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...]

MAY
29
2012

What’s in the Box Wednesday ~ 3rd Grade

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Hi everyone! Back by popular demand is my What’s in the Box Wednesday! I’ve had a few emails asking what happened to this series, and so I thought I’d share another sample of a day of work in the Confessions house: Today I’m sharing Strawberry Shortcake’s workboxes…in case you’ve just found my blog, she’s in 3rd Grade this year: Drawer 1: Bible: Grapevine Studies, and her pencil bag full of special colored pencils for our Bible study. She also has a supply tray with girlie pens and pencils, sharpeners, erasers, glue, a fake ipod? …and a picture of her penpal, Kayla who she would love to meet some day! Drawer 2: Phonics/Spelling: All About Spelling workbook, and usually a dry-erase marker and whiteboard. Also in this drawer is A Reason For Handwriting. Drawer 3: Math: Math U See Gamma, her math blocks, and a Kumon Dollars & Cents and Kumon Telling Time book. Along with her math worksheet, I have her do one worksheet from each Kumon book. Drawer 4: … [Read more...]

MAY
22
2012

What’s in the Box Wednesday ~ 2nd Grade

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Hi everyone! Back by popular demand is my What’s in the Box Wednesday! I’ve had a few emails asking what happened to this series, and so I thought I’d share another sample of a day of work in the Confessions house: Today I’m sharing Turbo’s workboxes…in case you’ve just found my blog, he’s in 2nd Grade this year:   Drawer 1: Bible: Grapevine Studies, and his pencil bag full of special colored pencils for our Bible study. He also has a supply tray with all of his cool pencils, a sharpener, ruler, erasers, glue, and usually a few extra boy things that manage to find their way in. Drawer 2: Phonics/Spelling: All About Spelling workbook, and usually a dry-erase marker and whiteboard. Also in this drawer is A Reason For Handwriting. Drawer 3: Math: Math U See Beta, his math blocks, and a Kumon Dollars & Cents and Kumon Telling Time book. Along with his math worksheet, I have him do one of the books each day, usually he alternates. Drawer 4: English/Grammar/Reading: BJU … [Read more...]

MAY
15
2012

What’s in the Box Wednesday ~ Kindergarten

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Hi everyone! I have a new What’s in the Box Wednesday post for you today! What’s a “What’s in the Box Wednesday” post all about? Last year I did a weekly meme just to show what we were putting in our workboxes for the day. You can see all of my previous posts here: What’s in the Box Wednesday? I’ve had a few emails asking what happened to this series, and so I thought I’d share a sample of a day of work in the Confessions house: Today I’m sharing Tinker Bell’s workboxes…in case you’ve just found my blog, she’s in Kindergarten this year:   Drawer 1. In the top drawer she has a little tray of supplies that include pencils, erasers, a pencil sharpener, a pencil grip, a ruler, and a dry-eraser. Behind that in the black binder is our Grapevine Bible study and a pencil bag full of colored pencils specifically for Bible time. Drawer 2. In the next drawer she has her All About Reading workbook, and reader along with our Abeka Basic Phonics Flashcards. I do a … [Read more...]

FEB
02
2012

Workbox School Subject Cards

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Hi everyone! One of my readers asked if I could make her some subject cards that went with my Chore Chart cards and I thought I would share them with all of you as well!     They can be used with your workboxes, or along with your chore chart. Subjects included: Bible Reading Science Art Math History Geography Writing Language Arts Vocabulary Foreign Language Spelling Handwriting PE Music Typing Blank Cards Other downloads that match these cards: Chore Chart Discipline Cards Subject Cards   Hope these can help some of you out! Not sure what workboxes are? Click here to see how our system is set up: Our Workboxes … [Read more...]

JAN
31
2012

Teeny Tot School Workboxes

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Hi everyone! I’m back this week with my new Teeny Tot Tuesday post! Okay, I know it’s officially Wednesday, but I was so excited about my World’s Greatest Composers study that I couldn’t wait to release it!     Here are some of the games she did this week: Pom-pom transferring activity Melissa & Doug See & Spell Wooden Fish Puzzle (I couldn’t find the exact one, but this is close) Color disks and clothes-pin matching game 3x5 colored index cards with plastic paper clips   Each week I've been trying to give her some new fun activities to not only keep her busy, but also let her work on some skills in the process! One of her favorite activities is cutting. Since I was in a hurry to fill her boxes, I just stuck some paper strips in the box with a pair of scissors. She’s perfectly happy to sit and cut little squares over and over!   I wanted to find something new to work on for fine-motor skills. The other day I was at … [Read more...]

JAN
23
2012

Teeny Tot Tuesday: Magnets and Games

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Welcome to Teeny Tot Tuesday and my first Link Up! That’s right I wanted you all to be able to have a chance to link up your Tot ideas as well, so I finally signed up for Linky Tools so you can all share ideas for Teeny Tot Tuesday as well! I’ve been having so much fun with the Teeny Tot lately! She’s really into doing her own school. My only issue now is she wants new things all the time and I’m running out of ideas! So I’ve started adding in some games for her. She doesn’t always know how to play them by the rules, but I’ve found that they’re great for things like sorting letters, colors, logical thinking, and fine-motor skill practice!   The Magnetic Match Rings is a really fun game, and she does know how to play this one. It’s fairly simple, it comes with double sided picture cards that she has to re-create using the actual magnets. The trick is to place the magnets in the proper direction so they “float” above one another.   This game is called “Toot and Otto”. … [Read more...]

JAN
09
2012

Teeny Tot Tuesday Workboxes

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I’ve had a lot of questions on how to keep your toddler busy while you’re doing school. I’ve found that giving our Teeny Tot her own workboxes was really the key to keeping her occupied. She just turned 3, and her motivation right now is to feel like she’s doing the same thing that the big kids are doing.   Here are some of the items in the Teeny Tot’s workboxes today:   Wooden Fish Puzzle (I couldn't find the exact one, but this is close) Wooden Lacing Blocks  Ice cube tray from Bed, Bath & Beyond, bamboo toast tongs, and pom-poms ABC lacing beads from JoAnn's craft store, small ice cube tray from Bed, Bath & Beyond. Beads & Pattern Cards And here are some of the items in action. These are our Beads & Pattern Cards from Learning Resources. When she first started, I had her practice lacing the beads, now that she’s 3 I gave her a card and had her match the pattern on it.   Another thing that really helps keep her … [Read more...]

MAY
12
2011

Teeny Tot School Activities

Welcome to this week’s Teeny Tot spotlight! She’s been more active than ever during school these days. Here she is working on a Letter U Do –A-Dot page. She did pretty well keeping her dots in the circles, apparently she’s been paying attention to her sister ‘cuz I sure didn’t teach her how LOL! She had fun using toaster tongs to transfer pom-poms to her ice cube tray. (Just because I know you’re going to ask…I got the cute orange slice ice cube tray & Toaster Tongs at Bed, Bath & Beyond) I was surprised at this one, but she grabbed my preschooler’s letter Y magnet page and insisted on doing it herself. She did a pretty good job if you ask me! If you do this, just make sure you watch that they don’t slip any little magnets in their mouths, they can wreak havoc on the body! And another one of our LOTW games in action, she put the beads on the cards, then spent forever taking them off and putting them into a Ziploc baggie. Again, another choking hazard…I … [Read more...]

APR
20
2011

Preschool Letter T for Turtle

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I'm please to present my Letter T activities, this week we're having fun with Turtles! Enjoy! Note: As always, I print on white cardstock, laminate, cut and store in zip-lock baggies. I use sandwich and snack size to store the little pieces once they are cut, then store all the Letter T stuff in one file folder. Ready? Here we go... Letter T Memory Verse: "Thou God seest me" Genesis 16:13 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Cor 5:17 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter T on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 We made the letter t with our bodies: This is by far a favorite in our house, the only trouble is getting them to stop, I think they made the entire alphabet … [Read more...]