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    Our Curriculum Choices: 2014-2015

    Hi everyone, it’s that time of year again! And I’ve been getting tons of emails asking what we’ll be using for our 2014-2015 school year! So without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for the 2014-2015 school year.   Teeny Tot: … [Read More...]

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    The Three Musketeers Unit Study

    Hi everyone! I have a great classic literature unit study for you today. It’s The Three Musketeers! This is an exciting tale that you won’t want to miss!   Story Summary: The Three Musketeers is full of action, intrigue, and suspense! Follow the story of D’Artagnan, a young … [Read More...]

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    One Pan Pasta Dinner

    Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had … [Read More...]

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    Affiliate Love…

    Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: High School

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I … [Read More...]

APR
08
2010

Outdoor Observations…

My 2nd grader came to me today and said that she wanted to study plants and she needed a Nature Walk grid. She had a bucket in one hand and a magnifying glass in the other. Now, I definitely didn’t plan this, but hey, who am I to tell a kid they can’t go learn right? So…I gave her the paper, and let her have at it.   She came in, carefully washed her rocks. Then proceeded to observe each object closely, drew a picture of it, wrote the name, and then taped a specimen on her sheet. Here are some of her finds: rocks, leaves, tall grasses. We reviews the parts of a plant: Stem, leaves, veins, roots. I don’t know about you, but it always amazes me when they tell you something that makes you realize they were ACTUALLY listening that day you were trying to teach them the anatomy of a plant! LOL! And here was her final product: It later dawned on me that this was our first experience in “Un-schooling”. Cool. … [Read more...]

APR
07
2010

Mom, I Need Help!

I thought I’d share a great idea a fellow homeschool mom in my local group gave me! It’s my helper for when the kids need my help, but need to wait for me for whatever reason (I’m helping a sibling, on the phone, talking to Daddy, etc). Because I know you’ll ask: The little people clips are from Lakeshore Learning, but I’ve also seen them places like Wal-mart. So, I taught my kids that when they need help, but can see I'm busy, they can go to this chart on the wall (It’s just a pocket folder cut in half) and take their clip and put it on me. This way they know that their request has been noticed, and I won't forget to go help them when I'm done! (This is particularly helpful after having 4 kids, as it would appear that I've lost most of my braincells and can barely remember my own name!)Each child get's their own colored clip with their name on it to use. This way I can see who needed me. There are also ideas for them to keep busy while waiting, though I have to say they rarely do … [Read more...]

APR
06
2010

Add It Math Game

Hi everyone! Are you looking for a fun way to teach addition to your children that doesn't involve flashcards in the typical way? Well, look no further! I created this fun game called “Add It!” and I wanted to share it with you all today! (Note: I edited the game board so it now goes left to right. This picture is opposite what the board looks like in the download. Thanks for the suggestion Gwendolyn, that does make more sense!) How to play the game: Take an addition flashcard and place it 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 addition flashcard. Place the correct amount of objects into the middle yellow box based on the bottom number on the addition flashcard. Using the “Scoop”, scoop all of the objects from the green box & the yellow box, down into the blue box. Count the total of objects and place the correct number card onto the bottom of the … [Read more...]

APR
05
2010

The Mommy Answering Machine

Don't you wish you had one of these?“Mommy?” pause, “Mommy?” pause, “Mommy?” pause...“Hello, all Mommies are currently assisting other callers. Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line and your call will be answered by the next available Mommy. Thank you." (enter muzak) … [Read more...]

APR
05
2010

Prek Letter A

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Welcome to the Letter A where we’ll be having fun with Ants! Letter A Memory Verse: All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter A on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Songs for Saplings Ant Number Matchup!This game is for counting practice. Cut out each ant card, then cut them in half separating the body part with the number from the part with the dots. Have your child match up the cards by matching the number of dots to the card with the appropriate number on it.   Ant Shape Puzzles: Simply cut these little ants in half for fun shape … [Read more...]

APR
04
2010

JumpStart Contest Winner!

I want to thank everyone for following my blog and for entering to win the  JumpStart giveaway for my 1500 Subscriber Celebration! I loved reading everyone’s comments! I won’t keep you in suspense any longer! The winner was generated by Random.org: Christy, I left a comment on your blog, but can’t find an email for you! Please contact me by tomorrow to receive your prize. … [Read more...]

APR
04
2010

Stained Glass Cross & Egg Easter Craft

This craft is super easy and produces beautiful results! It was also the Teeny Tiny Tot’s first craft! (Usually we do crafts while she’s sleeping, you can image why…) I have to say she was thrilled to be involved! And she did an excellent job. Supplies: Contact Paper Tissue Paper Scissors Sharpie Tape  (to hold contact paper down while you work) Step 1: Take backing off of clear contact paper, and lay sticky side up. Secure to counter with tape. Step 2: Place lots of colorful pieces of tissue paper all over the contact paper.    Step 3:  Cut another piece of Contact paper that’s the same size and place it sticky side down on top of your tissue paper covered contact paper. Draw desired shape on with a sharpie, and cut out objects. Step 5: Hang on window for display! (We used scotch tape to stick it on the window) We made eggs and crosses to celebrate Easter, but you could easily do any design you want!   Happy  Easter! … [Read more...]

APR
04
2010

Have a Wonderful Easter!

He is Risen! The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:5-6 … [Read more...]

APR
03
2010

Write for Charity

I was recently contacted by Beth from “Write for Charity” about an opportunity to publish an article while at the same time raising money for Children’s Charities. They are seeking short story and poetry submissions to help raise money for children’s charities. Out of the submissions, 101 pieces will be chosen to appear in their anthology. Writers are invited to submit their work at Write for Charity’s website along with a short bio that will be printed in the event that their work is chosen for this anthology. Keep in mind when submitting that they are breaking the book down into the following categories: Pregnancy: Stories from Moms, Dads, and Grandparents to Be The Day You Were Born Baby/Toddler Stories Parent/ Child Bond Growing Up/ Letting Go Things I Learned From My Parents What Being a Parent Has Taught Me Write for Charity is an organization dedicated to using the written word to improve the world. For more details or to submit your story to Write for Charity, visit … [Read more...]

APR
03
2010

Tissue Paper Easter Egg Craft

I found this box of tissue paper squares from Lakeshore Learning. Since we do so many crafts with Tissue Paper, I decided it was worth it. This Easter Egg Craft was super easy! I just drew a large egg shape onto construction paper, then had them crumple and glue on decorations. My 2nd grader used a pencil tip, crumpled the paper around the pencil and dipped it in glue. The boy wasn’t too into frilly tissue eggs, so he just wrote out his card.   This was too time consuming for my preschooler, she just crumpled the pieces with her fingers and dipped them in glue. It turned out to be a great fine-motor-skill building craft as she had to separate the little sheets of tissue, then crumple, then glue.   Here are our final Eggs! I may cut them out, and hang them in the window!   Happy Easter! … [Read more...]