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    Hands on Easter Activities for Kids

    Bunnies, chicks, eggs…oh my! All of those things are fun, but I really want my kiddos to get the real meaning of Easter as well! So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Since Easter is quickly approaching I’m in the mood for Easter Activities! Yesterday I shared … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar with Amy McCready!

    Good morning parents! Are you wondering how to get your kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling? Look no further! I’m partnering with Amy McCready in another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

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    The Time Machine Literature Unit

    Hi everyone! Today I have another fun literature classic for you, The Time Machine Unit Study! Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The Time Machine tells the story of an anxious scientist who discovers how to travel through time. He starts in London in 1895 and travels all the way to the year … [Read More...]

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    Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

      Hi everyone! I have another simple and fast recipe to share with all of you busy homeschoolers out there! After saying this was fast, I realized that I normally make these a few days after I’ve made my Southwestern Chicken Tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice. That way I can just pull … [Read More...]

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    World Geography: South Africa Unit Study

    Our Expedition Earth World Geography journey has brought us to the continent of Africa. So, Haai! And welcome to South Africa! The kids have been excited about Africa and it’s finally here! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: Some Things We Learned: Where … [Read More...]

NOV
10
2009

Prek Letter F

Welcome to the Letter F! We're going to be having fun with fish this week, hope you enjoy!Letter F Memory Verse:For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23Click below to download these verses in puzzle format (I use these for 2nd grade):John 3:16Romans 6:23For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books:ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible VersesSong time:Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2Fish Measuring! This is a new game for us, and we're going to use goldfish to learn the difference between long and short. Should be fun and yummy!Letter Ff Do-A-Dot Page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!Letter F Tracing: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.Capital/lowercase Sorting: … [Read more...]

NOV
10
2009

Homeschool Blog Awards – Voting Time!

Hi everyone! Nominations are done, the polls are open for voting! Thank you all so much, I was very excited to see I've been nominated in 3 categories below:Best Crafts, Plans, & ProjectsBest New Homeschool BlogBest New Homeschooling Methods BlogThanks to everyone for all your support and encouragement! I'm honored to have been nominated along with these awesome blogs! It makes the time I spend making printables worth while to know you all like them! … [Read more...]

NOV
09
2009

Terms Of Use

I make all of the printables you see on this site unless otherwise specified. Therefore, the downloads on this blog and its contents are copyright of Erica Made Designs, LLC © 2009-2012. All rights reserved. While I provide the materials on this site to you free of charge, there are a few things that I ask from you in regards to the resources found here. Personal Use Only: My downloads are provided to you for your own personal use. Accordingly, you agree that you will not copy, reproduce, alter, modify, create derivative works, or publicly display any content from my downloads, except for your own personal, non‐commercial use. You may post pictures of your family using my downloads on your personal blog provided that Confessions of a Homeschooler is properly attributed in the post. No Redistribution. You may not reproduce, repackage, or redistribute the contents of COAH downloads, in whole or in part, for any reason. No Commercial Use. My downloads may not be used for … [Read more...]

NOV
09
2009

Opening day for m&m’s!

I have to say mixing in a little food, (well, that's if you count chocolate as food, which I do), in with school was genius! I've never seen 3 kids so ready to start school in all my lives! My 3 year old busted through her entire set of drawers just to get to the bottom box that had The M&M;'s Brand Counting Bookand a bag of m&m;'s in it!Now that we're all on a chocolate high, I'll post some pics :)M&M; Size sorting, fun, she liked the big one the best, duh! Who wouldn't? Click here to download m&m; size sorting!Our Large Letter building fun! I am using my large alphabet lacing cards with our color cubes. She's supposed to alternate color cubes to make a pattern, but said she ran out! Its all good in prek! Click here to download my Large A-Z Letter Lacing CardsM&M; Lacing card, we went up from the bottom each time for this lacing lesson. Click here to download the m&m; lacing card!M&M; Letter Matching! Click here to learn how to make the letter disks. If … [Read more...]

NOV
09
2009

All About Spelling Give Away

Head over to Homeschool Creations thismorning for a great give away! Thanks Jolanthe! … [Read more...]

NOV
07
2009

Digital Scrapbooking Day!

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day!Visit Jessica Sprague for a free download! And while you're there, scroll down to register for their FREE Holiday class starting November 16th!And check out my friend Melissa Renfro at Scrapgirls she finished a new kit called "Inspired"!For a list of great freebie links visit: Ikea Goddessor DigiFree!Specials and Freebies going on all day at Designer DigitalsA beautiful freebie kit from Scrapbook GraphicsMay your day be filled with ample hard drive space, lots of creative inspiration, and oh yeah, the time to actually scrapbook! LOL! … [Read more...]

NOV
06
2009

Letter D finale!

Today was our Letter D finale! I have to say, wow, I made too much stuff for this letter, I hope you all enjoyed it, we didn't quite get through everything though! LOL! Oh well, aim high right! Haha!Here we are making our letter D with foam letter builders. I just cut these out by hand from foam sheets from Wal-mart, so I don't have a template, but you can kind of figure out what shapes you need. You can also download my printable letter builders here.We did a fun Dinosaur tangram, I got these cards from Lakeshore Learning.Putting together the Color Puzzles, you can download them here.For our fun food, my wonderful mom came up and baked "Dark Chocolate Brownies! and we had milk in our Dinosaur Dixie Cups!Dinosaur magnet page, we used our pom-pom magnets on this one, I also use these round magnets from Amazon: 100 Pcs Power MagnetsDinosaur Graphing! She wasn't too in to this one today, so I just had her do 1 page, and she ended up coloring in all the squares...whatever!Our Dinosaur … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2009

Spelling City

Hi, I found a fun new website tonight (well, its probably not new, but new to us!) Its called Spelling City. Its an interactive website that you can put your spelling list into and then be tested, play a game, print out games, and practice the words. Lots of fun! Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

NOV
04
2009

Prek Letter M

Hello! I'm pleased to announce our next Letter, the Letter M for M&M;'s of course! I mean, really, what are M&M;'s other than just delicious counters? Enjoy! (I mean that literally!) As usual, I laminate everything, but you don't have to if you're not worried about multiple uses. Letter M Memory Verse: "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." John 10-27 Play a game of "follow the Shepherd", blind fold your kids and have them follow your voice! 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 M 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 Practiced the letter m in sign language: Used our LOTW Blend Ladders to create small CVC words using the letter M. You can download the blend ladders here. Letter M … [Read more...]

NOV
03
2009

The Workbox System

We just started using the Sue Patrick Workbox System this year and LOVE it! For those of you who don't know what it is, its not a curriculum, but an organization system. I'll do my best to explain it to you, but Sue does a better job on her website, so you can look there for a video demonstration of how to set it up! My setup is a bit different than what Sue Patrick recommends, but I really believe you can modify the system to suit your needs. I recommend her book, it has a lot of great ideas and teaching philosophies as well as a free typing program which we love! Here's an overview of how we use our workboxes. I really can't say enough about the workbox system! Its totally revolutionized how we do school! I can't imagine trying to organize 3 different grade levels without them! Here's a photo of what my setup looks like: Side Note: I have to say I like the workboxes separating the kids, seems to help them focus. I got these workboxes at JoAnn's during a 50% off sale, you … [Read more...]