Homeschool Journal: Teaching High Energy Learners

This morning, I woke up to the kids at the school table already starting without me! They had completed Calendar Time, played The Months are Fun game, and started on math. This is what I witnessed at 7:30 am: Continue reading “Homeschool Journal: Teaching High Energy Learners”

Homeschool Journal: Short Lessons = Big Results

Last year I made the mistake of trying to finish a lesson every time we sat down to start a new one. As a result, what started off fresh and exciting quickly became tedious and stressful. This year, I’m committed to not making that mistake again. Short, interesting, and concise are the plan this go around. And so far, it’s working. Continue reading “Homeschool Journal: Short Lessons = Big Results”

Homeschool Journal: Tampa & Family Fun

Family Fun Day = MASSIVE SUCCESS!

We started out with a family work out. Dad led the brood with some static stretching before we ran a couple laps around the backyard and finished the morning with some freestyle soccer. After cooling off with a super smoothie, we heading out to a free attraction in the city. Continue reading “Homeschool Journal: Tampa & Family Fun”

Holiday Bookmarks

This month is booked with holiday activities, and one of our favorites has been making holiday bookmarks for use with our holiday library collection. We don’t own a laminator, but we didn’t let that stop us, and nor should you!

You’ll need:

Construction paper (green, red, or yellow)

Crayons

Hole Puncher

Holiday ribbon

A Printer

Packing Tape

Glue Stick

We broke down this activity into two fun projects: coloring and assembling. Follow this link for bookmark coloring pages, download, and print. Let the kids color them first, and afterwards cut them out and glue over larger, rectangular cuts of construction paper. Carefully apply packing tape so that it covers both top and bottom, using scissors to trim the sides where necessary. Lastly, punch a hole at the top and tie some decorative ribbon for that final, festive touch! Use these with your favorite holiday themed books so the kids can immediately appreciate their usefulness.

Tip: When it comes to wrapping paper, ribbons, and the like, we love to shop big the day after Christmas for major discounts. A year flies by, and the savings really add up! Happy Holidays!