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Daily Homeschool Planner July 21, 2014

Filed under: Homeschooling — Lacey @ 2:26 pm

I searched all over Pinterest, Google and Teachers Pay Teachers trying to find a planner to use for our homeschool this year. I had a lot of trouble finding exactly what I wanted. Probably because I wasn’t even sure what I wanted. I also didn’t want to spend any $ on one. I wanted a simple printable format. Yes, I’m difficult, I know.

The past couple years I’ve just used teacher’s planners that I found in the Target dollar section. Now I’ve run out of my planner stash and honestly I was ready for a change.

After looking through a number of printable planners online, I decided to create my own with inspiration from a number of sources.

So, here’s what I came up with. It’s a basic everyday planner.


I actually use it after the fact to record what all we did each day. I don’t use it to plan ahead. I map out my overall goals for each semester via a simple chart with plans for reading (Hooked on Phonics), math (Life of Fred) and Five in a Row books (covers all the subjects). Then as each FIAR study comes (I spread them out over two weeks), I plan it all out on a word doc, order the necessary books from the library, and print all the necessary extra worksheets. Hope that all makes sense. I’m not a daily planner, but more of a overall weekly/monthly/semester planner.

Here’s the daily planner (in PDF and google doc form) if anyone is interested in using it. Hopefully the links will work and that you can copy it and edit it for yourself. If the links don’t work right and you’d like another form of the planner posted, just comment on this post and I’ll do my best to accommodate.

Daily Planner

 Daily Planner 2


Meet the Puncs June 3, 2014

Filed under: Books,Homeschooling — Lacey @ 11:20 pm

I randomly stumbled onto this punctuation book series from the library during our FIAR study of Who Owns the Sun? when I was looking for books about question marks. H loved the Quincy Question Mark (not pictured below) book. She laughed and she learned. It was silly but it made punctuation easier to understand. It even had enough adult cleverness to them that I enjoyed it. So I curiously searched the library website to see if there were more in the series. And boy were there!





These are some of the ones our local library has. We read one a day for the next week. H kept begging each day to even read more of them. She enjoyed the characters, trying to find all the punctuation marks in the pictures and trying to understand how each one is used. Even now a few weeks later, she still laughs at remembering some of the characters. So Id say they were a hit.

If you’re looking for books to help explain punctuation or even a quick refresher for the summer, check these books out!


Robb’s bday party June 1, 2014

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 1:02 am

My 5 year old loves throwing parties. Well, she likes pretending she’s throwing parties. She begs me a lot to invite people over for her parties, but usually it’s those “we’re still in our pjs day” or “already 6:00 and I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to make for dinner” nights, so I usually have to politely decline her requests.

She loves throwing surprise parties, too. She’ll tell me, “Mommy, I’m going to make you a surprise birthday party today!” I’m not sure she gets the actual concept of a surprise party. The fact that my birthday is months away doesn’t seem to factor in either.

H regularly asks what holiday is coming next, whose birthday is next, whose birthday is after that and whose birthday is coming after that. My girl is a planner!

My girl also loves making presents and cards for people. She’s constantly coming up with presents for her siblings, us or her cousins. She always wants to give some of her pictures or small trinkets away. I love her generous spirit, but sometimes she just doesn’t realize that although she means well, most people don’t want her half used pencil and a couple random crayons. But I’m not going to crush her giving spirit.

Since she is constantly begging me to let her decorate for a party, I finally gave in a couple weeks ago. I let her get the crete paper, party hats and party blowers out. She used up at least 2 rolls of scotch tape. And she had a blast.

See, this time she wanted to throw a party for Robb the Raccoon. Robb is actually one of her daddy’s stuffed animals from his childhood. And surprisingly he survived those years and all 5 of H’s years and he still has his eyes and ears.

Here’s the birthday boy (the one with the crown): 20140601-005908-3548738.jpg

H created quite the banquet spread for good ol’ Robb’s party:

She even created a pin the tail on the elephant game. You can see the elephant if you look very closely.

She even blind folded and spun Robb around a few times so he could play:





Id say Robb had a pretty great birthday party! Too bad mine’s not for another 5 months!


Book #7: Growing Up Duggar (Empty Shelf Challenge) May 5, 2014

Filed under: Books,Life — Lacey @ 8:40 pm

I read this book a month or so as part of my empty shelf challenge (check out the details a few posts back).


I ordered this book from amazon soon after it came out. I rarely order brand new books but I was really interested in what they had to say. I think most people are curious about how their kids feel about being a part of such a large family. And I was curious how their parents actually parent them. Of course I’ve seen some of the show (at least all of the first couple seasons), but I was still interested in more than the show may display.

This book was a really good read. I enjoyed hearing the girls’ side of things and also reading about the actual rules their parents have set in regard to dating and the like. They have a number of good ideas that I’ll probably want to implement once my girls are older.

I really liked the way that they deal with life and everyday temptations that girls face.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes. I hope they’ll be teasers that will interest you in reading the rest of their book. You won’t be disappointed. It’s useful whatever your religious beliefs or family size.

My favorite quotes:

“If we’re upset with that girl in the mirror, it means we’re upset with God for how He designed us. We may start to think He messed up when He designed us or even that He doesn’t love us.”

“Contentment is realizing that God has provided everything we need for our present happiness.”

“It’s unlikely that a dad would entrust his prized convertible to a teenage boy he didn’t really know and just let the kid take it out for a spin without supervision; but that same dad may let a relatively unknown boy drive off with his daughter without giving it much thought…girls want their dad to be their protector. They want to feel valued by their dad more than any possession he owns.”

“Every time the devil tries to tempt you to be fearful, to believe lies about yourself, or to get consumed with boy thoughts, take the focus off yourself by quoting God’s Word and praying for someone else. Satan definitely doesn’t want you praying, so eventually he’ll back off!”

“The choice to forgive doesn’t always free that other person from the consequences of his or her wrong actions, but it frees the forgiver from negative feelings toward the offender. And if we still have feelings of bitterness, the Bible says it’s importance not only to forgive the Other person, but also to go a step further and look for ways to bless him or her. “

“Some of the greatest people in the bible were those who had made a lot of bad decisions earlier in their life, but then God got a hold of them, and they completely turned over the rest of their life to following and serving Him.”

“Satan’s power to keep us making the same mistakes is based in the secrecy of our sin. When secrets see brought to the light and we make ourselves accountable, it’s much easier to find victory.”

“We all hop to be wives and mothers someday, if that’s in God’s plan for us, so in the meantime we’re preparing for marriage and motherhood by acquiring as many skills as possible. We believe one of the best preparations for marriage is to develop a selfless, giving mindset that is always looking for ways to serve others, which is another way is serving the Lord.”

“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”

I really appreciate that the girls have such a great outlook on life:
“We want to learn all we can and prepare to do work that gives us tools and bring opportunities to share God’s love with others. That’s the career we want in life.”

They don’t only want to be wives and mothers. Which of course is still a nobel goal! But they are open to whatever opportunities that God has for their lives. They have already had a lot of awesome experiences (volunteer fire fighting, mission trips, work with female prisoners, midwifery, etc). I think it’s awesome that they are out in the world trying to make a difference and not just waiting around to find a husband to complete them. I goes totally against a lot of the “homeschool, conservative, sheltered lives” stereotypes.

Of course I don’t agree with everything they said or all of their family standards. Most of these areas of disagreement would be considered freedoms in Christ where we all need to carefully examine the Bible’s principles to determine our own personal stance. And we should never violate our own conscious if we are truly convicted in one of these “gray” areas.

For instance, I didn’t like their using only the KJV Bible Translation. It’s so hard to understand and no one talks that way today. I think the Bible translation we use should be in language we understand and we actually speak. Also, it would have been more applicable to their audience if they had used a more modern translation.

I also don’t agree with their stance on rock music. I respect their trying to please God and remove anything that may come in between their relationship with Him. However, I don’t believe their is anything wrong with or evil in having a musical beat. There are tons of awesome Christian bands in every musical genre that have great lyrics and messages. Also, from what I understand a number of the hymns’ music came from the bar songs of that time. So I don’t see how they’re that much more holy or innocent than any other type of music.

Finally, I don’t agree but still respect their opinions on girls attire and long hair, tv, and magic in shows. They encourage their girls to wear log skirts and long hair because they believe that God wants females to be feminine and not manly. I appreciate it their goal but I am not convinced that skirts and long hair are completely necessary to reach this goal. I really appreciate their trying to be modest though. I am one of those ladies who always wears an undershirt if I’m wearing anything other than a Tshirt. I also make my girls wear leggings if their skirts/dresses don’t already have shorts built in. That way they can be free to run around like all kids do without having to worry about exposing their undies.

As far as tv, we definitely watch more than they do, but we still try to keep a tight handle on it for our girls especially. We don’t have cable and we don’t just leave it on endlessly during the day. There are a select number of kids shows that H is allowed to watch from Netflix and there are some cartoons that they are not allowed to watch.

As far as magic, I’ve debated about this some throughout the years myself. I know that the Bible considers practicing witchcraft as a serious sin (and I agree). However, I don’t think that all fairy tales or magic in shows is bad per se. I don’t encourage my girls to play magic or pretend to cast spells but I have no problem with them playing make believe. In fact, I think it’s a positive thing for their development and imaginations. I also try to stay away from shows that have darker or more evil magic in them.

With all that being said, Growing Up Duggar is a great read. I highly recommend it! It will definitely make you think and evaluate your own family stances on issues. It will also make you admire the Duggar family for being able to raise so many children and still have their sanity!


The Wizard of Oz

Filed under: Books,Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 7:50 pm

We started this series kinda by accident. I found a number of books at a library sale with this being one of them:


I didn’t have intentions of actually reading it w H yet. Honestly I’d never read it and wasn’t sure if she’d be ready for the contents. But once she saw the book she begged for me to read it to her. And she loved it! I enjoyed it, too. So much so that I started looking online for more L. Frank Baum books. That’s when I discovered that there is an entire series of Oz books (15!). Since H was so excited about them, I went ahead and ordered the set from amazon for around $30. Our set has five big books which each contain 3 of the Oz books.


This made it easier to read and keep track of which books come when. I was getting quite confused when I was searching for them from the library. The original single edition books have long titles that can make it all pretty confusing!

So, since H was enjoying reading (listening) to the series so much I decided to so a unit study of sorts.

We got the original movie to watch from the library. It was interesting to watch right after reading the book. There are so many differences and it was neat to be able to discuss them with H.


We’ve also watched a number of other versions from the library, too.




I watched this one first to make sure it was appropriate for her to watch.


And I watched this one first too, but deemed it inappropriate for her. It was interesting but quite bizarre. It would have made more sense after reading a couple more books into the series.


She also watched the first two (so far) of a 4 disc set from the library that I forgot to take a picture of.

She’s really enjoyed watching all these different adaptations and doesn’t seem to be bored with the Oz series at all.

I also did a Pinterest search for more activities to do along the Oz theme. Here’s my Pinterest board.

From my searches online, we made green spectacles like they use in the city of Oz.


We did some watercolor themed Oz art. These are my pictures (they’re not that great, but I had fun doing them), she jumped around and didn’t completely finish any of her pictures (and I forgot to take pictures).



H also did a number of worksheets that I found online from Pinterest and teachers pay teachers (I only used the free ones). I was pleasantly surprised at how many there were!









We also got this abridged but still very accurate illustrated children’s book from the library. I had daddy read it to H so that he could enjoy the story with her, too.


We also read a lot of the second and third books while we were on a mini road trip with big brother driving. It was neat for the kids and I to all enjoy the story together, especially big brother since it’s not usually around when we read and do school. It gave us a lot of good laughs and discussion.

Right now we’re halfway through the 6th book in the series (out of 15). H is still enjoying it a lot. In this book, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry finally get to see that the land of Oz is real and they meet all kinds of interesting creatures including paper dolls, puzzle people, and more….

My plan is to keep reading the books while we are doing our other Five in a Row curriculum. And if H gets bored with the books we’ll take a break until she shows more interest.


Have you buried it? April 22, 2014

Filed under: God thoughts — Lacey @ 1:54 am

Tonight while reading my devotion a few things came to mind that I wanted to flesh out for myself and share with you at the same time.

I’m reading through the NLT daily New Testament in a year Bible with my hubby. We’re a few days behind so I ended up reading a couple extra days worth of reading together. I read (out loud to Seth) Luke 18:18-19:48. By reading these passages together I found a few things that I had never noticed before (disclaimer I didn’t pull out any deep study books to double check my thoughts, so if I’m wrong feel free to correct me and again read it for yourself, don’t just take my word for it).

First, on his way into Jericho, Jesus heals a blind man who happens to be sitting beside the road where He and the crowd are traveling. After this quick healing, the formally blind man “followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.” (18:43).

Next, Jesus, the excited crowd and presumedly the still rejoicing blind man make their way into Jericho where they now meet Zacchaeus in the infamous sycamore tree. See, I never connected these two event together before. I can imagine how excited and rowdy this crowd must have been. The buzz must have been contagious. No wonder Zacchaeus was anxious to see what was going on. To see what this miracle working Jesus was going to do next.

After Zacchaeus has his life changing encounter with Christ (and a meal I assume, at his house), Jesus and the crowd and maybe still the blind man and Zacchaeus continue on their journey to Jerusalem. Do you think the previously blind man ate dinner with Zacchaeus and was a recipient of Zacchaeus’ new found generosity to the poor?

After all this talk about money with Zacchaeus and to “correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away” (19:11), Jesus tells the parable of the 10 Mina or elsewhere described as talents. I’ll come back to this in a minute.

After all of these events that took place between the edges of Jericho into the border of Jerusalem, now comes the triumphal entry. Did Jesus still have the same excited crowd following Him that saw the healing of the blind man? Scripture says that the people “were displeased” and “grumbled” when Jesus stopped to fellowship with Zacchaeus at his home (19:7). Did they stick around afterwards to see this triumphal entry? Did they get over their bitterness toward Jesus’ new found friend? Was Zacchaeus and the healed blind man in the crowd at the triumphal entry too? What happened to them during the following week and what was their reaction when Jesus was betrayed and crucified? Did they hide like the disciples? Did they give up hope? We’re they among the people that Jesus later appeared to?

And then Jesus went from the triumphal entry to clearing out the temple again. That’s quite an exciting and exhausting day. What a roller coaster of emotions for the crowd, let alone Jesus’ disciples. No wonder they didn’t understand it all. I’d be lost and confused, too.

Ok, with all that now being said (a lot to take in, I know) but I really want to go back to is the parable of the Mina. I find it interesting that Jesus used a parable about money right after an infamous tax collector repented and promised to give away his corruptly earned riches.

I also found it interesting that 1 Mina was worth 3 months’ wages. And the nobleman gave away 10 of them. So he divided up 30 months worth of wages among 3 of his servants. Let’s assume a person make $500 a week. Just one Mina was worth 500×4 (weeks)x3 (months)= $6,000. So this nobleman gave his 3 servants a total of $60,000 to invest for him. We don’t know if he divided the Mina equally or not, but if we assume he did (I know you can’t exactly divide 10 by 3 equally but let’s just pretend to make it easier), the first servant made his master a profit of $200,000! (60,000/3 then x10) The second servant made $100,000. And the third servant gave his master back his original $20,000. All those amounts sure make the Mina and their profits sounds much more impressive, huh?

The main thing that stuck out to me is what happens when we apply the three servants to ourselves, especially the last one. I’ve heard people relate the Mina or talents to us and how we use the talents that God’s given us. I see how this applies. But let’s make it even simpler. What is the basic gift that God has given all of us Christians? Well, actually He’s given it to EVERYONE but it doesn’t apply unless we actually take the gift. So, like the servants in the parable, Christians have accepted the gift of salvation (aka Mina) and all that it entails (forgiveness, eternal life, hope, purpose, grace, etc). But what have you done with this gift? What have I done with it? When Jesus comes back is He going to find that you’ve made $200,000 worth on his investment in your life? Of course I’m not trying to put a price on salvation. I’m not trying to actually say that I expect God to be looking for a financial profit from the Gospel. I hope you understand what I’m meaning here. Are you making your salvation count? Does it just count for you or are you truly sharing the Gospel and investing it in others?

Have you buried your Mina and kept it to yourself? Do the people around you even know you’re a Christian? Have you gone beyond labeling yourself a Christian and actually planted the seeds in other’s lives? Have you made the Gospel real for those around you?

Or are you sitting nice and comfortably upon your buried treasure? It’s not enough to keep your salvation untarnished and intact.

The scary truth comes next ” ‘You wicked servant!’ The king roared ‘your own words condemn you…take the money from this servant and give it to the others…to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away…'” (Luke 19:22, 24, 26).


One more reason why I love homeschooling… March 24, 2014

Filed under: Homeschooling,Life — Lacey @ 2:19 pm

There are tons of reasons why I love homeschooling. Some of them I’m mentioned before, others I probably haven’t even realized yet. Here’s a few off the top of my head…

Ability to set our own daily schedule (think sleeping in, staying up later…both of which this natural night owl loves).

No forced yearly schedule. I’m leaning more and more toward year round schooling. This year I only planned our curriculum schedule for the “regular” school year but I’m probably going to keep doing “school” over the summer. Although it will be more laid back and student driven. Year round school makes random breaks, less work every day and more all possible.

No need to get dressed up. Yep, many day we stay in our pjs. Most of the girls’ pjs and their play clothes are one and the same.

Getting to spend so much quality time with my kiddos. I am so glad that I get to spend more time with them than essentially anyone else. I’m glad I’m the one that’s there for all the laughs, scraped knees, all the “firsts.”

Today I was reminded again of another big reason I love homeschooling…the ability to learn from impromptu moments that pop up. Unplanned learning moments are some of the best there are! It’s learning from real life experiences. Something that brick and mortar, weekday schools don’t usually bring, at least not much anymore.

It’s moments like these…

Walking with friends to the school track across the street (we live right across from a jr/sr high school) to see a bird’s nest. This bird is called a Killdeer.


I had never heard of such a bird. My dad first pointed it out a week ago when we took H bike riding around the track. We took our friends to go see it today and got to see it in action. The killdeer usually lays it’s eggs on the ground since their eggs look like rocks (if you look closely at the above picture you should be able to see the eggs under the bird). One of the parents sits on the eggs and when confronted with a possible threat, it puffs up, spreads it’s wings and makes this crazy high pitched chirping squawking attack noise. The kids think it’s hilarious to step back and forth watching the bird sit normally then puff up and squawk, sit back, then puff up… While the bird was doing its crazy calls, its mate came flying back to help protect its nest. The mate will walk around like its wing is injured in order to distract and draw away the predator. Then once it’s drawn the threat away, the so called injured bird runs or flys off. It’s the craziest thing to watch! If we didn’t homeschool and weren’t home to be able to explore our world and take flexible breaks from “school work” we would never have gotten to see the killdeer in action! I wouldn’t even know what it is!

Another impromptu lesson H has gotten to learn today… Concrete! Daddy has been laying some concrete in the back yard and since the girls are home, they’ve been able to watch the process and H has even been helping. Daddy even let her make her own little rectangle of concrete for whatever she wants.




What other Kindergartener learns how to mix and pour concrete? What a concrete mixer and bags of concrete look like? How to level out and trowel concrete? What wet concrete looks like and to stay away from it?

I love that my girls are learning more than the traditional feminine skills! They will definitely be learning how to change oil and tires probably before they can even drive!

H even got to practice “building” with a hammer, nails, and wood scraps.


Can I just say again, that I love homeschooling?



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