APR
12
2015

LEGO Education Simple Machines – Crane

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Good morning readers! We had another great LEGO Education group again this month! This time we worked on building and using cranes!     This month we created LEGO Ants which were probably one of the more enjoyable creations! Well, the most entertaining anyway! We had battles…and races…and fun!   I’ve had several questions about the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms, and I do have to say that we LOVE IT! The lessons are great, and it could definitely suffice as a portion of your science or robotics class for the year. There are about 34 lessons in the Activity Pack, so you could do one per week to make it last for the whole year if you wanted to use it as a formal curriculum. We’ve been using the kit for about 2 years now because we meet once a month for our co-op. But you could certainly do it more often if you wanted to! You do need to purchase the activity pack (lessons) separately from the base set if you want the … [Read more...]

APR
08
2015

How To Get Started Quilting Part 1 – Basic Supplies

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Good morning everyone! I’ve been so excited about how many of you are interested in quilting. I’m trying not to overwhelm my blog with pictures, so if you’re interested in keeping up with me make sure to follow me on Instagram. I’ve had a ton of questions asking how I got started quilting. And I want to say that I’m still new and learning, but I thought that might be a great time to tell you all how I started while it’s still fresh in my mind. I apologize, this post got a bit long, but I wanted to give you as much detail as I could to get you started! The second thing I wanted to tell you is that quilting is only as difficult as you make it. And YES! You can do it! I recommend starting off with easier patterns, then challenge yourself as your skills develop. But we’ll get into that later on. Let’s start off with supplies. I like supplies. Especially when they’re as pretty as these! Supplies: The supplies you’ll need to get started are actually pretty minimal. Here’s a list … [Read more...]

APR
07
2015

A Beka Book Reading Review – K5

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Good morning everyone! Since we’ve completed my K4 Kindergarten program last year. However since the Teeny Tot isn’t old enough for first grade yet, I decided to do the ABeka K5 reading program with her this year for review, and to enhance her reading. Here are the products that I use, and what I think is necessary out of all of their options for kindergarten. I did want to mention that I’ve had these products since Strawberry Shortcake was in kindergarten. ABeka has since upgraded some of their items, and so they might look a bit different now. Just wanted to give you a heads up! Click the play button below, or click here to see my ABeka K5 Reading Review video: Here is a list of products that I recommend getting if you plan to use the K5 reading program. 198021 Homeschool K5 Phonics, Reading, Writing and Numbers Curriculum 99201 Letters and Sounds K5 101109 Basic Phonics Readers 182389 Basic Phonics Flashcards 102083 One-vowel word cards 102784 … [Read more...]

APR
06
2015

Blessing Bags

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Good morning everyone! Are you looking for a great project to help teach your kiddos about having compassion for others? I have a great, and easy project that even  younger kids can participate in for you today. They’re called “Blessing Bags”.   Let’s take a look at a few definitions before we proceed shall we? Philanthropy: the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people. Compassion: wanting to help others who may be sick, hungry, or in need. Volunteer: a person who willingly gives their time and service to do work without pay. “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:17-18 Children by nature can be quite self-serving. At least mine tend to lean towards that direction. Like many things, kindness, compassion, and concern for others is a … [Read more...]

APR
05
2015

Choosing Standardized Tests

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Good morning everyone! How many of you administer standardized testing to your students each year? We test annually starting in 2nd grade. I like to start in 2nd grade as a practice year for my kids to help them get prepared for 3rd grade when scores have to be submitted. I get a lot of questions on why I chose the Iowa Standardized Tests. We chose it because it seems to be a middle of the road not too hard, but not too easy test. To shed more light on that answer I’m going to give you a little bit of information on each test below. Hopefully this will help some of you when deciding which tests to select for your family. So if you’re interested, keep reading!   When To Test Our state requires testing or assessments to be performed for children on odd grades starting in 3rd grade. That means that every other year you do not have to test your student. But we test annually anyway. I like to use the tests to see how I am doing as well as how much information my children are … [Read more...]

APR
01
2015

Fun and Easy Easter Activities for Kids!

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Good morning everyone! Easter weekend is already upon us, and I have some really fun and easy Easter crafts that you can do at home to celebrate! Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (in the Christian religion) and His promise of eternal life.  It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on the Spring Equinox, usually sometime between March 22nd and April 25th. Many people begin celebrations with Lent which starts on Ash Wednesday and runs for approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. Many people celebrate Lent by giving up something of value to them for this time period. Popular items to abstain from are various foods, drinks, sugar, TV, etc. Traditionally one was to abstain from eating animal products including eggs during Lent. Holy Week starts off with Palm Sunday, commemorating the arrival of Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem. It is followed by Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper, and Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ … [Read more...]

MAR
31
2015

April 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Hi everyone! I can’t even tell you how excited I am for spring and summer! We’ve had a crazy mix of weather this month going from 70 one day, to snow the next. I have set my Uggs and Flip-flops by the door so I can decide which ones to wear on my way out the door. Anyway, I have some fun meals this month, and I’m excited to have that planning done and not have to worry about food when I can be outside playing instead!   Download the April 2015 Menu: April 2015 Meal Plan PDF April 2015 Meal Plan – Word Doc (editable) For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! Here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes, just click on the image below! … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2015

April 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

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Did you know that April is national humor month? Yep that’s right, all month long we get to be funny! Sounds like a good time to me! And April is full of interesting days, so let’s get started shall we? Holidays: April 1 – April Fool’s Day. April 5 – Easter Sunday. Weekly Celebrations: Week 1 Library Week Week 1 Read a Road Map Week Week 2 Garden Week Week 3 Organize Your Files Week Week 3 Medical Labs Week Week 4 Administrative Assistants Week Week 4 National Karaoke Week Monthly Fun Days April 1 April Fool's Day – The day when it’s acceptable to play jokes or tricks on one another. I’ve never been able to decide if I like this holiday or not. I don’t like the thought of being tricked all day long, and I’m just naive enough to believe these tricksters! But I do think it might be fun to leave a comment below telling us all your favorite April Fool’s Day trick. April 2 Children's Book Day – Great day to pick a favorite classic and have a … [Read more...]

MAR
25
2015

Kindergarten Worksheets and Phonics Activities

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good morning readers! It’s been a little while since I did an update on what the Teeny Tot is doing. We just got back from spring break and she’s been working diligently on her kindergarten year. She’s reading well now, and still having fun doing all of the K4 Kindergarten activities along with some other fun things that we add in here and there. So I thought I’d take today to give you a little snapshot of what she’s been up to. She loves to do mazes, and so she’s been working her way through my K4 Kindergarten maze worksheets this year.   She also likes to do puzzles. Since she’s our last little one to go through the curriculum, I just printed the K4 Number Order Puzzles on copy paper, and then she cuts them apart along the lines. Next she reassembles them onto a piece of construction paper and glues them down to complete the puzzle.   Of course we’re working our way through Math U See, and she’s having fun with her blocks as usual!   To help with … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2015

Create Your Own Bundle Discount!

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Good morning fellow educators! I know it’s getting to be that time of year again. The one where you’re not quite finished with the current school year, but are starting to research, gather curriculum, and plan for next year.    Today I have a special treat for you all, and it’s something that’s been long requested. I get several emails asking if people can create their own combination of products and receive a discount. Previously I had listed some pre-combined combo packs to help out, but we wanted you to be able to make your own combination of products. So my brilliant husband has come to the rescue again and done just that! My store now has the capability to let you buy whatever combination of products you want and receive a discount! That means you can combine your favorite literature units, scientist studies, etc. and still get a discount. Now you can create your own bundle based on the needs of your family! Yipee! How does it work? It’s simple. Just buy 2 or … [Read more...]