Thursday, August 15, 2019

Our Sixth Grade Curriculum



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 Time for 6th Grade!  My baby girl is growing up and entering middle school.  Here's what we're using in our homeschool this year.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August Goal Setting ll Homeschool Mom of Three



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Wrapping up the summer and getting ready for a new school year... lots of goals to be set.  Plus a recap of July's goals!

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Back to Homeschool Favorites ll Collab

*Originally posted on 8/10/18.  Enjoy!



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Today I'm sharing some of our favorites for going Back to School!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Truth Unchanging {Review}


Author Becky Thompson continues in her true to life fashion in her latest devotional, Truth Unchanging.  Similar to her previous work, Thompson's voice is conversational, concise, and impactful.  Each excerpt is meant to be read in short time spans, but the truth is still deep without being "fluff and stuff."  What I mean is, the author really hits on Biblical principles that stand the test of time and work to develop true character.

This devotional takes you through the expanse of both Old and New Testaments, relating Biblical stories to deep life truths, and then attaching them to the significance of motherhood.  Proving once again that the Lord's truths are certainly unchanging across the test of time.  I have yet to finish this devotional, but am savoring my reading in it.  Ideal for reading along side the Bible, Truth Unchanging serves as a great encouragement and inspiration in the pockets of time during the season of motherhood.

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

Monday, August 5, 2019

Five Ideas for Your First Day Back to Homeschool



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Sharing five ideas for making your day back to homeschool special.  These are a few ideas that we return to year after year, and a few that we're trying out.
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Playlist
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The Simple Rugged Path
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

The Brave Homeschooling Mama
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT9jeaMb7ylcKvZm5yq2Zg

Bytes of Memory
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYXBRaow7qaPnA5i0kf2bw

Creative2xmom
https://www.youtube.com/user/Creative2xmom

Joyful Noise Living
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRk1liFnI7YTg3pYhSA6Pg

Diary of a Homeschool Mama
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__Yo0lEm98Qfps4dqSIgsw

BoyBoss Mama
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Friday, August 2, 2019

Homeschool Essentials Collaboration 2019



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Sharing some of the new, the old, and the essential in our homeschool.

Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg

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Homeschool Essentials Collaboration 2019

1.What are your top 3 favorite mom things
2.What are the 3 homeschool must haves no matter what?
3.Share a minimum of 3 NEW things that will be added to your homeschool this year.
4.Share a minimum of 3 things you will be changing/removing from your homeschool.
5.Share 3 things in your survival homeschool kit (these are destressors that will help you survive the day/week LOL ex. Chocolate, cookies, etc).
6. 3 Must Read Homeschool Books (for homeschool help)
7. 3 favorite subjects to teach in order please
8. When is the best time for you to do your planning
9. Share your favorite planner and supplies
10. Share a minimum of 3 field trips you are planning to do this new homeschool year.

Organizing with Library Lists:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlLV3h4EzYY&t=1s

Thinking Tree Adventure Handbook Journal:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkFZo2UnHIk&t=13s

A Plan in Place Planner Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIJCv29MHGI&t=5s

Our Ten Family Read Alouds for the Homeschool Year ll 2019-2020:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcQdc5g4NJ0

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What We Read ll July 2019



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Sharing what our family read this month...
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The Simple Rugged Path:
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Bytes of Memory:
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You Can Trust God To Write Your Story:
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Homeschooling Preschool Favorites

*Originally Posted on 7/23/18.  Enjoy!


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The Preschool Years were some of my favorite years to homeschool.  They are so full of wonder and excitement.  As we're moving into the elementary years, I'm taking a look back at some of our preschool favorites, some that we still use today!

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Draw like an Artist: 100 Flowers and Plants


Being a homeschool mom, I'm always looking for different ways to spark my children's creativity and interest.  For a long time, they've enjoyed drawing and illustrating as they learn.  But all of us get a little frustrated with our own limited experience.  So we decided to give this book a shot.  Divided into three sections (flowers, vines and trees, other plants), there were a large variety of plants to choose from and each was sketched out in 6-8 easy to follow steps.  I especially appreciated how the author drew guidelines in the beginning to get the symmetry, and then later filled in the individual shapes.  The author also took the time to explain elements like line thickness and negative space, concepts that can be used in other realistic drawings as well.  We love practicing our artistry and how to better illustrate these plants in our notebooks.  I would prefer this book in print format, but the digital is nice as well.  There is plenty in this volume to keep us growing and learning for some time to come.

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Five Challenges to Take on with Your Kids

*Originally posted on 5/1/17.  Enjoy!

Summer is just around the corner.  I'm planning the last of our lessons and dreaming of days by the pool, homemade ice cream, and sleeping in.  Since we only have a few weeks of school left, we've been talking about what we want to do over the summer.  And while we've been creating our bucket list (to come soon), I've been thinking about ways I can intentionally spend time with the kids.  So these are 5 Challenges You Can Take On With Your Kids:

1. Book Club-- This would be a fun challenge with an older elementary student on up through high school.  Pick a book that you're both interested in and just start reading.  Set a deadline for yourselves of when you want to get together to discuss it.  Once a week or after you've finished... it's up to you.  Make your meetings fun with book themed snacks and drinks.  Talk about the characters, the setting, and what your child would do in various situations.  And don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone with your book choice.  You may discover that your child has pretty good taste after all.

2. Fitness Challenge-- We all like to be active in our family.  Whether it's taking a bike ride, swimming, or jumping on the trampoline, we like to get our heart rate up.  So how fun would a summer fitness challenge be?  Maybe take a new class together, take on an abs & squats challenge, or sign up for a 5K together.  Or maybe yoga is your thing.  Try a kids' yoga challenge every morning.  Whatever it is, get up and get active with your kids.

3. Gratitude List-- The best thing for improving your outlook on life is being grateful.  We all have a tendency to loose sight of our blessings once in awhile.  So why not challenge yourself and your kids to be more grateful people.  How?  Pick up an inexpensive notebook and spend some time each day writing down your blessings.  Write about your thankful list at meals times or bed time.  Reflect back on your day and try to find a handful of things to be thankful for.  You'll be amazed at how quickly you can fill a notebook once you get started.

4. Kindness Challenge-- Trade names in your family and have secret friends.  Do something nice for your secret friend.  Do one of their chores, make their bed, or help them with their homework.  Try to do it secretly without being found out.  Or practice kindness in public.  Open a door for someone.  Give up your seat in church. Or encourage someone.  What can you do to practice random acts of kindness?  If you're doing this outside your family, share around the dinner table each evening.

5. Art Challenge-- Pinterest is full of art challenges.  How fun would it be to do a 30-Day art challenge with your kids?  Invest in some inexpensive sketch books, set the timer for 30 min, and just create away.  After 30 min, come back together and share your drawings.  If you want to, you can spend more time on the drawing later, but for now, just share what you have.  What a fun way to create together, encourage each other, and work on a new skill.

Whatever you decide to do with your kids this summer, be sure to do it together.  Stepping into a challenge together can be bonding, reassuring, and fun.  So embrace the lazy days of summer, and take on a challenge.

Which challenge most interests you?


Monday, July 22, 2019

Our Ten Family Read Alouds for the Homeschool Year ll 2019-2020



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Sharing our homeschool read aloud list with a variety of books that we've never read before!

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The Simple Rugged Path
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ
Diary of A Homeschool Mama
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__Yo0lEm98Qfps4dqSIgsw
Sodbuster Living
https://www.youtube.com/user/cneipp
Bytes of Memory
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYXBRaow7qaPnA5i0kf2bw
The Brave Homeschooling Mama
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT9jeaMb7ylcKvZm5yq2Zg
Creative2xmom
https://www.youtube.com/user/Creative2xmom
Joyful Noise Living
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRk1liFnI7YTg3pYhSA6Pg
Faith Through Arrows
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkryrtblCEugoWbKvKd0nwA


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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

You Can Trust God to Write Your Story {Review}



Who doesn't love a good story?  The characters are introduced, we come to love them, and ... Bam!  Calamity.  Conflict.  Confusion.  The waves of time and circumstance act to stand in the way of our hero.  Will he succumb to the obstacles in his path?  Or will he rise above to find his destiny?  We hope, we cheer, and we find ourselves emotionally invested with each turning of the page.  And in time, the hero begins to take on a life of his own.

In Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth's newest book, written with her husband Robert Wolgemuth, we are introduced to the ultimate storyteller... God himself.  Who is this mastermind that weaves a tale filled with disease and healing, divorce and restoration, waiting and sometimes pain?  This book is a woven picture of personal testimonies as well as Biblical stories, all pointing to God's ultimate providence and oversight.  And even in the tough situations of life (pain, loss, and death), we are reminded of God's weighty purpose in each moment and our mission to make Him known.

Though Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth is a well known Christian writer, this was my first encounter with her work.  Partnered with her husband Robert Wolgemuth, I was reminded again and again that the Lord has purpose in all circumstances, even those that we wish to avoid.  With each chapter, I came away both challenged and encouraged.  The authors do a wonderful job of sharing testimonies that lift up kingdom principles and call the reader to a higher perspective.  This is a book that I can see myself returning to again and again in the future.

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Organizing Your Homeschool With "Library Lists"



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Looking to get a head start on planning next year's curriculum?  Find out how to use "Library Lists" in organizing in all aspects of your homeschool.

This Life of Ours:
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Five Summer Must Haves ll Collab

*This post was originally published on 5/18/18.  Enjoy!



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Today I'm joining in a a collab sharing our Five Summer Must Haves... check out our must haves for enjoying the lazy, crazy days of summer.

Collab Playlist:
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Friday, July 12, 2019

We Are the Gardeners {Review}



In Joanna Gaines' first children's book, We Are the Gardeners, the reader is introduced to the trials and triumphs of a family garden.  From the first little fern that Chip gifted to his wife, to the full outdoor garden that it inspired, the Gaines family learns a number of lessons, both in gardening and in overcoming obstacles.  This book is a sweet story about a gardening, working together as a family, and never letting failures define the journey.  Whether you're looking to encourage a young gardener or just looking to help your children pick up from a set back, We Are the Gardeners would make a wonderful read.

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

I Found the Perfect Planner! ll A Plan in Place Homeschool Planner Review



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I'm in love with this planner.  So well thought through and great for not only planning, but also casting vision for the upcoming homeschool year.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nature Based Picture Books

I love teaching my kids about nature and the world around us.  There is such beauty and joy to be found in the natural world.  It grounds the kids, slows their brains and makes them more observant.  And while they're growing quicker than I care to admit, we find that we can still learn so much from a good quality picture book.  These are just a few that we've come to appreciate over the years.


Miss Rumphius


Swirl by swirl


A seed is sleepy


An egg is quiet


The Tree Lady


The Golden Glow


Take Along Guides


Up in the Garden,
and Down in the Dirt


A Butterfly is Patient

What Would You Add To The List?

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

How I Build a Simple Morning Basket

Following up on last week's post, I thought I'd share with you a more in-depth look at what we include in our morning basket to start our homeschool day.  Morning time has been a great jumping off point for our family and I love starting our time together like this.

Our basket typically includes:

2-3 readings for science
2-3 readings for history
Scripture to memorize
Composer study
Chalk pastel lesson
Hymn to learn
Map work
Memory work
Devotions

Things I'm thinking about adding:

Biographical studies

Science Reading:

In the past, I've checked out several books that apply to what we're learning in science.  Whether, we're studying plants, bees, birds or whatever, I use my local library to find a plethora of books to enhance our study.  We try to reading in our science books 1-2 x/week.

History Reading:

The same goes for our history studies.  This year we're using Story of the World Vol 2 and there is always more literature suggestions that we can ever get through.  I try to pick 1-2 /week (or a biography) to read through.

Scripture Memorization:

We love memorizing Scripture together and studying God's word.  Typically I try to help the kids memorize 1-2 verses a month and this year I'm hoping we'll be able to memorize the Books of the Bible as well.

Hymn Memorization:

Last year I put together a Youtube playlist of upbeat hymns for us to learn together.  There's so much good theology and history in hymns that I didn't want to be lost in our family.

Map Work and Memory Work:

We've always memorized facts based on our science or history studies.  But this year, I have a fellow homeschooler who gifted us a set of CC memory cards.  I've been going through them and pulling out those that will best suit what we're currently studying and help us develop a framework for those concepts.

Music Appreciation:

This is fairly new to us, but around February of last year, we started using Confessions of a Homeschooler's Composer Study.  So far, we are only two units in, but we are enjoying it and planning to use it further this year.

Chalk Pastel lessons:

Once a week, we abbreviate some of our other subjects and spend 20-30 min doing a lesson from ChalkPastel.com.  We are loving learning about this new medium and I can see us enjoying it for many years to come.

Biographical Studies:

This is something we already do a little bit.  Sometimes as we come along history figures in Story of the World or our science studies, we'll read a chapter a day in a biographical book.  I find that it adds a very personal aspect to our studies.  I'd like to do more of that this year as time allows.

Devotions:

I know some families like to start with devotions, while we like to seal our morning time with devotions.  It's a good way of closing this time together and morning on to individual studies.  It's a solid way of dedicating our time of learning and asking the Lord to bless it.  So we end our morning time with reading in a family devotion and praying together.

What does your morning basket look like?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A Christmas Haven {Review}


Raised Old Order Amish, Ivy Zook dreams of leaving the community.  Although she loves her family, party planning is her passion... one the requires modern conveniences like WIFI and websites.  When she shares her plans with her mother, Ivy finds that her timing can be tricky for her sister Holly's impending wedding.  

At the same time, Arlan and his sister, Magda, arrive in town.  Brother and sister seeking refuge from a strict sect, the two find themselves a haven with the Zooks.  There Magda begins to recover from a difficult pregnancy and Arlan helps on the farm.  While both Arlan and Ivy wrestle with the guidelines of their religion, they also struggle to understand the other's viewpoint.  How can one sect differ so much from another?  And what does God want for both their lives?  

Although this book is written as a sequel to The Christmas Remedy, A Christmas Haven reads well as a stand alone book, the characters beautifully brought to life and the storyline engaging.  Cindy and Erin Woodsmall did a great job illustrating the differences between the Swartzentruber Amish and the Old Order Amish, something that I didn't know about prior to this book.  It was interesting to see how the different orders view life, God, and religion.  I was drawn into the book pretty quickly, especially when I realized what a desperate situation Arlan and Magda were in.  Although there were parts of the story that were predictable, the authors did keep me guessing on a few key points and I thoroughly enjoyed A Christmas Haven right up to the end.


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


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The What's and Why's of the Morning Basket?

For the past year or so, I've shared our family's morning basket here and on our Youtube channel.  Each month, I lay out the resources, books, activities that we are using to start our homeschool morning together and enhance our family's learning.  And over the months, I've been asked a handful of the same questions.  So I thought I'd take a few minutes to address some of those questions about the What's, Why's, and How To's of the morning basket?

*What is a morning basket?

A morning basket is a collection of resources to start your homeschool day with beauty and excitement.  In our family, it's a way of fanning the flame of curiosity for the lessons to come, and a way of reinforcing what we've studied previously.  It's often stored in a basket and thus labeled a morning basket.

*Does it have to be a basket?  Does it have to be in the morning?

No, to both.  We currently keep our morning basket items on a shelf in the living room.  But these items can be stored in a number of places: crates, shelves, baskets, desk area, etc.  We like to use our morning basket as a way of launching us into our school day.  But it can be used at any time of the day.  Some families use their at lunch and others at bedtime.  But really any time that works for your family, works for your morning basket.

*What do you put in your morning basket?

Morning baskets vary from family to family, but often include several books, games, and some music.  Currently ours include: a book based on our history and science units, some poetry, a devotional, CC cards, Scripture memory box, and a read aloud chapter book.  Other ideas could be items related to music and art appreciation, math or language flashcards, logic books and games, other games, etc.

*How long does morning time last?

Our morning time runs about 30 min, but some families will linger together up to 1 hour.  You can make your time as long or as short as your and your children would like.

*Do you cover all your topics each day?

Again it's what works for your family.  We rotate our history and science books based on our block scheduling, and sprinkle in music and art 1-2 days a week.  Daily we read from our devotional, chapter book, and poetry, as well as our memory work.

*How often do you change the items in your morning basket?

We rotate some of our subjects on a monthly basis, while others last a few months at a time.  Some families rotate on a seasonal basis or even by term.  My favorite morning basket to prepare is always our December basket with a focus on Christmas and some of the handicrafts and art work that are an added bonus to the season.

*Still have questions?

Feel free to search my Youtube channel for recommendations and resources.  Or leave a comment below and I'd be happy to help.

Do you use a morning basket in your homeschool?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

52 Uncommon Family Adventures {Review}


Randy Southern's book, 52 Uncommon Family Adventures, lays out a variety of family fun nights varying in cost and time.  A date for each week of the year, Southern includes:
  • materials needed
  • any prep work needed (if applicable)
  • steps for making it happen
  • talking points
  • devotional
  • and specific love languages that it addresses
While some of these adventures may seem commonplace, others are unique and the author seems to take into consideration budget and ages of children.  With so many different ideas, the book would be a great place to start when planning a family night.  Who wouldn't love a speed board games, bowling with a twist, or a nerf gun war?  I especially loved that the author included talking points for conversations and a family devotional tied into each adventure.  Both would be a good way to wrap up the evening and still strengthen the family relationships.  A few resource for any family looking for a way to draw closer together.

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


Monday, June 17, 2019

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum and Supplies 2018-2019 ll Collab



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 Today I'm sharing some of favorites from the past homeschool year... along with some other wonderful Youtube homeschool moms.
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Diary of A Homeschool Mama
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__Yo0lEm98Qfps4dqSIgsw

The Brave Homeschooling Mama
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT9jeaMb7ylcKvZm5yq2Zg

The Simple Rugged Path
https://www.youtube.com/thesimpleruggedpath

Creative2xmom
https://www.youtube.com/user/Creative2xmom

Bytes of Memory
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYXBRaow7qaPnA5i0kf2bw

Boyboss Mama
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvrQy_Ml6tuc8Z4k83kmaXg

Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFdamhRE3YEAeEIhqxQ4WBxzB3GhW7N6o&jct=LOAAMm7eEeaDAZMNVusAJq0p7JRoAQ&disable_polymer=1

Homeschool Bravely Review:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/03/homeschool-bravely-review.html

Rascal Novel Study:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rascal-Reed-Novel-Studies-666616

First Language Lessons Vs. Rod & Staff Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LG9Rpy-Xgs

Real Time Homeschooling--First Language Lessons:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtAifOpWMfM

10 Days in Africa Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wpYh2CtYGk

Fall Homeschool Favorites:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbocXwfmax8

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

7 Summer Tasks for the Homeschool Mom

*This article was originally posted on 6/20/16.  Enjoy!
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We've been out of school for three weeks.  THREE WEEKS!  Already?  That's amazing.  We've made our family trip to the lake, finished up the dance season, and started trampoline lessons.  VBS has already come and gone and yesterday, we had a family BBQ for Father's Day.  How is it that we're already three weeks into vacation?

If you're like me, you're soaking up the summer, and not ready to think of the upcoming school year.  But as we all know, time stops for no one and the new school year will be here before we know it.  Still before you panic, there are some low stress ways you can prep for the fall,... without ruining your summer vacation.

These are just 7 tasks you can complete this summer to set your next school year off to a great start!

1. Organize school books--Now that we've had a few weeks off, I'm ready to look at that stockpile in the garage.  Somethings we'll hang on to, some we won't.  Near the end of the May, we were just stacking books and manipulatives here and there.  So it's time for me to get back out there, organize by grade, see what I need to replace or sell.  Sometimes I even find some great curriculum that I forgot about.

2. Take stock of what you need next year--Most years I have my curriculum list ready by the end of May.  Not this year.  This year, I've still got a couple of holes.  It's time to finish my buying list.  Summer sales will be happening in the next month or so and and I don't want to buy anything, but what I really want and need.

3. Order any necessary items--Facebook and craigslist are full of used homeschool curriculum groups.  That's where I look first.  After that, Ebay is a great option for finding curriculum, as well as sales at Christian Book Distributers.  Now is the time to purchase to ensure that your packages arrive in time for the start of a new school year.

4. Start planning next year's calendar--Begin thinking about how you're going to schedule your new year.  What worked last year?  What didn't?  Do you need more field trips, more down time, more time for art/music/experiments?  Are you adding a new student?  (I am and I'm not sure how that's going to work)  What do you need to adjust to make the next year successful?  Plan the first 5-6 WEEKS!  You can adjust as you go, but having a several week plan will save you as your adjusting to a new year.

5. Read--Read education philosophy for how better to reach your students.  Read Christian parenting books about how to reach your children's hearts.  Read some of your student's books ahead so you can help with lap books.  Read fiction to just give yourself a break.

6. Play--Schedule some free time in your summer to play.  Swim!  Go to the beach!  Join a new workout group!  Try some new recipes in the kitchen!    Just take some time to let go of the teacher mindset and play!

7. Rest--By the end of May, I was struggling.  I was tired: mentally and physically.  I needed some mindless fiction to rest my brain.  I needed about 24 hours sleep and a mom's night out for coffee.  I needed to rest.  So this summer, I'm resetting my bedtime routine and getting more sleep.  Our schedule has opened up and we have time to lounge at the lake or have lazy mornings at home.  I'm taking advantage of it.

What about you?
How are you preparing for the next school year?

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Our 2019 Summer Bucket List

Yay!  We are officially on summer break.  With 8th grade graduation behind us, and final grades turned it, it's time to focus on the next 3 months and soaking up all the relaxation we can handle.  These are just a few of the items on our Summer Bucket List.



Splash Pad

Go to the Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center Movie night

Go Fishing

Movie Under the Stars

Home Depot workshops

Kayak on the Lake

Roller Skating

Hike Castle Lake and Heart Lake

Make galaxies in bottles

Attend VBS

Make solar system bracelets

Complete the Barnes & Noble reading challenge

Freeze 4th of July pops

Make homemade ice cream

Take summer dance classes

Go camping

Go to the beach

Become a Junior Ranger

Complete the library reading challenge

Visit a National Park

Explore tide pools

Have a water balloon fight

Visit the Farmer's Market

Make a fun fruit dessert

Camp out in the backyard

Find 3 new places to explore around town

Stay up and star gaze

Visit the Icee Shack

Make Mango Lemonade

Try sand slime

Make some 4th of July crafts





Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Shine {Review}


In our house, we fight over Chris Grabenstein books.  From The Island of Dr. Libris to the Mr. Lemoncello series, we rotate the books between my 7 year old and 11 year olds... and Mom makes sure she gets her turn as well.

His latest book, Shine!, written with wife J.J. Grabenstein, tells the story of twelve year old Piper who is more than happy to blend in.  When it comes to shining, Piper is often in the background, supporting her father and friends.  But when his new job lands them both in Chummy Prep, and a unique honor is being offered, Piper finds that she is more anxious to stand out.  Shine! is a book about being, becoming, and the trials and triumphs of middle school.

Like I said, we love Chris Grabenstein books.  So when he wrote this book with wife, J.J. Grabenstein, we were more than anxious to read it.  Shine! felt different than some of Grabenstein's books that we've read previously.  But different isn't always bad.  While I didn't feel that Shine! was as in-depth as the Mr. Lemoncello series, it does address the awkward middle school stage with a lot of grace and humor.  The authors write a young Piper that struggles with identity, but always remains true to her friends, even showing sympathy for the classic mean girl.  For reading level, this book is fit for 3-4th graders, but as far as the middle school struggles, I would recommend this book for 5-6th graders, walking through the transition themselves.  Quick, sweet, and inspiration, I am happy to have my own daughter reading this one.

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

Friday, May 31, 2019

What We Read ll May 2019



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 Sharing what our family read this month...
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Check Out:
The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

The Tinderbox:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-tinderbox-review.html

Becoming Us:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/05/becoming-us-review.html

Shine:
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Year End Update



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Sharing our year end homeschool update... join me as we finish up 8th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd grade...

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Becoming Us {Review}


Emily and Trevor come to California hoping for a fresh start.  After years of infertility and financial exhaustion, the couple is seeking a new beginning at their uncle's car lot.  And when invited to a women's Christmas party, timid Emily comes out of obligation... and vows not to get close.  But as the group becomes more intwined, the women find that they need each other... and that becoming is truly a group effort.  Will Emily and Trevor get the break they need to start a new life?  Or will their "becoming" be cut short?

Written by the author of Christy Miller and Sisterchicks series, Becoming Us follows the lives of five women as they try to discover who they really are.  In various stages of life, they form a community through effort and time together.  I really appreciated the way Gunn always brought the story back to relationships: Emily with the other women, Trevor and Emily together, family relationships, Emily and her daughter... and so many more.  It is these relationships that bring the women through a variety of tough situations.  And these relationships that ultimate tie Trevor and Emily even closer together.  It was this marriage relationship that was even more enjoyable for me to watch... the way they both supported and encouraged each other.  

There were times that I felt Gunn minimized some of the character's issues.  For example, timid Emily quickly changes her ways and opens up to the group.  And some serious marriage issues were resolved rather easily.  These were issues that I felt could have been further developed and seemed somewhat trivialized.  But all in all, it was a light quick read about the importance of relationships... not only in terms of friendship, but also in terms of becoming all we were meant to be.  

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What's In Our Library Bag? 5/8/19



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Books we're checking out from the library...

Previous Library Hauls:
10/10/13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXKkrKF-TBI
8/20/14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXKkrKF-TBI
2/23/15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9izvYrb_2XQ
8/29/15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWMqZSmF_Zg
2/23/16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_1AhUGk4YI

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The Tinderbox {Review}


As part of the Hickory Hollow series, The Tinderbox follows the story of an eighteen year old Sylvia and the secret that she uncovers.  As her father's past comes back to haunt the family, Sylvia wrestles with the role she has played and how it affects her parent's future.  Meanwhile her parents, Rhoda and Earnest, struggle to rebuild trust.  Will their marriage be able to survive the threat of the Bann?  Or will this secret tear apart a family, an engagement, and a community? 

I've always enjoyed Beverly Lewis' work and this book was just as enjoyable.  There are so many layers of story in The Tinderbox... Rhoda's sister struggling with a miscarriage, the romance between Sylvia and her fiancΓ©, the loss of a dear friend and mentor, Earnest's struggle to find his place... and salvage his marriage to Rhoda... all of it wrapped into on beautifully written book.  While the beginning started out slow, once Earnest's secret came to light, I found that I couldn't put the book down.  This is a beautiful story of hope, forgiveness, and the power of commitment.  The Tinderbox left me with a lot of questions and I look forward to reading the sequel this fall.

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


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What We Read ll April 2019



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This Open Collab is hosted by:
Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg
The Simple Rugged Path: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ
Creative 2X Mom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_jc2X9jKUgTkoxsPB49_bg

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLId_JNKYCQ7KKA1BqMTH4q4Gaz43OrZvA&jct=YLWHBrPkk8M2nmXKX8KICy3RKCLXIg

The Amish Cookie Club:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-amish-cookie-club-review.html

The Escape of Robert Smalls:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-escape-of-robert-smalls-review.html

Little Guides to Great Lives: Anne Frank:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-escape-of-robert-smalls-review.html

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Monday, April 29, 2019

What's in Our May Morning Basket?



Sharing the books and ideas in our May Morning Baskets. Click "show more" for multiple links.

The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

Bytes of Memory:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYXBRaow7qaPnA5i0kf2bw

The Brave Homeschooling Mama:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT9jeaMb7ylcKvZm5yq2Zg

Winter Favorites:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd1QlXQJ_sY

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Growing in Godliness {Review}


Raising a teen girl is not for the faint of heart.  Today's world is full of challenges that previous generations never dreamt of facing.  And yet, the basic foundations of life remain the same.  Foremost of which is how do we live to glorify our creator?  Throw in teenage emotions and peer pressure, and you're in for a wild ride.

In Growing in Godliness, Lindsey Carlson leads teens through 10 lessons that address this tumultuous time, including:

*Who we are in Christ
*God's sovereignty in all situations
*The importance of the Bible
*The importance of the church
*and more!

When I first started reading this book, I was slightly put off by some of the language.  The words weren't inappropriate.  It was more the tone... the edge... and maybe some of the author's illustrations.  But as I read, I realized I was viewing it through the eyes of a preteen mom.  And as much as I'm protecting her now, she will one day be going through growing pains like these.  As I began to read through a different lens, I realized I did like this book, but would suggest it for a slightly older audience... waiting until the later teenage years.  I did appreciate the fact that Carlson takes time to touch on two important topics: identity and the role of the church.  Identity for it grounds us in life and keeps us from being swayed by trends.  And the importance of the church that seems to have been lost in a seeker sensitive culture.  All in all, I would hesitantly recommend this book, but would caution that it's probably most useful as a mother/daughter study in the older teen years.

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

10 Tips for Planning a Stress Free Disneyland Vacation

*Originally posted on 6/29/15.  Enjoy!

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We love Disneyland if you can't tell.  My kids have been spoiled to land in, not one but, two families that love vacationing there.  So we've traveled with big groups and small groups, grandparents and cousins, quick trips and longer trips, and have loved every minute of it.  These are just a few of the tips we've learned along the way for Planning a Stress Free Disneyland Vacation:

1. Choose the "best" time-- I personally love traveling in the fall.  School is back in and the crowds are thinner.  My in-laws like traveling in mid-spring.  I have a friend that swears by the week right after Thanksgiving.  Whatever you do, avoid summer and Christmas, and be prepared for heavier crowds around school holidays.

2. Choose the "best" hotel-- We've never stayed on-site and yet we've had good experience with all the hotels we've stayed at.  Look for hotels within the first couple of blocks as the blocks are loooooong.  Other things we look for are continental breakfast, free parking, and shuttle service.  At the end of a long night, shuttle service is pretty incredible.  :-)

3. Consider a travel agent--  Travel agents can often find deals that the rest of us can't.  Plus if you have a good agent, they'll keep an eye out for fluctuating prices and can get you a better deal as your vacation approaches.

4. Consider a dining experience-- Booking one or two Character Meals will ensure that you get to see several characters while you eat, maximizing your time.  We've dined at Goofy's Kitchen and Minnie's Breakfast and loved every minute of it.  It's a great way to see several characters and they come to you!

5. Book it-- Book those character meals several months ahead.  As soon as your travel agent gives you the green light, book them to get the best possible times for your family.  Be mindful of your child's schedule and your energy level.  We booked one for the beginning (while we were fresh) and one for the end of our vacation (when we needed a chance to sit).

6. Keep trying-- If you're preferred times are booked, keep trying.  Cancellations happen and you just might get into your time slot anyway.  Also check into your meal a few hours ahead and see if there's been a cancellation that you can get into.

7. Rent a stroller-- Even if you have older elementary aged kids, you will not regret renting a stroller. Disneyland vacations can include some really long days and even older kids will get tired.  Last time, we took our double stroller and even the 8 year old rode once in awhile.

8. Check the weather before packing-- Weather patterns change.  We once went in January and found ourselves running to Target to get t-shirts and shorts.  The weather had changed in the days leading up to our trip and I was caught unprepared.

9. Know the park schedule--Disneyland's park schedule is posted with hours, parades, fireworks and more.  Planning a few of these things ahead of time will help you prioritize what you want to see and what you're willing to miss.  It can help you plan what part of the park to enjoy throughout different parts of the day.

10. Be flexible-- While all this planning can help you enjoy a stress free vacation, you also have to remember to be flexible.  Traveling with kids will keep you on your toes and being flexible is key.  If someone needs a snack, veer from your plan.  Everyone will have a better time with a full tummy.  Flexibility is important in any vacation and will ensure that everyone has a more enjoyable experience.

What are your tips for Planning a Stress Free Disneyland Vacation?

For more Disney tips and tricks, check out our Disneyland tag.  You'll find everything from ride info to bucket lists to ways to save money on food.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Escape of Robert Smalls {Review}


In the early morning hours of May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls poses as a Confederate warship captain to lead a crew of slaves on a daring escape.  With a ship full of crew and family, they must pass by one of the most highly defended Confederate forts.  Will Smalls be able to successfully impersonate the captain and lead the ship to safety?  Or will their escape be over before it even starts?

Based on a true story, this book introduces readers ages 9-12 to one of the little known heroes of the Civil War.  Before reading The Escape of Robert Smalls, I'd never heard of this unsung hero.  But his story, courage, and integrity were so clearly portrayed in this picture book.  Due to his clear thinking and nerves of steel, Small changed the fate of his crew and their families.  We need more stories like this, holding up men and women of integrity for our kids to admire.  As a teacher, I'm happy to share this book with my students as we study the Civil War.  If you're looking to learn more about the Civil War or just looking for great examples of strength and character, this picture book is a great place to start.

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

Friday, April 12, 2019

What's In My Kids' Easter Baskets? ll 2019



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One of my favorite videos to share each year... Today we're taking a sneak peek into my kids' Easter Baskets!
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The Waldock Way:
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Mommy and Mia Chronicles:
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Playlist:
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Little Guides to Great Lives: Anne Frank {Review}


A young girl who dreamt of being a writer and ultimately touched the world with her personal look into the atrocities of WWII... Anne Frank's words have touched the world for generations and now her story is being told in a new way.  In this Little Guides to Great Lives book, Anne Frank's legacy is shared using a friendly, yet informative, picture book format.

As a parent, I've struggled with how to talk about the Holocaust with my kids.  But this book made it so simple.  The author was honest without sharing too much and wrote about the horrors of WWII in an age appropriate manner.  Marketed to second to sixth grade, I came away from the book with new insight into Anne Frank's struggle for survival as well as further background information about Nazi Germany.  This would make a great introduction to WWII for any elementary aged student.  I'm happy to have found this series and this edition in particular.

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Amish Cookie Club {Review}


Best friends Edna, Vera, Wilma and Mary meet together every other week to bake cookies for their Amish fellowships and to make time for each other.  Their "cookie club" provides a place to reconnect and unburden.  When Vera's daughter, Myrna, is fired from multiple jobs, the group conspires to help her find her place... and perhaps, even a beau.  Widower Ezekiel desperately needs help with his four young children, and for awhile it appears as though a romance may be kindled between he and Myrna.  But when a misunderstanding regarding his deseased wife occurs, Myrna finds herself on edge in their relationship.  Will the truth be revealed in time for this two to connect and find happiness together?

Sarah Price was a new to me author and I loved the way she was able to weave together several minor and major characters throughout the book.  I was a little worried about Myrna in this one.  Although I was pretty confident that things would turn out alright, the author had me guessing throughout most of the book.  The Amish Cookie Club was a wonderful story about second chances, the stickiness of gossip, and finding ones self.  Perfect for a light, uplifting read.

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

Monday, April 8, 2019

Top Five Parenting Books That Shaped Me As A Parent



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Sharing the Top Five Books that have changed me as a parent... the five I always recommend and will never get rid of.
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Plan With Me ll Mom on the Go Easter Layout



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2019 Mom on the Go Flip Through:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksRt7Yaau4M&t=6s

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Monday, April 1, 2019

What We Read ll March 2019



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Sharing what our family read this month...
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This Open Collab is hosted by:
Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg
The Simple Rugged Path: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ
Creative 2X Mom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_jc2X9jKUgTkoxsPB49_bg

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLId_JNKYCQ7KKA1BqMTH4q4Gaz43OrZvA&jct=YLWHBrPkk8M2nmXKX8KICy3RKCLXIg

Winter Book Swap Unboxing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC_H9eJSkOw

The Mozart Girl Review:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-mozart-girl-review.html

Raising Giant Killers Review:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/02/raising-giant-killers-review.html

Boy Mom Review:
https://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/03/boy-mom-review.html

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

A Miracle of Hope ll Reading Between The Lines Book Club



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Joining Reading Between The Lines Book Club this month as we discuss A Miracle of Hope.  An old favorite genre with a new plot twist...
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In Collaboration with Mommy and Mia Homeschool Chronicles :
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcr...
and The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HV...

Playlist:
 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLId_JNKYCQ7Ll6x6FmxFlmetivkyiMcUX&jct=K_nXNJQhjukDtff_tMXhDJFVhC3l0g

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Homeschool Bravely {Review}


Do you ever struggle with mom guilt?  That disabling feeling that you're screwing it all up?  What about homeschooling mom guilt?  Wondering if you're not only screwing up your kids, but also sending them off track academically?  Raising my hand HIGH over here!  Homeschool Mom Guilt is the real deal and can throw a mom into a tailspin if she's not careful.

Enter Jamie Erickson's new book, Homeschool Bravely.  This book was unlike anything I expected.  Picking it up, I expected more of a how to style book as is typical of the market.  What I wasn't expecting was the address of the heart that Erickson delivers.  Speaking directly to the core of the issue, Homeschool Bravely addresses the fears head on, encouraging the reader that the Lord is well aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and has called them to homeschool for such a time as this.  Easily the most encouraging read that I've had the privilege of reviewing, my copy of Homeschool Bravely has a multitude of notes and highlights, and has completely changed my view on my homeschool.

These are just a few of my favorite quotes:

"Sometimes the crossed-arms of resistance are the quiet pleas of a child who just wants to be heard- to feel like a portion of his school day is within his control."

"What you don't know, or perhaps what you need to be reminded of, is that a 'struggle' shows that you are doing something right.  Struggle is a verb.  It implies action; effort; giving it all you've got."

"In his kindness to me, God's shown me that in trying to do everything perfectly, I end up doing a lot of things with mediocrity... Again and again, His kindness has helped me see how and when I've made parenting and teaching harder than it needs to be."  

"If you're being pushed around by fear, you're not listening to the Voice that really matters."

"You can drape yourselves in the tattered cloak of the perceived judgment of others and trudge around in it all the livelong day, wrestling for shreds of approval from everyone else.  Or you can homeschool like you know you are already pre-approved by the One who called you to do it.  The choice is yours."

Erickson's words were the refreshing drink that I didn't even realize that my heart needed. Again and again, she comes back to the idea that our homeschool's success if based on more than our human abilities, and rests in the trust and ability of the Lord.  To be reminded that I'm not standing alone, but rather with the One that knows and loves my children even more than I do.  And that makes our homeschool more than enough.  If you could purchase one homeschooling book, let Homeschool Bravely be that one.  

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

What's In Our April Morning Basket?



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Sharing the books and ideas in our April Morning Baskets. Click "show more" for multiple links and blog post.

The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

Bytes of Memory:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYXBRaow7qaPnA5i0kf2bw

The Brave Homeschooling Mama:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT9jeaMb7ylcKvZm5yq2Zg

March Morning Basket Blog Post:
https://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/03/whats-in-our-march-morning-basket_4.html

Winter Favorites:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd1QlXQJ_sY

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Self-Care Routine Tag



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Today I'm sharing the Self-Care Routine Tag... the good, the bad, the relaxing, and the often neglected.

The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

The Homeschooling Grammy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwJvLhRZtwxRwisPrlKTKzw

Mommy and Mia Homeschool Chronicles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SmxA9HvWhk

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

1.Do you do set a side time to do things you enjoy?
2.When was the last time you had a make over?
3. IN the last three days have you taken a nature walk?
4.When was the last time you jouranled?
5.When was the last time you made a list of all the things you are grateful for?
6.Which three words describe you best?
7.Do you have nagging thoughts you need to address? How do you deal with those thoughts?
8.How much personal time do you need each week to function well and feel happy?
9.How do you sabotage yourself?
10.What are my favorite ways to take care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?

Today I'm tagging:
A Common Life
Homeschool on the Hill
The Fall Co Family

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Spring Reading List ll 2019



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Oh my TBR list is out of control.  Today I'm sharing with you all a wrap up of what I read on my Winter Reading List.  And which books are making the cut for spring.
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The Simple Rugged Path
https://www.youtube.com/thesimpleruggedpath

Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg

Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFdamhRE3YECOKU8gD10s9cn9p1yv-7Ik&jct=6M5RgUI09ajQXXnz6KEGEeRQ7In6KQ&disable_polymer=1&fbclid=IwAR2zw84ExaEQBabOETP21HjJLkt-20jym6ral0zyU6ZffgdqZ4nVpMy7EQY

Winter Reading List:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC_H9eJSkOw&t=5s

What We're Reading in Jan ll 2019:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPrjs3UkuiU

Winter Book Swap Unboxing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC_H9eJSkOw&t=5s

What We're Reading in Feb ll 2019:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1fDOGcjz0Y&t=683s

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ten Things We DO In Our Homeschool



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Each homeschool is unique just as each family is unique.  Today I'm sharing ten things we DO in our homeschool as the counterbalance to the ten things we don't do.
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Ten Things We Don't Do In Our Homeschool:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmpCBvyHtg

2019 Homeschool Resolutions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RZ5nbYLo1c&t=4s

What's In Our March Morning Basket:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tywulm70R0A&t=12s

Camp Game Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPRwbSOkOXc&t=42s

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