Thursday, March 23, 2017

March Homeschool Favorites



Some of our favorites this month in our homeschool!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hope for Each Day {Review}


I love sharing nuggets of truth with my kids every day.  Most days we start our morning reading the Bible and I'm always on the lookout for devotionals that we bring the Word to life for my kids.  Some are better than others.  My favorites are those that aren't necessarily longer, but deeper.  Hope for Each Day is one of those devotionals.

Written by Billy Graham, this daily devotional reads like a dear friend speaking to another.  Told with tenderness, sincerity, and truth, each day shares a short devotional referencing several Bible versions. I love this.  Throughout the devotional, the NIV, NKJV, AMP, ESV, ICB, NASB, KJV, NLT, TLB, and The Message Bible are all used to explain God's message in beautiful detail and language.  This devotional is marketed to six to ten year olds, but I would rate it slightly higher.  Perhaps eight to twelve.  Some of the concepts are a bit more grown up.

All in all, I was delighted with the quality of this book.  Both the physical quality and the inspiration quality are of high value.  I would happily recommend this devotional to parents wishing to spend each day in conversation with their children and the Lord.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: K is for Kindness



 Everyone getting a little cabin fever?  Been spending a little too much time together?  Might be time for a Kindness Challenge in your homeschool.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

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Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter K playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter L is for... will be posted on Tuesday March 28, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I Made:  Lydia and I have been baking again. She really likes being in the kitchen so it's a fun time for us to spend together.

What I'm Reading:  I just picked up the book for Aprils bookmarks post and realized it's over 400 pages.  Oops!  It's a good thing I'm getting an early start on this one.

What I'm Doing:  We're doing all those little projects that need attending to this weekend: yard work, baseball practice, cleaning, children's museum, school paperwork.  And cleaning out the van; it's ridiculous.

What I'm Watching: We've been watching Master Chef Jr.  I love seeing all the wonderful creations the kids come up.  And it always makes me hungry.  :-)

What I'm Enjoying: a break from the rain... fried rice... spin class... reading... healthy kids... 

What are you up to?


Thursday, March 16, 2017

How We Use Spectrum Spelling in Our Homeschool



Looking for an easy, effective way to add spelling to your homeschool curriculum?  Let me show you how we use Spectrum Spelling in our homeschool.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

15 Chores Your 9-12 Year Old is Capable of Doing

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It's hard to believe that I actually have TWO kids that fall into this age category.  When did that happen?  Over the years I've seen them grow in their capabilities and confidence.  And teaching them basic chores early on has given them a base for future skills.  

Since the kids are getting older, it became time to update their chores.  And I've been amazed at what they're capable of at this age.  Of course, all these chores take time to teach.  And most importantly, they require follow through.  As the kids are learning a new skill, I must take time to work with them.  And even after I've let them go on their own, I have to often check back in.  Still teaching new chores is well worth it in the end as they gain a sense of ownership and pride, and my work load is slowly lessened.

So here are the 15 Chores Your 9-12 Year Old is Capable of Doing:

1. Use the Washer and Dryer--laundry expands in any household.  We keep our laundry routine very simple so there's not much variance.  Primarily, we work on not overloading the machine and knowing how much soap to use in each load.  We also introduce stain treatment at the latter part of this age range.

2. Pack a lunch--every child has their own personal preferences so teaching them to pack a lunch is very helpful.  When teaching my children to pack their lunches, I look for a main dish, a vegetable, a fruit, a juice, and then a treat if they'd like.

3. Understand tithing and saving--often times this is the age when children start to receive an allowance or start a part time job.  That makes it a great time to teach about tithing ten percent and saving a percentage for the future.

4. Answer and use a phone--using the phone is not only a matter of good manners, but safety should there be an emergency.  Learning the proper order of dialing, stating their name, and politely presenting their need are all important parts of learning to use a phone.

5. Garden--my kids are in the garden at an early age.  But this is the age when they really own it.  Weeding, watering, pruning, taking care of and watching something grow bring a sense of accomplishment and grow a lifelong skill.

6. Help with meals--again this is a skill that's been building from an early age, but takes on more responsibility at this age.  We build on the peeling and measuring from an earlier age and add in dicing, mixing, and recipe reading.  This is also a great age for teaching how to multiply fractions.

7. Bake--much like meal prep, baking becomes more involved at this age.  This is also the age where we start to pass on the responsibility of baking bread for dinner and muffins for breakfast.

8. Care for a pet--children can care for a pet from a young age.  But at this stage, they can take on primary responsibility of cages and tanks, feeding, and learning about the particular needs of their pet.

9. Mop floors--once sweeping is mastered, mopping comes next.  Children this age are capable of preparing mop water, mopping the kitchen and bath, and noting areas that need some extra attention.

10. Use a lawn mower--lawn mowing is a big responsibility and one we don't take lightly in our house.  One thing we keep in mind is always wearing long pants and tennis shoes.  Additionally, we ask that our kids keep track of the gas level in the mower.

11. Vacuum--vacuuming requires good control and strong muscle to move the machine.  So we wait until this age to ask our kids to vacuum.  Also at this time, we ask them to vacuum their rooms when cleaning up.

12. Start planning out long projects--seeing the bigger picture is important at this age.  So taking a project and breaking it down into do-able steps are a skill to be learned.  This can be taught through a school project, saving for a special purchase, or starting a business.

13. Help with grocery shopping--my kids love to help with the shopping.  This is a great chore to learn about weights and measurements, budgeting, comparing ingredients, meal planning and more.  The grocery store is also a great place to learn about needs vs wants.

14. Clean bathroom--up to this point, kids have been learning the elements of cleaning the bathroom: sweeping, wiping down counters, and mopping.  Now they're being responsible to put it all together and clean the bathroom.  Of course, with lots of follow up.

15. Prepare a family dessert--dessert is a great place to start for kids wanting to help with meals.  This is a great dish to start on some independence.  Allow your 9-12 year old to pick the dessert (within reason), manage the recipe, and take primary ownership of the dish.  Assist only when requested.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: J is for Jello



 We've been studying earth science and decided to experiment with spaghetti, marshmallows, and jello.  Hum... what are we studying?  Earthquakes!

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

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Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
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Homeschool ABC Collab: E is for Earthquakes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0MYnEsXnjk

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter J playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter K is for... will be posted on Tuesday March 21, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Dance Party in Radiator Springs {DITL 2/8/17}



Yay!  We're in Disneyland!  We took a trip to Disneyland with our 11, 9, and 5 year olds, Grandma, and our cousin, Bill.  On this day, we met up with Nana and Papa, learned to draw Mickey, and raced/danced our way through Radiator Springs.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I Made:  We're still making lots of hummingbird food for our sweeties.  I've also been working on some scrapbooking projects.

What I'm Reading:  I'm reading a book about developing the emotional, social, spiritual side of our kids and helping them reach healthy milestones.  It's making me paranoid.  :-(

What I'm Doing:  We're celebrating my nephew's birthday this weekend.  The kids and I went on a field trip this week and we've been baking.

What I'm Watching: Hahaha... I got caught up in this season's Bachelor.  I don't usually watch it, but heard there was some controversy over the Bachelor himself.  And once you start watching a train wreck, it's hard to stop. 

What I'm Enjoying: chocolate cookies... soups and stews... science fair projects... learning about triangles... astronomy...Mr. Popper's Penguins

What are you up to?


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Our March Morning Basket



 This is what we're including in our March Morning Basket.  Currently we're studying the Presidents, California history, and adding some poetry to our time together.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What a Bunch of {Disney} Character {DITL 2/7/17}



 Yay!  We're in Disneyland!  We took a trip to Disneyland with our 11, 9, and 5 year olds, Grandma, and our cousin, Bill.  On this day, we dinned with Mickey and friends, adventured in Disney's California Adventure, and even got Grandma on Goofy's Sky School.

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Easter Basket Filler Ideas

*This post was originally published on 3/29/11.  Enjoy!

March is quickly coming to an end and April is nearly upon us.  It's hard to believe that spring has arrived already.  If it weren't for the calendar reminding me that the weeks are flying by, I wouldn't believe it myself.  Weren't we just celebrating Christmas?

I sat down the other day to do some planning for Easter.  And at the top of the list was Easter baskets.  I've already been picking up little things here and there.  I don't think Easter has to be overkill on gifts.  Just a little something for the thrill.  My kids' favorite items last year were the used books from the library sale.

But to get all our creative juices going, here are a few ideas for filling those Easter baskets this year:

Babies and toddlers:
Swim diapers
Bath books
Colors and coloring books
Dress up
Craft items
Towel and swimsuit
Bubble machine and bubbles
Sprinkler

School age:
Jacks
Jump Rope
Dress up
Baton
Craft items
Cars
Diving Sticks
Towel and swimsuit
Gardening tools
Craft items

Pre-teens:
Gardening tools
Makeup
Scarf and earrings
Journal and pretty pen
Craft items

For all ages:
Sunscreen
Snacks
Books
Music
Gift certificates

What special surprises are you planning for your kids this year?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: I is for Illustrated Learning

How do you evaluate your child's comprehension?  This video will give you some of the ideas we have for illustrating learning in our homeschool and hopefully inspire further conversation in the comments.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

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Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
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Homeschool ABC Collab Letter I playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdEwsx69joptWRehv1Wr6fiLerhwqTOGN

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter J is for... will be posted on Tuesday March 14, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Christ Centered Easter Books

Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  Spring is just around the corner, the days are lightening up, and we're all getting just a bit giddy.  It's the promise of new life and sunshine just around the corner, grass is turning just a bit greener and the trees are showing off new green shoots.

Easter is all about new life, ... redemption, ... second chances, ... hope!

So I love to fill our home library with children's books that reflect that feeling of new beginnings and fresh starts.  Additionally, I look for books that announce the HOPE of the season.

These are just a few of our favorites:


The Easter Story by Patricia A. Pingry


The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan & Mike Berenstain


God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergen


The First Easter by Carol Heyer


Easter in the Garden by Pamela Kennedy


The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs


What do you read during the Easter season?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Larger Than Life Disney Lego Charcters {DITL 2/6/17}

Yay!  We're in Disneyland!  We took a trip to Disneyland with our 11, 9, and 5 year olds, Grandma, and our cousin, Bill.  On this day, we got rained out of Disneyland!  Wow!  So we spent the morning in Downtown Disney and a ton of time at the Lego store!  Then we tried to keep the kids busy by swimming in the rain.

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February Homeschool Favorites



 Some of our favorites this month in our homeschool!

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This Family: Says Please and Thank You

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In any given day, you might walk through my house and hear the following comments:

"Mom, I need something to eat."
"Mom, I need to get some posterboard for a book report."
"Mom, I REALLY like milk."

Conversely, you might also walk through my house and hearing any of these comments:
"Mom, can I please have a sandwich?"
"Please, mom, can you take me to the store?"
"Thank you for the milk, mom."

I'd much rather live in the days where that second category is the norm.  Please and Thank You are the first basic manners that we start with in our house.  They're a simple way of showing respect and consideration for other's feelings in every day life.  For the person that uses these words, it takes minimal effort.  But for the person that receives them, it makes a world of difference.

Think about it.  As adults, who would you rather work with, the individual that respects your time and needs?  Or the individual who demands their needs to be met without regard to yours?

And if that's the adults that we want to see in the world, why not start with our kids when they're young?

Now we're not perfect.  We still demand our own way and have days of focusing on our needs rather than others.  But this is the goal and, hopefully, each day we're making more progress.

Mom and Dad have to watch out for this too.  It's so easy to just start handing out orders, even if it's in our "nice"tone.  How many times near bedtime have I started out with:

"Get your PJ's on."
"Don't forget to brush your teeth."
"Pick up your room and get your bed ready."

How much smoother it makes my relationship with my kids when I start using my Pleases and Thank You's:

"Could you get your PJ's on please?"
"Don't forget to brush your teeth please."
"Thank you for picking up your room and taking care of your things."

So while it may be "cute" when the two year old starts using a little sass to get her way, take a moment to think about your end goal.  Is it to raise kids who look out for themselves at all costs?  Or to raise kids who value others and their relationships?  If it the second, Please and Thank You is an easy place to start.

What are some of your family values?
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