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    Teaching Kids To Type While Having Fun

    Teaching kids to type used to involve old school typewriters, papers taped over fingers and boring classes. Now with the help of KidzType it's fun! Find out more here.

    This is a sponsored post on behalf of KidzType. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

    Many things have changed since I was in school. For starters, we only got on the computer to play Oregon Trail, all of my papers were written in cursive, and having neat handwriting was more important than learning to type. Now? Well, Mini has an email account–need I say more? I’ve also learned that teaching kids to type is way more fun than working on handwriting!

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    Going Back To Basics: Teaching My Kids To Read

    **Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from Reading Eggs. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Moment of truth: teaching my kids to read has been the single hardest part of parenthood outside of potty training. It’s never failed that in the beginning phases of reading, my kids have clowned me in the worst way making me think that it would be impossible for them to learn to read. With Mini I was so scared that it would never happen but as soon as I took the pressure off myself to make it happen when I wanted it to, she got it! Continue reading

    My Epic Homeschool Bullet Journal Set Up

    Three journals later, I’m still using my bullet journal and loving it! Last year I should have done this but with a new baby and still trying to figure out homeschool life, I didn’t but I finally have. Have what? I’ve set up a homeschool bullet journal! I knew that I wanted to have a homeschool planner but we follow a more eclectic style and I couldn’t find something that met both my needs and their needs so I created one.

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    Teaching Homeschool Children To Channel Their Drama With Electives

    **I have partnered with 7 Sisters Homeschool to share information about their curriculum and resources. All opinions are my own–including that my kids are super dramatic.

    One of my favorite things in school were electives. When I chose to homeschool, I have to confess that I was a little concerned about the electives thing. Mini loves dancing and singing and acting and honestly, all things that are quite dramatic so when I saw that 7 Sisters Homeschool offered Drama as part of their curriculum, I may or may not have squealed with joy! I can finally teach Mini (and abc really) how to channel their drama into our curriculum via electives!

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    Math Mammoth: A Self-Teaching Homeschool Math Curriculum

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!
    I received compensation to share my thoughts and opinions on Math Mammoth.

    I wouldn’t say that I’m not math savvy but I also wouldn’t say it’s my favorite subject to teach. When teaching math, you need to be able to explain concepts and give direction in a way that’s easily digestible. This is NOT my strong suit!!! This is also the reason I’ve fallen in love with the Math Mammoth Curriculum!!!

    The Difference With Math Mammoth

    I’m pretty new to using curriculums but Math Mammoth makes it pretty easy for this mama. It has a complete curriculum for grades 1-7 and I love this. Since I’m homeschooling THREE, this is something that will grow with us. We typically do a combination of workbooks, worksheets, and computer based learning. Math Mammoth combines these easily.

    Computer Based Learning

    Math Mammoth comes with a computer-based program that has a couple of different functions and options to help kids achieve math mastery.

    Math Master

    With this part of the program you can choose what concept the child is working on and then you can further specify what you want them to work on. We’re working on Multiplication now. Because this is a concept we’re just starting we’re starting with (1-6). I also love how you can go through the lessons with the timer on or off.

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius! I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!

    Math User

    This one is for older students. I love this because it really challenges Mini to take her time to read and understand what questions are being asked. There are 3 different levels to choose from which is helpful when teaching more than one level student as well as making sure you’re consistently presenting a challenge.

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!

    Worksheets

    Math Mammoth isn’t only computer based learning–there are worksheets as well. Some don’t like worksheets (I hate using all the paper) but there’s a real benefit to having them.

    Math Maker

    This is the section that is used to print out math activities. You can print out the answer keys as well but that’s optional.

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!

    Not sure how to make sure they’re covering all that they’re supposed to be? 

    Math Mammoth has an answer for that too!!!

    This was one of the biggest selling points for me. It took the amount of thinking I needed to do in order to make sure that I covered everything for her year. They have the Common Core Alignment broken down by grade along with everything you need.

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!

    Mind. Blown. 

    So clearly I’m a fan of Math Mammoth but the most important thing is that so is Mini. She loves math and loves that she gets to both learn and practice in multiple ways. If you’re interested in seeing if Math Mammoth is for you, check out their free resources and placement tests

    What are the deets for purchase, right? Math Mammoth offers multiple bundles depending on where your specific students are. I love how affordable the curriculum is given how expensive some of these curriculums are–grades 1-7 for under $150. Yesssss!!!!

    Math Mammoth is giving away FIFTY of their Light Blue Series!!!! Enter below:

    How To Set Up A Morning Routine For Homeschool Moms

    Routines are a pillar for success in life period. Learning how to set up a morning routine for homeschool mom is essential for her sanity. Read on to see how it's done.

    Last year was my first year homeschooling the kids and can I tell you how rough it was? I’m pretty sure every third day I was ready to quit and enroll them in whatever school would take them. My friend Ashley was always encouraging when I would send her tear-filled messages filled with frustration and self-doubt. It wasn’t until I finally realized that I NEEDED a morning routine for homeschool moms that I was able to finally get my life together.

    Why A Morning Routine?

    In complete truth, I slept on the importance of having a morning routine. I wanted to have a schedule but that doesn’t really work for my family. With 3 kids going through growth spurts and phases at all different times, a schedule set my Type A personality up for loads of disappointment. But routines? Yes. My family THRIVES off of a good routine namely because I do. Routines are more flexible since they don’t necessarily have to start at a particular time but there is a way that you go about doing things.

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    How To Develop A Morning Routine For Homeschool Moms

    The most efficient and effective way to do this is to begin with the end in mind. At the end of your morning routine, what do you want to be accomplished? One of my struggles last year was in feeling like I was constantly on the defense with our daily plan and day. I knew that at the end of my morning routine, I wanted to feel like I was together and ready for the day with the children to begin. In order for me to feel this way, I needed to get done the things I needed to for my business, my clients, and myself. I also require a certain amount of alone time in order to really feel like I’m together.

    So ask yourself what’s missing from your day when it begins with your children and what you need to fill that gap. Then you design your morning routine to fill that gap.

    Routines are a pillar for success in life period. Learning how to set up a morning routine for homeschool mom is essential for her sanity. Read on to see how it's done.

    My Morning Routine

    I will also say that this is the goal of my morning routine–sometimes it doesn’t happen. When it doesn’t happen, I go back to the negative feelings which confirms that my morning routine is in fact something that I need.

    • Wake up before the kids
    • Make a cup of coffee or tea
    • Pray
    • Meditate for 10 minutes
    • Have a 15 minute pickup
    • Review the plan for the day
    • Have a brain dump session
    • Get done whatever work that needs to be done
    • Do some form of exercise
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    I don’t have a particular order for these things to be done but once all of them are done, I feel ready to conquer the day!

    Do you have a morning routine? What components would you suggest in a morning routine for homeschool moms?

    Routines are a pillar for success in life period. Learning how to set up a morning routine for homeschool mom is essential for her sanity. Read on to see how it's done.