Well Deserved Day of Rest and Relaxation

At the height of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, most Americans worked 12 hour days and seven day weeks, just to get by. Even children as young as Kindergarten age were allowed to work in unthinkable conditions in many states. They were paid a fraction of their adult counterparts. People of all ages worked under less than ideal conditions often without breaks of any kind. 

Labor Unions began to appear and eventually after strikes, rallies, protests and even riots work conditions began to change. 

It wasn’t until  June 28, 1894 that Labor Day was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the Territories. 

Labor Day is now traditionally observed on the first Monday in September  as  tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. 

Homeschool Holiday is honored to offer Hardworking Homeschoolers, Teachers and Parents 30% off their curriculum and Family Fun needs – all with a Holiday twist! Today is the LAST DAY of Our Labor Day Sale – If you haven’t already shopped, you won’t want to miss out! Be sure to use the code TAKE5 at checkout for the extra 5% on Homeschool Holiday Curriculum!

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Look! Up in the sky!

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane….

I remember watching re-runs of the classic Superman Television show as a child. Even as special effects became more and more advanced, I didn’t mind the archaic graphics of my hero. After all he was:

Faster than a speeding bullet ~ More powerful than a locomotive ~ Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

This line from the television series: The Adventures of Superman (aired September 1952 through April 1958) has Superman, jumping over a then, modern day skyscraper. Superman was pretty cool.

Superman clip art by MelonHeadzClipArt

Look up in the sky… It’s a SKYSCRAPER!

More than just a tall building

Today we celebrate the skyscraper. A Skyscraper is more than just a tall building or a large structure. In fact, a skyscraper must have more than 40 floors to be designated as such. The first skyscraper was much smaller, however. It was the 10 – story Home Insurance Company Building designed by William Le Baron Jenney. It was built in Chicago in 1885. Jenney trained Louis H. Sullivan, who became known as “the father of skyscrapers.

September 3, skyscraper day, is Sullivan’s birthday and why we celebrate National Skyscraper day!

Black and White photograph of the first skyscraper. The 10 story Home Insurance Company Building in Chicago.
Black and White photograph of the first skyscraper! – The 10 story Home Insurance Company Building in Chicago.
Chicago Architectural Photographing Company / Public domain

Brief history of skyscrapers

At first any building that was taller than its surrounding buildings was called a skyscraper (Because as their name suggests, the seem to “scrape the sky”). As architecture improved, so did our ability to build upward, and the standard for being classified as a “skyscraper” was set at 40 floors. Back in The 1950’s when television Superman was leaping “over tall buildings in a single bound”, the tallest buildings were in New York City. The Chrysler Building (54 stories) and soon after the Empire State Building (102 stories).

Manhattan skyline with World Trade center towers at dusk, New York City.

New York has a reputation for the tallest sky scrapers for many years. After the Empire State Building, the tallest skyscrapers in the world were the twin towers. They were completed in 1973 and stood 110 stories tall before the events of September 11, 2001. Currently, Jeddah Tower, or Kingdom Tower, is under construction in Saudi Arabia.When it is finished it will be the tallest in the world at 200 floors! Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emeritus is currently the tallest in the world, taking the place of the Twin Towers in 2010.

How to celebrate

You can celebrate today by building your own Skyscrapers. Use whatever material you have on hand… Blocks, plastic cups, Index cards, marshmallows and spaghetti, craft sticks, even a tower of cookies! See who can get their skyscraper the tallest using the same quantity of materials.

You can also use part of the Homeschool Holiday Dollar Deal Curriculum. We have A unique activity called: Skyscraper Day – Name City! Learners use the letters in their name to graph their own one of a kind cityscape! Directions and printables are ready to go! To purchase simply click on the image below to visit the HomeschoolHoliday store in the Amped Up Learning Marketplace!

Each learner creates a unique skyscraper using their name. First and middle, or first and last! Use a nick-name for added fun.

If you would like to build a “Skyscraper” of cookies, why not try our Oreo Stacking Challenge. In this activity learners can work as teams or independently to see how high they can stack cookies! There is even a printable award for the winner! Tie in your math by calculating the mean, median and mode using data gathered by the participants. Math never tasted so good. This resource is also available in my Amped Up Learning store for only $3.00. Simply click the image below to shop.

Celebrate Skyscraper Day with a Cookie Skyscraper from Homeschool Holiday. Designed for both Home and Classroom use, you won’t be disappointed with this resource!

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Humble Beginnings…and an EPIC giveaway!

Homeschool Holiday is built around my love of holidays, celebrating and making memories. Our “origin story” began Christmas 2009, when my homeschooled children did not want to take down the Christmas tree. This sparked the idea to design all our learning moving forward for 2010 around the holiday of the day. We decorated a mini table top Christmas tree for the big, well known holidays, but each day our learning would be different and new. I spent from January 26th until January 1st figuring out our plan for January… and launched from there! I researched books, movies, activities – whatever for each day. Our family scrapbook is filled with delightful pictures of that school year, more than any other year because of the special events and lessons we were using. My now grown children STILL talk about that special year (and our Disney Schooling year which followed in 2011) more than ANY other year (s) of homeschooling!

Parenting, Teaching, Mentoring… they are all about building relationships – forming connections. Holidays bring us closer as humans. Homeschool Holiday is designed to bring that into your home or classroom on a regular basis.

When I first began writing curriculum I was a brand new teacher. The curriculum, aka text books, I was “supposed” to use were not “quite right”. I noticed gaps, and my students were asking questions and seeking more information. I needed to research and supplement the basic textbooks. Some of it was downright boring. Very early in my teaching I had a class that seemed to come alive each time I spoke about myself and my interests – including my “crush” on a particular baseball player. (Hey – I wasn’t married yet!)

When Spring training started that year I decided to “Theme” some learning in my class surrounding Baseball. I had things I was supposed to teach, but no real “standards” forcing my hand like we do now. So I took my lessons and I made 5 different baseball themed activities. One for each day of the week. I split my class into 5 groups and we rotated through the activities, like primary classrooms did centers. The activity that stands out in my mind the most was called “Map the Majors”!

The students had a blank map of the US and a list of Major League Baseball teams. The students had to look up each team IN AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (there was no internet in schools!) and mark on the map where the team played. My students were completely engaged! I saw excitement for learning in ways I had never seen when I taught using the textbooks. Each year I began to add more and more of my own lessons and step away from the textbooks. By my last year in the classroom, the only textbook used was Math. Everything else was designed by other like minded educators or myself. I was BLESSED to work in a school that trusted my methods of connecting with students through curriculum in this way.

The “original” Map the Majors curriculum now available from Homeschool Holiday.
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I realize as I have taken Homeschool Holiday to market that I continue to write curriculum “for myself”… I write curriculum I would use in my home or classroom. The reality is… My last homeschooler is a senior in High School… he may be interested in one or 2 items, but not many. I am no longer working in a classroom, facing the day to day realities of an educator. I need to write curriculum for YOU!

The homeschool family

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The parent who want’s to supplement

This Labor Day… Homeschool Holiday along with AMPED UP LEARNING is holding their BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR! From September 4th – 7th The entire Amped up Learning Marketplace is 25% off in honor of all your hard work as a homeschooler, teacher and parent…. on top of that Homeschool Holiday is adding an additional 5% with the code TAKE5 for a total of 30% off HOMESCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM.

In addition – I have partnered with Froggy About Teaching and Teacher Source for an amazing giveaway SPONSORED by Amped Up Learning. We are giving away Amazon gift cards, Amped Up Learning Gift Cards and product from each of our curriculum lines!

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What’s the most popular pet in the World?

Over 470 million of these animals are kept as pets worldwide. (as of 2018). It is reported that 37% of Americans give this pet a present on it’s birthday. The fastest growing population of this animal is in India. They were not always “pet” material and in fact, started out as wild animals millions of years ago. Can you guess what the most popular pet in the world is?

The answer revealed:

That’s right – Man’s Best Friend – the Dog is the most popular pet, and today August 26th we celebrate National Dog Day.

Perhaps you have a dog, or you may be curious about how the dog ended up with the title: Man’s Best Friend. Today is a good day to explore that!

The dogs we keep as pets today are classified as domestic animals. Domestic animals are animals that are tamed and kept by humans as a work animal, food source, or pet. Domestic animals are members of a species that have, through selective breeding, become very different from their wild ancestors.

picture of a black Shih Tzu dog with it's owner: Mrs. Crabtree of Homeschool Holiday . com Mrs. Crabtree is wearing glasses and riding in a vehicle with the dog. This is an example of dog domestication.
Mrs. Crabtree of Homeschool Holiday and her dog – Penny Pie

History of Domestication

The process of taming “wild dogs” began when a population of wolves moved to the outskirts of hunter-gatherer camps to scavenge for leftover food. Looking at the cute and cuddly little ( or even big) ball of fur beside you today it’s hard to believe – but if you go back far enough: All dogs descended from wolves.

Scientists are having a hard time agreeing on exactly where dog domestication began taking place and WHEN. There is even a theory that wolves were domesticated into ‘dogs’ twice over history.

Yet another theory of dog domestication follows the concept of what is called self-domestication. This theory is based on a study done with a particular breed of fox, and the idea that the tamer, friendlier, more attractive wolves would have had better access to the food supply of the hunter-gatherer and therefore an advantage within the pack.

I know it’s hard to resist giving my dog something to eat when she looks at me with that cute little face and wags her tail! Ancient Humans perhaps did the same.

The studies of dog domestication continue as fossils are found and newer, more advanced work with DNA develops. In the meantime, we know the end result: Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Hamster and (dare I say it…) even snakes enrich our lives through pet ownership.

How to Celebrate

You can celebrate National Dog day with the Homeschool Holiday Paper Plate Craft: DOG. We have more than 12 different Paper Plate Crafts to choose from all priced at just $1.00 each or $4.50 in a bundle. They come with 2 different skill levels: easy and advanced, as well as with full color and color your own patterns ! These are great for households with multi age learners, combo classes or a learning co-op!

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If you want to celebrate Pet ownership – Pet Paper Dolls & Animal coloring pages is a fantastic way! This set not only has FULL COLOR paper Dolls for Dog and Cat, it has Color-Your-Own paper dolls for: DOG, CAT, TURTLE, MOUSE, SNAKE, HAMSTER, GUINEA PIG, FISH, CAT, BIRD, & BUNNY. There are also 16 different coloring pages and a writing activity all for just $2.00.

cover art for Pet Paper Dolls product showing image of sample patterns in color and color your own styles. The rabbit sample is speaking reminding users the product is great for Dress your Pet day, January 14th.
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Famous Dog Holiday

You may have missed this famous dog’s special day: Pluto the Pup. Pluto is a Mouse’s best friend – Mickey Mouse! Learn the history of this special relationship, and if you are a member of our CURRICULUM CLUB be sure to download the SENSATIONAL SIX freebie that has links and activities for all 6 of the main characters!

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Sources:

https://www.petsecure.com.au/pet-care/a-guide-to-worldwide-pet-ownership/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-wolves-really-became-dogs-180970014/

When your teeth land on the roof, I hope they land Straight!

Fairy Magic

There truly is nothing like fairy magic. Glitter. Pixie Dust. Whatever it takes. Fairies are meant to bring joy into our lives. (Unlike the Leprechauns who bring mischief.)

If you would like to read up on Fairies, Gnomes, and tInternational Fairy Day, June 24th you can HERE

Today’s holiday, National Tooth Fairy Day (also celebrated on February 28th), surrounds the western culture’s folklore that when children leave a lost tooth under their pillow, the Tooth Fairy comes to collect it and leaves them something in it’s place. In our home the first lost tooth was always rewarded with a new toothbrush as well as a $2.00 bill! The Tooth Fairy likes to leave a trail of glitter to show she has been in the house as well!

Because she is magic, she has the ability to do different things for different children, following rules of parents ( like perhaps no glitter in your house!) or leaving candy instead of money. She also leaves a variety of denominations. The tradition of leaving money comes from Northern Europe, where the tooth fee was paid when a child lost their first tooth. It has been recorded in the Old Norse traditions known as the Edda (a collective of Norse literary works circa 1200)

Tooth Fairy Around the World

The Tooth Fairy, and Loosing teeth is celebrated in different ways around the world. Here are a few of them.

In the United States, England, Australia and Denmark, children most often put their tooth under their pillow when they go to sleep . When they wake up, the tooth is gone and it has been replaced with $1.00 (or other amount)

In Ireland, Anna Bogle, A mischievous leprechaun girl who was playing in the forest one day and knocked out her front tooth. She does not like how she looks without it, but can’t put it back in. She get’s the idea to get a human child’s tooth to replace her own. Stealing is against the leprechaun’s code of ethics, so she must leave a coin in return. Anna keeps trying until she finds a tooth that will fit.

In many Spanish speaking countries like Spain, Argentina Guatemala, and Mexico they have the “Tooth Mouse”. In some of these countries the Tooth mouse takes the tooth out of a glass of water (after drinking it!)

Still another fun tradition is throwing your teeth onto the roof! In Greece, China, Singapore, and Vietnam, children who toss teeth try to get them to land straight. That’s because, if the tooth lands crooked, it is believed the new tooth will grow in crooked!

In Turkey they do not have any “fairy” Instead they believe a lost tooth holds a child’s future. The family chooses special place to bury the tooth so their dreams for their child will come true.

If you are able to talk to friends or family in different countries, ask them about their tooth fairy traditions and compare them to your own. Use the opportunity to BRUSH UP on good dental hygiene! If you haven’t seen the dentist – use this Holiday as the perfect opportunity to schedule your next appointment!

Easy Ideas for Celebrating the Day

A fun and Free activity for celebrating the day is toothbrush art. Have your learner create a painting with an old toothbrush instead of a traditional paint brush. Be sure to cover the area with plenty of newspaper if you will be attempting the splatter paint technique!

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have enjoyed learning about some unique tooth fairy traditions from around the globe.

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“Mrs. Crabtree”

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This dog is a Mouse’s best friend! Happy Birthday Pluto the Pup!

Pluto (and what you might call his twin brother) got his start August 18th, 1932 when the Walt Disney Studio’s released The Chain Gang. The two then nameless blood hounds with a striking resemblance to the pup we know as Pluto, were sniffing out the Mouse himself after he had escaped from a chain gang. Pluto was then re-imagined as a pet, but in his second cartoon – he belonged to Minnie Mouse- and she called him Rover. Finally Pluto the Pup (his full name) settles in a Mickey’s best friend and pet in The Moose Hunt.

Pluto differs from the other friends in the Sensational Six in that he is the only character not who is not anthropomorphic (giving a character human tenancies beyond personification). Pluto’s personality relies solely on animation.

In 1942 Pluto was presented with the Tailwagger’s own Academy Award® called the Boscar. Pluto won for being the most promising dog actor of the year. This is considered a grand honor and great achievement in dog circles. The same year, to Lend A Paw, won the Oscar for Best Cartoon.

Pluto has remained steadfast and lovable over the years certainly deserving of his own special Holiday – Pluto Day August 18th.

You can also celebrate today with a FREE download of THE SENSATIONAL SIX by Happy Hive / Homeschool Holiday. This Set includes activities for EACH of the 6 main characters in the group.

For each character there is a brief history, information about their first animated appearances as well as some fun facts. I have linked to the best quality version of the cartoons mentioned as possible, for educational / historic purposes only.

I have also included a brief explanation of the literary terms personification and anthropomorphism. This is aimed at older learners in grades 5 and above as all of the characters except Pluto are considered anthropomorphic.

There are Comic Book Templates, a Cartoon Discussion guide as well as a link to a short video on the 5 Types of Animation all included for extension activities. This is a JAM PACKED FREEBIE! to celebrate 6 Amazing characters and their impact on cartoon culture.

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It’s my First Pandemic, How About you?

I know it’s really hard to get away from the subject, so perhaps the LAST place you want to read about the pandemic is in my joy-filled education newsletter. It may be worth it – I have my quirky way about things  if you will stick with me!

Back to school time is an EXCITING TIME – and it should be! No matter what! 

The topic of every news broadcast, Facebook post, Instagram feed and Twitter birdie tweet seems to be revolving around the old Shakespearean issue – to send them back or not send them back! These are real issues, but they are grown up issues. Kids want to get back to school, home school, and see their friends just as much as we want to get back to work, go to Disneyland, and see our friends. The thing with kids is they don’t process decisions like adults do. Darn, even adults are having a tough time with this one… normally we have a stockpile of experience to lean on.  

Flash back to March… I am recalling a story told by a wise friend who spent hours on the phone in the beginning of the pandemic. When she was ending the call she thanked the customer service representative many times, was kind (as she always is) and very gracious for the help she received. The customer service representative almost choked on her own reply, not quite knowing how to reply in kind as well… she said something of the nature to my friend: You are being so nice, I haven’t really been much help. Everyone is being so rude and angry. My friend replied – well- this was her FIRST pandemic, so how many pandemics had she, the customer service representative experienced? After a little laugh – The customer service representative conceded – it was indeed her FIRST pandemic as well! 

That’s just it folks! Unless by some alien DNA you were alive during the “Spanish Flu” outbreak… this is OUR FIRST PANDEMIC! And navigating the decisions that keep coming at us day by day are a doozie. 

Not everything has be be the “Right:, or “Wrong”  way of doing it… sometimes we just have to figure it out – and that can be really H -A-R-D!

Including Back to School. 
Just remember as you discuss your plans to head back in whatever form, make the ABSOLUTE best of it. The Back to school Fairy should ABSOLUTELY pay your home a visit. (Read a bit more about her on the blog. She’s the tooth fairy for school supplies!) A new outfit, or new to you outfit, or something from the dress up bin! Whatever it takes… Help you learner see the plan as THE BEST THING EVER. 

If you will be homeschooling for the first time – or continuing the journey, I hope you read 
8 Things to Help When You’re Overwhelmed



If you are looking for a few ideas for making that first day special here are a few: 

Take your First Day School Picture, now it is especially important. Mix it up. Take the picture in Pajamas, before getting dressed, or include the computer in the photo, rather than the backpack! 

Drive around the block and come back home. (Or drive through the golden arches for breakfast – something you wouldn’t do ordinarily!) 

Incorporate a  fun activity like our Oreo Cookie Bundle:  
Hold an Oreo taste test, then use the leftovers to see who can make the highest stack!

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Whether you go back to school in person, are home distance learning, giving homeschooling a try or continuing a homeschool journey form years past, I’d love to hear what you do to make back to school special. Feel free to send me an email! 

– Mrs. Crabtree

Going to Infinity and Beyond for Homeschool Resources!

Welcome back to another article in the Homeschool Holiday series of Educational Product Reviews. These are items you can use with confidence in your homes, co-ops and classrooms to meet the needs of your learners. Each of them are created by teacher-authors like myself (small, family oriented businesses)*.

Today I am delighted to introduce you to A-Z Infinity. Melanie Miller has graduated her 4 children from their homeschooling program and continues to be involved in homeschooling several of her grandchildren. Her products are designed for Pre-K through 3rd grades and have a very traditional approach to learning. Much of what is in the A-Z Infinity store is inspired by student need.

I have had the pleasure of using the Letter Recognition and Sound flash cards with a young learner in my homeschool program.

Each letter has it’s own card, the sound symbol, a word that illustrates the correct sound use (both the long and short sounds for vowels) and whether the letter is a consonant or a vowel. The cards also show capital and lowercase versions of the letters and a picture to illustrate the word chosen. We used these cards to introduce the alphabet in the order I personally use Sometimes called the “Satpin” method. With this method you  teach a mix of vowels and consonants using the following order:

S-A-T-P-I-N-M-C-B-R-L-F-E-H-D-J-G-W-O-U-V-K-Q-X-Y-Z

This way after just 6 letters you have a variety of three letter words you can use as reinforcement.

Sat, tin, pin, pat, tap, tip, pit, sit, nit, nip, nap, pan

The small, easy to print and use flash cards that come with this set are perfect for learners to manipulate into these easy 3 letter words!


In no time at all my learner and I were making all kinds of words. Most real, and some she invented (that’s perfectly normal if you are wondering!)

When Melanie is not creating curriculum or assisting in the homeschooling of her grandchildren she enjoys loom knitting, going on walks, gardening and spending time with her family. She has been a homeschooler for 24 years working with her own family, co-ops and private pre-schools. Melanie also provides families with tutoring services.

A-Z infinity takes pride in creating products that are easy to use with simple graphics. Some products are ink friendly which is especially important when printing at home. Melanie tries to give a variety of color, font and style options within products to increase their appeal to multiple learners.

You can check out all her products on Amped Up Learning and be sure to follow A-Z Infinity on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teacherresources123/ 

Until next time – Be blessed friends!

Mrs. Crabtree

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Back to School Sale on Amped up Learning!

The Back to School sale is in full SWING on Amped up Learning. All Homeschool Holiday products are 25% off with no coupon code or hashtag needed. The discount will be taken in your cart!

As a matter of fact – all the AMAZING teacher authors I have featured on the blog (AND MORE!) have their stores on sale! The sale is site wide and we worked extra hard to get our REMOTE READY (distance learning) as well as Face to Face products loaded and downloadable for you!

We know times are uncertain, and your new protocols are just being rolled out. Homeschool Holiday has what you need to help develop those relationships from the start. Fun, engaging products that student’s love!

Head over to the Amped Up Learning Facebook page and enter to win great prizes!

$25 Amped Up Giftcard, a shirt/sticker combo, and 2 face masks.

To enter:

1. Like & Follow Amped Up Learning on Facebook

2. Comment the grade level you teach or subject

For additional entries:

• Share the post to your page or stories and tag Amped Up Learning

• Tag a Teacher or Home School family (1 entry per comment)

3 Winners will be drawn at 9AM CST on Monday, August 3rd!

National Coloring Book Day

History –

National Coloring Book day stems from the modern craze in “Adult” coloring books… At Happy Hive Homeschooling, we believe coloring is an ageless activity and has many benefits.

The first coloring book for children was invented in 1879 by The McLoughlin Brothers, a New York publishing firm that was later sold to Milton Bradley.

The Little Folks’ Painting Book, was a critical step in making “coloring books” popular among children.

You see, ADULTS had been learning to paint with “books you color yourself” for some time. So Adult coloring books were truly the first coloring books.

Painting Books –

Wax crayons were not invented until 1903, therefore watercolors were the way in which these early books were colored by adults, and children alike. They were not called coloring books like we call them today, but instead were called “painting books.”

Coloring as Enrichment –

Adding color makes a picture come to life. Coloring books are for fun and in no way should replace other forms of art especially drawing on your own. If your learner enjoys coloring by all means let them color. Coloring pages make a creative addition to lessons and art activities but are not something the Happy Hive use as busywork.

Coloring pages can be used to complement lessons, to relax, or to introduce a topic. Using crayons, colored pencils, pastels or even watercolor paints as they did in the beginnings of coloring books,  your coloring can truly be a work of art.

“Coloring Books” from Homeschool Holiday –

Homeschool Holiday has put together 2 unique coloring products you won’t find anywhere else!

Detailed Designs and Mighty Mosaics.

The Detailed Designs line contain holiday themed pages and some additional “general” coloring pages for anytime use.

The Mighty Mosaics are along the line of the “adult” coloring books with repeated patterns. Each contains a title of what we call a HERO quality you can use for discussion.

How to Celebrate –

Celebrate National Coloring book day with these great products or by :

Creating your own coloring book by drawing line art for a younger sibling or friend

Host a coloring party where everyone comes over to color (Give a new box of crayons to all!)

Host a coloring contest

Splurge on some new coloring supplies

If you want to snag a set of FREE coloring pages for Coloring Book day you can! There is a sample pack of the Homeschool Holiday curriculum in our EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS’S ONLY area – The Curriculum Club.

Joining is easy, and It’s FREE! You get an Exclusive Freebie each month, previews of upcoming holidays and coordinating products, coupons and MORE! Just click the image below to sign up!

Click Image to Sign up for the Curriculum Club – FREE!

Be sure to visit our favorite shopping platform to purchase all our fun Holiday themed curriculum:

Click on image to visit my Amped Up Learning Store

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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”

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