MAY
04
2015

2015 5th Grade Homeschool Schedule

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Hello readers! Today we’re taking a closer look at the 5th grade daily homeschool schedule that Turbo has been doing this year.   This is basically an outline of our day and things do change up a bit here and there. But for the most part, this is the schedule that Turbo is following this year. I didn’t let him pick an elective class this year, but I think I’ll allow everyone to pick one next year since Strawberry Shortcake’s photography class went so well. We switched things up a little this year, and instead of doing history and science everyday, we now alternate them doing both only twice per week. I did have to pick units for our science because we won’t get through the whole book in one year now, but several of them were repeats for us anyway. And I prefer alternating them each twice a week rather than trying to do both daily. Turbo is currently 10 years old, and in the 5th grade. He definitely has a filled schedule this year, but he’s doing great! Download a copy: … [Read more...]

MAY
03
2015

May 2015 Holidays and Fun Days

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Did you know that May is national BBQ Month? It’s also “date your mate” month, so I’m thinking a BBQ dinner date sounds in order, what do you think? What’s your favorite BBQ recipe or restaurant? Leave a comment below! Then again it’s also national blood pressure month, and that seems kind of contradictory. I’m thinking eating lots of BBQ might not be so healthy. Hmm… Holidays May 10 Mother’s Day May 5 Cinco De Mayo May 25 memorial Day Fun Days May 1 May Day May Day is celebrated around the world an usually signifies the celebration of spring and the coming of summer. Some like to celebrate by sharing May Day baskets typically filled with flowers. If you have little guys, you can do an easy flower planting activity using small terra-cotta pots. Or you can use colorful construction paper to create  May Basket art! May 2 Brothers and Sisters Day This day is to honor and celebrate our siblings! Have a sibling dear to you? Take some time today to call them up … [Read more...]

APR
27
2015

Teeny Tot Tuesday–Kindergarten Learning Games

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Good morning readers! And happy day to you all! We’re nearing the end of our school year, and then we’ll be heading out for a nice long summer break! But until then I thought you might like to see what the Teeny Tot is up to. Seriously I have to get her a new name. She’s definitely not teeny anymore. Well, she’s the teeniest one in our house, but I think at 6 I’m going to have to let go and give her a big girl name. Pardon me while I cry for a bit. As most of you know we’re doing a mix of my K4 Kindergarten and the Abeka Kindergarten this year. With some other goodies thrown in for good measure. If you want to see a complete list of what she’s been up to you can check it out in our 2014-2015 curriculum post. But let’s take a peek at some of her stuff for this week. I also found some pics of her doing the LOTW games, and she still loves to bust them out, so I included them just for fun Here she is practicing her handwriting. This is a A-Z, 1-9 Handwriting practice free download on … [Read more...]

APR
26
2015

6th Grade Daily Homeschool Schedule

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Good morning! Or afternoon. Or whatever time it is you’re reading this. Good day! Today I’m sharing our 6th grade homeschool schedule. This is basically an outline of our day and things do change up a bit here and there. But for the most part, this is the schedule that Strawberry Shortcake is following this year. She has had the pleasure of completing a photography class so she’s excited about that, and I think I’ll allow everyone to pick one elective next year since this one went so well. Strawberry Shortcake is currently 12 years old, and in the 6th grade. She definitely has a filled schedule this year, but she’s doing great and enjoying school! Download a copy: 6th Grade Daily Schedule PDF 6th Grade Daily Schedule Word Doc (Editable) Here is our basic 6th Grade Schedule: 8:30am – Breakfast / Family Devotions 9:00am – Daily Learning Notebook 9:15am – Bible 9:30am – Math 10:30am – English 11:00am – Handwriting 11:20am – Reading 11:30am … [Read more...]

APR
22
2015

How to Get Started Quilting Part 3 – Let’s Talk Fabric!

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Good morning! I hope you’ve enjoyed my How To Quilt series! I hope these posts have been helpful for you. Today I’m so excited to share the final part in my series, fabric. I’ve also added a section at the end of this post full of helpful links, websites, tutorials and more to help you get going!   But first let’s talk about the fun stuff, fabric! I warned you before that this was probably the most dangerous part of quilting. The fabric out there these days is to die for! And I’ve already gathered enough to keep me busy for the remainder of the year, possibly even next year. And it’s what, April? Yeah. Probably time to start sewing up my stash for sure! (Above pictured fabric is a mix of Bonnie and Camille for Moda lines) I quickly discovered a very large variety of quilting fabrics available to have fun with! There are so many lovely patterns, colors, manufacturers, and designers that it was like eye-candy heaven! Instagram has been a huge source of inspiration as well … [Read more...]

APR
21
2015

FREE Parenting Webinar–TONIGHT!!

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Hi everyone! Join Amy McCready and I for a FREE LIVE parenting webinar TONIGHT Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 PM, EST.   For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She is a regular on The Today Show and has appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, MSNBC, in The New York Times and more.   What’s the Webinar About? Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling (And who couldn’t use some help in that area right!?) I’ve hosted this seminar before and had several requests to repeat it since many of you were unable to attend. And quite honestly, it’s a good refresher for me as well. Unfortunately i tend to drift back into our old habits, so I always enjoy a good kick start to get us back on track! Who Should Attend: Frustrated parents of kids ages 2-16! A special note from Amy: Why is it so difficult sometimes to get kids to listen? You know she … [Read more...]

APR
19
2015

Little Bits Review & Giveaway

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Have you guys heard of Little Bits Electronics? Well, they were new to me! But when they sent me an email to review their products, I was intrigued. I already knew that Turbo loved to play with anything electronic, and after taking a look at their website, I knew he’d love to check them out!   And I was right. After stalking the mailman for what seemed like forever (really about 3-5 days), our package finally arrived! It took him all of about 1 second to tear into it, and start playing around.   Instantly he was lurking around asking people to shake his hand. I thought it was going to be a shocking experience, but actually it was just a harmless buzzer that caused a lot of giggles around here.   He then went back to work creating more projects with the fun manual. They sent us the deluxe kit, and there are about 15 projects in the manual, but there are hundreds more projects online on their website. One thing that are so cool about these kits is that they … [Read more...]

APR
15
2015

How to Get Started Quilting Part 2 – Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

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Last week I shared How to Get Started Quilting Part 1 with you. The post got rather long, and so I decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Part 1 is your basic supply list, part 2 is going to be about sewing machines. Then next week part 3 is where it gets fun. We’ll take a look at fabric as well as online tutorials and inspiration!   So let’s review the basic supplies you’ll need that we talked about last week. 1. Cutting Mat 2. Clear Acrylic Ruler 3. Rotary Trimmer 4. Seam Ripper 5. Thread Today we’re going to discuss sewing machines as well as some online inspiration that helped me get going! It’s number 6 on my list, and it’s the sewing machine. Sewing machines For me this is indispensible! I know a lot of hand quilters out there, and God bless you all for your patience! Me, not so much. I find my sewing machine to be a sanity saver, plus I’m usually in a hurry and the thought of hand stitching an entire quilt gives me the heebee-jeebees! I recently purchased … [Read more...]

APR
13
2015

Kindergarten Daily Schedule

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A few years ago I did a series of posts titled Daily Homeschool Schedule for you all. Since then I’ve had countless questions about our updated homeschool schedule, and specifically for my kindergartener since I didn’t do one at that time. You can see a basic overview of our daily schedule here. You’ve also been asking questions about how long we do each subject, how many days per week, and what our day looks like hour by hour for each grade level. So I thought maybe these posts would help out! So for the next few weeks I’m going to share our schedules in a more detail by each grade level so you can see what we’re up to. Today we’ll be taking a quick look at my kindergartener’s schedule. We do a co-op on Friday’s so her calendar has Friday’s blank.   Download a copy: Daily Schedule Kindergarten – PDF Daily Schedule Kindergarten – Word Doc (Editable) Here’s our Basic Kindergarten Schedule: 8:30am   – Breakfast / Family Devotion Time … [Read more...]

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...]