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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

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10
2010

Expedition Earth Update!

We are having such an awesome time going through our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum! And after going through a few weeks, I’ve found a bunch of additional fun crafts and information that I wanted to add in to make it even more exciting! So…if you have purchased Expedition Earth ON or BEFORE 9/7/2010 and would like an updated copy that includes more fun games and websites please email me with your Order ID or paypal email and I will issue you new links. Please be patient for my response I promise I will get back to all of you! If you don’t know what Expedition Earth is click here for more info! Thanks and hope you are having a great year! NOTE: If you purchased the curriculum AFTER 9/7/2010 you have the most updated copy, so there is no need to request new links. THANKS! … [Read more...]

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10
2010

Nest Floor Numbers 11-20

A reader asked me to expand my Nest Floor Numbers to include numbers 11-20 so I thought I’d share them with you all as well. I’ll probably be adding things here and there as we go this year to kick up the preschool to the next level and this is one of them. Download Nest Floor Numbers 1-20 Have fun counting! … [Read more...]

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09
2010

Magnetic Color Cubes

I just found these super fun Orb Factory Magnetic Color Cubes at my local teacher supply store today and had to get them! While they come with fun design ideas, unfortunately they do NOT come with cards for say, my preschooler, to copy. Since I didn’t think she could handle looking at an image and re-producing it quite yet, I made some cards for her and of course have them to share with you! If you don’t have the wooden cubes, they will also work with the foam magnetic pieces. I made 8 cards for her to play with, I printed them double sided (so I only used 4 sheets of cardstock) then I laminated them for durability. Here’s a peek at the cards: Click here to download the Magnetic Color Cube Cards Here is some more Magnetic Mosaic fun: Amazon.com Widgets   … [Read more...]

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08
2010

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

As we go through our Letter of the Week Curriculum, we always refer back to the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book at the end of each letter we learn. My daughter still loves this book no matter how many times we read it! Once we’re done learning each letter we add it to our Chicka Boom Palm tree to show all the letters she knows. We also use the tree to review learned letters. I found this super cute Palm Tree (link to Amazon) at a local teacher store, but you could easily make one with construction paper too! We also made this fun lapbook (links to download are below) It includes numbers, upper and lowercase letters, a coconut fold out book to practice their name, a color book and a shapes identification game. Here are some close-ups: More Chicka Chicka Resources: Chicka Chicka Boom Lapbook by Carisa Chicka Chicka Boom Lapbook supplement by me Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 The Vital Vine … [Read more...]

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07
2010

Aquarium Field Trip

This is our first trip to the Aquarium this year. Everyone had fun, we learned lots about the animals there and the Teeny Tot was amazed by all she saw. We usually go about once a year, and I thought since we're studying animals this would be a good addition. Here are some pics of our adventure: View Full Album … [Read more...]

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06
2010

1-20 Writing Practice

Last week I published some A-Z Writing Worksheets for K4 work for my preschooler and this week I’m adding 1-20 Number Worksheets! Download 1-20 Number Practice The tracers include pre-writing practice for each number as well as tracing numbers. I also included a blank line with dots so they can practice writing on their own as well. Hope you like them!Click here to see my other K4 Curriculum Activities! These activities are part of my K4 level expansion to my Letter of the Week Curriculum, click on the images below to see more activities. The K4 curriculum isn’t quite finished yet, so until I get it packaged all nice and purdy you can download from my posts! … [Read more...]

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03
2010

TOS Review ~ Spelling City Review

I was so excited to review Spelling City for the TOS Crew! We have used it in the past, and now we got to take advantage of the Full Subscription! What is Spelling City? It’s an online spelling program that lets you teach spelling, vocabulary and word meaning through interactive online games, tests, and worksheets. You can customize weekly lists for your students then print worksheets, lists, play teaching games, even give practice and final tests. While Spelling City offers most of their services for free, with the subscription you get some helpful extras such as: Automatic test grading Student activity tracking Saved Lists for each student Wrong Words List (Keeps track of misspelled words for students so you know what to work on) Access to SpeedySpeller and LetterFall (Premium Games) Telephone Support What’s the cost? For a family of 5 it is $24.99 Things I like about Spelling City free version: You can enter your own list, then get games, tests, and teaching tools for … [Read more...]

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02
2010

Homeschool Handbook Featured Me!

The Homeschool Handbook has posted their premiere issue online for free, and Confessions of a Homeschooler is featured! Yay! The magazine is full of great ideas, inspiration and homeschooling help! If you haven’t already seen it, go check it out for yourself! {uhem}…I’m on page 29 if you’re interested ;o) If you don’t like reading things on your computer you can click the "Download" button at the top of the screen, you have to sign up for a free issuu account, and download the PDF file to your computer. You could even save it, frame it and hang it on your wall if you wanted to ;o) Thanks Maureen for reading my blog and featuring me in your awesome homeschool resource! If you haven’t signed up to receive this magazine yet, visit the Homeschool Handbook site! Have a great day! … [Read more...]

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02
2010

Mongolian Beef & Broccoli

I found this great recipe on Hon What’s For Dinner. It’s the PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef recipe, but I added broccoli instead of green onions. The meat is super tender and sweet, and everyone but my son liked it. Ingredients: 2 tbsp Vegetable oil 1 tsp Ginger, minced (I used ground ginger and it was fine) 2 tbsp Garlic, chopped 1/2 cup Soy sauce 1 cup Dark brown sugar 1/2 cup Vegetable oil 1 lb Flank steak or sirloin sliced thinly 1/4 cup Cornstarch 3 Green onions sliced or 2 Cups Broccoli steamed Directions: Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add ginger and garlic and let sizzle for 30 seconds, then add soy sauce. Gradually add the brown sugar and let it dissolve while stirring. Let the sauce come to a boil, then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Cut the flank steak into thin strips against the grain. (Tip: Meat is easier to slice when it’s partially frozen. It will thaw quickly after sliced too!) Place meat and corn … [Read more...]

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01
2010

Supply List for Letter of the Week

If you have purchased my Letter of the Week Curriculum, or are considering it, here are some additional supplies you’ll probably want to use with the curriculum.   Things we use OFTEN:   Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Expo Dry Erase Markers Pencils, Pip-Squeaks Markers Scissors (kids rounded ends) Magnets (I use Power Magnets, or pom-pom magnets - I made them using medium sized pom-poms and self-sticky circle magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. You can also use a glue gun and circle magnets, they’d probably holdup better!) Wooden Clothes pins (I got little ones from Wal-mart craft section) 1 ½ “ wooden disks from Michaels, hobby lobby, or JoAnn’s for the letter match games. (Note: you can also use left over milk caps) It’s also helpful to have a Xyron Sticker Maker so you don’t have to glue or Mod Podge all the letters on, but that’s … [Read more...]