Lately, in our home church Bible time, we’ve been learning about Galatians 5: 22-23 on the fruits of the Spirit. The kids have been having a ball and I can see their growth. I have 5 kids in our class ages 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and they are all cousins. So this really works great for all primary ages. Do you want a fun free lesson and free printable for your kiddies?
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For the past two years, I struggled to find a Spelling niche that worked for us. We were on a budget and I was very apprehensive about purchasing something. What if we don’t like it? Well, as most of us homeschool Moms realize, that does happen and often. I was tired of the same old way of teaching spelling. Princess and I both learned early that the old way of learning was not going to work for us. She is very much a hands on learner. I tried the traditional way. Spelling list on Monday, 10 times each on Tues, blah blah. No good. We did the creative “writing spelling words in salt” approach too. That worked for a while. Ok, I searched online for spelling resources and did find some cool spelling generators which helped me build my own worksheets from week to week. However, I still wasn’t content. Until I found All About Spelling this past summer. I found it by a online search whim. Wasn’t even looking for it. I found out it was affordable and very much hands-on! I also love how a Mom created it! This year in July we began this fun Spelling! Princess absolutely enjoys it. I’ve seen her grow so much since we started. Most of all, she loves it and I love to teach it! So, I was so excited to share this FREE resource with all my readers! Need some teaching tips for Spelling? Here is a great resource. Click Here to get your free copy!
FREE All About Reading Activity Bundle! Princess and I definitely enjoy using these resources. They use the same All About Spelling approach.If you have never used All About Reading, these free resources are a great way to feel them out. You’ll be glad you did!
These are all the homeschool freebies, I got this week! I can’t wait to get started on the add and sub lap book. It’s always a great way to review and hands on Math for this family rocks! Let me know if you took advantage of these freebies or have others to share. Do you use All About Spelling or Reading too? May you be blessed this beautiful Friday. Our family will be preparing for our Shabbat (sabbath) rest beginning this evening. Take time for the Lord, yourself and your family this weekend. Keep pressing on!
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” by Helen Keller
Feast of Tabernacles
This week our family prepared for and celebrated a special time called the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot. It’s a joyful feast that begins four days after Yom Kippur and that lasts eight days. God told the Jewish people to live in booths for seven days each year, starting on 15 Tishri (September-October) to remember that the Lord brought us out of Egypt. This holiday is like our harvest festival and we also thank God for the good harvest and all the good things he has provided. God takes care of His people. We should thank Him for what He gives us. Psalm 118:29 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good”.
The booth we build is called a sukkah. It is a temporary structure built of wood and canvas to represent the booths the Israelites lived in during the forty years of wilderness wanderings on their journey from Egypt to the promised land of Israel. This year, we used our patio and decorated it with autumn leaves, apples, and grapes that hung from the ceiling. Princess colored and made her own decorations and we hung them on some lace across the patio. We invited our family over and ate dinner outside in our sukkah while looking up at the stars. We taught our family about the holiday and how important it is for Believers in Jesus to understand what Sukkot means for us too.
Celebrations of the Bible A Messianic Children`s Curriculum I’d like to share with you where we got our lessons. We use a great curriculum that teaches all of the feasts of the Lord. It is so easy to follow, simple and gives everything you need for each lesson-primary, junior and for a chidren’s worship of mixed ages. Plus it’s affordable. Click here to find out more!
I challenge you if you have never studied the Jewish roots of the Christian faith in your homeschool, to do it! There is so much more for us to learn! How are you celebrating the beginning of Autumn with your family? Do you also celebrate Sukkot? I’d love to hear from you! Blessings and Shalom,
I love using Music to teach absolutely anything and everything! Whenever I get the chance to use music in our homeschool I do it. I’m always searching for new fun ways to teach memorization with music. Two years ago, I found this cool song for teaching Math doubles for Princess. She loved it. It’s got a cool Rockibilly Elvis beat and very catchy and it’s a FREE Resource. Click Here to See Addition Rock Song Video
The Easy Peasy Lesson
I used a laminated sheet and wrote all double math facts with dry erase marker. TIP–Great tip instead of buying dry erase boards. Laminate card stock and have mini lap size dry erase boards. They wipe off with water. I hold my addition rock mini board up when we sing the song together and point to each double while we dance around! We love the part that says, we are friends. Yes, this is a great way to teach your musical or kinesthetic learners. The video song doesn’t sing the doubles 6-10, so I sing the rest and we do it acapella. It took a couple of times getting it, but my daughter absolutely memorized her double facts just by singing the song. I love that! Math can be fun and isn’t that what it’s all about anyways?! Well at the little Pink casa it is! If we aren’t having fun or smiling in homeschool, then it’s time to modify. Do you like teaching lessons to music too? Got any good lessons that use music? I’d love for you to share those posts and comment. Blessings and Shalom,
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Wise Woman Linkup
I just linked up with A Wise Woman Builds Her Home for a linkup this week. Come join the fun and check out all the blogs of these fabulous women.
I just found this great workshop download from Currclick!
Got a little entrepreneur on your hands? Great! Making a craft and selling it is a great way to teach your children about money with the benefits of making a few extra dollars. My daughter Hadara and I were brainstorming ideas on how to raise some money for her piano lessons and to give to our local congregation for children’s ministry. I immediately thought it had to be something easy to make. We can’t spend any extra money on the craft. Finally, it will need to be cute enough, yet be marketable. I looked through our craft closest for a spark of creativity. I then made a list of things my daughter was good at doing like drawing, art, music, and writing. Then, we brainstormed a few ideas and came up with our list. Hadara decided to make homemade Bible bookmarks and flower hair clips.
She was so excited as she made each bookmark.
I helped Princess hot glue and that’s about it.
The Bible bookmarks came out very pretty and the different materials, laces and embellishments we used were vintage finds from my Grandma’s remnants. This made it even more special!
We decorated a coffee can to display them-so shabby chic!
Hadara sold all the bookmarks in one night to our congregation. The next week she sold her flower hair clips. I was so happy for her. Of course, I know our customers were friends who wanted to help, however, her Bible bookmarks were pretty too. She was so excited when she met her selling goal for the week. I don’t have a photo of the hair clips to show you. They sold out before I could get a pic! Wow! She was able to donate a percentage to the children’s ministry and have enough for her 1st month of piano lessons. She even had a little extra to go shopping just for her! I was so proud of her as she collected the payment for each and did all the selling including the math on her own.
Why is it a great way to teach kids about money?
Smart biblical wisdom for finances starts at home
Giving and Receiving
Kids love concrete hands-on activity
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, need I say more!
Appreciating the value of money and working hard
How do you get started?
1. Find out what your child is interested in or great at doing. 2. Make a list of those interests that can be marketable. 3. Decide on a fair price that will give you profit for the valuable time you put into your product. We sold our items for $1 each, but it depends on how much time and the cost of your materials. 4. Have fun and get going! You never know where this could lead. Most of all, this is a a great opportunity to teach our kiddies about math. I think it would be a great project for a big family or if your children are interested in business. I believe the Lord gives us inventions and creative ideas and they can even pay our bills. Right?! Have you started a kid biz or have some other creative ways to teach math? I’d love to hear your ideas! Please comment and post them. Keeping on, keeping it simple and keeping it creative! Blessings and Shalom,
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Don’t you love the first day of homeschool? I know, some of you may lack the motivation to get back into the swing of things. Sometimes, you just need a new approach or a refreshing idea to bring back FUN into your homeschool. Back to school can be fun . . . really. 🙂
We celebrate back to school by dressing up as a book character. Hadara likes to play with Lalaloopsy dolls lately and enjoys reading their books. So, this year, she decided to dress up as her favorite Lalaloopsy doll (Jewel Sparkles) on her first day of homeschool. Now, I know it’s not classic literature, but we have plenty of time to get into our classic lit books in the months to come. This is something she likes and enjoys. It’s important for your kiddies to be excited about something, plus it’s so fun. It’s a great way to say, “Let’s jump into reading!”, on the first day of homeschool. It’s a great out of the box idea that can be used for any book your child loves to read! I even dress up sometimes as my favorite character from my childhood and get to talk about it. This sparks Hadara’s interest and gets conversation going. Yes, it’s okay to talk while learning. Why do they teach us to be silent at school anyways? Remember this is your homeschool, a time to connect with your children. Make learning fun!
So how do you celebrate your first day of homeschool? What are some of your crazy and cool ideas? Here’s to a totally fabulous and blessed homeschool year! Blessings and Shalom,
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Can you believe yesterday was National Back to School Day? Some of you have already started school or just beginning, but the joy of homeschool is flexibility. Don’t you agree? We started our homeschool year in July and took a break and now we are going back to homeschool in mid August. It works well with our schedule.
Since I am excited about posting more of my Back to Homeschool posts, I wanted to share with you this great idea. Here is one way we keep school supplies organized while we are on the go!
Organizing Roll-up Bag
I know that school supplies can be organzied in caddys, shoe bags and drawers. You name it! We all have our great ways to organize our homeschool.
However, what about the times when you need to be “on the go” with the kiddies? Going to doctor’s appointments, Grandma’s house and even those boring car shopping trips when you need supplies to keep those little ones from making you go car crazy.
We use this travel roll-up bag from Mary Kay which is multifunctional. I love that it has 4 bags that zip and they are see through so we know what to grab. It rolls up, has a handle to carry and a hanger for hanging on a hook or hall tree.
Hadara likes to pack in the first bag a pack of crayons, colored pencils, and markers.
In the second bag, Hadara packs her scissors, glue sticks, pencil sharpener and pencils. You getting the idea?
In the third bag we pack papers, note pads, mini activity books, and stickers.
In the “favorite” fourth bag, Hadara packs her snacks! Why not? We all know that snacks boost creativity and calm those tummy rumbles.
Why This Bag Rocks!
We find that this roll-up bag works well for girls and boys. The things you can organize and pack in this bag are endless and interchangeable. Plus the bags velcro on and off. The best part about this bag is that you can clean it and it’s black exterior is forgiving just in case you don’t have time to clean it!
Mini toys, ipods, books, baby items and you can even pack a child’s day outfit in each bag. I was surprised how much I really could pack in this bag!
Now, I do have one of these just for me and I use it for my make-up and skin care. It’s great for travel or just to keep it all organized in my bathroom. So, hey when the kids grow out of it, the bag will be useful for Mom anytime! There are many ways to keep our kids organized and I hope this one idea of mine helps you. Do you have another great way to organize your kid’s “on the go” supplies? I’d love to hear what they are Moms! Remember, these days it’s all about keeping it simple and easy. Back to Homeschool will be a snap.
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Summer heat may still be here, but for us, our summer time is drawing to a close. I like to look back on these past two months of June and July and see how we spent our time. Our family takes a break for summer to enjoy the summer activities and well. . . the season of summer! When I was a little girl I went to public school and did the whole Sept-May traditional school year. I guess that schedule never left me. Something just happens to me on June 1st that well, my mind says, “vacation”! I know as a homeschool family, we are all different and flexibility is the beauty of homeschooling. This year, I decided to focus on summer activities with my daughter to build fun memories and family bonding! I guess you can say our vision for summer this year was to smile, read, laugh lots and have fun!
Summer Reading Challenge
We continued to read books and lots of books! Our challenge for Princess was for her to read 50 books in two months. I found a easy Summer Reading program printable which I printed out, personalized and added prizes I knew Princess would like to earn. We used stickers for each space and posted it on the wall so we could always be aware of our goal.
Fancy Nancy Princess also participated in the Barnes and Noble book challenge. She loved picking up her new book, Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth at the end of the challenge. I loved leaving the bookstore without having to pay for it! Can you say, “ka-ching”. Also, Princess loves going to the city library all year, but summer is extra special because of their summer reading program. We finished that challenge with one day to spare. We got a little behind, but pushed it to the end. She wanted that free book so bad and boy was she excited when she met her goal of reading 50 books. Can you guess what book she picked out? Well, to keep up with the Fancy Nancy theme (totally unplanned) she orderedFancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes: I Can Read Level 1 (I Can Read Book 1). Who doesn’t love cupcakes? One thing we both love are cupcakes! I also enjoyed reading books aloud to Princess and we had mommy daughter time making crafts together. We tried a few DIY projects which took us into creating a few ways to make extra money for piano lessons.
We worked on a Lap Book for American girl Kit Kittredge because we just joined a online American Girl book club for mothers and daughters on CurrClick. It’s a free interactive on-line book club directed by another homeschool mom and her daughter. If your daughters like American Girl movies, dolls or books, it’s super cute, free and you never have to leave your house! Princess doesn’t even have an American Doll, but she loves the movies. So don’t feel like you have to have it all to join! I Love that!
Our Summer Activities in Review
Swimming lessons Public Library-book reading challenge Free movie day with the cousins Water Day Lunch with cousins Vacation Bible School Slumber party with cousins 4th of July family picnic water day American Girl online club with CurrClick
Attended a Online Homeschool Conference with CurrClick
Took a FREE online Blogging class with Blogelina.com Worked my business during June and finished my business year. Organized and planned for new homeschool year Created our homeschool room As you can see out of all the activities there was no vacation this summer, but who says you have to go away for summer? We are thinking about planning a stay cation soon. I’d say we met our goal for summer fun anyway. So, now it’s back to homeschool season officially and I will be posting more back to school posts. Slowly, but surely we are getting back into the routine and schedule again. How about you? What are some things you have done with your children this summer? Keep pressing on moms, one day at a time . . . Blessings and Shalom,
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Homeschooling can be the greatest time to learn the Bible together. This is our most favorite subject in our homeschool day! Teaching the Bible can be overwhelming because you really have so much you can dive into and learn.
I find that if I have a simple guide, then I can organize my thoughts and focus on what we really want to get out of the bible story, verse, etc. . .
For me, I decided to make a simple lesson plan for Bible and it has helped me as a basic guideline.
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Whether you use a Bible curriculum or not, this Bible lesson plan is a great resource for home or church. I love how we can share what we use and help each other and do it all on a budget right?
It’s the B-I-B-L-E, that’s the book for me! I stand alone on the Word of God!