Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Edition… We spent the weekend helping my parent’s cut and stack wood to prepare for the upcoming winter, so it seems the end of fall is already here (especially since I’m a fanatic and have started preparing the house for the Christmas season). After such a couple of busy days, Tea Time Tuesday was exactly what I needed. Continue reading “Tea Time Tuesday Harvest Edition”

Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition…

I am so excited that Halloween fell on a Tuesday this year. In lieu of a traditional school day, we are doing ALL things Halloween today! From pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating it is a perfect Tea Time Tuesday Halloween kind of day. Continue reading “Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition”

Charlotte’s Web Literature Unit

Do you love Charlotte’s Web as much as we do?

Charlotte’s Web has been a long time favorite in our home. At the beginning of the school year Jack asked me if we could read it again. I jumped on the opportunity, and took things a step further… I created my very own Charlotte’s Web Literature Unit to share with all of you! Continue reading “Charlotte’s Web Literature Unit”

Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition…

It is a cold and gloomy day out, and the wind is blowing EVERYTHING away… So it was a perfect afternoon to stay inside, eat some yummy treats, and tackle all of our STEM challenges. Continue reading “Tea Time Tuesday Monster Edition”

Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay. Today I am sharing some tips for how I create STEM boxes.

You can watch the video below to hear my top tips for creating your own STEM boxes. If you are not sure what STEM is, here is a break down…
S-Science
T-Technology
E-Engineering
M-Math
So, STEM boxes are simply boxes with different challenges in them that focus on at least one of those four categories. Continue reading “Dollar Tree STEM Boxes”

Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition…

If you have been following along you know that last week we took a break from Tea Time Tuesday because my nephew passed away. It has been a rough couple of days, but with the end of September approaching we are trying to get back into the swing of things. This week in math Jack is working on calendar activities, and has been struggling with how many days each month has. I figured it was the perfect time to bring out an old nursery rhyme for our featured poem this week. In addition to our featured poem, we also read all of our BookShark poems for this week. Continue reading “Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition”

BookShark’s Level 100 Package

Want a peak at what is included in BookShark’s Level 100 Package?

Today I am sharing a video walk-through of BookShark’s Level 100 American History & Literature kit. We are so excited to be using BookShark  for the very first time this year. Although we started school a few weeks ago we were waiting for Kenten’s science materials to arrive before starting any of our new curriculum. Thankfully the last of our core materials are here, so we can finally dig into all these amazing books from BookShark. Continue reading “BookShark’s Level 100 Package”

Tea Time Tuesday… Back to School Edition

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday… Back to School edition!

Our dreary summer has come to an end, and the Raiche kiddos are getting back into the swing of things! I am very excited to kick off our 2017-2018 school year. This week I have chosen a poem talking about how a traditional classroom can take away the joy of learning. Homeschooling is NOT for everyone, but it certainly is the best fit for our family. I am thankful that I am able to be home with my children, so they can thrive in their own environment. Continue reading “Tea Time Tuesday… Back to School Edition”

2017-2018 Homeschool Room

Welcome to Homework and Horseplay! Today I am sharing our 2017-2018 homeschool room.

When we first started homeschooling in 2011 we worked from our dining room table. After a few months of constantly having to move our materials for every snack and meal, Ryan and I decided to transform our bonus room into a homeschool room. It was the best newbie homeschooler decision! Although you can school anywhere, having a dedicated space just works better for our family... Fast forward 6 years and a couple of moves later, we have created a new school room in our finished basement. Please make yourself at home and take a look around our 2017-2018 homeschool room.

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Tea Time Tuesday-Wind Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday!

I can’t believe another week has come and gone… I really don’t know where the time is disappearing to this summer! However, we are excited that it is time for another Tea Time Tuesday. The weather in Michigan has been crazy this year. I feel like we have been living in a windstorm ALL SUMMER, so I wanted to feature a poem about wind! Continue reading “Tea Time Tuesday-Wind Edition”