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    Kindergarten Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

    Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Today I have some fun Kindergarten Dot-to-dot worksheets to share with you all! They of course go with my k4 Kindergarten curriculum, and if you’ve purchased the curriculum anytime AFTER 7/20/14 this file is included in your download! If you … [Read More...]

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    2014 August Monthly Meal Plan

    Say What!? Did you say “August”? O.M.G! Seriously? I had so many grand plans for summer. Being a dutiful homeschooler, I even got a bunch of curriculum to help keep my kids busy and educated. Which would’ve been nice if we’d been home to actually use it. Which we weren’t. So we didn’t. And … [Read More...]

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    Our Curriculum Choices: 2014-2015

    Hi everyone, it’s that time of year again! And I’ve been getting tons of emails asking what we’ll be using for our 2014-2015 school year! So without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for the 2014-2015 school year.   Teeny Tot: … [Read More...]

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    The Three Musketeers Unit Study

    Hi everyone! I have a great classic literature unit study for you today. It’s The Three Musketeers! This is an exciting tale that you won’t want to miss!   Story Summary: The Three Musketeers is full of action, intrigue, and suspense! Follow the story of D’Artagnan, a young … [Read More...]

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    One Pan Pasta Dinner

    Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had … [Read More...]

JAN
05
2014

2014 Daily Planner! & Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! This post has been a long time coming. I’ve had so many requests for a planner like my Blog and Homeschool Planners, that I’ve finally put together a 2014 Daily Planner for you!   I wanted it to have it’s own design, so it’s a tad different from the others, but still similar in the bright colors! And like the others I printed it on cardstock (lightweight, the most inexpensive I could find.) Then I took it to Office Depot to get it spiral bound.   (Edited 1/6/14: Weekly Planner Pages are now included! Login to your account to download the updates!) The Planner includes: Year at a Glance To-Do Lists Bills & Payments Library Book Lists Contacts Weekly Meal Planner Monthly Meal Planner Grocery Lists Monthly Planner pages Weekly Planner Pages Notes Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc.     Thanks to a reader suggestion I picked up some of the Pilot … [Read more...]

JAN
02
2014

Crochet Beanie – Sports Team Colors

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Hi everyone! After I made those cute little Crochet Owl Hats for the girlies, I thought I’d better make something for Turbo too. Boys are a bit harder in my opinion with all of the fun little crafts, but when he suggested we make a Denver Bronco’s hat I thought it was a great idea! So here it goes, my first homemade crochet beanie!   Now, I’m not a skilled crochet person, actually I’m self taught as of a few weeks ago. However I figured if I pulled off the owl hat, a striped hat should be a piece of cake! And I was right, it was super easy. Literally. Anyone could do it. So let’s get started shall we? Supplies: Medium Worsted Weight Yarn (Pick your favorite team colors. We choose the dark blue for the main hat, then white and orange for accent strips.) 5mm Crochet hook   Some abbreviations you’ll need to know to follow the pattern: ch – chain SC – Single Crochet DC – Double Crochet See, there’s only 3 basic stitches! YOU CAN DO IT! … [Read more...]

JAN
02
2014

January 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready to start off the new year! I’m still reeling from the fact that another whole year has blazed by! So much that I forgot to make a meal plan for this month. But better a couple days late than never right? So without further ado, here is my January 2014 monthly meal plan. I hope you enjoy it and have a great month! Download the January 2014 Menu: January 2014 Meal Plan PDF January 2014 Meal Plan – Word Doc (editable)   Happy January! … [Read more...]

DEC
31
2013

Happy New Year 2014!

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Hi everyone, and Happy New Year! I know people say it all the time, but I really just can’t believe 2013 is gone already! I think I lost track of time somewhere around August…go figure… 2013 was a tough year for many of our friends and family, so honestly I’m excited to see a new year come around and am praying that it is full of goodness! This year Strawberry Shortcake will turn 11, Turbo will turn 10, Tinker Bell will turn 8, and the Teeny Tot has agreed to stay 5 forever. Because it saddens me to know they’re all growing up! Despite my inability to stop my children from aging (and myself *ahem*), we did have some fun highlights this year that I thought I’d share with you today. We started our 7th year of homeschooling. (WOW. Never thought we’d make it this far haha!)   We moved to a new home. In the middle of the school year. While doing school. Out of boxes. Good times.   We took a family vacation out to sunny San Diego, CA. Except it wasn’t so … [Read more...]

DEC
30
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 20: Jumbo COAH Pack!

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  Hi everyone! So we’ve reached day 20 of my Christmas Extravaganza giveaways! I hope you’ve enjoyed this month of wonderful prizes and want to thank you all for reading and supporting Confessions of a Homeschooler!   Since I’m still in the Christmas mood, I wanted to do a giveaway of ALL of my main products for you today! Yep, you heard me correctly! I’m offering a free copy of all 8 of my curriculum to one lucky winner! Letter of the Week K4 Kindergarten Expedition Earth Road Trip USA Worlds Greatest Composers 1 & 2 World’s Greatest Artists 1 & 2 Scientists and Inventors Mega Pack Literature Units Mega Pack Ready to win? Make sure to fill out all of the rafflecopter entries below to win! If you need more information on any of my curriculum, you can visit my store here Confessions of a Homeschooler Store. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

DEC
29
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 19: Ann Voskamp

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  Hello wonderful readers! Today I have a special giveaway for you all! It’s the new book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. Aside from being a New York Times bestselling author and blogger on A Holy Experience, Ann is a homeschooling mother of six. She is no stranger to the difficulties of motherhood – and life. In ONE THOUSAND GIFTS, Voskamp shares her own journey through hard, dark days and hidden fears as she seeks to answer one of life’s greatest riddles: how do you discover joy—right where you are? The book serves as an encouragement for all to find joy and gratitude in the midst of the worn-ragged days by counting their own 1,000 gifts. In her book, Ann shares her amazing journey through difficult times, which has brought her closer to her Jesus in a way that I can only aspire to! Ann not only has an amazing gift for encouragement, but her words flow beautifully across the page. It’s like reading poetry in novel form! Since I clearly don’t have that gift, I’m … [Read more...]

DEC
26
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 18: Virtue Training Bible

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Welcome everyone to another fabulous giveaway! We’re nearing the end of our 20 days of giveaways with number 18! today’s giveaway is sponsored by the Virtue Training Bible folks! You may remember me reviewing a similar product called the Child Training Bible awhile back? Well this product is by the same creators and is a wonderful way to help parents and children go directly to the pages of Scripture for instruction in 42 virtues! The front key which comes with your order helps you color code each of the scripture with tabs for easy location later on. The cards also include three-part prayers for each virtue which help you: “Worship God” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), “Remember Christ” (Hebrews 12:1-2), and “Walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-26). You can find out more information on Virtue Training Bible, and on Child Training Bible.   Ready to win this wonderful tool for your family? Just fill out the rafflecopter below to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

DEC
25
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 17: Home Art Studio

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  Good morning readers! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas with family and friends! Today I have a super fun giveaway for you all from Home Art Studio! For those of you who don’t know Home Art Studio is an Art DVD program that is great for homeschooling families. Students watch the DVD tutorial taught by Ms. Violin as they create their projects. It is designed to help increase students’ love and appreciation of visual arts! They currently offer DVDs for grades K-5 each one costs $29.99. You can also purchase needed supplies for each grade through their website which makes it easy for you! We just started this program, but my kids definitely enjoy the lessons so far! But don’t take my word for it, Ms. Violin also has free art lessons on her site that you can check out to make sure you like it too! Here’s a sample of the 4th grade Giraffe lesson which we love!   Ready to win? Ms. Violin has offered a free DVD for one of you, and you get to pick the level that … [Read more...]

DEC
23
2013

Merry Christmas 2013!

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Merry Christmas!  I’m taking today and tomorrow off from our giveaways to celebrate the birth of our Savior! I pray that you have a blessed time with friends and family this season and that you keep Jesus the center of all festivities! We’re Italian, and my husband’s family is German. I’ll be hosting Christmas this year, so I thought you might like to see our menu…weird as it may seem ;o) Spaghetti Meatballs Garlic bread Salad Turkey Cranberries Mashed potatoes Sweet stuffing Green bean casserole (yuck!) Pumpkin Pie Italian Christmas Jello   We’ll be gathering at our home for food, presents, and fellowship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions or foods, I would love to hear what you all do to celebrate! Blessings from our family to yours, We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 16: Bartholomew’s Passage

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Good morning everyone! Wow, only one shopping day left until Christmas Eve! We celebrate with my family on Christmas Eve, and my husband’s family Christmas Day, so today is my final chance to gather any last minute things! Yikes!   But even with all of the hustle going on right now, i still have a fabulous giveaway for you today! My lovely friends at iHomeschool Network have donated two of favorite Christmas books for you today! Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide “Bartholomew's Passage is an engaging story that guides families through the Advent season. Young Bartholomew's adventures start when Roman soldiers destroy his village and disperse his family, continue through his enslavement to a tyrannical master and his escape with his new friend Nathan, and end with a reunion with his family in Bethlehem. Along the way Bartholomew makes a new friend, a young boy named Jotham!” (This book is the sequel to Jotham’s Journey.) Tabitha’s … [Read more...]