Cook with Books: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee

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cook with books A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee

Fall is a great time for camping!  If you’re planning a camping trip, you will definitely want to check out A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, by Chris Van Dusen.  This picture book tells of Mr. Magee and his dog, Dee, who have quite an adventure when they decide to take the trailer out for a weekend in the wilderness.  The entire story is done in rhyme and is fun and easy to read aloud.  You may recognize Van Dusen’s art style from his illustrations in Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson books.  Here, too, they are bright and cheery and go along well with the story.


Whether you’re camping away from home or in your own backyard, s’mores cones are a fun variation on the traditional campfire snack.  All you need are:

  • sugar cones
  • chocolate chips
  • mini marshmallows


Step 1:  Fill your cone with marshmallows and chocolate chips.


Fill it up to the very tip top!


Step 2:  Wrap the cones in foil and put them on your grill.  How long you have to wait will depend on how big your fire is and how melty you want your chocolate and marshmallows!

5Step 3:  Enjoy!  These are not as messy as traditional s’mores, thanks to the cone!  After we made these, we started brainstorming all the variations you could make…peanut butter, mint chocolate chips, peppermints…Just about anything you can think of!

Happy camping!

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HUGE Homeschool Sale Coming Soon and $150 Giveaway Now!

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The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale is almost here! To celebrate the upcoming sale, they are doing a pre-sale giveaway for 3 bundles of your choice AND offering you a special coupon code.

Enter to win 3 bundles of your choice!

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win any 3 of 19 individual bundles. We cannot tell you what products are in the bundles just yet, but just know, THEY TOTALLY ROCK!

There are several individual bundles, priced starting at $10. The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale will consist of the following bundles, plus, of course, the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!! These bundles are full of products from popular publishers!

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

Grab a Coupon Code

You can receive a coupon code, just for giving us your email address! Refer friends for additional savings.  Enter your email address to get a coupon code you can use when the 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale starts!


The Build Your Bundle Sale is ONE-WEEK ONLY – May 25th – June 1st 2015.

Don’t miss the BIGGEST homeschooling sale of the year. When you enter the giveaway OR enter your email for a coupon code, we will be sure to send you a reminder email so you do not forget.

Not sure why you should participate in a HUGE bundle sale like this? Read what Marcy at Ben and Me has to say by clicking on the image below.

3 Reasons to Buy eBooks plus How to Organize Them

May Dates in History

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May Dates in History

May is a month rich with opportunities to incorporate history into everyday living and learning. Take a look at some of the significant May dates in history and grab free printables to help you commemorate each one.

On May 2, 1611, the First King James Version of the Bible was published. Practice handwriting skills with this copywork passage from John 1:1-14.

On May 5, 1961, Freedom 7, launched by a Redstone rocket, carried the first American, Alan Shepard, into space. Let’s celebrate with a free fill-in all about the history of rockets and a geography-themed decoding puzzle.

On May 8, 1945, America and Britain celebrated V-E Day, the day commemorating the end of World War II in Europe. See if you can locate key cities from the war in Europe on this printable map.

On May 15, 1919, the Winnipeg General Strike in Manitoba, Canada, began. While the strike in Manitoba did not deal with the issue of child labor, we’re going to take this opportunity to talk about the problem of child labor we face today. *This worksheet is designed for older children only; parents or teachers are encouraged to preview the worksheet first before sharing it with children.

On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards were given in Hollywood, California. Have fun awarding your own awards to the movies you, your family, and your friends choose and practice taking a survey. A printable for younger kids and older kids are both provided.

On May 20, 1570, cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the first modern atlas. See how well you do recognizing old place names with our Maps Then and Now fill in.

On May 23, 1873, the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was established by the Canadian Parliament. In this worksheet, you’ll get to meet Renee. She has wanted to ride a horse on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for her entire life! It’s all she’s ever wanted to do. But, she has a problem. She just discovered that she’s allergic to horses! How will she ever join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police now? What Renee is about to discover is that there are lots of ways you can be a part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) without being a policewoman on horseback. Learn more about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with today’s worksheet.

On May 27, 1999, the first Canadian to board the International Space Station, Julie Payette, joined the shuttle mission. We’re going to practice math and geography skills, along with a little history, as we explore other historic long journeys and compare them to the journey of Julie Payette.

On May 27, 1961, President Kennedy announced the goal of the United States to reach the moon. To celebrate, we’re going to play Race to Space! This fun printable game can be played by two players. Just print, play, and enjoy!

On May 28, 585 BC, a nearly total solar eclipse happened during the Battle of Eclipse between the armies of Lydia and Media. Can you imagine what the men fighting must have thought when the sky suddenly darkened? This moment was recorded and became a key date in predicting eclipses. Try this science-themed writing prompt to help expand your knowledge of what happened.

On May 31, 1859, Big Ben rang out in London, England, for the first time. See how much you know about British history by matching the British monarch to the events of his/her reign.

On May 31, 1911, the hull of the RMS Titanic was launched. This writing printable will help you write a Titanic acrostic, brainstorm a list of words, and write a story about the Titanic.

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Bonnie Rose Hudson works with both and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as a curriculum creator and as the Executive Editor of Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.