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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...]

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    Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

    Hi everyone! I hope you’re school year is getting off to a good start. Unless you’re year round homeschoolers, in which case I hope it’s going well too! Today I have a fun giveaway for you all, it’s from the Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum. They wanted to do a fun promotion to kick off the … [Read More...]

NOV
10
2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

Okay, since I’ve posted on all of my kid’s birthdays, I felt like I should post on my own. Now, I’m definitely not telling you all which birthday it is, but let’s just say it’s a big one and I’m trying to avoid it. ‘Nuff said. But, in attempt to be a good sport, I thought I’d share some things about myself that you might not know, so here goes: 1. I’d give up chocolate, but I’m no quitter! 2. I never thought I’d homeschool…as a matter of fact, I think the words “I’d NEVER homeschool” actually came out of my mouth at one point. 3. I swore I’d never drive a mini-van (Ahem, did any of you participate in last year’s Mini-Van Express with us?) 4. I swore I’d never marry anyone younger than me or from my hometown. (Let me introduce my wonderful husband, who happens to be 5 yrs younger than me and, yep, you guessed it from my hometown! We actually went to the same high school, but due to the age difference we never met. And don't think I can't hear you laughing because I can.) 5. I’m … [Read more...]

NOV
09
2010

HOTM Fall Leaf Animal Craft

I am contributing at Heart of the Matter for a once a month column and I wanted to share the first one here with you as well! We made fall leave people last year, and I just had to do it again especially with all of the beautiful colors in our backyard right now! This project is so easy and all the supplies are right outside! (Okay, not the glue and paper, but you know what I mean.) So what do you need? Paper White craft glue Lots of leaves! Scissors (to cut stems off, or shape leaves) Click here to read more -----> … [Read more...]

NOV
08
2010

2010 HSBA Homeschool Blog Awards: Vote Now!

Voting has officially begun for the 6th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards hosted by the Homeschool Post!!! I’m so honored to announce that I’ve been nominated! YAY! Thanks so much to everyone who nominated me, really so cool! If you’re curious, I’ve been nominated in the following categories ;o) 1. Best Homeschool Mom Blog 3. Best Blog Design 5. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog 15: Best Curriculum or Business Blog 16. Best Variety Blog 18. Best Super Homeschooler I’m a contributing writer for the following blogs and they’ve been nominated as well! ABC & 123  is nominated for Best Family or Groups Blog Totally Tots has been nominated for the Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog, Best Family or Groups Blog, and Best Variety Blog. Heart of the Matter has been nominated for Best Family or Group Blog, Best Encourager and Best Homeschool Methods Blog. Thanks so much to everyone for your nominations, and thank you so much for your votes, it’s an honor to be … [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...]