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...]

DEC
15
2015

Kwik Stix Review and Giveaway!

Good morning everyone! I have a really fun giveaway for you today, and just in time for the holidays! I’ll be giving away a set of the fun new Kwik Stix paint pens by The Pencil Grip!   I’m sure you’ve seen these popping up all over the internet, I know I have! And my kids were so excited when I said that they were sending some for us to review. At first I thought they’d just be like regular crayons or maybe even markers, but they aren’t. They’re actually paint in a stick. So they glide on really smoothly, and can be blended somewhat as well. They go on wet, but dry within about 90 seconds which is nice. And one that that I definitely appreciate is that they come out in an even amount. So you don’t have any large globs of paint like when working with paint and brushes.   We found that they work best with thicker, painting paper as opposed to regular copy paper. Since they are wet, they do act just like paint and can soak through thinner paper.   Hopefully … [Read more...]

JUL
14
2015

Letter of the Week Video Review

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a fun summer break…if you take one that is. We are, and we’re looking at starting back up in August, so I’m trying to get everything prepared and ready to go! Today I thought it would be fun to do a video review of my Letter of the Week curriculum for those of you who are interested in seeing what it looks like.     Click here to watch the Letter of the Week video review!   The Letter of the Week is a full 26 week preschool course designed to give your student a head-start on preparing for kindergarten! It has 5 days per week of lesson plans full of educational activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills that will be required for your preschooler to be ready for kindergarten! Included are weekly lesson plans that cover all the subjects a preschooler needs and more! There are over 1500 … [Read more...]

JUL
12
2015

Lakeshore Learning Science Tools Kit

As most of you know, I’ve been participate in in Lakeshore’s summer learning ambassador program. And part of the fun of that is that I get to review some of their fun summer products which are geared towards learning through play. This happens to be one of my favorite ways to learn for those of you who don’t know me! One of the products I requested was the Lakeshore Science Tools kit. I originally thought that the Teeny Tot (who is now 6 and really needs a new alias) would enjoy this. But when the kit arrived, it was my 11 year old who scooped it up and immediately went to work! The kit costs $29.99 and comes with a bunch of fun lab tools  and illustrated experiment cards for kids to work through. It even came with those beloved test tubes, measuring spoons, beakers, and of course safety goggles which little kiddos love to play with. You really only need a few extra household items to complete most of the experiments. Things like sand, water, oil, food coloring, and … [Read more...]

JUL
05
2015

Lakeshore Learning Real Bugs Discovery Kit

One of our favorite outside activities to do is explore. We’ll often bring our science journals out and take nature walks making note of all of the amazing creations God has made.   And in the summer time, bugs are one of our favorites. Luckily we live by a lake, and so that means that we have quite a variety of bugs to investigate. And a rather large quantity of them as well, so they’re fairly easy to locate. However being the cautious mom that I am, I don’t always want my kids picking up and inspecting bugs up close. Plus it’s just gross. And apparently also very interesting to younger members in this family! So you can imagine how excited I was when Lakeshore Learning offered to send us this Real Bugs Discovery Kit! The bugs are safely encased in indestructible acrylic, so that kids can explore these little guys up close and personal! Without getting bitten or ending up with nasty guts all over the place.   That makes this mama happy! And honestly I was super … [Read more...]

MAY
26
2015

Preschool Daily Learning Notebook 2015-2016

Good morning everyone! I’ve had so many requests for this, and here it is! The 2015-2016 Preschool Daily Learning Notebook!   This one of course has the updated traceable calendars for August 2015 – July 2016, as well as all of the other goodies! And it has a fun new cover too! –> Download the 2015-2016 Preschool Daily Learning Notebook <–   New! For my Southern Hemisphere friends, I’ve also included non-seasonal calendar pages for you since I know your seasons are opposite of mine! You can download the Southern Hemisphere version here: –> Download the 2015-2016 Preschool Southern Hemisphere Daily Learning Notebook <–   The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word (I don’t always require her to write the number word, but usually add it for days 1-10) I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on it for … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2015

Sight Word Printable Worksheets

Welcome back lovely readers! Since my sight word activities are one of my most searched pages, I thought it would be a good idea to put them all in one place for you to see!  So here they are, all of my free sight word flashcards, worksheets, and activities! Check back for updates regularly! Sight Word Flash Cards & Wall Caterpillars:   Sight Word Worksheets:   Special Themed Sight Word Games:   And that’s it for now, I hope you enjoy these sight word activities in your homeschool and classrooms!   Looking for more printables, worksheets, and activities? Check out my printables page for more goodies! … [Read more...]

SEP
10
2014

Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

I have had some specific requests to update the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook .  Hopefully this will help all of you out there. And if you don’t want the updates, you’re welcome to continue using the copy you already have! Updates include: Upper/lowercase weekdays. i.e. MONDAY –> Monday Added traceable number word cards for each day of the month – i.e. one, two, three, four, etc.     **The updates include the daily notebook pages where students trace what day it is, as well as the number word cards, so if you already have the learning notebook, you might want to just print these pages to save on ink!   The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word (I don’t always require her to write the number word, but usually add it for days 1-10)   I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on … [Read more...]

AUG
05
2014

Preschool Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Today I have some fun Preschool Dot-to-dot worksheets to share with you all! They of course go with my Letter of the Week  preschool curriculum, and if you’ve purchased the curriculum anytime AFTER 7/20/14 this file is included in your download! If you purchased prior to that date, or just want to add it to whatever you’re using currently, download it here for free and add it into your daily lessons!   Number Practice: The dot-to-dot worksheets help teach students number recognition, counting, and number order. The preschool sheets have a light gray tracing line to help your student know where to go on the worksheet. I recommend doing them with your student as these sheets count a bit higher than the other Preschool level work in this curriculum. This will help challenge your students count a to a higher number as they progress through the curriculum.   Phonics Practice: Not only does each … [Read more...]

JUN
16
2014

Homeschooling 101: Preschool

Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling preschool students.   Homeschooling Preschool Homeschooling a preschooler is probably one of the most exciting times. They’re excited to learn, and keeping school fun at this age is a must! While there aren’t any specific curriculum requirements for preschool, I encourage you to focus on creating a love of learning and keep your curriculum to the basics. Preschool is the perfect time to start because you and your child will have the opportunity to grow and learn together. In essence, preschool is a very forgiving year. It’s a time to try new things, enjoy time with your child, create fun art, make mistakes, change the way you do things, get a schedule figured out, and in a nutshell get acclimated to homeschooling. I like to use the preschool year to help students get used to a little more formal schedule without the pressure of having to do a certain amount of … [Read more...]