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    Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

    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 … [Read More...]

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    October Holidays & Fun Days 2014

    Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 … [Read More...]

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    October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 5th Grade

    Hi everyone! It’s time for a new 5th 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 Turbo’s workboxes today, and as I said above he’s a 5th grader this year.  And I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While … [Read More...]

FEB
25
2014

Cucumber, Lemon & Mint Detox H2O Recipe

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Good morning! With the weather starting to warm up a little, the realization that I’ll be wearing shorts is starting to creep up on me! With our recent move, general school craziness, and everything else going on in our lives I haven’t been eating as healthy as I would like to. I’m definitely ready to get my heath back on track and one of the best ways to do that is to start off with a delicious and refreshing detox water!   Why Detox Water? We all know that water is beneficial for our bodies, and a necessity to our good health. But it’s also a great way to flush out toxins, and it helps reduce bloating and makes you feel better all around. This particular recipe is like a double detoxifying beverage because of it’s yummy ingredients! Lemon: Not only is lemon known for it’s antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers. But it’s also a powerful detoxifying cleanse for your liver and a digestive aid as well. It helps cleanse and alkaline the body. If … [Read more...]

FEB
25
2014

Son of God Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be giving away 2 Prize Packs to see the brand new Son of God movie opening THIS FRIDAY, February 28, 2014 in over 3,000 theatres nationwide.  I can’t wait to see this film! I always love to see things that bring people back to Christ on the big screen. And I’m excited to see how the filmmakers tell the story of Jesus. From the trailer it looks like an excellent depiction of the life of Christ. And with a PG-13 rating I’m hoping it will be more family friendly version as well. Interested? Keep reading to see what’s included in the Prize Packs I’m offering to you!     About the Film: “From the award-winning producers of the record-breaking miniseries The Bible, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, comes Son of God, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament, to be released by 20th Century Fox on February 28, 2014. Son of God is a major motion picture that brings the life of Jesus Christ to the big screen like never before. Told with … [Read more...]

FEB
23
2014

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I’m really excited to be releasing some new Classic Literature Unit Studies for you all! My kids have been absolutely loving these this year and we’re taking a break from our regular reading to dive into some of these fun classics! For this unit I am using the Classic Starts 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea version. I find the Classic Starts a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit with the original version if you have an older student. The assignments are written to go with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the lapbook using any version you choose.     20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Unit Study & Lapbook 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is an underwater fantasy adventure that is exciting as it is unusual! The story follows Professor Aronnax and his men who are setting sail in search of a “monstrous sea creature” that has been sighted somewhere in the Atlantic … [Read more...]

FEB
20
2014

DIY: Duct Tape Purse Craft

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  Hi everyone! It’s Friday, and I’ve deemed this day “Fun Friday” on my blog! So in an attempt to add a little excitement to the day, I have a super cute Duct Tape Purse tutorial for you! Strawberry Shortcake has become the master duct tape crafter and so she’s going to do a video explaining how to make this really cute purse. Where do you get colorful duct tape? You can find really fun colors of duct tape now. We purchased ours  at Michael’s Craft Store and Office Depot. But I’ve seen colorful duct tape all over. As a matter of fact the polka dot tape in this tutorial is actually shipping tape, so you can mix and match them!   Supplies: 1-2 colors of duct tape (You can do this with one color, but the dual done is a little more exciting ;o) Scissors   Ready to get started? Watch the Duct Tape Purse Tutorial here!     After she was done with her purse, she made a bunch of accessories to go with it. These were all her own … [Read more...]

FEB
19
2014

Tri-Fold Lapbook with Flap & Pocket Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I remember back when we first heard of lapbooks. I was totally confused. I had no clue what a lapbook was, let alone how to make one! Since then we’ve had the pleasure of adding several fun lapbook units to our homeschooling days.     What’s a lapbook? A lapbook is simply a hands-on learning tool that you can use to enhance any subject you want! Typically a lapbook is constructed of a manilla file folder, then the insides are decorated with fun “mini-books” that include information on your subject. Lapbooks can be as simple or complex as you like based on the ages of your students. They can include stories, poems, pictures, graphs, artwork, and anything else you can think of! How do you use a lapbook? I don’t typically use a lapbook as a primary means of learning, but some are certainly detailed enough that you could. We usually add a lapbook to a unit we’re studying as a supplemental hands-on activity. So for example when … [Read more...]

FEB
18
2014

Updated Homeschool Room Tour!

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Hi everyone! As most of you know, we recently moved. And I’ve had a ton of requests to see our new homeschool room setup! Obviously we brought all of our furniture with us, so it’s fairly similar to before. But the new room is a tad smaller, so I did make a few adjustments to the layout. So without further ado…here’s our Updated Homeschool Room Tour! Here is the entry to our room. I have my little reading bench, calendar area, and a few posters on that wall.   As you can see most of my room is setup as it was before, so there aren’t any really drastic changes. I did clean out a bunch of the clutter, so believe it or not, there is actually less stuff on my shelves than before! Of course I kept the white board, and my favorite Ikea Expedit Shelving unit.   There has been a change since I filmed the video! Actually it was only a few days after of course! But most of you know, we added two little budgies to our room! I’ll have a post … [Read more...]

FEB
17
2014

Homeschooling 101: Creating Lesson Plans

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Gathering Curriculum, so today we’re going to talk about what to do with it!     Now that you have your entire curriculum chosen and purchased, it’s time to plan out your year. There are a couple schools of thought in this area. Some people choose to plan their lessons as they go, assuming that it will be easier to make changes as needed since they haven’t planned too far ahead. I personally like to plan out our entire year, even though there’s a possibility something will change. It’s been my experience that having my year completely planned out makes my year go more smoothly and reduces my amount of stress during the year as well. Changing just one thing is quite easily done. Some people prefer to schedule only a few weeks or months in advance since things might change. Homeschooling schedules can be very flexible based on your own needs, so again, do what works … [Read more...]

FEB
16
2014

The World of Glue giveaway!

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Hello readers! Today I have a really fun learning activity as well as a great giveaway for you! I was recently asked to review “The World of Glue: An Investigation of Adhesives” unit by Elmer’s Products, Inc.!     The World of Glue Toolkit: As soon as I saw this book I thought it looked like fun, and I was right! The kit comes with everything you need to do an investigations on adhesives. And Elmer’s created a cross-curricular instructional unit to help teach properties of common adhesives and the science of polymers in a fun and creative way! The lessons are geared for grades K-5. The plan includes activity instructions, discussion questions, and student hand-outs to enhance the unit. This unit also features a cute book called “Too Much Glue” by Jason Lefebvre which my kiddos loved. We received the entire teaching toolkit for “The World of Glue” which includes the teacher’s instruction manual, the “Too Much Glue” book, and 3 different kinds of Elmer’s … [Read more...]

FEB
13
2014

Happy Valentine’s Day 2014!

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Valentine’s Day Craft Extravaganza!   And just for fun, here is a last minute Valentine’s Day Gift Tag  printable for you!   I hope everyone has a wonderful day and enjoys some sweet time with family and friends!     And don’t forget about my fun Preschool Letter V for Valentines activities.   These are all part of my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum.   Happy Valentine’s Day! … [Read more...]

FEB
12
2014

DIY: Valentine’s Heart Craft Tutorial

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Good morning readers! I’m back with some more fun Valentine’s day activities for you! Today Strawberry Shortcake is doing a Valentine’s Day Heart craft for you! Click here to watch the Valentine’s Day Heart Video Tutorial, or press the play button below! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Here are a few pics to send you off with! We found this super cute polka dot shipping tape at Michael’s craft store. It’s so fun because any color you put it over will show through the dots!   Here’s the Teeny Tot hard at work. The button/glue combination is very dangerous. So you need protective eye-wear incase it accidentally flies in your eyeball.   And here is her finished project. She decorated hers with some heart stickers, and more pink duct tape.   And here is the finished project! It’s super cute and easy way to add a little Valentine’s Décor to any room! I hope you enjoyed today’s Valentine’s Day Craft Tutorial! Join us … [Read more...]