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Witching You a Haunting Halloween

Witching you a Haunting and Happy Halloween




Travel Tip Tuesday - Walkway over the Hudson

It's another fun filled Travel Tip Tuesday here at the Joys of Home Educating.  




Today we are venturing out to the Walkway over the Hudson.The Walkway over the Hudsonis aState Historic Park linear walkway spanning the Hudson river at 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long. IT IS the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the WORLD!

 The idea was conceived out of the idea of turning an old abandoned railroad bridge into a pedestrian park.  The park opened on October 3, 2009.  We have been here a few times and each time the view and the fun do not disappoint!  




I love how the children can LEARN all about how the walkway was built and the history of the area. 


Being over a mile (with no rest rooms in between) - we usually only go half way, picnic, and then walk back to the parking lot. 

Zachary is usually the oldest kid who is there with our group of friends so he is the "teacher" for the visit. 

Aren't these views looking down the Hudson River just fabulous!


If we get lucky, …

Collage Friday and a Giveaway

Welcome to another wrap up - Collage Friday!  Sharing over at Homegrown Learners!  I will admit I have not been taking so many pictures this week.  Zachary has a slight cough and I am keeping him quiet until the weekend (our big Halloween party and we have two families staying with us - dont want to get other kids sick!)  

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But first - did you all see that I have a wonderful giveaway going on?  Have you heard of Splashmath?  If you haven't, you need to!  I am so impressed with what Zachary has been doing so far!  There are a few more days to enter - so clickHERE!- EASY Entries! (low entries so far!)

What's happening in school this week......
We have taken it easy this week in light of all the housecleaning, prep work, shopping, and all the fun Halloween activities that I have found for the kids to do!



Zachary has been building and discovering how things work this week wit…

Travel Tip Tuesday - Boo at the Zoo - NYC

It's Travel Tip Tuesday - where I bring you fun ways to spend the day in "my" city - NYC!  Today's travel tip brings us to the borough of The Bronx. More specifically - The Bronx Zoo



 This time of year the animals are so active, with the heat behind them and the cool weather setting in.  An annual tradition at The Bronx Zoo isBoo at the Zoo.  These fall fun filled weekends include:  Hay mazes, musical theater, magic shows, costume parades and more.  Adding a trip to Boo at the Zoo to your itinerary is worth your time. 

You will find the Zoo transformed into something out of a Halloween movie. The staff has decorated it to the nines!  

The dates for the Boo at the Zoo weekends are from October 5 - November 3rd.   If you are planning at trip to the city that never sleeps - I suggest you bring the kiddies to The Bronx Zoo for some BOO at the Zoo!


TRAVEL TIP:  If you are visiting the city that never sleeps and money is tight - try visiting The Bronx Zoo on a Wednesday. Wed…

Splash Math - Review and Giveaway

Today I am happy to bring you a review and giveaway from Splash Math!  

I was given a yearly subscription of Splashmath.com for our home in exchange for my honest feedback. These opinions in this post are all my own.  This post may contain affiliate or sponsor links. Please see full disclosure at the bottom of the page.  

Studypad, a pioneer in curriculum aligned educational apps on iPads , with its new product wants to give the same iPad experience to those homes which have internet access throughPC.
Adding to the user experience, Splash Math for web has more comprehensive content than its app counterparts , parents and kids get an explanation for every question their kids answer incorrectly instead of simple right and wrong . Instead of just a singular grade, it provides Common Core aligned practice content from all of Grades 1 through 5. This offers an added advantage to the child. They can now move beyond his grade  and practice the next grade level, and also  go back and revise the …

Collage Friday

Welcome to another edition of Collage Friday- it's the day where other homeschoolers link up their weekly posts over at Homegrown Learners!  My blogging and IRL friend, Mary, is the hostess with the mostess!  You must check her blog out!  
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This week was as busy as all the others have been leading up to today!  It started on Sunday with our Outreach Sunday Pancake Breakfast.  The kids were very helpful in serving and prep work. The girls even wore their Melissa & Doug Waitress costumes to enhance the event! (of course they were a HUGE hit)

Whats keeping us busy?  Soccer practices, games....gym classes...studying where and when we can...enjoying this New York Fall weather!  The weekend and week have been gorgeous! 


Other fun stuff going on....
We made these cute thumbprint spider cards to send to the Grandmas...Molly fell in love with this handmade headband from Keilee of KeileesKreat…

Wordless Wednesday

Halloween Crafting for Kids

I am so excited that Kiwi Crate has a special themed Halloween Crate for your little ones this spooky season!
This post contains affiliate links. See disclosure at bottom of blog.   I just love the Kiwi Crate company and so do our girls. As soon as the green boxes arrive each month it's a day filled with crafting fun! Quality you can count on! Here is a sample of the high quality supplies that come with your Kiwi Crates. These are an accumulation of supplies over the last 10 months. We have used them for the specific themed crate and then we put them into our Craft Closet for future use. As you can see the items are of high quality and multiple use for your little ones. While you are making your Christmas List out consider a monthly subscription to Kiwi Crate for your child.  It's a give that they won't forget about and end up in the bottom of the toy box.  Each month a new crate comes filled with activities and supplies.  Explore their website and check out the options for g…

Collage Friday

Last weekend was our 6th and final camping trip for the season. We have so enjoyed our new travel trailer.   It was Halloween Weekend at our favorite Jellystone park! Met up with our BFF's to camp for the last time and we had a haunting good time!  We decorated our sites...kids got to trick or treat....Halloween dance and more...we did have some rain throughout the weekend but we did not let us dampen our spirits!
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The leaves were soooo beautiful up North.  I was in my element dressing up and putting a scare into the children who came to our site!  Tina made Mummy Dogs for the kids also.  Loved our time camping!


Sunday morning was our "big breakfast" before we headed home and unfortunately it was raining so we brought our Halloween party inside.  These cute gable boxes are from Pamela at D and P Celebrations. Love her stuff!


It was a busy week of school.  Zachary was learning all abo…

Wordless Wednesday

Collage Friday - It's Fall Y'all

I am giddy with the leaves changing...the temperatures lowering...the Uggs making their season debut on my tootsies...soccer games....bonfires...oh can you just sense the joy in my typing!  I am a fall girl through and through. 
This past weekend we had our annual apple picking outing.  Bad news is that our good friends who usually go with us, moved in April to Orlando 8(    Good news is that my SIL and BIL, their children, Bubby and other friends joined us!  The children always love to spend time with their cousins!  It was a fun day - warmer than I expected.   

We started back to school FINALLY to our full time schedule on Monday - Momma is happy!  We have one last trip planned for this weekend with our camper and then we are storing it for the season. 
What's up in school.....
One of our big changes this year is that Zachary (being 4th grade and will be taking the required NYS testing this year) is working independent of the girls. He requires more "quiet" time and concen…