JUN
27
2016

Tip Tuesday: Teacher Organization Tips

Hey guys! I’m back today with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today I’m going to share my tips for organizing your school room, teaching supplies, and record keeping. We’ll also discuss some things to consider when choosing a space for your homeschool as well as a few organizational tips that have helped me keep everything neat and tidy. Organizing all of those fun school supplies is my favorite part of homeschooling. And preparing your school area is not only fun, but also a wonderful way to start the year. Kids will get excited about the prospect of a new year, and you as the teacher will rest comfortably knowing that your school area is organized and ready to go! So check out today’s Tip Tuesday: Teacher Organization Tips now!   Links mentioned in this video: Homeschool Room Tour My Teacher’s Desk Organization Tips Curriculum & Teacher Manual Storage Tips My Teacher Supply List Mavalus Tape The Container Store Plastic … [Read more...]

JUN
26
2016

Baker’s Dozen Quilt Kit Giveaway!

Hey guys! I have a super fun giveaway for you all today. As many of you know Stitches_N_Giggles4U is one of my favorite Etsy shops and she is always up for doing a fun giveaway for my readers. Now I know it’s mid summer for most of us, but that’s the perfect time to start a Christmas quilt! Yep, you heard me! If you start now, you have a really good chance at getting this baby done in time for the holidays!   And since I love Sweetwater Fabric, I chose this super cute Christmas tree quilt kit called Baker’s Dozen by Amy Friend for Moda Fabrics. The kit includes the pattern and all the fabric you need to complete the quilt top & binding. Here’s what the inside of the box looks like. As you can see you get a great selection of the fabrics and then they also provide you with the creamy snowflake print for the background.   The kit came with the grey cross weave material for binding, but I went ahead and ordered some extra of the red print since I … [Read more...]

JUN
22
2016

Expedition Earth: Germany Unit Study

  Guten Tag! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Germany! My husband’s family is German, so this was a special week for us. We even sampled some of his grandma’s butter ball soup and homemade kraut burgers! Yum!   Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Germany & the Baltic Sea on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in German – Guten Tag (Good Day) Learn about Neuschwanstein Castle Prayed for the German people Learned a German Song Had bread with Neutella & lemonade! Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Germany Read: Geography from A-Z pg 23 Highland, Lowland, Hill, knoll, Pg 43 Valley Learned about Germany from National Geographic Kids German Composers: Ludwig Van Beethoven, & Johann Sebastian Bach Watched The Sound of Music (I know it takes place in Austria, but it’s close to Germany, and we found it on the map before watching, … [Read more...]

JUN
21
2016

Quilting 101: How to Choose Fabric

Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series. Today we’re talking all about fabric! I’m going to show you all about precuts and yardage, share what I like to buy. And then I’ll share some of my favorite places to get my fabric too!   Fabric is one of my favorite things about quilting. It’s also one of the most dangerous parts as there are so many fun lines out and they always have new ones coming too! If you’re new to sewing or quilting it can be difficult to know where to start with getting fabric. But don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it in no time! And just a friendly PSA: fabric is addictive, proceed with this video at your own risk! So let’s get started with today’s Quilting 101: How To Choose Quilting Fabric   I hope you enjoyed today’s video keep reading for lots of quilty links! For more information on some of my favorite fabric designers and places to shop check out this post! How to Get Started Quilting: All … [Read more...]

JUN
20
2016

Tip Tuesday: How to Create Lesson Plans

Hey guys! I hope you’re enjoying my Tip Tuesday series. If you’re following along you know that last week we talked about how to choose homeschool curriculum, and this week I’m getting into the nitty gritty of how to take all of that curriculum and turn it into workable lesson plans for your homeschool year.   So let’s get into it yeah? Also, you may want to get comfy. I apologize in advance, this video ended up kind of long, however I really wanted to be thorough and give you guys as  many helpful tips as possible! Watch the Tip Tuesday: How to Create Lesson Plans video here!     To read more about creating lesson plans check out my blog posts below! Creating Lesson Plans Part 1 Creating Lesson Plans Part 2 Links from the video: My Lesson Planners Homeschooling 101 Book My Lesson Planner – Colorful (This comes FREE with my Homeschooling 101 book.)   I hope you enjoyed this video, and that it helps make … [Read more...]

JUN
19
2016

Our Top 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Good morning! Today I’m sharing our top 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks. I know choosing curriculum can be a challenge, so hopefully this post will help give you a good starting point to choosing your own!   So let’s get started! Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you cover for 7th 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 usually optional. *Art Bible Math Spelling English/Grammar *Music Literature/Reading Social Studies/History Science/Health *PE Typing Vocabulary Writing If you’d like to see how I schedule out our 7th grade homeschool schedule, click below to see what our typical 7th grade daily schedule looks like! Download a copy: 7th Grade Daily Schedule – PDF 7th Grade Daily Schedule – Word Doc (Editable)   Art: World’s … [Read more...]

JUN
15
2016

2016-2017 5×7 Student Lesson Planner

Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2016-2017 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you might need! The 2016-2017 5x7 Student Lesson Planner: What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the 2016-2017 school year Planner runs from August 2016 – August 2017 2016-2017 year at a glance pages Monthly overview pages Weekly planning pages Notes pages A reading logs for each month Grade book to help keep track of grades for the year Goals and To Do pages The planner prints 5×7, so half sheet size. That makes it much easier to tote around in a backpack, purse, or in your car! And there are plenty of places to write in daily activities, notes, and assignments for you or your student. What’s the cost? This super fun … [Read more...]

JUN
14
2016

Quilting 101: How To Choose a Sewing Machine

Hi everyone! I’m back with another video in my Quilting 101 series today. I think one of the hardest things to do is find a good sewing machine. But today I’m going to share with you my favorite features that I think will be helpful in your search for a machine that will be best for basic home sewing and quilting.   Keep in mind that if you plan to do embroidery the features will be different. The features I’m talking about today are specifically good for general sewing, piecing and free motion quilting your projects!   So let’s get started! Watch Quilting 101: How to Choose a Sewing Machine     Links in the video: Best Sewing Machines for Beginners Pleasant Home Etsy Quilting 101: Supplies Part 1 (Make sure to check out my video on basic supplies if you missed it!)   To keep up with our shenanigans, feel free to follow me: YouTube Channel Instagram (LOTS of quilty goodness there!) Facebook … [Read more...]

JUN
13
2016

Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Conventions

Hey guys! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday post for you today. Since I know conventions can be really overwhelming if you’re new or not sure what you’re looking for I wanted to do a post on how to navigate through one with a plan! So for today’s Tip Tuesday I’m sharing my tips and tricks on how to navigate through a homeschool convention without getting overwhelmed by all of the vendors and curriculum.   I’ll be discussing the things I look for when deciding whether or not it’s even worth it for me to attend a convention. We’ll also talk about how to prepare ahead of time so you can make better buying decisions while you’re at the convention. And finally I have a few practical tips to share as far as what to bring with you the day of the convention and how to get through it with your sanity, wallet, and hair still in tact. Mostly anyway.   So let’s get started! Click here to see today’s Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Convention Tips   Links mentioned in the video: I … [Read more...]

JUN
12
2016

6th Grade Top Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our top 6th grade homeschool curriculum picks! We’ve gotten to the point where we’re pretty pleased with our line up of curriculum. While I like to do a variety of student independent as well as teacher led activities I like to start introducing a little more independent work at this grade level. I think it helps make the transition to 7th grade and above where a lot of their work becomes more independent a bit easier. So let’s get started! Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you cover for 6th 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 usually optional. *Art Bible Reading Math Handwriting Spelling English/Grammar *Music Social Studies/History Science/Health *PE Typing Vocabulary Writing If you’d like to see how I schedule out our 6th grade … [Read more...]