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    Tip Tuesday: Teacher Organization Tips

    Hey guys! I’m back today with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today I’m going to share my tips for organizing your school room, teaching supplies, and record keeping. We’ll also discuss some things to consider when choosing a space for your homeschool as well as a few organizational tips that … [Read More...]

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    Baker’s Dozen Quilt Kit Giveaway!

    Hey guys! I have a super fun giveaway for you all today. As many of you know Stitches_N_Giggles4U is one of my favorite Etsy shops and she is always up for doing a fun giveaway for my readers. Now I know it’s mid summer for most of us, but that’s the perfect time to start a Christmas quilt! Yep, … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth: Germany Unit Study

      Guten Tag! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Germany! My husband’s family is German, so this was a special week for us. We even sampled some of his grandma’s butter ball soup and homemade kraut burgers! Yum!   Here are some more of the things we covered this … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Choose Fabric

    Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series. Today we’re talking all about fabric! I’m going to show you all about precuts and yardage, share what I like to buy. And then I’ll share some of my favorite places to get my fabric too!   Fabric is one of my favorite … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: How to Create Lesson Plans

    Hey guys! I hope you’re enjoying my Tip Tuesday series. If you’re following along you know that last week we talked about how to choose homeschool curriculum, and this week I’m getting into the nitty gritty of how to take all of that curriculum and turn it into workable lesson plans for your … [Read More...]

NOV
20
2010

Expedition Earth Books Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the set of books to accompany my Expedition Earth curriculum! Without further ado, here’s our winner! Congratulations to Amy of Amy Barker Photography! Please email me at homeschooler confessions {at} gmail {dot} com (no spaces or {}) asap with your shipping info so we can get your books to you! And just to make the pot sweeter, if you haven’t already purchased the Expedition Earth curriculum I’ll send you a free copy of it! Thanks to everyone for entering and to Amy for her generosity in offering this set of books to one of you! Stay tuned Monday for a chance to win an autographed Copy of Lisa Whelchel’s The ADVENTure of Christmas! YAY! … [Read more...]

NOV
20
2010

Fall Art Lesson

Today we did one of our lessons from I Can Do All Things Art book. We pulled out all of our “fall paint colors” and filled in the student workpage for the fall leaves. They painted each leaf a different fall color then were asked to combine the colors on the larger leaves below to try and make a pretty fall leaf. After the art project I sent the kids out to gather as many different colored leaves they could and we discussed a bit about the fall season. Then we came back in and watched the Pumpkin Patch Parable. I keep meaning to get this book but still haven’t, thanks Youtube! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKFTjJxdGaw?fs=1] … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2010

Happy Birthday to my Baby!

I can’t even believe my sweet little baby is 2 years old today! She’s been such a blessing to us and though I was slightly, um…freaked out…when we found out we were having a 4th child, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! She’s the light of our hearts and house and we love her! Happy birthday Chubby Bubba a.k.a. Teeny Tiny Tot :o) I think the more kids you have and the older you get the faster the years fly by! I guess we’re officially into Tot School now… … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2010

TOS Review ~ KB Teachers

I was very pleased to be able to review the KB Teachers website for TOS this month! KB Teachers website full of teaching tools! They have printable worksheets on almost every topic you can think of and they offer everything in color and black and white. Some of the topics available from KB Teachers: Math Activities Science Workbooks Biology Worksheets Social Studies workbooks and maps English/Language worksheets Handwriting, including learning cursive Seasonal printables Themed printables For a low yearly or monthly fee, you get full access to all of the content and services. Before you join, you can preview their entire library, and after you join, you have 30 days to cancel your membership and ask for a refund if you change your mind. If you are interested, you can also do a 10 Free Trial! Cost for membership: As of August 2009: $29 per year, or $49 for two years. Visit Other websites from KB Teachers: KBears, Facebook Click here to see what other TOS Crew members think … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2010

Letter G for Gumball!

Welcome to the Letter G. We’ll be having fun with Gumballs this week! I found some fun Giraffe stuff too links are at the bottom of the post, but I’m really trying to make sure for Prek that I stick with Primary letter sounds so G says ‘gu’. I don’t want to explain just yet how sometimes the G can say ‘J’. Hope you enjoy it! Letter G Memory Verse: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone." Mark 16:15 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 Letter G tracing page: Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter G 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 Roll A Gumball! This is a new game for me! I found the idea on Play 2 Learn Printables, and had to make one for … [Read more...]

NOV
18
2010

Expedition Earth ~ United Kingdom

Shwmae & Hello!! Welcome to our Geography Study week on Great Britain! This was a great week, we had a lot of fun crafts which always makes things more interesting, and we finished our week at an English Pub which meant I didn’t have to cook dinner Friday and I consider that a good week! Of course we started out by stamping our passports! And found it on our world map: We also learned: Where Great Britain is on the map, and found the North Sea How to say “Hello” in Welsh– Shwmae! Prayed for the British people Sang a traditional English Song Completed a lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Great Britain Made  Quilling Paper designs Learned about and made a small scale model of Stone Henge Learned about Big Ben and made a paper model Worked on a large foam World floor puzzle Here are some of the highlights of the week: My kid’s favorite part of our Geography Units has definitely been learning about the animals around the … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Tot School

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday where I’ll be sharing my Teeny Tot boxes!    One common question I get is people asking me what I do with my Teeny Tot while we do school. Well, here’s my answer…workboxes of course! I found my Teeny Tot climbing on the older kids desks and pulling open their drawers and stealing worksheets, so I finally just gave her some boxes of her own with lots of fun colorful and SAFE stuff to get into. I don’t refill her boxes daily, I try to change them out weekly just because I’m lazy and also she doesn’t always get into them all. But if she’s being particularly pesky I’ll grab a drawer she hasn’t done yet and give it to her. So with that said, here’s what I put in for this week... Go fish game: She can use the suction fishing pole to grab the fish and place them into the boat trays. All good motor skill stuff! If you have time you can say the color of each fish she grabs. Number Peg Cards: These cards are foam and the pegs stack on top … [Read more...]

NOV
15
2010

Expedition Earth Books Giveaway!

I have a really cool giveaway to do today! A super generous and lovely reader would like to bless one family with a FREE set of books to go along with my Expedition Earth Curriculum! Here is a list of the books included: Geography from A to Z Usborne’s Living World Encyclopedia Maps and Globes Wee Sing Around the World CD Stories from Around the World Window on the Word So how can you enter to win this free set of books?~ Sorry this giveaway is now closed ~ Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post letting me know your family would like to be blessed by this wonderful set of books! Additional Optional Entries: Become a fan of Confessions of a Homeschooler on FB Follow Confessions of a Homeschooler on Twitter Subscribe via email to Confessions of a Homeschooler (Yes, you can enter if you already subscribe :o) ) Giveaway Information: The give away will be open until midnight EST Friday November 19, 2010. Winner will be announced by Sunday November 21, 2010. … [Read more...]

NOV
15
2010

TOS Review ~ Corps of Re-Discovery

Corps of Re-Discovery is a website dedicated to helping you re-discover America! They have TONS of crafts and activities centering around Colonial and Pioneer times. We reviewed the Corn Husk Doll Kit which my daughter absolutely loved! What’s the Cost? $4.50 for a Corn Husk Doll Kit, the rest of their products vary from $2.00 to $58.00 depending on what you purchase. For the Corn Husk Doll you need to soak the corn husks for about an hour before beginning. Next we laid out all of the husks and started following directions. I will say that this was definitely a 2 person job. You really need someone to hold the doll while the other person ties it for each step. The directions were a little tricky, but we did manage to figure them out and get the doll put together. Once she was basically completed, we trimmed the bottom edge of her dress to even it out. This also helps her stand up when dry. We let her set overnight to dry, then added the dress and my daughter glued on hair … [Read more...]

NOV
14
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Russia

Dobrey Dyen! We had so much fun with our Geography Curriculum last week learning about Russia! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for Russia: We also learned: Where Russia is on the world map & located Moscow A song in Russian How to Say ― Hello in Russian: привет (Privyet), Good Day добрый день (Dobrey Dyen) How to Say ― Thank You in Russian: Спасибо (Spasibo ) How to pray for the Russian people Listen to Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker About children in Russia Studied the Tundra Completed a Russia lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Russia Learned new Geography terms: Tundra, Plain, Peninsula, Swamp Learned about the North European Plains, Kamchatka Peninsula & Vasyugan Swamp Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Russia Made a Matryoshka Doll Box Here is what I managed to photograph! We found Russia on the world … [Read more...]