AUG
12
2014

Anatomy of a Homeschooling Room

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With the homeschool year starting again for us, I wanted to share some room organizing ideas with you all. I’ve previously shared my homeschool room in great detail and you can see those posts here. I even did a Homeschool Room Video Tour if you’re so inclined and have about 10 minutes to spare. But today I wanted to just highlight some of the key components of our homeschool room. Not because I think you need a dedicated homeschool room, but because I think there are definitely some important elements that will aid whatever area you’ve set aside for your educationally focused family. Is that the new politically correct term for homeschooling? “We’re educationally focused”. I don’t know. Anyhoo…I have a couple of ideas I wanted to share with you to help you get your homeschooling groove on!     1. Work Space. No matter where you choose to do school, your children will need some sort of decent space to work. This includes laying out books, … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling an Only Child

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling an only child.   Sometimes when we think of homeschooling, we envision a larger family. But that’s just a stereotype; there are many families who  homeschool an only child. One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that homeschooling families are as diverse as the world we live in! Don’t be intimidated by the size of your family, large or small, you can homeschool if you are committed! Not only do you have the added benefit of truly being able to tailor your curriculum to your child, but your child will also benefit from one-on-one teaching. And since you only have one student, you’ll most likely find you can finish school a little faster than most which gives you a lot of opportunities to add in fun activities like field trips, and other hands on projects! It also gives you time to participate in other homeschooling groups which I’ll talk about below. I know … [Read more...]

AUG
06
2014

Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum

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For those of you looking for some great Bible DVDs and homeschool unit studies, I have the perfect giveaway for you today from Friends and Heroes! Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase through these links I will receive a small commission.   My children have enjoyed the Friends and Heroes DVDs for a while now, and they also have homeschool curriculum that goes with their DVDs.   Homeschool Unit Study 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 along with the DVD. Students will watch a fun DVD lesson then complete the resources that accompany each unit. The … [Read more...]

AUG
05
2014

Preschool Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Today I have some fun Preschool Dot-to-dot worksheets to share with you all! They of course go with my Letter of the Week  preschool curriculum, and if you’ve purchased the curriculum anytime AFTER 7/20/14 this file is included in your download! If you purchased prior to that date, or just want to add it to whatever you’re using currently, download it here for free and add it into your daily lessons!   Number Practice: The dot-to-dot worksheets help teach students number recognition, counting, and number order. The preschool sheets have a light gray tracing line to help your student know where to go on the worksheet. I recommend doing them with your student as these sheets count a bit higher than the other Preschool level work in this curriculum. This will help challenge your students count a to a higher number as they progress through the curriculum.   Phonics Practice: Not only does each … [Read more...]

AUG
04
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling on a Budget

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I’m back today with another helpful Homeschooling 101 post.  We’ve talked all about getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, homeschooling through various grade levels, and today we’re talking about homeschooling on a budget.   Homeschooling is flexible in so many ways, and that includes budgetary concerns. There are many options for homeschooling on a budget. Here are some things to consider when creating a homeschooling budget: Curriculum (most likely the greatest expense) Testing Fees Printing or Copying Costs Building a Home Library School Supplies Extracurricular activities or lessons Annual State Conventions Technology Aids There are so many ways to save money and homeschool successfully. Below I’ve listed a few ideas to help get you started! Use your library Not only does the library have an expansive selection of materials, it can be successfully used to build an entire curriculum if you take the time. Along with books, … [Read more...]

AUG
03
2014

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have a new Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. Join us for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Like to ask questions? Always curious about things? Then you’ll love reading all about the inquisitive Sherlock Holmes! Why does a burglar keep smashing statues? Where is the blue carbuncle? And who is the mysterious Irene Adler? Join Sherlock Holmes and his trusted friend Dr. Watson as they unravel the truth behind these stories and more! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Classic Starts version as retold from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the … [Read more...]

JUL
30
2014

Kindergarten Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Today I have some fun Kindergarten Dot-to-dot worksheets to share with you all! They of course go with my k4 Kindergarten curriculum, and if you’ve purchased the curriculum anytime AFTER 7/20/14 this file is included in your download! If you purchased prior to that date, or just want to add it to whatever you’re using currently, download it here for free and add it into your daily lessons!   Each kindergarten dot-to-dot worksheet goes along with a letter theme from my Letter of the Week program, but it’s made a little more challenging for those awesome kindergarteners out there.   Number Practice: The dot-to-dot worksheets help teach students number recognition, counting, and number order. While at the same time correlating with a letter from the alphabet so you’re working on several skills at once.   Phonics Practice: As your student completes the dot-to-dot they can then color in the image if they like, and … [Read more...]

JUL
28
2014

Our Curriculum Choices: 2014-2015

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Hi everyone, it’s that time of year again! And I’ve been getting tons of emails asking what we’ll be using for our 2014-2015 school year! So without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for the 2014-2015 school year.   Teeny Tot: Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook: I'm mixing pages from my elementary and preschool notebook this year so she can write her own calendar numbers. Art: World’s Greatest Artists 2 and See the Light Art DVDs Phonics/Reading:  K4 Curriculum, Abeka K5 Letters & Sounds, Phonics Road Level 1 (A new product we’re reviewing!) Logical Thinking: Abeka K5 Think and Learn Math: Math U See Primer & Spielgaben Bible: Picture Smart Bible (Trying new this year), Grapevine Traceable Units P.E.: Family Time Fitness Other: We will be doing The Middle Ages by Homeschool in the Woods this year, and the Teeny Tot will be participating in the fun crafts and activities that go along with that, though she won’t be expected to do any … [Read more...]

JUL
27
2014

The Three Musketeers Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have a great classic literature unit study for you today. It’s The Three Musketeers! This is an exciting tale that you won’t want to miss!   Story Summary: The Three Musketeers is full of action, intrigue, and suspense! Follow the story of D’Artagnan, a young nobleman, seeking adventures. He comes upon some new friends and they join up to defend their queen and king against the schemes of their rival, the Cardinal. Follow the Musketeers as they find adventure, sword fights, and life long friends! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Three Musketeers Classic Starts version as retold from the Alexandre Dumas original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the … [Read more...]

JUL
21
2014

Homeschooling 101: High School

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I wanted to start off this post by encouraging you. YOU CAN DO IT! Aside from the academics required, your primary goal is to prepare your student for their adult life. Homeschooling can help continue to build a bond with your student, and cement your relationship during a tumultuous time in their lives. Having a parent they can count on for training and sound advice will have eternal rewards when it comes to their future. Homeschooling through high school can also allow students to experience more things without the confinements of a classroom setting. You’re free to get out and actually participate in various things that interest them, along with learning in a more hands-on fashion. You … [Read more...]