Top 10 Posts from 2016

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Over the past year our family has many highs and lows and grew by one. At the end of July, we welcomed baby #5 to the family and he has been such a joy. He is so deeply loved by us and his siblings. It will be a miracle if he ever has to do anything for himself. While we love having him in our family, since his delivery, I have had several medical issues and many tests. However, I believe we are finally getting to the bottom of the issues and I pray that 2017 will be a turning point in my health.

Every year it is fun to look back and see what posts my beloved readers enjoyed. There are always some surprises and some that continue to be favorites year after year. Come see if your favorite made the cut! ::

In the past year my pageviews have stayed about the same, but considering I took off nearly 2 months from blogging due to the birth and have struggled to continue regular posting over the past 3 months; I am still pleased. However, all of my social media accounts have grown and my newsletter list is nearing 30,000 subscribers and my Pinterest follower numbers are not far behind. And that is all thanks to YOU ALL, my readers! Thank you for your referrals and for continuing to come back for more!

I always enjoy looking back and seeing what new posts resonated with you all and what, if any stayed the same. As we move into the new year, I wanted to share with you the Top 10 posts of 2016.

*Top posts are determined by total pageviews according to Google Analytics.*

Celebrate "The Hungry Caterpillar" Day, March 20, with these fun and FREE Hungry Caterpillar Emergent Readers! {4 levels in both color & black and white} ::

#10 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Emergent Readers – This post moved up quite a few spots from last year’s Top 25 post.While my kids and I love this book, I was amazed to find out there was a Hungry Caterpillar Day (March 2oth) to celebrate Eric Carle. And since my Littles are working on reading, these Emergent Readers were perfect. If you love this classic story, don’t forget to stop by and pick up this set of readers for your little ones to celebrate this year!

#9 – 100 Days of School Coloring Pages – I honestly never knew the 100th Day of School was such a big deal until we started Kindergarten with our oldest. Since we homeschool, we don’t have a huge event, but I do try to make it fun. These coloring pages are a great filler during the day while I work on getting the next activity ready. I imagine these are used in many classrooms!

Getting Your Kids in the Word Bible Study Resources for Little Ones and Youth

#8 – Getting Kids in the Word – This post makes the Top 10 for the third year in a row. It is by far my most pinned post and I couldn’t be more excited to see it here again. This tells me that God is still important and that you want your children to grow up knowing Him!! Now if that doesn’t get you excited about, we need to talk!

#7 – Weather Tot & PreK-K Pack – Another surprising post is this one. Weather is a fun unit to do with the kids too, so it doesn’t surprise me this made the list. The Tot Packs are filled with so many great activities for your little ones, which makes them so easy to print and use.

Polar Express Printables & Party Idea Pack

#6 – Polar Express Printables & Party Ideas – This is one of my favorite posts. We love “The Polar Express” movie and I can’t wait to set up a party for our kids to enjoy every year. I had many teachers request these printables this year and I can only imagine the fun their classes had!

#5 – Bible Journaling: A New Way to Study Your Bible – This post comes from a wonderful friend of mine, Stephanie from The Multi Taskin Mom, who wrote this for our 30-Days of Bible series back in June 2015. While I am not an artistic person, as far as drawing goes, I do admire and love this form of Bible study. It is always so beautiful. And I say…whatever works to keep God’s Word in your heart and mind – go for it!

Pilgrim Unit pinnable

#4 – Pilgrim’s Unit – When I created this post 3 years ago, I had no idea it would be so popular. I added more pilgrim printables in 2016 and those did well too, but the popularity of this one continues to amaze me.

#3 – Dr. Seuss Tot & PreK-K Pack – This post moved up several spots from last year and I am so excited to see it here on this list again. These Tot & PreK-K Packs are so fun for the little ones to not only learn about Dr. Seuss, but also work on their letters, sounds and more!

#2 – Insect & Bugs Tot/PreK-K Pack – Another surprise on this one. I know my girls are insect lovers, weird…I know, so I created this fun pack to do with them while we watched and learned about them this past year. I had no idea this pack would be so popular though. The Tot & PreK-K packs are full of fun activities, puzzles, beginning sounds and more to help capture that love of learning at a young age!

FREE Dr Seuss Writing Activity Printables

#1 – Dr. Seuss Writing Activities – For the third year in a row, this is the top post. It has completely blown me away how much you all continue to love and share these printables. They are super fun and a great way to bring in some creative writing practice for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

What was your FAVORITE post of 2016?

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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