Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up April 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our April homeschool fun! It is a VERY skimpy post.  Everything got done, but photos were lacking when I went back through to gather photos for this post! 

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up April 2015 Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, 7th Grade

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

I have no photos of our together learning time, but we continue to do Mystery of History, YWAM’s Heroes of History – Ben Franklin is almost done, and World Geography together {using Children’s Atlas of God’s World and our printables here}.

Daddy often tag teams the younger two, since he does specific subjects with each of them.  I love seeing him work with our kids!

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The kids loved doing the projects from our ImaginatveU review!  See all that we did here!

Egg Drop Challenge from ImaginativeU


7th Grade

PacMan is almost entirely independent this year thus making him the least photographed child.

He did a cool lung project with Apologia Science and I happened to snap a photo!

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I bought his 8th grade literature guide already so we got an early start.  I chose Sonlight’s American Historical Literature 130 to use for his reading only.  We will work through these books together and have already begun Peace Child. I didn’t use any sort of guide or program for 7th grade and missed it, which is why I chose to use a more intense literature program next. 


3rd Grade

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He is pretty excited to have a few subjects done for 3rd grade! Teaching Textbooks Math 4 is DONE and so is Vocabulary Connections!

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All About Spelling Level 3 is also complete! 

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We are reading Smiling Hill Farm {which we own thanks to doing Calvert with Pac in 3rd grade} together.  He can totally read it on his own but loves me reading to him.  Every few chapters I make him read to me.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during April {click on the graphic to see the posts}. It has been a much slower month for us.  Honestly I’ve spent more time with the boys helping them finish up knowing I will school with her through the summer.

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She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

We are still using our work drawer method. I set up 6 drawers for her, and printed her some new dinosaur labels, which she loves. I made a very simple rotation plan for myself : 1 – AAR, 2 – Literature Unit, 3 – You Can Read {rotate between sight words and word family}, 4 – RLRS, 5 – Daily Literacy Page, 6 – spelling workbook.

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Daddy is now in charge of box 5 & 6 and has been working on her daily literacy paper and spelling workbook with her. She isn’t always thrilled but he does an awesome job and I am so thankful he is playing a part in her homeschooling!

We are moving right along with All About Reading Level 1 and she still LOVES it.   She recently completed the 2nd book and is well through the third now!

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Reading is a favorite hobby of hers and that makes my heart happy {my boys weren’t like this}. She loves for me to collect a random stack of books and surprise her on my bed.  She sits there and reads through them all!  We also finally went to the library for the first time since we moved, and now have a library books only area which she loves!

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 124

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place week 124

Happy Memorial Day! Welcome to the unofficial start of SUMMER! Thank you to all you Mamas who either serve in the armed forces or hold down the home front as your husband’s serve at home or abroad. We appreciate your sacrifice! Now that summer is here, make sure you keep linking those wonderful Tot School ideas and activities to the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you’re up to!

Are you looking for an activity that will motivate your Tot learn number recognition and work on beginning math concepts? Take a look at the activity that Mama Michelle from Research Parent put together for her Tots!

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Sometimes life just gets busy and we need to Tot School with what we are comfortable with! Take a peek at some of the activities that this Mama from Adventures in Tot Schooling put together for Munchkin to work with throughout the week.Adventures in Tot Schooling (2)

Tots LOVE using multiple senses to explore the world around them! Head on over to Living Montessori Now and see the fun activity that Grandmama Deb put together for Grandtot Zoey.Living Montessori Now (2)


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We would LOVE to feature you, but only feature those posts with a link back to us within the post they link up! Read all of the details about our linky here!



Lately in our Life ~ Birthdays, the Beach and Finishing Up!

It’s been awhile since our last Lately in our Life post.  Our life has been busy and blogging has gotten a bit behind!

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We have a teenager!

I cannot believe we have  TEENager!  This is a pivotal year as our youngest turned 6 and truly became a “big kid” and our oldest went from preteen to actual teen! 

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We have a 9 Year Old!

Our middle son turned nine recently and he is just as obsessed with birds as his little sister is!  His entire birthday list consisted of bird everything.  He is holding the Blue Jay he built from one of his gifts, the Lego bird set!  The cake pops were made by my mom for him!

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The Beach

We got to go to the beach for a surprise vacation.  My aunt owns condos and offered them to us for free, which lined up with the week Krash had off of gymnastics practice, which equaled YAY we are homeschoolers and we can go!  It was an awesome trip and I am so thankful!

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While at the beach, the little girl got her ears pierced.  She had been wanting it for about a year and with everything that has happened this year {my husband’s injury, our move, etc.} it just never got done.  Well, it’s done now and she LOVES her new earrings!

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Finishing Up

Slowly subject are getting finished for the year {like All About Spelling shown below}, and this makes my kids happy.  We do school some in the summer but once they finish the subject they do get a break.  Slowly we are coming to a close and we are all ready for a bit of a break.  I won’t take much of a break with Ladybug, as with the younger years I don’t like a big summer gap, so we will continue to school together!

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Warm Weather

Ahhh, southern heat has arrived!  I love the warmth and can even deal with the HOT.  I just hate cold.  Sunny days, reading outside, gardens, homemade popsicles, it all makes me smile!

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See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!



Homeschool Lesson Planning Made Simple

We were given a subscription to Lessontrek for review last year and I never stopped using it!  When we were first given access, I liked it, mostly because of the color coding…that is right up my alley!  As we moved along I got more comfortable with the features and then I really liked it.  Now, after using it this entire school year, I can’t imagine not using it next year!  It really is such a great fit for us!

Homeschool Lesson Planning with Lessontrek

I use and love Lessontrek for our homeschool lesson planning and think many of you will love it too!  I have an awesome discount for you and even an extended FREE trial period so all of you can give it a shot and see if it’s a good fit for you! Lessontrek stayed on after our initial review as a blog sponsor and I work with Jason {the developer} to share Lessontrek with my readers! We truly hope this discount and the extended free trial offer help you out!

You can see our original review {and more details} here

Lessontrek Online Homeschool Planner Review

New Features…

Since our original review, Lessontrek has added new features!  I am super excited they now have a transcript feature in plenty of time for me to use with my kids!  There’s also a new gradebook feature.  I haven’t tested these out personally but will be using them in the future.  Here’s a screenshot from the transcript creating page, so you can see how simple it is!  You enter in the info and it pops out a beautiful transcript for your homeschooled student!

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A Peek Inside…

I made a quick video to show you some of my favorite features in action and how we use the printable plans.



ImaginativeU ~ Monthly FUN

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{disclaimer ~ ImaginativeU is a blog sponsor and we received kits free of charge for this review}

ImaginativeU is a monthly box of fun learning delivered right to your door, for your child age 4-10. Each month has a different theme and each kit contains all the supplies and instructions included to complete 3 to 6 interactive projects. When I say ALL supplies, I mean all.  Other than things that can’t possibly be sent in the box, it’s all in there. ImaginativeU was developed by Shelley, a former science teacher who now works with K-12 science teachers in 16 school districts! 

We were sent 2 kits {Cool Science and Eggs} to review and I was blown away by the contents!

The Eggs kit couldn’t have come at a better time for us.  We have a bird obsession going on around here so we really dove into this kit! We had SO much fun with the activities in this kit, which you will see below, and we even have one more we haven’t done yet {egg dissection}!

We made bird houses out of gourds, which YES were included!  Along with the paint, brushes, plates for the paint…everything!  My little bird lover LOVED this and her gourd now hangs in our tree out front!

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We made egg baskets together, which was really messy on the front end, you can see her “grossed out” face in the collage below as she was wrapping the balloon!  She let me finish it right after that photo was taken!  These turned out perfectly and she LOVES her egg!

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Something as simple as a chicken catalog and a “Did You Know?” search through it provided so much fun and discussion.  She loved finding the different chickens and eggs, as well as cutting out her favorites.

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The egg drop challenge was enjoyed by all three kids {ages 5, 8, 12}. Krash was at gymnastics practice during the other activities but I knew I had to save this one for when he was home!

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The kids worked hard to protect their eggs, it was fun!  I even took a few videos so you could see the process!

 

    Next, the Cool Science Kit…
    Before diving into this one, I took a picture of the contents to show you how much is included. Literally everything you need to do all of the activities included.  We still haven’t completed all of the activities from this box yet! It was all there and very well organized.  I had no trouble finding exactly what we needed for each activity.
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      The kids LOVED the UV beads and making slime with me! We still have several activities to do from this kit. Here’s a peek into our science fun together…
      Cool Science with ImaginativeU

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