Friday, March 15, 2013

Feature Friday

I have decided that I want to share the blog love with the world!  I am going to start picking blogs that I know and love and share them with you on Friday's for you to check out.  Make sure you check out the Pinterest Board where the features will be pinned.  Did you miss last week?  Find it HERE

This week I would like to feature a blog with you that I had a hand in designing!  I worked with Heather at UpsideDown Homeschooling to create her blog design.  I am thrilled that she loves it and has continued her working relationship with me.  I love reading her blog and gain wisdom and insight from it regularly.  She is great for networking and just a sweet person.  Go check out her blog and tell her hello!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


WE ARE MOVING!!!  Keep your eyes peeled for some changes!  xoxo

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Inspired Wednesday 3/13

Welcome back to Washed Up Inspired Wednesday!  If you missed last week find it HERE and HERE.

Let me inspire you:
Last week I featured a blog post on math fact memorization.  You can find it HERE.  I had been thinking for a long time that the memorization of math facts is essential to learning advanced math like multiplication and division.  The math program we use (and do love) does not really teach memorization.  It is basically the same kind of work each day leaving S very bored.  So I decided to set it to the side and focus on memorization.  Here is what I did -
I gathered her fact cards that came with the Saxon Math 2
I got the first 3 sets out
I made 2 small post it spots on the table.  One labeled 'Know' the other 'Don't Know'
She went through each card and we sorted them in piles as we went.  She knows all of her 0's, plus 1's and doubles!  WOO HOO!!!
Next I printed out a skip counting drill sheet for her to circled all of the 2's. Then I had her recite them to me.
Tomorrow we will work on her adding 2's cards and work on those until she knows them by heart.  From there we will go to 3's, 4's, etc... until she knows them all.  
I will also have her practice skip counting 2's, 3's, 4's, etc... until she knows them by heart (Isn't that basically multiplication anyway?!) mixed in with the addition memorization.

Then we will move on to subtraction and counting backward.

Featured post from 3/6:
Forgiveness is HARD!  It is something that I wasn't really taught much about.  I love this post because she gets real about forgiveness.  Go check it out yourself.  I think you will enjoy it!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

3in30 - March update

Our Good Life
I am not a morning person.  I have never been a morning person.  I love staying up late and sleeping in.  With that said, last week I did not get up early every day like I had hoped.  This time change is also killing my early morning wake up.  I am going to get it though.  I know I will!!!

The sink has been free of dirty dishes for over 2 weeks now!  WOO HOO!!  This is a HUGE accomplishment for me.  I am no fan of washing dishes but I am making myself clean the kitchen before sitting down each night.  Hubby is very impressed!  ;)

Reading!  YES!  Now, that is one that I have accomplished.  I read 2 books over the weekend.  I am in the middle of a series.  It isn't the typical stuff I read but this has more of a Twilight(ish) feel but with different kinds of characters than vampires.  Let me know if you want to know more about that and I will link you to the books.

Now, I may not be where I want to be but I am on the right track.  I am praying more, cleaning more, and spending more time with my family.  Not too shabby, eh?!

How are you doing with your goals?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Create Your Own Story - Free Download

It is no secret that S loves horses.  It is also no secret that S hates writing. But she does like to come up with short stories.  So I created this for her to come up with her own short story about a horse.  She dictated and I wrote it for her.  She had a great time with this.  I hope you enjoy it as well.

I would love to hear how you use this!