Thursday, June 23, 2016

DIY Scripture Review System-Charlotte Mason Method

If you saw my video on how we organize our schoolwork using the workbox system, you probably noticed that our memory verse system was in need of a major overhaul!  Since our verses get used daily and have lots of little hands touching them, you can imagine that they may not have been in the best shape ever :).

Enter, the Charlotte Mason Scripture Review System!  I happened upon this idea while browsing CM homeschooling ideas, and totally fell in love with the simplicity and ease of use!  And when you have three littles aged five and under, and are expecting another little blessing, who doesn't want simplicity?!

I was really excited to see that not only was the system easy to set up, but the divider tabs were FREE PRINTABLES!  Double win!  I know how excited I was to get started putting together and using my system, so instead of keeping you waiting, let's dive in!

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • 41 Divider Tabs (FREE on the Charlotte Mason site, or pick up two packs of these amazing tabs and create your own tabs by attaching them to index cards!)
  • 3x5 Index Card Box 
  • 3x5 Index Cards for writing verses on
  • Pens or Markers (My favorite pens EVER-Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Pens!)
  • Scissors
Optional Supplies Shown:


1.)  I began by printing out my free divider tabs onto colored cardstock and construction paper.  I knew these dividers were going to be getting some heavy use, so I wanted them to be as durable as possible.

2.)  Next, I cut out straight edges of the divider cards using my paper trimmer, then went back and did the detail work along the top edges with scissors.  Doesn't my office have the best view? :D

3.)  After I was done cutting all the dividers out, I transferred all of our old memory verses onto fresh index cards.  If you are just starting out and feeling overwhelmed about what verses to memorize-do not stress!  We personally choose to focus on verses that explain the Gospel, verses that discuss right choices and behavior, verses that talk about the Authority of God and Scripture, among others.  There are lots of lists on the internet, like "Best Bible Verses for Kids" that you may choose to look at, or you can also buy pre-printed packs of memory verses (girls and boys options available!) like we did as a fun Easter surprise for our eldest children.  We also LOVE Seeds Family Worship CDs (many available to stream free for Amazon Prime members!)!  They set scripture verses to super-catchy tunes, and even my hubby and I find ourselves busting out the tunes often!   

4.)  I then decided to laminate my index cards because, as I mentioned above, this is a tool that my kiddos love to help and interact with, so lamination is our best bet in protecting against spills, rips, and sticky fingerprints!

5.  ) I then cut out all of the laminated index cards and divider tabs, and arranged them into our box!  I did a quick video walk-through on how I chose to set up my box because I thought it would be easier than explaining, so be sure to check it out!

6.)  I added a label to the top of our box, and called it finished!  I am so happy with the way that this project turned out, and I can't believe the improvement over our old system!

That's it!  I hope you enjoyed this post, and even more than that, I hope you choose to make your own memory verse review system for your family!  You are never too young or too old to start storing God's Word into your heart, and I know you will be blessed by making this habit a priority!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

FREE Skip Counting Printables!

I am such a visual learner, and it seems like all of my littles are taking after their mama in that area!  I love being able to see while I am learning, so that is why I created these handy-dandy little printables to help us see the numbers while we are practicing our skip counting!  When I shared my video on how we organize our school room, I had questions about where I got the skip counting pages, and since I made them myself, I wanted to share them all with you here!

BLANK Skip Counting Template (can be used for student self-checking or testing!)

AND, because you asked for it-I have also created matching printables to go with this set for equivalents, metric measurements, area, and laws!

Anytime I create or print something that my littles will be using, I like to laminate them using this laminator and sheets to help the items last as long as possible...and for easy sticky fingerprint removal!  Ha ha!  

All pages laminated and held together with a binder ring.

I also chose to keep these printables all together on a binder ring so that my littles can flip through them easily without losing any of the pages.  The big kids love to take turns using their hand pointer to be the "teacher" and point to the numbers as we sing along to our skip-counting songs!  

We had a few extra students in class today!

I hope you enjoy these fun printables as much as we have, and if you print some of your own, I'd love to see them!  Use the hashtag #WMTskipcounting on Instagram so we can see your littles getting their learn on, too!

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*This post may contain affiliate links, and as always, we thank you if you choose to use them.  All products shown were purchased by me.  Not a sponsored post.  I have never accepted money in exchange for a review.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Easy, Inexpensive Storage Idea for Classical Conversations Timeline Cards

If you are anything like me, organization does NOT come easily for you (which you might remember me sharing in my homeschool organizational video here)...and I am sending so many virtual hugs to you for the struggles that must come from that reality!  Ha!

Because of my lack or organizing genius, I could not come up with a way to store my timeline cards outside of just piling the whole stack into a drawer and then rifling through them every single week when I needed to change our memory work display.  While that "system" technically worked, it was not fun!  Enter, life-saving homeschooling mama on the Classical Conversations Offical Facebook Page! Someone reached out asking for ideas about this topic, and a super-smart mama showed off her system that contained all of her cards neatly organized and labeled by week.  I was in love!  The fact that her system had a lid sealed the deal (tee hee...the lid "sealed" the deal!!) because when you have a curious toddler, every layer between said toddler and disaster is a bonus!

This setup could not be easier, and the best part?  It only cost me $7.01 to create!

Here are the steps to create your system and the supplies you will need:

1.)  You will need a Sterilite EZ Carry Storage Container w/Lid (9 and 1/2" L x 8" W x 6 and 7/8" H) as the storage container for this project.  I found mine at Wal-Mart for only $3.47!  This is the perfect size for storing all 24 weeks worth of cards, and is especially great for tutors, as the lid has a handle that makes it super easy to carry!

2.) Prepare your labels.  I chose to use Avery 2-Sided Writable, Smudge-Free Mini UltraTabs (40 per pack), and a Sharpie Ultra Fine-Point Marker.   THIS IS IMPORTANT!  These are the only pens I have found that do not smudge or bleed when writing on divider tabs!  You will simply number your chosen labels with the numbers 1-24.

3.)  Divide your cards by week, and insert each week into the container one at a time, placing the corresponding week's label to the first card in every week.  I love these dividers because they are re-positionable, which means you can remove and re-stick them to your surface a few times before they need to be replaced!  They also leave behind no sticky residue, so your timeline cards will always be looking as good as new!

That's it!  That is all there is to having your very own easy to use, well-organized, and travel-friendly storage system for your timeline cards!  I would LOVE to hear what tips you have to help organize your CC and other homeschool supplies-leave me a comment telling me the tips that have been game-changers for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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*This post may contain affiliate links, and as always, we thank you if you choose to use them.  All products shown were purchased by me.  Not a sponsored post.  I have never accepted money in exchange for a review.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Classical Conversations/Homeschool Organization Using Workboxes!

Hello, friends!  It has been way too long since we last crossed paths!  As some of you know, we've added a few little ones and became official homeschoolers in the last few years, so carving out time to work on things I am passionate about has not been my main focus!  However, we've found a good rhythm, and I have some super-exciting news!!!

I have started my very own YouTube Channel!  In addition to posting content here on my beloved little blog now, I will also be doing video tutorials, reviews, and day-in-the-life videos (and seriously, who doesn't like to peek inside the homes of others to see if they are as weird as you and yours, lol!) throughout each week, and I would love to have you join me there as well!

My first video focuses on organizing all of our homeschool materials, including what we use for Classical Conversations!  I know you will pick up a few useful tips, and I would love to hear if you use any of the same methods we do, as well as what works for your family!

Thank you all for stopping by, and I can't wait to continue on this crazy, wonderful journey with you all!

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Charlotte Mason Binder Cover

As promised, here is the link to the Charlotte Mason Teacher Binder Cover I shared on my Instagram .  May it be a daily reminder to...