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  • Parenting a Headstrong Child Respectfully

    Racheous - Lovable Learning
    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    I have wrote previously about parenting my sensitive child respectfully. Today I wanted to write about parenting a headstrong child respectfully. When you hear about headstrong children – or strong-willed, spirited, even ‘stubborn’ or ‘difficult’ – it’s often negative. My daughter is at a different space in the social and emotional spectrum. Before she could […] The post Parenting a Headstrong Child Respectfully appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

    Sprittibee
    Heather
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    El Picosito Copycat Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I’m proud to be working with the Beef Checkoff. I would have shared this recipe with you regardless, so the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is a perfect partner (since I already use Beef at home every week). Also, you need to know, that although they did provide me with some tips to share about beef, I’m going to share a bunch of additional health information with you that DID NOT come from them. I’m kind of on a bit of a soap box about proper nutrition lately, and I think beef and fat in particular…
  • Huck-and-Rillabooks, October 2014 Edition

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    It’s been a while since I did a big fat Rillabooks post. The books are piling up! Literally and figuratively. When I want to blog about a book, I leave it out after we’ve read it. This means: 1) There are stacks of books on every flat surface of this house; and 2) We keep reading those books over and over, because they’re out where we can see them. Which is fine, because I wouldn’t have had the urge to blog about the book in the first place if it weren’t in some way delightful. Another thing that’s happening a lot lately is that Huck collects favorite…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at Homegrown Mommy.comThis will be the 460th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
  • Real life still life and lessons learned

    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Today's art education video was on doing a still life. I've done tons of still-life's over the years, but I am not fond of them. They are always so fake and contrived.  For example, where in life are you going to find an apple, next to a vase, next to a wooden model?  Only in an art classroom. That kind of unnatural situation often bothered me when I was studying art in school.  I think the situation that bothered me the most is when a nude model stood on a ladder. Who is going to climb a ladder naked in real life? No one. That's who.So, my still life includes items that really…
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    Sprittibee

  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

    Heather
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    El Picosito Copycat Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I’m proud to be working with the Beef Checkoff. I would have shared this recipe with you regardless, so the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is a perfect partner (since I already use Beef at home every week). Also, you need to know, that although they did provide me with some tips to share about beef, I’m going to share a bunch of additional health information with you that DID NOT come from them. I’m kind of on a bit of a soap box about proper nutrition lately, and I think beef and fat in particular…
  • PSAT Week

    Heather
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last Wednesday my teenagers took their first high-school standardized test: the PSAT. It was the bomb that went off in our week. I don’t mind tests. I like to compare how my kids are doing along side public school kids. However, I’m not sure even with the scores – when we finally get them – how I’ll be able to compare much, because we are on a totally different scope and sequence. But… college money sounds good, so loaded the big kids up and took them to take the test this past Wednesday at a local Christian School. They spent all of 3 days studying for…
  • When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall

    Heather
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I miss the Arkansas leaves this time of year. Texas trees never know what to wear in Autumn. We are lucky to get a couple of weeks at Thanksgiving with reds and yellows; unless you count the few yards where some brave soul has dared to plant a more showy tree and has taken the time to nurture it. Even my red oak was hardly red last year – and my husband is the “tree whisperer” (he gives our trees organic fertilizer and lots of water all year at the perfect times). I’ll take this cooler weather, though… and I can make do with brown (it is one of my favorite…
  • Mostly Grain and Sugar Free Lunch Ideas

    Heather
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I did a BIG List of Lunch Ideas Post a year or so ago – right before we began our journey to live a more “paleo-ish” lifestyle and ditch inflammatory grains and disease-and-obesity-causing sugar. We were really doing well with our low-grain and sugar diet until my oldest teen started slipping up. The closer he gets to 18, the more he thinks he deserves a cheat every day (or two). I’m coming to grips with the fact that I have to let go… which is hard when he’s eating sprouted grain toast and honey in front of his little brothers (who are decades away from…
  • Emptying to Be Filled

    Heather
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    There hasn’t been room to do much more than breathe in the past month for me. I haven’t even been sleeping full nights because of the to-do list. The bags were barely unpacked from the last trip when I stuffed them full for today’s women’s retreat; they tell the story of a woman who needs to slow down. So I’m going this weekend to soak up some of my savior – sans the social media – and to tell a little bit of my story to my sisters. We all have a story. I’ll be ready to start next week afresh after I’m (empty, and then…) full. Do…
 
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    Melissa Wiley

  • Huck-and-Rillabooks, October 2014 Edition

    Melissa Wiley
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    It’s been a while since I did a big fat Rillabooks post. The books are piling up! Literally and figuratively. When I want to blog about a book, I leave it out after we’ve read it. This means: 1) There are stacks of books on every flat surface of this house; and 2) We keep reading those books over and over, because they’re out where we can see them. Which is fine, because I wouldn’t have had the urge to blog about the book in the first place if it weren’t in some way delightful. Another thing that’s happening a lot lately is that Huck collects favorite…
  • Honored

    Melissa Wiley
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    …to have been included in Kortney’s “Women Who Inspire” series at One Deep Drawer. So kind!
  • Sunday morning

    Melissa Wiley
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    I’m up early, hanging with the three youngest. Huck’s tummy is a bit off today. He climbed into bed with us before dawn and slept snuggled against me in a way that hardly ever happens anymore; he’s getting so big and busy. He was restless, and after a while I reached for my phone and read mail with his arm flung half across my face. It’s not that I ever want my kids to be sick—honestly, I’ve dealt with enough childhood illness for three lifetimes—but there’s something very sweet in the moment, when you’re cuddled up with a heavy-limbed child who…
  • Photos from my SCBWI talk on middle-grade and chapter books

    Melissa Wiley
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The talented Roxyanne Young took these photos of my talk on Middle-Grade and Chapter Books at SCBWI-San Diego last weekend and kindly gave me permission to use them. My school visit/speaker page needs a massive updating and I’m so grateful to have some recent images to include. Apparently I talk with my hands a lot? What’s funniest to me is that this Boston Bay slide was onscreen for barely a minute. That’s an awful lot of glasses-waving going on there. The rest of my slides were all about other people’s books—my favorite things to talk about, as you know.
  • Picture Book Spotlight: Sophie’s Squash

    Melissa Wiley
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Here’s a book I thought I’d blogged about before, but it seems I only mentioned it briefly. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. We first read this absolute gem of a picture book last year during the CYBILs. Fell so utterly in love with it—the lot of us—that a library copy wouldn’t do; we had to have our own. Huck and Rilla were overjoyed when I pulled it out this morning. Sophie’s instant bond with a butternut squash is utterly believable, and not just because Huck formed a similar attachment once upon a time.
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    Why Homeschool

  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at Homegrown Mommy.comThis will be the 460th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
  • FYI: No carnival this week

    Henry Cate
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    I had a little bit of trouble lining up a host for this week's Carnival of Homeschooling, and we only had three submissions, so I've forwarded the three entries to the host for next week's carnival.
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The History Edition

    Henry Cate
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Sara is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at The HSBA Post.She starts the carnival with:----------History is our theme at The Homeschool Post this month.  We’re sharing our ideas for bringing history to life for our kids through books, educational shows, field trips, time lines, and more.Since it’s our turn again to host the Carnival of Homeschooling, I thought I would feature some history-related posts from our own writing team:----------Enjoy!
  • A report from my daughter on a homeschool conference

    Henry Cate
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    My daughter wrote this:----------As part of my home school education I take two classes from a private school which has an online program. I take their English and Science classes. I think I especially benefit from the English class, as grammar and punctuation is something I struggle with. Each year this academy has a conference where the students who attend the academy physically and the distance learners get together in a lodge up in the mountains and get to enjoy many youth speakers. Some of the topics are self esteem, relationships with family, setting goals and using our differences…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at The HSBA Post.This will be the 459th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
 
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • Real life still life and lessons learned

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Today's art education video was on doing a still life. I've done tons of still-life's over the years, but I am not fond of them. They are always so fake and contrived.  For example, where in life are you going to find an apple, next to a vase, next to a wooden model?  Only in an art classroom. That kind of unnatural situation often bothered me when I was studying art in school.  I think the situation that bothered me the most is when a nude model stood on a ladder. Who is going to climb a ladder naked in real life? No one. That's who.So, my still life includes items that really…
  • Rote memorization- just practice

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    sketch a day- day 2In the art video I watched today, the artist instructor demonstrated how to draw the human figure and understanding how the body works and what shapes it is generally made up from.  So, today's sketch is of a model dummy I have that interestingly enough is not comprised of the same shapes that he demonstrated in the video.Something he said in the video caught me as very interesting. He said that an artist has two talents... the first is being able to remember what things look like and to draw them from memory. I am and have always been weak in that. The second is in…
  • Sketching and the Devil in the White House

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Sketch a day, day 1I am trying to force my creativity by doing a sketch a day.  I am using some free video lessons by http://www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/free-art-instruction-videos.html to inspire me.  I used a lesson today on using shapes to draw buildings... this is the house across the street from me.  You could say I am homeschooling myself in art... kind of as a refresher. This sketch took all of 10 minutes.  I am sure I will revisit it later and add ink.As I was drawing, the news was on. I got distracted from my task when I heard the phrase "the devil in…
  • False starts and misdirections after homeschooling

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    It has been 1 year and 5 months since I finished homeschooling my kids.  My youngest is well into her Sophomore year at college, and my son is well past the halfway point.  They are doing great!And then there's me. I have a lot of ideas about what I was going to do after homeschooling.  Homeschooling gave me so much focus... so much direction, and was so passion-filled... now I'm feel like I am grasping at straws.I thought I was going to work with homeschooling families after homeschooling, but found out real quick, that the people who need me the most can't pay me, and I am…
  • Are we spending enough time on math???

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I polled a group of homeschoolers this past weekend, asking "How much time do you spend on math"... the consensus was "How much time do you spend on math?".. i.e.  the I didn't really get an answer, but was asked in turn how much time my kids spent on the subject. I thought my answer would be, up to 90 minutes a day or more for high school students... but no.  It seems I may be the only one of that opinion.  You see, my kids were not math whizzes and it took that long to get through a math lesson and then practice, especially in the high school years.  This started in…
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    By Sun and Candlelight

  • Another (brief) Break ...

    Dawn
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Happy Sunday, my friends! I hope this note finds you well. I'm popping in this morning to let you all know I'll be unable to post/comment for a few days. My laptop is in dire need of a new hard drive (ugh) so for the time being, I am limited to using my phone for all things online. My phone is great and all, but this tiny screen and keyboard drives me nuts, lol. So that's the not-so-good news ... but the good news is my hard drive is covered by warranty *and* we should be able to save all my old data (photos and documents and such). Phew! Anyhoo, the whole process will take several days to…
  • Leafy Days

    Dawn
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    "Every leaf speaks bliss to me ... 🍂 ... Fluttering from the autumn tree."  * Lines above from "Fall, leaves, fall" by Emily Bronte  It's a mild and blustery day here, beautiful weather for this time of year! We spent some time in our yard this morning, enjoying the leaves flying above us, and laying in colorful piles at our feet. We gathered some to bring inside to begin an autumn leaf study ... A little rain shower just passed through - we watched it from our windows as we ate our lunch - and now the sun is back out. Making everything shiny and fresh.
  • It's Apple-Picking Season!

    Dawn
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    And what a season it is here in New England - with its crisp air and blue skies and colorful leaves - I can't get enough! Pumpkins might be all the rage, but my heart will always belong to the humble little apple - red, green, gold - I love them all.  Well, last Friday we visited a local orchard - and spent a cool, gray afternoon picking apples (and having fun!) with our homeschool group. I took a crazy amount of photos, so I'd like to share them with you all here today ... but before I get too far, I'd love to know what YOU love about apples. As you can see above we came…
  • Friday Felines - Ever Vigilant

    Dawn
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Watching the birds (and chipmunks) on the deck, a favorite pastime. Happy Friday, my friends! 
  • Angels Around Us

    Dawn
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Happy Thursday, my friends! Today is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels, another lovely feast day in the October calendar. We have very simple plans ... The "Angel of God" prayer was my maternal grandmother's favorite prayer, and she taught it to me when I was very young. (Not in any formal way, just by saying it for me and telling me how much she loved it.) Today I will begin teaching this prayer to our Earlybird - showing him the prayer card and writing out the words for him on a soft blue index card ... We'll practice it as often as we can this month and see how it goes.
 
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  • Quote for the day: I've been waiting to use this one

    Mama Squirrel
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    "I'm as excited as a very excited person who's got a special reason to be excited." ~~ Hugh Laurie in Blackadder Goes Forth(the coffee mug didn't get it quite right)See you Sunday.
  • School plans for Friday: a short day

    Mama Squirrel
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    1. If it's nice enough, work on nature notebooks.2. Finish ecology lesson for the week: coral reefs and estuaries.2b. Chapter from Cousteau's The Silent World.  We are not reading the whole book, just this chapter.3. Watch the You-tube movie of Maupassant's "The Necklace."  (In French.)4. One lesson from Plutarch.5. Probably a chapter from Out of the Silent Planet.6. Lydia is going to work on her math and science in the afternoon, after Mama Squirrel has gone to the L'Harmas retreat.
  • Mama Squirrel's nature notebook

    Mama Squirrel
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
  • Don't be staring at the eclipse today

    Mama Squirrel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Yes, there are other things happening in the world...but a partial solar eclipse is interesting too.
  • Destroyed in translation: Would you like to build a snowman corporation? (Frozen parody)

    Mama Squirrel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    We just can't let Frozen go...Lydia found this (and others from the same artist) on You-tube.
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  • Prepare Ahead 30 Days Green Smoothies in Two Hours

    Robin Sampson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Green smoothies are fairly quick and easy but I’m having foot surgery Thursday so I made pre-made packets I can dump into the blender with  almond milk and blend. It took about two hours to prepare kits for a month of Green Smoothies. I like this idea a lot and will do it again next month. 1. ...
  • Our Church: Seed of Abraham & Torah Resources

    Robin Sampson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    We recently began attending Seed of Abraham Fellowship. I was delighted to not only find a balanced church that studied Hebrew roots but also offers Hebrew Classes, and an amazing chronological  Homeschool Bible study curriculum (reviewed below). In July we moved from TN to FL to be near our grandsons (my daughter Victoria passed this year). Imagine me driving ...
  • Bought: The Hidden Story Vaccines, GMOs, Big Pharma

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” WATCH THE TRAILER! Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Bought The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and ...
  • Feeling Alone in Church

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Original Post 2011 see UPDATE 2014 at bottom of this post. When we moved from Virginia to Tennessee  in 2007 we started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after five years attending a church of over 500 three or more times a week, I still feel like I didn’t really ...
  • Was it Child Abuse?

    Robin Sampson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    What would you do if you saw a woman beating a child screaming in horrible pain?
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    Project Based Homeschooling

  • Maker win: Blythe’s 3D-printed light-up dog collar

    Lori Pickert
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Blythe uses the 3D printer Please enjoy this fantastic win today shared by Nicky Serrano and her daughter Blythe! I wanted to share a huge win my 11-year-old daughter Blythe has had at her local Maker’s Guild. I am hoping we avoided most of the pitfalls Lori mentioned in her post What’s Wrong with DIY/Maker Faire/Hacking/Tinkering for Kids — and How We Can Make It Better. Blythe decided in May that she wanted to make a 3D printed dog collar that lights up automatically at night, and that she wanted to exhibit it at the World Maker Faire (both things completely her idea). She found her…
  • Why “do what you love” is not terrible advice

    Lori Pickert
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    I saw a post on Austin Kleon’s blog about this piece by Rachel Nabors: We rarely hear the advice of the person who did what they loved and stayed poor or was horribly injured for it. Professional gamblers, stuntmen, washed up cartoonists like myself: we don’t give speeches at corporate events. We aren’t paid to go to the World Domination Summit and make people feel bad. We don’t land book deals or speak on Good Morning America. — Don’t Do What You Love If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, I’ll break it down for you: — She pursued what she loved and was…
  • Journaling and observational drawing e-classes now available!

    Lori Pickert
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Both of these one-week, self-guided e-classes are now available for instant enrollment here. Enjoy! I can’t thank you enough for this class! It’s so much more than a journaling class. The advice I learnt on setting goals and creating habits is priceless and I will be applying it to every aspect of my life from here on out! — Breonna I think that Lori’s drawing class has been one of the most powerful and useful resources that we have used in our many years of home education. — Petra Tags: Newsshameless self-promotion
  • PBH Master Class enrolling now!

    Lori Pickert
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    We are now enrolling the fall session of the PBH master class. It will run for six weeks from September 8 through October 17 and costs $125. Please go here to read the class description, testimonials from former students, and enroll if you are interested! I probably won’t schedule another master class until sometime next spring (April/May). If you can’t join us this time, you can join the early-bird announcement list for that class. Thank you and I hope we get to work together! After rereading the last two emails, I have to tell you how remarkable this class is. My growth is…
  • PBH Facebook group

    Lori Pickert
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Heck has frozen over, pigs are flying, and I’m back on the Facebook so we could have a PBH Facebook group — check it out here! Tags: News
 
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    The Common Room

  • Marysville School Shooting

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    The FYB was born in Marysville.  My husband has been in the Marysville-Pilchuck high school many times. We have good friends in Marysville with nothing but a chain link fence between their backyard and the school.  We were living there when the Columbine shooting happened. I went to a school play with my kids just a few weeks after Columbine, and I remember feeling nervous and thinking, “How do I know what these kids are dealing with?  What’s happened to them? What they are mad about?”  It passed. I’m not going to claim any inside knowledge, obviously.  Just that…
  • Heart Transplant Break Through

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Please note why this is a medical breakthrough: Australian surgeons on Friday said they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated. Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice and rushing them to their recipients. It’s a breakthrough because heart transplants involve removing the still beating heart from the open chest cavity of its owner- who is still using it right up…
  • No, Ms Stange. Christian Extremism Is Neither Pervasive, Nor a Bigger Threat Than Muslim Terrorism

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    In order to make her ‘case’ that Christian extremists are a bigger threat than radical Muslims, USA Today’s Mary Zeiss Stange has to shoehorn the following people into Christianity: Eric Rudolph, who says he prefers Nietzsche to The Bible Timothy McVeigh, who was born a Catholic, and received a Catholic sacrament before his execution, but in between described himself as a person whose only religion was science and as an agnostic.  He was neither a professing Christian nor a member of any church so far as I know when he committed his crimes. It’s interesting that…
  • Jack O’Lantern Cut Out

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
  • Gloom and Doom and Other News

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    37.2% of Americans are not in the labor force, as of June, a 36 year high.  Also from June: “Since President Obama came into office in 2009, 7.2 million people have left the workforce entirely. One out of every six men aged 25–54 is not working. Employment in this group fell by 72,000 last month, while the number of employed women aged 25–54 fell by 37,000. Meanwhile, the workforce participation rate for women is at its lowest level in 23 years. Median household income is down almost $2,300 from what it was when the President took office. Real wages are lower than they were in…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Poetry Friday: Called (aka, waking in the night with a child....)

    Karen Edmisten
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a lovely little poem about rising in the night to answer the call of a child, and it reminded me of the one I wrote on the same idea, "Thirteen Ways of Looking At an Interruption."May you not hear a distress call tonight, may your home be filled with peaceful slumber this weekend, and if you do hear that call, may you answer it with math, grace, and whatever else helps.Called by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreetand I godown into it, the hall again(streetlights, blinds)all the same all the darkdown into it and do what must be done(Read the whole poem here, at Poets.org.)~~~~~Cathy Mere has…
  • I'll be talking with Al Kresta today about After Miscarriage

    Karen Edmisten
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    I'll be on "Kresta in the Afternoon" today from 4-5 p.m. (central time), talking about miscarriage, and we'll be taking calls during the hour, too.~~~~~If you are interested in finding about more about After Miscarriage, you can read about it here, or here, at Franciscan Media's website.There is also a giveaway of the book in progress: go to this post for all the details. For more posts and discussion about miscarriage, go here.
  • Not God's Type: My Type of Book

    Karen Edmisten
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms by Holly Ordway is a story of love and resistance.It's a tale I know well. So many similarities: the attraction to and influence of C.S. Lewis, the encounter with Aslan, the lure of poetry and beauty, the stubborn refusal to, as Lewis said, lay down our arms. There was the intellectual thirst to investigate, grasp, comprehend, the need to find real and concrete answers. The relentless search for truth, wherever it led. There was the stop at the Episcopal Church before reception into the Catholic Church, and the recognition that this is…
  • A Favorite Old Picture from (in a way) the Early Homeschooling Days

    Karen Edmisten
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    This was our backyard (I miss that yard!) two dwellings ago.Anne-with-an-e (in the Cinderella gown) was about four and a half, and Betsy was almost two.Although this was before our homeschooling days actually began, this picture (I love this picture) captures the essence of homeschooling in the early years -- what I wanted it to be, what I strove for, what it was at its best.
  • Giveaway Details: After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing and Hope

    Karen Edmisten
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Elizabeth Petrucelli, author of All That is Seen and Unseen, has been hosting a contest this month and After Miscarriage will be her final giveaway.To enter to win After Miscarriage, you can simply leave a comment below, on this post (as simple as, "Pick me!") Your comment can be anything, but please be sure to leave some contact information (Facebook page, Twitter, Google +, a blog, your email address -- anything that will allow us to get in touch with you if you win!)Comments on this post will be accepted until October 31st at midnight. A winner will be drawn at random from the…
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    Heart of the Matter

  • Opportunity Knocks on Oct. 31

    Diana B
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Little kids in costumes can be cute, yes. But Halloween can be really annoying. As a mom, I have never liked Halloween and all the scary, gross stuff that comes with it. I especially dislike all the scary, gross stuff invading the aisles of nearly every store I frequent. Unexpectedly bumping into creepy, bloody costumes...
  • Go Read to the Dog!

    Melinda
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    “Mommy?  Are you awake?”  Oops.  I had closed my eyes again while working with my son on his reading.  We did our reading work in the early afternoon, right after lunch and apparently coinciding with my need for a nap.  When my kids and I sat together on the couch, my body would start to...
  • Beginning with the End in Mind?

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Beginning with the “end in mind”….what exactly does that mean? Stay tuned over the next two weeks to learn more about how this phrase relates to homeschooling…life….and the site you’ve know as Heart of the Matter. Listen in to Lori Lane, Editor of Heart of the Matter Online and Founder of Artios Academies, as she...
  • All or Something

    Lorrie Young
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    I hate to admit this, but I used to be an ALL OR NOTHING kind of gal. If I set a goal to work out every day then I would do it; if I missed the mark, I would beat myself up.  If I went on a diet then I would not waver from it;...
  • 3 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschool

    LaToya
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    After three years of feeling like I was running around like a crazy person I’m learning to slow down and do things as simply as possible. Simple homeschooling has been a sanity saver for me this year.  It has taken me 4 years to get to this point but I’m finally enjoying teaching my children...
 
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  • Yard sale today.

    Fatcat
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    We've just been moving stuff around all week.  Today we are going to sell it, hopefully.  It looks like the weather is going to be very nice but I have gotten up at 6:00 a.m. to try and get some of my work out of the way and there isn't any work.  I may have to just take my computer to my friend's house and work there.  :-(  I have paid time off now, but it accrues very slowly and I used it all up taking off for the state fair or something.  One of those times I had to take off, I had to use it and I haven't quite accumulated enough for another day, so…
  • Frustrating day.

    Fatcat
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I got up at 5:30 to get my work done before a field trip for the kids this morning.  Then when I got to the field trip, realized that it was a hike and I definitely did not feel like hiking.  One of the other moms agreed to bring my kids home and so I left them with her and came back to the house.  We had a plan for the homeschool group to meet me at mom's house today and start packing up some things for the yard sale this weekend at 2, but it's 3 now and they are still not back.  So, I've been sleepily waiting, for 2 hours (they were supposed to be finished with the hike…
  • Monday with the Homeschool Group.

    Fatcat
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    We had 4H yesterday and since we are doing a financial unit, the assignment was for 3 teams of kids with moms to go to different grocery stores and write down prices for basic necessities and then see which grocery store was the least expensive.  The items were things like rice, milk, spaghetti, canned vegetables, fresh produce, potatoes, etc.  In our town, the stores were Kroger, Walmart and Save-A-Lot.  Kroger had the best prices on 4 items, Walmart on 3 and Save-A-Lot had the best prices on 21 of the items.  They had ground beef for 2.99 and canned goods for 45 cents.
  • Been busy.

    Fatcat
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    In my spare time, I've been art journaling and working on the scrap-ghan. It's getting big.  
  • Then ...

    Fatcat
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    One of my children was assigned some cleaning today.  When I came back home, that person said "Well, I was cleaning, but then I learned to juggle."  LoL.
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  • Math teachers at play #79

    Maria Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Math teachers at play #79 blog carnival is up!Go check it out. I found for example these interesting resources:A variation of Sudoku puzzle plus a link to many more. Spider web math art - I want to do this one with my kids.
  • Math Mammoth South African version, grades 4 and 5

    Maria Miller
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
     Math Mammoth South African version is now available for grades 4 and 5! Math Mammoth South African version, Grade 4Math Mammoth South African version, Grade 5You can read detailed descriptions and download free samples at the above links. The South African version has been customized to South Africa in the following manners:The names used are South African names (instead of Jack and Jill, there are Ansie and Mampho).The currency used in word problems is rand. The money chapter teaches both rand and cents, of course.The material is "all metric". In other words, the US customary measuring…
  • Math Mammoth giveaway!

    Maria Miller
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    It is time for a giveaway of my Math Mammoth products! There will be 17 prizes! The "grand prize":ONE (1) winner will get Math Mammoth All Inclusive bundle - either a download or a CDTWO (2) winners will get Math Mammoth Light Blue Series bundle - either a download or a CDFOUR (4) winners will get Math Mammoth Blue Series bundle - either a download or a CDTEN (10) winners will get one grade level of Math Mammoth Light Blue series - download - the grade level is chosen by each winner.The winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Something SPECIAL This giveaway is COUPLED with…
  • Lesson on Fibonacci numbers

    Maria Miller
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Have you ever heard about the Fibonacci numbers and the Golden ratio?A tiling that uses squares whose side lengths are successive Fibonacci numbers. Ask students to continue it! Image from Wikipedia. Here's a lesson I just wrote about them:Fibonacci numbers and the golden section – lesson for middle and high school studentsIf you like it, share it!You might ask, "Should our children or students even learn about Fibonacci numbers or the golden ratio?"True, they aren't any standard fare in math books. However, I feel that yes, students should know about them. I think it's important that our…
  • Worksheets in PDF form

    Maria Miller
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    You can now make worksheets for these topics in both html and PDF formats at my site: Basic division facts (grades 3-4)Long division (grades 4-6) Division with remainders (grades 3-5)Equivalent fractionsClockMeasurement units, grade 3Measurement units, grade 4Measurement units, grade 5Measurement units, grade 6The pages also include lots of ready-made PDF worksheets. Enjoy!
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  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.25.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    After this week? We all just really need to look up: #exhale? time for a sky virtual tour? God’s got this: “He determines the number of the stars & calls them each by name.” Psalm 147:4 what we all really need these days: go make a friend? when the gunshots rang — she ran toward them. And whispered to him right to the end: You are loved. We all just wanted to know we are loved — right to the very end, just to know that we are loved. Tears. Pictures of the week? what happens when our fallen soldier doesn’t come home? The grieving of even his dogs…
  • Dear Daughters: Why Women Don’t Need to Freeze Their Faces or Their Reproductivity: The Fluid Beauty of a One-Piece Life

    Ann Voskamp
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Just straight up — there was no way we were going without our girls. We had four of them between us, Lauren, Rebekah, and I. Four daughters between us, and not one of a them that would let anyone think for a blink of a New York minute that they were all about sitting still and looking frozen pretty. No way — only a few seconds with these girls and one flash of a dimpled grin and it was pretty clear: you were in the presence of some gate-leveling, risk-it-all Esther girls here. You know — the kind of girls you can’t merely describe with words — you have to experience…
  • What Happens When Our Goodness Still Isn’t Good Enough

    Ann Voskamp
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Liz Curtis Higgs, the humble, wise ( funny!)  author of 30 books,  is one of my soul sisters, and together we’ve wandered Shaker Village (that unforgettable story coming soon too). Author of the bestsellers, Bad Girls of the Bible , Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them, and The Girl’s Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs in all 50 United States and 14 foreign countries — but she’s about as down to earth and warm and happiest grace as it gets. I just love…
  • What to Do When You don’t Feel Like You Fit

    Ann Voskamp
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Audio recording of this post — click below & a farm girl will read it for you, cheering you on, while you keep on, keeping on. What to Do When You don’t Feel Like You Fit: BlogCast from the farm http://www.aholyexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014-10-20-917-AM1.mp3 When the gorgeous woman on stage with the microphone hikes up the side of her shirt to show all 10,000 of us how her white side spills thick over the elasticized waist of her pants… and I want to know what Jesus thinks of women. The singer holds her milk white thigh right there and she’s…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.18.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    come? start the weekend right here? 10 of the most beautiful towns during the fall — glory Food rescuers — asking grocery stores to stop dumping and start donating – yes, yes, yes what this retired school teacher does every. single. night for the homeless? these photos? how can we ever stop remembering life is amazing grace?!  This dolphin? Slow & really watch this? could it be — a 5-year-old Monet? “I’m still here, but I’m gone....” when a legendary musician finds he has Alzheimer’s — his poignant last song: Not Going to Miss…
 
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  • Technology, Education and Poverty

    beatrice ekoko
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    In Ontario, there's a plan to provide every kid from grade 4 to 12 with access to technology (iPad, tablet etc). There's this idea that with technology in the classroom, school is going to be the "great equalizer" at last.We are not so naive as to believe that access to technology in education will level the playing field and poor kids will miraculously have the same opportunities their wealthier peers have.But while handing out ipads will not overcome poverty, access to technology will empower poor students in learning. Access to technology via ipads will offer opportunities for children to…
  • Book Talk about Unschooling and Autonomy in Education: September 4th.

    beatrice ekoko
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Book talk on Unschooling and Autonomy in Education today, September 4th at 6.30pm, Westdale library.Listen to a first hand experience of unschooling then hear excerpts from the book.Humans are natural learners. This collection of essays challenges much of mainstream beliefs about how people learn, encouraging the reader to consider deeply the need for learners to be trusted and listened to. Many of the authors in the book begin from a learner-centered, democratic perspective. Divided into three sections, the first part of the book deals with what constitutes a learner-centered approach to…
  • The internet is the new battleground for fighting oppression.

    beatrice ekoko
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Have you checked your privilege today?It's getting a whole lot harder to avoid the inevitable 'calling out' of privilege.In response to the rise of internet culture, social justice analysis and action has migrated to the internet, where it counteracts the culture of misogyny, racism, homophobia, trans*phobia, ableism, and general bigotry.This internet culture is examining and challenging privilege starting of course with white skin privilege to the intersectionality of all forms of oppression.The results of all this is that social justice internet culture is helping to shape contemporary…
  • Book discussion and reading: Natural Born Learners. Learn about Unschooling!

    beatrice ekoko
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Book reading/discussionNatural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education Thursday, August 7th, at 2:00 pm. Hamilton Public LibraryLocke St. Branch.All welcome!
  • New Book Promotion

    beatrice ekoko
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    ***BOOK PROMOTION of Natural Born Learners***Kindle count down deal starts AUGUST 01 at 0.99 cents (48 hours in duration).3 increments takes us to August 7th at the original price of 3.99.Stay tuned!!
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • Healing, Spanish discussion, a downside of choice

    Sandra Dodd
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    New page on healing, with links to a dozen other pages on healing and change:http://sandradodd.com/healingIn Spanish, on Facebook, Radical Unschooling en Español, group created by Alicia Gonzalez:https://www.facebook.com/groups/708095229264708/New page, not new writing. Choice creates a burden (a comparison to women's movement problems from the 1970's).http://sandradodd.com/issues/choice(Not a light and breezy page. It burdens the reader with a reminder not to burden other parents or children.)The photo is a link.
  • Priorities, Albuquerque ALLive, Hema Bharadwaj

    Sandra Dodd
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    New photo (by Lisa Jonick) and caption/quote (mine), you can't miss it, partway down:http://sandradodd.com/prioritiesAlbuquerque ALLive, registration open, December 27-30, 2014http://albuquerqueallive.blogspot.comThe Big Book of Unschooling is dedicated to Hema Bharadwaj, because it was her idea, and prodding, that got me to write it. Here's a paga about her. She will be speaking in Albuquerque in December.http://sandradodd.com/hemaShe and other speakers are linked in a tab at Albuquerque ALLive link above.
  • Being more positive; Strewing, spirituality; Peace

    Sandra Dodd
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Something new and very positive by Tina Bragdon, on the negativity page, halfway down on the left, after the boldface Bible verse.http://sandradodd.com/negativityInterview from a few years ago, newly uploaded (used to be a link; other site is gone)http://sandradodd.com/radioand a transcript of that with listen-along capability:http://sandradodd.com/radiotranscriptSixteen minutes about peace—podcast by Amy Childs, but I'm about half of it. http://unschoolingsupport.com/peace/(Other voices there: Ren Allen, Richard Prystowsky (from an older recording) and Rippy Dusseldorp)
  • Later unschooling, Marriage Strengthening and Divorce Prevention

    Sandra Dodd
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    About the chances of success coming to unschooling later…. an update added (bottom), links and a photo:http://sandradodd.com/later/unschoolingI hope my readers won't need these, but you might find yourself advising a friend who could use knowing!Added (second item there) to divorce prevention page:Something BIG happens when a person turns away from selfishness to service.Something HUGE happens when a person can care about another person more than about himself. (and more)http://sandradodd.com/divorceCleaned up and linked elsewhere, an obscure page for helping prevent…
  • writing, interview, curiosity

    Sandra Dodd
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    New page on Seeing Writing (Writing, and whether it can be "just learned")http://sandradodd.com/writing/seeingInterview (from 2009, with new notes and links on the page; sound file to hear there or to download)http://sandradodd.com/listen/schwartzinterviewPhotos were added to the curiosity page:http://sandradodd.com/curiosity
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  • Bobby Hill in the Renaissance

    Sandra Dodd
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    This is a detail of a painting I saved this a while hoping to come across more information, but I should've published it! Help is welcome.The comments that came when I put this up on facebook in October 2013:Sandra Dodd I didn't note the artist. Once I saw a painting where a soldier or guard, I think, looked like a 22 year old Bobby Hill. Maybe I'll come across it again. Maybe it's the same artist. This one was in the Norton Simon Museum. I looked through their website's paintings, and didn't find it. It's one of the most minor curiosities ever, though, so I don't have a burning need to…
  • The cushiest car trouble ever

    Sandra Dodd
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    I posted this on Facebook so people would know I was okay but not home, but I'm bringing it here where I can find it for future reference. That van has nearly 100,000 miles on it, so depending how big the needed repair is… But I like this van. I know it in the dark. It has four cup holders in the driver's reach. I want it to live. Here is a portrait I took of my van when my sister parked it up close under a cottonwood tree, near the Wells Fargo Bank in Española. I said it had never been in a cottonwood tree, and took this photo:________________________________I have come to make you all…
  • The shadows are the good part

    Sandra Dodd
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Here are a couple of gates in Española. The shadow is the best part, in each of these photos:Taking photos other places, I don't always get a shadow. New Mexico does have some serious light.
  • Fourth Anniversary of Just Add Light and Stir

    Sandra Dodd
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    My busiest blog is four years old. Just Add Light and Stir is a daily quote and image, usually with a link to the place it came from, or something that matches it well. It has a randomizer (thanks to Joyce Fetteroll sending me the code), and each post has three robotically (and well) chosen "you might also like.." links. Peace, love and happy parenting!
  • Making a video out of other elements without knowing how to

    Sandra Dodd
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge business (spoiler: I stay dry)Kirby's full video is on his facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154553642215486Donate money here: http://alsa.org
 
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  • Learning difficulties add to challenges of education in the bush

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Distance education can be a challenge for any family, but imagine doing it while also trying to cater for a child with a learning difficulty. How to cope with learning difficulties was a big topic of discussion at the Isolated Children's Parents' Association Conference in Townsville this week.
  • Dallas' Judge Callahan wins dubious spot on THSC Judicial Wall of Shame

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Judge Tena Callahan, of Dallas ' 302nd district family court, has won the sad distinction recently of being placed on the infamous THSC Judicial Wall of Shame. Judge Callahan, who has a reputation for being a no-nonsense judge, lost credibility when she ruled to only return 4 of the children in the Tutt CPS case in January, in spite of her own admission in court that there was no cause for removal of any of the children.
  • By the numbers: Ann Arbor Public Schools gains 366 students since last year

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Jeanice Swift discuss the district's fall 2014 enrollment at the Oct. 22 board meeting. Enrollment is up 366 since last year to 16,815 students.
  • Happily ever after in CamelotPosted on Thu. Oct 23rd, 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:53 pm
    JEREMY GOBROGGE, 13, will play the role of Tom of Warwick in a visiting troupe's performance of "Camelot" this week at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo.
  • Home Schooling

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Home schooling has much to offer in terms of educational opportunity. Home schoolers will tell you it is the better way to go for a variety of reasons.
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  • To Home School or Not to Home School, and What Are the Alternatives? – Huffington Post (blog)

    Gary
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    To Home School or Not to Home School, and What Are the Alternatives? – Huffington Post (blog) To Home School or Not to Home School, and What Are the Alternatives?Huffington Post (blog)Why school? Why teach? Why educate? For me, there are three goals; everything else is secondary. Self-actualization. We want our children to have agency and autonomy, to be able to chart their path in the real world, to have reliable internal controls.
  • ‘Class Dismissed,’ documentary about homeschooling, to screen at Valley … – The Oregonian – OregonLive.com

    Gary
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    ‘Class Dismissed,’ documentary about homeschooling, to screen at Valley … – The Oregonian – OregonLive.com 'Class Dismissed,' documentary about homeschooling, to screen at Valley …The Oregonian – OregonLive.com"Even if you don't want to consider homeschooling at all, there's still a lot of things that any parent would get something out of this," he added. For example, he said, "most teachers and parents don't realize that schools as we know them have only …
  • Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle Rock – Cassville Democrat

    Gary
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle Rock – Cassville Democrat Cassville Democrat Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle RockCassville DemocratJanette Coneby, of Granby, teaches Haven Eardley, 11, of Grandview, how to design a cake pop Thursday at a class in the Eagle Rock Branch Library's homeschool enrichment program. Coneby showed the 10 participants how to decorate cookies and cakes …
  • Public School Wants Homeschoolers Back – Home School Legal Defense Association

    Gary
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Public School Wants Homeschoolers Back – Home School Legal Defense Association Public School Wants Homeschoolers BackHome School Legal Defense AssociationThe homeschooling community in Ritchie County has grown fast, and officials concerned with funding impacts have apparently ordered a campaign to persuade parents to put their kids back in public school. Ed Toman, Ritchie County superintendent of …
  • Kids React to Common Core: ‘Mommy, Please Home-School Me’ – Reason (blog)

    Gary
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Kids React to Common Core: ‘Mommy, Please Home-School Me’ – Reason (blog) Kids React to Common Core: 'Mommy, Please Home-School Me'Reason (blog)… are languishing under Core-aligned instruction and standardized testing. One parent reported that her third-grade son comes home from school every day thinking he is stupid because he can't pass his tests. "Mommy, please home-school me," he begged, …
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Gluten Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day Book Review by ChristineMM

    ChristineMM
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Title: Gluten Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A DayAuthor: Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe FrancoisPublication: Thomas Dunne BooksPublication Date: October 21, 2014ISBN-13: 978-1250018311My Star Rating: 4 stars out of 5 = I Like ItSummary Statement: Feeling HopefulMissing out on great bread has been one of the things that's the worst about living gluten-free which I did under doctor's orders for medical reasons. I've found a box mix for a GF sandwich bread that I doctored up but it's not the same as the artisan type breads with thick crusts, deep flavor and big air pockets. Prior to finding out I…
  • Thank You

    ChristineMM
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    For purchasing things through my Amazon link. I received over double my normal for August spending which was largely homeschool curriculum for books and things like flash cards that I have reviewed or mentioned on my blog in the past. I do appreciate it, it's a surprise email I get once a month with the gift card link and announcing how much I earned. I do not look at my statistics during the month, I enjoy the surprise instead. Sometimes I generate a report to see what is being purchased. It is helpful when you buy things for yourself that have no relation to my posts like mobile phones and…
  • My Product Review: TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router

    ChristineMM
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit RouterMy Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5 = I Love ItSummary Statement: Works Great - Easy to InstallThis has solved our problem and we now have full wifi on the first floor of the house. (Details to follow at the end if you are curious.)This was easy to install and a snap to get up and running.After two years of struggle since moving into this house,  the major company who provides our cable TV, internet and land line phone was unable to get wifi through the whole house. They said, "The problem is your walls. Wifi cannot go through all…
  • My Product Review: Urban Armor Gear Case for iPhone 6 Clear

    ChristineMM
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    My Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5 = I Love ItSummary Statement: Cool Looking Case with Several Features to Protect During Regular Use or If DroppedOur family has been passing this around testing it out. In our family of four we each have different tastes, needs and must-haves in smart phone cases. I will tell you what this is like and then you can judge if this is the case for you. What one person loves, another hates, for example.This is a case for the phone plus it has a screen protector which you can choose to use or not use. It is a basic screen protector, you get one in this pack, so…
  • Updated the High School Transcript For Older Son

    ChristineMM
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    I have gone cross-eyed from cleaning up the Excel spreadsheet transcript.I should have made a style guide checklist. Credit hours is one decimal only. Grades have zero decimal places. Which data is left aligned, which is right aligned.The order for courses, you get to pick your own. I did English, Math, Science, History, Art, PE, Electives.I also should have made this myself not used a form from someone else that was online for free. I did not realize that the document was embedded with a tagline at the bottom that you only see when printing. Now I will have to make my own from scratch…
 
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    The Informed Parent

  • A Different Learning Journey

    Mary Nix
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    As a lifelong learner,  I hope you will humor me as I share our most recent  learning journey. Many of you know that I have a younger sister who happens to be Developmentally Disabled. We have lived with my sister full-time for a few months twice  before when our Mom was in a nursing home, but we became permanent room-mates when Mom passed away in December 2013. Since  then, I’ve learned that growing up  with my sister and being responsible for her full-time are two distinctly different roles. I knew the day was coming for years and tried to prepare,  but I was not really ready…
  • Trusting Children

    Mary Nix
    23 May 2013 | 3:54 pm
    There is no ONE home educating expert, but  each family and child are their own best expert as to what works best for them each day while living and learning. That said,there is a lot of great information that will inspire you to learn to trust yourself as being your own best expert if you choose the path of educating at home. This time of year, I often get emails or phone calls from families wanting to know more about homeschooling.  Some want to know about public e-schools, some want to explore part-time enrollment, and others are ready to start the journey of home education. Like any…
  • National Gardening Month

    Mary Nix
    3 Apr 2013 | 6:14 am
    Have you started your indoor seedlings? I love setting up my mini-greenhouses and starting my seeds indoors and watching the seedlings sprout up. Here are some of my favorite gardening resources: Square foot gardening Frugal Dad Junior Master Gardener Container Gardening Filtrexx Videos
  • Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh

    Mary Nix
    30 Mar 2013 | 6:07 am
    Happy Birthday Vincent Van Gogh!   Here are some resources: Vincent Van Gogh Gallery Vincent Van Gogh Biography
  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

    Mary Nix
    1 Mar 2013 | 5:25 am
    Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Massachusetts.  He wrote over 46 books, including some of the more notable ones such as Green Eggs and Ham. Many of his books became t.v. specials, feature films and even a play on Broadway. Read Across America also occurs in honor of his birthday. Visit the Dr. Seuss site for a wealth of resources including games, books, videos and more.
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • YUM!

    dcobranchi
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The apfelwein is done. When I checked the jug today, it had cleared up nicely. I just had a glass. Cold and back-sweetened with a bit of Stevia. It has just a hint of carbonation and a nice alcohol bite. This first batch was only 1/2 gallon. I’ll start a gallon batch tomorrow.
  • MIXED METAPHOR OF THE DAY

    dcobranchi
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    On being over-exposed to the stock market: “If you’re a couple of years away from retirement, you’re really rolling the dice at the Roulette table,” said Erik Laurence, vice president of marketing and business development at FeeX. If I were an investor with FeeX, I think I might be somewhat encouraged that the VP there apparently has never seen the inside of a casino.
  • STILL FRINGE?

    dcobranchi
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    I’m not sure why, but CNN/Money is highlighting a retrospective on “How Homeschooling Became Legal.” Nothing earth-shattering or particularly controversial, even if they do refer to Michael Farris as a homeschool “hero.”
  • ADDICTED TO APFELWEIN

    dcobranchi
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    After two trips to Frankfurt in the last 4 months, I find myself addicted to the local beverage of choice, apfelwein (apple wine). It’s basically a dry hard cider. Non-carbonated. I like this stuff so much that Lydia and I drove 40 miles round trip yesterday to a local orchard that makes the most delicious (if somewhat expensive) fresh cider. I picked up a half-gallon and just threw in some champagne yeast to start the fermentation process. No other prep. I didn’t even put an airlock on the bottle. Just cracked the cap just a bit to let the CO2 escape. I’ll let it sit for a…
  • BIG HAIR NOT REQUIRED

    dcobranchi
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    The commercial I filmed for AARP/The Hartford started airing this week. It’s a 28 minute infomercial. I haven’t seen it yet, but the DVR is set. The company filmed part of it here at home, so my whole family (less our daughter who lives in NC) is in the show.
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  • Big horn sheep jackpot

    liese4
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    We don’t go to Waterton canyon for the views, though they are nice. If you see us there in October, we are there to see the big horn sheep. This year the males rutted early, which was too bad because the sound of their horns crashing into each other reverberates through the canyon. The herds seemed to already have their alpha males and doting females with some babies thrown in there. We were watching this herd when a male suddenly decided he wanted that female. You never saw my kids jump so quick to get out of the way, and it’s a good thing they did because he only had one thing…
  • The vet

    liese4
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Maisy had to go to the vet today. She got a shot and we were told she is a ‘senior’ and ‘fat’. We always hear that she is fat, the last time we went the vet asked if she was pregnant. That said the vet feeds her a piece of cheese when she gives Maisy a shot, so who is encouraging eating? Other than being middle aged and fat, she was deemed fine. As a treat we took her to the river for a walk. Hannah was there too, but she couldn’t get Maisy to sit still for a picture. It was a nice quiet walk with the river bubbling in the background and the trees dropping…
  • Tuesday

    liese4
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Triangle proofs are going to kill me. You’ll find me on the floor with ASA, SSA, AAA and ‘given’, ‘definition of bisector’ and more proof reasons strangling me. I love math, I treat Geometry like a rabid dog, I poke it with a stick and then run. But, here we go again, deep breath, I only have to teach this 2 more times in the future. See, not all homeschool Moms love every subject they teach and I try really, really hard to not impart that to my kids and to let them know that there is a reason for these things we do (even if I really can’t find one.) So, we…
  • 20

    liese4
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    20 is a long time. You can grow a really big tree in 20 years. You can celebrate a 20th wedding anniversary (Platinum, sounds like a credit card type, there isn’t a ‘theme’ for 23….I vote for Reese’s.) And a bouncing baby boy can grow up in 20 years. He can go from playing soccer to hockey to Civil Air Patrol to graduating high school to getting a pilot’s license to becoming an EMT to working on an ambulance to….well, who knows what’s next? Joel wanted a really low key day, so we did school as usual, went to dance and then came home with his…
  • {Giant} everything

    liese4
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    We went to the GIANT pumpkin weigh in at Old Colorado City today. There was also a giant farmer’s market, giant sidewalk sale, giant happy hour, but no Jolly green giant. The kids played games and won prizes while I looked over the gourd bin. There were bumpy gourds, curved gourds and everything in-between. Hannah won $5 to a store and she bought a Hello kitty stuffed animal, she also won a Hello kitty badge and another stuffed animal at the kids area. Grace won a chocolate bar and a stuffed bear, Bethany won a chocolate bar too (which she was hoping for.) We looked at the giant pumpkin…
 
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • The Gift of Rest

    Dawn Camp
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    It wasn’t my intention to start a 31 days series and let it fizzle after 10, but keeping up with that schedule showed me what I’d otherwise missed: I’m burned out right now—physically and mentally—and the late nights spent writing made it worse. I don’t plan to abandon the series, but it might look different, more photos and less text. My husband and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this weekend. We spent Saturday in the north Georgia mountain town of Dahlonega, site of Georgia’s gold rush. First we went to Three Sisters Vineyards for Swine and Wine, where…
  • All about Cirque du Soleil & an Amaluna Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    [Contest is closed: Alex Perez is the winner!] Sunday night my husband and I experienced Cirque du Soleil for the first time when we saw Amaluna at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station. I expected an over-the-top visual experience, but I wasn’t prepared for performers whose abilities extended beyond what I believed possible. More than once I shook my head in disbelief: the human body is capable of amazing things with skill and practice. Amaluna runs here in Atlanta until November 30, 2014. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win four tickets! Fun Facts about Cirque…
  • When We Look for Our Points of Intersection

    Dawn Camp
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    My hometown hosted the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair, one of my fondest childhood memories. My family owned a piano company and my daddy tuned the pianos for the acts that performed when the fair came to town. If it was open, we were there. As a teen I was too cool for country. My daddy still reminds me how I could have seen George Strait for free (I later paid to see him as an adult), but many are the lessons you’re too impatient to learn at 17. Uncle Earl lived across from the fairgrounds. A people person and all-around character—if you know what I mean—he entertained the folks who…
  • A Free Daily Grace Printable

    Dawn Camp
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Searching for God’s daily grace this month is showing me how important it is to look for it, to actively seek it. It’s easy to miss as you fly through the day, pulled in a hundred directions. I created this free printable image to remind you—and me—to watch for those grace moments in our days. Click the image and you’ll go to the page on Flickr where it can be downloaded. Click the arrow in the bottom right corner and select “original” to download it in a size that will print on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper. {This is day ten of a 31 day series, 31…
  • If I Had to Choose Next Year’s #write31days Topic Now

    Dawn Camp
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    If I had to pick next year’s topic for my October Write 31 Days now, I would choose 31 Days of Bible Study Notes. I keep a journal where I write the verses that appeal to me most from each day’s reading (and yes, I miss days, too), but I wish I could discuss them with someone. I’ve always wanted to be in a Bible study or book club with other women, but coordinating one face-to-face isn’t easy. So today I set up a private Facebook group for my husband, the five of our children old enough to have Facebook accounts, and our two future daughters-in-law. Those of you…
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  • Elementary History

    Amy Steiner
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    I'm looking for some advice on what to use for teaching history to my 2nd grade (7yr old) daughter. Last year we used Beautiful Feet Books. While the literature selections were fabulous, I just felt like it was missing something. It may have been that my daughter was just too young for it at the time, I'm not sure, but for whatever reason, it just wasn't a good fit for us. This current year we've been using Simply Charlotte Mason's History Guide and we are not enjoying it whatsoever. So, I'm on the hunt for some thing else. I want something that is going to engage my daughter and have her…
  • Kudos to Mike Pence, other states not so lucky.

    Conny
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Research shows that time-intensive, out-of-home childcare and pre-”school” often hurts small children. In other words, an average child shows measurably more tantrums, acting out, and other emotional and behavior problems if he is in an institution, even for just 15 hours a week, rather than home with his family. Read the whole article here: http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/20/mike-pence-makes-a-change-rejects-federal-preschool-power-grab/
  • how do homeschool kids learn to make lasting friendships?

    Erin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    My kids are ho meschooled and we take them places all the time and park days with our local homeschool group. But my kids are teenage boys and have no desire to join scouts or sports and we don't go to church. So my kids have acquaintances that they play with but no real friends. How can I get my kids some friends? Do I force them to join scouts or something?
  • prayer request for a family

    Terra
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I have a friend who slipped and hurt his back and his legs have swollen really big and have gotten infected. He can't walk or do much of anything he is in so much pain. His wife just got out of hospital with infection and they are trying to get her better so they can take her appendix out. They got into a car wreck a few months ago and they just seem to be having so much bad happening and they are feeling very discouraged. I would like to ask that you pray with me for them. To ask God to bring them healing and some good things into their lives. Thank you in advance for any prayers you…
  • What is best pay as you go phone plans out there?

    Biz-e-mom
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Which one(s) have you used that you like and disliked too?
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  • Prepare Ahead 30 Days Green Smoothies in Two Hours

    Robin Sampson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Green smoothies are fairly quick and easy but I’m having foot surgery Thursday so I made pre-made packets I can dump into the blender with  almond milk and blend. It took about two hours to prepare kits for a month of Green Smoothies. I like this idea a lot and will do it again next month. 1. ...
  • Our Church: Seed of Abraham & Torah Resources

    Robin Sampson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    We recently began attending Seed of Abraham Fellowship. I was delighted to not only find a balanced church that studied Hebrew roots but also offers Hebrew Classes, and an amazing chronological  Homeschool Bible study curriculum (reviewed below). In July we moved from TN to FL to be near our grandsons (my daughter Victoria passed this year). Imagine me driving ...
  • Bought: The Hidden Story Vaccines, GMOs, Big Pharma

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” WATCH THE TRAILER! Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Bought The hidden story about vaccines, autism, drugs and ...
  • Feeling Alone in Church

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Original Post 2011 see UPDATE 2014 at bottom of this post. When we moved from Virginia to Tennessee  in 2007 we started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after five years attending a church of over 500 three or more times a week, I still feel like I didn’t really ...
  • Was it Child Abuse?

    Robin Sampson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    What would you do if you saw a woman beating a child screaming in horrible pain?
 
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Fall Weather and Nature and Science Study Sale

    kamrg
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Fall weather is finally here! Now is the time to go outside and take advantage of it. New to homeschooling? Want easy, fun ideas to study science and still enjoy this wonderful weather. We have the answer for you in our Fall Nature Study and More! On sale now! Autumn Nature Study and More : Normally $6.50, now $3.25 Buy Now Looking for fun outdoor activities to help you study science? We’ve got you covered. Need something that requires no planning – just print out the list of nature walk suggestions we have for you and go! We’ve included neat ways to put together a…
  • Teach Science the Natural Way

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Do you like the idea of nature study and bringing your kids outdoors and exploring science in a natural way? But how do you turn that into something where you know your kids have learned some of those formal scientific concepts you want to teach? You also like the idea of getting outside in the fresh air and experiencing science and nature first hand. But, you worry about making sure your covering enough science and facts to just leave it at that without turning it into some kind of lesson on a concept. One way to do this is by keeping a nature journal of what you observe in nature.
  • Adventures with notebooking and nature study and nature walks

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    There are many versatile uses of notebooking pages when paired with a nature study. From literary expression to scientific facts, these pages can easily turn a nature walk into a literary and scientific unit study of unlimited possibilities. To prepare properly for an adventurous study of our natural world, we must arm ourselves with the necessary equipment. For our family, that was a small backpack per child filled with the following nature study items (some in my own pack): Nature journal/notebooking pages Colored pencils (erasable) Assorted grade pencils Erasers Mini binoculars Assorted…
  • Final Curriculum Sale Days!

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Prices starting at only $1.00! It’s the last days for our special sale! These are the lowest prices of the season! We want to help make planning for your new school year easier with our special 50% off Curriculum Sale and easy to use ebooks! Even our Nature Study Notebooking Pages bundles are discounted at our Currclick site here! Be on the look out for a new ebook series to you assist you in teaching science, coming soon! Here are the links to the discounted sale prices in our sale: Make Your Own ABC Book About … Ancient Greece e-book : Normally $1.99, now $1.00 Buy Now Make…
  • Free Software and Web Development Online Courses for Homeschoolers

    kamrg
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Webucator specializes in online software and web development courses for the corporate world. The CEO is beginning to homeschool his child and has decided to make these courses available for free to homeschoolers. All of the self-paced courses available  include courses on web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and many others. Here is a message from their blog announcing this offer. To register for a course, all you need to do is: Go to our Self-paced Courses page. Browse through the courses. Click…
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  • Devotions: Done!

    Malia
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    For years I have wanted to do daily devotions with my children- in addition to the Bible studies they do as part of their daily school work.  But it always seemed to monumental. Here are my lists of excuses reasons: Getting everyone up at the same time just did not happen- some kids woke at […]
  • Can I Hate the Movie, “The Fault in Our Stars?” – A Review from a Christian Perspective

    Malia
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Oh boy, I opened up a can of worms last month  I took the advice of a few Christian moms and several teens we knew and went to see, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Because I neglected to read any reviews of this movie, and trusted the ideas of those who had recommended it, I […]
  • Exposing What is Wrong at My Church

    Malia
    15 May 2014 | 10:30 pm
    One of the most mind altering phrases I have ever heard in church came on a Wednesday Night Service. Our church was considering changing their Wednesday night services and one of the lay ministers was asking folks what could be done to make the Wednesday night services better. He got lots of suggestions: More music/Less […]
  • Movie Review: Gimme Shelter

    Malia
    24 Jan 2014 | 7:12 am
    Duncan, Sarah (our 15 year old daughter) and I went to see a preview showing of this movie. About the Movie: Based on a true story, Gimme Shelter centers on pregnant teenager Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) who flees her drug-ridden mother (Rosario Dawson) in search of a better life of her own. Turned away […]
  • The Day My Heart Broke

    Malia
    11 Jan 2014 | 2:18 am
    OK, to be straight, it was not my heart- it was my blood pressure, whatever controls that thing. It broke. It broke several weeks before my husband and daughter left to go to Kenya on a 21 day mission trip. My indicator: I stopped wanting to eat much or sleep much, yet I had plenty […]
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Weekly Wrap-Up: Ancient Egypt, Blue Hair, and Plant Dissections

    Kris Bales
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Five Fabulous Flash Card Games

    Pam Barnhill
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • How to Start Losing Weight – Even When You Think You Can’t

    Kris Bales
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • 7 Things You Should Never Say to a Homeschool Mom

    Kris Bales
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • My Favorite Cold and Sore Throat Remedy

    Kris Bales
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • Multiple Children

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    How do you use Abeka with multiple ages in the same room? We have limited space and really have only one area for schooling. I am guessing they would all
  • Scholarships/Financial Aid

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    I just enrolled my 12 yr old daughter in K12 Virtual Academy. She needs a laptop (required), and my husband and I are between residencies right now, living
  • Wisconsin CHEA Half Off/Half Off Sale!

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Going on now through December 1st. Over 140 brand-new items are priced half off PLUS take another half off your second item!
  • My Adult daughter homeschooling her 2 younger brothers

    4 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Can my adult daughter homeschool her 2 younger brothers in my home if she doesn't live with us? Reply from Diane: You would need to contact your state's
  • Should I home school?

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I have been raising my niece for 3 years. She has struggled at school because of the neglect she received from her parents. Now that I have custody
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • Raising the Bar (Narration Q & A, part 15)

    Sonya Shafer
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Can you touch your ceiling? I can’t touch the ceiling in my kitchen even if I jump. It’s a standard height, but I can barely reach it with a 2-foot-long fly swatter. Now can you imagine jumping over your ceiling? That’s the current world record for high jump: a smidgen over 8 feet. It boggles […] Raising the Bar (Narration Q & A, part 15) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • When More Is Less

    Sonya Shafer
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    There was once a man named Bill, who decided to go for a hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. A distance of about 2,000 miles. Six months of hiking, sleeping on the ground, and cooking meals outside. So he went to a local outfitters and they laid out everything he would need, […] When More Is Less originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Written Narration: The Next Step in Composition (Narration Q & A, part 14)

    Sonya Shafer
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    We’ve been discussing oral narration for several weeks now. It’s time to move on to the next step in composition. Wait a minute! you say to yourself. The next step? I thought written narration was composition. So often when we discuss composition, we focus on the writing. Writing is, indeed, a part of composition, but […] Written Narration: The Next Step in Composition (Narration Q & A, part 14) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Beginning with Older Children (Narration Q & A, part 13)

    Sonya Shafer
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last time we talked about some ideas for getting started using narration with younger children. Today let’s address some questions about starting the method with older children. Narration Question #44: In the Fall I will have a 4th and 1st grader. I am going to try to have my 4th grader be more independent and […] Beginning with Older Children (Narration Q & A, part 13) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Beginning with Younger Children (Narration Q & A, part 12)

    Sonya Shafer
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:45 pm
    In our Narration Q & A series so far, we have covered the foundation. The tips and techniques that we have discussed apply to most age ranges and give the broad view of narration. During the rest of this series, we will focus on how this powerful tool can be tweaked and adapted to be […] Beginning with Younger Children (Narration Q & A, part 12) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    Texas Homeschooling

  • 2 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    The doTerra Intro Kit doTerra was created back in 2008 by medical scientists committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils. The Intro-Kit (Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender) provides an affordable way to integrate essential oil usage in your life and enhance personal wellness.Lemon Essential OilExtraction method: Cold Pressed/ExpressedTherapeutic GradeWHAT IS CPTG? CERTIFIED PURE THERAPEUTIC GRADE Source - http://everythingessential.me/AboutOils/CPTG.html Five ways Lemon helps you clean around the house. I got experience points using Lemon to clean as a…
  • Constitution Day - 9-17-2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Resources for your homeschool this Constitution Day History of Constitution Day - http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitution-day/history-of-constitution-day/ Free Apps for Androids by Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-President-Leaders-American-Citizenship/dp/B00AF3MPZ0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=8-4&keywords=constitution+facts Online Activities for kids - http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitution-kids/ Activities and info about the U.S. Constitution separated by grade (K-3, 4-7, 8-12) - http://www.usconstitution.net/constkidsK.html Affiliate Link - Search…
  • Why learn a Foreign Language?

    3 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    So how many of you watched the Frozen Special last night? Both my girls are fans of the Movie. They have every song memorized and one has even been getting on http://www.youtubeforchildren.com/ and learning how to sing the Frozen songs in other languages. I am amazed at how she is able to memorize the wording and then talk about the differences of translation. I didn't even know she was interested in foreign languages. At home, I already have a few simple games like bingo but it wasn't until she found the Frozen Songs in multiple languages that she started using the books and games available…
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    27 Aug 2012 | 7:48 pm
    I'd like to post my favorite article from this month because I have a daughter that is nine years old and still learning to read. We just finished with Volume 1 of Phonics Road to Reading. Look inside > If I Wait, Will It Be Too Late? At the time when she was five years old, she was having some behavior issues we discovered to be related to sugar. After we discovered through observation that she needed to snack and had to be limited on the amount of sugar(such as a few pieces of peaches and not a fruit salad), the ability to learn improved. Through it all, we tried simply sitting down and…
 
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • College Admission Essay Tip: Make Grandma Gasp, Not Blush!

    Lee
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A Unique College Admission Essay When writing your college admission essay, begin with a creative hook to make the college pay attention to you. Think […] The post College Admission Essay Tip:... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • 3 Days Only! College Application Bonanza

    Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I’m thrilled to announce my first ever College Application Bonanza Weekend is underway! October 23rd to October 25th Only!  Purchase the Gold Care Club and Receive […] The post 3 Days... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Homeschool Curriculum Mismatch

    Lee
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    We used Jay Wile for my two oldest. We struggled/battled/survived but it is just not working for my 9th grader. We stopped halfway through Physical Science, […] The post Homeschool Curriculum... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Prepare Your Child for High School

    Lee
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I help prepare parents to homeschool high school all the time. I tell them to “read books, attend conferences, watch instructional videos and invest in […] The post Prepare Your Child... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • High School for Academically Behind Children

    Lee
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Having Remedial Subjects is Normal Homeschoolers have normal children. Some are good at certain things, but not so good at other things. There are great […] The post High School for... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Crack The Egg Blog

  • How to Earn Extra Money with the Right Online Residual Income Business

    Andy
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Setting up an online residual income business used to be an expensive matter. Providentially this is no longer the situation specified the vast amount of free and low cost resources presented currently. However, anyone who goals to produce superfluous money online would still need a sound approach. The escalating inflation rate all over the domain, with vigour and sustenance values on an ascending movement, it has never been timelier to grip how to earn extra cash through an enduring income home business in particular. Empower network of passive income is one that is not same as a residual…
  • Searching for a unique gaming identity

    Andy
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Let’s delve into the life of an avid gamer. A gamer is someone who does not play games casually, but is more of the professional type. These are a different kind of race altogether. They are defined by their expertise in playing particular kinds of games. Professionals in this field have made a career out of gaming. This breed is very particular of the community within which they interact as well as their online identities. They may not be as particular with respect to their real identities. They also spend considerable time hooked up in playing games, be it online arcade games or board…
  • Invest On The Best Fitting Noise Cancelling Earphones

    Andy
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    If you are looking for an ultimate way of enjoying listening to music on the go, you can opt for a pair of best earbuds noise cancelling. These ear phones are designed in such a way that they shut out the external noise while commuting or in the working environment. The noise cancelling earphones make use of active circuit which can process audio picked up from microphone which can reverse the audio signal and play back through the ear phones. As a result of this, the external sound will be effectively subtracted just leaving your music behind. The advantage of this technology is that it…
  • How to make the birthday special for your husband

    Andy
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Special plans for someone special in your life Have you planned something for your hubby on this birthday? If not then get ready for an exclusive plan and surprise him on this auspicious occasion. Your husband and you are like the wheels of a vehicle and both of you have to run together to move ahead. Let your husband know how much you care for him. On his coming birthday try out something special, subject to his likes and dislikes. Well, it is you who will know better what your husband likes and do not likes. So make sure if you take up something new your husband and other family members or…
  • Gaining Popularity of Ebooks Online Stores

    Andy
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    With the digitalization of the modern world, ebooks have become a part of life. With hundreds and thousands of benefits, ebooks have become the most preferred choice of the people. Today, prefer holding a tablet in their hand to read an ebook instead of carrying a hardbound printed book. The time is changing and so are the choices of the people. Ebooks are today available on different topic which precisely includes health, love, romance, tourism, business, drama, biography etc. There is hardly any arena based on which an ebook is not available. With a thorough research and knowledge, you can…
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • American Kids in History Book Series

    Heidi
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Heidi I disliked history classes as a child because I struggled to memorize names and dates, but as a homeschool mom I discovered a love for history studies!  We enjoy immersing ourselves in the lives of the people living in different periods, and one way to keep our studies engaging and fun is by having a little hands-on fun.  I wanted to share with you a book series that has been a well-used resource in our home. We own four titles in the American Kids in History book series: Colonial Days Revolutionary War Days Pioneer Days Civil War Days The tagline for the series is “Discover…
  • Promise and Deliverance by S.G. De Graaf

    Annie Kate
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Annie Kate It can be difficult to find a quality narrative Bible curriculum for teens and adults. The four volume Promise and Deliverance series by S.G. De Graaf, first published years ago, is still among the best. Many years ago Christianity Today called it “A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible” and that assessment is as valid as ever. For years the author, Reverend De Graaf, led a weekly class for those who taught Bible to children, both at Sunday schools and at day schools. This book is the fruit of repeatedly answering the question, “How do we tell this…
  • Dover Publications Science and Writing Resources for Homeschool

    Tricia
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia This month we’ve found that Dover Publications adds the fun to homeschool science and writing! Would your children like to make a bouncy ball? Maybe build writing skills (and laugh!) with Create Your Own Story? Let me tell you more… ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!! We received these Dover Publications resources in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we love the benefits and blessings we are continuing to see! Please see our disclosure policy. Remember, doing our studies together means less work for mom! Let me tell you about three Dover…
  • Starter Pencil Kit by Draw Your World – My Review

    Betsy
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Betsy Do your little ones struggle with handwriting?  Is it hard for them to hold a pencil comfortably?  Or do they grip it very tightly?  Learning to write shouldn’t have to be a struggle.  There are so many ways we can help, and one of my favorite tools is the Starter Pencil Kit from Draw Your World. ~ Don’t miss the giveaway at the end! ~ You probably know the folks at Draw Your World from their wonderful series of work books, Draw Write Now. When my daughter was little, she loved writing and drawing in theses books.  Especially the drawing!  Click here for my review…
  • Dance Mat Typing – A Free Beginner’s Touch Typing Tutorial

    Heidi Stearns
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Heidi Stearns Today I am sharing with you a fun website to introduce your students to touch-typing.  Dance Mat Typing is a fun online program provided by the BBC. BBC Bitesize is an online study support website for children of all ages. There are many other fun, helpful programs so be sure to look around the Bitesize webpage for more helpful resources. Why Learn to Touch Type? In today’s computer-savvy world, it is important to be able to type with speed and accuracy. More and more people do more typing than ever before in their career and personal lives. Touch typing is the…
 
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  • Dear Homeschool Mom, Every Homeschool is Different

    Monique
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Have you ever learned what other homeschool mothers were working on and thought, I could really be doing more with my own children? Or I wish we could have our children take that awesome fencing course, tech course or private piano lessons. Or I wish we could use the super expensive all in one language […] The post Dear Homeschool Mom, Every Homeschool is Different appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Dear Homeschool Mom, Are you taking care of yourself?

    Monique
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Homeschool Mom are you running ragged and wondering what you are doing wrong? Have you taken a good look at yourself to ensure that you are doing everything you can to be in tip top shape to be a homeschool mother. As a mother is really does suck when you get sick, you can’t just […] The post Dear Homeschool Mom, Are you taking care of yourself? appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Middlebury Interactive Languages French Review

    Monique
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We were able to review this great French Course from Middlebury Interactive Languages. It’s an intereactive online french course, there are two levels for middle school students. I had my 8th grader go through this program. I was very impressed with the structure of the program, it is well laid out and each lesson a the perfect […] The post Middlebury Interactive Languages French Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Dear Homeschool Mom, You’ve Made a Mistake

    Monique
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Have you jumped into your homeschool journey and thought “Wow, I’ve made a mistake.” Parenting and teaching your child at home can bring stress into your daily lives. You’re so excited as you’ve planned and purchased your homeschool curriculum and created your perfect homeschool schedule. But then things start to fall a part when you […] The post Dear Homeschool Mom, You’ve Made a Mistake appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

    Monique
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate are wonderful if you are looking for an online course for your homeschooled child. We were lucky enough to be able to pick and choose which course he could study. My son chose the subject and I wanted him to do a science course so he did the Nutrition class because he’s […] The post Standard Deviants Accelerate Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • Creating A Space for Your Child’s Interests

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    One of the best parts about unschooling and following a ‘curriculum of curiosity‘ is watching what your child shows interest in. It’s beautiful to watch them enthralled by a subject. The beauty of curiosity is in it’s ability to transform into knowledge and effortlessly inform. In my recent post about unexpected interests, I shared how […] The post Creating A Space for Your Child’s Interests appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Parenting a Headstrong Child Respectfully

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    I have wrote previously about parenting my sensitive child respectfully. Today I wanted to write about parenting a headstrong child respectfully. When you hear about headstrong children – or strong-willed, spirited, even ‘stubborn’ or ‘difficult’ – it’s often negative. My daughter is at a different space in the social and emotional spectrum. Before she could […] The post Parenting a Headstrong Child Respectfully appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • This Week of Learning

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    Our week… We started off our week at the creek with friends as we often do. We found moss, as I discussed in a previous post. We collected fallen flowers. We saw a wild goanna. Then we played some maths games with our cuisenaire rods. Our co-op met at a local water park for lots […] The post This Week of Learning appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Yoga for Kids

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    October is Doc-Tober for Disney Junior! Your preschooler can see Doc McStuffins and her toy friends in new episodes on the Disney Junior TV channel and enjoy brand new Doc games and activities on DisneyJunior.com.au. In a time where everything is about doing and having more; relaxation for kids is so important. You may have […] The post Yoga for Kids appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Unexpected Interests

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Kids are interested in such unexpected subjects and with seemingly insatiable enthusiasm. I’m part of this awesome group on Facebook called “my unschooler is interested in…” which is meant for other unschooling families to contribute low cost and outside-the-box ideas for exploring and/or expanding on the topic. However, my favourite thing is just seeing the […] The post Unexpected Interests appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
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  • Turn Your Teen’s Passion Into A Career

    earthendee
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Turn your teen’s passion into a career for homeschooling highschool from Let’s Homeschool High School
  • Dual Enrollment

    tiallarising
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In this “Looking Back” series, I’ve been doing just that – looking back on my homeschool experience and sharing my tips or suggestions for high school.  However, I never dual enrolled.  Therefore, this post is a bit different than usual.  You see, up until now, every post has suggested styles, curricula, and schedules that I [...]
  • September 2014 Homeschool Highschool Blog Hop – Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

    bailbrae
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    September already! I think that was the fastest the summer has gone by for us in a very long time. Hello everyone, Katie here from LHSHS. I am so pleased that our LHSHS Blog Hop is back after its summer vacation, and you’re stopping by to join us. Are you already cruising along in your [...]
  • ACT or SAT for Homeschoolers?

    earthendee
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    ACT or SAT for Homeschooling High School from Let’s Homeschool High School
  • 15 Science Projects for Homeschool High School

    earthendee
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    15 Science Projects for Homeschool High School from Let's Homeschool High School
 
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  • Ready for NaNoWriMo?

    Susan Raber
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    I'm not. Every year I practically drool over the idea of dedicating an entire month to writing, but it's probably not going to happen for another year, although who knows? We might be able to find a way to schedule it if we eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and no one needs clean clothes for 30 days. Maybe you can't participate in NaNoWriMo, but how about letting your students register for the Young Writers Program? YWP is for students 17 and under, and allows them to set their own word-count goals. They can connect with other young writers via the YWP community. Download a…
  • The Research-Based Approach to Teaching History

    Susan Raber
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    I have never liked the idea of teaching history with textbooks, because I didn't enjoy the experience as a student. Textbooks briefly outline major events and touch on the lives of famous and influential people, but it doesn't feel personal, as if these were real people and events that shaped the world we live in. The typical textbook accounts aren't even stories, because at least with stories there is a chance to connect with the characters, setting, and plot. That is why we use a research-based method for history in our homeschool. We chose people and events from each era, and used…
  • Parents: You Can Do This!

    Susan Raber
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    I read and hear nearly every day from parents who despair of being able to teach and train their children. "It's too much!" "They are driving me crazy!" "I can't do it - I'm sending them to school!"I'd like to offer some warm and fuzzy comfort, but I can't.The Bottom Line: You have to develop some endurance, and be able to outlast your kids. Our perseverance is often stretched to the limit, especially when a child exhibits the ability to tug on your skirt/jeans saying “Mommy” for 15 consecutive minutes without taking a breath. But at some point you have to be The Adult, create the…
  • The Price of Free

    Susan Raber
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    When it comes to homeschooling freebies, I’ve discovered over the years that free doesn’t always mean free. The understood definition of free is that you won't have to spend money to acquire said item. While that is often the case with educational freebies, there are sometimes hidden costs you need to be aware of before you gleefully sign up or download, thinking that you’ve just solved all your homeschooling problems for a pittance.If you simply go cruising for freebies online, you will see many, MANY wonderful resources that homeschooling families have created and shared online to…
  • Why Do We Homeschool?

    Susan Raber
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Raber Family, back in the day. . . Beginnings, middles, and ends. Every homeschool year, every homeschooling family's journey, has at least one of each.When you are at the beginning, it's all very exciting, nerve-wrecking, humbling, exhilarating - who needs skydiving when you can experience the thrill of accepting the responsibility for your child's education? In the middle, you've got your comfort zone. No longer scared completely out of your mind, you've managed to teach the kids to read, master basic math skills, and pick up their Legos. But when you look up, the end may seem…
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    College-Bound Homeschooler

  • How to Make Preparing For College Part of Your Homeschool Curriculum

    Tim Milosch
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last week I suggested what I thought was a unique way for students to build marketable skills, which could also double as income sources and high school electives. I’ll be fleshing that thought out in the coming months with a The post How to Make Preparing For College Part of Your Homeschool Curriculum appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • How Homeschool Students Can Save for College (And Learn Something Too!)

    Tim Milosch
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    What If I told you that one activity could teach your homeschool students an employable skill, make you academic credit, build your resume, and potentially help you save for college? Too good to be true? You might think so, but I think The post How Homeschool Students Can Save for College (And Learn Something Too!) appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • 8 Tips: How To Pay For College Without Devastating Loans

    Tim Milosch
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Going to college is fun, the prospect of figuring out how to pay for college is not. College is a lot of hard work, but it is incredibly rewarding, frequently enjoyable and just plain fun. However, trying to rally the The post 8 Tips: How To Pay For College Without Devastating Loans appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • My 2 Secret Tips to Higher Test Scores

    Tim Milosch
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are you worried about your test scores yet?  If you are, you’re not alone.  I’ve never seen anything stress out students more than upcoming test dates. I spent this past summer in the interesting world of SAT tutoring academies. In this The post My 2 Secret Tips to Higher Test Scores appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • Have You Fallen For One of These 10 SAT Myths?

    Tim Milosch
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s fall, we’re well into the school year and that means it’s time to start thinking about taking the SAT.  Whether you’re a parent or a student, you may have been taken in by any of the many myths surrounding The post Have You Fallen For One of These 10 SAT Myths? appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
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