Category Archives: Homeschooling

Our Homeschool Curriculum for 2017/2018 School Year!

Hello Friends!

Today, I’m very excited to share with you all the home school curriculum I chose to use with D this school year! I looked through various sources and it was easy to choose this one from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  This curriculum was so impressive! Hours and hours, days and days of great information to teach my little sponge. He really is absorbing everything!

Check out a sample of the curriculum here! D absolutely adores the daily songs and activities. He is learning and his handwriting is improving. It’s so neat to see him pointing out words in books. I’m sure he’ll be reading (very soon) on his own. 🙂 I’m one proud mommy!

Below are a few pics of D learning from his new curriculum:

D’s first day of pre-k/kindergarten! <3

Rolling dice and tracing numbers is so fun!

As you can see, we have been very busy reviewing the alphabet and numbers. It’s been a joy to teach D each week and I’m looking forward to all the fun to come!

What have you and your kiddos been working on this month? What curriculum do you use? What do you love about it? What do you dislike about it?

<3 Anna

D’s New Chore Chart and Moon Money Jar!

Hello Friends!

Today, I’m happy to share with you all D’s new chore chart and our new way of teaching Declan about helping others and managing money. These are both two very important skills that D will need in the future and I believe that there are many things that we should begin talking to our children about as early as possible in age appropriate terms.

Declan has been doing chores since age 2. This began with just cleaning up after play time. (I’ll be honest, this is one of our biggest struggles. I think it’s because we all need to establish better patterns of putting things away after use.) I discovered Declan’s new chore chart while planning for his homeschooling this year. This is chart is so simple to make and it’s been very effective with Declan so far. He does all of his chores (most) every day!

Declan’s Chore Chart

For this chart you will need:

Cardstock (for you printable tickets)

A pocket chart (like the one below)

Reward Stickers

A small prize box

Instructions for the slots:

You’ll need a card with child’s name.

Monday-Friday chores to be completed.

Reward tickets earned, Sticker Sheets, Best“ Bee-havior” awards

Extra cards can be kept in the bottom slots OR you can do a simplified chart like my version below!

At the end of the day, I look to see which tasks are completed and switch them out with reward tickets.(Each ticket has different number values. For example, Declan gets .5 for helping me with folding the laundry, but he gets .50 for taking out the trash. I try to keep it based on his skill level with each chore, as he improves the numbers can increase, but we will see how time goes with all that.)  If Declan completes his chores he receives tickets and a sticker for his reward chart. The tickets he redeems for money go in his new bank. (More on that in a few.) Once the reward card is filled, Declan gets a prize from the big prize box. (Right now, we are doing something a little different, but I’ve decided to switch gears. The prizes will be healthy, but tasty treats. Sometimes we can have goals that combat other goals. One of ours is also to have a more clutter free home and giving out prizes is great for D, but not so great for mama.) Lastly,  is a “Best Bee-havior” card that Declan will get if he has an extra good day. These cards can be redeemed for fun things like going to the movie with mommy, going out to fro-yo with the whole family, etc. If Declan does not complete his chores he gets nothing. He has three chores that are non-negotiable. He cleans his room every day, feeds the girls, and makes his bed.

If you like this idea, you can get the printables, here!

We bought D the Moonjar bank here. This money box is too cool! It’s divided into three sections: Green is spend, Red is Share, and Blue is Save. (I was so excited to discover it on the Mighty Girls page on FB.) We are now teaching Declan to give 10% to our church or charity, 45% to save, and 45% to spend. D love it! The box also comes with a little check book to keep track of deposits and withdrawals. I really wish I had one growing up! 😉

Do your kiddo(s) have chores? What system do you use? What do you think of the money box?

<3 Anna

Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 11: Fire, Whales, and a Whole Lotta Jesus!

Hello Friends!

Today, I’m sharing the last HH post of 2016. I’m combining the last three lessons into one condensed post! This way I won’t be behind on sharing each week. 😉

This lesson covers:

F is for Fire, W is for Whale, and J is for Jesus.

We reviewed the numbers 6-9.

Here are just a few activities that we did for these lessons:

Fire truck snack

Fire experiment

Making Shepherd’s soup!

A multi-purpose activity!

What are you working on this week?

<3 Anna

Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 10: K is for King David and King Soloman

Hello all!

It’s been a little harder staying the in the groove with the holidays on the way, but it helps to just work around them and being flexible is key! ***Hopefully, this problem before this post goes live, but I was unable to upload pics for this post. 🙁 ***

This week we focused on:

Theme: “K” is for King David and King Soloman

Letter: K

Number: 5

Day 1

Read about King David.

D worked on his Christmas Sticker book.

Teach K sound.

Look for #5.

Day 2

Read King David Psalms.

Add #5 to number line.

Read Dick and Jane books. My grandmother purchased two Dick and Jane collection sets for D. These books are great for beginning readers.

D began his new chore chart this week! It has worked very well so far! He enjoys earning money to spend when we visit The Dollar Tree. 😉

Day 3

Read King Soloman.

Review Letter K.

We made patterns with jewels.

Day 4

Read the story of Elijah.

We brainstormed rhyming words with King.

We added K to the treasure map.

We continued working on our Christmas cards for the grandparents.

The curriculum that we use only goes through Thursday, so Friday is more of a laid back day. We usually read through a Highlights magazine and do some pages in our Brain Quest Workbook. ?

What are you and your kiddo(s) working on this week?

<3 Anna

Remembering to Give Back during this Season and Beyond! :)

Hello Friends!

This is such a wonderful time of the year! It’s a time of gratitude and remembering to give back. This is one of my favorite posts to write each year because I think it’s so very important to get our kiddo(s) involved as early as possible. Each year that passes, D is able to participate even more than the previous year and it’s exciting to watch him learn and understand the importance of giving to others.

The following are just a few ideas of how you and your family can give back this holiday season:

  1. Operation Christmas Child (This has already happened, but there is always next year!)
  2. Donate to your local library.
  3. Donate to your local Humane Society.
  4. Make cookies for your neighbors and mail man.
  5. Put money in the red kettle for the Salvation Army bucket.
  6. Sing Christmas carols at your local retirement home.
  7. Leave $ in Dollar Tree toy aisle to brighten a kiddo(s) day!
  8. Buy new coloring books and crayons for hospital or doctor’s waiting room.
  9. Pick up litter in your neighborhood.
  10. Serve at a soup kitchen at Christmas.

This is all wonderful, but what about the other days of the year? Why limit this to one specific time of year. D and I found this wonderful idea and it’s a great reminder to remember others throughout the year!

We decorated a box on St. Nicholas Day. This box is to remind D to remember to be giving no matter what day of the year it is. It really touched my heart when he immediately ran to his room and added his Chic-fil-a cow to the box. <3

What are you doing to remind your little(s) that it is better to give than it is to receive?

<3 Anna

Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 9: R is for Rock (David & Goliath)

Hello Friends!

We are very excited about the Christmas season and have so many fun activities planned!!! (You can check out all of our adventures on our IG account.) We will continue to do our lessons each week and then take a break for Christmas. So be sure to grab your favorite beverage and stay tuned each Wednesday for our HH posts! 🙂  I didn’t get pics this week…whoops! :/

This week we focused on:

Theme: R is for Rock (David and Goliath)

Letter: r

Number: 4

Day 1

We read the story of David and Goliath.

We made a paper plate face of Goliath and stood on step stool to get an idea of how tall Goliath was.

We learned the letter sound for R.

We looked for the #4.

We learned how to sort silverware.

Day 2

We re-read the story of David and Goliath.

We gathered pom poms for the pouch.

We learned how to play rock, paper, scissors.

We add the #4 to the number line.

D reviewed how to unload dishwasher.

Day 3

We reviewed the story and used the pom poms and pouch to illustrate the story.

We learned to count by 5s and 10s. (This will be some that we continue to work on.)

We highlighted the letter “r” in a newspaper clipping.

Day 4

We added the R map piece to our map.

The curriculum that we use only goes through Thursday, so Friday is more of a laid back day. We usually read through a Highlights magazine and do some pages in our Brain Quest Workbook.

We didn’t get to the library this week, but I will return with our library picks once we fit in our next visit!

Resources from these lessons:

Homeschooling Curriculum

What are you and your kiddo(s) working on this week? Share in the comments below!

<3 Anna

Giving Thanks 2016 and Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 8: Thanksgiving Unit!

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was such a fun weekend for us. I’ll be sharing more on that later in this post, but first, our Thanksgiving unit!

This week we focused on:

Theme: Teaching Thankfulness

Day 1

We read about Jesus cleansing 10 Lepers.

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We made Thanksgiving meals with paper plates and food cut out from sales paper.

We worked on tracing and counting with Thanksgiving inspired worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

We discussed visiting relatives and appropriate greetings. I encouraged him to remember body autonomy and that he doesn’t have to give hugs or kisses. He can give high fives, fist bumps, wave, etc.

Day 2

We discussed the Psalms of David.

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We made hand turkeys.

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We worked on counting with a graph and matched colors with pies. 😉

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We also worked on patterns.

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Day 3

We read about Paul’s Thanksgiving for his Friends.

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We made Thanksgiving finger puppets.

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We made a turkey and did a few coloring sheets.

D helped mommy bake and prep for Turkey Day!

What did you and your kiddo(s) do for Thanksgiving week?

So Thanksgiving was craziness, but so much fun! We headed down to GA Thanksgiving day to enjoy a wonderful meal with our Ga family at my great-grandmother’s house.

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Sweet babies watching the 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade!

I didn’t get a lot of pictures this year. My family has tagged me in a ton on my FB page if you are curious. 😉 It was nice to just be in the moment, though I’ll admit it wasn’t an intentional decision. 😉

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My boys <3

On Friday, we had Christmas breakfast and exchanged gifts with my Great Grandmother and Grandmother. Later that day, we dropped D off with his Aunt Jessica and he, Karson, and Miya had a sleepover there. John and I got most of D’s Christmas shopping done. I had to order his toy trumpet and books online for Cyber Monday. It feels great to almost be done with my Christmas shopping! 🙂

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On Saturday, we went to pick up Miya and Declan from Jessi’s and then had pizza for lunch before getting read to go to a nearby park for our Christmas pics. We had so much getting our pictures done. I’m excited to get our CD in the mail. My eyeballs will be on the mailbox for whole week. 😉 After we finished up at the park, we headed to Matt and Danielle’s house (great friends who live in the area) and enjoyed visiting with them and their sweet boy. I can’t believe their little guy, Levi, is crawling now! We then met up with my mom and sisters at Cracker Barrel  for our family Christmas dinner and then dessert and gift swap followed. We played games late into the night until the kiddos got restless. It was a great night. It ended too quickly!

On Sunday, we got up early and left around 9ish. We made a pit stop in Greenville to have lunch with our besties. It was great catching up with them and stretching our legs for a bit. We then made the long trek home and were reunited with Sasha.

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***Update*** Karlee is the winner of our Where Jesus Slept Book giveaway! Congrats, girl! 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What was your favorite Thanksgiving memory? Sound off in the comments below! I always love getting comments. 🙂

<3 Anna

Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 7: Q is for Quail (Moses, Manna, and Quail-God Provides

Hello Friends!

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! We are excited to celebrate with our GA family. We have so much to be thankful for! 🙂 I’m planning to do a brief Thanksgiving unit with D on Monday and Tuesday and we will take the rest of the week off for holiday prep and planning. It should be a fun week!

This week we focused on:

Theme: “q” is for Quail (Moses, Manna, and Quail-God Provides

Letter: q

Day 1

We read about Moses and the Red Sea.

We read a few books about birds.

We talked about the letter “q” and what sound the letter q makes.

We looked for the number 3.

We practiced hanging up coats and jackets.

Day 2

We read about God providing quail and manna for the Israelites.

We discussed which shape would make a better nest for an egg? A bowl or a plate

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We added the number 3 to our number line.

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D washed windows.

Day 3

We used the last two days of this unit to read through to David and Goliath.

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We did an eat like a bird experiment.

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We drew a quail and practiced writing q’s.

Day 4

We finished up reading through to David and Goliath.

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We practiced writing q’s for our alphabet notebook.

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We made a piece to add to our treasure map.

The curriculum that we use only goes through Thursday, so Friday is more of a laid back day. We usually read through a Highlights magazine and do some pages in our Brain Quest Workbook. ?

Our Library picks of the week:

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We read this one for Election Day!

Mommy’s pick for Mommies:

D’s picks-

 

 

Resources from these lessons:

Homeschooling Curriculum

What are you and your kiddo(s) working on this week? Share in the comments below!

<3 Anna

Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 6: “i” is for Insects

Hello all!

Today, I’m sharing our latest lesson from God’s Little Explorer’s curriculum. Since this was a holiday week, we started our lessons on Tuesday and had an abbreviated Halloween lesson on Monday.

This week we focused on:

Theme: “i” is for insects (Moses and the Plagues)

Letter: i

Day 1

Read story of Moses. We focused on his baby story. We acted it out with a basket and D’s minion stuffed animal. (It was the closest thing he has to a doll right now. ;))

Reviewed i-i-i sound. I is for insect.

Reviewed phone number and learn address via story.

Day 2

We read more of the Moses story through the plagues.

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We went on an Insect Hunt. We used our magnifying glass to observe and ask questions.

We reviewed our ABC’s. D has a really great grasp on these! There are only a few that he gets confused on at times.

D also learned how to help care for Sasha.

Day 3

We reread the story of the plagues.

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We made number line beginning with 1 & 2.

We practiced being a good host and serving refreshments.

Day 4

Watched What’s in the Bible Vol. 2.

Finger print insects

Finger print insects

We made finger paint insects.

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Added I to treasure map.

We listened to composer study on Wolgang Amadeus Mozart.

The curriculum that we use only goes through Thursday, so Friday is more of a laid back day. We usually read through a Highlights magazine and do some pages in our Brain Quest Workbook. ?

Resources from these lessons:

Homeschooling Curriculum

What are you and your kiddo(s) working on this week? Share in the comments below!

<3 Anna

Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 5: “c” is for Colors

Hello Friends!

This week we focused on the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. It was wonderful to teach Declan about forgiveness through this story and fun to get creative with colors. 🙂 I’m so thankful for the opportunity to teach Declan in our home. I don’t know how long I’ll be teaching him, but I’m grateful for the time I’m given. <3

This week we focused on:

Theme: “c” is for colors (Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors)

Letter: c

Book Resources: The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Day 1

We read the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. We then used a brown paper bag and paints to make one for D. 🙂

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We reviewed our memory verse for the week (Romans 8:28) and then read The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. We used our binoculars from Week 1 to search and find the number 1.

We ended the day by practicing mommy’s phone number to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. 

Day 2

We reread the story of Joseph and reviewed our memory verse for the week. Today’s lesson was abbreviated, but I also want to add that we have started doing 3 worksheets/activities in the morning while mommy works on her blog posts. It’s been super helpful! 🙂

Fun Fall Match...working on those math and writing skills!

Fun Fall Match…working on those math and writing skills!

Biggest to smallest

Biggest to smallest

Day 3

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We reread the Joseph story and reviewed our verse of the week.

Declan's Joseph puppet

Declan’s Joseph puppet

We made a Joseph puppet to use to retell the story. We reviewed our colors via the puppet, color sorting poms poms, and by counting them by color.

Sorting pom poms by color and then counting.

Sorting pom poms by color and then counting.

We ended the day by practicing not interrupting. This is something we are still working on. (We are trying to get D to hold our hand. We then acknowledge and he waits until we are finished speaking to talk to us.) We also discussed not interrupting people when they are on the phone a big pet peeve and problem in our household. If anyone has any great tips for these issues, feel free to share!

Day 4

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We played Candy Land and discussed being a good winner and loser.

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We practiced writing D’s name. I wrote his first and last name in pencil and he traced it with markers.

We reviewed the letter “c.” It’s sound and added our c picture to our map. We also practiced writing c’s in D’s alphabet notebook.

The curriculum that we use only goes through Thursday, so Friday is more of a laid back day. We usually read through a Highlights magazine and do some pages in our Brain Quest Workbook. ?

Resources from these lessons:

Homeschooling Curriculum

Check out this week’s Halloween post for great fall reads and more! 😉

What are you guys working on this week with your kiddo(s)?

<3 Anna