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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 3rd Grade

    Good morning! I’ve been posting our workboxes again, and now it’s time for a 3rd grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Tinker Bell’s workboxes today, and as I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a … [Read More...]

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    October Holidays & Fun Days 2014

    Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 … [Read More...]

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    October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 5th Grade

    Hi everyone! It’s time for a new 5th grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Turbo’s workboxes today, and as I said above he’s a 5th grader this year.  And I … [Read More...]

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2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 3rd Grade

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Good morning! I’ve been posting our workboxes again, and now it’s time for a 3rd grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details.

Today we’re taking a quick look at Tinker Bell’s workboxes today, and as I said above she’s a 3rd grader this year. What? When did that happen? I remember when she went in to 1st grade and I thought to myself…she’s waaaaay tooooo little to be going into 1st grade!

Sigh…

 

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Drawer #1: Supplies, Daily Schedule, & Bible

1) Like everyone else, her top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, and things she uses on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes.

2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. We do this as a group with my kindergartener, 3rd grader, 5th, and 6th grader. For the kindergartener she is just coloring in my teacher pages, but the others have the traceable pages in their spiral notebook. You can read more about how we use this program here.

3) It also has her weekly assignment printout. I get a lot of questions on this, and it’s just a report from www.homeschooltracker.com that I print and spiral bind for them. Granted a few things change over the year, so you might prefer to print this out on a weekly basis, but for the most part it works to help us keep track of our daily workload.

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Drawer #2: Math

This drawer houses all of our math stuff. Tinker Bell is using Math U See Gamma this year, so she has the student workbook, test booklet, and DVD. I pull out her worksheet each day and lay it on top of the workbooks so she knows what to do. Although Math U See has plenty of word problems each day, I wanted them to have a little more practice, so like the others, she is also doing a worksheet from the Evan-Moor Daily Word Problems 3 booklet. (You can’t see it in the photo, they workbooks are stacked on top of each other.)

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Drawer #3: Spelling, Phonics, & Handwriting

1) Spelling: For spelling this year All About Spelling Level 3 . I keep the teacher’s manual for All About Spelling stacked underneath so you can’t see it, but when she gets to her spelling drawer, she pulls it out and we do the lesson.

2) Handwriting: Tinker Bell is working on BJU Handwriting 3 this year. She worked on cursive last year starting mid-year, so this year the 3rd grade handwriting is more review and practice writing in cursive for her.

3) English: This year Tinker Bell is using the Abeka Language 3. I get a lot of questions on this, and truthfully we’re using this with her because I already had it. So far it is fine, though she will switch o BJU Press English next year.  For the Language program I purchase the Language 3 Workbook and Test book. I also already had the Language 3 Homeschool Curriculum (i.e. Teacher’s Manual) so we use that for her lessons.

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Drawer #4: Vocabulary & History

1) Vocabulary: This year we’re using using Vocabulary Workshop. Tinker bell is in level “green” which correlates to 3rd grade.

2) History: We are using The Middle Ages unit from Homeschooling in the Woods this year. I’m so excited to be doing something fun and hands on since we’ve previously been using Abeka. Don’t get me wrong, Abeka is perfectly fine, it’s just not that exciting. So it’s nice to be going with something new this year. I’ll have a more formal review of what we think of this curriculum coming up, but you can read about how we organize and use it all in my Homeschool in the Woods post.

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Drawer #5: Reading & History

Drawer 5 is kind of a catch drawer because all of the little projects we’re working on pile up in there somehow. It’s clean right now because it’s the start of the year, but it houses our art lapbooks, any Classical Literature books she’s reading and that lapbook, and any other little projects we have going on.

2) Read & Think Skill Sheets: Tinker keeps her reading and Read & Comprehend Skill Sheets 3 under the reading book. At the end of each week they do a test from these. They’re quick 5 minute reading comprehension drills that not only help with test taking, but also improve comprehension.

2) The panda notebook is our Colorado Unit Study that we’re just finishing up. We had some left over from last year.

3) Writing: One thing that didn’t make it in the photo again for some reason is her Institute for Excellence in Writing binder. We are using this daily and so she normally keeps it in this bottom drawer.

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Here are some other things that Tinker Bell is doing this year, but that aren’t stored in her workboxes:

 

 

And that’s it for Tinker Bell’s 3rd grade boxes this year.  YAY!

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2014

Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a parent to doubt their choice to homeschool. In this chapter we’ll discuss a few of the things that can discourage families from staying the course when homeschooling. My intent is to encourage you to persevere through these trials and difficulties that will come. And I highly encourage you to pray for the Lord’s leading as you begin each year.   Naysayers There will always be those who may not support your decision to homeschool, and unfortunately they may also feel the need to express their opinions out loud. The best thing I’ve found to combat these people is to know why you are homeschooling in the first place. Stick to your vision and ignore everyone else. That said, if … [Read more...]

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28
2014

October Holidays & Fun Days 2014

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Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 International Day for the Elderly October 3 World Smile Day October 3 Yom Kippur October 8 Sukkot October 13 Columbus Day October 13 Thanksgiving Day in Canada October 16 Boss's Day October 24 United Nations Day October 25 Make a Difference Day October 31 Halloween   Fun Days! October 1 - World Vegetarian Day Eat your veggies today! Find a fun recipe and make a vegetarian dinner October 3 - World Smile Day Self explanatory, but make sure to share a smile with those around you! Check out pinterest for some healthy teeth activities October 4 - National Golf Day Head out for a game of golf with the family Have younger kiddos? Play a round of … [Read more...]

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2014

October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and so I’m thankful to have another meal plan to the rescue. They really do help save my sanity and keep my family fed! Hope you enjoy it, and that it relieves a little bit of your daily stress level.     Click below to download your preferred meal plan: October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan PDF October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable version) Want some more fall recipe ideas? Make sure to check out my Fall Recipe pinterest board!   Hope you enjoy! Have some recipes to share? Make sure to leave a comment below if you have a good recipe to share! … [Read more...]

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2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 5th Grade

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Hi everyone! It’s time for a new 5th grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Turbo’s workboxes today, and as I said above he’s a 5th grader this year.  And I don’t like it. I want him to stop growing up right now. At least he’s promised to stay with me forever. For now anyway…   Drawer #1: Supplies, Daily Schedule, & Bible  1) Like everyone, his top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, and things he uses on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. We do this as a group with my … [Read more...]

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2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While homeschooling doesn’t take the same amount of time as classroom teaching does, you will still need to follow your state requirements for attendance and annual hours. And regardless of your student’s ages, it will also require a certain amount of daily commitment on your part. That said, “Yes! You can homeschool and work”. But make no mistake…it isn’t going to be easy. There are a couple reasons why someone may need to homeschool and work. The most common occurrence is the single parent. Others may be concerned that they won’t be able to make it on one salary. Whatever your reason, there are several families who have found ways to both homeschool and work. If you are in the camp of having … [Read more...]

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2014

3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences

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Hi teachers! Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for some more of my sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word sentence printables with you.   Each worksheet has the sight word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word, reading the word several times, then writing it on their own. They will also fill in a sentence using the word as well as practice reading the sentence. Students will also cut out the letters then glue them on the sheet to spell the word correctly to complete a sentence. I have also added individual letter tracing to this activity to help with cursive handwriting practice.     Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition along with the variety of activities really helps students remember their sight words. This download includes 41 3rd … [Read more...]

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2014

Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

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I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be inspired and encouraged by her amazing blog Time Warp Wife and all of her sweet facebook posts. I always look forward to hearing from Darlene, and when I heard she was releasing another incredible book I couldn’t wait to see it! Psst…keep reading for a chance to win a FREE copy!!   So what is her new book all about? Love gets messy. Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up. Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging … [Read more...]

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2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 6th Grade

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Hi everyone! Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d put up a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post so you can see what we’re doing this year! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Strawberry Shortcake’s workboxes today, for those of you who don’t know, she’s in 6th grade this year. Sniff…sniff…   Drawer #1: 1) As you’ve probably already seen, our top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, lip gloss, etc. that a 6th grade girl needs on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students.  We do this as a group with my kindergartener, 3rd grader, 5th, and 6th … [Read more...]

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2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

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Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as “homeschool burnout”. The responsibilities of the homeschooling parent can be overwhelming at times, and the thought of another day or even another hour of homeschooling can seem like more than we can handle. I once had someone tell me that moms who get burnt out just weren’t serious enough about homeschooling. You can imagine how that affected me when I hit burnout that first year! The first thing I want to say is that “friend” was wrong. “Homeschool burnout happens to all of us at one point or another. The key is to learn how to overcome it.” Homeschool Burnout is Normal The second thing I want to say is that feeling burnt out is totally normal. Unfortunately life isn’t always a … [Read more...]