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Have a Little Poetry Fun with Your Kids!

Poetry is one of those areas that I’ll admit to having dropped the ball on a bit with our kids. It’s an area we plan to tackle more in depth in the upcoming year. 

BUT – April is national poetry month, and WriteShop has a freebie for us to use and get moving on some poetry learning: Let’s Write Imagery Poems

 

The unit study is geared toward children in 3rd-9th grade with a focus of learning to write three different poems that come to life through the use of imagery and sensory detail:

  1. Color Poems Using similes, metaphors, and emotion words, students compare a favorite color to objects and experiences they can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. Their five senses will help them come up with descriptive words and phrases. The result is a vibrant sensory poem that paints beautiful word pictures.
  2. Comparison Poems How is a fox like a cloud? How is a toaster like a dragon? While most poetry includes some form of imagery, the poems in this lesson are especially rich in figurative language. Children learn to combine poetic devices with descriptive adjectives, strong nouns, and active verbs to create a striking, imaginative poem.
  3. Shell Metaphor Poems As your kids study a seashell from every possible angle, they’ll begin to see how it reminds them of many things. From one angle, a shell might be a unicorn’s horn or a mighty drill. From another angle, it could be an ice cream cone or an Olympic torch. Your child’s point of view and vivid imagination will bring their Shell Metaphor to life!

The freebie includes twenty printable activities and worksheets with: 

 

  • practice exercises
  • brainstorming worksheets
  • poem planning worksheets
  • word banks
  • colorful lined writing pages

The best part is – it’s free (and we all like that!) for their subscribers. This study is a great way to wrap up your year or give yourself a little “spring” break from your day-to-day studies and still learn together. Here’s to lots of fun poetry! 

 

 

*NEW* Weekly Homeschool Planner

For the past three years I have been working on something behind the scenes, but never got around to actually DOING anything about it – as in sharing it with you. If I’m being honest there are a lot of things I’ve started and never completely finished. The main reason is perfectionism. 

It’s something I’ve struggled with for a very long time. While it may seem like I procrastinate on projects (which I do, in a way), the honest truth is – if it isn’t matching up to what I picture in my head, something inside me shuts down and doesn’t keep going. My brain has a million ideas, and there isn’t enough time. I can’t get it put together the way I envision, so it gets pushed aside. 

The last few years have been a process of me working toward getting over that hump, one baby step at a time. I’m definitely not all the way there yet, but maybe you can relate? 

One of the things I’ve been working on is a paper and pen version of my homeschool planner. I’ve been using it the past few years and love it – it’s simple but pretty. Efficient. While I love my other planner, staying off my laptop during school time has been important to me. This planner makes me smile (and that’s a great thing) and keeps my focus on the four people in front of me, rather than off on a rabbit trail. For my brain too, putting pen to paper really helps me connect the dots and remember things.

Because I love it so much, I really want to share it with you all – and I truly appreciate your patience in waiting with me.  I’m still tweaking a few things, but the best part is, I can share those tweaks via a bonus download page available only to those who purchase the planner! 

A Peek Inside the Weekly Homeschool Planner 

A few things to know about this planner: 

  • 8.5” x 11” undated pages – over 150 pages to use year after year (just like our Student Planners)
  • Colorful – not overly crazy, but subtle. Pretty makes planning fun!
  • Plenty of room for both weekly planning and a month-at-a-glance overview.
  • 10 subject areas with lined planning space
  • Planning pages include a month-at-a-glance, a weekly layout, homeschool vision, homeschool requirements, curriculum planning, daily schedules, and more.
  • Bonus download page (password protected) where you can find additional pages to add to your planner: curriculum wish list, field trip planning, goals for children, names/addresses, notes, unit planning, yearly attendance, and (coming soon) editable monthly and weekly pages.
  • 2 layouts: one labeled Monday-Friday and another with no days of the week so you can write in your own schedule 

A quick note: Our printer will print BORDERLESS. It is one of the paper choices in our printer settings. Our front and back covers were printed onto cardstock and then laminated for extra durability. We use a heavy weight paper (24 lb.) to print the planner and make the pages a little thicker.

Purchase Your Copy of the Planner 

If you would like to purchase a copy of the new Weekly Homeschool Planner, you can do so by clicking the link below

This planner is undated so you have the option of printing off a new copy each year. The pdf planner is available for $10 and you are more than welcome to print off copies for yourself – this year and in years to come. Please note the Weekly Homeschool Planner is only available as a pdf download and prints off double-sided. 

Your purchase also allows access to a ‘buyers only’ page where optional pages will be added including additional dated covers and other pages as readers/users request.

I truly hope this planner is a blessing to you all!

 

 

Does Your Homeschool Need a Little Organizational Help?

Much of my sanity revolves around keeping things in order during our homeschool time. While one of our kids has a brain that thinks much like mine, a few others tend to move in opposite directions. One way that we have been able to track the kids studies has been through the use of a Student Planner

A few years ago our girls asked me to create a full-sized Student Planner for them. Half-sized planners just weren’t cutting it for them, so together we came up with one they both loved. Both have used the Student Planner every year since then and this year Zachary joins their ranks. 

Two choices of student planners from Homeschool Creations - help get your student on track

These planners have been a huge help to our girls in keeping their studies on track, making weekly and monthly goals, and even planning their weekends. 

The Student Planner contains :

  • 8 1/2” x 11” undated pages – use it year after year!
  • Year at a glance dates
  • Student information and schedule page
  • 12 blank monthly planning pages
  • Weekly planning pages for 8 subjects
  • Planning for every day of the week (smaller spaces for Saturday/Sunday)
  • Goals, notes, and ‘what I learned’ section
  • Tracking for books read
  • 2 layouts: August through July or January through December
  • access to a ‘buyers only’ page where optional pages will be added including additional dated covers and other pages as readers/users request.

This week only, my Student Planner bundle is included as a part of the Parenting Super Bundle

Mom Needs a Planner too…

Now while I adore our student planner very much, I also like to keep our homeschool studies in order too. The kids have a lovely planner and I wanted something pretty for myself. One of the things I’ve been working on is a paper and pen version of my homeschool planner. I’ve been using it the past two years and love it – it’s simple but pretty. Efficient. While I love my online planner, staying off my laptop during school time has been important to me. This planner makes me smile (and that’s a great thing). 

Anyway, although the planner isn’t available yet for sale on my site, I wanted to offer it to you all as a special bonus this week.  If you purchase the Parenting Super Bundle through my link this week, I would love to send you the pdf copy of my watercolor poppy Weekly Homeschool Planner for FREE. I will be offering it for sale soon at $10, and along with my Yearly Home Planner (included in the bundle), these are the two planners that help me keep my life in order – and I want to share this newest one with you. This special offer is only available until Monday, May 1st when the bundle sale ends

A few things to know about this planner: 

  • It’s undated, so you can print it each year to use again (just like my student planners). 
  • It’s colorful – not overly crazy, but subtle. Pretty makes planning fun.
  • There is plenty of room for weekly planning and also a month-at-a-glance page.
  • There is a bonus download page, which will include a few editable pages to download as well (see the link at the back of the planner for the password to use). 
  • Additional pages include field trip planning, notes, curriculum planning, yearly attendance, curriculum wish-list, read-aloud and audiobook tracking, homeschool requirements, curriculum key, and names/address – with more to come on the bonus page.

How to Get Your Copy of the Planner 


If you would like to take advantage of this offer, here’s what you need to do.

  1. Purchase a copy of the Parenting Super Bundle
  2. Email me {homeschoolcreations@gmail.com} with your receipt
  3. I will send you the pdf copy! Just mention this deal and let me know.

Simply copy the below and paste it into your email (I’m all about making it easy for you):

I purchased the Parenting Super Bundle through your link, my receipt/invoice # is below. Please send me the NEW Homeschool Planner you mentioned on your site. 

I can’t wait to share this planner with you – and I know too that you will love the Parenting Super Bundle. There are so many resources to love and use in the months and years to come.

 

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p.s. Don’t forget this bundle comes with a 30 day money back guarantee – which is a lovely thing! If it isn’t all you hoped for, simply ask for a refund. 

p.p.s Not interested in purchasing the bundle but you’d like a copy of the Student Planner? Choose from the following: 

Don’t Forget – This Ends Tomorrow!

The Build Your Bundle sale ends TOMORROW (5/30/17) at 11:59 PM EST! 

If you have been waiting and trying to figure out the best fit for your family, don’t hold off much longer. :) I know personally that it takes time to figure out the best deal for your family.

If you need some suggestions, feel free to take a peek at what our family has purchased. This year we didn’t choose the pre-assembled bundles – which was a first for me!

Buy 2 Bundles & Get 1 FREE. Click for Details!

Don’t forget the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE deal and the incredible bundle of bonuses with you receive with any purchase! You can see what we purchased HERE >>> https://www.homeschoolcreations.net/im-getting-build-bundle-2017/

Otherwise, if you already have a good idea on what you are getting – don’t wait too long! You only have a little bit of time left and the Build Your Bundle site is going to get crazy busy today and tomorrow! 

The BIGGEST Homeschool Sale of the Year - ends 5/30/17

 

What I’m Getting from Build Your Bundle (and Why)

For the last week or more you’ve been seeing graphics, giveaways, and heard the Build Your Bundle sale is coming. The first year it was held — I was so very, very confused. There was a lot to wrap my brain around and at the end of our homeschool year, there are very few coherent thoughts running around in my head. I’m not at the point where I really want to think much.

BUT saving money on homeschool curriculum is always enjoyable, so I kept digging, trying to fully understand, and realized how much the could really benefit our family! 

In case you are in the same boat I was and haven’t quite figured out the ins and outs of the sale, here is a QUICK look at the different options and explanations. Definitely take a peek before May 23rd though – because the sale ends at midnight and then you can’t take advantage of the deals you find now! (Scroll down to see what we will be purchasing). 

Purchase a Pre-Assembled Bundle

One Week Only - Ends 5/23/16 - Save 92% on the Character Bundle

Click here to checkout the 2016 Build Your Bundle Sale!

There are 15 themed bundles to choose from, ranging in price from $10 to $40 (10 of the bundles are $20 or less). The above graphic shows what is included in the Character & Bible bundle for $20 (do you see Picture Smart Bible – a $49 value – in the center??). Each of the bundle prices have savings of 86% or more and range from Early Learning through High School and there are also additional themes such as Charlotte Mason, fine arts, and more.  

 

Build Your Own Bundle 
Build Your OWN Bundles (Pick & choose what YOU want to buy!)

If you see one item in one bundle and another in a different one – you can pick and choose pieces using the Build Your Own Bundle option. This is a wonderful option if you have between 5 and 10 products you’d like to purchase and would rather not get 5 different bundles. 

  • Pick 5 items for $25
  • Pick 10 items for $39 
  • Pick ANY 10 for $59* 

*There are a few exceptions, so be sure to check out this page for more information. 

Get a FREE Bundle 
Buy any 2 individual bundles OR Build Your OWN Bundles and get one free!

One of the best parts of the Build Your Bundle sale is the Buy 2, Get 1 Free option. Build two bundles and get a third free. Or  pick 3 pre-assembled bundles and the lowest priced one will be free.  

Pick up a Bundle of Bonuses

Each purchase includes a pile of bonus offers – over $250 in free products and discount codes! 

The Bundles in MY Basket

my byb curriculum bundles

Curious to see what I’m choosing this year?  I definitely plan on purchasing several bundles as well! Here are the main ones I’m focusing on (and why). 

  • Elementary 1 bundle ($40) – my two main reasons for choosing this one are Masterbooks Elementary Geography program (value $49.95) and also WriteShop Junior D (value $71). The Heroes of History will be a great go-along for our US History studies next year as well as A Journey Through the Centuries of America. The Reading Journal in this also looks GREAT. WriteShop has been our FAVORITE writing curriculum so far and all four kids have used it with great results. Definitely much to love in this bundle.
  • Character and Bible bundle ($20) – my main picks from this one include the Honor Club curriculum ($29.95), Parenting with Proverbs ($9), A Content Heart ($29), and the Picture Smart Bible OT ($49). The Honor Club curriculum is based off the book Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Arguing in You and Your Children, and we are definitely looking forward to that one (because – let’s face it – all kids can have stinky attitudes at times and we can use all the tools we can get!). 
  • Early Learning bundle ($20 – but free with the Buy 2, Get 1 Free option) – the primary reason I am purchasing this bundle is for the coloring book version of Picture Smart Bible ($47 value) and You Can Read sight words ($10) for my nieces/nephews. While we have used the older children’s version of Picture Smart Bible, Kaleb would prefer these coloring pages (which I skipped purchasing before) because I didn’t think he would like them.  

Note: While I did look at creating my own bundle for $59, for $1 more I was able to get two of the larger products (WriteShop and Picture Smart Bible), so the above combo ended up being a better deal for me overall. 

Really – there is a LOT, and it is easy to get overwhelmed because of the bundle varieties. It took me quite some time to finally decide which bundles to choose (really, the Elementary bundle was never a question). Be sure to create and account and start browsing soon though in case you need time to think! Once you create an account, it will save your cart (don’t make the same mistake I did last year and forget to log in!). 

If you have any questions about the bundles or the sale, feel free to email and ask too! 

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

3rd grade homeschool curriculum choices from Homeschool Creations



Kaleb is one of our most dedicated learners (i.e. not one to complain about his work other than possibly reading). He is typically working on school work before it’s even time to start the day and it isn’t uncommon to find out that he’s finished his math and handwriting – always a nice start to the day! He is also the boy that wants to do as much as he can 1:1 with me, so this year we are pushing him a little bit in working on math via the computer (last year we used Teaching Textbooks, but I did all the lectures with him because he said the computer was too hard – it wasn’t, he just wanted to be with me more).

On the other hand – he is my baby and I want to enjoy every last minute of this 1:1 time that we have together (shhhh – don’t tell him).

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Here’s a look at the overall plan for our 3rd grade year…

Kaleb will be going solo with me this year on Nancy Larson Science. The FIRST day of school he was already asking to do that and art (we phase in our subjects, so we are waiting until this week). He is also watching Zachary create from afar, so he’ll have a chance soon to work with Little Bits as a ‘bonus time’ at the end of each day for him for some STEM work.

Overall, he has been so excited to start this school year – and I honestly am too with him!

Co-op Learning

Kaleb is still in the younger age group of one of our co-ops and this year they will have two classes together: Spanish and Five in a Row. We have loved the books from Five in a Row and each week we meet will focus on one book and work on several go-along activities for the story.

Curriculum in Year’s Past

In case you are interested in seeing the curriculum that brought us to this point, here’s a peek at what we’ve used with Kaleb the past few years:

See What the Other Kids Are Up To…

 

3rd grade homeschool curriculum choices from Homeschool Creations

Take a peek at our 5th grade, 7th grade, and  9th grade curriculum choices for the year as well! Click on one of the images above to look over their curriculum piles.

Want to see how the year ended

3rd grade homeschool year in review