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    July 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    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 … [Read More...]

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    2015-2016 Student Lesson Planner

    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  … [Read More...]

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    The Allowance Game Review

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Grapevine Bible Studies Video Review

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Ellison SuperStar Giveaway!

    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 … [Read More...]

APR
19
2015

Little Bits Review & Giveaway

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Have you guys heard of Little Bits Electronics? Well, they were new to me! But when they sent me an email to review their products, I was intrigued. I already knew that Turbo loved to play with anything electronic, and after taking a look at their website, I knew he’d love to check them out!   And I was right. After stalking the mailman for what seemed like forever (really about 3-5 days), our package finally arrived! It took him all of about 1 second to tear into it, and start playing around.   Instantly he was lurking around asking people to shake his hand. I thought it was going to be a shocking experience, but actually it was just a harmless buzzer that caused a lot of giggles around here.   He then went back to work creating more projects with the fun manual. They sent us the deluxe kit, and there are about 15 projects in the manual, but there are hundreds more projects online on their website. One thing that are so cool about these kits is that they … [Read more...]

APR
15
2015

How to Get Started Quilting Part 2 – Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

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Last week I shared How to Get Started Quilting Part 1 with you. The post got rather long, and so I decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Part 1 is your basic supply list, part 2 is going to be about sewing machines. Then next week part 3 is where it gets fun. We’ll take a look at fabric as well as online tutorials and inspiration!   So let’s review the basic supplies you’ll need that we talked about last week. 1. Cutting Mat 2. Clear Acrylic Ruler 3. Rotary Trimmer 4. Seam Ripper 5. Thread Today we’re going to discuss sewing machines as well as some online inspiration that helped me get going! It’s number 6 on my list, and it’s the sewing machine. Sewing machines For me this is indispensible! I know a lot of hand quilters out there, and God bless you all for your patience! Me, not so much. I find my sewing machine to be a sanity saver, plus I’m usually in a hurry and the thought of hand stitching an entire quilt gives me the heebee-jeebees! I recently purchased … [Read more...]

APR
14
2015

Positive Parenting With Amy McCready–Free Webinar!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve partnered with Amy McCready, and I wanted to do another seminar for all of my new readers! So next Wednesday night I’ll be joining her for another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together we will be hosting a FREE LIVE parenting webinar on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 PM, EST. For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She is a regular on The Today Show and has appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, MSNBC, in The New York Times and more.     What’s the Webinar About? Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling (And who couldn’t use some help in that area right!?) I’ve hosted this seminar before and had several requests to repeat it since many of you were unable to attend. And quite honestly, it’s a good refresher for me as well. … [Read more...]

APR
13
2015

Kindergarten Daily Schedule

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A few years ago I did a series of posts titled Daily Homeschool Schedule for you all. Since then I’ve had countless questions about our updated homeschool schedule, and specifically for my kindergartener since I didn’t do one at that time. You can see a basic overview of our daily schedule here. You’ve also been asking questions about how long we do each subject, how many days per week, and what our day looks like hour by hour for each grade level. So I thought maybe these posts would help out! So for the next few weeks I’m going to share our schedules in a more detail by each grade level so you can see what we’re up to. Today we’ll be taking a quick look at my kindergartener’s schedule. We do a co-op on Friday’s so her calendar has Friday’s blank.   Download a copy: Daily Schedule Kindergarten – PDF Daily Schedule Kindergarten – Word Doc (Editable) Here’s our Basic Kindergarten Schedule: 8:30am   – Breakfast / Family Devotion Time … [Read more...]

APR
12
2015

LEGO Education Simple Machines – Crane

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Good morning readers! We had another great LEGO Education group again this month! This time we worked on building and using cranes!     This month we created LEGO Ants which were probably one of the more enjoyable creations! Well, the most entertaining anyway! We had battles…and races…and fun!   I’ve had several questions about the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms, and I do have to say that we LOVE IT! The lessons are great, and it could definitely suffice as a portion of your science or robotics class for the year. There are about 34 lessons in the Activity Pack, so you could do one per week to make it last for the whole year if you wanted to use it as a formal curriculum. We’ve been using the kit for about 2 years now because we meet once a month for our co-op. But you could certainly do it more often if you wanted to! You do need to purchase the activity pack (lessons) separately from the base set if you want the … [Read more...]

APR
08
2015

How To Get Started Quilting Part 1 – Basic Supplies

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Good morning everyone! I’ve been so excited about how many of you are interested in quilting. I’m trying not to overwhelm my blog with pictures, so if you’re interested in keeping up with me make sure to follow me on Instagram. I’ve had a ton of questions asking how I got started quilting. And I want to say that I’m still new and learning, but I thought that might be a great time to tell you all how I started while it’s still fresh in my mind. I apologize, this post got a bit long, but I wanted to give you as much detail as I could to get you started! The second thing I wanted to tell you is that quilting is only as difficult as you make it. And YES! You can do it! I recommend starting off with easier patterns, then challenge yourself as your skills develop. But we’ll get into that later on. Let’s start off with supplies. I like supplies. Especially when they’re as pretty as these! Supplies: The supplies you’ll need to get started are actually pretty minimal. Here’s a list … [Read more...]

APR
07
2015

A Beka Book Reading Review – K5

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Good morning everyone! Since we’ve completed my K4 Kindergarten program last year. However since the Teeny Tot isn’t old enough for first grade yet, I decided to do the ABeka K5 reading program with her this year for review, and to enhance her reading. Here are the products that I use, and what I think is necessary out of all of their options for kindergarten. I did want to mention that I’ve had these products since Strawberry Shortcake was in kindergarten. ABeka has since upgraded some of their items, and so they might look a bit different now. Just wanted to give you a heads up! Click the play button below, or click here to see my ABeka K5 Reading Review video: Here is a list of products that I recommend getting if you plan to use the K5 reading program. 198021 Homeschool K5 Phonics, Reading, Writing and Numbers Curriculum 99201 Letters and Sounds K5 101109 Basic Phonics Readers 182389 Basic Phonics Flashcards 102083 One-vowel word cards 102784 … [Read more...]

APR
06
2015

Blessing Bags

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Good morning everyone! Are you looking for a great project to help teach your kiddos about having compassion for others? I have a great, and easy project that even  younger kids can participate in for you today. They’re called “Blessing Bags”.   Let’s take a look at a few definitions before we proceed shall we? Philanthropy: the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people. Compassion: wanting to help others who may be sick, hungry, or in need. Volunteer: a person who willingly gives their time and service to do work without pay. “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:17-18 Children by nature can be quite self-serving. At least mine tend to lean towards that direction. Like many things, kindness, compassion, and concern for others is a … [Read more...]

APR
05
2015

Choosing Standardized Tests

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Good morning everyone! How many of you administer standardized testing to your students each year? We test annually starting in 2nd grade. I like to start in 2nd grade as a practice year for my kids to help them get prepared for 3rd grade when scores have to be submitted. I get a lot of questions on why I chose the Iowa Standardized Tests. We chose it because it seems to be a middle of the road not too hard, but not too easy test. To shed more light on that answer I’m going to give you a little bit of information on each test below. Hopefully this will help some of you when deciding which tests to select for your family. So if you’re interested, keep reading!   When To Test Our state requires testing or assessments to be performed for children on odd grades starting in 3rd grade. That means that every other year you do not have to test your student. But we test annually anyway. I like to use the tests to see how I am doing as well as how much information my children are … [Read more...]

APR
05
2015

Happy Resurrection Day 2015!

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Good morning beloved readers! I just wanted to drop in today to wish you all a Happy Resurrection Day! I hope you are enjoying the beauty that God has provided us with today, and celebrating the Risen Christ!   After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away … [Read more...]