FREE Fall Spelling Worksheets For Early Readers

Free Fall Spelling Worksheets For Early Readers

I am a part of many homeschool groups and boards through social media.  I enjoy reading others tips, ideas and questions, because it helps me to know I’m not alone in my struggles, but also makes me aware of things I might be missing in my sons curriculum.  One thing we have found since he has really started reading steadily is that he has a desire to learn how to spell more words.  While I had not planned a specific Spelling class this year for him, I have decided to introduce more spelling words and tests for him as part of his general curriculum.

Instead of giving him a random list of words to work on each week, I am creating lists of words around our unit studies, science projects, history chapters or even math problems of the week.  I can include general sight words and terms, along with other more difficult words that are linked to his curriculum and unit studies.  Since we are about to work through some great Fall themed books about leaves changing, Thanksgiving and being thankful, I was excited one of my friends had offered to make me these FREE Fall Spelling Worksheets For Early Readers.  Not only are they a fun coloring project for kids, they include some simple words about the season that they can practice and write themselves.  This is perfect for review, spelling lists and general vocabulary lessons.

While these were made for our 2nd grade student, they could be used for younger students depending on their reading skills at this level.  Our son is a rather advanced reader, and has conquered a lot of the other sight words for his grade level, so we think this has a good mix of items he can easily spell or be challenged by.

Free Fall Spelling Worksheets For Early Readers



Tree Printable Spelling Words

Turkey Vocab2-page-0

Just click on the images above to load the Fall Spelling Worksheets For Early Readers!  These list will be great for you to print and work them into your Fall curriculum.  Not only are they great for a fun art craft project, they are a great way to increase your kids sight word abilities, spelling abilities and writing skills!

Pumpkin Printable

Tree Printable

Turkey Printable

Do you want more free printable worksheets, spelling lists and homeschool materials?  If so, please leave a comment letting us know so we can include one each week for your classroom convenience!


Looking for more Free or Cheap Homeschool Resources?  Check out some of our other great tips!

Kids Fall Thumbprint Leaves Craft (includes suggested Fall themed books for unit study)

7 Tips For Cheap Homeschool Curriculum

10 FREE Homeschool Resources


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Merry Fall Door Hanger

We are back again this week with a super fun and easy craft brought to us by our good friend Katie Fermia.  I love that she was generous enough to share her tips on how to make this fun Merry Fall Door Hanger!  This is a perfect craft to do with the kids and hang on your door for the Fall season.  Not only does it work for pre-Halloween and Halloween but Thanksgiving too!  Let’s take a look at what she came up with for us this week!

It’s fall! That means it’s time to whip out the fall décor and get your space looking cozy. You don’t have to spend bucks getting your home decked out; in fact, why not try creating some décor yourself? You can craft a Merry Fall Door Hanger just like the one you see here for just a few dollars and in just minutes. Take a look below so you can see how easy it is and get started on a Merry Fall Door Hanger for yourself.

Merry Fall Door Hanger



We found everything we needed here at our local Michael’s store. Check the bargain bins for chipboard letters in a variety of colors and patterns.  You may also want to check out your local Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby or even Walmart for great inexpensive crafting supplies.

Merry Fall Door Hanger Prep


  • Begin by fishing out the letters you will need for this door hanger. Lay them out in order so you can make sure you like the color and pattern choices.
  • Cover your canvas frame with a piece of burlap gluing or stapling on the back to secure
  • Now, practice placing the letters on the canvas frame. This way, you can get an idea of spacing.
  • One at a time, remove the chipboard letter and add some glue to the back of it. Press the letter to the canvas. Be sure you press firmly so the letter adheres well. Feel free to let the letters carry over the side of the canvas a little.
  • Now that the words are in place, you can add your ribbon. Cut a length of ribbon and use the glue to adhere it to the back of the canvas.

Merry Fall Door Hanger Prep 2

Once your glue is dry (on both the letters and the ribbon) you can display your door hanger. How sweet would this piece look hanging from an office or bathroom door? You can even hang it on a hook if you wish and display it anywhere that you can use some fall fun.  This could also be very easily personalized with your last name, or made just for your kids teachers with their name to hang in their classroom!

Katie Femia is an author, freelance writer, and sushi addict. She loves getting crafty and thrift store shopping. If she can get crafty with something she found while thrifting, it is a great day! You can find out more about her at

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Fronto $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

I love earning money for gifts, special treats or those fancy coffee drinks.  There is nothing as fun as knowing you are doing something fun and easy in your spare time that is giving you a few extra bucks here and there too!  One of my fellow bloggers reached out and asked if I would share this wonderful promotion with you – and I was thrilled to!  Nothing is as much fun as possibly winning money for the holidays!  Check out the information on Fronto below and enter for a chance to win this $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Fronto Earn Money When Your Phone is Locked




Fronto is an Android mobile app that allows you to earn rewards just by waking up your phone. Just swipe. That’s it!  But we all know that bloggers are addicted to their phones, so I was thinking, how is this going to show me anything new?  Always the skeptic I know! But anyway, the setting up of Fronto was done in less than 5 minutes which was nice, and it even included a tutorial so you know what to do to get off of the “locked” screen.

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I loved that you can log in with Facebook, or with your email either way is completely safe, but I opted for email registration.  The sign up form was really quickly filled out and I was earning within a matter of minutes! Don’t worry about the time it says on the screen shots, I was interrupted several times while downloading! :)


As you can see there isn’t anything hard about the registration process.  Once you have completed all of the fields, click register and you are good to go.


After you install Fronto you then receive a tutorial as to what to expect and then you are given a reward for completing it! I was almost hooked instantly, but the first locked content I saw was for a gaming site.  It was a family friendly one, but I didn’t complete it, just swiped and it was gone, but I made 20 points just by swiping to no.  I then made my phone call, and went back to work.


The next screen was worth 20 points! Score! It’s mine because I’m heading to Los Angeles later this month and I can always use a free drink! The next time I was brought to an article that I actually enjoyed reading and earned points for it as well.  So, I’ve earned 60 points in the first  20 minutes or so of having Fronto installed on my phone.  And I’ve been working too, so that is pretty sweet if you ask me. I’m sure tonight when I have more free time I will rack up the points!


I love that you can trade points for Amazon Cash or even Paypal Cash! This will be a great help at Christmas time when it is time to get everyone gifts! The content is interesting and seems to be almost “personalized” for the user.  Each time you read or particpate in an offer you get rewarded with points! It is the perfect reward system to use on any smartphone!!

Download the Fronto App today to start being rewarded today! Follow Fronto on Facebook and Twitter too!

Fronto Earn Money When Your Phone is Locked

Be sure you are entered for your chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card from Fronto too!! Extra bonus entries for downloading and trying Fronto!

Giveaway Details

Must be 18 years old or older US residents in order to win.

Dates will be 9/18/14-9/30/14 midnight CST

Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize via email.

Fronto is responsible for shipment of the prize not the individual blogs helping promote this event.

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5 Great Things To Buy At Thrift Shops

Great Things To Buy At Thrift Shops

I don’t write about it often any more, but I am a rather frugal person.  Not only has necessity made me that way, I actually truly enjoy finding bargains and deals.  While I don’t coupon near as much now as I use to, I do still watch sales, find good prices and stock up when I can for future days when it may cost more.  One thing however, that I have loved as far back as I can remember, is shopping at thrift shops or finding great deals at yard sales.  I have always loved digging through the junk to find the treasure.

This past weekend, we actually spent nearly all day Saturday going from thrift shop to thrift shop in our area.  We are always on the lookout for great used furniture, but this trip was more to grab some clothes for the Wee Child and to check out props for upcoming blog posts, recipes and projects.  Since we got such great deals, I decided to share with you these 5 Great Things To Buy At Thrift Shops.  While I will check out any thrift shop in town, we actually prefer the “branded” ones.  Goodwill and Savers both offer organization that my OCD brain has to have, as well as in certain areas much higher quality product at a low price.  Goodwill has the best overall prices as they simply set standard prices for categories instead of individual tags.  That means I can find a pair of Ralph Lauren jeans for my son for $2.50 there instead of the $12.99 they might be at Savers.  Either place has great deals and reasons to shop there.

Great Things To Buy At Thrift Shops


Plus Sized Clothing:  Seriously the best place for me to find deals on quality clothes in plus sizes are at thrift shops.  This week, we went to a few places but found 3 winter shirts and a pair of jeans that fit.  brands like Liz Claiborne, Lane Bryant and Torrid.  I paid only $2.50 each for the shirts and $3.50 for the pants.  That is more than 90% Off on the pants alone.  All in excellent condition with one shirt still carrying the tags as it had never been worn. I have better luck at Goodwill in the, ahem, not so nice areas of town when looking for plus size clothing.  I know that may seem judgemental or prejudice, but it has been my experience that the donations in those areas tend to have a larger amount of plus size clothes.  However, I will say I find the nicer brands in the nicer parts of town.  It’s worth looking at all of the thrift shops in your area and always watch for designated plus size areas so you don’t have to weed through sizes that are too small for you.

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Kids Clothing:  While we buy a lot of new items for our son, I love supplementing his wardrobe with fun things like graphic tees, hoodies, sweatshirts and cargo pants at thrift shops.  I find that jeans tend to show a lot of wear when used, but there are often a lot of great graphic tees for $1-$3 that are in great shape.  This weekend we bought the Wee Child 1 pair of pants, 2 pajama pants, 4 long sleeve graphic tees, a button down shirt and a funny yet functional Run DMC hoodie (which still had tags on and retailed for $53.99 – we paid $2.50).  We spent only $17.50 for all of this and it was all in nearly new condition if not brand new.  This was perfect for filling in the gaps where he needed some “play shirts” for winter.

Thrift Shop 4

Home Decor : This is one thing that can be really hit or miss at a thrift shop.  Home Decor may simply be ugly, but on occasion you find some real treasures that suit your needs.  We have been looking for a flat basket for putting rolls/bread in for pictures here on the blog.  This one for only $.50 was ideal.  The mini picnic basket appealed to me for future picnic posts as well as to go in our office and tucked with healthy treats while we work.  The 2 turkeys were just cute as a button and I see an upcycle project with them in the future.  For $1 they were a steal.  The best tips are to know what you are looking for, as well as what the original price for something might be.  Also remember a lot of items can be repurposed.  You might hate the picture, but you love the frame.  For the right price the frame could be worth it to be used in future projects.

Thrift Shop 3

Games: The best part of this trip though, were the two games we grabbed.  KISMETT was the precursor to Yahtzee.  Not only was the box in great shape, it included all pieces, the original tally sheets and pencil!  It isn’t worth as much as I thought it would be, but it is perfect for our game collection.  The giant checkers set was only $2 and great for afternoons of fun with the boy!  Games can be hit and miss much like home decor.  Watch for new in package, count pieces and needed supplies.  Finding full sets or complete games can be rare, but when you do it’s a great inexpensive way to add to your family collection.

Books:  This is often my favorite thing to find at thrift shops.  Goodwill has set prices for kids books, hardback and paperback.  Grabbing kids books for only $.50 each is a great way to fill their library.  Savers has a Buy 4 get 5th for Free program we love.  Their prices are a bit higher, but on some items of specific paperbacks they only charge $.49 per book!  While I don’t read a lot of romance novels, I have friends who do and these were great deals to go in gift baskets – especially since they were all in brand new condition!  We really stocked up at Goodwill this weekend on stuff for homeschool though.  We managed to find 17 books for $13!  Complete curriculum workbooks that had never been written in, great books about South Africa and a few random readers that the Wee Child picked out.  These are all great for review, practice reading and the Science workbook fits perfectly into what I already had planned for this year.

Thrift Shop Books

In the end, I spent $70.64 on over $400 in clothes, books and home decor.  Everything we bought was something we needed, and much has already been put to use in our home.  I know people probably think it is tacky, but I am most excited about the 5 books I grabbed that were brand new to go in a gift bag for a friend!  I know she wouldn’t care that they were thrifted.  She would appreciate that I thought of her when I was shopping!

Take advantage of your local thrift shops for great deals.  Sometimes you have to over look clutter, disorganization and items that you don’t or need to find these great things to buy at thrift shops!  We love the deals we have found, and plan to continue shopping at our local thrift shops!

Check out our other great post on thrift shopping!

What Are The Best Deals At Your Local Thrift Shop?

What is your favorite thrift shop find? 


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Red Gold Tomatoes Giveaway

A few months ago we worked with Red Gold Tomatoes to bring you one of our favorite Green Chile Chicken Taco recipes. We have loved this brand and the products they deliver for a long time, and after that great experience we knew we wanted to continue sharing fun things with you from them. When our friends asked if we would share this great giveaway, we knew you would enjoy it! Check out the information below from Red Gold and enter for a chance to win this prize pack!


Fall is making it presence known little by little in my area of the country. We enjoyed some weather in the 50′s last week and this week is starting off still cool in the 60′s. I love it so much. Fall is the perfect time to get out the slow cooker and enjoy warm meals together as a family. Red Gold wants to help you create those meals by offering delicious recipes that include their wonderful tomato products.

Red Gold has been around since the 1940s growing tomatoes in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, where true seasons positively impact flavor — with just the right angle of the sun, perfect temperature, and soil that seems made for growing tomatoes. Using tomatoes in soups, stews and casseroles may also offer more nutrition than fresh. When tomatoes are heated, the antioxidant lycopene (linked to several health benefits) is released.

Because of this, Red Gold is offering an awesome “2-a-day Crock-Pot® Giveaway! What does this mean? Every day, from September 17 through October 8, on the Red Gold Facebook page they will be giving 2 of their loyal Red Gold fans a Red Gold branded Crock-Pot. That is 44 Crock-Pots in over 3 weeks! In addition, Red Gold will be sharing some new Crock-Pot recipes.

I wanted to share one of these new recipes here so you could get dinner started right away!


Slow Cooker Spicy Macaroni & Cheese

Servings: 8 | Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 240 minutes
2 cups pasta of choice, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces processed American cheese, cut into cubes
8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes With Green Chilies, drained or 2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies , drained

  • Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of a 3.5-qt. crock pot that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add the remaining ingredients, except RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES, to the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  • Just before serving add RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES; stir to combine.


Giveaway Time

Red Gold is giving one lucky reader a Crock-Pot Gift Pack that includes:

  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced w/ green chills
  • 1 diced with lime juice and cilantro
  • 1 diced with garlic and olive oil,
  • Red Gold apron
  • wooden spoon
  • recipes

Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+. Giveaway runs from September 17 through October 2. Winner will be verified, emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Participating bloggers were not compensation. Bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Enter through the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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