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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...]

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    I’m Quilting. Say What? WIP

    What’s WIP you ask? It stands for “work in progress”. And I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of WIP posts from me in the future. I know I haven’t posted much on my quilting projects, but that is because I’m kind of a new addict. So today marks my first, and hopefully not last, WIP post! I started … [Read More...]

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    A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener

    Happy new year everyone! School is officially back in session and we’re all rip-roaring ready to go! Well, kind of. Mostly we’re still mentally on vacation. But… We have to start sometime or we’ll be doing school over the summer, and no one wants that! So I thought I’d take time today to do a … [Read More...]

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    LEGO Education Go Carts & Sleds

    We've been using the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms for our Co-op group for awhile now. Since we only meet once a month this kit is lasting us about 2 academic years which is nice. So far we've had a great time, and today we learned all about go carts and sleds. The lesson … [Read More...]

APR
28
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot School: Part Deux

Welcome to "What's in the Box Wednesday" where we're featuring the Teeny Tiny Tot's boxes! And since she has been in everything lately I decided to give in and let her get down and dirty with all the prek stuff she’s been trying to steal anyway. So here's what she found in her boxes this week...We started off with these Power Magnets and a cookie sheet. She loved this and it actually occupied her for awhile taking on and off the magnets, sticking them together, putting them back in the box. I did sit with her for this though as a few tried to find their way into her mouth.Since we had eggs left over from Easter, I gave her a jar filled with them for her to sort through. She loved pulling them out, putting them back, opening them up and trying to get the lid on the jar. She loves this Fisher-Price: Doodle Pro drawing board, she’s getting better at wielding the pen and just figured out those little shapes draw as well.Next we used the Letter Disks for our Prek letter matching games. She … [Read more...]

APR
27
2010

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

A friend made this for us at a scrapbooking retreat once, and I LOVE LOVE LOVED it! I made some this week and decided to share it with you all, luckily I took a picture first because as soon as I walked away it was gone!IngredientsSalsa: Really you can use any fruit you like, this is what I use…2 kiwis, peeled and diced 2 apples - peeled, cored and diced – (I like Pink Ladies or Lady Alice)8 ounces raspberries 1 pound strawberries 1/2 cantaloupe diced1 tablespoon white sugar (Can be omitted)1 tablespoon brown sugar (Can substitute with sucanat)3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor Tip: I use my Pampered Chef chopper to dice all the fruit, makes it much more ‘salsa-ish’ …if that’s a word, and yes, I do homeschool.Tortilla Chips:10 (10 inch) flour tortillas butter flavored cooking spray (Can spray with water, but not as yummy!)1/2 cup cinnamon sugar (Amount is flexible, I just sprinkle it over the chips)Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, … [Read more...]

APR
24
2010

Tiffany’s Summer Templates Giveaway

Tiffany at “Simply Tiffany” is offering a giveaway to her Summer Templates Digital Scrapbooking class! Hurry today is the last day to enter! Good luck! … [Read more...]

APR
23
2010

Up for a Challenge #7: Mouse House

We love participating in the Up for a Challenge Series from Delightful learning! I'm just a tad behind on keeping up with them, but we squeeze these in whenever we have time. If you haven't heard of it, click the button below to check it out! Sadly, I was out of some of the needed supplies for this one, so we had to improvise. After making them try to use the small paper cups, I let them go ahead and chop up a rigatoni box for the house. They worked extremely well together on this project. Scores: 10/10 room purpose 20/30 creative use of materials 30/30 performance 10/10 persuasive performance 20/20 teamwork! Overall: 90/100 They had a great time doing the project, were wonderful sharing, and working together to create a home, and were very funny to listen to while discussing the house. If you’re interested in participating in Up for a Challenge visit Delightful Learning! … [Read more...]

APR
22
2010

Calendar Time

We start each day with group time which includes our calendar activities. Several of the printouts you see here are part of my Letter of the Week curriculum. Here is what our "calendar area" looks like and some of our activities:(Calendar and numbers are from Lakeshore Learning, I can't find it on their site, but found it at Teacher Storehouse) Pledge of AllegianceMemory Verse Review: Click here for my A-Z memory versesABC SongDays of the Week song: (To the tune of Adam's Family") Days of the week (clap clap) Days of the week (clap clap) Days of the week (clap clap) Days of the week, Days of the week, Days of the week There’s Sunday and there’s Monday, there’s Tuesday & there’s Wednesday, there’s Thursday & there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday! Days of the week (clap, clap) Month’s of the Year song: (To the Macarena) January (Right hand out) February (Left hand out) March (Right hand palm up) And April (Left hand palm up) May (Right hand on left shoulder) … [Read more...]

APR
22
2010

Quote of the day:

Today's quote comes from my 3 1/2 year old daughter while sitting in time out:Me: You can get out of your time out when you’re done being angryHer: Well, my anger’s just getting bigger and biggerMe: You know the Bible says ‘A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.’ (Proverbs 29:10-12) Do you want to be foolish or wise?Her: Well apparently I’m a fool because I’m still sitting here!Me: Touche'Her: Huh? … [Read more...]

APR
21
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to “What’s in the Box Wednesday”! I apologize for skipping a couple weeks there! Frankly, uhem…I forgot! But, better late than never right? So, getting back on track, here’s what we’re doing for 2nd grade this week.We’re nearing the end of the year Yay! I feel like I’m starting to get less creative with our boxes, so I’d love to see what you all are doing as the year winds down so don’t forget to hook up via the Linky below! Here’s what’s in our boxes for 2nd grade:Math U See Beta workbook Abeka Math (Yes, I make her do 2 math’s) Abeka – Creative Writing Subtract It! Math Game Abeka – Phonics American Pioneers & Patriots (My Father’s World) Spelling practice Sue Patrick Typing Lessons Abeka Reading PowerSpeak Spanish & Crochet Craft from Michael’s $1 section Click here for more information on the Workbox System! … [Read more...]

APR
20
2010

Subtract It! Math Game

The response to my “Add It!” game was so great, that I decided to make a “Subtract It!” Game as well. (Please ignore the ‘add it’ scoops in the pics, I’m just lazy! The Subtract It! game DOES come with “Subtract It” scoops!) Click here to download Subtract It! The rules of Subtract It! are simple: Place a subtraction flashcard onto the empty white rectangle on the game board. Using any manipulative of your choice, place the correct amount of objects into the top green box based on the top number on the subtraction flashcard. Using the “Scoop”, scoop the correct amount of objects into the recycle bin based on the bottom number on the subtraction flashcard Using the “Scoop”, scoop the remaining objects from the top green box down into the bottom yellow box for your answer. Count the objects in the bottom yellow box, and place the correct number card onto the bottom of the subtraction flashcard. Pick a new card and play again! The download includes: Subtraction … [Read more...]

APR
18
2010

Prek Letter O

Welcome to our Letter O Week! We are having fun with Octopus this week! Letter O Memory Verse: O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good. Psalm 118:1 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 A-Z Handwriting Worksheets: These worksheets have practice lines plus upper and lowercase letter writing practice. You can also laminate or put in page protectors so they can be reused! Letter O Letter Hunt: Today we used our do-a-dot markers to highlight all of the letter O's in the story! Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter O on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Letter Oo Do-A-Dot Page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this! Number Clip Cards: The clip cards are to either put in order 1-10, or clip the correct amount of paper clips on, or … [Read more...]

APR
16
2010

Fruit of the Spirit Bean Bag Toss

For our memory verse this week, I made a fun Bean Bag Toss game! Rules: Lay out the cards on the floor and take turns tossing bean bags onto them in order of the scripture. Variations: Put fruit cards in a basket, pick one then try to hit that card. Laminate and use as hopscotch game Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Download the Fruit of the Spirit Bean Bag Toss game here! … [Read more...]