Using Answers in Genesis, Book for Kids in our Homeschool

Every morning after breakfast, we start our Bible study. This is a fantastic way for anyone to start their day. For me, it helps me refocus and appreciate my life, even on the hard days (you know……when all 4 kids have lost it and all you can do is wonder how far away bedtime is…oh….it’s only 8 a.m…this is going to be a LONG day!).

We use several Bible books throughout our day, but one of my favorites is, “Answers in Genesis, Book for Kids”. Have you heard of this series? Let me tell you, it’s fantastic!
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There are 6 volumes available. The most appealing aspect of these books is that they cover questions actually asked by children. And many of the questions are ones my kids have asked me and I was a little stumped on how to answer! So I’ve been very thankful for this set when I can read the questions to the kids and give them an answer they can understand and learn from.

Here’s what the 6 books cover:

Volume 1-Creation and The Fall
Volume 2-Dinosaurs and Flood
Volume 3-God and the Bible
Volume 4-Sin, Salvation and Christian Life
Volume 5-Space and Astronomy
Volume 6-Babel and Ice Age

There’s a very good range of topics covered in these books. We cover one question a day. After I’ve read the question and answer, we discuss it a little further and the kids ask questions about what they just learned.

The questions and answers are simple, but very informative in a way that children can understand it. We love this set! This would be great for homeschooling, church classes, or even families looking for something biblical for their kids!

Using Restaurant Menus for Math Practice

Keep Math Fresh with Menu MathIf you don’t school year round then summer time, down time can sometimes cause a serious case of brain loss. You know, the time when your children forget the entire last year of learning and you have to start all over again! Well, today I am sharing a fun way to keep math in the for front of their minds and also show them why we need it in the first place.

We are doing some fun restaurant pretend play with a hidden agenda.

First, you will need some menus. I asked several of our favorite restaurants for to-go menus or printed some of the internet to use. The important part is that they have prices listed.

Menu Math

Second, you will need this Receipt Printable.

Menu Math Printable Receipt

It is also nice to have play (or real) money so they can practice counting out change. I found some at our local Dollar Store.

Menu Math, Using Play Money

Then let your kids play restaurant and practice filling out the order tickets. Then adding up the totals and counting back change!

Menu Math

 

 

About EmmaleeEmmalee Hoggatt - Copy:  Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God’s word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs atwww.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

Minecraft with SKrafty Homeschool: Weekly Giveaway

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It’s week 23 for Homeschool Survival Weekly Group Giveaways. We love bringing you Freebies, Giveaways and Encouragement for your family homeschool.  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week.

We’d like  to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts.

Homeschool Survival is community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it.

We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

This Weeks Featured Giveaway- SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft

2 Homeschool Classes for the winner! 

SKrafty HS Classes

SKrafty is a Christian Homeschool company providing a FREE – parent monitored Minecraft server, but that’s not all . . .  they have homeschool classes designed to educate and inspire the homeschool family.

  •  Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Geography & MORE

Classes are extremely affordable – from $4.99 – $32.00 and include live classes and do at your own pace classes. Check out the FALL Line up to see what SKrafty has in store next! Go HERE to see available classes. 

Let your kiddos learn and explore the world of Minecraft on this Christian Homeschool – Parent Monitored – Safe Server! The rules are designed to protect kids from foul language, and rude behavior.

Playing by the Motto of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – Read the SKrafty Server Rules HERE

 

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Minecraft FREEBIES

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft – Summer Reading Program 

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& FREE Family Safe Minecraft Server for Homeschoolers! 

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Winner will receive 2 SKrafty Homeschool Classes with weekly Minecraft Assignments
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Be sure to head over to HomeschoolSurvival.com to see what other Homeschooling Giveaways you can enter to win or Freebies you can get!  The giveaways & freebies link up is every Monday! Are you a homeschooling company who would like to sponsor the weekly Giveaways for Homeschoolers?  Email Sarah of Homeschool Survival at sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail.com 

Other Giveaways & Freebies: Let’s Link Up!

It’s time to link up!  If you’re a blogger linking up, I only ask that you link back to me, if possible.  I can’t wait to see your giveaways and freebies! (If you’re reading this in an email, be sure to click to the site to see more giveaways. More could be added all week!)

Homeschool Summer Break Survival

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The dog days of summer are in full swing here in Louisiana!  We follow a traditional school year.  Simply put, we need the break and we love to enjoy summer freedom!  It would also be way too easy to fall into a rut of discontent, boredom, or lack of structure.  Instead, we’ve found ways to dodge that bullet!  I’m here to share those!

First, although we are out of our structured school days routine, our family functions so much better with SOME kind of routine.  So, our summer days go kind of like this…..

  • No set wake up time, but once we’re up everyone still gets ready for the day and grabs a bite to eat!
  • The house hasn’t gone away, so neither have chores!  We do try to get them done early so we can enjoy the day
  • Outside time is a MUST.  I don’t care if they’re catching bugs, riding 4wheelers, or playing in the dirt, that’s the best part of summer!
  • Downtime is so important too.  Our heat here is brutal, so thankfully they’re all for it by mid-day and I get the break I need!

Second comes summer projects….

  • The Garden is big at our house.  It’s enjoyable to tend to and always a good teaching tool in so many ways.  The kids learn how to grow, harvest, and the basics of food storage.  They also get a good dose of summer work!
  • Where we live berry picking might come in second.  Different kinds of berries here are only ripe and ready for a small window of time, so we try to stay on top of gathering them for jellies, freezing, etc.
  • I have some major summer projects in mind.  They haven’t happened yet.  I hope to tackle revamps of all kids’ rooms before we hit the books again.  Until then, I advise you to consult your favorite Pinterest board for better advise 🙂

Third is the summer fun…

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • 4Wheeler Rides
  • Jeep Riding
  • Sleepovers
  • BBQs
  • VBS
  • Visits to Grandma’s

Last but not least are the MEMORIES…

  • I don’t remember my best childhood day in front of a TV or Video Game, neither will they!  So get outside and PLAY!

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Do you school year round?  If so, what is your family’s version of a Summer Survival Guide?  Do you have other suggestions?  We’d love to hear your memories as well!  Leave them in the comments below!

HAPPY SUMMER!!!

PE is More Than Just Gym Class

PE is More Than Just Gym Class

 

PE is just as important for homeschooled kids as it is for any other students (and adults, for that matter).  But, the flexible schedule of homeschoolers allows for much more interesting activities.  My kids both ride horses (my in laws have two, and my sister in law teaches them) and we take advantage of various classes that come up.

 

One of the other homeschooling moms offered a 6 week archery course that my kids jumped at!  My family has a long history of archery…allegedly going all the way back to William Tell!  My grandparents ran a mail order archery supply company and I have many fond memories of shooting targets in their backyard.

Both Curly and Mouthy are loving it, and are surprisingly good for having never done it before. Mouthy said, “I finally found a sport I can do without hurting myself!”

Bow hunting is very popular in our area so the mom offering the course plans to continue with more classes in bow hunting, target shooting, and competition.

(My high school gym class program included line dancing. I kid you not.  I’m from Northern New York, so line dancing might as well have been Greek to this group of non-Southern red necks.)

If you have a skill in a certain area, or even just enjoy it, think about offering it for the other homeschoolers in your community. The flexibility of homeschooling schedules (or as my friend Julie calls it, “car schooling”, since we are all always on the go!) can allow your kids a greater range of experiences than line dancing in a room full of sweaty, bored teenagers!

If you need some ideas, here’s some that will get you started:

  • Tennis
  • Bowling
  • Badmintion Tournaments
  • Croquet
  • Fencing
  • Knife Throwing (with care of course)
  • Hunting
  • Volleyball/Walleyball (some local gyms have Walleyball on lunch break or in the evenings)
  • Relay Races
  • Kickball
  • Karate
  • Flag Football
  • Playground Play
  • 5k/10k
  • Biking (as a family is always good)
  • Hiking

What else?  I know there’s plenty that I’ve missed.  If you were going to host a PE gathering for your homeschool group, what would YOU do?  Share it here so that it may help the other readers!

 

Kathy LaPan is a homeschooling mom of two in Northern NY. She has an MBA in finance and teaches through SchoolHouseTeachers.com. Check out her blog at Simply Homeschool Living.

StartWrite 6 (Software for Handwriting Worksheets) Giveaway + Freebies Link Up

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Homeschool Moms Giveaways and Freebies Linky Party – Week 21

It’s week 21 here on the Homeschool Survival Group Blog Giveaways 4 Homeschoolers.   I wanted to take a moment real fast to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook.

We want to become a community where you can ask your questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and I’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it.

We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

 

This Weeks Sponsored Giveaway – StartWrite 6

Start Write is the easiest way to create customized handwriting practice sheets for your homeschool student.

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Customized Sheets to Inspire

Handwriting is an art and a physical skill that is essential to communication, even in our electronic age. But it requires practice, and just like grown-ups, kids get bored with busy work. Custom worksheets keep your students interested, with words and sentences they relate to. Now they will love to write (at least until they learn to send text messages).

Fun Designs to Work With

Make your worksheets pop! StartWrite 6 includes easy to use yet robust design tools, so you can control colors and a variety of letter attributes. Add cute Border Art to highlight the word your students are learning. Insert Dotted Shapes so they can practice drawing squares, circles and triangles while they learn to write the words. Add Clip Art, Area Shading, Start Dots, and lots more. The only real problem we see with StartWrite Version 6 is that with all the new options and features you’ll enjoy creating worksheets so much that you’ll forget you’re supposed to be making them for the kids!

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Endless Possibilities

With all the various choices in font, color, style, art and graphics – there are virtually never-ending possibilities to encourage your young writers and to enhance your homeschool experience.

Visit StartWrite here to learn more about this exciting product.

 

Get FREE StartWrite Worksheets here. 

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Giveaway 

2 downloadable copies of StartWrite 6.0 for Windows. 
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Be sure to head over to HomeschoolSurvival.com to see what other Homeschooling Giveaways you can enter to win or Freebies you can get!  The giveaways & freebies link up is every Monday!Are you a homeschooling company who would like to sponsor the weekly Giveaways for Homeschoolers?  Email Sarah of Homeschool Survival at sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail.com

Other Giveaways & Freebies:  Lets Link Up!

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32 Ideas for Summer Activities and Water Play

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Summer is officially here for us in Georgia! The days are long and HOT! If you live in the south then you know that the summers here can be brutal because of the humidity. So what’s the best way to play outside without sizzling like a fried egg?? With WATER!! (don’t forget the sunscreen and mosquito spray). Since we don’t have a pool, I searched Pinterest for some ideas to play in water and stay cool on those really hot days.

Summer Water Activities

BUBBLES!! What kid doesn’t love bubbles? Come Together Kids has a really good idea for a bubble refill station that will keep them busy for many minutes! She also has an easy & frugal way to make really BIG bubbles and snake bubbles. Here is a way to Make a water bottle bubble blower and glow in the dark bubbles.

Water Play

Instructions & materials list for making PVC pipe sprinklers

Prairie Daze PVC sprinkler

Drive-thru Tricycle Wash

a square sprinkler

another PVC sprinkler car wash

Deluxe Kid Wash

PVC Bike Wash Party

Knee Hockey Water Rink

Water slide + Sprinkler + Tarp = FUN

Pick up the ice cubes using your feet

Long list of water games

Another list of water games

Playing with sponges in water

More great water games list

Water Balloon Yo-Yo’s

Water Balloon Piñata’s

Batting Water Balloons

Toddler Water Play from Two Daloo

Painting with water from Juggling with Kids

Swimming Pool Scrabble by Toddler Approved

DIY Slip-n-Slide by inner child fun

Water play with Sponges by One Charming Party

and the summer would not be complete without the WATER BLOB!!

This mom made a list of summer activities for the kids to choose from.

Super cute and free summer daily journal

Creative and cute summer activities magnet board

Delicious looking Brownie Fruit Kabobs

Check out my Pinterest board for more water play and summer activities.  

   Enjoy your summer with all of these great activities! I know my boys will have fun and I can’t wait to get started making a list! Name

 

www.sproutingtadpoles.comI’m Janeen, a Christian homeschooling mom to 5 blessings from God. I am passionate about history and I love to plan and organize! We have been homeschooling for 6 years and started a new journey this year using Heart of Dakota. You can read more about our busy lives at Sprouting Tadpoles where I write about homeschooling, Heart of Dakota, history, toddlers and much more. You can also connect with me on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

Summer Pretend Play – Ice Cream Shop!

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School is out and it is beginning to heat up for summer in my neck of the woods! Although we don’t have “school” in the summer months I do plan activities to keep little hands busy and big minds active.

Today we did a fun pretend play activity with “Cloud Dough” (see recipe below). Cloud dough is soft and fluffy and will hold together when packed tightly or fall apart when crumbled. It is a very cheap, fun and entertaining sensory material.

We played Ice Cream Shop!

I gathered some simple supplies that I had on hand and our cloud dough.

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Then we headed outside!!! They set up shop in the shade under their club house and waited for their first pretend customer…Me!

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I had them color a price list and I paid in play money. The olders then had to count back change while the littles worked on fine motor skills of scooping the cones.

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Then we switched for the next customer!

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You could easily use real ice cream but cloud dough won’t melt! However, keep a watchful eye and provide gentle reminders that it is just for pretend!

CLOUD DOUGH RECIPE

8 cups all purpose flour

1 cup baby oil

Washable paint

Mix flour and baby oil in large bowl. Streak through washable paint and mix well. The paint will look like sprinkles mixed into the flour.

Emmalee Hoggatt - CopyEmmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God’s word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs atwww.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

A Letter of Love, Faith, and Coping

A Letter of Love, Faith & Coping

My son’s girlfriend, Gillian, passed away from cystic fibrosis on February 20, 2014. This was one of the toughest times for my family and I am ready to now share the letter I wrote dear Gillian a month after she passed away:

It matters not how many days have passed since you left this world, it is too new, too raw, and seems we’ve grieved a lifetime already, but it’s still not enough. The absence you left when you passed from this world to the next has sucked all the air from our lungs. It is devastating and confusing.

I misplaced blame and anger wrongly at what happened before you left. I am sorry. I prayed my hardest, but the results came out differently. I accept God’s plan and my faith has been healed. I know you are dancing, free from struggle, and joyful in heaven, but we are all so lost without you. You healed my son and left him broken at the same time. I pray now for everyone left behind to obtain peace within, to live through their feelings and conflicts, no matter how difficult, and to find the gift of joy you left with us all.

When my Grandfather passed years ago, I lost my faith. I walked through the motions trying to find understanding and peace with God. I attended church, taught catechism, and more, but it mattered not. I saw my grandmother so alone and lost, childlike almost, so sad. I lost hope in heaven and belief that there was anything beyond. I internalized that death was final, dust was just dust, and the soul did not move on. You, dear girl, changed that for me. It was completely indirect, you could not have known. You passed your faith to my son, transferred so perfectly, while keeping just as much for yourself during your beautiful relationship. I will be eternally grateful.

It happened on February 18, 2014 when my faith returned as Chris transferred his energy to you, hoping it was enough to heal your earthen body. I could see before you woke, the transfer of power being willed from his hand to you, while holding your hand. I will be forever thankful that against all odds, you woke that day, and you shared your love with all once more. It was a blessing to have those moments with you and witness such unconditional love in the room. We miss you so much and can not begin to heal fully from your physical absence, we cannot even understand where to begin. You have been fully healed, no pain, no struggle, no worry, no nervous cuticle picking, no more needle poking, no surgeries, no endless pills, and no vest.

I pray for Chris’s peace, I ask him to give this pain to God. He keeps running, spirit runs, which worry me, not for his mind or body as I know it does him good, but for his safety. I hope it gave you a chuckle when that coyote was spooked by him in the wee dark hours of morning. This young man has a passion and fire that most his age can not even comprehend, never mind adults. You got him so completely, thank you for that love. He will carry you with him forever and the brokenness he has currently may mend, but he will be forever altered for having met you, loving you, and being loved by you.

A Letter of Love, Faith & Coping

 

Melissa ReadMelissa is in her first year of homeschooling her teenaged son, while working part-time.  She enjoys the simple life, but her husband is a super techie.  It’s an interesting balance as Melissa strives to learn more homesteading skills, while her husband is playing the latest Xbox game.  Find Melissa’s Facebook page:  Minor in Homeschool.

Planning a Homeschool Graduation

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Congratulations! You have brought your child through the ranks and he’s on the verge of graduating. Just the other day you were sitting side by side, sounding out c-a-t and counting little plastic bears together. Here she is ready to receive her high school diploma! Now what? Is a graduation ceremony required? How do I plan one? What if she doesn’t want a ceremony? Will he regret it if he doesn’t have an official photo wearing that gown and mortar board?

These are all great questions. And the wonderful thing is, just like homeschooling in general, there is no right or wrong way to go about it. You have the freedom to do what suits your family best. The homeschooling laws vary a bit from state to state but once your child has met the requirements, you, the instructor/principal/administrator of your homeschool, can decide how and when to give that diploma.

Many families have the opportunity to participate in graduation activities and ceremony with their local homeschool support group. These often include the cap and gown, presentation of diploma, display of achievements, speakers, the whole sha-bang. But what if you are not a part of a larger support group, or there are no other graduates this year? What if your child does not want to participate? What options do you have?Graduation Diploma Homeschool Survival

Here are some out-of-the-box ideas for a graduation celebration. Our family brainstormed this list when our oldest graduated. Much to Mom’s disappointment, no one else in my family is into the ‘pomp and circumstance’ and prefers things low-key and informal. My son and husband both would have been happy with a pat on the back and a “job well done!’ My request was to mark the day in a special way – I wanted a celebration of some type. These are some of the results from the list we created.

  • Backyard BBQ – invite friends and family to share graduates favorite foods, with outside activities like volleyball and baseball. Parents & graduate share a few words and present diploma. This is the option all four of our graduates have chosen so far.

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  • Recital or demonstration showcasing graduate’s talents and/or accomplishments
  • Open Mike Roast and Toast – guests arrive for refreshments and presentation of diploma then invite guests to share stories and memories from the life of the graduate.
  • Pool Party!
  • A Family Dream Vacation – Forgo the traditional graduation party and take a trip together
  • Mark this milestone by helping graduate accomplish a lifelong goal – climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest ocean, trace his genealogy, go on an archeological dig . . .
  • Create a video interviewing your graduate asking her to share her favorite memories, highlights and struggles from her schooling years. Ask about goals and dreams and where she’d like to be in five years, ten years.

Graduation Homeschool Survival

Up to this point, none of our children have worn a cap and gown when graduating out of our homeschool. They were happy to gather the important people in their lives, choose the menu, enjoy fellowship together. To my knowledge none of them regret it and have fond memories of the way we chose to celebrate the occasion. As the Administrator, Principal and Teachers in our homeschool, my husband and I did present an official diploma (graduation supplies can be purchased at HSLDA.org) and enjoyed having friends and family witness the big event.

What a blessing it is to have the freedom to custom make our children’s education AND their graduation celebration. Let’s make it unique and memorable!

What graduation plans are you making? Will they be traditional or out-of-the-box and unique?

 

stop and smell the daisies

Linda Sears is a stay-at-home wife, homeschooling mother and doting grandmother. She and her husband have 8 children, a daughter-in-law, 2 sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren, so far. They have been homeschooling for more than 20 years, graduating 4 of their 8 children, with 4 more to go. You’ll find her at Apron Strings & other things where she blogs about life as she knows it, with children in various stages of cutting those apron strings.