Real-Life Homeschool in the Creative Madness Blossom School {Blog Hop}

Today and the days during this week upcoming are special, it is all about Real-Life Homeschool. Because knowing me, you know that everything is always peachy right? For one, we never get sick and have incredible immune systems and energy to jump right in and study the day away! We read multiple books daily and my kids are about ready to become tutors themselves. Okay, now that is farfetched ‘eh? Now, now, before you harass me, stick around this week and get a peek into the Real-Life Homeschool of the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School as we participate in the TOS Blog Crew Blog Hop. Right now for us life includes an eager to learn 5.5 year old super hero AppleBlossom, her semi-shadow princess little 3.5 year old sister OrangeBlossom, and their always smiling mama’s boy baby brother nearing 8.5 months old. I’m holding Almond boy nearly throughout the night. . .

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HomeSchool Office Online Planner {Review}

As a list maker and box checker at heart I was thrilled when the opportunity came up to review something new Lord Heritage and their program/product HomeSchool Office (an online homeschool planner – with printable options). They have a neat Christian oriented motto for how they name everything and you can see it under their Product Features and Purpose. I just knew this was going to be something for us and couldn’t wait to get started. Site Note: We are coming off a few weeks of family illness and thus the screen shots have been provided for me. But they are probably better than what I could have provided anyway. What I found was that this program is extremely time consuming. It was very time consuming and unclear on how to set up in the first place, but also whenever something needed to be adjusted I could not find an easy way. . .

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Creative Madness Frontier Girls

Creative Madness Mama Frontier Girls

As participants in the Frontier Girls Clubs, our home Troop is classified as Pioneers Troop #100. We are part of a plethora of individuals with parent/scouts that are not a part of a formal troop. Pioneer Program The Pioneer program is designed for girls who wish to pursue the Frontier Girls program as an individual. They do not belong to a troop, but instead, work on badges and awards under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Pioneers may band together to work on badges or participate in activities such as campouts and community service projects if they wish, but there is no official leader. The girls and parents will have to work out any arrangements necessary. If there is a troop nearby, a Pioneer may also participate in troop activities if invited. If a Pioneer wishes to have a troop number on her uniform, she can wear troop #100. . .

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Who are, or rather, what is Frontier Girls?

When I was a very young elementary school student, I was a Daisy, a Girls Scouts Daisy. My next door neighbor went the full gambit of Girls Scouts I believe. Yet before I got too involved the Troop was disbanded (long story) and my scouting days were over. When I was in the later years of elementary school I participating in something of an afterschool program at a local church that was named something along the lines of Marvelous Mondays or Terrific Tuesdays or some such. We memorized creeds, prayers, and scripture and received pins for our prize as well as pride. I remember adoring those pins and that sash. In my later high school years, I knew a boy who was in a Venturing Crew. I was very interested in joining, but then I was too far away and headed off to college soon anyhow… and thus I was. . .

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Visual Learning Systems Digital Science Online – Sun and Stars {Review}

Astronomy is this year’s science subject. We jumped in soon after the new year and I’ve been on the lookout for resources to enhance our studies. What an emense blessing it is to have discovered Visual Learning Systems Digital Science Online! Visual Learning Systems Review

The timing for this review is absolutely provincial. Through the TOS Review Crew, we have been graced with the opportunity to review Visual Learning Systems – (http://www.VisualLearningSys.com). We have been given a full year access to received Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) and the Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12). What a resource this has proven to be!

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Caps for Sale {Free Resources}

Five Little Monkey Tot Pack from 1+1+1=1. Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the bed gif with all verses from Enchanted Learning. Hubbard’s Cuppard Lesson Plans & Activities for Caps for Sale. Caps for Sale video – read aloud. http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2015/02/12/caps-sale-video/ Monkey Bread Recipes Caps for Sale Units from Delightful Learning (multiple years with different experiences!) Scholastic Caps for Sale Extension activities. Mm is for Monkey from Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter of the Week Curriculum. Core Knowledge Caps for Sale Lesson Plans. Activities and photo in action from Our Aussie Homeschool rowing Caps for Sale. Directions for creating Wooden Peg People Caps for Sale recreation set from Wee Folk Art. Lesson Pathways links to resources for Caps for Sale. Not Free $$ Teachers’ Notebook Caps for Sale activities and printables. Teachers Pay Teachers Caps for Sale activities and printables (some are free). Felt Fantasies Set  Caps for Sale, the book, is available. . .

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Sew ‘n Tell Friday

Hmm… This was a fun week as Grandmama and Grandaddy visited for a few days. I had intended to keep up with my cross stitching but instead I was able to get some things done on my beloved Bernina (with Grandmama’s help and influence!). We completed the girls Frontier Girls Vests and mine is in progress. I had to go back and forth when I was ordering our badges because AppleBlossom is completing more than we can afford to buy. So for individual things that are not hugely something she’s proud of I’m going to have to figure something else out. But I plan to get us organized and go over things officially with them as so far it’s been more on the random. AppleBlossom has finished another!! cross stitch kit, this time a butterfly and has begged to get started on the second butterfly the Enginerd bought her. So. . .

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Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall {Review}

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled “red” suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It’s an Orange Aardvark! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone! Will appeal to fans of Lois Ehlert, Eric Carle, and The Day the Crayons Quit.

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Memoria Press Kindergarten {Review – Part VI – My Conclusion and Final Thoughts}

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In final thoughts, I can tell you as a whole I love what Memoria Press is doing with their curriculum and lesson plans. Almost as it is written it is perfect for my oldest student and I’m becoming eager to watch my next child start to get into the plans as well. I miss the Devotional and Prayer time in the Lesson Plans like we experienced with Junior Kindergarten. Yes there is a weekly Bible story during the Copybook and Memory time, but it is not daily. Nor is there a devotional like we had last year. If it were possible for Memoria Press to include something like a scheduled devotional in the future I would love that. Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans is all you need for one year and evens so we have a few outside resources we add in. Going back to echo what I said before, more. . .

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Sew ‘n Tell Friday

Does this still count as Friday? I’m still working hard on my Woodland Enchantress. I’m loving how the snow is a blue and deep purple shade. See that new grey tree or two? I’m loving it! Maybe I will finish it this winter. AppleBlossom (age 5) has finished her rainbow since Wednesday! Can you believe it?! I had the Enginerd stop on his way home to buy her a new kit. She requested a butterfly so he bought her three. She picked on to start as is already nearly finished in just one evening! The new kit has a plastic needle when she was using metal so that’s a step down but we can remedy that next time. This kit is still just needlepoint or a half cross stitch but it is still working on her patience and attention to detail. She is doing so well. One of her kits. . .

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Memoria Press Kindergarten {Review – Part V – Enrichment}

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The last portion of the Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten Lesson Plans for One Year and package is my absolute favorite. Even if you are happy with your phonics, math, and copywork elsewhere you cannot beat Memoria Press’ new Enrichment Guide books. In the main Lesson Plans, you are provided with the schedule for a read-aloud book for the week on Monday, music and art for Tuesday, poetry on Wednesday, history and culture (aka social studies and then some!) on Thursday, and science (ala nature study) on Friday. The Kindergarten Enrichment Guide enhances this so much further! As I said in my reviews for Junior Kindergarten, the read-aloud selection from Memoria Press is wonderful. There was hardly a title I did not like and most I was happy to add to our home library. Memoria Press tries very hard to keep their current plans to books currently in-print so there has been. . .

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Memoria Press Kindergarten {Review – Part IV – Copybook, Bible, & Memory}

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Oh, how I am enjoying remembering our past year in curriculum! Recommend recommend! After math comes… Copybook & Memory and this contains a Bible story from the Golden Children’s Bible and use of the Memoria Press Copybook I. It is laid out to read the story on Monday, Language Lesson and memorization of the relevant scripture on Tuesday. Copy and trace the verse on Wednesday with sometimes some math practice pages thrown into the practice those numbers on Wednesday. Thursday is a proof and correction date with recitation added and Friday ends with time to illustrate and review. The Golden Children’s Bible was chosen because of its slightly simplified, but poetically appealing, King James text, along with its beautiful and age-appropriate illustrations. This is important because we believe students should learn to revere the Bible as a sacred book, distinct from modern adventure stories with cartoon heroes. The Golden Children’s Bible was. . .

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