Our New Homeschool Room

Hey Guys!

As some of you might remember, back in 2018 we bought a house out in the country. We definitely down sized with this house, as we moved from a 2800 square feet house into this 1900 square feet house. In doing this move, we lost having a homeschool room.

I tried for 2 years to make dining room table schooling work for us. I know learning can (and does) happen everywhere, and that you don’t need a dedicated homeschool room to homeschool. However, not having a designated homeschool room doesn’t work for me.

Having some school work/supplies upstairs, some in a closet, some in the kids rooms, some in my room, was becoming super frustrating. With our house being the way it is, there was no way for us to have all the school work/supplies in one area together.

That is why we decided to build a school house…

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We were able to design it exactly how we wanted it.

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It only took us 2 months to build.

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We were able to add in built-in shelving.

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I love that the whole family was able to work on this project together.

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We still need to paint the exterior.

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We start school soon and we all can’t wait to do school in our new school house.

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Once the school house is fully organized and decorated i will share a homeschool room tour.

All this week i’m sharing homeschool stuff, so be sure to come back tomorrow for another homeschool post!

Take Care,

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Teaching Textbooks Vs. Math-U-See

From the very first day we started homeschooling (6 years ago), we used Math-U-See. I loved how you watch a video of the lesson, and then you do the worksheets that go along with that lesson. We had no problems with Math-U-See until my oldest son hit pre-algebra/algebra.

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My son would watch the video which took like 15 – 20 minutes, the videos up until this point had been relatively short about 5 minutes at the most, and then he would try to do the worksheets but he was finding himself stuck on lots of problems and really just not grasping the concepts.

Re-watching the videos at this point was not really an option, because then he would be spending about an hour on math and not doing any actual work.

Having me teach him the lessons really wasn’t an option either. I love doing math, up until a certain point. I will teach my kids; counting, skip counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, fractions, decimals, etc., but once you get to adding the alphabet into your problems, i’m out.

So, needless to say we were both a little frustrated with math, and we needed a change badly, like yesterday. So during the middle of the school year, i switched him to Teaching Textbooks online. What a difference it has made. He enjoys doing math now, and he is finally understanding all the different concepts.

There is also a big difference price wise as well, Math-U-See pre-algebra costs $182 vs. Teaching Textbooks online pre-algebra costs $67.08!

I love how Teaching Textbooks also grades all the work, all i do is login to my parent portal and check his grades to see how he is doing. No more grading paper after paper, they do all the work for me!

Now, this doesn’t mean we are done with Math-U-See, in fact i just bought the next level up for 2 of my kids for our next school year. I plan to continue using Math-U-See with my children, until they hit the pre-algebra level, and then i will switch them over to Teaching Textbooks.

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Have you used Teaching Textbooks or Math-U-See? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

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My Homeschool Co-op Experience

When we first started homeschooling, i had thought about joining a co-op, but at the time it didn’t make sense as we were pretty unstable (moving state to state, pregnancies, etc.). Come January 2019, 6 years into homeschooling, we finally joined a co-op for the first time.

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Towards the middle of January, i had heard about a new co-op starting the first week of February. I had been praying so hard in the months leading up to that, that something might come along for our children, as i was just feeling like they were needing something more. Some other people to connect with, who live similar lives.

I went to the information meeting the week before the first classes were to start. I was honestly pretty nervous (being that i’m a really shy introvert) and was continually trying to talk myself out of going to that meeting all day long. But i’m glad i forced myself to go and even more pleased that we joined this co-op.

Most of my kids were on board for joining a co-op, a few were hesitant, but after our first day all of my kids loved it and couldn’t wait for the next week.

Now, because we have never been a part of a co-op before, i have nothing to compare it to. I do know, that since this was this co-op’s first year, things were pretty much trail and error. And i believe next semester will run even more smoothly.

If you have been wanting to give a co-op a try, but have been on the fence about it, I say go for it, the worst that could happen is you absolutely hate it, and if that happens you can always drop out. You won’t know until you try, right?

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Mini Dollar Tree Homeschool Haul

I have shared before my love for the dollar store, I especially love to buy homeschool supplies there. I recently stopped by my Dollar Tree to see what homeschool goodies I could find, and this is what I bought on that trip.

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Lots and Lots of Workbooks – I have really been needing to find some workbooks to entertain my preschooler while I do work with the older kids. Then I remembered that Dollar Tree has lots of good workbooks and for only $1 you can’t beat it.

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Cruz, my preschooler, has been loving having his own stack of school books, just like his older siblings, and I was really amazed at the quality of these books, especially the sticker books.

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Mini Notebooks – Every year, when the stores have back to school sales, I stock up on notebooks. However, I found these mini notebooks at the dollar store and they seem like they would be handier for the kids than the bigger size notebooks.

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Puzzles – My Dollar Tree had several different types of puzzles. I was able to buy some puzzles for all my kids (ages 13 to 2 years old).

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That’s all for this mini homeschool Dollar Tree haul. If you are a homeschooler, what’s your favorite supply to buy at the dollar store?

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Valentine’s Day Resources

Hi Guys!

Over the years i have created several different Valentine’s Day resources, that i thought it would be worth sharing them again this year in one blog post.

Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats

#1 – Valentine’s Day Buttons

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#2 – White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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#3 – Heart Shaped Brownies

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#4 – Red Velvet Milkshakes

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Valentine’s Day Printables

#1-  Valentine’s Day Cards

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#2 – Valentine’s Day Part 1

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#3 – Valentine’s Day Part 2

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#4 – Conversation Hearts Science Experiments

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#5 – Conversation Hearts Graphing

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#6 – Valentine’s Day Bookmarks

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#7 – Love Bundle

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I hope you enjoyed this Valentine’s Day resource roundup!

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