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    2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Bind a Quilt (Machine or Hand)

    Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to bind your quilt! There are several ways to go about binding your quilt, so today I’m just going to show you a couple of ways that I like to do it. I’ll also be showing you some tips to help you get … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 First Day of Homeschool!

    Hi friends! Wow, I can’t believe we’re starting out 10th year of homeschooling today. It’s been quite a ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities! We’ve got our new curriculum all sorted in our work drawers, and the school room has been cleaned out, … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Free Motion Quilt

    Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to free motion quilt! This has been one of my most highly requested videos, and I’m hoping that it will inspire you to give free motion quilting a try. I know it can sound a little intimidating, but I … [Read More...]

AUG
22
2016

2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!

 

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This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling his workload into manageable sections. We started introducing study skills last year and will continue on with that again this year.

So to see what my 7th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!

7th Grade Curriculum:

Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that help supplement our homeschooling. It also provides the kids with a fun day where they get to see their friends and participate in a classroom environment. Here is a list of his classes this year:

  • PE
  • Robotics
  • Game Theory
  • Choir

 

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. I may receive a small percentage if you purchase items through my link, so thank you for helping to support my blog! That said, I do NOT recommend anything that we do not use in our homeschool.

 

Links mentioned in the video:

 

And that’s it for our 7th grade curriculum line up this year! I’ll try to do a mid-year update to let you all know how it’s going. We’re trying some new curriculum this year, so that’s always exciting!

 

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I hope this helps some of you out, I know getting started can be overwhelming! I wrote a book called Homeschooling 101 that will help answer all of your questions on how to get started homeschooling, choosing curriculum, creating lesson plans, etc. For more information on homeschooling check out my Homeschooling 101: A guide to getting started!

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AUG
17
2016

Quilting 101: How to Bind a Quilt (Machine or Hand)

Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to bind your quilt! There are several ways to go about binding your quilt, so today I’m just going to show you a couple of ways that I like to do it. I’ll also be showing you some tips to help you get your binding right the first time!   In the video I’ll be showing you how to: Create straight edge binding Create bias binding Machine bind Hand bind (This usually means attach the binding to the front side using your machine, then hand sew the binding on the back side to finish it off.) As you can imagine this video got to be a bit long, but I really wanted to show you how to bind using your machine as well as hand bind. I tend to machine bind mostly just because it’s faster, and I like the finished look. But I know several people who prefer to hand bind because it’s a nice relaxing process, and you can’t even see the stitches on the backside of your quilt so … [Read more...]

AUG
15
2016

2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, and 7 soon as well.   This year continuing to focus on more independent work skills. As students get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling their own workloads into manageable sections. We started introducing more independent work over the last couple of years, she will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 8th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 8th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion Cooking: At options English/Grammar: IEW … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2016

2016-2017 First Day of Homeschool!

Hi friends! Wow, I can’t believe we’re starting out 10th year of homeschooling today. It’s been quite a ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities! We’ve got our new curriculum all sorted in our work drawers, and the school room has been cleaned out, de-cluttered, and sanitized. Even the birds got a fresh new cage cleaning! The kids are all sad to see summer go, but they’re also excited for a new year and they’ve even said they’re excited to start school, so I take that as a bonus! As a side note, I let the kids make their first day of school grade cards (see above) this year, and I thought it was funny how well they reflected their personalities! Some are straight forward and to the point, and others have a little more...shall we say flare? Love them all! For our first day we usually… Eat a good breakfast! Take first day of school photos Take a quick tour of the classroom, and their workboxes so they can get a feel of what … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2016

Quilting 101: How to Free Motion Quilt

Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to free motion quilt! This has been one of my most highly requested videos, and I’m hoping that it will inspire you to give free motion quilting a try. I know it can sound a little intimidating, but I assure you that it’s a lot of fun, and I think you’ll be glad that you gave it a go!     To free motion quilt you’ll need the following supplies: A Free Motion Quilting foot for your machine (This link goes to FMQ foot for a Juki, you’ll want to get one that fits your specific machine.) Machingers quilting gloves A practice piece of batting & fabric (basted together and ready to go) Thread (I use Aurifil 50wt 100% Cotton thread) Needle (I use Organ 80/12 or 90/14 needles)   Watch Quilting 101: How to Free Motion Quilt     I hope you enjoyed that video and that it helps you out in your quilting journey! If you just … [Read more...]

AUG
08
2016

2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing our 2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul with you.   We have four children and this year we spent about $150 on supplies total. I usually average around $100-$150 on supplies including a few extra things that we have to purchase for their weekly options program. This year I ordered most of our supplies online, but I did pick up a few extras at a local store as well. I hope you enjoy this video!   Watch Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Supply Haul here! Here are some links to products mentioned in the video, I think I found everything, let me know if I forgot anything! (Disclosure: Links below are Amazon affiliate links, I do receive a small compensation if you purchase products from these links. So thank you for helping to support my blog!) Frixion Erasable Pens Desktop Carousel Snowmen Stackable Pencils Gummy Bear Stackable Pencils Regular Stackable Pencils Fun Iwako Animal Erasers (20 Pack) Expandable Acrylic … [Read more...]

AUG
07
2016

Busy Mom’s Guide to Home-cooked Meals

As a busy mom of four, I find meal planning a little on the stressful side. I actually enjoy cooking, however when we’re busy with school and other activities, I don’t always have time to run to the store, or think of something healthy and tasty for my family. I don’t know about you all, but it’s really easy for me to want to run out and grab something quick when we’re in between activities, or coming home late from something. But as we all know, that can get expensive, and it’s really not very healthy depending on what you grab on the go.   But with just a little planning, it’s easy to skip the take-out and create a variety of home-cooked meals for your family, even when you’re busy like we are! As most of you know I always post my monthly meal plans here on my blog, but I’ve had also ton of requests for weekly shopping lists as well as a list of all of my recipes in one location, so I put all of that together in my new book! I’ve also added in a new customizable … [Read more...]

AUG
04
2016

Quilting 101: Star Sashing Tutorial

Hey guys! I have a fun tutorial for you. I made this patriotic quilt for my mom this year, and I had so many questions on how I created the star sashing in between my blocks. I put up a tutorial on Instagram, but since that’s kind of hard to find in my feed, I wanted to have one here for you all for easy reference too!   So let’s get started!! These instructions will show you how to create one of the stars, so you’ll just repeat the process for however many sashing stars you’ll need to fit your quilt. Step 1: Cut as many 2.5” x (Width of your block) strips as you need to go in between your quilt blocks. Your strips will be the length of your unfinished quilt blocks. Since my quilt had 12 – 12.5” square blocks, I cut 17 - 2.5” x 12.5” strips. This will be enough strips to go in between my rows going across, and between the blocks vertically. Cut 1 – 2.5” x 2.5” square for your star center, and 8 - 1.5” x 1.5” squares for the star points. Since I am making 6 … [Read more...]

AUG
03
2016

Quilting 101: How to Straight Line Quilt

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing my tips for how to do straight line quilting on a quilt. I'll be showing you how to what supplies you need as well as some of my helpful tips for marking your designs and trying something new! I hope this helps you out! So let’s get started!   For this tutorial you will need some batting, some scrap fabric , a ruler, a marking tool, and a walking foot for your sewing machine. You can also straight line quilt with a regular sewing foot, I just suggest going a bit slower so your fabric doesn’t shift.   Watch: Quilting 101: How to Straight Line Quilt If you just tuned in, here are my previous videos in my How to Quilt Series! Quilting Supplies: What do you need to get started? How to Choose a Sewing Machine How to Choose Fabric How to Cut Fabric How to Piece a Quilt Top How to Press Fabric How to Baste a Quilt Here are a few more of my Quilting Tutorials online if you’re just getting started: Sherbet … [Read more...]

JUL
31
2016

Smile Create Repeat Review & Giveaway

Hey guys! I have a fun giveaway for you today. Smile Create Repeat is a monthly subscription box full of great art supplies that encourages creativity for your students! My oldest one, Strawberry Shortcake, is a very good artists and she loves to draw and create on a regular basis. She’s always on the look out for new tools, markers, pencils, and fun tutorials.   So when Smile Create Repeat asked if I wanted to review one of their boxes I said of course! The boxes are $20.00 per month and come with a variety of art supplies, two blank cards, a couple of post cards, and an explanation sheet for the products included. My daughter didn’t really care about the postcards or sticker, but she did like the blank cards and supplies as well as the demo video.   Wrapped up in a cute little roll are the featured supplies for the month. The boxes are different each time so you get a variety of art supplies which is nice. The other cool thing they come with is a … [Read more...]