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    Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a … [Read More...]

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    October Holidays & Fun Days 2014

    Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 … [Read More...]

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    October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 5th Grade

    Hi everyone! It’s time for a new 5th grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Turbo’s workboxes today, and as I said above he’s a 5th grader this year.  And I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While … [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...]

JAN
19
2010

Science Center: Magnets

Today we did a science project with magnets. We made a pile of random items, some magnetic and some not. We hypothesized which we thought were magnetic by making 2 piles (Magnetic and Not magnetic). Then we tested our theories… We discovered that Bakugan balls are magnetic (actually we already knew, this but it was cool to see that it was true with the magnet wand.) We made things travel up the glass using the magnet on the outside, and also made paper clips move around on the table with the magnetic wand below it. They loved this part! We noted how many balls we could hang from the wand before the weight of them caused them to drop off spraying all over the floor. Afterwards we filled out our Science Experiment Grids, then just spent time playing with the tiny little choking hazards until the Teeny Tiny Tot woke up from her nap. … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2010

The Love Dare Day 17: Love promotes intimacy

Day 17: Love promotes intimacyHe who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9Are the secrets you know about your spouse, ones that you keep to shame them, or to draw you closer together? Do they make you feel safe, or scared?"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear" 1 John 4:18TODAY’S DARE Determine to guard your mate’s secrets (unless they are dangerous to them or to you) and to pray for them. Talk with your spouse, and resolve to demonstrate love in spite of these issues. Really listen to them when they share personal thoughts and struggles with you. Make them feel safe.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
18
2010

The Love Dare Day 16: Love Intercedes

Day 16: Love IntercedesBeloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2Do you feel like giving up? "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." Luke 18:1TODAY’S DARE Begin praying today for your spouse’s heart. Pray for three specific areas where you desire for God to work in your spouse’s life and in your marriage.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 you're … [Read more...]

JAN
17
2010

The Love Dare Day 15: Love is Honorable

Day 15: Love is honorableLive with your wives in an understanding way...and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life. 1 Peter 3:7Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure. Hebrews 13:4TODAY’S DARE Choose a way to show honor and respect to your spouse that is above your normal routine. It may be holding the door for her. It might be putting his clothes away for him. It may be the way you listen and speak in your communication. Show your mate that he or she is highly esteemed in your eyes.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 … [Read more...]