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Preventing The Back To HomeSchool Meal Planning Madness

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Hmmm… have you thought about what you’ll be feeding those hungry learners? If your kids were in public school you may not have had to think much about it before. If you plan to homeschool then you will be feeding them at least three meals a day and maybe a few snacks in between.

This can turn into a chaotic juggling act if you aren’t prepared. How do we prevent meal time chaos in our home? By meal planning. I even plan out snacks sometimes so I don’t forget to include them on my grocery list. Check out this link for some Healthy Snacks to Go.

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It might seem like a lot of trouble but when you find a system that works for then it is so easy. It will actually save you time and money in the long run. This is also a helpful thing even if you don’t homeschool.

Check out this post for some quick and easy breakfast ideas to help you beat that morning chaos and fill those tummies with a nutritious breakfast to start their day off right. Here is another link for even more ideas: The Healthy Breakfast Book. Continue reading Preventing The Back To HomeSchool Meal Planning Madness

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13 Fun First Day Back To HomeSchool Ideas

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I can remember how excited I always was on my first day back to school. I loved school as a kid and I was always so eager to learn. My best memories were of the teachers who let us play games or gave us special treats on that first day. Maybe they were just trying to bribe us but it was something I remember.

As a homeschooling Momma I can find ways to bring that excitement into our homeschool. I try to keep things fun and interesting and sometimes do something a little crazy. Check out my new Pinterest board, Homeschool: First Day Activities. Continue reading 13 Fun First Day Back To HomeSchool Ideas

Have You Bought Your School Supplies Yet?

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We’ve bought the majority of our school supplies for the upcoming year. I know from experience that this is something best done sooner rather than waiting to the last minute.

Not sure what to buy? Check out my post here with our Free Printable Back to school list. I’ll try to start planning for our next year’s school choices about midyear. This gives me plenty of time to research and make lists for supplies that we’ll need.

Not homeschooling? Check with your child’s school and/or teacher for supply list. Many times the local Walmart will have a handy checklist available when you walk in. Continue reading Have You Bought Your School Supplies Yet?

Kirby’s Kids: Making The Decision To Homeschool

So maybe you’ve decided to try homeschooling or maybe you have already been haphazardly homeschooling and have decided to continue but you aren’t sure what to do next. Or maybe you were just browsing and came across this post by accident. No matter what your reason I’m glad you are here and invite you to follow along this little series.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced homeschooler the decision to homeschool or not can be quite overwhelming. I’ve broken it down into a few different sections to help you out. I’ve also shared a few affiliate links to some of our favorite resources.

Go ahead and grab a notebook so that you can jot down some notes as we go through this series. (I may try to make a printable checklist at some point.) Continue reading Kirby’s Kids: Making The Decision To Homeschool

Updated Shopping Links!

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I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve added some new links on the Affiliate Disclaimer & Links tab just in time for Christmas. Are you still looking for a unique gift for someone special? Why don’t you check out some of these sites below or check out the Affiliate Disclaimer & Links tab for a complete list of companies I am currently working with.   Continue reading Updated Shopping Links!

Making Memories With Family

My oldest daughter and her husband came to visit this weekend. We decided to have an impromptu cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, deviled eggs, baked beans, and pasta salad… yum!

The best part of the whole time was not the food but the time we spent together. I wasn’t feeling really well and tried to ‘keep away’ but watching the kids all spend time together was really amazing. The little kids enjoyed having big sister around and they loved playing with their dog.

The older kids decided to get down some games… I normally have them in a big coffee table, however that coffee table is out on the porch because we have no room right now, so they had to get them down from the storage loft. (We have a big collection of board games as we would request these for Christmas gifts as the whole family can enjoy them. Board games do make great Christmas gifts!)

First came Battleship, we have the older version somewhere but couldn’t find it so they got down the Electronic version, however we couldn’t find all the pieces so I guess that will need to go on the Christmas list. I am thinking about getting this Star Wars version.

Next came the classic Monopoly. We would spend hours playing this game when they were younger. We also have the set with a speed die. DD18 is planning on getting this out later to play again with the kids. I am thinking about checking out the Junior edition too as this is a great game to teach money skills.

Last they pulled down the old Scrabble. (We have a couple version of this game too.) I love that you can buy replacement tiles for this game fairly cheap and these tiles also work great for crafts. I think my oldest daughter took the electronic version home with her to play with her husband. This is also a great game to help with reading, spelling, vocabulary, and math as you count up the scores. You could start younger kids out with this junior edition.

After they played for a while we ate dinner together and talked a bit. Big sister also passed out some bags of Halloween candy for everyone. We cleaned up and they went home as it was starting to get dark and they had to work the next morning.

DD18 wasn’t ready to put up the games though. She asked Mr. Awesome and me if we would play and we did. We played Scrabble first and she went to grab the dictionary so she could make sure my words were ‘legal’… lol. Like I would really cheat. I do pull words out of my head that I don’t even know that I knew sometimes though.

Once that game was over they decided to play Monopoly again. We had a blast playing even though they lost… again. This was definitely one of those days that we will keep in our hearts forever. It has also encouraged us to start some new traditions with the younger kids. I am hoping to start having a game night at least once week like I did when my oldest kids were younger.

All in all today was a great day. I am so thankful for these days and feel so very blessed to have such a wonderful family! I definitely feel like a winner!

 

Dollar Tree Finds: 10/20/2017

Its took me a few days to get this post written but I wanted to share a few neat things I found at my last trip to Dollar Tree.

My littlest ones are still really into dinosaurs and all of them are so artistic it’s complete craziness here sometimes. Right now we have crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, and paper all over the table and floor from their latest projects. I probably have enough artwork to fill a museum… some of these masterpieces will eventually make it to friends and family.

I try my best to restrain myself when I walk down the ‘teacher’ section but I was super excited when I spotted these iDRAW dinosaur books with step by step instructions on how to draw so many different dinosaurs. Then I was almost doing a little happy dance to see that they had a few other versions like sea life, jungle animals, horses, and such. The kids are going to love these and I am hoping to incorporate them into some of their art classes while we homeschool.

There was also a Learn to Recycle kit that I picked up. I think this will work well as we are learning about the earth right now. If I don’t incorporate it into the Science lessons I’m sure I will find a place to use it as a teaching tool and they will have tons of fun doing this activity.

I found a few stickers to use on their projects as well as some jewel toned stickers. These stickers will, hopefully, be used to mark the countries and places we are ‘visiting’ in Social Studies. You can see more about this here. The kids are having a blast with this study so far. We have visited Great Britain and Spain with plans to visit France next week. (Our trip to Greece has been delayed as I haven’t received the Highlights kit yet.)

I’ll keep checking back and bringing you new items that I find to use in our homeschool.

Happy Homeschooling!

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National Cheesecake Day

National Cheesecake Day is the day to enjoy a slice or two of delicious cheesecake! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on July 30th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

National Cheesecake Day « Eli’s Cheesecake

National Cheesecake Day | Sue Bee Honey

Celebrate National Cheesecake Day on July 30, 2017 – Chiff.com

Recipes:

PHILADELPHIA 3-Step Cheesecake – Kraft Recipes

22 Easy Cheesecake Recipes | Taste of Home

No-Bake Cheesecake Recipes – Allrecipes.com

Also check out:

Homeschool: July on Pinterest

 

Aunt and Uncle Day

Aunt and Uncle Day is the day to let your Aunt and Uncles know how much you care! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on July 26th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Celebrate Aunt and Uncle Day on July 26th | Lit For Kids

Aunt & Uncle’s Day – 123 Greetings

Aunt and Uncle Day – 26th Jul, 2017 | Days Of The Year

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Homeschool: July on Pinterest

 

National Lollipop Day

National Lollipop Day is the day to satisfy that sweet tooth! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on July 20th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Celebrate National Lollipop Day – Grandma Ideas

National Lollipop Day – Punchbowl

National Lollipop Day – Gone-ta-pott.com

10 fabulous facts about lollipops on National Lollipop Day – AOL Food

Also check out:

Homeschool: July on Pinterest

how lollipops are made for kids on Pinterest

 

Global Hug Your Kids Day

Global Hug Your Kids Day is a day to reach out put your arms around your kids to make sure that they know how much you love them! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on the third Monday in July.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Global Hug Your Kid Day: The importance of showing affection

Global Hug Your Kids Day – WordPress.com

July 21 – Global Hug Your Kid Day | Juliana Lee

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Homeschool: July on Pinterest

 

Cheer up the Lonely Day

Cheer up the Lonely Day is the day to cheer up someone lonely! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on July 11th.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Fun Holiday – Cheer Up the Lonely Day – Time and Date

July 11 Cheer Up the Lonely Day at Holiday Insights

July 11th: Cheer Up the Lonely Day – International Blessings

Ways to Cheer Up the Lonely | ApartmentGuide.com

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Homeschool: July on Pinterest