Lately in Our Life ~ Homeschool, Gymnastics, Chickens

Lately in our Life Oct 2018

Homeschool Update

This year we have a 4th grader, 7th grader and 11th grader. It is a very different year for me as a teacher – for many reasons.

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First, the oldest kid is taking all but one class at the community college. He is dually enrolled through an awesome program in our state called Career and College Promise. He gets to take these classes for free. He is currently taking Sociology, Music Appreciation, Math {Pre Cal}, and English. The one subject he is doing at home is US History – we are using Notgrass.

It has been an adjustment, for sure, but the timing is right for him. It blows my mind how a 14 year old seems so young and a 16 year old seems so old, yet there’s only 2 years between. He is working at Chick-fil-A also, which is awesome, but he’s gone a lot. We LOVE that he gets to figure out the trials of a busy college-student life while still living with us. It’s not exactly how I envisioned his junior year, but it working out better than I planned!

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Our 7th grader is using almost all new curriculum making his year different for both of us. We stuck with Teaching Textbooks for math and IEW for writing but switched the rest to Lifepac. You can see details here in his 7th grade curriculum choices post. I love Lifepac for him, it’s a great fit. He is using Science and History/Geography – which are going great. We are also using Lifepac Language Arts, but I am not completely sold so far. It is just laid out so differently than what we have used {for grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, etc.} and I am not certain it jives with us. I am not giving up, but not sure about it.

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We switched up the routine for our daughter, which is working VERY well. Not huge curriculum changes for her, but some additions have really made our year more fun so far. See all of her 4th grade curriculum choices here.

Adding in art time together has been great. I haven’t been 100% consistent, but much better than ever before! The biggest change is her independent “homework” time. With a goal of teaching her to become more independent, I now teach her lessons, go over the work that needs to be done and then she actually completes the work on the following day during her morning independent “homework” time. This helps her retain information, since she isn’t completing the work from the lesson immediately afterward. It has been a great change, and also frees me up to focus on her brother more individually.

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Our son is staying busier and busier with gymnastics. Most recently, he qualified for Future Stars Nationals! This is a big deal and something he missed by just a tiny bit last year when he had a wrist injury. This year he was well for the regional evaluation and he is thrilled. We will head to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in November where he will compete with boys from the entire nation.

Ky has a new Instagram account for which you are welcome to follow if you’d like to.

I also share much of his journey on my account using the hashtag: #krashthegymnast.

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Our daughter is beginning her competitive gymnastics journey in a much more laid-back style – which is awesome. She joined the AAU Bronze team and is loving it. She is currently learning her routines and will have her first competition in January. Follow her journey on my Instagram using the hashtag: #LFHgymnastics

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We are blessed with MAY eggs daily thanks to our girls. They are a delight and we love having them. Now that they are bigger, it is more work for sure {keeping their coop and run clean} but it is still fun and we LOVE the eggs!

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Springee Balance Beam Review

Springee Balance Beam Review

{disclaimer – the balance beam was sent to us for review}

We were sent this awesome balance beam from Springee to review and I am just thrilled about it! You see, my daughter has recently become more interested in her gymnastics and is joining an AAU team soon. The timing couldn’t have been better!

When the package arrived, I could not believe how lightweight it was. I was hoping it would be, so she could move it around herself. I also loved that it folded in half so she could store it easily in her room.

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It was love at first sight for her. I didn’t tell her it was coming, so it was a total surprise, and PINK! The joy was BIG people.

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The balance beam is perfect for home use, and is very soft and sturdy. I was amazed with how firm, yet soft it was – does that make sense? It has these grippy things on the bottom also, to help it from sliding around.

Springee Balance Beam

The beam is 4” wide on top and 6” wide on bottom for extra stability. It is 9.5’ when unfolded and 4.9’ when folded.

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This beam is great for all ages and is SUCH a great tool for your home environment – even if your child isn’t a gymnast. I am a huge fan of toys and items that grow with my kids and thankfully this does! My daughter is currently 9 and this beam will support her through adulthood! It supports people up to 180 pounds while still feeling firm.

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Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Gg and Gymnastics Theme

Home Preschool Letter G

Raising Rock Stars Preschool


Our letter this week ~ Gg, our verse:


See RRSP Letter Gg with Krash here!

Not familiar with RRSP? Read the intro post here!

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She does about 2 RRSP activities per day plus the PowerPoint on most days.

She got crafty with her vocabulary cards…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2122

Climbed up on her desk and hung them herself…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2130


We use our measuring tape to measure our verse after she cut and tapes it! Home Preschool Letter Gg -2281

Krash was helping her get a precise measurement…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2284

She loves using the dry erase center for her tracing…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2455

The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE!

You can download the entire letter Gg unit for FREE here.

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~ More Letter Gg Work ~

See how we organize our weekly home preschool activitiesPreschool-Work-Trays62


Our ABC Find It activities are probably her favorite thing. We are using the printables 3 different ways, the first day I let her do a sensory bin search to find all of the little cards. Home Preschool Letter Gg -2141

Below she was finding the cards I hid around the room and then coming to match them up on the sheet.

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Making her letter with the Alphabet Construction KitHome Preschool Letter Gg -2116


Reading her AlphaTales Gg book…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2125


Painting the Letter Gg page from the Tot Time Notebook.Home Preschool Letter Gg -2792


Follow the Gg on the letter maze, with paint…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2808


Stickers to find the GgHome Preschool Letter Gg -2447


Spike painting G is for Grapes and Goldfish, Home Preschool Letter Gg -2782



Letter Gg pattern block printable with her magnetic pattern blocksHome Preschool Letter Gg -2734


Animal ABC lowercase gHome Preschool Letter Gg -2777


Letter g on ABCs of God app.  I am trying to slowly correct her grip, but she is resisting greatly.  I offered her the grippy thing and within seconds it was off.  We are still working on the proper grip slowly but surely, I am so blessed that Krash began with a beautiful grip and has continued.  Ladybug is a lot like PacMan and very resistant to grip correction, Pac’s grip still stinks. Home Preschool Letter Gg -2763

She enjoyed much of the GYMNASTICS printable pack!

Girls Gymnastics Printable Pack

She added stickers to the dots, and then did her tracing…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2132

Finding the differences…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2273

Matching the gymnasts colored leotards to the correct sentence cards…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2277

Shape Matching…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2450

Color By Shape…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2454

Leotard Colors mini book…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2459

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I added to dots, for her to paint the upper case one color and the lowercase another color…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2729

Tracing…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2736

She asked to paint one of her dot fun pages…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2799

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We are in the second half of All About Reading Pre Level 1, which goes through the lowercase letters.

She LOVED the letter g page, which involved gluing feathers to the goose!Home Preschool Letter Gg -2751

Finding all of the different types of g’s…

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Her work all hung up at the end of the week…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2987

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Find all letter G activities on my G is for… Pinterest board, or on my general ABC Ideas board! Find more theme printable packs to go along with Letter G here!

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More Preschool Fun!

Not everything we do revolves around our letter of the week, I just often forget to take pictures of the rest!

Here she was working on our Rhyming Puzzles.  I laid them on trays to make it a bit easier for her…Home Preschool Letter Gg -2755

Learning Tools We Used…




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Girls Gymnastics Printables

Many of you know that my boys joined a gymnastics team this past fall.  They competed this season and LOVED it!  Ladybug also takes a gymnastics class once a week band she loves it too!  Since Krash has grown out of theme printable packs for the most part, I decided to create a GIRLS GYMNASTICS PACK for Ladybug!

Girls Gymnastics Printables

Download the Free Girls Gymnastics Printables Here!

girls gymnastics printable pack

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