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ABC Letter Crafts for Kids

If you’ve been around my blog for any amount of time, you may remember the many upper and lowercase letter crafts I worked on with our kids and preschool co-op classes. Finding ways for kids to visualize letter sounds is definitely something that we’ve seen make a difference in our home (and besides, the crafts were super cute!). 

Recently, a site I love began sharing some hands-on ABC crafts that I know your family will adore. Each week they are posting a new uppercase letter craft based on a different animal. Take a look at some of the ones they have shared so far: 

 

 

Click on any of the images above to go directly to those posts and learn more about the weekly alphabet crafts here. 

*NEW* Weekly Homeschool Planner – SALE!!

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. Until Sunday, September 17th you can save 30% using the code RELEASE. 

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!

 

 

Parts of a Microscope – Free Printable

So our youngest is all about science anything. Experiments. Microscopes. It’s all stuff he soaks up like a little sponge and asks to do all.the.time. 

Over the past two weeks we have been learning about microscopes and spending time examining things on slides. Two of his siblings are also studying similar topics in their science lessons, so it’s been fun to work on together – especially when one project went a little south and we had mold instead of the culture we were growing. We happened to later talk about the accidental discovery of penicillin and the Noble Prize that was given for that, and Kaleb is now convinced he will be the next Nobel winner thanks to growing mold.

(I’m not as certain on the mold part in my house.)

Anyway, as we are learning about microscopes in our Nancy Larson Science 4 program (which we love, love, love), we have been working through some extra helps to make sure he is catching all the facts. I put together the Parts of a Microscope sheet for him and 12 trivia questions to go along with our lessons and he is loving it! 

The Parts of a Microscope Printables include the following worksheets:

  • a completed parts of a microscope worksheet
  • a fill-in-the-blank (or cut/paste) parts of a microscope worksheet
  • 12 trivia questions about the parts of a microscope
  • an answer page (just in case you need it)

 

You can read more about the Nancy Larson Science programs here (we highly recommend them). 

 

September 2017 Personal Planning Pages (FREE Printable)

 

 

Here we go!! School is in full swing in our house and after Labor Day the real fun kicks in – swim team! For our family that means multiple pools and practice times for the kids. We are fortunate to have an extra driver in the house this year and will be taking advantage of her services. :)

Other than that, I’m hoping things will settle into a great routine. Summer always throws everything out of whack and I’m looking forward to a bit more normalcy.

If you’d like to get organized along with me, you can download the September 2017 Personal Planner Pages and try them out this month. I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming days.  

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!!

September 2017 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the September 2017 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 12 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that finishes up the month of July and another that goes a bit into September as well. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Download button

 

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!

 

Daily To Do List – Daily Docket Printable

I’m a list girl – I’ll admit it. While I try to keep things in my brain and remember them, inevitably I forget them if they aren’t written down on a piece of paper somewhere.

Daily to do list free printable



And I also like pretty. And practical. I’ve had a list that I’ve used over the years, but when I created my yearly personal planner – well, I wanted it to match the colors of my new planner. (It’s the little things, people…) Keeping it all to myself seems unfair, because I happen to know a lot of people that like making lists as well and also enjoy cute.

There are days that I’m rather over-ambitious, so I have plenty of room on my list to add things throughout the day. I have also been known to put something on my list that wasn’t there to begin with and then crossing it off (ahem). Some days we just need to feel like we accomplished something and every little bit helps!

Daily to do list daily docket

The 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 (oh – I crack myself up!) 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. (Note: if you are having trouble downloading the file or printing it off, leave a comment or email me and I can send it to you).

I print mine off front/back so I can flip it over when I’m done and quickly transfer things from one list to another – because there are always things that don’t get done.  Just wanted to pass along something that is working for me!

Curious – are you a paper and pen girl (or guy)? Or do you have a favorite tool for keeping track of things you need to do?

If you’d like to use my older to-do list, feel free to grab that here.

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* clip art from lovelytocu via Etsy

August 2017 Personal Planning Pages – Free Printable

 

August means one thing primarily in our house – school time is starting at some point. While I thought I had an official date circled on our calendar, we may push it off a little bit depending on how much down time we have during the month. 

This past month we finished up our weekly swim meets and have one more HUGE meet with all the teams the last Saturday in July. After that, I may not know what to do with my days and evenings! We celebrated with friends as their youngest daughter was married (and raced through the pouring rain during the outside reception). VBS was also an added adventure – and one that was amazingly wonderful. 

This month: PLANNING. PRINTING. And more planning. Our co-op will be starting up again, Laurianna will begin a class (or two) at the community college, and we will ease back into the swing of a new school year. 

Here we go! Time to stay on top of things around the house!

If you’d like to get organized along with me, you can download the August 2017 Personal Planner Pages and try them out this month. I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming days.  

 

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 2017 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the August 2017 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 12 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that finishes up the month of July and another that goes a bit into September as well. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Download button

 

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!