Free Simple Homeschool Planning Pack

This set of simple homeschooling resources is intended to help you simplify your goal setting, curriculum shopping and daily schedule.  Today, we are offering this small collection FREE for all of our newsletter subscribers.

Print Simple Homeschool Planning Pack Here

Homeschool Goals:  Sometime before you start your curriculum planning we suggest sitting down and writing out your goals for each student.  This doesn’t have to be detailed, it can be as simple as, “Get through 5th grade math.”  However, there may be subjects that you have more detailed answers for, “Develop empathy and self control.”  Doing this for each student is a great way to customize their education.


Homeschool Curriculum:  Print one page for each student and use this sheet to keep track of what products, resources and classes you’ll be using during the year to cover each subject.  Take this sheet with you to homeschool conventions and curriculum sales so you can always update and keep organized.


Homeschool Schedule:  This sheet is intended to be an independent planner for your students.  Print and add in your daily subjects and a photo of your student.  Laminate or store in a page protector then provide your student with a dry erase marker to keep track of their daily tasks. Encourage students to mark off the boxes as they complete each task.


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Build Your Bundle Coupon

In case you haven’t heard the Build Your Bundle sale is back for 2017!  This is the biggest homeschool sale of the year and it lasts for one week only.  The sale won’t start until Monday, however if you CLICK HERE you can grab a bonus coupon that you can use during the sale. (No, the coupon won’t be available once the sale starts, so grab it now!)


While your there you can enter to win over $4,400 in Homeschool Curriculum.  This is a great opportunity to add some amazing homeschool titles to your digital bookshelves.  Enter to Win Here

And Stay Tuned….this sales is going to be HUGE!!  Here is a sneak peek:

Which Curriculum Publishers are in the Sale?
Over 100 of your favorite homeschool publishers are participating, including:
Bright Ideas Press
Character Concepts
Grammar Galaxy
Knowledge Quest Inc.
Master Books
Raising Real Men
The Homeschool Scientist
The Old Schoolhouse
Trivium Pursuit
and over 90 more……

What is the Build Your Bundle Sale?
Only the Best Sale of the Year!
When does the BYB Sale Start?
The BYB Sale goes LIVE at 5am PST on Monday, May 19th
How Much can I Save?
Homeschool Curriculum bundles are priced up to 96% off.
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Printable Early Readers for Kindergarten

If you have little ones learning to read, you don’t want to miss this opportunity! Last year, we released our 36-week, R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook and it’s been an amazing success.  Parents and teachers all over the world have told us how easy, engaging and most of all…FUN our curriculum is for their students.  We’ve been inundated with requests to follow up the series (an idea we are excited to explore) and today we are releasing the very first extension titled, “R.E.A.D. Review Pack.”


Our R.E.A.D. Review Pack contains 28 early reader booklets, each designed to compliment our R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook.  This new set covers 30+ Word Families and 70 sight words.  With a structured and progressive design, each book contains a controlled list of words, making them excellent for review and building fluency.
When should you use the R.E.A.D. Review Pack?
We suggest using the review weeks outlined in our R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook (which cycle every 5 weeks in the curriculum) to introduce the new books. However, this set can be used at the end of the year to promote reading fluency. Additionally, the R.E.A.D. Review Pack can be used on it’s own if your child already has a basic understanding of phonetic sounds, blends and sight words.
My own Kindergartner is already near the end of the R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook and he is using this set of review books to build reading confidence and fluency. There is also a fun Book Box activity for students to make. Children can store their books and keep them all together for easy access.  My son loves bringing out his ‘Book Box’ to show me all the stories he knows how to read.

How do you assemble the early reader books?
One aspect of these books that we are really excited about, is how easy they are to assemble.  Believe me, with all the years of teaching we collectively have under our belts, we’ve experienced our share of struggles with mini-book assembly.   When designing this series of early readers we wanted to make sure we streamlined the process to save paper, save time and save the headache.  Check out this fun video we made to show you how easy it really is!
How much does the R.E.A.D. Review Pack cost?
As teachers and homeschoolers ourselves, we know how to stick to a budget.  That is precisely why we’ve always priced our curriculum affordably.  We want the majority of families across the world to be able to access and enjoy our teaching resources.
R.E.A.D. Review Pack
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Shape of the Week Program

Shape-of-the-Week covers 10 different shapes over a 10-week period.  Each week includes 4-days of activities and hands-on learning designed to keep little minds engaged.  This curriculum is print-&-go, meaning you can print it out, place it in a three-ring binder, and everything is presented in the order needed during the 10-week program.  Best of all this set coordinates with our Letter of the Week Alphabet Curriculum!

Read More…


  • Circles
  • Squares
  • Triangles
  • Ovals
  • Rectangles
  • Trapezoids
  • Diamonds (Optional Rhombus Alternative)
  • Hexagons
  • Hearts
  • Stars



Shape Chart:  Introduce students to the shape of the week with a colorful chart that features the shape attributes. We suggest laminating these charts and hanging them in the classroom or on a morning board.

Shape Maze:  A fun shape maze for students to build small motor control and problem solving skills. Students learn about the shape’s symmetry and complete a dot-to-dot activity.


Shape Trace:  Students practice tracing and drawing their shapes.  Encourage students to use different colors for each shape and to do their best to stay on the lines.  This is a great activity to build fine-motor skills.

Shape Playdough Mat:  A simple way to get students working with their hands. We recommend laminating the playdough mats so they can be used over and over again.  Students roll out the play dough and form it into the shape.


Shape Find:  Students practice visual discrimination skills as they hunt for shapes. Each picture features engaging graphics for children to seek and find their shapes hidden throughout the scene.

Shape Craftivity:  A fun cut and paste activity featuring the shape of the week.  These are super simple and very low-prep often only requiring construction paper and glue.  Students work on key scissor skills as they build scenes on their paper.


Draw a Shape:  This is a fun worksheet page for children to learn to draw different objects using this same shape.

Shape Dab-&-Dot: A fun hands-on on activity to build shapes.  Provide students with bingo daubers, stickers, small stamps, coins, or any other tactile manipulative to fill in their shape.


Shape Sort Game:  This weekly game can be printed and added to each week. Children choose an image and identify which shape is featured and place it onto the correct sorting mat.  This game can be played as multiplayer with each student choosing a shape mat and placing the cards upside down in the center.  Students take turns drawing a card and the first one to fill up their shape board wins.

There are so many fun activities for children in this set:

Shape of the Week Program

4 Days a Week for 10 Weeks

Coordinates with our Letter of the Week Program

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Kindergarten Science Curriculum

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my 9 years of homeschooling it’s that Science doesn’t have to be daunting….it really doesn’t!  That is why I’m thrilled to announce the release of a brand new series called, “Smart Start Science.”
Smart Start Science
Experiments for St. Patrick’s Day
Smart Start Science is a new and engaging series of Low-Prep, Hands-On experiments and activities designed for K-2 students. This specific pack, “Experiments for St. Patrick’s Day” includes five complete experiments and follow up activities that are sure to add a little color to your classroom.
St. Patrick’s Day Experiments:
-Cultivating Clovers (Plant & Life Cycle)
-Traveling Rainbow (Capilary Action & Color Mixing)
-How Much Gold Can One Boat Hold (Engineering & Data Graphing)
-Lucky Scoop (Prediction, Graphing and Data Analysis)
-Super Shiny Coins (Chemical Mixing & Reactions)
Experiment #1: Cultivating Clovers
Students plant their own pot of clovers, track growth and learn the plant life-cycle.
Experiment #2: The Traveling Rainbow
With this super simple experiment children learn about capillary action and color mixing.
Experiment #3
 Students build three different boats and put them to the test.
The boat that holds the most gold wins!
Experiment # 4: Super Shiny Gold
Leprechauns want their gold super shiny and this experiment will lead students through a test to see which chemicals will react together to make the perfect cleaning solution.
Experiment #5: Lucky Scoop
Students estimate and graph how many lucky marshmallows they find in their scoop!
Smart Start Science Curriculum Overview:

For each experiment you’ll be provided with the following teaching resources:

Experiment Overview & Steps:
This sheet features a full color photo example of the experiment, skills in focus, materials list and step by step instructions for completing the experiment.

Pre-Experiment Journal Page:
Students gather materials, form questions and develop a hypothesis.

Data & Conclusion Journal Page:
Students track their data or draw their procedure and write in their final conclusion.

Follow Up Activity:
Each experiment includes a unique activity to follow up the experiment. Many are hands-on, fun and relatable projects, games or handouts for students to try at home.

BONUS Appendix:
6 Full Color Charts outlining the Scientific Method
6 Black and White Coloring Pages of the Scientific Method

Experiments for St. Patrick’s Day
We’re giving away 5 copies to 5 lucky winners!
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$100 Homeschool Giveaway

The first ever “Build Your Bundle” – Homeschool Edition sale is almost here!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
You can enter to win $100 towards your purchase to use when the sale goes live on 7-21-14! Enter now through 11:59PM EST on 7-20-14. The winner will be announced the day the sale starts!

Be sure to look for the special coupon code you will get when you pin the giveaway on Pinterest!

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$25 Gift Card Giveaway: Sallie Borrink Learning


It’s mid-April and you homeschool mom’s know what that means:

Curriculum planning!

I know you are probably knee deep in your Springtime lessons; busy hatching butterflies, pressing wildflowers and dissecting frogs….but I also know you’re silently thinking and planning about what curriculum you will use next year!


Maybe you’re looking for a fun but educational way to keep your kiddos learning over the Summer break?

We’ll today we’re blessed to offer you a chance to relieve some of that burden with a fun giveaway!

Sallie Borrink Learning is offering one winner a $25 gift card to her online store…..and her store is FILLED with high quality teaching resources for pennies on the dollar.


I am seriously in LOVE with her Fun Fact Cards series, and even more in love with the price!

Cards are a quick, flexible, colorful and fun way to expand your unit! Start building interest in your topic each morning with these 30 fascinating fact cards that go beyond the basics.

These cards are used multiple ways by teachers and parents in many grades. I love reading about all the different ways teachers and parents use them!

Quick Fun Fact – Read the fact card each day and store them in a small basket where the students can look at them again and again. Or keep the set on a ring.

Fact of the Day Bulletin Board – Read a fact each day and display the cards on a special bulletin board or foam board.

Hallway Display – One teacher displayed them on the hallway chalkboard outside her door so many students and adults could read them.

Calendar Pocket Chart – Put a fact behind each number on the calendar and have a different student take it out each day. You can then display on bulletin board.

Geography Extension – Put the cards on a wall map with a string that points to where it ties in.

Go Fish – Create two sets and use for a game of Go Fish.

Memory Game – Create two sets and use for a Memory Game.

Scavenger Hunt – Use the cards to create a Scavenger Hunt.

School Bulletin Board – One kindergarten class had two students take the fact of the day down to the office each morning, “teach” the fact to the office staff, and then display the cards on the office bulletin board for everyone in the school to see.

The cards are 3×3 and there are 6 on a page. I made them small so they easily slide behind your date cards on the calendar pocket chart. They are also a good size for small hands if using them for a game. I also made them smaller to find the balance between making them colorful, but not taking too much ink when you print them.

The cards are unnumbered so they can be used in any month and in any sequence. You can use all the cards in the set or only a portion. This provides maximum flexibility for the teacher’s schedule. Use one set all month or use parts of two sets depending on your needs.

Also included is a hyperlinked list of the relevant websites where the facts were located.

Click Here for All Fun Fact Titles


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Deciding on Homeschool Curriculum?

I did it!

The decisions have been made!

Books have been ordered.

Some are already here!

Want to see what we decided on?

Sissy 5th Grade

Bible: Awana
Christian Character: Case 4 Christ
Foreign Language: Rosetta Stone Spanish 1
Geography: Daily Geography & Sonlight Core F
Math: Teaching Textbooks & CTC Math
Health & P.E: Abeka Health, YMCA Swim, Soccer Team
History: Sonlight Core F
Language Arts: Sequential Spelling Volume 1, Wordly Wise Book 5, Keys to Good Language 5
Reading: Sonlight Core F
Science: NOEO Science Biology, Apologia Zoology (finshing from last year)
Technology: Mavis Beacon Typing
Writing: Writing Strands
Art: Art Pac, Art History Study, Pastels
Music: Beginning Flute

Bubba 3rd Grade

Bible: Awana
Christian Character: Case 4 Christ
Foreign Language: Rosetta Stone Spanish 1
Geography: Daily Geography & Sonlight Core F
Math: Teaching Textbooks 4, CTC Math
Health & P.E: Abeka Health, YMCA Swim
History: Sonlight Core F
Language Arts: Sequential Spelling Volume 1, Wordly Wise Book 3, Keys to Good Language 3
Reading: Sonlight Core F
Science: NOEO Science Biology, PITSCO, Apologia Zoology (finshing from last year)
Technology: Mavis Beacon Typing
Writing: Handwriting without Tears, Writing Instructions, Writing Poetry
Art: Art Pac, Art History Study, Pastels

Okay, ya got me. There is one last little blank to fill in for Bub’s music.
Maybe I’ll print up some sheet music and set him in the corner with this for a while?

Now to get my classroom in order.

Which still looks like this in case you’re wondering :)


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Our Curriculum Choices 2013

Ok, am I the only one who uses the NOT Back to School Blog Hop
as a personal call to action?

I know it’s supposed to be a blogging calendar,
a group effort where we (as the homeschooling community)
share with each other all of these different aspects of planning for the new year,

But I can’t help but see a different, more personal message to this schedule.

For example wouldn’t “Curriculum Week” more accurately be called:


Or at least that’s how I read it. I mean by August, I’ve already spent half the year driving everyone nuts with zillions of questions about the curriculum they are using, and it’s time to make some decisions. I must have 30 different products in my online carts……and I just keep saving them for later! Well, it’s crunch time baby, it’s Curriculum week. Time to hit BUY or DELETE and live with the decisions. (Or come back mid year and tell everyone why this curriculum failed miserably.) Either way, I’ve got some blog content right?

And next week, School Room Week….well, we all know what that really means:

Really clean that thing. Pull everything out, books, paper, pens, crayons, and set it all out on the table….. even the wet diapers and moldy milk bottles that your toddler somehow shoved behind your desk while you were busy teaching fractions last year. Then when it’s all nice and dirtied up, snap a photo. You don’t have to post it or share it, but it will make you feel good later (after you’ve done a year’s worth of cleaning in a single day) to look back and see your progress. And during the 15 seconds that your classroom actually stays clean, snap an instagram photo to share with the rest of us. We love to think that our classrooms could be so clean like yours, don’t burst our bubbles or we will have nothing to live for.

Keep the dream alive homeschool moms.

And in a just a couple of weeks it will be School Photo Week

Which we all know is code for:


The days of bare feet and long summer locks are approaching an end. Throw them in the tub, give em’ a hair cut, find an article of clothing that still fits and doesn’t have too many stains or rips and put them in front of a camera. But before you snap the photo tell them that school starts in two weeks, so you’ll get a nice big grin for that family album.


Don’t get me wrong……for the most part we really do enjoy homeschooling.
And we really do have some very happy homescholing days.
There are some amazing benefits to homeschooling,
It’s a choice I’m committed to,
and I consider it a huge blessing to even have this choice.


There are also some VERY REAL days when I’ve considered shoving my children out the front door and telling them to walk their sorry behinds down to the public school…… or the coal mine,….. which ever they decide, because I’m checking myself into the spa (read: mental hospital) for some much needed sleep.

Ha! The coal mine.

That’ll teach them that Algebraic functions and Polynomial Equations are a PRIVILEGE to learn.

Oops….did I say that outloud?

moving on…

The final week on the calendar:
Day in the Life Week.

This one makes me giggle.



or even a


That first week back to school can be brutal right?

Oh, I hope you are reading this in good fun.
I am a huge homeschool advocate, these have just been some of the funny things I’ve noticed in our own crazy homeschool family.

I do plan on sharing all of our curriculum choices, once I make them
and photos of our classroom, once I clean it

But today I will share progress photos with you,
here is where we’re at folks:

Homeschool Curriculum:
Sonlight Core F


Homeschool Classroom:
Crazy Homeschool Mess

I took that photo three days ago and posted it to facebook.
It looks the same this morning.
Except now there are flies around that glass. They are new.

I promise to come back and post when those final decisions are made…..and things are cleaned up.
For now, enjoy all the other amazing homeschooling moms who have posted their curriculum this week as part of the NOT Back to School Blog Hop.

I always love reading these before I make my final choices :)


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Hearts at Home Curriculum Giveaway!

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    Apologia Fever Baby!

    So over Christmas break we made a semi-BIG curriculum change.

    We completely swapped out our science curriculum
    (previously: Truth in Science) for Apologia Science.

    Now, don’t get me wrong here,
    I still love Truth in Science.
    I am so very fond of the Christ centered worldview presented throughout the program.
    There was really nothing wrong with the program.
    We had lots of fun learning about animal classification,
    plants and trees. But…

    We just have been so taken with notebooking lately.
    We found ourselves straying a bit from our Science lessons and
    creating our own notebook adventures.

    So, I finally made the call to switch over to Apologia Science
    which has pre-bound notebooking elements available.

    Oh Happy Day.

    This is our very first Apologia product.
    (can you believe that?)

    And while I always find that I am in LOVE with every curriculum that I purchase
    (at least for the first half of the year *snicker*)
    I’m really thinking that Apologia is going to make it the Long Term at our house.

    There is just no substitute for pre-planned daily lessons,

    pre-bound spiral notebooks,

    LAPBOOKING elements,

    and multi-level accommodations.

    And no, this is not a review for Apologia,
    just sharing the excitement over a new addition to our classroom.

    (Though if you’re looking for a great price on Apologia products,
    do check out our sponsors, Hearts at Home Curriculum!
    They offer 30% Apologia EVERYDAY!

    Anyway, I love that more and more curriculum publishers
    are incorporating multi-level teaching options and notebooking supplements,
    it makes it so much easier for us homeschool moms!

    Isn’t it fun making mid-year changes?

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    Our 2012 Homeschool Curriculum

    I am late to the party.

    Hopefully fashionably late and not
    Why did she even bother late.

    Not Back to School Blog Hop

    Nevertheless, here are our 2012 Curriculum Choices.

    This is a bit long because I have them attached to our goals for the year.
    I have found that writing GOALS and ACTION plans help me to see how we will
    be putting the resources to work on a daily basis.

    If you’re just interested in WHAT we are using, look for the RESOURCES
    under each topic.

    Bible Study

    • BUILD CHARACTER (honestly my biggest goal every year…..for me too)
    • Memorize entire Awana book

    Sunday School
    Awana Program
    Heroines of the Past (Sissy)
    LifePac Bible (Bub)
    Lessons in Righteousness, We Choose Virtues

    In Action:
    Each week children will attend Sunday School and Awana programs. On Monday children will review their Sunday School lesson and complete any take home sheets. Bub will work on his LifePac through out the week, Sissy will complete her bible study by Friday.

    Day 1: Review Sunday School Lesson, Awana Verse
    Day 2: Study and Recite Awana Verse with help
    Day 3: Study and Recite Awana Verse with no help.
    Day 4: New Story for Awana Verse
    Day 5: Bible Study Due, Awana Verse

    Reading/Language Arts

    Expand Vocabulary
    Expand Comprehension

    Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gr.4 & Gr.2
    Christian Light Reader & Workbook Gr.4 & Gr.2

    In Action:
    Both children will complete daily lessons with LLATL.
    Children will have 1 week to complete each CL lesson. They can work at their own pace and will be responsible for making sure their work is completed by Friday.

    Day 1: LLATL, CL
    Day 2: LLATL, CL
    Day 3: LLATL, CL
    Day 4: LLATL, CL
    Day 5: LLATL, CL


    • Write at Grade Level
    • Expand Vocabulary, Spelling
    • Refine Handwriting Skills.
    • Produce an end of the year report (biography on president)
    • Keep a basic daily writing journal

    Composition Notebooks for Daily Journal
    Writing Strands 3 (Sissy)
    Writing Guides (Bubba)
    Building Spelling Skills 3 (Sissy) Building Spelling Skills 2 (Bubba)
    Happy Scribe Copybook for Handwriting

    In Action:
    Children will have daily writing in their journals based on a story starter topic. Bubba will write 3 sentences, Sissy will write 5.
    Sissy will follow sequential lessons in writing strands. Bub will work on thematic writing guides. Both children will follow daily lessons in spelling.

    Day 1: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling
    Day 2: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling
    Day 3: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling
    Day 4: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling
    Day 5: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling


    SPEED. Must Master those Math Facts.
    Proficiency with Multiplication, Division & Skip Counting Facts 1-12.
    Grade Level Math completion.

    Math-U-See Gamma Bubba
    EnVision Math Grade 4 Sissy
    Minute Math Drills

    In Action:
    Children will complete one math lesson each day. Sissy will begin to use a graph paper notebook to record answers.
    Both children will take a minute math drill every day, with an incentive for beating the clock.

    Day 1: Sequential Lesson, Math Drill
    Day 2: Sequential Lesson, Math Drill
    Day 3: Sequential Lesson, Math Drill
    Day 4: Sequential Lesson, Math Drill
    Day 5: Weekly Test, Math Drill Incentive


    Continue our studies on Biblical History
    Continue our Visual Timeline book
    Expand American History (Lewis & Clark)

    Mystery of History
    Notebooking Printables
    Blank Timeline Printables
    Heritage History
    Notebooking Living Books Printables

    In Action:
    We will review last years timeline, and then pick up at Joseph.
    Every so often we’ll throw in a living book from HH as they fit with our topics.

    Day 1: Lesson & Activity
    Day 2: Lesson & Activity
    Day 3: Lesson & Activity
    Day 4: Review & Timeline
    Day 5: Review & Quiz


    Connect Geography with History
    Learn map reading, mapmaking, and more terms through studying the Holy lands.
    Map and understand the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
    Review and retain our 50 States and Capitols. Work on locations and spelling.

    Trail Guide to Bible Geography & Student Notebook
    Student Bible Atlas
    Lewis & Clark Unit Study from Homeschool Legacy

    Always IceCream & Clever Dragons US State Review

    In Action:
    Day 1: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity
    Day 2: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity
    Day 3: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity
    Day 4: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity
    Day 5: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity

    Physical Education/Health
    Play one team sport per season.
    Show and understand sportsmanship

    Community Sports
    Family Time Fitness
    Abeka Health

    In Action:
    Depending on scheduling, children will either take a Family Time Fitness lesson or participate in their sport. One additional health/nutrition lesson to be completed by the end of the week.

    Day 1: FTF or Sport
    Day 2: FTF or Sport
    Day 3: FTF or Sport
    Day 4: FTF or Sport
    Day 5: FTF, Nutrition Lesson


    Learn about scientific inquiry
    Keep a nature journal of flowers, insects, animals near our home

    Truth in Science
    The Backyard!

    In Action:
    Children will have two science lessons a week.
    They will be responsible for one journal entry in their nature journal each week. Entries can be a drawing, photgraph, description, poem, story, list, rubbing…ect.

    Day 1: TIS
    Day 2:
    Day 3: TIS
    Day 4:
    Day 5: Journaling due.

    Social Studies

    It’s an election year!
    We’ll learn about branches of government, process of election, voting, the constitution and more.
    Know some key Presidents and contributions, Sissy can begin to learn them all.
    Choose one President for end of the year report (tie in with writing)

    Democracy in Action
    President Flash Cards
    Always IceCream & Clever Dragons to review US Presidents

    In Action:
    We will be group notebooking all about our government.
    Children will read a biography on a president of their choice, and prepare a small report as an end of the year project.


    Learn a couple more Famous Artists
    Begin to learn techniques to drawing


    In Action:
    Each week, children will complete one art lesson from their Artpac at their own leisure. Through out the year, I will bring in a few short Art History lessons with a corresponding project.

    Foreign Language: Rosetta Stone Spanish?

    Music: Hmmmm….

    I’m super glad there are over 400 other entries in the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop!
    Going to go find some resources to fill in the rest of my curiculum blanks!

    Come back next week for a peek into our Homeschool Classroom!

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    Okay….so it’s August.

    And besides continuing to homeschool this Summer,
    we are also in some serious TRAINING over her:

    Potty Training.

    Monkey(2) has decided that he no longer wants to be held down by a humongous soggy elmo diaper….instead opting to steal his brothers Spiddy-pants to enjoy the freedom of running through the house, yard, and street at a much faster pace. And then later of course making grand unintelligible attempts at telling me (AFTER THE FACT) of all the strange things that happened on his Spiddy Adventure.

    So……It’s time to get proactive here.

    (perhaps before his brother catches on that the Spiddy pants are in-fact his and not a new pair I bought for Monkey to to be just like big brother.)

    So most of the rest of my Summer (and Winter and Spring) will be spent running around asking, “Need to go pee pee?” “Lets go try potty!” “Time to flush,” “Bye Bye!” and of course

    No no NO TOUCH Poo Poo!

    I’ll be pretty busy.

    But I am hoping to add a few things here and there:

    Not Back to School Blog Hop

    First, in all the potty chaos I’m hoping that I’ll stay organized enough to participate in the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop, there are three more weeks covering SchoolRoom, Student Photo & Day in the Life. I simply must get my act together if I’m going to accomplish this.

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    And I’m also (hoping to finish in August) a Ten Commandments Lapbook…..nothing to serious, somthing for the little ones to study and hopefully memorize them all. I’ve seen lots of amazing commandment folders and I’m excited to finally cut a file folder into the shape of tablets!
    (I’m easily amused, no?)

    Also, I’ll be posting more Bible Verse Printables on Totally Tots!
    We’re currently on the third CD of Seeds family worship music.

    Other then that I’ll be hanging out on Pinterest, and Facebook.…come stop by and say hi!

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    Not-Back-to-School: Curriculum Week

    Not Back to School Blog Hop

    Today I’m joining up with the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop
    in order to share what we’ll be using in our classroom for the upcoming
    2011-2012 school year.

    I will be homeschooling a 3rd Grader, and a First Grader next year,
    and I’m going to do my best to OVERLAP learning where ever possible.

    In order to prepare for our school year I’ve come up with a basic
    outline of the different tasks I want my children to complete.

    This here outline will pretty much serve as our
    entire schedule for the WHOLE year.

    Once it’s finished I’m just going to make myself
    a weekly calendar and then I plan to
    simply fly by the seat of my pants.
    (I think that’s a type of homeschooling…right?)

    Also….as a disclaimer:
    This isn’t complete
    So if there are blanks or spaces in my outline it’s not a mistake
    I just haven’t gotten there yet,
    but I really, really wanted to join up in the blog hop,
    so I’m posting now even though
    there is still work to be done.

    And really is a homeschool Mom’s work ever finished…?

    Okay, disclaimer over
    On to the fun stuff:

    Bible Study

    • Identify biblical character qualities
    • Memorize Scripture: 36 verses
    • Memorize Entire Awana book

    • Seeds Family Worship Music w/Bible Printables
    • We Choose Virtues (Review Coming Soon!)
    • Awana Program
    • Homeschool Creations Printables
    • Printable Memory Chart
    • Lessons in Righteousness

    In Action: (Listen to Song each day, Virtue Stickers each day)
    Day 1: Seeds Full Verse, Awana Verse, New Virtue
    Day 2: Seeds Minibooks, Discuss trait/promise, Awana Verse, Virtue Game
    Day 3: Seeds Copywork, Children say Awana Verse to Leader, Virtue
    Day 4: New Awana Verse, Look up in Bible, Virtue
    Day 5: Memory Chart Day, Sticker, bonus for last week

    Reading/Language Arts

    • Expand Vocabulary
    • Expand Comprehension
    • Expand Spelling List
    • Christian Light Reader Grade 1 & Workbook
    • Christian Light Reader Grade 3 & Workbook
    • Dynamic Literacy

    In Action: Children will have 1 week to complete each CL lesson. They can work at their own pace and will be responsible for making sure their work is completed by Friday.
    Day 1: DL
    Day 2: DL
    Day 3: DL
    Day 4: DL
    Day 5: DL


    • Write at Third Grade Level
    • Expand Vocabulary
    • Learn Self-Check Methods
    • Produce variety of papers
    • Keep a basic daily writing journal

    • Write Source
    • Writing Guides (I’ll be posting these as I make and use them)
    • Hmmmm….Should I purchase an actual Writing Program?

    In Action:
    Each week Sissy will complete one paper, Each week Bubba will complete a writing project.
    Day 1: Topic Choice, Brainstorming
    Day 2: Details, Outline
    Day 3: Rough Draft
    Day 4: Revision
    Day 5: Final Draft, Written or Typed.


    • Proficiency with Multiplication & Skip Counting Facts 1-12.
    • Prepare for 3rd Grade State Math Test, Meet all marks.

    • Math-U-See (Beta & Delta)
    • Various Math Workbooks (Singapore Mental Math, Coordinate Graphing,
    • Multiplication Pocket Folder (I might make a Division one too!)

    In Action: Hmmm….better get to planning!
    Day 1:
    Day 2:
    Day 3:
    Day 4:
    Day 5:

    Foreign Language

    • Successfully complete 1 year in Spanish

    • Speekee Spanish w/Homeschool Curriculum
    • Spanish Co-op 1x/week
    • Spanish Workbook Level 1 & Level 2
    • Library w/Spanish reading material

    In Action:
    Day 1: Speekee, Workbook
    Day 2: Workbook
    Day 3: Speekee, Workbook
    Day 4: Workbook
    Day 5: Co-op


    • 50 States w/Capitals and Locations
    • Oregon State History, Industry, General Statistics

    • States Song (Both my children have almost got this song down!!)
    • Sequence States & Capitols
    • Scrambled States Game (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this game!)
    • Road Trip USA from Confessions of a Homeschooler
    • USA File Folder Game
    • USA Atlas
    • USA Map
    • Stack the States iPhone Ap
    • Oregon State Mini-Lapbook

    In Action: (New State every week)
    Day 1: Song, Map State, Nickname
    Day 2: Song, State Flashcard, State Facts
    Day 3: Song, Coloring Page, State Abbreviation
    Day 4: Song, Map State on own, w/Capitol
    Day 5: Song, State Flag added to “Passport”


    • Increase WPM typing skills
    • Learn basics of MS Word, Type up Writing Project
    • Learn basics of Power Point, Create Presentation
    • Learn basics of Photoshop, Create Custom Graphic
    • Demonstrate Online Skills in Researching Topics
    • Navigate Online Library
    • Use CPU for Reference tools (dictionary, calculator)
    • Understand Online safety rules.

    • Typing Instructor for Kids
    • Photoshop
    • Power Point/MS Word & Online Tutorials for Kids
    • Library

    In Action:
    Day 1: Typing
    Day 2: Software (PP, Word, PS, or….)
    Day 3: Typing
    Day 4: Software (PP, Word, PS, or….)
    Day 5: Typing


    • Begin to Learn Biblical History
    • Create Visual Timeline book
    • Expand American History (Unit Study Native Americans)
    • Learn State History
    • Mystery of History (36 weeks)
    • Blank Timeline Printables
    • Library System

    In Action:
    Day 1: Lesson & Activity
    Day 2: Lesson & Activity
    Day 3: Lesson & Activity
    Day 4: Review & Timeline
    Day 5: Review & Quiz


    • Learn the scientific method
    • Complete Science Projects (Hands on)
    • End Year with Science Presentation w/Oral Report

    • Hmmmm….You’re thoughts? I’m trying to decide between Truth in Science & Apologia!

    In Action:
    Day 1:
    Day 2:
    Day 3:
    Day 4:
    Day 5:

    Physical Education / Health

    • Play one team sport per season.
    • Show and understand sportsmanship

    • P.E. Co-Op
    • Community Sports
    • P.E. Co-Op

    In Action:
    Day 1: Nutrition Lesson, Team Sport Activity
    Day 2: P.E. Co-op
    Day 3: Nutrition Lesson, Team Sport Activity
    Day 4: P.E Co-op
    Day 5: Free Play

    Homemaking for Sissy

    • Learn to cook 3 different meals
    • Learn 5 different embroidery stitches
    • Expand knitting, sewing, skills (Sissy)
    • Earn 5 badges in Club

    • Club
    • Sewing for Kids
    • Recipes for Kids

    In Action:
    Day 1:
    Day 2:
    Day 3:
    Day 4:
    Day 5: Project Free Time

    Leadership for Bubba

    • Learn to cook 3 different meals
    • Identify 10 different tools and their use
    • Learn to hammer, screw, sand, and bond wood.
    • Complete Little Contenders of the Faith Workbook

    • Little Contenders of Faith

    In Action:
    Day 1:
    Day 2:
    Day 3: Contender Project
    Day 4:
    Day 5: Skills Project followed by Free Time

    Okay, so there it all is!
    Now I’m off to explore all the other great Week One entries at the blog hop,
    I’m sure I’ll have my blanks filled in in no time!

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    “Homeschool Recon”

    Recon: (short for RECONNAISSANCE)
    Military . a search made for useful military information in the field, especially by examining the ground.
    Surveying, Civil Engineering . a general examination or survey of a region, usually followed by a detailed survey.
    Geology . an examination or survey of the general geological characteristics of a region

    Homeschool . an examination or survey of classroom, students, teacher, and materials. Useful for adjusting details of eduction goals.

    So I’ve alluded to the fact that I recently decided to seriously change up our homechool curriculum.

    I wanted to explain more about that decision, but first you need to know a little background:

    Most of you know I just had a baby.

    Some of you know that before that baby,
    I had just had a baby.

    A Few of you know that this year we also moved.
    (not too far, we’re still Oregonians!)

    And there might even be a few of you that know
    how crazy my day to day life can really get.

    Well, standing there amidst all those life changes…..
    I worried.

    Isn’t there a bible verse about that?

    Yikes…there are quite a few.

    I was worried that with all the other life changes that were going on, that I simply wouldn’t have my wits about me to teach my children.

    I could list the many thoughts and fears that were going through my mind
    but overall the main question was HOW?

    HOW can I teach a 2nd Grader, a Kindergartner,
    and a Tot, with a baby?

    HOW am I going to get 4-6 hours sleep a night
    (not in a row mind you)
    and still get up and ready with a
    fun filled homeschool adventure for the kids?

    HOW am I not going to pull my hair out in frustration when
    Dinner is burning on the stove,
    Freckles is screaming,
    Monkey has an accident on the carpet,
    Bub is covered in finger paint, and
    Sissy needs help with fractions.


    Well, I hope you haven’t read this far and expected me to answer that question.

    Cause it’s not going to happen.

    I have no idea HOW.

    I think that’s one of the finer points in life though isn’t it?

    So I’ve decided to put all that worry aside.

    And instead of wondering about the HOW,

    I’m going to focus more on the NOW.

    (Okay, imagine I said that without soundy corny)

    Cause I’m serious.

    NOW, I’ve got some work to do:

    MISSION 1: Restocking Rations
    The search for a new Curriculum!

    Stay Tuned….

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    NEW! Family Math, Art, Geography, & Science Curriculum…..


    Recently my 4 year old son (Bubba) has been showing interest and readiness to learn at a higher level then I’ve been presenting to him. I’m really excited to see the changes over the past few months:

    He will sit for extended periods of time
    He can hold a pencil the correct way most of the time without help
    He knows his letters and the sounds they make
    He is writing his name and other short words
    He is beginning to recognize common words (Thanks Starfall!)
    He is showing an interest in having “HIS OWN” school books (instead of sharing with Sissy)

    I’m really excited because he has been such an “Energetic” little scout, and it’s been really hard to even attempt to lead any type of learning experience that required “FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS”


    But I see that we are coming around the bend, and my little Preschooler just might be ready for some more one-on-one instructional learning.

    Thus, I’ve been spending the past couple of weeks RE-Arranging my LIFE Homeschool schedule to fit him in a bit more, and of course researching curriculum choices that I could use for both children. I haven’t got it all just perfect yet (do we ever) but here are a couple of new additions to our Homeschool Curriculum that I wanted to share:


    The Complete Book of Science:

    I love this book not only because it is in full color (total score for entertainment factor) but it has 12 different sections that provide hands on learning alongside worksheets and reproducible charts and diagrams. One of the first topics we started with this book was “Our Human Body” and we made these life size representations of our organs, bones, and muscles. You can imagine that both kiddos were giggly excited to do this. (Now, we’re learning about Rocks and Minerals) You can read sample pages here….




    Family Math:

    I saw this book at a thrift store (after I read that a friend picked it up at a thrift store) and decided to give it a shot. I mean $2 is worth a shot right? Totally worth it. I love this book already, it has transformed Math time at our house in a matter of days. Both of my kids love the hands on activities, and they love learning alongside eachother when an activity fits both their ability levels. The best part about this book is that it tells you very clearly, what ages each activity is for, and then it has pictures and additional ideas for how to explore the concepts with each child. Here is Bubba playing one of the sorting and counting games:




    Teaching Children ART:

    Okay, I know…we don’t really need books to teach children art do we? Aside from subscribing to Art Projects for Kids, I’ve been using this book to make sure that the kiddos recieve some sort of formal traning on Art (you know like color theory and all that technical stuff) So far we’ve done a couple of lessons as a family, and both children have been very interested. Here are some photos of them learning about line (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal)



    Little Passports

    And for Geography…..Did you see? I won the 6 month Subscription to Little Passports, and should be receiving some fantastic learning materials soon! I can’t wait, so stay tuned for photos of those!

    I’ve added all of our new books and resources to our Homeschool Curriculum page, in case you’re interested in what we’re using for the other topics too!


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