Homeschooling In Small Spaces

Hi Guys!

Last year we moved from a 2,600 Square feet house into a 1,900 square feet house. In downsizing, we lost a dedicated school room, so now we’ve been doing most of our school work at the dinning room table. I know, from first hand experience, that homeschooling in a small space can be tricky, but it’s also completely doable.

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Here’s how we have been doing it…

  1. Find a spot for your curriculum/books/Supplies (Tip: Think outside the box) – We have this little area at the top of our stairs, which i refer to as the “book nook area”, where we keep all our curriculum, books, and supplies.

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If you don’t have a space like that, use a closet, or a bookshelf, or a cabinet, or keep             your curriculum in containers that can be easily stored under furniture or a bed.

2. Only buy/keep what’s necessary – I’ve had to get rid of a lot of things that we just              really didn’t need and things that were taking up space. Would it be nice to have a              model skeleton? Sure, but the space it takes up makes it not worth it, when we can              just look up pictures in books or online. Also i have to be very picky about what i                buy and bring into our house, because we don’t want to add more clutter.

3. Mini white boards – My big white board is probably the thing i miss the most.                    However, i found some mini white boards at Walmart that were only a couple of                dollars. They work great to work one on one with each child, and can be easily                    stored.

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I hope you enjoyed hearing about my tips on how we manage to homeschool in a small space. Are you also homeschooling in a small space? I’d love to hear some of your tips.

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January Reading List

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with our January reading list!

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Here are all the books we have planned to read this month…

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th grade)

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The Prince Warriors – This is a 4 book set, we just bought the first book to see if he will like it.

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th grade)

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The Green Ember – His brother read it back in October, so he is wanting to read it as well.

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd grade)

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Boxcar Children book 2 (Surprise Island)

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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Sneezy The Snowman

Veronica (Me!)

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Dance, Stand, Run: The God-Inspired Moves Of a Woman On Holy Ground – I’m not sure if i shared this book before, i really wanted to read it last year, but never got around to doing so.

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Mothering From Scratch

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Rush of Heaven

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The Orphan Keeper

 

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers {Blogmas Day 5}

Today I thought I would share some gift ideas for homeschoolers. In case you aren’t a homeschooler yourself and you need some ideas on what to get a homeschooler in your life, OR maybe you are a homeschooler and someone needs an idea on what to get you and you’re having a hard time coming up with some ideas to share with them, then this gift guide is for you.

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So without further ado, here are some ideas for the homeschoolers in your life…

  1. Subscription services –  Tinker Crates, Letters From Afar, Magazines (National Geographic is a great one!), etc. This is the gift that keeps on giving!
  2. Books – I’ve never met a homeschooler that doesn’t like/need books. We are constantly buying books. Some great book ideas for homeschooling moms are: Homeschool Mom’s Bible, Teaching From Rest, and The Unhurried Homeschooler.
  3. SuppliesPens, Pencils, Markers, Scissors, etc. We go through a lot of supplies!
  4. Memberships – Zoo, Aquarium, Museums, etc.
  5. Tickets – Plays, concerts, sporting events, etc.
  6. Gift Certificates – Amazon, bookstores, Starbucks, etc. If you aren’t sure what they have, this is a great gift, so they can buy what they want/need.

I hope you find this list helpful.

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Children’s Books We Are Reading In December {Blogmas Day 3}

Hi Guys!

Today I’m sharing what children’s books we are reading this month.

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What are you reading this month?

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What I’m Reading In December {Blogmas Day 2}

Hi Guys!

Normally i put up a reading list for what the kids and me are reading each month, however this month i’m doing it a little bit differently.

Today i’m sharing what i’m reading in December, and tomorrow i’ll share what the kids are reading.

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Here are the books i’m reading this month:

 

What are you reading this month?

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10 Thanksgiving Themed Books {for kids}

Only 7 more days until Thanksgiving, which is enough time to hit up your local library {or Amazon} for some great Thanksgiving themed books for kids.

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My personal favorites are; God Gave Us Thankful Hearts, Thankful, Thank You Stinky Face, and Thanksgiving in the Woods!!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving themed book?

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Themed Learning {Apples}

This past week we learned almost all there is to know about APPLES!!!

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And today i’m sharing all we did during our themed learning week.

Books we read:

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Fun Stuff we did:

#1 – Science Experiment

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We put apples slices into 4 different jars. One jar had just air, the next had water, the next had oil, and the last one had vinegar. We observed them all day to see what would happen to the apples and we put our results in our journals.

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#2 – Bobbing for Apples

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This is such a fun activity to do with the kids, all my kids loved it! My 10 year old has even requested that we do this activity on his birthday!

#3 – Worksheets

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Life Cycle of an Apple, Apple Pop ArtApple Unit,  and Pattern Block Puzzle Apples. All of these are free downloads on Teachers Pay Teachers.

 

Food we ate:

Apple turnovers – Super easy and delicious!

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Fun lunch – Apple shaped sandwich, Apple Pie Oreo, Applesauce, apple slices, and apple juice.

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That’s it for our Apple Themed Learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!

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