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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

    Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as … [Read More...]

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    All About Spelling Giveaway!

    We’re moving on to a new level of All About Learning Press spelling, and frankly I’m even excited! I’d also like to mention that the cover of this new level is Strawberry Shortcake’s absolute favorite color, so she’s thrilled! It’s the little things, no?   This year Strawberry shortcake … [Read More...]

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    Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

    I have had some specific requests to update the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook .  Hopefully this will help all of you out there. And if you don’t want the updates, you’re welcome to continue using the copy you already have! Updates include: Upper/lowercase weekdays. i.e. … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Time Management

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and Time Management!   Good time management for homeschoolers is a necessity. You’ve already seen a sample of our daily schedule. But there are a few more tips I’d like to share with you on … [Read More...]

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    September Holidays and Special Dates

    I know this post is a little late being that we’re already a week into September, but I’ve been meaning to do some fun posts on monthly activities to help make your homeschooling a little more fun and engaging! We like to find a couple of things each month that we do to make it special. It’s not … [Read More...]

AUG
15
2010

TOS 2010 Homeschool Planner

I know everyone is in planning madly for this year and you may have even started, but I just had to share this awesome TOS 2010 Homeschool Planner with you! I couldn’t even believe it when I got it, but the thing is 614 pgs! I almost need a planner to use the planner LOL! Thankfully the whole thing is interactive, so in the table of contents when it specifies the forms, you can just click there and it takes you right to it which makes it super easy to navigate. Click here for a sample of the planner! But seriously, this thing isn’t just a planner, it includes all kinds of things to help you keep your household organized and flowing smoothly. First of all there are forms for things like important dates, contacts, birthdays, anniversaries, and health forms. But you kind of expect that out of a planner, no? Of course they have household organizers and forms to help you stay focused, on task, plan crafts, and work out a daily & monthly schedule. I have to say that I LOVE the … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2010

Request for help with 4 Shared File Sharing

Hi everyone, I’ve had some people saying that they are seeing not so friendly images on 4shared while waiting for files to download. I’ve contacted 4shared and they say they don’t allow that and I need to send in a screen print to them and they’ll look into it. I haven’t been able to re-create the images so I’m asking for your help. If you see anything that is not okay while waiting for one of my free files to download, would you mind taking a screen shot and emailing it to me at erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler dot com so I can send it to 4shared. How the heck do you take a screen print? Make sure your browser window is open and then press the “Prnt Scrn” button on the top right side of your keyboard. Open your email and click in it where you would normally type and then press '”ctrl” + “V” to paste the image into your email.  (If you have a mac you need to press “cmd” + “V”) For my sake and yours click on the corner of the image and drag it down to a smaller size so … [Read more...]

AUG
13
2010

SMEAD Stadium File Folder & Super Tabs

I recently had the chance to do a review for Get Buttoned Up on the SMEAD Stadium File Folder and Super Tab Folders. I mean what homeschooler would turn down the opportunity to get some nice new shiny organizing tools right? I have to say that I love this thing, it was the perfect way to organize my Expedition Earth Geography Units for the year! The Super Tab Files have double the label space which made them nice and easy to read and the Stadium File was a great way to organize everything in a manner that was easy to see and use! The only thing I wished was that the Super Tabs came with labels you could print, I had to use my own which were the smaller labels, but there is enough room that you could easily use them with mailing labels. Otherwise, it’s a great way to organize all the clutter that comes with homeschooling! If you’re interested here is a list of places they are available: Stadium File     -Office Depot     -Franklin Covey … [Read more...]

AUG
12
2010

Our Homeschool Room 2010-2011

Ack! Ok everyone, I’m just trying to keep it real here and show you what kind of disaster occurred to my beloved school room over the summer. The kids playing in here definitely took its toll and I was procrastinating even going in there! But fear not, this is definitely the BEFORE picture! And after several hours complete madness one evening…ahh, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Everyone left me alone while I was working on this, I think they could sense the urgency. Here’s the AFTER picture: Is it wrong that I don’t want to let my kids in here now? I organized all of our manipulative containers in shelves along the back wall. I tried to put all the pre-k stuff on the pink shelves and then the math stuff and older kid’s manipulatives on the blue shelves. The only dangerous thing here is that the Teeny Tot can easily get to all of this, but then it will also eliminate the climbing that was going on before, so… The blue and white drawers contain puzzles, coloring supplies, … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2010

Water Safety Awareness & Guilt

I’ll never forget the day my son almost drowned. It was exactly 1 year ago from today. We had been at a private swimming pool, there were 4 adults there that day along with my 4 children. Somehow when there are more adults around, I feel more comfortable, but really I think everyone assumes someone else is watching. (This photo taken 7/7/2010 at his first swim lesson for this year, he did amazing, much better than I did actually, I was on the edge of my seat the entire lesson.) We were getting ready to leave the pool that day and everyone was getting out. My son was playing on the steps and I was changing the baby’s clothes and not paying attention. The next thing I realized my daughter was yelling “MOM! MOM!” she was also yelling her brother’s name. When I looked up, she had her floaty in one arm and our son in the other and was swimming as fast as she could back to the edge. Thankfully my mom was quick to yank him out but he was already blue and non-responsive. My heart dropped … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2010

Expedition Earth Animals Correction

Hi everyone! I have to apologize, I have an error on one of the pages of my Expedition Earth Animals download. If you have downloaded the file prior to today, please click on the below image to get the updated Italy page. Click here to download the Corrected Italy Page Sorry about that and thanks to the kind reader who pointed it out to me! … [Read more...]

AUG
09
2010

Letter A for Apple

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Welcome to my new version of the Letter A preschool printables! I’m updating a few letters and had some fun ideas for Apples so here they are! Letter A Memory Verse: All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Apple Large Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order. The number cards go from 1-10. Capital A/Lowercase a matching game: This is a great way to match up lowercase and uppercase letters. Simply cut the apples from pg2 and place them on top of the same or opposite letter case on the tree. Apple Counting: This comes with a number sheet to go with it. I put … [Read more...]

AUG
08
2010

Tomato Mozzarella Basil Salad

My kids don’t like this much, but I LOVE it, so I’m sharing a Mommy recipe today! I make this for lunch all the time, it’s quick and easy and semi-healthy as long as you don’t add too much of the cheese ;o) My recipe is kind of “loose” as I tend to just throw it together. Ingredients: Handful of Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half 2-3 oz. mozzarella-prosciutto cheese roll, sliced Fresh Basil, shredded 2 T Balsamic Vinaigrette Directions: Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! … [Read more...]

AUG
06
2010

Scalloped Journal Spots

I have  a fun set of digital scrapbooking Scalloped Journalers to share with you today! What’s Included? 7 Scalloped Journal Spots w/o shadow 7 Scalloped Journal Spots w/shadow {All files 300dpi, .png file format} Scalloped Journal Spots: ONLY $1! Happy Scrappin’! Click here to visit my Digital Scrapbooking store! … [Read more...]

AUG
05
2010

Aluminum Foil Art

I had no idea that I could ever love a measly $2 roll of aluminum foil so much! I had this left over from a road trip we took (let the kids play with it in the car). So when we pulled it out for a VBS craft this summer the I let them have at it and about 1 hour later (YES, I said 1 HOUR) they were finally done twisting and turning and taping the foil. How do I get a free hour to myself you ask? Simple, grab the below supplies and set them on the counter, call in the kids and walk away. Supplies: Generic box of aluminum foil roll of masking tape scissors (1 per child) I was so shocked at the attraction of foil that unfortunately I wasted a lot of my ‘free’ time staring in amazement wondering why I hadn’t thought of this before. My 4yr old made a, um, a, duckish boaty type of thing. Yea. My 7yr old ended up with a bracelet, headband, wand and boat: Of course my son had to turn it into a weapon of sorts and incase you’re wondering, bullets shoot out the ends. At first … [Read more...]