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    Preschool Daily Learning Notebook 2015-2016

    Good morning everyone! I’ve had so many requests for this, and here it is! The 2015-2016 Preschool Daily Learning Notebook!   This one of course has the updated traceable calendars for August 2015 – July 2016, as well as all of the other goodies! And it has a fun new cover too! –> … [Read More...]

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    Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education Book Giveaway

    Hola! Last week I gave away a copy of my Homeschooling 101 book, and this week I promised another giveaway for my newest book, Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education.     So let’s talk about today’s giveaway… Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education We start from day one … [Read More...]

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    30% off Fan Appreciation Sale Day 4

    Good morning! We only have 2 days left of our 30% off Fan Appreciation Sale. The sale will expire at May 22, 2015 midnight EST, so make sure to get your orders in! For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my store will be 20% OFF, plus my 2 or more 10% discount still applies for a total of 30% off!!** … [Read More...]

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    30% Off Fan Appreciation Sale Day 3

    Good morning! I hope you’re enjoying my week long sale, and today I have another fun giveaway for you! If you missed Monday and Tuesday posts, make sure to go back and enter to win the goodies on those days too! And as an added bonus, if you can’t wait to win it, you can always purchase now, and … [Read More...]

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    30% off Curriculum Sale Day 2!

    Good morning everyone! I hope you’re enjoying this week’s sale, and getting lots of fun curriculum for next year. Just incase you missed yesterday’s post, for one week only I’m offering my curriculum at 30% OFF! Whoo hoo! And if you did miss yesterday’s post, make sure to go back and check it out … [Read More...]

OCT
14
2014

Paper Pumpkin Fall Craft Idea

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Hi everyone! Fall is here, and I absolutely L.O.V.E. the beautiful colors, crisp air, cozy sweaters, and all of the fun crafts that go along with this time of year! Now I know this isn’t a new idea, but honestly we haven’t made the paper pumpkins before. I know, crazy right? Anyhoo, the Teeny Tot has been asking for crafts nearly everyday, and so I’ve had to come up with some ideas and since fall is upon us, I thought some fun pumpkin crafts would be the way to go! This craft is not only fun and easy, but it’s great for improving fine-motor control, scissor skills, and creativity! So all you need are: Orange construction paper Green construction paper Scissors Ruler Pencil Metal Brads Hole punch (optional)   Step 1: Using your ruler draw vertical lines along the short side of your construction paper to create 8 1” strips. (I know my pic has 7 strips, we used more than one sheet of paper.) We just used the width of our ruler so it was easy. If … [Read more...]

OCT
13
2014

5×7 Student Lesson Planner Pages

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Hi everyone! I’ve had so many requests for a 5x7 homeschool lesson planner, and it’s finally done! What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the 2014-2015 school year 2014-2015 year at a glance pages Monthly overview pages Weekly planning pages Notes pages A reading logs for each month     The planner prints 5x7, so half sheet size. That makes it much easier to tote around in a backpack, purse, or in your car! And there are plenty of places to write in daily activities, notes, and assignments for you or your student.     What’s the cost? This super fun planner is available for just $3.99! And you are more than welcome to print extra copies for yourself or your children, so you do not need to purchase one planner for each of your students. PLEASE NOTE: This item is currently only available as a download. You’re welcome to print the file double sided, then have it spiral bound at a local copy store. I … [Read more...]

OCT
12
2014

Spielgaben Version 4 NEW!

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Hi everyone! Spielgaben has taken their great product, and made it even better! And I have a special deal today for you too!  See the brand new version 4.0 here! The new version comes with 2 sets of play boards. It includes a wooden checker grid, and a dual sided plastic board to help make use of some of their smaller manipulatives a bit easier. It also comes with extra geometrical figures, as well as vortex balls and rods to help foster creative building and learn about core basics of mathematics through hands-on play.   The new version also includes an improved, expanded, and fully revised curriculum based digital learning resource to help you incorporate the play based learning into your daily routine.   What’s the cost? The set will be retailed at US $449.50 which is a bit higher than their current version due to the increased amount of products you’ll receive. But my readers can get this new version for over 20% off with a discounted price of US … [Read more...]

OCT
08
2014

Crochet Penguin Hat

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Hi everyone! I have a super cute crochet penguin hat to share with you all today! Since I’ve made so many fun things for the girls, Turbo has been asking for something as well. And since he loves penguins I thought this might be right up his alley!   You Will Need: 1 5mm crochet hook 1 Skein black yarn (We used Red Heart medium worsted weight yarn.  1 Skein accent color (We used some left over orange that I had from a previous project.) 1 Skein white (Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium in white.) 1 Skein blue for the eyes (Red Heart medium weight in Turquoise. The picture below is navy, I changed to the lighter blue because it stood out more.) Two 3/4” black buttons for eyes   Some abbreviations you’ll need to know to follow the pattern: ch – chain sl st- slip stitch SC – Single Crochet DC – Double Crochet HDC – Half Double Crochet HDC Decrease – Half Double Crochet Decrease TC – Triple Crochet If you … [Read more...]

OCT
07
2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday: Kindergarten

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re enjoying my What’s in the Workbox Wednesday series. Today we’re taking a peek into the Teeny Tot’s kindergarten workboxes. Right now it takes her about 2 hours to complete her work each day. Some days take a little bit longer because she sits in with us for Science and history. And no, I don’t make her do any written work or tests for those, she just listens in and does crafts with us whenever possible.   Drawer #1: Supplies, Daily Schedule, & Bible 1) Like everyone else, her top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, and things she uses on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. but we do this … [Read more...]

OCT
06
2014

Co-op Baking Contest

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most of you know that we participate in a Co-op this year. And one of the fun things that come with doing a co-op group are things like science fairs, geography fairs, and my personal favorite….baking contests! Actually this year is the first year that my kids participated in the baking contest. They were to come up with a baked goods idea, and execute it on their own.   Tinker Bell & Pig Cupcakes: Tinker Bell decided to make “Pig Brownies”. She used a regular brownie mix and added in chocolate chips for a little more deliciousness. Then she cut pink marshmallows in half for the nose and ears. Next she used frosting to create the eyes and mouth. They turned out awesome, and she won 1st place for the 3rd – 5th graders!     Strawberry Shorcake & Caramel Chocolate Cake: Strawberry shortcake made a delicious chocolate caramel cake! She did everything on her own, and it was a total hit! She won 3rd place for the 6th-7th graders.   Turbo … [Read more...]

OCT
05
2014

Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook

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Good morning everyone! I created a new Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook specifically designed with kindies in mind! As the Teeny Tot has been progressing through our year, I’m finding the Preschool Daily Learning Notebook was too easy, but some of the things in the Elementary Daily Learning Notebook were too hard. I also had a few extra things that I wanted her to work on each day like numbers and letters. So I created a Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook for her and any of you who might be interested as well!       So what is included in the daily learning notebook? Days of the Week Months of the Year Numbers Letters Weather Graphing Handwriting Practice Weekday Sheets: Each day students will fill out the appropriate sheet for the current day. They will locate today’s number date in the circles provided, and write the number for today in the green box, the number that comes before it in the yellow box, and the number that comes … [Read more...]

OCT
01
2014

Crochet Pig Hat Tutorial

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Okay, so I have a pig lover in our midst. It’s Tinker Bell. She loves all things pig. And when I saw this super adorable pig hat tutorial from Repeat Crafter Me, I couldn’t pass it up! Oh my word, this is so cute!   This pattern was actually fairly simple to follow once you learn the stitches. So I think it is definitely do-able for beginners like me. And it makes me look like I might have a clue about what I’m doing. Which makes me seem all ‘crafty’ and like I’m a cool mom. And I like anything that makes me seem like a cool mom. Word.   Here are our supplies: 1 size H (5mm) crochet hook 1 Skein pink yarn: We used Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium worsted weight yarn in Pink. 1 Skein dark pink color We used the Vanna’s Choice® Lion Brand medium in Pink Poodle A tiny amount of black yarn for the nostrils.Like literally a couple inches. So we just used whatever we had in our stash. A teeny amount of white yarn to stitch on the eyes. … [Read more...]

SEP
30
2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 3rd Grade

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Good morning! I’ve been posting our workboxes again, and now it’s time for a 3rd grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Tinker Bell’s workboxes today, and as I said above she’s a 3rd grader this year. What? When did that happen? I remember when she went in to 1st grade and I thought to myself…she’s waaaaay tooooo little to be going into 1st grade! Sigh…       Drawer #1: Supplies, Daily Schedule, & Bible 1) Like everyone else, her top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, and things she uses on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going … [Read more...]

SEP
29
2014

Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a parent to doubt their choice to homeschool. In this chapter we’ll discuss a few of the things that can discourage families from staying the course when homeschooling. My intent is to encourage you to persevere through these trials and difficulties that will come. And I highly encourage you to pray for the Lord’s leading as you begin each year.   Naysayers There will always be those who may not support your decision to homeschool, and unfortunately they may also feel the need to express their opinions out loud. The best thing I’ve found to combat these people is to know why you are homeschooling in the first place. Stick to your vision and ignore everyone else. That said, if … [Read more...]