Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Daily Spending Planning Stickers

I created this in photoshop and then created the studio file. I use these to help me track my weekly spending so I can stay on budget better. :) I hope they help you like they are helping me.




Click HERE to Download the PDF
Click HERE To Download Studio file
(Preview is not as clear as final product)


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Weekly Checklists

To lesson plan the whole year or not, that is the question. In the past when I was a new homeschooler I would sit down and write lesson plans for the entire year. Boy was that a hug waste of my time. Why? Well, because life happens and things change. People get sick and Field Trips come up. You just really never know when you will have something not on your schedule pop up. So over the years I've learned lesson plans while helpful for some people don't work for me and my girls. Instead we use checklists as guides. Below are our guides we will use for this year. And when I say guide I mean just that a guide. Some weeks we may do the entire weeks history in one sitting. And other weeks we might do it daily. It really just depends on what my girls want to do. Our guides just show them what we should get done in one week to finish our curriculum by the end of the year. I'm sure some weeks we will be right on track and other weeks we won't but our guides will show them what they need to do. This helps not only them but me as well. One of my daughters get up way before I do and this shows her exactly what she can work on. :)

So how did I figure this all out? Well using math of course. I should tell my daughters "hey look I used Math!" lol They hate it and alway say "I'll never use this on a daily basis" but now I have proof they will! I used a calculator tho. Shhhhhhhh! Don't tell them! lol I took the number of "work" school days we will have and figure how much should be done weekly. After that I broke it down into days. 





Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2016-2017 Curriculum

So deciding on everything took quite awhile because I am/was so nervous about Trinity going into High School. But after a lot of research I've come to realize that it's not much different then Jr. High. :) Knowing that helped me finally make decisions on curriculum much easier. So here is our plan for the coming school year. I say plan because some things may change or we may add other things/ classes. Anyways! I'm excited about what I picked and I think I my girls will like it at all, well except for math. They hate math no matter what. lol




Trinity's 9th Grade Curriculum List

Multi-Subject:  Thinking Tree 12 Subject Portfolio

Bible
:
The Standard of Purity - A Bible Based Study for Young Adults by Sandi Queen / To Know the Love of Christ: A Bible by Sandi Queen / Thinking Tree Tea Time ~ A Prayer Journal & Devotional Coloring Book: Experience God's Promise ~ Quiet Time Handbook(10)

Math: Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 (10)

English:   (10)

Spelling -
Spelling Time - Master the Top 150 Misspelled Words
Vocabulary - Greek & Latin Roots @ Co-Op
Reading/Literature – Free Reading 30mins Daily
Grammar
180 Daily Teaching Lessons, Grade 9
Writing
Creative Writing and Publishing for Teens Class (Currclick)

Science: Biology 101 / Crash Course Biology /
Discovering Nature Series: Summer by the Sea / Thinking Tree Science Handbook and Portfolio / DIY Book of Biology / Manga Guide to Molecular Biology /  Basher Science Books: Biology, Extreme Biology, Microbiology / (10)

History & Geography: Travel Dreams Fun-Schooling Journal: 30 Fascinating Cities / Global Connections Teens In Series: Canada, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, China, Israel, Pakistan, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Nepal, Ghana, Spain, Peru, Thailand, South Africa, Cuba, Philippines, Finland, Australia, Brazil, England, Egypt,  India, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Turkey, USA, and Venezuela / Great Cities of the World Series: Atlanta, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai,  St. Petersburg, Toronto,  Cairo, London, Istanbul, New York City, Jerusalem, Singapore, Los Angeles, Montreal, Tokyo, Baghdad, Chicago, Berlin, Delhi, and San Francisco  (10)

Electives:
                
Foreign Language – Japanese 1 Mango Languages /
Kana From Zero!: Learn Japanese Hiragana and Katakana / Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners (10)

Physical EducationGirls' Fitness Club (Currclick) (5)
Art (Drawing) – See The Light Art Drawing Class @ Co-Op (10)



Novalee's & Morgan's 7th Grade Curriculum List



Multi-Subject:  Thinking Tree 12 Subject Portfolio

Bible: Princess Penelope's Reward / Thinking Tree Tea Time ~ A Prayer Journal & Devotional Coloring Book: Experience God's Promise ~ Quiet Time Handbook / A Humble Heart: A Study on Biblical Humility by Queen’s Homeschool / A Virtuous Girl: A Bible Study for Elementary Aged Girls by Queen’s Homeschooling

Math: Teaching Textbooks Math 7

English:

Spelling
Spelling Time - Master the Top 150 Misspelled Words
Vocabulary – Greek & Latin Roots @ Co-Op
Reading/Literature – Easy Peasy Reading Level 6
Grammar -
Grammar Workbook: Grades 7-8 / Painless Grammar / DIY Book of Proper English Grammar
Writing IEW Intermediate Middle Ages Writing Class (Currclick)

Science:
Discovering Nature Series: Let the Rocks Cry Out /
Discovering Nature Series: Mary’s Meadow Curriculum / Science Handbook and Portfolio: Document your Research, Discoveries, Experiments and Science Projects / Thinking Tree DIY Book of Science Discoveries

History: Travel Dreams Fun-Schooling Journal: 30 Fascinating Cities / Global Connections Teens In Series: Canada, Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, China, Israel, Pakistan, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Nepal, Ghana, Spain, Peru, Thailand, South Africa, Cuba, Philippines, Finland, Australia, Brazil, England, Egypt,  India, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Turkey, USA, and Venezuela / Great Cities of the World Series: Atlanta, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai,  St. Petersburg, Toronto,  Cairo, London, Istanbul, New York City, Jerusalem, Singapore, Los Angeles, Montreal, Tokyo, Baghdad, Chicago, Berlin, Delhi, and San Francisco  

Electives:
                 
Foreign Language – Japanese Mango Languages (10)
Physical Education – Health Zone: Take a Stand!, Keep Your Cool, Eat Right!, Keep Clear, Stay Fit, Healthy Feet Healthy Food, Soccer / Gym
Art (Drawing) – See The Light Art Drawing Class @ Co-Op


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Creating Fun


So I went to Hobby Lobby. This is a huge no no for me. I absolutely LOVE this store. So many things to use for crafts, school, and fun!! :)

This time I found a cardboard box that would fit perfectly in my school/art organizer I had at home. So I bought it and brought it home. First thing I did was paint the paint blue using paint I had left over from painting our front room walls.


Next I spray painted my box's lid. I use black because I thought it looked great with the blue.


After waiting a day to make sure the paint was dry and smooth, I pulled out my stickers!! :) I carefully picked and choose where I wanted to place these stickers.


Finally my new box was done and I think it came out great! The photos below do not do it Justice at all.




Here is my box in the space I made for it!!! :) What is in it you ask? Well nothing yet but doesn't it look pretty!! ;)


Friday, January 22, 2016

Middle Ages Worksheet

Another worksheet I made to use with my girls for studying the middle ages. Thought I would share. :)



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

One Year Adventure Novel Review





The One Year Adventure Novel course helps high school students brainstorm and write their very own adventure novel. This curriculum works well for independent study. My daughter is currently using it and works on her own. My husband grades and edits her assignments week every week.

The curriculum comes with seven DVD discs and an eighth resource disc, The Compass textbook, The Map workbook, a teacher’s guide, and the novel, The Prisoner of Zenda. The video lengths vary from ten minutes to thirty minutes. With 78 lessons the curriculum should take about 26 weeks if a student completes three lessons per week. My daughter has just reached the part where she has began writing. We have decided that some weeks she will take will two weeks to complete three lesson so she has more time to edit and write her chapter.



Students begin by watching a video on the DVD. Schwabauer is a very fun and interesting teacher, he includes examples from well-known books and movies as he teaches the student.  My daughter seems to enjoy the way he teaches except for when the lessons run a little bit too long. After watching the video she reads the lesson in the Compass Textbook that reinforces the lesson and then expands upon it. Next she uses the Map workbook to brainstorm and start developing her story. The workbook takes the student through the necessary steps to help them create the foundation their story will be based on. They also complete weekly quizzes to help make sure what they are learning is sticking with them.




I asked Trinity to write a review for me to share here and this is what she had to say -

"The One Year Adventure Novel is a great curriculum for writing. For starters, it goes through the writing process very thoroughly and helps with planning your story. The teacher is very specific and very thorough about how you should write your story. However, a few of the videos are very long and some can seem very tedious. Some of the brainstorming pages can be tedious as well but it’s worth it when you reach Lesson 40 where you will start writing your story. I suggest taking two weeks for each chapter, one week for writing and the other for editing. Overall it’s a wonderful curriculum but not for those who give up easily." 

I've really enjoyed this curriculum. It has taken teaching Trinity writing mostly off of my plate and it has given Trinity something I could not. I'm not a big writer but my daughter is. I've watched her working through this curriculum and I've seen her passion for writing grow bigger and bigger. 

One thing I disliked in the beginning was the Teacher's Guidebook. It is very small. I thought I would need a lot more help with grading and editing Trinity's assignments. I have found since then that it is the perfect size. It does have the information I need without any distractions to get in the way!




A Look inside The Compass Textbook ~





A Look inside The Map Workbook ~





Would I recommend this curriculum to a friend? Yes, as long as the child they are planning on using with has a passion for writing. Someone who doesn't like writing or someone who likes it just okay would not like it. This curriculum is a lot of work and a lot of writing. I do not plan to use it with my other daughter Novalee because she can write but doesn't enjoy writing. This curriculum would definitely overwhelm her. 

Please feel free to ask me or my daughter questions related to this curriculum. We'd be happy to help! :)