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Monday, November 27, 2017

FREE 2018 Budget Calendars Are Ready!

It's that time of year again! The budget calendars are complete and ready to download. Download yours today and be sure to share them with anyone you think would be interested. They are very simple to make and easy on the printer ink so I enjoy making and sharing them! Thank you so much for your feedback and support with these over the years as well. You guys are awesome!

Download your Free 2018 Budget Calendars and be ready to tackle a new year!

Below is a newer version that I created for my loyal subscribers only. This version is also free but you do have to be a subscriber to download these. By subscribing you will receive our updates and be the first to know when the new calendars are ready along with any other free printables available through out the year.

The only difference in these and the originals are that I added in a space for budgeted and actual amounts with a check off area. I also added in an interest section to the debt snowball category. Subscribe here to download these for FREE too! 

Happy budgeting in 2018!

Monday, October 9, 2017

2017-2018 9th Grade Curriculum Choices| Hands On Learning

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Here are the remainder of our 9th grade curriculum choices.  You can click on the links or pictures for more information or to purchase.  Here is a video with a little sneak peak into some!

For Algebra 1, we are sticking with Teaching Textbooks.

For this year's science choice, we decided to go with Exploring Education Advanced Physical Science which is a new curriculum to us and we love the hands on experiments it includes.  I really loved the fact that it comes with most of the supplies!

For English I credit, we are continuing with Logic of English, adding in another new curriculum in writing, Essentials In Writing - Level 9, and she will be reading through the Anne of Greene Gables Series.

To aid in making history a little more hands on we have decided to add this supplemental CD which includes printable challenge (review) cards, notebooking pages, coloring sheets, and lapbook accessories. Sarah loves to craft and color.  These sheets are very detail oriented and not your typical elementary age coloring sheet which is so perfect for her!

We're putting together our own Home Economics course using the subscription boxes from Raddish Kids.  We will be counting hours to obtain this credit and I'm adding in a few extras to go along with it such as budgeting for her ingredient list.  

She is working on Spanish using the free online program from Duolingo

Check out our Bible, History, Read Alouds, and Geography choices here.

Looking forward to a fun year!

Friday, October 6, 2017

2017-2018 Homeschool High School Curriculum Choices | 9th & 11th Grades | Bible, History, Geography, & Read Alouds

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Finally, I am going to share with you our choices for the 2017-2018 school year.  We have 2 high schoolers this year - one in 9th, and one in 11th.  We have decided to work together in the subjects of History, Bible, & Geography so I'll start there.

We are studying Ancient History this year and chose Mystery of History Volume 1 - Creation to the Resurrection to be our main spine.  It has some map work in it as well so we picked up a few atlases to go along with it.  (click on the pictures to purchase or see more)


We are also using Simply Charlotte Mason's one year course in Ancient History, Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt to complement our history studies and as our main Bible spine.  Geography will be pulled from both of these books as well as a few atlases and living books listed below.




For read alouds this year, I chose some from both Mystery of History and Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt.  Here is what I chose:




Coming up soon...9th grade individual choices and 11th grade individual choices!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Weeks 2 & 3

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It's been a few weeks again but here I am!  I guess better late than never!  I'm going to update on Weeks 2 & 3 with a little vacation thrown into the middle.

Week 2 

I've been making good use of my old Ultimate Homeschool Planner.  It had so many boxes left blank that I just couldn't bring myself not to add more.  The last 3 sections are from this year.  I use the little sections to add in each child's subject work.  The 3rd section is where I am planning the subjects we are doing together.  The sections are small so I use my own form of shorthand and it works out just fine.  This will be my 3rd year using this same planner!  I never used the monthly sections much anyway so this works for me.   I also color code my students for a quick reference.

Stephen started Friendly Chemistry and so far it is another curriculum that we can add to our love list!  All of my children love experiments and hands on science and our choice of this and Exploration Education have been the perfect fit.  Here he is testing out several white colored substances to see if they had any starch.  He did a great job guessing what they were too!

Sarah finished up The Little House series last year and has dived into Anne of Green Gables for this year.

Back to School Vacation Fun

For several years we would always take a back to school beach getaway break when most children were headed back to school as rates drop tremendously at that time.  Since we've taken a few bigger vacation trips the past few years, it had been a while since we had been back.  It is just as peaceful and refreshing as always.  

The water was a little chilly since it was cloudy most of the time but hey we saved on sunblock.  😅

We decided to take in the Pirates Voyage show and also did not disappoint! 

One of my all time favorite activities is to watch the sunrise over the ocean.  Since it was so cloudy, I was afraid that we might not get to see it.  However, it rose with full majesty and splendor!  Praises to my Creator - the maker of the heaven and earth, sky and sea.  Oh what beauty!  

It reminds me of a verse I read this week in James. 

James 5:13 - Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.

We also took in a little mini golf.  This was a fun place as each hole had excerpts from Treasure Island to read.  So a little literature while golfing screams homeschool field trip, right?

Sarah celebrated her 14th birthday at the end of the week.  So hard to believe that my baby is 14! For many years, she has wanted to make her own birthday cake but this year she wanted someone else to do it.  Wal-mart received the job bid and they provided a beautiful tie dye cake!   

Week 3

Vacation over...birthday over...

So, it was back to home and school for week 3.  Currently, in Chemistry Stephen is experimenting and familiarizing himself with elements.   Here, he is burning a marshmallow so that it was a hollow shell of carbon when he was done.  

Sarah continues to do experiments with the racer she built in Week 1.  She is currently learning about speed, distance, displacement, and velocity.  

Our sweet Sarabeth also celebrated a birthday!  She turned 1!!

And that, my friends, is another few weeks to add to the record books!

Coming soon - 2018 Budget Calendars!

I'm linking up with Homeschool Highlights and Weekly Wrap-Up.