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Thanksgiving Countdown

Thanksgiving Countdown

The Celebrating November subscriber freebie will not be up until later this weekend, but I want to go ahead and make available the Thanksgiving Countdown so you don’t miss any days. The countdown is available to everyone for the next couple of days. Be sure to subscribe, if you haven’t already, so you don’t miss out on the whole set!



Poppins Book Nook: The Christmas Star

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Beyond Our Planet

It is time once again for Poppins Book Nook. This month’s theme is: Beyond Our Planet. Please join in the fun with the linky & giveaway at the end!

We didn’t really have time in our schedule this month to fit in an outer space unit, so I put my thinking cap on to figure out something that would fit the theme AND our current interests. I know it’s a bit early, but The Christmas Star fills both of those requirements. We had such a good time creating a sparkly star garland to display at Christmas time.

We chose Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story  as our companion book. It is a sweet story about all of creation looking forward to the birth of Christ. I am reminded of these song lyrics…”And Heaven and nature sing”.

 Song of the Stars

There are a couple of videos about stars that my older kids love:

The Star of Betlhehem

The Star of Bethlehem is a fascinating look at the science and history behind the star in the nativity story. Rick Larson explains what could have caused such a bright star, and how the wise men would have tracked it. So amazing!


Indescribable is full of mind-blowing photos and facts about stars and solar systems. Louie Giglio is a very engaging speaker, and he shows how the heavens declare the glory of God.

Sparkly Christmas Star Garland

Our star garland is so simple but soooo pretty. I wish I knew how to take a decent pic so you could see all the sparkle. :)

Our supplies:

star supplies

We have a giant bag of assorted buttons, so Sweetpea got busy picking out the white, ivory, and pearl ones while I was cutting out stars. I made a printable pattern of four different sizes of stars and just printed several copies out on cardstock, but you can use them as tracing patterns if you don’t want to use all of the sizes. 


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Next, I outlined the stars with white school glue and Sweetpea enthusiastically sprinkled the glitter. We gave each size of star its own design. I used a hot glue gun to add button to the centers of the stars.

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Finally, I hot glued the stars to a long piece of the baker’s twine. We are so pleased with our star garland and can’t wait to pull it back out in December.

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Don’t forget to print out your October Lapbook to document your adventure this month. 


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Take a look at what the other Poppins Book Nook bloggers are up to this month:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

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Beyond Our Planet Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of Beyond Our Planet.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons and a Space & Astronauts Bucket Playset.

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Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:


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Monthly Encouragement for REAL Moms {October Edition}

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Monthly Encouragement for REAL Moms

This time of year is always so busy for our family. School is in full swing along with all of the activities that brings, we have several birthdays and our anniversary, then comes Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas. I finally have time to collapse once January rolls around again. 

I get so frustrated with myself when things get crazy because I end up racing through the days from one “Have to” to the next, when I KNOW there is a better way.  Last night I decided to take some time to search for some ways to slow down and be intentional about savoring this life that God has given me. I miss so much of the beauty when I am only focused on my To Do list. I’m guessing that I am not the only one who feels this way, so I am sharing my finds with you. <3

John 10

An abundant life. That is the gift we’ve been given through Christ. I titled this post Encouragement for REAL moms because that’s what we all are. Perfect might work on Pinterest, but not in everyday life. REAL also stands for Refreshing Encouragement for an Abundant Life. I hope these sites encourage you as much as they have me! 

His Mercy is New is sharing 31 Days of Praying the Scriptures for Your Family. There is an October prayer calendar to print, and also some prayer bookmarks. I am excited about her new Advent Prayer Journal for Moms that just came out.

The Purposeful Mom offers 31 Days of Hope for Moms: Biblical Encouragement and Practical Help for Challenging Moments.

Hugs and Punches has created a beautiful memory verse phone lock screen for her subscribers. (I didn’t even know you could do that!)

Worshipful Living put together a Fall Management Binder that includes sermon and quiet time printables.

There are some Monster-themed Lessons at Made 2 B Creative that would be fun to do with your kiddos this time of year. They deal with pride, selfishness, and jealousy.

How long has it been since you colored with your child? Print out this Ecclesiastes coloring page and hang it on the fridge when you are done.

On the practical side, there is a Super Duper Meal Planning Round-Up over at Diamonds in the Rough.

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All of these links, and more, can be found on my Encouragement for REAL Moms Pinterest Board.

How do YOU slow down and savor the moments God gives you?



Activities for It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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The Great Pumpkin Activities

Watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a tradition that goes back as far as I can remember. I still view it every year with my family. I’ve gathered up some great resources for a Funschool day, or you could use these ideas to host a Great Pumpkin Party!

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I bought this It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown board game several years ago, and my kids still look forward to playing it every October.

Movie Worksheets

Comprehension Guide

“It’s The Great Pumpkin” Game for PE


Coloring Pages

The Great Pumpkin Quiz

3 Lesson Plans: Plot Lines, Points of View, WW1 History

The Great Pumpkin Persuasive Essay


great pumpkin app

It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown App  Android ~ iTunes

12 fun  facts you didn’t know about “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

Charlie Brown & Snoopy Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin Bowling Game

It's the Great Pumpkin: The Making of a Television Classic

Book - It’s The Great Pumpkin: Making of a Television Classic

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Party Games

Listen to Snoopy vs. The Red Baron (one of my childhood favorites)

Movie Night Dinner Menus

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Book - Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

Yummy Food for It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


Some Great Pumpkin Extras:

pumpkin patch pan
Nordic Ware Pumpkin Patch Pan

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Peanuts Great Pumpkin Mug

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It’s The Great Pumpkin Tote Bag

You can find more fun ideas on these Pinterest boards:

{Homeschool Halloween}


{Halloween Party}

How many years have you been watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?