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    The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

    Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any … [Read More...]

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    2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

    Have you ever bought a curriculum that you thought would be great, only to find out that it just wasn't a good fit for your family? Don't worry I have some advice in today's Tip Tuesday post that will hopefully encourage you to let it go and move on to better homeschooling … [Read More...]

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    Sherlock Holmes Mystery Solved!

    Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of checking out the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this week and it was so cool! I wasn’t sure what my kids would think initially, but it ended up being a really neat exhibit. Unlike most special exhibits they host, this one was … [Read More...]

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    2015 Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip

    Hi everyone! We haven’t been to the Butterfly Pavilion in a few years, so the kids were excited to take a tour again this past year. This time Jason was able to come with us, and the kids are always excited when Daddy joins in on the fun! The Butterfly Pavilion is really fun, but doesn’t take … [Read More...]

APR
07
2015

A Beka Book Reading Review – K5

Good morning everyone! Since we’ve completed my K4 Kindergarten program last year. However since the Teeny Tot isn’t old enough for first grade yet, I decided to do the ABeka K5 reading program with her this year for review, and to enhance her reading. Here are the products that I use, and what I think is necessary out of all of their options for kindergarten. I did want to mention that I’ve had these products since Strawberry Shortcake was in kindergarten. ABeka has since upgraded some of their items, and so they might look a bit different now. Just wanted to give you a heads up! Click the play button below, or click here to see my ABeka K5 Reading Review video: Here is a list of products that I recommend getting if you plan to use the K5 reading program. 198021 Homeschool K5 Phonics, Reading, Writing and Numbers Curriculum 99201 Letters and Sounds K5 101109 Basic Phonics Readers 182389 Basic Phonics Flashcards 102083 One-vowel word cards 102784 … [Read more...]

APR
06
2015

Blessing Bags

Good morning everyone! Are you looking for a great project to help teach your kiddos about having compassion for others? I have a great, and easy project that even  younger kids can participate in for you today. They’re called “Blessing Bags”.   Let’s take a look at a few definitions before we proceed shall we? Philanthropy: the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people. Compassion: wanting to help others who may be sick, hungry, or in need. Volunteer: a person who willingly gives their time and service to do work without pay. “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:17-18 Children by nature can be quite self-serving. At least mine tend to lean towards that direction. Like many things, kindness, compassion, and concern for others is a … [Read more...]

APR
05
2015

Choosing Standardized Tests

Good morning everyone! How many of you administer standardized testing to your students each year? We test annually starting in 2nd grade. I like to start in 2nd grade as a practice year for my kids to help them get prepared for 3rd grade when scores have to be submitted. I get a lot of questions on why I chose the Iowa Standardized Tests. We chose it because it seems to be a middle of the road not too hard, but not too easy test. To shed more light on that answer I’m going to give you a little bit of information on each test below. Hopefully this will help some of you when deciding which tests to select for your family. So if you’re interested, keep reading!   When To Test Our state requires testing or assessments to be performed for children on odd grades starting in 3rd grade. That means that every other year you do not have to test your student. But we test annually anyway. I like to use the tests to see how I am doing as well as how much information my children are … [Read more...]

APR
05
2015

Happy Resurrection Day 2015!

Good morning beloved readers! I just wanted to drop in today to wish you all a Happy Resurrection Day! I hope you are enjoying the beauty that God has provided us with today, and celebrating the Risen Christ!   After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 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. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away … [Read more...]

APR
01
2015

Fun and Easy Easter Activities for Kids!

Good morning everyone! Easter weekend is already upon us, and I have some really fun and easy Easter crafts that you can do at home to celebrate! Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (in the Christian religion) and His promise of eternal life.  It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on the Spring Equinox, usually sometime between March 22nd and April 25th. Many people begin celebrations with Lent which starts on Ash Wednesday and runs for approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. Many people celebrate Lent by giving up something of value to them for this time period. Popular items to abstain from are various foods, drinks, sugar, TV, etc. Traditionally one was to abstain from eating animal products including eggs during Lent. Holy Week starts off with Palm Sunday, commemorating the arrival of Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem. It is followed by Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper, and Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ … [Read more...]

MAR
31
2015

April 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! I can’t even tell you how excited I am for spring and summer! We’ve had a crazy mix of weather this month going from 70 one day, to snow the next. I have set my Uggs and Flip-flops by the door so I can decide which ones to wear on my way out the door. Anyway, I have some fun meals this month, and I’m excited to have that planning done and not have to worry about food when I can be outside playing instead!   Download the April 2015 Menu: April 2015 Meal Plan PDF April 2015 Meal Plan – Word Doc (editable) For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! Here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes, just click on the image below! … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2015

April 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

Did you know that April is national humor month? Yep that’s right, all month long we get to be funny! Sounds like a good time to me! And April is full of interesting days, so let’s get started shall we? Holidays: April 1 – April Fool’s Day. April 5 – Easter Sunday. Weekly Celebrations: Week 1 Library Week Week 1 Read a Road Map Week Week 2 Garden Week Week 3 Organize Your Files Week Week 3 Medical Labs Week Week 4 Administrative Assistants Week Week 4 National Karaoke Week Monthly Fun Days April 1 April Fool's Day – The day when it’s acceptable to play jokes or tricks on one another. I’ve never been able to decide if I like this holiday or not. I don’t like the thought of being tricked all day long, and I’m just naive enough to believe these tricksters! But I do think it might be fun to leave a comment below telling us all your favorite April Fool’s Day trick. April 2 Children's Book Day – Great day to pick a favorite classic and have a … [Read more...]

MAR
29
2015

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 now, but with the blog, store, and new community it’s a little more complicated to make everything look seamless. So I had to wait on the help of my husband. Who by the way has been working his little tail off for me lately! With the new community, book release, blog updates, and some other surprises we have coming your way he’s been swamped. But being the awesome guy he is, he carved out some time to help me put up a new fresh look for my blog, and I love it! I wanted it to go along with my homeschooling 101 book cover because I thought it was so fresh and clean looking, so that’s what we did! So without further ado, let me introduce to you the new and improved Confessions of a … [Read more...]

MAR
25
2015

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 some other fun things that we add in here and there. So I thought I’d take today to give you a little snapshot of what she’s been up to. She loves to do mazes, and so she’s been working her way through my K4 Kindergarten maze worksheets this year.   She also likes to do puzzles. Since she’s our last little one to go through the curriculum, I just printed the K4 Number Order Puzzles on copy paper, and then she cuts them apart along the lines. Next she reassembles them onto a piece of construction paper and glues them down to complete the puzzle.   Of course we’re working our way through Math U See, and she’s having fun with her blocks as usual!   To help with … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2015

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 something that’s been long requested. I get several emails asking if people can create their own combination of products and receive a discount. Previously I had listed some pre-combined combo packs to help out, but we wanted you to be able to make your own combination of products. So my brilliant husband has come to the rescue again and done just that! My store now has the capability to let you buy whatever combination of products you want and receive a discount! That means you can combine your favorite literature units, scientist studies, etc. and still get a discount. Now you can create your own bundle based on the needs of your family! Yipee! How does it work? It’s simple. Just buy 2 or … [Read more...]