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    Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern

    Hey guys! I’m so excited to be releasing my very first quilt pattern! It’s called Vintage Christmas and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do!   I mean who doesn’t love heading out to look for that perfect Christmas tree? This one was super fun to make, and fairly quick to put … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Press Fabric

    Hey guys,  and welcome back to my Quilting 101 series! I hope these videos are helping you with basic sewing and quilting techniques! Today I’ll be sharing my helpful pressing tips and tricks. We’ll also talk about how to read pressing instructions on patterns, and how to fix common seam problems. … [Read More...]

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    World’s Greatest Artists Video Review

    Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to do a quick video showing you what my World’s Greatest Artists curriculum looks like, and of course there are a ton of art projects that you’ll be creating as well throughout the curriculum.   So let’s take a look at the curriculum! Learn about … [Read More...]

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    EEME Project Amp

    Hey guys! Do you have a student who likes to build stuff? Do you have one who is interested in electronics? Well I have a super cool project  to share with you today! EEME sent me this really fun Project AMP kit to review and I have to say that it’s been really cool. Turbo is always into … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How To Piece Fabric

    Hey guys and welcome back to another video in my Quilting 101 series. Today I’m sharing my tips and tricks for piecing a quilt top. Usually when you talk about quilting most people think of a finished quilted product. But quilting can be separated into two main parts. Piecing your quilt … [Read More...]

MAR
27
2011

See The Light: Art Class DVD Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the See The Light: Art Class DVD. And without further ado…congratulations to….drum roll please…. Congratulations to Amy from Fami-lee School of Excellence! Please email me at erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler dot com to claim your prize! If you didn’t win but are interested, feel free to visit See The Light for more info!Also, Visit Mama Jenn's Website Monday for another chance to win! … [Read more...]

MAR
26
2011

Digital Scrapbook Elements: Bright Flower Pack

One thing I put on almost every layout are flowers, they brighten the whole thing up! As a fun treat today, I wanted to share some digital scrapbooking flowers with you! Presenting the Bright Flower Pack: What’s included? All files are 300 dpi .png format, drop shadows not included. For Personal Use Only 9 Colorful Paper Flowers Purchase the Bright Flower Pack for ONLY $1! Visit my store to see all of my digital scrapbooking supplies: Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

MAR
26
2011

Expedition Earth Brazil Dinner Night

We went to a super fun Brazilian dinner at Rodizio’s Grill to celebrate the end of our Expedition Earth week on Brazil! The kids were so brave trying all kinds of new things! Sorry for the poor quality photos, these were taken with my iphone! I’m sure the waiters thought I was nuts taking pictures lf them each time they brought a new item by. We started off with a yummy fried banana appetizer. They were so yummy my daughter asked why they eat dessert first in Brazil! If you’ve never been to Rodizio’s before, you have to give it a try! They don’t have a menu there. Instead they offer a yummy salad bar, then waiters walk around with skewers of all kinds of different meats and Brazilian treats to try. One of the kids favorites was the grilled pineapple. We also tried bacon wrapped turkey, various sirloin style meats, grilled mahi-mahi with red peppers, roasted pork tenderloin, grilled tomatoes, garlic filet, Brazilian pot roast, and the least favorite of the bunch grilled Chicken … [Read more...]

MAR
25
2011

Brazil: Rain Forest Diorama Craft

Welcome to our week on the Brazil Amazon Rain Forest! This week we made a Rain forest Diorama to help us understand the layers of the rain forest. It was super fun to make, and the kids learned a lot about the rain forest in the process! Supplies: 3 cardboard boxes Green & blue tempura paint and paint brushes Scissors (or knife, I cut the holes in the boxes) Paper Towel cores Clear Packing Tape White craft glue Green and Brown pipe cleaners 1 package plastic rain forest animals Fake greenery, flowers, moss etc. STEP 1: Stack boxes on top of each other and mark where you want your paper towel tree trunks to go. Using scissors or knife cut holes for the trees. You may want have an adult do this part! STEP 2: Using green paint, cover the entire inside of each box and allow to dry. On the bottom box make sure to paint a blue river winding down the center. STEP 3: Once paint is dry, stack boxes in place and glue with white craft glue. Next, insert tree trunks and tape together … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2011

K4 Curriculum: Beginning Math Skills

Hi everyone! I have some more fun K4 curriculum add-ons for you today! They’re Beginning Math Skills worksheets. For this set, I wanted to keep it simple and give them a choice for the answer. I plan to use them like the Clothes Pin Number Cards, they can count the objects and then place a clothes pin on the correct answer. You could also laminate or put in page protectors then use a dry erase marker to circle the answer. I did numbers 1-10, adding 1,2, and 3 to each. Click here to see my other K4 Curriculum Activities! These activities are part of my K4 level expansion to my Letter of the Week Curriculum, click on the images below to see more activities! Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

MAR
23
2011

How Do You Do It All?

I’ve gotten several emails lately asking me how I “do it all”, you know, homeschool, cook, clean, do laundry, make printables, blog, and stay sane. After I got done laughing hysterically, I thought I should just be honest and lay it out for you. Keep it real. The short answer: I don’t. The Long Answer: I know it may seem like things are all roses over here at Confessions, but you have to keep one thing in mind when reading my blog (And really this goes for most blogs): You only see what I want you to see. 1. You don’t see the messes the Teeny Tot makes while we’re trying to do school. And trust me, she makes messes. It’s her specialty. Confession: I often take my arm, or foot, or Teeny Tot, and sweep it across the floor clearing away all the debris so I can snap a lovely shot of one of my children working happily on a project. 2. You don’t see my laundry room. Ever. With 6 people in our house, it seems like that humming sound coming from the Laundry room never stops. There’s … [Read more...]

MAR
22
2011

What’s in the Box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday! Wow, I haven’t done one of these posts in awhile! But I do like to look back and see what was in our workboxes, so I thought I’d do one again. I have another one for First Grade coming up too. 1. Math U See: Beta. You can also go to the Math U See E-sources, they have a ton of online activities, worksheet generator, loan calculator, investment calculator, and online math drills. 2. All About Spelling 3. Abeka Letters and Sounds Test (I put the test and key in there so when she gets to that box I’m not searching all over for my teachers manual.) 4. Abeka Language 5. A Reason for Handwriting transition to cursive book. 6. Little Kids Adventure Bible. My 2nd grader does her own bible reading each day. This Bible says its for ages 4-7, but I find it works well for her. There are still nice illustrations and the wording is great for her age. They also have The Adventure Bible for Young Readers that’s for kids 8-12. 7. Typing. Right now we’re … [Read more...]

MAR
21
2011

Expedition Earth: Brazil

Oi! Welcome to our week on Brazil, we had so much fun with this week, my kids have been waiting for the rain forest craft since August! Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Brazil & the Atlantic Ocean on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Portuguese – Oi’! Prayed for the Brazilian people Read Children Just Like Me Book Made Brigadeiros (Yummy chocolate balls) Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Brazil Geography from A-Z Vocab: jungle, River, Meander Living World Encyclopedia: Learned all about the rain Forest Created an awesome Rain Forest diorama! (pics below) Tried to play soccer, but had to do it inside as we had snow all week! Learned about the 2nd Wonder of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue Tried to finish our week with a traditional Brazilian meal, but didn’t feel like driving clear downtown LOL! Oh well…it’s the thought that counts! Read Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary … [Read more...]

MAR
20
2011

Educational Insights Gift Certificate Giveaways!

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that Educational Insights is giving out random gift cards ranging from $10-$100 for 17 random for NEW facebook fans on their way to 3,000 fans! The lucky number 3,000 will receive a $300 Educational Insights.com Gift Card! Want to win? Just click the link below and sign up to follow Educational Insights on FB for a chance to win! Follow Educational insights on Facebook! P.S. Don’t forget to tell them that Erica @ Confessions referred you, they’re letting me have a chance to win too for everyone I refer! If you’re feeling lazy, you can copy and paste this code into their facebook: Erica @ Confessions referred me to EI Facebook! I’d love to win a Gift Certificate! Want more info on their products? Here’s one of my favorites: Visit the Educational Insights website to see more! … [Read more...]

MAR
20
2011

See The Light: Art Class Review & Giveaway

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing See The Light: Art Class DVD’s. I have to say I really like this program! Each DVD includes step by step art tutorials, for any given subject. I like that it is a video, so we could easily stop it, rewind if necessary and continue on when we were ready. It is also really helpful to see how to do each task. The cool part is you really only need a pencil, paper, colored pencils, and colored chalk and you’re ready to go! I reviewed the first DVD in the series “Art Class Volume 1: Lessons 1-4” ($14.99). This DVD included: Tools of the Trade, It all Starts with a Line, Contours & Composition, and Draw What you See, and a bonus lesson: Chalk-It-Easy. The first DVD was fairly basic, so I’d really like to get more and see how the rest of the lessons go. The teacher also ads in a bit of Art History and Biblical Truth into each lesson. My daughter didn’t love that part, since we already do Bible time each day, she kept saying “I already know … [Read more...]