Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Saturday, August 21, 2010

CSN $80 Gift Card Giveaway

Here's another great giveaway on Two of a Kind, Working On a Full House. Just read the post and enter to win an $80 gift card to CSN Stores. Hurry, this contest ends on August 30th!

Great Flip Video Giveaway!

Just wanted to let everyone know about this great giveaway on the blog Two of a Kind, Working On a Full House. Just read the post and enter to win the new Flip SlideHD Video Camera. Hurry...contest ends September 13th! If I don't win one, I know what I'm asking for this Christmas.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Favorite Homeschooling Websites: Language Arts

I am posting a series to share my favorite homeschooling resource websites. As they are completed, they can be found in the drop down list (Favorite Websites) at the top of my blog. Please let me know if any links have stopped working or if you have any suggestions for the list.

Favorite Language Arts Websites


All About Spelling: What we use!

Home Grown Hearts: Sight Words List 1, List 2 Word Search Generator

Spelling City


The Complete Writer: What we use!


First-School: Handwriting Worksheets and Printable Activities for PreK & K

DLTK KidZone: Custom Tracer Pages

Write Source: Writing Topics per grade level


Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons: What we use!

Trivium Pursuit: What Makes a Book Good (Great book list)

Classical Christian Education Support Loop: 1000 Good Books List (Primary Reading Levels 1-3) Young Reader Book List

Confessions of a Homeschooler: Animated Books Online

Mountain City Elementary, TN: Reading Units

Book Adventure


Explode the Code: What we use!

Confessions of a Homeschooler: Paint Chip Phonics

Progressive Phonics: Free Reading Program


First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: What we use! This is the newer edition to be released in September.

DLTK KidZone: Language Arts for K

Queen Homeschool Supplies: Language Lessons


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Day of School 2010-11

Not Back to School Blog Hop

School officially started on August 9th for us, which was later than I had originally planned. We've just had so many visitors and trips planned over the summer that I couldn't get us ready any sooner. I'm so glad that I did all my prep for the new school year (researching and buying new curriculum, printing and laminating tons of PreK activities, lesson planning, etc.) before we moved across country and had a new baby. Here are my little brilliant brainiacs! Forgive the bad photography. I really need a better camera. And by the way, they're not really that tall, just standing on a chair.

Joshua - 5 (almost 6) - 1st Grade

Ella - 4 - PreK

Brooke - 2 (almost 3) - Tot School

And let's not forget our sweet new baby girl, Rachel - 3 months
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Our Schoolroom 2010-11

Not Back to School Blog Hop

We moved across country this summer, so I had to get unpacked, get organized, and get my new schoolroom all set up. Our new house has an eating area off the kitchen and a separate dining room, so that became our new schoolroom. I changed our workboxes to the plastic drawer storage stands from Target to save space. You can read about how we use workboxes here. Enjoy the pictures!

The far left wall has shelves with learning toys and games. Our new workboxes are under the whiteboard. In the middle of our work table is a green bucket with different compartments for pencils, crayons, glue sticks, and scissors.

My 2-year-old, Brooke, was doing puzzles while I took this picture. The left wall is our new morning calendar wall, which I'll write another post about soon.

Our tall bookshelves on the back wall hold our curriculum, reading books, puzzles, and supplies for science, math, art, etc. On the right wall is my desk. Underneath and on the side of it are big plastic bins of other supplies, activities, and files.

Here is Joshua's new workbox stand. I stacked a 3-drawer stand on top of the 7-drawer stand so he could have more drawers. When he completes a box, he takes off the number and puts it into the box. The bin on top is his "done box" where he puts all his completed work.

This is Ella's workbox stand. Brooke has a stand too because I thought she might want to start doing Tot School for fun.
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