School House Tour

Hey Guys!

Today i’m giving you an inside tour of our school house.

As i’ve shared before, we built a school house over the summer. It’s about 200 square feet, and so far has been working perfectly for our family.

We did a built-in shoe bench & coat rack. We also did built-in shelving and cabinets.

We got the 3 older kids desks (the white desks) at Office Depot, along with the chairs. The little kids table is from Lakeshore Learning, we bought it way back when we first started homeschooling (8 years ago).

For paint, we used Sherwin Williams Sea Salt on the walls & a just a Pure White on the trim & woodwork. For the floor we used laminate from Lowes called Pro Core Surfaces in the shade Legacy Oak.

I hope you enjoyed this peak inside our school house. Let me know if you have any questions.

First Week of School Recap

Hey Guys!

Last week we started school, so i thought i would share how it went, what i’ve changed this year, and what still needs to be tweaked.

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Our first week back went pretty smoothly. This year we are still doing a 4 day schedule, the only change is that Mondays are now our days off, instead of Fridays. I am really liking having Mondays off, i feel like when school starts on Tuesday i’m more prepared. When we had Fridays off, it felt like Friday was just a “Woo-hoo! We made it through the week let’s party” type day. Now having Mondays off, it feels like Mondays are a “let’s get ready to tackle this week” type day. I feel like more is being accomplished during the week and that i’m more prepared to do school.

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Another change we have made this year is, we are now doing math in the afternoon versus first thing in the morning. I have no idea why i didn’t do this sooner, as it really has made a world of difference. There has been no complaining or crying over math, yet. Also, i just feel like my kids are able to focus more on mathematical problems when they are truly fully awake (which by the afternoon they are) and have a few good meals in their stomach.

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This year we are also doing school in our school house we built. This has been a huge blessing and i can’t imagine going back to dining room table schooling again. Having all our school work in one area just feels amazing. No more running up and down a flight of stairs to grab something you forgot.

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The one major thing that isn’t working right now for us is, my preschool & first grader schedules. I really need to find things to entertain them while i teach a lesson/work with my older students. Right now their schedules leave lots of gaps of time where they have nothing scheduled to do, so they get creative and before i know it we have gone through several bottles of glue and it’s only the first week of school.

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I plan on sharing our schedules and a tour of our school house in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for that. If you have started back to school, i’d love to hear how it’s going.

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Homeschool Curriculum Picks {2020-2021}

Hey Guys!

Today i’m sharing what homeschool curriculum we are using this upcoming school year.

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I’ll start with my youngest first.

My youngest is 4 years old and he is going to be in preschool this year. I know you don’t really need a curriculum for preschool, and with most of my kids we didn’t really do any formal preschool. They just kind of hung out and colored, or made messes while we schooled. However, this year i thought it would be fun to try out something different.

Let me just say this, there are sooo many wonderful preschool curriculum options out there, that i couldn’t pick just one. That’s right, we have 3 different ones we are going to be using.

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The Peaceful Preschool – This will be the main curriculum i use.

A Year of Playing Skillfully – I will take bits and pieces from this curriculum and add it in each month.

Before 5 in a Row – Once again, this one i will just be taking bits and pieces from and add it in as we go.

That’s it for my preschooler…

For my 6 year old/1st grader we will be using the following:

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MathMath-U-See Alpha level

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 1

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2 

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

ReadingAll About Reading level 1 and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 1

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 9 year old/4th grader we will be using the following:

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MathMath-U-See Delta level

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 4

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

ReadingAll About Reading level 3

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 2

VocabularyWordly Wise book 4

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 12 year old/7th grader we will be using the following:

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MathTeaching Textbooks pre-algebra

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts level 7

HistoryThe Good and the Beautiful History 2

Science – various The Good and the Beautiful science units

SpellingSpelling Connections 7 

HandwritingThe Good and the Beautiful level 7

VocabularyWordly Wise book 7

SpanishFlip Flop Spanish

 

For my 15 year old/10th grader we will be using the following:

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MathTeaching Textbooks geometry 

English/Language ArtsThe Good and the Beautiful Language Arts High School 1

HistoryBJU World History

ScienceApologia Chemistry

SpanishRosetta Stone

VocabularyWordly Wise book 10

Personal FinanceFoundations in Personal Finance

P.E. – various activities

So, that’s it! That’s all the curriculum we are using this year. If you are a fellow homeschooler, i’d love to hear what curriculum you are using this year.

Happy Homeschooling!

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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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Themed Learning {Halloween}

A few years ago I shared about doing a themed learning unit, Winter. I remember how much fun that was for the kids, so I decided to bring back themed learning units. Yay!

Of course with Halloween being only 1 day away, what better theme to start with…

Halloween Themed Learning

 

We started our Halloween themed learning unit last week, and here is everything we did.

Books we read:

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Fun stuff we did:

#1 – Halloween Sensory Bin

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You can read all about our Halloween Sensory Bin, HERE. The kids had a lot of fun doing this.

#2 – Carving pumpkins

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We carve pumpkins every year. It has been a tradition of ours for about 12 years now.

#3 – Candy corn, corn on the cobs

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We first tried our hand at this a few years ago, and it was a lot of fun so we decided to try it again. You can find really cool ones on Pinterest.

Food we ate:

Pumpkin shaped sandwiches – We made peanut butter and jelly, but you could do any kind of sandwich. You just need a cookie cutter. I paired the sandwiches with oranges, Jello (orange), Carrots with ranch, goldfish, Halloween Oreo, and a homemade pumpkin looking pretzel.

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Mummy hot dogs – So cute, fun, and easy to make! You only need hot dogs and crescent rolls to make these mummy hot dogs. Recipe can be found HERE.

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Roasted Pumpkin seeds – Use the seeds from the pumpkin carving, roast them in the oven (350 degrees F) for about 20 minutes.

 

Movies we watched:

 

That’s it for our Halloween themed learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!

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