APR
07
2015

A Beka Book Reading Review – K5

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Good morning everyone! Since we’ve completed my K4 Kindergarten program last year. However since the Teeny Tot isn’t old enough for first grade yet, I decided to do the ABeka K5 reading program with her this year for review, and to enhance her reading. Here are the products that I use, and what I think is necessary out of all of their options for kindergarten. I did want to mention that I’ve had these products since Strawberry Shortcake was in kindergarten. ABeka has since upgraded some of their items, and so they might look a bit different now. Just wanted to give you a heads up! Click the play button below, or click here to see my ABeka K5 Reading Review video: Here is a list of products that I recommend getting if you plan to use the K5 reading program. 198021 Homeschool K5 Phonics, Reading, Writing and Numbers Curriculum 99201 Letters and Sounds K5 101109 Basic Phonics Readers 182389 Basic Phonics Flashcards 102083 One-vowel word cards 102784 … [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
15
2015

Math U See Video Review

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Hi everyone! I have an exciting post for you all today! I’m going to start a new series of curriculum reviews on my YouTube channel.  I think that sometimes its just nicer to see curriculum in person (a.k.a. video) rather than trying to figure out what it looks like online, or via photographs. I thought it might be helpful to show you how we use it, prepare it, store it, set it up, and things like that. I’ll also include what materials I recommend that you purchase when using the curriculum, and what supplies I think are optional. Remember these are just my opinions, and what I’ve found work best for us. Of course you’ll want to do what’s best for your family. I want to start off by saying that these are not sponsored posts, I really just wanted to try and give you all a better look at the curriculum that we use. So let’s get started! Today’s video review is all about our well loved Math U See curriculum. As most of you know, I’ve used Math-U-See for several years now. … [Read more...]

DEC
02
2014

Our day in a vlog!

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Hi everyone! Okay, so you asked for it, and I’m crazy enough to deliver! Today we’re going to share our daily activities in a vlog format. For those of you who don’t know what a vlog is, it’s basically a video log. So essentially what that means is that I’m going to take my little camera, and film our day to the best of my ability. Today we have a normal school day, followed by hockey, swimming, and whatever else pops up over the course of our day. So here we go! If the video doesn’t play in your browser, click this link to see our daily routine! I hope you enjoyed that, and like I said, it was my first vlog, but for the most part that’s how we roll! ;o) After this week we’re on break which means a lot of fun holiday recipes, crafts, gift ideas, and more are heading your way! Yipee! … [Read more...]

FEB
18
2014

Updated Homeschool Room Tour!

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Hi everyone! As most of you know, we recently moved. And I’ve had a ton of requests to see our new homeschool room setup! Obviously we brought all of our furniture with us, so it’s fairly similar to before. But the new room is a tad smaller, so I did make a few adjustments to the layout. So without further ado…here’s our Updated Homeschool Room Tour! Here is the entry to our room. I have my little reading bench, calendar area, and a few posters on that wall.   As you can see most of my room is setup as it was before, so there aren’t any really drastic changes. I did clean out a bunch of the clutter, so believe it or not, there is actually less stuff on my shelves than before! Of course I kept the white board, and my favorite Ikea Expedit Shelving unit.   There has been a change since I filmed the video! Actually it was only a few days after of course! But most of you know, we added two little budgies to our room! I’ll have a post … [Read more...]

MAR
26
2013

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Preschool

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Hi everyone! I made a video of the Teeny Tot’s workboxes for you today. She’s just turned 4 years old and is about half way through my Letter of the Week curriculum. This week she’s working on the Letter N for nest. So if you’re interested to see what is in the Teeny Tot’s boxes for the day, click here to watch our Preschool Workboxes video!     So that’s what the Teeny Tot is doing for today. As she works, she simply pulls out an activity and completes it. When she’s all done she puts it to the side making a pile of “completed” activities. This makes it really easy for me to put the used activities away, as well as leaves her drawers empty for me to quickly refill for the next day. While she typically gets through all of her activities per day, sometimes she leaves a game or two untouched which is fine. I just leave them in there for the next day and refill the other boxes with new activities. I hope you enjoyed the video of the Teeny Tot’s boxes! If … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2013

How To Make a Lapbook Video Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I get a lot of questions on how to create lapbooks, and how we use them in our homeschool. I thought it would be easier to show you all in a “How To Make a Lapbook” video tutorial for you! First I wanted to talk a little bit about what a lapbook is and how to use it in your homeschool or classroom. So what is a lapbook? Lapbooking is simply a hands-on method of teaching students about any topic! They can include drawings, writings, timelines, pictures, graphs, and any other information that fits your topic. They can be as simple or complex as you like based on the age of your students. Speaking of ages, while they’re typically used for younger elementary level students, really Lapbooks can be used for any aged student as the content is completely up to you! Lapbooks are an effective learning tool because they incorporate hands-on educational activities that can accompany any lesson. They’re also great to help review materials learned later on. As students learn about … [Read more...]

JAN
29
2013

Art Closet Video Tour

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Looking to de-clutter your art supply storage area? Today I made a quick video to show you how we organize all of our art supplies and keep everything easy to find and use! So if you’re interested, here is my video on our art supply cabinets! So welcome into my kitchen and I hope you enjoy it!  Our Art Supply Storage and Organization   Psst.... If you have any other video ideas for me, make sure to email or leave a comment below and I'll do my best to make another one! As promised, here are links to products mentioned in this tutorial: Small (10×11) Clear Project Cases Large Craft Glue by Lakeshore Learning Dust Free Powdered Paint No-Tip Water Pots by Lakeshore Learning Washable Tempera Paints by Lakeshore Learning Playfoam by Educational Insights Colored Sand Tissue Paper Squares by Lakeshore Learning Sharpie Fine-Tip Markers Craft Sticks and Grooved Building Sticks Beginning Leather Kit by Tandy Leather Small Aluminum Dish … [Read more...]

JAN
23
2013

Workbox System Video Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share a video tutorial on how we use the workbox system in our homeschool. I get a TON of questions regarding our setup, how I organize the boxes, and what we put in them. So I thought a video would be a fun way to explain our setup. Hope you enjoy it! Without further ado...here is our Workbox System Video… "live"…so to speak...   So that’s our current homeschooling workbox system, I hope you enjoyed the video! Feel free to email me if you have any questions! Here are some links for products mentioned in this video: Workbox System Website My Workbox Printables 10 Drawer Rolling Carts Ikea Vika Alex Drawer units Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum Grapevine Studies Classical Literature Units  All About Spelling BJU Press English Abeka Letters & Sounds 1 and Language 1 Math U See A Reason for Handwriting Abeka History & Science Classical Literature Units World’s Greatest Composers Vol 1 Piano is … [Read more...]

JAN
07
2013

Homeschool Room Tour Video!

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Hi everyone! I wanted to do something fun and unusual today, so I made a homeschool room tour video to share with you all! I’m so sorry, it turned out kind of long, so I had to break it up into two parts. But for those of you interested in seeing our room “live” so to speak, grab a cup of coffee (you’ll need it to stay awake) and join me on a tour of our homeschool room! Also, keep in mind this is my first real video…um. yeah…just keep that in mind ;o) and it ended up being really long! Sorry I'll try to talk less in future videos LOL! Our Homeschool Room Tour Pt. 1   Our Homeschool Room Tour Pt. 2 (Yes…there’s actually more!) So that’s our current homeschool room for 2012-2013, I hope you enjoyed the video! Here are links to all of the items mentioned above! Cropper Hopper 10 Drawer Rolling Carts or 10 Drawer Workbox Carts Calendar Poster (This is held onto a cork board with small thumb tacks. Click here to see a closeup of our Calendar … [Read more...]