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Dairy Free Milk Alternative Perfect for Milkshakes

Silk Cashew Milk is a Dairy free and Non-GMO milk alternative. We are a family with allergies. We aren't lactose intolerant (though my son tells everyone he is), but we are allergic to MILK. Rather than going dairy free, I often drink it anyway. I like it in my cereal. I like ice cream. I like yogurt. I would be content to live on dairy alone. I suffer or take an allergy pill. My son isn't so lucky. His allergic reactions require him to live completely dairy free. We have experimented with many dairy free milks including soy (we are allergic) and almond. We've never like the unsweetened versions... until now.

Silk Cashew Milk is a Dairy free and Non-GMO milk alternative.
Silk Cashew Milk is a Dairy free and Non-GMO milk alternative. 


When the box arrived at our doorstep, we were surprised to see both sweetened and unsweetened. We ran into the kitchen and tore open the sweetened Silk Cashew Milk.

The Mommy: "Mmm, that's pretty good! I don't know if I'd want it on my cereal though. It'd make it take like cashews."

The Brother: "It's different. I like cashews. I like Silk Almond Milk better, but this is okay."

The Sister: "I'm not trying it!"

The Brother: "It's good!"

The Mommy: "Try just a little sip."

The Sister: "There. I don't like it. See?"


Then, we got busy. We didn't eat cereal or drink milk for a few days.


The Mommy: "We need to try the Unsweetened Silk Cashew Milk."

The Sister: "Go right ahead, I'm not drinking it."

The Brother: "Sure, I'll try it."

The Mommy: "Wow! I like this better than the Sweetened Silk Milk!"

The Brother: "It is better! It still has a cashew-y after taste though. Hey, do we still have those cashews?"

The Sister: "I will never try it."

The Mommy: "This tastes more like real milk. It is creamy like milk. I would like this on my cereal. Yes, we still have cashews."

The Brother: "Yay! I love cashews."


So, you can see, everyone has a differing opinion. You should try it and decide for yourself. I have a little disclaimer. I'm struggling with some medical issues. This past year, I have acquired many food allergies that never existed in the past. I liked the Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk so much that, against my instincts, I had two cups. Shortly after, I began sneezing, coughing, and tightening in the chest. This is similar to my milk allergy reaction. I don't seem to have a problem with Silk Almond Milk. I put a little on my cereal a few times per week. I would be concerned for anyone with a nut-allergy. Do I have one? The verdict is out, I will be tested next month. Pretty much I am allergic to everything. I just want to share my true experience with you. Surely, if you have a nut-allergy, you wouldn't attempt to drink a milk made from nuts.

On a more positive note, I would LOVE to have a milkshake made with this milk. Some homemade Silk Cashew Milk ice cream, chocolate syrup, cashews... and for me, maybe a Benadryl on the side.

Over at Kitchen Treaty, I found a recipe for this amazing vegan dairy free cashew milkshake. The recipe doesn't call for Silk Cashew Milk, but it would make it so much better! I'm not a health nut; I'd add some chocolate syrup too.


Dairy Free Vegan Cashew Milkshake Recipe
Dairy Free Cashew Milkshake at Kitchen Treaty.

I like this milk because it is dairy-free, non-gmo, no high fructose corn syrup, all those good things that make drinking it even more worth a little sneezing.

This is a great milk replacement option for vegans. It has twice the calcium as regular milk.

For those who like the facts:

25 calories per serving

Creamier than skim milk with fewer calories

Made with the special creaminess of cashews

0g saturated fat and cholesterol

50% more calcium than dairy milk2

Free of dairy, soy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg and MSG

Verified by the Non-GMO Project's product verification program

No artificial colors, flavors or funny business


So, what are you waiting for? Try it. You might like it- especially if you like cashews!

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Designer Christmas Cards with Christmas Trees

Designer Christmas Tree Cards

What's our favorite holiday? Okay, you got me. It is Halloween! But, Christmas is a very close second. I prefer presents to candy. There is nothing more peaceful and pleasant than sitting by a fire with only the glow of the Christmas Tree to light the room. We stumbled upon these designer Christmas cards and found a bunch decorated with beautiful Christmas trees in snow. You can find even more Christmas Tree card designs at Minted.com.
Designer Christmas Cards with Christmas Trees
Designer Christmas Card: Bringing home the Christmas Tree.

Christmas Tree Card Made from Lyrics.
We wish you a Merry Christmas (We do!) Christmas Card.

Christmas Tree in Snow Christmas Card.
Christmas Tree in Snow Christmas Card: Let it Snow!

Cute gift tags for Christmas.
Cute gift tags for Christmas.

Personalized Traditional Christmas Cards.

Nostalgic Christmas cards.
Simple graphic, nostalgic Christmas cards.

Designer Photo Holiday Cards.
Designer Photo Holiday Cards.

May the Spirit of the Season shine upon you. Happy Holidays from all of us at KCC!


The last one is our favorite. It is so precious and reminds us of the reason for the season. We also like the Christmas Tree atop the old station wagon. It fills us full of holiday memories... oh wait, that wasn't us. That was Chevy Chase, but still it is a good, holiday memory! What's your favorite memory from holidays past?


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Free Online Homeschool Science Lesson: Classifying Plants and Animals Activities

Classifying Plants and Animals Activities and Videos for Homeschool Science

In this free online homeschool science lesson, we are classifying plants and animals. These science activities and videos are a fun way for homeschoolers to learn online. Lessons have material suitable for preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school. We round up the information and links each week as we teach homeschool to our own children. Every link has been child tested. Scroll down for the interactive student lesson. Lesson for Preschoolers is at the bottom of the post.


Free Online Homeschool Science Lesson: Classifying Plants and Animals Activities
Free Online Homeschool Science Lesson: Classifying Plants and Animals Activities.

Classifying Plants and Animals Online Homeschool Lesson

Elementary and Middle School Science: Target Grades 3-8
with components for preschool, early elementary, and high school.



Teacher Resources:

Classifying Plants and Animals Lesson Ideas

Make your own Worksheets and Printables

Early Elementary Lessons on Classifications



Student Lesson:

Do this: Keep these questions in mind as you the watch the videos.

Questions on Plant Growth click on the questions to find the answers, make sure you click through all 4 pages of questions!

PBS Video: What Plants Talk About 

Learn more about Carnivorous Plants.

Play this Cool Science Game on How Plants Grow (8-11 yrs.).

Read about Plant GrowthWhat are the Kingdoms? If you want to watch these videos, you'll have to log into Brainpop. I'm told you can do a search and find Brainpop freebies, coupon codes, and passwords. Here is a free Biology lesson on the Six Kingdoms.

More about Plant Adaptations from Brainpop free for everyone.


Math Component

This Cool Companion Math Game is for Middle School and up. 

This Middle School to High School Plant Lesson Game teaches Math and Economics. You'll start your own business and work to keep the plants alive and well using your math skills. 

We found another cool math game for kids, but... there's an app for that! Ask your parent or teacher if you can install, Ruby Realms.


Art Component

Make Pressed Flowers

Make Thanksgiving Leaf Garland


Science Fair Project or Science Experiment from Science Buddies Experiment on Plant Growth for Middle Schoolers.


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Show what you've learned so far:

Grab your Science Journal: Name 3 types of Plant Classifications. Then, draw a plant and then list out the main parts of it.



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2.___________________________________________________


3.___________________________________________________

Classifying Animals Lessons

Classifying Animals - Free Brainpop Jr. Video. Make sure you take the quiz. Try the easy quiz and the hard quiz. You can do it! 

More on Animal Classification from Sheppard's Kids Corner.


Show what you've learned so far:

Grab your Science Journal: What are the Six Kingdoms? Need to research? Do a safe search here KidRex.org


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2.___________________________________________________


3.___________________________________________________


4.___________________________________________________

5.___________________________________________________


6.___________________________________________________



Science Just for Fun Online Games


Are you smarter than a plant?
Are you smarter than a plant? Find out on Kongregate.com



Early Elementary Component 
Pre-K - 3, but suitable for older kids too!

Plant Song

Dora's Plant Growth Game for Preschoolers

Farming Lesson for Kindergarten



Fun Activities

Make these Free Printable Animal Trading Cards

Test your knowledge: Play Matching Classification Game


Recommended Reading:




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3 Fun Turkey Crafts from Organic items in Nature

Cute, Fun Turkey Crafts for Kids to Make at Home

These 3 adorable turkey crafts are made from things you can find around your house. Each one uses something found in nature. Grab a piece of paper and have your kids make a list (sneaking in some handwriting time) of things they will look for while on a nature hike. Then, grab your craft scraps and sit down to make these little gobblers at home. Gobble. Gobble. Gobble. Enjoy!

Pinecone Turkey Craft.
Pinecone Turkeys from I Love India blog.

This cute little guy deceived us, we thought it was paper and fall leaves, turns out it is made from craft leaves and felt. Want to use real leaves? Find out how to preserve fall leaves.

Paper Turkey with Leaves as Tail Feathers
Paper Turkey with Leaves as Tail Feathers
from BabyCenter blog.

The little turkey pictured below is made from an orange. He stole our hearts. He is... so cute! What a great way to welcome guests to their place setting.

Orange, Leaves, and Pinecone Turkey from Parenting blog.

Waddle around the blog, and you'll find all sorts of turkey projects, crafts, and games for Thanksgiving. We hope we've helped you to have a Happy Turkey Thursday!


Recommended Reading:

Recycled Paper Turkey Craft

Footprint Native American Feather Hat

Kids Creative Chaos Cooks: Holiday Recipes


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Where to find Cool Minecraft Skins

Looking for New Cool Minecraft Skins?

We play a lot of Minecraft. We are always looking for cool minecraft skins or a server without potty mouths. We haven't had much luck finding a server, but we did make our own. Anyone who uses bad language, name calling, or asks inappropriate questions gets banned. We have a zero tolerance policy. We are just getting started, but it is a good place for younger ones to play the game. Scroll down for details. In the meantime, check out this list of the best place to find Cool Minecraft Skins.


The Skindex is loaded with the best minecraft skins like this Ice Wolf.

the best minecraft skins: ice wolf
Like this Ice Wolf, the best Minecraft skins are found on Skindex.

We love the way the awesome Minecraft Skins on Minecraftskins.net are organized into categories. You'll find Movies, TV, Games, People, Fantasy, Mobs and More. We especially like the Sully pictured below. The Disney Minecraft Skins are awesome!
Disney Minecraft Skins
Disney Minecraft Skins found on Minecraft.net.

Cool Pig Mob Minecraft Skin from Minecraft.net.

With Novaskin you can create your own Minecraft Skin. This is a cool Creeper Skin; he is all ready to make some mayhem. You can keep him like he is or customize the colors anyway you want.

Create your own Minecraft Skin
Create  your own cool minecraft creeper skin on minecraft.novaskin.me.


Planet Minecraft has cool skins. Many of them have moving eyes and facial features. We think this Batman is pretty cool!

Batman Minecraft Skin
Batman Minecraft Skin from Planet Minecraft.


Browse Skins

Watch Minecraft Skin Videos here.

Minecraft Wiki

This one has games you can play on your tablet or phone: 
Minecraft Skins



Recommended Reading:

Minecraft Gift Ideas




Invasion of the Overworld: Book One in the Gameknight999 Series

Go to your Minecraft game and then click "add a server". Once there, you will enter this ip address in the "add ip address": 192.168.1.65

We are just starting out, so there isn't much there yet. Please be kind, respectful, and appropriate. We like to focus on creation and design.

If you ask personal questions, use bad language, or call people name's you will be immediately removed. This server is best for children 6-16 yrs.

What is a personal question?
How old are you? Where do you go to school? What is your last name? Where do you live?

What is inappropriate?
Kicking and Fighting with others for no reason. Personal Questions, Foul Language, Name Calling, Asking someone to keep a secret. Bullies, Creepers, and the like. 

Sorry, no second chances. We want a fun, safe place for younger children to play Minecraft.






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7 Gifts for Kids that like Legos

Looking for Lego Gift Ideas for Kids?

These 7 Lego items make perfect gifts for kids that like Legos! We're sharing some of our favorite Lego products to help you find the best birthday gift for a child who loves Legos! These ideas are for the hardcore Lego lover, the one who already has everything! Scroll down for some cool lego activities and games too.




6 Gifts for Kids who love Legos.
Lego Hoodie sweatshirt, look just like Emmet!



Make real robots with Lego Mindstorms.



This robot is for the tech minded. For kids who are destined to become engineers. Here are some specs:

Control your robot via the infrared sensor system; intuitive software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming interface.

Building instructions for 5 robots included; Download bonus building instructions developed by real fans and endorsed by LEGO.

Control and command your robot with enclosed remote control or download the free app for your smart device.




This 3-in-1 lego action figure is for everyone who loves to create and transform it rebuilds into a fast helicopter or heavy-duty pickup truck.
Lego Minecraft the Nether for ages 10 and up.


Recreate a Minecraft world with Legos!





It seems like you never have enough of the right color to complete the project, ya know. Kids love extra bricks to create their Lego dream projects.



Lego Assorted Color Bricks Blocks




Features elements to build zoo, classic house, and farm-themed creations.

Includes 321 rare bright-blue LEGO elements.

Store and tote with the sturdy, reusable LEGO brick storage bucket.


Lego Action Figures Set


LEGO Education Community Minifigures Set 4598355 (256 Pieces)



Lego wheels and parts set


The LEGO Education 779387 286-piece wheels set includes a steering wheel and a variety of windscreens, roof tiles, tires, plates, axles, and wheel hubs to build moveable vehicles with standard LEGO bricks. The set components create the roof, wheel assembly, and chassis system for up to 12 different vehicles at the same time. It is suitable for ages four years and older.
Science education products incorporate applied math and science principles into classroom projects. Teachers in pre-K, elementary, and secondary classrooms use science education kits and products alongside science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum to demonstrate STEM concepts and real-world applications through hands-on activities. 

Lego Activities

We found these cool lego activities from Tip Junkie and Kids Activities Blog.


Lego Activities and Games
      Lego Activities are fun, like this Tic Tac Toe Game from Tip Junkie.
                                    

20 Lego Activities and Games.



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Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling

Need to Learn your Multiplication Tables Fast Online?

Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling
Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling.

If you need to learn multiplication tables fast, you've come to the right place! In this edition of our interactive, free online homeschooling lessons, we explore math and the multiplication tables from 0-12. We share our daily homeschool activities with you each week for FREE! This week, we focused on multiplication. Scroll down for the fun math videos, games, and curriculum.

Suggested for Elementary Mathematics: Grades 2-5

Multiplication Tables






Student Lesson:

Start with the Schoolhouse Rock Multiplication Videos from 0-12. These catchy tunes will stick in your memory... FOREVER!

If you don't have Multiplication Flash Cards, grab some index cards. While you watch the multiplication videos, make flashcards for each set of numbers from 1 to 12. On the front of your flash card, write the problem and on the back write the answer.

Front of Card: 1 x 3 = ?  Back of Card: 3


Zero Multiplication Table Video




One Multiplication Table Video

You know the one's tables. One times anything is the number.
For example, 1 x 1 = 1 and 1 x 6 = 6


Two Multiplication Table Video





Two Times Table Rap Video





Three Multiplication Table Video





Four Multiplication Table Video





Five Multiplication Table Video





Six Multiplication Table Video






Seven Multiplication Table Video





Eight Multiplication Table Video





Nine Multiplication Table Video





Ten Multiplication Table Video





Eleven Multiplication Table Video





Twelve Multiplication Table Video





Cool Math Times Table Trick Video

You can do this with your hands, go ahead get your marker and write on your fingers like the picture below. Then, watch it and practice!






Take this Multiplication Tables Quiz Online to see how much you remember from the videos.

Now, watch Tim and Moby from Brainpop.com, (for Brainpop subscribers only) explain all about learning the multiplication tables.

The video comes with this helpful multiplication question and answer session, make sure you read each question and click on it to uncover the answer. Did you know the answer? Did you guess correctly?

Do this, you can type your answers online and right click to save them for your teacher or parent:



After all that studying you should be able to fill in this multiplication table chart.

Multiplication Review Quiz for Brainpop Subscribers.


Mathematics: Multiplication Games




Gate Math Game: Math Game for Gamers

Math Blocks: Factors Game


Language Arts Component


Grab your Daily Journal or open a Google Doc and define these math words:  

Product, Multiple, Factor, Memorize, Shortcut.


Recommended Reading:

Math with M and M's Chocolate


Famous Explorers Online Lesson

Math Counting Game for Tens and Ones



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Famous Explorers: Lewis and Clark Expedition Led by Sacajawea: Homeschool Social Studies Lesson

Lewis and Clark Expedition: Three Famous Explorers

Most people have heard of the famous explorers, Lewis and Clark. These men led an expedition to uncover the western part of the United States. Like earlier explorers, they befriended Native Americans. A young, Indian woman named Sacajawea joined them acting as a guide. Learn more with online homeschool lesson on history. We find games and activities to make your online learning fun and free. Enjoy!
Social Studies: Grades 4-12, some sections are suitable for early elementary and preschool.

Teacher Resources:
Free Lewis and Clark Lesson Ideas or Teacher Lesson Plans from Brainpop.com

Make your Own Worksheets

A great video to watch as a family is National Geographic's Lewis and Clark, narrated by Jeff Bridges. We found it on Netflix. It runs approx. 45 min.
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Student Lesson

History:
Let's get started with a Schoolhouse Rock Video on Westward Expansion. This video is from Schooltube.com, so you won't find inappropriate ads.
Schoolhouse Rock on SchoolTube: Westward Expansion
Schoolhouse Rock on SchoolTube: Westward Expansion.






For Brainpop Subscribers: 

We love Brainpop for the videos, quizzes, Q&A, and activity options. Each video comes with companion activities and free printables. (If you don't subscribe, you can choose the family option and pay monthly.)

Note: Sacajawea- nobody seems to know how to spell her name. You will see it spelled Sacagawea and Sacajawea. There is also a huge discrepancy in her date of death. 

Watch this video to learn more. When you click over, be sure to click the "x" in the upper right corner of the video to remove the ad.  Sacajawea Video Biography for 4th - 12th grade


Sacajawea Video Biography for 4th - 12th grade social studies lesson Sacagawea
Sacajawea biography on Teachertube.com.

Short Video on Sacajawea for Preschool from Nick Jr.


When do you think is the true death date of Sacajawea?
What makes you believe this theory? Answer in your daily journal.

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Science Component:

What are the classifications? ____________________________

Geography:

Interactive Map of Lewis and Clark Expedition. This map shares excerpts from their journals during each section of the journey. Use the map to answer the questions below. Copy and paste this into a Google Doc to answer the questions.


In what state did the expedition begin?


1.___________________________________________________

In what state did the expedition end?


2.___________________________________________________

What does the heart on the map represent?


3.___________________________________________________

What travelling years are depicted on the map?


4.___________________________________________________

Name 3 Native Peoples they met on their journey.


5.___________________________________________________

Language Arts Component:



Use this FREE PRINTABLE CHARACTER MAP to compare Meriwether Lewis and Sacajawea. Note their similarities and differences.

Open up a Google Doc or grab your Daily Journal, and define these Vocabulary Words:

Sacajawea; Meriwether Clark; William Clark; expedition; Louisiana Purchase; corps; navigate; encounter; fort; translator; trek; accurate; species; point of view; perspective.

Read more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition as you research to write a bio paper on Lewis and Clark. 

Click each image in the article to learn more. This is a good resource for images to add to your paper. Just right click on the image, copy or save, and then insert or paste into your document. If you are writing in your daily journal, print the images and glue or staple them onto your paper. Be sure to give your paper a clear title. Early elementary students should write 3-4 paragraphs. Older elementary through high school need to write a minimum of 5 paragraphs.



Tips for writing your Lewis and Clark Research Paper:

For the introductory paragraph, start with an opening sentence, define what you will talk about with clear sentences. Use these sentences to write the main body of your paper. Talk about each sentence in detail using descriptive words. If you mention it in your introductory paragraph, be sure to go in depth in your middle paragraphs. Tell about important dates, places they explored, and troubles they faced on their journey. Finally, use the last paragraph (summary) to summarize what you've just talked about. Don't bring up anything new in the last paragraph - just tell us again briefly what you've already told us. You can even start with, "In summary". For example, In summary, I have described how to write a biography paper on Lewis and Clark. Lewis and Clark were famous United States explorers who travelled with an Indian guide named Sacajawea. Without the work of these, brave people, the West could have remained unknown.

Start with this Printable Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer

To continue your research check out the safe search for kidrex.org


Social Studies Just for Fun Online Games

Here is a fun game that will help you with facts on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lewis and Clark Game.

Have you completed our United State Capitals Lesson? This week we played a game to review what we've learned. Review the United States Capitals Game.


Recommended Reading:

Home School Activities

What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?

How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Step into Reading, Step 3)

The Story of Sacajawea (Dover History Coloring Book)



*These are the weekly lessons I do with my children. We supplement these activities with reading a book of your choice for 30 minutes each day (bedtime counts), Khan Academy and Time4Learning Math Lessons, and taking a break every 30 minutes for exercise time (we run up and down the stairs, walk around our yard, ride bicycles, or jump on an indoor trampoline).




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