Homeschooling, Printables

Subject Stickers for Your Planner ~ Free Stickers

Getting ready for back to school can be quiet a task for a teacher!!  This year I decided to change my planner to a Happy Planner and I picked up the teacher edition at Hobby Lobby.  I’ll share more about my planner later on.  Today I want to share with you some subject stickers I made for my planner, and you can get yours for FREE!!

I totally forgot to take a picture of the stickers before I started using them.  I was so busy getting ready for back to school I wasn’t really thinking about blogging that day or that I wanted to share these super cute stickers with you.  I haven’t used all of them up yet though so I can still share a picture of my half used sheet of stickers.

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I wanted my stickers to be a different color for each subject and I wanted bright bold colors to go along with the colors in my planner!!  I created flags shapes for all of the stickers.  I was only able to create six columns of stickers and I needed seven different colors so I decided to alternate with blank stickers except for the last sticker says notes.  This gives you extra stickers that match, but you can write your own wording on them.

Then I took the stickers and used them on my weekly pages in my planner across the top.  Then I don’t have to write the subjects out each week.  I have used some of my extra blank ones for things we do weekly and put them in the note column for the day we will do it.  Such as library, we go to the library every Wednesday so I have a sticker on Wednesday of each week under the notes that says library.

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You can get your FREE copy of the stickers HERE.  These stickers are made for a studio and I am not sure about converting it to work with a cricut.  Please remember all file downloads and printables are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.  No commercial use or redistribution is permitted.  This means that you can use the files to make things for yourself or as gifts but you are NOT permitted to sell any items you create with the files.  You also may not sell or share the files themselves.  If you do not have a silhouette, but would still like the stickers let me know and I’ll create them in a PDF.

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Family Life, Homeschooling

First Day Back to School with a Free Cut File

Monday was actually our first day back to school.  This is a day that I was actually really excited about this year for a few reasons:

  1. Its Bradley’s first day of Kindergarten.
  2. We have a new school room at our new house.

It being Bradley’s first day of Kindergarten is actually bittersweet.  I am so proud of how far he has come, but its a reminder that he isn’t a baby anymore.  His baby years were so hard with all his health problems and developmental delays so now that he is doing great I want to hold on to him being little for as long as I possibly can.  I am sure Alyssa turning 13 this year doesn’t help my Mommy need to hold on to the being little for a little bit longer.

But we have been preparing for this day for some time now.  I had several books we have read over the last few weeks to help get him ready for the first day of school.  We have read “Watch Out Kindergarten, Here I Come”, “Curious George First Day of School” and “Berenstain Bears Go Back to School”.  Bradley has really enjoyed reading each of these books and it has definitely set the stage for him as to what was to be expected with school.  Now of course his day is different because of us homeschooling, but the books really did help prepare him.  Although I did cry the night before his first day reading “Watch Out Kindergarten, Here I Come”.

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Another thing I did this year to prepare for the first day of school was I made each of the children personalized shirts.  I wanted a shirt that they could all wear and matching when we go on a field trip, but if they don’t outgrow it before next school year (I did go up a size for the big kids) I wanted them to still be able to wear it next year too.  So I didn’t put their grade on it.

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All of their shirts are the same color, but I let each child pick out his/her writing color.  Yes, Bradley picked out pink.  It is his favorite color for those of you who didn’t know that.

The front of their shirts say “My School is So Private You have to be Born into It”.  I designed this cut file in silhouette studio.  Today I am sharing my free cut file with you that you can download here.  This is a silhouette studio file and I am not sure about converting it to work with a cricut.  Please remember all file downloads and printables are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.  No commercial use or redistribution is permitted.  This means that you can use the files to make things for yourself or as gifts but you are NOT permitted to sell any items you create with the files.  You also may not sell or share the files themselves.

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The back of their shirts say “Class Of” then the year they graduate.  This is where each shirt is rather different, but still the same and personalized.

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Finally, I am pretty much done with our school room!!  I am so excited to show it to you so make sure to come back tomorrow to see it!!

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Homeschooling, Organizing

Personalized Library Bag for Back to School – Free Cut File

We are getting ready for back to school in full force at our house!!  We are starting back on MONDAY!!  And there is still several things I want to finish up before we start back.  Hopefully I get it all done!!  One of the projects I have finished up for our back to school and just in time for our pre-first day of school library trip is this adorable library bag.  With us homeschooling we pick up a lot of books at the library and we usually try to go once a week.  That doesn’t always happen, but when it doesn’t we usually still have plenty of books until our next trip anyway.

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When the children and I went looking for this bag I told them I wanted one that I could add some heat transfer vinyl to and make it custom for us.  I didn’t want a bag that was too girly looking since I do have two boys.  I had this vision in my head of the shape I wanted the bag to be and I wanted a pocket on it.  So we looked one day at Hobby Lobby and it was a week that just happen to have their Me & My B.A.G. products on sale!!  Of course that meant a good bite of their blank bags were sold out.  But as the children and I walked up and down the aisle looking for just the prefect bag until we found this one.  Its a natural laminated jute tote with canvas pocket.  I so did not realize the inside was laminated until AFTER I had used it on the heat press, oops!!  But it came out just fine!!

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On the pocket I wanted to add a quote.  When the children asked me what I was going to put on it they were all saying stuff and I told them I wanted a cute quote to put on it.  One of the children said “what about a Dr. Suess quote”?  Of course, you can never go wrong with Dr. Suess and children so I went to searching online for the prefect quote when I came upon this one:

“The more you read, the more you know, the more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Suess

I just knew this was the prefect quote for our library bag!!

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I decided to use red and blue for the writing to make it gender neutral and I wanted some of the words to stand out more.  So I made read, know, learn and you’ll go in a larger bolder font.  Now our bag is all ready for our before school starts library trip!!  Bradley official starts school next week and we are going to need lots of books with him learning how to read!!

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Want to make your own bag??  You can download your own copy of the cut file here.  Please remember all file downloads and printables are free FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.  No commercial use or redistribution is permitted.  This means that you can use the files to make things for yourself or as gifts but you are NOT permitted to sell any items you create with the files.  You also may not sell or share the files themselves.

If you use my cut file to create your own bag or other item I would love to see it!!  Please comment below with a link where I can see it or tag me on Instagram.

Homeschooling, Thursday To Do

Thursday To Do #3

So if have seen my last two post in this series, #1 and #2, then you know I have ALOT of work to do to make this house our home, which I have done NONE of this past week.  BUT…I also still have my regular everyday stuff to do such as preparing for the next school year.

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I spent about three days where all I did was plan for next school year.  Normally this is a process that I start in January and by the end of the school year I am basically ready for the next school year other than pulling out last years school work and setting up for the next year.  But with all of this moving, yep I started this process LAST WEEK!!!!  But surprisingly I have come along way in a week.

My newest love in the planner world is Happy Planners (more about that later) so of course I went out and picked up one of the Teacher Happy Planners for this next school year.  I absolutely love how cute it is and the stickers that go with it are even cuter!!  I have been working on creating some personalized stickers for my planner.  Be sure to keep an eye out for them.

Thursday To Do #3

I have planned out our whole school calendar.  I don’t like to have short weeks so this year I decided to plan a fall break during the week of Labor Day since we start back early August.  After that other than Thanksgiving break, Christmas break and spring break we are not planning for any other days off.  One nice thing about homeschooling is that even when you have something else going on (like bad weather) we can still do our school work.  I do actually have more days planned than our cover school requires.  But honestly we enjoy school and even during our breaks we still end up doing stuff related to school.

I have planned out which curriculum we are using for everything this year.  This year is Bradley’s first required year of school, so he will be joining us in some stuff this year and he will have some of his own stuff to do this year as well.  Our curriculum is based on a Charlotte Mason method.  Later on I’ll give you a break down of all the curriculum we are using this year.  One thing I have found that I really like to do is purchase e-books instead of physical books because I am generally using the same book for multiple children and it ends up being cheaper that way.

To Do List

  • Make Subject Stickers
  • Send Registration to Cover School
  • Set Up Kindles
  • Sell Old Curriculum
  • Order New Curriculum
  • Purchase Supplies
  • Pull Old Curriculum Off Shelves
  • Pull Need Curriculum from Totes
  • Sign Up for Homeschool Minder
  • Pack 2017-2018 School Work
  • Label Memory Verse Box
  • Research Kindergarten More
  • Make Shape Lacing Cards
  • Laminate Matching Cards
  • Gather Counting Books

This was my to do list that I started in my planner as I was working and as you can see I have already marked off a good many things.  I seriously can not believe Bradley is already starting Kindergarten, it seems like we were just bringing him home from the NICU and running back and forth to the doctor everyday.

Be sure to check back next week and hopefully I will have a lot more knocked off this list and more off of my to do list from redecoration the school room.