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    Spring Cleaning!!

    Good morning readers! You may have noticed a slight…okay drastic…change over here at the Confessions website! I don’t know about you, but I always get a hankering for some good old fashioned spring cleaning this time of year. And my blog is no different! I’ve been wanting to update it for a while … [Read More...]

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    Kindergarten Worksheets and Phonics Activities

    good morning readers! It’s been a little while since I did an update on what the Teeny Tot is doing. We just got back from spring break and she’s been working diligently on her kindergarten year. She’s reading well now, and still having fun doing all of the K4 Kindergarten activities along with … [Read More...]

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    Create Your Own Bundle Discount!

    Good morning fellow educators! I know it’s getting to be that time of year again. The one where you’re not quite finished with the current school year, but are starting to research, gather curriculum, and plan for next year.    Today I have a special treat for you all, and it’s … [Read More...]

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    Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education

    We start from day one feeding them, bathing them, and loving them. And as our children grow, we begin to teach them how to do things on their own. Then along comes the discussion of their future. Do you want to give your child the best start in life possible? Do you want to get more involved in … [Read More...]

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    We’re on Spring Break! YAY!

    Hi everyone! We've been on spring break this week, so I’m taking the rest of the week off of blogging too! We don’t always take a spring break, but this year allowed for it, and everyone agreed that we needed a break before we finish off our year. So I made an executive decision and gave everyone … [Read More...]

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08
2010

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

As we go through our Letter of the Week Curriculum, we always refer back to the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book at the end of each letter we learn. My daughter still loves this book no matter how many times we read it! Once we’re done learning each letter we add it to our Chicka Boom Palm tree to show all the letters she knows. We also use the tree to review learned letters. I found this super cute Palm Tree (link to Amazon) at a local teacher store, but you could easily make one with construction paper too! We also made this fun lapbook (links to download are below) It includes numbers, upper and lowercase letters, a coconut fold out book to practice their name, a color book and a shapes identification game. Here are some close-ups: More Chicka Chicka Resources: Chicka Chicka Boom Lapbook by Carisa Chicka Chicka Boom Lapbook supplement by me Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 The Vital Vine … [Read more...]

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07
2010

Aquarium Field Trip

This is our first trip to the Aquarium this year. Everyone had fun, we learned lots about the animals there and the Teeny Tot was amazed by all she saw. We usually go about once a year, and I thought since we're studying animals this would be a good addition. Here are some pics of our adventure: View Full Album … [Read more...]

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06
2010

1-20 Writing Practice

Last week I published some A-Z Writing Worksheets for K4 work for my preschooler and this week I’m adding 1-20 Number Worksheets! Download 1-20 Number Practice The tracers include pre-writing practice for each number as well as tracing numbers. I also included a blank line with dots so they can practice writing on their own as well. Hope you like them!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! … [Read more...]

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03
2010

TOS Review ~ Spelling City Review

I was so excited to review Spelling City for the TOS Crew! We have used it in the past, and now we got to take advantage of the Full Subscription! What is Spelling City? It’s an online spelling program that lets you teach spelling, vocabulary and word meaning through interactive online games, tests, and worksheets. You can customize weekly lists for your students then print worksheets, lists, play teaching games, even give practice and final tests. While Spelling City offers most of their services for free, with the subscription you get some helpful extras such as: Automatic test grading Student activity tracking Saved Lists for each student Wrong Words List (Keeps track of misspelled words for students so you know what to work on) Access to SpeedySpeller and LetterFall (Premium Games) Telephone Support What’s the cost? For a family of 5 it is $24.99 Things I like about Spelling City free version: You can enter your own list, then get games, tests, and teaching tools for … [Read more...]

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02
2010

Homeschool Handbook Featured Me!

The Homeschool Handbook has posted their premiere issue online for free, and Confessions of a Homeschooler is featured! Yay! The magazine is full of great ideas, inspiration and homeschooling help! If you haven’t already seen it, go check it out for yourself! {uhem}…I’m on page 29 if you’re interested ;o) If you don’t like reading things on your computer you can click the "Download" button at the top of the screen, you have to sign up for a free issuu account, and download the PDF file to your computer. You could even save it, frame it and hang it on your wall if you wanted to ;o) Thanks Maureen for reading my blog and featuring me in your awesome homeschool resource! If you haven’t signed up to receive this magazine yet, visit the Homeschool Handbook site! Have a great day! … [Read more...]

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02
2010

Mongolian Beef & Broccoli

I found this great recipe on Hon What’s For Dinner. It’s the PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef recipe, but I added broccoli instead of green onions. The meat is super tender and sweet, and everyone but my son liked it. Ingredients: 2 tbsp Vegetable oil 1 tsp Ginger, minced (I used ground ginger and it was fine) 2 tbsp Garlic, chopped 1/2 cup Soy sauce 1 cup Dark brown sugar 1/2 cup Vegetable oil 1 lb Flank steak or sirloin sliced thinly 1/4 cup Cornstarch 3 Green onions sliced or 2 Cups Broccoli steamed Directions: Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add ginger and garlic and let sizzle for 30 seconds, then add soy sauce. Gradually add the brown sugar and let it dissolve while stirring. Let the sauce come to a boil, then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Cut the flank steak into thin strips against the grain. (Tip: Meat is easier to slice when it’s partially frozen. It will thaw quickly after sliced too!) Place meat and corn … [Read more...]

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01
2010

Supply List for Letter of the Week

If you have purchased my Letter of the Week Curriculum, or are considering it, here are some additional supplies you’ll probably want to use with the curriculum.   Things we use OFTEN:   Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Expo Dry Erase Markers Pencils, Pip-Squeaks Markers Scissors (kids rounded ends) Magnets (I use Power Magnets, or pom-pom magnets - I made them using medium sized pom-poms and self-sticky circle magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. You can also use a glue gun and circle magnets, they’d probably holdup better!) Wooden Clothes pins (I got little ones from Wal-mart craft section) 1 ½ “ wooden disks from Michaels, hobby lobby, or JoAnn’s for the letter match games. (Note: you can also use left over milk caps) It’s also helpful to have a Xyron Sticker Maker so you don’t have to glue or Mod Podge all the letters on, but that’s … [Read more...]

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31
2010

A-Z Handwriting Worksheets

Welcome to Preschool Kicked Up A Notch! BAM! As we’re going through the Letter of the Week activities, I wanted to add in some more handwriting now that we’ve done all the pre-writing practice, and here they are for you too! Download the A-Z Handwriting Worksheets Each sheet contains some pre-writing practice for the letter along with capital and lowercase writing practice. Click here to get the rest of my Letter of the Week activities The download contains pages for the letters I have more than one subject selection for as well. 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! … [Read more...]

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30
2010

TOS Review ~ Peterson Directed Handwriting

Peterson Directed Handwriting is a computer based method for teaching print and cursive handwriting. If you have a Wacom pen tablet you can practice right on the computer screen and print or save your pages for record keeping. What’s the cost of the PDF By Hand Program: PDF By Hand Print OR Cursive $75 PDF By Hand Print/Cursive Combo $125 I tried this with my 1st grader and he did better once I scrapped the Wacom tablet and printed the pages instead. It was difficult for him to maneuver the pen on the screen, though I think it’s good hand/eye coordination practice. I actually found that my own handwriting was messy on the pen tablet as well! So I think that would take some practice for sure, maybe it would be better suited towards older students. Here you can see the top section was done on the pen tablet, then I printed it and had him complete the bottom section using a marker. Clearly he can write a straight line but doing so on the tablet was difficult. The program teaches … [Read more...]

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27
2010

Discovering God’s Animals Wall

I know some of you were probably wondering what I meant when I said to make an animal wall for the Discovering God’s Animals study! Well, here is what I came up with. I purchased some blue butcher paper from a local teacher supply store along with a jungle animals border and some sticky letters. I simply {ya right} found some blank wall space in our homeschool room and since we don’t allow blank wall space, I covered it up! Okay, fine I tore something else down, moved it to a new location so we had room for our animals. And voila! Presenting our new animal wall: I’ll be using wall safe tape to put up the animal cards just so they can be taken down & re-used without being damaged. As we study each animal we’ll add them to the wall. If you missed the original post, the Expedition Earth: Discovering God’s Animals is a FREE animal unit study that is designed to go with my Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World geography curriculum! … [Read more...]