MAR
21
2016

Tip Tuesday: When to Start Homeschool

Good morning everyone! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday video for you and we’ll be talking about when to start homeschooling. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding homeschooling is when to start. A few states require you start keeping records for schooling at the age of 5 but most start at the age of 6. Aside from state requirements, doing school with children younger than the state specified start age is entirely up to you.   Check out today’s Tip Tuesday: When to Start Homeschooling video where I talk all about how to know when to start your homeschooling journey!   Try to keep in mind the “big picture”when starting to introduce more formal educational activities with your students . If it’s not your goal to graduate your child early, then there’s really no reason to push school on them too soon. If you think your child is ready and you are eager to start, there’s no harm in starting to initiate more structured activities with a … [Read more...]

MAR
20
2016

Second Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets

Welcome back to my site! Today I have another fun freebie for you. Since everyone liked my First Grade Sight Word Search worksheets, I made some more!  so today I have a fun new freebie for you! It’s the Second Grade Sight Word Search worksheets. These activities are just another fun way to help your student identify and read each sight word.  Keep reading to download this freebie, and see how we use these worksheets in our homeschool! –> Download the Second Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets <– (Downloading: If you have troubles downloading, RIGHT click on the download link and select “SAVE LINK AS”. You will then be prompted to save the file to your computer. If you are using a MAC, please make sure that Adobe Reader is your default PDF reader. Otherwise safari will open it in preview mode and the document will not print properly.)   What’s Included in the Second Grade Sight Word List? Included in this download are 46 second grade level Dolche sight … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2016

Expedition Earth France Unit Study

Bon jour! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on France!   Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located France on the map, and found the Bay of Biscay How to say “Hello” in French – Bonjour! Prayed for the French people Learned a French Song Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of France Learned about the Eiffel Tower and made a small scale replica of the Eiffel Tower using a 3D Puzzle we found. Read: Geography from A-Z Pg 12 Cliff, Cave, Pg 40 Sea Cave/Arch Visited The White Cliffs of Normandy France Learned about Children in France Made homemade soap!   We started off our week by locating France on our wall map and we also added a laminated French flag as well to show that we’ve been there! We also add our flag and entry date to our passport.   Next we learned a few facts about France, including it’s capital city, language, currency, government, and major … [Read more...]

MAR
15
2016

Tip Tuesday: Get a Vision!

Hey guys! Today I’m back with another fun Tip Tuesday post for you all! We’re going to be going through some of my tips for getting started homeschooling in video format! Hopefully they will help some of you get going, and even help encourage some of you veteran homeshcoolers as well! Today’s tip is all about getting a vision for your homeschool. --> Download my Homeschooling Vision Worksheet here! <--   Watch my Tip Tuesday: Get a Vision video here! The best way to begin your homeschooling journey is to start with the basics. First I suggest that you start off by creating a vision statement for your homeschooling journey. I think you will find you have all of the tools necessary to guide you through this journey if you seek God’s will for your homeschool, and take some time to pray for direction. By creating a vision statement for why you are homeschooling, you’ll have a backbone to fall upon when doubt and indecision creep in. In the … [Read more...]

MAR
14
2016

First Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets

Hey everyone! I’ve had a few requests for more of my sight word search worksheets, so today I have a fun new freebie for you! It’s the First Grade Sight Word Search worksheets. These activities are just another fun way to help your student identify and read each sight word.  Keep reading to download this freebie, and see how we use these worksheets in our homeschool!   –> Download the First Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets <– (Downloading: If you have troubles downloading, RIGHT click on the download link and select “SAVE LINK AS”. You will then be prompted to save the file to your computer.)   What’s Included in the First Grade List? Included in this download are first grade level Dolche sight word search worksheets. After, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, going, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put, round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2016

Expedition Earth: United Kingdom Unit Study

Shwmae & Hello!! Welcome to this week’s world geography unit. We’re meeting in the United Kingdom as part of our Expedition Earth World Geography Curriculum, I hope you will join us there! We had some a few fun crafts this week which always makes things more interesting, and we finished our week at an English Pub which meant I didn’t have to cook dinner Friday and I consider that a good week! First we found the U.K. on our world map, and added our mini-flag to make our mark:   We also learned: Where the United Kingdom is on the map, and found the North Sea Fun facts about the U.K. How to say “Hello” in Welsh– Shwmae! Prayed for the British people Sang a traditional English Song Completed a lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of the U.K. Made  Quilling Paper designs Learned about and made a small scale model of Stone Henge Learned about Big Ben and made a paper model   Here are some of the highlights of the … [Read more...]

MAR
07
2016

Tip Tuesday: How to Homeschool During a Move

Hey guys! I’ve had a lot of requests to share my secrets to homeschooling during a move. Most of you know that we moved a couple of years ago during our homeschooling year, and I'm not gonna’ lie, it wasn't easy!   But with a little bit of organization and preparation moving during your homeschooling year isn’t as overwhelming. I also have to thank all of the friends and family who helped us move and get settled in because without them it wouldn’t have been possible. And we managed to get through it relatively unscathed, started school a week after our move, and haven’t looked back since! So today I'm sharing what I learned about that experience. Hopefully these tips will help you out too!   Watch my tips for successfully homeschooling during a move here! Have an idea for a Tip Tuesday video? Make sure to leave a comment below! … [Read more...]

MAR
06
2016

Homeschool Curriculum: Educents

Hey guys! I have a special deal for you today! Educents is offering a 10% discount sale for my readers on their entire website! For those of you who don’t know about Educents, they offer a ton of homeschooling resources, including curriculum, books, parenting stuff and more. And they usually have great prices and deals all year long as well! So to get your extra 10% off on the Educents site, just use the coupon code CHS10 at check out to get your discounted items! NOTE: The discount code will be good through 3/31/16.   Happy Homeschooling!   Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, just passing on some deals to share the homeschool love! … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2016

2015 Castlewood Canyon Hike

Hi everyone! This past summer we took a hike along the Castlewood Canyon near Franktown, CO. This is really close for us, and a beautiful area for hiking as well as nature walking. There are several loops you can take depending on what fits your family best, including a paved trail as well.   I also find this is a great way to get everyone outdoors, off of electronics, and just experiencing the amazing nature all around us! We happened to go on a somewhat warm day, so everyone was nice and sweaty by the time we were done, but they all had a great time and enjoyed the scenery. The views here were beautiful, and the trail was nicely lined with foliage which helped with the heat.   We found a few fun caves to explore as well as a nice large rocks to climb up on take a break!   See what I mean by big rocks LOL!   There was also a river running through the canyon with this fun bridge crossing.   As you can see we ventured off road and … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2016

Homeschooling: When You Want to Quit Paperback

Hey guys! I had so many questions on when the new Homeschooling: When You Want to Quit book would be out in print. Well, it’s available now!   Whether you’re just starting out or are already a seasoned homeschooler discouragement hits us all at one point or another. We all doubt our decisions, worry about curriculum choices, and have moments of sheer panic. The inner voice asks, “What am I doing? This is crazy! I can’t educate my children at home!” Or maybe that voice screams out in frustration, “I’m utterly spent. I can’t take one more minute of confusing fractions, tedious read alouds, or messy science experiments!” This book addresses nearly every potential frustration point that a homeschool mom faces. We tackle the irritations that make you want to throw in the towel for good. ​ What is included? Here is a small sampling of the chapters… An Introvert’s Perspective When you want to quit because your personality craves alone time Because You Work at … [Read more...]