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    Homeschooling 101: Socialization

    Hi everyone, I have another Homeschooling 101 post for you.  Today we’re talking about that dreaded word… SOCIALIZATION!   One of the first questions I am asked regarding homeschooling is… “What about socialization?” I almost hesitate to even include this topic in my series … [Read More...]

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    Happy Labor Day 2014

      Hi everyone! It’s Labor Day! I like to think of it as “relax because the rest of the year’s gonna be crazy” day. So that’s what we’re doing… We’re taking the day off! The day off school that is. We’ll be hanging out and Barbequing, marshmallow roasting, and hanging with a few friends. … [Read More...]

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    2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

    I H.E.A.R.T Back-To-School time! It means fall is coming, we get to start new and exciting curriculum, and we get new school supplies! Goodness all around! But what does Back-To-School look like for a homeschooler? I mean, don’t we just come downstairs and start school? No back-to-school … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

    Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with … [Read More...]

JAN
24
2010

The Love Dare Day 22: Love is Faithful

Day 22: Love is Faithful I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord. —Hosea 2:20 TODAY’S DARE Love is a choice, not a feeling. It is an initiated action, not a knee-jerk reaction. Choose today to be committed to love even if your spouse has lost most of their interest in receiving it. Say to them today in words similar to these, “I love you. Period. I choose to love you even if you don’t love me in return.” 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 Marriage I 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 … [Read more...]

JAN
23
2010

The Love Dare Day 21: Love is Satisfied in God

Day 21: Love is Satisfied in GodThe Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire. Isaiah 58:11Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've turned to this verse, do yourself a favor and memorize it my dear sisters.TODAY’S DARE Be intentional today about making a time to pray and read your Bible. Try reading a chapter out of Proverbs each day (there are thirty-one—a full month’s supply), or reading a chapter in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). As you do, immerse yourself in the love and promises God has for you. This will add to your growth as you walk with Him.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
22
2010

Edible Snowballs

I found this fun recipe on Just a moment in time and it fit in so well with our Letter S for snowman post I had to share it! Supplies: 3/4 c. peanut butter 1/2 c. honey 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 c. oatmeal 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs powdered sugar Directions: In large bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended. Form into balls. Roll in powdered sugar. (Makes about 14 balls using a medium scoop) Eat! Click here to see all of my Letter S for Snowman Activities! … [Read more...]

JAN
22
2010

The Love Dare Day 20: Love is Jesus Christ

Day 20: Love is Jesus ChristWhile we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9TODAY’S DARE Dare to take God at His Word. Dare to trust Jesus Christ for salvation. Dare to pray, “Lord Jesus, I’m a sinner. But You have shown Your love for me by dying to forgive my sins, and You have proven Your power to save me from death by Your resurrection. Lord, change my heart, and save me by Your grace.”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 … [Read more...]

JAN
21
2010

Art: Paint Dabbing

We did a new type of painting today called “dabbing”. The goal is to mix the paint on the paper instead of the plate. So in order to do paint “dabbing” one must carefully dip their brush into a couple colors on the palette, then dab it gently onto the paper. This creates a nice mixing effect of colors on the paper. Despite the fact that two key proponents of this activity (carefully & gently) contrast sharply with our tendencies, the little budding artists did quite well with this. Here’s my 2nd grader’s work: My kindergartner’s work: Even my 3 year old figured out how to mix her primary colors to create secondary colors. Call me a mean mom, but this year I only bought red, blue, yellow paint (and white for shade variation). She was even so kind as to share her recipe for orange with everyone else, you know, since it was be kind to one another day in our Love Dare! The paint dabbing lesson and student work pages were taken from our Art Book: I Can Do All Things … [Read more...]

JAN
21
2010

The Love Dare Day 19: Love is impossible

Day 19: Love is impossibleLet us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7TODAY’S DARE Look back over the dares from previous days. Were there some that seemed impossible to you? Have you realized your need for God to change your heart and to give you the ability to love? Ask Him to show you where you stand with Him, and ask for the strength and grace to settle your eternal destination.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
20
2010

Delightful Learning Give Away

Check out the fun Lacing Buttons Give Away over at Delightful Learning! They look like a great tot-school activity, I know we'd love to win! I love Michelle's blog, if you haven't already visit her at Delightful Learning! … [Read more...]

JAN
20
2010

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Kindergarten

As promised, here’s our first official What’s in the box Wednesday post! I’ll alternate between Prek, Kindergarten, and 2nd Grade for variety. If things get hairy, I’ll do a Teeny Tiny Tot box post…and yes, she does have her own boxes! Math U See Primer video and workbook Abeka Letter Flashcards: Sentence practice Abeka Handwriting practice Abeka - blend flashcard practice, click here for my blend ladders Bob Books for Reading Fun Abeka – Numbers writing practice (May switch this out with dry erase ones) Counting by 10’s $1 logic puzzle from Michael’s dollar section Melissa & Doug See & Spell My Father’s World Art: I Can Do All Things – Paint Dabbing Happy box filling to you all! … [Read more...]

JAN
20
2010

The Love Dare Day 18: Love seeks to understand

Day 18: Love seeks to understandHow blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. Proverbs 3:13By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4TODAY’S DARE Prepare a special dinner at home, just for the two of you. The dinner can be as nice as you prefer. Focus this time on getting to know your spouse better, perhaps in areas you’ve rarely talked about. Determine to make it an enjoyable evening for you and your mate. Since we have 4 kids, I am going to prepare a kids meal and feed them first, then put the kids to bed and have a romantic dinner with just my husband!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, … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2010

Logic Links

Have you tried Logic Links Puzzles yet? I promise they aren’t paying me for an endorsement, we just love this game! Its great for building logical reasoning skills and I add them to our workboxes for fun! Each card contains a puzzle that tells which disks they'll need along with clues as to how to place the colored disks. I mostly use it for 2nd grade right now since my Kindergartner can’t read the cards quite yet. I have given them to him though, just made sure there was a “Work with Mom” sticker on that box! They also come as workbooks in varying skill levels, here are some they offer, as well as some other fun logic games: http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2F6ff3a976-d7a4-4730-bf3b-4bf7435420e7&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate … [Read more...]