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A Day in Our Life… (Mom of 5, Homeschooling)

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People have so many questions when they find out we have 5 kids and homeschool, plus work and blogging/vlogging etc. I know I am always curious about how others find time to do certain things, so I thought I’d lift the veil and give you a peek into our day!

This is a pretty normal day for us, other than the fact that my husband was out of town and had been for a couple days… I was a little run down at this point in the week! LOL!

Anyways… here is an average day in our life 🙂

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Life of Fred – Review

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Today I am sharing about the Life of Fred Elementary Math Curriculum! I have heard so many good things about it and was really excited when Educents reached out to me about trying it! As you may know, if you watch our Youtube channel, my oldest really doesn’t care much for math. I think a lot of kids are that way, I know I was 🙂

Learning math in a way that is applicable to real life situations can be really beneficial for kids who don’t love math, or have a hard time grasping different concepts.

That is where Life of Fred really fits in well to our curriculum choices. It’s a series of books, written about a guy named Fred Gauss. Each chapter covers a different aspect of Fred’s life, and the ways he encounters math in daily life! The stories are short and funny, and then at the end of each chapter your child answers a few questions to make sure they understood what they needed to from that lesson. It’s really kind of genius, in my opinion. So many math curriculums just show your child a concept and then hope with repetition it will “stick”. I think Life of Fred really works well to help my girls see ways in which they would actually apply that concept in everyday life!

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The series we have is the Elementary series (10 books ), which cover math up until the 4th grade. You can purchase the books individually, or in sets.

They recommend no matter grade level your child is (up to 4th grade) that they begin using the first book, Apples. That is what we are currently using.

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The best part for me is that I can read the story to both my first and third grader, then hand them each a pencil and paper, and they answer the questions at the end. From time to time I do have one of the girls read the story as well. Y’all know I love any kind of curriculum that can be done with multiple children! It really saves time for us mamas who are homeschooling a group of kiddos at one time.

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Since the books are not consumable, I can continue to use them for all my kids as they move up in grade levels, which is really nice! A one time purchase, that works for all my kids! If you are in a homeschool co-op, this would be a fun curriculum to use for lots of kids of varying ages too!

Here is an example of what concepts your kids are working on in the first book, Apples.

  • Numbers that Add to 7
  • Circles
  • Ellipses
  • Reading 6:00 on a Clock
  • 5 + ? = 7
  • Days of the Week
  • Leap Years
  • Spelling February
  • 15 Degrees Below Zero (–15º)
  • Counting by Fives
  • 3x + 4x = 7x
  • ante meridiem (a.m.)
  • One Million
  • Squares
  • The “There Are Zero . . .” Game
  • Sets
  • the Popularity of Zero
  • Triangles
  • ? (not equal)
  • x + 4 = 7
  • One Thousand
  • Counting by Hundreds
  • Reading 3:05 on a Clock
  • Rectangles

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 I just can’t say enough good things about Life of Fred, and I would honestly recommend it to anyone homeschooling, whether your kids are great at math, or not 🙂 Anything we can do as parent’s to make learning fun, is a win in my book!

Like I mentioned above, this product came from Educents, and they have TONS of other products I am hoping to try soon! The Life of Fred beginners reading series looks like a great way to introduce reading concepts to the boys (who are 4 and 2) and don’t forget, if your kids are past 4th grade math, that the Life of Fred books come in an intermediate series too! The next product I plan to purchase is the Times Tales DVD, which helps your kiddos learn multiplication in a fun and engaging way! Let me know if you’d like to see a review of that product as well!

Be sure to head over to Educents.com and check out all the great products they offer!

***Disclaimer: Thank you so much to Educents for sponsoring this post, as always, my opinions and content are my own!

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Homeschool & Playroom Tour!

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 I’ve been meaning to do a tour of our Homeschool/Playroom for a while now, however I was hesitant. There are so many things I still want to do in this room and changes I want to make. But I figure almost every room in our house is “in progress” so why not just share where we are at right now 🙂 It works great for us and we are so grateful to have the extra space to be able to put this together!

As you can see in the photos, we have split the room into two areas, the left is the Homeschool side and the right is the playroom. We put a baby gate up to separate the spaces, and keep the littles out of the school books 🙂 This room is a finished in garage, which was like this when we bought the house, the only change we have made is the paint color, which I want to change again, lol!

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2- Kallax Shelving Units

1- 8 Cube Kallax Shelving Unit

We have three different cube units from Ikea which serve to store our curriculum, books, manipulatives and other supplies.

Our whiteboard is from Amazon, the giant gold “B” is from Hobby Lobby 🙂

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Ikea Linnmon Table Top and Legs

This is our computer area, where the kids do math, typing and and any other activities we need the computer or internet for. We found a great Playlist on Youtube that coordinates with our history curriculum so sometimes we watch topical videos on the laptop. You’ll also see our whiteboard for All About Reading. I prefer to use a separate whiteboard for the AAR stuff.

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This is my desk area, it’s another table top and legs from Ikea.

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Now we move over to the Playroom side of the room! These awesome prints hang about our sofa. They are from Gracelaced, and they are the watercolor Fruits of the Spirit. The wood piece in the middle is from Hobby Lobby. I’m telling ya’ they have the best stuff and if you wait for the 50% off sales, it’s super affordable and cute!

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And now we have the play area! We have really pared this down…we keep only what fits in this area and anything else has to go! We have 4 kids (soon to be 5) so they spend most of their time playing games with each other anyway. The small green table and stools are from Ikea! The toy box was from Target at least 3 years ago, I found it on clearance for a steal!

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Mammut Stool

Trofast Frame

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Lastly, we have our storage closet… this is where I keep all our games, craft supplies, and extra curriculum that we aren’t using at the moment. This is also where I store our finished work for record keeping purposes. Both shelves in the closet are really old, and I’m not sure where they are from 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this quick peek into our Homeschool/Playroom. Right now this is working really well for us 🙂

Below is the video tour of the room if you’d like to see that as well!

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7 Tips for NEW Homeschoolers

Y’all, I made SO MANY mistakes when I began homeschooling 4 years ago. If I can save anyone from making the same ones, I’d be a happy girl. So, here are my 7 tips for newbies. And heck, maybe some of you veteran homeschoolers will find something helpful in here too! Let me know if you have anything you’d add to this list since I’ll be filming an update version of this video of soon!

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Hey y’all, let’s chat!

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Here we go again! In an effort to revamp my blog and make it more user friendly/easy to navigate, I deleted everything. Apparently you should not just reinstall a new version of wordpress on your cpanel if you don’t know what you are doing 🙂

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So, we are starting from scratch! Maybe that’s a good thing. It’s like a fresh spiral notebook! No old posts to cling to, just fresh, new ideas! That’s what I am telling myself so I don’t just sit in the corner and cry.

Okay? Okay.

So, what are we going to be talking about here? Motherhood, Adoption, Homeschool, Family, Beauty, Food (Glorious Food!) and SO MUCH MORE!!!!

This space is still very much a work in progress, but I really like it so far! Hope you do to! Grab a cup of coffee or some sweet tea and stick around, read, comment and share!

Can’t wait to get to know y’all better, and let’s cross our fingers I don’t accidentally delete this new blog too!

Muah!

Angela