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2016 Curriculum Roundup: Group Subjects

Yesterday I shared with you all of the books & curriculum we are using with our kids for the subjects they do individually — on their own. Today, I’m going to tell you what we’re doing this year in our group subjects! These are always a lot more fun, and the kids enjoy them more! Our Schedule Before I tell you what we’re learning, I wanted to give you a quick rundown on what a typical school day looks like (excluding #FieldTripWednesday): 6:30 – I get up and start getting my stuff done (devotions, online stuff) 7:15 – I wake up kids to get showered and breakfast Read More

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My Top Books of 2015 {& how busy moms can read more!}

2015 has been my most bookwormingest year ever — 180 books read so far {and 2-3 more I’ll probably finish before the year is up}! I wanted to share with you my favorite picks of the year, and my tips on how a busy mom can fit in more book time! Here are my stats for the year! (I use Goodreads to track my books, click here to follow me or see my full 2015 book list!) A few notes — I am a part of several book clubs & Bible studies. That helps me read books outside of my normal comfort zone. I also read Read More

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5 Creative Ways to Save: Entertainment!

Today we’re continuing with my series “5 Creative Ways to Save” — first we talked about ways to save on Christmas. Then I told you some of my favorite strategies to save on dinner. Now let’s talk about how to have some frugal fun, and save some money on entertainment! Creative Strategy #1: Find Free Events Our family has SO much fun out and about in our community at various events. Most of them are FREE to attend, and many even include free food, crafts, activities, goody bag-type toys, and more! I find most of these events on Facebook. If you log into your Facebook Read More

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Our 2015 Curriculum Roundup – INDEPENDENT SUBJECTS

Yesterday, I told you about all the fun books and supplies we are using this year for our Group Subjects. Today, I’m going to tell you what each kid is using for their Independent Subjects. Connor ~ 4th Grade Math: Teaching Textbooks 4 – we started with Teaching Textbooks last year, and it has been wonderful. Math used to be a fight, but no more! (We just use the CD-ROM, not the workbooks.) Reading: Premium Education Reading 4 – one out of every 4 weeks. The other 3 weeks are reading novels, with content questions from www.superteacherworksheets.com and book reports. Spelling: Spectrum Vocabulary 4 Handwriting: Star Wars Read More

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Our 2015 Curriculum Roundup – GROUP SUBJECTS

Yesterday I told you about how I plan my school year. Over the next few posts, I’m going to show you exactly which books we’re using for each subject! Let’s start with the group subjects. I teach these subjects to all my kids together. I tailor the work to each individual’s grade level. For example, my kindergartener might have to trace a few key vocabulary words, my 2nd grader writes a sentence, and my 4th grader writes a paragraph. These are our group subjects and the curricula we are using this year: Science This year in science we are doing animals! We are going to start Read More

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Bookworming

I’ve been on a book binge these past several weeks. I’ve been tearing through some books. This is what I’ve been reading: Reading this with some friends who are the best moms I know – even the best moms come unglued sometimes This is a series about a fallen angel who falls in love with a mortal. It has a lot of theology in it, which I find very interesting. This one is by the author of PS: I love you. I loved that book, so I’m giving this one a shot. It’s obvious why I’m reading this one – I want these little guys Read More