Lesson Plans

I thought I might share my newly minted lesson plans with all of you. I’ve got no idea what is going to work, what isn’t, or how I’ll adjust things as I go. But, what I do have is a penciled in (literally) version of my current plan. I have a 6 day per week lesson plan, because my husband is only ever home on Sunday, and this will give us something to do. Sunday is our veg out and do nothing day.

This is a sample of our first week of activities. I did my entire lesson planning calendar already with important birthdays, holidays, days my husband is off work, and so on, so that I can work around them without forgetting anything. I used my Google calendar for holiday information, and my own personal calendar for birthdays like the grandparents, cousins, husband and myself, and of course her birthday (because we always do something special as a family that day). This is helping me stay super organized as I do planning because I always know when we will be gone or when birthday celebrations are likely to be.

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Book Review: Usborne Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of the Human Body

Thankfully given my last experience with an Usborne Book, this one is much better. The internet-linked books are (mostly) quite useful and I am glad they are mentioned a lot in homeschool circles. Although I think that the DK Eyewitness books can give pretty much any Usborne book a run for its money.

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Book Review: Usborne The Children’s Book of Art

I must say I did not love this book and I am glad I didn’t pay more than four dollars for it. I was not able to view the cover of this book prior to buying, otherwise I would not have bothered purchasing it. I did not realize when I bought it that is was a book of famous paintings, and not a generalized art book for kids. I guess shame on me for not Googling it more extensively to see more about it.

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Book Review: Kitchen Science Lab for Kids

I bought this book almost on a whim. I had heard from a friend that it was really nice, but I rarely buy a book without trying to peak inside first, so I wasn’t quite sure what I would end up getting here. This book is part of a larger group of books like Art Lab, Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, and Gardening Lab for Kids. I also plan on buying Art Lab for Little Kids pretty soon if I can swing it.

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Book Review: DK Eyewitness Series

I have one new (to us) book from the DK Eyewitness book series. I have three more titles that I already owned. I am going to do a mass review of all four titles in this one post. I thought this might be easier than separating them. I found this series to overall be really nice. I think they might even be better than (gasp) the Usborne books everyone is always recommending in the homeschooling community. These books aren’t something I’ve seen talked about more than a couple of times, and I have no idea why.

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School Room

Today I wanted to talk a little more about our school room set up. I have mentioned things in passing here and there, but I wanted to delve more deeply into the topic. I’ve almost got everything set up the way I wanted it now.

First off I have to confess we don’t actually have a school room, as in one dedicated room for schooling. I don’t have any extra space except for the shoe box sized guest room upstairs. I initially thought about using that space but the lack of storage and the removal of the room from our normally used spaces turned me off to the idea.

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Pre-K Curriculum

So I’ve been on the hunt for a fun and easy curriculum for my little one. She is intensely interested in numbers and letters, so I have been trying to find ways to keep her learning without pushing. I had been trying out Education Expedition but I did not like the random religious content. It was a couple of items like songs but I am not inclined to use something with religious content of any kind if I don’t have too.

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Website Content Updates

I spent a good amount of time recently redoing the pages of my website. I wanted to make things a little easier to read and find. I also added in entire new sections (educational apps for kids and useful apps for homeschooling parents) for added information. I am hoping that it is becoming a fairly fleshed out resource, and I am constantly trying to add new things as I find them. It is quite a bit faster to add one new item than to surf through my backlog of saved materials.

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Homeschooling Haul

I’m finally back! Its been a crazy time for us here.On top of the birthday party preparation we also had to do a lot of traveling because my husbands brother’s wife was pregnant and finally had their little girl. They live over an hour away so we made several day treks to see the family. And we had an unexpected house guest recently who just left. A friend of ours needed a place to sleep for a few weeks between living situations. Hopefully things will be settling down and getting back to normal soon. Continue reading

Homeschooling Book Reviews

I recently read through several piles of homeschooling books. I found some really helpful books, some that were a total waste of paper, and quite a few that were so middle of the road they didn’t even warrant a mention. First off I am going to start with the books I felt were pretty unhelpful so that I can end on a better note of good books. A bad book is always disappointing, but when a book is so bad you get nothing from it, that is truly horrible.

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