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9 Oct 2018   ·   0

HUGE List of FREE Homeschool Curriculum & Resources (43 Freebies!)

This is a weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Carrie from . If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

General Homeschool Resources

– This post sheds a mom’s view on how online learning made her a better homeschool mom.

– This limited time freebie comes with 130+ pages of Reformation Day themed printables.

– You know why YOU homeschool, but what are the top reasons others give? Great insights!

– This free printable homeschool planner for your homeschool comes with a daily planner, an attendance record, weekly planner, daily assignments page, and more.

– Getting kids to stay motivated and to focus on play instead of their iPad can be hard. Check out these tips.

– These fun ways to play and learn with glow sticks is a great way to bring some intrigue to your homeschool.

– Check out this eye opening post for teaching about money in your homeschool, and 5 free ways to get started.

Early Learning Resources

– Are you looking for some worksheet practice for practicing the alphabet in your homeschool? If so, grab these alphabet worksheets to help your kids match lower case and upper case letters.

– Right now you can grab 50 Sight Word Flash Cards and Activity Guide for FREE!

– Is your preschooler learning how to write this school year? Does your learner need some help brushing up on their writing skills or tracing?

– Keep these 400+ toddler craft activities, sensory play ideas, and other hands-on activity suggestions handy to help keep your young ones busy.

Upper Grade Resources

– Learn about these men, their work, and what the world was like in their day with this mini quiz pack that is perfect for upper middle school and high school students.

– Free printable Noah Webster study with notebooking pages for your middle school and high school students.

– This free, printable character study based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis is for homeschool middle and high school students.

Science & Math Resources

– If your kids love LEGOs and need to brush up on counting skills, then these LEGO color-by-number printable pages will be great for them.

– This set of Pythagorean Theorem practice is a great way to help kids see its importance and relevance in life.

– Science is a subject that you can bring to life for your students by using experiments to show what their textbooks are trying to teach them.

– Online resources to enhance your science studies.

Language Arts Resources

– This free narrative writing prompt for a paragraph and essay will help your kids get started writing with ease.

– Spelling lists can be dreadful to some kids, over and over each week. Why not use these word sort activities to help make spelling fun and break up the monotony of spelling lists.

– This free spelling game for kids can be used for any word list.

– Need help teaching reading comprehension to your kids?

History & Geography Resources

– Enhance your studies of the pioneer peroid with these free resources.

– Studying American History this year? Check out these fun, FREE resources.

– Find fun unit studies and printables for studying Ancient History.

– Learn about caves, archaeology, and geology with these free resources.

– Love Little House on the Prairie? Check out these fun freebies.

– Teaching kids the names of each of the States and their Capitals can be a lot of fun!

– Study about landforms with these freebies.

– The Middle Ages and Medieval time period is so fascinating and kids really enjoy learning about it in history studies.

Unit Study Resources

– If you are looking for some more autumn themed nature study printables, then stop by this post for a classic freebie you won’t want to miss.

– You will not believe just how many October themed activity ideas this post is filled with.

– Stop by to read some truths about “gold, frankincense, and myrrh”; the post shares a biblical and practical word study, and tips on how you can use them in your home.

– Fall back into homeschooling with a fall senses scavenger hunt this season.

– Discover the history of the Thanksgiving holiday with this FREE Online Unit Study!

– Who says philosophy has to be boring? To meet the Father of Western Philosophy and hear some wild stories from his life, click here!

Fine Arts & Electives

– These drawing ideas for kids will teach techniques, concepts, and give your homeschooler a chance to get practice in drawing their very own pictures.

– Teach your kids how to type in your homeschool.

Character-Building Resources

– Looking for a way to celebrate fall apart from Halloween? Check out these ideas.

– Add these free ABC Bible Memory Verse Cards to your lessons for teaching teach God’s word to your children or Sunday school.

– These 5 tips to encourage cleaning in your family will help you boost some enthusiasm to the idea of cleaning.

– Teach your kids (and yourself) to be grateful in all things.

– Homeschooling with Proverbs is a bible study for the ENTIRE family.

Carrie has been homeschooling for over a decade and loves to share FREE homeschooling resources, deals, and reviews over at . You can find homeschool freebies, free homemaking resources, meal plans, free unit studies, and much more.

8 Oct 2018   ·   11

2 Books I Read This Past Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

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Here are the 2 books I finished this past week:


I had really enjoyed listening to (by the same author), so that was why I borrowed this title for free from Libby. Unfortunately, I thought was just an okay novel.

For me, there wasn’t enough character development and the plot was kind of weird and unbelievable. And I didn’t think it had a really deep meaningful conclusion. So this is not a book I’d highly recommend.

I picked up based upon the recommendation of a few people I trust… and I almost didn’t read past the first few chapters because I had trouble following them and felt like they skipped around too much in her story. But I kept reading — and I’m so glad I did!

The second half of the book is SO good! I loved her thoughts on friendship and community and how to live out love to others — even when things are messy and hard. If you struggle with finding and building community, I think these chapters are so worth reading.

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies or shows you really think I need to read or watch?

8 Oct 2018   ·  

A date with Kathrynne and a girls’ trip to the beach

Welcome to my weekly post I share a peek into our lives, talk about things I’m loving, share links to interesting articles or helpful ideas I’ve collected throughout the past week, and just talk about whatever is on my heart! 🙂

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Kathrynne wanted to take me on a date for my birthday. We decided to go to Barnes & Noble and she paid for the outing.

I got this yummy turkey and brie sandwich.

I already showed you the flowers my parents sent me for my birthday, but I have to show you another picture because they made me so happy!

And then on Thursday morning, I left on a much-anticipated girls’ trip to the beach.

I went with two of my closest friends — Jamie and Lauren. We had anticipated this trip for weeks and it was the best ever!

We’re so grateful to our husbands for their kindness to take care of things on the home front so that we mamas could have a girls’ weekend!

The last two months have been full and there have been a lot of weighty and emotionally taxing things I’ve walked through. So this time away was amazing and so soul-filling. I didn’t know when we planned this a number of months ago just how much I was going to need it!

We all need quiet spaces in our life to reflect, refuel, and recover. Maybe you can’t get away to the beach, but can I encourage you to do something in the next 24 hours to refuel and refresh yourself?

Maybe that’s taking 15 minutes to read a book or drink a cup of tea or or take a nap or call a friend or bake something or organize a drawer or sit with a child or watch a funny clip on YouTube or take a walk. Even if you don’t feel like you have time, you can find 15 minutes to slow down and intentionally rest and refuel yourself.

From My Heart…

For years, I believed the lie that I didn’t know how to be a good friend. Because of some past hurt and rejection, I told myself that I was a disappointment to those closest to me.

I let this lie become my truth and I built a thick barricade around myself to keep other women at arm’s length. I was self-protecting… and when anyone would get too close, I’d pull back.

I didn’t realize I was doing any of this, of course. I just thought that I struggled to make friends and felt lonely much of the time.

All this changed when Jamie and Lauren entered my life. Both of them pursued me… for months. They wouldn’t give up. They kept pressing in, even when I pulled back.

I’m so grateful for their friendship for how they have been used by God to help me recognize so many lies I was living under and have given me the courage to step into the freedom that comes from believing the truth, fully trusting people, breaking down the barriers, and letting people in.

Our time at the beach was an amazing time of laughing, reading on the beach, honest sharing, deepening our friendship, and just enjoying life together.

“We can’t win when we go it alone.” -Jessica Honegger

2018 Goals Update

Personal Goals

1. Read 100 non-self-help books that will build me up/encourage me/inspire me/recharge me. (Fiction/story-driven/biographies/inspirational living books/devotionals.) See the list of 44 books I plan to read this year.

**Progress: 63 books read so far this year

2. Read through the entire Bible.

**Progress: I’m using the  and am all caught up— yay!

3. Write one handwritten note to someone every week.

**Progress: 39 notes written so far this year

4. Run 500 miles.

**Progress: 375 miles run so far

Marriage Goal

5. Go on an overnight trip with Jesse without the kids.Jesse and I went to NYC together in January.

Family Goals

6. Read 10 books aloud with the kids.

**Progress: We’ve finished three books so far.

7. Take the kids to South Africa. We took this trip in July. What a memorable experience!

8. Go on a family road trip.

**Progress: We’ve been researching some options for this and are planning to make this happen this week. Stay tuned!

Financial Goals

9. Save up to pay cash to finish off an office for me and workout room for Jesse and me in the basement in our new house.

**Progress: The workout room is DONE and the office is almost done!

10. Replenish our Emergency Fund (we dipped into it to replace my car when it got totaled because of the carpet beetle infestation.)

Business Goals

11. Increase our gross income from the business by 8%.

12. Launch 5 new courses.

**Progress: We launched 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life launched in January, in February, 4-Week Blog Coaching Program in March,  in March, Make Over Your Mornings LIVE in April, the  in May, and we launched  in June!

8 Oct 2018   ·   0

December212012’s Daily Deal Round-Up for October 8, 2018

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8 Oct 2018   ·   0

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8 Oct 2018   ·   0

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