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Growth Mindset: A Goodbye Party

As our homeschool day comes to an end, I wanted to do a quick post about a “goodbye party” that we celebrated today.  We wanted to say GOODBYE to all the words that I hear way too often from the kids, “I can’t”, “too hard”, “I won’t”, and “I’m no good”.  I told the kids Read More

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Sidewalk Chalk Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe

My little cherubs were out for the afternoon and I decided to set up a surprise for them – Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe!  I moved the car out of the driveway and went to work. I made tic-tac-toe boards and wrote two sight words beside or above each board.  One sight word would represent the X Read More

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Fingerprint Art

As one of our art projects, we took out fingerprint art books from the library. I got an inkpad and the kids followed the directions in the books. I highly recommend these books. It was so much fun. They reinforce reading, following directions, and incorporated art! The kids had a blast making them. It was Read More

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Reading Challenge

Homeschool is officially finished. We were done school in early June, but weren’t actually complete until we finished our reading challenge. Disclaimer:  We would have finished this challenge much earlier if we were better at recording our books. Much. Earlier.  Something to work on. We recorded the books that my students (AKA those kids) read Read More

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Scaring Your Kids With Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps

I recently bought Himalayan pink salt lamps. Starting homeschool, we need all the positive energy we can get, pretty much all that is available on the Earth. When I read that they help with stress, purify the air, eliminate dust, and increase energy I was sold. There are also thousands of positive reviews and most Read More

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I’m Done Cropping the Mess

I’m done cropping the mess out of pictures of my kids.  I get my kids all dressed up and go to take a picture. Then it goes a little something like this… “Move over here, there’s marker on that wall” or “We have to take another one, I got the toy on the floor”.  As Read More

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5 things I’ve learned as a NEW stay-at-home mom

I’ve been at this stay-at-home mom and home-school thing for about a month now. It’s hard. It’s frustrating. It’s overwhelming. It’s probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever attempted. It’s also the most wonderful and important decision I’ve ever made. Taking care of kids is all encompassing. It takes every bit of emotional energy that Read More

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Easter Basket Scavenger Hunt – Free Download and Print

Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt, especially one that rhymes?  Add some fun to Easter morning with this short and easy scavenger hunt to find baskets! I am making very modest, dollar store baskets for my kids and I wanted to spice it up with a short scavenger hunt to find them. There are only Read More

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Handmade Compliments: No Cost Random Acts of Kindness for Kids

I’ve been really down lately.  It’s been pretty hard to smile.  When I find it hard to smile, I find that the best cure is to make other people smile.  Therefore, we started spring break by making handmade compliments, giving them out to random people, and also placing them on cars. This idea came from Read More

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GO NOODLE – AWESOME for Parents and Teachers

Impromptu dance party?  Brain break in the classroom?  Something fun to defer the bedtime meltdown time???  Gonoodle.com is a great resource for parents and teachers. Of course, we used it to survive the first day of homeschool, with all its successes and failures, but we made it! My kids were already VERY familiar with gonoodle.com, Read More