APR
29
2016

2016 iHomeschool Omnibus

Hi everyone! it’s time for the 2016 iHomeshool Network Omnibus sale! Every year the amazing iHN bloggers put together a huge sale full of awesome resources at an incredibly discounted price for all of you! It’s full of material not just on homeschooling, but parenting, relationships, organization, high school prep, college alternatives, dating, special needs students, and more! They’ve even included the iBlog and iBlog Pro books as well!   So what is the Omnibus? Once a year iHomeschool Network puts together a special package from all of our favorite bloggers and authors. The package is basically a digital stockpile of amazing information to help you on not only your homeschooling journey, but also your parenting journey! There are a ton of helpful resources for homeschooling, organization, planning tips, and teaching tips covering a various subjects and grades, as well as a few different planners so hopefully one will be able to fit your needs this … [Read more...]

APR
26
2016

May 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hey guys! I’m so excited for May because that means we only have one more month of school left! I start getting really bad summer fever right about now and with the weather warming up I want to do just about anything else besides hang out in the kitchen cooking. So that’s where my monthly meal plans come in super handy! I have some fun recipes to share with you along with a stress free meal plan to help you enjoy your flowery month of May too!   If you’re new to my meal plans, anything blue and underlined is clickable. It will take you to a recipe on my site to help you out. The other meals I assume are basic enough not to need recipes for. But if you see anything on there that you’d like more information on let me know! I take my monthly meal plan each week and make a grocery list then head to the store. Right now I have to go on weekends usually because that’s about the only spare time I have. I get just what’s on the meal plan for the week and that way I’m sure … [Read more...]

APR
25
2016

Tip Tuesday: Motivating Your Students

Hi everyone and welcome back to Tip Tuesday! Today we’re talking about how to motivate your students to want to do a good job and work diligently! I think as homeschoolers motivation can be an issue, well it has been for us anyway! My kids tend to think that since they’re at home, they don’t have to work as hard, or be as diligent with their assignments, and can sometimes get lazy and unmotivated to do a good job.   So today I have a few tips that I’ve implemented in our home to help motivate them and encourage them to want to do well! I hope it helps out some of you as well! As always if you have any motivational tips please make sure to leave a comment below or head over to our COAH Community and share your ideas!   Watch today’s Tip Tuesday: Motivating Your Students here! Check out more information on our incentive tags here!   To keep up with our shenanigans, feel free to follow me: YouTube Channel: … [Read more...]

APR
24
2016

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our top 2nd grade homeschool curriculum picks with you! As I’ve said before, every family is different, so what works for us may not be the best fit for your family. But hopefully you can use these as a general guide to get started! I hope these posts are helping you all plan your homeschool year. If you have any suggestions for helpful planning posts let me know and I’ll see what I can do!   Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you cover for 2nd grade. Of course you’ll want to make sure to check with your state requirements to make sure you’re including anything specifically required by your district. The * indicates subjects that are optional. *Art Bible Reading Math Handwriting Spelling English/Language *Music Social Studies/History Science/Health *PE Vocabulary **US History (If you live in the United States most states require that you do a certain amount of US History each year, so you’ll … [Read more...]

APR
21
2016

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

Hey guys, I have a super easy and delicious recipe for you today. As most of you know I don’t have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen, but I still like to have home-cooked meals as well. This recipe covers both needs beautifully! We have sports in the evenings on most days and so my slow cooker has become one of my favorite tools as of late. Anything I can toss in the crock-pot in the morning and have ready for me when it’s time for dinner is a winner in my book! So let’s check out this crazy easy BBQ Pulled Chicken recipe below, I hope you enjoy it too!   Ingredients: 1/4 c. Italian Dressing (any kind will do) 1/4 c. Brown sugar (packed) 1 c. BBQ Sauce (Your favorite kind! We like Famous Dave’s Sweet & Sassy) 4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts Salt/pepper Slow Cooker   Directions: Mix dressing, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce in a bowl and set aside. Place raw (thawed) chicken breasts into your slow cooker and set to … [Read more...]

APR
20
2016

Expedition Earth: Canada Unit Study

Salut and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Canada!   Here are some of the activities we did this week along with things I managed to capture on film! Say “Hello” in French: salut (silent t) , “Thank You” : merci Locate Canada and capital Ottawa on the wall map Sang a Canadian song Completed mapping and flag worksheets Read Children Just Like Me Book on Canada and found where they live on the map Learn about the Inuit Community Watched some cool videos from Nunavut Canada! (Warning, some of the video is a tad graphic, they harpoon a seal and eat it.) Learn more about Canada from National Geographic Kids Learn about Niagara Falls Learned about and classified 6 animals of Canada Animals from Canada mini-book Make snowshoes Lapbook Activity Make Ice Cream with Maple Topping Maple Leaf Prints activity Canadian Forest scene craft activity   We always start off by finding our country on our world wall map. … [Read more...]

APR
18
2016

Tip Tuesday: To Grade or Not To Grade?

Hey guys! I get asked about whether or not I record grades in our homeschool, and how I keep track of them as well. So that's what we're discussing in today’s Tip Tuesday. We’ve been homeschooling for 9 years now, and each year has been different. But we did decide to start grading our children a few years ago. And we’ll get into the how’s and why’s in the video below. So let’s take a closer look at why we grade, and how we do it in the Confessions household, in today’s Tip Tuesday: To Grade or Not To Grade. Now as you can see from the video, I don’t grade in the traditional sense for preschool or kindergarten because I don’t want to discourage my kids, or create a negative feeling towards themselves or school in general. So for those younger grades, I like to do assessments to see how they’re doing. I do have assessment worksheets as well as grading sheets available in my Planners, as well as in my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum and K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum … [Read more...]

APR
17
2016

First Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I always post my curriculum for each year prior to the start of our school year. But I’ve had some requests to post our curriculum choices by grade level to help out people trying to choose curriculum for a certain year. Anyway, I thought that would be a great idea, and if it helps you out then whoohoo! Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your first grade curriculum. And my hope is that you will take my top picks as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do.   Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you cover. Of course you’ll want to make sure to check with your state requirements to make sure you’re including anything specifically required by your district. Art Bible Reading Math Handwriting Spelling English/Language Social … [Read more...]

APR
13
2016

Expedition Earth Spain Unit Study

Hola! And welcome back to another Expedition Earth post. This week we ventured through Spain learning all about their culture, landmarks, animals, climate, people, and more!   Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Spain and it’s capital on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about their flag How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola, buenos dias (good day), gracias (thank you) Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a song in Spanish Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Spain Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Straight Learned about Christopher Columbus (Even though he was originally from Italy, he spent most of his adult life in Spain) Learned about Pablo Picasso and tried a painting inspired by Deep Space Sparkle Went out for Spanish food…okay, so here it was more like Mexican food, but still yummy!   We always start off by finding our country on the map and checking out … [Read more...]

APR
11
2016

Tip Tuesday: Standardized Testing

Hi everyone, welcome back to another Tip Tuesday where we’re talking all about standardized testing! Yipee!   Are you excited? You should be because I’m here to encourage homeschoolers everywhere! Testing isn’t as bad as you think, and YES YOU CAN DO IT! So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty shall we? Check out my Homeschooling & Standardized Testing video here:       Step 1: Choose Your Tests As with everything, you’ll want to start by checking your state requirements to determine if and what type of standardized testing is required. Then select one accordingly. Plan ahead, the tests you choose will likely take a few weeks to arrive, so plan them into your year whenever it makes the most sense for your family per your state requirements.  We choose to test annually starting in 2nd grade even though it is not required by our state. Stating in 2nd grade gives the student a “practice” year to get used to taking the tests. It also … [Read more...]