≡ Menu

2014 Back-to-Homeschool Photos

It’s hard to believe I’m starting my third year “officially” homeschooling! I’ve been working on planning and getting familiar with our 2014 curriculum for a while (hello, tax returns), but I just didn’t have the heart to pull the kids away from summer yet. Well, that, and we’re still finding our new normal after an emergency adoption and a basement renovation. After taking a quick weekend retreat with some iHomeschool Network bloggers, I’m finally ready to get settled into our daily homeschool routine and space.

Every year I share our Back-to-Homeschool photos, and this year is no different. I love looking back and seeing how much they’ve grown over the years!

www.happybrownhouse.com

Jonah

Jonah just turned 7 over the summer and will be in Second Grade. He loves building with Legos, reading, and playing baseball. He’s peeked at the curriculum box and is excited that this year we will learn about Vikings, Native Americans, and Settlers. Jonah enjoys history, geography, and science so I’m anticipating our discussions as we study things he’s excited about–his excitement is contagious.

www.happybrownhouse.com

Lily

Lily is 5 and will be starting Kindergarten. She is newly adopted, so we’re still discovering new things about Lily. She loves Disney’s Frozen, singing, and all things sparkle. (When I asked her what her favorite color was she replied, “Pink, Purple, and Sparkle.” True story.) I performed an initial Kindergarten assessment that I used in my former public school classroom, and was pleasantly surprised. She desperately wants to learn how to read and is well on her way!

Asher 2014

Asher

Asher is about to turn 3 in a few weeks and will be our Tot School/Homeschool Sidekick. He loves trains, cars, and has a slight obsession with puzzles. He knows all of the ABC’s and I’ll be working on introducing letter sounds and numbers to him. Asher can be mischievous and strong-willed, but is motivated to be a part of the action. He will be involved with some of our hands-on projects, crafts, and, of course, our read-alouds.

Back to Homeschool 2014

Here’s to another great homeschool year!

I’m linking up with the 6th Annual Not Back-to-School Hop with iHomeschool Network.

nbts-blog-hop-calendar-2014

{ 0 comments }

2014-2015 Curriculum (2nd, K, and Tot School)

I am so excited for a new school year! This year I’ll “officially” have two children in school, but the youngest will be joining us for tot school. Our school days will be full of activity! It’s hard to believe I’ll have a child in 2nd grade, Kindergarten, and in Tot school!

{affiliate links have been included}

2014-2015 Homeschool Curriculum choices for 2nd grade, kindergarten, and tot school. Great List of ideas!

Second Grade Curriculum Choices

Jonah is so excited to be in 2nd grade! We are continuing with My Father’s World and will be doing Adventures this year. We have been so pleased with My Father’s World! I highly recommend it!

 

Bible: Learning the names of Jesus, reading the Bible, Awana memory verses

History: My Father’s World Adventures in U.S. History–focuses on United States History (early settlers, founding fathers, pioneers, etc,) and United States Geography.

Science:
Science with Air
Science in the Kitchen
Birds, Nests, and Eggs
First Encyclopedia of Science
Fun with Magnets

Reading:

Jonah is a fantastic reader already! He will hide and read all afternoon (like his momma). We will be working through several read alouds for comprehension skills and he will have daily reading activities with his Book Basket.

Language Arts:
Language Lessons for Today (Grade 2)

Spelling:
All About Spelling, level 1

Writing:
No specific curriculum. Most of our writing is integrated into other subjects: science journal writing, history notebooking, etc.

Music:
Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A
Introduction to Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Suite

Art:
I Can Do All Things

I’ve made a YouTube playlist for My Father’s World Adventures in U.S. History. We will be watching videos to go along each unit.

My Pinterest board for Adventures where I’ve gathered ideas and resources to use
Follow Sara’s board MFW Adventures in U.S. History (2nd Grade) on Pinterest.

Kindergarten Curriculum Choices

Lily will be in Kindergarten! Our new daughter is a bright little girl that is already well on her way to reading! Lily will be starting My Father’s World Kindergarten curriculum. While Lily doesn’t really need to do the letter of the week activities, she does desperately need the basic Biblical truths that are woven throughout My Father’s World Kindergarten. My goal for this first year with Lily is to just bathe her in God’s Word & Biblical truths…the other learning will take care of itself.

Unit Studies:
My Father’s World Kindergarten

Math:
Math-U-See Primer

Science:
We will study all sorts of things for science with each unit of My Father’s World. We will be doing lots of hands-on science explorations, nature study, and field trips to our local zoo, aquarium, and farm. We will observe caterpillars turning into butterflies, ants digging tunnels, and more!

Reading:
My Father’s World Kindergarten phonics, leveled readers, library books, iPad apps, and a bunch of other things! Lily already knows over 30+ sight words and is sounding out words, so she is already on her way to reading.

Tot School

Asher will be tagging along for calendar time, read alouds, games, and music. I have decided to include him in the ABC fun each week and will have some tot-friendly activities for him to work on while I work with the big kids. He will have some “mommy & me” time each morning where I work on skills he needs to learn, but for the most part, he is free to tag along as much as he wants and then go play when he isn’t interested.

Want to see what other homeschoolers are using? Check out the 6th Annual NOT Back-to-School Blog Hop!

nbts-blog-hop-calendar-2014

{ 0 comments }

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas

Y’all. It’s been the busiest and craziest summer ever. BIG things have happened–an emergency adoption, basement remodeling, an eBook. Lots. I’m so full of things to tell you and pictures to show you that I’m about to burst.

But first, I have to tell you about the eBook because I fiddle-farted around and didn’t hint about it and now the eBook is going on sale today, and well…you get the picture.

Perhaps you’ve had a big, fat, crazy summer, too and the thought of back-to-school time makes your heart start racing. You’re in good company!

I got together with some of the other bloggers from iHomeschool Network and we wrote The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. It’s jam-packed with homeschool goodness from 55 moms on 103 topics–ages & stages, learning resources, managing life as a homeschool mom, and more. It’s BIG (560+ pages long) and wisdom just oozes all over the place from some of my favorite homeschool blogging friends.

Big Book of Ideas Final Cover 3D

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is a digital product in pdf, mobi and epub formats. You get all three formats with one purchase. You can read it on your computer, iPad, tablet, laptop, smart phone, or any device that can read those formats (pdf, mobi and epub).

While you’re preparing your heart and home for a new homeschool year, treat yourself to expertise and fresh ideas to make this year the best homeschool year yet! Buy your copy today!

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas--55 moms share their expertise on 103 topicsI promise I’ll write all the big, fat, crazy things that have happened to us this summer. I’ll tell you all about the adoption stuff–It’s A Girl! I’ll show you pictures of our basement remodel–It’s a homeschool room! And I’ll get busy sharing my plan for the new homeschool year. In the meantime, go buy The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. After all, I have an emergency adoption to pay for!

{ 1 comment }

Kids love balloons. Kids love fun science activities. Add them together and you’ve got an afternoon full of fun!

Recently, I found a pack of balloons leftover from a birthday party. Knowing we would use them in the fall for our second grade homeschool curriculum, I placed them with our school things. The only problem? My kids found the balloons. Instead of just blowing them up and letting them play keep-away from each other, I rounded up some ideas to bring a little fun into our afternoon and still sneak in a little science. The list was so good, that I had to share with you!

10 Fun Balloon Science Activities for Kids

10 Fun Balloon Science Activities for Kids

For the safety of your children, please supervise balloon activities at all times. Do not leave children unattended with balloons.

Kids will love learning how to blow up a balloon with simple household ingredients without using their mouth from What Do We Do All Day. There are two different ways to try to blow up a balloon in this link.

blow up a balloon with chemistry

Add a little science to the swimming pool by making Balloon Boats from Life with Moore Babies.

Balloon Boats

Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational shares How to Make a Hovercraft with only a few simple steps. My boys will love this!

How to Make a Hovercraft

Kids will be amazed at how the Water Bottle Fountain works from Learn with Play at Home. Heck, even I’m fascinated by it!

How to Make a Water Bottle Fountain

Similar to the balloon boats above, you could make Balloon Rockets from Discover, Learn, Explore. My boys did this one over and over!

Balloon Rockets

Watch the momentum of the Spinning Penny in a Balloon from Juggling with Kids.

Spinning Penny Momentum experiment

Got a Lego lover at your house? Make a Balloon Powered Lego Car  like The Crafty Mummy and have a race!

Balloon Powered Lego Car

Explore the effects of hot and cold air on a balloon like Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. Your kids will be amazed!

Exploring the Effects of Hot and Cold Air on a Balloon in a Bottle

Kids will love the science trick of bending water with their hair and a balloon from All For the Boys. Static Electricity at its finest!

Bend water with your hair and a balloon

Want to win some summer cash? There’s $1,500 up for grabs!

Super Mega Awesome Kid Blogger Cash Giveaway!

Win one of three $500 cash prizes directly in your PayPal account! This giveaway is open internationally. You must be 18+ years old to enter. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Please see detailed terms and conditions below the giveaway for more info.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want more great ideas for kids? A group of kid bloggers that are participating in the mega cash giveaway are all linking up today! There are a ton of great ideas! Be sure to visit and pin your favorites!

 Loading InLinkz ...

{ 23 comments }

Good Tips Tuesday #22

Another week, another link-up! We can’t wait to see all of your fabulous tips!
Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday

We want this to be a resource for you to find Good Tips for your life, home, kids and everything in between! So what kinds of posts are you able to link up now? Check out this awesome list!

  • Recipes & Cooking Tips
  • Homemaking Tips
  • Parenting Tips
  • Kids crafts & Activity Tips

Your hosts each week are:

Golden Reflections Blog

Simply Sherryl

A Bird And A Bean

Happy Brown House

This week we’re featuring some End of the Year Homeschool posts.

End of the School Year for Homeschoolers--featured posts from Good Tips Tuesday linkup

Juggling Homeschooling & Blogging

How to Make a YouTube Playlist for Homeschool

End of the School Year Portfolio

Happy Brown House

Now let’s get to today’s Good Tips Tuesday party!

  • Link up your recipe/cooking, homemaking, parenting, and kids craft/activity tips below (4 per person please)
  • Please link directly to your post, not to your main blog page. All links that do not follow this will be deleted.
  • Visit other posts in the party, comment, tweet, pin and let them know you came from GTTuesday!
  • We will feature 4 posts each week, picked via random.org. We will each be picking our favorite post from the week and pinning all of the featured posts and favorite posts to the GTTuesday Pinterest Board!

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog’s board Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday on Pinterest.

Disclosures:

    • By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow Golden Reflections Blog, Simply Sherryl, A Bird And A Bean, & Happy Brown House to use your pictures and links in future featured post/photo collage like this one. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of all the before mentioned blogs with the corresponding link # given of your entry.

 

  • If you include your e-mail in the link up form below you will be added to a weekly e-mail reminder when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out, please see our privacy policy for details.

 

 

  We can’t wait to see all the amazing posts you will be linking up this week! Blessings, Heather, Sherryl, Erin & Sara

{ 4 comments }

How I Use YouTube Playlists in our Homeschool

Friday night I cracked open my laptop and my teacher’s manual for the next school year. With my feet propped up, I started planning. I know…so nerdy of me to plan on a Friday night. However, I was setting up my YouTube playlists and I was just so excited to get started! When I shared on my personal Facebook page what I had done on my Friday night, I got several questions about YouTube playlists and how I use them in our Homeschool. Instead of typing the same thing over and over, I thought I’d share it here on the blog. Chances are, someone else will find this helpful, too!

Why Use YouTube Playlists?

YouTube is so much more than goofy people doing goofy things. While there is plenty of that available on YouTube, there is also a large group of really great videos just begging to be used in the classroom!

  • Using a playlist keeps out some of the junk. Seriously. I tried to search for a video with my son and I was disappointed at some of the results that popped up. I NEVER watch videos with the kids without previewing them first. A playlist is an easy way to bookmark good videos.
  • YouTube videos are a great way to give young children a visual frame of reference for a variety of topics. If they’ve never seen a team of sled dogs racing across the snow, there’s a video available at your fingertips. In educational terms, we call this building schema. It’s a quick and easy way to introduce them to things visually.
  • YouTube videos are a way to take a field trip….virtually! We can’t hop onto a plane and visit all the places we are learning about, but we can find video and go there in our minds.
  • Technology is just plain fun. Kids love it and it captures their attention. Enough said.

How to make a YouTube Playlist for Homeschool or your classroom. Perfect for unit studies!

 

How to Make a YouTube Playlist:

It’s super simple! A blog post about using YouTube wouldn’t be complete without an actual YouTube video, so I made one for you to walk you through the steps and help you build your own!

As always, if you have any questions, let me know in the comments!

Tell me: Have you ever made a YouTube playlist?

{ 12 comments }

Good Tips Tuesday 5/26

Another week, another link-up! I can’t wait to see all of your fabulous tips!
Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday

We want this to be a resource for you to find Good Tips for your life, home, kids and everything in between! So what kinds of posts are you able to link up now? Check out this awesome list!

  • Recipes & Cooking Tips
  • Homemaking Tips
  • Parenting Tips
  • Kids crafts & Activity Tips

Your hosts each week are:

Golden Reflections Blog

Simply Sherryl

A Bird And A Bean

Happy Brown House

Look at some of the Easy & Delicious Summer Recipes that were in last week’s linkup! I’m seriously drooling over here!

Easy & Delicious Summer Recipes featured in Good Tips Tuesday

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Peaches and Cream Cake

Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Homemade Iced Coffee

Happy Brown House

Now let’s get to today’s Good Tips Tuesday party!

  • Link up your recipe/cooking, homemaking, parenting, and kids craft/activity tips below (4 per person please)
  • Please link directly to your post, not to your main blog page. All links that do not follow this will be deleted.
  • Visit other posts in the party, comment, tweet, pin and let them know you came from GTTuesday!
  • We will feature 4 posts each week, picked via random.org. We will each be picking our favorite post from the week and pinning all of the featured posts and favorite posts to the GTTuesday Pinterest Board!

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog’s board Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday on Pinterest.

Disclosures:

  • By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow Golden Reflections Blog, Simply Sherryl, A Bird And A Bean, & Happy Brown House to use your pictures and links in future featured post/photo collage like this one. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of all the before mentioned blogs with the corresponding link # given of your entry.

 

  • If you include your e-mail in the link up form below you will be added to a weekly e-mail reminder when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out, please see our privacy policy for details.

 

We can’t wait to see all the amazing posts you will be linking up this week!

Blessings,

Heather, Sherryl, Erin & Sara

{ 0 comments }