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    August 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning! Well, I don’t know about you, but August means back-to-school for us! Which comes with some mixed feelings of excitement over new curriculum and fresh new school supplies, whoot whoot! And a little bit of anxiety over the chaos that I know is coming our way. It seems like everything … [Read More...]

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    How to stop procrastination in your homeschool

    Do you find your kids procrastinating instead of doing their schoolwork in a diligent and timely fashion?  Do your kids dawdle, sharpen pencils, get water, then go to the bathroom and eventually get to their work only after chasing them down? Don’t worry your not alone! I’d venture to bet … [Read More...]

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    2015-2016 Homeschool Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! I have had a ton of requests for an 2015-2016 8x10 Homeschool Lesson Planner that similar to my 5x7 lesson planner, so that’s what we’re doing today!   You can use this for your own teacher lesson planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, … [Read More...]

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    Our Curriculum 2015-2016

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe another year has gone by, and it’s time to start planning for the 2015-16 school year! I’ve had so many requests for our curriculum choices, so I thought I better put up a post with our choices for next year. Group and Independent work I’m listing the full … [Read More...]

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    K4 Kindergarten Curriculum Video Review

    Is my Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum a little too easy for your student? Are you ready for something a little more challenging? Then the K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum is for you! The K4/5 Curriculum is geared towards kids ages 4-5 who are ready to start kindergarten (or have completed my … [Read More...]

NOV
08
2010

Your Backyard Review & Giveaway!

I am pleased to have been offered a chance to review the new DVD Your Backyard by Crowe’s Nest Media! It’s called “In Your Backyard” and it introduces 18 common feeder birds of the Central and Eastern US. Here are some of the bird’s you’ll learn about! View Full Album What we liked about it: I loved that the videos are illustrated by kids The images were so colorful You could hear each bird which was really cool to help in recognizing them in your own yard It was created by a family Lot’s of great information Get a sneak peak! Enjoy this preview of Crowe’s Nest Media’s Your Backyard. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0_pI1f-_RA?fs=1] Bonus Features: Bird Range Map Legend Professor Solomon’s Bird Quiz Bird images and vocalizations Birds set to “Amazing Grace” Making Homemade Bird Suet Constructing a Suet Feeder Crowe’s Nest Products: Your Backyard DVD - $19.95 Your Backyard Starter Kit: Includes the DVD and a Suet feeder - $24.95 Bird Seed Recipes: FREE! And now … [Read more...]

NOV
07
2010

Operation Christmas Child

For several years now we have packed shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child.  Their mission is to “demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world” by packing a shoebox full of items for a child in need.  You’ll be surprised at the blessing this can will have on you, your child, and the child receiving the box!   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxFmI6lzoss?fs=1]   How to participate in Operation Christmas Child: 1)  Pack a shoe box (Standard size requested):  Pick an age group, gender, and include items such as small toys, school supplies, and toiletries.  Click here to find full instructions. Make sure to include a donation of $7/box for shipping costs. 2) Pray for the child who will be receiving your gift. 3)  Drop off the box at a local collection site:  National Collection Week is November 15th-22nd.  Find a collection site here. (Make sure to place a rubber band around your box just to keep … [Read more...]

NOV
07
2010

Pick and Draw Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win Rich Davis’ Pick and Draw games! As promised 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! And here are our 2 happy winners! Winner #1: Danelle comment 271   Winner #2: Sarah comment 19   Congratulations ladies, I’ll be emailing both of you with info for your prize! If you didn’t win, don’t worry, you can get your own Pick and Draw game for only $10! Click on the image below to get your copy! Stay tuned Monday for a Your Backyard DVD giveaway! … [Read more...]

NOV
06
2010

Hot Taco Soup

I wanted to share a new recipe with everyone now that it’s starting to get colder out! This recipe is so yummy even the kids devour it! A fellow homeschooling mom shared this recipe with me a few years ago and we’ve made it ever since! It’s called “Hot Taco Soup”  and if you like tacos and you like soup/chili, then you’ll absolutely LOVE this! Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef 1 med Onion, chopped 2 sticks celery, chopped (I omit this) 1 - 17oz can diced tomatoes with juice 2 – 14oz cans kidney beans (or your favorite kind) 1 – 8oz package frozen corn (or canned w/juice) 1 package Taco Seasoning 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp chili powder 1 cup chicken broth Optional Garnish: shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, sour cream, sliced green onion, Fritos (YES, I said Fritos! We crunch them up and toss ‘em in the soup! YUM!) Directions: In large stockpot, brown ground beef, onion and celery. Drain grease, add tomatoes & all but garnish. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Thailand Floating Boats Craft

Sawa dee ka! This week we made Krathong Floating boats for our Geography Curriculum week on Thailand! This craft went much better than our Columbus Day Boat craft so I thought I’d share our building strategies! Supplies: Cardboard Masking Tape Tin Foil Popsicle sticks and any other decorating items you’d like Play-doh (optional: we used it to secure the popsicle sticks that were holding up the sails) Directions: STEP 1: Cut a rectangle out of cardboard and fold in each side so it makes a “U” shape as below. I used masking tape to hold it in place. STEP 2: Cover the boat with tin foil, making sure to pinch ends together in a pointy shape to keep water from getting into boat. STEP 3: Using popsicle sticks and whatever else you like, decorate your boat. We used the sticks for oars and also to hold up our sails. We placed a small ball of play-doh inside the boats and stuck the sail popsicle sticks into it. Step 4: Present your finished boat … [Read more...]

NOV
04
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Thailand

Sawa dee ka! Welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Thailand! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other,  Sawa dee ka! Each day we review all the countries we’ve learned so far. I also ask about capitals, language, how to say hello and what the money is for each country just for review. Of course we learned about animals found in Thailand and then added them to our Animal Wall   We worked on our Mapping Thailand activity:   We made these cute Krathong Floating Boats after studying about the Thailand Floating Markets: Since Thailand was our last country in Asia, we did a quick review of all the countries and colored in the ones we learned about on the Asia map. Of course we went out for Thai food to complete our week! It’s all part of my “Erica doesn’t cook on Friday nights” meal plan ;o) When we were eating my preschooler saw the waiter walk by and started saying “sawa dee ka! sawa dee ka!” he … [Read more...]

NOV
03
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: 1st Grade

Welcome to this week’s What’s in the box Wednesday! I’m sharing my 1st grade boxes today.  You’ll probably notice I don’t put the Expedition Earth stuff in the boxes, we do it in the afternoon after our workboxes are done, so it doesn’t go in them. Nest Bible Video: Counting Money and Telling Time: Since Math U See doesn’t cover these topics as well as I’d like, I just added in a box to go over them myself. Every day i change out the amount of money in the box and he counts it and writes it on the white board. Then I spout out times and he makes them and writes them on the clock. Easy and fun! Math U See: Alpha Abeka Handwriting:   Abeka Letters & Sounds: Abeka Language: All About Spelling: Level 1 Abeka readers Pick and Draw Game: This is a fun drawing game developed by Rich Davis, if you haven’t checked it out yet I highly recommend it! If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about when I say “Workboxes” click here to find out! Have boxes to … [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...]