Archives for April 2012

Raising Rock Stars ~ What’s in the Bible

We have been off the wagon for a bit with our Bible lessons, otherwise known as Raising Rock Stars {if you are new, you can read the vision here}.  I was floundering a bit with my decision of what to do.  I finally made a plan and I am happy to share that it is working beautifully for our family!  I have chosen to use the What’s in the Bible DVDs extensively with my children all together, during our homeschool time.  I hope to share at least once a month with you, giving you an update of where we are and how it’s working for us.  Today I’d like to share the general outline of what we are doing, and why I chose this.

General Outline ~

We watch the DVDs in sections, each DVD has 2 sections, which are about 30 minutes each.  I am having my kids watch each section at least 3 times with me…to be sure we are learning all of the facts.  We spread this out over how ever long it takes, I am in no rush. We are often watching the DVD during lunch or snack time.IMG_5937

We are using the coloring pages offered for free here, as a way to reinforce our knowledge, and also to create a “book” together. IMG_5942

We are using the flashcards found here {only DVD 1 is available now, I am hoping the rest are coming soon}, to review. image

We are also using our Jesus Storybook Bible to read together as we move along in the stories on the DVDs.  I also have the Read and Share Bible and DVD, and we will be using these as an additional reinforcement. IMG_6005

We use the actual Bible too, reading specific stories and parts straight from the Bible.  We use various versions, NIV, NASB, ESV, and a few more.

    As you can see, planning is NOT intensive on my part.  I just have to put it in our routine and make sure we do it!  So far, it has been FUN and the kids are loving this time in our school day!

Why I Chose What’s in the Bible ~

We have tried a few things for Bible time during homeschool and with the age range of my kids, none of the others worked for all of them during this season of life.  Since my time is limited, I really wanted something I could use with all 3 at the same time.  The DVD component of What’s in the Bible, combined with the awesome free coloring sheets is why I decided this was worth a shot.  I made a loose plan-we watch a portion, color together as we discuss and review, then repeat.  It has been about 2 weeks now and it gets better every time we work together.  There’s more singing during the movies, more dancing, and more Bible knowledge!  We are all really enjoying each other also, a wonderful bonus!

You can purchase What’s in the Bible DVDs straight from their website here, they usually have a coupon code for some sort of discount {right now it is ESTHER for $5 off}, and shipping is always free when your order is over $15.

Amazon also sells the DVDs, but the prices/shipping is very random, you just need to see where you’d get a better deal when you’re ready to purchase. Each volume is in the widget below, as well as the CD and the combo 1-6 set. {subscribers will need to click over to the blog to see the widget}

Stay tuned for details on exactly what we did for DVD 1, and more!

Tot School ~ Cats

~Ladybug is currently 36 months old~

In honor of our new kitty, Stella, we had a CAT theme for our school week!  We used resources mostly from my Cats Preschool Pack, and Cc is for Cats from Tot School Printables {reviewing, as she has used these before}.  I also made a Pinterest board with our other fun Cat finds!

She traced letters, it was her first choice!IMG_5777


She played the graphing game for the first time with me and loved it!  She wanted to fill in the whole sheet, so we did! IMG_5918

She put her easy reader together with me, gluing the colored yarn in the book!  IMG_5914

She dot painted a kittyIMG_5926

We also worked together with Krash to make a fun easy reader based on the book, Cookie’s WeekIMG_5857

IMG_5861Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


Since we are working with rhyming words in All About Reading, I brought out our rhyming word puzzles.  We did these together with Krash too.


She LOVED the book, “How to Build an A” it was the first time I had done it with her in a long time!  I am glad I got it out!

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This was the first time she worked with my Pom Pom Numbers and she loved them!IMG_5809

A little Mr Potato Head fun…IMG_5871

Big girl can now handle having all of the letter puzzles spread out at one time without getting overwhelmed.  She sat and put them all together!IMG_5933

Free painting, and tons of color mixing!IMG_5865

Spying letters on her All About Reading ABC chart…IMG_5965


Here she was reading Bedtime StoryIMG_5959

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Hanging ith the big Kids

We are using the 1st What’s In the Bible DVD right now and we watched it 3 times together last week.  We are using their flashcards and coloring sheets too.  Ladybug LOVES Mike-the little boy at the beginning, and she just giggles and giggles at him!IMG_5937

Here she was coloring a page from the Adam and Eve story, she ended up coloring the entire thing blue Winking smileIMG_5950

If you don’t have What’s in the Bible DVDs, you can get them on the What’s in the Bible website here and get free shipping with orders over $15, and use the code ESTHER to get $5 off right now!

Moms-Favorite_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thuPacMan took this while we were working together, she was “stealing” the letter pieces from me.IMG_5805


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Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

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.

This week has been a good one, despite a lot of stress in my own mind.  I am thankful for several moments! 

We reworked our routine to bring back What’s in the Bible time, and we are all LOVING it!  Here the kids were eating lunch while watching it!image


Ladybug and Krash don’t always share the iPad nicely, but sometimes they do and it’s so sweet!  Here they were reading a book together, it was the Chuck & Friends book {the freebie included with the Ruckus Reader App}.IMG_5949


As I was grading P’s spelling test one day, I overheard these 2 and had no clue what they were doing.  I got up to see and found this!  He had given her a magnifying glass and was calling out letter sounds for her to find on her All About Reading ABC Chart!  She loved it!

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Let’s Explore Botany eBook

Botany eBook Cover


I am SO excited to share something new with you!!!  My friend Shannon {who writes the Calendar Connections series} and I are always brainstorming together and recently came up with something new together.  She is the author, I am the designer, of the brand new Let’s Explore eBook series!

I am taking the awesome Calendar Connections themes that Shannon has developed, and turning them into full size files to be used as eBooks.  You can read them on your computer, your iPad, or any device that supports PDF files.  Yes, you can even print them full size!  Remember, I have a tutorial for using these on your iPad here {the format is the same as the Easy Readers}. We both have iPads so that what we will be using them on.  Each eBook page has a number, which correlates with the order in the Botany Calendar Connections cards.

image Calendar Connections Botany Digital Version 1

BUT, you don’t have to use this eBook with the CC cards, it can stand alone as a simple way to learn about a particular topic.  The series is created with 3rd-6th graders in mind, but it isn’t limited to those grades.  It is a great way to explore a topic across grade levels within your homeschool!

We are selling these in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop as a way to help us both raise support as missionaries, you can see this eBook as a part of the Let’s Explore Botany Bundle here for only $1.50!

Here’s a peek…   image

Botany Calendar Connections

My wonderful friend Shannon is still working with me to create the Calendar Connections cards. She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}. We have a Botany Theme Calendar set for you!

Botany Theme Calendar Connections

The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar, I ordered mine from Oriental Trading but they now have the same one on Amazon!


but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart. They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.

I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found recently in the Target $1 section. Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!

There is also a new sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!Calendar Connections Small Botany

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.

You can download these for FREE here!

Looking for the eBook and premium design {prints front to back}…


You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We are slowly building up what we hope will be a wide variety of themes to choose from!