Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up January 2015

January 2015 Homeschool Wrap Up

Now that we are mostly settled into our new house, I wanted to get back on the monthly homeschool wrap-up wagon! This post will share our learning that happened during January.  We are in the middle of my son’s competitive gymnastics season so we take some days off here and there and then make them up when the season is over.  We didn’t have a full four weeks of school, but close!

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

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All Together School

This is our group shot from the beginning of the year, they’ve already changed SO much! Especially my biggest boy!


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! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!


Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

At the end of January we had completed through week 13, lesson 39.  We obviously got behind this year and will get as far as we can and continue on with volume 1 next year if needed and then move on to volume 2.

One of the highlights of the month was watching corresponding What’s in the Bible DVDs as we went through certain lessons! The kids LOVED this and it helped so much!

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Specific lessons we matched with videos recently ~

Volume 5 ~ Israel Gets a King went nicely with MOH Week 11 {David, Solomon, Saul}

Volume 6 ~ A Nation Divided matched up with MOH lesson 35 {The Kingdom of Israel Divides}

As I went to get links for this post I noticed they have an incredible sale going on for the DVDs right now {ends 2/15/15}!



U.S. History ~ William Penn

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished John Smith and are in the middle of William Penn now.  We are all loving this particular book since we lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years before moving!  This is a GREAT book.

We read together 3 times per week at least, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read.

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Even the dog often joins us for reading time.

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World Geography

We continue to use the book Passport to the World to go through countries and languages from around the world.  Such a simple thing we do twice a week but we are all learning and remembering so much!  The book is a launch for many discussions. We are almost done with the entire book and will move onto Children’s Atlas of God’s World next to do the same thing ~ just read and learn together!


7th Grade



PacMan is almost entirely independent this year.  I teach him writing and Who is God? and the rest he does independently.

Daddy continues to be in charge of overseeing Pac’s science {Apologia General Science}! This is so great for me {the mom who dislikes teaching science}. Pac continues to set up, and clean up his experiments on his own, it is wonderful!  He even invites his sister to sit in when he can!

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We continue to slowly creep along with writing {Write Shop 1} in the afternoon together, and it continues to be a struggle.  I just don’t like teaching writing.  Love the curriculum, it’s just me.

He is doing really well with Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

We have been bad with reading lately and he just picked up his first novel since we moved, he is currently reading The Hiding Place.

3rd Grade



Krash spends a lot of time in the gym, and his gymnastics team has many homeschooled kids.  There are homeschool gym hours 3 days per week so we get a majority of his schooling done on his two non-gym days each week.  He also schools with us on the other three days, but his most intense days are Tuesday and Thursday here at home.

Daddy has taken over a few subjects with Krash since our move ~ Life of Fred Math {they are working on book C right now}, Vocabulary, Science, and math. He is doing well with Teaching Textbooks Math 4, but we have made one change for him.  Daddy now goes over the lesson in the textbook with K each morning before he goes to the computer.  He needs this extra walk through most morning just to clear his brain and help him focus.

We continue with Write Shop D for writing and it is going well.  Still not my favorite thing to teach but we are moving along.

We are almost through First Language Lessons {starting with book 1 and moving quickly} to work on oral comprehension and solid grammar skills.  In addition to this he is using Growing with Grammar 2 which I am loving. I like to do both with him since one is auditory and one is a written workbook style.

All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. A recent change we made was putting the board on our table instead of propped up.  he likes this SO much better!

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Krash has been joining in with Ladybug for calendar time for some review. He is a good helper to her.  He has a modified Calendar Notebook again, and is working on a few simple things each day.  I plan to write a post soon sharing exactly what he and Ladybug are doing with calendar these days!

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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 January {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

AT Word Family Fun _et Word Family Printables2 

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 9 You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10 Playful learning with Spielgaben January 2015


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

We continue to use and enjoy Logic of English Foundations A. Her progress is just where I want it to be.  She calls it “dragon school” because of the dragon on the front of the book.  She enjoys the lessons and does really well. It has been a fabulous foundation in phonics for her.

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She loves using our Perler Bead letters on the worksheets now!

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A new aspect of our homeschool is read aloud time with Daddy each afternoon.  Since my husband is now home more, he reads her a stack of books each day after lunch.  They both love this time and I feel so blessed to have him home able to do this!

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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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Linking to ~ Weekly Wrap-Up

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8 and unit 9.

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 10 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10

We are now using these alongside of our new You Can Read Word Family printables.  She is learning 4 new sight words and one word family per week now.  We will slow down if she needs to, but this seems to be just right for her at this time.

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured…

For now, her sight word caterpillar is in her small pocket chart.  She likes playing with her words quite often so they are better this way for her!

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Color by number sight word

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Fun work with the Bitsboard app.  Here’s the basics of how to use Bitsboard and the You Can Read word lists {it’s for Apple only} ~ Download Bitsboard app {free}, open Bitsboard, select "Catalog" over on the right, it’s blue at the top, select "Shared,"  type in the search area on the top right. Scroll until you find the units you’re looking for.

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These simple games are a GREAT review for our words!

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Word puzzles…

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Something new for us!  Inspired by our Spielgaben puzzle creations, I made a puzzle featuring her sight words!

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She loved this!

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Putting her words together, using tape because she loves tape!

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Reading one of her easy readers and giving me her “don’t take my picture” face. Winking smile

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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She wanted to add little pictures to her words in the cubes, so she did that before we played.

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Here’s an example.  This is our cat hiding and she’s saying “Find me!”

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After she finished drawing, we played!  She likes to line the cubes up and kick them and then run to read them!

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Her completed work…

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Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 10 here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8 and unit 9!

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See other reading posts below!

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See our Teach Me to Read Pinterest board here!

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You Can Read Word Families ~ _et Word Family Printables

Recently we launched our new You Can Read Word Families program!  You can read more about it and see the first set shared, featuring _at word family printables. This week we are sharing _et word family printables with you!

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I have not created all of the sets I plan to create, but have several done and am working quickly on them!  Since I am using one set per week with Ladybug, I have to work fast! I plan to release freebies from each unit on my blog and share some ideas for using the printables. I have already released free _at Q-Tip Painting, _at Word Puzzles, _et Play Dough Mats and _et Funny Font Word Hunt. Sometimes you may also find entire sets free within blog posts or in our newsletters or blog emails!  Full sets will also be listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each and when I am all done I will bundle the entire set at a discounted price! 


How we are Using These…

We are using these alongside of our You Can Read Sight Words unit {we finished unit 9 alongside of this unit} We basically just added this in to our other Kindergarten curriculum.

Here’s a peek at what we used this week. These photos also show the order we used the printables, she helped me choose what to do each day. All of the printables are in a binder so she can easily flip through and choose.

Recently she made a set of Perler Bead letters, so I got out the letters we would need for these words and we used the poster as a guide to introduce the new words and make them with the letters she made!  She loved this!

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BINGO! A very simple version of BINGO which she loves!  We play several times in a row!

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Tracing ~ Practice left-to-right tracing skills by connecting the matching words. She also has really gotten into tracing the letters now too.

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Q-Tip Painting, see ideas for using Q-Tip painting printables here!

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Word Search ~ all words are left to right to make it easier for younger kids.

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Roll and Graph ~ She chose to record with stickers this time, see more ideas for using roll and graph here!

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Funny Fonts ~ see our post sharing here

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Build a Word ~ in the past we have used these for stamping, but lately we’ve been using our mini letter construction set.

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Play dough mats!  See our post sharing these here!

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Mini Book ~ cut out the pictures, color if desired, glue on the correct page!

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Word Puzzles!  She likes to color these when she’s done so we tape carefully on the back so she can flip them over to color.

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Beginning Sounds ~ look at the picture and figure out the missing beginning sound and write it in!

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Sentence Search ~ we use two different colored markers for this activity.  One color for the focus words and one for any other words she can read independently.  Then at the end we read the sentences together her reading circled words and me reading the others.

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Word Building ~ I cut these out for her and spread them out on the table.  She then builds all of her words and tapes them on colored paper! 

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Matching ~ draw a line to match the word to the correct picture. 

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I hang her work up by her desk each week, here’s an end of the week photo {some of her work is done in sheet protectors with dry erase and therefore doesn’t get hung}

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Would you like the entire et word family set?  You can grab it for FREE here, only on my blog!

Or you can buy in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop here!

Stay tuned, the ig word family is coming next!  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything {or a surprise freebie!}.

Did you miss the at word family printables

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See our Word Family Pinterest board for more printables and ideas!

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Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I have the rest of my daughter’s year mapped out and hope to make a few more literature unit studies, or at least Kindergarten Printable Packs for her. The literature units take me much more time, but I sure love using them.  We will see what unfolds, I’m not promising any more after this, but it is strong possibility! 

Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Mr. Cookie Baker is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring another of her favorites ~ COOKIES!  This simple book goes step by step through the cookie baker making and then selling the cookies. You can get the book here!

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose patterns, , graphing, and coins.

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Lots of literacy activities; Letter C sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, unscramble the sentence, sight words, color words, and 3-part cards.

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The character connection is focused on sharing cookies.

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Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best. I chose this verse to go along with sharing cookies, and treating others the way you want to be treated!

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I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

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See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Mr. Cookie Baker Unit


~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  See other units here!



See all of our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices here!

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

et Word Family Printable ~ Funny Font Word Hunt

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We continue to enjoy our word family work here in our homeschool Kindergarten and have a new _et word family printable for you!  It’s one of Ladybug’s favorite activities, the Funny Font Word Hunt!

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This printable is a simple and fun activity to help children see print in many different forms.  As we all know, our world is filled with various fonts and learning that letters are the same no matter what font they are in is important for young kids!  This activity helps them learn this in a fun and simple way.

We use dot paint mostly for this activity, but she also likes to use colored stickers. Don’t have either?  Just use crayons or markers to circle the words in the correct color.

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Ladybug also likes for us to take turns sometimes.  We will start at the top left and I will do a word, then she will do a word.  It makes for fun discussion, often about the fonts and letters.  She really gets into this one!

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Grab your free copy of _et Funny Font Word Hunt here!

While there you’ll get a peek at the full _et word family printable set.  Many FREE individual files will be coming soon, the full set is available in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop if you want it now! 


Looking for Word Family fun?  Check out our new Word Family Pinterest board!

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