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    2016 iHomeschool Omnibus

    Hi everyone! it’s time for the 2016 iHomeshool Network Omnibus sale! Every year the amazing iHN bloggers put together a huge sale full of awesome resources at an incredibly discounted price for all of you! It’s full of material not just on homeschooling, but parenting, relationships, … [Read More...]

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    May 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hey guys! I’m so excited for May because that means we only have one more month of school left! I start getting really bad summer fever right about now and with the weather warming up I want to do just about anything else besides hang out in the kitchen cooking. So that’s where my monthly meal plans … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Motivating Your Students

    Hi everyone and welcome back to Tip Tuesday! Today we’re talking about how to motivate your students to want to do a good job and work diligently! I think as homeschoolers motivation can be an issue, well it has been for us anyway! My kids tend to think that since they’re at home, they don’t have to … [Read More...]

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    2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our top 2nd grade homeschool curriculum picks with you! As I’ve said before, every family is different, so what works for us may not be the best fit for your family. But hopefully you can use these as a general guide to get started! I hope these posts are helping you … [Read More...]

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    Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

    Hey guys, I have a super easy and delicious recipe for you today. As most of you know I don’t have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen, but I still like to have home-cooked meals as well. This recipe covers both needs beautifully! We have sports in the evenings on most days and so my slow … [Read More...]

MAR
23
2016

Easy No Bake Easter Flower Cookies

Hi everyone! We had a major blizzard today, and so I thought it would be the perfect time to make some fun Easter treats since it’s this weekend! Hopefully the snow will subside by then so we can actually go outside and enjoy it!   So just in case you’re stuck inside like we are I wanted to share these fun no bake cookies with you. They’re super easy and your kiddos can make them virtually unassisted with the exception of a little bit of microwaving!   Ingredients: Candy Melts (We used white and pink ones, but I think green would be lovely too!) Pastel colored M&Ms Square Pretzel Snaps (The lattice looking ones)     Directions: First spread some of the pretzels on a paper plate, then top each pretzel with one candy melt.   Next pop them in the microwave on high for about 1  minute or until candy melt is nice and soft but not completely melted.   Once the melts are softened, place one M&M … [Read more...]

MAR
21
2016

Tip Tuesday: When to Start Homeschool

Good morning everyone! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday video for you and we’ll be talking about when to start homeschooling. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding homeschooling is when to start. A few states require you start keeping records for schooling at the age of 5 but most start at the age of 6. Aside from state requirements, doing school with children younger than the state specified start age is entirely up to you.   Check out today’s Tip Tuesday: When to Start Homeschooling video where I talk all about how to know when to start your homeschooling journey!   Try to keep in mind the “big picture”when starting to introduce more formal educational activities with your students . If it’s not your goal to graduate your child early, then there’s really no reason to push school on them too soon. If you think your child is ready and you are eager to start, there’s no harm in starting to initiate more structured activities with a … [Read more...]

MAR
20
2016

Second Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets

Welcome back to my site! Today I have another fun freebie for you. Since everyone liked my First Grade Sight Word Search worksheets, I made some more!  so today I have a fun new freebie for you! It’s the Second Grade Sight Word Search worksheets. These activities are just another fun way to help your student identify and read each sight word.  Keep reading to download this freebie, and see how we use these worksheets in our homeschool! –> Download the Second Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets <– (Downloading: If you have troubles downloading, RIGHT click on the download link and select “SAVE LINK AS”. You will then be prompted to save the file to your computer. If you are using a MAC, please make sure that Adobe Reader is your default PDF reader. Otherwise safari will open it in preview mode and the document will not print properly.)   What’s Included in the Second Grade Sight Word List? Included in this download are 46 second grade level Dolche sight … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2016

Expedition Earth France Unit Study

Bon jour! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on France!   Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located France on the map, and found the Bay of Biscay How to say “Hello” in French – Bonjour! Prayed for the French people Learned a French Song Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of France Learned about the Eiffel Tower and made a small scale replica of the Eiffel Tower using a 3D Puzzle we found. Read: Geography from A-Z Pg 12 Cliff, Cave, Pg 40 Sea Cave/Arch Visited The White Cliffs of Normandy France Learned about Children in France Made homemade soap!   We started off our week by locating France on our wall map and we also added a laminated French flag as well to show that we’ve been there! We also add our flag and entry date to our passport.   Next we learned a few facts about France, including it’s capital city, language, currency, government, and major … [Read more...]

MAR
15
2016

Tip Tuesday: Get a Vision!

Hey guys! Today I’m back with another fun Tip Tuesday post for you all! We’re going to be going through some of my tips for getting started homeschooling in video format! Hopefully they will help some of you get going, and even help encourage some of you veteran homeshcoolers as well! Today’s tip is all about getting a vision for your homeschool. --> Download my Homeschooling Vision Worksheet here! <--   Watch my Tip Tuesday: Get a Vision video here! The best way to begin your homeschooling journey is to start with the basics. First I suggest that you start off by creating a vision statement for your homeschooling journey. I think you will find you have all of the tools necessary to guide you through this journey if you seek God’s will for your homeschool, and take some time to pray for direction. By creating a vision statement for why you are homeschooling, you’ll have a backbone to fall upon when doubt and indecision creep in. In the … [Read more...]

MAR
14
2016

First Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets

Hey everyone! I’ve had a few requests for more of my sight word search worksheets, so today I have a fun new freebie for you! It’s the First Grade Sight Word Search worksheets. These activities are just another fun way to help your student identify and read each sight word.  Keep reading to download this freebie, and see how we use these worksheets in our homeschool!   –> Download the First Grade Sight Word Search Worksheets <– (Downloading: If you have troubles downloading, RIGHT click on the download link and select “SAVE LINK AS”. You will then be prompted to save the file to your computer.)   What’s Included in the First Grade List? Included in this download are first grade level Dolche sight word search worksheets. After, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, going, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put, round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2016

Expedition Earth: United Kingdom Unit Study

Shwmae & Hello!! Welcome to this week’s world geography unit. We’re meeting in the United Kingdom as part of our Expedition Earth World Geography Curriculum, I hope you will join us there! We had some a few fun crafts this week which always makes things more interesting, and we finished our week at an English Pub which meant I didn’t have to cook dinner Friday and I consider that a good week! First we found the U.K. on our world map, and added our mini-flag to make our mark:   We also learned: Where the United Kingdom is on the map, and found the North Sea Fun facts about the U.K. How to say “Hello” in Welsh– Shwmae! Prayed for the British people Sang a traditional English Song Completed a lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of the U.K. Made  Quilling Paper designs Learned about and made a small scale model of Stone Henge Learned about Big Ben and made a paper model   Here are some of the highlights of the … [Read more...]

MAR
07
2016

Tip Tuesday: How to Homeschool During a Move

Hey guys! I’ve had a lot of requests to share my secrets to homeschooling during a move. Most of you know that we moved a couple of years ago during our homeschooling year, and I'm not gonna’ lie, it wasn't easy!   But with a little bit of organization and preparation moving during your homeschooling year isn’t as overwhelming. I also have to thank all of the friends and family who helped us move and get settled in because without them it wouldn’t have been possible. And we managed to get through it relatively unscathed, started school a week after our move, and haven’t looked back since! So today I'm sharing what I learned about that experience. Hopefully these tips will help you out too!   Watch my tips for successfully homeschooling during a move here! Have an idea for a Tip Tuesday video? Make sure to leave a comment below! … [Read more...]

MAR
06
2016

Homeschool Curriculum: Educents

Hey guys! I have a special deal for you today! Educents is offering a 10% discount sale for my readers on their entire website! For those of you who don’t know about Educents, they offer a ton of homeschooling resources, including curriculum, books, parenting stuff and more. And they usually have great prices and deals all year long as well! So to get your extra 10% off on the Educents site, just use the coupon code CHS10 at check out to get your discounted items! NOTE: The discount code will be good through 3/31/16.   Happy Homeschooling!   Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, just passing on some deals to share the homeschool love! … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2016

2015 Castlewood Canyon Hike

Hi everyone! This past summer we took a hike along the Castlewood Canyon near Franktown, CO. This is really close for us, and a beautiful area for hiking as well as nature walking. There are several loops you can take depending on what fits your family best, including a paved trail as well.   I also find this is a great way to get everyone outdoors, off of electronics, and just experiencing the amazing nature all around us! We happened to go on a somewhat warm day, so everyone was nice and sweaty by the time we were done, but they all had a great time and enjoyed the scenery. The views here were beautiful, and the trail was nicely lined with foliage which helped with the heat.   We found a few fun caves to explore as well as a nice large rocks to climb up on take a break!   See what I mean by big rocks LOL!   There was also a river running through the canyon with this fun bridge crossing.   As you can see we ventured off road and … [Read more...]