FEB
04
2016

The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any photographs, the exhibit had a ton of really interesting informational exhibits as well as interactive things for the kids to do. My favorite were the merchants along the “road” selling their goods. They each had different stories to tell and the kids would gather around to hear what they were selling, and what they had to say. Each one was dressed the part and totally in character which made it so fun! Since the tour didn’t take too long, we also checked out a few of our favorite spots in the rest of the museum. Turbo was able to blow up a star in their simulator which was fun. He also tried to dock a floating space shuttle which is way harder than it looks!   We talked to an … [Read more...]

FEB
02
2016

2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this menu plan has lots of yummy comfort foods in it. I apologize if you live in a different region where our seasons are not aligned. But if that’s the case you’re welcome to search back through my meal plans and find a month that corresponds better with your location!     Download the 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I spend less when I shop off of a list, then … [Read more...]

FEB
01
2016

Tip Tuesday: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

Have you ever bought a curriculum that you thought would be great, only to find out that it just wasn't a good fit for your family? Don't worry I have some advice in today's Tip Tuesday post that will hopefully encourage you to let it go and move on to better homeschooling days!     We’ve all done it, bought something or tried something new that just doesn’t work out. So what do you do with it? Do you tough it out for the rest of the  year, or let it go? What about the cost of the curriculum? Certainly we don’t want to be wasteful with our money, or curriculum. Find out my opinions on switching curriculum mid-year, and how I recuperate any lost money in the process!   Check out today’s Tip Tuesday video on Switching Curriculum Mid-Year to find out more!     I hope today’s Tip Tuesday helps to encourage you on your homeschooling journey! If you have a tip to share, or want to have me do a Tip Tuesday on a topic, make sure to leave … [Read more...]

JAN
31
2016

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Solved!

Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of checking out the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this week and it was so cool! I wasn’t sure what my kids would think initially, but it ended up being a really neat exhibit. Unlike most special exhibits they host, this one was hands on, and the kids were encouraged to try and solve an actual crime.   Parent Tip: I’d quickly like to mention that we went on school day with our options program because it was only $5 each. Normally that would’ve been fine, but for this type of display, I think I’d rather just pay full price and be able to go on a day when it wasn’t so crowded. Especially since the kids were trying to examine evidence, and make decisions on so many things to try in order to try and solve the mystery. So my one tip would be to definitely go check it out, it’s really cool! But go on a day when you don’t think it will be crowded, because it’s really hard to get through everything with that many … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2016

2015 Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip

Hi everyone! We haven’t been to the Butterfly Pavilion in a few years, so the kids were excited to take a tour again this past year. This time Jason was able to come with us, and the kids are always excited when Daddy joins in on the fun! The Butterfly Pavilion is really fun, but doesn’t take that long to go through. I think we only spent about an hour and a half in there this time around. But it’s still a cool experience. And if you can call ahead to see when they’re releasing new butterflies that’s a really cool thing to see too!   They always have the most beautiful butterflies in there. While you’re not supposed to touch the butterflies, they are allowed to land on you. Apparently our Daddy was popular amongst the butterfly population.   These white and black ones were super cool! They also have an insect area and a very small aquarium with some starfish and horseshoe crabs that the kids can touch. They opted to hold Rosie the tarantula. They’re very … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2016

A Homeschooling Mom’s Daily Schedule

Hi everyone, have you ever wondered how I do it all? How I homeschool, work from home, and keep up with daily life? Well, I think the last time I posted about our daily schedule was about 4 years ago, so I thought maybe it was time for an update! Ya think? LOL!     While each day can bring on a chaos of its own, we do have a basic routine that we try to stick to. Obviously things don’t always run smoothly around here, and some days are crazier than others. But I like to at least have a basic guideline to get me through the day. As most of you already know, we homeschool. For me that’s like my full time job, and I do my best to focus solely on school during those hours. I also work from home on my blog, creating YouTube content, and I create homeschool curriculum as well as free printables.  Those all take up quite a bit of time, so without some planning I’d never be able to get those things done! I try to view that as a part-time job and have to plan work … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2016

Tip Tuesday: Beat the January Blahs!

Hey guys, I’ve been wanting to do some Tip Tuesday type videos for you for awhile now, and I’m finally getting around to it! I think it’s nice to do these in video format because I can just sit down and talk to you all which makes it a little more personal.     I don’t know about you all, but our January has been ho-hum in the back to school sense, and after my instagram post showing our first day back after the break, I’m guessing some of you have been experiencing the same thing! Well, don’t worry fellow homeschoolers, you are NOT alone! We’ve been homeschooling for about 9 years now, and honestly the new year is always kind of a let down after the fun holiday break. Everyone is tired, and no one really wants to do school, including me! But considering school isn’t optional in our state, I wanted to share some of my tips for beating the January Blahs. Check out my Beating the January Homeschool Blahs video below for some helpful tips and tricks to get your … [Read more...]

JAN
24
2016

Daily Learning Notebook ~ FRENCH Version

Hey guys! I’m so excited to finally be able to release the much requested Daily Learning Notebook in French! Thanks to a lovely reader who translated this for me, we were able to get this out to all of you! I think this will be a great addition to your homeschooling for both French speaking students as well as those learning French! –> Download the Daily Learning Notebook ~ French Version here! <– What’s included? The first page talks about today’s date, days of the week, and numbers: (All translated into French of course!) What day is it? What was yesterday? What will it be tomorrow be? Write the date Color in the day number Is today’s number ODD or EVEN? Write today’s number Write the number that comes before and after today’s number The next page covers money and time: What time is it? What time was it 1 hour ago? What time will it be in 2 hours? Make the date in coins. Tally Marks: We also keep track of our days … [Read more...]

JAN
21
2016

Mythical Creatures Museum Tour

Hey everyone! I thought I’d share another fun field trip that we took this year. We headed out to the Museum of Nature & Science for their mythical creatures display. This one was just for fun and mainly because Miss Lady Bug loves unicorns!  And they had a ton of cool mythical creatures to check out. The first one we came upon was the Giant Eagle. As you can see below Tinker Bell narrowly escaped her death from the beast. I guess it was dinner time, but she was too small to be worth the effort, so he passed her up for an adult standing right behind her.   Next we held a 60 pound anaconda. This one isn’t a mythical creature, but it was still fun to see them try and lift the beast! Also, I’m thankful we don’t live in the Amazon.   Miss Lady Bug got her dream of finally seeing a unicorn and getting her picture taken with one. You can see how amazed she is below! Me too, I’m in awe at it’s beauty.   Here she is with her own unicorn. He was very … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2016

2015-2016 Mid-Year Curriculum Review

Hi everyone! We’ll we’re about half way through our 2015-2016 homeschool year, and I thought I’d do a mid-year review for you all since we’ve made a few alterations. For the most part I’m happy with what we’ve chosen this year. And I think we did good as far as balancing teacher led, with student independent work as well. But we have changed up a few things as needed. So here’s what we chose for the year and what we like or dislike, and whether or not we’ll stick with it for next year!   Miss Lady Bug: 1st Grade   So after going through our day, I realized that I loaded up Miss Lady Bug’s schedule pretty full. As a matter of fact it is almost too full, so we did drop some things to make it easier for her to get through her day, and make her schedule a little more realistic for what she’s able to handle right now. She’s still doing everything with the exception of my Literature units, & handwriting. I had planned to use my Lit. units as … [Read more...]