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    Road Trip USA Video Review

    Good morning readers! I promised to do a video review of my Road Trip USA Geography & History curriculum, and I’ve finally had a chance to get it uploaded for you all. We had so much fun using this curriculum to learn about the United States! It’s packed full of interesting state facts, symbols, … [Read More...]

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    September 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Greetings readers! In our neck of the woods it’s officially back-to-school time! And for me that means I have about 5 minutes of free time a day. Which means I don’t have that much time to think about or plan meals for our family. And with 6 people in the clan eating out all of the time isn’t … [Read More...]

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    Spelling You See Video Review

    Hi everyone! I have another curriculum video review for you today. This one is on the Spelling You See curriculum that we reviewed and used last year. We will be using this curriculum again this year as it worked well, and it doubles as handwriting for us as well which is a … [Read More...]

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    2015 7th Grade Homeschool Schedule

    I don’t know about you, but 7th grade is a little bit intimidating! It just seems like things start getting more serious around now. High school is on the horizon, and this mama can’t believe that her baby girl is officially in Jr. High! If you’ve been following my daily schedules you’ll notice … [Read More...]

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    Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

    Hi everyone! I hope you’re school year is getting off to a good start. Unless you’re year round homeschoolers, in which case I hope it’s going well too! Today I have a fun giveaway for you all, it’s from the Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum. They wanted to do a fun promotion to kick off the … [Read More...]

JUL
07
2015

K4 Kindergarten Sight Word Sentences

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Hi everyone! I’ve had several requests for a K4 Kindergarten sight word sentences worksheets. What makes these different from my other sight word sentence worksheets? Well, these words correlate directly with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum so you can use them as you go along through the program.   What do the worksheets include? Each worksheet has a new word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word several times. Then they will write it on their own. Next they will add the word to a funny sentence, and make up their own fun sentence to go along with their new word. Students will also cut out the letters and spell the word correctly to complete a sentence. This is great for fine-motor skills and spelling practice! Next they will write the word to complete the sentence.   Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition of using and reading the word, along with the variety of activities … [Read more...]

JUL
05
2015

Lakeshore Learning Real Bugs Discovery Kit

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One of our favorite outside activities to do is explore. We’ll often bring our science journals out and take nature walks making note of all of the amazing creations God has made.   And in the summer time, bugs are one of our favorites. Luckily we live by a lake, and so that means that we have quite a variety of bugs to investigate. And a rather large quantity of them as well, so they’re fairly easy to locate. However being the cautious mom that I am, I don’t always want my kids picking up and inspecting bugs up close. Plus it’s just gross. And apparently also very interesting to younger members in this family! So you can imagine how excited I was when Lakeshore Learning offered to send us this Real Bugs Discovery Kit! The bugs are safely encased in indestructible acrylic, so that kids can explore these little guys up close and personal! Without getting bitten or ending up with nasty guts all over the place.   That makes this mama happy! And honestly I was super … [Read more...]

JUL
03
2015

Happy 2015 4th of July!

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Good morning fellow U.S. peeps…   Thank you to all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear. I pray all of you have wonderful and safe Independence Day celebrations! We’ll be heading north to see my parents. Jason will be golfing with my dad, while my mom and I take the kids to the pool. They always have a bunch of fun games and activities for the kids to do. Including the watermelon race which is one of my favorites. Have you ever tried to hold a watermelon in a pool? Not an easy task. My parents live right off of the golf course an the course club always lights off an absolutely amazing fireworks display. So we chill on their patio with blankets and enjoy them up close! After fireworks we’ll be heading home because it’s “kids day” at the Renaissance Festival. So it sounds like we’re going to try and brave the crazy! What are some of your favorite 4th of July … [Read more...]

JUN
30
2015

2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow

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  Hi everyone! This year we had the privilege of watching the 2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow from our back patio! No kidding! What a cool thing right? Plus there were a zillion people on the beach area and I heard parking was a nightmare, so we were extra thankful to be located where we were. So of course we invited some friends and family over. Had a huge BBQ and watched some amazing pilots do an astonishing airshow for everyone! Plus living near the show site we also got to watch them practice which was just as fun. I think they were messing around a little bit more during practice, and we saw some cool stuff. Some of which I didn’t get with my camera because I didn’t actually realize they were going to be practicing until I heard a huge boom and my house started shaking. Of course we ran outside to see what the ruckus was and had the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying right over our home.  The Teeny Tot and I sat outside enjoying the practice. But you had to keep an eye … [Read more...]

JUN
28
2015

July 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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July. Seriously? When did that happen? Last thing I knew we were finally done with school for the year and I was looking forward to enjoying some down time. And now it’s already July! Which means we only have a few more weeks before school starts back up. That also means that I need to get planning. Don’t worry I’ll post my new curriculum choices and schedules soon! And as you all know, I don’t like to have to constantly be thinking about meal times. So my monthly meal plan helps me enjoy my days and not worry about what’s for dinner! Hope my monthly meal plans help you as much as they do me! Download the July 2015 May Monthly Meal Plan: 2015 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2015 July 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 in the final stretch of the year! For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! … [Read more...]

JUN
23
2015

2015-2016 Student Lesson Planner

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Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2015-2016 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  might need!   --> Get your 2015-2016 5x7 Homeschool Planner Here!! <--   What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the 2014-2015 school year Planner runs from August 2015 - July 2016 2015-2016 year at a glance pages Monthly overview pages Weekly planning pages Notes pages A reading logs for each month Grade book to help keep track of grades for the year Goals and To Do list   The planner prints 5×7, so half sheet size. That makes it much easier to tote around in a backpack, purse, or in your car! And there are plenty of places to write in daily activities, notes, and assignments for you or your … [Read more...]

JUN
21
2015

The Allowance Game Review

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Are your kiddos whining that there’s nothing to do for summer yet? Mine are! I think they started saying they were bored after about 5 minutes into our summer vacation LOL! If that’s you, make sure to check out my whole series on summer boredom busters to help give you some ideas. Lakeshore Learning also has a whole section of free craft ideas for kids on their website too! I love doing family game time when there’s inclement weather, or if it’s just way too hot outside to head out. Of course we love the old classics like Sorry, Monopoly, Life, Chess, and Scrabble. And recently I found this fun game from Lakeshore Learning that they really enjoyed playing. It’s called “Allowance” and players earn or spend money as they travel around the board. It’s a fun and relatively fast paced game. It’s also great money counting practice as well. I have a 20% off coupon just for you all too! (Good through 8/31/15 only) Yipee!! Disclosure: I received this product free for review … [Read more...]

JUN
16
2015

Grapevine Bible Studies Video Review

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Hi everyone! I have another video review for you today, this time on the Grapevine Bible Studies curriculum. We’ve used Grapevine studies for several years now, and I think we’ve done just about all of the ones they have available. Thankfully they just released a new one this year, so we’ll be adding that to our 2015 curriculum list!   Grapevine studies are really easy and fun to do. I like that they require little to no preparation on my part as well. That means I can just open my teacher’s manual and go! Here’s a short video I did showing what the Grapevine Bible Study curriculum looks like, and how we use it in our homeschool! Hope you enjoy…   Scheduling: Grapevine offers a sample schedule in the front of their units, however we just adjust them to fit our needs. We do not do one lesson per day as some of the lessons are several pages long. Instead we simply start the lesson, then end it wherever makes sense in the reading or based on how long it … [Read more...]

JUN
14
2015

Ellison SuperStar Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your summer, I know we are! I always use my summers to chill out, relax, have fun with the family, and of course plan for next year! As most of you know we will be using my Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum this year again. Everyone has been begging me to do it again, and now that my Teeny Tot is older I wanted to give her a chance to experience it too.   Along with my preparations, Ellison Education has offered to send me one of their AllStar SuperStar machines, plus some dies to help me get ready for my year! They have some amazing dies for the classroom, and I picked out a few that I thought would go well with my geography curriculum as well. I chose the AllStar SuperStar machine, the Continents dies, and the Earth book template.  Since we’re using my Expedition Earth curriculum I thought it would be fun to make earth books as well as our own world maps using their dies. They literally have so many dies to choose … [Read more...]

JUN
08
2015

Expedition Earth Video Review

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Get ready for an exciting voyage across the world! Come along as we walk on the Great Wall of China, wander through the Amazon Rainforest, and climb the Egyptian Pyramids! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of 31 countries across the globe. You’ll get hands-on with fun activities, crafts, recipes and more! So grab your passports, and get ready to go! It’s time for Expedition Earth! We’ll be using this for our Geography and Science this year, so I hope you’ll join in with us! And since I’ve had so many requests, I decided to do a video to show you some of the fun things included in this curriculum! Check out my video review of Expedition Earth World Geography   Want more information? Check out Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World So what is Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World? Expedition Earth is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for … [Read more...]