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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 Road … [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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08
2014

September Holidays and Special Dates

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I know this post is a little late being that we’re already a week into September, but I’ve been meaning to do some fun posts on monthly activities to help make your homeschooling a little more fun and engaging! We like to find a couple of things each month that we do to make it special. It’s not always an educational thing, but I at least like to make note of major holidays and celebrate a few out of the box days as well!   So here’s what’s going on for the month of September 2014… Holidays: September 1 - Labor Day September 2 - VJ Day, WWII September 7 - Grandparents Day September 11 - 911 Remembrance September 17 - Constitution Day September 21 - International Peace Day (UN) September 23 - Autumnal Equinox September 24 - Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown) September 26 - Native American Day Fun Days: September 5 - Cheese Pizza Day Make you own homemade pizzas Go out for a pizza night! September 6 - Read a Book Day Head to the … [Read more...]

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07
2014

Classic Literature Volume 3!

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Looking for some fun, hands-on, literature activities for your young readers? Look no further! I’ve been releasing literature units each week, and I finally have the Classic Literature Mega Pack Volume 3 ready to go!  What is a literature unit? Literature units are a great way to introduce your students to classic literature at a younger age. These units all use the “Classic Starts” version of the books. These versions are great for younger students to read and comprehend, while still delving into the classics! The literature units come with daily chapter assignments and mini-books that students will use to create a lapbook. They also include comprehension questions and vocabulary to make sure your student understands each chapter, and to help them remember what they’ve read! These units make reading more fun, engaging, and hands-on! Units included in this combo pack: Anne of Green Gables Heidi Little Women Moby Dick … [Read more...]

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03
2014

Easy Tacos de Carne Asada

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One of my absolute favorite meals in the world is tacos de carne asada! And since I’m a busy homeschooling mama I’ve found a quick way to make this delicious meal in a jiffy! Okay, it’s not exactly a jiffy, but still it’s pretty quick as far as meals go around here!   So I admit that I cheat a little bit on this dinner, but don’t worry there’s no skimping on deliciousness! I like to use Costco carne asada (Here’s where the cheating comes in…)  it already has a wonderful marinate on it saving lots of time. But if not, don’t worry I do have a marinade recipe below to help you get your carne asada goove on! Also please note, that I usually make my own Spanish rice and homemade refried beans to go with this dinner. The beans need to get started in the morning. But it’s super easy and cooks on its own all day, so not a big deal other than you have to remember to actually start the beans. Which can be difficult when you’re homeschooling. In which case you can resort to … [Read more...]

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02
2014

Market Bag Crochet Tutorial

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Hi everyone! I recently saw the cutest bag ever, and knew right away I wanted to try it. It’s the Market Bag Tutorial from Redheart and it’s super cute! Keeping in line with my usual demeanor, I didn’t follow the directions exactly. I wanted to make something a little smaller for the kids, and it turned out to be a great library bag for the Teeny Tot! I also made one for Strawberry Shortcake, and am in the process of making one for Tinker Bell, but she’s requested some modifications so I’ll have to post that one separately. I’m a brand new crocheter. Crochetee? Crochet person? Whatever. The point is I’m new, I don’t know what I’m doing, and I still managed to pull this off! I’d also like to note that I’m horrible at reading actual printed crochet patterns, so I watched the below video tutorial to help me out. Seriously, have you seen a crochet pattern? They look like a sports play book or something. No clue how to read them. It’s like a foreign language. And I’m still in … [Read more...]

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01
2014

Homeschooling 101: Socialization

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Hi everyone, I have another Homeschooling 101 post for you.  Today we’re talking about that dreaded word… SOCIALIZATION!   One of the first questions I am asked regarding homeschooling is… “What about socialization?” I almost hesitate to even include this topic in my series because of it’s sheer silliness. But I know for new homeschoolers, the issue of socialization can be one of their main concerns. Just so we’re all on the same page, let’s define socialization. According to the dictionary, socialization is defined as a process whereby an individual acquires the knowledge, language, social skills, values, and behavior to conform to the norms of a group or community.   Regarding Homeschooling and Socialization Studies have repeatedly shown that homeschoolers on average outperform their public school peers, not only academically, but socially too. Homeschoolers tend to have more self-confidence as well. They are also shown to score approximately … [Read more...]

AUG
30
2014

Happy Labor Day 2014

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  Hi everyone! It’s Labor Day! I like to think of it as “relax because the rest of the year’s gonna be crazy” day. So that’s what we’re doing… We’re taking the day off! The day off school that is. We’ll be hanging out and Barbequing, marshmallow roasting, and hanging with a few friends. Have a great day, we’ll be back in swing with school stuff tomorrow! Until then…Happy Labor Day! … [Read more...]

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27
2014

2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really start coming in handy. Getting back into the groove of things always takes time. I somehow forget…or maybe block out…just how much of my day is taken up by educating our children! Point being there really isn’t much time for me to think about meals these days! Anyway,  I hope my plans help you out as well, and can take at least one thing off of your busy plate each day!   Download the 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 September Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)     Coming soon! I’m working on putting them all together in a book for you as well to make it a little easier each month! And since you always ask, … [Read more...]

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26
2014

Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

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I H.E.A.R.T Back-To-School time! It means fall is coming, we get to start new and exciting curriculum, and we get new school supplies! Goodness all around! But what does Back-To-School look like for a homeschooler? I mean, don’t we just come downstairs and start school? No back-to-school fanfare? Well, honestly I don’t think we’re much different than other kids. But then that could be just me…because I hype it up and all. We shop for new supplies just like other folks do… This year we managed to only get a few things because we still had some left over from last year. Our list included things like scissors (do your kids misplace scissors like mine? No clue where they go…), glue sticks, dry-erase markers, colored pencils, line paper, rulers this year because our old ones writing had faded, and of course our favorite Ticonderoga pencils! This year we spent $75 total on supplies. I looked and last year we spent $150, so that’s half! And I know it’s WAY less than your average … [Read more...]

AUG
25
2014

Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

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Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with special needs. The needs may range from something such as attention deficit disorder to children with more severe and multiple handicaps. Often bringing special needs children home to be educated is a wonderful way to reach an otherwise reluctant student. As their parent you can offer your student the security, stability, flexibility, and encouragement they need to be successful. While I do not personally have special needs students there are a wide variety of websites and information available to homeschooling your students. One thing I’ve learned about this topic is that each student’s needs are unique, and so your approach to homeschooling them will also have to be individualized … [Read more...]

AUG
24
2014

Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

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I’m so excited to try a new history unit this year! While we’ve used Abeka in the past, and it’s been fine, I really wanted to have a little more fun this year and do something out of the box. Sometimes you’re just ready for a change!   After careful consideration we’ve chosen to go with the Homeschool in the Woods Middle Ages unit to start with. We’ve done several years of United States History and it is time to start looking into some world history. We haven’t started yet, but after looking through it and getting everything ready I wanted to share some of my first thoughts on the curriculum as well as how we set it all up. --> And make sure to read to the end, because I have a great giveaway for you too!   First Impressions: My first impression of this curriculum is that it is going to be lots of fun! It is very hands on, and we love lapbooking and notebooking over here, so it’s a great fit for us. The activities look engaging and the text is definitely … [Read more...]