Super Simple Letter Recognition Game for Tots

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Since one of my bestest friends just had a new baby, I have been watching her other kiddos once a week to give her a little break.  She is supposed to go home and take a nap, but she usually cleans instead.  I’d chastise her for that here, but I do the same thing.  Anywho, at some point during the playdate, I bust out the schoolish type activities.  I stumbled upon this super simple and versatile letter recognition game with the two-year olds and I’m betting you probably have the materials already on hand. … Keep reading…

The One With Two Toddlers and a Wine Bar

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Another busy ~two~ summer week(~s) for us.  We kicked off the previous weekend with my mom’s birthday.  Hubby, the Mighty Mights, and I made her a cake and dinner while Aunt Carla and Uncle Brad took Alex and Ryan to an amusement park for a work party.  They were a bit timid at first, but after eating some dinner decided to ride a few of the kid’s ride.  It sounded like fun.  I don’t have a single picture, Carla. … Keep reading…

Our Favorite Things: Magnetic Mosaics

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Magnetic mosaics are a very popular choice around here as a quiet time activity and is probably solely responsible for teaching my children to recognize the numbers 1-9. Maneuvering the small pieces is great for fine motor skills, and if your child is one of those creative, artsy types, he can create customized pictures.  Or if your child is more of an analytical engineer (like mine), filling in the numbered boxes with the corresponding color to complete the image is quite satisfying, too. … Keep reading…

3rd Grade Curriculum Not Mother of Divine Grace

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Last time, I revealed about half of our 2014-2015 curriculum which follows the Mother of Divine Grace third grade syllabus and is based on the classical model of teaching.  I still plan to follow the MODG guide loosely and use classical methods for a small remainder of the subjects.  The rest are complete deviations from MODG or the classical method. … Keep reading…

The One With a Real Vacation

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You get another two for one this week because last week I was ON VACATION!  That’s when you don’t sleep at your own house by choice.  I think the last time my hubby and I went away without any kiddos was just before Ryan was born.  Before that was probably our honeymoon. Just to remind you, we are on our homeschool break.  From mid-April until July, we have a crazy amount of family birthdays, anniversaries, special classes, and other various and sundry celebrations that keep us hopping.  I loath being busy so I hope I survive the next six weeks.  Here are our activities from the past two weeks. … Keep reading…

3rd Grade Curriculum: Mother of Divine Grace

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After the super traditional year of using Seton and writing 31 days worth of posts about classical education, I am ready to head back to making my own lesson plans following mostly classical methods.  I did learn a thing or two about myself over the past few years.  Namely that I just don’t have the time, energy, or dedication to write all our curriculum from scratch.  So this will be a bit of a hybrid year.  To give myself some structure, we will be basing most of our lessons on the third grade syllabus from Mother of Divine Grace. … Keep reading…