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    February 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! Guess what time it is? Yep, you got it right, it’s time for another monthly meal plan! And we have a fun holiday during February so make sure to check out some of my Valentine’s Day activities, recipes, and I have a whole week of new ideas coming up next week too!   Download … [Read More...]

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    Sight Word Printable Worksheets

    Welcome back lovely readers! Since my sight word activities are one of my most searched pages, I thought it would be a good idea to put them all in one place for you to see!  So here they are, all of my free sight word flashcards, worksheets, and activities! Check back for updates … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling Do’s & Don’ts!

    Have you ever wished there were a list of things you should do or definitely not do when beginning homeschooling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Even veteran homeschool mom’s are doubt themselves at times. When I first started homeschooling I asked everyone I knew which curriculum to use, … [Read More...]

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    3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences–Manuscript

    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 a manuscript version of my 3rd grade sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word manuscript sentence printables with you. (I have 3rd … [Read More...]

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    Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial

    Hi everyone! After I put up my video on a day in our lives I’ve had several requests for a hair tutorial video. I thought it sounded like a fun idea, so here we go. Check out the video below to see how I create these loose curls!   While I take a shower daily, my hairdresser advised … [Read More...]

JUN
23
2014

Kingdom Series by Chuck Black

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I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing author this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Super Conference! His name is Chuck Black and he has a series of books for younger readers (and honestly I loved them as well) that will blow your socks off!   The Kingdom Series: “Don your armor….Fasten your sword…Mount your Steed! And get ready to embark on an epic journey of biblical significance into a kingdom of warriors, battles, swords, villains, and knightly heroes!” The Kingdom Series books are a medieval adventure allegory of the entire bible that takes readers on an exciting journey over the course of 6 adventure packed books! Each book also includes discussion questions and answers that you can use to help your readers make the biblical connections and character traits through out the stories. After talking with Chuck for awhile and looking at his amazing books, I asked if I could do a review for his Kingdom Series, which I thought our kiddos would love! He agreed, … [Read more...]

JUN
22
2014

Little Women Literature Unit and Lapbook

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Buenos Dias! Today I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for all of you fabulous homeschoolers seeking to make your school day more exciting! This one is on the classic Little Women. Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The March sisters may not have much, but they still find ways to enjoy life, cherish moments together, and grow into amazing women! Meet Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth as they learn about life, friendship, and the power of love! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Little Women Classic Starts version as retold from the Louisa May Alcott 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 edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose. Watch my Little Women Lapbook Video to … [Read more...]

JUN
18
2014

Homemade Salsa Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but summer always leaves me craving fresh snacks! And so for today, I have a very simple Pico de Gallo recipe to share with you! It’s crisp, fresh, and muy bueno!   I know you all probably have a favorite recipe for pico de gallo, but I thought I’d share mine as well. I like to keep it simple, so the less ingredients I have to deal with the better! Let’s get started chopping shall we?   Ingredients: 1-2 tomatoes, diced 1 red or white onion, diced (I prefer red, but only had white today!) 2 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Splash of lime juice (Normally I would use half a lime and squeeze it in)     Directions: Chop everything up and mix it in a bowl!   Serve! Serve with tortilla chips, tacos, carnitas, and anything else you would like to add a little zing to! We like to just eat it plain with some crispy tortilla chips for a … [Read more...]

JUN
17
2014

K4 Kindergarten Activities Update

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Hi all! Looking for some kindergarten worksheets and activities for your 4-5 year old? Look no further! The Teeny Tot is well into our K4 Kindergarten curriculum and I wanted to share some of her day with you all!   Right now she does a mix of activities to work on a variety of skills each day. Everything you’ll see in this post comes with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum unless otherwise indicated. I also have a bunch of freebies on my Kindergarten Worksheets page too!   Beginning Sounds: In this activity she is working on her beginning sounds and lowercase letters. The curriculum comes with both upper and lowercase worksheets for her to practice. She says the sound that the letter on each line makes, then circles the pictures that also begin with that same letter sound.   Shapes: She’s also building a shapes booklet where she displays all of her shapes and traces over the written version of each shape as well. Sometimes she decorates them with … [Read more...]

JUN
16
2014

Homeschooling 101: Preschool

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling preschool students.   Homeschooling Preschool Homeschooling a preschooler is probably one of the most exciting times. They’re excited to learn, and keeping school fun at this age is a must! While there aren’t any specific curriculum requirements for preschool, I encourage you to focus on creating a love of learning and keep your curriculum to the basics. Preschool is the perfect time to start because you and your child will have the opportunity to grow and learn together. In essence, preschool is a very forgiving year. It’s a time to try new things, enjoy time with your child, create fun art, make mistakes, change the way you do things, get a schedule figured out, and in a nutshell get acclimated to homeschooling. I like to use the preschool year to help students get used to a little more formal schedule without the pressure of having to do a certain amount of … [Read more...]

JUN
15
2014

Classic Literature Volume 2 Mega Pack

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Looking for some fun, hands-on, literature activities for your young readers? Look no further! I’ve been releasing literature units each week, and I finally have the Classic Literature Mega Pack Volume 2 ready to go!     What is a literature unit? Literature units are a great way to introduce your students to classic literature at a younger age. These units all use the “Classic Starts” version of the books so they are easier for your students to read and comprehend. The literature units come with daily chapter assignments and mini-books that students will use to create a lapbook. They also include comprehension questions and vocabulary to make sure your student understands each chapter, and to help them remember what they’ve read! These units make reading more fun, engaging, and hands-on!   Units included in this combo pack: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Call of the Wild Gulliver’s Travels The Journey to the Center of the Earth King Arthur … [Read more...]

JUN
11
2014

Keepers At Home Girls Club Ideas

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I thought it would be fun to share a post on some of our Keepers at Home meetings since it’s been awhile. For those of you who haven’t heard of this, Keepers at Home is kind of like Christian version of the Girl Scouts. It’s also a way to help spend some one on one time with your daughter as the mom’s and daughters both participate together. The group focuses on teaching girls practical life skills that they can utilize as they grow older and become women themselves. It is a Bible-based and Christ-centered program, and the parents lead the group, not an organization. What does our group look like? For our group, there are 7 families, and each mom takes a turn hosting at their home and teaching the skill for that night. It makes it much less stressful on the families when you only have to teach/host once per year.  But really you can set up your group anyway you like. Just gather some friends together with like aged girls and start up a group!   We’ve been involved in a … [Read more...]

JUN
10
2014

Preschool Daily Learning Notebook 2014-2015

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Hi everyone! I have the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook ready for the upcoming year! I’ve seen several versions of these on various blogs and decided to create one that fit our needs. I wanted something that allowed the Teeny Tot to work on her calendar time activities each day, and this was a perfect fit! **The updates include the monthly calendar pages where students trace what day it is, as well as the monthly weather tracking pages, so if you already have the learning notebook, you might want to just print the calendar and weather pages to save on ink!     The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word (I don’t always require her to write the number word, but usually add it for days 1-10)   I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on it for preschoolers. On this page your preschooler will trace the … [Read more...]

JUN
08
2014

Homeschooling 101 Now in Paperback!

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New to homeschooling? Need some help getting started? Look no further! I’m excited to announce that my popular Homeschooling 101 book is now available in PAPERBACK!! Yipee!!   Homeschooling 101 is a step by step practical guide that will help you to get started, and continue on in your homeschooling journey. It is designed to help guide you through all of the steps to getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, creating effective lesson plans, scheduling your day, organizing your home, staying the course and more! It even includes helpful homeschooling forms!   HELP I’m homeschooling and I don’t know where to start! I’m not sure about you, but just the mere thought of homeschooling sent me into panic mode! Delving into the unknown can also create an element of self-doubt that fills your mind right off the bat. That coupled with an overwhelming task of choosing and gathering curriculum, creating lesson plans, organizing supplies, and teaching multiple grade … [Read more...]

JUN
05
2014

Last Day for Sale and Giveaways!

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Looking for some great homeschool curriculum for next year? Hurry, today is the last day to get 30% OFF, and to enter to win the giveaways for my curriculum!   If you haven’t entered already, make sure to enter below to win!   GIVEAWAYS: Letter of the Week a Rafflecopter giveaway Expedition Earth and Road Trip USA a Rafflecopter giveaway Composers and Artists  a Rafflecopter giveaway Scientists and Literature Units 1,2, & 3 a Rafflecopter giveaway   Happy Friday! Winners will be contacted via email by Sunday evening. Good Luck to all! I hope you’ve enjoyed our weeklong 30% OFF event! … [Read more...]