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    Happy Labor Day 2014

      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. … [Read More...]

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    2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

    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 … [Read More...]

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    Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

    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 … [Read More...]

JUL
08
2014

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids Part 2

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another day of Summer Boredom buster ideas for kids! This is a great series for anyone looking for some fun ideas to fill those long afternoons and rainy days this summer! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   Stick around tomorrow for more fun Summer Boredom Busters! … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2014

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

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Hi everyone! Need some ideas to keep your kiddos entertained this summer? Here is a great list of non-electronic ideas to help get them outside and put their creative energy to good use!http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/06/summer-boredom-buster-sidewalk-chalk-fun.html We’re well on our way into summer and we’re having a great time. We’ve actually been kind of busy so we’re still waiting for those “relaxing summer days” to roll around. But I wanted to share my Summer Boredom busters with you for those long afternoons, rainy days, and anyone looking to have a little extra fun! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   P.S. I have several to share, so I’ll be breaking them up into a few posts over the next couple of days so stay tuned for more ideas tomorrow! … [Read more...]

JUL
06
2014

Peter Pan Literature Unit Study and Lapbook

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I have a fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today it’s the imaginative classic Peter Pan unit study. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: The Darling’s were a normal, happy English family, until the arrival of a certain boy. Peter Pan ran away from home because he didn’t want to grow up, and since then he’s been living on the island of Neverland. One night the mischievous boy visits the Darlings and takes them on an adventure to his island. Find out what happens as the Darlings visit the island where they meet a band of pirates, their mighty captain Hook, and even a giant crocodile! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Peter Pan Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but … [Read more...]

JUL
02
2014

Happy Independence Day 2014

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My fellow Americans…   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. What will we be doing over here at the Confessions household? Getting up early to check out the July 4th Parade. Possibly witnessing a rodeo. (Tinker Bell has high hopes of seeing a pig there.) Relaxing and spending the day with family. Maybe a little swimming. Enjoying some yummy BBQ. Talking the Teeny Tot through another year of semi-terrifying overhead explosions. And enjoying squeals from the older kids as each one lights up the night sky! I hope you will be able to enjoy a wonderful and safe Independence Day with those you love!   Digital Scrapbooking Template: For all of you digital scrapbookers out there, I also have a fun star template to share with you. It was inspired from a class at www.jessicasprague.com where I’ve learned most of my mad graphic … [Read more...]

JUL
01
2014

LEGO Education Land Yacht

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Hi everyone, it’s been a bit since I’ve shared what our boys LEGO Education co-op is doing, so I thought I’d give you all an update. This week’s assignment was to create a “land yacht” using the gear skills they’ve learned mixed with some of the wind mill creations they’ve made recently to create a wind powered vehicle that can cross on land.   With this assignment the boys created a few variations of propellers and then discussed which worked out the best and why.   there were a couple of boys missing so Strawberry Shortcake and Tinker Bell were able to fill in for them. They had a great time and enjoyed participating.   Here is a close up of Strawberry Shortcake’s machine…she had a sail type wind powered car.     tinker Bell was the “wind source” for the group that day. Each one got to run their machine using a hair dryer to create some wind. They all discussed which ones went farthest, fastest, and smoothest and why.   I’ll share … [Read more...]

JUN
30
2014

Homeschooling 101: Kindergarten & Elementary

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Make it fun! Elementary years can be an exciting time. Students at this age are eager to learn new things, but might also start to become reluctant when things start to get harder. With homeschooling you have the flexibility to take subjects that might otherwise be somewhat boring, and turn them into hands-on type activities that make the learning process much more exciting and memorable. Now that your student has entered into elementary school, you will need to check with your state laws regarding curriculum, subject requirements, testing, and any other regulations that might be relevant to your area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take the opportunity to make it fun. With a little bit of planning, you can add in relevant hands on projects, lap booking, note booking, field trips, science experiments, and anything else … [Read more...]

JUN
29
2014

Moby Dick Literature Unit and Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on the classic Moby Dick. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Ishmael is a sailor seeking adventure, and he comes upon the Pequod and it’s one-legged captain. Moby Dick follows the thrills and dangerous adventures as the crew searches for riches and for the infamous Moby Dick. Set sail with Captain Ahab as he searches for the great white whale! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Moby Dick Classic Starts version as retold from the Herman Melville original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose. Watch my Moby Dick Lapbook Video to see more … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2014

July 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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We’re in full swing of summer and enjoying every minute of it! I have to say it’s been a little hectic though so I’m still wondering when the actual relaxation part of summer will hit! Since I don’t like to have to think a lot during summer time I made up another Monthly Meal Plan for you. I hope it’s helping you get your meals planned, and relieving a little bit of stress from your day too!   Download the 2014 July Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 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 a recipe.   Since you always ask, here are some of our smoothie recipes, just click on an image below for a fabulous recipe! … [Read more...]

JUN
24
2014

Kindergarten Bible Verse Handwriting Worksheets

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Good day readers! Looking for some bible verse kindergarten handwriting worksheets? Look no further! Today I have a new addition to my K4 Kindergarten curriculum. As many of you know already, there is a weekly bible memory verse in the K4 Kindergarten curriculum. And I thought it would be a nice addition for students to practice handwriting while helping them remember their verse at the same time! So I’ve created these bible memory handwriting worksheets to go along with the curriculum!   What is included? There are 42 memory verses in this download to go along with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum. Each one includes the scripture reference, printed verse, and a traceable version of the verse for students. Not only will you be working on handwriting skills, but also getting the Word of God into their hearts as well!     --> DOWNLOAD the Kindergarten Memory Verse Handwriting Worksheets! <--   Note: If you’ve purchased the K4 Curriculum prior to … [Read more...]

JUN
23
2014

Kingdom Series by Chuck Black

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I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing author this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Super Conference! His name is Chuck Black and he has a series of books for younger readers (and honestly I loved them as well) that will blow your socks off!   The Kingdom Series: “Don your armor….Fasten your sword…Mount your Steed! And get ready to embark on an epic journey of biblical significance into a kingdom of warriors, battles, swords, villains, and knightly heroes!” The Kingdom Series books are a medieval adventure allegory of the entire bible that takes readers on an exciting journey over the course of 6 adventure packed books! Each book also includes discussion questions and answers that you can use to help your readers make the biblical connections and character traits through out the stories. After talking with Chuck for awhile and looking at his amazing books, I asked if I could do a review for his Kingdom Series, which I thought our kiddos would love! He agreed, … [Read more...]