AUG
13
2015

Laminating Tips & Tricks

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Good morning all of you amazing teachers out there! Today I have a post that I’ve literally been meaning to do forever now. I get so many questions on how I laminate, which laminator I use, and if I have any tips or tricks to save money when laminating. Plus there’s an amazing video and awesome giveaway at the end of this post, so make sure to read all the way through! So let’s start with the Q&A! 1. Do you laminate all of your preschool and K4/5 products? No. I only laminate that which I  know that we will need to reuse later on. Laminating products makes them more durable so they last longer. I do recommend laminating my lacing cards simply because they might tear when your student is lacing the yarn, shoe laces, or  string through the holes. Otherwise, you don’t really have to laminate the rest of the stuff if you don’t want to. 2. Do you print everything on cardstock? No. I used to print on cardstock, but I’ve found that regular ole’ copy paper does just fine … [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...]

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...]

NOV
23
2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Good morning readers! It’s about time to start thinking about gifts for all of those special people in your life. and today I have a holiday gift guide to help make your shopping a bit easier. I like to share both educational and fun items that we’re either looking forward to receiving or giving. This year I have a ton of great stocking stuffer ideas, as well as gifts for older and younger kiddos, as well as girls and boys alike.   Stocking Stuffer Ideas:   Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.) Pilot FiXion Erasable Pens (We LOVE these and use them for school work all of the time because they’re erasable! YAY!) Fuzzy socks Candy Beanie Ballz Toothpaste and toothbrush! Gift Cards Play-doh Glow Sticks Stickers Fun erasers Santa’s Word … [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...]

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...]

SEP
15
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

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Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as “homeschool burnout”. The responsibilities of the homeschooling parent can be overwhelming at times, and the thought of another day or even another hour of homeschooling can seem like more than we can handle. I once had someone tell me that moms who get burnt out just weren’t serious enough about homeschooling. You can imagine how that affected me when I hit burnout that first year! The first thing I want to say is that “friend” was wrong. “Homeschool burnout happens to all of us at one point or another. The key is to learn how to overcome it.” Homeschool Burnout is Normal The second thing I want to say is that feeling burnt out is totally normal. Unfortunately life isn’t always a … [Read more...]

SEP
09
2014

Homeschooling 101: Time Management

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and Time Management!   Good time management for homeschoolers is a necessity. You’ve already seen a sample of our daily schedule. But there are a few more tips I’d like to share with you on the topic of time management and keeping your sanity. First of all, no one can “do it all” so to speak. Something usually has to give when you’re juggling homeschooling, running a household, parenting children, being a spouse, serving in ministry, and working. Remember, the only pressure we’re under is pressure we’ve put on ourselves. If your schedule is too hectic, take a minute (I know, I know, you don’t have a minute, but trust me this will help.) and write down all your commitments. Next see what you can get rid of, and what is necessary, and then make any necessary changes to your schedule. Having some sort of routine that you follow will go a long way to helping you stay … [Read more...]