AUG
02
2015

2015 – 1st Grade Homeschool Schedule

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I spent the weekend planning with some friends, and I think we’re ready to go! Each year I do an overview of our basic daily schedule by grade level. Hopefully this will help those of you who wonder how many times per week we do certain subjects, and how long we spend on each one as well. In our state we’re required to do 172 days per year averaging 4 hours per day for any students 6 years or older. And this year that applies to all of my kiddos! I’m expecting it to be a crazy year, but hopefully with everything planned out it won’t be too bad. I’m going to start off sharing Miss Lady Bug’s schedule today. She’s currently 6 years old, she’ll turn 7 in November! Eeek! She’s starting first grade this year and here’s her line up: Download a copy: 1st Grade Daily Schedule – PDF 1st Grade Daily Schedule  – Word Doc (Editable) Here’s our Basic Kindergarten Schedule: 8:30am   – Breakfast / Family Devotion Time 9:00am   – Calendar Time & … [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...]

JUN
23
2015

2015-2016 Student Lesson Planner

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Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2015-2016 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you  might need!   --> Get your 2015-2016 5x7 Homeschool Planner Here!! <--   What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the 2014-2015 school year Planner runs from August 2015 - July 2016 2015-2016 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 Goals and To Do list   The planner prints 5×7, so half sheet size. That makes it much easier to tote around in a backpack, purse, or in your car! And there are plenty of places to write in daily activities, notes, and assignments for you or your … [Read more...]

JUN
14
2015

Ellison SuperStar Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your summer, I know we are! I always use my summers to chill out, relax, have fun with the family, and of course plan for next year! As most of you know we will be using my Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum this year again. Everyone has been begging me to do it again, and now that my Teeny Tot is older I wanted to give her a chance to experience it too.   Along with my preparations, Ellison Education has offered to send me one of their AllStar SuperStar machines, plus some dies to help me get ready for my year! They have some amazing dies for the classroom, and I picked out a few that I thought would go well with my geography curriculum as well. I chose the AllStar SuperStar machine, the Continents dies, and the Earth book template.  Since we’re using my Expedition Earth curriculum I thought it would be fun to make earth books as well as our own world maps using their dies. They literally have so many dies to choose … [Read more...]

MAR
15
2015

Updated Homeschool Room Tour

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Good morning friends! It’s not unusual for my husband to come home to find our home rearranged, and today was no exception! I like to switch things up, give things a fresh new look, and clean out the accumulation of clutter that seems to infiltrate my homeschool room.     So after school the other day, we decided to do just that, and we tackled our homeschool room. It was starting to feel cramped and cluttered, and after the holidays I think everything just needs to get a good cleaning. We started by pulling cleaning off all of our shelves, then decided to move our furniture around to give it a new feel as well as hopefully give us some more space. Here’s a video tour of the new setup, I hope you enjoy it!     Below you can see our school desk setup. I have a whole post on our Ikea desk units you can check out. They discontinued the table tops I purchased, but they replaced them with the Linnmon Table Tops, white.   For … [Read more...]

MAR
10
2015

My Teacher’s Desk Organization

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Good morning fellow teachers! Today I thought it would be fun to do a short video on how I organize my teacher’s desk area. It’s kept full of all of our most frequently used supplies. This not only helps keep them organized, but it also saves us time so we’re not traipsing all over the house looking for things when we’re doing school. I know not everyone has a teacher’s desk, we didn’t have one until I took over our office space for our homeschooling. But you can still use these tips to help keep your supplies organized using any drawers you have available. I used to have all of this in drawers in my kitchen, including our computer. So just use whatever space you have available! Watch my teacher desk organization video on Youtube.     Supplies mentioned in this video: Micke Desk & Marius Stool X-Acto Pencil Sharpener Spielgaben Kit Math U See Blocks Ticonderoga Pencils (Red, and Regular) Frixion erasable penshttp://tinyurl.com/ne8eqlc HP … [Read more...]

FEB
02
2015

Calendar Bulletin Board Setup & Use

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Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a great day so far! I get a lot of questions on how we set up  our calendar bulletin board area, and how we use it. So I thought it would be fun to do a short calendar time video showing you what supplies I have used, and how we review our calendar each day.   So if you’re interested in seeing what supplies I used, and how we go about learning our calendar activities, check out the calendar time video below!   You will need: 2 x 3 Cork Bulletin Board (Or whatever size you like, but I probably wouldn’t go smaller than 2x3) Polka Dot Calendar Poster Month and day cards 3m Velcro wall hanging strips Velcro dots Push Pins Mavalus Tape Page protectors (Cheapest ones you can find!) We Choose Virtues Character Cards Today Tomorrow Yesterday What’s the Weather Chart   I hope this video helps you out, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!   Check out … [Read more...]

JAN
05
2015

Back in the swing of things!

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Good morning to all of my long time friends, homeschoolers, and new readers! It’s a brand new year, and schools a foot! And I’m so excited to start up again aren’t you? No? Okay, me neither. Despite my welcome picture here it’s a cold, dreary day, and no one wants to do school. Including the teacher. My husband didn’t want to go to work either. Everyone wanted to stay in jammies and have a snow day. We always take a nice long break over December. Partially because I LOVE Christmas and I prefer to spend our days making cookies, doing fun crafts, reading books, sledding, and otherwise just relaxing. I need a break and so does my family. It’s amazing, incredible, wonderful, relaxing, and just plain needed. But man sakes alive it’s hard to come back! The craziness of our homeschool days, sports, and various extra curricular activities seem like they all come rushing back in at one time. But as I lay in bed thinking of excuses of why we should start school tomorrow instead, I begin … [Read more...]