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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...]

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    Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

    I’m so excited to try a new history unit this year! While we’ve used Abeka in the past, and it’s been fine, I really wanted to have a little more fun this year and do something out of the box. Sometimes you’re just ready for a change!   After careful consideration we’ve chosen to go with … [Read More...]

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    Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

    Okay, this has to be the absolute yummiest most refreshing summer drink I’ve tried in a long time! And not only that but it’s also one of the easiest recipes I’ve made too! It’s my totally awesome Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe! Let’s get started with the deliciousness shall we?   … [Read More...]

JAN
26
2010

Stuffed Pasta Shells

This stuffed shells dinner was super fast and easy to make, and every one loved it! I found it on the Crockpot site, but didn’t use my crock pot! Ingredients: 1 box Jumbo Pasta Shells 1 lb lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped (I skipped this as my kids don’t like onion) 1 clove garlic, minced 2 c Mozzarella Cheese, shredded 1/2 c seasoned bread crumbs 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes 1 egg, beaten 1/2 c grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2 c lowfat ricotta cheese 2 jars spaghetti sauce, or your own homemade sauce! Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Cook pasta shells according to directions, just until tender. Meanwhile, brown beef, onion and garlic on stovetop, drain. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl and add beef mixture when done. Line bottom of 9x13 pan with some of the sauce Stuff shells and place in pan as you go. Cover finished shells with sauce Bake (covered w/foil) at 350 degrees for 40 minutes During last 10 minutes of cooking top with a … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2010

Bible Time

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JAN
26
2010

Our Curriculum 2009-2010

I've gotten a lot of questions asking about our curriculum, and what we use. Here's a sample of some of the things we use for our curriculum.Teeny Tiny Tot School:Pretty much whatever she wants to do...click here to see a typical day in Teeny Tiny Tot School!Preschool:Letter Of The Week by meTotally Tot Tray Ideas from 1+1+1Let's Sticker & Paste!My Book of Easy MazesTangramsKumon ABCs UppercaseMelissa and Doug GamesKindergarten:Art: Draw Write Now Series, How to Teach Art to Children, I Can Do All ThingsBible: Abeka Bible SeriesFun: LapbooksMath: Math U SeePhonics, Language, Reading, Math: Abeka K52nd Grade:Art: Draw Write Now Series, How to Teach Art to Children, I Can Do All ThingsBible: Abeka Bible SeriesMath: Math U SeePhonics, Language, Reading, Math, Spelling: Abeka 2History/Geography: My Father's World AdventuresScience: Abeka 2, MFW Adventures, Exploring Creation With AstronomySome other tools we use in our homeschool:www.starfall.com (Online reading … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2010

The Love Dare Day 24: Love vs Lust

Day 24: Love vs LustThe world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17 TODAY’S DARE End it now. Identify every object of lust in your life and remove it. Single out every lie you’ve swallowed in pursuing forbidden pleasure and reject it. Lust cannot be allowed to live in a back bedroom. It must be killed and destroyed—today—and replaced with the sure promises of God and a heart filled with His perfect 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 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 Marriage I 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 … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2010

1000 Readers!

Hi everyone, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU!! My blog hit 1000 readers today, and that just blows me away! You all are too cool, thanks so much for reading and for all of your lovely comments, they make my day! :0) … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2010

A Day in the Life of the Teeny Tiny Tot

One common question I get is “What does your Teeny Tiny Tot to do all day while you homeschool?” Well, I think its about time I address this question, and I really think you’ll be amazed at what a Tot can really accomplish in a day! Here are some practical things you can do with your Teeny Tiny Tot to give a head start to their education! Toddlers love to help out! Since we like to teach responsibility early on, our Teeny Tot starts her day off with chores. First she empties the dishwasher, whether dirty or clean, after that, she climbs on top of her sister’s beds, tossing down all the animals so I can wash the sheets. It would've been really helpful if today was actually sheet washing day. At the start of class she checks everyone’s workboxes to make sure they’re ready for the day. She’s also responsible for picking up the empty boxes once work is finished. And if you can’t reach something, she’s always there to help out. By the way, this is great for Large Muscle … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2010

Prek Letter N

Welcome to the Letter N. We’ll be having fun with Nests this week! Hope you enjoy it! Letter N Memory Verse: “No one can serve two masters." Matthew 6:24 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 N 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 Letter N Letter Hunt Worksheet: We read the story then I have her circle all of the capital and lowercase N's she can find. 1-20 Clothes Pin Counting Cards: I found some fun colored clothes pins at an office supply store a few weeks back. My daughter counts the items on the card then puts a clip on the correct number. Letter N Handwriting Writing: This is my K4 Handwriting practice sheet. It includes … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2010

The Love Dare Day 23: Love always protects

Day 23: Love always protects Love always protects. 1 Corinthians 13:7 TODAY’S DARE Remove anything that is hindering your relationship, any addiction or influence that’s stealing your affections and turning your heart away from your spouse. 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 Marriage I 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...]

JAN
24
2010

The Love Dare Day 22: Love is Faithful

Day 22: Love is Faithful I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord. —Hosea 2:20 TODAY’S DARE Love is a choice, not a feeling. It is an initiated action, not a knee-jerk reaction. Choose today to be committed to love even if your spouse has lost most of their interest in receiving it. Say to them today in words similar to these, “I love you. Period. I choose to love you even if you don’t love me in return.” 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 Marriage I 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 … [Read more...]

JAN
23
2010

The Love Dare Day 21: Love is Satisfied in God

Day 21: Love is Satisfied in GodThe Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire. Isaiah 58:11Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've turned to this verse, do yourself a favor and memorize it my dear sisters.TODAY’S DARE Be intentional today about making a time to pray and read your Bible. Try reading a chapter out of Proverbs each day (there are thirty-one—a full month’s supply), or reading a chapter in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). As you do, immerse yourself in the love and promises God has for you. This will add to your growth as you walk with Him.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 … [Read more...]