Weekly Wrap-up

The Weekly Wrap-up is a perfect way to throw some random things together each week! I don’t take photos of everything we do, but here is where I share what I do capture, either with the boys, or with all of the kids together during our group activities. It will look different each week, or every other week, depending on how much I keep my act together!


We continue to use our morning board {see full board here} and our songs {Seeds, Songs for aplings and hymn} are a big part of this time. The kids all look forward to new songs being introduced.  I switched out Seeds and Songs for Saplings once a week and the hymn stays up for 2 weeks. 


Taking pics of them while running and singing the Name-O song {scroll down for video} is one of my favorite things!

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We are using the Botany Calendar Connections set this month, as both Pac and Krash are learning about plants in their science curriculum.  One day last week, I surprised them and put the Botany eBook up on the wall using our projector!  They loved seeing it up there and could follow along with me while I read the “card” to them.


We worked on Alaska in our Sticker USA Activity BookHomeschool-2405

Afterwards, we reviewed using our USA Geography PowerPoint on the wall too…Homeschool-2403


We are up to DVD 3, part 2 with What’s in the Bible. Here they were working on some coloring pages {see links and how we are using these DVDs here}. Homeschool-2323

They get very into the coloring, Ladybug even asked to color more later in the week!

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One of my favorite additions to our school routine this year is snack and story time. At 10:15 {ish} every school day we stop together and join for this.  I sit in the recliner and read a story to them, different book each day {I choose the book}.  The kids each eat their snack during this time and afterwards sit for a few minutes and look at the books we have read so far.  We all love this relaxed 15 minutes of our day, I am not sure why I haven’t always scheduled this in. 


Krash absolutely loves when Stella joins him during school time. Homeschool-2348


This week we did All About Spelling 1 ~ Lesson 6 which introduced the first spelling word list.  He rocked, probably because his kitty helped him. Homeschool-2393


One of the perks we get with our cyber school/Calvert, is an online program called First in Math. Krash loves this, he is very math-smart.  Ladybug loves to watch!Homeschool-2433


He finished up his cow from Draw, Write, Now ~


and afterwards we watched a couple of videos to see how cows are milked!  Ladybug and Krash loved this!Homeschool-2337

Our mini puppet stage got brought up from the basement and Krash has performed many shows for all of us.Homeschool-2358


Yes, I do believe she makes 5th grade math easier…Homeschool-2379

Pac was watching one of his Fine Arts videos {from his cyber school} and Krash wanted to join him.  Thankfully big bro was in a sweet mood and said yes. Homeschool-2423

The highlight of our week was that this awesome young man completed 5 days of school work in 3 days!  Here he was finishing up his last math problem!  I am just so proud that he has finally grasped the joy in working ahead.  School has been so very enjoyable with him this year, I am so grateful.  School has been a battle for us, since we began.  It showed major signs of improvement last year, but this year is beyond amazing so far.  I love teaching him!

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That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…

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Bloggers who use Blogger…

Word Verification on Blogger

I always visit blogs who link up to Tot School, and Moments to Remember.  I don’t always leave comments, but often I try.  When I go to leave you a comment on your blogger blog…


and I see this…image

I just delete my comment and move on.  I know many other bloggers who will not leave comments on blogger blogs with word verification turned on too.  It is very difficult to read and not worth the effort of missing it many times. 

So, how do you turn it off?  From your Blogger dashboard…

Settings ~ Posts and Comments ~ Show Word Verification = NO


Please, please turn this off!  If you are concerned about spam, I recommend turning on comment moderation, so that all comments come to you via email before they are published. Another option is to install a 3rd party comment system, I use Disqus now and used Disqus when I was on Blogger too

On a funny note, as I was going in to take screenshots and get the how-to portion, I noticed that in a couple of my blogger blogs {they are private and ministry related} that I had word verification ON without even knowing, so it must be a standard thing.  So, many of you might not even know that it is turned on for your blog!

A HUGE thank you to all of you who take the time to turn this off so I can easily leave you a comment when I visit your blog!

Kids Helping Kids

Do you ever just bubble over with joy when you know a child who is working to make a difference for Jesus in this world?  Don’t you want to do all you can to encourage, uplift, and aid them in their journey?  That’s where I sit today.  In awe of two kids I have known since before they were born, since their mom is a great friend of mine. 

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Their family is closely partnered with Won by One To Jamaica, a ministry in Jamaica.  You can see their whole family here on the staff page, Wendy is my long time friend and is the communications director for Won by One To Jamaica. Haven and Josiah have traveled to Jamaica with their family to serve many times, and have a huge passion for the people there, especially kids!

They have big dreams and they work to make them a reality.  One way they do this is through Kids Helping Kids, here’s a bit about it from Haven:

We have been collecting school shoes for years and giving them to kids in Jamaica who need them as a part of their school uniform.  IMG_8407At the beginning of this summer, we started Kids Helping Kids when we realized we could do more then just collect shoes and it could help more then just a few kids in Jamaica. We want to tell kids that have it good that not everyone’s world is easy like ours.  We can meet our needs and some people can’t.  We want to show kids they are not to young to help in big and small ways.  Our general vision is kids in Jamaica and America will learn out of this. In Jamaica the kids will learn educationally with the supplies and some will be able to go to school. Kids in America will learn the importance of helping others, friends or not. We hope kids will continue to help others in other ways.

Here’s an article the Charlotte Observer wrote about Kids Helping Kids!

Now, they have a way for YOU to help!

{below is written by Haven}

Kids Helping Kids is selling math kits that have supplies that will be helpful for kindergartners to 6th graders. My name is Haven. My brother and I have been to Jamaica on mission trips before and have seen the poverty and the poor education that these children live with each day. We had access to these school supplies and organized math packets with these supplies that can help homeschoolers. For every math packet you buy, some money will go to help kids in Jamaica – we will use some of the proceeds of this sale to purchase books, uniform shoes, and other necessary school supplies to help the kids there. My brother and I are two regular kids helping other regular kids just like us. You can make a difference.

Each math kit is $18, with free shipping.

Each kit includes chips/counters; counting frogs on a log; hundreds, tens and ones place value blocks; blank dice; a spinner; a clock; money (bills and coins); and a set of fraction bars.

Email us at [email protected] to order or to ask questions.

Thanks for helping us kids help other kids!!

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Specifics of what is in each math kit ~

{linked when possible to an online source}

  • ETA Cuisenaire Fraction Tiles {rainbow}
  • Base Ten Blocks {red, 1-hundred, 10-tens, 20-ones}
  • Frogs on a Log {10 colored frogs, one log}
  • Pretend Money {ten dollar bills, five dollar bills, & one dollar bills}
  • Pretend Plastic Coins {an assortment of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters}
  • Clock {4.5” square}
  • 2 make your own dice with dot stickers {one white, one yellow}
  • Blank Game Spinner {4.5” square}
  • Counting Chips {red/yellow}
  • Ruler


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I know that if you purchase one of their kits, not only will you be helping kids in Jamaica, but you will also uplift these two kids and encourage their efforts to do more in this world! I thank you for considering this and if you do purchase, my deepest thanks for so many reasons! They have a limited amount of these kits and I would love to help them sell out!


To purchase a math kit, please email Haven and Josiah directly…

[email protected]

They will send you an invoice via PayPal, and answer any questions you may have!

On another note, I too have served with Won by One to Jamaica! In 2005 we were blessed to go on a mission trip to the exact area where the money raised will be going!  195

Daily Routine ~ Fall 2012

Homeschool Routine

Our routine is constantly evolving, and it takes me many weeks to decide on the actual routine.  I don’t have what I call a schedule, I have a routine with “cornerstones” ~ things that stay the same daily, while there is flexibility in the other hours.  What are our cornerstones for this year? I figured you might ask that!

Family Prayer & Bible Reading ~ with Daddy at 8:30am

Snack and Story Time ~ 10:15am

Lunch ~ 12:00

Although many other things are listed on the chart below, those are the main things that rarely fluctuate.  Everything else is free to be moved around if necessary, but I try to stick with the plan as much as possible. It took me almost all summer to decide on this plan, which we have been testing out for 2 weeks now.  So far, it is working well.

Homeschool Routine 2012

Code for small print…


Does Ladybug nap?

Sometimes.  She does have room time each day, and I try to encourage napping, but it’s hit or miss these days at age 40 months.  I read her a few books and we snuggle, spending about 30 minutes just together.  Then I shut her door and leave her in bed.  About 75% of the time she doesn’t sleep but will sing, play with her stuffed animals, read her books, and occasionally come out of her room.  Depending on her mood, I either send her back upstairs, or let her play the iPad quietly or watch a tv show while I need 1:1 time with the boys.

What are Contributions?

Chores.  We learned to call them contributions from my pal Amy.  It makes them feel more a part of the family team, and we really emphasize this now.  Each boy has a set of morning contributions and evening contributions.

Current Contributions for each boy, green is Pac, blue is Krash {ignore the point part, that was for summer challenge}Summer Challenge Krash

Summer Challenge Pac

What happens after 3pm?

Daddy comes home!  Our official school day ends at 3, but sometimes Pac has more independent work to finish up.  Daddy is home from 3-dinner and that is my personal/work time.  He leaves again most nights right after dinner for his night ministries.

Is Pac able to get all of his schoolwork done in that amount of time?

Yes, on most days.  Pac is in 5th grade and we use Calvert, which a pretty intense curriculum.  I still use a blog for his lessons, although I don’t list them daily anymore.  In order to help prepare him to manage his assignments more on his own, I post a week at a time, subject by subject. Here’s a screenshot of a small portion of his blog from last week.5th grade school blog

We use Calvert’s ATS assessment service also which gives thorough assessments every 20 lessons.  These take much prep/review time and actual test taking time.  I dread and love these assessments for obvious reasons. 

Pac is a daydreamer but he does enjoy school.  We have battled, but finally last year he really turned over a new leaf with school and his strong will.  I can’t lie ~ K-3rd was a battle with him, but we are definitely on the other side of that.  He is fun to teach now and for the most part we get along well and enjoy learning together. If he can stop daydreaming, he gets his work done quickly. 

I found that if I let him have breaks in the day {play with Ladybug for 30 minutes while I work with Krash, art, What’s in the Bible, snack and story time, etc.} he works harder and better during his independent school time.

Want to see more about what our days look like {looked like}…

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Yes, I realize I totally slacked on the Part 4, but I have about half of it written, I just need to get it done!

Even older routine posts: Routine 2009, Routine 2011

One final note about schedules and routines…

Every family is different!  Because I believe in this fact so greatly, I hesitate to even write a post like this.  You can glean wisdom and ideas from looking at other homeschool routines, but know that yours can be dramatically different and still be OK!  Some of the homeschool moms I admire and respect the most have entirely different routines and different teaching methods and beliefs.  I know myself and have to do what works for not only my kids, but also me so I don’t go crazy!  A good example is homeschoolers who lean towards a Charlotte Mason method, I admire this greatly and honestly wish I could do homeschool that way, but I know myself.  I am more classroom oriented {probably because I was a classroom teacher for 5 years} and I need a different routine.  I believe you do what works for you and your own kids, your own home, your own lifestyle, and your own beliefs.  Do the best you can and that’s all you can do!

Also-please know that this glorious routine may change in a week!  I am constantly evolving and adapting to our seasons of life. 

Check out other homeschooling moms and their homeschool days! nbts-blog-hop-calendar-20124

Homeschool eBook Omnibus


Until 8/25/12, there is a GREAT deal happening for you all. You can purchase the Homeschool ebook Omnibus – a bundle of 53 ebooks from some homeschool authors for only $25!! Purchased separately, these ebooks and curriculum packs are valued at over $350 ~ are you seeing the savings?

What is the Homeschool eBook Omnibus?

A digital stockpile of books to carry you through the school year with encouragement and practical how-tos. There are 53 eBooks in the collection, valued at over $350. The authors want to bless you by offering the entire collection for only $25. That is less than 50-cents per eBook.

How long will this sale last, exactly?

The sale will begin at 12:01am ET on Tuesday, August 21st and end at midnight on Saturday, August 25th.

What eBooks are included in the Homeschool eBook Omnibus?

Is there any other information I need to know before purchasing?

Yes, the download links for the eBooks will be valid for only 2 weeks. You must be sure to download all files before September 8th. Please remember to back up your files as well. iHN and the authors cannot send you copies of eBooks that have been deleted. Each of the eBooks in the Omnibus is copyrighted by the original author. Your purchase does not entitle you to share the files or upload them anywhere online where others can access them.

For troubleshooting help, please be sure to check the FAQ page at iHN and contact iHN directly as individual contributors cannot help you with the downloads.