The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.

Planning Ahead & Changes (Spring 2017)

What do you think it is about February that gets the brain thinking ahead toward the next school year? While this post is intended to be a planning ahead details for what we will do in the next school year, at the same time, I suppose, it is also a what’s up from what’s working and what’s not from the current school year. Hmm… or maybe this should be two posts? I guess I will just start typing and see how things work out in the end. The 2016-2017 school year for us included an advanced seven-year-old book loving third grader and a spirited attention-span of a butterfly fresh kindergartener with not a lick of interest in school. While we started enrolled in a partially online, partially at-home, distance-learning style accredited program – the entire experience was abysmal. Veritas Press, the publisher, has awesome curricula and we will continue to buy. . .

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Memoria Press Second Grade {Review – Part I}

In 2011, I added a second child to the mix and my toddler was antsy to get more attention in addition to being a little mama. We dabbled a bit with a book box curriculum of good nursery readers, however, it was in 2012-2013 that our Memoria Press adventure started. At the age of three, my book loving daughter started in on our K3 Junior Kindergarten with an extremely wonderful year that we still look back on with extremely fond memories. In 2013-2014, it was our K4 year and our curriculum was the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten. In 2014, I added a third child to the mix. At this time, my next toddler was not ready for anything officially school related and she continue to tag along in read alouds and child play becoming the princess she is today. Around this time, Memoria Press started beta releasing their Simply. . .

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Eclectic Foundations Language Arts (with McGuffey Readers) {Review}

My plotting and planning for homeschooling my kiddos has been years in effort. One of my earliest purchases has been a set of the McGuffey Eclectic Readers. I have them, but we’ve never really had a plan about how to go about using them, that is until now with the addition of Eclectic Foundations Language Arts program to our curriculum pile. Thanks to the blessing of the Homeschool Review Crew, we were blessed with a set of Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level C materials for review. I am utilizing these with my third grade daughter. She is an excellent reader, and reads all the time, but does not like to read aloud to others much at all and this is a skill that I have always planned to use the McGuffey readers to enhance and strengthen. Eclectic Foundations is giving me the tools to do so efficiently! This language arts curriculum is. . .

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January Unicorn #WIP (Lakeside Fantasy SAL) #xstitch

My unicorn is almost complete. 🦄 my spirals are not showing up I’m thinking of a metallic and I’m missing #dmcfloss 800, so I need to substitute. I’m curious about adding beads… #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #lakesideneedlecraftsal2016 #fantasy #2016starts #stitchmaynia #flosstube from Instagram:

January #WIP Year of Magical Stitching (Joan Elliott) #xstitch

Progress update. Missing a few colors from my box, so I’m assuming I’m have them in a bag with another project. #wip #winter #crossstitch #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #pointdecroix #yearofmagicalstitching #joanelliott from Instagram:

January #WIP Updates in #xstitch

February #wip updates and progress. No finishes, but close to some mini finishes soon. Enjoyed #purple #amethyst stitching! #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #crossstitch #stitchmaynia #2017
#pointdecroix #stitchfromstash2017 #2016starts #2017starts #flosstube #HAED #heavenandearthdesigns #lakesideneedlecraftsal2016 #joanelliott #happilyeveraftersal #frostedpumpkinstitchery #stardustfairy #enchantedaurora #spring from Instagram:

Spring Update for my #xstitch #HAED

Spent the day working on my #HAED challenge piece. I’m just over 2,600 stitches in. I’ve not spent as much time as I meant to on this. 1×1 on 25 count Lugana. I’m curious if I can still meet the April deadline… #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #spring #winter #heavenandearthdesigns #ruthsanderson from Instagram:

Enchanted Aurora #WIP #xstitch Update

All of her purple shades are completed without counting more than 20-30 across. So she’ll have to wait on some other colors like greens and blues. Now what else purple should I work on this weekend? #canada #winter #stitchfromstash2017 #stitchmaynia #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #crossstitch #flosstube #enchantedaurora #joanelliott from Instagram:

Times Tables the Fun Way (online subscription) {Review}

This year has prompted many new things, especially in math skills for my third grade daughter. When we started the year she was working on a fourth grade math level, and learning the beginning basics of multiplication. She is doing well, but I was excited to jump into the possibility of a review product for enhancing her skills to learn multiplication facts. Through the blessing of the Homeschool Review Crew, we were granted a three month subscription to Times Tables the Fun Way from Times Alive. In this subscription, we have three months to utilize the program to teach multiplication. I’ve found after my daughter completed the 18 lessons within two weeks this may be one of the best ways to learn multiplication and teach times tables, indeed! We “bought” the account and registered and were given special login information. Interesting, and one of the first things to note is that. . .

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