MAR
11
2015

Things I wish I Would’ve Known

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  I’ve been so amazed by the participation in the COAH Community. You all have amazing questions, and I love reading through all of the responses as well. They’re so great in fact, that I’ve decided to start highlighting some of them as blog posts so they don’t get overlooked! One of the lovely ladies in our COAH Community forum posted our topic for today, and it was just too good not to share! Not only did I think it would make a great blog post, but I also wanted to share my top 10 things with you all as well. So here are my top 10 things that I wish I would’ve known before we started homeschooling. Of course some of these things pearls of wisdom were given to me when we started, I was just too eager and set in my vision to hear them out. So here I am today, passing them on to you. I hope you’ll find them helpful and that they will encourage you in your journey. Let’s do this in a Late Night style count down, shall we?   Number 10. Several stores give teacher’s … [Read more...]

FEB
25
2015

COAH Community Kickoff Day 4

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Welcome to the last day of my COAH Community kickoffs!  I have a really exciting giveaway for you today, so make sure you read all the way to the bottom.  I am so excited about how well this week has gone and how fun it has been in the community.  I will be hanging out there and hope you all will continue to join me!   As you might be able to tell from my blog, I H.E.A.R.T school supplies! And I have several helpful school supply organization posts to prove it! I mean just look at all of these goodies! I’m a total sucker for freshly sharpened pencils, new glue sticks, highlighters, fresh paper stacks, and those cute little animal erasers that nobody actually uses. Actually one time we found a pack of sushi shaped erasers. Be still my heart.   Anyone else like school supplies?   And I know you’ve all seen my supply caddy that literally holds our Ikea school desks in place. I honestly do LOVE this thing! It’s called the Making Memories … [Read more...]

FEB
24
2015

COAH Community Kickoff Day 3

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Oh my goodness! You guys are so much fun! I’m having so much fun reading your comments, and posts! For today’s forum discussion, I thought we could talk all about lesson planning, and scheduling! So let’s head over to the COAH Community and talk all about our favorite planning tips and tricks! I personally like to plan out our entire year, even though there’s a possibility something will change. It’s been my experience that having my year completely planned out makes my year go more smoothly and reduces my amount of stress during the year as well. Changing just one thing is quite easily done. Some people prefer to schedule only a few weeks or months in advance since things might change. Homeschooling schedules can be very flexible based on your own needs, so again, do what works best for the needs of your family. I like planning ahead because it frees up my nights and weekends since all of my scheduling is already complete. All you have to do each Friday afternoon … [Read more...]

FEB
23
2015

COAH Community Kickoff Day 2

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Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the new COAH Community! I’m having a blast, and I’ve decided that this whole week I’ll be doing fun giveaways and prizes for all of my new chatting friends! For today’s forum discussion, I thought we could talk all about history and geography! So let’s head over to the COAH Community and talk all about our favorite history curriculum! We’re currently using the Time Traveler’s Units and loving them! They include fun hands-on activities that make learning about our history a little more interesting and fun for our family. We also really enjoyed using our Expedition Earth, or Road Trip USA. And since we’re discussing history today, I thought it would be fun to giveaway a copy of both of them!     I’ve also added two new categories, so make sure to check them out! 1. Prayer Requests: I'd love for this community to help encourage others, and lift each other up! Use this area to post prayer requests, praise … [Read more...]

FEB
22
2015

COAH Community Kickoff!

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Hi everyone! I have some super exciting news! Some of my most visited posts are my curriculum forum discussions. Commenting on old blog posts can be a pain and don’t get looked at very often. So, we wanted to create an area where we can have ongoing conversations, ask questions, and generally chat up a storm! So my amazing and talented husband created a homeschooling forum for all of us to use! YAY!! And as a kick off I have a fun week of discussions, and giveaways going on, so make sure to check back daily to see what we’re talking about and how to win some free homeschooling goodies!     What is this community about? The short answer is homeschooling, but the long answer is everything! I’m so excited about the forum, I hope it will be a great place where we can all go and get to know each other, build up a support group, ask questions, get help, encourage one another, and share fun things! That means that you can come here and talk about … [Read more...]

JUL
09
2013

Best Homeschool Printer Forum

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Hey ya’ll! Welcome to another homeschool curriculum forum. I had a specific request for a forum on printers, and I thought it was a great idea! After all, ain’t no homeschooler getting’ by without printing stuff and lots of it!   Right now I have a Brother 490CW. I’m sorry Brother, but I really don’t recommend you. Sadly this thing uses a ton of ink, and the quality just isn’t that great anyway. So as soon as that bad boy accidentally falls off my shelf and breaks, or gets lost in the move… I’m looking into the HP Envy 120 All-in-One printer. Pros: Inexpensive compared to others I like the smaller size, it won’t take up as much room on my shelves. Offers two sided printing, energy saver, ink cartridge recycling, can print from your smart phone. Printing, scanning, fax, wireless. Cons: I haven’t used it yet, so I’m not sure, we’ll see how it does on ink usage...   As a side note, I know most homeschoolers are printing fools, so I just … [Read more...]

MAY
29
2013

Homeschool Music Curriculum Forum

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Good morning all! Welcome to another homeschool curriculum forum. Today we’ll be discussing music curriculum!   Music has two parts as far as we are concerned. The first part I like to call “Music Appreciation”. To us that means studying famous composers and learning to listen to music critically. The second part encompasses actual music lessons whereby our children are learning to play instruments. MUSIC APPRECIATION: The goal behind the World’s Greatest Composers curriculum is to immerse students in the work of each composer so that they are well familiar with their style, methods and music. Much of your time studying will be through open discussion with students and listening to compositions. Upon completion of this curriculum, your student should be able to easily recognize the pieces from each composer studied. They will also have learned several different styles of music, vocabulary, as well as have gained an appreciation for music in general. What is included in … [Read more...]

MAY
15
2013

Physical Education Curriculum Forum

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Hi everyone! Welcome to today’s homeschool curriculum forum where we’re talking all about physical education!   I’ve received quite a few questions about how we are liking Family Time Fitness. And I have to say that we still love it! I did a more formal review and giveaway for Family Time Fitness back in October, you can read it here. If you aren’t familiar with Family Time Fitness, they are a physical education program. They provide daily lesson plans as well as video tutorials if you need them. Most lessons can be completed with very little preparation. Although they do give daily lessons, we typically do it 2-3 times per week time allowing. I really love their focus on physical education, and even get reminder emails sent to my inbox to encourage me to continue on with our lessons. How are we doing? The kids are STILL loving the activities, and I like that they’re super easy to do without a lot of prep work on my time. I simply print my lesson plans as … [Read more...]

MAY
14
2013

Homeschool Foreign Language Curriculum Forum

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Hi all! Today we’re talking about our favorite foreign language programs in the homeschool curriculum forum series! For younger students my favorite program is PowerSpeak. It is an online program with fun games and activities that help foster general vocabulary and sentence structure. My only issue with this is price and the lack of levels available. Currently they only offer elementary level 1 and 2, then the next one up is Jr. High which I thought would be too difficult for my 4th grader. Pros: Fun and independent curriculum. No experience necessary to begin. Cons: Fairly expensive, especially if you have multiple students. Limited in levels available. Only 5 languages available My next choice is Rosetta Stone. We tried to use this initially when Strawberry Shortcake was in 2nd grade and it just didn’t go well. The curriculum moved way too fast for her, and it assumed a certain level of maturity to infer differences in verb tenses and sentence … [Read more...]

MAY
13
2013

Homeschool Vocabulary Curriculum Forum

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Good morning all! Welcome to another homeschool curriculum forum. Today we’ll be discussing vocabulary curriculum! This upcoming year will be the first year I’m introducing a more formal vocabulary program into our homeschool. Up until now we’ve just been reviewing words that come with our spelling program and in our Abeka readers. However this year we’re going to be working through Wordly Wise workbooks just to include a little more vocabulary focused work. I’ve heard fairly good reviews for Wordly Wise products. However I’ve also been cautioned that they are a secular curriculum so some of the terms used might not be appropriate if you prefer Christian materials. Pros: Fairly inexpensive workbooks. Students work independently. Cons: Secular curriculum. TBD as we progress through it!   One other vocabulary curriculum I’ve had my eye on and planned to use this year, but haven’t been great at it are the Vocabulary Cartoons. It is a book full of funny … [Read more...]