Reading Between The Lines About Why Reading Deserves A Place On Your Homeschool Schedule

This post contains affiliate links. It can be tricky to know what to include when it comes time to planning your homeschool schedule. You may be left chucking some things out for lessons you consider more important. To some extent, this is the joy of teaching your kids yourself. You’re able to pick the lessons which you think are going to prove most fruitful. By cherry picking in this way, you also make sure you aren’t overloading them with unnecessary information. Sadly, reading is one of those lessons which many homeschool moms discard in this way. In many ways, you […]

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Homeschooling Young Children: You Don’t Need To Feel Alone

This post contains affiliate links. For more info check out our disclaimer. Whether your child started kindergarten and couldn’t settle or you’ve always wanted to homeschool from the start, this is a significant decision. Nonetheless, you know what’s best for your children and should have no doubts about your abilities as a parent or teacher.    While the benefits of homeschooling can be enormous, every child deserves the best education. As such, it’s imperative that you surround yourself with the right support at all times. Every teacher needs a helping hand from time to time. Do not be afraid to […]

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Learning Colors with Magazines

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information on our connection with affiliate links check out our disclaimer. My children learned their colors early. To be honest it was one of the “first” things they learned. I am also not quite sure how I taught them. Maybe it was all the nature walks we went on or all the times I would say “look at this pretty red…”. We then branched our learning to other, more challenging topics, such as the alphabet. To keep them from getting discouraged about learning, I give them an easy task I know they […]

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Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule.

So we have been doing homeschooling informally for a few years. I called it “tot-school” because well, he was a tot. However, now my oldest is five and my middle child is three. So, it is time for us to get serious about learning and homeschooling. I have been using a homeschool schedule quite loosely for a few weeks now and tweaked it to meet our families needs. Some days this is just a loose template and other days we follow it strictly. If you have been following me you know that I have a five year old, a three […]

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ABC Mouse Review.

So my kids have been using ABC Mouse for several months now. I was pretty skeptical at first because all of the reviews I had read were good ones. To me that sounded fishy, but I proceeded with the thirty day free trial anyways. At this point all of the homeschooling and supplemental teaching I had been given my children was free. Free resources, free printables, and free lesson plans. Free resources are a moms best friend (well at least this mom). I decided to splurge and do a free trial for ABC Mouse. I had seen it all over […]

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60+ Preschool/ Kindergarten Themes

Are you currently homeschooling or are you a teacher? One of the most difficult parts of planning assignments, was coming up with a weekly theme. So i’ve compiled a list of preschool or kindergarten themes for you! Alligators  Amphibians  Autumn  Bats Bears  Beavers Bees  Birds Butterflies/ Moths  Caves Christmas Climate  Clouds Community Helpers  Dinosaurs  Disease Earth  Earthquakes Easter Elephants  Farm Feelings Fire Safety Forest Fourth of July Halloween Heat and Energy  Human Body  Hurricanes/ Tornados Insects Lions Manners Marsupials Memorial Day  Mother’s Day  Mountains Music  Oceans Olympics  Owls  Plants  Planets Pirates  Rainforests  Recycling  Reptiles  Rivers  Rocks and Minerals  Sharks  Solar […]

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Ocean Theme Preschool.

So this past week was our ocean theme! With a two year old and a four year old this can be a challenge, but it sure is fun! I try not to overdo it with strict learning activities, but we incorporate learning into fun activities. Here is our break down of Ocean Theme!   Monday:  Pipe cleaner fishing. Super easy to make and the kids had a blast. Turn several pipe cleaners into fish. Make a “fishing pole” and let the kids go to town.      I drew a letter O on a piece of plain paper and placed […]

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Best educational websites for FREE learning games.

ABCYa.com– This website has games for children in Pre-K to 5th grade. This website contains several categories including alphabet, numbers, strategy, and holidays. Education.com – This website is where I get majority of my printables for homeschooling. It also contains fun games for kids. My preschooler loves the math game Counting in the Kitchen. Pbskids.org – We absolutely love PBS. So many educational shows and the games correlate with the shows. You can make a great lesson plan off of PBS. Plus, they have an app for phones and tablets. Funbrain.com and funbrainjr.com – This site has a ton of variety in […]

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Insect week: Paper Chain Caterpillar.

  This week we have decided our theme is bugs/insects. We decided our craft would be a paper chain caterpillar.       Materials we used:  Construction paper  Scissors Tape or glue Marker (for mouth)  Googly eyes (Please excuse his dirty face. He just had chocolate. Haha!) How to:  Cut strips of construction paper about 1 inch wide.  Turn the strips of construction paper into a ring and then tape the ring or glue the ring.  Continue with the next strip and go until all strips have turned into a chain.  Antennas:  Cut two small strips of construction paper.  Use […]

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