123 Homeschool 4 Me: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FREE Firefighter Coloring Sheets

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I’ve been getting lots of requests for more coloring pages. I’m always happy to meet reader requests when I can, so I will be releasing a pack of coloring pages monthly.
FREE Firefighter Coloring Pages are great for toddler, preschool, prek, and kindergarten age kids for fire awareness week.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

FREE New Mexico Worksheet Pack

In preparation for our homeschool social studies next year where we are studying the United States of America,  I am creating State Printable Packs for our unit – From Sea to Shining Sea Unit. Today I am sharing my {free} New Mexico Worksheet pack.

free new mexico worksheet pack

Monday, July 29, 2013

Recipes for Popsicles – Chocolate Kiwi Treat

We found a new favorite addition to our recipes for popsicles – Chocolate Kiwi Treat
These kiwi popsicles are delicious and nutritious #recipes

Thursday, July 25, 2013

30 Apple Crafts & Kids Activities for September

30 Apple Crafts and Kids Activities for September

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Meal Planning: August Menu with weekly shopping list

Do you like cooking and planning meals? I love cooking, but got tired of planning out meals every month. So a couple years back I decided to just write down what we were going to eat month by month to  avoid the tediousness of redoing it each month! So many of you have been asking me about it  I decided to share with you!
Meal Planning: August Men with weekly shopping list

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Easy Homemade Jam

It's that time of year when our gardens and farmers markets are filled with flavorful, inexpensive fruit. You can easily make delicious Homemade Jam with 3 ingredients.

How to make Homemade Jam with just 3 Ingredients #recipes #garden #summer

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pre-Order Leap Pad ULTRA: The Ultimate Kids' Learning Tablet

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for my time in reviewing this product in exchange for my honest feedback.

Our Family loves all the Leap Frog educational toys we’ve amassed over the years. I mean how many educational toys are your kids actually begging to play with, right?  Well, they’ve come out with the Ultimate Kids’ Learning Tablet – Leap Pad ULTRA.
Ultiamte Kids Leanring Tablet - LeapPad ULtra
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Science Experiments for Kids – How to Grow Crystals

As a homeschooling mom I am always looking for fun science experiments for kids. We had so much fun with this experiment. I wanted to tell you how to grow crystals too!
How to grow Crystals - a really fun, easy-to-do science experiment for kids preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade for homeschool, science fair, and summer bucket list

Saturday, July 20, 2013

FREE Community Helper Creative Writing Prompts

Kids will enjoy writing with these free Community Helper writing prompts for K-4th grade.
FREE Community helpers Writing Prompts, perfect for back to school to inspire kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade kids to write

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Reading the Alphabet Review & Giveaway

One of my 13 favorite homeschool blogs is This Reading Mama. This Reading Mama (also known as Becky) is a trained teacher who shares some wonderful, fun, interactive, and super helpful tips for helping kids read.
Reading the Alphabet

FREE Monsters Inc. Worksheets for Kids

My kids have been over the moon excited for me to finish my University Monsters Worksheets for Kids. These free Disney Monster University Inspired worksheets have lots of learning activities for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade homeschoolers.
Disney - University Monsters Worksheets (Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade) #disney #preschool

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Glow in the Dark - Glow Bath

This glow in the dark bath for kids was easy to do and so much fun! It has to be one of our favorite kids activities we've done this year!
Glow in the Dark Bath for Kids - this is such a fun idea for some really fun kids activities! Perfect for summer bucket list or rainy day fun for kids of all ages

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Toddler Nursery Rhyme Activity: Sing a Song of Sixpence

I love to do playful things with my toddler! I think toddlers learn and explore best when they are playing! My toddler, lovingly referred to as Tinker Bell, is 29 months old).

Toddler Nursery Rhyme Activity for Sing a Song of Sixpense (4 and 20 blackbirds backed in a pie). This is such a simple, fun activity for toddler, preschool, prek, and kindergarten. Great for practicing counting

Monday, July 15, 2013

FREE Disney Meal Planner

Busy homeschool moms need to keep organized! To help you get organized with family meals I created some fun, Disney Inspired, Meal Planner. Disney meal planner (freebie!) #disney #mealplanner #momstuff

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ice Cream Sandcastle Summer Snack

Kids will love eating this ice cream sandcastle treat.
Ice Cream Sandcastle summer snack for kids - this is such a clever idea I don't know why I didn't think of this!! What a really fun, memorable idea to add to our summer bucket list!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Curriculum Choices 2013-2014

Can you believe it is already time to be gearing up for our 2013-2014 homeschool? So many of you have been asking for our curriculum choices that I decided to share them earlier than I usually do. This way those who are looking for recommendations will have a place to start when picking their own homeschool curriculum!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Painting with Flowers - Summer Activity for Kids

Summer time is a great time to take painting fun outdoors. I gave my toddler some cut flowers that were about past their prime to make beautiful pictures with. A great kids activity for summer.
Painting with Flowers - this is such a fun kids activities perfect for adding to your summer bucket list!! This is lots of fun for toddler, preschool, prek, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade summer crafts for kids

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Coloring Sheets – Jungle Animals

Ever since I started sharing free coloring pages I've been getting lots of requests for more coloring sheets. I’m always happy to meet reader requests when I can, so I will be releasing a pack of coloring sheets monthly.
Super cute free printable coloring pages with a jungle theme. These animal coloring sheets are great for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and more.

Monday, July 8, 2013

FREE Printable Monthly Reading Logs

Are you gearing up for the start of homeschool? I’ve got a great FREE printable homeschool resource to help you promote reading this year.
free printable monthly reading logs - these make a great tool to help kids track the books they've read for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, homeschool, summer reading, and more!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Homeschool Room Makeover

As everyone gears up to start another year homeschooling I thought I’d share about our homeschool room makeover. I hope it encourages and inspires you! 
Homeschool room makeover - great idea for how to organize your homeschooling area to make it pretty, practical, and organized!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Homeschooling in Illinois: Where to Buy Homeschooling Supplies

Today I am finishing up our homeschooling in Illinois series by helping you find where to get your homeschooling supplies - store to visit, popular online locations, and free online sources too. In case you just joined us, don't miss the entire Homeschooling in Illinois series.

Homeschooling in Illinois: Where to buy homeschool supplies

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bubble Solution for a GIANT Bubble

One of our favorite summer activities is blowing bubbles. It is a simple, timeless kids activity! But we are always on the hunt for a new bubble solution that will give us a giant bubble! We were so pleased with the results I just had to share it with you!
BEST Bubble Solution for a GIANT Bubble - Great summer activity for kids that should be on your bucket list. Try our bubble solution that makes GIANT bubbles in your own backyard. Your kids are going to love it! (kids activities, summer fun, play, best homemade bubble recipe)

Homeschooling in Illinois: Getting Connected with Support Groups

Next up in our Homeschooling in Illinois series I wanted to share places for you to connect with local support groups.

Homeschooling in Illinois

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ready for the Sun

honest sunscreen

I know I’ve mentioned the Honest company before. We really love their product and that I can feel good knowing I am using safe products on my kids!

Well, they just reformulated their sunscreen and we love it!

Up until now I have used their sunscreen because it was safe for my kids, but we didn’t really enjoy it.  The reformulated Honest sunscreen is great. It goes on smooth and does not have a white look to it. It feels good on your skin, not like you are wearing a heavy paste. It does a nice job repelling water (so it will hold up to some heavy summer swimming) and I am happy to say we have been sunburn free!

I highly suggest you check out The Honest Company and their Improved Sunscreen!

FREE Princess Worksheets (Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade)

I am so excited to share today’s freebie with you! I have a free princess, Disney princess worksheets for kids to help your toddler, preschooler, kindergartener, and 1st grader have fun while learning!
FREE Disney Princess Worksheets for Kids - toddler, preschool,  preK, kindergarten, and first grade activities to help them practice counting, addition, building words, which one is different, opposites, word families, matching, and more.

Homeschooling in Illinois: 100+ Fieldtrip Ideas

Today I continue our Homeschooling in Illinois series with 100+ Illinois Field Trip Ideas. The ideas are broken down into categories including enrichment ideas and Illinois special programs.
NOTE: I will continue to update this list – so make sure to bookmark it for future reference!

Homeschooling in Illinois: Looking for a HUGE list of homeschooling fieldtrip opportunities in Illinois? I've got over 100 fantastic ideas for your next Illinois based fieldtrip.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Homeschooling in Illinois – What you need to know

Calling all Illinois Homeschoolers! Whether you are a homeschooling veteran or just beginning, I've got lots of resources, tips, and advice for you as you Homeschool in the Land of Lincoln!

Illinois is in the Midwest which means you can get just about anywhere on a field trip relatively easily, you have four distinct seasons to enjoy, it was the homes of one of our countries most famous Presidents {Abraham Lincoln}, and it is still wonderfully unregulated for homeschoolers. Homeschooling in Illinois - laws you need to know