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    2015 – 1st Grade Homeschool Schedule

    I spent the weekend planning with some friends, and I think we’re ready to go! Each year I do an overview of our basic daily schedule by grade level. Hopefully this will help those of you who wonder how many times per week we do certain subjects, and how long we spend on each one as well. In our … [Read More...]

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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...]

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...]

JUN
16
2010

Spanish Rice

Since I’ve posted several Mexican food recipes lately, I thought I would put up a wonderful recipe for Spanish Rice that a good friend gave to me. Ingredients: 1/4 c vegetable oil (enough to cover bottom of skillet) 1 c. long-grain white rice 1/4 c tomato sauce 2 1/2 c water 2 Tbsp Knorr chicken bouillon seasoning Directions: In 12 inch or larger skillet, heat oil. Add rice, stirring often until golden brown then stir in tomato sauce; add 2 1/2 cups of water and Knorr seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed. (Do not mix while simmering or rice will become sticky!) Let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

JUN
15
2010

Storage and Record Keeping

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With the year closing, it just begs the question “How do I store all our schoolwork and records?” One word. Binders. (Click here to download an editable version of my 3" spine labels.) It depends on your state requirements as to what you’re required to keep for homeschooling records. For our state, all I’m required to keep is a record of my hours and what curriculum I used and that’s it. You can find out about your state requirements here: www.hslda.org For my own conscience though I keep the following for each year: My Yearly Records Binder: Legal Docs: ie “Notification of Intent to Homeschool” or enrollment in an umbrella school, etc. Receipts: I keep all receipts together for things I’ve bought for each school year. We aren’t allowed a tax write off right now, but a girl can dream can’t she? Plus it’s good for budgeting purposes. Lesson Plans : I use my workbox excel sheet as lesson plans and keep these in the Records Binder. I have dividers that separate … [Read more...]

JUN
14
2010

Make Your Own Homeschool Printables!

I get a lot of questions about how I make my homeschool printables, so I thought I’d share them with you. By the way, this also applies to my digital scrapbooking supplies. What software program do I use to make my downloads? Software: I use Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop CS3 depending on what I need to do. If you are just starting out, I find Photoshop Elements very user friendly and great for beginners. There are TONS of free tutorials to get you started, and it’s about $80, but you can usually find sales on it if you look. Photoshop CS3 (at the time of this post they have CS5 and it is currently $699) , so there’s quite a price difference! Tutorials: Jessica Sprague: One of my favorite tutorial sites is Jessica Sprague, she offers some free tutorials that include graphic image downloads, as well as video classes that are well worth the cost. She is a very good instructor and her videos are great quality. Plus most of her classes come with great digital freebies to help … [Read more...]

JUN
11
2010

Glass Pebbles Freebie

Just another fun Friday Freebie for all you digital scrapbooking ladies out there! Click here to download the Glass Pebbles! These are transparent tinted glass page pebbles. You can easily put a piece of patterned paper under the clear pebble to make it any color you want!. You can also put text behind them, or anything else you can think of. Hope you like them and Happy Scrappin’! … [Read more...]

JUN
10
2010

Easy Beef Burritos

These burritos make for a super easy and yummy dinner, so I wanted to share it with you all. Ingredients: 10-12 Flour Tortillas 1lb ground beef 1 Can Black Beans (drained) 1/2 med onion finely diced ( I do this so my kids don’t see them!) Hatch’s Green Enchilada Sauce Monterrey/Colby Cheese (Shredded) Optional: guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomato Directions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In Skillet, sauté onions and beef until done. Step 2: Add black beans to meat and stir until warmed just a few minutes. Step 3: Pour a small amount of the green enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Fill tortillas with beef mixture, wrap and line in pan. Step 4: Once pan is full, top burritos with green enchilada sauce and sprinkle top with cheese. Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until warm and bubbly. Optional: Serve with Spanish Rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes! Note: This is a great freezer meal, just prepare the … [Read more...]

JUN
09
2010

My Baby Boy is 6 today!

Ack, where is the time going? I can’t believe my once precious little 5lb baby boy is turning 6 today! I have to say that I love each day I get to spend with this little guy, he’s super funny, always to the point, and has a laugh  so contagious that it has been requested as a ring tone on more than one of my friend’s phones! Happy Birthday little man, or should I say young man {sigh}, I’m so glad God let us be your family, you ROCK!! … [Read more...]

JUN
09
2010

Pen Pals

I found this idea at The Homeschool Post and thought it was such a great idea, I had to share! We started a notebook that will contain letters between me and my daughter, its a great relationship building activity and will become a wonderful keepsake down the road! (Not to mention that it works on handwriting, spelling, and writing at the same time, and you know, if you can sneak in a little school, hey!) But really I’m hoping to gain some treasured insight into my daughter and what goes on in that sweet head of hers. As well as strengthen our bond, and even give us some “1 on 1” time with each other that can be difficult to find in a family of 6. I copied Beverly’s initial letter almost to the T: “Dear ****, Would you like to be pen pals? I thought it would be fun! Instead of mailing letters to each other, we’ll keep them in this notebook.I will write to you, and leave the notebook on your bed. Then, when you want to write me back, you write on the next page and leave the notebook … [Read more...]

JUN
08
2010

Going Green!

I constantly have manipulatives all over the place. Sometimes they’re in plastic baggies, sometimes plastic tubs from the store, sometimes they’re just in a bowl, and if the Teeny Tot’s been around they’re all over the floor!  But I’ve come up with a solution, and it even means I don’t have to cook dinner which is AWESOME! After ordering from a local BBQ restaurant this past weekend, I noticed that their plastic containers for their side dishes were the PERFECT size for storing manipulatives! I washed them out well, and started sorting! They even come with handy little lids and they stack perfectly, which takes up less space!  We only had 4 this time, so I’ll have to order out again soon as I have lot’s more to sort! They work really well, and I like that they’re semi-transparent so you can see what’s inside. Now my daughter can just go grab any bucket she wants for her activities. So the next time you order takeout, make sure to pay attention to their containers! Maybe … [Read more...]

JUN
07
2010

Whole Grain Belgium Waffles

Ingredients: 2 eggs, beaten 1 3/4 cup skim milk 1/4 cup canola oil 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce (I used cinnamon apple sauce) 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 C whole wheat flour (Can substitute: 1 c whole wheat flour, 1/2 c flax seed, 1/4 c wheat germ, 1/4 c all purpose flour) 4 tsp baking powder 1 Tbsp sugar 1/4 tsp salt Optional: 1/4 c white chocolate chips ;o) Directions: I have a Toastmaster Belgian Waffle Baker but its old, so I’m sure they have newer fancier ones now! Step 1: Preheat waffle iron. In large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, oil, apple sauce, vanilla. Step 2: Stir in remaining dry ingredients until batter is smooth. (You may have to add a little extra flour if its too runny, I didn’t measure that well!) Step 3: Pour batter into waffle iron and cook until golden! (Spray waffle iron if it’s not non-stick) Step 4: Serve with favorite fresh fruit and Agave Nectar (See below) Makes about 14 waffles I use Agave Nectar from Mudhava instead of syrup. Agave is a natural … [Read more...]