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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

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2014

October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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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 so I’m thankful to have another meal plan to the rescue. They really do help save my sanity and keep my family fed! Hope you enjoy it, and that it relieves a little bit of your daily stress level.     Click below to download your preferred meal plan: October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan PDF October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable version) Want some more fall recipe ideas? Make sure to check out my Fall Recipe pinterest board!   Hope you enjoy! Have some recipes to share? Make sure to leave a comment below if you have a good recipe to share! … [Read more...]

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23
2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 5th Grade

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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 don’t like it. I want him to stop growing up right now. At least he’s promised to stay with me forever. For now anyway…   Drawer #1: Supplies, Daily Schedule, & Bible  1) Like everyone, his top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, and things he uses on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. We do this as a group with my … [Read more...]

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2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

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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 homeschooling doesn’t take the same amount of time as classroom teaching does, you will still need to follow your state requirements for attendance and annual hours. And regardless of your student’s ages, it will also require a certain amount of daily commitment on your part. That said, “Yes! You can homeschool and work”. But make no mistake…it isn’t going to be easy. There are a couple reasons why someone may need to homeschool and work. The most common occurrence is the single parent. Others may be concerned that they won’t be able to make it on one salary. Whatever your reason, there are several families who have found ways to both homeschool and work. If you are in the camp of having … [Read more...]

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2014

3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences

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Hi teachers! Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for some more of my sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word sentence printables with you.   Each worksheet has the sight word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word, reading the word several times, then writing it on their own. They will also fill in a sentence using the word as well as practice reading the sentence. Students will also cut out the letters then glue them on the sheet to spell the word correctly to complete a sentence. I have also added individual letter tracing to this activity to help with cursive handwriting practice.     Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition along with the variety of activities really helps students remember their sight words. This download includes 41 3rd … [Read more...]

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2014

Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

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I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be inspired and encouraged by her amazing blog Time Warp Wife and all of her sweet facebook posts. I always look forward to hearing from Darlene, and when I heard she was releasing another incredible book I couldn’t wait to see it! Psst…keep reading for a chance to win a FREE copy!!   So what is her new book all about? Love gets messy. Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up. Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging … [Read more...]

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2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 6th Grade

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Hi everyone! Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d put up a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post so you can see what we’re doing this year! 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 Strawberry Shortcake’s workboxes today, for those of you who don’t know, she’s in 6th grade this year. Sniff…sniff…   Drawer #1: 1) As you’ve probably already seen, our top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, lip gloss, etc. that a 6th grade girl needs on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students.  We do this as a group with my kindergartener, 3rd grader, 5th, and 6th … [Read more...]

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2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

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Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as “homeschool burnout”. The responsibilities of the homeschooling parent can be overwhelming at times, and the thought of another day or even another hour of homeschooling can seem like more than we can handle. I once had someone tell me that moms who get burnt out just weren’t serious enough about homeschooling. You can imagine how that affected me when I hit burnout that first year! The first thing I want to say is that “friend” was wrong. “Homeschool burnout happens to all of us at one point or another. The key is to learn how to overcome it.” Homeschool Burnout is Normal The second thing I want to say is that feeling burnt out is totally normal. Unfortunately life isn’t always a … [Read more...]

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2014

All About Spelling Giveaway!

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We’re moving on to a new level of All About Learning Press spelling, and frankly I’m even excited! I’d also like to mention that the cover of this new level is Strawberry Shortcake’s absolute favorite color, so she’s thrilled! It’s the little things, no?   This year Strawberry shortcake is starting All About Spelling Level 7, and yes, we’re still loving this program!   What is included in Level 7? Level 7 is teachers students in a practical, hands-on way just like the other amazing spelling levels offered from All About Learning Press. Your student will master important spelling concepts in this upper level: Clues for knowing when to use ANCE or ENCE for the sound of /ĕnts/ as in significance and conference Strategies for spelling words with Latin and Greek elements as in deductible and hydroscope Loan words from French, Spanish, and Italian such as camouflage and scenario A writing station and story prompts to help aid in the writing process … [Read more...]

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2014

Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

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I have had some specific requests to update the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook .  Hopefully this will help all of you out there. And if you don’t want the updates, you’re welcome to continue using the copy you already have! Updates include: Upper/lowercase weekdays. i.e. MONDAY –> Monday Added traceable number word cards for each day of the month – i.e. one, two, three, four, etc.     **The updates include the daily notebook pages where students trace what day it is, as well as the number word cards, so if you already have the learning notebook, you might want to just print these pages to save on ink!   The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word (I don’t always require her to write the number word, but usually add it for days 1-10)   I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on … [Read more...]

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2014

Homeschooling 101: Time Management

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and Time Management!   Good time management for homeschoolers is a necessity. You’ve already seen a sample of our daily schedule. But there are a few more tips I’d like to share with you on the topic of time management and keeping your sanity. First of all, no one can “do it all” so to speak. Something usually has to give when you’re juggling homeschooling, running a household, parenting children, being a spouse, serving in ministry, and working. Remember, the only pressure we’re under is pressure we’ve put on ourselves. If your schedule is too hectic, take a minute (I know, I know, you don’t have a minute, but trust me this will help.) and write down all your commitments. Next see what you can get rid of, and what is necessary, and then make any necessary changes to your schedule. Having some sort of routine that you follow will go a long way to helping you stay … [Read more...]