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    Daily Learning Notebook Australian Version

    Hi friends! I had another awesome reader send me some suggestions to help make my Daily Learning Notebook more friendly for those of you in Australia! And also my southern hemisphere friends too!   So I’ve made a few modifications, mostly changing the pages from the traditional US … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: 6 Tips to Stop Procrastination

      Hey friends! Welcome back to another episode of Tip Tuesday! Today we’re talking about procrastination. It happens to all of us, especially with so today I'm sharing 6 easy tips that I’ve implemented to help stop procrastination in your homeschool! Do you find your kids procrastinating … [Read More...]

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    3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Top Picks

    Hi friends! Need help picking your homeschool curriculum out? Fear not, because I’m back today with another homeschool curriculum top picks! Today I’m sharing my favorites for 3rd grade. As always, each family is different, but hopefully this will give you a good place to get started researching … [Read More...]

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    2016 iHomeschool Omnibus

    Hi everyone! it’s time for the 2016 iHomeshool Network Omnibus sale! Every year the amazing iHN bloggers put together a huge sale full of awesome resources at an incredibly discounted price for all of you! It’s full of material not just on homeschooling, but parenting, relationships, … [Read More...]

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    May 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hey guys! I’m so excited for May because that means we only have one more month of school left! I start getting really bad summer fever right about now and with the weather warming up I want to do just about anything else besides hang out in the kitchen cooking. So that’s where my monthly meal plans … [Read More...]

FEB
22
2011

Make the Date Calendar Printable

Awhile back I shared a Make the Date Calendar printable post from another blog. That blog has since gone away, so a kind reader made a new one for me to share with you! It’s just a fun workbox addition that can be used to help with counting money, tally marks, learning the weekdays and place value! Click here to download!In the Tally Box: Have your child make the appropriate number of tally marks for the date, so if it is the 15th they would make 3 sets of 5 slashes.Make The Date Calendar: Have your student write the days on the calendar template. So if today is the 23rd and the 1st of the month started on Monday, write a "1" in the box under Monday then continue writing the numbers until they get to 23. What Coins make Today? Have your student put the correct coins to equal today's date, so if today is the 10th, they could use 1 dime, 10 pennies, or 2 nickels.Ten's & One's: Have your child write the correct number of 10's and 1's in today's date, so for example if it is the 14th, … [Read more...]

FEB
21
2011

K4 Curriculum: Beginning Sounds Lowercase

Here is another addition to the K4 curriculum that I’m working on. Beginning Sounds Lowercase Worksheets. And if you missed it, make sure to get the Beginning Consonant Sounds (uppercase) identification worksheets too!. Click here to download the Beginning Sounds: Lowercase worksheets! Have your student look at the letter in the beginning of the row. Say the names of all the pictures in that row then circle the ones that begin with the same consonant sound as the letter at the front of that row. 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. The K4 curriculum isn’t quite finished yet, so until I get it packaged all nice and purdy you can download from my posts! Visit our Sponsors! Time 4 Learning, & Pick and Draw … [Read more...]

FEB
20
2011

Read and Share Bible Review & Giveaway

I am so excited to do a review and giveaway for the Tommy Nelson Read and Share Bible. I have other childrens bibles, but I love how this one is laid out. It includes over 200 of the best loved bible stories in it along with discussion questions to help get your children talking about the real meaning in each story. So you can see what I’m talking about, here is an example of the Christmas Story: The Christmas Story as found in the Read and Share Bible http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf As you can see the pages are full of colorful illustrations and the stories are written in easy to understand format. What are the features of this bible? Over 200 Bible Stories Colorful Illustrations Stores adapted from the International Childrens Bible High level of Biblical Accuracy and age-appropriateness What does it cost? While prices vary I’ve found it on Amazon for about $10 What are my thoughts? I love this bible for younger children. The pictures are so colorful and I love the … [Read more...]

FEB
20
2011

Educational Insights Hot Dots Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Educational Insights Hot Dots Giveaway!   As promised, we have a winner! Congratulations to Erica comment #410, love the name by the way ;o) I’ll be emailing you shortly with more info on claiming your prize! For those of you who didn’t win you can still visit Educational Insights to get your own set of Hot Dot Cards!  Thanks everyone! … [Read more...]

FEB
18
2011

PE Activity Cards for Workboxes

One area I’ve neglected slightly this year is our physical education. I started with great intentions, but never really followed through with making a schedule. Since our kids do dance, gymnastics, swimming and t-ball through out the year, I thought that was enough. But after reading this post from Homegrown Mom, I was inspired! Yes, I know it’s half way through the year, but better late than never right! Click here to download the PE Activity Cards Staying active is so important and so easy to push aside, I’m guilty as ever! I really want to be more consistent and creative with our exercise. I also want to keep the activities different each day so we don’t get bored. I thought these cards would be an easy way to  get us moving with little to no thought on my part. So, I got busy and created some cute activity cards that we can use to guide our activities. I may put them in our workboxes, or if you notice, they just happen to be the same size and color as my Chore Chart cards! I … [Read more...]

FEB
17
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 10

Welcome to Day 10, our last day of Homeschooling Enrichment! Now that we’ve gotten all the heavy stuff out of the way, I wanted to spend our last day of the series talking about how to create a working schedule, and give some structure to your day! My hope is to give you some tangible things you can do to help facilitate a smoother less frustrating schooling day! Before we start in on the meat of our daily schedule planning, I want to take a short moment to talk about our time as moms. Our children are typically in our homes for approximately 18 years. After that they leave our nest and venture off into their own lives. For most of us that leaves a good 20+ years of no kids in our homes. When I think about it this way, suddenly my time with my children becomes much more precious to me. Let’s think back to day 2 where we talked about homeschooling as a ministry. Now take a minute to pray for an open heart. Next, I want you to sit down and make a list of all of your commitments and … [Read more...]

FEB
16
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 9

Welcome to Day 9 of Homeschooling Enrichment! Now that we’ve discussed curriculum, today we’re going to talk about how to organize our homeschool room and all that fun curriculum you ordered! My hope is to give you some tangible things you can do to help facilitate a smoother less frustrating schooling day! Listen ladies (and gentlemen)…homeschooling isn’t for sissies or the faint hearted! This calling placed upon our lives is a blessed and difficult task. One that we will fail at miserably, if we strive to complete it in our own flesh. So what are our options? Well, if you haven’t started at Day 1, turn right back around and head back that way! If you’ve been with me the last 8 days then you should be spitting out your coffee yelling “Jesus! Jesus has the answers!” The prospect of starting to homeschool, or even continuing on through tomorrow, can be {ahem} slightly overwhelming. The good news is that we don’t have to do it on our own! God has provided us with everything we need to … [Read more...]

FEB
15
2011

10 days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 of Homeschooling Enrichment! Now that we’ve gotten our minds and attitudes right before God, today we’re going to discuss one of my favorite topics, homeschool curriculum! Curriculum choices can be one of the most overwhelming things to a homeschooler, but there are some great choices out there to get you started and I’m going to share some of my thoughts on those today. One thing I want to start off with, is to encourage you to pray before even starting to research curriculum. Ask God for guidance on what He has for your family this year. We’ve already learned that our children are not our own, but His. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 Once I’d found a couple good curriculum choices, one thing I found extremely helpful was www.homeschoolreviews.com. Most curricula are listed there and you can read reviews from others who have used it. I found it to be … [Read more...]

FEB
14
2011

10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 7

Whew! Welcome to Day 7 of our Homeschooling Enrichment series. So far we’ve been getting our own hearts right before the Lord. Today we’re going to talk about getting our kids in the Word so that they can understand why we do what we do! Do your kids see you reading your bible? One of the things I try to do is have my own ‘quiet’ time with God. Considering we have 4 kids this is very difficult to do, and if it doesn’t happen first thing in the morning, the next chance I’ll have is late at night. A friend once asked me why I don’t do it in the middle of the day? I immediately replied “Because my kids would distract me!” And while this is entirely true, I think my perspective was all wrong. It is important for my kids to see me spending time with God. Otherwise all the babbling I’ve been doing thus far about how it’s important to follow God’s rules is just invalidated by my actions. It is my heart to teach my kids that God comes first. I also want them to understand what it means to … [Read more...]

FEB
14
2011

Guidecraft Nesting Sort & Stack Cubes Review & Giveaway

I always get so excited for Guidecraft review day!! That’s right, we have another fun giveaway and review from Guidecraft! This week we had the pleasure of reviewing the Nesting Sort & Stack Cubes and Cylinders! This one was mainly for the Teeny Tot, but I’ve caught the other kids playing with the blocks to see how high of a tower they could build as well! I have to say that I absolutely LOVE these games for my Teeny Tot! They are very Montessori like. The cubes each have a solid side and hollow side which allows to nest and stack, they are different colors and even are slightly smaller between the colors too. I was actually impressed with my Teeny Tot’s logical abilities with this. She carefully started off putting each piece back in place. Next she nested all of the blocks, and finally she started experimenting some, stacking, mixing colors etc. Since we got this, she’s pulled it out regularly to play with. We practice sorting by color, size, stacking, nesting, and size … [Read more...]