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    How to stop procrastination in your homeschool

    Do you find your kids procrastinating instead of doing their schoolwork in a diligent and timely fashion?  Do your kids dawdle, sharpen pencils, get water, then go to the bathroom and eventually get to their work only after chasing them down? Don’t worry your not alone! I’d venture to bet … [Read More...]

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    2015-2016 Homeschool Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! I have had a ton of requests for an 2015-2016 8x10 Homeschool Lesson Planner that similar to my 5x7 lesson planner, so that’s what we’re doing today!   You can use this for your own teacher lesson planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, … [Read More...]

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    Our Curriculum 2015-2016

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe another year has gone by, and it’s time to start planning for the 2015-16 school year! I’ve had so many requests for our curriculum choices, so I thought I better put up a post with our choices for next year. Group and Independent work I’m listing the full … [Read More...]

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    K4 Kindergarten Curriculum Video Review

    Is my Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum a little too easy for your student? Are you ready for something a little more challenging? Then the K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum is for you! The K4/5 Curriculum is geared towards kids ages 4-5 who are ready to start kindergarten (or have completed my … [Read More...]

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    Letter of the Week Video Review

    Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a fun summer break…if you take one that is. We are, and we’re looking at starting back up in August, so I’m trying to get everything prepared and ready to go! Today I thought it would be fun to do a video review of my Letter of the Week curriculum for those of you … [Read More...]

MAY
25
2010

Spelling Practice

I’ve been trying to make our spelling a little more fun than boring ole’ worksheets and thought I’d share for anyone interested. We use Abeka spelling, they have 2 worksheets/week that she does to practice spelling, so to give additional practice I type out the spelling words on cards, then cut them out so she can use them as a reference for the other games we play. Abeka gives about 20 words/week, so M-W-F we play a game (I split them up into 7 words/day) and T/Th she does the Abeka worksheet. Friday she also takes a test. Download the Spelling Word Template here. (The words in RED are sight words.) We use the cards to spell the words with the Magnetic Letters then she writes them on the board with a dry erase marker. Letter Tile Spelling: I found these blue magnetic letter tiles at Lakeshore Learning. We use them for spelling practice and other games! Stair Phonics: I do this with all 3 kids at the same time. They each get a question and if they get it correct, they may hop … [Read more...]

MAY
24
2010

J is for Jelly Bean (Alternative)

I have received several requests from public school teachers to give an alternative to my J is for Jesus due to religious restrictions placed on them. I hesitated to do this as I view my blog as a ministry to help spread the love of Jesus to my readers, and J is for Jesus is my favorite letter set! However, after much prayer I’ve decided to go ahead move forward. I do understand your restrictions and pray that my curriculum bless your classrooms. --> Download J is for Jelly Beans Alternative <-- (If you have trouble downloading, try to RIGHT click on the above link, then select "SAVE LINK AS". You will then be prompted to save the file to your hard drive.) Jelly Bean Graphing: Using real jelly beans, give your students a jar full and have them sort them on the chart based on color. Once finished they can fill in the most/least colors as well. Jelly Bean Coloring: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they're called … [Read more...]

MAY
23
2010

Pork Shoulder and Mashed Potatoes

This recipe is another wonderful meal from my mom! I have to say that I only post my favorite recipes here and this is definitely one of them. (Not to mention that it’s super easy which is always right up my alley!) Ingredients: 1 Pork Shoulder (or butt) Roast (Mine was about 7lbs) Olive Oil Garlic Salt Onion Salt Crushed Pepper (I didn’t put too much b/c of kiddos) Parsley Directions: Preheat oven to 275 degrees Place roast in roasting pan, and coat generously with Olive Oil Sprinkle a good amount of remaining ingredients over roast and ‘rub’ in so that the roast has a good coating of spices. Cook uncovered at 275 for about 6 hours (this may depend on the size of your roast, mine was about 7lbs) It should have a nice salty crust on the outside when it’s finished, and your house will smell wonderful! Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite vegetable! If all goes well, your family will look like this: Just due to the size of these roasts you’ll have leftovers, chop them up … [Read more...]

MAY
22
2010

Gardening with Kids

With the cold weather hopefully behind us, I always get the urge to make my backyard all pretty and colorful again. While I have some perennials in tree beds, I have lots of flower pots around as well. This year I let the kids pick the flowers they wanted. Each was in charge of planting their own pots and are also responsible for watering them each day. (Yes, my son chose to water his plants with a squirt gun.) Before you say, “Oh what a nice Mommy letting her kids get so involved!”, I have a confession to make…I love to look at them, but I hate to water these daily, I have so much going on that it’s just another chore for me, not to mention that I constantly forget, which leads to dead plants. So, after shelling out money for these flowers I decided I needed some re-enforcement from people who actually like to play in the hose and get dirty. Just to give you an idea of what they accomplished in a day for me, here’s some of their handy-work, there are 9 pots along that wall: … [Read more...]

MAY
21
2010

Freebie Friday: Scalloped Template

As a Friday treat for all you digi-scrap lovers out there! I’ve been trying to put out a freebie each Friday over summer while we’re on homeschooling break! We’ll see if I can keep it up or not! This template was inspired by a class over at Jessica Sprague, so love that girl! Download Scalloped Template (This is a layered PSD File) Here’s my layout: Supplies: Font Porcelain, Teen; Jessica Sprague Strawberry Lemonade Striped Paper and circle swirl: MCO Beautiful Journey02, Katie Pertiet Hemp Tie, LindaGB Tiny Tags Please link up below if you use my template! I’d love to see your work! … [Read more...]

MAY
20
2010

Homemade Granola Bars

I’ve been trying to save money on groceries, and my husband pointed out that we spend a lot on ‘snacks’ for the kids. I decided to try and make some snacks instead of paying high prices for pre-packaged ones, and in the process I found this WONDERFUL granola bar recipe at Raising Olives. I adjusted it to fit our likings, and it turned out great! Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (Optional: any Dried Fruit, Raisins, Craisins, Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Coconut Flakes, have fun with this!) 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup honey 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup coconut oil (Melted! I microwave about 30 seconds until liquid, this makes it MUCH easier to work with!) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Directions: STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking dish. STEP 2: Mix together dry ingredients, then make a well in the center and add the honey, beaten egg, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. … [Read more...]

MAY
19
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot School: Part Tres

Welcome to What’s in the box Wednesday. This week we’ll be joining in with our Teeny Tiny Tot who has recently decided she isn’t satisfied with my selection of workboxes for her, and has made up her own work for this week. Of course we start off the day with personal hygiene. She gets really into her teeth brushing…literally, into it. Next she counted our calendar and re-arranged our patterned chain links. Later she played with the magnets, she decided that she liked the soft fluffy pom-pom magnets the best. Sadly some of the magnets didn’t survive this activity. One of her favorite activities is the Stacking Cups. Well, not so much the stacking part but more the knocking down part.   Later she went on to practice her handwriting with the Letter Q. She likes to taste-test everything, her findings are more accurate that way. At snack time she sorted her ‘Nilla Wafers’. One for her, one in the box, one for her, one in the box. She’s recently been into writing, so I’ve … [Read more...]

MAY
18
2010

House For Hermit Crab Lapbook

My son wanted to do a lapbook on crabs, and I found this one on Homeschool Share. We read A House for Hermit Crab and then did a fun activity on the back of the lapbook called “Hermit Crab’s Year” It is a story sequencing game, so as I read my son put up the activities of Hermit Crab for each month. Here is the inside of the lapbook, its a simple 1 file folder book that includes: Types Of Crabs (I just downloaded random ones from online) Types of Shells The Wise Man Built His House verse review Sea Creatures Flip Book Hermit Crab Coloring Page Our Address flip book Hermit Crab’s Year sequencing activity Downloads for this lapbook are from Homeschool Share … [Read more...]

MAY
17
2010

Word Jumbles

I made these Word Jumbles to go with our letter tiles, its a fun way to practice spelling in our workboxes. You could also use them with a dry-erase marker or any alphabet manipulatives you have on hand.  The set includes 4, 5, and 6 letter words. Download Word Jumbles Hope you like them! … [Read more...]

MAY
16
2010

Summer BBQ Winner

Thanks to everyone for participating in my Mother’s Day give away for our latest Felt Food Set: Summer BBQ! And the winner is: Mel: I left a comment on your blog, please email me back so I can get the download to you! Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day :o) … [Read more...]