I’m Back In The Homeschool Blog Saddle Again – Coming Back to the Blog After a Year Away

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Hello homeschoolers! It’s me, Heather! I feel like I need to reintroduce myself because my poor little blog has fallen by the wayside recently. In June of 2015, I had the funny thought that I had this homeschooling thing figured out and I could work and homeschool. Oh silly me!

I worked as a bus driver for the past year. Went through the training to get my license and had a dedicated run for the school year. While I do love driving and just loved my kiddos on the bus, there is a sad reality in my life.


I don’t think I can say that with too much feeling. I’ve always hated mornings. Ever since I was young, I was constantly missing the bus and being late almost every day in High School. When I graduated I typically would work night shifts and sleep all day. Having children puts a wrench in those plans. I definitely struggled with that when the kids were young. But somehow we have survived.

I love telling people I wish the world didn’t start until noon. It’s sad but true. I live a full life, just after lunchtime! The kids typically love the quiet pace of the morning and we school in the afternoon, it works well for everyone.

I may still work at some point if I can find an evening job that won’t interfere with our already crazy, busy lives. The kids have assured me they don’t prefer me to work and I think my husband feels the same because it means he has to cart the kids around with no relief driver. It’s a hard life with four busy kids folks, let me tell ya! Well I guess I am, that’s why I started this blog initially! Until next time!


Math Made Easy: 3 Ways to Learn with Math Mammoth

Oh the struggle is real.

I loved Mathematics when I was young. Just give me a worksheet and I would hand it back finished with a smile. You told me how it was done and I did it, no questions asked. I believe I took for granted how easy Math came to me. Naturally when I started homeschooling I was convinced that my children would revel in completing their worksheets and all would be well with the world. How wrong I was!

There have been many tear soaked worksheets (my tears included!) over the years and many tried and failed attempts at finding the right solution. I believe Math Mammoth could be the answer.

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What is Math Mammoth?

Math Mammoth is a collection of digital lessons and worksheets focused on developing different math skills for children of all ages. You can find lessons that range from basic addition and subtraction to more advanced subjects like statistics and linear equations.

 My kid finds the no-nonsense, straightforwardness of this book more to his liking.” – Tammy L. via Educents

One of the coolest and most innovate aspects of Math Mammoth are all the ways you can interact with it. Since it is a digital package, you can complete pages on a computer or print out and work with the sheets – but that’s not all. You can also use Math Mammoth on an iPad using annotation software. This is a great way to get your children learning on the go!

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Three Ways to Interact:

  1. On the computer
  2. On a tablet
  3. Hands-on: choose the pages you print

You can purchase subjects individually, which are sometimes spread out over three lessons. For example, Early Geometry is great for grades 1-3, Geometry 1 is for grades 4-5, and Geometry 2 is for 6-7.


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Math Mammoth Blue

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If you are interested in a series of workbooks focusing on different subjects, Math Mammoth Blue is the way to go. Math Mammoth Blue features all the content you need for students grade 1-7 broken down into their own categories such as fractions, money and geometry. These are great for filling in areas on a case-by-case basis

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Math Mammoth Light Blue


If you want more of a complete curriculum, look no further than Math Mammoth Light Blue. This product is designed to teach over a year and features all of the content in Blue, plus cumulative reviews and tests. It also features a bonus Soft-Pak math software.

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Easy access for all ages

No matter the age or skill level, any child will be able to get a great learning experience out of Math Mammoth. The comprehensive nature of the program, the simplicity of use and the way it delivers information make Math Mammoth the perfect companion piece for young learners. Check it out and you child’s troubles with math will be extinct before you know it!

Above All

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4-8 (1)

Homeschool Room

For years I have been dreaming of  a room that fits the purposes of homeschooling. We were tending to do our homeschooling mostly in the living room and dining room. While that’s not a bad thing (it’s worked for us for 7 years) I was wanting to eliminate the clutter that inevitably comes from homeschooling 4 munkiees!

I finally decided, much to the chagrin of my boys, to put them in a room together and use one of the bedrooms for  a homeschool room. I have to say we are a month in and it is working so well. I am not quite ready to post pics yet, I still need to decorate and organize a little more so I am going to grab some inspiration from Pinterest and colour this place up a bit!

I thought that you may want some inspiration also.

Everything about this makes me happy the tree, the colour on the walls, the large shelf, the table with paper that rolls out from right underneath, the chairs with storage underneath.

This is just beyond beautiful. The organization and the colours…WOW!

I need to corral my supplies.

This would help with “I can’t find my science book!”

I have been dreaming of two of these for years!

Oh, I could spend all day browsing Pinterest, but I think it’s time to get working on beautifying my homeschool room and making it the room of my dreams!

What makes you happy? Minions? Freebies? Well, how about Minion Freebies?

Minion Freebie – Educents

These free math activities on Educents offers 22 printable pages of math activities for Minion
fans. It covers addition, subtraction, measurement, money, and more!

Minion Math Centers Freebie

Minion Addition (to 12)

Minion Subtraction (to 12)

Minions Making Ten

Minion Measurement

Minion Money Match

Missing Minion Numbers

Minion Number Cards

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If you’re looking for more ways to make math learning fun, check this out:

Early Math Musical DVDs

Rock N Learn – Educents

This DVD set from Rock ‘N’ Learn is a fun way to boost math skills for the early grades.

Like the Minions, these DVDs have fun characters your little ones will love to get to know!

Math facts are easy to learn with fun music and exciting animation.

Learn all about counting coins and bills and practice making change.

Kids will learn to tell time to the hour, half hour, and minute

using traditional analog clocks. Includes Addition& Subtraction Rap DVD,

Money & Making Change DVD, and the Telling Time DVD.

I hope this math freebie made by Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans makes you happy.

Download the Free Minion Math Centers, then go ahead and do a little dance! 🙂