November 2012 Fantastic Foto Field Trip Linkup

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WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU BEEN?! We are excited to see all the fun field trips again this month on our reoccurring linky. Have you been traveling, field tripping, adventuring outdoors, geotrekking, nature studying, hiking, or just walking around the block and collecting leaves?

Down here in Texas the trees are just now changing – despite it being 75 degrees out yesterday. Honestly, they really aren’t sure what to do with short stints of 35 degree weather and then back up to 80. I don’t blame them. It has been nice to see a few of them that don’t just spontaneously drop their leaves turn red, orange, and yellow.

We haven’t been on any big learning field trips, but we have certainly stopped to marvel over nature, and learned a few things about the trees in the process. The photo below is a red maple in Austin, Texas that a preacher planted 15 years ago “when it was only 6 feet tall”. It was split in an ice storm a decade ago, but he wouldn’t let them tear it down. Today it towers over a parking area and attracts instagrammers like me with its showy red display.

The Autumn Sun #red #fall #leaves #instamood #nature

Where have YOU been lately? What have you seen?


We love seeing your links and hearing about fun field trip ideas. Join us here each month (the last Friday of each month) to link up your field trips. Our readers showcase their field trip links, linking recent trips or not-so-recent trips here on our linky tool below. It doesn’t matter how old your link is, but please only post the link to a particular field trip once. Wherever you are going – inquiring homeschool minds want to hear about it (and see pretty pictures!)…

Rules for linking up:

1. Your Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips post must be about a field trip and must contain photos.

2. There is no date limit on when you posted the article on your blog (ancient stuff from 2005 is acceptable).

3. You can include as many links as you want each month — the more the merrier (wow us!).

4. Do not link back to your main blog page — just the url from the actual field trip post and a title of where it was would be great: example — Sprittibee/Pumpkin Painting in the Park

5. Be sure to use the graphic for the meme either in your post or sidebar (or both)

Feel free to browse back through our older Fantastic Foto Fieldtrip posts to find great links and fun picture posts.

Just click on the field trips category on our sidebar and scroll away! We can’t wait to join you on your your adventures.



Credits: Photo by Sprittibee

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Advent 2012 : Studies, Crafts and Recipes

Advent Studies Crafts and Recipes 2012

After posing a question on Facebook Monday asking you about your plans for Advent, we thought it would be fun to post about the suggestions you gave us.

We’ve added a few extras and we invite you to leave a comment sharing with us any posts you have about Advent.


  • Last year, we posted about The Jesse Tree, a devotional eBook from Ann Voskamp and Nancy Rodden. Still a favorite!
  • Truth in the Tinsel
  • Buckner Advent Guide
  • 24 Days of Christmas Books – This isn’t so much a study, but it didn’t fit with crafts or recipes so here it sits. Wrap up 24 Christmas books and read one each day.
  • Calendars:
    • Precious Moments
    • Legos
    • DaySpring
  • World still has their older Advent studies listed as well as their new one “Anticipating the King
  • The Thoughtful Christian has several Advent resources available (can be purchased or free with subscription)
  • Faith and Worship offer several Advent Bible Study guides.
  • Vibrant Faith just posted a list of their new Advent studies on their blog. A little bit of something for everyone in the family!
  • Home Educating Family Association’s Professor Carol has a cute Advent workshop this year. Sign up to participate in their online advent calendar.



  • Primal Kitchen has a pretty awesome series on Real Food Advent Recipes (the first one is Coconut Manna Cups!)
  • Big Red Kitchen starts of their Advent Recipe Series with Christmas Coal.
  • Ecosalon shares the Swedish tradition of Advent Pepparkakor {Gingerbread cookies} (complete with how to make a Gingerbread house)

Do you have an Advent tradition? Please share with us in the comments!

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Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.

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Thank you to all of the sponsors, bloggers, and readers who took time to participate in The Homeschool Blog Awards this year!

Happy Homeschooling!


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