What Questions to Ask During a Back to School Video Interview with Your Child

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Awhile ago my husband and I watched this documentary series called Two Brothers and I loved how a father did video interviews over the years and compiled it together into a moving piece of family history! My friend and blogger Jennifer Borget of Cherish365 is great at doing these video interviews with her kids on their birthdays (and is a way better videographer than me!) and it's inspired me to want to do it with my kids too. Plus, all those wonderful and touching video montages and other great things you see on Facebook of parents doing every year with their kids to document their growth over the years, is just so touching and ...

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How to Get Young Kids Learning Math – Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App Review

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Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App

You'd think that with a husband who is earning a PhD in Mathematics Education our kids would all be budding math geniuses. But, that's not the case... And it's not because I hate math or wasn't good at math in school. I, too, enjoyed math and did fairly well in the subject. Teaching it to our kids in our homeschool has been slow going though. In order to give my now preschooler a little advantage and practice with some basic math concepts like number recognition, plus and minus, shapes, and measurements, I've been looking into some apps for him to play during our school hours. Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App Review I was ...

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What You Likely Don’t Know about SeaWorld’s Wave Breaker and Rescue Team

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After our first visit to SeaWorld and my daughters' mixed reactions from riding a roller coaster (The Steel Eel) for the first time, I was a bit hesitant to accept Sea World's invitation for my family to attend the Press Event for their newest roller coaster, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster. But, I love roller coasters and I desperately wanted to go back to Sea World, this time with my whole family, so we accepted their invitation. This post is written in exchange for passes to the park. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster “Wave Breaker is an exciting and novel coaster for families to ride together, and adds to SeaWorld’s ...

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Why the HP Instant Ink Program Makes Me Wish I Had an HP Printer

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If you want to save money on ink, consider buying an HP printer and using the HP Instant Ink Program. Read on to learn more. Copy. Print. Scan. I use all these features found on printers today. I scan items for work. I copy things for homeschool. And I print coupons, stuff for church, business documents, and more. I use my Canon printer every single week, which means I use quite a bit of ink regularly. Because of this, there is almost a constant pop-up on the bottom right of my computer screen that says "Ink levels low" every time I print something new.  I ignore it until it's so low that my printer refuses to print with ...

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How My Homeschooled Twins Learned How to Read

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This post is sponsored by Bookroo. All opinions on teaching twins how to learn how to read are definitely my own. I never once thought teaching children how to learn how to read would be an easy feat, especially because I knew I'd be their teacher.I do not have a teaching certificate nor did I major in English in college. Sure, I enjoy writing and reading as I participate in a monthly book club (I actually started my current book club) and I write regularly for this blog. But, the English language is so complicated! Our vowels all make multiple different sounds, for various different reasons. A spelling rule doesn't hold fast ...

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How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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Great group service project idea - Blessing Bags - Homeless Gift - Giving to Homeless - Charity

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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6 Things We’re Doing to Ensure Our Daughters are Cyber-Safe

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If you are raising girls, you want them to be safe online - these 6 house rules are great tips for keeping kids cyber safe online using the internet.

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Norton by Symantec for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Norton, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Given that my current occupation is as a self-employed blogger, I spend quite a bit of my time on a computer, laptop, and cell phone. I am no stranger to technology, the internet, or social media. And neither are my kids. The other day, my six year old daughter Lisa informed us that she wants a cell phone. This statement came only a day after she informed us she wants her own laptop or tablet.  She ...

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The Affordable Online Early Learning Curriculum for Young Kids: ABCmouse.com

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You may or may not know this about us, but we are homeschoolers. We recently completed our first official year of homeschooling as our daughters ended their kindergarten year recently. Only, we haven't actually stopped schooling them. Our year has gone great, and, well, not so great. My original curriculum - Five in a Row - eventually started to collect dust as the chaos of a new baby, a toddler, work from home, increased church responsibilities, and a husband gone with longer and more stressful doctoral classes prevented me from planning and getting to the library like I needed to for that curriculum to work. However, we ...

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Forget Peek-a-boo; Let the Kids Play Speakaboos! {Giveaway!}

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This post is sponsored by Speakaboos, but opinions are mine. Enjoy. My daughters just turned six and we are heading towards the end of our first homeschool year. As kindergartners we've been focusing a lot on reading, writing, and books. But, my daughters are still not fully reading books on their own (yet). They can read books with simple words and such, but they lack major confidence. One of the things we are trying to do to encourage their love of books, and of reading, is to surround them with stories. I recently became an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant and have been reading story books to them out loud. ...

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Green Kid Crafts: The Crafty Way to Get Your Kids Into Science

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Green Kid Crafts Review - Detective Science Kit

Green Kid Crafts may be my favorite educational subscription box for kids to date. Green Kid Crafts is a highly rated monthly subscription service full of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities and experiments. As a homeschooling mom who doesn't really like science, I was so thrilled with the Green Kid Crafts box they sent me to review as an affiliate, that I have since subscribed to receive even more boxes. Keep reading to find an exclusive discount promo code for my readers!When I first heard about Green Kid Crafts, I totally thought it was going to be some nature filled box of poorly made crafting ...

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Why Girls Should Know Lemons Aren’t Only for Making Lemonade

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When it comes to teaching science to my kids, I come up lacking. I did okay in biology, physics, and chemistry in high school, but only because I actually studied, never because I enjoyed them very much. As we are homeschooling our kids, it worries me that I may not be the best science teacher around. With only 1 in every 1,000 girls pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, I don't want to limit my twin daughters' options because of my own shortcomings! Thankfully, my husband is currently a PhD in Mathematics Education and I did fairly well in high school and college Calculus classes, so they shouldn't ...

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The Safe Way to Let Kids Use the Internet

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A great way to keep kids safe online! Very cool internet filtering software.

This post on internet safety for kids was sponsored on behalf of Net Nanny via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. Our main desktop computer is on its way out, prompting us to buy (or rather my husband to assemble) a new computer so that we can better work from home.  We want to figure out what the big issue is with it so we can pass it onto our almost six year old twins daughters so they can use it to play educational games, watch videos, TV shows, look up information, and so on. However, our daughters have not had access to the internet before. Yes, we've streamed videos for them, looked up information in ...

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