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    2016-2017 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Good morning! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 5th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   So to see what my 5th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 5th Grade Homeschool … [Read More...]

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    Percy Jackson Literature Unit

    I’m so excited to launch my first of hopefully many middle-school level literature units for you! Today’s release is the new literature unit for Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. It comes with chapter by chapter lesson plans as well as comprehension questions for each chapter … [Read More...]

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    FQS August Sew Sampler Box Review

      What is a Sew Sampler? The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month. There are at least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Wash a Quilt

    Hi friends! Today I’ll be showing you how to wash a quilt! There are several ways to go about washing your quilts, but today I’m just going to show you how I like to do it to help prevent any damage or bleeding of fabrics or thread.   Products I recommend: Dreft Detergent or … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and … [Read More...]

JUL
07
2011

Ministry of Motherhood Week 8

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 Good Morning Girls Downloads for Week 8 (Make sure to head over to see Sally’s video fro this week too!) S.O.A.P Discussion Week 8 Book Discussion for Week 8   My Thoughts for the Week: I have read 2 Corinthians 12:9 many times, but I have to say that as a homeschooler this verse has a whole new meaning! I literally breathed a sigh of relief when I re-read it this week. I fail almost daily not just in raising our children, but in the HUGE task of homeschooling them. I’m so grateful that even when I fail the Lord is there to protect and guide the hearts of my children! As a homeschooler I tend to focus on the academics. Are they learning enough? Am I doing enough? Is the curriculum I’ve chosen working? Am I missing anything? I could go on and on and on. So much so that I can tend to forget about their character development in the process! But as Sally so … [Read more...]

JUL
06
2011

Expedition Earth: The Arctic Circle

Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on The Arctic Circle! This is our final week of Expedition Earth and we’ve had a total blast! I think I’ve learned as much as the kids did and the activities were super fun. Hopefully we created some great memories that will last for the long haul! Here are some of the things we learned this week: Located the Arctic Circle on the map and completed our mapping page Read: Living World Encyclopedia – Arctic Read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, watch it on You Tube: Owl Babies Completed a fun snowy owl craft Learned some more geography terms Read: Window on the World: Iceland Completed our animal mini-books and added them to our animal wall. Had fun with a polar soap whittling activity Read: Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography- The Artic Checked out Anthropoids for fun facts on the Arctic Learned more about Arctic Animals at National Geographic Kids Wow, I can’t believe its our last week of Expedition Earth! This has … [Read more...]

JUL
05
2011

DIY: Giant Bubble Wand!

What is it about giant bubbles that makes everyone squeal with glee? And I’m not just talking about the kids! Bubbles are seriously the ultimate cheap kids summer activity idea! Well, if that sounds fun to you, then you’ll want to try this. The Do-It-Yourself giant bubble wand! (Please ignore the dead grass in the background…ugh…) Supplies: 2 wooden dowels per student 2 hook and eye screws per student cotton string scissors duct tape optional Directions: 1. Screw 1 hook and eye screw into the end of each dowel. 2. Using string, tie ends to each hook and eye screw at top of dowel, let remaining string hang down in a half circle shape and tie at bottom. 3. I cut my dowels in half to shorten them. To keep kids from getting splinters, I wrapped some pink duct tape on the ends. Plus they look pretty :o) Also, I suggest using smooth cotton string, mine was at the end of the spool, so it kept twisting up. 4. Dip string in bubbles making sure to soak well. Carefully lift out of … [Read more...]

JUL
04
2011

Letter U for Umbrella: Free Preschool Printables

Welcome to the Letter U where we’ll be having fun with Umbrellas! Letter V Memory Verse: “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks.” Psalm 75:1 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 U 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 Umbrella Cut and Paste: Letter U Handwriting Practice: Umbrella Shape Puzzles: Cut out each umbrella, then cut in half for shape matching puzzles. Umbrella Counting!This game is for counting practice. Simply cut out along the lines so you end up with squares. Have your child match up the cards by matching the number of raindrops to the card with the appropriate number on it. Umbrella Color by Number: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some … [Read more...]

JUL
03
2011

Happy Independence Day America!

I hope you are all having a wonderful and safe holiday with friends and family! I am also taking a break to be with loved ones, having some yummy BBQ, talking my Teeny Tot through another year of giant overhead explosions, and enjoying squeals from the kids as each one lights up the night sky with freedom! Thank you to all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear. Happy Independence Day America! … [Read more...]

JUL
02
2011

Garden of Eden Review & Giveaway

Today I’m reviewing a book called Garden of Eden by Terri Burnell. If you like The Magic Tree House Books you’ll like this one! Terri modeled her book after the fun adventures found in the Magic Tree House series. Garden of Eden is her first in a series of books based on stories of the Bible called Living Dreams Series. What is Garden of Eden About? It is a cute story about 2 children who get to go back and visit the Garden of Eden in person! They go on an adventure where they explore the garden, make friends with animals and discover the plan God has for all His children! It’s a fairly easy read as well, my second grader had fun going through this in her free reading time. What’s the Cost? $9.95 (paperback) $5.99 (Digital Download) – Can be viewed via computer, PDA, cell phone, or stand-alone eBook reader at a reduced cost. eBook readers that can read these files include Sony Reader, Nook, Kindle2, iPad, and iPhone4. View the book Trailer Below: Buy It: Click here to … [Read more...]

JUL
02
2011

Heart of the Matter Online Conference Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win FREE Tickets to the 2011 Heart of the Matter Online Conference! Winner #1: The Vermilyeahs Winner #2 Tori Winner #3: Amy I’ve emailed you all and HOTM online will also be contacting you to get you all registered! Thanks for reading and remember to stop by and chat with me! I think I’m on Friday August 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM EST. If you didn’t win there’s still time to register! Click here! Thanks and hope you enjoy the conference! … [Read more...]

JUL
01
2011

Monthly Meal Plan: July 2011

Hi everyone! Here is the Monthly Meal Plan for July 2o11! I hope you are enjoying your summer and hope these recipes make your life a little easier! Click below to download the July 2011 Monthly Meal Plan! July 2011 Plan ~ PDF July 2011 Plan ~ Word Doc {editable} … [Read more...]

JUN
30
2011

Ministry of Motherhood: Week 7

“If they can keep eternity before their eyes, they will be able to live in hope no matter what happens to them in this life.”– Sally Clarkson Good Morning Girls Downloads for Week 7 (Make sure to head over to see Sally’s video fro this week too!) S.O.A.P Week 7 Book Discussion for Week 7 My thoughts for this week: “If we teach our children through our actions or instruction, even subtly, that being successful in this world is somehow a measure of their importance and success, then we will miss the point of all the Lord’s teaching.” ~ Sally Clarkson We encourage our kids to do well at whatever they take on, and we require that if they choose something like a sport, they finish it out for that session at least. We don’t let them quit mid-way. We cheer for them, encourage them, and praise them for doing well. On the other hand, we realize that they’re still young. They’re not Olympic athletes.  And honestly I haven’t pushed any of them to practice more than they want at this … [Read more...]

JUN
29
2011

Expedition Earth: Antarctica Blubber Experiment

Welcome to our Antarctica Blubber Experiment. Would would have thought blubber could be so cool? I’ll be all those seals and penguins are really happy right about now! This was a super easy experiment, and the kids loved it. First we learned about Penguins of Antarctica. We also learned about Emperor Penguins from National Geographic. Penguins have a layer of fat under their skin that helps them cope with the cold in Antarctica. To demonstrate this, prepare a large bowl of ice water. Directions: Step 1: Place about 1 cup solid vegetable shortening in a Ziploc baggie. Step 2: Put one of your student’s hands in another baggie to keep clean from shortening, then place your student’s “bagged” hand into the bag with the shortening in it and “mold” it around the hand. Step 3: Place both hands (one un-bagged, and one bagged) into the bowl, see if you can feel the difference it makes to have a layer of fat keeping you warm! Click here to see the rest of our Antarctica Activities! Click … [Read more...]