SEP
07
2011

Ask Erica…Frequently Asked Questions Vol. 2

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I get a lot of the same questions over and over, so I thought I’d do another Frequently Asked Questions post. If you missed my first one, you can see it here.   1. How do you do it all? The truth is I don’t! But you can click here to see how I do do what I do do.   2. How Do You Track Your Yearly Lesson Plans? I currently use Homeschool Tracker. They offer a free basic version, and a paid ($50) version. I finally purchased the paid version this year and I’m very happy with it. They have video tutorials which I HIGHLY recommend watching before adding in your lessons. One nice thing about Homeschool Tracker is that you can go in as a Teacher and add Lesson Plans for a subject. Once you get those done, you can “Assign” those lessons to any of your students. Which for me, means that I can type in my plans once for Strawberry Shortcake, then assign them out to Turbo, Tinker Bell, and Teeny Tot once the time comes without having to retype their lessons each … [Read more...]

MAR
23
2011

How Do You Do It All?

I’ve gotten several emails lately asking me how I “do it all”, you know, homeschool, cook, clean, do laundry, make printables, blog, and stay sane. After I got done laughing hysterically, I thought I should just be honest and lay it out for you. Keep it real. The short answer: I don’t. The Long Answer: I know it may seem like things are all roses over here at Confessions, but you have to keep one thing in mind when reading my blog (And really this goes for most blogs): You only see what I want you to see. 1. You don’t see the messes the Teeny Tot makes while we’re trying to do school. And trust me, she makes messes. It’s her specialty. Confession: I often take my arm, or foot, or Teeny Tot, and sweep it across the floor clearing away all the debris so I can snap a lovely shot of one of my children working happily on a project. 2. You don’t see my laundry room. Ever. With 6 people in our house, it seems like that humming sound coming from the Laundry room never stops. There’s … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2010

Frequently Asked Questions

I seem to be getting a lot of similar questions, so I thought I'd address some of them in one spot, so here goes... 1. What age did you start doing your prek activities with your children? I started doing our prek stuff with my daughter at 3.5. Really I think this is sort of on the young side, the main reason for it was that she has 2 older siblings doing school already and wanted to have her own boxes! We started with motor skill stuff from 1+1+1 Tot Tray ideas, and it evolved into my letter of the week program! 2. How many boxes do you do with your 3 year old? Typically she gets 5-6 boxes on M,W & F. On T and Th, she gets 3-4 boxes of fun games, or motorskills stuff (see tot tray link above). I also found a bunch of fun prek activities on My Montessori Journey, Shannon's Tot School, Homeschool Creations, Totally Tots, and more! See my sidebar to the left for all my favorite homeschool blogs! 3. What is the "Workbox System", and where do you get your … [Read more...]