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...]

DEC
04
2014

2015 Daily Planner

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  Hi everyone, I know I’m cutting it close, but I finally finished the 2015 Daily Planner! You can use this to plan your homeschooling days, or as a regular daily life planner too! Included in this planner: Year at a Glance To-Do Lists Bills & Payments Library Book Lists Contacts Weekly Meal Planner Monthly Meal Planner Grocery Lists Monthly Planner pages Weekly Planner Pages Notes Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc. –> Click here to get the 2015 Daily Planner! <–   This planner has weekly  calendar pages to help you plan out all aspects of your day, including a quick glance meal plan at the bottom of each day.   There’s also a weekly meal planner with more room, so you’re welcome to use whichever fits your needs best!   And of course there are also the monthly meal planner pages that everyone has requested as well. P.S. If you need some help … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to homeschool mid-year. It’s more common than you think to pull students out mid-year and begin the homeschooling journey. And there are several factors that can contribute to your need to switch your schooling choice. Whatever they are, just know that you’re doing the best for your child and it may or not be a challenging switch. But if it benefits your family, then it will be worth it in the long run. As a homeschooler you have the flexibility to start at any time of the year. Most families choose to switch from public to homeschool at the semester break, but you can really make the change anytime you feel it is necessary for your family. Here are a few tips for making the switch to help you … [Read more...]

OCT
20
2014

Homeschooling 101: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching curriculum mid-year.   Occasionally it happens that we find ourselves needing to switch one of our curriculum choices mid-year. For me it was about three months into our 3rd year of homeschooling when I realized that our math curriculum was not working. So what do you do? Especially when you’ve spent more than you wanted on something only to find it isn’t a good fit? Well, you switch to something else. Freedom is one of the many gifts that come with homeschooling. We are free to choose curriculum that best fits the needs of our family. Sometimes things can seem like a great choice. But then when put into action they just don’t work like you had hoped. And despite all of our careful research in choosing curriculum, we can choose things that don’t work for us. Don’t feel bad about switching mid-year. We have all had things we’ve needed to change during our year to … [Read more...]

OCT
13
2014

5×7 Student Lesson Planner Pages

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Hi everyone! I’ve had so many requests for a 5x7 homeschool lesson planner, and it’s finally done! What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the 2014-2015 school year 2014-2015 year at a glance pages Monthly overview pages Weekly planning pages Notes pages A reading logs for each month     The planner prints 5x7, 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 student.     What’s the cost? This super fun planner is available for just $3.99! And you are more than welcome to print extra copies for yourself or your children, so you do not need to purchase one planner for each of your students. PLEASE NOTE: This item is currently only available as a download. You’re welcome to print the file double sided, then have it spiral bound at a local copy store. I … [Read more...]

SEP
29
2014

Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a parent to doubt their choice to homeschool. In this chapter we’ll discuss a few of the things that can discourage families from staying the course when homeschooling. My intent is to encourage you to persevere through these trials and difficulties that will come. And I highly encourage you to pray for the Lord’s leading as you begin each year.   Naysayers There will always be those who may not support your decision to homeschool, and unfortunately they may also feel the need to express their opinions out loud. The best thing I’ve found to combat these people is to know why you are homeschooling in the first place. Stick to your vision and ignore everyone else. That said, if … [Read more...]

SEP
22
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While homeschooling doesn’t take the same amount of time as classroom teaching does, you will still need to follow your state requirements for attendance and annual hours. And regardless of your student’s ages, it will also require a certain amount of daily commitment on your part. That said, “Yes! You can homeschool and work”. But make no mistake…it isn’t going to be easy. There are a couple reasons why someone may need to homeschool and work. The most common occurrence is the single parent. Others may be concerned that they won’t be able to make it on one salary. Whatever your reason, there are several families who have found ways to both homeschool and work. If you are in the camp of having … [Read more...]