Monday, April 27, 2015

The Shot Heard Round the World Mini Unit Study

Over the last few weeks we have been working through History using the Liberty's Kids series. This week we will be working on The Shot Heard Round the World. I am so excited for the lesson I have put together with this. Even better, I have made it free for you to enjoy with your kids as well. 
Over the last few weeks we have been working through History using the Liberty's Kids series. This week we will be working on The Shot Heard Round the World. I am so excited for the lesson I have put together with this. Even better, I have made it free for you to enjoy with your kids as well.

What will we do? 
We will start with the comic. I like the idea of having a completed comic at the end of the series showing the story of history from my child's perspective.
Next we will work on the creative writing sheet. The goal is to have the children focus on what the soldiers on each side might have been thinking and how they would react.
After this we will work on the art sheet. The goal of this sheet is to show the feelings the child believes were being experienced at the time the shot was fired.
We will finish with the Press sheet. This form is there to help us focus on the importance of an honest press.

What's included?

  • Comic Template
  • Creative Writing Sheet
  • Coloring Template
  • Talking about the press 

Friday, April 24, 2015

5 Tips for Organizing a Homeschool Co-op

Homeschooling is a beautiful thing! You get to spend incredible amounts of time teaching your children all they need to know. Sometimes that assignment can get a bit overwhelming. Maybe History is not your strong suit. Maybe you can't do art to save your life. Maybe you just need someone else to teach one subject for a few minutes so you can catch your breath. If you are any of these a homeschool co-op may be great for you. However, finding one you are happy with or can afford can be trying. I am going to share 5 tips with you to help you organize your own homeschool co-op.

Homeschooling is a beautiful thing! You get to spend incredible amounts of time teaching your children all they need to know. Sometimes that assignment can get a bit overwhelming. Maybe History is not your strong suit. Maybe you can't do art to save your life. Maybe you just need someone else to teach one subject for a few minutes so you can catch your breath. If you are any of these a homeschool co-op may be great for you. However, finding one you are happy with or can afford can be trying. I am going to share 5 tips with you to help you organize your own homeschool co-op.


1) Start with Friends - Starting a new co-op can be a lot of work and a big adjustment. Starting one with friends can mean that you are able to handle conflict and set backs with grace. Look at the homeschoolers in your circle of friends. You will want to pick friends that have something to offer that you are weaker at. You will also want to pick friends who understand your schedule, kids, and lifestyle.

2) Set Clear Boundaries - It's important to decide what is and is not appropriate in your co-op. If everyone is not faith based you will want to stay away from issues that could cause someone to get offended. If you have a child in the group with learning disabilities you will need to plan lessons around those abilities. Also, make sure to decide whether each person is bringing supplies or if certain things will be provided for them. It's also very important to decide on discipline boundaries. Accidents happen when multiple children get together. Sometimes you will have different parenting styles. Have a clear boundary will save you conflict later.

3) Decide on Grade Levels - I don't mean pigeon hole the children but it will help to know that your children are generally on the same level educationally or that your teaching material will work for accommodate multiple ages. In our group we have mainly second/third graders and kindergarten/first graders. This gives us the ability to work with two age groups and merge the age groups when appropriate.

4) Find Your Strengths - If you are strong with Art and Science but weak with Math and History make sure that you are working more on the arts and sciences. It doesn't make sense to work twice as hard for a subject that you are not strong at. If each person preparing a lesson is working within their strengths your co-op will run smoothly.

5) Everyone needs a Job. - This is one of the most important parts of a co-op. The co-op will only work if everyone has a job and does it. If one person is simply bringing their kids and offering nothing as far as lessons, clean up, prep work, supplies, and so on the rest of the group will quickly get frustrated. It's important to set expectations early on and have everyone working at their specific job each time you meet.

Bonus tip: 
Make it fun! - This is a chance for your children to "socialize" with other kids. Don't be so wrapped up in cramming every subject into the day that your child misses the fun of seeing of their friends at co-op. This is also a great time for you to talk to your friends and see what you can learn from their homeschool journey that could help you and your kids.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

10 Great Recipes to use up 10 pounds of Chicken Breasts!

One of the biggest financial struggles can be meat shopping. In fact, we have given up on beef for the most part because the price is so high. Because of this we have been eating mostly chicken. I was joking the other day with the hubby. I told him I was sure he was tired of chicken. He chuckled and said, "you make it so different each night it isn't like eating the same thing over and over." If you are eating more chicken because of the budget crunch I have put together a list of ten great recipes you can make with 10 pounds of chicken breasts.

One of the biggest financial struggles can be meat shopping. In fact, we have given up on beef for the most part because the price is so high. Because of this we have been eating mostly chicken. I was joking the other day with the hubby. I told him I was sure he was tired of chicken. He chuckled and said, "you make it so different each night it isn't like eating the same thing over and over." If you are eating more chicken because of the budget crunch I have put together a list of ten great recipes you can make with 10 pounds of chicken breasts.


A few of mine:
Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken 


Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole 

Easy Chicken Pot Pie 

A few from my friends: 

Crunchy Cashew Chicken and Rice Casserole from Momless Mom

Sweet Sesame Seed Chicken from Gluten Free Foodsmith

Easy Crockpot Mexican Chicken from Faith N Pixie Dust
Crock Pot Chicken Ceaser Wraps from Surviving a Teacher's Salary

Chicken Falafel Recipe from Words n Needles

Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets from Bree Talks

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Huge Deal on Sams Membership!!!!

Ok, I have to say my views on Sam's club are mixed but for meat, and a few other items you can not beat the deals!!! I have an amazing deal for you!



Today only you can get the following:

  • A one year Sam’s Plus membership ($100 value)
  • Complimentary membership card for a spouse or other household member
  • $20 gift card valid for any in-club, online or fuel purchases
  • Three Fresh-food certificates, redeemable at the time of membership activation through Monday, July 27, 2015 (a $22.94 value), including:
    • One rotisserie chicken (2.75lb—$4.98 value)
    • One container of Italian Rose Fresh Salsa (48 oz—$9.98 value)
    • Gourmet cupcakes (8-count—$7.98 value)

You will pay $45 for all of this! It normally cost $35 a year for the membership so for an extra $5 you can get all of this!

Sam's club has amazing deals on meat, diapers, and much more!

Buy Yours Here!!!

I want to add for those who are struggling, you can now use a food stamp card at Sam's club if the name on the card matches the name on the membership! =)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Free Midnight Ride Mini Unit Study

Over the last few weeks in co-op we have used Liberty's Kids to study  The Intolerable Acts, and The First Continental Congress, and Slavery. This week we moved on to episode 5 of Liberty's Kids. We learned a bit more about Paul Revere and his midnight ride. I have put together a great printable pack for you work on with your kids as you study The Midnight Ride.

Over the last few weeks in co-op we have used Liberty's Kids to study  The Intolerable Acts, and The First Continental Congress, and Slavery. This week we moved on to episode 5 of Liberty's Kids. We learned a bit more about Paul Revere and his midnight ride. I have put together a great printable pack for you work on with your kids as you study The Midnight Ride.


What did we do? 
For this lesson we started with the episode.
We started with the questions about Paul Revere's Midnight Ride.
Next we had the kids work on their comic to show The Midnight Ride from their perspective.
We finished with the Science Experiment which was a lot of fun!

What is included? 

  • Questions
  • Comic Template
  • Science Experiment Sheet with complete experiment and space to fill in hypothesis and conclusions.