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    Expedition Earth: Germany Unit Study

      Guten Tag! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Germany! My husband’s family is German, so this was a special week for us. We even sampled some of his grandma’s butter ball soup and homemade kraut burgers! Yum!   Here are some more of the things we covered this … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Choose Fabric

    Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series. Today we’re talking all about fabric! I’m going to show you all about precuts and yardage, share what I like to buy. And then I’ll share some of my favorite places to get my fabric too!   Fabric is one of my favorite … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: How to Create Lesson Plans

    Hey guys! I hope you’re enjoying my Tip Tuesday series. If you’re following along you know that last week we talked about how to choose homeschool curriculum, and this week I’m getting into the nitty gritty of how to take all of that curriculum and turn it into workable lesson plans for your … [Read More...]

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    Our Top 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    Good morning! Today I’m sharing our top 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks. I know choosing curriculum can be a challenge, so hopefully this post will help give you a good starting point to choosing your own!   So let’s get started! Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 5×7 Student Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2016-2017 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you … [Read More...]

JUN
05
2011

Weekly Homeschool Planner Review & Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of sharing a planner with you created by one of my BFF blogging friends, Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations! I love that we’ve become friends through our blogs and I know that whatever she creates has been done with deep consideration for her readers so I knew this would be terrific! So what am I babbling on about here? It’s her Weekly Homeschool Planner. It comes in a fully editable PDF format so you can change, add, and delete whatever you want right on the PDF. The planner is set up with no dates, just Monday – Friday. Since it’s almost 100% customizable you can use it for future years as well. (As opposed to other planners where you have to purchase a new one each year.) Click here to try out the editing for yourself. (Hint: Click in any of the blue boxes and just start typing!) Download a sample of the planner here! What's inside? 138 planning pages ~ 8 1/2" x 11" sized 12 blank month-at-a-glance pages 40 weeks of weekly planning and … [Read more...]

JUN
04
2011

Educational Insights Sneaky Squirrel Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Educational Insights Sneaky Squirrel Giveaway! Congratulations to Sandi! I just sent you an email to get your shipping info! Hope you have a great time playing Sneaky Squirrel! Thanks for reading and hope everyone had a great weekend. Stop by Monday for a chance to win the Weekly Homeschool Planner! … [Read more...]

JUN
03
2011

Kids Activity Ideas to Help Fight Summer Boredom

So, it’s been about 30 seconds since school ended for Summer and the kids are already bugging me! “What can we do?…We’re bored…Waah, waah, waah!” My first response “We can do school!” Um…that usually fends them off long enough for me to come up with something fun to do. Since I tend to focus most of my efforts on our school activities, I just didn’t have it in me to come up with some sort of summer schedule! But…thanks to Amanda Bennett, author of the popular Download-N-Go series, I don’t have to! Amanda’s team has come up with a fun summer calendar for June, July and August 2011. Each day contains a clickable link to a fun low or no-cost activity suggestions that will help keep your children busy and engaged! As an added bonus they even include coupons for discounts on Amanda Bennett Unit Studies. The best part is that it’s totally FREE! Click here to download! (Note: You will be asked to signup via email and then the calendar will be emailed to you.) Hope this helps you fight … [Read more...]

JUN
02
2011

Ministry of Motherhood: Week 3

I am SO excited to be participating in the Ministry of Motherhood Book Club along with Jolanthe from No Ordinary Moments and so many of you out there! If you’ve missed out on the discussions for this week make sure to hop over and visit Jolanthe’s Blog Frog discussions! S.O.A.P Week 3 Book Discussion for Week 3 My thoughts for this week: One of the areas that stuck out most to me was just how little grace I’m actually allowing myself to give to my children. I tend to think that if I’m not on my kids every little action that somehow they’ll take the latitude and run wild with it. Probably because I’ve seen this happen. But then I’m reminded that Jesus was “patient, encouraging, loving, and forgiving” with his disciples. He didn’t yell and criticize, so why am I taking that route? The goal isn’t to force my kids to comply, but to actually reach their hearts. To create an ongoing intimate relationship with them. One thing that Sally pointed out that really got me…my willingness to … [Read more...]

JUN
01
2011

The World’s Greatest Artists Unit Study

Hi everyone! I’ve been working on a fun unit study for next year! It’s called The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 and I’m excited to share it here with you today! Come along on our quest to learn about some of the world’s greatest artists! So grab some art supplies and get ready to explore, create, and learn! In this series of artist studies, we will be learning about 8 of the world’s greatest artists. We will immerse ourselves in the work of each artist so we become well familiar with their style, methods, and images. Each study includes: Lesson plans for each week Lap Book printables Artist Notebooking page Art Puzzles Artist Flashcards Much of our time studying will be through open discussion and hands on experimentation. Upon completion of this curriculum you will be able to easily recognize the artwork from each artist studied, learn to look at art critically, as well as have gained an appreciation for art in general. You will also have explored some new … [Read more...]

JUN
01
2011

Monthly Meal Plan: June 2011

Hi everyone! Here is the Monthly Meal Plan for June 2o11! I apologize for the last minute, but apparently my brain is on summer break. I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted until I went to see what was for dinner tonight! Then I did the “Ack, it’s 5pm and I have no plan!” freak out. Then I made up some super fast tacos. Then I sat down and posted this! Click below to download the June 2011 Monthly Meal Plan! June 2011 Plan ~ PDF June 2011 Plan ~ Word Doc {editable} … [Read more...]

MAY
31
2011

Expedition Earth: Egypt

Sabahou el kheir! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Egypt! Everyone’s been looking forward to this week because we were planning to do a mummy experiment. And I’m not sure about your kids, but when the word “mummy” comes up, everyone gets excited! But first…we had to stamp our passports so we could continue on our journey! Here are some of the things we covered this week: Where Egypt is on the world map and located Cairo and the Nile River How to say “Hello” in Arabic Learned about the Egyptian flag and its meaning How to pray for the Egyptian people Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography About children in Egypt Read: Living World Encyclopedia Geography from A-Z vocabulary Completed a Egypt lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Egypt Learned about Mummies and King Tut Performed a Mummification Experiment on an apple Learned about the Great Pyramid of Giza, and made our own model of the pyramids Learned about the Suez Canal … [Read more...]

MAY
30
2011

K4 Curriculum ~ Number Order Puzzles 1-50

Hi everyone, I’m excited to share some new Number Order Puzzles with you. They’re part of my K4 Expansion Pack! (Don’t worry, if you purchased the expansion pack, they are already in there!) --> Click here to download the Number Order Puzzles <-- To play: Cut apart puzzles along lines. Use number order to arrange pieces and complete puzzle. Puzzles go from 1-50 to help with number recognition and order. 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! Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

MAY
29
2011

Educational Insights Sneaky Squirrel Giveaway

Hi everyone, I have another awesome giveaway from the super cool people at Educational Insights today! We had so much fun reviewing the Sneaky Squirrel game. It was easy enough that the younger kids could catch on, and it moved fast enough that it kept the attention of everyone. The kids literally love this game! The Rules: The game starts with all the acorns in the tree box. Each player takes a turn with the spinner. If it lands on a color, they can use the squirrel tweezers to grab that color acorn and add it to their tree stump. If it lands on a number, they can pick that many acorns. If it lands on the sneaky squirrel they can steal one from another player. If it lands on the sad squirrel they skip a turn, and if it lands on the wind all their acorns get blown back to the tree and they start over. The first one to fill their stump with one of each color wins. The cost: $19.95 (But you know I have a freebie to offer…keep reading!) My son had a great time, even though he was … [Read more...]

MAY
29
2011

You Can Read & K4 Expansion Winner

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend! As promised, I have a winner for the K4 Expansion Pack and You Can Read giveaway! YAY! Congratulations to Marci at Life on Rancho Relaxo! You’ve won both the  K4 Expansion Pack and You Can Read membership! Thanks to everyone for entering to win and for reading our blogs! I hope you enjoy the set! … [Read more...]