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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

FEB
06
2010

The Love Dare Day 35: Love is accountable

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 NIV TODAY’S DARE Find a marriage mentor—someone who is a strong Christian and who will be honest and loving with you. If you feel that counseling is needed, then take the first step to set up an appointment. During this process, ask God to direct your decisions and discernment.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 Dare, I would love to hear from you! Add your link to … [Read more...]

FEB
05
2010

Prek Letter V

I wanted to post this letter early, so you would have time to prepare your valentines week! So, welcome to the Letter V where we’ll be having fun with Valentines! Letter V Memory Verse: “Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth upon Me hath everlasting life." John 6:47 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 Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter V 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 Worked on our letter V K4 Handwriting worksheet and our Letter V letter hunt worksheet: Target $1 Bin Finds: I found these great heart ice cube trays in the dollar bin at Target. The candy wasn't $1, but I got it to use as sorters and counters. We'll use the heart … [Read more...]

FEB
05
2010

The Love Dare Day 34: Love celebrates Godliness

[Love] does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:6 TODAY’S DARE Find a specific, recent example when your spouse demonstrated Christian character in a noticeable way. Verbally commend them for this at some point today.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 Dare, I would love to hear from you! Add your link to our McLinky so we can all pray for each other! … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2010

Alpha Omega Daily Devotions

I found this in my inbox the other morning and had to share… “Satan really takes advantage of homeschoolers. When you jump into something different, such as teaching your own children, you become susceptible to his attacks of doubt and fear. Unsure of your abilities, you second-guess your decisions and desperately look for affirmation and direction. Added to those doubts are questioning remarks and comments from those who don't homeschool, and soon you begin to think, "I could really mess up my children's lives if I do this wrong!" The multiple battlefronts of spiritual, emotional, and physical attack call for reinforcement from the Lord. Only His divine strength, wisdom, and power can counteract Satan's fears.” Click here to read More… If you don’t already get Alpha Omega’s Daily Devotions, I HIGHLY recommend signing up! A friend suggested this site to me, and I have to say, I have been very blessed each day to read their devotions! Each devotion relates specifically to homeschooling … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2010

Katy and the Big Snow Lapbook

Since it’s so cold outside, and my kids have been literally BUGGING me about when they’ll get to do another lapbook, I decided to give each one a snow themed book. For kindergarten we’re doing Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton, it was perfect for a little dude who digs big tractors! This lapbook was downloaded from Homeschool Share. He liked organizing the cards, but I think it would’ve been better if they’d have gone along with the story better…also, for him, I put the basic lapbook together then let him do any cutting/pasting/coloring of the accompanying cards.Contents were downloaded from Homeschool Share … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2010

The Love Dare Day 33: Love completes each other

If two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? Ecclesiastes 4:11 TODAY’S DARE Recognize that your spouse is integral to your future success. Let them know today that you desire to include them in your upcoming decisions, and that you need their perspective and counsel. If you have ignored their input in the past, admit your oversight and ask them to forgive you.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 Dare, I would love to hear … [Read more...]

FEB
03
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: Kindergarten

Welcome to my weekly mime: What’s in the box Wednesday! I’ll alternate between prek, kindergarten and 2nd grade just for fun :) Hope you enjoy! Make sure to sign up on the McLinky at the bottom to share your boxes with everyone!Math U See Primer video and workbook Hot Dot Blend Cards and pen : See bottom of post for more Hot Dot info! Abeka Handwriting practice Abeka – addition flashcard practice Abeka  Reading Practice Abeka – Numbers writing practice Dry Erase writing practice Telling Time practice Abeka – Addition problem writing practice Wall-E I Spy Book Click here for more information on the Workbox System! More info on Educational Insights  Hot Dots: http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2Fd3c20ef4-268f-4f95-8b19-91505e4f5fa7&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate I purchased some 'make your own hot dots' from Lakeshore Learning. You can print your own cards, these are phonics … [Read more...]

FEB
03
2010

What’s faster than calling 911?

Answer: Two kids with a love for band-aids. I cut my finger today putting together some of my prek activities. Did I forget to mention that prek can be dangerous? So I calmly say “Ugh, I cut my finger!” And without a word, both kids raced out of the school room. I thought nothing of it, until they showed back up in about 2 seconds. My son had a damp towel and promptly began applying pressure to the cut, while my daughter carefully unwrapped a band-aid. My son then ‘dabbed’ my finger dry, and my daughter placed the band-aid over the wound. Now, I have to say that during this process not a word was spoken, not even by me. They were “in action” and I was just sitting back observing the process of it all, sort of in awe at their speed and skill level. Apparently they’ve been paying attention all those times they got hurt! (There’s the culprit in the lower right corner of the photo, no offense Fiskars Trimmer, I still love you!) And here they are the two heroes…whose response time is … [Read more...]

FEB
03
2010

The Love Dare Day 32: Love meets sexual needs

The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 1 Corinthians 7:3 TODAY’S DARE If at all possible, try to initiate sex with your husband or wife today. Do this in a way that honors what your spouse has told you (or implied to you) about what they need from you sexually. Ask God to make this enjoyable for both of you as well as a path to greater intimacy.Obviously we'll need to adjust this for the children today, I think we will have them initiate a random act of kindness towards a sibling, such as helping them with a chore.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 … [Read more...]

FEB
02
2010

The Snowy Day Lapbook

I can’t do a lapbook for the others without including one for our eager little preschooler! I chose The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats since we have it and it fits in nicely with our Letter S for snowman theme! This lapbook was downloaded from Homeschool Share I particularly like the story board cards that she put up in order as we read the story. I’ve found that for my 3 year old its better to put the main lapbook together for her, then let her do any coloring/pasting involved. … [Read more...]