If you haven’t already heard, the 2013 Homeschool Omnibus was just released!
This is a collection of 90+ Homeschooling eBooks, including our own Poetry Guide.
There are so many titles, from getting started homeschooling, to full preschool curriculums.
The value of this collection is $590, but you can grab the entire thing for $25.
It’s a steal, and it’s only good through Sunday.
Read More and purchase Homeschool Omnibus Here.
View the 90 eBook titles here:
Since I’ve already posted all about our
instructional Art Curriculum,
I thought I’d better share what we have been doing for
It’s actually something I’m just making up,
Okay, I actually took a few courses of Art History in college
And Believe it or not, I got an A+.
(I know….everyone gets an A in art…..
but indulge me with the plus will ya?)
Anyway, we found this great set of
children’s books at our local library to help us along:
They’re called, “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists,”
and they are just the right level for my children.
You get to read a little bit about the artist,
and most importantly, view pictures of their most famous masterpieces.
So lately, we’ve been choosing one artist at a time, learning a little about them,
then making our own masterpieces based
on their specific techniques or style.
We’ve been having a blast!
And I’ve posted a couple of the projects weve done so far up on the main site:
I’ve even made little sheets with a
picture and facts about the artist.
We paste these on the back of artwork.
(that way we can review what we learned later!)
I have more to upload and share soon!
Everything will be posted on our Famous Artist Page.
Incorporating Art History into our routine has
been a HUGE blessing for my son!
I never would have thought!
But, he is fascinated with each new artist
and style we learn about.
All over town he seems to find a way to compare posters and artwork to the artists he knows.
The boy is 5. and I love it.
Except, not so much when he points out
what he knows to other people.
He’s really not bragging,
just carrying on conversation about Mondrian and Pollock,
(as if they were old buddies)
And maybe it’s just me but
I hate that “look at my smart kid” kinda of feeling.
(Does anyone know what I’m talking about here?)
You know That “look at me, my five year old knows about art”
kind of a feeling.
It’s kinda yucky.
I’m much more comfortable with the
“look at my crazy unruly children who apparently
have never heard of the word manners”
kind of a feeling
I’m used to that one more…..
I’ve got a slew of quirky antidotes to pacify
those types of situations.
But situations in which my child wants to discuss impressionism and pointilism with the dear sweet Granny ahead of us in line at the supermarket
….I’ve got nothing.
Thank goodness that doesn’t happen all the time
And thank goodness I’m not alone in this
or I might never leave the house.
Mission #1 Homeschool Recon: Restocking Rations
So I know….starting with Art is kinda sillly,
It’s not exactly the core of our curriculum,
but we’re still waiting for some of our resources to show up,
and I figured I’d share with you what we’ve been up to lately.
Now, you know that this is The Crafty Classroom,
and that we use a whole lot of art alongside our lessons,
but we’ve really yet to have much formal Art instruction
And I hate to see things like this:
Makes me sad.
Sissy is unhappy with her drawings often, almost embarrassed,
and no matter how much I say they are wonderful,
she compares them to the originals and becomes frustrated with the differences.
It was starting to become a bit frustrating for me too.
So you can imagine how excited I was when
this instructional Art book was placed into my hands:
I can’t take credit for finding this title, as this book came recommended by Sissy’s new teacher.
more on that soon…
but let me just say we are in LOVE
with our new Homeschool Co-Op
But back to the book~
Here are some of the things I’m quite fond of already:
The book is geared toward the parent/teacher and
you can easily read the days lesson as you are presenting it to the children.
The book is geared toward multiple ability levels.
This is perfect for homeschoolers!
There are different expansions suggested for higher levels,
so you can easily have your 5 year old and 8 year old exploring
the same concepts with minimal confusion.
Lessons are short, don’t require much prep, and there is a finished project
The book recommend starting with a warm up,
and then moving to the lesson.
Most of these lessons rely on listening skills,
(which is fantastic for my children…. as some of you know)
Here we did the same lesson twice,
and the kids ended up with much different results:
Sissy’s Birds are on the left, and Bubba’s birds are on the right
Already within ten minutes I see improvement!
But most importantly, what I love about this book is that my children are now asking…
“What are we doing for art TONIGHT Mom?”
Yeah, you read that right….TONIGHT.
Art class is held nightly around here, ever since Monkey got ahold of a green marker:
And my table still looks like this today, no matter how much bleach I scrub with.
Someone care to Enlighten me here?
Pssst: Art History is Next, Stay Tuned!
Mission #1 of Homeschool Recon: Restocking Rations
How did we get here?
And, What does that mean exactly?
Well, if you read my previous post, you might be a little more keen to what is going on around here.
But basically, I had enrolled Sissy (7) my oldest in an online charter school this year….
Which wouldn’t have necessarily been a bad choice,
as I know this homeschooling method WORKS for many families.
But my choice was made out of FEAR…which is never good.
And ultimately it didn’t end up working for us.
No big deal right?
Except for the fact that I withdrew her last month without having a replacement curriculum in place.
(Ahem…..not one of my prouder moments)
But it had to be done.
I’m a firm believer that learning should be fun
(or at least manageable)
And when a child is dreading….complaining…. and dragging
their feet at the very mention of “school”
then something has to be done….differently.
(Like everyday dread…not just the occasional schoolwork grumps.)
Soooo this past month, We’ve been doing a mish-mash of things, making sure we hit all the core requirements,
but we haven’t exactly settled into a routine.
(And I am one of those people who NEED routine)
So, I’ve been really busy finding just the right resources for our family,
and I’ve found some really great things I’m going to share soon!
I’m actually quite excited about it!
But first I thought I’d share an update
on the line-up around here:
(perhaps to explain why there will be piles of laundry in the background of my photographs)
Sissy 8 years: 2nd Grade
Bubba 5 years: First Grade
Monkey 20 months: Tot School
Freckles 2 months: Life School
Phew…I’m overwhelmed just posting that.
Life is busy around here.
Somedays I have moments of clarity…
and realize that I have FOUR children…
But most days are just a blur
of diapers, colored pencils, and Clorox.
So stay tuned for Homeschool Recon updates….
Don’t give up on me quite yet….
I’m sure to have another lucid moment sooner or later!
I’m a sucker for anything that promises to teach my children something in a matter of days.
Especially when it comes to math.
I’m not BAD at Math, per-se I just know there are probably WAYS to teach it so that
we all don’t end up crying at the kitchen table.
Enter awesome promise from Learning Wrap-Ups:
When I see something like this I really get my hopes up.
(and my wallet out)
So we’re now on a 10 day challenge to prove this can be done!
Will we succeed?
Stay tuned for a review!
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:
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….
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:
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)
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!
Sissy comes because she is excited about what she will cook.
So far it is one of the best additions to or classroom!
Every week Sissy gets a new recipe to try, with each weeks skills getting progressively harder. She loves to cook and couldn’t be prouder of the praise she receives from Bubba and Daddy as the munch down her creations!
Here is what she worked on this week: Biscuits
Don’t they look so yummy!
Hubby is crossing his fingers for a Gravy recipe next week…..
And I’m wondering if there are any Dinner recipes coming up soon?
We’ve got to put those skills to good use!
For more on our Homeschool Curriculum Click Here.
I DID IT!
I’m totally done.
I’ve got it ALL!
It feels SOOOOOO Good.
Since this was my second year picking out homeschool curriculum, I really feel like I know what I’m doing.
Seriously though, I was able to pick and choose things that we’re more tailored to my daughters learning style
(And my lack of ability to keep a schedule)
Since we’ve moved from KG to First Grade, I’ve decided to at least keep a little bit of a schedule for Sissy….who I hoping will be able to do a bit more independent work this time around.
I’ll post more about our Daily Schedule soon
But for now Check out what I’ve got planned for the next year.
It took me HOURS, but I Posted All My Picks including why I chose them here on our main site. Every Book is linked up to a Photo, Description, and My Review of why I Picked the Book so if you want to know more about a title, just click it.
(I KNOW!…..you can thank me later :)
I’m also going to update the reviews through out the year as I decide more on whats working and whats not working!
And I’m totally interested to hear if anyone has used any of these titles, and what your experience was of them
(even if you hated it….I want to know!)
So come back and tell me…………
We’re in the club….
Ya’ll remember the day you came home with a set of Base 10 blocks right?
It’s like crossing the line between
“We’re thinking about Homeschooling
We are a Homeschooling family”
(I’m not kidding….It’s even mentioned on YouTube
…that means it’s got to be true!)
Anyway, the set came with it’s own workbook of ideas and activities, but we were also able to pick up this handy little game book that adds a bit more spice and interaction for my soon to be 1st grader!
It has some great punch out cards that you can use to make up your own games with…..and Sissy loves games……and competition…..
And a chance to beat Mom.
Seriously, when we played this afternoon, she didn’t even realize that she was learning.
And it took all of 10 minutes for her to start counting in the hundreds.
The girls got it figured out.
So now of course I’m on a Base 10 Mission
(Sounds Official doesn’t it!)
And I’ve been tracking down some helpful worksheets and activities online:
Okay, and there are like a ZILLION others online if you just do a search.
Anyone want to share their favorite Base 10 game or activity with us?
I know ya’ll know of some good ones!
Oh, I just love the days when we find good books that fill a need in our classroom.
Lately, Well, Okay For a while now I’ve been feeling more and more tired….just plain ole’ lazy sometimes….but really just tired.
Tired and Homeschool are just two words that don’t mesh very well together are they?
Anyway, now that Sissy is 6 years old, and that I’m so tired.….I’ve been on the look out for homeschool materials she can utilize independently…… and one of the things on my list has been a Daily Bible Study plan.
Nothing to daunting or serious
Just something she can use to begin building the necessary skills of seeking God’s will for her life.
(You know like……..Read God’s word…..Find Answers to Questions…..Spend quiet time in prayer and devotion…….Ask more questions….Read God’s word again…ect…)
But the catch is I wanted her to start to learn to do it independently
Bible Stories she can read on her own
(i.e. No more “Mom, what does this say?”)
Questions she can read and answer without help
(i.e. No more Mommy asking “What did Joseph’s father give him” ect.)
Too Tall an Order?
Would you believe that just this week I found the answer to this little desire?
It’s called the Early Reader Bible,
and it’s about the best thing since fried rice.
(do people still say that?)
Anyway, Here are a couple of photos of my favorite parts!
The stories are three pages long.
There are colorful and engaging Illustrations for each page
Before each story there is a Word Bank, of the new words introduced.
At the end of each story there is a “Something to Ask” which has comprehension questions, and personal reflection questions.
After that there is a “Something to Do” section, which provides ways for children to apply what they’ve read about God to their daily lives. (After reading about Creation, children are encouraged to thank God for the different things, people, and blessings in their lives)
I’m really excited to add this to our routine,
And Today, I helped Sissy to understand what would be expected of her when I ask her to do her “Bible Study”.
Here’s what happened:
Me- Sissy, you’ll need to read the pages of each lesson, then answer the questions in the back. You can use your notebook to answer them.
Sissy- But these stories are really long (3 pages) ……..sigh.
(Sissy reads the first page in like 10 seconds)
Sissy-Hey, reading can be fun when you get good at it.
Me- (Haven’t I said that…..like a million times this year?) Yes, Sweetheart, it’s fun when you get the hang of it.
So it’s not the most challenging of text for her,
but you know what….
The purpose of this book is to encourage and equip her with the confidence and skills necessary to explore God’s word on her own….and I think it’s a pretty good fit for what’s needed at our house lately!
(Not to mention the new little Kitty journal that fits pretty well too. Sometimes a pretty journal makes all those writing tasks a bit easier to bear!)
If you’re interested you can read some more sample pages here.
I’ll be adding this review to our Homeschool Curriculum page, which if you haven’t already noticed it….this is where I am (slowly) beginning to post about the different materials we use on a daily basis. Be warned this page is a work in progress ……….LOL, ….(as is our Homeschool)