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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...]

MAR
31
2010

Horizontal Drop Down Menu in Blogger

Here is a fairly easy tutorial for installing a drop down navigation bar into your Blogger Blog. (Like the dark brown one in my header section) STEP 1: In Blogger, go to your “Layout” and “Page Elements” section. Click on the “Add a Gadget” link just under your header image: (Note: If you are just starting your blog, the “Minima Lefty” template is a good one to start with. It’s simple and you can customize it as you go.) From the Gadget’s List, select “HTML/Javascript” option. STEP 2: Simply copy and paste this ENTIRE code into your widget. Note: Leave the “Title” section of this widget blank. <style type="text/css"> /* style the outer div to give it width */ .menu { width:1000px; font-size:14px; padding-bottom:40px; } /* remove all the bullets, borders and padding from the default list styling */ .menu ul { padding:0; margin:0; list-style-type:none; font: 14px Tahoma, Arial; } .menu ul ul { /* width:124px; */ border:1px solid … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2010

Letter of the Week: Shape Flashcards

A kind reader informed me that there was an error on the Letter of the Week Shape Cards, for the Triangle shape card, the card reads "yellow" instead of "triangle". I have fixed the cards, and as of today the Letter of the Week download files are now updated. If you downloaded them prior to today and would like the updated copy, please email me with the date of purchase and your paypal email and I'd be happy to send you the updated PDF! My sincere apologies, … [Read more...]

MAR
29
2010

I’m Joining ABC & 123!

Hi everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be writing a new feature for ABC & 123! It’s going to be called “Play to Learn” and it was announced today, go check it out! As homeschoolers, we have a great opportunity to think out of the box and incorporate all kinds of different hands on learning tools to make the learning experience more fulfilling and FUN for our children. I’m excited to be a part of ABC & 123 and this new feature!I'll be posting every other Monday starting April 12th, so make sure to visit! If you have any great ideas to contribute to this column, I’d love to feature you, email me at erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler {dot} com! … [Read more...]

MAR
28
2010

Prek Letter W

Welcome to the Letter W. We’ll be having fun with Watermelon this week! Hope you enjoy it! (Scroll down for the puzzle download!) Letter W Memory Verse: "We love Him because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19 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 W 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 Ww Tracing Card: I laminate this and cut out the watermelon then use Expo Dry Erase Markerswith it. You could also use it to glue beans onto or as finger tracing practice. Click the image below to download:   Letter W Do-A-Dot page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!   Watermelon Number Practice: I laminate this and … [Read more...]

MAR
28
2010

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Lapbook

We use the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book each week as we go through our Letter of the Week curriculum.I found this super cute Chicka Chicka Boom Boom lapbook at Lapbooks by Carissa and thought it would be a great compliment to what we've been doing!Along with Carisa's downloads, I added Numbers and a Cover Page, you can download my add-ons for the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom lapbook here. This is a simple 1 file folder lapbook that includes: Lowercase letters and pocket Uppercase letters and pocket Coconut name booklet Shapes booklet Number cards and pocket Color tree booklet Cover page and decorative palm tree Here’s a close-up of the shapes accordion book and color tree book: Here are the downloads for this lapbook: Carisa’s Chicka Chicka Lapbook My Chicka Chicka Lapbook Add Ons More Chicka Chicka Boom Ideas:The Vital Vine … [Read more...]

MAR
27
2010

Multi Tabbed Navigation Widget For Blogger

I’ve had several people ask about the new tabbed navigation box on my blog. I have to say this was super easy to install! After trying several other tabbed widgets, this was by far the easiest and most successful to install, so I wanted to share it all with you! This code was developed by Patrick Fitzgerald of BarelyFutz Designs, who created clear, easy to read script that makes it easy for people like me to de-clutter and maximize the space on my blog. As an added bonus, this CSS is clearly commented, so its easy to customize to match your blog! Why do a tabbed sidebar? Just some reasons to help you decide if this is for you before you start messing with your blog: Makes it easy to navigate through your blog Efficient use of space Reduces the load time So, if you’re ready to proceed, here is a step by step tutorial on creating this bloggy goodness: STEP 1: Download your current blog template (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!) In BLOGGER: Click on your “LAYOUT” tab, then on “EDIT HTML”. … [Read more...]

MAR
26
2010

Ch-ch-ch Changes!

I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning, on my blog that is! I was starting to get that “cluttered” feeling, and so I went for an overhaul. I’m not entirely done, I have planned some more detailed coding that’s going to require some assistance from my loving husband, but for now, I’m giving this new look a try. Change 1: To the right you will notice a pink tabbed box that allows you to see a bit ABOUT ME, to SEARCH for specific things on this blog, look at past blog TOPICS (categories), see old blog POSTS (archives), and get some confession BLING! Change 2: I consolidated all my sidebar widgets into one new sidebar that is separated by pink title bars, hopefully cleaner and easier to read. Change 3: I’m trying out a new background, not sure I’m totally happy yet, still working on code so that it scrolls with the content. So let me know what you think, I’d love to hear feedback. My goal is to make it easier to find things that you’re looking for here while at the same time being … [Read more...]

MAR
25
2010

Felt Food: Tea Set, Grill, Cookies, Valentines

My mom went a little crazy this round with the felty goodness!She purchased a Tea Set pattern from Gulf Coast Cottage and my daughter LOVES it. The little tea bags and lemon slices are to die for, and the sugar cubes are so sweet! The set includes patterns for: Tea cups/saucers Serving Tray Tea pot Napkins Lemon wedges/slices Sugar cubes Tea bags For my son, she made a super cute grilling set from Gulf Coast Cottage that includes: Grill Spatula and tongs Hot dogs and buns Hamburger buns with burgers, cheese, onion, tomato and lettuce For my other daughter she made a cookie baking set from Gulf Coast Cottage that includes: Cookie Jar (She suggests yellow for the jar, but I’d do a different color) Peanut Butter Cookies Hershey’s Kiss Cookies Sugar Cookie dough with cutouts Rolling Pin Frosted Sugar Cookies (except the heart cookies, she made those on her own) Gulf Coast Baker’s Set that includes: A chef hat Mixing bowl Measuring cup & spoons … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2010

Breakfast In Bed!

I'm happy to introduce our newest felt food pattern, Breakfast in Bed! This cute little pattern includes full scale patterns, step by step instructions along with colorful pictures! It includes: Sunny Side Up Eggs Bacon Slices Sausage Links Pancakes Syrup Butter pats Orange Slices Banana Slices Buy the Breakfast in Bed Pattern now for only $3!   ★This pattern includes easy step by step instructions along with colorful photos! ★Pattern comes complete with full Scale Patterns for each piece. ★You will be directed to the download page upon completion of payment. If for some reason you are not re-directed, please email me and I will be happy to email the link to you. ★Patterns are in PDF format on 8 1/2 x 11 size paper. A PDF viewer is required to open the files. Adobe Reader is a great PDF viewer that can be downloaded to your computer for free at www.adobe.com. ★All patterns are copyright protected. Not to be distributed, transferred, or sold in … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2010

What’s In The Box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Math U See Beta video and workbook Abeka Math (Yes, I make her do 2 math’s) Abeka Spelling Spelling practice “Word – Build – Write” from Home Grown Hearts Abeka – Creative Writing Abeka – Phonics Exploring American History (My Father’s World) Geography (My Father’s World) Draw Write Now, Book 7 Crochet Craft from Michael’s $1 section Click here for more information on the Workbox System! … [Read more...]