HomeSchool Office Review

One of the great things about homeschooling in the United States of America is that you have the opportunity to educate your children with an awesome education that lines up with your values.  You have the freedom to homeschool.  You can make a plan for your child’s education that works with your beliefs, your child’s interests, and the priorities you have established for your family.  Once you make your homeschool plan, you will need a strategy to help you stick to it.

Thankfully there are wonderful homeschool focused companies who have developed products to help you meet your homeschooling needs.  You can create a homeschool and family plan and stay on track with a great product like HomeSchool Office from Lord Heritage.

Lord Heritage Homeschool Office

HomeSchool Office

HomeSchool Office is a Christian faith-based online planning program for your homeschool and family life.   Their goal is to help parents create a practical plan they can implement that lines up with God’s word.

Isaiah 54:13
All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.

This is a digital online planner with awesome features to help you keep your homeschool organized and on track, within your budget, and meet your educational goals.  HomeSchool Office subscription retails for $79.00 a year.

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HomeSchool Office is a digital office.  It contains a dashboard hub (your virtual office) where you can set up your daily, weekly, and monthly schedules, to do lists, curriculum, grades, a homeschool budget, and you can keep track of tasks and a master schedule that helps keep track of multi-tasking simultaneously.

How We Used This

We received a year subscription to HomeSchool Office in exchange for trying it out in our home and writing an honest review.  I was a bit overwhelmed entering in schedules, school lessons, and activities for six kids plus myself at first.  This program is way more organized than I am used to, but in a good way.  Once you get through the set up process for each student, this becomes an amazing useful tool.  Especially if your children are highschool age because it can keep track of multiple years of subjects and grades and create transcripts.

Older children can be self-sufficient in reviewing their daily schedules on the web site, and you can print off the schedules for all of your children, younger or older, to put in their notebooks or hang on the wall.

Below are several screen shots of the HomeSchool Office dashboard. The strategy of HomeSchool Office is P-O-W-E-R.   This word is both a biblical strategy as well as an acronym to help you remember the tabs on your dashboard.  The desired outcome as you establish a plan, complete your goals, and evaluate progress is to develop children who demonstrate Self Control, have Patience, who are Helpful, and are able to Use Time Wisely.

Plan
Just as God had a plan, we also need a plan.

In this section, I :
Plan goals and objectives for each subject we are studying.
Build a master schedule
Setup goals, objectives, and lessons
Create projects for our home and groups
Create our school budget

Plan

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Order
God is organized and without chaos, and Christian homeschool families should also set up an organized homeschool setting.

In this section I:
Schedule lessons
Schedule home activities
Schedule school activities
Schedule reminders
Create to do lists

Order

1 Corinthians 14:40
But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

Work
Because God has a confident work ethic through the finished work of Jesus, we should teach confident work ethics to our children that glorify God.

In this section:
Student access online
View/print individual schedules
Follow daily lessons
Manage to do lists

work

John 17:4
I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

Evaluate
God communicates with us, and we should communicate with our children, maintaining relationship, promoting accountability and encouraging them.

In this section I:
Manage our requirements for state compliance
Monitor daily attendance
Keep track of hours completed per subject
Maintain grades for each subject

Evaluate

Matthew 28:20
“…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Report
We should be transparent and accountable in the work we do like Jesus was.

In this section of my dashboard, I:
Create customized reports
Create customized highschool transcripts
Comply with state regulations

Report

Romans 14:12
“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”

As my older children get into highschool, this online planner will help us stay organized. It will be a blessing to be able to just push a button and be able to print out a report of grades and accomplishments as well as a highschool transcript for college application.

I have been homeschooling a long time.  Over the years I have met hundreds of homeschool families and if there is one theme that permeates every family who takes on the challenge to homeschool, it is the challenge to stay organized and on plan.

Whether you use a pre-made curriculum, or an eclectic conglomeration of projects to meet your educational goals, every body needs a plan, and a strategy to get the plan done, yet be flexible and free enough to make changes when needed.

Whether you are new to homeschooling, or are a homeschool veteran, HomeSchool Office can help you follow through with your goals, keep you and your students on track, and reach the outcome you desire.  You can try out a Free 30 day trial to see if it is a good fit for your family.

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Keep Trying!

I fail.

I try,

and try,

and keep trying.

Sometimes I succeed.

I have a lot of dreams.

I have made a lot of mistakes.

I have a lot of hope for the future.

One of my biggest struggles is my health.  One of my biggest accomplishments is also my health.  I am 45 years old, and I am trying to get healthy after challenging health issues of infertility, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, 9 pregnancies between ages 30 to 45, surgery, anemia, weight gain, allergies, and auto-immune issues.   WHEW!  It has been a challenge!  Learning about my body, and what works and doesn’t work for me has been a lifelong journey.

It’s not easy.

For a long time, I kept falling further behind.   Even though I tried, I wasn’t going forward to reach a better level of health.  But there are successes and I do go forward, even if I also take a step back or sideways from time to time.  I will get there, I will reach my goals.

Sometimes I don’t even know where to begin.

So I pray.

What else can I do?

God has the answers and solutions to my situation.

He has the answers for yours too.

I’m on a journey.

I am getting better.

I am healing.

I am working toward a healthier me.

I keep trying.

I saw this video today. I was inspired to go further as I watched these two women encourage each other to keep trying.

I hope you will keep trying too!

 

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”                                                   3 John 1:2

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Transform 30 and $100 Cash Giveaway

Let me ask you a question.

What is your health worth?

What would you say if I told you that saying “Yes” to one simple change you can make today to take care of yourself, and repeat it for the next 30 days, can transform your life?

My friend Amber shared her health story with me.  She said “Yes” to her health, and her life has been transformed.  We have been friends for six years, sharing so much together about education, faith, parenting, marriage, healthy living, and meeting together for playdates for our kids.  I have watched her grow in knowledge and her health, but something changed in her recently and she is vibrant!  When I asked her how she got healthy, she shared her Transformation 30 journey with me.  She has inspired me so much.  She gave me permission to share her before and after photos with you.

Amber's transformation

“I lost 22 pounds,lots of inches, and my energy is through the roof now. But the biggest thing for me was just liking what I saw in the mirror again, and feeling so much better.” Amber Neal

This is the real deal.  She is a real person I have known for a long time.  I see the change in her.  The transformation is happening right before my eyes.  I said YES!  I joined her on the journey because I want this too!  I want a life transformation and to be at my best.

 

What is Transform 30?

The Transform 30 is saying “YES” to:

 Juice Plus Capsules and Juice Plus Complete Shake

 Drink 3 liters of water

 Exercise 30 minutes,  4 times a week

 Zero Wheat

 Zero Dairy

 Breathe deep 3 times a day for 3 minutes each

 Get 8 hours of sleep every night

 Assist digestion by finishing all food by 6 pm if possible.

 Balance

 

Tell me more about Juice Plus!

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Juice Plus is a whole complete food.  It is made from whole fruits, vegetables, grains, enzymes, and probiotics, and has been dried and powdered and is served in easy to use capsules, chewables, powders, and food bars for convenience.  It is a complete food, with all of its life giving vitality in tact.

Juice Plus has repeatedly been studied by at least 30 medical studies in leading hospitals and medical journals all over the world showing its amazing ability to transform peoples lives for the better.   In clinical studies it has been shown to affect so many of the diseases Americans are facing.  In addition to the clinical studies, I have been listening to real people tell their testimony.  I have heard people say their immune systems are stronger, their blood tests are perfect, they lowered their cholesterol by 200 points, and several who their doctors gave them weeks to live with end stage cancer and that was 7, 10, 15, 19 years ago.  Can you believe? I also heard a woman share her story that in 5 months, proven by her doctor and lab tests, she cured her incurable inherited sickle cell anemia disease. In 5 months her body rebuilt, re-engineered new DNA that was free of the disease.  I listened to an incredible woman who healed herself of lung cancer after the doctor told her it had metastisized and only gave her two weeks to live.  Juice Plus transformed her life.  It is amazing!

So what do you say?

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Would you like to get healthier and improve your energy levels?

You can do it!

Join me on the Transformation 30 challenge.  Let’s do this together and take back our health and take back our life!

 

Ready for the $100 Giveaway?

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How do you win the giveaway for $100  ???

  1. SAY YES! Ask your Juice Plus rep what you need to GET STARTED on the Transform 30 program.

  2.  ENTER on the Rafflecopter below

  3. You SHARE YOUR JOURNEY on your Facebook page with all your friends and family!

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Rules for participating:

When you sign up for the Transformation 30 challenge, you can enter this giveaway for a chance to win $100 cash!

***You must be 18 or older and your Juice Plus rep must also be participating.  I would love to be your rep if you don’t already have one!

***this giveaway is sponsored by a few Juice Plus Reps who came together to bless you with a great prize!

***check with your rep if you are a member of JP before entering, because your rep must be participating in order for you to be eligible to win the giveaway.

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Great Parents Academy Math Review

Looking for a math program for your kids? You might want to try GPALOVEMATH by GPALEARN (Great Parents Academy).

GPA LEARN

GPALOVEMATH is an online program for kids in grades K-5.  It can also be used as review work for students who need to refresh their skills.   It can be accessed 24/7 and it is so convenient to use it when it fits in your schedule.  It retails for $12.99 a month.  You can purchase a subscription for the whole year too, and they are currently running a sale on the one year subscription so be sure to check the web site for more information.

Learn:

Each grade level has over 10,000 practice problems.  Each grade level also contains over 150 lessons to help your children master math in a fun interactive way.  Every time the kids work on a lesson, an email with a progress report is sent to the parent.  The parent also has a dashboard within the program to review progress and establish or change goals and rewards.

There are three basic parts to each lesson: Instruction, Practice, and Quiz. Each lesson is progressive and the child cannot proceed to the next lesson unless they completed the previous lesson and have unlocked the next one. They watch an animated coach teach the lesson, then they practice the skill they learned and the coach will help them with the answers they missed during practice, and they can ask the coach for help reading the problem if needed. Then the kids take a quiz and use the skill they learned. They are not graded on the practice problems, but are graded on the quiz.  They can retake the quiz if needed.

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How to use the parent dashboard (there are student videos also available):

Parent LEARN from GPA LEARN on Vimeo.

Coaches:

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Each grade level is also assigned their own animated coach.  The coach takes your kids through each lesson and the corresponding practice problems with a fun story-line theme that is continued throughout the grade level.  If your child switches grade levels they will have a different coach.

An option I really like within the program is that if the student places the mouse cursor over the words of the practice problems or directions, the coach will read the written material to the kids too.  Kids can choose to read their practice problems themselves, or they can read along while the coach reads the problem.  I have several kids who are independent learners and don’t need this feature, but I also have a child who has some reading challenges and this feature is great for him.  It is also great for my younger children who are not yet strong readers.  I am very thankful GPALOVEMATH has included this read along option.

Motivation:

rewards

Another great feature of GPALOVEMATH is the opportunity to earn motivational rewards for a certain amount of lessons completed. The parent decides the amount of lessons to be completed and what rewards are possibilities to be earned.  The rewards are chosen randomly by the program after the parent sets up the list and the frequency.  So for example, my younger kids earn a reward for every seven lessons completed, and my older kids earn a reward for every 15 lessons completed.  Rewards can be anything from special family outings, a meal chosen by the student, a game, inviting a friend over, a gift card to shop or out to eat, etc.  The point is the motivations are personal rewards chosen by the parent that their student is interested in achieving and creates a positive experience.

How we used this program:

We received a one year subscription for our family to use and we added this program into our daily homeschool routine.  I used this program everyday with all of my kids.  Each child spends about 20 minutes a day working on it.

4th and 5th Grade Level

Even though my oldest two boys are beyond this program already (6th and 8th grades), I had them use the 5th grade level for review.  They both really liked it and found it both challenging and fun.  I think this program provided a good review and practice of their math and problem solving skills.

Here is a short video showing the 5th grade coaches, Dino and Nina, and you can see why learning math with these Super Hero coaches would appeal kids, especially boys who have a hard time sitting still for schoolwork.

5th Grade Learning Coaches from GPA LEARN on Vimeo.

Another one of my sons started in 4th grade level, but after a dozen lessons, we moved him to the 5th grade level.   It was a personal choice because the 4th grade has several spiritual aspects mixed in with the learning theme.

The 4th grade coach is a wizard and seeks out the advice of an older wizard.  This touched a deep spiritual issue for our family. Our kids have not been exposed to sorcery themes in any form: books, games, school work, etc.  Our faith instructs us to avoid all forms of sorcery, and my son and I both felt uncomfortable listening to the owl and the story-line of the wizard as his coach.

wizard owl

Within the 4th grade theme is the use of crystal balls, magic potions, an Owl Wizard Counsel, portals, etc.   Like wizards and witches, they actually search the forest floor for ingredients for mystical potions, in this case to give them enhanced mental skills.

potion

My son was very discouraged about listening to a wizard, using a crystal ball to help solve math problems, and hunting for ingredients for magic potions.

fowl sense

A few lessons called him also a wizard and a fledgling (inferring a young owl bird, or young apprentice).  He shared his heart with me.  He was ready to stop using the program.  

Our Christian faith teaches us to avoid all things that have the appearance of sorcery:
Deuteronomy 18:14    
“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,”

Malachi 3:5
“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.”

I was coming to the same conclusions about the 4th grade materials and researching what options we had, or if we need to discontinue.  I found out we could change his grade level easily at anytime.  I am proud of him for his conviction, for his faith in action, and his spiritual awareness to recognize that even though this is a cute animation and fun way to learn math, it leads children into a familiarity with sorcery, and touches on a spiritual teaching that goes against our Christian faith.

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I explained we had the option of changing to a different grade level with a different coach right from his dashboard screen.  The wizard theme is only in grade 4.   Kids are able to work on lessons in any of the K-5 levels.   So I gave him the option of going down to 3rd grade for review, or going up to 5th grade. Seeing that we are almost through with his 4th grade school year, he wanted to move up and try out the next grade level.  He was quite excited to start 5th grade math.

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He loves the 5th grade level!  5th grade has a completely different story-line theme as I mentioned before, and he gets to be part of the Super Hero team and solve problems to help save the town from the bad guy, Dr. Division.   This fits his skills and interest level to a “T”.  I am really glad we had options and could work out a better learning scenario for him.

1st Grade Level

My daughter is working in the 1st grade level.  Her coach is an Australian Penguin. Of course she would prefer if her coach could have been a beautiful princess, but she definitely enjoys learning with PI the Penguin. Early in her lessons, PI taught her to use the STAR method to solve math problems.

star method

S = Study the problem.

T = Think about what you have learned.

A = Apply what you have learned to solve the problem.

R = Review your answers and check to see if they make sense.

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She is looking forward to progressing her 1st grade math skills and getting the “girl” coach when she gets into the 2nd grade level.

2 grade

There is a girl coach named Adirehs in the second grade, and there is both a boy and a girl coach (Nina) in the 5th grade.  Her preference is definitely to have the girl coaches, and anything pink or purple.

Kindergarten Level

Another son is working in the Kindergarten level.  He loves it because he gets to help be a detective, go on a mission, and find clues as he solves math problems.  In addition to early math problems, he is also learning vocabulary (all the levels learn some vocabulary, but presented differently for each theme).  The lessons begin with a new vocabulary word for him to learn and is used throughout the lesson.

vocabulary

He loves the engaging animations and feels like he is accomplishing a big goal by helping to “solve the case” as the assistant detective.

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Each time my kids log in and work on a lesson everyday.  Whether they complete the lesson or not, I get an email with an update. I know exactly how much of the lesson they did and if they watched or skipped the video or did practice problems too.  One of my older boys will skip the practice problems and go straight to the quiz. With the constant updates regarding their progress, I know where they are truly struggling or if it is just a case of not practicing.  Then we can discuss it and go back and try again.

I do like this program.  Kids can work on math in a fun interactive way. It keeps the parents informed and involved as needed. I would recommend this online learning program for grades K-3 and grade 5.  I cannot in good conscience recommend grade 4 for children because their hearts and minds are impressionable and there is a cross over with spiritual issues of sorcery mentioned above.  However the other grade levels do not have these issues and I highly recommend them.

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Spring!

Oh can it really be true? I sure hope it is! What a difference a few days make. Just a week ago, we were playing games indoors, and if we went outside we had to be bundled head to toe in our heaviest winter gear.

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But it was just too cold to stay out and play for long, and most of our free time was spent doing this:

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and this:

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and building this:

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and more of this:

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Now this week the weather has improved and we can go outside with light jackets!  No more heavy coats!  We can enjoy the sunshine.  Spring has begun even though it’s official day isn’t until next week.   It is still a little chilly if the wind is blowing, but it is so beautiful and I love that there is more color than just white!

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Even the chickens are happy!  They are scratching around in the yard looking for fresh sprouted grass and bugs.  Happy chickens makes me happy!

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Now if we want to play board games, we have the option to play them outside!

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This mama is sooooo thankful for the sunshine and warmer temperatures, for spring and for happy kids!

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Digital Science Online Review

We are enjoying our subscription to Digital Science Online by Visual Learning Systems.

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Digital Science Online

We received a one year subscription to Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) and Digital Science Online: Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12) .  Each edition retails for $99 a year, and can be used by up to 8 students in the same home.  It can be accessed 24/7.  These programs can also be licensed for classroom use (price determined by classroom size), see the web site for more information.

Digital Science

Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5)

We chose to focus on the Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) for the purpose of this review. My children really enjoyed learning a variety of science topics with this program.  The Elementary Edition includes two levels of learning: Primary K-2 (Physical Science, Earth Science, Life Science, Health) and Elementary 3-5 (Physical Science, Earth Science, Life Science).  Units / Topics covered in each level are listed below.

Digital Science Online is divided into 5 easy to use parts in each edition: Video, Animations, Images, Student Content (Printable Activities,Worksheets), Teachers Content (Lesson Plans, Video Script, Materials Needed for experiments and hands on investigations, Quiz /Worksheet/Test Answer Keys, Teachers Tips).

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Basically this is an easy to use guided classroom all wrapped up in one convenient online package. All you need is a computer and printer to use, and gather the supplies recommended for the hands on activities. Though older students may be able to work independently, younger students will need the parent / teacher’s help.

How We Used Digital Science Online:

We chose a few unit/topics from the Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) that we wanted to cover during the review (see list below).  You can go through the subject however best fits your needs, but we went through each topic with this plan for our lessons:

  1. Pre-video Quiz given by me (the parent/teacher) to learn what the kids already know about a science topic,

  2. Then they watched a video or video clips that reinforced the topic.

  3. Next they answered Video Review questions during the video or video clip as they are discussed.

  4. Then they took a Post-video Quiz,

  5. Next my kids completed several optional activities to explore the topic in a hands on way (observations (some observations were done outside), experiments, review the online animations and images quick guides, and complete several printable worksheets that reinforce the topic),

  6. Finally my kids took a Topic Assessment Test.

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The videos and video clips of the various topics are observed online.  You can choose the topic you want to study and watch the entire video, or select a few short video clips to watch and stop to discuss or write down answers as you come to them.

Learning about 3 types of worms from the Simple Animals unit.

Learning about 3 types of worms from the Simple Animals unit.

Some of the topics have a hands on experiments and activities to do, and some topics only have worksheets as the hands on component.  Sometimes we substituted some of the materials for an activity based on what we had on hand.  All of the worksheets are cross-curricular and promote skills in science, but also language arts, English, math, public speaking if done in groups, etc.  All of the quizzes, tests, and worksheets are downloadable printables for the student to complete.

hole punched worksheet

I printed off the worksheets, quizzes, and tests for each unit/topic we were learning about.  I used a three hole punch to put holes in the printables, and made a folder for each of my kids to put their completed worksheets in.

How to Measure Length Unit.

How to Measure Length Unit.

There is a huge list of approximately 136+ science units/topics available in both English and Spanish in the Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5), and another 125+ science units/topics in the Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12), so this program can last your classroom through out their school years.   It can be used as the curriculum, or used as a supplement for other curriculum.  I have only listed the unit/topics from the Elementary Edition below.  You can choose to do them in any order you choose.  We loved the freedom of being able to move around and choose the topics we wanted to learn about.

Topics in Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5)

      • Units of study: Grades K-2 collection
        activities of plants, adaptations, animal behavior, biodiversity, blood and circulation, cells, changes on earth, changing climate, chemical changes, classifying living things, complex animals, cycles in living things, day and night, describing matter, describing matter and its properties, describing problems, designing solutions, earth and you, earth’s nearest neighbors, earth’s rotation and revolution, ecology, fundamentals, electrical circuits, electricity, environmental problems and solutions, everyday simple machines, exploring desert biomes, exploring earth, sun, and moon, exploring energy, exploring energy and heat, exploring forest biomes, exploring fossils, exploring freshwater biomes, exploring grassland biomes, exploring landforms, environmental problems and solutions, everyday simple machines, explorando el sonido (exploring sound), explorando la energía y el calor (exploring energy and heat), explorando sólidos, líquidos y gases (exploring solids, liquids, and gases), exploring desert biomes, exploring earth, sun, and moon, exploring energy, exploring energy and heat, exploring forest biomes, exploring fossils, exploring freshwater biomes, exploring grassland biomes, exploring landforms, exploring marine biomes, exploring solids, liquids, and gases, exploring sound,
        exploring the building blocks of matter, fall, fascinating fossils, food and digestion, food chains, forces in fluids, forming bonds, fósiles fascinantes (fascinating fossils), gravedad (gravity), gravity, grouping living things
        hábitos saludables (healthy habits ), healthy habits, heat and energy
        helping us work, how to measure length, how to measure volume,
Using a ruler to measure worksheet.

Using a ruler to measure worksheet.

      • Units of study: Grades 3-5 collection
        ALL OF THE ABOVE PLUS:
        impacto en la tierra (impacts on earth), impacts on earth, interacciones de los seres vivos (interactions of living things), interactions of living things, investigando la herencia (investigating heredity), investigating chemical reactions, investigating earth’s natural resources, investigating heredity, investigating mixtures, solutions, elements, and compounds,  investigating water, investigations and data, invierno (winter), keeping earth healthy, landforms, language in science, life cycles, light, listening and speaking in science, los ciclos de los seres vivos (cycles in living things), magnets and electromagnetism, making observations, measuring, microscopic life, migración e hibernación (migration and hibernation), migration and hibernation, minerals,  moving muscles and bones, moving things, natural resources, needs of living things, nuestra preciosa tierra (our precious earth), nutrition,  objetos en movimiento (moving things), observando el clima (observing weather), observing weather, otoño (fall), our distant neighbors, our precious earth, particles and matter, physical changes, planetas (planets), planets, plant life cycles, plant parts, plantas (plants), plants, plants with flowers, plate tectonics in action, primavera (spring), reading in science,  reading maps, recursos naturales (natural resources), rocks, scientific method, seguridad climática (weather safety), simple animals, soil and rocks, solutions at work, spring, stars and galaxies, starting with questions, suelo y rocas (soil and rocks), summer, sun and stars, the air around us, the changing phases of matter, the nature of waves, the rock cycle, the water cycle, things in motion, traits and heredity, trees, tu cuerpo ( your body ), tu dieta ( your diet ), usando la electricidad (using electricity), using electricity, using the scientific method, using tools in science, uso del método científico ( using the scientific method), verano (summer), vibrations and waves, water, water, everywhere, weather around us, weather on the move, weather safety, weathering and erosion, weighing things, what are magnets?, what are plants?, what do living things need?, what is a bird?, what is a fish?, what is a mammal?, what is a reptile?, what is an amphibian?, what is an insect?, what is light?, what is science?, what is sound?, what is the water cycle?,  why do we measure?, winter, working with data, writing in science, your body, your diet, ¿qué es el ciclo del agua? (what is the water cycle?), ¿qué es la luz? (what is light?), ¿qué es un anfibio? (what is an amphibian?),  ¿qué es un ave? (what is a bird?), ¿qué es un insecto? (what is an insect?), ¿qué es un mamífero? (what is a mammal?), ¿qué es un pez? (what is a fish?), ¿qué es un reptil? (what is a reptile?), ¿qué necesitan los seres vivos? (what do living things need?), ¿qué son los imanes? (what are magnets?),
Build a pulley system for Simple Machine's unit.

Build a pulley system for Simple Machine’s unit.

So as you can see there are several years worth of fun learning units/topics to do, and you can do them in any order you chose.  My advice would be to put a “short list” together of the units/topics you want to cover for a school year, or semester, or even for just a month at a time, and then spend a week +/- on each topic.  Some students may want to go faster or slower, but you have the freedom to go at any pace that fits your family 24/7.

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Snow But Hoping For Spring Soon

Hoping for spring to come soon!  Even though the snow is pretty, I am ready for a change.  I need some warm sunny days.

Here are some beautiful snowy pictures around the homestead from Saturday, March 1st.   I came outside to snap a few pictures, hoping to say goodbye to winter.

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Pretty, yes!  Practical, no!  I am so over winter.  The driveway is a solid sheet of ice.  My van has been in the same spot in the drive way almost all winter. My husband has a truck and can get in and out just fine for work, and can take several kids on daddy dates to go get groceries and supplies, but my van is the only vehicle we have big enough to take us all out at the same time, and it is not capable of making it down or up the driveway when it is covered in ice.  Oh it has been a long winter!

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We spend our days doing schoolwork, then playing games indoors, reading, baking, building with Legos, making crafts, bundling up in serious winter gear to play in the snow outdoors, etc. But the kids long to play in the grass again without having to wear their heavy winter gear.

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I can’t wait until the snow is gone and the kids can ride bikes and play in the green grass again.

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I love how the pine trees embrace the snow.  I felt this way back in December.  But it is March and I am over it now, lol.

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The older boys bundled up to build a snow fort and throw snow balls this afternoon.  “Please don’t throw one at me, I have a camera!”

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Serious construction going on here Mom!  This one absolutely loves the snow.  He could live in it year around I think.  Alaska or even Antartica wouldn’t bother him a bit.  He could live in any weather anywhere as long as he got to build something I think.  He loves to stay busy building.  And if he can’t go out, if it is too cold or too hot, or pouring down rain, then he builds with his legos and Lincoln logs too.  He tells me all the time he wants to be a builder like his daddy when he grows up.

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Building his wall for his snow fort.

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The kitties followed me everywhere I went.

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They stayed on the trail, but they were all about the little walk around.

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There is five of them: George, Boots, Lion, Precious, Camo, plus their mom: Tiger, and they follow us everywhere.  They are as big as their mom now, but we still call them kittens.  They still act like kittens too.  They are such a joy to our family.  We truly love these precious cats.

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Here is a picture of the chicken coop, outdoor rabbit hutch, and the old barn.

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The goats choose to stay in the barn most of the winter eating their hay. They go outside a little when the sun comes out from behind the clouds, or they stand in the doorway, but they agree with me about winter and I think they are saying “we are tired of the snow already and want some sunshine please!”

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Even the chickens won’t walk in the snow.  All winter they venture out of their house about two feet and then turn around and go back in. They say “no more snow, we wont go, no more snow”, ha, ha!

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This is Boots and he is hanging out in the barn today.  He loves to explore!

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We had to move the rabbits inside as it is too cold here to leave them outside in the winter.

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We were given these wonderful rabbit cages and feeders just after the snows began this winter by a sweet elderly couple who no longer needed them. My husband hung them in the barn.  It reminds me of my grandma’s rabbitree . She had rows and rows of these hanging in her barn.

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The old farmhouse.  Indiana winter’s are cold, snowy, and everything stays frozen. I am thankful for this old farmhouse that shelters my family. Some youngins stepped onto the porch to ask me what I was doing in the snow, lol! I told them “I am saying goodbye to winter and praying for spring!”

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