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  • End of Year Homeschooled Kindergarten Recap

    How We Completed our Homeschooled Kindergarten | MommyWifeLife.com

    This past school year went incredibly fast. I feel like I was just sharing our homeschool curriculum picks for the year! It was our first official year homeschooling and it went far better than I imagined. This school year we welcomed a baby girl to our family, sold our home and moved, so there were moments when homeschooling got tough. Some weeks we went without structured learning time, but the girls stayed enthusiastic about learning, which is the ultimate goal of most homeschoolers. All in all, it went well, so here’s a recap of our homeschooled kindergarten year.

    Learning the States

    We focused on a handful of subjects but specifically on topics that most interested the kids. They specifically wanted to learn the about the U.S. states which resulted in me searching for free worksheets and videos on each topic.

    End of Year Homeschooled Kindergarten Recap | MommyWifeLife.com

    Here were our favorite United States resources:

    Fifty Nifty States Worksheets

    State Coloring Pages

    Tour the States (Song)

    Fifty Nifty United States (Song)

    Easy as 1, 2,3

    For math we used Math Lessons for a Living Education (level 1).…

  • The Big Adventures of Tiny House Review + Giveaway

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts expressed are my own.

    The Big Adventures of Tiny House by Susan Bernardo | MommyWifeLife

    I love colorful and shiny things, especially new, colorful and shiny children’s books. I have nothing against classic stories. However, when I take the girls to the library I almost always make them stop at the “new” section. When given the opportunity to review The Big Adventures of Tiny House there was no hesitation. Author Susan Schaefer Bernando’s work is uplifting, providing children and readers a positive message.…

  • Learning Black History Does Not End in February

    Learning Black History Does Not End in February | MommyWifeLife

    All kids, no matter their age or ethnicity, can learn and celebrate black history. Although February is the nationally designated month to celebrate the rich history of black americans, the learning of black history can take place 365 days a year.…

  • STEM Toy for Girls: GoldieBlox Review

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    STEM Toy for Girls: GoldieBlox Review | MommyWifeLife

    The hit movie Hidden Figures reminds the world that women have and still make huge contributions to the world. Katherine Johnson, physicist and mathematician, was one of several women who played integral parts in helping NASA with space missions, including the orbital mission of John Glenn. Hearing her story made me think of my daughters, who could one day make a similar contribution to the world in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related field. The GoldieBlox Craft-Struction Box, a STEM toy, is designed specifically with girls in mind, are preparing my girls for such work.…

  • I Don’t Always Feel Like Doing the Homeschool Thing

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    I Don't Always Feel Like Doing the Homeschool Thing | MommyWifeLife

    I don’t always feel like doing the homeschool thing and if you’re a homeschooler, you don’t either. I sometimes wish my daily responsibilities were lessened and not homeschooling would certainly allow me to have a little more time–time to tackle all the many things we as adults have to tend to. …

  • Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs | Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017

    Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs Review | Multicultural Children's Book Day

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. Thoughts expressed are my own.

    There are many celebrations throughout the year, but only one supports and helps children see themselves in literary works–Multicultural Children’s Book Day! This year, Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 is on January 27. It is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Its mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.  

  • Sight Words Fun for Early Readers

    Creative Ideas for Sight Word Fun | MommyWifeLife.com

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    Now that my daughters can read, learning has become so exciting! They are excited to read just about anything–books, signs and building while we are driving and even my text messages while hovering over my shoulder. There are few things children need to learn before becoming great readers. I have used phonics exercises, structured curriculum and sight words to help my daughters learn to read.

    I don’t use many flashcards in my homeschool lessons and chose to limit our flashcard use when learning sight words. Children should have fun while learning and any time I can get a little creative when presenting a subject to my children, I add some fun into the lesson.

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    5 Creative Ways to Teach Sight Words

    I recently wrote 5 Creative Ways to Teach Sight Words for my friends over at Educents. 

    1. Jump and Say Game
    2. Sight Word Puzzles
    3. Word Matching with Popsicle Sicks
    4. Word Towers with Blocks/LEGOs
    5. Shaving Cream Writing

    Click here to read the original post and find out more about these ideas! 

     

  • Christ-Centered Christmas Books + Easy Manger Craft

    Easy Manger Craft | MommyWifeLife

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    The days leading up to Christmas is exciting for both parents and children. A great way to keep children occupied and during those days is by filling the days with activities, crafts and, dare I say, baking? I have a long list of desserts I’m ready to make with the girls and have already started on daily Advent activities like learning songs, scriptures and the history of Christmas. My girls love to stay busy and often ask to make a craft. I’m not the most creative when it comes to crafting, but I had the simplest idea and answer to their latest crafting request–an easy manger craft made of popsicle sticks. This craft also sparked a discussion about the meaning of Christmas.

    Manger Craft

    My crafts are never fully thought out ahead of time. I am typically scrambling around to find items around the house that will get the job done because I’m no Pinterest queen.…