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Ok, so need is a strong word. But, we are loving these books!
For those just beginning to look into homeschooling or unschooling, these five books are great for the elementary level (and beyond).
They are gentle with neutral, muted tones and perfect to incorporate into nature school or a Waldorf-inspired home.
We’ve been enjoying using these as a jumping-off point for
Art, Poetry, Science and Geography.
Animalium — presents the animal kingdom in glorious detail with illustrations from Katie Scott
Botanicum is a wonderful feast of botanical knowledge complete with superb cross sections of how plants work
Maps features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.
The Waldorf Book of Animal Poetry brings the animals of the forests, mountains, jungles, deserts, rivers, seas, and even your own backyard to life on every page.
Eric Carle‘s Animals, Animals brilliant and colorful collage designs bring to life animal poems from such diverse sources as Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Prelutsky, as well as Bible verses, Japanese haiku, American Indian poems and more
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I truly enjoy playing an active role in my child’s learning, the sense of confidence and feeling of accomplishment when he figures something out or discovers a new way to do something is amazing to witness as a parent.
The challenge of comes when we want to ensure we’re doing everything within our power to ensure we’re on the right path.
There’s a bit of self-doubt sometimes around certain subjects.
WriteShop understands the challenges of teaching writing and the curriculum basically shows you how to teach your child to write regardless of their age with step-by-step lessons.
WriteShop offers resources for all ages, kindergarten through high school
We’re using Book B for First grade, which is part of the WriteShop Primary series geared for Kindergarten – 3rd grade; however they’re fully customizable and are available for all grade levels and ages.
Watch my full flip through video here:
Spin-a-Story StoryBuilders help jumpstart a creative writing project by providing kids with the basic elements of a story—character, character trait, setting, and plot. These printable spinners inspire tear-free, enthusiastic creative writing.
Even your most reluctant student will beg for StoryBuilders!
This freebie includes 4 spinners in both full color and grayscale options (8 spinners total) plus complete directions for how to use them.
Spin three times to find out your CHARACTER, SETTING, and a SITUATION. Once you have your three elements, it’s up to you to create the whole story! Here’s an example from the Animal Adventures Spinner:
1st spin for CHARACTER: a jungle animal
2nd spin for SETTING: in an abandoned building
3rd spin for PLOT: hears a cry for help
Spinners may be used by students of various ages. Though they are designed for grades 3-8, younger children and even teens can enjoy them too.
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Having been through most stages of motherhood. (mom of three college-aged students, married young, divorced, remarried and became a mom again in my late thirties)
I thought I would spend a few minutes today to give some advice to new moms out there from someone who at 42 who has been through some things in life.
Don’t just take someones word for something or think that just because that is how you were raised or how it’s always been done that way, that it’s the only way.
There’s an old story of a woman who had been making a ham for the holidays every year.
And each time she’d made it she’d cut off each end of the ham before she cooked it.
Year after year.
Her daughter finally asked her “Mom, why do you cut the ends off the ham before you cook it?”
She just shrugged and said, “That’s how Grandma does it, let’s ask her when she gets here.”
Later they asked Grandma who said, “Oh, I’ve always done it like that because that’s how MY mother did it.”
So the older woman turned to her mother, the young girls great-grandmother and asked her the same question.
“Mother, why did you always cut off the ends of the ham before cooking it?”
To which the elder woman replied,
“When I was first married, after the war, we didn’t have very much.
I had one pan to cook everything. Some things like chicken fit perfectly, but other foods like our Christmas ham, were too big, so I had to cut off the ends of the ham so it would fit in the pot”
So you see how it is important to always ask questions, go with your gut and know that just because it’s always been done that way, doesn’t mean that it’s the only way or that it’s even necessary at all.
I know someone out there feels trapped.
Maybe a Stay-at-home-Mom with no income of her own or a mom working alongside her husband to make ends meet. Possibly a victim of financial abuse or another form of domestic violence.
She may h ave little to no money of her own and relies solely on her partner for an income.
My warning to you, as someone who has been there, you’re not alone and there’s a way out.
If you’re in danger, seek help, there is always help out there like the Purple Purse foundation (should you need additional resources, feel free to email me and I’ll point you in the right direction with resources near you.
Many of us are fortunate and blessed to be able to stay at home with our kids but I feel that it’s important to note that in a marriage, while honesty and open communication are important, it is always a smart idea to have your own side hustle or be working towards something that will help build that for you.
You never know how life can change in a given moment. Death, illness, divorce, estrangement – it’s smart to always have a back-up plan.
I’ve been there!
Back in the late 90s I had a credit score of probably under 500; it affected so much.
I was unable to get an apartment, had a ridiculous interest rate on my vehicle and unable to open a checking account.
This is one of the many reasons why people who are struggling, stay struggling.
My advice is, work toward fixing your credit little by little if it’s less then stellar.
In 1 years time I was able to fix a few things on my credit, get approved for a mortgage and bump my low 600 score up to where it is now, at 740.
It is my goal to help women get a handle on their credit and get back on track so I’ve been working diligently on an e-book to do just that!
I mentioned finding your side hustle and I truly meant it!
One of other goals I have is helping other moms find their true passions and figure out how to make money to enhance their lives, help them get out of debt or fund that dream vacation!
Whether you want to learn to be a freelance writer, get involved in Network Marketing, or start a YouTube channel and Turn YouTube into your Career (all things that I do) there are ways you can earn an income in your spare time.
There are a multitude of options available to you, it’s just a matter of tuning in and keeping your eyes open.
It’s not easy, nothing worth having ever is, but once you figure out your motivation and passions, the rest just starts to flow, as does the money!
I’ve been fortunate in my life that along the way there have been people that I’ve gone to for career, family and life advice.
It’s only been over the last 5 years though, that I have truly made a conscious effort to work with and trust the advice of my mentors.
I have people that I defer to for advice with things I’m working on in my professional life, in my homeschool and of course for my general wellness, health and fitness.
It is important to align yourself with someone who can offer you no-strings attached advice and guidance.
There is something to be learned at every stage of life and there is always something to be learned from just about every person you meet.
It’s up to you to find someone who lives and talks in a way resonates with you and has your best interests at heart and lock arms with them.
Perfection is not attainable, it’s important to not get caught up in comparing your behind the scenes with that Super Mom’s highlight reel.
SPOILER ALERT: She’s not real.
You’ve seen it; the perfectly staged Instagram shots or Facebook photos of someones ‘perfect’ life.
Remember, most of us only show the ‘good stuff’ and the reality is that what you’re seeing is often just a small part of the story.
I’ve recently started delegating many things in my life that did not bring me joy or were not a priority in my life.
Having food in the house and having a clean and sparkling vehicle are priorities, but I’d much rather pay someone else to do them for me. (You see now why having that extra money is a good thing)
That time for me is better spent working on my income streams or reading to my child.
So, I’ve pretty much stopped going to the store and purchase most things online through companies like Boxed – where you can get $15 just for referring people or save time by buying Groceries on Amazon and having them shipped to you.
Additionally, I order groceries online at Harris Teeter and have them delivered to my door and often have my vehicle detailed right in my driveway by a mobile car-detailing company.
These are just a few easy ways to delegate and make more time for the things that will bring value to my life. Now if you enjoy grocery shopping, which I sometimes do, by all means – there are other ways to make more time, it’s just a matter of figuring out what you can delegate.
Moms who seemingly have it all together, for the most part, there’s a lot that they’re not doing on their own; you don’t see the whole story.
Keep that in mind and learn to delegate where you can.
It is imperative that you KNOW YOUR WORTH.
You are valuable and you bring so much to the table; you may not even be aware (yet) of how freaking AWESOME you are!
Don’t let anyone ever trivialize your contribution.
Whether it’s within your family or out and about, KNOW and ACT your worth and you’ll be greeted with respect every single time.
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As a child of about 4 years old; my part-time caregiver, an older Portuguese woman who didn’t speak any English, spoke to me only in her native language with some broken English here and there. At times, this proved to be challenging; for example, when she prepared lunch for me one day.
She kept asking me if I wanted “sopa”
I cried, “No,No sopa!!” literally in tears and hysterics about the “sopa”
Because I thought this woman was trying to feed me ‘soap’ for lunch, not soup.
But, let’s fast forward a few months later. I picked up Portuguese so quickly by being fully and totally immersed in it on a regular basis; I used the language throughout my childhood and visited Portugal in my teens. Upon entering high school, I took Spanish, which was easier for me to pick up having been familiar with Portuguese.
Later, during my first marriage I was exposed to my ex-husbands Spanish speaking family on a regular basis so the language has stayed with me, to an extent. Traveling to Spanish-speaking countries is easier when you know the language and even just in everyday life, being bilingual is a significant asset.
This is why I’ll be spending time teaching my son conversational Spanish and perhaps other languages as we progress.
His older (adult) brother has been learning German conversationally over the last few years. I absolutely love how homeschooling has taught them to be life-long learners.
This year we’re jumping in with Spanish by pulling from a few different resources to create an eclectic curriculum for my First Grade student beginning with this newly re-released workbook The Complete Book of Starter Spanish
While not a comprehensive curriculum, it’s chock full of age-appropriate vocabulary words and phrases that will serve as a good introduction and review to the language. The Big Book of Spanish Words from Usborne is another fun one to look through!
Another resource I’m excited to begin using to incorporate Spanish immersion in our homeschool is this show Salsa from Georgia Public Broadcasting. The videos are entirely in Spanish and center around stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and include vocabulary words and a similar format that you’d find on Sesame Street in terms of repetition and puppetry.
In addition to each 15 minute video, there’s a transcript in both Spanish and English that parents can download for vocabulary words and to gain an understanding of what is going on in the story if they’re unable to translate it themselves. There’s also a suggested activity that goes along with what is covered in the video.
Finally, for the ULTIMATE in teaching Spanish resources, you HAVE to check out SpanishMama.com
Learning other languages should be a priority in your homeschool for many reasons. It gives your child a competitive edge in the future, can improve long-term brain function, expands their worldview and offers a glimpse into other cultures and lifestyles.
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As the new homeschool year approaches, I’ve decided to take a more structured approach to First Grade while still going at my 6 year olds’ pace and interest level while still incorporating various homeschooling methodologies near and dear to my heart, like Waldorf and Montessori.
When choosing our Science curriculum I took into consideration our families current interests and thought that Astronomy would be a great place to start.
Over the last year or so our family has been tracking planets, stars and space launches.
We often head out to see check out the night sky on a regular basis so bringing Astronomy to our homeschool was just a natural progression.
When I first started pulling together our resources, I first took into account the books that I already had in my library; including Usborne titles Look Inside Space, Astronomy, Space, and Raccoon on the Moon and added them to the “Astronomy Bin”
One of the great benefits of homeschooling is that on occasion, homeschoolers can receive benefits like museum passes and membership discounts in their city or town.
It’s important to note though, that these perks of homeschooling are not limited to the where you live! There are many places outside of your home state where you can play the ‘homeschool card’ and reap amazing deals and discounts.
One such place is LEGOLAND FLORIDA! (located in Winter Haven about 40 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort)
On Select Mondays throughout the year, homeschoolers with verified proof can receive significant discounts to the theme park. My husband, son and I got in for the day for under $68 total! For an additional small fee you can also purchase admission to the LEGOLAND FLORIDA Water Park!View Post
To say that I’m excited for the upcoming release of Beauty and the Beast, would be an understatement! The original animated Disney movie is one of my favorites, as a bookworm myself, I identified so closely with Belle.
Also, since I enjoy cooking so much and have wanted to add Le Creuset items to my kitchen, I decided to go ahead and buy the Limited Edition Beauty and the Beast Soup Pot at Williams Sonoma! Take a look at my recent unboxing video, it’s just so perfect!
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Now that my youngest is 5 years old, exploring Charleston by foot has become more of a possiblity.
Not having to lug around a stroller and plan for naps and diaper changes will allow us to explore the city in ways we haven’t before.
We recently found a book from 1932 called Landmarks of Charleston by Thomas Petigru Lesesne. We decided to start using it to learn more about our city.
We headed to downtown Charleston to take the 3-block walking tour known as, Gateway Walk. (six blocks if you have to get back to your parking garage; we parked at Majesty Parking on the corner of King and Queen)
We started at Archdale; the gate was locked so we headed down King Street and backtracked a little bit.
The sign above marks the courtyard entrance of the Charleston Library Society on King. There are eleven ‘gates’ on the Gateway Walk, which i s how it gets its name.
The Gateway Walk opened in 1930 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Charleston. It connects the historic churches along Archdale; St. Philips Episcopal Church, the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street and the neighboring Unitarian Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church.
The pathway ambles through The Gibbes Museum of Art.
The ghost of Annabel Lee (the subject of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem of the same name) is said to haunt the Unitarian Church graveyard. In the poem, Annabel Lee would meet her secret love; a sailor from Virginia stationed in Charleston.
Her father forbid the relationship and when he realized she was secretly seeing him he locked her in her room for months.
The sailor eventually went back to Virginia and Annabel Lee died of yellow fever. He found out she died and returned to Charleston to properly mourn her but her father had her buried six feet deep in the cemetery instead of the regular three feet in the family plot.
The sailor returned but could never find her actual grave.
People say they’ve seen her walking the cemetery looking for her forbidden love.
We didn’t see Annabel Lee this time, but we’ll head back on Halloween to try to catch a glimpse of her.
Have you been to Charleston? What’s your favorite thing about the Holy City?