Memoria Press Kindergarten Review

Charity has officially finished Kindergarten! This was our second year using Memoria Press, and we continue to be very impressed with it. In this post, I will describe the parts of the curriculum and share my thoughts about the books included in the Kindergarten set!

In Kindergarten, there are five divisions of study: Bible, Phonics, Math, Copywork, Recitation, and Enrichment. Each day’s assigned work is clearly lined out in the teacher’s manual which is so helpful!

For Bible, the lessons are a short reading from the Bible story book. 

This story Bible has beautiful illustrations!

For Phonics, the lessons are taken primarily from a set of books called First Start Reading along with Core Skill Phonics books K and 1. Each lesson usually consisted of a couple writing pages and some reading practice.

Here is the very first lesson of the year.

And the last lesson! So fun to see how much she learned in a year!

For Math, we used Rod and Staff Mathematics 1. In Kindergarten, we completed the first half of this book. In First Grade, we will work through the second half. Each lesson is two pages long and includes review of past concepts while slowly introducing new ones.

And again, here is the first lesson.

And the last! Such a big difference!

In Copywork, the student copies a Bible verse or short poem. This emphasizes learning to write neatly and carefully.

Recitation is the part of the day where the student memorizes and recites facts. Each week, a new fact is learned and added to the recitation. Charity learned so much from this, including the continents, months, planets, and more!

Enrichment includes a read aloud literature book and corresponding craft every week, a music selection, and an art flash card to learn about! The literature books can be purchased as a set through Memoria. Or, like we did, you can buy them individually on Amazon. Most are probably even available at a local library! This section is somewhat optional, depending on the time available.

Also included for part of the year are readings from this book. We really enjoyed learning about different animals!

My impression of Memoria Press is that it is a very thorough curriculum without a lot of frills. It primarily uses reading and writing as the mode of learning, versus hands on activities or visuals. Their books are interesting, but they are not extremely colorful or entertaining. This works for me because the amount of work is not overwhelming, and I can supplement with other more exciting materials where I want to. It provides an excellent backbone for my curriculum which I can flesh out on my own. We are planning to continue using Memoria Press for First Grade!

Linking up with another homeschool blog today and to Homeschool Blog and Tell!


Weekly Highlights 4/30-5/6

My last post was all about John; so this post is about what Charity and Micaiah have been up to!

Micaiah doesn’t like to blow his own horn, but he thinks he’s pretty cute. 😉

Charity is busy as ever with her crafts! She made a stick horse all by herself!

Reading is her other favorite thing to do! We got her these books recently, and she loves them. They are fun, simple stories about Henry and his big dog, Mudge. We got her the Collector Set #1 and Set #2.

I had a good shopping trip on Saturday and found ten things at Goodwill to sell on eBay!

This was my favorite find, a Tory Burch dress. It already sold for $36! 

And here is the recipe for the week, funfetti cupcakes like I promised! 

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
Included in that link is a recipe for vanilla frosting. But, if you’re like me, you can’t imagine eating cake without chocolate being involved. So here is the recipe for chocolate frosting that I used.

Milk Chocolate Frosting

1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

3 and 1/2 cups (420g) confections’ sugar

1/2 cup (45g) unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream or milk

Using a mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add cocoa and sugar and salt slowly. Beat until the butter has absorbed the sugar. Add the vanilla and milk to desired consistency.

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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John is 3!

Today was John’s 3rd birthday! 

Good morning, Birthday Boy!

Birthday Food

He had a special waffle breakfast, hot dogs for lunch, and lasagna for dinner, some of his favorite things!

John loves tractors so I was thrilled when I found these John Deere cupcake picks on Amazon for decorating his cupcakes! They were homemade funfetti cupcakes with chocolate frosting. The recipe will be included in my Monday post.

Time to blow out the candle!
Birthday Presents 

He got two cool water guns! He is so excited to play with these on a hot day!

Also, from my parents, he got this slide!

Micaiah likes the slide too!
Matt and I got him another set of magnet tiles to add to what we already had.

Matt’s parents got him this lawnmower. One of his favorite things to do is pretend to mow!

And off he went!

We are so thankful for our John! He brings so much joy and excitement to our family every day.
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Weekly Highlights 4/23-4/29

Last week, Matt’s grandma cane down from Michigan for a few days. We always enjoy seeing her! Since John’s birthday is on the 5th, she gave him his present early! 

It’s a John Deere tractor!

We also got to watch my two youngest nieces for a few hours. They were so fun! Here’s Paisley giving John a sweet kiss. 😍

Recently, we hung two bird feeders in our backyard. The kids are loving watching the birds! And we got a bird guide so we know what kinds they are. It’s so cute hearing them talk about the birds and giving them personalities!

Cardinals are a favorite.

Here are two of my Goodwill finds from last week!

This dress is from J Crew. Such a classic style!

These shoes are from Born Concepts. This brand is another very consistent seller for me!

And here is my weekly recipe! This time I’m sharing a dessert recipe for a change!

This Berry Cobbler is a Paula Dean recipe. It is written for a slow cooker, but I bake it in the oven at 350 for about an hour. You just want to make sure the biscuit topping is completely cooked and not doughy. It is very yummy with vanilla ice cream!
What did you do last week?

Weekly Highlights 4/16-4/22

We had a fun Easter Sunday! The boys wore matching outfits, and Charity dressed up in a new Easter dress.

Complete with an Easter hat!

After church, we went to Nana and Papa’s house for lunch and an Easter egg hunt! The kids loved that.

Recently, my mom got Charity a book about a girl and her friends who make dress up clothes for themselves out of craft supplies. Charity was inspired! She made a vest out of tissue paper.

And a tutu out of paper and tissue paper. I love her creativity!

Love the photo bombers as well!

Here is my favorite Goodwill find of the week! It is a Joseph Ribkoff dress in great condition.

And my recipe of the week:

Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from the blog Spend with Pennies. This blog has a lot of yummy easy recipes! I like to add ham to these potatoes and serve corn on the side.
What did you do last week? Tell me about it in a comment! Thanks for reading!

Weekly Highlights 4/9-4/15

With the Kids

On Monday, Charity and John helped Matt put this brick border around our front flower bed! They loved working outside with their Daddy.The week went like normal until Thursday when we had this. . .Poor Micaiah had a fever 😢.It only lasted a day, thankfully! The other kids caught it too and rested all day Saturday. And that was the week with the kids.

Without the Kids

I spent a gift card that I got for Christmas and bought this painting for our living room! I love the white flowers.

My favorite find at Goodwill last week was these Asics shoes! It is hard to find athletic shoes that are worth selling because they are usually so worn.

Recipe of the week

This was a super easy dinner that I made last week, and it was very tasty!

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches


Chicken breasts

2 cups water

1 cup Caesar dressing

Hamburger buns

Toppings such as lettuce, tomato, etc.


Put chicken and water in slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours. Drain water and shred chicken. Mix with the Caesar dressing. Serve on the hamburger buns with a side of fruit!

What did you do last week?

Weekly Highlights 4/2-4/8: Wikki Stix and Mac and Cheese!

We had a good week, mostly playing indoors because of the weather.

Fun with Creative Toys!

A couple weeks ago I shared pictures of the kids playing with magnetic tiles . Another of their favorite toys is Wikki Stix! These odd-looking waxy sticks are actually very cool! They stick to each other and to any hard object and can be formed into just about any shape.

Picture of Wikki Stix made into FlowersThese are little baskets with flowers in them that Charity made.

Uses for Wikki Stix, Decorating a WallThey stick to the wall too! Charity used them to hang her picture up and write her and John’s names!

Wikki Stix Storage CaseHere is a better look at them.

Random Cuteness:

Micaiah loves his Taggie Monkey! He was holding on to it even after he went to sleep. 😍

Ebay sourcing:

Toms white lace shoesThese were my favorite Goodwill find last week! They are super cute Toms shoes.
Weekly Recipe:

Ultra Creamy Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

1 box of macaroni

4 cups cheddar cheese, grated

2 cans cream of chicken soup

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 tsp. Ground mustard

1 tsp. Onion powder

Cook the pasta but only until very al dente. Mix with all other ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook for 2 hours on high. I like to add a package of cubed ham to make it a main dish! We love this dinner!

Thanks for reading! What did you do last week?
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Weekly Highlights 3/26-4/1

Last week, we took the kids to Chick-Fil-A and enjoyed the play area!Micaiah was a little confused about what to do.Charity and Micaiah have the same smile in this picture!Sneaky John.This is his camera smile, silly boy.My favorite Goodwill find of the week! It is a brand new J Crew sweater and such a pretty color!I spent a lot of time last week knitting this little sweater. It is for one of my best friend’s baby girl! Baby things are so much fun to make!

I made these meatballs last week! They are one of our favorites either with pasta or as sandwiches.


1 lb. ground beef 

3/4 cup bread crumbs

 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 egg, beaten  

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1 pinch salt, or to taste 

1 (14 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce 

Mix beef, seasonings, bread crumbs, cheese, and egg. Form into balls and place in slow cooker. Cover with sauce and cook on low for around four hours. Serve either on buns with mozzarella or over pasta.

Thanks for reading! What did you do last week?

Rocksbox Review #2 and a Promo Code!

A while ago I tried Rocksbox for one month and posted about it. A couple weeks ago, they offered me another free month! Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service. If you pay a monthly fee of $21, they send three pieces of jewelry for you to wear as much as you like! When you are done with them, you return them using a prepaid label that they provide. Here is what I got!Part of the fun is the pretty packaging!They include a note from a stylist with suggestions on how to wear the jewelry.First are these dangly blue earrings. I like the color of them. They are a bit longer than what I normally wear, however.Next were these stud earrings. I like these a lot! They are a fun way to add sparkle to an outfit!And last was this necklace, my favorite! I like the color and design very much.Overall, this box was a big improvement over my first! There were no damaged pieces, and I will enjoy wearing all three for a few weeks. I will still not be subscribing for another month, but it is a fun service!

If any of you would like to try a month for free, here is a promotion code for you! Just remember to cancel your account after a month to avoid paying for another month!

Promo code: briannasbff10

Thank you for reading!

Weekly Highlights 3/20-3/26

I was blessed last week by going to a ladies’ fun night at church! One of the ladies brought wooden blocks for us to make into signs. I made three!I had fun making these, visiting with the ladies and eating yummy snacks!

Here are a couple of my favorite Goodwill finds to sell from last week!This dress is such a pretty color!

And these are Clarks sandals which almost always sell quickly for me!
And here is a link to the recipe for one the dinners I made last week. We enjoy these topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and salsa!


I also got another free box from Rocksbox, the jewelry subscription service! I will be reviewing that in my next post so check back here to find out what I got!

What did you do last week?