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    Homeschooling 101: Socialization

    Hi everyone, I have another Homeschooling 101 post for you.  Today we’re talking about that dreaded word… SOCIALIZATION!   One of the first questions I am asked regarding homeschooling is… “What about socialization?” I almost hesitate to even include this topic in my series … [Read More...]

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    Happy Labor Day 2014

      Hi everyone! It’s Labor Day! I like to think of it as “relax because the rest of the year’s gonna be crazy” day. So that’s what we’re doing… We’re taking the day off! The day off school that is. We’ll be hanging out and Barbequing, marshmallow roasting, and hanging with a few friends. … [Read More...]

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    2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

    I H.E.A.R.T Back-To-School time! It means fall is coming, we get to start new and exciting curriculum, and we get new school supplies! Goodness all around! But what does Back-To-School look like for a homeschooler? I mean, don’t we just come downstairs and start school? No back-to-school … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

    Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with … [Read More...]

FEB
09
2010

stART – Rainbow Fish

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stART concept, if you haven’t gotten involved yet, Visit A Mommy’s Adventures for more info! Each Thursday Michelle puts up her stART project for everyone to link up to and share ideas. Simply put: A Story + Art = A Great stART!! Our first project is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, this went along perfectly with our Letter F For Fish activities! I found the Rainbow fish idea on Bytes of Memory’s blog, and since we already had the book, I went for it! We made these fun little fish using colored construction paper and Tin Foil pieces. I had the bright idea of cutting them with my 1” hole punch so they looked like scales, but really I like how Bytes of Memory’s turned out better. She let her child tear the pieces of paper to add on to the fish. For more stART projects, be sure to click the button below! … [Read more...]

FEB
09
2010

The Love Dare Day 38: Love fulfills dreams

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 TODAY’S DARE Ask yourself what your mate would want if it was obtainable. Commit this to prayer, and start mapping out a plan for meeting some (if not all) of their desires, to whatever level you possibly can.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know if I can pray for you as well. Click here to start from Day 1!If you're participating in The Love Dare, I would love to hear from you! Add your link to our McLinky so we can all pray for each other! … [Read more...]

FEB
08
2010

Jesus Loves Me Lapbook

We’re making a fun Jesus Loves Me Lapbook for Valentines this week! Here’s a VIDEO of a sample book, (mine is a little different) I downloaded the contents from Christian Preschool Printables (There are 4 pages of items to download, so look at them all!) Here is the inside of our book, left side, middle and right when opened fully: I used 2 file folders for this lapbook, it includes: Tic-tac-toe Number cards to make the verse John 3:16 when put in order Bingo Love Is…game Mini-book Hide ‘em in your heart coloring verse Here is the inside of the lapbook, and the back 2 pages with the Love Is… game on it. For my preschooler, I made a Jesus Puzzle instead of the numbered verse cards since she can’t read yet.Click here to see all of our Valentine Activities! … [Read more...]

FEB
08
2010

The Love Dare Day 37: Love agrees in prayer

If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father. Matthew 18:19 TODAY’S DARE Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together. Talk about the best time to do this, whether it’s in the morning, your lunch hour, or before bedtime. Use this time to commit your concerns, disagreements, and needs before the Lord. Don’t forget to thank Him for His provision and blessing. Even if your spouse refuses to do this, resolve to spend this daily time in prayer yourself.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know … [Read more...]

FEB
07
2010

The Love Dare Day 36: Love is God’s Word

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 TODAY’S DARE Commit to reading the Bible every day. Find a devotional book or other resource that will give you some guidance. If your spouse is open to it, see if they will commit to daily Bible reading with you. Begin submitting each area of your life to its guidance and start building on the rock.If you can't seem to get time to read, maybe you have time to 'listen'. Check out this awesome Daily Audio Bible! They also have a Daily Kids Bible Audio too!The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and … [Read more...]

FEB
06
2010

Dinner Planner

Homeschool takes up so much of my creative juice that I just don’t have time to think of creative, healthy dinner ideas too! Fortunately, I stumbled on DinnerPlanner! Its a wonderful site, that sends a new weekly menu to you every Friday. The thing that made me LOVE this plan, was that not only does it include a great meal list for the week, but they also give you a grocery shopping list, that’s color coded and separated out by section, so finding the food is super easy! They also include things you need, but probably have on hand, which reminds me to buy staples! So far we have really liked the meals. We don’t like one for this week, so I’m just going to skip it, but otherwise they’ve been really yummy and they even include a dessert! The DinnerPlanner also offers your choice of Family Dinner Menus and a Healthy Meals menu. You can give it a try with a Free Week Sample Menu! … [Read more...]

FEB
06
2010

The Love Dare Day 35: Love is accountable

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 NIV TODAY’S DARE Find a marriage mentor—someone who is a strong Christian and who will be honest and loving with you. If you feel that counseling is needed, then take the first step to set up an appointment. During this process, ask God to direct your decisions and discernment.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know if I can pray for you as well. Click here to start from Day 1!If you're participating in The Love Dare, I would love to hear from you! Add your link to … [Read more...]

FEB
05
2010

Prek Letter V

I wanted to post this letter early, so you would have time to prepare your valentines week! So, welcome to the Letter V where we’ll be having fun with Valentines! Letter V Memory Verse: “Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth upon Me hath everlasting life." John 6:47 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 V on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Worked on our letter V K4 Handwriting worksheet and our Letter V letter hunt worksheet: Target $1 Bin Finds: I found these great heart ice cube trays in the dollar bin at Target. The candy wasn't $1, but I got it to use as sorters and counters. We'll use the heart … [Read more...]

FEB
05
2010

The Love Dare Day 34: Love celebrates Godliness

[Love] does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:6 TODAY’S DARE Find a specific, recent example when your spouse demonstrated Christian character in a noticeable way. Verbally commend them for this at some point today.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know if I can pray for you as well. Click here to start from Day 1!If you're participating in The Love Dare, I would love to hear from you! Add your link to our McLinky so we can all pray for each other! … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2010

Alpha Omega Daily Devotions

I found this in my inbox the other morning and had to share… “Satan really takes advantage of homeschoolers. When you jump into something different, such as teaching your own children, you become susceptible to his attacks of doubt and fear. Unsure of your abilities, you second-guess your decisions and desperately look for affirmation and direction. Added to those doubts are questioning remarks and comments from those who don't homeschool, and soon you begin to think, "I could really mess up my children's lives if I do this wrong!" The multiple battlefronts of spiritual, emotional, and physical attack call for reinforcement from the Lord. Only His divine strength, wisdom, and power can counteract Satan's fears.” Click here to read More… If you don’t already get Alpha Omega’s Daily Devotions, I HIGHLY recommend signing up! A friend suggested this site to me, and I have to say, I have been very blessed each day to read their devotions! Each devotion relates specifically to homeschooling … [Read more...]