JUL
25
2016

Word of Life Devotions Review

Hi everyone! I’ve had several requests to do a review of the Word of Life Devotions that we started using last year. I really like these devotions, they’re fairly short and easy for my kids to complete. And their a great way to get them in the habit of getting into God’s Word on a daily basis. They did update their covers from the ones I have, but the Quiet Time Devotions are what we used.   Watch Tip Tuesday: Word of Life Quiet Times Review   Overall Thoughts: I want to mention that these devotions are not super in depth studies, they only take about 10-15 minutes each day to complete. Each day they have a reading assignment which is shorter for younger students and then longer for older students. The reading assignment is followed up by a few questions that relate directly to the chapters themselves. Then there are always a couple of follow up questions that relate the reading to your students everyday life. Then they end with a short time praying … [Read more...]

JUL
24
2016

Friends & Heroes Family Devotion Giveaway

Hey guys! I have a fun giveaway for you today. Friends & Heroes just came out with a new family devotion pack that I wanted to share with you all! The Family devotions are designed to be easy to use, parent-led  devotions for families with children ages 5-12. They include 26 weeks of devotions along with accompanying video adventures. Each devotion comes with a focus theme, a Bible story to read, a memory verse, then a devotion that includes some critical thinking questions, discussion leads, prayer time and a few extras including free printables and children’s activities. They cover both old and new testaments where you’ll watch together, read together, explore together, share together, then pray together. The devotions take about 30 minutes depending on whether or not you also watch the accompanying video which vary in length.   What’s Included in the kit? The Series 1 Family Devotion Pack includes Episodes 1-13 on six multi-language DVDs along with 26 … [Read more...]

JUL
18
2016

World’s Greatest Artists Video Review

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to do a quick video showing you what my World’s Greatest Artists curriculum looks like, and of course there are a ton of art projects that you’ll be creating as well throughout the curriculum.   So let’s take a look at the curriculum! Learn about the World’s Greatest Artists here!     Click below to get your Greatest Artist Unit Studies now! Hope you enjoy learning all about art! The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 – $5.50 The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 2 – $5.50   Age Group: These unit studies are intended for elementary students ages Kindergarten - 5th or 6th grades. Come along on our quest to learn about some of the world’s greatest artists! So grab some art supplies and get ready to explore, create, and learn! In this series of artist studies, we will be learning about 8 of the world’s greatest artists. We will immerse ourselves in the work of each artist so we become well … [Read more...]

JUL
17
2016

EEME Project Amp

Hey guys! Do you have a student who likes to build stuff? Do you have one who is interested in electronics? Well I have a super cool project  to share with you today! EEME sent me this really fun Project AMP kit to review and I have to say that it’s been really cool. Turbo is always into building things, and he loves things that end up turning on in some fashion. He’s recently taken up guitar as well, so he’s somewhat familiar with amplifiers and the like. So when they asked if I wanted to do the Project Amp review I was all over it! Project Amp is a fun kit where your child will learn to  build an entire speaker amplifier system as well as learn how it all works in the process. You can order it a 6 month subscription where you’ll be mailed one kit per month. Or you can get the whole thing at once. This particular kit is recommended for kids ages 10 and up. EEME also offers hands-on projects and free online lessons to help teach kids all about electronics and foster their … [Read more...]

JUL
11
2016

Tip Tuesday: Student Organization Tips

Hi everyone! Welcome back to another Tip Tuesday episode! Today I’m sharing how I keep all of our homeschool student materials organized. I’m also going to be showing some of our homeschool room as well as an update on how we’re using our workbox system.   So if you want to see how this mama of four keeps all of our materials organized and easy to access check out my Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Student Organization Tips here!         Check out this post for more details on how I organize our daily and long term school work! Student Organization   I get a lot of questions on our desk set up. And most of you know I’ve used some form of the workbox system developed by Sue Patrick for the past several years. I have to say that organizing our daily work has been a sanity saver for me. Put, the workbox system is a way to organize all of the daily school work for your student. You can use rolling carts, plastic crates, file … [Read more...]

JUL
01
2016

July 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hey everyone! It’s July first, can you believe it!? Summer is already flying by for us, and there’s so much I still want to do before school starts! But worry about what to cook isn’t one of them. So today I’m sharing my July 2016 Monthly Meal Plan with everyone. This way we can spend time having fun with the family, and not worrying about what to make.     I don’t know about you, but being home all day with 4 kids makes me feel like I’m just going from one meal to the next. As soon as breakfast is cleaned up, people start asking about lunch! Not to mention snacks and dinner prep. So if you’re like me and don’t want to worry about it, this meal plan is my gift to you! Go forth and enjoy your summer!   Download the 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 July 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 … [Read more...]

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
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
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...]