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    Happy Labor Day 2014

      Hi everyone! It’s Labor Day! I like to think of it as “relax because the rest of the year’s gonna be crazy” day. So that’s what we’re doing… We’re taking the day off! The day off school that is. We’ll be hanging out and Barbequing, marshmallow roasting, and hanging with a few friends. … [Read More...]

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    2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

    I H.E.A.R.T Back-To-School time! It means fall is coming, we get to start new and exciting curriculum, and we get new school supplies! Goodness all around! But what does Back-To-School look like for a homeschooler? I mean, don’t we just come downstairs and start school? No back-to-school … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

    Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with … [Read More...]

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    Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

    I’m so excited to try a new history unit this year! While we’ve used Abeka in the past, and it’s been fine, I really wanted to have a little more fun this year and do something out of the box. Sometimes you’re just ready for a change!   After careful consideration we’ve chosen to go with … [Read More...]

APR
30
2010

Jean Welles Worship Guitar Lessons

I was contacted by Jean Welles to review her Worship Guitar Lessons DVD . Since I already play guitar, I am having my husband take the lessons, and I’ll be including his input as well as mine. Volume 1 Contents:  Introduction Parts of the Guitar Tuning the Guitar Lessons 1-7 Practice Sessions for lessons 1-7 Language Selection (English or Spanish Subtitles) Each Lesson teaches chords needed as well as a song, here are the songs you will learn from the first DVD: "He's Got The Whole World" "My All In All" "More Precious Than Silver" "Lord, I Lift Your Name On High" "This Is The Day" "I Love You Lord" In Volume 1 you will learn these chords: A, Am, A7 E7, Em D, Dsus, G C D9/F# You can play the video below to see what her lessons are like: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWBtBojuTnk] Cost for Worship Guitar Classes on DVD: $24.95   each DVD $99.80 for the set of four DVD's. ($40 … [Read more...]

APR
29
2010

Paint Brush Color Matching

One of our fun file folder games is the Paint Brush Color Match game. Everyone plays with this, even the older kids play with this. Must be the cute little paint brushes :o) (Note: the download contains jars for all the colors, our yellow one ripped and I just haven't reprinted cuz' I'm lazy!) The download includes:File Folder Game Cover Page8 Color Jars (Green, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Purple, Red, Brown)32 Colored Paint Brushes (4 of each color)Click here to download the Paint Brush Color Match! … [Read more...]

APR
28
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot School: Part Deux

Welcome to "What's in the Box Wednesday" where we're featuring the Teeny Tiny Tot's boxes! And since she has been in everything lately I decided to give in and let her get down and dirty with all the prek stuff she’s been trying to steal anyway. So here's what she found in her boxes this week...We started off with these Power Magnets and a cookie sheet. She loved this and it actually occupied her for awhile taking on and off the magnets, sticking them together, putting them back in the box. I did sit with her for this though as a few tried to find their way into her mouth.Since we had eggs left over from Easter, I gave her a jar filled with them for her to sort through. She loved pulling them out, putting them back, opening them up and trying to get the lid on the jar. She loves this Fisher-Price: Doodle Pro drawing board, she’s getting better at wielding the pen and just figured out those little shapes draw as well.Next we used the Letter Disks for our Prek letter matching games. She … [Read more...]

APR
27
2010

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

A friend made this for us at a scrapbooking retreat once, and I LOVE LOVE LOVED it! I made some this week and decided to share it with you all, luckily I took a picture first because as soon as I walked away it was gone!IngredientsSalsa: Really you can use any fruit you like, this is what I use…2 kiwis, peeled and diced 2 apples - peeled, cored and diced – (I like Pink Ladies or Lady Alice)8 ounces raspberries 1 pound strawberries 1/2 cantaloupe diced1 tablespoon white sugar (Can be omitted)1 tablespoon brown sugar (Can substitute with sucanat)3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor Tip: I use my Pampered Chef chopper to dice all the fruit, makes it much more ‘salsa-ish’ …if that’s a word, and yes, I do homeschool.Tortilla Chips:10 (10 inch) flour tortillas butter flavored cooking spray (Can spray with water, but not as yummy!)1/2 cup cinnamon sugar (Amount is flexible, I just sprinkle it over the chips)Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, … [Read more...]

APR
24
2010

Tiffany’s Summer Templates Giveaway

Tiffany at “Simply Tiffany” is offering a giveaway to her Summer Templates Digital Scrapbooking class! Hurry today is the last day to enter! Good luck! … [Read more...]

APR
23
2010

Up for a Challenge #7: Mouse House

We love participating in the Up for a Challenge Series from Delightful learning! I'm just a tad behind on keeping up with them, but we squeeze these in whenever we have time. If you haven't heard of it, click the button below to check it out! Sadly, I was out of some of the needed supplies for this one, so we had to improvise. After making them try to use the small paper cups, I let them go ahead and chop up a rigatoni box for the house. They worked extremely well together on this project. Scores: 10/10 room purpose 20/30 creative use of materials 30/30 performance 10/10 persuasive performance 20/20 teamwork! Overall: 90/100 They had a great time doing the project, were wonderful sharing, and working together to create a home, and were very funny to listen to while discussing the house. If you’re interested in participating in Up for a Challenge visit Delightful Learning! … [Read more...]

APR
22
2010

Calendar Time

We start each day with group time which includes our calendar activities. Several of the printouts you see here are part of my Letter of the Week curriculum. Here is what our "calendar area" looks like and some of our activities:(Calendar and numbers are from Lakeshore Learning, I can't find it on their site, but found it at Teacher Storehouse) Pledge of AllegianceMemory Verse Review: Click here for my A-Z memory versesABC SongDays of the Week song: (To the tune of Adam's Family") Days of the week (clap clap) Days of the week (clap clap) Days of the week (clap clap) Days of the week, Days of the week, Days of the week There’s Sunday and there’s Monday, there’s Tuesday & there’s Wednesday, there’s Thursday & there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday! Days of the week (clap, clap) Month’s of the Year song: (To the Macarena) January (Right hand out) February (Left hand out) March (Right hand palm up) And April (Left hand palm up) May (Right hand on left shoulder) … [Read more...]

APR
22
2010

Quote of the day:

Today's quote comes from my 3 1/2 year old daughter while sitting in time out:Me: You can get out of your time out when you’re done being angryHer: Well, my anger’s just getting bigger and biggerMe: You know the Bible says ‘A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.’ (Proverbs 29:10-12) Do you want to be foolish or wise?Her: Well apparently I’m a fool because I’m still sitting here!Me: Touche'Her: Huh? … [Read more...]

APR
21
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to “What’s in the Box Wednesday”! I apologize for skipping a couple weeks there! Frankly, uhem…I forgot! But, better late than never right? So, getting back on track, here’s what we’re doing for 2nd grade this week.We’re nearing the end of the year Yay! I feel like I’m starting to get less creative with our boxes, so I’d love to see what you all are doing as the year winds down so don’t forget to hook up via the Linky below! Here’s what’s in our boxes for 2nd grade:Math U See Beta workbook Abeka Math (Yes, I make her do 2 math’s) Abeka – Creative Writing Subtract It! Math Game Abeka – Phonics American Pioneers & Patriots (My Father’s World) Spelling practice Sue Patrick Typing Lessons Abeka Reading PowerSpeak Spanish & Crochet Craft from Michael’s $1 section Click here for more information on the Workbox System! … [Read more...]

APR
20
2010

Subtract It! Math Game

The response to my “Add It!” game was so great, that I decided to make a “Subtract It!” Game as well. (Please ignore the ‘add it’ scoops in the pics, I’m just lazy! The Subtract It! game DOES come with “Subtract It” scoops!) Click here to download Subtract It! The rules of Subtract It! are simple: Place a subtraction flashcard onto the empty white rectangle on the game board. Using any manipulative of your choice, place the correct amount of objects into the top green box based on the top number on the subtraction flashcard. Using the “Scoop”, scoop the correct amount of objects into the recycle bin based on the bottom number on the subtraction flashcard Using the “Scoop”, scoop the remaining objects from the top green box down into the bottom yellow box for your answer. Count the objects in the bottom yellow box, and place the correct number card onto the bottom of the subtraction flashcard. Pick a new card and play again! The download includes: Subtraction … [Read more...]