Category: Homeschooling

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Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner: A Review!

Time to squeeze in one more review to finish up this week! It’s the Hey Mama! Print Schoolhouse Planner 2016-2017 from The Old Schoolhouse.     As most of us have noticed, in a world of digital technology print planners have suddenly become a hot and trendy thing in the past couple of years. There are all kinds of fun and popular planners out there lately! For those of us who homeschool a planner is a must-have item, trendy or not. Honestly, I know...

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Essential Skills Advantage: A Review!

This week our review is for the Complete Home Learning Suite by Essential Skills Advantage. Both Rosie (age 9) and Ada (age 6) have been reviewing this one! We received a year subscription for two students for the review.     This fully online program is designed for children from Kindergarten to 6th grade. It’s a supplemental program to help children focus on particular skills, building knowledge through extra practice. Areas of knowledge included are grammar, language, spelling, reading, math, science,...

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Hiking Pictures!

Man, I guess we have germs. Last week Henry randomly got watery diarrhea. I thought he drank some of the soapy water from the water table they were playing in the day before. He had wanted bubbles in it so I added dish soap. I told him not to drink it, but there was a few minutes where he was alone with it and you know how toddlers (especially boys) can be. But yesterday, 7 days since Henry was sick, Ada...

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Here to Help Learning: A Writing Program Review!

For the past few weeks we’ve been working on language arts with a program called Here to Help Learning.   The program is entirely online and consists of streaming videos and print-outs. It’s for multiple ages–there are three different Flight paths to choose from, and you can choose to do paragraph writing for younger children or essay writing for older children. Paragraph writing is intended for grades 1-3. Essay writing is intended for grades 4-6. Rosie is doing paragraph writing because...

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Winter at the Zoo

I took the kids to the zoo the other day. It was sunny outside and very windy, but it was about 55 degrees even with the ice cold wind. We wore flip flops. Except for Rosie, who is ever more practical. We have a membership to the zoo because it’s only about 40 minutes from our house, and it’s such a huge zoo you can go twenty times and still not get bored. We’d never been in the winter before though....

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The Rec Center

I’ve been wanting to sign the kids up for extracurricular activities since we moved here. It’s hard moving to a new place and knowing not a single person, which activities are good, where to go, or anything like that. I found a homeschool co-op that looked great, but it had a waiting list that was for next fall. (Fall 2016) Ok so that’s kind of a no go, and sad because it looked so fun! I found another homeschool co-op that...

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Monarch Photos

We brought in some monarch eggs we found on milkweed leaves, raised them, hatched them, and had so much fun doing it! And then this happened… I was blown away by the beauty. I had no idea the the green part would turn clear. When I was pregnant I often had these vivid dreams where my stomach would become clear like a window and allow me to look in and see the baby. It turns out Monarchs really do that. Wow....

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Tapple & Wonky: A Review of Two Fun Family Games!

This review is purely for fun! USAopoly sent us two of their games to review. Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game and… Tapple – Fast Word Fun For the Whole Family       I’ll start with Wonky first, since it was the first one we opened up and played.   The game is listed for two or more players, and ages 8+. (However, my five year old was able to play it just fine!)  The basic premise of the game...

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Our Homeschooling Year.

We started our first week of homeschooling on Monday the 31st of August. Shew. It has been a rough few days trying to get the kids back into a routine of actually doing something. Of course I have all kinds of wonderful expectations and fantasies of how each day will go. Days filled with cheerfulness and glorious learning! Curiosity filled kids, bright sunshine… Annnnd then there’s reality. A screaming toddler creating havoc on purpose to get attention. A whining five year...

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The Recirculating Water Table.

Someone in my local mom’s group posted a picture of this water table her husband made. It recirculates the water for kids who are obsessed with running water, as my boy is. He throws a tantrum every time we have to turn off the faucet! This is the perfectly perfect solution! Oh my gosh, I wish I had thought of it sooner! It was very simple to make. I went to Lowes (hardware store) and got: -Storage tote with the recessed...