Our Organized Homeschool Space

When I was 2, I was the little girl who organized her stuffed animals by height, color and type on her bed each morning. I was the girl who cried when her younger sister sharpened one of the color pencils a little more than the rest, and the girl who had to get a brand new notebook every time a page had a tiny smudge. Wait a minute, I’m still that girl. I’m obsessive when it comes to organization. In my family it’s called the sickness and it’s taken very seriously. Having an obsessive personality can sometimes be beneficial. This month, I let the OCD tendencies completely take over when reorganizing our homeschool space. Organized Curriculum I’m a proud book and curriculum hoarder, you can see how serious my hoarding case is here, however I finally decided to part with some of our unused curriculum, you can find that post here. Once most of the unused books were gone; we took the rest of our homeschool curriculum, sorted everything by subject, and type. I like these magazine holders from IKEA, because they keep everything neatly in place. I printed colorful labels with a brief description of each holder, so curriculum isREAD MORE

Count Your Blessings Gift Basket Giveaway

My husband and kids often ask what I’d like for Mother’s Day, and my response tends to be “a clean house and no sibling arguments”. If you’re a mother, and you’ve got more than 1 child at home, you know that the likelihood of a whole day free of sibling squabbles is as rare as a unicorn or a mermaid sighting. While you wait for that miraculous day to come, why not count your blessings while you drink a cup of coffee? It’s so easy to get beat-up and dragged down by the millions of responsibilities we have every day. Sometimes the difficulties shroud our view and we forget the numerous blessings we receive every day. I’d like to bless one of you tired mommas with a few things to help you remember and count your blessings on those days when you want to hide in the closet. Here’s what’s included: Gratitude Journal Journaling Pen Choose Joy Coffee Mug Scented Candle 101 Let Your Light Shine Cards $15 Starbucks Gift Card To enter, follow the instructions below. Entry-Form There’s More… 14 other iHomeschool Network bloggers have Mother’s Day gift baskets! Check out the graphic below to get back to theREAD MORE

Famous Birthdays

April 28th, marks the 259th birthday celebration of the 5th President of the United States, James Monroe. A Brief Biography James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. After his father’s death, at the age of 16 he enrolled at the College of William and Mary to study law, however, his studies were cut short when he enrolled in the Continental Army. After the war, he studies law under Thomas Jefferson and eventually served in the Continental Congress in 1783. He was elected as the 5th U.S. President in 1817 and served for two terms until 1825.   Check out these 13 Facts About Founding Father James Monroe.   James Monroe’s Greatest Accomplishments The Monroe Doctrine opposed European colonization of the Americas. Though Monroe is credited with it, it was actually written by hi Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams. The Missouri Compromise allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, and Maine as a free state to provide a balance between slave and free states. BBB Contemporaries & Historical Events Do you ever wonder who else was around when major historical events were taking place or what else might have been happening at that timeREAD MORE

Famous Birthdays

April 13th marks the 274th birthday celebration of the 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. A Brief Biography Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743 in Shadwell, in the Colony of Virginia. At the age of 16, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he studies math, metaphysics, and philosophy. While working as a clerk in a law office, he studied law. He ran for office and became the 3rd U.S. President in 1801. Check out these 10 Facts About Thomas Jefferson. 5 of Thomas Jefferson’s Greatest Accomplishments Wrote the Declaration of Independence Drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom Served as the 3rd President of the United States Served as the United States Secretary of State Made the Louisiana Purchase Contemporaries & Historical Events Some of Jefferson’s contemporaries were James Monroe,  Noah Webster, James Madison, Louis XVI, Alexander Hamilton, Marie Antoinette, Mozart, LaFayette, Andrew Jackson, Francis II, and Napoleon. Books & Online Articles Movies and Documentaries Thomas Jefferson: A Film By Ken Burns – We caught this on PBS a while back, well-done documentary. Books and Online Articles Who Was Thomas Jefferson? The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has a huge library of resources,READ MORE

Famous Birthdays

This March marks the 266th birthday celebration of the 4th President of the United States, James Madison. I have to tell you I’ve really been enjoying this famous birthdays series. I’ve learned so much by gathering resources for you, I hope you are too! Quick Facts About the 4th American President James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Port Conway VA. Madison attended Princeton University, studied Law and graduated early. He later served 2 consecutive terms as President of the United States from 1809-He died on June 28, 1836 at the age of 85 and is buried in Montpelier VA. A Brief Biography James Madison’s Greatest Accomplishments He played a major role in the creation of the Constitution and wrote the The Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments to the Constitution). He wrote or co-wrote 29 of the 85 articles and essays known as the The Federalist Papers, promoting the ratification of the Constitution. During his presidency, he declared war on Brittain which later lead to the war of 1812. Contemporaries James Madison lived during a time of great history makers. Some of his contemporaries include German composer and pianist Ludwig Van Beetoven, Austrian composer Franz Schubert, British author Charles Dickens; as well as some history makers we learnedREAD MORE

Even though we call this thing we do homeschooling, most of us spend a great deal of time learning and teaching outside our homes. In fact one of the greatest advantages of homeschooling is that we are not confined to anyplace in particular. Because of our busy schedules, we often take school ‘to-go’. Here’s a list of the 10 best supplies for homeschooling on the go in our opinion.READ MORE