APR
20
2016

Expedition Earth: Canada Unit Study

Salut and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Canada!   Here are some of the activities we did this week along with things I managed to capture on film! Say “Hello” in French: salut (silent t) , “Thank You” : merci Locate Canada and capital Ottawa on the wall map Sang a Canadian song Completed mapping and flag worksheets Read Children Just Like Me Book on Canada and found where they live on the map Learn about the Inuit Community Watched some cool videos from Nunavut Canada! (Warning, some of the video is a tad graphic, they harpoon a seal and eat it.) Learn more about Canada from National Geographic Kids Learn about Niagara Falls Learned about and classified 6 animals of Canada Animals from Canada mini-book Make snowshoes Lapbook Activity Make Ice Cream with Maple Topping Maple Leaf Prints activity Canadian Forest scene craft activity   We always start off by finding our country on our world wall map. … [Read more...]

APR
18
2016

Tip Tuesday: To Grade or Not To Grade?

Hey guys! I get asked about whether or not I record grades in our homeschool, and how I keep track of them as well. So that's what we're discussing in today’s Tip Tuesday. We’ve been homeschooling for 9 years now, and each year has been different. But we did decide to start grading our children a few years ago. And we’ll get into the how’s and why’s in the video below. So let’s take a closer look at why we grade, and how we do it in the Confessions household, in today’s Tip Tuesday: To Grade or Not To Grade. Now as you can see from the video, I don’t grade in the traditional sense for preschool or kindergarten because I don’t want to discourage my kids, or create a negative feeling towards themselves or school in general. So for those younger grades, I like to do assessments to see how they’re doing. I do have assessment worksheets as well as grading sheets available in my Planners, as well as in my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum and K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum … [Read more...]

APR
17
2016

First Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I always post my curriculum for each year prior to the start of our school year. But I’ve had some requests to post our curriculum choices by grade level to help out people trying to choose curriculum for a certain year. Anyway, I thought that would be a great idea, and if it helps you out then whoohoo! Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your first grade curriculum. And my hope is that you will take my top picks as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do.   Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you cover. Of course you’ll want to make sure to check with your state requirements to make sure you’re including anything specifically required by your district. Art Bible Reading Math Handwriting Spelling English/Language Social … [Read more...]

APR
13
2016

Expedition Earth Spain Unit Study

Hola! And welcome back to another Expedition Earth post. This week we ventured through Spain learning all about their culture, landmarks, animals, climate, people, and more!   Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Spain and it’s capital on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about their flag How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola, buenos dias (good day), gracias (thank you) Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a song in Spanish Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Spain Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Straight Learned about Christopher Columbus (Even though he was originally from Italy, he spent most of his adult life in Spain) Learned about Pablo Picasso and tried a painting inspired by Deep Space Sparkle Went out for Spanish food…okay, so here it was more like Mexican food, but still yummy!   We always start off by finding our country on the map and checking out … [Read more...]

APR
11
2016

Tip Tuesday: Standardized Testing

Hi everyone, welcome back to another Tip Tuesday where we’re talking all about standardized testing! Yipee!   Are you excited? You should be because I’m here to encourage homeschoolers everywhere! Testing isn’t as bad as you think, and YES YOU CAN DO IT! So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty shall we? Check out my Homeschooling & Standardized Testing video here:       Step 1: Choose Your Tests As with everything, you’ll want to start by checking your state requirements to determine if and what type of standardized testing is required. Then select one accordingly. Plan ahead, the tests you choose will likely take a few weeks to arrive, so plan them into your year whenever it makes the most sense for your family per your state requirements.  We choose to test annually starting in 2nd grade even though it is not required by our state. Stating in 2nd grade gives the student a “practice” year to get used to taking the tests. It also … [Read more...]

APR
10
2016

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I’m back again today with our top kindergarten homeschool curriculum picks for you. I hope these posts are helping you all plan your homeschool year. If you have any suggestions for helpful planning posts let me know and I’ll see what I can do! If you missed my Preschool Homeschool Curriculum picks, make sure to check them out here.   Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your curriculum. And hopefully take my choices as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do.   Here are the basic subjects I suggest you cover for Kindergarten: Bible Phonics Reading Math Handwriting Optional: Art, Science, Social Studies   So let’s get started! Most of you know that I created a Kindergarten (K4/5) curriculum several years back, and I still love it! … [Read more...]

APR
06
2016

Expedition Earth Greece Unit Study

Good morning, γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo) and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Greece!       Here are some fun things that we learned about this week: Where Greece is on the world map & located the Aegean Sea A song in Greek How to say Hello in Greek: γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo) How to pray for the Greek people About children in Greece Learn about the Greek Parthenon Learn more about Greece from National Geographic Kids Completed our Greece lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Greece Learned about the seashore habitat and animals Learned new Geography vocabulary terms Made Kourabiethes (Greek Butter Cookies) Learned a bit about Greek Sculpture We found Greece on our world wall map and added our flag to mark our journey. Of course we stamped our passports and added the entry date of our visit. Our book is getting full!   And we learned how to say hello in Greek, and … [Read more...]

APR
05
2016

April 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry, but apparently April snuck up on me, and I totally forgot to post my monthly meal plan! Ironically, I’m just finishing up my new cookbook and meal plan book which I thought was funny! Apparently I can’t multi-task these days! I think my brain is in spring fever mode. We only have 2 months of school left, then we’re out for summer! YAY!! And yes, I get excited for the break. School can be crazy. And fun. And crazy. So we all get excited to have some down time to just chill by the pool, play with friends, and hang out. But that’s a couple of months off, so let’s get back to April and what’s for dinner!     If you’re new to my meal plans, anything blue and underlined is clickable. It will take you to a recipe on my site to help you out. The other meals I assume are basic enough not to need recipes for. But if you see anything on there that you’d like more information on let me know! I take my monthly meal plan each week and make a … [Read more...]

APR
04
2016

Tip Tuesday: Creating Rules for Your Homeschool

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing some more homeschooling tips with you all. One of the more helpful things that we do prior to starting each year is to set up some basic homeschool rules. Today I'm talking all about what our basic homeschool rules are and how they've helped in our homeschooling journey.     One of the things people tend to overlook when starting out with homeschooling is the need for some type of organized discipline. Both students and parents can be so excited to start that they overlook this necessity. By outlining the expectations for your homeschool and home, you will save yourself and your children from much heartache. We’ve all gone through it, the beginning “homeschooling honeymoon.” Everyone is excited to start, and looking forward to all of the fun they’re about to have. You as the homeschooling parent have researched, planned, and prepared a year’s worth of fun activities. You’ll find yourself excited to impart all of your new found … [Read more...]

APR
03
2016

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I always post my curriculum for each year prior to the start of our school year. But I’ve had some requests to post our curriculum choices by grade level to help out people trying to choose curriculum for a certain year. I thought that would be a great idea, and if it helps you all out then double yay! I’ll be starting this week with our preschool homeschool curriculum choices, and going up through the grades each Monday.     Please keep in mind that students and parents needs will differ, so what we’re comfortable with may not work perfectly for you. So I’m hoping you’ll just use this as a guide to help you get started in picking your curriculum. And hopefully take my choices as helpful suggestions, not what you  absolutely have to do. Here are the basic subjects I suggest you cover for Kindergarten: Alphabet (Recognition & Sounds) Art & Music introduction Bible Calendar skills: Days of the week, months of the … [Read more...]