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...]

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
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
08
2016

2016-2017 8×10 Homeschool Lesson Planner

Hi fellow homeschoolers! I have another fun and colorful planner designed for homeschool lesson planning to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you might need! The 2016-2017 8x10 Lesson Planner is an 8x10 full sheet planner for those of you who like more room! You can use this for your own teacher lesson planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you might need! What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the August 2016 – July 2017 school year. This planner is portrait format for easier printing and binding. Planner runs from August 2016 – July 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 Attendance tracking Homeschool Extra Forms This … [Read more...]

JUN
06
2016

Homeschooling 101: How to Choose Curriculum

Hi homeschoolers! I’m back today with a fun video series for you. Along with my Tip Tuesday homeschool tips, I’m also filming a Homeschooling 101 How To series to help you get started homeschooling! In today’s video I’m talking about the hardest part of getting started, how to choose your curriculum. Now after 9 years of homeschooling one thing I’ve figured out is that unfortunately there isn’t one perfect all encompassing curriculum out there. We’re all different in our needs and what works best for us and our families. But the good news is that there is a ton of various curriculum out there to fit your needs! So let’s get started talking about how to go about choosing what’s best for your family.   Watch: Homeschooling 101: How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum   Links from the video: COAH Community  Curriculum Forum   To keep up with our shenanigans, feel free to follow me: YouTube Channel: … [Read more...]

JUN
01
2016

2016-2017 Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

Good morning everyone! I’m back today with another fun freebie for you. It’s my updated 2016-2017 Preschool Daily Learning Notebook! While the current version runs through the end of July, I’ve had so many requests for next year’s notebook that I decided to release it early!   This one of course has the updated traceable calendars for 2016-2017, as well as all of the other goodies! And it has a fun new cover too! Since I have had a lot of people say they start school in July I went ahead and overlapped this one with last years notebook. So the calendars will go from July 2016 – August 2017. I hope that helps some of you out! –> Download the 2016-2017 Preschool Daily Learning Notebook here <–   The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on it for preschoolers. On this … [Read more...]

MAY
31
2016

CHEC Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference

Hi everyone! I have a fun giveaway for you today! Whether you’re a veteran homeschooler or just getting started, homeschool conventions are a great way to see curriculum in person, attend helpful workshops, and talk to vendors! And guess what? The annual Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference is the largest home education event in the region! And they were kind enough to provide me with a family pass to giveaway to one of you! Yay!!   Join thousands of others at the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference for three days full of home education and Christian family discipleship workshop sessions (90+ workshops with 25+ speakers), a huge curriculum fair (with 200+ vendor booths, a youth vendor area, and a used curriculum sale), a family movie night, and extra help for those just beginning homeschooling. Where? The conference is held in the Denver Mart located at 451 East 58th Ave. Denver, CO 80216 When? June 16-18, 2016   Find out more information: Check out the … [Read more...]

MAY
30
2016

June 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

School is out for summer! Whoohoo! I don’t know about you guys, but I am so excited I could pee! But I won’t. Because that would be gross. And also not fitting for a monthly meal plan post. But I really am so excited to be done with school this year. I can’t wait for long summer days, sippin’ sweet tea on the front porch, and hanging out at the pool. Oooh, and grilling up some yummy summer food too! Since my plan is to relax and have fun, I don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen all summer. But I do like to make fresh salads, fruit salsas, and grill up a storm! So if that sounds good to you…here’s my way of keeping it simple for the summer! Oh, and don’t worry I’ll be back next week with all new Tip Tuesdays for you all! Yay! Hope my monthly meal plans help you as much as they do me!     Download the 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can … [Read more...]