SEP
01
2015

Educational Tablet Apps We Love!

People always ask me if and how I use tablets in our homeschool. The first answer is yes! We definitely make use of our tablet as it provides a change from the normal daily work. The second answer is for education, and for fun! One of our favorite things to use a tablet for are eBooks. There are a huge variety of eBook options for all grade levels, as well as beginning reading and narrated versions for those who aren’t reading quite yet. But there are also a ton of educational apps that can make learning more fun too!   I’ve noticed that many curriculum vendors are also making digital options available for text books as well. They’re much less expensive and a lot easier to take with you if you’re planning to take your school work somewhere other than home. We have apps for just about every subject, and I let my kiddos use them as a supplement to our normal curriculum. Apps are a great way for them to learn without feeling like they are doing boring ole’ school. I usually … [Read more...]

AUG
30
2015

Road Trip USA Video Review

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Good morning readers! I promised to do a video review of my Road Trip USA Geography & History curriculum, and I’ve finally had a chance to get it uploaded for you all. We had so much fun using this curriculum to learn about the United States! It’s packed full of interesting state facts, symbols, crafts, recipes, activities, and more!   Want to see more details on what it looks like? Check out my Road Trip USA Video below!   So I hope you’ll come along with us on an exciting journey learning about the U.S.A! From the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the wild west, you’ll uncover all the secrets this Nation has to offer! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of all 50 states, including state symbols, U.S. Presidents, famous people, landmarks, historical events, and much more! For you history buffs, this is a great introduction for young learners! You will start out learning about the Constitution, Declaration of … [Read more...]

AUG
27
2015

September 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Greetings readers! In our neck of the woods it’s officially back-to-school time! And for me that means I have about 5 minutes of free time a day. Which means I don’t have that much time to think about or plan meals for our family. And with 6 people in the clan eating out all of the time isn’t exactly budget friendly. Or healthy for that matter. So, you’ve probably guessed by the title, it’s time for my monthly meal plan! I can’t tell you how much sanity this plan saves me during school time. I tend to fall off of my meal plan band wagon over the summer just because we’re always doing different things. And I’m a lot more flexible with my time. Which means I have time to cook, run to the store here and there, and so I make whatever sounds good. But as soon as school & sports start back up I have zero time to be worrying about meals. So that means that I need something I can just hang in the kitchen that will tell me what to do each day. Kind of like my homeschool curriculum. So … [Read more...]

AUG
25
2015

Spelling You See Video Review

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Hi everyone! I have another curriculum video review for you today. This one is on the Spelling You See curriculum that we reviewed and used last year. We will be using this curriculum again this year as it worked well, and it doubles as handwriting for us as well which is a bonus! Psst…stick around to the end for a fun giveaway!! --> Watch my Spelling You See video review here! PLEASE NOTE: I apologize, in the video I mentioned that the curriculum comes with the Teacher’s Manual, however it does not. The Teacher’s Manual can be purchased separately. I don't use the teacher's manual for my older students, however there are some dictation exercises in the Level B unit that does require the teacher's manual.   What is Spelling You See? For those of you who haven’t heard of Spelling You See, it’s a new curriculum recently released by the same folks as Math U See, Demme Learning. They have a unique approach where students search for things like vowel … [Read more...]

AUG
23
2015

2015 7th Grade Homeschool Schedule

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I don’t know about you, but 7th grade is a little bit intimidating! It just seems like things start getting more serious around now. High school is on the horizon, and this mama can’t believe that her baby girl is officially in Jr. High! If you’ve been following my daily schedules you’ll notice I’m in denial about my kids getting older! Strawberry Shortcake (who is now almost as tall as I am) is growing into an amazing young lady with talents and interests all her own so it’s a really cool time. She’s an amazing artist, and has a very creative nature which just amazes me. Strawberry Shortcake is currently 12 years old, and will turn 13 next January. 13 people! She’s starting seventh grade this year and here’s her line up: Download a copy: 7th Grade Daily Schedule – PDF 7th Grade Daily Schedule – Word Doc (Editable)   Here’s our Basic 7th Grade Schedule: 8:30am – Breakfast / Family Devotion Time 9:00am – Calendar Time & Pledge of … [Read more...]

AUG
20
2015

Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re school year is getting off to a good start. Unless you’re year round homeschoolers, in which case I hope it’s going well too! Today I have a fun giveaway for you all, it’s from the Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum. They wanted to do a fun promotion to kick off the year, and so today I have a free copy of their Homeschool Unit Study #1 for you!   We’ve enjoyed the Friends and Heroes DVDs in the past and have used their unit study as well. Here are some of the things included in the curriculum. Homeschool Unit Study 1 Includes: Each DVD features two themed Bible stories (usually one Old and New Testament). CD-ROM printables that can be used with multiple children. Parent’s/Teacher’s Lesson Guide including answer keys and certificates of completion. Student Workbook of activities Friends and Heroes DVD containing a full length adventure episode. Each unit study contains a lesson pack with hands-on, fun worksheets to go … [Read more...]

AUG
18
2015

10 Back-To-School Sanity Saver Tips

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Hey everyone! It's all about back-to-school time over here at the Confessions Household. And for me that means that I need to get all of my ducks in a row and spring back into action from my otherwise lazy routine we've lulled into over the course of the summer.   Here are some tips I use to get myself back in gear! 1. Monthly Meal Plans: I tend to fall off of my monthly meal plan wagon over the summer, but it's time to print this baby out, head to the store, and get myself prepared so we're not eating crumbs from the bottom of cereal boxes. 2. Big grocery store trip: This might not sound too exciting, but usually by end of summer I'm slacking and we're almost out of milk, people are scraping up the last bits of cereal, or fighting over the last cheese stick. So I like to make a big grocery haul right before school starts. That way I know we're covered for my meal plan, and we have a lot of goodies to eat at home. That also keeps me from being tempted to head out to eat … [Read more...]

AUG
16
2015

2015 6th Grade Homeschool Schedule

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Good morning! I’m back today with our 2015 6th grade daily schedule. It’s nice that Turbo and Strawberry Shortcake are only one year apart, it makes doing group subjects much easier. I’ll post Strawberry Shortcake’s schedule soon, but you’ll notice they’re fairly similar. Turbo is currently 11 years old, and will turn 12 next June. He’s starting sixth grade this year and here’s his line up: Download a copy: 6th Grade Daily Schedule – PDF 6th Grade Daily Schedule – Word Doc (Editable)   Here’s our Basic 6th Grade Schedule: 8:30am – Breakfast / Family Devotion Time 9:00am – Calendar Time & Pledge of Allegiance 9:15am – Bible 9:30am – Math 10:15am – English 10:40pm – Spelling 11:00am – Handwriting 11:20am – Vocabulary 11:40am – Literature 12:15pm – Lunch 1:00pm – History (M/T), Science (W,TH) 2:00pm – Typing (Mon), Art (Tues), Music (Wed), Literature (M,W,TH) 2:30pm – Writing (M/W) 5:00pm – Sports start! Tinker Bell plays inline … [Read more...]

AUG
13
2015

Laminating Tips & Tricks

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Good morning all of you amazing teachers out there! Today I have a post that I’ve literally been meaning to do forever now. I get so many questions on how I laminate, which laminator I use, and if I have any tips or tricks to save money when laminating. Plus there’s an amazing video and awesome giveaway at the end of this post, so make sure to read all the way through! So let’s start with the Q&A! 1. Do you laminate all of your preschool and K4/5 products? No. I only laminate that which I  know that we will need to reuse later on. Laminating products makes them more durable so they last longer. I do recommend laminating my lacing cards simply because they might tear when your student is lacing the yarn, shoe laces, or  string through the holes. Otherwise, you don’t really have to laminate the rest of the stuff if you don’t want to. 2. Do you print everything on cardstock? No. I used to print on cardstock, but I’ve found that regular ole’ copy paper does just fine … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2015

All About Spelling Video Review

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Good morning readers! Today I have a much requested All About Spelling video review for you! Psst…there’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post, so keep reading! As most of you know, we’ve used this program for several years now, and we still love it! But I do get a lot of questions about what you need to order, and how we use the program so I thought a video would be a great way to share more information with you and hopefully help you learn a little bit more about this curriculum. --> Watch my All About Spelling Video Review here!     What do you need to purchase?   Every time I post on this product, I get questions like “Do I really need the teacher’s manual?” or “What do I need to purchase?”. In order to complete this program successfully, you will definitely NEED the Teacher’s Manual. The student packet is basically  a list of word cards and a few other special items needed for the unit, however without the TM you won’t have any … [Read more...]