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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...]

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    3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences

    Hi teachers! Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for some more of my sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word sentence printables with you.   Each worksheet has the … [Read More...]

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    Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

    I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 6th Grade

    Hi everyone! Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d put up a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post so you can see what we’re doing this year! 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 Strawberry Shortcake’s … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

    Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as … [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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11
2014

Valentine’s Day Popcorn Recipe!

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  Good morning readers! Today I have a great Valentine’s Day gift idea and party recipe for you! Today we’re making some Valentine’s Day popcorn! And truth be told, I make a version of this holiday popcorn at Christmas as well, just with a different color scheme ;o) YOU WILL NEED: Popcorn: I use microwave popcorn, but you can use whatever you prefer. (Sometimes I get crazy and use kettle corn, yay baby!) Pink and red candy melts Some Valentine’s Day M&Ms or other candies you prefer Optional: Gift bags (I found our cute boxes at Michael’s Craft Store)     Step 1: Start off by popping your popcorn, then spreading it out over some waxed paper.   Step 2: Next melt your candy melts in a glass container. I melted mine in the microwave. Check and stir the candies every 30 seconds until it is nice and smooth.   Step 3: Next drizzle your pink mixture on to the popcorn using a spoon. Repeat with the red candy.   Step 4: … [Read more...]

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10
2014

Nutella Brownie Recipe

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  You will need: 1/2  c. sugar 1/3 c butter 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 1 c. Nutella 3/4 c. flour 8x8 baking dish     STEP 1: Start off by creaming the butter and sugar together in a mixer.   STEP 2: Add your eggs and mix well.   STEP 3: Next add in your vanilla.   STEP 4: And of course don’t forget to add in the Nutella!   STEP 5: Finally mix your flour in slowly. STEP 6: Place your brownie mix into a greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean!   Yummy goodness is on the way people! STEP 7: Time to decorate! We used some fun little candy toppings, and cupcake icing with fun tips that make it really easy to decorate your brownies!   Now you can give these out to your friends as gifts or  serve them at a Valentine’s Day party. Or you could … [Read more...]

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09
2014

DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I’ve seen a ton of DIY Sharpie Mug tutorials all over the internet so I was dying to try it! I mean, seriously? Sharpie on a mug? Like that’s gonna last past the first wash. Whatev’s. But the rebel in me decided I would try it out for my self. And you know what? They worked! With one very important caveat… Check out our DIY Sharpie Mug Tutorial to see how to create these awesome personalized sharpie mugs for your BFFs this Valentine’s Day!   SUPPLIES: Plain white mugs ( I purchased these at Target, but you can find them all over.) OIL BASED SHARPIES. I REPEAT. OIL BASED SHARPIES. (You can find these at your local craft store. Make sure it says Oil Based. The regular sharpies you have hanging around your house will not stay put once you wash them.) Rubbing alcohol and cotton puffs Some candy of course. Optional: Candy bag, baker’s twine, and a Valentine’s Day tag!   All of this is explained in the video, but … [Read more...]

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06
2014

DIY: Valentine’s Butterflies, Flowers, and Hearts

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Hello awesome readers! As we continue on with our Valentine’s Day Ideas, I have a super fun and inexpensive Valentine printable to share with you!   Today we’re working on Valentine’s for our co-op friends and we’ve decided to go with some homemade Valentine Butterflies, Valentine Flowers, and Valentine Heart Pencil (or Straw) toppers.   DIY: VALENTINE BUTTERFLIES: These guys are super cute and easy to make. First we purchased some Valentine suckers, and then printed out our own cute little butterflies to attach them to!   Just print out these cute little butterflies on colorful cardstock, make slits for the suckers, and voila! You have an easy DIY Valentine your kiddos can make!   You can also print them on white cardstock, then color them as desired! Oh, and don’t forget the glitter. No Valentine is complete without glitter!   --> Download the Valentine Butterflies here! <-- DIY VALENTINE FLOWERS: Next up we made some cute … [Read more...]