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2017 Curriculum Roundup: Group Subjects

If you’ve been hanging around my blog for a while, or you know me IRL(!), then you probably know that we do a January-November homeschool year, and we take off the holidays instead of the summers. I go into more detail as to why we choose this calendar in this post here. But in a nutshell, it just works for us! In the past, I’ve shared with you our curriculum choices. (You can see all of those on my Homeschooling page here.) Today, I’m going to show you what we’re using for our Group Subjects for the 2017 school year, which just started a few Read More

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Homeschool Room Tour!

Today I did a Facebook Live video tour of our new homeschool room. Watch below to check it out!! Here are links to several of the things shown in the room — if you want to know about anything else, let me know! Calendar (this one is not exactly like mine, but the closest I could find– maybe mine was discontinued?) GeoPuzzles Binding Machine Craft cubby shelves Crayon caddy Colored book bins Colored craft drawers White Board   Click here if you want to see the original Facebook Live video (and the comments). And click here to see our OLD homeschool room — what a Read More

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FREE Magic School Bus Science Curriculum

I think most people know that The Magic School Bus is an awesome educational resource — jam-packed full of science facts and lessons, packaged in a way that kids love: fun, engaging, and entertaining. But how do we turn an educational television show into a full-on science curriculum? I’m here to share how we did it in our home! I was able to find some great worksheets to go with the episodes (credit to them here), but figuring out how to actually turn it into a curriculum was a big hot mess. I spent a lot of hours compiling and organizing everything and writing lesson plans Read More

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HUGE list of New Dimension Educational Videos on Amazon Prime

[edit 1/5/17] When I originally generated this post a few years ago, I was going off of a list that a fellow homeschooling mom emailed to me. It has come to my attention that the list below originally came from the talented homeschool blogger Charlotte at The Homeschooler’s Helper. She has graciously agreed to let me keep up this post for everyone’s benefit! Please take a minute to hop over to her blog and show her some love! I love supplementing our homeschool lessons with videos. They bring the lesson to life in a way that textbooks never can! I found this amazing resource called New Dimension Read More

Best of Our Cozy Den!

Best of Our Cozy Den!

You guys, I am so humbled and excited to have been chosen as Best Local Mom Blogger by a local publication, Findlay Area Family magazine. They do an annual survey of local parents, and I won Best Blog for the second year in a row! This year, I also added Best Local Instagram and Best Local Pinterest! Since I have a lot of new people stopping by, I thought it would be fun to do a quick tour and rundown of my most popular posts over the years! I’ve been blogging since 2009 — WOW, seven years! I’m not one of the biggest or busiest blogs out Read More

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Cleveland Botanical Garden

We’re learning about plants this year in science class in our homeschool, so we’ve been spending a lot of time out in nature! When I found out that my husband was flying out of Cleveland for his long 3 months of military training, I knew right away that I wanted to see the Cleveland Botanical Garden! I first saw this place on Pinterest, because it has something unique: two separate indoor recreations of natural habitats — one is Madagascar and the other is Costa Rica. These habitats are so cool. Like a real-life, miniature Bio-Dome. I was also totally stoked to find out that we got in Read More

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Toledo Botanical Gardens

This year in our homeschool, we’ve been studying plants in science class. I have been loving this subject, because it has given us lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy God’s creation! A few weeks ago, we went on a field trip to the Toledo Botanical Gardens in Toledo, Ohio. I wanted to share with you some photos and a few things I loved about it (and a few I didn’t). A few other things I loved: Free admission AND free parking! Walkability: it was big enough to explore, but not so big that it would be exhausting for the kids to see it Read More

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Greenhouse & Garden Scavenger Hunt :: FREE printable!

We’re learning about PLANTS this year in science class in our homeschool, and one of the things that we love about homeschooling is taking frequent field trips. We try to take one every week, but sometimes it doesn’t happen if I get too busy (or plan poorly). This past week we went on a field trip to a local greenhouse to learn about plants, and just before I was leaving, I thought it would be fun to make a little scavenger hunt for the kids. I sketched it on paper, made 2 copies, and off we went! They had a blast looking at all the plants Read More

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Ohio Day Trips: Tiffin Civil War Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! We try to take one every week {though sometimes I fail and skip it} A few months ago, we were learning about the Civil War in history, and I was surprised to find that there was a Civil War Museum in Tiffin, Ohio, only about 30 minutes from where we live! We’ve lived and traveled all over the world, and I’ve personally visited many of the world’s best museums. I have to say, most of them have one thing in common: they are not very kid-friendly. It’s unfortunate, really, that more places don’t make an effort to reach Read More