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    Spring Cleaning!!

    Good morning readers! You may have noticed a slight…okay drastic…change over here at the Confessions website! I don’t know about you, but I always get a hankering for some good old fashioned spring cleaning this time of year. And my blog is no different! I’ve been wanting to update it for a while … [Read More...]

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    Kindergarten Worksheets and Phonics Activities

    good morning readers! It’s been a little while since I did an update on what the Teeny Tot is doing. We just got back from spring break and she’s been working diligently on her kindergarten year. She’s reading well now, and still having fun doing all of the K4 Kindergarten activities along with … [Read More...]

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    Create Your Own Bundle Discount!

    Good morning fellow educators! I know it’s getting to be that time of year again. The one where you’re not quite finished with the current school year, but are starting to research, gather curriculum, and plan for next year.    Today I have a special treat for you all, and it’s … [Read More...]

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    Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education

    We start from day one feeding them, bathing them, and loving them. And as our children grow, we begin to teach them how to do things on their own. Then along comes the discussion of their future. Do you want to give your child the best start in life possible? Do you want to get more involved in … [Read More...]

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    We’re on Spring Break! YAY!

    Hi everyone! We've been on spring break this week, so I’m taking the rest of the week off of blogging too! We don’t always take a spring break, but this year allowed for it, and everyone agreed that we needed a break before we finish off our year. So I made an executive decision and gave everyone … [Read More...]

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18
2010

Mutiny!

I recently had a reader ask if my kids always have great attitudes and participate in everything I try. And in an attempt to keep it real and hopefully encourage other mom’s out there, I have to answer with a resounding “NO!” (Yes they were posing for this picture, but really, it does happen!) There are definitely days when no one wants to participate, when they think my ideas are lame, and when they have a bad attitude in general and getting through even their first workbox is a trial in and of itself. I know I post pics of everyone working with a smile and things may *appear* to be rosey all the time, but let’s face it, who wants to see ideas that don't go well? So most of those don’t make it in the blog, but instead end up in what I like to refer to as “idea heaven”, on bad days it’s “3 hours of wasted time heaven”. Now, I’m about to suggest some things that I may be ridiculed for here, but please understand that I DO realize that these solutions don’t address the “heart” of … [Read more...]

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17
2010

What’s the Teeny Tot been up to lately?

Don’t worry, I know I haven’t posted much about the Teeny Tiny Tot this summer, but she’s definitely still going strong! She’s still up to her usual antics, and this year I’m hoping to add her into our school day in a smooth and calm manner. Yep, that’s my plan and I’m sticking to it! So here she is helping with crafts, she’s in charge of doling out pens for our our China Lantern craft. Later she became in charge of taking them back…while the other kids were still using them. Beads and Water Bottle: This is now one of her favorite activities, I gave her an empty water bottle and some small beads and had her fill the bottle. This kept her occupied for quite awhile, I just had to stick close by to make sure none of them made their way into her mouth. The beads used in this picture are Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion!   We also did the bottle activity with alphabet beads later in the week. These little alphabet beads are from JoAnn’s in the bead section. They are little square beads … [Read more...]

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16
2010

Intro to Geography ~ Earth Craft

For our introduction to Geography lesson this week, we made a paper Mache’ globe. Just to keep it real, this craft was VERY MESSY! I highly recommend doing this outside if you can! Notice how we did it inside…now stop and pray for me that we’ll make it through this years arts and crafts without me losing my mind or my composure. Okay, moving on… Supplies: Balloon Newspaper strips Elmer’s glue (I used about 2 bottles!) Mixing bowl for glue mixture Paint Sharpie Directions: STEP 1:  Mix 2 parts glue to 1 part water and stir well. Dip paper strips into water squeezing off extra glue with fingers. Next lay wet paper strip onto balloon until it is fully covered.   STEP 2: Hang balloon overnight to dry, leave paper towel underneath to catch drips of glue.   STEP 3: After globe is dry, draw continents on with a sharpie. STEP 4: Using tempura or acrylic paints paint in the land and oceans of your globe. STEP 5: Hang globe again and dry over night. … [Read more...]

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15
2010

TOS Review ~ Pyramath

This week I reviewed Pyramath by I See Cards for the TOS Homeschool Crew. What is Pyramath? It’s a card game geared towards helping students learn their math facts. It comes with an instruction booklet that includes tips and rules. I played this with my first grader. The rules of the game were a tad complicated, but we managed to change them up a bit to suit our needs. Ideally you will add, subtract, multiply and divide to finish your side of the pyramid first. Since he just started adding and subtracting we focused on that. The game is a 1-2 player card game with the goal being to build your side of the pyramid first. The cards are also marked with English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Roman and French numerical translation and symbols if you’d like to learn those as well.  We just focused on the numbers! What’s the Cost? $6.95 What were our thoughts? I can see this being a fun addition to our workboxes though it may be better suited towards older students with more math … [Read more...]

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14
2010

2010 Homeschool Blog Awards

Hi everyone! I’m excited to see that the 2010 Homeschool Blog Awards are coming soon!   Here’s the schedule: SEPT 17 – Prize page up (but we’ll be adding to it as they come in!) OCT 15 – Nominations begin OCT 30 – Nominations end NOV 6 – Voting begins NOV 17 – Voting ends NOV 19 – Winners announced So keep watch! It’s time to start thinking about your favorite bloggers and get ready to vote! (wink, wink) ;o) … [Read more...]

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14
2010

Introduction to Geography

We had a great introduction to Geography week! Some of the things we learned about: Hello to All The Children of the World song Prayed for lost souls of the world Read: Maps and Globes by Jack Knowllton Learned about the earth, animals, and cycles of nature Made a paper Mache’ globe Memorized the continents and oceans Issued Passports for our Journey Read How to make an Apple Pie and See the World Discussed Matthew 28:18-20 ―All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Here are some of the activities we managed to get pictures of: We always start each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and thank God for our country. Learning about maps and globes: We learned the names of the countries and oceans and played … [Read more...]

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13
2010

Letter M for Monkey

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I’ve had several requests to issue an alternative to my Letter M for m&m;’s activities due to dietary restrictions, so with that, I present to you the Letter M for Monkeys! Currently, I do not plan to change this in my Letter of the Week curriculum unless there’s an uproar and everyone would prefer monkey’s to m&m;’s. So for now this option is a stand alone, download as you like letter set. Hope you like it! Letter M Memory Verse: "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." John 10-27 Play a game of "follow the Shepherd", blind fold your kids and have them follow your voice! For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter M 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 Large Floor Numbers: These are 8x10ish and … [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...]