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    World Geography: Morocco Unit Study

      Marhaban and welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography unit study on Morocco! So of course we started by going over all the countries we’ve learned so far, then found Morocco on the map.   Snow in Morocco? Did you know that it snows in Morocco? Contrary to popular believe, … [Read More...]

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    Ham and White Bean Soup Recipe

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with an easy recipe for you!   Every now and then we make a spiral sliced ham for dinner, and for a long time, I just tossed the left over bone with all of that meat on it. I never could get it all off. ugh. Anyway, I’ve finally come up with a really easy and … [Read More...]

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    Parenting Webinar TONIGHT!!!

    Good morning parents! Last week I mentioned the webinar we’re doing for parenting, and it’s tonight! 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 … [Read More...]

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    The Adventures of Robin Hood Literature Unit & Lapbook

    Hello! Today I’m releasing The Adventures of Robin Hood Literature Unit Study and Lapbook! This is a great book for young readers as not only is it an all time classic, but it includes a lot of adventure and excitement! Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: As a young boy Robin Hood … [Read More...]

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    World Geography: Kenya Unit Study

    Jambo everyone, and welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography week in Kenya! Here are Some Things We Learned: Where Kenya is on the world map & located Nairobi Learned a song in Swahili How to say “Hello” in Swahili Prayed for the people of … [Read More...]

MAR
25
2014

Teeny Tot Preschool and Kindergarten update

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So I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done an updated post on what the Teeny Tot has been up to. So I thought I’d put one up for you all today. She’s going through my Letter of the Week program, but she’s really ready for more now and so I’m throwing in more of my K4 Kindergarten activities to challenge her a bit more. She still likes the fun Letter of the Week preschool games so I still let her do those for fun as well. Anyhoo, here are some of the things she’s been working on these days… I usually still pull out similar Letter of the Week letter activities for her, so this week she’s going back through the letter D. The D is for Dinosaur letter hunt is from my Kindergarten Curriculum. She has to locate and mark all of the upper and lowercase letter “Ds”. She normally uses a highlighter, or a do-a-dot marker. But you can also have them put stickers on the letters, circle them, or whatever works best for you. You can also click here to download the Kindergarten Letter Hunt … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2014

Homeschooling 101: Student Organization

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  Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Teacher Organization, so today we’re going to talk student organization!   Organize Student Daily Workload Most of you know I’ve used some form of the workbox system developed by Sue Patrick for the past several years. I have to say that organizing our daily work has been a sanity saver for me. Put, the workbox system is a way to organize all of the daily school work for your student. You can use rolling carts, plastic crates, file folders, accordion files, or whatever else fits your needs. See a workbox video tutorial here. Here is a close up of my Vika Alex Drawer Units $79.00. There are only 5 drawers in these, so right now we’re putting two subjects in a couple of the bottom drawers. Using this organizational system, you will keep everything needed for one subject into each drawer, file folder, or whatever organizer you choose. That way … [Read more...]

MAR
23
2014

Anne of Green Gables Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I have a new literature unit to add to our collection! Today I’m sharing my new Anne of Green Gables Unit Study and Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Anne is a sweet, imaginative, and charismatic young orphan girl who is unexpectedly adopted by a family in Green Gables. The story follows Anne as she experiences the pains and joys of becoming part of a family. And her life growing up in the remote Canadian village of Avonlea. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Anne of Green Gables version as retold from the Lucy Maud Montgomery 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 any version you choose. Watch my Anne of Green … [Read more...]

MAR
20
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Panama

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Hola and welcome back to another world geography trip down memory lane! This week we’re reviewing the beautiful country of Panama! As usual, we started off by locating Panama on our World Map.   Here are some of the activities we did this week along with things I managed to capture on film! Learned to say “Hello” in Spanish: Hola (hello) , “Thank You” : gracias Locate Panama and capital Panama City on the wall map Prayed for the people of Panama Geography from A-Z pg 22 Gulf, Pg 25 Isthmus Learned about the Panama Canal, did you know the average toll for a ship to pass through the Panama Canal is $56,000! Made a Panama mini-lapbook component Made tropical fruit snacks: Mango, papaya, coconut, bananas Completed mapping and flag worksheets Learned about and classified 6 animals of Panama Animals from Panama mini-book Did a pottery painting activity Were supposed to make empanadas, but didn’t quite get to it ;o) Stamped our … [Read more...]

MAR
18
2014

Kid friendly Green Smoothie Recipe

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  Hi everyone! I’ve posted several of our smoothie recipes before, and today I wanted to share my kid friendly Green Smoothie recipe! We’re always experimenting with smoothies here, and we drink them almost every morning. Turbo is our resident smoothie expert, and since we drink them frequently he’s been working out a recipe that tastes both great for kids and makes mama happy! This recipe is a nice bright green color which I’ve found helps when convincing kids to drink something that is good for them.   So let’s get started shall we?   Ingredients: 2 cups Fresh spinach leaves 2 cups water 3 cups combination of frozen mango & pineapple chunks 1 banana, peeled Optional: 1/2 lemon The above recipe is one we’ve decided is our favorite, but really you can make your own combination. Here is a handy chart to help you out. If you’re trying to get kids to drink these, I recommend starting out with the ratio below. Having more fruit than … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2014

Homeschooling 101: Teacher Organization

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Gathering Curriculum, so today we’re going to talk about what to do with it!   Organizing all of those fun school supplies is my favorite part of homeschooling. Preparing your school area is not only fun, but also a wonderful way to start the year. Kids will get excited about the prospect of a new year, and you as the teacher will rest comfortably knowing that your school area is organized and ready! Prepare Your School Area: There are tons of different ways to homeschool, and with it are just as many places to homeschool. Some families do school in the kitchen, some at the library, and some outside if the weather allows. Some people even have a room or specific area of the home dedicated to homeschooling. Whatever the Lord has blessed you with; make the most of your space. You can see our homeschool room in my updated Homeschool Room Tour Wherever you … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2014

King Arthur & His Knights Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share my new King Arthur & His Knights Unit Study & Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: King Arthur and His Knights is the tale of Camelot and the mystical land filled with knights and wizards. In this version students will read how King Arthur came to power, and all about the adventures of his Knights of the Round Table as they battle their way across the forests and islands they call home. This unit is meant to be used with the Classic Starts King Arthur & His Knights version as retold from the Howard Pyle 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 any version you choose.   Watch the King Arthur & His Knights Lapbook … [Read more...]

MAR
13
2014

iHomeschool Studio MP3’s on Sale now!

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Hi everyone! A little while back I did a post on the upcoming 2014 iHomeschool Studio online webinar! And I know some of you probably missed it, but guess what? It’s okay! They have the MP3s up for sale for anyone who didn’t get a chance to tune in to the webinar. Isn’t that awesome!? And really, they had some of the best bloggers and speakers around participating, so it’s definitely something to check out! Disclosure: I am an affiliate for iHomeschool Network, links included in this post are affiliate links.   What’s iHomeschool Studio you ask? It’s an online webinar with sessions ranging from organizing and frugal homeschooling to personality and learning styles. They have help for those of you with intense kiddos, high school students, and um, those lacking motivation. Although they cover academics like science, music, and geography, we also delve into matters of the heart as we help you instill a love of Christian missions in your children and build positive … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Venezuela

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Buen Dia’! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Venezuela! Did you know that kids in Venezuela have hot chocolate for breakfast? It’s a very thick soupy pudding mixture that children dip bread in! We didn’t have any soupy hot chocolate, but did try our own U.S. version, and frankly they were just happy to have hot chocolate for breakfast! ;o)   So of course we started off our week by finding Venezuela on the map. Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Venezuela & the Caribbean Sea on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the Venezuelan people Read Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Venezuela Geography from A-Z Vocab: Waterfall, Cataract, Cascade Read: Living World Encyclopedia (Continued our Rainforest Animals reading) Did Paint Your Own Pottery Read: Usborne … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2014

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Giveaway

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Hi everyone! Today I have a treat for anyone looking for less stress, more sleep, and a restored passion for life. So I’ll just assume that probably includes everyone on this planet. With the exception of our cat. He has no stress. Unless you count moving from the bed, to a sunlit spot, and back to the bed again in the evening. But technically he’s not a person…so… For the rest of you all reading this post, today I’m talking about Crystal Paine’s new book “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”. In her new book Crystal shares some much needed practical ideas to help you get a big picture perspective to help you live your life on purpose! Disclosure: I received this book for review and giveaway on my blog. All of the opinions expressed in this post are mine and were not influenced by the company or the free product provided. “In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you'll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, … [Read more...]