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    How to Winterize your Nails & Giveaway

    Dry hands and cuticles? Don’t worry I have some tips for you today! This one is for not only the ladies out there, but the men too so don’t close your browser too fast boys! It’s winter time, and I don’t know about you, but my hands are super dry and that includes my cuticles and nails. I’m sure … [Read More...]

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    DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

    Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas … [Read More...]

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    How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

      You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring … [Read More...]

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    DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

    Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And … [Read More...]

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    DIY Reindeer Treats!

    Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get … [Read More...]

MAY
14
2014

Making History Fun!

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Hello fellow students of life! Today I wanted to show you how we make our history lessons more fun, hands-on, and memorable!     It is my belief that when students are creating things themselves they tend to remember it better. And since history isn’t always the most exciting subject for some kids, we like to do things to make it a little more fun. And to help them remember all of the main events and things that are important! To help supplement our history curriculum this year we’ve been adding in the Evan-Moor History Pockets and the Scholastic Interactive 3-D American History maps. I shared a post already on how we love them, but now that our year is coming to a close I wanted to show you some of what we’ve created over the course of the year. Most of these are from the Life in Plymouth Colony History Pocket. Since we were studying American History for the majority of the year, these fit in really well with our units. And like I mentioned, they are a lot of fun, and … [Read more...]

MAY
13
2014

What’s in the Workbox: 2nd Grade

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Good morning! I have another What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post. Today we’re taking a look into TinkerBell’s boxes. She’s in 2nd grade this year and we haven’t made any changes to her work since our 2013-2014 curriculum post. So it’s been going well.     Drawer #1: 1) Just like the other’s, her top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, etc. 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 Apologia Who is God? student notebook, which we’re enjoying. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. This is just the student journal, then I keep the teacher’s guide in my shelves. We do this as a group with our 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade kids. 3) It also has her weekly assignment printout. I get a lot of questions on this, and it’s just a report printout from … [Read more...]

MAY
12
2014

Homeschooling 101: Discipline

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! These posts are for people who are thinking about homeschooling but don’t know where to start. They’re all about sharing information on getting started, choosing curriculum, organizing your home, and staying the course! Today we’re going to talk about homeschooling and discipline. Discipline can be a touchy subject, and so I’ll share how we do it, but please feel free to use whatever works best in your home and with your family. The key to discipline in your homeschool is to be consistent. Reward good behavior, and have consequences for poor choices.     Homeschooling is a very exciting and scary venture for most parents. And once we get over the scary part, we move into the excited phase! We pick our curriculum, organize school areas, get new supplies, and have an overall sense of thrill for our first day of school. Our children are often just as excited as we are about a fun new year! However, as … [Read more...]

MAY
11
2014

The Swiss Family Robinson Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on The Swiss Family Robinson. Hope you enjoy it!   Story Summary: The Swiss Family Robinson is an exciting adventure about a family whose ship is destroyed by a furious storm. They become marooned on an island. This story tells the tale of their adventures there, how they setup a new homestead, and how they rely on their wits and creativity to survive in this new land. join the Robinson family on their thrilling adventures as they turn the savage island into a place they can call home. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Swiss Family Robinson Classic Starts version as retold from the Johann David Wyss original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts … [Read more...]

MAY
07
2014

Kindergarten Activities

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Good morning! I thought I’d do another update on the Teeny Tot for you all today. She’s reviewing some of her favorite Letter of the Week activities, and we’re slowly adding in more of the K4 Kindergarten activities to her day as well.   This week she mostly worked on the Letter E games. Here she is with her completed elephant lacing card. I’ve had a lot of questions about laminating and printing on cardstock. And unless you’re going to re-use your materials with future children, there’s not much need to laminate and print everything on cardstock. But for the lacing card, it is important that it’s somewhat durable. So if you’re not reusing materials, I would say at least laminate this card if nothing else.   She knows her colors quite well, but still enjoys doing these color matching puzzles.     These are the elephant counting cards. She put them in numerical order, then counted out the correct amount of beads to go on each card. You … [Read more...]

MAY
06
2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday: 4th Grade

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Hi everyone! I have another What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post. And today we’re taking a look into Turbo’s boxes. He’s in 4th grade this year for those of you just joining us! His boxes are very similar to Strawberry Shortcake’s boxes since they’re only 1 year apart.     Drawer #1: 1) As you’ve probably already seen, our top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, etc. that Turbo needs 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 Apologia Who is God? student notebook, which we’re enjoying. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. This is just the student journal, then I keep the teacher’s guide in my shelves. We do this as a group with our 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade kids. 3) It also has his weekly assignment printout. I get a lot of … [Read more...]

MAY
05
2014

Homeschooling 101: Teaching Multiple Grades

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Today we’re going to talk about the inevitable teaching multiple grades all at the same time. It’s one of the biggest challenges in homeschooling, but fear not, it can be done!   Four children = Four Grade Levels Oh My! Depending on your homeschooling family, you may find yourself needing to teach more than one grade level simultaneously. While this may seem like an overwhelming situation, with a little preparation and patience you can successfully teach multiple grades. Here are some tips to teaching multiple grade levels at the same time. As most of you know, we have four children, and this year has been the first year that I’ve really had four different grade levels going all at once. I’m not gonna lie to you, it can slightly overwhelming! But with a little prep work and a few tips from this veteran homeschooling mama, we can make it work!   Group Work: I suggest that you try to do as … [Read more...]

MAY
04
2014

The Secret Garden Lapbook and Unit Study

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Hello! Today I’m releasing The Secret Garden Literature Unit and Lapbook! This is a great book for young readers as not only is it an all time classic, but it includes a lot of adventure and excitement! Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: The Secret Garden follows the life of a  young orphan named Mary who comes to live with her uncle in his big house on the Yorkshire Moors. She’s lonely and a bit spoiled, but finds a friend in a robin who shows her the key to a secret garden long forgotten. With the help of some new friends, Mary transforms the garden into a place of beauty and finds her own happiness along the way. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts version of The Secret Garden as retold from the Frances Hodgson Burnett original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters … [Read more...]

APR
30
2014

May 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning faithful homeschoolers! We only have 2 more months until summer break, and man am I ready for some relaxed warm summer days! But until then, we still have some things to do, so in an effort to make life a little bit easier, I’m back today with another Monthly Meal Plan for you. I hope it’s helping you get your meals planned, and relieving a little bit of stress from your day!     Download the 2014 May Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 May Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 May Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to a recipe. Coming soon! I’m working on putting them all together in a book for you as well to make it a little easier each month!   Since you always ask, here are some of our smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

APR
29
2014

What’s in the Workbox: K4 Edition

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Hi everyone! I have another What’s in the Workbox Wednesday posts for you today. The Teeny Tot is moving full on into my K4 Kindergarten program at this point and doing well. Here are some things she’s working on that you won’t see in her boxes. We do art as a group and we don’t do it everyday so I don’t usually put that in their work drawers. And we do Bible as a group as well. She even sits with us while we do science and history though I highly doubt she’s paying much attention ;o) Art: World’s Greatest Artists 2 and See the Light Art DVDs Preschool/K4: Letter of the Week & K4 Curriculum Bible: My first hands on bible & Grapevine Traceable Units P.E.: Family Time Fitness Other: Anything fun we’re doing that she wants to be a part of!   We’ll start in her first workbox. These are the Ikea Vika Alex Drawer units. Her first drawer has her supply caddy which is an Expanding Acrylic Drawer Organizer from the Container Store. It houses all of her … [Read more...]