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    Homeschooling 101: Socialization

    Hi everyone, I have another Homeschooling 101 post for you.  Today we’re talking about that dreaded word… SOCIALIZATION!   One of the first questions I am asked regarding homeschooling is… “What about socialization?” I almost hesitate to even include this topic in my series … [Read More...]

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    Happy Labor Day 2014

      Hi everyone! It’s Labor Day! I like to think of it as “relax because the rest of the year’s gonna be crazy” day. So that’s what we’re doing… We’re taking the day off! The day off school that is. We’ll be hanging out and Barbequing, marshmallow roasting, and hanging with a few friends. … [Read More...]

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    2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

    I H.E.A.R.T Back-To-School time! It means fall is coming, we get to start new and exciting curriculum, and we get new school supplies! Goodness all around! But what does Back-To-School look like for a homeschooler? I mean, don’t we just come downstairs and start school? No back-to-school … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

    Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with … [Read More...]

JUL
29
2014

2014 August Monthly Meal Plan

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Say What!? Did you say “August”? O.M.G! Seriously? I had so many grand plans for summer. Being a dutiful homeschooler, I even got a bunch of curriculum to help keep my kids busy and educated. Which would’ve been nice if we’d been home to actually use it. Which we weren’t. So we didn’t. And now school’s getting ready to start. I want to know what happened to my summer? Did anyone see it? Because I blinked the other day, and I think I must’ve missed it! Anyhoo… I honestly can’t believe I’m posting this today, but yes it’s time for an August meal plan!   Download the 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I hope this helps all you homeschooling warriors who are getting ready to head back into battle for another year! For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! … [Read more...]

JUL
28
2014

Our Curriculum Choices: 2014-2015

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Hi everyone, it’s that time of year again! And I’ve been getting tons of emails asking what we’ll be using for our 2014-2015 school year! So without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for the 2014-2015 school year.   Teeny Tot: Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook: I'm mixing pages from my elementary and preschool notebook this year so she can write her own calendar numbers. Art: World’s Greatest Artists 2 and See the Light Art DVDs Phonics/Reading:  K4 Curriculum, Abeka K5 Letters & Sounds, Phonics Road Level 1 (A new product we’re reviewing!) Logical Thinking: Abeka K5 Think and Learn Math: Math U See Primer & Spielgaben Bible: Picture Smart Bible (Trying new this year), Grapevine Traceable Units P.E.: Family Time Fitness Other: We will be doing The Middle Ages by Homeschool in the Woods this year, and the Teeny Tot will be participating in the fun crafts and activities that go along with that, though she won’t be expected to do any … [Read more...]

JUL
27
2014

The Three Musketeers Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have a great classic literature unit study for you today. It’s The Three Musketeers! This is an exciting tale that you won’t want to miss!   Story Summary: The Three Musketeers is full of action, intrigue, and suspense! Follow the story of D’Artagnan, a young nobleman, seeking adventures. He comes upon some new friends and they join up to defend their queen and king against the schemes of their rival, the Cardinal. Follow the Musketeers as they find adventure, sword fights, and life long friends! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Three Musketeers Classic Starts version as retold from the Alexandre Dumas original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the … [Read more...]

JUL
23
2014

One Pan Pasta Dinner

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Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had me at “one pan”! So today I have a one pan pasta dish for all of you busy parents out there!   So if you have about 15 minutes to spare, then stick with me people and you’ll also have dinner ready too!   One Pan Pasta: 12 ounces linguine 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (Or finely diced if you’re trying to hide them from your children.) 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 3 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 5 cups water 6 oz. tomato sauce … [Read more...]

JUL
22
2014

Affiliate Love…

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Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to you! For that reason, I only review/giveaway products that we have enjoyed in our home and want to share with you too! So today is dedicated to the awesome companies that have supported Confessions and have a special place in our hearts!   Our Favorites:   All About Learning Press has both reading and spelling products available which we love! All About Spelling teaches encoding skills, spelling rules, and multisensory strategies to help your student become a proficient speller! All About Reading is a complete program teaching phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a fun and engaging way.       What’s in the Bible? are a series of fun DVDs that … [Read more...]

JUL
21
2014

Homeschooling 101: High School

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I wanted to start off this post by encouraging you. YOU CAN DO IT! Aside from the academics required, your primary goal is to prepare your student for their adult life. Homeschooling can help continue to build a bond with your student, and cement your relationship during a tumultuous time in their lives. Having a parent they can count on for training and sound advice will have eternal rewards when it comes to their future. Homeschooling through high school can also allow students to experience more things without the confinements of a classroom setting. You’re free to get out and actually participate in various things that interest them, along with learning in a more hands-on fashion. You … [Read more...]

JUL
20
2014

Heidi Unit Study

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Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun and games as her Aunt decides she needs to move to another home to better her education. But the optimistic Heidi manages to enjoy her time there and make some life long friends before returning to her first love, the home in the mountains. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Heidi Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using … [Read more...]

JUL
14
2014

Summer Vacation 2014

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It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing scenery, time with family, and hopefully making some great memories! Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week with all new posts! Until then…I pray you’re all enjoying your summer break as well. … [Read more...]

JUL
13
2014

The Prince and the Pauper Unit Study

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Looking for some fun summer reading? The Prince and the Pauper unit study is a perfect way to add in some reading fun!   Story Summary: The Prince and the Pauper is a charming story of two boys who look remarkably alike, but lead two very different lives! Edward is heir to the throne of England, while Tom’s father is a beggar and a thief. When the two boys meet by chance one day, they decide to change clothes for fun. Before they know it they’re involved in a case of mistaken identity and wind up trading places and lives! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Prince and the Pauper Classic Starts version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2014

It’s 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY!

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What better way to end my summer activities series than sharing that today is… 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY! For those of you who don’t know, on July 11th, the 7/11 convenience stores give out free kids size Slurpee's all day! This photo is from a couple of years ago, but rest assured we’ll be heading out today to get our free Slurpee today too! It’s actually the only day of the year we get these (I know I’m a horrible mama LOL), so the kids are always excited when July 11th rolls around ;o)   I hope you all have a great weekend, and get to enjoy a free icy treat with your family! … [Read more...]