Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day!

This year we celebrated Valentine's Day with a breakfast party. Everyone had made little notes, drawings or coupons to put in each other's mailboxes so we opened those together and enjoyed them. Afterwards baby James started a dance party and everyone joined in. So much fun!



Tuesday, October 9, 2018


This is my menu for the month of October. Meal planning is a huge help for a large family but I also give myself permission to stray from the plan if I feel like it! 😃 As I move through the month I check off the meals as I make them so that if I should happen to skip one I will know that those particular ingredients are still available in my house and I can just make that meal another day!

We have a few meals this month where we will be eating somewhere else (marked with an "x"). Otherwise, we'll be at home! For the video grocery haul corresponding to this meal plan click HERE.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018-19 School Schedule and Curriculum

Click HERE for the video explaining this homeschool day.
Our children are 11, 10, 8, 7, 5, 3, and almost one year old.
We do almost every subject together as a family, and when that is not possible I work with my kids in groups: the 5th and 6th graders work at the same level, and the 2nd and 3rd graders are also grouped together.

OUR DAY:                                                                         .


Mom wake up, Dress, Switch Laundry, Bible Time

Kids up for Breakfast and Morning Time!

MORNING TIME                                                        .

Family Devotional Book: Training Hearts, Teaching Minds
Sing Something 
10 minutes of Latin work using Song School Latin and the corresponding DVD

Monday: nature notebooks (watercolors) Handbook of Nature Study
Tuesday: history Story of the World  & corresponding Activity Book
Wednesday: handcraft while mom reads from Literature Selections
Thursday: geography: kids trace maps, mom reads: Window on the World
Literature Selections:
and *READ ALOUD list* (below)

Tidy up
Chores  (listen to the Classical Conversations memory work CD)
Kids take a finishes her chores and prepares the snack


math games (my games found HERE & lots more at THIS WEBSITE

MATH U SEE (at least one page per day)

SPELLING (Spelling Power for older kids, All About Spelling for younger)

LETTER SCHOOL for the little boys:
"My ABC Bible Verses" scripture and story

Clean up
Bible Study (homework from our Community Bible Study classes)
Play Break!

Grammar and Writing Class for the 5th and 6th graders
**UNTIL AUGUST 31, get a FREE DOWNLOAD of Fix It Grammar HERE

Home Blessing (clean up our home together!)


Free Time!

Dinner Prep
Dinner/Family Read aloud/cleanup
Kid's showers if needed

Get kids in Bed (Older kids read until 9)

On Fridays we attend classes with Community Bible Study all morning so the above schedule does not apply... in the afternoons following lunch at home we make time for the following:

Friday Afternoons:

Bake a dessert for our evening time together

Evening Presentations (for the rest of the family)

OUR CURRENT READ ALOUD LIST:________________________________

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BIG FAMILY... tiny house TOUR !

I finally made a tiny house tour video! We've had countless requests since we've moved in. :)

Our house is 445 square feet plus a 130 sq ft loft. We also have a storage unit on the property that holds clothes/shoes that are not the children's current sizes, seasonal decor, and a few other things.

Enjoy the tour!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

READING & HANDWRITING lesson with my preschooler

I've used the "Teach Your Child To Read" book with all of my children so far (currently teaching the 5th child). In this video I show Samuel (age 4) doing part of his lesson and show how we do the handwriting portion of the book.