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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

    Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as … [Read More...]

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    All About Spelling Giveaway!

    We’re moving on to a new level of All About Learning Press spelling, and frankly I’m even excited! I’d also like to mention that the cover of this new level is Strawberry Shortcake’s absolute favorite color, so she’s thrilled! It’s the little things, no?   This year Strawberry shortcake … [Read More...]

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    Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

    I have had some specific requests to update the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook .  Hopefully this will help all of you out there. And if you don’t want the updates, you’re welcome to continue using the copy you already have! Updates include: Upper/lowercase weekdays. i.e. … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Time Management

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and Time Management!   Good time management for homeschoolers is a necessity. You’ve already seen a sample of our daily schedule. But there are a few more tips I’d like to share with you on … [Read More...]

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    September Holidays and Special Dates

    I know this post is a little late being that we’re already a week into September, but I’ve been meaning to do some fun posts on monthly activities to help make your homeschooling a little more fun and engaging! We like to find a couple of things each month that we do to make it special. It’s not … [Read More...]

FEB
15
2010

Lemons to Aid Haiti!

Melissa, a fellow mom blogger came up with a great way for her children to get involved in raising money for Haiti, she calls it Lemons to Aid!Watch the News Story On YouTubeMelissa says that "by challenging each child in America to turn lemons into lemonaid, we are not only sending money to earthquake relief, but we are teaching our children to get involved and help at an early age through this hands on experience. We have a map on our website that shows what cities have already participated in the Lemons to Aid campaign. I want to see which state can fill up first! I have been able to pay it forward and now I would like to give other parents and their kids the same experience."Visit Lemons to Aid for more information on how you can get involved! … [Read more...]

FEB
15
2010

Prek Letter Z

Welcome to the Letter Z. We’ll be having fun with Zebras this week! Click on the title of anything to download the printable! (Scroll down to download the Zebra floor numbers!) Letter Z Memory Verse: “Zacchaeus make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." Luke 19:5 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 Z 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   Zebra Dominoes: I printed these cards in several different color combination's so you can play a fun game of domino's that’s on a prek level. Simply match up the zebra colors next to each other to play the game. Roll A Zebra! I found the idea on Play 2 Learn … [Read more...]

FEB
12
2010

PowerSpeak: Spanish Lessons

We are trying a new software called PowerSpeak for Spanish. Rosetta stone just got too hard too fast without explaining what they were doing and a friend recommended this program to me. I don’t like forking out cash when we’ve already purchased something else (praise God I got Rosetta for CHEAP!), but Spanish just wasn’t happening at this point and it was either change or quit, so… We plunged into PowerSpeak , and so far my daughter LOVES it! They have fun interactive games to play to re-enforce the vocabulary they’ve learned in each lesson. The lessons are so fun, that a crowd usually gathers to watch. When you first log-in, you create an Avatar that you get to design, then as you go through the program, you earn money that can later be spent on sprucing up your Avatar.Once lessons start there are 2 kids who tell stories, the first time is in English and as they repeat the story, they add in more words in Spanish. Each lesson is followed by various games that help to … [Read more...]

FEB
11
2010

Educational Insights Hot Dots

We LOVE Educational Insights Hot Dots! They’re a fun way to practice all that you’ve learned in school! When your student clicks on one of the dots the pen will flash green and say “Great Job” or “You are Correct”, if you get the wrong answer the pen will flash red and say “Sorry, try again!” We use them to review math facts, phonics practice and telling time, and early reading skills. They sell several different pre-made cards. Or you can purchase Educational Insights Hot Dots with Talking Hot Dots Pen, and make your own cards as well! You can also download the cards I’ve made here: Long and Short Vowel Sounds Beginning Consonants Beginning Blends Practice CVC Word Practice http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2Fd3c20ef4-268f-4f95-8b19-91505e4f5fa7&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate A word to the wise: if you make your own cards, print the cards, then laminate, THEN DOT THEM AFTERWARDS! The … [Read more...]

FEB
11
2010

The Love Dare Day 40: Love is a covenant

Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Ruth 1:16 TODAY’S DARE Write out a renewal of your vows and place them in your home. Perhaps, if appropriate, you could make arrangements to formally renew your wedding vows before a minister and with family present. Make it a living testament to the value of marriage in God’s eyes and the high honor of being one with your mate.Congratulations!! We made it! I hope your journey was as successful as ours! My mother-in-law found this great devotion called Living the Love Dare. It is a 365-day flipbook marriage-strengthening tool to sit on your bedside table, by the coffee maker, or at your desk, daily inspiring husbands and wives toward unconditional love.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 … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2010

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Prek Valentines!

Welcome to "What's in the Box Wednesday, where I share some of what we're putting in our workboxes. Today I'm sharing my prek boxes, we’re doing all valentine activities!  Here's our prek lineup for today:1. Calendar Numbers, Pointer for counting, color links from Lakeshore Learning, for making  patterns on calendar2. Candy Hearts and numbered bowls, put correct # of hearts in each bowl. (And a snack for fun)    3. Letter V tracing practice4. Valentine letter matching 5. Roll A Valentine game6. Valentine puzzle  7. Shape finders, downloaded from Erin’s blog8. Jesus Loves Me Lapbook with games and coloring 9. Heart sorting with Target $1 bin heart ice cube tray!10. Heart painting craft from Michael’s Click here to see and download all of our Valentine Activities!Click here for more information on the Workbox System! … [Read more...]

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10
2010

The Love Dare Day 39: Love Endures

Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8 TODAY’S DARE Spend time in personal prayer, then write a letter of commitment and resolve to your spouse. Include why you are committing to this marriage until death, and that you have purposed to love them no matter what. Leave it in a place that your mate will find it.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...]

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09
2010

My Baby is 4 today!

  Wow, time has flown by my sweet baby! You are so full of life, almost 100% smiles all the time, and still the cuddliest kid I know! Everyone loves your vibrant personality, and we’ve all been so blessed by your presence in our lives! Do Mommy a favor and stop trying to cut off those beautiful curls okay? Love you bunny, Mommy and Daddy … [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...]

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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...]