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

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ABCmouse.com is a subscription based learning curriculum program for kids ages 2-7. They offer a FREE 30-day trials too!

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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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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8 Best Educational Subscription Boxes According to a Homeschooler

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Great list of fun educational subscription boxes for kids. Children love receiving mail, so why not gift them something they can learn from too! Perfect for homeschooling families.

Looking for an educational subscription box for kids? The following are among the best and most popular options out there today! One of the greatest things my dad did was send me postcards in the mail. My dad was an over-the-road truck driver. He was gone the majority of the week, and occasionally for multiple weeks at a time. Receiving a postcard from him in the mail was great. I got to see a cool image of some place he's been before, and get a personalized message from him, just for me, letting me know he thought about me. I don't know a kid that doesn't like to receive something just for them in the mail. My kids love ...

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9 Reasons Why Handwriting is Better than Typing

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Handwriting inspires creativity more than typing.

Each person is unique in that they have distinguishing features about them. Each person has their own, one-of-a-kind, set of DNA (except for identical twins) and fingerprints, along with their own original composition of body features and coloring. Another unique characteristic that humans do not share is their handwriting. In fact, understanding and analyzing someone's handwriting can say a lot about a person's character, disposition, and aptitude via the science of graphology. But, today we live in a digital world and many people are switching the pen and paper for keyboard and screen. But, I don't believe that we should give up ...

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Junior Explorers Review: Arctic Mission

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Junior Explorers Arctic Mission review

As someone who is educating my kids at home, I am on the lookout for good educational products for my kids, for a reasonable price, for a reasonable amount of educational (or fun) gain. So, I was excited to try out and review Junior Explorers: Arctic Mission Kit with my twin girls as part of our preschool for a week. This review is sponsored by Junior Explorers but opinions are all mine. Affiliate links are used in the post. Junior Explorers is a monthly subscription program that teaches kids about the planet - ecosystems, animals, weather, tips for survival, and more. Each monthly mission kit that you receive in the mail has a ...

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Teaching Preschoolers to Read with Rosetta Stone Kids

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Teach preschoolers and young kids how to read with the new Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Program! It's an awesome app and you can try it out for free! Love this honest product review. #MC #RSKids #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I am teaching my twin preschoolers at home this year. And sometimes I struggle knowing exactly how I should be helping them learn to read, as I do not have an English degree nor an Early Childhood Education background.  So, I am grateful for their patience as I've experimented some with different things. Recently, we experimented with the Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Program. The Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Program is a digital reading product for kids aged 3-7 to ...

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When Preschool at Home Isn’t Going According to Plan

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If you can't stand doing preschool crafts with your preschoolers at home for homeschoolilng, here are some suggestions on what to focus on instead.

I have been doing preschool at home with my twin daughters for over two months now. It's been quite the learning experience for both them and myself, and what the future of homeschooling will look like for our family. I bought the God's Little Explorer Preschool Curriculum. And I still think it's a great curriculum. I just don't think it's necessarily right for us, or rather for me. A large reason being that I don't like doing crafts (or spending money on crafting supplies), and my children also need something more advanced, as they already know colors, shapes, letters, numbers 1-10, sounds of letters, and so on. They need to ...

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Kiwi Crate Review (AKA My Kids Destroy Everything)

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Kiwi Crate Reivew - Box

Have you heard of this new trend of monthly kids subscription boxes? They are offered for just about anything now, from clothing, to crafts, to games, to makeup, to books. Every month you get awesome new products to try, without having to go through the process of shopping online or in a store. Some of even catered to your preferences, age, lifestyle, and more. As I am homeschooling my kids for preschool this year, and I am not very crafty, I have been looking into various monthly kid subscription boxes. I recently signed up for two different FREE samples/trials - a Kiwi Crate one, and a Citrus Lane one (Citrus Lane has since ...

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Life Skills for Kids – How to Teach Them to Your Preschoolers

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Awesome list of life skills for kids to learn, expecially preschoolers! Love these tips!

Part of the reason I chose the Preschool curriculum I did (and you should too, it's only $17!) is because it emphasized teaching life skills for kids, like making your bed, using a knife and scissors, knowing your address and more. So, it has me thinking about what life skills kids, especially preschoolers should know, and some smart ways of teaching life skills to kids. So, I put together a great list of resources on how to help teach your preschoolers some important life skills. Enjoy! Important Life Skills for Kids to Learn Practicing Independence Skills - Get Ready for K Through Play from Messforless.net Includes: Setting ...

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Teaching Kids How to Load the Dishwasher

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Teach kids how to load the dishwasher and load it too with a few simple tips.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias  #SparklySavings In our new apartment we have our dining table in our kitchen. Our kitchen is huge and fits our large table just fine. In fact there's even still room to run around it, as long as the chairs are pushed in. It's actually pretty awesome. It then frees up the "dining room" space for just space. It's generally used as our dance floor. With the dining table right in the kitchen I feel like there is no excuse anymore for not teaching my four year olds kids how to properly take care of their dirty ...

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