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    10 Do’s and Don’ts of Homeschooling

    Have you ever wished there were a list of things you should do or definitely not do when beginning homeschooling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Even veteran homeschool mom’s are doubt themselves at times. When I first started homeschooling I asked everyone I knew which curriculum to use, what … [Read More...]

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    3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences–Manuscript

    Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for a manuscript version of my 3rd grade sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word manuscript sentence printables with you. (I have 3rd … [Read More...]

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    Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial

    Hi everyone! After I put up my video on a day in our lives I’ve had several requests for a hair tutorial video. I thought it sounded like a fun idea, so here we go. Check out the video below to see how I create these loose curls!   While I take a shower daily, my hairdresser advised … [Read More...]

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    I’m Quilting. Say What? WIP

    What’s WIP you ask? It stands for “work in progress”. And I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of WIP posts from me in the future. I know I haven’t posted much on my quilting projects, but that is because I’m kind of a new addict. So today marks my first, and hopefully not last, WIP post! I started … [Read More...]

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    A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener

    Happy new year everyone! School is officially back in session and we’re all rip-roaring ready to go! Well, kind of. Mostly we’re still mentally on vacation. But… We have to start sometime or we’ll be doing school over the summer, and no one wants that! So I thought I’d take time today to do a … [Read More...]

NOV
02
2010

Letter F for Fish

Welcome to the Letter F! We're going to be having fun with fish this week, hope you enjoy! Letter F Memory Verse: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Letter F Writing Practice: Making the Letter F with Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion! Letter F foam craft: We read Rainbow Fish and then made a lowercase f fish out of foam shapes. I added in a couple foil ones for the sparkly scales. Fish Measuring! This is a new game for us, and we're going to use goldfish to learn the difference between long and short. Should be fun and yummy! Letter Ff Do-A-Dot Page: We use … [Read more...]

NOV
01
2010

Pick and Draw Giveaway!

I use the Pick and Draw game as a fun addition to our weekly workboxes and the kids always love to see it in their box! Rich, the creator of Pick and Draw, has generously a 2 sets of Pick and Draw cards as a give away for my readers! Thanks Rich! About the Game: Pick and Draw is a fun, one-of-a-kind drawing game that teaches you how to make very creative cartoon faces. It can be played by one or more people, and is an excellent way to encourage creative thinking skills. This game is so much fun and encouraging for everyone, even my children who seem reluctant to try drawing. As you can see the cards are easy, fun shapes: The game: A good quality deck of cards with a sturdy plastic carrying case. 60,000 different drawing possibilities in the deck. The cards use basic shapes that anyone can draw Can be one player or multiple! It is easy to play: just pick a card from each pile and draw it! All you need is the deck of cards, a pencil and paper It only costs $10! Each game … [Read more...]

OCT
31
2010

November 2010 Meal Plan

Hi! I didn’t make too many changes this month due to lack of time, but here is a new menu for November 2010 and I’ll have a new recipe posting this Saturday as well! Click here to download: PDF Format Word Doc Format Enjoy! … [Read more...]

OCT
31
2010

JS Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop ~ YAY Freebies!

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Hi to all you digi-scrappers out there! I’m totally excited about participating in the Jessica Sprague Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop! Stay tuned to November 11th for LOTS of great FREEBIES and my new Digital Scrapbooking Christmas Kit! Here’s the my full Christmas Kit and I’ll be giving away a FREE Mini-Kit during the Blog Hop! The full kit will be avail for purchase starting November 11th! YAY! Visit my store to see my current kits:   Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

OCT
30
2010

Nest DVD Giveaway ~ WINNER!

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who entered to win the Nest Learning giveaway! And the winner for the William Bradford DVD is… AMIE from Ordinary Moment Blog! Congratulations Amie, I’ll be emailing you shortly with more information! Stay tuned to Monday Morning for a Pick and Draw! giveaway: … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2010

TOS Review ~ Buckets-O-Fun

Buckets-O-Fun is a website that sells various games and entertainment type activities for kids. They also have a section called “YUCK” and that’s what we reviewed. The “Yuck” science activities deal with polymers. The product comes with instructions and observation ideas for each substance. We reviews 4 products, the Chunky Yuck, Saucy Yuck, Sticky Yuck and Snowy Yuck. What’s the cost for the yuck packets? Prices vary depends, you purchase it by the pound. The minimum was $16 for a pound of Chunky Yuck. We received a VERY small packet of each, I’d say a few table spoons, so I can’t even imagine needing a whole pound for a homeschooling setting. They also offer large quantities for classrooms going up to 50lbs for $600. To prepare for our experiments, we placed each packet in a bowl. My daughter slowly mixed each one as we observed it and made notes on what happened. Here she is starting with the “Saucy Yuck” this was to be like applesauce, and ours was a bit thicker, but you can … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2010

Handmade Placemats

I saw this fun idea on one of the blogs I read and now I can’t remember which one! I’m so sorry, I usually make sure to link to everyone, so if it’s yours let me know and I’ll link up!Edited: The blog I saw this on originally was Counting Coconuts! Thanks readers for having my back! So of course I talked my mom into making these cute little place mats for the kids to practice setting the table and they turned out great! My daughter loved setting the table using the place mats, she put everything exactly where it should go. Here she is, we’re so proud of her finished table! Thanks for the idea anonymous blogger!We had a great time and what a fun way to learn how to set a table! … [Read more...]

OCT
27
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to this week’s What’s in the box Wednesday! I’m sharing my 2nd grade boxes this week. Nest Bible Video:   Math U See Abeka Language/Phonics: A Reason for Handwriting T Talking Fingers Typing, Powerspeak Spanish All About Spelling, Abeka readers Animalogic game  Draw Write Now Series: Drawing practice Have boxes to share? Link up below! … [Read more...]

OCT
26
2010

Letter E for Elephant

Welcome to our Letter E for Elephant week! Here are some of our activities: Of course we are making our lowercase alphabet binder sheets this year. e for elephant, okay a goofy elephant, but still…it works! Followed by our Letter E K4 writing practice: We did our large floor number hopscotch game: We sorted capital E and lowercase e: Letter E scavenger hunt. My 7 yr old loves this one and usually helps find items to place in the box. (Yes that’s a real egg, she’s very resourceful) We graphed some elephants. These are little plastic semi-transparent bingo dots that came with our bingo game. We used our 11 x 11 Pin Geoboard to make the letter E Ah, the poking activity, this is a favorite, here she’s using cute Oversized Push Pins to poke holes along the letters.   She did an elephant cut and paste activity:   Did an elephant color by number and I’m pleased to say she actually got this concept this year. Last year she didn’t understand how to match the colors to … [Read more...]

OCT
25
2010

Nest Learning Giveaway!

We use Nest Learning videos for some of our Bible Studies and the kids absolutely LOVE them! My husband bought the series at a homeschool fair last year and we’ve been going through them since then. I listed it in my 2010-2011 curriculum post and the super nice folks at Nest Family saw my post and immediately offered to do a giveaway for you all! Yipee! Nest Learning offers Biblical animated DVD series covering the Old Testament and New Testament. They also have a Hero Classics series. When you purchase a series of DVD’s you also receive an instant download activity book for each video in the series. The activities range from games, puzzles, coloring pages and more. What I like about them is that the activities cover Prek – 8th Grade, so I can print off a coloring page for my preschooler, a maze for my 1st grader and a crossword puzzle for my 2nd grader. At the end of each video is a quiz that the kids take using the remote control. If they don’t remember an answer they can choose to … [Read more...]