Hip Homeschool Moms » Hip Homeschool Moms http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com A Community for Families Living the Home Education Lifestyle Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:31:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 HHM’s Featured Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop 3/3/15 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/hhms-featured-posts-hip-homeschool-hop-3315/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/hhms-featured-posts-hip-homeschool-hop-3315/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:01:25 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33191 Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Our Favorites from last week: Heidi from Starts at Eight chose to feature 14 Important Homeschool Lessons Learned Over 14 Years which was shared by Classically Homeschooling. Heidi said, “This is my top pick this week because I totally identify with almost all 14 things! One of my favorite quotes, ‘It’s a […]

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!

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Our Favorites from last week:

Heidi from Starts at Eight chose to feature 14 Important Homeschool Lessons Learned Over 14 Years which was shared by Classically Homeschooling. Heidi said, “This is my top pick this week because I totally identify with almost all 14 things! One of my favorite quotes, ‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint.'”

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From HHM Co-Owner, Trish: “Oh, I can already see I won’t be able to pick just one. There are just so many wonderful articles again this week. So, I’m just going to pick my favorites, in no particular order…..

  • Y’all know that my boys have been schooled and then homeschooled using Montessori so naturally I’m drawn to those posts. Kimberly from Natural Beach Living does a beautiful job of showing how she teaches Geography & Culture using Montessori Materials.

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Wendy, HHM Co-Owner and fearless leader over at Homeschooling Blessings chose The How-To Guru’s – What To Do With Clutter From The Closet as the first of her two favorites this week. Wendy commented, “I have trouble with collecting clutter, and I thought this article had some great ideas for me and others who have clutter issues!”

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Wendy’s second pick features a tutorial from The Sunny Patch on Finger Knitting Ear Warmers. Wendy said, “I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, and finger knitting just looks like it’d be so much fun! And these ear warmers are so pretty and colorful. :-)”

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Tanya from The Natural Homeschool thought Just Be Well’s Fairy Garden Tutorial was just too cute NOT to share!

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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The Healing Power of Onions http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/the-healing-power-of-onions/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/the-healing-power-of-onions/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:01:01 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=32338 When I began using natural remedies over 10 years ago, I was so surprised at the remedies I could use from foods I had in my kitchen.  Onions are one of those.  Many people don’t realize how they have natural medicine cabinets sitting in their fridges and cabinets.  Onions give flavor to dishes, but they also […]

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Owner/Writer at Jill's Home Remedies

Jill is passionate about making natural medicines from the comfort of her home, and teaching others how to do the same. She is a follower of Christ, a certified family herbalist, and a homeschool mother of 4. She enjoys sharing DIY videos from time to time at her YouTube channel. Jill also co-authors the books Homeschooling Day By Day and Trust Your Intuition. She loves to read and research in her spare time and has a love for teaching children, not only her own, but also the 2nd grade at her local church.

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When I began using natural remedies over 10 years ago, I was so surprised at the remedies I could use from foods I had in my kitchen.  Onions are one of those.  Many people don’t realize how they have natural medicine cabinets sitting in their fridges and cabinets.  Onions give flavor to dishes, but they also provide important nutrients.  Onions contain iron, folic acid, calcium, fiber, and are high in vitamin C.  Do you know they also contain the antioxidant, Quercetin?  Quercetin fights aging, diseases, and cancer; it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol while helping to raise the good cholesterol. {Source}

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I absolutely love the fact that a simple kitchen food can help me keep my family well!

Below are 3 ways I use the healing power of onions in my home:

Earaches/Infections

Onions are superb at healing ear infections and easing the pain of earaches.  I have used them on my children when they suffered from terrible ear pain.

Simply slice an onion in half and place it in a 450° oven for 15-20 minutes.  Remove the onion and allow to cool until it’s comfortable to the touch, but make sure it’s still warm.  Place half of the warm onion on the ear until pain subsides.  I have read of those that will leave the onion on all night by tying a cloth around it or wearing earmuffs to allow the onion to pull all the infection out.

Another option is to scoop the center out of the cooked onion and extract some juice.  Place a drop or two of onion juice in the ears, making sure the patient lies for 5 minutes on each side after application.  Repeat as needed.  Always treat both ears because the infection can move from one ear to the other.

Chest Congestion

Besides using onion internally for coughs and congestion, you can also treat externally at the same time!  Bake a sliced onion as indicated above, wrap the onion in cheesecloth or a thin towel, and place the warm onion poultice on the chest of the patient.  I like to wrap plastic wrap around the poultice and place towels or a blanket on top to help keep the poultice warm and in place.  This poultice can be left on overnight and reheated as needed.

Cough Syrup

Consistent coughing can often be tied to mucous trapped in the lungs.  Onions are an expectorant and help to thin and loosen phlegm.  One of my favorite cough syrups that I got from reading Dr. Christopher contains onions and raw honey.  I love it because it is so very effective, and also because it can be safely taken every 15 minutes if a cough is bad enough.

Recipe:

  • 1 Onion
  • Raw Honey

Directions:

  1. Cut onion and place it in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, place a smaller pan inside a larger pan.  Be sure to refill water in the bottom pan because it will most likely boil all the water out before the syrup is done.  It’s best not to cook this over direct heat if at all possible because it would kill too many beneficial properties in the raw honey.
  2. Cover onion with raw honey 1/2 an inch above the onion.
  3. Simmer until the onion is translucent.  This can take an hour or two depending on how think the onion slices are.
  4. Strain the liquid from the onion pieces, and you now have a very effective cough syrup!

Dosage: Adults take 1 tablespoon, children take 1 teaspoon up to every 15 minutes or as needed.

How do you use onion or other common foods as medicine in your home?

NOTE: Please remember that we (on the Hip Homeschool Moms team) are not medical doctors. None of the information on this website is approved by the FDA. Neither is this information intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent diseases. The use of the information provided here is your personal decision and is not the responsibility of Hip Homeschool Moms or anyone associated with Hip Homeschool Moms. Always seek medical help when necessary.

 

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Jill

Owner/Writer at Jill's Home Remedies

Jill is passionate about making natural medicines from the comfort of her home, and teaching others how to do the same. She is a follower of Christ, a certified family herbalist, and a homeschool mother of 4. She enjoys sharing DIY videos from time to time at her YouTube channel. Jill also co-authors the books Homeschooling Day By Day and Trust Your Intuition. She loves to read and research in her spare time and has a love for teaching children, not only her own, but also the 2nd grade at her local church.

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Educating the WholeHearted Child Book Club – Week 7 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/educating-wholehearted-child-book-club-week-7/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/03/educating-wholehearted-child-book-club-week-7/#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2015 06:01:41 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33136 It is week 7 of the Hip Homeschool Moms Book Club. The topics this week will center around creating a home environment that is good for learning. There are also some great tips in this chapter for choosing books for your children to read or for your family to read together. If you haven’t joined […]

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HHM co-owner and owner/writer at Homeschooling Blessings

Wendy lives in the South with her wonderful hubby and 3 great kiddos! She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 20 years. Her oldest child has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, a typical boy, would rather do anything than school! Her youngest child is a little social butterfly and people lover. Wendy loves reading and quilting and will hopefully return to scrapbooking some time soon.

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It is week 7 of the Hip Homeschool Moms Book Club. The topics this week will center around creating a home environment that is good for learning. There are also some great tips in this chapter for choosing books for your children to read or for your family to read together.

If you haven’t joined us yet, you’ll just need to pick up a copy of the book here and start reading. To join in the discussions, you’ll need to be a part of the Hip Homeschool Moms Online Book Club on Facebook.

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If you’d like a copy of the bookmark that the folks at Apologia created for us, you can get that by clicking here. That link will take you to both the color and black & white bookmarks. I like to keep one in my book and one out where I can see it to remind me to do my reading (and to create each week’s study guide)!

You may want the Study Guide for Chapter 7 this week. It’s free for anyone who’s participating in the book club. (Please help us out by not sharing the study guide or the study guide link. If you know someone who wants the study guide, please direct her to this post–where she can download her own. Thank you!)

If you missed any of the previous weeks, you can get the study guides for those weeks by using the links below:

EWHC Book Club Week 1 

EWHC Book Club Week 2 

EWHC Book Club Week 3

EWHC Book Club Week 4

EWHC Book Club Week 5

EWHC Book Club Week 6

Each day, Trish will post in the HHM Facebook Online Book Club where that day’s discussion will be held. This week, Monday, March 2, through Saturday, March 7, we will be discussing chapter 7. You can post your own comments, observations, or questions in that thread each day.

Even if you can’t join in the discussion, you may still want to get your own copy of the book, Educating the WholeHearted Child, just because it’s such a wonderful resource for Christian homeschooling families! (We will do more Book Club books–both secular and Christian–in the future, so if the current selection doesn’t fit your needs, you’ll want to be sure to watch for the next one that will be announced some time in May.) And of course you are welcome to visit the posts from weeks 1-6 (listed above) in order to download your own study guides for each of those weeks.

Also, in case you don’t know about it, we also have a Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Community that is a private community for homeschooling moms. Just click this link to ask to join.

We hope you enjoy the reading and discussion of chapter 7 this week!

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Wendy

HHM co-owner and owner/writer at Homeschooling Blessings

Wendy lives in the South with her wonderful hubby and 3 great kiddos! She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 20 years. Her oldest child has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, a typical boy, would rather do anything than school! Her youngest child is a little social butterfly and people lover. Wendy loves reading and quilting and will hopefully return to scrapbooking some time soon.

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Montessori Language Arts: Pink Material Lesson & Resources http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/montessori-language-arts-pink-material-lesson-resources/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/montessori-language-arts-pink-material-lesson-resources/#respond Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:01:39 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=32329 Do you know much about Montessori? Have you been curious about it? Do you love it? Are you intimidated by it? Do you want to learn more? Here is a very cool series that I have going on right now with some wonderful Montessori colleagues. It is called “12 Months of Montessori Learning.” Every month, […]

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Tanya

Owner/Writer at The Natural Homeschool

Tanya is a homeschooling mom to two children, a son and a daughter. She focuses on following their particular learning interests at their level and in building a strong Christian foundation in their hearts. To cater to their high giftedness, she uses an eclectic teaching approach, which complement each other and maximize the fun in learning. Tanya has a degree in elementary education, a minor in French and a Master's degree in school administration. She is happily married to her best friend and enjoys sharing her life and experiences in her blog to provide inspiration and bring new ideas.

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Do you know much about Montessori? Have you been curious about it? Do you love it? Are you intimidated by it? Do you want to learn more? Here is a very cool series that I have going on right now with some wonderful Montessori colleagues. It is called “12 Months of Montessori Learning.” Every month, we will be sharing posts in every subject (Practical Life, Mathematics, Botany, Fine Art, etc).
Here is a lesson using the Montessori Pink Material Series as well as a comprehensive list of great resources and printables. It is under the subject of Language Arts. This series helps teach about beginning and ending sounds, reading simple sentences, learning vocabulary words, learning how to match words with their pictures, etc.

 

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The Pink Material consists of several activities. I put mine in separate pink folders to keep them accessible and organized. They are very easy to use. Others use natural fiber shallow baskets or wooden trays to keep them organized. Because our homeschool room isn’t very large, I opted for the folders to save space.
The blackline masters you see in the pictures are from my NAMC’s training binders. I printed the series on pink paper and put it together in pink folders. That isn’t necessary, per se, to print on pink paper, but I find that it helps distinguish between levels (by color-coding). The child will learn either way, I can assure you.

 

What, exactly, comes in the Pink Material?

Among a few variations, you will generally find: word and picture cards (real pictures or cartoonish pictures), initial sound cards, ending sound cards, initial sound cards, ending sound choice cards, vowel sound cards, word list, spelling cards, 3 sentence card sets (15 cards per set).
Below, you can see the Phonetic Picture Cards. The child matches the word with the corresponding picture.
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These are the Pink Material Word Cards for reading aloud.

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Here are some more Phonetic Picture Cards.

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My son loves the word lists (there are more lists underneath this one)! He sees them as a challenge, trying to read each column faster than the previous column.
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I didn’t use the Phonetic Object Box because we don’t own tiny objects that begin with each letter of the alphabet. But now I know that you can find them a lot easier than I thought. This activity can be used without the phonetic objects just fine.

Additionally, (not pictured) the Pink Material includes a Phonetic Booklet and reading sentences.

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More information on the Pink Material

Our Beginner Reading and Writing Montessori Material by The Wonder Years

Language: Pink Material by Behance

Montessori Pink Series by The Learning Ark

 

 

Pink Material Printables

Pink Ending Sound Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Montessori Pink Reading Series by The Helpful Garden

Montessori Pink Series by Enchanted Schoolroom (FREE printable)

Montessori Pink Language Series Materials Bundle by Montessori Print Shop

Beginning Letter Sound ‘Word Walls’ by The Helpful Garden

Montessori Pink Series Reading Materials by Green Tree Montessori Materials

Montessori Pink Series Rhyming Cards Worksheets by Enchanted Schoolroom

I hope you have found this information helpful and that you will decide to give it a try. Which resource did you find most appealing?

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Tanya is a homeschooling mom to two children, a son and a daughter. She focuses on following their particular learning interests at their level and in building a strong Christian foundation in their hearts. To cater to their high giftedness, she uses an eclectic teaching approach, which complement each other and maximize the fun in learning. Tanya has a degree in elementary education, a minor in French and a Master's degree in school administration. She is happily married to her best friend and enjoys sharing her life and experiences in her blog to provide inspiration and bring new ideas.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts & Activities http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/st-patricks-day-crafts-activities/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/st-patricks-day-crafts-activities/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:57:20 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33085 No matter your heritage or religious beliefs, you too can be Irish for a day in March! There is something fun and whimsical about a little leprechaun and his pot of gold and a four leaf clover to bring good luck! Plus the rainbow offers so many opportunities to teach colors to our little ones! There […]

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Heidi

Owner/Writer at Starts At Eight

Heidi lives in upstate New York where the winters are long & cold, but where she truly appreciates the lack of extreme weather such as tsunamis and hurricanes! Her house is filled up with her loving husband of 17 years, 3 busy children, & 2 dogs (Muffin & Oscar). Homeschooling started out as a trial run with a child beginning 2nd grade, & almost 9 years later has become a lifestyle which brings great joy. You can often find her behind her camera, or working something out in Photoshop. With 3 children homeschooling multiple ages is the norm in their house. You can find her writing at on her own blog, Starts At Eight where she often focuses on homeschooling high school, elementary unit studies, and books/reading.

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No matter your heritage or religious beliefs, you too can be Irish for a day in March! There is something fun and whimsical about a little leprechaun and his pot of gold and a four leaf clover to bring good luck! Plus the rainbow offers so many opportunities to teach colors to our little ones! There are many fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts and activities to help celebrate this day with your kids.

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Saint Patrick’s Day, is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). For a lot of us it means green things and leprechauns, a pot of gold and a rainbow. It is also a time that the Irish celebrate their heritage.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts & Activities to do with your children. From crafts to cooking and books to play dough, there is a little something for everyone!

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

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  1. Tissue Paper Shamrock Craft -
  2. Rainbow Hand Art Craft – A fun and simple way to make a rainbow with your toddlers and early elementary aged children.
  3. Kids St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages – FREE printable coloring pages of things like a four leaf clover, a rainbow, a pot of gold and more!

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

  1. Homemade Play Dough – An easy DIY recipe for green play dough. You can even add glitter!
  2. Silly Shamrock Shaped Rice Krispie Treat Pops – Fun shamrock shaped pops made out of Rice Krispies Treat.
  3. Educational Projects for St. Patrick’s Day – This is a collection of educational projects from crafts to books, printables and more!
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Books That Teach – Want to learn more about the origins of St. Patrick’s Day? Check out this collection of books!

What St. Patrick’s Day Crafts & Activities are you planning for this year?

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Heidi

Owner/Writer at Starts At Eight

Heidi lives in upstate New York where the winters are long & cold, but where she truly appreciates the lack of extreme weather such as tsunamis and hurricanes! Her house is filled up with her loving husband of 17 years, 3 busy children, & 2 dogs (Muffin & Oscar). Homeschooling started out as a trial run with a child beginning 2nd grade, & almost 9 years later has become a lifestyle which brings great joy. You can often find her behind her camera, or working something out in Photoshop. With 3 children homeschooling multiple ages is the norm in their house. You can find her writing at on her own blog, Starts At Eight where she often focuses on homeschooling high school, elementary unit studies, and books/reading.

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5 Ways to Make Spelling Fun http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/5-ways-to-make-spelling-fun/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/5-ways-to-make-spelling-fun/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:01:38 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=32469 Spelling can be one of those subjects that kids dread, even if they are good at it.  There just isn’t much excitement when it comes to spelling – weekly spelling lists, spelling practice, spelling rules, spelling worksheets – not very much fun for most kids.  But spelling practice can be fun!  Just add in a […]

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Sarah

Owner/Writer at My Joy-Filled Life

Sarah is the JOYful wife of Jorge, the JOYful mother of 7 blessings, and a JOYful servant to the Most High God. She has been JOYfully homeschooling since 2007, using an eclectic approach. Sarah left her working-mom-of-2 mentality and plans at the door when the Lord came knocking on it in 2002. Now, as a born-again, stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of many, she couldn’t imagine life any other way! Sarah has a heart for moms, and uses her blog, My Joy-Filled Life, to minister to and encourage other mothers. You will find her writing and sharing about the joys of big family living, her faith, homeschooling, homemaking, and whatever the Lord lays on her heart. In her free time (what’s that?), Sarah enjoys baking (but not the clean-up), dabbling in photography, and running.

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Spelling can be one of those subjects that kids dread, even if they are good at it.  There just isn’t much excitement when it comes to spelling – weekly spelling lists, spelling practice, spelling rules, spelling worksheets – not very much fun for most kids.  But spelling practice can be fun!  Just add in a little activity and/or movement to your spelling practice, and spelling could very well turn into a favorite subject.

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Here are some ideas to spice up spelling in your homeschool –

Manipulatives

Instead of having your children spell their words in typical ‘ole pencil and paper fashion, have them use manipulatives to practice spelling.

Letter blocks, beads, foam letters (like the ones for the bathtub), milk bottle caps with letters on them, puzzle pieces, magnetic letters, and Legos are just a few ideas to use instead of pencil and paper.

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Sensory Spelling

Another fun way to for kids to practice their spelling words is by using a fun (and messy) substance to spell the words in.

There are so many things you could use for this; here are some ideas – salt, sugar, flour, pudding, whipped cream, shaving cream, and sand.

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Movement

Most kids will love the chance to get up and out of their seats during school time, so add a little movement to your spelling practice.

Have your children spell their words out loud and with each letter they say, have them do some kind of movement.  Have them do a jumping jack for each letter, or jump up and down, or hop up a step, or somersault, or any other creative movements they would like.

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Games

Anytime I can turn learning into a game or add a game into our day to reinforce learning, I do it!  We love games around here, and here are some ideas for spelling games.

Hide & Seek Spelling – Fill an empty peanut butter jar with rice and alphabet beads (several of each letter) and crazy glue the top on.  Then have your children search for each letter of their spelling words.

Jump On It Spelling – Write each letter of the alphabet on a 4×6 blank index card.  Spread all 26 of the cards out on the floor.  Call out one of your children’s spelling words and have them jump, hop, or skip to each of the letters as they spell the word.  If having all of the cards out is too overwhelming for a younger child, just spread out 10 or so and call out words that can be spelled with those 10 letters.  Slowly add in letters as the child becomes more confident.

If you don’t mind your kids using electronics to aid in learning, there are some great spelling apps that can help make spelling more enjoyable.

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Be Crafty

Get crafty with your spelling.  Instead of using a pencil to write the words, use something else such as crayons, markers, chalk, or window crayons.

Other crafty things you can do with your spelling words are – spell out your words with letter beads and turn it into a necklace, cut out letters from magazines and newspapers and glue them to a piece of paper as you spell out your words, use letter stencils to spell words, use letter stickers, use letter stamps, or use colored glue to spell your words.

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I hope the ideas above will make spelling more fun and enjoyable in your homeschool!

Do your kids think spelling is boring?
What are some ways you make it more fun?

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Sarah

Owner/Writer at My Joy-Filled Life

Sarah is the JOYful wife of Jorge, the JOYful mother of 7 blessings, and a JOYful servant to the Most High God. She has been JOYfully homeschooling since 2007, using an eclectic approach. Sarah left her working-mom-of-2 mentality and plans at the door when the Lord came knocking on it in 2002. Now, as a born-again, stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of many, she couldn’t imagine life any other way! Sarah has a heart for moms, and uses her blog, My Joy-Filled Life, to minister to and encourage other mothers. You will find her writing and sharing about the joys of big family living, her faith, homeschooling, homemaking, and whatever the Lord lays on her heart. In her free time (what’s that?), Sarah enjoys baking (but not the clean-up), dabbling in photography, and running.

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HHM’s Featured Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop 2/24/15 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/hhms-featured-posts-hip-homeschool-hop-22415/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/hhms-featured-posts-hip-homeschool-hop-22415/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:01:18 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33071 Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Our Favorites from last week: From the lovely Trish, one of the HHM co-owners: Wow… I’m not sure I can pick just one this week! Look at all of them! There are so many wonderful articles how am I going to choose just one? Well, I’m not! Since, our […]

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!

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Our Favorites from last week:

From the lovely Trish, one of the HHM co-owners:

Wow… I’m not sure I can pick just one this week! Look at all of them!

There are so many wonderful articles how am I going to choose just one? Well, I’m not!

Since, our team has been crazy busy this week with their own stuff going on… with home moves, blog refreshes, Facebook Parties, babies needing care (both human and mammal), vacations, speaking engagements, etc… the team just didn’t have the luxury of picking any this week. Well, that means I get to pick FIVE! Yes, I just pulled that random number out of a hat, but honestly, I’ll still be doing good if I can narrow it down to 5!

Okay, here goes my top five list (in no particular order)…

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  • Be honest… how may of us can’t help but want to hear about other’s homeschooling mistakes? If only in hopes of learning through them vicariously!! LindseyLoo (Simply LindseyLoo – My Top Ten Homeschooling Mistakes) is keeping it real. And I love that! I identify with most of them. Not sure I can say I’ve learned from them yet either! But her next to the last one may just be my downfall! 

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  • Finally, I love this article about teaching creation from Raising Clovers (Teaching Creation). She shares a great idea for a creation book that your little ones create. I love the premise of her article… “What better way to study science, history, and Bible all at once than through Creation!” I concur… and that IS how we teach it.

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Heather is a Christian gal who lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she married her high school sweetheart in 2001. She has 3 children ranging in ages from 4-12. Asperger's and sensory processing issues are also in the mix. At this time, Sonlight is their main curriculum which Heather and her husband find nice for the working homeschool family. Heather juggles the responsibilities of being a part-time RN and police officer's wife. She has a reputation of creating kitchen disasters, but loves collecting new recipes and learning about natural, holistic living. Also in the family is a bunch of animals like chickens, goats, a few dogs, and cats....

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Among homeschoolers, conversations of co-ops and other groups are popular. This can be a touchy subject–with some finding themselves needing to make a difficult decision about joining or leaving a group. Many love their co-ops, but some are avidly against the entire idea. When addressing the unique challenges that face working homeschool moms (or dads), co-ops and other groups may be something to embrace…or to avoid altogether. In all honesty, and after experiencing it for myself, utilizing co-ops may or may not be a helpful thing for the working homeschool family.

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What Is a Co-op?

According to Google, the word co-op actually means “a cooperative society, business, or enterprise.” In real life, though, the term co-op is kind of a gray area. As far as homeschool co-ops go, some are more of a social group, and others are a structured series of events. While all have children and their education as the focus, unless you are involved with a major curriculum-based group, most co-ops look very different from one another. Some cost a good bit to join and require huge time commitments, while others are completely free with much less effort. Some have much parent involvement, while others are pretty disorganized. Some meet once a week every week to cover all subjects, while others focus on field trips or elective-type classes on a monthly basis.

In a picture-perfect world, these co-ops are designed to increase your child’s learning and social skills development. Many co-ops tout providing your children with opportunity to cultivate friendship and acquire unique life experiences. These groups are a great place to allow one’s child to do those messy things that you would never dream of doing in your home–like the explosive science experiment or the day-long painting project or covering those subjects you have no knowledge of. Co-ops also give your children a taste of learning from adults other than yourself–which for my children can be quite helpful for accountability. Families join in hopes of not only providing an outlet for their children but also of finding a place for parents to connect with other adults. It can be a wonderful place for mothers to meet with other like-minded ladies–a safe place to find comfort and encouragement for those days that we need a shoulder to cry on. With the right group of people, co-ops can be a huge blessing and can be super fun for your kids.

But sometimes co-ops can have negative consequences too. When getting a large group of primarily women together, whether or not the group is faith-based, certain things have great potential to appear and often do. Drama, gossip, and bullying can easily grab traction and spread rapidly. Even things like comparing one’s child or an over-competitive nature, whether intentional or not, also commonly creep in. It can be a place that is more toxic than one would expect. The potential for children to gather into cliques–which I personally have great distaste for–may happen regularly. At times, the behaviors of some children can easily be compared to those in other more traditional school systems which I am trying to avoid. As working homeschool moms, we need to decide if this is something we want to invest in or not because frankly, in the end, it may cause us more trouble than it’s worth. We left the school system for so many reasons, and we may discover that a co-op provides the perfect setting for certain behaviors and junk to reappear.

And then there is the topic of time. I’ve stated several times, working homeschool moms tend to be a breed completely separate from others. Time crunching is something we understand all too well. Our finely tuned schedule requires meticulous attention to detail in order for it to all flow smoothly. Joining a co-op or group does not just mean adding in an extra one-time couple of hours to your already busy schedule. In many co-ops, there is actually a lot more that comes with it, and it has potential to squash any of that left over flexibility you have available. You will most likely acquire weekly responsibilities where you not only have to deal with your kids but other people’s kids too. Your children will have new tasks to complete–some which may require a lot of time. You will have one more place to rush to frequently.

Overall, you may have to neglect other priorities to make it all fit neatly into your week. Other parts of your planned schooling may even suffer to meet the demands of your group. There will come weeks, sometimes several in a row, where you just won’t be able to make it to the meeting or gathering or you will just want a break. Things will be scheduled at the last minute, and other families may or may not understand why you won’t be able to suddenly change your schedule to fit with the group. And (gasp!) you may even being judged for working. {Long sigh…} In the long run this all can be a serious energy sucker and will be counter-productive to your original reasons for joining the group.

Being a part of a homeschool group or co-op is not an easy decision or something easy to follow through on in working homeschool families. This post is definitely not intended to be negative toward homeschool co-ops and other groups. I know many who find their groups to be a huge asset. And if I had the opportunity to join certain ones, like my friend, Tanya’s, I would. Instead, this post is meant to be real. I was in a co-op and found it to be an increasingly difficult thing for our family. I so wanted it to work, and I did my best to stay positive, ignoring certain things. The curriculum choice was part of the issue–it was based a large amount of rote memorization. Due to my children’s learning difficulties, rote memorization is a problem. But, it was the social dynamics of the group that finally pushed me away. You can read more about my experience here.

If you feel the pull to join a co-op, I urge you to consider what I’ve mentioned. It may be more beneficial to join clubs with specific interests which are closer to your children’s ages than it would be to join a large co-op or group (although I am on the hunt for a field trip group). In my experience, dropping out of our co-op was a wonderful, freeing decision. It has allowed us a huge amount of flexibility that we did not have for a long time. Instead, my children participate in church activities (including Awana and youth group), 4-H, sports, and music lessons. In the summer we do other things as well. But I am only responsible for my own children. And I can end it at any time if it becomes too much. This takes off a huge amount of stress. There is no more feeling pressure from other parents and no competitive junk to deal with either. I’m not homeschooling to impress anyone, so it’s nice to have that tension lifted.

I may go back to a co-op someday, but I just don’t see how it will benefit us at this time. I am too selfish with the time I have to share it, even if that means less social time for my kids and me.

Are you a working homeschool mom involved with or considering a co-op or other kind of homeschool group? Please share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from those who have had great co-op experiences as well as those who choose to steer clear of them. 

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Heather is a Christian gal who lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she married her high school sweetheart in 2001. She has 3 children ranging in ages from 4-12. Asperger's and sensory processing issues are also in the mix. At this time, Sonlight is their main curriculum which Heather and her husband find nice for the working homeschool family. Heather juggles the responsibilities of being a part-time RN and police officer's wife. She has a reputation of creating kitchen disasters, but loves collecting new recipes and learning about natural, holistic living. Also in the family is a bunch of animals like chickens, goats, a few dogs, and cats....

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Educating the WholeHearted Child Book Club – Week 6 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/educating-wholehearted-child-book-club-week-6/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/educating-wholehearted-child-book-club-week-6/#respond Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:01:56 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=33019 It is week 6 of the Hip Homeschool Moms Book Club. I can’t believe how quickly the time is going by! We’re really getting into some meat this week, and that’s exciting! If you haven’t joined us yet, you’ll just need to pick up a copy of the book here and start reading. To join […]

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HHM co-owner and owner/writer at Homeschooling Blessings

Wendy lives in the South with her wonderful hubby and 3 great kiddos! She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 20 years. Her oldest child has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, a typical boy, would rather do anything than school! Her youngest child is a little social butterfly and people lover. Wendy loves reading and quilting and will hopefully return to scrapbooking some time soon.

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It is week 6 of the Hip Homeschool Moms Book Club. I can’t believe how quickly the time is going by! We’re really getting into some meat this week, and that’s exciting! If you haven’t joined us yet, you’ll just need to pick up a copy of the book here and start reading. To join in the discussions, you’ll need to be a part of the Hip Homeschool Moms Online Book Club on Facebook.

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If you’d like a copy of the bookmark that the folks at Apologia created for us, you can get that by clicking here. That link will take you to both the color and black & white bookmarks. I like to keep one in my book and one out where I can see it to remind me to do my reading (and to create each week’s study guide)!

Speaking of this week’s study guide, you’ll need the Study Guide for Chapter 6 this week. It’s free for anyone who’s participating in the book club. (Please help us out by not sharing the study guide or the study guide link. If you know someone who wants the study guide, please direct her to this post–where she can download her own. Thank you!)

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If you missed any of the previous weeks, you can get the study guides for those weeks by using the links below:

EWHC Book Club Week 1 

EWHC Book Club Week 2 

EWHC Book Club Week 3

EWHC Book Club Week 4

EWHC Book Club Week 5

Each day, Trish will post a thread in the HHM Facebook Online Book Club where that day’s discussion will be held. This week, Monday, February 23, through Saturday, February 28, we will be discussing chapter 6. You can post your own comments, observations, or questions in that thread each day.

Even if you can’t join in the discussion, you may still want to get your own copy of the book, Educating the WholeHearted Child, just because it’s such a wonderful resource for Christian homeschooling families! (We will do more Book Club books–both secular and Christian–in the future, so if the current selection doesn’t fit your needs, you’ll want to be sure to watch for the next one that will be announced some time in May.) And of course you are welcome to visit the posts from weeks 1-5 (listed above) in order to download your own study guides for each of those weeks.

Also, in case you don’t know about it, we also have a Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Community that is a private community for homeschooling moms. Just click this link to ask to join.

We hope you enjoy the reading and discussion of chapter 6 this week!

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Wendy

HHM co-owner and owner/writer at Homeschooling Blessings

Wendy lives in the South with her wonderful hubby and 3 great kiddos! She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 20 years. Her oldest child has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, a typical boy, would rather do anything than school! Her youngest child is a little social butterfly and people lover. Wendy loves reading and quilting and will hopefully return to scrapbooking some time soon.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Stew with Cornbread Dumplings http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/beef-and-vegetable-stew/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/beef-and-vegetable-stew/#respond Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:01:43 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com?p=32968&preview_id=32968 Rich beef and vegetable stew topped with hearty cornbread dumplings will fill up your family on a cold winter day.   To begin, peel and cut 4 large carrots into 1 inch chunks. I chose to use some fun rainbow carrots today, but use whatever you have handy.   Add the carrots to your slow […]

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Constance is a home cooking maven and professional recipe developer, a lover of snow, coffee and good chocolate. She has been an Army Wife for more than 2 decades. The mother of 3 mostly-grown kids, and now living in Alabama, she has been eclectically homeschooling for 13 years and has two homeschool graduates. An organic Christian, she loves studying scripture, and exploring God’s creation. Constance has maintained a food-related website since 1998 and has had her content published in several local and national publications. She loves to encourage others to come back to the family supper table with good food and family-friendly recipes.

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Rich beef and vegetable stew topped with hearty cornbread dumplings will fill up your family on a cold winter day.

Slow Cooker Beef & Vegetable Stew with Cornbread Dumplings from Hip Homeschool Moms

 

To begin, peel and cut 4 large carrots into 1 inch chunks. I chose to use some fun rainbow carrots today, but use whatever you have handy.

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Add the carrots to your slow cooker along with a large can (about 28 ounces) of diced tomatoes.

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Take a 1 1/2 pound round roast and cut it into 1 inch pieces. In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of coconut oil ( or other cooking oil) until shimmering. Add in your beef and cook until it is browned. Add the beef and any juices in the skillet, to the slow cooker.

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Add in  a bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon each of oregano, basil, parsley, marjoram, salt and pepper.

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Rinse and drain a 15 ounce can of cannellini beans (white kidney beans). Add those to the cooker along with a cup of beef broth and a teaspoon of minced garlic.

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Finally, add in 2 cups of cremini mushrooms. I put them in whole, but you can slice them if you like. Gently stir this all together. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

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After the stew has cooked, locate bay leaf and discard it. Stir in 1 cup of frozen green beans. Turn your slow cooker up to the high setting and prepare the dumplings.

In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup cornmeal, 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Whisk these all together.

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In a small dish, beat together  1 egg and 2 tablespoons each of milk and extra virgin olive oil. Whisk them until frothy.

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Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Scoop by rounded tablespoons in dollops on top of the stew.

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Replace the cover and cook this for 50 minutes. Do not lift the cover to peek while these are cooking. You need to keep the heat in to bake the cornbread.

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Slow Cooker Beef & Vegetable Stew with Cornbread Dumplings

 

Enjoy!

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Serves: 6-8 servings
 

Rich beef and vegetable stew topped with hearty cornbread dumplings will fill up your family on a cold winter day.
Ingredients
  • 4 large carrots, peeled & cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1½ pound round roast
  • 1 Tb coconut oil (or other cooking oil)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 c beef broth
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 c whole button or cremini mushrooms
  • 1 c frozen green beans
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tb milk

Instructions
  1. To begin, add the carrots and tomatoes to the slow cooker.
  2. Take the roast and cut it into 1 inch pieces.
  3. In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of coconut oil ( or other cooking oil) until shimmering. Add in your beef and cook until it is browned. Add the beef and any juices in the skillet, to the slow cooker.
  4. Add in the bay leaf , oregano, basil, parsley, marjoram, salt and pepper, beans, garlic and beef broth.
  5. Add in the mushrooms, I put them in whole, but you can slice them if you like. Gently stir this all together. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
  6. After the stew has cooked, locate bay leaf and discard it. Stir in the green beans. Turn your slow cooker up to the high setting and prepare the dumplings.
  7. In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, Parmesan cheese, baking powder, black pepper and salt. Whisk these all together.
  8. In a small dish, beat together the egg, milk and extra virgin olive oil. Whisk them until frothy.
  9. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Scoop by rounded tablespoons in dollops on top of the stew.
  10. Replace the cover and cook this for 50 minutes. Do not lift the cover to peek while these are cooking. You need to keep the heat in to bake the cornbread.
    Enjoy!

 

 

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Constance

Constance is a home cooking maven and professional recipe developer, a lover of snow, coffee and good chocolate. She has been an Army Wife for more than 2 decades. The mother of 3 mostly-grown kids, and now living in Alabama, she has been eclectically homeschooling for 13 years and has two homeschool graduates. An organic Christian, she loves studying scripture, and exploring God’s creation. Constance has maintained a food-related website since 1998 and has had her content published in several local and national publications. She loves to encourage others to come back to the family supper table with good food and family-friendly recipes.

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How to Organize Homeschool Art Supplies http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/organize-homeschool-art-supplies/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/organize-homeschool-art-supplies/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:01:53 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=30988 How to Organize Homeschool Art Supplies in 5 Easy Steps Got a big mess of art stuff and not sure how to go about getting from disaster to sanity? I used these five steps to organize my homeschool art supplies in my very small living space. I hope they can help you too! 1. Take Inventory. Take inventory, […]

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Stephanie has been a military spouse for 19 years and is a homeschool mom of 15+ years. She is mom to three creative kids from college grad down to sixth grade. Her homeschool style is eclectic with Charlotte Mason and classical influences. She and her husband of 23 years serve and live wherever the US Army sends them. She shares her homeschool experiences and writes creative curricula on her blog,Harrington Harmonies .
When she isn't teaching, writing or moving she enjoys sightseeing, gardening, and cooking.

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How to Organize Homeschool Art Supplies in 5 Easy Steps

Got a big mess of art stuff and not sure how to go about getting from disaster to sanity? I used these five steps to organize my homeschool art supplies in my very small living space. I hope they can help you too!

How to Organize Homeschool Art Supplies in 5 East Steps

1. Take Inventory.

Take inventory, and I don’t mean make a list. Just get a visual for what art materials you really have. On a day when you have time to finish this project, lay out the supplies you have on a table or large area. This will allow you to see what exactly you have. Sort things and put like items together. Note the types of things you have, the amounts, and how much room they take up. This is also where it’s good to pitch anything that’s just not worth keeping.

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I laid out my supplies on a table and put like things together. This helped me see how much I had of the same type of thing.

 2. Size Up and Plan Your Storage Area.

You can’t put the ocean in a bucket. So be realistic about the storage area you use. It doesn’t matter if you have a whole room for homeschooling or a small area. This method works for any scenario.

Is your storage place a closet, cupboard, cabinet, or book shelf? Or something else? Or a mixture of a few? Before you begin to put things away, know what areas you plan to use and limit yourself to them. Choose functional places for doing art projects. If you don’t want little hands to get into certain things, store them up and away. For things your children should be free to manipulate, make them accessible.

Application example:

I live in a three bedroom apartment and homeschool in a small space. We homeschool in the main living area- at the dining room table or on the couch. I have one large cabinet that I use for all my homeschool materials and one kitchen cupboard dedicated solely to art supplies. If you can give up the space, the kitchen cupboard is a great place for art supplies. It’s very handy to be near a sink for clean up, so I store my messier items there. That’s all I have available to me,and I make it work for probably more art supplies than most homeschoolers keep. Either it fits there, or it gets donated, given away, or thrown out.

How to Organize Homeschool Art Supplies3. Choose Containers for Storing Supplies.

As important as planning where to store your art supplies is what to store them in. This is really the key to your success. Square and rectangle containers are always better than round. They take the least space and stack well for multiple materials. Sometimes jars and other recycled materials will work well and can save a bit of money.  As you select your containers, remember the amounts you made note of. Invest in or select containers that will accommodate the amounts you are working with.

4. Store Like Items Together.

Storing like items together will save you a great deal of time. The careful planning you do now will pay off later. It may not be enough to just store your stuff away. Be purposeful. Make your set-up functional. Think about how you use your supplies. For example, place all paper items together. Paints should be stored near paintbrushes and canvases, etc.

Consider functionality of location also. If you only paint with your kids in kitchen to make clean up easy, then store all the messy items somewhere nearby. There really is no right or wrong. What matters is the way you use things.

Label Maintain Your Supplies Often.5. Label & Maintain Your Supplies Often.

It’s a good idea to mark your art supplies. You don’t have to go out and invest in a labeler, but I love mine! Or you can simply write what’s in each box with marker and masking tape. This way you don’t have to dig into boxes and tear everything out. You’ll know what is where.

In addition, art supplies can get old and used up. Like anything, they need maintenance. You may think your set up should last forever. But your homeschool dynamics will change from year to year. So, at least once a year, you should reevaluate your plan, retake inventory, and pitch old and damaged materials. Whether you do so at the beginning of the year, midpoint, or end of year, keeping supplies in good order will make adding art to your homeschool program smoother and easier to manage.

Do you teach art in your homeschool? Check out more homeschool art ideas on Hip Homeschool Moms! 

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Stephanie has been a military spouse for 19 years and is a homeschool mom of 15+ years. She is mom to three creative kids from college grad down to sixth grade. Her homeschool style is eclectic with Charlotte Mason and classical influences. She and her husband of 23 years serve and live wherever the US Army sends them. She shares her homeschool experiences and writes creative curricula on her blog,Harrington Harmonies .
When she isn't teaching, writing or moving she enjoys sightseeing, gardening, and cooking.

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HHM’s Featured Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop 2/17/15 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/hhms-featured-posts-hip-homeschool-hop-21715/ http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/2015/02/hhms-featured-posts-hip-homeschool-hop-21715/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:01:21 +0000 http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com/?p=32976 Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Our Favorites from last week: Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life appreciated the Homeschool Sanity Savers (Daily & Weekly Household Routines that Work for Your Family) shared by Vibrant Homeschooling. Sarah said, “One of my biggest struggles as a homeschooler actually has nothing to do with homeschooling, but rather with homemaking. It’s difficult […]

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Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!

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Our Favorites from last week:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life appreciated the Homeschool Sanity Savers (Daily & Weekly Household Routines that Work for Your Family) shared by Vibrant Homeschooling.

Sarah said, “One of my biggest struggles as a homeschooler actually has nothing to do with homeschooling, but rather with homemaking. It’s difficult for me to find balance between school, house, and other outside activities. This post was helpful because she shared her household routines as well as the routines of many other homeschoolers.”

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HHM Co-Owner, Trish, chose Gentle Joy Homemaker’s – A Difficult Drawing Assignment as her pick this week.

Trish commented, “I love to see children being creative and their drawings were AMAZING!!! It encouraged me to assign my boys the project of creating a difficult drawing too!”

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Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post.
  2. Please no pinterest, fb, twitter, or other linky links! You can link up kid activities, homeschool related, or homemaking/recipe posts. Posts unrelated to these topics will be removed. (Please no product reviews or “marketing” posts unless they are homeschool related.)
  3. Please either include the Hip Homeschool Hop button (found at the bottom of the site) or a link back to Hip Homeschool Moms.
  4. The linky will go live each week at 6am EST, and will be live until Saturday at midnight.

 

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Danielle

Danielle is a big-city Southern California girl who, after a number of years spent enjoying the majesty of small-town Montana, moved back home to be near family and make a go of her backyard homesteading dreams. She’s married to her stud of a high school sweetheart and together they’re raising three handsome, rough-and-tumble young men. Their family loves the Lord and homeschooling is just one of the many ways they have endeavored to give their whole lives to Christ. Danielle and her family are having a blast working to turn their healthy DIY spirit into a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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