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August 2018 Planning Pages for Mom – Free Printable

Confession: last month resulted in little homeschool planning until the last two days of the month. 😳 Yeah. Can we just say a little out of my comfort zone!

Needless to say, that means there’s a lot that needs to happen in the next few weeks. On the one hand, I’m a wee bit panicky, but on the other hand – well, we’re moving into our thirteenth year of homeschooling and I feel a bit more relaxed on that front, especially since we usually ease into our school year. 

Mentally I’m ready for a bit of a winding down now that our swim season is over. The girls are still going back and forth to work, but it’s much more manageable and now we can sit and relax some too. 

If you’d like to lay out your upcoming month along with me, I have a free download of my August 2018 Personal Planner Pages – try them out this month and see how they work for you.  

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. It has worked wonderfully and I love it this way!!

August 2018 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the August 2018 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well and also starts into September and finish up July. 

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Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

 

Otherwise, if you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now, purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2018. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner. 

BIG BONUS!! The 2019/2020 Yearly Planner is coming very soon. If you purchase the current planner now, you will receive a coupon (located on the last page of the planner) to grab the updated planner as soon as it releases.

Be sure to check out our undated student planner and weekly homeschool planner (with editable pages) now available as well!

 

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 
My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Online Version (Giveaway!!)

Eight years ago we made a mid-year math switch and started using Teaching Textbooks. It’s been a decision we haven’t regretted and love to this day, especially now that they have added a *new* feature – online subscriptions! 

While I am typically a “have the book and disks in front of me” kind of mom, the new online feature became a necessary component for us this past year. Our oldest needed a new laptop, and we purchased a Chromebook for her. No CD-Rom. For a bit, we were having her work on a laptop here at home, but that quickly became an issue because she couldn’t bring that laptop back and forth to her classes at the community college with her – and the laptop was also falling apart (literally). 

She started getting behind her math schedule which frustrated her. Needless to say, when we found out Teaching Textbooks was scheduling the release of their 3.0 online version, we were rather excited! 

Here’s the thing: version 3.0 has all the great qualities Teaching Textbooks is known for, but now has the added features of being online, accessible from any wifi, and yearly subscriptions! It’s the best of everything rolled up into a convenient format. There’s more too, but that’s just a quick look.

Why We (Already) Love Teaching Textbooks

We already love Teaching Textbooks as our math program. Hands-down it is one of the best curriculum choices we’ve made in our eleven years of homeschooling. We’ve been using their programs for a little almost eight years now, and that alone should speak volumes. Here are a few reasons why we love it so much.

  • The lessons are all taught via the program, meaning you as a mom get a break! Each lesson has an instructor who walks kids through the concept being taught, works through sample problems, and then kids work on daily problems.
  • Each lesson is self-graded. There is no grading needed by mom or dad. Period. The lessons automatically let kids know if they were correct and score the overall lessons and tests. 
  • Extra chances have been huge for our kids! When we first started the program, it was one of the things that helped make math FUN for the girls and not frustrating. If they made a mistake, they could take a second chance and try again to get the problem correct. 
  • Lessons can also be “re-set” if kids are really struggling with a concept. You can delete answers to single problems or all of the problems in a lesson and give kids a do-over. 
  • Print gradebooks anytime.  Maybe I’m not the only one who struggles to keep up-to-date records on subjects, but Teaching Textbooks grades it all for me, and gradebooks can be printed off at any time. 
  • The program provides constant review. Once a topic is taught it is reviewed in subsequent lessons. One additional helpful feature is problems reference what lesson a concept was learned, so kids can flip back to the lesson and review if needed.

Features to Love in 3.0

In addition to the above, the Teaching Textbook 3.0 online versions offers even more! 

  1. ANYWHERE access. If you have internet access, you can work on math. The kids may not be as thrilled to hear this, but it is a great feature. 
  2. No disks or books to carry around. My boys are famous for causing covers to magically disappear from books. The 3.0 version has an ebook that can be viewed in a different browser window or even printed off if you choose. One thing I love about this: I can pull up my browser and flip back to a specific lesson we may need to review a concept on while working on a problem on one of the kid’s computers. More than one person can be logged into the account at a time. 
  3. Grade storage. We won’t talk about how many computer issues we’ve had over the years and how many hard drives I have in a drawer (for real).  With the 3.0 version, Teaching Textbooks stores your grades for you, even after your subscription is over. You don’t have to worry about where that grade book disappeared to. They’ve got you covered. 
  4. The programs work on MAC, Windows, and Chromebooks. Tablets and phones can be used as well with the Puffin browser (3rd party browser, support limited). For our family, the Chromebook aspect has been HUGE this year and having the 3.0 version has been a lifesaver! 
  5. You can “pause” your subscription – each subscription lasts for 12 months (per student, per course). Each subscription also allows for 90 days’ worth of pause time. You may activate the pause any time you choose, but you must use at least 7 days of pause time before unpausing. 
  6. No more disks to lose/scratch. While our girls kept things all neat and tidy, the boys have been a little harder on their curriculum. With online subscriptions, we don’t have to worry about losing a disk (or having that excuse!) and not being able to complete a lesson
  7. BETTER PRICING – Whether you have one child or eight, the subscription prices are lower than purchasing the physical products AND if you have a larger family (up to 8), their is a price cap of $199.08. The more kiddos you have – the lower the cost!! Read more about the Teaching Textbook family plan here.

p.s. if you still want to use the textbooks and CD-ROMs, you can still purchase those. :)

Try Teaching Textbooks 3.0 for FREE

If you’d like to test out the 3.0 version, you can start a Free Trial of the complete program, up through Lesson 15. The trial includes lectures, solution, eBook, and grading on each of the products. If you decide to purchase the full version, everything transfers over for you! Learn more HERE. 

Not sure where to start? Download and print a placement test online. 

Win a Subscription to Teaching Textbooks 3.0

We’ll be sharing more of a step-by-step through a lesson with Teaching Textbooks 3.0, but want to get you all a bit excited about this new release – AND offer a giveaway to go along for ONE FREE SUBSCRIPTION (any level) to Teaching Textbook’s new 3.0 version. The Rafflecopter widget below will give you instructions below, and includes the option of the free trial as well. :) Because it is an online platform – everyone can enter, provided they are 18 years of age or older. Giveaway ends Monday, July 30th at midnight EST. 

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July 2018 Planning Pages – Free Printable for Mom

 

This month our homeschool planning will have to kick into overdrive. There are still a few pieces of curriculum I need to order, but top of the list for me to do this month is rest. Physically at least – my brain is doing a bunch of planning and the schoolroom is a bit of a disaster area. Stuff needs to be cleaned up and re-organized for the upcoming year. 

Our swim season is now in full swing, which means our days are full of time at the pool and shuttling kids back and forth to practices, meets, and lifeguarding. What needs to be added is a little more of mom ignoring stuff happening and just relaxing with a book poolside. 

We do have some camping trips planned which I am rather excited about as well. Having a several week adventure in Europe was immensely fun, but camping has a different feel to it, especially since it involves much more sitting and enjoying nature. :) 

If you’d like to lay out your month along with me, I have a free download of my July 2018 Personal Planner Pages – try them out this month and see how they work for you.  

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. It has worked wonderfully and I love it this way!!

July 2018 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the July 2018 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well and also starts into August. 

Download button

 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

 

Otherwise, if you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and 2018 as well), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2018. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner. 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

 

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 
My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

June 2018 Planning Pages – Free Printable for Mom

If your year is anything like ours, we are DONE with our homeschool time (well, you know – we do like to keep up with reading and fun stuff!) and ready for all the things summer break brings: time at the pool, hanging out more with friends, and just relaxing. 

I realize this is a little early, but since June starts in just a few days, I thought you might like to get a head start on planning. While summer may be a bit more relaxed school-wise, our days can become quickly filled with all the other things, so a visual plan is a huge help for me! 

If you’d like to lay out your month along with me, I have a free download of my June 2018 Personal Planner Pages – try them out this month and see how they work for you.  

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. It has worked wonderfully and I love it this way!!

June 2018 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the June 2018 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a portion that finishes up the month of May, and then starts into June. 

Download button

 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

 

Otherwise, if you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and 2018 as well), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2018. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner. 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

 

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 
My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

Let’s Get Organized in May 2018 (FREE Printable)

May is here!! For our family that means that we are making piles and planning for our trip overseas in a few short weeks. We are all so excited and have so far booked a place to stay in France and also in Belgium. 

The bulk of our month will be spent in the Netherlands, but meanwhile on the homefront I am getting things ready for the start of our summer swim season and the opening of the pool we attend. 

It’s been almost 17 years since I was last in the Netherlands to see my family that lives there. Truthfully, too long. And I am so excited to see my aunts, uncles, cousins, and share all of that with our kids (and the sites too). 

My lists are growing as I try to scribble down all the mental notes I have for the different things being juggled! Needless to say, there are a lot of things occupying my brain at the moment, but the big focus is to RELAX and ENJOY our big trip. 

If you’d like to lay out your month along with me, I have a free download of my May 2018 Personal Planner Pages – try them out this month and see how they work for you.  

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Yearly Planner example from Homeschool Creations-5

This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. It has worked wonderfully and I love it this way!!

May 2018 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the May 2018 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 14 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a portion that finishes up the month of June. 

Download button

 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

 

Purchase the Yearly Planner

 

Otherwise, if you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and 2018 as well), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2018. There is also a link to bonus pages and additional covers for the planner. 

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

 

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 
My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

Tackling Chores as a Family

Around our house, getting things clean (and keeping it that way) requires a team effort. Granted, there are times when one team player puts in a bit more effort than the others, but from a young age we’ve asked our kids to help out and pitch in when they can. 

For the most part they do it willing (grins). I didn’t say they were perfect. 

(Far from that.)

Figuring out what chores the kids can help with – and what actually is age appropriate – is another area. 

Recently I pulled together a list of common chores and divided them out by age groups to share with some ladies. Granted it isn’t an exhaustive list, but it’s a great jumping off point for families to review and then implement. 

When our kids were younger they enjoyed helping out with simple tasks and we would create a game of it: matching socks, putting things away, playing in the sink water and helping wash dishes. 

Remember that kids mature at different ages, and these ideas – well, it’s not meant for kids to do the entire list every single day. You might have mutiny on your hands. Adjust the list accordingly to your kids maturity and ability levels. 

A few key things about working on chores with kids: 

Start them young. There are very simple things kids can do to help around the house that help them feel included. From placing forks to matching socks, there are small things younger kids can do to start the process. 

It won’t be perfect. Kids don’t always have the same “clean” level as we do and taking them through the step-by-step process a few times can help tremendously until they are able to do them independently. Don’t expect perfection (unless you want to do it yourself). 

Be specific. Along with taking them through process, be sure your kids understand what you want done. Don’t just tell your kids to clean an area – give them the specific things you’d like to see done: shoes put away, floor vacuumed, etc… (Note: they can’t read your mind).

Use a chore chart. There are many chore charts available (here is a chore chart for preschoolers and chore charts for older children). Find a system that works for your family. 

If anything, let these chore ideas for list be a jumping off point for you to get things moving in your house! Happy cleaning!