Davao Homeschooling Family

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

FREE preschool homeschool curriculum!!

I'm a sucker for homeschool freebies because it just makes homeschooling a whole lot easier! As I've shared with my mom friends, I don't really follow a curriculum in our preschool homeschool. I just observe what my girls are into and incorporate it in our daily lessons. The problem with my system is that I always lose track of what my kids are "supposed to learn" in preschool. And that's where homeschool freebies come in, particularly free preschool homeschool curriculum!

There are a lot of homeschooling moms who offer free curricula that you can download online. However, the problem with these is that they offer the curriculum in sets. For example, one homeschooling blog is offering an alphabet-based preschool curriculum. She releases ABC this week, DEF next week (or month), and so on. After maybe 3-4 weeks, I completely forget to download the next sets!! Sucks. Download set - print - lesson - wait for next set - forget :(


So when I received an email from Homeschool Giveaways (I'm an email subscriber; you should subscribe too! They send fab freebie and giveaway alerts!) a few days back about getting a FREE preschool curriculum, I was ecstatic! Now I can follow our girls' progress in one single PDF. And if I feel extra industrious, I might even print some worksheets (also in the pdf) for the girls to work on ;-) Which reminds me, I need to buy ink for our HP printer, haha!

The "Look What I can Do!" curriculum is $19.95 normally~ fair price actually but if you can get it for free, such a blessing for frugal homeschooling family! :) It is composed of 34 lessons that will teach your 4- and 5-year olds about letter recognition, phonics (letter sounds), writing upper and lowercase letters, writing their name, read simple words via phonics, counting 1-10, shapes, opposites, days of the week, and most importantly: positive character traits! You can download the free curriculum HERE.

Your next step? Download the free preschool curriculum asap as it expires on February 28, 2015. And then share this blessing to other homeschooling families! Remember, sharing is caring! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Davao Date Night Chronicles: Coffee For Peace

Early this year, in a rather lengthy post, I shared my One Word for 2015: cherish. In that post, I said~
THIS YEAR, I CHOSE TO CHERISH MY FAMILY. I will treat my husband with tenderness and affection, I will nurture with care my lovely daughters, I will foster good relations with my parents and my family, I will hold dear and spend time with my friends, I will indulge my talents, I will encourage healthy living, I will cherish my life. Throughout 2015, cherish will be my guiding word in everything that I do.
Coffee For Peace's Mindanao Mint Mocha <3

Aside from my daily love rituals with Labsie, I wanted to have a once a month date night (or day) with him as part of my CHERISH resolve. It could be going to the movies, food trip, malling, or in the case tonight, just chillin' in a Davao coffee shop :) Of course, date night entails NO KIDS. And since our kids are quite clingy, we usually have our dates when they are napping in the afternoon or after bedtime~ when they (hopefully) won't look for us.

We didn't have a date night last January as my husband had a rather erratic work schedule and preferred to sleep when he's at home. So this February, I declare we'll have TWO date nights! Heehee! Date #1 just finished hours ago and we'll probably have Date #2 on Valentines weekend ;-) Here's what we did in our first date night for 2015~ involves food, of course, haha! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

FREE Valentines Day preschool printables!

Hello February!! :) I can't believe January is done! It seemed like the New Year celebration was just yesterday. How time flies!! And so, here we are, the second month of 2015. Valentines Day in two weeks, Chinese New Year, and our girls' birthdays in five weeks. Yes, yes, I have tons of stuff to do! But first, I will print and prepare homeschooling items for Valentines.

I have 3 main websites that I visit to download free homeschooling printables: education.com, Teachers Pay Teachers, and CurrClick. There are a lot of homeschooling blogs and websites that offer free printables but I prefer these sites for the sheer amount and variety of printables they offer :) Also, just to make it clear, these 3 sites also have paid homeschooling stuff, and the Davao Homeschooling Family has used both free and paid content on these sites. Anyway, here are some awesome free Valentines preschool printables that we found:

Valentines Day preschool Math printable from education.com :) The site has seven more preschool Math printables for Valentines so don't forget to download it all! Go here: http://www.education.com/slideshow/preschool-math-printables-valentine/valentines-day-beginning-subtraction

Friday, January 30, 2015

of organizing the bedroom and yearly memories

Oh hai there homeschoolers / homeschooling moms! After slacking off blogging last week, I'm back to slacking this week. So sorry for the lack of updates, huhu! It can't be helped: the kids' colds turned into full-blown flu (colds, cough, fever) and our internet connection has been acting up. But it isn't all bad really, because I spent most of this week cleaning up our bedroom, yay! :) Here's how it looked like after I removed all our things (save for the furniture):

So clean and neat right?! I wish it could stay this way forever but unfortunately, I have to put back the kids' homeschooling items, their clothes and toys. We are co-sleeping that's why all their stuff are in our bedroom. But I know we will not be co-sleeping forever so I'm just taking this one day at a time, and not get overwhelmed with all the stuff. I can do this! Haha!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

that motherhood thing

Yep, motherhood, that's what kept me from blogging this week. Plus cold, rainy nights~ haha! Yep, I just slept like a baby through the past nights and did not even attempt to blog. I have no idea what happened to Davao this week: it has been raining HEAVILY every single night, with loud thunders to boot. The girls often wake up in the middle of the night, crying fearfully because of the loud booms :( Thankfully there were no reports of severe flooding in our city.

Anyway, I can't believe my previous post was last week! I actually have a schedule of posts but I just haven't had the time to follow it. Motherhood shifted into high gear this week and who am I to not follow it right? Our homeschooling hours in the morning were longer because the kids were more than interested than usual to do activities (outdoor and school ones), and then they got sick one after the other with colds which made them extra clingy all day long. There goes my me-time / "serious" blogging time.