DITL: “I’m not grumpy; I’m AWESOME!”

Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in a large family home? Well, here is your chance! Now that the GoPro set up is here and I am playing around with it a bit more to figure it all out I thought I would try to post more regular “Day In The Life” vlogs. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in seeing on a more regular basis and how often (weekly, monthly, here and there?).  I absolutely love doing them because they are so fun to look back on. Life is such a blur sometimes with 7 curtain crawlers that it’s nice to freeze some moments in this very precious and fleeting time.

 

Homeschool Planning Book

 

Many of the following links are to Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus. The AMAZING momma that runs this site give these PDF forms, calendars, covers and planners out to people for FREE so go over there and give her some LOVE! I absolutely adore her site and have used her covers, calendars and goal sheets for a couple of years now!

Resources for printing your own planner:

My cover

Other BEAUTIFUL front and back covers

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6 child planner with weekly independent and daily group studies

Planning pages – 4 day weeks

Planning pages – 5 day weeks

Calendars page

Goals Page

Affiliate Links for products in this video

Laminator

Binding Machine

Spines

 

 

 

Shoe and Clothing Storage

Many of you voiced interest in peeking into our basement to view how we store our hand-me-down clothing and shoes. I think we have a pretty great system and it is working beautifully for us. A big selling point for any system for our home is the ease-of-use of it. If it isn’t easy to implement it WON’T. GET. DONE. That is just the cold, hard facts of it. Intricate organization systems aren’t worth the cardboard boxes that contain them if they aren’t implemented because it’s not user-friendly. So remember K.I.S.S. – Keep It Super Simple.

This post contains affiliate links (YAY.. I finally found out how to become an affiliate since I CONSTANTLY am raving about my amazon purchases!) LOL!

Link for the boxes I showed in the video:


Shoe measuring devise that was shown in the video:

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PSA: I Need an Editor/Proofreader! LOL!

Somehow the US President cards cropped off the last president on each card when I converted them to PDF. There should be EIGHT presidents on each card except the last one. I have correct this and it should be reflective on the upload HERE and in the original post.

UPDATE  (8-14-2015) – Hawaii’s capital was cropped out by the PDF converter too. It should be fixed now but you may need to refresh your computer when the PDF loads to get the changes to load.

IMPORTANT CORRECTION!!

Some of the information on the Memory Cards was cut and pasted from internet and it was brought to my attention that the state capital of Washington was indeed incorrect. I apologize for inconvenience. PLEASE let me know if you find any other errors.  It has been corrected and a new set has been added to the link in the original article and HERE.

Curriculum Choices for 2015-2015

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So, I FINALLY got to record my curriculum choices! YAY! I know that so many of you were waiting on this so I am excited to get that out to you.  Without further ado here are my final choices:

Group Studies:

  • Mystery of History, Volume 1
  • Homeschool in the Woods (aka History Through the Ages) timeline figures
  • Wondermaps
  • Real Science for Kids: Chemistry and Physics
  • Memory Work
  • Family Read Alouds:
    • The Golden Goblet
    • A Cry from Egypt
    • The Children’s Homer
    • Archimedes and the Door of Science
    • The Ides of April
    • The Bronze Bow
    • The Greatest Salesman in the World
    • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
    • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
    • Egyptology
    • Castles, Pyramids and Palaces
    • Coloring Book of Ancient Greece
  • We will also be continuing to work through Training Hearts and Teaching Minds which is a book that teaches the Shorter Catechisms with daily lessons and focuses on one question a week.

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

7th Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 7
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 6
  • Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Spelling Workout, F
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in cursive and print
  • Mapping of every country in the world (2-3 times)
  • Foreign Language: French

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

5th Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 5
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 6
  • Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Spelling Workout, F
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in cursive and print
  • Mapping of every country in the world (2-3 times)
  • Foreign Language: French

To see a rundown of  this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

3rd Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 3
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 2
  • Spelling Workout, B
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in print

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

2nd Grader:

  • Math U See, Beta
  • Rod and Staff English, 2
  • Spelling Workout, B
  • Bi-weekly copy work in print

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

Kindergartner:

  • Math U See, Primer
  • A Reason for Handwriting, K
  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
  • Hooked on Phonics, grades K-2
  • McGuffey’s First and Second Eclectic Readers
  • Explode the Code books as needed

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

Cleaning Car Upholstery on the CHEAP!

Kids are messy.

So am I.

Which ends up meaning my house on wheels, the van, (aka the prison bus) gets really (REALLY) dirty very frequently.

A whirlwind of running around and a very festive July which included 4 birthdays within a month, a national holiday, a camping trip, Lake Michigan sand dunes and another beach outing made for a very sandy, sticky (because eating ice cream in the car is a MUST when it’s hot!), filthy car.

When I looked at the upholstery that hadn’t be cleaned (other than a quick vacuum) for MONTHS I almost talked myself into buying a new vehicle. But then it dawned on me that NO one in their right mind would want to sit in this thing, let alone buy it looking like this.

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I thought that with the amount of staining and the time elapsed since it was stained (who KNOWS how long that was there) I would have to rent a mobile carpet cleaner. But I am cheap frugal.  So, why not try to DIY with good ol’ soap and water.

I normally keep a bottle of cleaner mixed up for cleaning anything and everything so I grabbed it. Sometimes it is LOC (from Amway), other times it is Basic H (from Shaklee) and sometimes it’s just plain Dawn. Today it Dawn and water. If I was to guess I would say I dilute about 32 oz of water with a teaspoon or two of Dawn.

I sprayed the seat pretty thoroughly and scrubbed it with a dry terrycloth cleaning rag (just a cheap Walmart bar rag, but any wash cloth or rag would would work). I used a dry one so that it would aid in drying the seat as I scrubbed. AND. IT. WORKED. I have used this method before but it was really bad this time.

2But it really did wonders. It didn’t ALL come out, but come on now, it’s Dawn not magic fairy dust.  And I am not planning on driving around royalty. Unless, of course, you mean the 4 year old with the crown and wand that sometimes sits behinds me and sprinkles food on the floor…

So I guess I am NOT getting a new car. Which is kind of a bummer because I have been eying the shuttle bus that the local nursing home uses. Don’t laugh; I am not joking. It’s awesome. And roomy.

So here are the before and afters:

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2015-2016 Curriculum Haul

I am FINALLY done with not only making the decision of what to buy but the actual purchasing of those items as well. YAY! The 2015-2016 budget has been spent and now I am in the throes of PLANNING the aforementioned items so that I am not flying by the seat of my pants all year. Because that DOES NOT work for me.  I have to have a plan. A loose plan, albeit, but a plan nonetheless.homeschool haul1

This year’s budget was set at $1000 and I may end up going over a little.  BUT, to my defense, the items that threw me over my budget are one time purchases that will last for years and be used on 7 children over the course of the next 18 years. So, I am calling the extra $150 justified. That is my story and I am sticking to it!

Remember that I am schooling FIVE children so don’t run away in complete terror if you are new to this homeschool thing.  Also, a LARGE amount was spent on books for our home library. That amount could easily be eliminated by substituting library books if you are looking to save money. For us though, the extra money is worth it as I believe books are an investment. Also, the logistics of me getting to the library consistently only lasts a few weeks into a school year before I start procrastinating. Which leads to missing books I had planned. Which leads to having to rearrange a schedule. Which leads to making a new schedule.  Which leads to headache. I am not a fan of unnecessary headaches.

Without further ado:

My Budget List:

(I have added links if you would like to take a look at the places I purchased these)

Amazon (literature, atlases, bibles, resource books): $269.14

Mystery of History (Ancient and Bible history) $50.56

Institute for Excellence in Writing (LA) $276.00

Math U See (math) $51.73

Christianbook.com (Spelling, Math) $206.86

Gravitas Publications (Science) $103.22

Yet to Purchase: Rosetta Stone:French: $200 (estimated)

Grand Total: $1157.51

$1157.51/5 kids = $231.50 per child

If you would like to see what exactly what I purchased at each website here is the curriculum haul video I made to show everyone what we got for our money.

Mom and Dad’s Place

Back in February I instragramed this photo:

 

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My parents bought a sweet little red farmhouse that had sat empty for years.

The one RIGHT next to us… as in a hop, a skip and, quite possibly, not even a jump away from us!

This old four square a few hundred feet from our home once belonged to our neighbors who became dear friends. We were so sad to see them go. They had become almost family and I still miss their everyday presence from our lives. But God moved them onward and there sat their little red farmhouse. Built in the early 1900’s and solid as a brick-you-know-what-house. It had a few outbuildings that accompanied it and a GORGEOUS Georgian basement topped with a wrap around porch.

It finally went up for auction in February and my parents literally STOLE it. I am so happy the did. It has been such a blessing to be just a short walk from my parents and the kids are enjoying being able to visit “Gramma and Papa” easily.

IMG_4238{To Grandmother’s house we go… literally!}

So here’s a little video footage on our trip to grandmother’s house:

Recipe Doubling Guide

I have had a few people asking me to post my recipe doubling guide in an easier format. I am pretty sure that now that I am using WordPress I can do so… So here goes nothing:

RECIPE DOUBLING GUIDE

For those of you who don’t know what this AMAZING piece of paper is, BRACE YOURSELF! 😉 It takes a measurement of something and then shows you what it is if you want to double your recipe…  UP TO 6X’s!!! So say you have a wonderful muffin recipe that yields 1 dozen but you have a bajillion kids like me and need 6 dozen. Well, you just look at the “6 column”. Which saves you from having to convert 23 ingredients x6 while 3 kids are begging to lick the spoon, 2 kids are hanging from the pot rack, 1 kid is eating dog food off the floor and yet 2 more have dumped the entire 25 pound bag of flour onto the kitchen floor and are proceeding to make indoor snow angels. Not that has EVER happened in this quaint and quiet abode…cough, cough. Which will save you from ruining 72 muffins because you forget to sextuple the baking powder amount. Again, not that this has ever happened in real life. Totally hypothetically, of course!

For example if you need to use 3 T of cinnamon in one batch you would need 1 cup + 2 T in 6 batches.

Seriously, it’s life changing I tell you. Life. Changing.

Especially if you’re a larger family and double (or triple or quadruple) EVERYTHING.