I was offered this product for free in exchange for a review. However, I always give my honest thoughts and opinions, without persuasion from outside sources. In addition, I only review products we have truly used and completed, so my opinions are based on the full resource. It is my hope that my reviews help you make informed choices for your family. My daughter was participating in a program for 7th grade that … [Read more...]
Easy Homeschool Checklist!
Last week, I wrote a post about my "circle of sanity" - the way we organize our homeschool materials to make it easy throughout the day. At the end of that post, I promised I would also show you our checklist system, so here it is! Homeschool Checklist Systems: I have tried a number of checklist systems. One year, I used an app that did work pretty well, but was quickly discontinued. There are also a couple of computer-based scheduling programs I have utilized in the … [Read more...]
An Easier Homeschool Day!
I think a lot of parenting and homeschooling is perseverance. Just plugging along even when it is tough. I don't believe there is a one-size-fits-all answer. But I thought I would share this little routine we have used the past few years that has made the homeschool routine MUCH easier on this momma and kiddos. Easy to manage, easy to implement, and easy to maintain. The one purchase that streamlined our day... First of all, each of my children and I have a "tub". It is just a plastic … [Read more...]
Orchestra Study Made Simple
Studying the orchestra doesn't have to be daunting! With the Cycle 1 Orchestra Lapbook and Study Guide, you get a fully scripted lesson plan along with creative lapbook templates. Your student can easily complete, cut and assemble their lapbook, creating an interactive record of what they have learned. In addition, your student can explore the orchestra further with links to audio clips, videos, online games, etc. You can teach one day a week for six weeks, or add in some extras … [Read more...]
When the Ho-Hums Set In…
Sometimes everything can get a bit repetitive in all of this homeschool bustle. Occasionally, we find that we need to toss things up a bit. Here are a few ways we try to put a spark back into school days: Complete our school work in a new room - maybe even on the floor Switch up the schedule a bit - I offer breaks once a few things are completed. Add in "adventurous exercise". When a child finishes, maybe I encourage them to run to the pasture and back with their little sister. It … [Read more...]
Getting Ready for Essentials – School Year Prep
Last year, my oldest was in her third year of Essentials, and my second child was in his first year. While my daughter loved language, my son would have rather been building forts. Since I had three kids younger than them - one of them a VERY active toddler, I wanted to have my older kids' Essentials work all laid out for them before school began, so it would require a lot less guidance from me. So I am sharing the method we used last year, which is the same one we will use this year. It … [Read more...]
Getting Ready for CC Foundations – School Year Prep
I have learned over the years that one of the best indictors of a successful and more peaceful school year begins with quality summer planning and preparing. There are a few things I do over the summer that makes the Foundations side of our school day run well, and I share them with you in case they might help you have more sanity than chaos this school year. The Classical Conversations Foundations program is centered around Memory Work - memorizing a LOT of things - lists, sentences, … [Read more...]
Free CC Cycle 3 Review Games!
My family loves to use games to squeeze in memory work review. Especially if I have a Memory Master in the house (see this post)! I am excited to share with you two Review Game Downloads for use with Cycle 3! The first is a States and Capitals Memory Match Game - just download, print on two different colors, and cut out the cards. Then lay them face down on a table. Taking turns, each player flips one card of each color over, trying to match the state with the Capital. It … [Read more...]
Redeeming Valentines Day – A Biblical View on Love for Kids
I HAVE AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT and a GIVEAWAY!!! Are any of you frustrated with our culture that sells cheap lust and casual friendship as if it is real love? Add to that an attitude of "its-all-about-me" and self-entitlement, and you have a recipe for disaster. With Valentines Day on the horizon, I am anticipating the conversation hearts and heart-shaped chocolate boxes that will be filling the store shelves. While I love any excuse for chocolate, I sense that the sweet message … [Read more...]
My Memory Work Lapbooks 1.1-1.4 Quick Print Guide!!!
I am so excited to return to Cycle 1 with the ten commandments and some Ancient History! As I prep for the upcoming school year, I remembered that I posted a quick-print guide when I first released the Lapbooks for Cycle 1. Here are the links for all of you! Lapbook 1.1 Quick Print Guide Lapbook 1.2 Quick-Print Guide Lapbook 1.3 Quick Print Guide Lapbook 1.4 Quick Print Guide Happy Lapbooking! Blessings, Karen … [Read more...]
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