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    April 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I can’t even tell you how excited I am for spring and summer! We’ve had a crazy mix of weather this month going from 70 one day, to snow the next. I have set my Uggs and Flip-flops by the door so I can decide which ones to wear on my way out the door. Anyway, I have some fun meals this … [Read More...]

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    April 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

    Did you know that April is national humor month? Yep that’s right, all month long we get to be funny! Sounds like a good time to me! And April is full of interesting days, so let’s get started shall we? Holidays: April 1 – April Fool’s Day. April 5 – Easter Sunday. Weekly … [Read More...]

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    Spring Cleaning!!

    Good morning readers! You may have noticed a slight…okay drastic…change over here at the Confessions website! I don’t know about you, but I always get a hankering for some good old fashioned spring cleaning this time of year. And my blog is no different! I’ve been wanting to update it for a while … [Read More...]

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    Kindergarten Worksheets and Phonics Activities

    good morning readers! It’s been a little while since I did an update on what the Teeny Tot is doing. We just got back from spring break and she’s been working diligently on her kindergarten year. She’s reading well now, and still having fun doing all of the K4 Kindergarten activities along with … [Read More...]

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    Create Your Own Bundle Discount!

    Good morning fellow educators! I know it’s getting to be that time of year again. The one where you’re not quite finished with the current school year, but are starting to research, gather curriculum, and plan for next year.    Today I have a special treat for you all, and it’s … [Read More...]

APR
04
2010

Stained Glass Cross & Egg Easter Craft

This craft is super easy and produces beautiful results! It was also the Teeny Tiny Tot’s first craft! (Usually we do crafts while she’s sleeping, you can image why…) I have to say she was thrilled to be involved! And she did an excellent job. Supplies: Contact Paper Tissue Paper Scissors Sharpie Tape  (to hold contact paper down while you work) Step 1: Take backing off of clear contact paper, and lay sticky side up. Secure to counter with tape. Step 2: Place lots of colorful pieces of tissue paper all over the contact paper.    Step 3:  Cut another piece of Contact paper that’s the same size and place it sticky side down on top of your tissue paper covered contact paper. Draw desired shape on with a sharpie, and cut out objects. Step 5: Hang on window for display! (We used scotch tape to stick it on the window) We made eggs and crosses to celebrate Easter, but you could easily do any design you want!   Happy  Easter! … [Read more...]

APR
04
2010

Have a Wonderful Easter!

He is Risen! The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:5-6 … [Read more...]

APR
03
2010

Write for Charity

I was recently contacted by Beth from “Write for Charity” about an opportunity to publish an article while at the same time raising money for Children’s Charities. They are seeking short story and poetry submissions to help raise money for children’s charities. Out of the submissions, 101 pieces will be chosen to appear in their anthology. Writers are invited to submit their work at Write for Charity’s website along with a short bio that will be printed in the event that their work is chosen for this anthology. Keep in mind when submitting that they are breaking the book down into the following categories: Pregnancy: Stories from Moms, Dads, and Grandparents to Be The Day You Were Born Baby/Toddler Stories Parent/ Child Bond Growing Up/ Letting Go Things I Learned From My Parents What Being a Parent Has Taught Me Write for Charity is an organization dedicated to using the written word to improve the world. For more details or to submit your story to Write for Charity, visit … [Read more...]

APR
03
2010

Tissue Paper Easter Egg Craft

I found this box of tissue paper squares from Lakeshore Learning. Since we do so many crafts with Tissue Paper, I decided it was worth it. This Easter Egg Craft was super easy! I just drew a large egg shape onto construction paper, then had them crumple and glue on decorations. My 2nd grader used a pencil tip, crumpled the paper around the pencil and dipped it in glue. The boy wasn’t too into frilly tissue eggs, so he just wrote out his card.   This was too time consuming for my preschooler, she just crumpled the pieces with her fingers and dipped them in glue. It turned out to be a great fine-motor-skill building craft as she had to separate the little sheets of tissue, then crumple, then glue.   Here are our final Eggs! I may cut them out, and hang them in the window!   Happy Easter! … [Read more...]

APR
02
2010

Shark Lapbook

This was one of our very first lapbooks, I downloaded the contents from Homeschool Share This was a simple single folder lapbook, but there is enough material at Homeschool Share to do more if you choose. The contents include: How big are they: measuring with goldfish Shark Families Vocabulary All about teeth Shark Anatomy What is a shark? Shark Cards: types of sharks Some shark books to go with your study: http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2Fba35ddc8-9f58-4d81-b69f-2a755f8f364d&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate … [Read more...]

APR
01
2010

Shaving Cream: Seriously, what was I thinking?

Now, I know I’ve promoted this on my alphabet activities, but this is the first time it wasn’t safely contained in a Ziploc Bag. Let's just say there was a lot of squeals and screams, mostly by me. Once the initial excitement wore off, we did math… We practiced spelling and numbers… We made art… We played… I would recommend providing a clean bowl of water so they can wash off their hands in between as needed. And the bonus here is that clean up was fairly easy and left my counter nice and clean! P.S. Don’t clap your hands together, or this will happen… Note: I would recommend cleaning this BEFORE your husband gets home and says to you “Seriously, what were you thinking!?!” … [Read more...]

MAR
31
2010

Horizontal Drop Down Menu in Blogger

Here is a fairly easy tutorial for installing a drop down navigation bar into your Blogger Blog. (Like the dark brown one in my header section) STEP 1: In Blogger, go to your “Layout” and “Page Elements” section. Click on the “Add a Gadget” link just under your header image: (Note: If you are just starting your blog, the “Minima Lefty” template is a good one to start with. It’s simple and you can customize it as you go.) From the Gadget’s List, select “HTML/Javascript” option. STEP 2: Simply copy and paste this ENTIRE code into your widget. Note: Leave the “Title” section of this widget blank. <style type="text/css"> /* style the outer div to give it width */ .menu { width:1000px; font-size:14px; padding-bottom:40px; } /* remove all the bullets, borders and padding from the default list styling */ .menu ul { padding:0; margin:0; list-style-type:none; font: 14px Tahoma, Arial; } .menu ul ul { /* width:124px; */ border:1px solid … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2010

Letter of the Week: Shape Flashcards

A kind reader informed me that there was an error on the Letter of the Week Shape Cards, for the Triangle shape card, the card reads "yellow" instead of "triangle". I have fixed the cards, and as of today the Letter of the Week download files are now updated. If you downloaded them prior to today and would like the updated copy, please email me with the date of purchase and your paypal email and I'd be happy to send you the updated PDF! My sincere apologies, … [Read more...]

MAR
29
2010

I’m Joining ABC & 123!

Hi everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be writing a new feature for ABC & 123! It’s going to be called “Play to Learn” and it was announced today, go check it out! As homeschoolers, we have a great opportunity to think out of the box and incorporate all kinds of different hands on learning tools to make the learning experience more fulfilling and FUN for our children. I’m excited to be a part of ABC & 123 and this new feature!I'll be posting every other Monday starting April 12th, so make sure to visit! If you have any great ideas to contribute to this column, I’d love to feature you, email me at erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler {dot} com! … [Read more...]

MAR
28
2010

Prek Letter W

Welcome to the Letter W. We’ll be having fun with Watermelon this week! Hope you enjoy it! (Scroll down for the puzzle download!) Letter W Memory Verse: "We love Him because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19 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 W 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 Ww Tracing Card: I laminate this and cut out the watermelon then use Expo Dry Erase Markerswith it. You could also use it to glue beans onto or as finger tracing practice. Click the image below to download:   Letter W Do-A-Dot page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!   Watermelon Number Practice: I laminate this and … [Read more...]