Apple Writing Prompts and Papers

Apple Writing Prompts and Papers

Apple Writing Prompts and Papers

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Colorful leaves, a crackling fire, a cool breeze… Is there anything much better than fall? I especially enjoy creating products that have fall themes whether it is leaves, pumpkins, apples, harvest, scarecrows… They are all so cozy and fun! This is a new little free product I put together for all of my subscribers! It is Apple Writing Prompts and Papers.

This set includes six writing prompts and twenty-four coordinating papers. It is perfect for using at home for something different instead of your regular writing curriculum. It will also work well in … Read more »

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Happiness Happens in Our House!

Sherri's-Berries-Jar-Closed

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Shari’s Berries regarding their Happiness Happens promotion. They offered to send me a free product to spark a post about happiness. I loved the sound of it, but because of my Eosinophilic Esophagitis there is literally not one thing on their website I could safely eat.

However.

I realized what would make me truly happy was picking out something David and Caroline would enjoy and surprising them with it. Folks, they have been through so much with me the past five years. If anyone deserves a little bit of happiness put into … Read more »

Back to School Shopping Spree

Back to School Shopping Spree!

Back to School Shopping Spree

 

This is one of my favorite events of the year! The iHomeschool Network Back to Homeschool Gift Basket Giveaway! This event features a variety of prizes that are sure to be of interest to homeschoolers! There are 34 different giveaways so grab a cup of coffee and get ready to find some giveaways to enter!

I’m giving away a back to school shopping spree. I know that everyone can find things on Amazon so the winner will receive a $25 gift card to Amazon for stocking up on art supplies, books, apps, DVDs, office … Read more »

Apples Graphing Activity

Apples Graphing Activity

Apples Graphing Activity

It’s apple time! It’s also time to practicing graphing. This apples graphing activity combines both into a fun, hands-on activity. This set is filled with colorful little cards that show graphics of apple blossoms, a leaf, a jar of applesauce, apple seeds, a basket of apples, an apple core, an apple pie and even a cute green worm in an apple!

Graphing is an important skill that students use in math, science and even history. Bar graphs are a wonderful place to start when learning how to graph! This easy-to-use graph is also a great tool for launching a discussion focused … Read more »

Online Learning for Girls

Always Icecream Website for Girls

Online Learning for Girls

I received a one year subscription to always-icecream.com in exchange for my review. All content and opinions are my own (except the video produced by Always Icecream).

Caroline loves to learn via technology and we have used many websites over the years as part of our homeschooling. So when another blogger mentioned Always Icecream for her daughters I thought I should check it out!  We’ve been using it for a few weeks and today I’m going to introduce you to Always Icecream. I’ll follow up with another post in a few months to give you an update on … Read more »

Number Ordering Activity 2

Number Ordering Activity 0-999

Number Ordering Activity 2

Number ordering is an important skill for young children to master. But it doesn’t have to be boring!

Practicing number ordering is extra fun with this colorful number ordering activity! This downloadable file includes five sets of cards and a recording sheet. The graphics are in a school supplies theme so it will work for back to school or any time of the year.

Your students will put the sets of six cards in the correct order. The numbers range from 0 to 999. The students then record the answers on their recording sheet. The sheet is provided in both color … Read more »

When You’re a Neat Freak and Your Child Isn’t

When You’re a Neat Freak and Your Child Isn’t

When You’re a Neat Freak and Your Child Isn’t

A few months ago Jimmie wrote What My (Messy) Artist Daughter Has Taught Me. I totally got that post as I had been thinking about the idea of being a neat freak when your child isn’t. It sounds like my Caroline and Jimmie’s Emma are a lot alike. Creative, empathetic and funny describe Caroline for sure.

Jimmie wrote:

But Emma is not bothered by messes. In fact, she says she likes to have all of her possessions visible (on the desk or on the floor) so she can know where everything is.

That sound you hear? That’s my head exploding because I … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (August 4)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

The Joy of Doing Nothing – Mama PhD reflects on her decision to not send her children to camp and how that impacted their summer experience.

Homeschooling: Letting Go of the Vision – I think most homeschooling parents go through something similar to what Celi is discussing here. We remember the best parts of our schooling experience and wish those for our children we are homeschooling. The trade-off is our children will have experiences, freedoms and opportunities we never had.

Asynchronous Development in Gifted Children – Cait of My Little Poppies wrote … Read more »

180 day countdown

Free School Year Countdown Calendar Printable

180 day countdown

Caroline and I decided to make a countdown calendar printable that would help her keep track of how many days of school she’s completed. Each day she can cross off a number. I think this will be a great visual reminder of what we’ve accomplished and how much we still need to do. Even though we are relaxed homeschoolers who “do learning” every day, I’m trying to add a bit more structure to our homeschooling. I’m also trying to help remove the ambiguity of what a “school year” entails. I’m thinking a concrete visual will be a good tool … Read more »

Why We Decided to Stop Eating Together as a Family

Why We Decided to Stop Eating Together as a Family

Why We Decided to Stop Eating Together as a Family

One of the oft-cited cardinal rules of having a strong family is eating together as a family. I agree with this in theory. I do think a lack of regular and meaningful family time is a significant problem in our culture. In our case, because we work from home and homeschool, we have the opportunity to basically eat three meals a day together, seven days a week. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it?

However, there’s also reality.

At one point, David and I realized that we would all be a lot happier if we dumped the idea of eating breakfast as a family.

David … Read more »

Tidying Up Our Homeschool Learning Room (It truly was life changing!)

Tidying Up Our Homeschool Learning Room (It truly was life-changing!)

Tidying Up Our Homeschool Learning Room (It truly was life changing!)

I wrote a few months ago about “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and the impact it has had on my thinking. I believe part of the reason The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing resonated with me is I read it at just the right time. We’re going through some major transitions in our home, homeschooling and parenting.

This week Caroline packed away the baby doll bed and high chair her grandpa made her. (Sniff!) She wants to do more young lady-ish things with her room. She still enjoys … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (July 28)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

Why Don’t People Train Their Children Better? – Kendra shares what Jesus taught her about grace toward other moms and the struggles they have that we can’t clearly see.

Free Range Chickens and Free Range Learning – From shiny packaged educational programs with CDs on the shelves to realizing life and learning was happening all the time around them.

I Knew I Needed to Investigate Homeschooling When… – Penelope tells the story of when she knew she had to consider homeschooling her boys. Many other parents share their moment in the comments.

Why … Read more »