FREE Monthly Meal Plan

Monthly Meal Planning Made Easy.

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As a busy homeschool mom, I like to plan my meals ahead for the month. Now, by plan, I must say I don’t always stick to it perfectly, but having a skeleton to work with helps. I have four weeks of planned meals, generally with a theme for each day. (Friday is always pizza, Tuesday is always crockpot) and that helps me a great deal! Yet, life always gets in the way, so I am able to quickly move these meals around as needed. But at least I have 28 ideas ahead of time and I can shop and prepare for them easily. I also am including a blank template for you to write your meals on, or use post it notes and switch them around as the month goes on. Easy peasy!!!

The meal plan starts on Sundays and is a four week spread. Customize as you please for your family. I hope this helps you plan for a more efficient and easy homeschool day 🙂

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Daily Bible Reading Activity for the Whole Family


Family Bible Activity

Recently my husband started a new daily Bible reading activity for all of us.

Every morning, we each get our slip of paper that he prepares ahead of time with the verse for the day and a task for each of us.


The task can involve different things, like this example. My daughter loves photography, so he incorporated that into her verse.


This is for the younger ones:

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He expresses to the children in the morning, that he may or may not ask them about the task, but the important thing is to be prepared.

We are really enjoying this new activity each day. We are getting in the Word even more and learning to apply it in different ways. I am thankful for a husband who is leading our family spiritually.








Our Bible Based Homeschool Plans 2014-2015

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Planning your homeschool year?


I am in full swing of planning our new year. As always, I tweak this every year depending on where we are at…each stage of life is different! This is the first year I will “officially” be homeschooling all four of my children, as I now have an “official” kindergartner! I also have an 8th grader, which means we have an eye on the next few years…

Here is what we have so far:


Bible: Our study will consist of Acts and Romans. We will tie this into our history studies as well. We will go through the book of Acts and read commentaries, listen to sermons, etc. as we go.

I am also planning on having the older kids write out a book of the Bible at a time into a notebook. We will probably start with Acts since that is what we are studying.

History: Mystery of History Volume 2: The Early Church and Middle Ages. I am SO SO very excited about this. I have been reading through it and it looks fantastic. It looks so perfect for our family. The activities are right up our alley. I can not wait to start! 🙂


Geography: We will study the geography of the lands that we are reading about in Acts and Mystery of History, but I also want to once a week review countries, continents, oceans, and states and capitals with my olders, and start teaching them to the kindergartner. I don’t have anything formal for this, except books, maps, etc.

Science: Apologia. The younger children will be finishing Exploring Creation with Physics and Chemistry. We started last year and took a slow pace. The kindergartner will listen in, and he will also explore his world outdoors- science will be informal for him.


My 8th grader will do Apologia’s Physical Science for middle school.


Foreign Language: my 8th grader will be using Middlebury Interactive Foreign Language Program online. I will be sharing a review in September, so be sure to watch for it 🙂

Language Arts: IEW for the 8th grader- another review coming on this in the fall 🙂 My younger boys will be doing Language Lessons from Queen Homeschool.


The kindergartner will be doing Explode the Code and learning to read.


Penmanship and SpellingPrint to Cursive Proverbs Copywork from Simply Charlotte Mason for my 4th and 6th grader. They will also continue with Spelling Wisdom from Simply Charlotte Mason.



Math: Math U See for all. (Alpha, Delta, Zeta, and Algebra)


Logic: The Fallacy Detective for 8th grader and 6th grader


Literature: Family Read Alouds and Individual Reading: various, I am working on book lists.

Robotics team- 4th and 6th grader

Photography class – 8th grader

Public Speaking with Institute For Cultural Communicators (all)

Fine Arts- Lots of music, dance, drama, and computer art classes at a local fine arts program for all grades.


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Our Schedule for 2014 in Our Bible Based Homeschool

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I have put together a {loose} schedule for us to start anew in 2014 in our Bible based homeschool. For the most part, things will remain, but with a few tweaks here and there.

As most of you know, I am not ever tied to a schedule. I allow life to get in the way and let life teach us more times than not. Yet, there is something that the kids and I both need about a schedule at times. It provides us with some structure and stability and it helps to know what to expect each day. We are aware though, that the schedule can get shaken up at anytime, and that is the beauty of homeschooling- learning to adapt in real life!

I share it here with the caveat: Our homeschool is not your homeschool. This is an idea of what we strive for, and if that helps you in anyway, so be it. I do not intend to say this the way to do it, or this should be copied. Take what you can from it… (note-Tuesdays we are out all day at our Fine Arts program and Thursdays we are out in the morning for a co-op class) 

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As you can see, we start the day with Family Hour. This is the meat of our day. We will never skip this time, no matter how busy. We study the Bible together during this time. (I use “hour” loosely, as it can go longer if we are in discussions, etc.)

Right now we are studying the Gospels, and are working through Matthew. I will read the passage out loud, or the kids will take turns reading out loud. Everyone follows along in their Bible.

Then we discuss the passage. I use various commentaries, websites, or other sources to help us dig in. The kids have a Bible notebook to take notes. Sometimes we may use other books or videos. We also use this time to study history together. Right now we read books about Ancient Rome so we can get an idea of what life was like during the events we are reading about in the Bible.

After our discussion, we pray and sometimes we worship.

Next it’s time for Individual work. My 7th grader gets a list of assignments for the week on Monday. She is responsible to have all of the tasks complete by Friday. Her work consists of a Math U See lesson each day, Apologia General Science, a writing assignment for the week (right now she is working on a Research paper about Ancient Rome.) Other weeks she has worked on different types of essays. I usually tie them into our Bible reading some how. You can see these FREE Rome Writing Prompts here:


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She also has reading assignments and right now is working through Augustus Caesar’s World.
She also works on homework for her public speaking class, has Bible assignments, and she also has to practice cello, dance, and her sewing.

The younger boys (5th and 3rd grade) work on Math U See. Then we do Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physics and Chemistry together, Spelling Wisdom (from Simply Charlotte Mason) and a writing assignment. They also have reading assignments, Bible verses to memorize, and copywork. Again, I try to tie in as much as I can to our Bible study.

Both boys also work on public speaking class homework, and my younger son practices guitar.

After lunch I read aloud to all of the kids. We have read The Chronicles of Narnia, A Christas Carol, Charlotte’s Web, Life in Ancient Rome, just to name a few.

After our reading time, they finish up any tasks not completed yet and have quiet time. I have a basket of books they can choose from for leisure reading. I work on my blogs, answer emails, etc. during lunch and this time.

Anytime after 4 pm, they are allowed electronics. Everyone loves the iPad around here, but it must wait until 4 pm!

I hope this glimpse into our day helps answer some questions you may have about our Bible based homeschool.