JAN
26
2015

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Homeschooling

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Have you ever wished there were a list of things you should do or definitely not do when beginning homeschooling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Even veteran homeschool mom’s are doubt themselves at times. When I first started homeschooling I asked everyone I knew which curriculum to use, what days to homeschool, which subjects to teach, and how I would know if my kids were doing okay or not. I spoke with several veteran homeschool moms and they all had the same advice. Have fun with your children, enjoy the time while they’re in your home, and use whatever works best for you! Well, as a first timer, and a type A personality person, those words weren’t exactly comforting to me. I wanted a well laid out action plan. I wanted a curriculum that would tell me in specifics what to do, when to do it, and what to say. I wanted something that told me how long to do each subject, and how many days to do it. Unfortunately, and fortunately, there just isn’t anything out there like that. … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2015

3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences–Manuscript

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Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for a manuscript version of my 3rd grade sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word manuscript sentence printables with you. (I have 3rd Grade Cursive Sight Word Sentences here.) Each worksheet has the sight word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word, reading the word several times, then writing it on their own. They will also fill in a sentence using the word as well as practice reading the sentence. Students will also cut out the letters then glue them on the sheet to spell the word correctly to complete a sentence. This not only makes the activity more hands-on, but it also helps with spelling practice. I have also added letter tracing to this activity to help with handwriting practice. Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition … [Read more...]

JAN
20
2015

I’m Quilting. Say What? WIP

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What’s WIP you ask? It stands for “work in progress”. And I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of WIP posts from me in the future. I know I haven’t posted much on my quilting projects, but that is because I’m kind of a new addict. So today marks my first, and hopefully not last, WIP post! I started quilting just before Christmas 2014, so only a couple of months ago. But I’m totally hooked! I think it appeals to the graphic designer in me. And have you seen all of the beautiful fabrics they put out now? For some reason I was never drawn to quilting because it seemed like something that just my grandparents generation was into. But oh was I wrong! There are so many beautiful fresh fabrics, amazing blogs, and fantastic tutorials out there now, that it’s really lured me in! I’m a sucker for eye candy, and I love to create things, so this just had my name written all over it. My first quilt was a fun little rag quilt project I made for Tinker Bell, you can see it here.   That one … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2015

A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener

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Happy new year everyone! School is officially back in session and we’re all rip-roaring ready to go! Well, kind of. Mostly we’re still mentally on vacation. But… We have to start sometime or we’ll be doing school over the summer, and no one wants that! So I thought I’d take time today to do a Teeny Tot Tuesday post. It’s been a little while since we’ve check in with our favorite kindergartener, so let’s take a peek into her day and see what she’s been up to! The not so teeny tot has been doing well in her Math U See Primer curriculum. She’s learning to use the blocks and has most of them memorized now. She’s well into basic addition and getting used to the concept of adding numbers together.   I’ve also mixed in some of my K4 Kindergarten work for her this year, so here she’s working on one of my A-Z handwriting worksheets.   She actually went through all of my K4 Letter Hunt worksheets last year, but she loved them and requested to add them in again this year. … [Read more...]

JAN
18
2015

LEGO Education Go Carts & Sleds

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We've been using the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms for our Co-op group for awhile now. Since we only meet once a month this kit is lasting us about 2 academic years which is nice. So far we've had a great time, and today we learned all about go carts and sleds. The lesson included changing out tires to see which ones had better traction. We also learned which ones pulled themselves up a steep hill faster. And finally we created a sled so that the carts could pull some weight. At the start of each lesson the students are broken up into teams of 2. Each person builds their section of the booklet, then they bring their finished products together to form the final model. I like that they each get to work alone for a bit, then as a team to create their projects.   Here is one of their initial carts. I didn’t get pictures, but all three carts had different tires on them. We experimented with small vs. large tires, along with smooth or thick … [Read more...]

JAN
13
2015

Healthy Lunch Ideas!

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Hi everyone! With the new year upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share some healthy lunch ideas with you all. Well, not my ideas, but emeals has some great healthy lunch ideas to help us out! I am getting bored with our lunches, we tend to just go for the same meals all the time. I’m a a sucker for labels that promise health benefits, or fun, colorful packaging which I know isn’t always a good thing.   Here are some helpful tips from emeals on reading those labels! Fruit roll-ups seem like the childhood dream food, but they have three types of sugar listed in the first five ingredients and some brands also have trans fats and artificial colors, which may lead to hyperactivity in some kids.  Choose all-natural fruit leathers with simple ingredient lists and no added sugar or artificial colors. Juice pouches have attractive packages, but water and high-fructose corn syrup are the first two ingredients on some versions containing only 10 percent juice. … [Read more...]

JAN
12
2015

Charlotte’s Web Activities for Kids

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Good morning readers! I have a cute post to share today of our creativity in action! I’m sure most of you have seen my Charlotte’s Web unit study, but I wanted to show these cute webs that my kiddos came up with.  Tinker Bell decided to make one with pipe cleaners. By the time she was done she had a whole little family of pipe cleaner spiders. They turned out really cute.   True to form, Turbo took the web concept to a whole new level, and created this gigantic web using a hot glue gun and large popsicle sticks.  As you can see it’s about 2 1/2 feet tall or so. It went up to the middle of our school room door.   As you can see Tinker Bell LOVES pigs, so this book was right up her alley! She read through it quite quickly though, so she ended up doing a couple of lapbook activities each day. But I didn’t want to slow down her reading because she was really enjoying the book.   And here’s Tinker Bell’s completed lapbook along with some … [Read more...]

JAN
11
2015

South Dakota Vacation

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Hi everyone! This summer we took a fun trip to South Dakota and I just found the pictures when I was browsing around my computer. And in the spirit of blogging, I thought it would be fun to share our adventures today!  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, there are definitely some things worth seeing there!   Mount Rushmore For example…Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is an absolutely breath taking sculpture carved into granite on the side of the mountain. The construction begin in 1927 and features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four of the United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The park offers a beautiful trail hike where you can get even better views of the mountain as well as an indoor museum and lots of historical information on the creation of this magnificent memorial. Although we’ve probably all seen photos of the memorial, it’s truly … [Read more...]

JAN
06
2015

The Middle Ages Review & Update

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Hi everyone! As you may recall, we decided to try the Homeschool in the Woods Middle Ages history unit this year. Since we’re a few months into our curriculum, I thought I’d do an update on how it was going so far. Right off the bat I have to say that our kids are really enjoying history this year. They’re always excited when it’s time for history and each day has a fun activity that makes learning fun! Right now we’re knee deep in castle life. We’ve learned about the different casts of people, various jobs, and roles that each person plays in the system. We all picked which group we would want to be in, a few people wanted to be freemen, some went for the nobles, no one was brave enough to be king, and unfortunately no one wanted to be a serf. Go figure.   We also made puppets of all of the different groups of people. This one took a little longer than expected to color, but everyone wanted their own full set of figures. So we just stretched it out for a few days. Once … [Read more...]

JAN
05
2015

Back in the swing of things!

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Good morning to all of my long time friends, homeschoolers, and new readers! It’s a brand new year, and schools a foot! And I’m so excited to start up again aren’t you? No? Okay, me neither. Despite my welcome picture here it’s a cold, dreary day, and no one wants to do school. Including the teacher. My husband didn’t want to go to work either. Everyone wanted to stay in jammies and have a snow day. We always take a nice long break over December. Partially because I LOVE Christmas and I prefer to spend our days making cookies, doing fun crafts, reading books, sledding, and otherwise just relaxing. I need a break and so does my family. It’s amazing, incredible, wonderful, relaxing, and just plain needed. But man sakes alive it’s hard to come back! The craziness of our homeschool days, sports, and various extra curricular activities seem like they all come rushing back in at one time. But as I lay in bed thinking of excuses of why we should start school tomorrow instead, I begin … [Read more...]