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    August 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning! Well, I don’t know about you, but August means back-to-school for us! Which comes with some mixed feelings of excitement over new curriculum and fresh new school supplies, whoot whoot! And a little bit of anxiety over the chaos that I know is coming our way. It seems like everything … [Read More...]

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    How to stop procrastination in your homeschool

    Do you find your kids procrastinating instead of doing their schoolwork in a diligent and timely fashion?  Do your kids dawdle, sharpen pencils, get water, then go to the bathroom and eventually get to their work only after chasing them down? Don’t worry your not alone! I’d venture to bet … [Read More...]

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    2015-2016 Homeschool Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! I have had a ton of requests for an 2015-2016 8x10 Homeschool Lesson Planner that similar to my 5x7 lesson planner, so that’s what we’re doing today!   You can use this for your own teacher lesson planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, … [Read More...]

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    Our Curriculum 2015-2016

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe another year has gone by, and it’s time to start planning for the 2015-16 school year! I’ve had so many requests for our curriculum choices, so I thought I better put up a post with our choices for next year. Group and Independent work I’m listing the full … [Read More...]

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    K4 Kindergarten Curriculum Video Review

    Is my Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum a little too easy for your student? Are you ready for something a little more challenging? Then the K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum is for you! The K4/5 Curriculum is geared towards kids ages 4-5 who are ready to start kindergarten (or have completed my … [Read More...]

JUN
27
2010

Letter I Verse Correction

Hi everyone, a kind reader let me know about an error in my Letter I verse puzzle. I corrected the missing word and you can download the updated copy here. {I realize the words are out of order, but that was just to fit them all on one page}  Thanks for your patience! As always I appreciate your feedback, please let me know if you see any errors in my downloads so I can correct them! Click here for the entire collection of Letter I activities! Thanks! … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2010

Freebie Friday: Butterfly Template

I have another Friday Freebie for you this week! This download includes a Love postage stamp, paperclip, scalloped circle and chipboard scalloped frame. Hope you like it! Download the Butterfly Template Here’s my layout: Supplies: Butterfly Brushes by Hawksmont, Font: VT Portable Remington; Font: Century Gothic, Pink Dot Pattern Paper: emaDesigns (that’s me), Floral Pattern Paper, yellow paper, chipboard letter: Lynn Grieveson Bellissimo If you use this template, make sure to link up below so we can all see your work! … [Read more...]

JUN
24
2010

Creamy Chicken Burritos

These are so yummy, I just had to share!Ingredients:2-4 boneless chicken thighs1/4 yellow onion diced1 clove garlic, mincedDash oregano, basil, cumin (I use about 1 tsp per each spice)Sm. Can diced peeled green chilies (I use Hatch)1 can cream of chicken soup2 cups Instant rice (Prepared)2 heaping Tbsp Sour Cream1 Can Hatch Green Enchilada Sauce1 cup Shredded Monterrey/Colby cheeseOlive oil for cooking (about 1-2 Tbsp)Flour TortillasOptional: garnish with guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoesDirections:Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle olive oil in pan and Sauté chicken, onion, garlic, spices and chopped chili until chicken is cooked through. Prepare 2 cups instant rice. In medium bowl, mix well chicken mixture, prepared rice, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 2 heaping Tbsp sour cream and 1 can cream of chicken soup. Drizzle 9x13 pan with green chili enchilada sauce. Fill tortillas with mixture and wrap into burritos and place in 9x13 pan. Top finished burritos with … [Read more...]

JUN
23
2010

Econobusters Review

I was recently asked by Econobusters, to do a review of their site and brand new membership program. Econobusters is a sister site to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and a site dedicated to helping families bust free from this economy by “sharing practical ideas, joy, and encouragement”. Visit the Econobusters blog Become a Molly Member: membership is just 3.95/month! As a special offer to my readers, they are offering a $1 trial subscription, just enter the coupon code: DCF375 As a Molly Member you will receive: Molly’s Monthly Money-Savings Digest Member Memos resources Member-only downloads and E-books Resources, tutorials and articles Contests, giveaways and more! What’s in the Monthly Digests? Each Monthly Digest comes with tons of ideas and resources on how to save money. Some of the things included in the Digest are: Organization tips & tools Special Features such as Frugal decorating, traveling, repurposing & more. On Sale This … [Read more...]

JUN
22
2010

How to Back Up your Blogger Blog!

Why is it important to backup your blog? Well, imagine all those sweet little pictures and posts disappearing right before your eyes due to a glitch in your blogs server! (Note: this tutorial is for Blogger Blogs) Confessions of a Homeschooler has become the complete journal of our homeschooling journey and proof that we actually do something other than eat bon-bons and watch soaps all day. So at this point, the thought of my blog getting accidentally deleted would cause me to curl up in a ball in the corner of the closet and cry. Which would immediately result in my children sticking their fingers under the door in an attempt to reach me while at the same time trying to talk to me through the bottom crack and no one wants that. So how do I backup my blog? Here’s a list of ways to give yourself some comfort and security that all your precious posts, and the cool navbar that took you 3 days to complete won’t disappear in a puff of smoke. 1. Back up your Template! Click … [Read more...]

JUN
21
2010

stART: Ribbon Rainbow Craft

For this stART project, we read What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann This is just one of many ideas I’ve grabbed from Mama Jenn’s Blog. After reading our cute "what makes a rainbow book, we made a super cute ribbon rainbow! I used construction paper and pencil to write guide lines for my kids to follow, but if you want to make life easier, you could download this rainbow worksheet from Making Learning Fun. Hope you have fun! Click here for the rest of our Letter R for Rainbow activities! For more stART projects, be sure to click the button below! … [Read more...]

JUN
20
2010

It’s official, I’ve joined the Crew!

I am so excited to announce that I have been asked to join The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew for the 2010-2011 school year. I am looking forward to reviewing some great products for preschool-elementary level children. So stay tuned for some exciting and helpful reviews on curriculum and products for your kiddos! I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity and hope to share some great information with all of you awesome homeschooling parents, yes you are AWESOME! For more information on this year’s voyage visit: Homeschool Crew The Old Schoolhouse Magazine … [Read more...]

JUN
19
2010

Easy Chocolate Cream Pie

This cream pie recipe is SUPER EASY, and tastes great! Ingredients: 1 Large Package fat-free, sugar-free Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding mix 1 container fat-free cool whip whipped topping 1 package honey graham crackers 1/4 cup butter, melted Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large zip-lock bag, crush 1 package of graham crackers. (I use my rolling pin). Spread out crumbs in 9” pie plate. Pour melted butter over crumbs and mix in with a fork. Carefully press crumbs along bottom and sides of plate. Bake at 350 degrees approx 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Mix pudding according to package. Carefully fold in approx 3/4 of cool whip topping. Pour mixture into pie crust and refrigerate until ready to serve. Use remaining cool whip and dab a dollop on top of pie pieces when served. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

JUN
18
2010

Friday Freebie: 6 Photo Template

Welcome to another Friday Freebie! Today I'm sharing a layered PSD file that includes a flower, clear page pebble, scalloped border and swirly stamp. Download the 6-Photo Template Here’s my layout: Supplies: Jessica Sprague Strawberry Lemonade paper; Brown Paper-emadesigns(that’s me); Digital Crea Old School 4 patterned paper; AJ Floral Swirls brush, Amanda Thorderson paperclip; Dianne Rigdon tags; Traveling Typewriter FontFor more digi-goodness, visit Jessica Sprague today for a FREEBIE Blog Hop!For more digi-goodness visit Jessica Sprague for a FREEBIE Blog Hop, this weekend only! … [Read more...]

JUN
17
2010

Yummy Homemade Pizza

This recipe is super easy to make and the kids love it! The dough recipe comes from my dear friend over at Abiding Mom.Ingredients:7 1/2 c flour 1 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp yeast 3 cup warm water 1 jar Pizza sauce Shredded mozzarella cheese Your favorite pizza toppings Instructions:STEP 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.STEP 2: In large bowl mix/knead together yeast, & warm water, then add flour & salt. Knead together for 6-10 minutes until dough is smooth. I use a Bosch Mixer to knead my dough, but this is super easy to hand knead. (Also, if you’re in the market for a Bosch, check eBay, I got a used one for pretty cheap!)STEP 3: Divide dough into 2 even pieces and roll into circle shape (or to fit your cookie sheet, I have a round pizza stone) Place dough onto a GREASED cookie sheet. STEP 4: Bake dough at 425 for 5-8 minutes and remove from oven and add sauce, cheese and other desired toppings. Continue baking for another 15-18 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is melted.After … [Read more...]