Moments to Remember

Moments to remember


Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember.
The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.

A few special moments from this past week…

Side by side sibling play always makes me smile. Ladybug learning on the iPad, Krash with Construct-Its.IMG_1999

I have no clue why I was high-fiving her, but Pac caught it!  I love that I get to be the one sharing in these moments with her all day long! Another thing to remember is her sitting criss-cross!  This is a HUGE battle for us as she wants to W-sit, 100% of the time, and if you remember she had walking issues a bit over a year ago.  We are constantly correcting her and encouraging her to sit “big girl” which means any way other than W!  She finally began to sit correctly on her own this week!IMG_2005

I love that my tot can explore our South America puzzle 5 times a day until she has the entire thing mastered and even names some countries-all because she wanted to.IMG_2104

D.E.A.R. Reading time, snuggled up in a hole behind our bean bags together.IMG_2266

This boy LOVES his Morning Message notebook {I wrote about it here}.  He checks it first thing every morning and loves to sit and read it with me.  It has become a really special time for us.IMG_2290


Finally, I shared this video on my Facebook last night, of Ladybug naming many of the Skylanders characters.  I love that my little girl can learn while matching Skylanders!  I love this video and will always remember how she says these names so sweetly!


PS-yes I wear my fuzzy Mickey PJ pants often.  That is a Moment to Remember for me.  I love that I can wear whatever I want to teach school.  Ladybug is currently in LOVE with these pants, so I wear them a lot for her {I love them too!}.

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Project Simplify ~ Homeschool Storage Room

I recently read Organized Simplicity while on vacation and LOVED it.  I wasn’t expecting to love it, but I did.  I figured it was just another organizing book, but for some reason this one hit me differently, THANK YOU Tsh!  When I saw the Project Simplify was happening in March, I decided to jump on board this year.  I had already dedicated March as our “GET THIS HOUSE IN ORDER” month, with no plans of blogging about it.  When I saw this opportunity, I thought it would be fun to snap a few before and after shots of some projects and join in!

This week’s theme area was KIDS.  I chose to tackle our homeschool storage room, which I originally blogged about here.

Before I show you the recent BEFORE photos, I must share my dilemma with you and how it got this bad.  This room was intended to be homeschool storage only, managed by MOM.  As the warm weather hit last year, it was overcome with bikes, skateboards, rip sticks, roller blades, scooters, and MORE.  Since we live in the inner city and people will literally hop the fence to steal a scooter so they can scrap the metal for cash, we have to put every riding toy inside, every day.  Sine this room has the door that leads out to the riding area, guess where the new toy garage was located?  Yup, the homeschool storage room; aka ~ garage, utility shed, mudroom and more.  I thought we would get a grip this winter when we stored the toys, but the weather stayed mild and we never stored them.  So, I knew I had to revamp the room.  It got SO out of control thanks to my little ones just throwing their toys everywhere.  I couldn’t get to my school stuff to put it away properly so the piles began, and continued, and grew.  It was horrible, really horrible.  I have proof…

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This wasn’t even on a really bad day, as some of the riding toys were outside when I snapped this.  As you can see, I literally could barely walk in there, let alone find what I was looking for.

Not anymore!!!!  We are in the process of building a small outside storage area for riding toys so they don’t get stolen, and in the meantime we have them all stuffed into an outside deck box thingy. I can walk!

Here is our learning toy shelf {the shelf is from Ikea}…

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My favorite thing about the new learning toy storage area is my new click boxes from Target {below on left with green top}.  I love that they are clear and that they can be unclicked and brought right into the schoolroom and put on a tray.  I emptied as many toys as I could out of their cardboard boxes and stored them all together in our basement {in case I give them away in the future and need the box}. I also got rid of at least 25-30% of our stuff.  I blessed another homeschooling friend who has 3 little ones younger than mine, giving her all sorts of good stuff!

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About a year ago I wrote a post about storing our sensory bin items.  In that post you can see that we stored things in this area shown below.  We still have sensory bins now and then, but not nearly as much as we used to back then.  This is also the area that stores misc. Tot Tray supplies.  A year ago I sorted our small items by color, but it was time to change that since all 3 of my kids know their colors!  Our poor sensory bin area got pretty bad too, as you can see on the left, I cleaned it all up as you can see on the right!

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The drawers still store our small items, they are just not sorted by color groups now, but by like items.  Here are 2 drawers…

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This is the door that leads to the outside play area and it had gotten out of control too. I didn’t take any before shots.  These are the after, all set up for springtime weather.  I added a shoe organizer to the back door, I was sick of the big pile of nasty shoes in the basket.  On the left is an assortment of items my kids use regularly outside in the warmer weather.

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I did one more simplifying task, on the door that leads into the school storage room!  I bought a nice shoe organizer from Target and made a school/office supply zone.

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I can’t share the cards I made since I grabbed most of my images straight from Google, but here are the categories I have in case you are curious:

  1. rulers
  2. watercolor paint
  3. scissors
  4. colored pencils
  5. paint brushes
  6. tape
  7. index cards
  8. notepads
  9. pencils
  10. pens
  11. highlighters
  12. Sharpies
  13. Dry Erase Markers
  14. Vis a Vis Markers
  15. Modeling Clay
  16. See the Light Art tools
  17. Chapstick {since we are all always losing it}
  18. glue
  19. gluesticks
  20. shaving cream {for fun like this!}
  21. craft cups {disposable}
  22. erasers
  23. sticky notes
  24. index cards

My thought process was categories that many family members are commonly look for.  This door is in our dining room which connects to both our kitchen and schoolroom.  It is a very central location for all of us.

One last thing I did to help simplify homeschooling craft time was to clear off our hutch in the dining room and create an area to store paint supplies. IMG_1421

I got the silver tins from Target recently for $2.50/each.  In them: cloth napkins {for meals and art}, small paint trays & baby wipes, a few tempera paint bottles {our smaller ones}, paint shirts/smocks, paper towels.  It looks so much cleaner and more simple, and has already been a big help!.

I am so thrilled to have this all done and I honestly don’t think I would have gotten it completed in such a short amount of time if it weren’t for Project Simplify!  I was determined to get my after shots done on time! Next week is the KITCHEN/PANTRY!  My husband is loving this!

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Transportation Theme Printables & More

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Monster Trucks Preschool PackMonster Trucks Printables

Transportation Sensory Bin


Thomas the Train Tot Book


Cars Tot Bookimage

Cars Preschool Packimage

Cars Pack in action on our blog…image

Old, New, Red, Blue Pocket Chart Printablesimage

Big Machines Tot Book



Tot School Printables ~ Tt is for Train

{Transportation Vocabulary Development Theme}

Letter Tt Printable for Toddlers Letter Tt Printable for Toddlers 2

From my Friends…

Transportation Preschool Packimage

Blog post featuring this pack in actionimage

Transportation Unitsimage

Racing Racecars Gameimage

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Jake and the Never Land Pirates Kindergarten Printables

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates PrintablesI had NO idea how popular Jake was until I posted the “coming soon” update on my Facebook page!  Apparently my son isn’t the only one who enjoys Jake and the Never Land Pirates! These were released over on my Facebook page last week, so be sure to “like” 1+1+1=1 so you don’t have to wait for the blog post!


I hope many of you will be able to enjoy the following activities with your kids!

Using a number line…

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Greater than and less than, using the alligator mouth as a visual aid.Slide4

Identifying coins…

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Counting by 5’s…Slide7

Basic Fractions…

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Matching descriptive sentences…

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Easy reader…

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Rhyming Words…

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Sight Words, fill in the blank, use tracer for younger kids, fill in the blank for older!

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Labeling characters…

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Write a sentence…

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3-part cards, use for matching words to images or play a memory game with them!

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I hope many of you can use these new Free Kindergarten Printables

and I hope to have more soon!

Here are a few more ideas that would go along well with Jake…

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Legos Kindergarten Printables

Lego Kindergarten Printables

I have been working on these for awhile now and finally found time to finish the Lego Kindergarten Printables up! I decided to use the Lego mini characters for most of it.  I will be incorporating some of my other Lego finds  for a “Lego Week” in the future!

I hope many of you will be able to enjoy the following activities with your kids!

Using a number line…



Greater than and less than, using the alligator mouth as a visual aid.Slide4


Identifying coins…



Odd and Even, or simply numbers 1-30.  The directions say to use 2 colors of Dot Paint to make a pattern to emphasize odd and even numbers.  You can also just use this as a counting 1-30 mat, be creative!Slide7


Basic Fractions, be sure to use real Legos for this {as a hands-on extension} if you can!!




Matching descriptive sentences…




Easy reader…


Rhyming Words…


Sight Words, fill in the blank, use tracer for younger kids, fill in the blank for older!


Labeling characters…Slide19


Write a sentence…


Lego ABC mat, use this however you want!  I loved the concept and wanted to include it to allow you to be creative!Slide22


I hope many of you can use these new Free Kindergarten Printables and I hope to have more soon! To download this file, look for this button and click on the words below it!