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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

MAR
09
2010

Clown Fish Lapbook

This was our first preschool lapbook, we did a Clownfish Lapbook. Since it was for prek, I kept it simple, 1 file folder and includes: New Worlds: Sea homes Where do they live? Clown Fish Anatomy Clown Fish Measuring Finding Nemo Stick Puppets Clown Fish Coloring Of course we watched Finding Nemo! Since this was for our preschooler, I kept it simple. You can download my version of the Clownfish Lapbook here.I you have older children, you can find plenty of downloads in the coral reef lapbook at Homeschool Share. … [Read more...]

MAR
07
2010

Easter Activities & Lapbook

I made some fun Easter activities for our family and thought I’d share early so you have plenty of time to make them! These items could easily be made into an Easter Lapbook so I also included a Lapbook Cover Page and Game Piece Pockets if you want them. Enjoy!Lapbook Cover Page and Lapbook Pockets Easter Number Matching: Cut out each egg, then cut in half along the dotted line. Match the number on top with the correct amount of dots on the bottom to complete the puzzles! (Numbers 1-10 included in download) Roll an Easter Egg: Roll the dice and put together the egg puzzle depending on the number you roll! Counting Eggs: These are fun to put in numerical order! I also these with either mini-clothes pins, colored paper clips, or put a hole in them and have her attach chain links to them. Whatever you use, just have them put on the correct amount for the number on the card. This would be cute to use with little Jelly Beans as counters! (Numbers 1-10 included in download) Easter … [Read more...]

MAR
06
2010

How to get started homeschooling…

I've had so many questions on this that I've decided to go ahead and do a post. But before I go on, please realize I am by no means a homeschooling guru, more like a crazy lady with a camera, okay? So...the short/common answer here is that you have to figure out what works best for YOU and your kids. Each family is different, and each child within your family can be different. In response to that, I've had a lot of questions from newbie homeschoolers saying that the above answer doesn't really help them out any! So, with that said, I thought I'd do my best to at least give you a starting place so that you can naturally shift towards what works for you! So, grab a cup of coffee, or a Valium maybe (just kidding! hee, hee), try not to get overwhelmed, and I'll tell you how we got started... Pray! Pray for wisdom and direction, for what God has in mind for your homeschool and for your children. He has a master plan for each one of them and only through constant prayer can you … [Read more...]

MAR
05
2010

Word Block Phonics

I found this wonderful game on The Crafty Classroom and immediately LOVED it! I’m all about anything that can make learning more fun, and colorful, and pretty…and involves paint…and a trip to the craft store ;o) Really this is another take on the Paint Chip Phonics game I made awhile back, but looks a little more interactive to me. So here’s how to make it: Supplies: Wooden cubes from craft store 3 Colors of Acrylic Paint Foam paint brush Sharpie Step 1: I followed the advice on The Crafty Classroom and left 3 of the blocks the natural wood color so my children would know which blocks are the beginning letters. Step 2: Next I painted the remaining 6 blocks to be used for the ending sounds. I painted the same color on opposite sides of each block. Just make sure to let the sides dry enough to handle before moving onto the next color. Step 3: Write various ending sounds on each block. Since we’re learning 1 and 2 vowel words now, I went ahead … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2010

Domino & Dice Math

I downloaded a great domino game today called “Domino Parking Lot”. Younger kids can count the dots and place the dominos in the correct spot. Older kids can add the 2 sides together to find the correct spot. I found the idea for this on Nurturing the Tender Years, if you haven’t already, go visit, she has a beautiful blog! Domino Math: I do this game 2 ways, either I write in the combination's and he matches the dominoes to it and writes in the answer. Or he picks a domino out and writes the equation and answer himself. Click here to download the domino math game! Dice Addition/Subtraction: Roll the die, and write a number in the first box, roll again and write it in the second box. Use blocks or counters to help figure out the answer! Click here to download the Dice Addition/Subtraction worksheets! A Place Value Game: Pick numbers and put them in boxes, say the number, and make it with blocks! Click here to download the Place Value Game: More Domino ideas: MathWire Brick … [Read more...]

MAR
03
2010

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Kindergarten

Math U See Primer video and workbook Logic Links Puzzle Abeka Handwriting practice Abeka –Addition flashcard practice & counting by 5’sDomino Parking Lot: Add the dots & put the domino in the correct spotAbeka – Phonics FlashcardsAbeka – I Do Read bookWall-E  I Spy Book Click here for more information on the Workbox System!      That’s it for the day! Only 8 boxes, what a lucky guy ;o) … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2010

Thank You!

Thank you for your purchase!You will receive an email shortly with your order and download information. If you do not receive an email, please contact me directly at erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler {dot} com.Hope you have a great day! … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2010

Alphabet Activity Storage

If you downloaded my Letter Of The Week curriculum, you're probably asking yourself what the heck to do with it all now...so, I'm not sayin' this is the best answer, but its what I do for storage: I already had these plastic bins from Lakeshore, so I used them. I think that hanging file folders would be good, or even a large Rubbermaid bin. You could also use Manilla Envelopes instead of file folders. For the individual letter games, I use ziplock sandwich bags to keep all the game pieces separate. Then I put all the activities for one letter into a file folder, label it with the letter, and store all of the letter folders in a plastic bin. I also take out the rings I use to bind the little pre-writing books etc, so I can re-use them on other letters. Plus they're bulky to store. That way when we get to a letter, I just pull out that folder and all the activities are right there. All these containers are stored nicely in my homeschool room armoire for easy access. I've had … [Read more...]

MAR
01
2010

Prek Letter K

Welcome to the Letter K. We’ll be having fun with Kites this week! Letter K Memory Verse: “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies." Psalm 34:13 Click here to download the verse puzzle. (Note: I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek) For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter K on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Calendar Time: Put up the number, correct colored chain link to complete the pattern and count the calendar! Then say the full date ie: Friday, March 5th 2010. Discuss Yesterday and Tomorrow too! Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Outside Activity: Go fly a kite! Literally :o) I waited to post this until weather was nicer, so hopefully you'll all be able to go out and fly a kite. My husband got some from Wal-mart for … [Read more...]

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27
2010

Recommended Reading A – D

Letter A: Letter B: Letter C: Letter D: … [Read more...]