoke Info – How Stuff Works

Lost Colony of Roanoke Info, Activities, Printables –

Lost Colony of Roanoke Lesson Plans –

Jamestown and Plymouth Info – Social Studies for Kids

Jamestown and Plymouth Info – Kids Past

Lost Colony Info – PBS

The Science of Jamestown – PBS



SHEW!!! It took me a long time to put all of this together! So glad to make it to the end!! LOL


We will be exploring the difference in colonies. The difference in WHY and HOW they were established.  We may even try to recreate them somehow… MAYBE…. 😉

Later on I will be making a unit study on Thanksgiving, so I didn’t include any resources in THIS study.


I hope this helps! 😀







Native American Unit Study (with free notebooking pages)

_Native American Unit Study graphic

(graphic – The Graphics Fairy)

The next in line that I’m planning for is Native Americans. We *might* diverge from our path and study this around Thanksgiving. Maybe….

Our study will focus on BEFORE the discovery of America and just after. Later on when we study the westward expansion, we will study more about Native Americans.

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As always, I try to add things for a variety of ages.

All the books should be easily found at your local library, on Amazon or Paperback Swap.

All the printables I list are free unless marked with $$$ (and then they should be CHEAP).

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The pictures are clickable links to Amazon.

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Charles Rivers Editors – Native Americans – a BIG list

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Homeschool Share – Connections – Lapbooks, Units, etc.

DLTK-Kids – Printables and Crafts 

Activity Village – Printables and Crafts

Dynamic 2 Moms – Lapbook and Lapbook

Craft Jr. – Printable Mask

Susan Kae – Printable Native American Homes

Squidoo – Lapbook

Cynce’s Place – Squanto Lapbook

Scholastic – Printables, Lessons, Crafts

Apples 4 the Teacher – Printables, Lessons, Ideas, etc. Homeschooling – Worksheets

Teacher Vision

 First Palette – Printable Crafts

Life’s Little Adventures – Notebooking and more – Printable Crafts

School Express – Activity Sheets

Plimoth – Coloring Pages and Activities

Noah’s Ark Homeschool Academy – Printables and Unit Study – Worksheets

$$$ – Currclick

Native Americans Unit Study Part 1  and   Part 2

Native Americans Unit Study


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Mr Donn – lessons

Crayola – lessons, crafts, ideas

Squidoo – 4 Part Hands on Lesson 

Squidoo – Unit

Squidoo – Unit Study

A to Z Teachers Stuff – Lessons, Crafts

Artists Helping Children – Crafts

Enchanted Learning – Crafts

Teacher’s First – Crafts

Loving 2 Learn – videos 

A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschooling

No Time for Flash Cards – crafts

Adventures in Mommydom – crafts and activities

Busy Bee Kids Crafts

Deep Space Sparkle – Art Lesson Plans

Mr. Nussbaum – interactive map

Native Languages – Info for Kids

Ducksters – Info

Kids Konnect – Info

Social Studies for Kids

Brain Pop

The Crafty Classroom

Discovery Education – lesson plans








Taking Requests

Since I have been posting units WAY ahead of when we will actually use them and since I had a friend request a theme yesterday, I thought that I would put the request out there! Do you have a theme or unit that you would like some help with??? I am ready to help you out to the best of my ability! Need some notebooking pages? I can make them (I’m getting MUCH better, I promise).

So, what do you need??? Just comment or use the Contact Me button and shoot me an email!

I am always more than happy to help someone out in whatever way I can.

Have any homeschooling questions? Ask me! If I don’t know the answer, I’ll try to find it! 😉

Here are some units that I am working on now –

Simple Machines (tomorrow)

Fireflies (day after tomorrow)


Native Americans


I’ve also been thinking about put up a syllabus of sorts for some of the older kids’ courses this year. Both Deanna and Joshua want to take History of Science. Yep, I’ll be making that one up. LOL I’ve already started a list. Mostly we will be focusing on the scientists from different time periods and their contributions.

Joshua wants to do military history, another off one. 😉 I’ll be working on that as well. He has done some military history in the past but….. Well, some of the kids slacked a bit last year. I don’t blame them. It was definitely a crazy year! But that means that they will be carrying some classes over. No biggie.

I am definitely more of a laid back homeschooler.  I am not what you might call an unschooler, but I am fairly close. 😉

I am NOT a lover of text books… My kids do use them to some extent, mostly for math. I like to do research and I like for them to go deeper into subjects than text books usually go. So, that is why I make most of my own stuff. We use a lot of notebooking, sometimes made by me, and lapbooks, sometimes made by me.

So, any requests??? Any questions???



Pirate Unit Study with FREE Printables!

(graphic – The Graphics Fairy)


I am still planning away and I still have TONS to do. I have barely scratched the surface with Joshua and Deanna! YILES!!! Cailey’s is maybe 1/4 done and Colin’s is more than 1/2. With Colin I plan on using Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool for math and reading. For science, history, geography and animal studies, he will be following along with Cailey. 

After I get some more concrete ideas for Joshua and Deanna, I will share them here. Joshua is going into his senior year and Deanna is going into her junior year. My goodness!!! These kids grow up so fast!! MAKE THEM STOP!!!!

Here are the things I have found for a study of pirates. Most things are free and the books can be found at your local library, Amazon or Paperback Swap.

I try to provide resources for a variety of ages. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s not! 😉

For this study I made some notebooking pages. All the graphics used were free. I used to make notebooking pages for the kids all the time but I sort of got away from it for a while.

My FREE  done

MY FREE NOTEBOOKING PAGES –  piratenotebooking2stacysewsandschools     AND    PirateNotebookingPagesStacySewsandSchools (some of the clip art comes from The Graphics Fairy)

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Kindle Books Blog pic done

(some are FREE)




























Pirates books by Charles Rivers Editors – a large list of Kindle books about individual pirates



Printables blog pic done

MY FREE NOTEBOOKING PAGES –  piratenotebooking2stacysewsandschools     AND    PirateNotebookingPagesStacySewsandSchools (some of the clip art comes from The Graphics Fairy)


Pirates connections – Homeschool Share

Pirate Lapbook – Homeschool Creations

Pirate printables and crafts – DLTK-Kids

Pirate coloring pages – First-School

Pirate printables –

Pirate printables – Making Learning Fun

Pirate printables – Busy Bee Kids Printables

Pirate printables –  2 Teaching Mommies

Pirate printables – Fleece Fun

Pirate coloring pages –

Pirate printables – 1+1+1=1

Pirate unit study – The Home School Mom

Pirate coloring pages and crafts – Squidoo

Pirate lapbook and notebooking – Dynamic 2 Moms

Pirate Pre-K Pack – Over the Big Moon

Pirates coloring pages – Fantasy Jr.

Pirate coloring pages, crafts and lesson plans – Crayola

$$$ Pirate Lapbooks and Notepacks – Hands of a Child

$$$ From Currclick:

Pockets of Time – Pirates Past Noon

All Pirates: A Fun Study

Pirates Bundle

History Scribe – Age of Discovery

Pirate Tales



Online Resources blog pic done

(crafts, activities, info, games, fun links etc.)

Ahoy Mates! A Pirate Unit Study – Squidoo

How to make a treasure chest – Squidoo

Pirates Past Noon – Study Guide – Squidoo

A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschooling


Craft Jr.

National Geographic

The Kid’s Window


Lesson Pathways

Busy Bee Kids Crafts

Pirate Timeline


other ideas done

Hobby Lobby and The Dollar Tree often have pirate themed items very cheap!

Treasure Chest Cakes –   one     two   three

Pirate Costume DIY –   one   two   three

Pirate movies for kids –   Kids TV Movies     and     Common Sense Media




Upcoming units –


Simple Machines


And possibly some grammar printables



This was my first time making notebooking pages to share. I used to just make them one at a time… I hope it works out! LOL Let me know if there’s a snag, please! 🙂





Explorers Study Theme



I’m trying to get some posts written and scheduled before the big move! LOL Unit studies are soooo time consuming but I have a notebook where I keep a running list of resources for each theme. 😉

As always, I try to list things for all the different ages.

Most of the books can be easily found at your local library, on Amazon, or Paperback Swap.



BOOKS  (All book covers should be clickable links.)



















































Explorers Unit Study – Homeschool Share

Explorers Printables (minibooks, notebooking, lapbook, etc) – HSLaunch

Explorers Notebooking – Homeschool Helper Online (scroll down)

Explorers Trading Cards – Ginger Snaps

Explorers Printables –

Explorers Worksheets, Lesson Plans, etc – Tab Start

Explorers Theme – EdHelper

Explorers Word Search – Family Education

Explorers – Teacher Vision

Explorers Flash Cards – ProProfs

Explorers Pre K Pack – 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Explorers Printables – Free – Teachers Pay Teachers

Explorers Lapbook – 4 parts – 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Explorers Notebooking Page – Notebooking Fairy

History Scribe – Age of Discovery Notebooking – Currclick  – 99 cents

History Scholar – Age of Discovery – Notebooking – Currclick – 99 cents

Happy Scribes – Age of Discovery Copywork – Currclick – 99 cents

Explorers of the World Lapbook – Hands of a Child – $9






Explorers and Explorations – Social Studies for Kids

Explorers – Cyber Sleuth Kids

Explorers Study Unit – 5 Parts – Squidoo

Explorers A to Z – All About Explorers

Explorers Lesson Plans – Mr Donn

World Explorers – Ducksters

Explorers Activities

Explorers Games and Activities – Wartgames

Explorers Info – Kids OLR



I know this is a very large resource list but I think it’s a great start and I hope it helps! 🙂











Ancient China Unit Study

Well, I ALMOST missed this section of history. LOL We were going to do vikings then Marco Polo (which does include ancient China). NOW we are going to do vikings, ancient China, and  THEN Marco Polo. Makes much more sense that way. LOL

I’m trying to type this all up while waiting for my nail polish to completely dry. Glitter nail polish is evil but it’s also pretty… LOL




You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Great Wall of China




You Wouldn’t Want to Be in the Forbidden City




We still need to get that one.

DK Eyewitness Ancient China




The Great Wall of China



Ms Frizzle’s Adventures – Imperial China



Time Warp Trio – You Can’t, But Genghis Khan

Still need this one, too!




Magic Tree House – Day of the Dragon King




The Value of Honesty – Confucius




Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself

And I REALLLLLY want to get that one! LOL Hoping the library here has it!






If I Were a Kid in Ancient China –  $2.99



The Monkey King – FREE



Strange Stories from Ancient China – $2.99 (FREE for Prime members)






Ancient China Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Ancient Civilizations – Dynamic 2 Moms (scroll down for China)

Ancient China Lapbook – Hands of a Child – $7 (sale)

Ancient China: A Homeschool Study Unit – Squidoo

Ancient China – crafts, games, printables –  Activity Village

China Coloring Pages –

Ancient China worksheets, notebooking, etc. – abcteach

Ancient China, Japan and India Notebooking Pages – Currclick – $3.95

Ancient China Notebook Pages – Currclick – 50 cents

Ancient China Unit Study – Currclick – $3.50

History Scribe – Ancient China – Currclick – 96 cents






Ancient China – Cyber Sleuth Kids

Ancient China Unit Study – Easy Fun School

Ancient China Unit Study – New 2 Homeschooling

China’s Crouching Dragon Craft – Crayola

China – A to Z Kids Stuff

China Resources – The Homeschool Mom

History of China –

Ancient China For Kids –

History of China – neoK12

History of China and Its People – Kid Info



Ancient Chinese Inventions




Engineering an Empire – 1 of 3




Time Warp Trio – You Can’t, but Genghis Khan Part 1





Marco Polo Unit Study


Our next history unit study is on Marco Polo! Here is a list of resources, some free and some low cost. 😉




Who Was Marco Polo?

Who Was Marco Polo?



Animals Marco Polo Saw (Explorer Series)

Animals Marco Polo Saw



The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History

The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History



Looking for Marco Polo

Looking for Marco Polo



Marco? Polo! #16 (Time Warp Trio)

Marco? Polo! Time Warp Trio



Marco Polo for Kids: His Marvelous Journey to China, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Marco Polo for Kids



The Usborne Book of Explorers from Columbus to Armstrong (Famous Lives)

The Usborne Book of Explorers



DK Illustrated Book of Great Adventures: Tales of Real-Life Adventurers Throughout History

DK Illustrated Book of Great Adventures 



Explorer book cover

DK Eye Wonder Explorers (read for free on We Give Books)





School Express Marco Polo Activity Sheets

Explorer Unit  – Homeschool Share

Marco Polo Activity Book

To The Orient and Back with Marco Polo Unit Study – Currclick – $3.50

Marco Polo Lapbook – Hands of a Child – $6

At Your Seat Study – Explorers Marco Polo – Currclick – There looks to be 6 in this series for Marco Polo. $1 each






Marco Polo and Leif Erikson Lesson Plans – Squidoo

Silk and the Silk Route Lesson Plans – Learning Through History

In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

Explorers Part 2 – Living Life Intentionally

Let’s Study Explorers – Marco Polo – Lesson Tutor

Marco Polo – Ducksters

Marco Polo Interactive Map – Eduplace

The Adventures of Marco Polo Photo Gallery – National Geographic

Marco Polo Timeline

Marco Polo – Cyber Sleuth Kids

The Marco Polo Odyssey – National Geographic

Marco Polo Lesson Plans, Games and Powerpoints –




Viking Study Theme

Viking Norseman Mascot Stabbing with Sword and Shield Image Stock Photo - 10780334



Our next history unit will be VIKINGS!!! Fun!!
Here is a list of resources that I have come up with.




Viking (DK Eyewitness Books)

DK Eyewitness Viking

Leif the Lucky

Leif the Lucky



Viking It and Liking It (The Time Warp Trio Book 12)


Viking It and Liking It – Time Warp Trio 




Vicious Vikings (Horrible Histories TV Tie in)

Vicious Vikings – Horrible Histories



Viking Ships At Sunrise (Magic Tree House, No. 15)

Viking Ships at Sunrise – Magic Tree House 



Who Were the Vikings? (Usborne Starting Point History)

Who Were the Vikings?



Eye Wonder: Viking

DK Eye Wonder Viking – read for free at We Give Books




Viking Lapbook – Dynamic 2 Moms

Viking Coloring Pages –

Viking Crafts and Coloring Pages – DLTK-Kids

Early Explorers Pre K Pack – Living Life Intentionally

Viking Notebooking Pages – Homeschool Helper Online (you have to scroll down a bit)

Viking Notebooking – Twinkl (free sign up)

Viking Multi-book Theme Unit – Homeschool Share

The Vikings Project Pack – In The Hands of a Child



Online Resources

History of Vikings for Kids – Squidoo Lens

Learn About Viking Longships – Squidoo Lens

Viking Unit Study – Just Mommies

Viking Craft and Lesson Plan – Crayola

A to Z Hands on History Day 5 – Adventures in Mommydom

Horrible Histories: Literally – The Viking Song – YouTube (older kids)

Norwegian Viking Music – YouTube

Viking It and Liking It – Time Warp Trio – Part 1 – YouTube (also found on Discovery Streaming)

How to Draw a Viking Ship

NOVA – Vikings (lots of hands on)




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