Do you use essential oils and homeschool? Been looking for something that will work for you and your kids to help you all while doing your homeschooling time? We started using essential oils not that long ago and have incorporated them in our daily homeschooling time. They have helped with my kids and I with focusing on what we are working on and so many other problems that could arise throughout the time doing all the work.

  1. A focus blend that I personally put together.

This blend has four different essential oils that are added in with only a few drops for each. This is put into a diffuser to spread it throughout the whole room.  The blend consists of:

2 drops of Rosemary

3 drops of Lemon

1 Drop Peppermint

1 Drop Frankincense

This blend has changed the possibility for us all to focus so much better. Before using this blend we had a really difficult time where now we can work with no problem.

2.Another focus blend that could help if the first one doesn’t help you.

2 drops Vetiver

2 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Lavender

3. Need help with memory? Either you or your kids while working on memorizing those words and other important information that needs to be remembered.

1 drop Cinnamon

2 drops Rosemary

3 drops Lemon

3 drops Lavender

4. Do you have a child that doesn’t want to study or even worse woke up on the wrong side of the bed this blend will help boost their mood.

1 drop Lemon

1 drop Lime

2 drops Tangerine

2 drops Grapfruit

5. Are you having a hard time waking up mom? Or are your kids? Here is a blend that could help you all with that.

3 drops Orange

3 drops Peppermint

6. Are you kids having a time where you just can’t seem to get them to calm down? Here is a blend that can help you calm them down.

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Chamomile

Since starting to use Essential Oils we have had so many changes happen to us. We are being healthier and are able to have a more productive day while doing our school work. The oils have given us a different life where we haven’t had to depend on antibiotics and other types of medications.

 

Have you tried any of these blends or have some ones that are not here? If you can think of others please share with us below.

 

Spring time brings out more birds, a time of year the birds come out which means a lot of beautiful music coming from them. All three of my boys love watching them so I decided that it would be fun to make a bird feeder of our own. This brought on searching for many ideas that we could possibly try out. The fact that they were going to be able to watch them while eating and living each day kept them very excited.

  1. Use a recyclable tube to make this easy and fun bird feeder.
  2. Make a cookie cutter bird feeder with just a few supplies.
  3. Adorable craft stick bird feeders made only with craft sticks and glue!
  4. Make this feeder out of just oranges, string and feed.
  5. Try making these adorable and very creative plastic bottle feeder.
  6. Think making a plastic bottle feeder would be fun why not try making one out of a clean milk carton.
  7. Does your child need some help with some fine motor skills? They could try making this feeder out of cheerios.
  8. How many eggs do your family eat. Well once you are done with one of the cartons make sure to keep it make this egg carton bird feeder.
  9. It seems we always have pinecones laying around in our yard no matter where we look. Grabbing one of those would make it possible to make another bird feeder.
  10. What would even be a better way to recycle a tin can than to make a feeder out of it.
  11. Did you ever think that when you are buying cups that you would be using it later for something different? Why not trying making a feeder out of one. Just use one of your tea cups and the saucer and you are all set.

Have you ever thought of  using any of these kind of materials for a bird feeder. I know some of them I never had thought of before. The ones that we have made were very fun to put together.

Have you ever made your own feeder yourself? Share it with us in the comments below.

If you are anything like us you will be starting your garden for this year. Right now I am sure that means inside for most of us as the spring has not brought on enough warm weather yet to really be able to start planting. My kids love to help with our garden especially my 3 year old. They are the ones that help with putting soil in the pots if we are using pots for something. They also help with placing the seeds in the designated holes. So here are some tips that could possibly help you.

  1. Make sure that all your tools and seeds are ready.

We got the boys their own little tools so they didn’t need to use ours. Theirs are the safer plastic kind instead of the metal ones that we use as adults. This way they can help with the dirt and soil. Having all your seeds handy can also help get them into the designated spots faster and easier too.

2. Let your kids do as much as they can.

Letting them do as much as they can (depending on their age) will help them learn better about building a garden and will give them ownership with the garden.

3. As you are planting talk about the seeds and other materials that you are using.

With talking about the seeds and other materials they are able to learn about what each is, what you can use them for and all other information about them. Also talking about the tools and everything before talking will give them a chance to know what they are supposed to be doing with the tools.

4. Tell them that planting the seeds will take some time.

Telling them that it will take time to plant the seeds and for them to grow will show that they don’t grow right away. You can also get them a journal of their own so that they can keep track of what is happening with the garden. They would be able to keep track of each plant.

 

I hope that these tips will help you and your kids grow your garden. Also that you all enjoy with planting your garden and of course the process of eating everything after.

What are some tips you would give to other parents about gardening with their kids?

 

As a homeschool mom or soon to be homeschool have you been looking for books that would be interesting and helpful to you? There are o many to choose from, how will you ever know which ones to choose. Asking other homeschool moms could help you find some. Or even looking online like this could help too! Each one will end up providing special information for you to be able to read and possibly implement into your own homeschool life. Each bringing something new to help shape your mind and help with the need you may have.

  1. The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

She gives you steps of how to help your child be a well rounded learner from preschool through to high school.

2. Teaching from Rest: A Homeschoolers Guide Unshakable Peace  by Sarah Mackenzie

She helps a homeschool mom with everyday struggles of stress, worry and anxiety to make a restful time.

3. Home Learning Year by Year: How to design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool through High School by Rebecca Rupp

She provides information so that you can make sure that your children will learn what they need learn throughout their school journey.

4. When Children love to learn:A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today  by Elaine Cooper

This book is talking about how the Charlotte Mason method helps develop a child’s desire to learn.

5. 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy

One book that has helped me multiply times. This book will show you 102 different curriculum, what Cathy Duffy thinks about them through a special review for each. She explains how each work and what makes it a special recommendation for her.

6. Grace for the Homeschool Mom by Tamara Chilver

This book breaks all the struggles that homeschool moms have and show how the grace of God can help each mother how to handle the struggles.

7. Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson

Sally will take you step by step to help you find a meaningful way to live and how to trust in God. She brings personal experience to help you live a life where God shapes your life.

8. The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start by Linda Dobson

This book has changed things for me during my first year. She goes through different homeschool methods while showing some times with each one. She also shared some I wish I had known this moments.

 

I hope while you check out these books that they will change your life. Being a homeschool parent means that we need so much support and knowledge to be able to teach our children. These books will help in different aspects that are needed to get through. I hope that they will provide you will strength and enough knowledge to get through all your struggles and needs.c

 

Are you like me always looking for snacks that your young kids would love? When it comes to snacks it isn’t always easy to find something all three of my boys can/ will eat. With allergies being involved we are limited sometimes to what that can eat. I’m sure like your kids we have dealt with fazes where they don’t like something. So I  have looked around for some ideas of good healthy snacks for them to eat.

  1. Apple Slices with or without peanut butter

I know there are a lot of children who have peanut allergies but this is a great healthy go to.

2. Sliced fruit of any kind

3. String cheese

For those who cant have dairy there are alternatives in the organic area.

4. Hummus and crackers

5. Butter crackers with cream cheese and blueberries

6. Goldfish

The best part they have so many different kinds now your kids can have different options now.

7. Fruit and yogurt

8. Homemade breads

Such as banana, blueberry, apple and so many other kinds

9. Sliced vegetables

There are so many! Like broccoli, peas, carrots and so much more.

10. Pizza on toast or other kind of bread

11. Popsicles with fruit and vegetables

12. Granola bars

13. Frozen Applesauce Bites

14. Trail Mix

You can put so many different kinds of things in this. Peanuts, raisins, pretzels, cereal, m&ms and more.

15. Broccoli Cheddar Bites

16. Meat an cheese

17. Cereal yogurt bark

18. PB&J

19. Homemade Fruit Strips

20. Graham Crackers

21. Ants on a log

If you haven’t hear of these they are celery with peanut butter and raisins spread on them.

22. Apple Sandwiches

23. Sweet Potato fries

24. Peanut Butter Chocolate no bake cookies

25. Apple Chips

26. Vegetable Fries

27. Fruit pops with bananas, yogurt and cereal

28. Banana Sushi

29. Cream Cheese and Jam Crackers

30. Dried Fruit

31. Mini Breadsticks

32. Cooked Pasta

33. Mini Corn Dog Muffins

34. Banana Chocolate Pops

35. Peanut Butter Fruit Tacos

These look like so many different and great healthy snacks for your kiddos. I hope some of them work for you!

 

Do you have any snacks that aren’t listed? Share in the comments below.

Does it fell like homeschooling isn’t working as well as it did a month ago or even a week ago? There are certain things that you should quit doing to make your homeschool life smoother and happier for you all. This particular actions could really ruin your homeschool life and make it not flourish the way it should. It could also make it harder for your kids to learn and hurt your relationships together. Here are some suggestions for you to consider to help with those problems that end up happening. I know stopping it has helped us learn a lot better. Just because you quit these things doesn’t mean that it is wrong, your homeschool isn’t going to look the same way that someone else’s will.

  1. Stop doing the things that don’t work in the first place.

Obviously you are homeschooling for a reason. It most likely is because any other form of schooling doesn’t work for your family.  This means you need to quit doing what that school system does.

2. Don’t think you need to homeschool 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

It is more than possible to homeschool is less hours than this. If we homeschooled for this long each day I would have some very unhappy boys and I would be unhappy too. This doesn’t mean have to all at once you can break up your schoolwork throughout the day too.

3. Quit expecting them to do all the pages in workbooks and textbooks.

There are some families that make sure each page in their workbook or textbooks are done. Some kids don’t need this to be the case and they get bored with having to continue on with that topic. If they understand what they are learning and don’t need to focus on it anymore than move on to something else even if that means you end up skipping a page.

4. Don’t box your children into grade levels.

There are going to be some subjects that they are at a different level than another.  When it comes to my boys they are all over the place. I can’t say they are one grade level nor am I going to give them work for one grade level.  Instead I go along with where they are with that particular subject. By trying them to get them to do everything in one grade level is hindering them from learning at their own level.

5. Quit using the curriculum that doesn’t work for them.

Don’t continue using curriculum that doesn’t work for you kids. I admit we have gone through a few different phonics curriculums before finding the right one. Unfortunately it cost more than the others but it has changed learning it completely. Before they were having problems, now they are not. Changing your curriculum that isn’t working could end up helping everyone.

 

With these thoughts what do you think, will you quit the things that need to go in your homeschool? I know we have and we are so much happier doing so. If something isn’t working than take the time you need to in order to find what you need to do.

What are some things that you have quit doing in your homeschool?

Happy early Easter! Have you been looking for some crafts to do with your kiddos while waiting for Easter while keeping the theme. It is so much fun for us all to do crafts, what makes them even better is making them with your kids. While waiting for the holiday to come this will bring some fun for you together, some of the crafts you might be able to make for others from the kids! Easter is such a fun holiday to make all these cute little crafts for with all the bunnies, eggs and chicks!

  1. Foam Cup Bunny by I heart Crafty Things
  2. Handprint Lilies by One Little Project at a Time

These look pretty, lilies have always been my favorite flower, what about you?

3. Paper Easter Bunny Craft by Easy Peasy Fun

4.Easy Paper Plate Bunny Craft by Simply Today Life

5. Paper Mosaic Easter Eggs by The Pinterested Parent

6. Easy Bunny Corner Bookmark by Easy Peasy Fun

7. DIY Salt Dough Easter Eggs by Design Mom

8. Stained Glass Easter Cross by Fun Holiday Crafts

9. Paper Bunny Hiding in the Grass by Crafty Morning

10. Easy Plastic Egg Wreath by Creative Homemaking

11. Bunny Ears Bags by Oh Happy Day

12. Fluffy Chicks by The Artist Woman

13. Handprint bunnies by Crafty Morning

14. Paper Plate Bunny Ears by Alpha Mom

15. Popsicle Stick Chicks by Crafty Morning

16. Fingerprint carrot and Bunny by Crafty Morning

17. Lollipop bunnies by One Little Project

18. Handprint Chick Puppets by Kids Craft Room

 

If you like these Easter crafts then you should check out some of our crafts and activities that are available. Such as Activities based off of children’s books and Learning activities using Dollar Tree items.  Have a great holiday with your family and fun making all these crafts together. Making crafts add on that extra fun for you and your kids, what could be better!

We are very hands on learners in our home. So it has been a search to find the right Phonics curriculum since this isn’t exactly the easiest subject for my boys. I ended up finding a fun filled curriculum called Happy Phonics.  It is very hands on and full of games to keep hands on learners happy. So I thought it would be great to share it with all of you so that you could see an option that could possibly help your kids to learn.

Now Happy Phonics isn’t the only thing that we use for phonics. We also use All About Reading, so this kind of is an added bit to that for when we need fun game days that we can still learn during.  Happy Phonics splits up the different steps of phonics into different steps that have games involved. You work on each step until your child fully understands what they are learning. So this is a mastery kind of curriculum, meaning you don’t move on until ready.

There are seven steps for your child to go through. Some steps at the beginning you might be able to skip depending where your child is.

Step one: Teaching your child to sing the alphabet Song.

In this step it is self explanatory you will be teaching your child how to sing the alphabet. There are some suggestions of how to do it in the booklet that comes with the curriculum. They suggest continually singing throughout your day, you can record yourself saying the alphabet or find some songs that are made for this reason.

Step 2: Teach that capital letters match the lowercase letters.

You will have the Alphabet desk strips provided to point out the letters as you sing the alphabet song. Another option is the Muffin match, which is a game that they will match the muffin top and muffin bottom together. One has the capital letter and the other has the lowercase letter to match together. There are also some practice pages that you can use to help recognize those letters, these are the Capital match sheet and the find my letter sheet. These will have the letters all over the page, you pick a letter for them to find among all the letters and they circle them. With these pages it might be easier to laminate it so that you can use the pages more than once.

Step3: Teach a sound for each alphabet letter.

With this step they are learning the sounds that each letters. There are white phonics flashcards that are available to work with. One tip that they provided is to make sure to only share the first sound that they have more than one (don’t worry you will go over the other ones later).

Step 4: Blend letter sounds to form a word.

This step will start helping your kids take those letter sounds and put them together to make those words. For this step there are quite a few games that will help them learn how to blend. Some are flippin fun which are books that you can use to place words together. Each one will have a beginning sound and then an ending sound to the words to learn what they sound like. Example would be having the word at on one part and then letters that will go along with it to make a word. You will have more than one letter to flip through to match with at. Another game is Rhyme game where you will take cards that have pictures on them and show your child that they may not be the same word but they both have the same ending or beginning sound.

Step 5: Teach common non- phonetic words: a, the, to, etc.

This are the words that just don’t make sense when sounding out. Just like you ant to sound the out one way but they look differently.  Build a Sentence game is the game where you lay out cards that have different words on them. Your child will lay them out in the way that the sentence is supposed to go. This will include them learning about where a and the should be placed in the sentence. Another game like this one is the Scrambled Sentences  which will help them learn how to put sentences together.

Step 6: Teach that vowels (a, e, I, o, u) can make a second sound: their alphabet sounds.

Once they know the alphabet names and sounds (most common ones) they will be learning the other sounds for the 5 letters that have more than one sound. You can use the phonics flashcards to work with the vowels so that they can see the vowel and learn how to make each sound.

Step 7: Teach the phonics units containing two or more letters

This step is broken up into a few parts to help process the information shared easier. The first group is ch,th, sh, and wh. You will see in the package of games and everything that there will be a tongue positon chart that will help show your child where they need to place their tongue to say these. There is also the CH, SH, TH and WH game where there will be two decks of cards where they will pick a card from both stacks and on sounding out the word that the two cards make.

The second group is a. The letter a is the only letter that has three sounds. There are clue cards made for these specially and then the Reading house can also be used to learn them. Also there is the 3 A’s book to help your child the special group.

You can see the video for the rest of the group as there are over 10 included.

 

I really hope that this review for Happy Phonics ends up giving you enough information to help you with hands on learning in your homeschool! Happy Phonics sure has started helping with learning phonics in our home.

Have you had the moment of wanting to quit homeschooling your kids? We all will be there at some point.  How you take care of the situation will depend on what you will tell  yourself and the actions that you take. Just remember these things that could affect you and your kids, mainly your kids though.

  1. You might be having a challenge right now but there will be other challenges that you face when you place them in a different form of school.

You are having some challenges in your homeschool aren’t you? Fighting with your kids to get their school work done during your school hours? Having the challenge of teaching your kids. You might be going through this right now but remember there are different challenges. If you put them in public school you will be dealing with hours of homework after school which your kids would end up fighting with you over. Your kids will have challenges with feeling like they are behind if they have a learning disability and you will have the challenge of making the decisions that would benefit them the most. At least with homeschooling you can control the challenges that you have by having your kids learn the best way for them and not worrying about how others are learning and being compared.

2. Time is going by fast and by sending them to school somewhere else you will miss everything.

When you think about not homeschooling anymore think about the fact that you will not see your children like you would during homeschooling. You will have much less time with them, will not be able to see how they grow and their faces when they learn something new. Also what happens if you or your spouse has a different work schedule than what is considered normal? Your kids won’t see you little they would otherwise. For us this would be the case because my husband has an odd work schedule, if my kids went to public school they would never get to see their father. As he would be home while they are in school and working at night when they are home.

Also think about the fact that one day your children will not be with you, they will be leaving to go on with their lives. Whether it be starting college or getting a job. Then eventually will have a family of their own. With this coming at a later time spending time with them now will mean so much more to you.

3. Will your child be able to learn the way that works best for them if you send them to school elsewhere?

This is a big question! Will your child be able to learn the way that they need to if they are in public school. For my boys they wouldn’t, they are very hands on and my oldest needs to be able to move around. Are children able to do that when they are in a public school? No that isn’t possible as they are told that they need to stay still to make it easier for the teacher to teach everyone in the classroom. Where while you are homeschooling you can teach your kids the way that better suits them. People will tell you to go one way but with this decision you need to make the final decision and have you significant other tell you their opinion.

4. Talk to your kids and get how they feel

Remember your kids are also included in this homeschool journey with you. It will affect them also if you decide to quit homeschooling. Ask them how they feel about it. If they are going to do what needs to be done in order to continue homeschooling. Also see what they would feel could help your homeschool experience better. This way you can see how they feel which could help your decision making when determining if you will quit for sure or not. Tell them that no matter what decision that is decided that you will always be there for the no matter what.

In the end we really need to take into consideration what will happen to our family and what would be best for the whole family. Just remember mom you need to take time to make sure it is the right decision to make and tell yourself that what you decide will be the best for you and you can go back if needed. Really think about it and then you will be able to better decide if you should quit for sure or if homeschooling is the best way for your family to go. Don’t worry you are not alone in this journey!

Have you been looking for a music program that you can do with your younger children? Haven’t found one yet? Musik at home is a great program to do music with your younger kids at home that is used within your schedule. It is done when your family has the time to have some musical fun, not when someone else tells you to do it. They help you provide a musical experience for your infant up to your preschoolers. Providing an active atmosphere where your child is moving around and also using musical instruments while listening to nursery rhymes and other forms of music.

Musik at home is a program that was started by Kathryn Brunner who works to help you as the parent to incorporate music into your home on a regular basis. Each lesson is meant to be done with the interaction of the parent and child to provide more intimate time together. You will be doing a lot of activity and singing together throughout each video that you watch and interact with.

Each class level has 12-18 week sessions, where they are split up into 6 class videos so that they classes can be done multiple times. Classes for babies are 8-12 minutes and classes for preschoolers are 12-22 minutes. While she leads you through each lesson you can take the time to let your children lead the way at home by providing enough space to move around. The videos are designed to be able to be paused so that if your child wants to do some form of movement they are able to.

When you have decided to start a class subscription you will find some bonus videos that go along with that particular age group. There are some materials that you would need such a some round small sticks to be able to tap against each other to go along with the music to help the child learn about rhythm.

The music class series of Family Music of all Ages works with the ages of 1-5 years old. It can work for 6 and 7 year olds also. It is made to give your whole family time to get together to move around to have, sing songs and rhymes that can be familiar and different.

There are 6 videos each with a special theme and 2 bonus videos. Nimble and Quick: Clocks and Candles, Nimble and Quick: Bath Time and Bed time, Nimble and Quick: Flying and Floating, Twist and Turn videos and then the 2 bonus videos. With each different theme you have a fun experience of doing different actions and songs that are associated with that theme. You will go flying, play with an imaginary umbrella and so many more fun things to do.

My boys and I had so much fun with this music program. With them ranging in age it entertained all three of them. That to me is a big deal with having a 15 month old and two preschoolers. Having a program of any kind that works for all of them and gives us a chance to interact more as a family gives me such joy. With all the movement and music I would recommend this program over and over to use with younger children. Musik at home has changed the way that we have done music in our home this past month, giving my boys even more love!