3 Free Ways to Add Music Appreciation to an Already Busy Homeschool Day

I’m a homeschool mom.  And I have 8 kids. And my family is very, very busy with so many different activities!  I know how it is and I empathize with you. How can you possibly add music appreciation to your already very busy homeschool day? Well, first of all, why should you even consider it? Along with being a homeschool mom, I’m also a music teacher. I’ve studied music from the time I was 7 and continued throughout college. I {Read More}

Free 20th Century Music Lesson Plans and Printables

I’m happy to share with you today some free 20th century music lesson plans!  My latest is “20th Century Music Overview in 20 Minutes.”  See the download for it below. As you may remember I have spent the past year teaching a 20th Century Music History/Appreciation class at our Tapestry of Grace homeschool co-op.  I taught the 20-minute class twice each Wednesday, once for the elementary kids and once for the middle school and high school students.  Each week was a {Read More}

The Piano Guys–“Frozen” and Vivaldi’s Winter in the Ice Castles

This is absolutely beautiful! The Piano Guys perform “Let it Go” from Frozen with Vivaldi’s Winter in the Ice Castles! (By the way, if the videos don’t show, click over to http://ichoosejoy.org) And so fun to see “behind the scenes”: And this one is for moms only http://moms.popsugar.com/Mom-Let-Go-Cover-34169989 Lastly, the scene that inspired it all–with 113 Million Views!  

Just Give Me Jesus

Yesterday I had the privilege to sing “Just Give Me Jesus” at church.  I love that song!  It’s so beautiful and worshipful.  Years ago (I think I was pregnant with my first) I attended a conference and heard Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter) give a moving recitation about the theme of “Just Give Me Jesus.”  Fernando Ortega was there with a cellist and sang the song as well.  I’ll never forget it! This is as close to the experience {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Little House in the Big Woods

As I mentioned last week we started reading Little House in the Big Woods. We were able to get to a few projects this week.   Here are some pictures of our lapbook (you can find the printables free at Lapbook Lessons.) There is a “Making Cheese” wheel and a felt pocket sewed up (to remember when Laura’s pocket ripped. They decorated the little house in the woods. Here are some of the animals mentioned in the book.   And {Read More}

Funny Friday- Twelve Days of Christmas

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Funny Friday–Jostie Flick Hockey Interview

Here’s a good laugh for you, today! (Contains affiliate links)

Studying whales and walruses with YouTube

We’re studying ocean animals this year and have found YouTube to be a great resource!  Here are my Top Ten favorite whale and walrus videos. (By the way, the picture above was taken by me of a beluga whale at the Shedd Aquarium–one of my favorite places!)   Young Humpback Whale Breaching Swimming With Sperm Whales Spyhopping Killer Whales Lobtailing humpback whales Beluga whale giving birth Narwhals News Reports about Humphrey from 1985.  He’s a humpback whale who mistakenly swam {Read More}

The Adventurer’s Journey–My kids’ first movie!

Last fall my kids and the others from our church were able to film a movie written by one of the older boys in the church.  Here it is! My boys absolutely love making movies! They spend hours doing stop-motion with Legos and making live-action movies using my iPad with the iMovie software. I just downloaded a special 10-week movie-making curriculum from CurrClick that we’re going to learn a lot from!  It’s called Movie Making Basics by Toddler Bites Publishing.

Tax Day: “The Government Can”

In “honor” of Tax Day, I thought you might enjoy Tim Hawkin’s “The Government Can.” Today is also Tax Freedom Day, which means (according to this website) that you have finally worked enough days this year to pay next year’s tax bill!

Funny Friday: “You Might Be a Homeschooler If. . .”

Here’s today’s Funny Friday! Hope you enjoy it (although it might only be funny if you actually homeschool). My son counted 8 that applied to us; I found 13. For example, Saxon fills ME with dread, so we’ve only used Math-U-See! And I know what a jean jumper is, and we don’t wear them! My oldest finished “Silmarillion” yesterday! We also came up with some of our own: You might be a homeschooler if. . . You know who Charlotte {Read More}

Beaver Lapbook

A while ago we did a fun unit study on beavers.  We found lots of great books at the library and watched a neat documentary on Youtube.   The materials for the lapbook were from Hands of a Child, called Busy as a Beaver.   It’s on sale at Curr Click right now!     Purchase this lapbook at Currclick! (Contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting I Choose Joy!)

Funny Friday – Homeschooling Lies

If you haven’t seen this one yet, have a good laugh today! P.S. Today’s the last day for the sale on the DIY Blog Critique!

Two great videos

What a way to worship the Lord! These deaf twin brothers sign in ASL to “How Great is our God.”. I only wish I knew all that they were saying. And here’s one just for fun. Written by my friend’s husband, she sings this song to Tim Tebow encouraging him to ask her sister out on a date! She said to feel free to share it!

Funny Friday–Teaching Manners

Teaching manners around here is a constant process!  Years ago when I told my oldest daughter not to talk with her mouth full (she was 3 at the time), she said, “It’s not full.  There’s no food on this side of my mouth!” I’ve been working on the same issue with my current 3-year-old daughter.  This week we were in the bathroom brushing hair and she got a little sassy with me.  I said, “Don’t talk back to me.”  She {Read More}

Funny Friday-Tim Hawkins Cracker Barrel

I love eating at the Cracker Barrel when we’re on vacation.  Tim Hawkins is hilarious in this one.  Now, I’m always careful which of my kids I’m sitting next to when we’re eating biscuits!

Funny Friday

As you may know, this week is our Anniversary week–13 years!  Thankfully, my husband has never said these things to me!

Funny Friday

Talking dog

Funny Friday-Twin Babies Talking

Here’s a great one to make you laugh today!  It’s of two twin babies “talking” to each other.  My mother-in-law says she remembers her twin brothers doing this sort of thing. I especially love the gestures to give emphasis to the “da-da-da”!

Funny Friday- Chick-Fil-A

When we go on vacations, one of the restaurants we always try to is Chick-Fil-A. If you love Chick-Fil-A, too, you’ll find this hilarious!