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    Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a … [Read More...]

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    October Holidays & Fun Days 2014

    Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 … [Read More...]

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    October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 5th Grade

    Hi everyone! It’s time for a new 5th grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Turbo’s workboxes today, and as I said above he’s a 5th grader this year.  And I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While … [Read More...]

JAN
29
2010

Bring on the snow baby!

Its been ridiculously cold here lately, and with cabin fever setting in, kids running through the house screaming, I knew I had to do something…something drastic, something completely out of my comfort zone… I’ve seen this on several blogs and I apologize at this point, I don’t remember where! But I grabbed our workboxes, went outside, whined because it was cold, and filled the boxes with snow! I had the kids grab some of our plastic toy, cups and spoons, and said “Have at it ankle biters!” They gave me a weird look, but then realized that I’d just given them permission to play with snow…INSIDE! This may have been one of the best ideas I’ve tried all year! They played quietly until all the snow had melted, about 30-45min, I’m not sure as I was blogging ;o) And here’s the best part, there was literally NO cleanup. Just a couple drops of water on the floor and that was it! So for all you who’ve posted this idea on your blogs, I say THANK YOU from the bottom of my ‘seriously … [Read more...]

JAN
29
2010

The Love Dare Day 27: Love encourages

Day 27: Love encouragesGuard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You. Psalm 25:20 TODAY’S DARE Eliminate the poison of unrealistic expectations in your home. Think of one area where your spouse has told you you’re expecting too much, and tell them you’re sorry for being so hard on them about it. Promise them you’ll seek to understand, and assure them of your unconditional love.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know if I can pray for you as well. Click here to start from Day 1!If you're participating in The Love … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2010

Preschool things we LOVE!

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Today I’m posting some of our favorite prek activities, great for workboxes! I usually mingle these in with our alphabet activities, they are also things she willl just go grab them on her own to do for fun as well. Imaginets: These blocks are great for boosting fine motor, and visual thinking skills. And though the product is rated for ages 3 and up, it’s been a favorite for my 2 year old all the way to my 8 year old! A favorite around here are the wipe-off books, one in particular is the Pre-Printing with Mazes book: We also LOVE these See & Solve Math Manipulatives, they come with the wooden rods as well as lacing strings. You can do patterns, counting, sorting etc! Homemade transferring activity! I used a plastic paint pallet probably from Michael’s and some kid’s chopsticks PF Chang’s. I have a bunch of variations of this game. Daily counting calendar: I use this every day to practice counting, months and days of the week. We also put … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2010

Look and Find Books

I picked these fun Look and Find books up last night at a local homeschool mom’s group meeting! I’ve actually been thinking about buying them for some time now, so it was a sweet blessing! The kids love them, they did them for fun after school today, and I’ve found them back in the room reading again and again! I found Disney Princesses and Wall-E Here are some more great Look and Find Books: http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2Fc0783ba9-164e-438c-ba9a-d471dd1bcc21&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2010

The Love Dare Day 26: Love is responsible

Day 26: Love is responsibleWhen you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. Romans 2:1 TODAY’S DARE Take time to pray through your areas of wrongdoing. Ask for God’s forgiveness, then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse. Do it sincerely and truthfully. Ask your spouse for forgiveness as well. No matter how they respond, make sure you cover your responsibility in love. Even if they respond with criticism, accept it by receiving it as counsel.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know if I can pray … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2010

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby! You’re 7 Today!

Ugh, I can’t believe it, you’re already seven…SEVEN! It makes me so sad, but also so proud at the same time! You’ve become such a beautiful, caring young lady! So kind that you allowed your brother and sister to pick where we go tonight for your birthday dinner! Love you Bunny! Mom & Dad … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2010

Frequently Asked Questions

I seem to be getting a lot of similar questions, so I thought I'd address some of them in one spot, so here goes... 1. What age did you start doing your prek activities with your children? I started doing our prek stuff with my daughter at 3.5. Really I think this is sort of on the young side, the main reason for it was that she has 2 older siblings doing school already and wanted to have her own boxes! We started with motor skill stuff from 1+1+1 Tot Tray ideas, and it evolved into my letter of the week program! 2. How many boxes do you do with your 3 year old? Typically she gets 5-6 boxes on M,W & F. On T and Th, she gets 3-4 boxes of fun games, or motorskills stuff (see tot tray link above). I also found a bunch of fun prek activities on My Montessori Journey, Shannon's Tot School, Homeschool Creations, Totally Tots, and more! See my sidebar to the left for all my favorite homeschool blogs! 3. What is the "Workbox System", and where do you get your … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2010

The Love Dare Day 25: Love forgives

Day 25: Love forgivesWhat I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:10 TODAY’S DARE Whatever you haven’t forgiven in your mate, forgive it today. Let it go. Just as we ask Jesus to “forgive us our debts” each day, we must ask Him to help us “forgive our debtors” each day as well. Unforgiveness has been keeping you and your spouse in prison too long. Say from your heart, “I choose to forgive.”The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know if I can pray for you as well. Click here to … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2010

Stuffed Pasta Shells

This stuffed shells dinner was super fast and easy to make, and every one loved it! I found it on the Crockpot site, but didn’t use my crock pot! Ingredients: 1 box Jumbo Pasta Shells 1 lb lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped (I skipped this as my kids don’t like onion) 1 clove garlic, minced 2 c Mozzarella Cheese, shredded 1/2 c seasoned bread crumbs 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes 1 egg, beaten 1/2 c grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2 c lowfat ricotta cheese 2 jars spaghetti sauce, or your own homemade sauce! Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Cook pasta shells according to directions, just until tender. Meanwhile, brown beef, onion and garlic on stovetop, drain. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl and add beef mixture when done. Line bottom of 9x13 pan with some of the sauce Stuff shells and place in pan as you go. Cover finished shells with sauce Bake (covered w/foil) at 350 degrees for 40 minutes During last 10 minutes of cooking top with a … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2010

Bible Time

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