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Can I share a dream with you? For a while now, I’ve had this tugging on my heart to completely revamp this space on the internet. I want to make Create Your Homeschool a space where homeschool mamas like you can feel supported, encouraged, and have everything you need at your fingertips!  I’ve been working non-stop (literally, ask my family!) to bring this dream into reality. I’ve updated products, started writing blogs again, created content on our Facebook Group, started an incredible membership community, and it has truly be amazing to watch all of this passion and vision inside of my head burst into reality! Now, I’m ready to launch the next phase of Create Your Homeschool. Want to hear more about it? Keep reading. Create Your Homeschool is a space where you can get resources + support to help you create a homeschool that brings you joy. We don’t do traditional homeschooling around here… We create a learning experience that is unique to our family and something we are love!  One thing that has been lacking in this space, that I wasn’t quite sure how to make happen, is to provide resources for every walk of life in homeschooling. Mamas love my vision and mission, but often can’t find something that fits their specific needs in that moment.  And I needed to fix that! So, I was doing what every great woman is doing when she has her best ideas – taking a shower – and it hit me. 🤯 I don’t have to be everything for every person – I just need to provide a space inside of Create Your Homeschool that can be everything for every person!  And that’s how the idea to shift my entire resource strategy came to be!  I set out to find the best of the best homeschool resources creators and extended offers to them to create resources for YOU inside my shop! And now… I am SO STINKING PROUD AND EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE – The brand new, one-stop-homeschool-shop, is launching SEPTEMBER 1!! 🥳 The shop is quickly becoming one of my favorite spaces inside Create Your Homeschool! We’re creating a collection of incredible resources for your homeschool and the goal is to have at least one resource for every grade by the end of the year!  Our new shop vendors are SO excited to share their products with you and I can’t wait to share them with you too!! We’ve got tons of worksheets, homeschool printables, teacher planning resources, printable homeschool room decor, and more!... [read more]

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3 Free Art Projects for Your Homeschool

Free Art Projects for Your Homeschool We all know art is a vital part of homeschooling, but… Sometimes it can be so overwhelming! That’s why I’ve put together this resource for you. I’ve gathered free art projects that you can do with your kids or that they can do on their own. These projects span ages 3-13, and I’ve listed them in age order. Enjoy! Teal Things Project Ages: 3-6 Supplies: clipart packet, teal paper, scissors, glue, teal craft items Is anyone else’s favorite color teal? Lili at Barefoot and Bilingual loves this color, so she put together a free teal clipart packet. I’ve outlined a teal things sorting craft. This helps young kids identify a color NOT on the rainbow which helps their observation skills and color awareness. Here’s how you can use this for your littles! -Download this free clipart packet. -Print out on paper. -Cut out/have your child cut out clipart pieces. This will depend on your child’s skill level. -Glue to a piece of construction paper. -Gather other things around your craft room to add. -Have fun! Click here to get this freebie!   How to Draw a Tiger Art & Writing Activity Age: 5-10 Supplies: printable worksheet, guided instructions, pencil, eraser, black marker, crayons. Did you know art is a perfect medium for learning skill subjects? I have found that even reluctant writers enjoy writing when their story is accompanied by a drawing they just made! In this art & writing activity, students learn to draw and color a tiger step-by-step. Then they write a story to explore their tiger even more. I differentiated this activity into 5-6 year old steps and 7-10 year old. A 5-6 year old will likely need a grownup’s help with the instructions and writing. A 7-10 year old will likely be able to complete this project on their own. Click here to go to this resource!   One Lantern to Rule Them All Ages: 8-13 Supplies: a pencil, white pencil, xacto knife with fresh blade, black paper, a ruler, and a space to cut on. Any other Lord of the Rings fans out there? This project is a great family collaboration craft that will bring you and your elementary-aged children together. Here’s an excerpt from the blog Raising Seidlings where you can find this free tutorial! “Then my son took a glue stick and glued together the scenes for each lantern. He started with the largest piece first, the background piece. Then the second largest and so on until we were adding final details. In this one it was the purple sky glued to the white, then the larger mountain scene, then smaller, then smaller. After that we added the stars and moon. We glued it all into the back of the lantern.” Click here to go to this tutorial! Wishing an art teacher could just come and teach for you? Here are some online art teachers I’ve reached out to who are offering a free class if you just ask! Click their link, claim your free $20 credit, then message them for your free class. Andrea Violet | Early Elementary Art Teacher  Alexandra McCarty | Art – STEAM – Dinosaurs & More! Raymond Mullikin | Professional Cartoonist & Credentialed Teacher Abbey Allen | Art Teacher of ARTventurous Animals Hope you enjoyed! Post a picture of any completed projects in the comments below. -Abbey Allen | Art Teacher of ARTventurous Animals... [read more]

How to Choose a Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

You’ve decided to homeschool your preschooler, but you’re unsure where to begin. Luckily, homeschooling doesn’t have to be a complicated process. A quality homeschool curriculum will save you time and energy and ensure your child is set on a path to success. Follow this guide to learn how to choose a preschool homeschool curriculum! Sample the Curriculum The first step to choosing a preschool homeschool curriculum is to sample it! You can read all the articles and reviews you want, but you won’t know if a curriculum will work for you and your kid(s) until you try it. Once you receive a sample of the curriculum, you’ll need to ask yourself a couple of questions. We’ll go into each question in more depth later in this article. Is this curriculum conducive to homeschool learning? Will the curriculum keep your child engaged? Does the curriculum align with a scope and sequence? Is the curriculum accessible/easy to use? Does the curriculum offer resources and support? As you preview curriculums, keep these questions in mind. Answering them will help you determine if the curriculum is a good fit. Find a Curriculum Designed for Homeschooling While there are many great curriculums out there, not all of them are specifically designed to meet the needs of homeschoolers. When considering what homeschooling style was right for you, you most likely looked for a style that would best fit your family’s needs. You need to do the same with the curriculum you choose. Standard curriculums are designed for classroom learning. They assume that your preschooler will have peers to interact with and access to materials that you may not have. Consider Montessori Homeschooling Structured homeschooling methods like virtual school, school-at-home and the classical style may be quicker and easier to implement than others, but they require significantly more from you and your children in terms of time committed to instruction and paperwork. And, they disallow one of my favorite benefits of homeschooling: schedule flexibility. Montessori homeschooling is an incredible choice to make when looking at what homeschool curriculum to choose for your preschooler. That said, it does require conscious efforts in terms of parenting that you may not be used to. You will need to be able to guide them gently, without limiting your child’s ability to choose what, how, or when they learn. If you and your children can self-direct and have respect for one another, Montessori may be a good fit. Ensure that Your Curriculum is Designed for Student Interest One of the key principles of Montessori education is that when a topic interests people, they’re likely to learn better. The goal is for your child to want to learn rather than feel forced to learn. Homeschooling provides a unique opportunity for you to control your child’s learning environment. Preschool is a time of critical development for children. During this time, you want your child to learn to love learning, not loathe it. The main goal of your curriculum should be to ignite curiosity in your child. You want them to feel proud of what they’ve learned. A curriculum with a child-centered educational approach will aid in this process. Choose a Curriculum with a Scope and Sequence It’s no secret that homeschooling a preschooler can overwhelm parents. If you’re just starting, you may feel like you’re drowning in standards and topics! You need a learning program that meets or exceeds standards. A scope and sequence can help you determine the order in which skills should be taught. The goal of Montessori learning is to follow your child, but a simplified scope and sequence can help you maintain a sense of structure. A quality curriculum will include a scope and sequence that lays everything out for you. This will make it easier for you to guide your child toward learning opportunities. Select an Accessible, Inclusive Curriculum As a homeschooling parent, your goal should be to support your child as they engage in self-regulated learning. You shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for instructional resources. Save yourself time and frustration by choosing a curriculum that does the planning for you. Wouldn’t it be nice if all you had to do was select a lesson, print it, laminate it, and cut it out? An accessible curriculum will be easy to navigate. You should love working on schoolwork with your child. If they notice your frustration with the curriculum, they’ll subconsciously take on that frustration as their own. With Multisori’s preschool homeschool curriculum, the lesson instructions are direct. We list the supplies needed and a “What to Do” section. Kids, especially at preschool age, love to ask, “why?” They’re learning and exploring, and it’s important that they feel comfortable enough to ask questions. Multisori’s curriculum also includes a “Why Multisori Provides this Material” section. You can use this section to answer the never-ending “why” questions. By providing a solid answer to “why,” you’re able to encourage curiosity in your kid(s). Look for a Curriculum that Offers Support One of the downsides to homeschooling is that you may feel alone in your educational journey. When choosing a preschool homeschool curriculum, choose one with a supportive community that you can turn to for help. A strong support system can make or break a homeschooling parent. Homeschooling your preschooler doesn’t have to be complicated, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! Studies have shown that parents want to be involved in their students’ education. A homeschool support group provides a way for parents to continue to grow and learn alongside their children. In addition, parents will be surrounded by other homeschooling parents in the same walk of life. With the Multisori curriculum, you’ll unlock access to a support group full of resources and friendly faces. Homeschooling moms say they love the M3 curriculum because it allows them to connect with other parents. Purchase a Quality Preschool Homeschool Curriculum Today With this advice in mind, it’s time to do your research to find a curriculum that works for you. Sampling a curriculum will allow...... [read more]

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How to create a curriculum map for your homeschool

A curriculum map is perfect for organizing your thoughts around all the things you’d like to teach in your homeschool for the year. They work for any age / grade by creating a structure that will help you look ahead and make a plan for how to reach the goals you’ve set in your homeschool. To get started, you’ll want to determine the number of days you’ll be homeschooling in a year. Then divide the year into smaller groups. For example, if you’re homeschool requirement is 180 days of learning per year, then that would be 36 weeks of school. When you divide that number by the number of weeks in a month (four), it comes to nine months total. You could create a map with nine “semesters” (or whatever you’d like to call them). Or, you could divide it out even further to have shorter learning markers. It’s up to you! Once you determine the number of semesters or units in your homeschool year, you can move on to the content and set some goals. The name of the curriculum map game is to simply work backwards. You’ll want to start with the end in mind. What big goals do you want your child to reach this year? Are there any specific learning objectives you need to conquer? Then, you’ll make a list of all major topics you’d like to teach! Consider bringing your kids into this part of the planning process! Ask them what they’d like to learn about. Determine if there are any areas they’re struggling in or lack confidence in. Write all of these things down… It’s the beginning of your curriculum map! From this point, you can assign each topic to a month or week that makes the most sense (learning about things that happen in the spring in September, probably won’t be that much fun). But keep in mind that some topics will build on each other. So you’ll want to plan them accordingly with enough room to add on. Once you’ve completed an overview for the year, you can then break down each unit even further. Simply repeat this same process on a smaller scale. Rather than writing “BIRDS” for the month of March, you’ll break it down by week and even by day. Example: North American Birds – Types, diet, habitat, etc. Here’s another example of how you can work backward to create a Curriculum Map. | Related: Summer Sensory Bin Ideas In pre-k phonics, a low-hanging fruit to teach would simply be to work your way through every letter of the alphabet! Learn each letter’s name, the sound it makes, and how to create it. So, It would be fairly easy to simply spend a full week on each letter. Then, add a few “review” weeks built in. EXAMPLE: Week 1- Letter A Create a lesson plan that would provide a lot of opportunities with the letter A. Eat foods that begin with the letter A (applesauce, avocado, asparagus, bake something with all-purpose flour, etc.) Create the letter out of different materials (pom-poms and glue, play-doh, sticks, etc.) Read books that had main ideas or main characters with the letter (The Lady With The Alligator Purse, Amazing Airplanes, Hey Little Ant, etc.), Work on sight words for the letter A (and, add, any, etc.). You may realize that you do not need a full week for each letter, and that’s okay! If so, simply adjust the map as you go along. Nothing is set in stone in homeschooling, mama. To make curriculum mapping a little bit easier for you, I’ve created a curriculum map template that you can download and get started with asap!   Here’s a few things to keep in mind when you’re creating a curriculum map for your homeschool: Check your homeschool laws (if your location requires any). You’ll always want to make sure that whatever you are planning will be aligned with what’s required from you as a homeschool teacher each year. Does the curriculum you’ve purchased for the year have a set timeline in place for completing it? If so, consider using it to help guide your mapping! Personally, I do not bind myself to the exact days they have listed to complete each page in a curriculum we have. But I do like to use it as a guide when planning. If there’s a subject or topic you think your kids would like to spend more time on (like a really cool unit study!) then don’t be afraid to allow extra time in your curriculum map for that! The goal is to create a passion inside of our kids to keep learning… If they can have fun while doing it, even better! Don’t forget to include time for holidays and scheduled breaks in your curriculum map! Using these tips, and grabbing the curriculum map template, will help you get started with setting goals for your homeschool and stay organized! I’d love to hear more about your plans to use a curriculum map for your homeschool! Leave your thoughts in the comments below or over on Instagram! And if you loved this post and found it helpful for you, I’d love for you to share it with a friend!  Pin these!... [read more]

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Morning Basket Ideas

If you’re looking for morning basket ideas… Well, there’s only a million 🙂 But having a morning basket or morning time in your homeschool is so beneficial for everyone, especially you, as a mama! So I highly recommend adding a morning time or morning basket routine to your homeschool! What is a morning basket? A morning basket is basically everything you can do together, as a homeschooling family, in one space. Many mamas choose to put their morning time items in a basket in the living room or their homeschool area, which is where the term “morning basket” came from! What do you put in a morning basket? There are so many things you can put in a morning basket! I’m sharing a few morning basket ideas with you here on the blog, but the possibilities are endless! However, there are specific categories or subjects that work really well in morning baskets for your homeschool, so consider these ideas when you’re looking for things to put in yours! Art Music Poetry Read-Alouds Unit Studies Bible / Devotionals Morning Menus Journaling | Related: Grab the printable weather chart for your morning menu here + the traceable calendar set for 2021 here. How do you use a morning basket? There’s no right or wrong way to use a morning basket! It’s YOUR homeschool, after all 🙂 You don’t even have to use it in the morning! It’s just a really neat way to bring all ages together to learn something new, hear a story, or create something fun. Depending on how many things you have in your morning basket, you could divide the subjects up by day – or “loop” them. For example, on Monday you could do the essentials (read-aloud, devotional, journaling, whatever is important for your kids to do daily…) and then only do art related things in your basket! Tuesday, the essentials and music. Wednesday, the essentials and math or geography. You get the idea! There are so many great resources and ideas for morning baskets in your homeschool! My friend, Pam, is well-known for her morning time ideas and goodies. Check out her website here and grab her book here. To get you started with some great ideas to fill your basket (or shelf), here’s a list of morning basket ideas for your homeschool! Everything links to Amazon through my affiliate links. Thank you for shopping my links and supporting our family in that way! It’s no extra cost for you and helps me continue to run this blog and share all of the idea and goodies for your homeschool with you! Enjoy! The Action Bible | The Random House Book of Poetry | Where the Sidewalk Ends |One Question A Day for Kids | Poetry for Kids by Emily Dickinson | The Adventure Bible | Dry Erase Markers | Dry Erase Pockets | The Chronicles of Narnia Set | 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science | My Kid’s Prayer Journal | Our Read-Aloud Family Journal | The Beginner’s Bible | The Art Book | The Classical Music Book | The Drawing Book | Maestro Classics CD Collection | Morning Menu Covers | Laminated World Map | Introduction to the Orchestra | BrainBox Nature Edition | BrainBox World History Edition | World Country Flag Flash Cards | 34 Mini Mysteries to Untangle | Indescribable Devotional... [read more]

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“Mama and Me” Bible Reading Plan: Week 4

Mama and me Bible reading plan: Week 4 A few weeks ago I purchased a hands-on Bible for my kids. Kallie, who is 2, loves reading and has been very interested in their new Bible. We were reading a story in the New Testament a few days ago and I pointed at a picture of Jesus and said, “Who’s this?” She immediately said, “Daddy!” I of course told her that that was Jesus, and she would repeat it after me. But every time we turned the page, Jesus was “Daddy”. Now, it was definitely cute, and she doesn’t know any better. But isn’t that the point? When people see us, they should see Jesus. Especially our children. Day 22: Jesus at the temple – Luke 2:41-52 Why do you think Jesus stayed at the Temple even though his parents left?What did he say to his mother when she essentially asked why he had scared them to death? Day 23: Jesus’ first miracle – John 2: 1-12 Why do you think Jesus decided to change the water into wine, when he had already told his mother that it wasn’t time for him to do his first miracle yet?What does this miracle tell you about faith? Day 24: Jesus sends the disciples out and at Mary and Martha’s house – Luke 10 Who do you think you are like the most, Martha or Mary?According to Jesus, what is the most important thing? (10:42) Day 25: Crucifixion – John 18 & 19 What is the garden called where Jesus went to pray?What did Jesus say right before he died? What does this tell you about forgiveness? Day 26: Resurrection and Ascension – John 20 & 21, Acts 1 Who was the first person to see Jesus after he rose from the dead?What did the angels say after Jesus ascended into heaven? Day 27: Holy Spirit in the upper room – Acts 2 What is the significance of flames of fire do you think?Why was it so important for the disciples to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit before they started spreading the Gospel? Day 28: Steven stoned – Acts 7 Why was Steven killed?What is something that stands out about his testimony?... [read more]

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“Mama and Me” Bible Reading Plan: Week 3

Mama and me Bible reading plan: Week 3 This week we are moving into studying the two major kings, Saul and David, and the writings of David and Solomon, as well as major prophets. I’ve chosen a few of my favorites Psalms and Proverbs and touched on a few of the prophet’s writings. Feel free to read a few of your favorite Psalms and Proverbs with your children, if they are different from the ones I’ve included in the reading plan! Day 15: King David – 1 Samuel 16 & 17, 2 Samuel 1 & 2 What does God say about what He looks at in people? What does that tell us about how we should view people and treat them?David refused to lift a hand against Saul because he was God’s anointed king. What does this tell you about honor? Day 16: Psalms – Psalm 1, 8, 9, 15, & 139 Psalm 1:1 says “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.” What do you notice about the verbs (action words) in this verse? What message do you think King David was trying to convey?What does Psalm 15 say about who may live on God’s holy mountain? Day 17: Proverbs – Proverbs 1, 3, 12, 25, 31 In Proverbs 1:7, what does Solomon say is the beginning of wisdom?What do Proverbs 3:5 & 6 say? How does that apply to the world we are living in today? Day 18: Isaiah – Isaiah 1 & 61 Does Isaiah 61:1 sound familiar to you? Can you find where else this verse is quoted in the New testament? Day 19: Jeremiah – Jeremiah 1 & 23 We’ve read two stories of men who had similar responses to the call of God, Moses, and Gideon. What excuses did they give as to why they were not appropriate choices to lead God’s people? What was Jeremiah’s response when God called him in verse 5. (verse 6) What does God say about someone’s age in relation to serving him? (Hint: look in 1 Timothy 4)Who is the Righteous Branch Jeremiah is talking about in 23:5? Day 20: Daniel – Daniel 1 & 6 Why do you think the royal food would have defiled Daniel and his friends?What stood out to you about the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den? Day 21: Jesus’ birth – Luke 1 & 2:1-40 Why was Zechariah not able to speak until after John was born?Why was Joseph afraid to take Mary as his wife?... [read more]

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“Mama and Me” Bible Reading Plan: Week 2

Mama and me bible reading plan – Week 2 I don’t know about you, but I love history. And reading the history of how Israel became a nation fascinates me! While I know the first few books of the Septuagint can be a bit mind-numbing, it’s all a piece of our heritage. After all, we have been grafted into the family of God, which is so humbling and miraculous in itself. Even if history is not your thing, I hope you and your family enjoy this weeks’ study as we dive into Exodus and the judges, ending with Saul as he is set up as Israel’s first king. Day 8: Joseph and the famine – Genesis 37, 41, 42:1-3, 45 Why did Joseph’s brothers throw him in the pit? Do you think Joseph’s story turns out alright in the end? What does the Bible say about when bad things happen to us? Day 9: Exodus from Egypt – Exodus 1 & 2, 8:1-4 Why do you think God told the Hebrews not to eat leavened bread during the passover? What is the significance of that? Which of the plagues would have been the worst, in your opinion? Why were the magicians able to do the same miracles as Moses was at the beginning? Further reading: The Plagues A. Frogs – Exodus 8:5 – 7B. Gnats – Exodus 8:16-18C. Flies – Exodus 8: 20-21D. Plague on Livestock – Exodus 9: 1-4E. Boils – Exodus 9: 8-12F. Hail – Exodus 9: 13-19G. Locusts – Exodus 10: 1&2H. Darkness – Exodus 10: 21-23I. Plague on the Firstborn – Exodus 11 Day 10: 40 years of wandering – Numbers 14; Deuteronomy 34 Why did God make the Israelites wander in the desert for 40 years? What does this tell you about trusting and obeying the voice of God? Day 11: Into the Promised Land – Joshua 1 & 2; Joshua 24 What did God tell Joshua in Chapter 1, verse 9? How does that apply to us today? Day 12: Gideon – Judges 6 & 7 What do you notice about where Gideon was when God met with him? How many men did Gideon take with him to fight the Midianites? What is your favorite part about how God saved the Israelites during the “battle”? Day 13: Ruth and Naomi – Ruth 1- 4 What stands out to you most about the story of Ruth? What can we learn about her life and apply it to our lives today? Day 14: Samuel and Saul – 1 Samuel 1, 3, 8, 10 God decided to use Samuel from a very young age. Do you think God wants to use you in the same way? Explain. If Saul was called by God to be king, why did he hide?... [read more]

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“I am…” Bible Reading Plan: Week 4

Mothers in the bible verses is a four-part study written by Nicole Boyd. Nicole is the owner of Wonderfully Fashioned, a handmade jewelry brand featuring tattered lace and wire-wrapped gems. She wants to be a voice for women all over the world, stating that her pieces are simply physical reminders of the treasure God created you to be. Nicole gives a portion of each sale to Exodus Cry, an organization working hard to fight human trafficking all over the world. Take a few minutes to get to know her over on Instagram and let her know how much you loved this study! I am a perfectionist. I like to make people happy, and it was always something I struggled with growing up. I started singing on our worship team when I was eleven and I’ve served there ever since. I love worship, but when I first got started, I used it to make myself feel good about my relationship with God. There was a time that I was on worship almost every week, and I felt burnt out. But I also felt like I couldn’t say no, afraid that I would let people down or they wouldn’t love me as much.  When I graduated high school and went to Bethel School of Ministry, I felt like God told me not to try out for the worship team. My friends and family were pretty shocked by this. Being a good worship leader had become a part of my identity, and during my year at ministry school, He showed me that I don’t have to do anything to gain His approval, or try to gain it from the people around me.  I turned twenty about a month after starting school at Bethel. My roommates all wrote prophetic and encouraging words for me as a birthday gift. One of my friends wrote something very simple, but it was exactly what I needed to hear. She said, “The world has many expectations for you, but God has only one: to be His daughter.” I realized that if I never did anything else for God during my life, He would still love me. His love is not conditional, it doesn’t hinge on whether I do good works or not. He simply loves me because He loves me. It is Who He is! Now, I worship from the overflow of Jesus’ love instead of trying to earn His love by doing good works. He loves you because He loves you! That’s it, plain and simple. Have there been times in your life that you have tried to earn God’s love by doing good things?  Bible Reading Plan: Day 1: “I am Kind” – 1 Corinthians 13:5 Day 2: “I am Selfless” – 1 John 3:18; John 15:13 Day 3: “I am Anointed” – Hebrews 13:20-21 Day 4: “I am Wise” – Matthew 7:24 Day 5: “I am Just” – Psalm 1:1-3... [read more]