K5 Stars is an online Learning Center

K5 Stars is an online learning center that helps every child become a star learner. Mastering the basics such as Sight Words, Reading and Elementary Math is the foundation of success from elementary school through college and beyond. Give Your Child a Boost with Over 300 Fun Online Games!

Is Your Child Falling Behind In Reading?
K5 Stars is able to help you child become a better reader. The K5 Star site is very interactive. Being able to access this learning tool at any time of the day or night is a real advantage for not only you but also your child. Being able to learn from the comfort of your own home at any time…When ever is convenient.

Is Your Child Falling Behind In Math?
Give Your Child a Learning Advantage with Over 300 Fun Online Games!
Let your kids play their way to an education! Designed for Pre-Kindergarden-5th grade. Just look at the topics that are available….
telling time
units of measure
In addition to the over 300 interactive games that are available your also able to print off (pdfs) for Sight Words Word Search Puzzles: These are available for several different grade levels.

This site offers several options …
You can try this teaching tool out for free for a week…..
Then decide if you want to continue to use it… the membership fee is VERY small…. and it is good for en entire year!
What have you got to loose?

Plant the Reading Seed Early

It is never to early to start reading to your child. You can start reading to you or child before they are even born, your soft gentle voice can be very comforting.

I am sure you have seen an image of speakers hooked up to a very pregnant mother to be.. playing soft music to her unborn child. Reading to that unborn baby would be the same thing, BUT….in my opinion even better. It would be YOU… the voice that they will hear for their lifetime. Plant the reading seed early. You can not start much earlier than that.

Reading to your child should be a habit you start early and continue as they grow older. Reading before a nap or before bed, reading a quick story before lunch time…. form a reading habit will help your child relax and unwind. Stories don’t have to be long….but if they are, perhaps saving the second half of a lunch time story would be the perfect transition into a before nap time story.

Books that have colorful pictures and lots of white space.. with very few words can help spark your child’s imagination. Even if your child is not actually looking at the book they still are hearing the rhythm of the story and the rise and fall of your voice.

When reading to your child, draw your finger along the words as you go. This familiarizes your child with the foundations of reading: that words have meaning; that words on a page are read from left to right; and that one page of information carries on to the next.

Let your child’s interests be your guide. Gather a collection of books sure to capture your child’s attention. Babies love to learn about animals, colors and shapes, as well as letters and numbers.  If your child shows an interest in dinosaurs, then please give them books about dinosaurs.

It is never to early to start reading to your child… Plant the reading seed early and make it a habit..

Here is a wonderful site to help your child learn to read. It is very interactive. K5 Stars

Everything I need to know about life I learned from Noah’s ark

“Everything I need to know about life I learned from Noah’s ark.”

One – Don’t miss the boat.

Two – Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Three – Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

Four – Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

Five – Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

Six – – For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

Seven – Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Eight – When you’re stressed, float a while.

Nine – Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Ten- No matter the storm, when you’re with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

  “unknown author”
Here is another version of this…. by David Sisler

Don’t you just love Halloween?

Don’t you just love Halloween? I know I do….It is not the candy…. it is not the costumes…
It is not the parties that both young and old alike attend. It is not the corn mazes that you can get lost in. I have never under stood the combination of eating donuts and drinking apple cider so it sure is not that.

Haunted houses…. well they can be real fun. Several places offer haunted houses that you can venture into if you are brave enough.. I must tell you a story about that. Many years ago we picked up the neighbor boy Brian to go to a haunted house. He was probably about 13 at the time. While standing in line waiting for our turn, we watched the people as they exited the haunted house. Many were crying.. most were laughing… almost all were holding onto each other. It really was fun to watch them. Then it was our turn.. Now I had never been to a haunted house before and I certainly had never taken anyone… of course at the last minute my husband decided that he had to be somewhere else at the exact time we were being ushered into this deep dark hole……

Words can NOT express what the haunted house was like. I can only tell you what it was like to have a kid hide his head in my back covering his eyes with my sweater shoving me all the way though and screaming… now mind you this kid didn’t see anything.. he couldn’t of.. his head was buried in my back…   Yes it was very scary.. The minute we got out my husband was waiting for us, and Brian said… “that wasn’t so bad.. can we go again????”

Nope…. none of that is why I love Halloween…. I love this time of year because on the radio I can hear this great song…… You can’t help but tap your toes and dance the Monster Mash right along with them…. I especially love the Crypt Kicker Five outfits. If I were dressing up for a Halloween party I would dress like those gals… gotta love a good looking outfit like that.

I hope you enjoy Bobby “Boris” Picket and the Crypt Kicker Five as much as I do. I have my dancing shoes on… how about you?

Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education

If you saw a dime on the ground.. would you pick it up? I know that I would. I always pick up coins that I find on the ground…. yes, even pennies. I think it is habit more than anything. Over the years I am sure that I have found and picked up a substantial amount of money.

Finding a dime on the ground may not seem like a lot but if you were combine your efforts with 100′s of others on a routine basis…. those dimes would quickly add up. Campbell’s and General Mills both offer the same concept as finding dimes on the ground….they both offer a way for your school to benefit by placing a specific label on their products that you collect and when turned into your school they are able to redeem them for CASH….

There are 2 companies that are trading labels for CASH…. Campbell’s and General Mills.

Campbell’s = Labels for Education
General Mills = Box Tops for Education

General Mills launched Box Tops for Education in 1996 on its cereal boxes. Since then, the program has given more than $400 million to schools across the country. Today, 30,000 schools participate in this nationwide fundraising program. New products are being added to the program constantly, so keep your eye out for the logo on your favorite products.

On this page http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/clip/Brands.aspx you will find a list of products that have labels on them. Most are worth 10 each unless otherwise stated. Some are Bonus Box Tops are worth more but they contain the amount and an expiration date. The schools turn the labels into Box Tops for CASH and they are able to get a check twice a year. Up to $20,000 a year…. Just think what YOUR school could do with additional money.

If you want to PRINT off a list of participating box top products you can go here


Please keep in mind that more and more products are being added to that list. I am making it a habit to now look over all packages before I throw them out. It only takes a few seconds and it is able to produce such good.

I bet it you looked in your pantry now you would find lots of “Dimes”.
Labels for Education is for Campbell’s and many other products like Pepperidge Farms, Pop Secret, BIC, and Post just to name a few. These labels are turned into Campbell’s for points that can be used to buy items like computer games, supplies, and items to use in the classroom.

You will find a list of participating Labels for Education products on the link below


Take a few moments to check each website for specific products and to make sure your school is enrolled. Each site has a handy search box for you to see what schools in your area are participating

Just another hint…Tyson labels are great because they are worth 24 cents each so that really adds up.

I bet you have a pantry FULL of labels just waiting to be clipped.
Once collected you can send these labels into school with your kids. Perhaps you could set up a collection box at your work place or your church. If people simply know about this I am sure they will be happy to help. We do not have any kids but this is something that is so easy to do and so beneficial that I will be checking out my food containers before I pitch them from now on.

Please start collecting and help your school find extra CASH one of the easiest ways possible. A big thanks to both Labels for Education- Campbell’s and Box Tops for Education- General Mills for offering this wonderful nationwide fundraiser. It really does not get much easier than this.Here are a couple of images of the labels that you are to be looking for. I found many shapes and sizes of the images. Once you get the hang of it they will be easy to spot!

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Painted Pumpkins

Fall is my favorite time of year. The trees turn such beautiful colors. All the different shades of red, yellow and brown. Where I grew up, our town always became extra busy in the fall. We were invaded with people who came for the “Color Tour”. Since I grew up with that around me I thought they were very silly. But now that I live further south with not as many trees I now can appreciate what that “Color Tour” was all about.

The end of October brings Halloween. What a fun time of year that is. Kids of all ages enjoy Halloween. The stores have such wonderful accessories to purchase for this most festive day. It just seems a shame that some of those decorations can’t be used longer.

Pumpkins are one of the traditions of the Halloween season. They are fun but they are also very messing. They really don’t last very long and I can remember my mother struggling to prepare the pumpkins so that us kids could carve scary faces.

My neighbor has a much better way. Easier and much more practical. And the fact that no one stands the chance of cutting themselves makes it even nice. She paints pumpkins. Some are scary, some are funny, each are unique and different.

So many of the schools are no longer allowing the children to dress up and enjoy Halloween parties many have opted to take the kids to the pumpkin patch and not only choose their own pumpkins but are now taking them back to school to paint and then take home to enjoy for many weeks.

School Halloween parties have been replaced with pumpkin painting parties. Although I always enjoyed dressing up and showing off my costume I am sure that painting a pumpkin would be a fun activity too.

I found a book about pumpkin painting it offers lots of tips and ideas for you.

Check out Easy Pumpkin Painting


Eating Healthy Even When Your Busy

Everyone is BUSY. It seems like there is never enough time for ANYTHING. When it comes time to eat It is so easy to pop through the drive thru and just pick something up.. or order a pizza. But how healthy are those choices? I am sure they are NOT healthy and that habit can become very expensive.

When you have kids in school it becomes especially difficult to find the time to COOK. Lack of planning can easily lead to poor food choices. Pulling something hot and delicious out of the oven feels way better than handing a greasy bag to the back seat of the car!

According to dinnertrade.com, the average parent spends 38.5 minutes per week having meaningful conversations with their children!  The dinner table is the best place to increase that valuable time!  Frequent family meals are also associated with lower risks of smoking, drinking, depression and drugs and an increase in good grades for children ages 11-18.


If being too busy to shop and cook is your problem, the School Night Dinner Menus are your solution!  Start cooking for your kids at home on school nights!

This meal planner called School Night Dinner Ideas really has made it easy for you to cook meals for your family. I know I know.. I hear you groaning now… But the recipes are easy and quick to make as well as being good for you. Imagine having the information that you need at your fingertips while your at the grocery store to be able to shop only once a week and have everything that you need to cook for that entire week….. Don’t you think that sounds like a wonderful thing to do for your family?

This video is less than 3 minutes and it sums everything up for you in that short amount of time.

Please CLICK HERE to read more about School Night Dinner Ideas. They are having a SALE at the moment on this. You’re able to get the complete downloadable package for only $3.00. You may want to pick it up now before the price goes back up.

This great little meal planner is not just the perfect thing for busy family’s with school age children. It is perfect for anyone who simply wants to spend less time shopping and cooking and being able to have good healthy food choices.

Make your life easier…. check out School Night Dinner Ideas NOW!

School Night Dinner Ideas…$3.00 Summer Sale!

Since it is almost time to go back to school I thought it would be the perfect time to post what I found. I know how busy everyone is and cooking a family meal while the kids are in school seems like such a task. Grabbing burgers or ordering pizza just seems easier most of the time. That can get very expensive and it is probably not the most healthy food choice.

School Night Dinner Ideas can be a HUGE help to you. Recipes as well as shopping lists are all included.. You’re able to load it onto your smart phone or Tablet if you choose so you have it at your finger tips while you’re at the grocery store!

It is all planned out for you….your able to make 250 family friendly recipes. Using this will allow you to only have to shop once a week and save you money as well as offer good food to your busy family. The short video will show you how it works…. Click Banner Below

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Learning About Agriculture While Playing Games on the Computer

MyAmerican Farm GAMESDo your children play games on the computer?…. Most kids do. The question is?… is it wasted time or is it time well spent. If they are learning while playing then I would consider it time well spent. I have found a wonderful site that I enjoy talking about because they have so much to offer children…. It is called My American Farm. As you would imagine it promote agriculture. Their goal is to build agricultural awareness and understanding through education…..Gotta love a site like that.

The site is very colorful and interactive. There are many games to choose from and you don’t have to tell them that they will be learning something as they play… It can be our little secret!


While your there take the tour and see what else this great little site has to offer both you and your children…. Have fun!

My American Farm is Looking for Young Poets

66695_10151678092098268_1269400609_nCalling All Young Poets! I have often written about this fun website, My American Farm….It might be because I live in this very rural area and I fit right in. I just had to tell you about a contest that they are offering to all young poets.

The rules are easy but the poems have to be submitted by June 30th… so get those little munchkins putting pen to paper… and get them writing because….
My American Farm is having a poetry contest! Kids can submit poems up to 10 lines long on why they appreciate American farmers and ranchers.Your poem could be the lucky one selected and shared through My American Farm! Submit poems to myamericanfarm@fb.org by June 30th

Good Luck!
You can also keep up to date with what is happening by “Liking” their Facebook Page.
My American Farm is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.