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Pom Pom Sensory Bin

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My kids are obsessed with POM POMS! LOL! Of course, they like to use them with their crafts but they really would prefer it if I just let them play with them. So... we now have a tote filled with pom poms for them to play with. I'm really amazed at how long they enjoy playing with such simple things like this. The picture makes the tote look very small, but it's really decent size for all 3 kids to use.

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Preparing and planning for our next school year

I have wrote about what we will be doing this next year a lot on my blog and now I just need to get all my thoughts together before really sitting down and planning everything.

BIBLE:
- We will be doing more 'in depth' studies of some bible stories (creation, jonah, noah, etc...) and include lapbooks and fun projects. 
- Leading Little Ones to God... we will be using this as their nightly devotion

MATH:
- We will be using Abeka for all 3. I had thought about changing but after lots of researching have decided to go ahead and stick with Abeka. It is working great for us, so I see no reason to change.

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School Plans: In Progress

Over the last few weeks I have been working on plans for the upcoming 2009-201o school year. It is a big job... but a job that I *LOVE*!! We still have about 3 weeks left before school starts and I have LOTS of planning to do!


How do I plan our school year?

First, I don't buy any type of 'homeschool planner'. I have looked for one, but there is not one that would work in every way that *I* need.

Donnyoung.org is an amazing site with TONS of printables for homeschoolers, including all sorts of forms and schedules to make your very own homeschool planner. I print exactly what I need, put it in a binder and I'm good to go.

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What do I include in my homeschool planner? 
Unless noted, everything I use was printed from the donnayoung site!

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Back 2 School Shopping!!

It's July and that means the Back 2 School supplies are hitting shelves around here and are CHEAP! It's time to stock up!!!

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Earlier this week we went to walmart and I bought a case of crayola crayons, 80 glue sticks (and I might buy more... we go through glue sticks like C R A Z Y), markers, colored pencils, folders (.25 each, I'm hoping they drop in price soon... I still bought some though because I REALLY need them for some file folder games, but I need like 100 more... EEK), watercolor paints, tape, glue, pencil cases, pencils, erasers, modeling clay...

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Our schoolroom

Our schoolroom is finally all decorated and ready for us to start school in a little over a week! I am very happy with how it turned out...

Picture from the stairs...
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The desks are all facing this wall...
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Bookshelves filled with supplies, books and games...
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More decorations...
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Workbox area...
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Reading corner...

Reading corner...
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Place Value Fun!

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Alexis started learning about 'place value' last week in math (2 digits at this point... tens and ones). We started off using snap cubes for a 'visual' which worked great! It took her a while to really understand it but she is getting it now! YAY!!!

I ended up making a game for her that she LOVES!

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Alphabet Fun Bag: Letter I

Yesterday evening I gave Rylee her fun bag for the letter *I*. We had "I week" a couple weeks ago but I did not have these games ready to go. I figured I would go ahead and make the games to go along with letter I so I would have a 'complete' set of alphabet fun bags at the end of the year. It also gave me a chance to review a little bit with Rylee.

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Alphabet Fun Bag: Letter U

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Today is a 're-organize and plan the week' day here so I decided that I would take some time to review the letter "U" with Rylee and give her the "U" fun bag! She was in the middle of practicing gymnastics in the basement when I mentioned it to her (which is why she has her leotard on in some of the pics... lol) so I was surprised she ran up here so fast. The girl LOVES gymnastics.... she must really be enjoying her alphabet fun bags... I usually cannot get her to stop doing gymnastics for anything!!

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What is Astronomy?

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This year Alexis is using Jeannie Fulbrights' "Exploring Creation with Astronomy" book for science. We have finished the first chapter and she LOVED it.

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I had so many plans to either do some notebooking or make lapbooks... and then once we started and I realized how much I have planned for her to do, I scratched a lot of my plans to go along with this book. She is really enjoying learning all about astronomy so I have decided to keep it 'simple' and fun :)

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