Chinese New Years

Below are some link for some fun activities.

chinese new year for kids on Pinterest.

chinese new year for kids on YouTube.

Chinese New Year and China Crafts and Children’s Activities


2017 Chinese New Year Kids Activities and Rooster Crafts

Chinese New Year: creative projects and free printable art activity sheets for kids

Chinese New Year Activities and Crafts for Preschool and Kindergarten

All About Chinese New Year for Kids and Teachers

Inauguration Day

The inauguration of the President of the United States is a very important day to remember. This will be the first one we have had since we began our homeschooling journey. We do not have TV service but I may try to stream it online so we can watch at least a part of it.

I think it would be interesting to research the new president and find out some interesting facts about them as well. Below are some activities I have found:


Homeschool: January on Pinterest

United States presidential inauguration

Inauguration Day Bingo for Kids! (this one was for Barack Obama but may give you some inspiration for your own BINGO.)

Inauguration Day — Facts and Fun Activities 


The Our White House Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids!

Hail to the Chief: Inauguration Lessons (lots of neat links to check out!)

Images for Inauguration Day ideas for kids

10 Inauguration Day Resources

Inauguration Party Ideas for Kids (This was for Barack Obama but I’m sure it could be changed to fit the incoming president.)

inauguration day for kids (YouTube)

January 15-21, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

NOTE: This is a Pantry Challenge Week for me.



French Toast Roll Ups, scrambled eggs, sausage


ramen noodles, grilled cheese


Cream Cheese Chicken, Rice, Cole Slaw


Easy Banana Pudding





tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies


Popover Pizza, Salad


Peanut Butter Crackers



French Toast


PB & J sandwiches, fresh fruit


Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad, Rice, Beans





Pumpkin Muffins


PB & J sandwiches, fruit


Boston Baked Beans, Mac n Cheese, Fried Cabbage









Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole, Salad


Popcorn (National Popcorn Day)





hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies


Free Day **use food from the pantry or freezer or order out for a special treat


Boiled Eggs



Bird Nests, grits, fruit


Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies


Breakfast for Dinner



January 7, 2017

Well today has been a day. Oh, what a day!

Full of tons of excitement as the boys have been pretending to be super heroes for the past two days. Which means that they have been dragging blankets around, tucked into the back of their shirts, everywhere they go. They eat with their capes, their sleep with their capes (using them as blankets), and they play with their capes.

Jacob has been getting up super early and this morning was no exception. He wanted peanut butter apples first thing this morning.

For breakfast we had Dutch Puff with applesauce. Joey has decided this is his new favorite food and has requested it for his birthday dinner next week. Not so sure that is going to happen but we’ll see.

The kids saw the how windy it was and decided that today would be a good day to fly a kite. Well, it’s cold and rainy so we agreed that we would wait for another day and then one of them suggested we should have a ‘kite day’ in March. So I will try to put that on the calendar for then.

The kids were cleaning up the playroom and I was fixing them some lunch when Joey asked me if his sister was still coming today. He says, ‘Remember Momma, she wants some mollies’. I hadn’t a clue what he was talking about until I glanced at the calendar, which I should’ve looked at this morning, and saw that I was supposed to make tamales!

This threw me into a bit of panic mode but everything was OK. (Yes, those are bananas in my mixer bowl. I have been buying more fruit and just use the bowl to store the extras when I am not using the mixer.)

So I scurried around a few minutes and got everything together and set to work putting together the tamales. The kids were down for naps so they didn’t get to help me this time around.


After putting together a big plate of tamales it was time to cook them.


While they were cooking I cleaned up a bit and snacked on some of the leftover chicken and salsa mixture.

Then I got to work on the Hot Fudge Sundae Cake for dessert. All the while Joey, who was supposed to be napping, kept coming up with ideas for his upcoming birthday. He wants an ‘Indominus Rex’  cake. Hmmmm…. not so sure that I can pull that off but we’ll see.

I finished up dinner around 5:00. We had yellow rice and black beans to complete the meal. Everything tasted so good!

It always amazes me how I can spend hours making a meal and then they can scarf it down in a matter of minutes!

We had a good visit with my oldest daughter. The kids watched ‘The Good Dinosaur’ and had lots of fun. 

Then bedtime came around and Jacob was crying for his ‘friend’. His new friend is ‘Silly Raptor’. (I think this is an imaginary friend.) We finally got him settled in bed with the promise that we would try to find her in the morning. 

I am headed to bed early tonight. Tomorrow is another day and another start but I know I’ll need as much energy as I can get. 


Backwards Day

I know my older kids loved this day at Public School. They didn’t have to worry about if their shirts were on right or even their shoes for that matter. Sometimes I think my kids are celebrating Backwards Day everyday here!

Below are some link for some fun activities. Maybe you could have dinner for breakfast or breakfast for dinner? Just have fun!

Things To Do

Backwards Day

Crazy Mixed Up Backwards Day on Pinterest

Backwards Day Lesson Plan

Backwards Day at A to Z Kids Stuff

Backwards & Upside Down Day

Books to Read (Backwards)

Backwards Day

Brunhilda’s Backwards Day

Sofia’s Backwards Day

Party Supplies



Winnie The Pooh Day

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This is the day set to celebrate the birthday of  A.A. Milne who was the creator of the beloved Winnie the Pooh. This could be such a fun day full of cute activities for the kids. Below are some links to some resources that I have found:

Things To Do

Winnie the Pooh Activities on Pinterest

Eight Lesson Ideas for Winnie-the-Pooh Day

Winnie the Pooh on YouTube

Winnie the Pooh Printable Craft


Homeschool: January on Pinterest

25-winnie-pooh-ideas (some really cute party ideas and crafts)

Winnie the Pooh (coloring pages and other activities)

Winnie-the-Pooh: A Unit Study

Images for winnie the pooh crafts to make


Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Books to Read:

Pooh’s Library: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six (Pooh Original Edition)

Winnie-the-Pooh Board Book Collection

Party Supplies and Gifts:

Winnie the Pooh on Amazon

Winnie the Pooh on Zazzle

Winnie the Pooh at Precious Moments

Winnie the Pooh on Oriental Trading


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We all know his famous speech but we can use this day to help our kids understand and learn more about who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and what he did that made him so famous.

Below are links to some resources that I have found:

Martin Luther King Day

Kids’ Martin Luther King Day Activities on Pinterest 

Preschool Activities and Crafts

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activities

8 Frugal & Fun Martin Luther King Day Activities for Kids


The BIG List of FREE Martin Luther King, Jr. Homeschool Resources

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Homeschool: January on Pinterest

Books To Read:

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.


New Year’s Day

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Below are some links to fun activities for New Year’s Day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Things To Do:


New Year’s activities at Kids Activities Blog

New Year Traditions-A Day of Family Fun

NEW YEAR’S Arts, Crafts & Activities

You could also make a time capsule, set off a few fireworks, or let the kids help you plan and prepare the New Year’s meal.

Lucky New Year’s Meal

Explore the meanings and origins here at the Old Farmer’s Almanac page:


Here is another fun looking project:


Party Supplies and Gifts:


Precious Moments:


Oriental Trading


January Holidays

I will try to update this list with some fun activities as well. Feel free to click the links to find out more about the origins and meanings behind these special days. I plan to incorporate a few of these into our normal homeschool routine to add a little fun and excitement to our days. Have fun and maybe make up your own personal family holiday or tradition for the month!

This month is also known as:

  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • Hot Tea Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month

The weeks can be celebrated as:

  • 2nd Week Letter Writing Week

I found this list and more here:

New Year’s Day (1st)

** See New Year’s Day for crafts and activities.

National Spaghetti Day (4th)

Trivia Day (4th)

Friday the 13th (not every January but in 2017 we have one)

**See Friday The 13th for crafts and activities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (3rd Monday in January)

**See Martin Luther King Jr. Day for crafts and activities.

Winnie the Pooh Day (18th)  Winnie The Pooh Day

**See Winnie The Pooh Day for crafts and activities.

National Popcorn Day  (19th)

Inauguration Day (20th or 21st)

**See Inauguration Day for crafts and activities.

National Blonde Brownie Day (22nd)

National Pie Day (23rd)

National Peanut Butter Day (24th)

Compliment Day (24th)

Chinese New Years – date varies

**See Chinese New Years for crafts and activities.

National Puzzle Day (29th)

Backward Day (31st)

**See Backwards Day for crafts and activities.

Homeschool: January on Pinterest for crafts/activities related to the month of January.