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Tips & Tricks: Extending a Year

Last year we did 1st grade. This year I have decided to extend our 1st grade year. My main and only reason for this is because I would like our daughter to get a little better at reading before we move onto 2nd grade. Academically she is still ahead for her age. She will be half a year ahead of where she would be if she was in public school. I may move onto 2nd grade before the year is up but we will see. There maybe many reasons to extend a school year. Your child may need a little extra help, they may not have retained the information, you could have had a difficult year (moving, a new addition to the family, etc). There is no shame in continuing a school year. If you do not want to redo a whole school year you can move on in certain subjects and stay with the same grade level in other classes. The great thing about homeschooling is that you can decide what is the best option for your children.  Since this year we will be continuing with 1st grade I have decided to add in some extra

Cross Stitch: 3D Gingerbread House

 Decorate for the holidays with these cute ginger bread houses! Houses measure about 2.5 inches wide and 3 inches tall. Prices: Candy House 30$ + shipping  Hanging Lights 30$ + shipping  Decorated Roof 30$ + shipping  Gingerbread House  Candy House Hanging Lights Decorated Roof

Review: TENZI Game

We love to play games during school and anytime during the day. Our latest game is TENZI Game . At first glance it may seem that this is just a bunch of dice but what we saw are tons of possibilities. The diced are intended to be played by tossing the dice then you collect the ones that do not match and toss those. Everyone playing repeats this process until all of their dice match. Whoever manages to get all their dice matched first wins the game. Our daughter quite enjoys this game. It is easy to understand and can be played very quickly. You get enough dice for up to 4 people to play. If you want to extend your options for games you can play then get these nifty deck of cards; TENZI Card Deck . What is really great about these diced is that they are able to grow with your child. First, you can use them to help teach numbers 1 through 6 when your child is starting out learning their numbers. They can help with correlation between numbers and how many dots are on the dice. Then you ca

Review: Famous Figures of Ancient Times

Timberdoodle has don’t it again! I am beyond impressed with their choices of homeschool curriculum.  Famous Figures of Ancient Times  goes along so well with The Story of the World . I read what I have to teach that week before hand and look through Famous Figures to see if it has a project for the person being introduced in our history class. There are even little cards that have information about each person. What I really like about Famous Figures is that there are two of each person. One for the teacher and one for the stupor color and put together. Since The Story of the World does not have a lot of pictures it is helpful to put a face to the name of the person they are learning about. I use Timberdoodle’s online scheduler  but I took Famous Figures off of it so that I could do it along with our history book when the people where mentioned. The only downside to this book is that it doesn’t come with those little prong pieces to join the people together. We had some leftover from

Facebook Page: Homeschool

When I first started OneLuckeyWife it was only for the crafts that I hand make and sell. Since we started homeschooling I decided to add that into my blog as well. My Instagram will still have both the crafts I sell and our homeschool life lumped together. OneLuckeyWife has a Facebook page which has all the crafts I post pictures of. All 3 (IG, FB and blog) will post about sales and giveaways going on. Giveaways will be specific to one platform at a time. New to OneLuckeyWife is a  Facebook  page for our homeschool world. This page will have when we add a new review, fun things we do at school and milestones. OneLuckeyWife (craft/homeschool) can be reached on IG as OneLuckeyWife . OneLuckeyWife can be reached on FB as One Luckey Wife . OneLuckeyWife: Homeschool can be reached on FB as LuckeyEducationPrep .

Review: The Reading Lesson Book

 Even though our daughter started reading very early (- month before turning 3) I want to make sure she has every opportunity to become the best reader she can be. We use All About Reading as our main reading curriculum but when I saw  The Reading Lesson Book  on  Timberdoodle’s website  I had to get it. I wanted to see if it would enhance what our daughter has already learned. This book has 20 lessons and each lesson has sounds and letters to learn. When a new letter is introduced the teacher page before the lesson will tell you how that letter should be pronounced. The very beginning shows the difference between a letter, word and a sentence. I like this because when a child is first learning to read they probably do not know there is a difference. They may only know that a page has a bunch of letters in it.  The book starts off with combining two letter sounds to get before moving onto sounding out a full word. I was surprised that lesson 3 has the “th” sound. The book really just

Crafts: Custom Orders

I have done many custom orders in past. If you see a pattern/item that you would really like just send me an email ( or message me on Instagram or FaceBook . I will make inquiries on if I can sell the finished piece. I am able to crochet, cross stitch, embroider and do diamond paintings/dots. Custom orders do not have an additional fee but some may require a non-refundable deposit. If you are looking to have a custom order done for a specific event/holiday then get with me sooner rather than later. I have a queue and each item I make is handmade so they take time to create. I have done some rush orders before. If you need to rush an order there will be an extra charge depending on how soon the order needs to be delivered.