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Thoughts on Teaching: Getting Organized

So in my last post, I talked about how I really wanted to start off my mornings strong.  I realized I needed a Power Morning Routine to make sure that *I* was energized, refreshed, focused, and prepared.  You can read more about all that in this post: Thoughts on Teaching: Creating a Power Morning. But, along with that I really needed to make sure I was completely organized. I think...

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Music Theory Curriculum: Week Two, Rhythm Pizza, Rhythm Game and more

Music continues to go really well for us. I’m glad I’ve got the general plan and all the printables organized and ready to go at a moment’s notice.  It means that music really is getting done about 3 days a week. Hooray! So this is Week Two following the rough Beginners Music Curriculum that I put together this summer. My write-up here really is geared more for my youngest (ED...

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Long I Word Sort – Words with y, i_e or ie

Are your kids studying words that have the Long I sound? They might enjoy the activities in this packet.  It contains a word sort, board game and bingo cards for reviewing the long /i/ spelling patterns: ie, y, i-e, igh, ind and i. I made this long /i/ word sort file folder game for ED.  She went over many of these words (and rules) last year, but she will definitely...

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Writing Workshop Mini-Lesson: Rules for Writing and the Story Writing Process

Have your kids read the Plot Chicken? We started our Writing Workshop off with this book. What a great buk, buk!!  In fact, I liked it so much that I created a chicken writing rules printable to go along with the book (free to download down below)!!!  So, in this post I want to share some of our Writing Workshop Mini-Lessons about the Story Writing Process & Story Structure. The...

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Homeschool Days in September and October: Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg, Mt. Vernon, Nat’l Aquarium and more

Fall is an amazing time to take homeschool field trips.  The weather is gorgeous and there are often special programs and discounts for homeschoolers! I’ve highlighted some Homeschool Days from along the east coast: Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, New York… even the Kennedy Space Center has a special Homeschool Day event! I noticed that this next week in particular has a huge number of Homeschool Days. (If you...

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Thoughts on Teaching: The Power Morning!

I really want to do a series called “Thoughts on Teaching.” Why? Well, I’ve been reading a lot lately and have been excited about some of the ideas I’ve come across. As I process all that, I always want to write about it.  May as well bounce my ideas with my online reader friends, right?!! Do you ever need a private cheerleader… someone to pat you on the back and...

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Music Curriculum: Week One

A week or so ago, I shared my general plans for music this semester, but I thought I’d try to share what actually happens from week to week with pictures. Remember, you’ll find the printables (or links to the games and activities) in the pdf at this post: Free Beginner’s Music Curriculum: Learning Notes, Rhythm, Music Notation and More! Last week was our first official week of school, so we...

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Free Minecraft Math Addition & Subtraction Practice Pack

Today I’m going to share this Minecraft themed addition and subtraction packet that I made for my daughter.  It’s free to download! It’s the beginning of the year, so ED definitely needs some review of some of the basic addition and subtraction facts. Combine math facts with her beloved Minecraft characters and she’ll beg to “play” more!! Although they are not presented in this order in the packet, we first...

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Happy Labor Day! Can you imagine your 4 year old working to help pay the bills?

It’s Labor Day and there are so many reasons to be thankful that our family lives here in this country and at this time!  This is a post I wrote a couple of years ago and I thought it was worth sharing again. After the Civil War, the availability of natural resources, new inventions, and a receptive market combined to fuel an industrial boom. The demand for labor grew, and...

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Acadia National Park, Maine — The Last Trip of This Summer

Before I dive too much into our school posts, I wanted to share pictures from our last week of summer vacation.  Back in the spring, we made camping reservations at the Blackwood Campground in Acadia National Park.  We drove up to Maine and spent a week enjoying the beauty of that area! We did a lot of hiking! And the kids and Hubby even braved the cold ocean waters! We...

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Our First Day of (Home)School!! (Grades 2, 5 and 7 Curriculum)

Yesterday was our very first day school.  We had such an amazing summer (and more about that in another day or so), but it is also great to be back in the groove again!  I started the day with my new morning routine (I’ll talk about that more in another post too!), but it left me organized, energized, and ready to go with the kids! ED, of course, was the...

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Teaching Kids to Read: Readers We Used

Are you looking for a phonics program to help your kids learn to read? I’ve put together some of the phonics readers that we used with my three kids. As you’ll see, all three of my kids had different preferences! I know I have a lot of new readers, and several people reached out to me recently who have preschoolers and are just starting out on this homeschool journey.  I...

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Barn Words: FREE 2-Letter Word File Folder Game

When my kids were first learning to read, we used to play a LOT of games. I had a number of file folder games ready to rotate into their work boxes.  I made this two-letter file folder game a while back, but hadn’t gotten around to post it.  Better late than never, right?!!  So, I hope those of you with young ones on the brink of reading find this useful! ...

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Free Beginner’s Music Curriculum: Learning Notes, Rhythm, Music Notation and More!

I had a realization recently.  While the kids can play pieces on the piano, they cannot read music! So, the plan is to slowly but surely make sure they learn and build on those skills. I hope they learn at least two octaves of notes and their corresponding location on the piano/keyboard. I also want them to learn some of the basic music symbols and music notation. I gathered a...