123 Homeschool 4 Me: November 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fantastic Books on CD for Families

Books on CD for familiesOur family recently took a 3 week road trip! And believe-it-or-not, we had a GREAT time! One of the things we did in the car together to pass the time was to listen to books on cd. The challenge was finding stories that were appropriate for all our kids (ages 2, 4, and 7) plus were interesting to Mom & Dad too!  Guess what? We actually found some!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

O is for Owl

Here is our preschool alphabet unit for the letter O.
Preschool unit for letter O is for Owl #alphabet #preschool

Monday, November 26, 2012

Finally!! The Honest Company.

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for my time in evaluating this product. All opinions are soley my own and are unbiased by compensation received.

Friday, November 23, 2012

60% off Kiwi Crate–BLACK FRIDAY ONLY!

My family  LOVES Kiwi Crate! They are always so excited when they find the signature green box in our mailbox! And I love that I get to play & craft with my kids without any prep from me whatsoever! They provide everything to complete the 2-3 projects including instructions, tape, scissors, and all the cool stuff to make the crates!!


So click on the image above or here to zip on over to Kiwi Crate and give them a try. Use promo code HOLIDAY to save 60% which means:
  • $11.97 for a month (cancel at any time!)
  • $35.40 for a 3 month gift subscription
  • $11.97 for a holiday crate: Crafty Christmas, Gifts Made By Me, or Homemade Hanukah

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Save $30 on What’s in the Bible

One more Black Friday Deal I wanted to share with you…… 


This was just  too good not too share!! Click here to grab yours!    

Monday, November 19, 2012

{free} Delaware State Printables

In preparation for next year’s study of the USA I am creating State Printable Packs for our unit – From Sea to Shinning Sea! Studying the US States is a great way to get to know our great country, meet famous Americans, learn about natural habitats & their animals, famous landmarks, history, and have LOTS of fun!! I am thrilled that my Preschooler & 1st grader can learn side-by-side! The packs have lots of activities suitable for kids Preschool – 5th+ grade! Did I mention it is FREE!!
I will share more about how we are using them later, but basically we have BIG binders with a tab for each state. Each state pack has:
  • State Fact sheet (blank & filled in – I suggest using the blank one for older children and the filled in one for younger children who do not have the skills or patience to fill it in)
    • Nickname
    • Capital
    • Chief Products
    • Brief History
    • Things to Sea
    • Weather
  • State Fact Sheet #2
    • Where is the state in the US?
    • Longitude & Latitude Map Skills
    • Math Activity as you travel from state to state
    • Did you Know section
    • Population & Size Graphs
  • Map Work (including time zone activity)
  • Number practice (from 1-50) – practice writing and counting
  • Plant Cards (common to the state)
  • Animal Cards (common to the state)
  • Practice writing letters A to Z –twice
  • OTHER – You will find about 20 sheets of other activities. These will incorporate educational skills with facts about the state. For example you may use a measure to see how tall the Missouri Gateway Arch is compared to the Willis Tower. Or you may learn skip counting with the Wright brothers. Play a KFC Chicken Sight Reading Game when learning about Kentucky or roll your Way through the Indianapolis Speedway. Learn about Nocturnal animals and coal. Or build a shape car while learning about Michigan’s Henry Ford. Each pack is different in this area – so browse for the activities that fit your child’s needs, interests, and skills.
Grab your {free} Delaware State Printables by clicking on the image below.

Do you live in this state? If you live here & notice I missed a major thing from your state PLEASE let me know! I do research, but if I miss something big about your state please shoot me an email and I will add it to the pack =-)
To see our visit to Delaware click here.
For more {free} US State printables and information about this From Sea to Shinning Sea Unit click on the image below:
These units do take time to prepare in a thoughtful, fun, educational way. I am grateful for your kind comments and encouragement as I continue to provide free printables for everyone to enjoy! Thank you! And happy learning!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY Dog Birthday Cake

Step by step directions on how to make a dog cake. Don't miss all our party themes.
step-by-step directions for making a dog cake #birthdays

Monday, November 12, 2012

AMAZING Thanksgiving Leftover Soup!

This Thanksgiving Leftover Soup is going to become your families favorite recipe! Our family is known to cook up a turkey just to make this turkey leftover soup recipe!
Amazing Thanksgiving Leftover Soup. This soup recipe is easy, healthy, creamy and flavorful you may find yourself making turkey just to get to this leftover soup. This is a fantastic Winter Soup Recipe.

155+ Christmas Crafts, Activities, Ornaments, Treats, and more!

More than 100 Christmas Crafts for Kids and Kids Christmas Activities to have a fun December.
155 Christmas Crafts for Kids - so many fun, unique Christmas crafts for kids to make, Christmas crafts for toddlers, easy Christmas crafts, Christmas activities, and Christmas activities for kids.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Reading the Easy Way Kindergarten

Teach Kindergartners Reading in a fun, hand son way. 
Reading the Easy Way Kindergarten - this is such a fun way for kids to improve their reading by mastering sight words. Includes fun sight word worksheets like color by sight words, weekly sight word readers, and creative sight word games. LOVE THIS!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Day in the Life of Dr. Mom


A Day in the Life of Dr Mom by PlayDrMom

I have this thought that unless you know me pretty well you have a perception of who I am and how my life is. Maybe you think that I SURELY know how to organize my day and parent with ease because of my background and experience with kids. You may even see me and think, “Her kids are so well behaved.” Or as I have heard some say before, “You make it look easy.” But you don't see the whole picture. You don't see our dirty floors, our bedtime wars, and my continual doubts about myself as a woman, a mom, and a therapist. Yes, I am extremely fortunate. I have a supportive family and wonderful education. But I do not have all the answers. I hope my sharing my day with you will help you realize we all have our own normal.

8:10 … I realize both kids are sleeping next to me and that I forgot to set the alarm clock. My husband has already left for work. I also realize that the head cold I have been fighting off for the last couple of days did not magically disappear overnight. I contemplate going back to sleep … briefly … because now the kids are now up. I tell Henry to get ready for school and we are running late. He says, “And isn't that your fault?” Hooray for Mondays!

8:15 … I help Henry get dressed (to speed up the process) otherwise he will get distracted and play in his room for hours. During this time Honor is getting dressed in her first princess ensemble of the day.

8:30 … We all make it downstairs to get some breakfast. We are out of milk. (which means the usual breakfast staple of cereal is out). I make them some toast and pour some apple juice. Now we are out of juice.

8:45 … Henry has only managed to eat a couple of bites of his toast because his new Angry birds coloring book was more interesting. I instruct Henry to put on his shoes, coat, and backpack and take a couple bites of his toast.dr mom

8:50 … I send Henry off to the bus stop (in front of our house) with a hug and a kiss … but still feel guilty that I'm not going outside with him to wait (like the other moms are doing). I'm still in my pjs... they look great.

8:51 … as promised I turn on the TV for Honor (she has to wait until Henry goes to school). She chooses Strawberry Shortcake (thank goodness for AppleTV and Netflix). After emptying the dishwasher, I sit next to her and check my email and my blog.

About 10:30 … I go shower and get dressed. Finding an outfit to be comfortable in all day (doing stuff around the house, playing with Honor, and running errands) AND also appropriate for work. I find something that “will do”. I also find that Honor has changed into her 2nd ensemble … a cream tutu skirt (inside out), polka dot leggings, and a white long sleeved shirt. (it's not bad other than the skirt being inside out!)

11:00 … I start a load of laundry and get ready to go to the grocery store when Honor convinces me to let her watch one more episode of Strawberry Shortcake. She eats a peanut butter sandwich. I have a Coke Zero and check more email (and realize things that I've forgot to do for work!)

11:45 … I turn off the TV and go to the store. No, wait ...as I am walking out the door I realize that I should switch the laundry (washer to dryer, put another in the washer).

11:52 … Now off to the store.

About 1:00 … home from the store. Now we have milk and juice! (and a few other things!) I unpack the car, put away the groceries, and change the laundry. Honor plays inside the car (unbuckled … doors opened) while I'm doing this. I ask her if she wants to play in the backyard; she declines.

1:15 … Honor plays on the computer. I feel guilty about how much screen time she is having today. And put dinner (prepared ahead of time, frozen, and now defrosted) in the crockpot. I check my email again and help Honor on the computer (she's still learning).

1:35 … I turned off the screens and Honor and I did some spin-art together.

2:00 … Honor decided she wanted to paint with a brush. I cleaned up the spin art and I set her up at the easel and she got to work. I changed the laundry again.

2:10 … Honor and I worked on some puzzles together. Then I went upstairs to fold and put away the laundry. Honor decided to change shirts.

2:45 … My dad arrived to watch Honor as I'm still putting away laundry. Then I ran through what the plan is for dinner and what Henry needs to do when he gets home from school.

3:05 … I switch the laundry again. Take some cold medicine and grab a Coke Zero and leave for work. I put on my sister's boyfriend's talk radio show so that I can hear him on air for a few minutes while I drive.

3:40 … Arrive at work. First appointment already waiting. I have her sit in the waiting room so that I can prepare for her supervision session. (I supervise play therapists and master level psychologists, as well as see “patients/clients.”) I hope that the cold medicine kicks in soon.

5:05 … I wait for my 5:00 appointment to show. And realize I forgot my beloved diet beverage in the car. Check email. Check blog. Check blog stats. And I have the Strawberry Shortcake theme song running through my head.

5:20 … Contact my 5:00 client's parent. We reschedule. I chill out … eat an apple and a Cliff bar and peruse Pinterest. Think about writing a blog post … but I'm not inspired. Really wishing I didn't leave my Coke Zero in the car … I'd go get it, but it would be all warm and flat. Yuck.

5:57 … I hear my 6:00 client in the waiting room.

6:50 … Session with father and daughter complete. It went well, nothing fabulous, but they have made a lot of progress over the past few years. I finish up paper work for the night. Unusually short Monday at work …. not typically done until 9. But since I'm sick, I'm glad.

7:00 … Walk out to my car. Get a text from my husband, “Henry ate fine. Honor didn't. She said it looked like poo.” Nice. Once I get into the car I call my husband, as I usually do for the ride home. He is helping Henry with his homework on the computer. I listen to Henry read the stories over the phone and answer the comprehension homework.

7:30 I get home just as they are finishing the online assignment. I serve myself dinner from the crock pot. Beef fajitas … not great, but not poo.dr mom2

7:45... I load up the dishwasher and start it running. I hand out the mail the kids received at my office (that's where I have all my blogger mail sent). We are doing a sticker exchange and received 6 letters … and lots of stickers.

8:00 … The kids are creating pictures and letters with the stickers. Henry decided to make a letter for (non-blogger) friends that live out of town. I inform them it's pj time.

8:30 … Each kiddo is ready for bed and has picked out 2 stories. We snuggle together, all 4 of us, in me & my husband's bed. Henry reads one that he picked out first, “Ten Timid Ghosts”. Then I read one of the books Honor picked out, “Tangled”, then Henry's 2nd book, “M is for Mitten”, and then Honor's 2nd book “Put me in the Zoo.” Since after that my voice is pretty much gone I tell the kids, “No lullabies tonight, but I'll put on some bedtime music.” My husband gets up to finish something for work downstairs, but the kiddos and I are asleep by 9:15.

11:30 … My husband comes back to bed and moves the kids to their rooms. I wake up just to be aware of what is happening and fall back to sleep.

Not really thrilling or exciting … but it is a typical day. Some days are a bit different … like on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I take Honor to preschool immediately after Henry gets on the bus. Some days I work longer hours … some days (Thursdays and Fridays) I don't go to my office at all. Some days we go on fun adventures, but lots of time we are just plodding through the day doing what we need to accomplish.

I'd like to thank Beth from Living Life Intentionally for inviting me to participate in this series. I highly encourage everyone out there to practice this exercise of writing down what you do for a complete day every few months. What an excellent way to introspect on how we are living our lives … and what we want/need to change! It is also wonderful to read what other mom bloggers do during their day … and realize how similar we all are (even if our day to day “appearance” on our blog is different)!

What is your day like?

Would you like to contribute to A Day in the Life of Another Mom? We’d love to read about your day! This series will be ongoing as long as there are people willing to give us all a glimpse into their lives. If you would like to share A Day in Your Life please email me your day to livinglifeintentionallyblog (at) gmail.com. Feel free to include picture (s). I will let you know promptly when it will be posted. (If you have a blog please let me know as I will include a link to your blog in the post.)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

FREE Polar Express Worksheets (PreK-3rd grade)

Free printable Polar Express Worksheets for kids from preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade kids.
polar express worksheets for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade