November Lesson Plan

This month I wanted to continue our homeschool learning and actually sit down and create a plan or curriculum. I am doing a combination of homeschooling and unschooling. I want to have a structured day, but also a “go with the flow” kind of day. My kids are young so that is why I feel like I can be a little relaxed when starting school at home. I recently learned about unschooling and love the idea of that. I know every child is different and what works for one of my kids may not work for the other. That is how I came up with this system of trying both.

First, by breaking the month down to each week, I could decide what the theme is for that week. During that week, we will focus on five objectives for each day, which are:

  • Language
  • Gross motor
  • Fine motor
  • Math
  • Science

These are the main areas for development and learning. The day we focus on fine motor, for example, we would most likely practice cutting with scissors or stringing jewels on a string to make a necklace. Each of these learning areas, gives you a lot of ways to use in daily life and its up to us as parents to make it fun to learn! Other areas, if you choose to use, are:

  • Practical Life
  • Sensory
  • Exercise or sports
  • Music
  • Cooking or home making

These are just an added bonus and do not take much time, but something I believe is important also. Now without making this too long, lets get into this months Lesson Plan!

Week 1: November 2 – 6

Theme: Hibernation/birds migration

Letter: Hh Number: 15 Shape: Triangle Color: Orange

Goal: Learn five senses; practice memory cards; make something.

Movie: Lorax Books: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Key words: Harvest; healthy; hats; helping; holidays; home

Week 2: November 9 – 12

Theme: Native Americans/friendship

Letter: Nn Number: 14 Shape: Square Color: Red

Goal: Tracing lines; art project using glue; field trip.

Movie: Pocahontas Books: Rainbow Crow

Key words: November; nature; new moon.

Week 3: November 16 – 20

Theme: Thanksgiving food/traditions

Letter: Cc Number: 13 Shape: Rhombus Color: Brown

Goal: Mixing colors; sink or float experiment; scooping and measuring.

Movie: Chicken run Books: How to Catch a Turkey

Key words: Cooking; colors; corn; celebrating; country; cleaning.

Week 4: November 23 – 27

Theme: Thanksgiving story

Letter: Tt Number: 20 Shape: Trapezoid Color: Yellow

Goal: Trace and write name; recognize letter sounds; make dessert.

Movie: Free Birds Books: Thanksgiving Story

Key words: Thankful; turkey; trees; tractors.

Well, that is all I have for this month! Every Sunday I plan for the week ahead in more detail, as I said above, which helps me plan what I need to buy or have ready for projects or lessons that day/week. Please let me know what you think or what I should add, since I am new to this homeschool way of life and I am learning along with them. I would love to hear from you about what you do and how you teach your kids. Thanks for reading and feel free to share away!

5 Things to do Everyday to Keep Your House Clean!

If you feel like you are falling behind on laundry and housecleaning, whether you live alone, or have a family of five to care for, it is hard to stay on top of things at home. I am constantly feeling like I am playing catchup. After my second child, I had to start getting into a routine in order to stay on top of cleaning. I came up with a good system that has been working so far, and has really helped my stress level. Even if I am not home for most of the day, I can still do these 5 simple things:

1. A little laundry a day keeps the piles away

Do a load of laundry everyday, even if its just a few shirts or towels, it will keep the laundry from piling up. Doing laundry everyday sounds annoying, but then you don’t have to worry about it on the weekend when you really just wanted to relax.

Make a laundry chart! Example below:


A chart may help remind everyone to do their laundry and less stress on you! Unless, you do the household laundry then in that case the chart just reminds you which is great too!

2. Set a cleaning schedule
Dust/vacuum upstairsClean bathroomsDust/vacuum downstairsClean kitchen Dry/wet mopping

Above, was an example of my cleaning schedule, although, it is not entirely complete, but you get the idea. This is just my everyday small stuff that I can handle doing, to keep the hair and crumbs off the floor as much as possible. My actual cleaning that I do is one to two major days of deep thorough cleaning. The easy, quick stuff is sweeping or vacuum high traffic areas and keeping bathrooms clean and smelling fresh.

3. One last walk through before bed

I am constantly picking up toys throughout the day and cleaning up messes, but it always seems to come back. Now that the kids are a little older, they know we have to pick up everything and put it away before bed. Try making it a fun game to see how many things they can pick up in 5 minutes! We made it part of our bedtime routine, pick up, put pjs on, brush teeth and get into bed. While they are picking up and getting ready for bed, I do one last walk through the house. I especially clean up the kitchen with all the after dinner mayhem, because waking up in the morning is so much more calming knowing that I don’t have to clean up the mess from the night before. Doing this has made me start my days happier and less stressful!

4. Take out the trash

This one may seem like an unnecessary hassle, but especially with a growing family, we go through a lot of trash and I don’t like seeing it or smelling it. It’s also one of those things where you wake up happier with a fresh smelling home, without all the lingering odors. With the kids and the dogs and cooking, there is always some sort of smell in the home, but doesn’t have to be a garbage smell, so taking out the trash every night helps get rid of one nasty smell.

And finally…

5. Pick out your clothes for the next day

I have always done this, since I was in high school or even longer, because I am not a morning person. It takes many alarms to finally get me out of bed and start getting ready, so having my clothes already picked out cuts down on wasting time in the morning and more sleep for me! Now that I have kids, it helps because, well I have girls, and I am not sure if it is a girl thing but they are so picky about their clothes and somedays they want to match! So, to cut down on the arguing about what outfits match and the tantrum about how they need to wear a dress everyday, this has really kept me sane! My oldest loves this part of the bedtime routine, and hangs her outfit for the next day nicely on the hanger. If you have an early doctor appointment or coffee date, this will really help you in the morning!

Extra: Not everyday but will help for the week

Grocery shopping once a week is really helpful because if you have kids then going to the grocery store feels like you just ran a marathon! So if you can cut back on grocery shopping by meal planning for the week so you know exactly what to buy really helps with that hassle.

Also, prepping your meals that you planned out helps cut the cooking time down since we all know how quickly kids get bored and impatient. If you can’t take one day to prep for the whole week, because I know that sounds like a huge chunk of your day lost, then try prepping the night before. It is a small amount for that whole next day and it shouldn’t take hours just for that one day. Plan a time of day where you can cut, marinate, pack in a bag, and put in the fridge for the next day so that your breakfast, lunch, and dinner are ready to go, besides the cooking part. This will cut down all that extra time and maybe you can work your way up to prepping for the whole week. I personally have not mastered that skill yet, however, everyone is different. Do it your way because you know best what fits your lifestyle and your time!

How to Find your Niche

Do you ever have the feeling that you’re just not good at anything?

That is me, I am still searching for that one special skill I have. There are many things I enjoy doing, whether I am good at or not. I just hate that I don’t have that one talent I am known for and make part of my life. When I became a stay at home mom, I wanted something fun that I could do so I wouldn’t go stir crazy, and added bonus make some extra money! Before I became a SAHM, I was a preschool teacher and loved my job, however, other than lesson planning, art projects, and singing songs all day, I couldn’t figure out what I was good at.

I am a mom.

I am also so much more than just a mom.


As I was sitting at home with my little one, I would research all these different jobs I could do at home and make money. The ideal jobs I thought were the most interesting were not realistic for me, because I didn’t have a particular skill needed to do the jobs, such as crafting, what can I make? As I laughed about my non skill of crafting, I thought about my options. And since I can’t actually go to work because daycare is expensive and I have no one that can watch the kids, I don’t have a lot of options.

After much research about different work from home jobs, I realized my number one job is staying home with the kids and be able to homeschool. Therefore, any job I start doing has to be flexible enough with my every day schedule, and can not get to the point where it makes my life busier. I applaud the working moms, and moms who run their own business and be able to take care of their house and family.

I am not one of those people that can take on a lot, I have a hard enough time keeping up with laundry and dishes. So I decided to write down all my “skills” and degrees/licenses I have and started several categories for possible jobs.

  • Skills/licenses
  • Work from home jobs
  • Night work
  • Things I enjoy
  • Things I want to try

After writing down all the job ideas I had for each category, I still could not choose one. I read somewhere that if you cleared your mind and have a blank piece of paper in front of you and a pen, you can do this exercise.

First close your eyes. Clear your mind (easier said than done, but try). Now, with that pen and piece of paper in front of you write down all things that interest you or passionate about. Don’t think, just write, no stopping. Write down everything that comes to you. Once you put the pen down, you will be surprised with what you came up with and something may pop out to you that sparks your inner creativity!

You can do this exercise everyday, and may come up with new ideas or may write down the same ideas. Everyone is passionate about something, but sometimes you may need a little extra help to find out what that is and how you can make it part of your life.

Asking family and friends about what they think you are good at or passionate about may help too. Sometimes, others may see something in you that you don’t. It never hurts to ask for help, and ask yourself this question:

Can you work while taking care of your little one(s)?

If the whole reason you wanted a job you can do from home is to stay home with the kids, make sure to keep that at the front of your mind when searching through all these ideas.

Remember, never giving up is a skill! Keep trying to find your passion! Do what you love, even if you don’t make any money at first and share your talent!

Being a mom is the greatest talent we all have in common.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share your ideas of how you found your passion!

About Me

Mother: [muhth-er] (n) One who nurtures, cares for and loves unconditionally; is depended on 24/7, works around the clock for free, and loved by so many.

Hi, my name is Chelsey, and I am a stay at home mom of two little girls. I love to write, I may not be the strongest writer, but I love the idea of writing and sharing my feelings and experiences. Even more than writing, I love being a mom and being able to stay home with my kids is a blessing.

Before my calling to writing this blog, and before I even had kids, I was a pre-school teacher for ages 2-3. I loved my teaching job, and I also loved being able to come home to peace and quiet (those days are gone now). I believed that my job had prepared me to be a mom and that it was going to be easy. Boy was I wrong!

Being a full time mom and homemaker was hard and I still am struggling to stay on top of things. Some days I feel like I accomplished remodeling a whole house, when in reality I just dusted and vacuumed, and other days I feel like a complete failure, thinking of all the things I need to get done. It’s OK to feel this, but the reality is you are a mom with children, who gets to have her moments.

I am not perfect and I mess up (a lot). That is why I wanted to write down my triumphs and fails, and to share what worked and what didn’t. I am no professional, nor do I have a PHD, I just keep trying new things and learn from my mistakes until I finally succeed.

Of course everyone is different, what worked for me may not work for someone else, I just simply want to share my messy craziness of a life. If you would like to follow my adventure through family life, I am happy to have you. I also love meeting new people and would love to hear from you about your crazy experiences as well!