Growing Up

Simple Reading Resources

If I were to define our homeschool by what we do most, I would say we are a reading school. Books form the spine of our studies. We revel in the written word in ways I cannot fully express.

And it is one of the greatest joys of my day to sit with each of my kids and read to them, every day. There are not many days I can remember where I have not read to each of my kids. For each kid a special book, a special connection.

There are times I am sad to think there will be a day when they will not want to read with me. I hope it is not until they are fully grown!

But if I am being completely honest about homeschooling my kids, I would have to say my greatest homeschooling fear was teaching my children to read. Reading is a magic trick.

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Growing Up

Liquid Equivalents Activities

I had almost forgotten that I made these Liquid Equivalents Cards earlier in the year. I updated the version I made the first time we went through Cycle 2 to be more visually appealing. Then in the busy-ness of learning and reviewing Skip Counting, I forgot all about them!

But Week 12 of Classical Conversations is upon us and it is time to break these out, laminate them and enjoy them with my kids.

But I don’t just want to share these cute cards with you, I want to give you my very best ideas for reviewing Liquid Equivalents.

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Growing Up

Simple Preschool Planning

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Homeschool

Trying to figure out how to occupy two little ones while trying to get almost anything done around the house is a challenge! Rarely do we find an activity or a task which occupies a toddler’s attention for more than a few minutes at a time. But oh, when we do find something! It is such a blessing to our entire family. I thought I would share some of the simple things I am doing currently to “do” preschool planning while we are also doing homeschool.

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Growing Up

Math and Art: The Beauty of Skip Counting

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Classsical Conversations

A couple of weeks ago I went to the mailbox to find a slim package for me(!). I love surprise mail! Tucked inside the package was Math Art + Drawing Games for Kids by Karyn Tripp. Inside the book were a LOT of projects that have my kids saying, “Cool! I want to do this one!”

Both my older girls immediately asked if we could make Pattern Block Cookies. And they have mentioned making them almost every day since. Although I am sure it is not hard, my currently slightly overwhelmed mama-nerves cannot handle a kitchen project at this moment.

Thus I gently directed the kids into something I knew would tie in to what we already are doing with school. Sometimes I love being in charge.

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Growing Up

Saxon Math Strategies to Stay on Track

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Homeschool

Lately, I have become obsessed with streamlining our Saxon Math experience. From the prep and planning to the actual doing of Saxon Math. I am looking for ways to make it easier on us as a class.

Currently our classroom (one-room schoolhouse style) includes 2 students – one in Saxon Math 1 and the other in Saxon Math 3. I am trying to teach both of them their different lessons at the same table at the same time.

We start together on the morning math meetings. Then they rotate in to be taught their lessons while the other is working on some sort of math practice. It works for us.

But I am always looking for that extra something that makes it even easier to teach my students.

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Nest Building

Awana Leader Thank You Gift

Our kids have been in Awana for since our oldest was a Cubbie! And now we have the distinction of having one kid in each of the youngest levels of Awana. We have a Puggle, a Cubbie, a Spark, and a TNT!! All the leaders for the Awana program we go to demonstrate a dedication and love for these kids and the Lord every week.  We are so thankful for them!

A few years ago we put together some sweet Awana leader Christmas gifts. I got to thinking about them the other day (because it is that time of year) and I looked back at this blog post and updated it. Here it is with recipe and printable gift bag toppers.

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