I wanted to share one of my favorite blogs. She has lots of FREE and really great lap books, mini books, notebooks . There are a do many too, artists from different eras, biographies, geography, composers and more. So worth checking out! Here is link if you are interested:
Thanks!! And the link worked great!! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 11:40PM
Oh good! I love that I learned about bitly. I seriously had no idea! Even us moms are learning everyday! - gardeningthroughtheseasons
10.6 #6 11:53PM
Would you all be interested in a "coffee break", here in the lounge? We could set a specific day and time, and even a topic... Then we can all meet here in our Teacher's Lounge to network, discuss, encourage, be encouraged, etc., REAL TIME!! I was thinking we could set the first one for 9:00 p.m. PST, on Thursday, February 21st! This would allow us to have have our kids settled down or in bed! More...
I would love to try this!! 9pm is probably the only good time for me too, with littles. I'll just warn my husband that I'll have to have my phone out while we watch tv :) Reading is something I am so passionate about, and very experienced with from my teaching years! Looking forward to it!! - MommyLuvs2
6.7 #8 4:09PM
I would definitely enjoy this!! And the time works good for me as well! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 5:08PM
Bumped for the mommies in the lounge tonight!! Virtual coffee, (I'll be enjoying mine with coconut creamer), tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m., PST. We'll be discussing the topic of reading!! Have a struggling reader? Have a strong reader? Looking for suggestions? Want to share about a particular approach or curriculum you've come to love? Come, share, and be encouraged!! See you in the Lounge tomorrow night! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 9:01PM
The plan today was to get a couple hours of school done and take my grandparents to lunch. Instead my son helped my hubby and stepdad reroof the garage, my daughter helped me organize/laundry/clean/ and keep the toddler busy, then we made a special dinner for the hard working boys and we still got to spend some quality time with my grandparents and love on them. They didn't learn "academics," but More...
Beyond successful day!!! Love that!!! We took the day off too... Weren't planning on it... But sometimes God has something better planned!!! ππβ€ - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 12:06AM
Sounds VERY successful! We did take Monday off academically. But we did listen to Prince Caspian on the way to check out our new house. ;) - 3John4
13.0 #4 9:16PM
I am a homeschool mum who lives in England, UK.
I have 6 children 5 of whom are home schooled. My eldest being 18 and she was homeschooled too.
Homeschooling in UK has limited options as not a lot of people are doing it. So I thought I would branch out further afield for more ideas.
My children's ages range from 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16 years.
Thankyou for your friendly replies.
I will be looking through for different teaching ideas and also any recipe ideas anyone may have.
We have a large family of 9, myself, my husband, 6 children and my eldest daughters boyfriend too.
3.4 #15 8:57AM
We dont really follow a strict curriculum but we use CPG books.
These cover a huge range of subject from key stage 1 - GCSE level.
UK is very limited with Homeschooling and also has a lot of negativity as people are set in their ways. But we dont follow the trend lol - nattynoo12
3.4 #15 12:49AM
Welcome. I'm new here as well. My daughter is 14 months. - mercyphoenix
3.3 #17 12:27PM
Thank you. I figured since she's been trying to read and pointing at words I should start something. She's lives the reading apps on my iPad which makes using it hard until her bedtime. - mercyphoenix
3.3 #17 7:25PM
I had to share our new write on/wipe off boards. I've been looking for one for awhile and couldn't get over how much they cost. Then we found these two frosted glass doors at Ikea in the as-is area for $15/each!! (They were originally $85/each!!!) My hubby figured out how to hang them. One higher for me, and one lower for the kids. Yippee! Since we school in the dining room, I think it looks prett More...
That's great! I think it looks great. I love ikea. I wish I had one closer to my house. - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 11:54PM
Wow, so wonderful! Those will last longer then a white board and looks do nice!!! - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 8:43AM
Got to love the out-of-the-box thinking. Great idea. - MeTimesThree
5.3 #10 4:29PM
Just have to say, I'm loving all of the discussions going on in here!! As the app continues to grow and gain more teachers, it will only become more and more helpful and encouraging for all of us!! Thank you, to everyone who is contributing with all of the wonderful content!! I am so encouraged by each one of you!! Keep sharing and spreading the word about our awesome Teacher's lounge with all More...
I agree. I'm loving the atmosphere and content. Thank you for sharing and encouraging others. It's so refreshing to see other parents who care so much about their children and their education. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 8:50PM
Loving it too! Thank you and all the others, and to Admin who created this special place to share and encourage! - gardeningthroughtheseasons
10.6 #6 10:20PM
I am learning so much! Thank you all so much for the wonderful tips and information!! - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 10:28PM
I can't be on till late at night but I love to see everything when I do. Great community so far! - Cass
4.5 #11 11:07PM
"Let's Talk Curriculum!" That is the topic for our next virtual Mom's Coffee Break, coming up this Thursday, March 7th, at 9:00 p.m., PST. Have the new curriculum catalogs started trickling into your mailboxes? Do you have a curriculum that you are just absolutely loving? Are you interested in hearing more about a particular curriculum? Do you plan on staying the course, or changing More...
Yipee!! I can't wait! Setting a reminder on my phone right now. - 3John4
13.0 #4 2:48PM
I hope I can make it. Maybe I will be alittle late. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 10:14PM
How does this work? This will be my first one. Lol It will be I think 1 am my time though so I may end up missing it. - mercyphoenix
3.3 #17 4:37AM
Wow that's today?! Time flys!! - Cass
4.5 #11 9:13AM
Thank you MPC for hosting the first coffee break! I had a great time chatting with all you other moms.
Thank YOU! It was awesome!! I am very much looking forward to planning the next one! I was so inspired by everyone who shared! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 10:39PM
Yes, THANK YOU!! It was a lot of fun, I learned a lot and came away encouraged! It was nice getting to 'talk' to some of the other moms as well and hopefully help someone else. Looking forward to the next time! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 10:44PM
Version 1.1 is available in the iTunes App Store! We modified the design to give you more screen real estate, we fixed the News feed so it displays the articles better, we added pull to refresh on the news, and we fixed the login problems. Please remember to update your review in the App Store because they reset with each new version. Thanks!
Thank you Admin! So much more real estate, it looks terrific! - 3John4
13.0 #4 11:17AM
Updating and reviewing. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 12:38PM
How about apps? Does anyone use ones they love? We've used Math Bingo, Math Ninja and Sushi Monster. None are spectacular, but my kids love time on their iPods so I try to sneak in some math. - 3John4
13.0 #4 10:07PM
Who would be interested in having our first LIVE Mom's Coffee Break, the weekend of the CHEA Convention at the Disneyland Hotel? Let me know if you're planning on going, and hopefully we can arrange a little HSTL Mom's Coffee Break somewhere in the weekend!! ;)
I'll be there!! Sounds like fun!! - 3John4
13.0 #4 11:17AM
I will be there! How fun to meet and have a live mom's coffee break. That's a great idea. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 12:37PM
Well, I am a little waterlogged today (from all the time in the pool for the 4th) but not enough to keep me from doing my 2013-2014 planning.
Are any of you doing Apologia Biology (Exploring Creation with Biology) next year? I had posted a website awhile ago with a lap/unit study/lab book available for purchase (which I did purchase). Well, I have been spending some time on the Donna Yo More...
I love the Donna Young site. I have used it a bunch for great lined paper. There's really so much on that site, I have to take another look at it and see what we maybe able to utilize for next year. - 3John4
13.0 #4 12:03AM
Just make sure you pay attention to whether you need Edition 1 or Edition 2 documents. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 11:50AM
Ooo! I'm going to check that out! Thanks! - janeloveshappy
3.0 #38 2:12AM
GIVEAWAY!!! Would you like a brand new copy of this awesome title by Sally Clarkson? All you need to do to enter is share about our new app and this giveaway on Facebook! For additional entries, share on Instagram and Twitter! AND we'll even give you an additional entry (on the honor system) if you let us know that you shared about our app with your homeschool co-op/group!! For each entry opp More...
We have some exciting things happening this week!! Our web version of the Homeschool Teacher's Lounge will be up and running in the next few days!!! Have friends that would love our Teacher's Lounge, but don't have smart phones? Not a problem once the web version is live!! Would you rather check in, post and share from your computer than your phone? It's just a day or two away!! Yippee!! π More...
Yay!! That makes it a lot easier for me during the day when I'm busy with other things just to click over to the site and hit refresh, much easier to see all the threads at once! Can't wait! Way to go, Admin!! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 11:06PM
Woohoo. Good things happening. Thanks. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 8:16AM
Can't wait!!!! Although I rarely use my computer. I'm excited though to see the web version. - mercyphoenix
3.3 #17 7:31PM
Seriously, rainy days are some of the best homeschool days in my book! No matter how hard the year is going, I've always thanked God that my kids are home with me on cold, blustery, rainy days! Always! I still remember our first year homeschooling. On a particularly hard week, I woke up early one morning. As I was waking down the stairs, I caught a glimpse out of our front window, of our neig More...
What a wonderful memory to keep at hand for encouragement during rough patches. I too am enjoying this weather and the different pace life has had for our family this past few weeks. It's been such a gift from the Lord! He knew just what our family needed and has been comforting me in ways I have been to 'busy' to let Him in weeks past (not sure if that makes sense??). Days like today give me pause to be extra grateful for my family. - 3John4
13.0 #4 6:33PM
I totally agree! And, I do wish we had more days like these. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 7:17PM
I thank God too for all of us home on such a cold day. I just wish we had more days like this! - HomeSkaDoos
0.4 #139 3:49PM
I love snuggly days!! This week all my boys pile in my bed after lunch and a morning full of school to have rest time while I read to them. We've all been enjoying it so much! Yesterday we have the fire going downstairs but we don't have any furniture in there yet (except boxes) so it's not as cuddly but definitely cozy! Thank you for sharing that memory with us! I've thought that many times through the years when my kids are still sleeping at 8 or even 9 or later if they really needed it or going through a growth spurt, instead of rousting them outta bed and off to school. I know homeschool isn't the best thing for everyone but I'm so glad it is for us!! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 8:26AM
It's time for our next recipe exchange. Last week was very successful. The theme for this week is; St. Patrick's Day! Please share any of your St. Patrick's Day inspired dishes.
Does anyone make any regular food green for St. Patrick's day? ie: green milk, green eggs, green jello, green pudding? My 5 year old loves green, so this is always a fun day for us! - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 1:17AM
I also like making sausage & cabbage. I take a kalbasa sausage and chop up a cabbage steam then together and a side of mashed potatoes. That is a quick & easy meal any time of the year! - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 2:00PM
Roasted cabbage, slice a head of cabbage into thick 1 inch slices. Place on cookie sheet, drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350* for 35 min or until tender. Keep an eye on it, you may need to flip half way through cooking. - Mrs.mouse
20.2 #2 2:57PM
While watching a show on the food network today they reminded me of a great recipe. ( I think it's more British but it could still work). Bangers and mash! Basically a pork sausage, mashed potatoes, and a gravy! Easy to make! - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 3:09AM
This week is inspired by something I'm trying to do more. Eat healthy. Please share your healthy dishes and help others make healthy choices.
We like to get the little bags of salads from Sams Club, especially the Asian salad one, it's so yum! It comes with all the stuff in it, dressing, almonds, won tons, etc. I just cook up some chicken in the crockpot, then either cut it up or shred it and put on it. So yum!
Another thing we've done recently is chicken tacos. Just using a small corn tortilla that I heat up over the open flame, then add the chicken and a little salsa mixed with either sour cream or mayo. Super easy and quick and delicious!
A couple weeks ago, I got the book Trim Healthy Mamas and have been slowly making my way through it. Going to be incorporating it into our meals and looking forward to all the yummy foods! Once I do, then I'll have some more to add to this thread!!
I'm right in the midst of about 20 projects so my brain's going in all kinds of directions, but if I think of something else I'll pop back and let you know! - BluRayn
12.0 #5 12:56PM
Energy balls: mix 1/2 c peanut butter, 1/3 c honey, 1 t vanilla, & 1/2 c ground flax seed. Add 1 c oats & 1/2 c mini chocolate chips. Roll into balls. I have also tripled it, added chia seeds, & pressed it into a 9x13 pan (& cut into bars) because my family eats them so fast. - loveteachingmy4
3.9 #12 8:06AM
Yummy recipe I just got from my friend Winnie...
Here is the ingredients for:
Pico de Gallo
Tomatoes (sprinkle Kosher Salt over)
Jalapenos (minced or put through garlic press)
Measure to your taste & enjoy π
I'm going to make some tomorrow. It's good with chips but I can just eat it as if it were a salad. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 10:17PM
I love thinly sliced zucchini in place of lasagna noodles, or thinly grated into fettuccine like noodles and then topped with pasta sauce or mixed with some olive oil, garlic, and veggies! Yum! I have even had some giant zucchinis from the garden that I slice about 1/2 inch thick and then top like pizza - gardeningthroughtheseasons
10.6 #6 12:14AM
Confession time... I'm a homeschooling mom that can't seem to get the school day started. π³π³π³ Lately I've been up at 8:00 (early for me, although hubby has already clocked 3 1/2 hours by then π³). My problem is that I keep finding 'one more thing to do' before I get the school day started. I'd love to just get dressed, eat breakfast, throw in a load of laundry and get to school. That NE More...
Can I just say, thank you, thank you for being so real!! It's "confessions" like this, that encourage the rest of us! For us, we'll be starting our year tomorrow... Can I just encourage you to do what works best for you and your kids! Your school work doesn't have to start at the same time traditional school starts for the rest of the kids in the neighborhood, or at the same time school starts for another homeschool family! I've learned over the last 10 years that each year is going to look different, and that's okay! Some years we have babies... Other years we have toddlers... Other years we have... It just all depends on the season your family happens to be in! Prayerfully consider the season you're in, and go from there! Make your curriculum and schedule work for your family!! Praying that you find the balance you're looking for!! Miss you, sweet lady!! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 4:16PM
I have the same issue. I have a 4 month old, a potty training 2 year old, and just starting kindergarten so most days we do homeschooling a few times a day, and it takes on a variety of ways that we get done what needs to get done. Keep up the good work! - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 6:45PM
We start school around 9:00. Depending when my 3 and 1 year old wake up. I let my son (grade 1)have a short break around 10 or 10:30. Then lunch break at 11:30. I find that structure and a routine is important. After lunch I put my 3yr old and 1 yr old for a nap then I do reading with my son while it is nice and quiet. Try to make school fun too. Play math games, colouring pages, crafts,sing songs. For science we are doing an animal each month. This month is a polar bear. So we got library books and do activities and colouring page and a bullitien board on polar bears. Have fun but be diciplined in what you do. - schoolmom
3.2 #20 11:21AM
Does anyone else in Canada use Abeka? - schoolmom
3.2 #20 9:18AM
Who is planning on going to CHEA this year!? So excited that it's back at the Disneyland Hotel!! Our first CHEA Convention was held there... It was 13 years ago!! So excited for this year's convention!!
Lord willing we will be going! Chea, Disneyland, Ken Ham, plus lots more. Oh yeah!!!!! - gardeningthroughtheseasons
10.6 #6 8:38PM
Is there a website to look at details? I am super interested. I never thought I would be a homeschool mama but now that I am, I am really liking any way to connect and learn more. - Cass
4.5 #11 10:04PM
I love CHEA!! We brought the kids a couple years ago and signed them up for their kids camp. They had fun, but it was hard to get them there and then make it to sessions and then pick them up for lunch and drop them back... We had a great time, but (selfishly perhaps) I really enjoy going with just my hubby. I'm able to concentrate more, and its a great time together for just me and him too. I always feel like CHEA gives me the 'shot in the arm' I need to have the excitement for the next year. We've reserved the room at the Disneyland Hotel, and I hate to not share that with the kids, but I haven't decided if they'll come with us or stay with my parents again. - 3John4
13.0 #4 11:11PM
Lord willing we will be there. I love going! The Chea convention always rechargers my batteries so to speak. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 11:59AM
Reviews! Admin, I noticed several reviews have been submitted, but does not show up in the app store.
Review the app, give it 5 stars! Help this app and lounge grow so others can benefit as well. Don't forget to click ads. :)
Looks like they have updated in the App Store, thanks for reviewing, that really helps the community grow! - Admin
Our telescope, my husband loves to teach the girls about the solar system. They love looking through the telescope.
Love it!!! My husband and my son each have a dobsonian telescope and we love spending time looking at the heaven. They joined the Riverside Astronomical Society several years ago. They do a lot of outreach to the public. There are a lot of great people in the club that are eager to share their knowledge with others. We find that our opinions don't always line up since we believe God is the Creator of the universe, but its given a few opportunities to share our faith. My hubby even has Psalms 19:1 printed on his telescope ;). They have a piece if property in Landers where they have a star party once a month, and they have meetings once a month at La Sierra University. You don't have to be a member to do either of those things. :) - 3John4
13.0 #4 6:06PM
Your husband is great at teaching the kids. We love it when he brings it out for all of us to see. :-) - I-love-my-family
10.0 #7 9:28AM
Getting excited for our second virtual Mom's Coffee break, here in the Homeschool Teacher's Lounge, tonight at 9:00 p.m., PST. And, now we can use our web version!! Yay!! Looking forward to visiting with you all! The topic is, "Let's Talk Curriculum!". What homeschool mom doesn't LOVE talking curriculum!? Invite your friends, spread the word, make your favorite cup of coffee (or tea), and we' More...
You'll notice on the web version, that you can share a post you like on Facebook! You can share this post, as an invitation to your homeschool friends on Facebook! The more the merrier for our Mom's Coffee Break! ;) - MPCteachesher6
26.8 #1 1:29PM
I will try to be there!! I will have my phone out, but we have had a busy week, so my hubby and I may have to have a little family meeting tonight. Plus our two year old has started the lovely habit of not wanting to go to bed until 9pm!! Oy! I won't have much to say on this subject since I haven't homeschooled yet, but I look forward to gleaning lots of wisdom from you all!! - MommyLuvs2
6.7 #8 1:53PM
We loved that book! What a great way to share it with your family. Have a fun and memorable time! - 3John4
13.0 #4 6:26PM
That's great! I was just thinking about that yesterday while I was making meatball soup. I really want to know the story behind it. Someone shared the story with my a few years ago but I do not remember it all. - abidinginHim
13.9 #3 7:13PM
My hubby shared this with us today. I think it's something for the kids to ponder, for dinner time discussion. Loved it, and wanted to pass it along! βTo be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.β -Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
I really enjoy family time around the table, and what a great quote to use for discussion! - HomeSkaDoos
0.4 #139 6:47PM