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    2016 iHomeschool Omnibus

    Hi everyone! it’s time for the 2016 iHomeshool Network Omnibus sale! Every year the amazing iHN bloggers put together a huge sale full of awesome resources at an incredibly discounted price for all of you! It’s full of material not just on homeschooling, but parenting, relationships, … [Read More...]

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    May 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hey guys! I’m so excited for May because that means we only have one more month of school left! I start getting really bad summer fever right about now and with the weather warming up I want to do just about anything else besides hang out in the kitchen cooking. So that’s where my monthly meal plans … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Motivating Your Students

    Hi everyone and welcome back to Tip Tuesday! Today we’re talking about how to motivate your students to want to do a good job and work diligently! I think as homeschoolers motivation can be an issue, well it has been for us anyway! My kids tend to think that since they’re at home, they don’t have to … [Read More...]

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    2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our top 2nd grade homeschool curriculum picks with you! As I’ve said before, every family is different, so what works for us may not be the best fit for your family. But hopefully you can use these as a general guide to get started! I hope these posts are helping you … [Read More...]

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    Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

    Hey guys, I have a super easy and delicious recipe for you today. As most of you know I don’t have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen, but I still like to have home-cooked meals as well. This recipe covers both needs beautifully! We have sports in the evenings on most days and so my slow … [Read More...]

NOV
05
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Thailand Floating Boats Craft

Sawa dee ka! This week we made Krathong Floating boats for our Geography Curriculum week on Thailand! This craft went much better than our Columbus Day Boat craft so I thought I’d share our building strategies! Supplies: Cardboard Masking Tape Tin Foil Popsicle sticks and any other decorating items you’d like Play-doh (optional: we used it to secure the popsicle sticks that were holding up the sails) Directions: STEP 1: Cut a rectangle out of cardboard and fold in each side so it makes a “U” shape as below. I used masking tape to hold it in place. STEP 2: Cover the boat with tin foil, making sure to pinch ends together in a pointy shape to keep water from getting into boat. STEP 3: Using popsicle sticks and whatever else you like, decorate your boat. We used the sticks for oars and also to hold up our sails. We placed a small ball of play-doh inside the boats and stuck the sail popsicle sticks into it. Step 4: Present your finished boat … [Read more...]

NOV
04
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Thailand

Sawa dee ka! Welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Thailand! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other,  Sawa dee ka! Each day we review all the countries we’ve learned so far. I also ask about capitals, language, how to say hello and what the money is for each country just for review. Of course we learned about animals found in Thailand and then added them to our Animal Wall   We worked on our Mapping Thailand activity:   We made these cute Krathong Floating Boats after studying about the Thailand Floating Markets: Since Thailand was our last country in Asia, we did a quick review of all the countries and colored in the ones we learned about on the Asia map. Of course we went out for Thai food to complete our week! It’s all part of my “Erica doesn’t cook on Friday nights” meal plan ;o) When we were eating my preschooler saw the waiter walk by and started saying “sawa dee ka! sawa dee ka!” he … [Read more...]

NOV
03
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: 1st Grade

Welcome to this week’s What’s in the box Wednesday! I’m sharing my 1st grade boxes today.  You’ll probably notice I don’t put the Expedition Earth stuff in the boxes, we do it in the afternoon after our workboxes are done, so it doesn’t go in them. Nest Bible Video: Counting Money and Telling Time: Since Math U See doesn’t cover these topics as well as I’d like, I just added in a box to go over them myself. Every day i change out the amount of money in the box and he counts it and writes it on the white board. Then I spout out times and he makes them and writes them on the clock. Easy and fun! Math U See: Alpha Abeka Handwriting:   Abeka Letters & Sounds: Abeka Language: All About Spelling: Level 1 Abeka readers Pick and Draw Game: This is a fun drawing game developed by Rich Davis, if you haven’t checked it out yet I highly recommend it! If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about when I say “Workboxes” click here to find out! Have boxes to … [Read more...]

NOV
02
2010

Letter F for Fish

Welcome to the Letter F! We're going to be having fun with fish this week, hope you enjoy! Letter F Memory Verse: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 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 F Writing Practice: Making the Letter F with Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion! Letter F foam craft: We read Rainbow Fish and then made a lowercase f fish out of foam shapes. I added in a couple foil ones for the sparkly scales. Fish Measuring! This is a new game for us, and we're going to use goldfish to learn the difference between long and short. Should be fun and yummy! Letter Ff Do-A-Dot Page: We use … [Read more...]

NOV
01
2010

Pick and Draw Giveaway!

I use the Pick and Draw game as a fun addition to our weekly workboxes and the kids always love to see it in their box! Rich, the creator of Pick and Draw, has generously a 2 sets of Pick and Draw cards as a give away for my readers! Thanks Rich! About the Game: Pick and Draw is a fun, one-of-a-kind drawing game that teaches you how to make very creative cartoon faces. It can be played by one or more people, and is an excellent way to encourage creative thinking skills. This game is so much fun and encouraging for everyone, even my children who seem reluctant to try drawing. As you can see the cards are easy, fun shapes: The game: A good quality deck of cards with a sturdy plastic carrying case. 60,000 different drawing possibilities in the deck. The cards use basic shapes that anyone can draw Can be one player or multiple! It is easy to play: just pick a card from each pile and draw it! All you need is the deck of cards, a pencil and paper It only costs $10! Each game … [Read more...]

OCT
31
2010

November 2010 Meal Plan

Hi! I didn’t make too many changes this month due to lack of time, but here is a new menu for November 2010 and I’ll have a new recipe posting this Saturday as well! Click here to download: PDF Format Word Doc Format Enjoy! … [Read more...]

OCT
31
2010

JS Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop ~ YAY Freebies!

Hi to all you digi-scrappers out there! I’m totally excited about participating in the Jessica Sprague Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop! Stay tuned to November 11th for LOTS of great FREEBIES and my new Digital Scrapbooking Christmas Kit! Here’s the my full Christmas Kit and I’ll be giving away a FREE Mini-Kit during the Blog Hop! The full kit will be avail for purchase starting November 11th! YAY! Visit my store to see my current kits:   Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

OCT
30
2010

Nest DVD Giveaway ~ WINNER!

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who entered to win the Nest Learning giveaway! And the winner for the William Bradford DVD is… AMIE from Ordinary Moment Blog! Congratulations Amie, I’ll be emailing you shortly with more information! Stay tuned to Monday Morning for a Pick and Draw! giveaway: … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2010

TOS Review ~ Buckets-O-Fun

Buckets-O-Fun is a website that sells various games and entertainment type activities for kids. They also have a section called "Yuck Slime" and that’s what we reviewed. The “Yuck” science activities deal with polymers. The product comes with instructions and observation ideas for each substance. We reviews 4 products, the Chunky Yuck, Saucy Yuck, Sticky Yuck and Snowy Yuck. What’s the cost for the yuck packets? Prices vary depends, you purchase it by the pound. The minimum was $16 for a pound of Chunky Yuck. We received a VERY small packet of each, I’d say a few table spoons, so I can’t even imagine needing a whole pound for a homeschooling setting. They also offer large quantities for classrooms going up to 50lbs for $600. To prepare for our experiments, we placed each packet in a bowl. My daughter slowly mixed each one as we observed it and made notes on what happened. Here she is starting with the “Saucy Yuck” this was to be like applesauce, and ours was a bit … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2010

Handmade Placemats

I saw this fun idea on one of the blogs I read and now I can’t remember which one! I’m so sorry, I usually make sure to link to everyone, so if it’s yours let me know and I’ll link up!Edited: The blog I saw this on originally was Counting Coconuts! Thanks readers for having my back! So of course I talked my mom into making these cute little place mats for the kids to practice setting the table and they turned out great! My daughter loved setting the table using the place mats, she put everything exactly where it should go. Here she is, we’re so proud of her finished table! Thanks for the idea anonymous blogger!We had a great time and what a fun way to learn how to set a table! … [Read more...]