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    Educational Tablet Apps We Love!

    People always ask me if and how I use tablets in our homeschool. The first answer is yes! We definitely make use of our tablet as it provides a change from the normal daily work. The second answer is for education, and for fun! One of our favorite things to use a tablet for are eBooks. There are a … [Read More...]

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    Road Trip USA Video Review

    Good morning readers! I promised to do a video review of my Road Trip USA Geography & History curriculum, and I’ve finally had a chance to get it uploaded for you all. We had so much fun using this curriculum to learn about the United States! It’s packed full of interesting state facts, symbols, … [Read More...]

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    September 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Greetings readers! In our neck of the woods it’s officially back-to-school time! And for me that means I have about 5 minutes of free time a day. Which means I don’t have that much time to think about or plan meals for our family. And with 6 people in the clan eating out all of the time isn’t … [Read More...]

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    Spelling You See Video Review

    Hi everyone! I have another curriculum video review for you today. This one is on the Spelling You See curriculum that we reviewed and used last year. We will be using this curriculum again this year as it worked well, and it doubles as handwriting for us as well which is a … [Read More...]

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    2015 7th Grade Homeschool Schedule

    I don’t know about you, but 7th grade is a little bit intimidating! It just seems like things start getting more serious around now. High school is on the horizon, and this mama can’t believe that her baby girl is officially in Jr. High! If you’ve been following my daily schedules you’ll notice … [Read More...]

NOV
19
2010

TOS Review ~ KB Teachers

I was very pleased to be able to review the KB Teachers website for TOS this month! KB Teachers website full of teaching tools! They have printable worksheets on almost every topic you can think of and they offer everything in color and black and white. Some of the topics available from KB Teachers: Math Activities Science Workbooks Biology Worksheets Social Studies workbooks and maps English/Language worksheets Handwriting, including learning cursive Seasonal printables Themed printables For a low yearly or monthly fee, you get full access to all of the content and services. Before you join, you can preview their entire library, and after you join, you have 30 days to cancel your membership and ask for a refund if you change your mind. If you are interested, you can also do a 10 Free Trial! Cost for membership: As of August 2009: $29 per year, or $49 for two years. Visit Other websites from KB Teachers: KBears, Facebook Click here to see what other TOS Crew members think … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2010

Letter G for Gumball!

Welcome to the Letter G. We’ll be having fun with Gumballs this week! I found some fun Giraffe stuff too links are at the bottom of the post, but I’m really trying to make sure for Prek that I stick with Primary letter sounds so G says ‘gu’. I don’t want to explain just yet how sometimes the G can say ‘J’. Hope you enjoy it! Letter G Memory Verse: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone." Mark 16:15 Click here to download the verse puzzle. (Note: I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek) For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Letter G tracing page: Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter G 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 Roll A Gumball! This is a new game for me! I found the idea on Play 2 Learn Printables, and had to make one for … [Read more...]

NOV
18
2010

Expedition Earth ~ United Kingdom

Shwmae & Hello!! Welcome to our Geography Study week on Great Britain! This was a great week, we had a lot of fun crafts which always makes things more interesting, and we finished our week at an English Pub which meant I didn’t have to cook dinner Friday and I consider that a good week! Of course we started out by stamping our passports! And found it on our world map: We also learned: Where Great Britain is on the map, and found the North Sea How to say “Hello” in Welsh– Shwmae! Prayed for the British people Sang a traditional English Song Completed a lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Great Britain Made  Quilling Paper designs Learned about and made a small scale model of Stone Henge Learned about Big Ben and made a paper model Worked on a large foam World floor puzzle Here are some of the highlights of the week: My kid’s favorite part of our Geography Units has definitely been learning about the animals around the … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Tot School

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday where I’ll be sharing my Teeny Tot boxes!    One common question I get is people asking me what I do with my Teeny Tot while we do school. Well, here’s my answer…workboxes of course! I found my Teeny Tot climbing on the older kids desks and pulling open their drawers and stealing worksheets, so I finally just gave her some boxes of her own with lots of fun colorful and SAFE stuff to get into. I don’t refill her boxes daily, I try to change them out weekly just because I’m lazy and also she doesn’t always get into them all. But if she’s being particularly pesky I’ll grab a drawer she hasn’t done yet and give it to her. So with that said, here’s what I put in for this week... Go fish game: She can use the suction fishing pole to grab the fish and place them into the boat trays. All good motor skill stuff! If you have time you can say the color of each fish she grabs. Number Peg Cards: These cards are foam and the pegs stack on top … [Read more...]

NOV
15
2010

Expedition Earth Books Giveaway!

I have a really cool giveaway to do today! A super generous and lovely reader would like to bless one family with a FREE set of books to go along with my Expedition Earth Curriculum! Here is a list of the books included: Geography from A to Z Usborne’s Living World Encyclopedia Maps and Globes Wee Sing Around the World CD Stories from Around the World Window on the Word So how can you enter to win this free set of books?~ Sorry this giveaway is now closed ~ Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post letting me know your family would like to be blessed by this wonderful set of books! Additional Optional Entries: Become a fan of Confessions of a Homeschooler on FB Follow Confessions of a Homeschooler on Twitter Subscribe via email to Confessions of a Homeschooler (Yes, you can enter if you already subscribe :o) ) Giveaway Information: The give away will be open until midnight EST Friday November 19, 2010. Winner will be announced by Sunday November 21, 2010. … [Read more...]

NOV
15
2010

TOS Review ~ Corps of Re-Discovery

Corps of Re-Discovery is a website dedicated to helping you re-discover America! They have TONS of crafts and activities centering around Colonial and Pioneer times. We reviewed the Corn Husk Doll Kit which my daughter absolutely loved! What’s the Cost? $4.50 for a Corn Husk Doll Kit, the rest of their products vary from $2.00 to $58.00 depending on what you purchase. For the Corn Husk Doll you need to soak the corn husks for about an hour before beginning. Next we laid out all of the husks and started following directions. I will say that this was definitely a 2 person job. You really need someone to hold the doll while the other person ties it for each step. The directions were a little tricky, but we did manage to figure them out and get the doll put together. Once she was basically completed, we trimmed the bottom edge of her dress to even it out. This also helps her stand up when dry. We let her set overnight to dry, then added the dress and my daughter glued on hair … [Read more...]

NOV
14
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Russia

Dobrey Dyen! We had so much fun with our Geography Curriculum last week learning about Russia! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for Russia: We also learned: Where Russia is on the world map & located Moscow A song in Russian How to Say ― Hello in Russian: привет (Privyet), Good Day добрый день (Dobrey Dyen) How to Say ― Thank You in Russian: Спасибо (Spasibo ) How to pray for the Russian people Listen to Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker About children in Russia Studied the Tundra Completed a Russia lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Russia Learned new Geography terms: Tundra, Plain, Peninsula, Swamp Learned about the North European Plains, Kamchatka Peninsula & Vasyugan Swamp Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Russia Made a Matryoshka Doll Box Here is what I managed to photograph! We found Russia on the world … [Read more...]

NOV
13
2010

Your Backyard Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the new DVD by Crowe’s Nest Media - Your Backyard ! As promised we have our winner, congratulations Suzanne! I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your shipping info for your new DVD! YAY! And don’t worry, if you didn’t win! Crowe’s Nest has offered a special discount exclusive to my readers! You will receive $5 off the Your Backyard Starter Kit when you enter the coupon code: Confessions ***Coupon good anytime between 11/15 - 11/16! Stay tuned Tuesday for an Expedition Earth Books giveaway from one of my generous readers!  … [Read more...]

NOV
13
2010

Care package from Japan

We were so excited to receive this awesome care package from one of my readers who lives in Japan! She nicely put together a whole selection full of goodies for my kids! We’re having a blast going through all of it, and my kids and I want to give a HUGE thank you to Marla for her kindness and generosity! They were so excited to see things from Japan since they studied it a few weeks back for our Expedition Earth Geography studies. My son was so excited that he’s going to do Japan for our Geography fair in December and we’ll be using some of this cool stuff for our display! Thanks so much Marla, this was so cool! … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2010

Guidecraft Giveaway & Review ~ Animal Sort Match

Guess what time it is!?! Yep, we have another fun giveaway and review from Guidecraft! This time we have the Animal Train Sort & Match! I have to say that these games are super fun and a great way to practice repeating patterns, building with balance as well as creativity! As a matter of fact my kids liked it so much that we had to bring out our Flower Match game so there wouldn’t be a fight! My first grader did think it was a little ‘babyish’ at first, but that didn’t seem to stop him from playing with it for quite awhile! LOL! The cool thing about this board is that it is magnetic. This helps the pieces stick better which seemed to be better for my teeny tot. The set comes with several thick cards with designs to copy and they can also create their own scenes. And even the teeny tot got into the action, she loved sticking the pieces onto the magnetic board. Now for the fun part! Carissa at My Life on a Taffy Pull is hosting this months Guidecraft Givewaway! Click … [Read more...]