Monday, August 11, 2014

Using an Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner for Your Homeschool

As my family prepares to begin a new school year, I anticipate many of you are doing the same and are heavy into planning mode.  One of the essential items for my preparation and planning is a lesson plan book or form.  In the past, I have made my own and printed them to use in a binder.  That has worked out fine, but this year I decided to try something different.  

I have been wanting an Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner for years.  I finally decided to splurge and get one this year, and I couldn't be more excited.  
In previous years, my hesitation has been the cost.  What I realized over time was that the cost of a binder, paper and expensive color ink to print a year's worth of planning forms added up to close to the cost of the Erin Condren planner.  Plus, if you use my referral code, you can save $10 off your first order!  Click here!

I know some homeschoolers also feel that there are too many pages that don't apply to homeschoolers, so I made a video showing how I have adapted mine to work perfectly in a homeschool setting.  I hope you enjoy it and that you are better able to get an idea of how this awesome planner can work for you!  

I'd love to hear from you if you have additional ideas! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Update, printables, etc.

Hello readers!  First, I want to thank you for your continued support and readership.  Second, I wanted to let you know that while I am not currently updating this blog, I am still here and am always happy to take emails, questions and comments.  

It has been brought to my attention that my printables are no longer accessible, and I am working to fix that problem.  In the mean time, if there are any printables that you are in need of, please email me so I can send them directly to you.  

Also, I am still sending my 365 Things We Love About You list out on a daily basis, so please email if you would like a copy of that, too.  I know Father's Day is coming quickly, and I usually try to reply to emails within a day or two of receiving them.   

Thank you again!  I hope you continue to enjoy browsing The Princess and the Tot!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Easy DIY Alphabet Matching Game

I was recently at Dollar Tree and happened to look through the school/office section.  I didn't expect to find anything exciting mid-year, but I found these adorable classroom decorations and immediately knew what I wanted to use them for.  

Super Tot and I are working a lot on learning the alphabet right now, so I thought doing an uppercase/lowercase letter match with them would be perfect.  I didn't want 26 (x2) pieces spread out all over, so I decided to make them attach to each other when he matches them.  Here is a simple tutorial for what I did.

I present these to Super Tot in two bowls - one with the worms and one with the apples.  He lays out all the apples (uppercase) and places the correct worm (lowercase) in each one.
I also purchased a second set with frogs and lily pads, which I intend to use for something similar.  Additionally, I have enough of the apples and worms left to do numbers 1-10, which I am excited about, too!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nativity Ornaments

Five or six years ago, my family began the tradition of making a special batch ornaments to give out to various people we come into contact with throughout the Advent season.  We give them to sales people, delivery drivers, store clerks, postal employees, waiters, etc.  

We also drive around throughout the season to look at Christmas lights.  Each night, we vote on a few favorite houses and knock on those doors to deliver our ornaments as prizes to those families.  

No matter how God chooses to have our paths cross, the recipients are always blessed and truly grateful.  In addition to thank you, we often get smiles, tears and hugs.  The biggest blessing to us, however, is bringing joy and spreading God's love to others.    

For several years, we have made Christmas Nails (tutorial here).  This year, however, we wanted to do something different.  I was looking through my craft supplies and found some wooden peg dolls and eggs.  I purchased these to make a set of dolls as a gift, but didn't end up making them. I decided to try making nativity ornaments with them.  I am so excited about how they turned out!!  I only had enough supplies today to make 4 of them, but I ordered more and can't wait to get them all made!!  

I will be posting a tutorial once those supplies come in.  I will mention that these were EASY!  It only took me about 10 minutes to make the first 4, including allowing the paint to dry.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thankful Tree

It just looks prettier and prettier each day!  Here it is this morning (11/8/12)

I can't lie, my family is very excited about Christmas.  We love the excitement of the season, and can't wait to begin our Advent activities.

That being said, we want to be sure not to skip over Thanksgiving.  We are so incredibly blessed, and want to dedicate the next few weeks to truly focusing on those blessings and being thankful to God for His provision.

We decided to make a "Thankful Tree" to help us concentrate on the many things we are, indeed, thankful for.  Our tree is about 4 feet tall and is a focal point in our living room.  
I used brown gift wrap/packing paper for the trunk and cut the leaves out of construction paper.  The leaves aren't pretty, but the thoughts on them are absolutely beautiful!  Every day between now and Thanksgiving, the four of us will each write something we are thankful for onto a leaf and attach it to our tree.  By Thanksgiving, there will be 88 things to thank God for on our Thankful Tree!!  

Tip:  Japanese Washi tape comes right off the wall leaving no marks and causing no damage.