AUG
22
2016

2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling his workload into manageable sections. We started introducing study skills last year and will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 7th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 7th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion English/Grammar: IEW Fix It Grammar History: Abeka History of the World Literature: Book Shark Literature (From our options program) Math: Math U See Algebra 1 (yikes!) Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: … [Read more...]

AUG
15
2016

2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, and 7 soon as well.   This year continuing to focus on more independent work skills. As students get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling their own workloads into manageable sections. We started introducing more independent work over the last couple of years, she will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 8th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 8th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion Cooking: At options English/Grammar: IEW … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2016

2016-2017 First Day of Homeschool!

Hi friends! Wow, I can’t believe we’re starting out 10th year of homeschooling today. It’s been quite a ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities! We’ve got our new curriculum all sorted in our work drawers, and the school room has been cleaned out, de-cluttered, and sanitized. Even the birds got a fresh new cage cleaning! The kids are all sad to see summer go, but they’re also excited for a new year and they’ve even said they’re excited to start school, so I take that as a bonus! As a side note, I let the kids make their first day of school grade cards (see above) this year, and I thought it was funny how well they reflected their personalities! Some are straight forward and to the point, and others have a little more...shall we say flare? Love them all! For our first day we usually… Eat a good breakfast! Take first day of school photos Take a quick tour of the classroom, and their workboxes so they can get a feel of what … [Read more...]

AUG
08
2016

2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing our 2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul with you.   We have four children and this year we spent about $150 on supplies total. I usually average around $100-$150 on supplies including a few extra things that we have to purchase for their weekly options program. This year I ordered most of our supplies online, but I did pick up a few extras at a local store as well. I hope you enjoy this video!   Watch Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Supply Haul here! Here are some links to products mentioned in the video, I think I found everything, let me know if I forgot anything! (Disclosure: Links below are Amazon affiliate links, I do receive a small compensation if you purchase products from these links. So thank you for helping to support my blog!) Frixion Erasable Pens Desktop Carousel Snowmen Stackable Pencils Gummy Bear Stackable Pencils Regular Stackable Pencils Fun Iwako Animal Erasers (20 Pack) Expandable Acrylic … [Read more...]

AUG
07
2016

Busy Mom’s Guide to Home-cooked Meals

As a busy mom of four, I find meal planning a little on the stressful side. I actually enjoy cooking, however when we’re busy with school and other activities, I don’t always have time to run to the store, or think of something healthy and tasty for my family. I don’t know about you all, but it’s really easy for me to want to run out and grab something quick when we’re in between activities, or coming home late from something. But as we all know, that can get expensive, and it’s really not very healthy depending on what you grab on the go.   But with just a little planning, it’s easy to skip the take-out and create a variety of home-cooked meals for your family, even when you’re busy like we are! As most of you know I always post my monthly meal plans here on my blog, but I’ve had also ton of requests for weekly shopping lists as well as a list of all of my recipes in one location, so I put all of that together in my new book! I’ve also added in a new customizable … [Read more...]

JUL
31
2016

Smile Create Repeat Review & Giveaway

Hey guys! I have a fun giveaway for you today. Smile Create Repeat is a monthly subscription box full of great art supplies that encourages creativity for your students! My oldest one, Strawberry Shortcake, is a very good artists and she loves to draw and create on a regular basis. She’s always on the look out for new tools, markers, pencils, and fun tutorials.   So when Smile Create Repeat asked if I wanted to review one of their boxes I said of course! The boxes are $20.00 per month and come with a variety of art supplies, two blank cards, a couple of post cards, and an explanation sheet for the products included. My daughter didn’t really care about the postcards or sticker, but she did like the blank cards and supplies as well as the demo video.   Wrapped up in a cute little roll are the featured supplies for the month. The boxes are different each time so you get a variety of art supplies which is nice. The other cool thing they come with is a … [Read more...]

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...]