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    Expedition Earth: Germany Unit Study

      Guten Tag! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Germany! My husband’s family is German, so this was a special week for us. We even sampled some of his grandma’s butter ball soup and homemade kraut burgers! Yum!   Here are some more of the things we covered this … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Choose Fabric

    Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series. Today we’re talking all about fabric! I’m going to show you all about precuts and yardage, share what I like to buy. And then I’ll share some of my favorite places to get my fabric too!   Fabric is one of my favorite … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: How to Create Lesson Plans

    Hey guys! I hope you’re enjoying my Tip Tuesday series. If you’re following along you know that last week we talked about how to choose homeschool curriculum, and this week I’m getting into the nitty gritty of how to take all of that curriculum and turn it into workable lesson plans for your … [Read More...]

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    Our Top 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    Good morning! Today I’m sharing our top 7th grade homeschool curriculum picks. I know choosing curriculum can be a challenge, so hopefully this post will help give you a good starting point to choosing your own!   So let’s get started! Here are the basic subjects that I suggest you … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 5×7 Student Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2016-2017 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you … [Read More...]

NOV
04
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Thailand

Sawa dee ka! Welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Thailand! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other,  Sawa dee ka! Each day we review all the countries we’ve learned so far. I also ask about capitals, language, how to say hello and what the money is for each country just for review. Of course we learned about animals found in Thailand and then added them to our Animal Wall   We worked on our Mapping Thailand activity:   We made these cute Krathong Floating Boats after studying about the Thailand Floating Markets: Since Thailand was our last country in Asia, we did a quick review of all the countries and colored in the ones we learned about on the Asia map. Of course we went out for Thai food to complete our week! It’s all part of my “Erica doesn’t cook on Friday nights” meal plan ;o) When we were eating my preschooler saw the waiter walk by and started saying “sawa dee ka! sawa dee ka!” he … [Read more...]

NOV
03
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: 1st Grade

Welcome to this week’s What’s in the box Wednesday! I’m sharing my 1st grade boxes today.  You’ll probably notice I don’t put the Expedition Earth stuff in the boxes, we do it in the afternoon after our workboxes are done, so it doesn’t go in them. Nest Bible Video: Counting Money and Telling Time: Since Math U See doesn’t cover these topics as well as I’d like, I just added in a box to go over them myself. Every day i change out the amount of money in the box and he counts it and writes it on the white board. Then I spout out times and he makes them and writes them on the clock. Easy and fun! Math U See: Alpha Abeka Handwriting:   Abeka Letters & Sounds: Abeka Language: All About Spelling: Level 1 Abeka readers Pick and Draw Game: This is a fun drawing game developed by Rich Davis, if you haven’t checked it out yet I highly recommend it! If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about when I say “Workboxes” click here to find out! Have boxes to … [Read more...]

NOV
02
2010

Letter F for Fish

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 3:16 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Letter F Writing Practice: Making the Letter F with Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion! Letter F foam craft: We read Rainbow Fish and then made a lowercase f fish out of foam shapes. I added in a couple foil ones for the sparkly scales. Fish 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 … [Read more...]

NOV
01
2010

Pick and Draw Giveaway!

I use the Pick and Draw game as a fun addition to our weekly workboxes and the kids always love to see it in their box! Rich, the creator of Pick and Draw, has generously a 2 sets of Pick and Draw cards as a give away for my readers! Thanks Rich! About the Game: Pick and Draw is a fun, one-of-a-kind drawing game that teaches you how to make very creative cartoon faces. It can be played by one or more people, and is an excellent way to encourage creative thinking skills. This game is so much fun and encouraging for everyone, even my children who seem reluctant to try drawing. As you can see the cards are easy, fun shapes: The game: A good quality deck of cards with a sturdy plastic carrying case. 60,000 different drawing possibilities in the deck. The cards use basic shapes that anyone can draw Can be one player or multiple! It is easy to play: just pick a card from each pile and draw it! All you need is the deck of cards, a pencil and paper It only costs $10! Each game … [Read more...]

OCT
31
2010

November 2010 Meal Plan

Hi! I didn’t make too many changes this month due to lack of time, but here is a new menu for November 2010 and I’ll have a new recipe posting this Saturday as well! Click here to download: PDF Format Word Doc Format Enjoy! … [Read more...]

OCT
31
2010

JS Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop ~ YAY Freebies!

Hi to all you digi-scrappers out there! I’m totally excited about participating in the Jessica Sprague Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop! Stay tuned to November 11th for LOTS of great FREEBIES and my new Digital Scrapbooking Christmas Kit! Here’s the my full Christmas Kit and I’ll be giving away a FREE Mini-Kit during the Blog Hop! The full kit will be avail for purchase starting November 11th! YAY! Visit my store to see my current kits:   Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

OCT
30
2010

Nest DVD Giveaway ~ WINNER!

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who entered to win the Nest Learning giveaway! And the winner for the William Bradford DVD is… AMIE from Ordinary Moment Blog! Congratulations Amie, I’ll be emailing you shortly with more information! Stay tuned to Monday Morning for a Pick and Draw! giveaway: … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2010

TOS Review ~ Buckets-O-Fun

Buckets-O-Fun is a website that sells various games and entertainment type activities for kids. They also have a section called "Yuck Slime" and that’s what we reviewed. The “Yuck” science activities deal with polymers. The product comes with instructions and observation ideas for each substance. We reviews 4 products, the Chunky Yuck, Saucy Yuck, Sticky Yuck and Snowy Yuck. What’s the cost for the yuck packets? Prices vary depends, you purchase it by the pound. The minimum was $16 for a pound of Chunky Yuck. We received a VERY small packet of each, I’d say a few table spoons, so I can’t even imagine needing a whole pound for a homeschooling setting. They also offer large quantities for classrooms going up to 50lbs for $600. To prepare for our experiments, we placed each packet in a bowl. My daughter slowly mixed each one as we observed it and made notes on what happened. Here she is starting with the “Saucy Yuck” this was to be like applesauce, and ours was a bit … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2010

Handmade Placemats

I saw this fun idea on one of the blogs I read and now I can’t remember which one! I’m so sorry, I usually make sure to link to everyone, so if it’s yours let me know and I’ll link up!Edited: The blog I saw this on originally was Counting Coconuts! Thanks readers for having my back! So of course I talked my mom into making these cute little place mats for the kids to practice setting the table and they turned out great! My daughter loved setting the table using the place mats, she put everything exactly where it should go. Here she is, we’re so proud of her finished table! Thanks for the idea anonymous blogger!We had a great time and what a fun way to learn how to set a table! … [Read more...]

OCT
27
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to this week’s What’s in the box Wednesday! I’m sharing my 2nd grade boxes this week. Nest Bible Video:   Math U See Abeka Language/Phonics: A Reason for Handwriting T Talking Fingers Typing, Powerspeak Spanish All About Spelling, Abeka readers Animalogic game  Draw Write Now Series: Drawing practice Have boxes to share? Link up below! … [Read more...]