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    Homeschool Curriculum 40% OFF Sale Day 2!!

    Welcome to day 2 of my 40% off sale! I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get your curriculum for next year, the time is now! I only do these sales about twice a year, so don’t wait! For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School 40% OFF Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

    Hey guys, it’s about that time again, time to start looking for new curriculum! Our year just ended, but I’m already planning ahead for next year and gathering curriculum, planning, and getting things ready to go for our 10th year of homeschooling! Whaaaat?! And just to say a big thank you to all … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth: Netherlands Unit Study

    Good morning friends! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on the Netherlands! Of course we started off our week finding Netherland on the map and stamping our passports with their flag. Our flags are taking over our wall map! But it’s fun to see how much land we’ve … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Running a Homeschool Household

    I get a ton of questions about how I keep our basic household running. Homeschooling certainly takes up quite a bit of time and so that means that we need a good schedule to keep  up with our crazy schedule! So make sure to stop by today’s Tip Tuesday video to see how I organize our day and get … [Read More...]

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    5th Grade Top Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    Hi everyone! I’m seeing a lot of activity in the COAH Community so I know you are all starting to plan ahead for next year! So today I’m sharing our top 5th grade homeschool curriculum picks! We’ve gotten to the point where we’re pretty pleased with our line up of curriculum. While I like to do a … [Read More...]

DEC
06
2010

Preschool Christmas Activities

Hi everyone! I wanted to share my Preschool Christmas Activities for this year! We’re officially on break for school now, but we’re still having fun with preschool games, Christmas crafts (don’t worry, I’ll share!), holiday baking, Advent activities and Christmas Around the World! (I know, not really a break huh!) So here’s what we have going on for Preschool this month: Click here to download the entire Christmas Preschool Activity Pack (Download Help: If your browser is not opening the file, try to RIGHT click on the above download link, then select "SAVE LINK AS" and you will be prompted to save the file to your hard drive.) Roll a Christmas Tree: The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll a die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice Candy Cane Counting: You can laminate these then write the number in the box, or if your … [Read more...]

DEC
05
2010

2010 Digital Scrapbooking Calendar Template

Each year for Christmas gifts I do a digital scrapbook calendar for my parents and grandparents. I fill it in with fun pictures of the kids and family for the year. It’s turned into a great tradition and keepsake for our family. I also give them all a 8x8 empty scrapbook to put the old calendar pages in so they have a chronological keepsake of our family. The pages are for an 8x8 calendar, and I just buy blank calendars and adhere the printed pages to each month. I’ve put together a calendar to share with all of you as well, it includes everything you see above, so not only are you getting 12 layered templates, but paper, tags, twine, frames, flowers and ribbons! YAY! Details: All files are 300dpi, files are .psd (photoshop) layered templates (which means you have full editing capabilities, and you will need a software program that can open .psd files to use these templates.) Here is a post on getting started with digital scrapbooking if you have questions. And just cuz’ … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2010

Nest King is Born DVD Winner

As promised, we have a winner for our Nest Learning - The King is Born DVD! Yipee! And our winner is… Krista from Honolulu Hawaii! Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned Monday for a 2010 Digital Calendar Giveaway from….me! … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2010

Christmas Treasures Digital Scrapbooking Kit

For those of you who missed it in the Jessica Sprague Digital Designer’s Blog Hop, I wanted to share my Christmas Treasures kit! I’m still offering the mini-kit freebie and also presenting the full Christmas Kit for sale! Christmas Treasures FREEBIE! What’s included in the mini-kit Freebie? 5 12x12 Papers, 2 Curly tags, 1Tied ribbon, and a Felt Alpha with hanging strings. (All files are 300 dpi, includes .jpg & .png format) Click on the image above to download your Christmas Treasures Freebie! And now for the full Christmas Time Kit! What’s included in the Christmas Time Kit? (All files are 300 dpi, includes jpg & .png formats) 24 Papers 1 Pocket with 12 paper strips 3 Buttons 10 Tags Felt Alpha with string ties (bow and straight) 4 felt flowers 2 Photo Corners 4 Felt Trees Hanging "Merry" embellishment 7 Ribbons 1 Twine tie 2 Circle Tags 4 Postage Stamps 1 stitched border Here’s an up close view of all the elements you’ll … [Read more...]

DEC
02
2010

Easy Taco Salad

This is one of my favorite Weight Watcher Recipes, it tastes great and is low fat (as long as you don’t add too much of the optional garnishes that is)! Ingredients: 1lb browned ground beef or turkey 1 T taco seasoning 2 T water 1 can drained black beans 1 can drained chick peas 1 sm. can sliced black olives Lettuce of your choice (I used baby spinach leaves) 1 Tomato diced Optional Garnish: Salsa, 1 sliced green onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, Tortilla Strips (Found in the salad dressing isle of the grocery store) Directions: 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add turkey/beef; cook 7 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain if necessary and return to pan. Stir in taco seasoning and 2 T water, cook another 1-2 minutes. 2. Add remaining ingredients except garnish to pan and stir just enough to mix. 3. Serve on plate of lettuce, and garnish as desired. 4. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2010

Letter I for Inchworm

  Hi! Welcome to the Letter I for inchworm collection! I hope you enjoy this week! Letter I Memory Verse: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:14 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 Letter I Writing Practice: Wikki Stix Alphabet Cards: Letter I   Letter I Tracing: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.   Letter Ii Do-A-Dot Page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!   Large Floor Numbers: We spread these on the floor, then i call out a number and she hops to it. Or we'll put them in random order and she'll hop to them in order. You can also do a hopscotch pattern with them and have them say … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2010

Advent Activities

Each year I try to do some sort of fun thing for Advent. This year we’re doing a combination of things. First, I made these cute little numbered ornaments for our Advent activities. Click here to download the Advent Ornaments You simply print and punch out with a 2” circle punch. Then using mini-clothespins attach each one to a mini-Christmas tree or a string of garland. Each day we take one down and do whatever activity is on the back. For this you can print my activities on the backs (they are included in the download) or you can print just the ornaments and write in your own activities. Last year we did The Jesse Tree, so this year I ordered some Make your own Advent Candles and Bartholomew’s Passage. I have to say that these candles didn’t come with any instructions, so if you’re a newbie like me here are some instructions on making Beeswax Candles! We’ll light the candles each night as we read a chapter from our book. If you’re not up for purchasing a new … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2010

Character Study: Arguing

I am working on some character studies for our family and I wanted to share them with you all as well. I’ve been collecting verses that support issues we’ve had in our household and turned them into a 4 day character study that we've been doing each week.I've completed 10 studies, this is the first in the series and is based on arguing, you can click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. I will post the rest of the studies weekly. A Character study: Arguing Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit.We also do a daily/weekly "Challenge" for each study, so for example the challenge for this week … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2010

Nest DVD Giveaway!

As promised, we have another great giveaway from Nest Learning for this month, The King is Born DVD is up and would make a great stocking stuffer! Yipee! Nest Learning offers Biblical animated DVD series covering the Old Testament and New Testament. They also have a Hero Classics series and other great DVD choices. When you purchase a series of DVD’s you also receive an instant download activity book for each video in the series. The activities range from games, puzzles, coloring pages and more. What I like about them is that the activities cover Prek – 8th Grade, so I can print off a coloring page for my preschooler, a maze for my 1st grader and a crossword puzzle for my 2nd grader. You can purchase the videos individually or as a set! Now for the giveaway! Nest Learning has offered the The King is Born DVD FREE to one of you just in time for Christmas! Click here for more info on The King is Born DVD Journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and witness the humble birth of … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2010

Candid Conversation with God

I wanted to share the conversation I had with God before we started homeschooling. It came to me a few times so maybe it’s the Lord’s way of asking me to share, so here we go… Dear Jesus, I wanted to discuss this whole homeschooling thing you have called us to. I have a few concerns and would just like to hear from you, you know some kind of confirmation that we should homeschool, that we’re on the right track, because I’m freaking out just a bit. So here’s where I’m at with this whole thing… 1. I’m scared. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deut 31;8) And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matt 28:20) 2. I’m worried about what other people will think or say. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. (Prov 29:25) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov 9:10) … [Read more...]