JUL
30
2015

August 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning! Well, I don’t know about you, but August means back-to-school for us! Which comes with some mixed feelings of excitement over new curriculum and fresh new school supplies, whoot whoot! And a little bit of anxiety over the chaos that I know is coming our way. It seems like everything starts up at once, school, sports, extra activities, and before I can even blink it’s almost Christmas! That said, my monthly meal plan has been a huge blessing when our schedule starts to get crazy. I have to confess that over the summer I’m not so great at following my plan. Things are nice and relaxed and we kind of just do whatever we feel like that day for food. But man when school starts it seriously aids in my sanity levels to have a meal plan. It’s just one less thing I have to think about and keep track of. So here we go! Download the 2015 August Monthly Meal Plan: 2015 August Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2015 Auust Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already … [Read more...]

JUL
28
2015

How to stop procrastination in your homeschool

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Do you find your kids procrastinating instead of doing their schoolwork in a diligent and timely fashion?  Do your kids dawdle, sharpen pencils, get water, then go to the bathroom and eventually get to their work only after chasing them down? Don’t worry your not alone! I’d venture to bet that procrastination is probably found in most homes. And it can definitely become a problem for a homeschooling mama with more than one child to teach. Like if you hypothetically have four children for example. Fine, it’s not a hypothetical for me. I do have four children. And procrastination isn’t a hypothetical for us either! It was like an everyday occurrence back in the day. Why children procrastinate. Honestly I think that when talking about procrastination and homeschooling it has a bit to do with just getting used to a more formal schedule. And getting used to mom as your teacher. And figuring out that there are assignments that you actually do need to accomplish. Sometimes … [Read more...]

JUL
26
2015

2015-2016 Homeschool Lesson Planner

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Hi everyone! I have had a ton of requests for an 2015-2016 8x10 Homeschool Lesson Planner that similar to my 5x7 lesson planner, so that’s what we’re doing today!   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 2015 – July 2016 school year. This planner is portrait format for easier printing and binding. Planner runs from August 2015 - July 2016 2015-2016 & 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 planner also comes with a variety of forms to help you with your planning and record keeping. If there’s a form I forgot, … [Read more...]

JUL
21
2015

Our Curriculum 2015-2016

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Oh my goodness, I can’t believe another year has gone by, and it’s time to start planning for the 2015-16 school year! I’ve had so many requests for our curriculum choices, so I thought I better put up a post with our choices for next year. Group and Independent work I’m listing the full curriculum per grade level below, and anything you see in orange is a group activity. This means that we do it together with all of kiddos combined. I like to choose a variety of both teacher led, independent, and group curriculum so that I’m not too overwhelmed with teaching 4 students at different levels all at the same time. Group activities are done together, and I just expect a little different level of work out of my children depending on their grade and skill level. Announcing… But first I’d like to announce the Teeny Tot’s new blog name! Since I’ve started blogging back in 2008, you’ll see that the teeny tot has gotten just a wee big bigger. And since she really isn’t a teeny tot … [Read more...]

JUL
19
2015

K4 Kindergarten Curriculum Video Review

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Is my Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum a little too easy for your student? Are you ready for something a little more challenging? Then the K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum is for you! The K4/5 Curriculum is geared towards kids ages 4-5 who are ready to start kindergarten (or have completed my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum) and want a fun hands-on kindergarten curriculum.  The curriculum introduces beginning reading, math and handwriting skills that will give your student a huge advantage as they proceed through their elementary years. Upon completion of this program, students will have a basic understanding of simple addition and subtraction, place value, basic 1 and 2 vowel words, beginning reading skills, logical thinking and much more! With this curriculum you also receive 34 weeks worth of daily lesson plans to help guide you through a full year kindergarten skilled activities. Here’s a video review of my Kindergarten Curriculum to help give you a better idea … [Read more...]

JUL
14
2015

Letter of the Week Video Review

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a fun summer break…if you take one that is. We are, and we’re looking at starting back up in August, so I’m trying to get everything prepared and ready to go! Today I thought it would be fun to do a video review of my Letter of the Week curriculum for those of you who are interested in seeing what it looks like.     Click here to watch the Letter of the Week video review!   The Letter of the Week is a full 26 week preschool course designed to give your student a head-start on preparing for kindergarten! It has 5 days per week of lesson plans full of educational activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills that will be required for your preschooler to be ready for kindergarten! Included are weekly lesson plans that cover all the subjects a preschooler needs and more! There are over 1500 … [Read more...]

JUL
12
2015

Lakeshore Learning Science Tools Kit

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As most of you know, I’ve been participate in in Lakeshore’s summer learning ambassador program. And part of the fun of that is that I get to review some of their fun summer products which are geared towards learning through play. This happens to be one of my favorite ways to learn for those of you who don’t know me! One of the products I requested was the Lakeshore Science Tools kit. I originally thought that the Teeny Tot (who is now 6 and really needs a new alias) would enjoy this. But when the kit arrived, it was my 11 year old who scooped it up and immediately went to work! The kit costs $29.99 and comes with a bunch of fun lab tools  and illustrated experiment cards for kids to work through. It even came with those beloved test tubes, measuring spoons, beakers, and of course safety goggles which little kiddos love to play with. You really only need a few extra household items to complete most of the experiments. Things like sand, water, oil, food coloring, and … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2015

K4 Kindergarten Sight Word Sentences

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Hi everyone! I’ve had several requests for a K4 Kindergarten sight word sentences worksheets. What makes these different from my other sight word sentence worksheets? Well, these words correlate directly with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum so you can use them as you go along through the program.   What do the worksheets include? Each worksheet has a new word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word several times. Then they will write it on their own. Next they will add the word to a funny sentence, and make up their own fun sentence to go along with their new word. Students will also cut out the letters and spell the word correctly to complete a sentence. This is great for fine-motor skills and spelling practice! Next they will write the word to complete the sentence.   Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition of using and reading the word, along with the variety of activities … [Read more...]

JUL
05
2015

Lakeshore Learning Real Bugs Discovery Kit

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One of our favorite outside activities to do is explore. We’ll often bring our science journals out and take nature walks making note of all of the amazing creations God has made.   And in the summer time, bugs are one of our favorites. Luckily we live by a lake, and so that means that we have quite a variety of bugs to investigate. And a rather large quantity of them as well, so they’re fairly easy to locate. However being the cautious mom that I am, I don’t always want my kids picking up and inspecting bugs up close. Plus it’s just gross. And apparently also very interesting to younger members in this family! So you can imagine how excited I was when Lakeshore Learning offered to send us this Real Bugs Discovery Kit! The bugs are safely encased in indestructible acrylic, so that kids can explore these little guys up close and personal! Without getting bitten or ending up with nasty guts all over the place.   That makes this mama happy! And honestly I was super … [Read more...]

JUN
30
2015

2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow

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  Hi everyone! This year we had the privilege of watching the 2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow from our back patio! No kidding! What a cool thing right? Plus there were a zillion people on the beach area and I heard parking was a nightmare, so we were extra thankful to be located where we were. So of course we invited some friends and family over. Had a huge BBQ and watched some amazing pilots do an astonishing airshow for everyone! Plus living near the show site we also got to watch them practice which was just as fun. I think they were messing around a little bit more during practice, and we saw some cool stuff. Some of which I didn’t get with my camera because I didn’t actually realize they were going to be practicing until I heard a huge boom and my house started shaking. Of course we ran outside to see what the ruckus was and had the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying right over our home.  The Teeny Tot and I sat outside enjoying the practice. But you had to keep an eye … [Read more...]