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  • Supper on Earth Day: Climate Change Soup

    Dewey's Treehouse
    Mama Squirrel
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Tonight's dinner menu:Climate Change Soup. Recipe: Remove several small containers of soup, beans, and tomatoes from freezer. Melt in pot on stove, adding water as needed. Simmer until supper time. Serve with toast or sandwiches.
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    Molly Green
    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • Life after homeschooling

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    When we started homeschooling fifteen years ago it soon became the norm for us.  Homeschooling became a way of life.  In many ways we defined ourselves as homeschoolers.  At times it seemed like we would be homeschooling forever.But now with two of our children out the door and the third who will probably follow in three years, I’ve started thinking more about life after homeschooling.  As our son is only eight years old we expect to be homeschooling for another nine or ten years, but things will be different when we settle down to one, and then eventually none.Even…
  • Promises to Make to Your Homeschool Family

    The Every Day of Education Blog - Susan Raber Online
    Susan Raber
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    Photo by digitalart - www.freedigitalphotos.net/ The promises we need to make when we commit to homeschooling: We have a goals and a vision for the future of our children. We aren't jumping on a bandwagon or just being reactionary. We take this task very seriously. We will educate ourselves and find the answers to problems as they arise. We will not wait helplessly until someone comes to hold our hand. We will be honest. We will comply with the laws of our state. We will acknowledge and work on  our weaknesses. We will get help when we need…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    Molly Green
    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
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  • Austin Senior Portraits and Bluebonnet Fever

    Heather
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Best Buds My oldest son is a year behind in school, so his best buddy is graduating a year ahead of him. Granted, his best buddy is about 6-8 months older, but they have grown up together and it is a difficult time for teens when their friends are finishing up and they still have books to read and transcripts to perfect. I can’t believe I’ll be taking senior shots for my own two teens next year! B & K Kaden met his friend Brandon in 2007 and they have been friends ever since. Brandon and him have a running joke about a game of dodge ball in which one of Kaden’s front…
  • When You’re on the Potter’s Wheel

    Heather
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Fork in the Road The other day, in a moment of grief, looking down at the ground in deep thought, I walked right over this pitiful fork. It was at the edge of the driveway next to the waste container the garbage truck had emptied, limb missing and shattered down the length of her body. She called for my camera to recognize her brokenness. This misshapen fork was me. We had something in common. Something cracked and missing. A need. Pain. I got to thinking about how similar we were and how somebody designed that fork and she had just been trying to serve her purpose, but something had gone…
  • Sundays and Signs of Spring

    Heather
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I am overjoyed that I have a mansion just over the hilltop. Sundays may not be perfect all of the time (rarely), but I feel so blessed to be able to rub shoulders with other saints on Sunday. I love my church family and being around other Christians. They make our walk so much lighter and easier in this life. I love singing the old familiar songs – and reading the history behind them. I love our preacher’s lessons and the passion he shares for the Word. I love taking communion and knowing that my brothers and sisters the world over are sharing in…
  • Celebrating the Moments

    Heather
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    I got some really good advice at an Apologia Homeschool Conference a few years ago … and you’ll have to forgive me for paraphrasing it from memory, but it went something like this: “If you don’t celebrate your life, who will? And if you don’t celebrate and have fun and ENJOY homeschooling… will your kids?” Wow. Let that sink in a bit, homeschool mama. I know it gets difficult in those trenches, but how often are we lamenting our lot while the sun is shining and those little ones are watching us frown? I challenge you (and always myself, too –…
  • Finding a Homeschool Planner that Works for You

    Heather
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    This post is more of a journey through homeschool planning over my entire homeschooling career than a review, but in the end, I did come down to two planners to review – and I mentioned a few others and my experiences as well. If you don’t want the details behind my planner journey, you can scroll to the bottom to read a review between two very popular spiral-bound homeschool planners that I have used the past two years. For the rest of you, who don’t mind my chatter, pull up a chair and bring your favorite drink and snack. This could take a chunk of free time to read…
 
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  • All the Busy

    Melissa Wiley
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    ARGH, when did I go from being a daily blogger to a weekly one? When I took on so much extra work, I suppose. It’s just so. very. busy. right now. But busy is good—busy is kids with full lives and writers with full workloads. Busy is I got my manuscript back from my editor, so I’m in revision territory now, and that’s absorbing. Busy is Journey North Mystery Class! Which we finished today with our usual awesome party full of lively presentations and unusual food. Delicious in every way. Busy is the three (!) homeschooling classes I’m teaching! Two literature and one…
  • All in a blur

    Melissa Wiley
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Nine years, can you believe it?
  • I was going to say “Sam” but that’ll do just fine

    Melissa Wiley
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Huck and I are cuddled up in the big brown chair. His hair is getting long again, all rumpled curls on top. Face a little dirty, because it’s after nine in the morning. Big sweet eyes smiling up at me, waiting for a story. “Once upon a time,” I begin, “there was a boy named—” “ACID FIRE,” he interjects.
  • A Monday snapshot

    Melissa Wiley
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
      Small child straddling two barstools, running toy cars up and down the high counter. Another child sprawled on floor, drawing a picture. A third hovering by the cedar chest at the far end of the sofa, at loose ends. A leggy teenager spidering sideways in the comfy armchair. A perfectly typical scene of mild morning chaos. I curl up in my rocking chair with House at Pooh Corner. The younger set hasn’t heard it yet, in that way that shocks me. They are six, almost nine, and eleven, for Pete’s sake! How could such a thing have happened? Answer: SO. MANY. BOOKS. With no…
  • Progress

    Melissa Wiley
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:58 pm
    One of the earliest lessons of having a special-needs child was learning to recognize his progress not by comparing him to typically-developing children of the same age, but by comparing him to his own earlier self. I say ‘lesson’ and ‘learn’ but in truth this was something that happened naturally and almost instantaneously after his multiple diagnoses and the beginning of various therapies—physical, occupational, speech. As soon as I had an understanding of his developmental challenges, I was able to rejoice over each increment of progress, each small…
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  • A Girl and Her Pony

    JoAnn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sherri Lyons Growing up I was like every other girl—I wanted a horse. The only difference was I was obsessed. I thought about horses every waking hour and at night I would dream about them. While most girls had pictures of boys on their walls, I had pictures of horses. My parents didn’t have to worry about me taking candy from strangers. They had to worry about me taking rides on strangers’ horses. And, I did on occasion. When I turned thirteen, my dad bought me a pony; I think he paid a hundred dollars for it. We didn’t know if you could ride it, but it didn’t matter to me, I…
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
  • Lose Weight with Menu Planning

    JoAnn
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb We all do it. We make New Year resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Or maybe we just want to be able to feed our families healthier meals. However, by this time of the year, many of us have already fallen off the weight loss/eating healthy band wagon. With excuses like, “I just don’t have time to cook healthy meals,” or “I don’t know how to cook healthy meals,” or even “I don’t really know what a healthy meal is,” it’s no wonder we get frustrated and go back to our old, unhealthy eating and cooking habits. However, there really is an easy way to…
  • Green Treasures

    JoAnn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Kipe What worthy item can you find in your backyard that many people pay to get rid of, some drive to the store to buy—even though they already have it—and others step right over? Did you guess “weeds”? It has been said that a weed is a plant that is unappreciated because its virtues are unknown. Our humble backyard greens would surely qualify for this status. In a day and age where many of our resources are completely stretched, why are we ignoring the treasure in our backyard? Lack of knowledge is the correct answer. If we only knew what nutritional wealth and…
 
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    Why Homeschool

  • Life after homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    When we started homeschooling fifteen years ago it soon became the norm for us.  Homeschooling became a way of life.  In many ways we defined ourselves as homeschoolers.  At times it seemed like we would be homeschooling forever.But now with two of our children out the door and the third who will probably follow in three years, I’ve started thinking more about life after homeschooling.  As our son is only eight years old we expect to be homeschooling for another nine or ten years, but things will be different when we settle down to one, and then eventually none.Even…
  • Please send in a post for the April edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    This is just a quick reminder, you have four days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling. The April edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be held Sprittibee.  Entries are due on April 13th at 6:00 PM PST.This will be the 471st edition.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, on the 9th of February.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
  • Good reminder about how to really help someone

    Henry Cate
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    From Dan Galvin's Thought For The Day mailing list:Correction does much, but encouragement does more.                              -Goethe
  • Some good thought about parenting

    Henry Cate
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    One of my brothers found this article: Guest opinion: Keep Calm and Parent On, by Adam Strassberg.  The city of Palo Alto has had several recent suicides.  Adam gives some great advice for parents.
  • This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - March Madness

    Henry Cate
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Susan is hosting this month's Carnival of Homeschooling at Corn and Oil.She starts the carnival with:----------Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling – March Madness. Homeschoolers could relate to the sense of madness we feel at times fussing over our children’s well-being and education. NCAA basketball is another frenzy starting the middle of this month. St. Patrick’s Day is one week from today and three days later, spring is officially sprung. This sort of madness can be fun and reflective.----------Enjoy!
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • Fighting for $15

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    I posed the following question on Facebook... but I feel like it deserves to be blogged? Reading about the demand for $15 minimum wage. Wondering if they shouldn't do $15 for age 18 and up and $10 - 12 for under 18, and for training situations in starter type jobs.Of course then they would also have to legislate percentages like 25-40% under age so they wouldn't just fire all the adults and hire kids.Would that settle the argument of inexperienced kids? And also encourage jobs for teens again, which have been hard to come by?Since I posed the question, I have only received one reply (4 by the…
  • Getting back to my creative space

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    I told a friend that I was planning to post and art piece a day again, now that my costuming project is over.  She suggested I include costuming too, so I will post an art piece or costume piece a day.  I hope. I went to the thrift store yesterday to try to find some items to inspire me to make a costume out of my imagination... I found some things, but I also found some items that I put up on Ebay today because they were good quality and still had tags, except one which just did not need any changes at all.  They are uniform pieces and on Asian costume.  Nice stuff.
  • The problem with passing and failing

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:20 pm
    In order for a person to have power, he would need some powerless folks to lord over.  Let's look at the relationship between the Medieval Lord and Surf. The serfs worked the land in addition to doing extra work for the for the lords in exchange for food and protection. The land, the wealth, and the army belonged to the Lord. Meanwhile, the Noble Lord death with prayers, politics, and sometimes fighting.  There was often evening entertainment.  Without the work of the serf, the lord would not be able to maintain is more cushy, though often more stressful life. Bring that to…
  • Do Black Children Do Better with Black Teachers

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:37 pm
    New research confirms that black students excel when they are taught by black teachers. Interestingly enough, three years ago, a different study contended that the race of children doesn't matter. The way I see it, each of these statements is true... and also false.I have observed through personal relationships, and/or just plain observation that a child will be who you set in their mind they will be.  If you tell a child he is stupid, he will act stupid. If you say a child is bad at math, she will continue to be bad at math. Children are very open to suggestion. This is just part of the…
  • Almost done costuming another show

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    The Complete Works of Shakespeare ...  Abridged!  I made 2 and altered the rest.  A guy is playing the women's parts!Gertrude (made with no pattern)Lavina (also made with no pattern)OpheliaJulietCleopatra I am still working on the nurse costume... and kilts for Macbeth!  So if you are wondering why I haven't produced any art work in a while... here's why.
 
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    Molly Green

  • A Girl and Her Pony

    JoAnn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sherri Lyons Growing up I was like every other girl—I wanted a horse. The only difference was I was obsessed. I thought about horses every waking hour and at night I would dream about them. While most girls had pictures of boys on their walls, I had pictures of horses. My parents didn’t have to worry about me taking candy from strangers. They had to worry about me taking rides on strangers’ horses. And, I did on occasion. When I turned thirteen, my dad bought me a pony; I think he paid a hundred dollars for it. We didn’t know if you could ride it, but it didn’t matter to me, I…
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
  • Lose Weight with Menu Planning

    JoAnn
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb We all do it. We make New Year resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Or maybe we just want to be able to feed our families healthier meals. However, by this time of the year, many of us have already fallen off the weight loss/eating healthy band wagon. With excuses like, “I just don’t have time to cook healthy meals,” or “I don’t know how to cook healthy meals,” or even “I don’t really know what a healthy meal is,” it’s no wonder we get frustrated and go back to our old, unhealthy eating and cooking habits. However, there really is an easy way to…
  • Green Treasures

    JoAnn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Kipe What worthy item can you find in your backyard that many people pay to get rid of, some drive to the store to buy—even though they already have it—and others step right over? Did you guess “weeds”? It has been said that a weed is a plant that is unappreciated because its virtues are unknown. Our humble backyard greens would surely qualify for this status. In a day and age where many of our resources are completely stretched, why are we ignoring the treasure in our backyard? Lack of knowledge is the correct answer. If we only knew what nutritional wealth and…
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    Molly Green

  • A Girl and Her Pony

    JoAnn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sherri Lyons Growing up I was like every other girl—I wanted a horse. The only difference was I was obsessed. I thought about horses every waking hour and at night I would dream about them. While most girls had pictures of boys on their walls, I had pictures of horses. My parents didn’t have to worry about me taking candy from strangers. They had to worry about me taking rides on strangers’ horses. And, I did on occasion. When I turned thirteen, my dad bought me a pony; I think he paid a hundred dollars for it. We didn’t know if you could ride it, but it didn’t matter to me, I…
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
  • Lose Weight with Menu Planning

    JoAnn
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb We all do it. We make New Year resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Or maybe we just want to be able to feed our families healthier meals. However, by this time of the year, many of us have already fallen off the weight loss/eating healthy band wagon. With excuses like, “I just don’t have time to cook healthy meals,” or “I don’t know how to cook healthy meals,” or even “I don’t really know what a healthy meal is,” it’s no wonder we get frustrated and go back to our old, unhealthy eating and cooking habits. However, there really is an easy way to…
  • Green Treasures

    JoAnn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Kipe What worthy item can you find in your backyard that many people pay to get rid of, some drive to the store to buy—even though they already have it—and others step right over? Did you guess “weeds”? It has been said that a weed is a plant that is unappreciated because its virtues are unknown. Our humble backyard greens would surely qualify for this status. In a day and age where many of our resources are completely stretched, why are we ignoring the treasure in our backyard? Lack of knowledge is the correct answer. If we only knew what nutritional wealth and…
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  • Scenes of Spring ...

    Dawn
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Happy Monday, my friends! I hope your week is off to a great start. :) Are you enjoying the unfolding of Spring as much as I am? Oh my goodness, it's just one happy surprise after another ... and yet there's such a comforting sense of familiarity as well. This is what I love about the seasons ... there's so much joy to be found on so many levels! I've been out and about taking pictures like crazy (with my phone, that is - unfortunately my camera is on the fritz) and I'd like to share them this morning if I may ...  Prettiest little crocus…
  • Happy 4th Birthday, Archie & Oliver!

    Dawn
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Four days ago, my friends, our (four-legged) boys turned four years old! :) I thought I'd share some silly-sweet pics I took yesterday ... they are both doing well and enjoying the spring just as we are. Noses pressed to window screens sniffing that warm fresh air, eyes glued to the birds and critters at the feeders ...  This is Archie on my lap, purring away if you can't tell. :) And here's Oliver, our extra-fluffy boy! I hope you are all enjoying your week! It's been beautiful here ... bright, warm and breezy ... and we're soaking up every blessed moment! See you…
  • Finally ... SPRING

    Dawn
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
     A few pictures from our Saturday, the springiest day we've had yet! Fresh rhubarb I found at the market! I can't wait to turn it into this. Garden seeds purchased at the local agricultural co-op. I am especially excited for the pickling cukes, mini pumpkins and the lovely lupines! A new hand soap for my kitchen sink - Mrs. Meyer's newest scent: Apple. Heavenly! Bill had the boys out in the yard today - which is nearly snow-free - to start the cleanup. Little Bear is just getting over a nasty virus (high fever, runny nose) but he was loving the fresh…
  • Cozy Corners: Laundry Closet

    Dawn
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    A project in progress! The units above were just installed, but we are planning to re-do this laundry closet - spruce things up a bit and make it more efficient for the head washerwoman. (Aka, moi.) But it's been a bit of a funny story, getting these new units in place ... What happened was, a few weeks ago I was running a wash when we suddenly noticed a strong odor from the basement. Kind of chemical-y, definitely burn-y. Well, we determined it was the washing machine and that the motor had burnt out. Both the washing machine and dryer had been here since we moved in (no idea when…
  • Housekeeping Calendar Q & A

    Dawn
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
      Oh, my friends - this post has taken me so long to compose! I see my draft was originally started on March 5th! But let's talk about those cleaning cards, shall we? I currently have a crayon-wielding toddler climbing up my back but I should be able to type while he climbs ... Now, I must admit, I sort of fell off the "cleaning cards wagon" back around Easter - not that I wasn't cleaning furiously for the holiday, but not at all according to my cards. I'm happy to say, however, I'm right back on track - in spirit if not yet totally in practice. And…
 
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    Dewey's Treehouse

  • In memory of Lois

    Mama Squirrel
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
  • Supper on Earth Day: Climate Change Soup

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Tonight's dinner menu:Climate Change Soup. Recipe: Remove several small containers of soup, beans, and tomatoes from freezer. Melt in pot on stove, adding water as needed. Simmer until supper time. Serve with toast or sandwiches.
  • Lucky Lydia

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Found at the thrift store: Louis Vuitton handbag. It appears to be the real thing. I vow that girl has a Muse of Shopping following her around.
  • From the archives one more time: God's Earth Day

    Mama Squirrel
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    First posted April 2010.  Ponytails was in grade 7 and Dollygirl (then called Crayons) was in grade 3.I am not the only one to think of calling April 22nd "God's Earth Day," but it did come into my head as I contemplated one of my least favourite "holidays," on which it's demanded that we bow down not only to the Bunny but to the Asian Elephant, the Blue Whale, the Hybrid Spider Monkey, and every other endangered species, not to mention the Dandelion and the Recyclable Plastic Bag."On April 22nd, over six million Canadians will join one billion people worldwide in celebrating Earth Day.
  • Funniest commercial we've seen lately

    Mama Squirrel
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Make sure you watch all the way to the part with the birds and the microphone. 
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    Molly Green

  • A Girl and Her Pony

    JoAnn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sherri Lyons Growing up I was like every other girl—I wanted a horse. The only difference was I was obsessed. I thought about horses every waking hour and at night I would dream about them. While most girls had pictures of boys on their walls, I had pictures of horses. My parents didn’t have to worry about me taking candy from strangers. They had to worry about me taking rides on strangers’ horses. And, I did on occasion. When I turned thirteen, my dad bought me a pony; I think he paid a hundred dollars for it. We didn’t know if you could ride it, but it didn’t matter to me, I…
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
  • Lose Weight with Menu Planning

    JoAnn
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb We all do it. We make New Year resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Or maybe we just want to be able to feed our families healthier meals. However, by this time of the year, many of us have already fallen off the weight loss/eating healthy band wagon. With excuses like, “I just don’t have time to cook healthy meals,” or “I don’t know how to cook healthy meals,” or even “I don’t really know what a healthy meal is,” it’s no wonder we get frustrated and go back to our old, unhealthy eating and cooking habits. However, there really is an easy way to…
  • Green Treasures

    JoAnn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Kipe What worthy item can you find in your backyard that many people pay to get rid of, some drive to the store to buy—even though they already have it—and others step right over? Did you guess “weeds”? It has been said that a weed is a plant that is unappreciated because its virtues are unknown. Our humble backyard greens would surely qualify for this status. In a day and age where many of our resources are completely stretched, why are we ignoring the treasure in our backyard? Lack of knowledge is the correct answer. If we only knew what nutritional wealth and…
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  • Heart of Wisdom Unit Study Reviews

    Robin Sampson
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    Here are just a few of the comments we have received about Heart of Wisdom Unit Studies. Please feel free to add your own below. If you agree with a review–please share via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you.     The Science Units are wonderful as well, tying it all together in the creation order. We ...
  • My Favorite Christian Fiction Books – Why No Amish Romance

    Robin Sampson
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Five of the top 10 best sellers on a recent list of Christian fiction were Amish titles. More than 24 million books have been sold since 2003. This year at least 86 “Amish Romance” novels are being released. Why?? I just don’t get it. I understand Christians are looking for wholesome books but there are ...
  • 03. Geography of Ancient Egypt

    Robin Sampson
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    The links and videos here reinforce lesson 3 in Heart of Wisdom’s Ancient Egypt Unit Study.    Geography of Ancient Egypt Links A History of Israel – Ancient Egypt National Geographic – Ancient Egypt Geography Gifts of the Nile – History for Kids PBS: NOVA Online—Mysteries of the Nile Ancient Egypt Map for Kids See more ...
  • 04. Ancient Egypt’s Neighbors

    Robin Sampson
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    The links and videos here reinforce lesson 4 in Heart of Wisdom’s Ancient Egypt Unit Study.  Egypt’s Neighbors Links Egyptian Museum – Daily Life/Neighbors Ancient Egypt Egypt Art Site – Map Egypt Past – Egypt & it’s Neighbors Clickable Ancient History Timeline See more on the Ancient Egypt Pinterest Board Ancient Egypt Resources Ancient Egypt Unit Study (Ebook) (38 Four-Step ...
  • 08. Moses in Ancient Egypt

    Robin Sampson
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    We are updating the links from Ancient History: Adam to Messiah on this site and Pinterest. Please be patient while we are under construction. The links and videos here reinforce lesson 8 in Heart of Wisdom’s Ancient Egypt Unit Study.  Moses in Ancient Egypt Links PBS – Moses & the Exodus Agape Bible Study – Moses’ Childhood ...
 
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    Molly Green

  • A Girl and Her Pony

    JoAnn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sherri Lyons Growing up I was like every other girl—I wanted a horse. The only difference was I was obsessed. I thought about horses every waking hour and at night I would dream about them. While most girls had pictures of boys on their walls, I had pictures of horses. My parents didn’t have to worry about me taking candy from strangers. They had to worry about me taking rides on strangers’ horses. And, I did on occasion. When I turned thirteen, my dad bought me a pony; I think he paid a hundred dollars for it. We didn’t know if you could ride it, but it didn’t matter to me, I…
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
  • Lose Weight with Menu Planning

    JoAnn
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb We all do it. We make New Year resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Or maybe we just want to be able to feed our families healthier meals. However, by this time of the year, many of us have already fallen off the weight loss/eating healthy band wagon. With excuses like, “I just don’t have time to cook healthy meals,” or “I don’t know how to cook healthy meals,” or even “I don’t really know what a healthy meal is,” it’s no wonder we get frustrated and go back to our old, unhealthy eating and cooking habits. However, there really is an easy way to…
  • Green Treasures

    JoAnn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Kipe What worthy item can you find in your backyard that many people pay to get rid of, some drive to the store to buy—even though they already have it—and others step right over? Did you guess “weeds”? It has been said that a weed is a plant that is unappreciated because its virtues are unknown. Our humble backyard greens would surely qualify for this status. In a day and age where many of our resources are completely stretched, why are we ignoring the treasure in our backyard? Lack of knowledge is the correct answer. If we only knew what nutritional wealth and…
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    Molly Green

  • A Girl and Her Pony

    JoAnn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sherri Lyons Growing up I was like every other girl—I wanted a horse. The only difference was I was obsessed. I thought about horses every waking hour and at night I would dream about them. While most girls had pictures of boys on their walls, I had pictures of horses. My parents didn’t have to worry about me taking candy from strangers. They had to worry about me taking rides on strangers’ horses. And, I did on occasion. When I turned thirteen, my dad bought me a pony; I think he paid a hundred dollars for it. We didn’t know if you could ride it, but it didn’t matter to me, I…
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
  • Lose Weight with Menu Planning

    JoAnn
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb We all do it. We make New Year resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Or maybe we just want to be able to feed our families healthier meals. However, by this time of the year, many of us have already fallen off the weight loss/eating healthy band wagon. With excuses like, “I just don’t have time to cook healthy meals,” or “I don’t know how to cook healthy meals,” or even “I don’t really know what a healthy meal is,” it’s no wonder we get frustrated and go back to our old, unhealthy eating and cooking habits. However, there really is an easy way to…
  • Green Treasures

    JoAnn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Kipe What worthy item can you find in your backyard that many people pay to get rid of, some drive to the store to buy—even though they already have it—and others step right over? Did you guess “weeds”? It has been said that a weed is a plant that is unappreciated because its virtues are unknown. Our humble backyard greens would surely qualify for this status. In a day and age where many of our resources are completely stretched, why are we ignoring the treasure in our backyard? Lack of knowledge is the correct answer. If we only knew what nutritional wealth and…
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    The Common Room

  • Climate Change in Moscow

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    And to certify you of the weather here, men say, that these three hundred years was never so warm weather in this country at this time of the year.   From Hakluyt’s Moscow voyages:  THE LETTER OF MASTER GEORGE KILLINGWORTH, THE COMPANY’S FIRST AGENT IN MUSCOVY,Touching their entertainment in their second voyage.  Anno 1555, the 27th of November, in Moscow.
  • Clinton charities refiling taxes for last five years

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Story here. Yes, they are hypocrites, just like these MSNBC people who didn’t file their taxes properly. I have no doubt that some of the bad filings are the result of trying to get out of ‘paying their fair share.’ But honestly, mostly (except for Al Sharpton) I think these are illustrations of the fact that the tax code is a complete mess.   It’s hard for even experts with deep pockets to get it right.  We need a simplified tax code. One thing I’ve noticed in discussing a flat tax with those on the left is that they obviously never ready any flat tax…
  • The Dangerous Politics of Wishful Thinking

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    The Chevy Volt is a failure, and it’s the most expensive vehicular failure ever- thanks to government subsidies based on wishful thinking. Convinced that they know better than the markets, government agents determined to funnel our money, taxpayers hard-earned dollars, to support this product. That means each single Volt actually costs around a quarter of a million dollars. The same sorts of people who think it’s great that the government subsidized Volt (it got more government subsidies than cars in East Germany) talk a lot about why you should not be saving your own hard-earned…
  • best book lists

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Amazon has a list of top 100 books to read.  I was not impressed with their list over all, and I’ve only read 40 0f them. This is a list of the best 50 books you should read.  I’ve read 35. NPR’s top 100 fantasy and sci-fi books.  I’ve only read 39 out of a hundred, but I’m a little offended that Andre Norton is not on this list. I loved this list, which is probably why I’ve read 62 of 100: “The Big Read was a survey on books carried out by the BBC in the UK in 2003, where over three quarters of a million votes were received from the British public…
  • The Chemistry of Things That Go Bang

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    This is cool: And this is even cooler (it’s nearly half an hour long, and some of you will want a slight language warning):
 
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    Cottage Blessings

  • Unconventional Signs of Spring

    Alice Gunther
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Who needs crocuses or bulging buds?  Here are some lesser known signs of Spring: A basket with breakfast. Weathered wreaths. Dessert matches the dinnerware. The easel is out. Hot Cocoa, you've been replaced. Sailing boats in the skating rink. Raspberry manicure!
  • Easter Lace

    Alice Gunther
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    It was Easter Sunday morning at 7:30 am, and the family was getting ready to get out the door to Mass. Everyone was pulling tags off sweaters and scraping stickers from the bottoms of new shoes. Eleven-year-old Maureen was searching for white tights, going from room to room asking her older sisters if she might borrow a pair. No one seemed to have any, and I regretting not remembering to buy new ones for her. Then, suddenly, I had a thought. "Maureen, go to my bottom drawer and reach all the way to the back. You will find a beautiful pair of white lace tights, and you're welcome to…
  • Finger Food

    Alice Gunther
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
     I cannot recall where I saw this idea, but somewhere on the internet an ingenious mother suggested putting small, appetizing, varied items in an ice cube tray for toddlers. Danielle usually does not like to sit down for a meal, but she will snack on this all day. The fruit juice gummy bears and Smart Puffs were the first thing to go from this arrangement, but she will get to the carrots by lunch time. Another thing I like to do to get some healthy food into the younger ones is to make a "sample platter" for them while I am cooking.  This usually consists of every…
  • Sick Day Bees

    Alice Gunther
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Breakfast:  Blankets: Books:    
  • The Lenten Kitchen Rebellion

    Alice Gunther
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:43 pm
    For a meatless Friday in Lent, we started the day with blue smoothies. They were more maroon than blue, and how kind of the lad to wear a matching shirt. I started the vegetable soup before Mass with a delicious recipe that calls for eight cups of any vegetable you have on hand.  In went every vegetable lingering lonely in the bottom of the refrigerator, including the rejected zucchini and yellow squash from a crudite platter.   For a light lunch, we had seven layer dip, full of beans and guacamole and deliciously fragrant lime: By mid-morning, I was feeling pretty…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Poetry Friday Explained

    Karen Edmisten
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Renee LaTulippe tells you everything you've ever wanted to know about Poetry Friday (and she has the round-up!)And you don't even need a poetry post from me today, because Jama Rattigan's post about Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings is to die for, as is that picture book. Beautiful!Happy Poetry Friday!
  • Tasting Cheeses or Seeking Jesus? (And Other Bits and Pieces of Our Days)

    Karen Edmisten
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    This morning, Ramona told me about a dream she'd been having as I woke her up.Ramona: "You and I were tasting cheeses for a party -- "Me: "We were seeking Jesus? For a party?"Ramona: "No! Tasting cheeses!"Me: "Oh. Well, okay. I didn't think mine made sense. I mean, He's always there anyway, so you don't really have to seek Him out for a party, but --"Ramona: "Tasting cheeses." (Shakes head, moves on...)~~~~~Random Instances of Instagram:Ramona said to Betsy, "Your toast looks like the 10 Commandments." Anne added, "It's the Toast Commandments." Ramona and I were at Hobby Lobby and…
  • I Love Frank Fraser's Art!

    Karen Edmisten
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    So, awhile back I heard from Frank Fraser, a writer and artist and all-around creative dynamo with an impressive list of credits who has now gotten into the business of writing and illustrating children's books -- books that are all about God (because we know that books about God are much more lucrative than working for Disney, as Frank used to.) So, call me a sucker and a cheerleader for the underdog who has left the corporate world behind, or just call me a good judge of art for children. Whatever you call me, I can tell you this: when I first looked took a peek at The Bible…
  • Poetry Friday: Richard Wilbur (aka, He Who Never Fails to Bowl Me Over)

    Karen Edmisten
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Although I have often commented on him, Richard Wilbur doesn't need my blather. Here he is, simply being his perfect, poetic self. April 5, 1974by Richard WilburThe air was soft, the ground still cold.In the dull pasture where I strolledWas something I could not believe.Dead grass appeared to slide and heave,Though still too frozen-flat to stir,And rocks to twitch and all to blur.What was this rippling of the land?Was matter getting out of hand....(Read the rest here, at The Writer's Almanac.)~~~~~Robyn Hood Black has the Poetry Friday round up today. 
  • Recent Reading

    Karen Edmisten
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Betsy had read this and enjoyed it. I was looking for something light and quick, so I picked it up, too. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, Kate Hattemer's debut novel, was a fun read. I liked the voice and the humor, the smart characters, the premise -- a small circle of rebels at a fine arts academy try to overthrow a reality TV show that has taken over their school. Their weapon of choice? A long poem in the tradition of The Cantos by Ezra Pound. Add a gerbil named Baconnaise (loved that a family named pets after condiments), and you've got an enjoyable weekend read.
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    Molly Green

  • A Girl and Her Pony

    JoAnn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sherri Lyons Growing up I was like every other girl—I wanted a horse. The only difference was I was obsessed. I thought about horses every waking hour and at night I would dream about them. While most girls had pictures of boys on their walls, I had pictures of horses. My parents didn’t have to worry about me taking candy from strangers. They had to worry about me taking rides on strangers’ horses. And, I did on occasion. When I turned thirteen, my dad bought me a pony; I think he paid a hundred dollars for it. We didn’t know if you could ride it, but it didn’t matter to me, I…
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
  • Lose Weight with Menu Planning

    JoAnn
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb We all do it. We make New Year resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Or maybe we just want to be able to feed our families healthier meals. However, by this time of the year, many of us have already fallen off the weight loss/eating healthy band wagon. With excuses like, “I just don’t have time to cook healthy meals,” or “I don’t know how to cook healthy meals,” or even “I don’t really know what a healthy meal is,” it’s no wonder we get frustrated and go back to our old, unhealthy eating and cooking habits. However, there really is an easy way to…
  • Green Treasures

    JoAnn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Kipe What worthy item can you find in your backyard that many people pay to get rid of, some drive to the store to buy—even though they already have it—and others step right over? Did you guess “weeds”? It has been said that a weed is a plant that is unappreciated because its virtues are unknown. Our humble backyard greens would surely qualify for this status. In a day and age where many of our resources are completely stretched, why are we ignoring the treasure in our backyard? Lack of knowledge is the correct answer. If we only knew what nutritional wealth and…
 
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    The End In Mind

  • Time Me!

    Melinda
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    Ready, set…go!  Have you noticed how children love the anticipation when they are at the top of a slide and you say those words?  Their faces light up with obvious eagerness as you prepare them for that downward slide by saying “One, two, three…go!”  As soon as young children can string those words together they […] The post Time Me! appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • The Power and Process of Journaling – The End in Mind Podcast, Season Two, Episode Six

    llane
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Journaling has been such a big part of my life.  My journals have recorded my life, my growth, my struggles, my prayers, my worries, my ideas, my dreams, and my blessings. In today’s podcast, I’m doing my best to convince Danielle of the power and potential of journaling.  I’m sharing tools, methods, processes, as well […] The post The Power and Process of Journaling – The End in Mind Podcast, Season Two, Episode Six appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Proven Formula for Parenting Well

    Lorrie Young
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    To be quite honest, when we brought our first son home from the hospital I would have loved an owner’s manual that told us exactly what to do, and when to do it. Very quickly I realized no amount of books, podcasts or wise parenting friends could prepare us for the adventure we were embarking […] The post Proven Formula for Parenting Well appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Don’t Forget Course Descriptions!

    Lee
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    Have you been procrastinating about putting together your homeschool records? Don’t forget about course descriptions! A great way to prove the rigorous nature of your homeschool is by writing course descriptions. Course descriptions are especially valuable for college-bound kids because colleges want to know exactly what was taught and how rigorous the nature of those […] The post Don’t Forget Course Descriptions! appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Lessons I Have Learned on This Homeschooling Journey

    Karen
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    Isn’t funny that I thought when we started homeschooling, I was prepared for my children to learn, yet I never expected to be the student many days. With God as my teacher though, He has taught me so much on this journey, and most of it has nothing to do with academics. Sometimes we forget […] The post Lessons I Have Learned on This Homeschooling Journey appeared first on The End In Mind.
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    Home*School*Home

  • Stress, stress, stress.

    Fatcat
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    It just keeps on coming, folks.  I feel like typing, I need a break, I need a break, I need a break, I need a break. I was supposed to have a break yesterday and it started out nice.  I took the day off work.  The kids and I and some other people from the homeschool group went to see a production of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.  It was cute and fun but my day ended up with more stress and I feel
  • My Birthday.

    Fatcat
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    This is me a few weeks ago on Mom's birthday.   Today's my birthday.  I've been thinking about what I want.  It's been a rough year and I feel like that song they play on Christian radio "I'm alive, even though a part of me has died."  Some birthdays you can only celebrate just making it and being alive. That's said, I'm putting my want list here on my blog because my husband reads my blog
  • Family Trees.

    Fatcat
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    My youngest son and I were talking yesterday after church.  We've been going to the same church for both of our whole lives.  His ancestors on both sides were among the founders of the church.   As we were leaving, he said that he wondered how many of the church members he was related to.  Of the ones that were there yesterday, I could only think of maybe 5 people?  He said that he doesn't know
  • One thing that isn't working.

    Fatcat
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Okay, we're going to have to re-think the violin lessons via Youtube and actually get him some lessons to get him started.  The violin seems to be a bit more difficult than the guitar.  My oldest son, a few years ago, taught himself to play the guitar with a DVD and then we paid for some lessons for my daughter in guitar and then piano, but those were only 5 dollars per half hour.  That lady
  • Better Now.

    Fatcat
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    My connectivity issues cost me an extra hour of work and a lot of annoyance but I got through it.   Now I am preparing to teach a 4H class on crocheting, which will be the first time that I ever teach it myself.  I'm a little bit nervous, but I'll be okay, I guess.  My daughter usually teaches it, but she's going through a mildly rebellious phase and doesn't want to.   It's always been outside of
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • Math Stars - for summer math and more

    Maria Miller
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I have used Math Stars problem solving sets with my girls for several years, and they have always greatly enjoyed them. Math Stars include various puzzles and challenging math problems. They  come as PDF files (free and ready to download & use) in sets for grades 1-8. They're great to use for summer math  or for some fun problem solving at any time.I tend to use the problems from one grade level below the grade the student is in. One reason I like these so much is the variety of the problems - geometrical puzzles, number puzzles, logical thinking, etc. --  all of it is…
  • Lessons on statistics

    Maria Miller
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Is statistics one of your favorite or least favorite topics in math? :)Well... however you feel about it, in middle school students need to learn some beginnings of statistics, such as how to draw a boxplot, a histogram, or a stem-and-leaf plot, learn about statistical distributions, measures of central tendency (mean, median, and mode), measures of variability, and so on.You can now do so with these videos of mine  :^)  or with this Youtube playlist.I hope they are of help!
  • An update on grade MM 7-B

    Maria Miller
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Some have asked about grade 7-B (once again...)I'm currently writing lessons for the last chapter (statistics & probability) AND writing the answer key for the second to last chapter (on the Pythagorean Theorem). And two people are proofreading the geometry chapter (in different sections). So it's coming along just fine. ;^) I'm hoping to have it ready in late May or early June.Here's an example of what I was working on just this morning - a problem for a lesson where students compare two sets of data. I made up the data, but it is based on real data from the official government site for…
  • April math calendar

    Maria Miller
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    I just printed this math calendar out for my girls and they liked it! Something a bit intriguing and fun to look at as the month progresses -- and it can help them to learn a bit of math at the same time. :)
  • Math Mammoth Percent book updated

    Maria Miller
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Math Mammoth Percent is a worktext (with both instruction & exercises) that teaches students the concept of percent, how to calculate the percentage of a number, to figure discounts, sales tax, and interest, to draw circle graphs, to differentiate between a percent of change and a percent of comparison, and to know how to calculate both.The text is suitable for grades 6 through 8 (middle school).This book has been now updated to include many new lessons that will ALSO be in the upcoming Math Mammoth grade 7-B. This means that you can use it to continue pre-algebra studies after 7-A.See…
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • Why We Really Must Keep Falling in Love

    holly
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    Stay in love. I tell the girl that in a hardly voice, the kind of voice that comes from a primal place. Though, truth be told, she tells me she doesn’t know if she had ever found that love place in the first place — which, yeah, makes it relatively hard to stay in love. “I don’t think I’ve ever loved Jesus. So I don’t know what it means to stay in love with Jesus?” I swallow hard — oh. “Jesus has been about getting into heaven. Jesus have been about getting saved. Jesus has been about getting good.”  She’s numbering off what she knows on her glossy red fingernails. How…
  • Why Women Need Each Other: The Joys & Secrets of Lifelong Friendship

    Ann Voskamp
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    So — when you ride down the Amazon in a flimsy open boat with someone, trying to beat a Big-Daddy thunderstorm that’s trailing you black and hard? You consider yourself bonded for life. (Well, that and the matching Columbia mosquito-proof shirts will do it.) Truth is, I was smitten with the New York Time’s Bestselling author, Big Mama, long before our Compassion trip to Ecuador. We’ve both been blogging for what seems like a coon’s age and I’ve been reading her forever and the woman’s smart, funny and brilliant — and has a heart for Jesus…
  • What to do When You Want Light to Overcome Dark

    Ann Voskamp
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    The old cahoot ran in his boots. Weren’t too many of anybody who believed he could. The kids and I read about the old guy one night after supper and the dishwasher’s moaning away, crumbs still across the counter. How the old guy ran for 544 miles. His name was Cliff Young and he wasn’t so much. He was 61 years old. He was a farmer. Levi grins big. Mr. Young showed up for the race in his Osh Kosh overalls and with his workboots on, with galoshes over top. In case it rained. He had no Nike sponsorship. He had no wife – hadn’t had one ever. Lived with his mother. Never drank. Never…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.18.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    all US national parks are waiving entrance fees for the wkend — I need a walk — wanna come? encouraging everyone to get out there and #findyourpark <grin> sometimes you just need to go smile with a kid and his adopted dogs this never gets old — because the ties of family never does one mother thought her daughter died at birth. 49 years later she gets the rest of the unbelievable story  yeah…. just maybe the best kept secret ever? one little girl — with one very big hope scars aren’t always reminders of trauma — they can be symbols of…
  • Into Iraq #1: Love in the Time of Isis

    Ann Voskamp
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    So we fly into Iraq in the middle of the night. We’d seen the news, the headlines. The footage of kneeled men in orange jumpsuits and black-masked men behind them, knives in their hands. On what planet is this warped nightmare that is 2105? We’d all tried to stop seeing the carnage and medieval horror that ensues, taunting knives held high in the air. My father had told me not to go: “I do not approve of this. I cannot possibly approve of this.” You could hear it in Dad’s voice on the other end of the line. Sometimes, if you just wait and really listen, you can hear what isn’t…
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  • The Kids are all right:

    beatrice ekoko
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Disengaged? Hardly. Today’s youth just might be the saviours of us allThank you for feeding us years of lies. Thank you for the wars you left us to fight. Thank you for the world you ruined overnight. But we'll be fine; yeah we'll be fine. MKTO LyricsBabies are brighter these days, am I right? Two month olds are staring intently into my face and cooing. Four month olds are rolling over and crawling.Then there are these pint-sized three and four year olds on YouTube, being sassy and precocious and saying all kinds of startling things. Eight year olds are articulate and funny and teens are…
  • Anti-Racism Education

    beatrice ekoko
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Poo face.” “Dirty skin.” “Black chicken.”It begins early. When her daughter was in Junior Kindergarten, Stoney Creek, Ont., mom Christabel Pinto says she would come home from school every day in tears. The kids were calling her names; they wouldn't play with her because, “brown people get diseases.”I’d go into the basement and cry,” says Christabel, an accompanist and music director. The teacher’s response was almost worse. “She told the other kids ‘she’s just different from them,’” says Christabel, who withdrew her daughter from the school.At this point you…
  • Closing digital gap empowers students

    Hamilton Climate Challenge
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Technology can transform learning into real life, relevant experiences.Not too long ago, it was absurd to say that every Tom, Rashid and Baba should have access to the Internet. For what? Now, since 2011, the United Nations considers it a human right, "underscoring its unique and transformative nature not only to enable individuals to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression, but also a range of other human rights, and to promote the progress of society as a whole."And while access to technology is not "the great equalizer," that Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals…
  • 10 Unschooling Mistakes to Avoid

    Hamilton Climate Challenge
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    1.Comparing.I believe that the root of all evil is comparison. When you find yourself about to do the "is my child keeping up?" or "her child is better at piano then mine, and they're the same age," just stop. Don't do it.When you look at another unschooling mum and back at yourself and feel that you fall short, don't go there. Rather, allow her to inspire you; don't feel down.2.Believing that everyone should agree with you.This is the attitude of any newbie. I remember how militant  I was when I first became a vegetarian (I no longer am-a vegetarian).  I couldn't tolerate people…
  • 7 conditions for 7 things kids need to succeed

    beatrice ekoko
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    Thank you CBC for the article entitled ‘The 7 things kids need to succeed: Character traits include grit, self-control and social intelligence.’This piece is based on the work of journalist and author Paul Tough, ‘How Children Succeed—Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.’There were a few thoughts that immediately popped in my mind when I read the article. The first thought was ‘how do we define success?’  I appreciated the mention of what ‘becoming successful adults’ means, according to Tough and that is ‘being successful in achieving their…
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • Fear, Bullshit, Obstacles, Choices and Mistakes

    Sandra Dodd
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    New writing about fears (top, Clare Kirkpatrick):http://sandradodd.com/fearsNew page addressing extreme nonsense presented as truth:http://sandradodd.com/bullshitOlder page discovered and finished, on obstacleshttp://sandradodd.com/obstaclesAddition and clean-up to page on better choices:http://sandradodd.com/betterchoiceLong-lost page with Deb Lewis writing on the value of and recovery from mistakes:http://sandradodd.com/mistakesphoto (a link) by Claire Horsley
  • Service; Memories and TV; Simpsons

    Sandra Dodd
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    New description of first thoughts on "Service," second on the right, Parvine Shahid:http://sandradodd.com/service (addition to existing page)Memories related to TV viewing, featuring writing by Karen James, instigated and reported by Ronnie Maierhttp://sandradodd.com/t/memories (new page)Philosophy, kids, banking, death, omnipotence and The Simpsons http://sandradodd.com/strew/simpsons (page updated, cleaned up)the photo is a link
  • Make-Your-Own Thinking Sticks

    Sandra Dodd
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    I got tired of making Thinking Sticks and I can't ship them overseas anymore without crazy-high shipping costs. Until I get around to making online randomizers, I'm sharing the word lists and directions. You don't need to use sticks and sharpies; there are other options. Some suggestions are in his first link:Instructions in English and in FrenchHere is an introduction with links at the bottom to lists in French, Dutch and German and four English lists: American, British, Canadian and Australian. http://sandradodd.com/thinkingsticks
  • Judgment, failure, self-regulation

    Sandra Dodd
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
    These topics sound negative, as a group. Coincidence.Not new, but never announced, it seems. (And some recent additions.)http://sandradodd.com/judgmentFailure (to get unschooling, to support or maintain it)http://sandradodd.com/failureNice new bit about self-regulation, from Sarah Carley Thompson, second from the bottom http://sandradodd.com/self-regulationClick the photo for lighter ideas.
  • Mindful of words; Support, "Free rein"

    Sandra Dodd
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    Word-art and a quote (me, from a post otherwise not worth saving) added here:http://sandradodd.com/mindfulofwordsHow support for change is better than support for people remaining the same (new, second item)http://sandradodd.com/support/problemSome thoughts about "free rein" (not "free reign")http://sandradodd.com/freereinphoto by Chrissy Florence, and it's a link
 
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  • The old screwdriver my dad gave me

    Sandra Dodd
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    I just tightened the door to Marty's old bedroom (my current workroom) with a screwdriver my dad gave me. My dad died in the 1970's, but the wooden-handled screwdriver with a flathead and a phillip's has always been in the drawer nearest my sewing machine (wherever and whichever drawer that was, over the years) ever since he gave it to me. It was already old when I got it. I use it all the time.I've never thought to look for markings on it, but now that I was photographing it, I see that the double-bit part (the interchangeable rod) says FELO. I looked it up. It's from Germany.I had often…
  • Luck (but is it good or bad?)—and another Korean Drama review

    Sandra Dodd
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:46 pm
    I will write a review without spoilers. I did it before for Faith, a.k.a. The Great Doctor (which I've now watched three times through, and the good parts more than that).But first I want to go back and talk about my resistance and acceptance of some other types of art.Seven years or so back, I wanted to watch some anime, so I asked Joyce Fetteroll for a recommendation. She suggested Fruits Basket (Don't read that if you want to watch it without knowing the plot.) I loved it! When I tried other series, they were just okay, not as sparkly, not as engaging. But I was happy with what I learned…
  • Bruno Mars or Healer?

    Sandra Dodd
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    The first bit of this video, especially the blinky eyes at 1:20 is a great match for Bruno Mars playing Devyn the Intern at Pandora here. While they're similar in stills, they're just about identical in motion and posture. It's a fun comparison. And if you haven't seen that SNL sketch with Bruno Mars, please do before it's gone again.All the images are links.Here's what these guys look like without being disguised as dweebs: Bruno Mars (hard to find a photo without hat or shades) and Ji Chang Wook
  • Devyn's Sixth Birthday

    Sandra Dodd
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Credit: Video made in Vietnam, by "severinh20" at Fiverrhttps://www.fiverr.com/severinh20
  • David Bowie letter.... read aloud in a performance

    Sandra Dodd
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Peter Serafinowicz read the letter David Bowie wrote to me aloud, in a sort of concert of letter readings, and it's been more than a year. I never heard of it. I was looking for something I'd written about Kirby and Marty playing with friends when they were very young, and somehow in the google search this came up:Letters Live, a review, was posted in December 2013. She wrote "Peter Serafinowicz giving life to David Bowie’s adorable letter to Sandra Dodd, his first self-proclaimed US fan who wanted to start a fanclub" It's awkwardly worded. I had no idea I was his first American fan. He…
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  • Columbus Grove School Board goes on record opposing online testing for students

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    COLUMBUS GROVE The Board of Education is now on record as opposing the current use of online testing for students. During Monday's school board meeting, the board approved a resolution asking the state to stop the continued use of the PARCC/AIR assessments as a framework for monitoring student progress.
  • Senate Education Committee Approves Vaccination Bill

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:36 pm
    The vote was 7-2 and the meeting was drama-free compared to the contentious hearing last week that prompted a postponement of the vote and some changes to the proposed legislation. Co-authors Senator Ben Allen and Senator Doctor Richard Pan expanded home schooling and independent study options for kids who are not vaccinated.
  • Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    A bill that would require nearly all children in California to be vaccinated by eliminating "personal belief" exemptions advanced through the State Legislature on Wednesday, though it still has several hurdles to clear. If approved, California would become one of only three states that require all parents to vaccinate their children as a condition of going to school, unless there is a medical reason not to do so.
  • Vaccine mandate bill revamped to ease home-schooling waiver

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    State Sen. Richard Pan , left, talks last week with Senate Education Committee member Loni Hancock about the concerns she had about the measure he and Sen. Ben Allen , right, co-authored, requiring California schoolchildren to get vaccinated. State Sen. Richard Pan , left, talks last week with Senate Education Committee member Loni Hancock about the concerns she had about the measure he and Sen. Ben Allen , right, co-authored, requiring California schoolchildren to get vaccinated.
  • This shocking weather is a warning to us all ... from 'up there'

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    It's a sign a it's a sign! From God or nature or whomever it is "up there" dishing out this crazy weather. The Sydney property market is going to crash.
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  • ‘Revolutionary’ Feature Film Created by Homeschoolers to Open in Theaters … – Christian News Network

    Gary
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    ‘Revolutionary’ Feature Film Created by Homeschoolers to Open in Theaters … – Christian News Network Christian News Network 'Revolutionary' Feature Film Created by Homeschoolers to Open in Theaters …Christian News NetworkA family-friendly feature film made largely by homeschool graduates will be coming to hundreds of theaters next week, possibly breaking the record for the largest on-demand theatrical opening. “Beyond the Mask” is a $4 million production scheduled to …
  • Oklahoma City Storm homeschool team’s McKae Mitchell doesn’t let lack of a … – Tulsa World

    Gary
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Oklahoma City Storm homeschool team’s McKae Mitchell doesn’t let lack of a … – Tulsa World Tulsa World Oklahoma City Storm homeschool team's McKae Mitchell doesn't let lack of a …Tulsa WorldOKLAHOMA CITY – Track practice can be a lot of work for McKae Mitchell. And that has little to do with the running. A sprinter for the Oklahoma City Storm homeschool team, Mitchell doesn't have a track to call home — except for the street in front of …and more »
  • For Homeschooled Students in PA, a Change in the Evaluation Process – 90.5 WESA

    Gary
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    For Homeschooled Students in PA, a Change in the Evaluation Process – 90.5 WESA For Homeschooled Students in PA, a Change in the Evaluation Process90.5 WESAThey are two of about 21,000 children who are homeschooled in Pennsylvania. Lightfoot made the decision to homeschool her children when her oldest of four was about to go to school. A teacher, she didn't like what she saw in schools and felt that …
  • Concern over home schooling – Glasgow Evening Times

    Gary
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Concern over home schooling – Glasgow Evening Times Concern over home schoolingGlasgow Evening TimesUnder the current law, parents are not required to register their children for home schooling. For those who are registered – around 58 in Glasgow – education officials are only required to contact families once a year, to monitor progress and this can …
  • McAuliffe reworks ethics bill, will veto Tebow, gun bills – Daily Press

    Gary
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    McAuliffe reworks ethics bill, will veto Tebow, gun bills – Daily Press Daily Press McAuliffe reworks ethics bill, will veto Tebow, gun billsDaily PressMcAuliffe will veto House Bill 1626, often called "The Tebow Bill" after home-schooled-student-turned-Florida-football-great Tim Tebow. The legislation would have allowed Virginia's home-schooled students to participate on local school sports teams and …Governor vetoes 'Tebow' billWRICMcAuliffe proposes amendments to ethics bill, discusses vetoesThe Daily ProgressBills to loosen gun restrictions among Terry…
 
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  • Unfocused Lately

    ChristineMM
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    I've not felt right for the last month. This type of state of the mind is not quite as bad as when I had Lyme Disease before I got diagosed and treated. I am not sure if this is nutrition related or something else. I have had three diffferent illnesses in the last four weeks so maybe my body is just a mess.I am sharing this because these symptoms are on the list for ADD but I do not have ADD. My first time with this as I said was with the Lyme #1. I then had it again with my second case of Lyme. I have not been 100% my normal after my first Lyme.It is weird to know how you were before then…
  • I Misunderstood the IB Grades

    ChristineMM
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I met with the Headmaster of the IB school to discuss some things. One thing was the grading system. In our discussion I learned that my son did very well in Term 2 and I had not understood the grades.The system is 7-1 not A-F. I was told that a 7 is impossible to achieve. A 6 is rare and means excellent, very very good. A 5 is to be celebrated as very good and if that is earned it is something to be happy about. A 4 is a more common "good" and is nothing to complain about, it's decent and to be lauded. A 3, 2, or 1 is a real problem.In the 9 classes my son earned a 2 in art (!) - don't ask;…
  • Son Took The ISEE Test

    ChristineMM
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    The ISEE is a standardized high stakes test that is given by private schools to help make the admissions decision.My younger son has applied to a secular college prep high school. This decision was made quickly and he had less than a week before he had to take the ISEE test. This prep time before the ISEE was his finals week for Term 2 in school so it was a high stress week. His last final was on a Thursday. He had school on Friday. The test was Wednesday morning.I went to the local bookstore and bought an ISEE test prep book. I knew there was not much time to do anything but wanted him to…
  • Scenes From My Town

    ChristineMM
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Most are scenes from my walks in March: this is The Woodlands, Texas (a Houston suburb).copyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
  • More To Life Than Homeschooling

    ChristineMM
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    This is a response to Aya's comment which I read yesterday and pondered on from my post Overwhelmed. She wrote in part:I don't think it is just homeschooling that's to blame. I think maybe it is making homeschooling -- or the children -- the main focus.My father home-schooled me for three years, from age 13 to 16, after which I went to college full time. He did this because he felt the school system was not good enough, and he seemingly did not realize that had something to do with property values in our neighborhood. (He was fiscally responsible, and he just did not want to spend money on a…
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • OBSERVATIONS

    dcobranchi
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Riding bicycles here for transportation is at least as common as in China. Kids, especially, ride here in town. I have not seen a school bus yet, but every morning between 7:10 and 7:30 the bike paths are full of kids all heading to school. Walking to work is great exercise, but having to walk past several bakeries with fresh bread scents wafting out into the street is a terrible temptation. The breads here are phenomenal. Just ridiculously good. My favorite are rolls with pumpkin seeds on the outside. But, really, everything I’ve tried is very good.
  • AND YET ANOTHER VIEW

    dcobranchi
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    This is from the restaurant where we had supper last night. That’s the Rhein River near Bonn. Upstream is to the left. The mountain off to the left is the Dragon’s Rock and that tower off to the right is DHL’s HQ.
  • HAPPY 4/20!

    dcobranchi
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am
    I was in a Turkish kebab market/restaurant last night. The young guy in front of me in line bought only a pack of rolling papers. After he left, the owner of the shop kind of rolled his eyes and said simply, “Weed.” He went on to mention that it’s only an hour drive to the Netherlands from here. I’m an old fart and don’t do that (any longer), but it brought back some happy memories of my mis-spent youth.
  • THE LANGOLIERS

    dcobranchi
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    My favorite US airport is looking a lot like a (WARNING! REDUNDANCY ALERT AHEAD!) bad, made-for-TV Stephen King movie.This is the semi-abandoned Concourse B. Concourse A is even more desolate.
  • WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD

    dcobranchi
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    This column by the former editor of my local fishwrap is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long while. The far right wingnut actually “thinks” that Kasich may have “an excellent shot at the nomination.” I’ll go out on a limb. Not only will Kasich not be the GOP nominee, he will not make it out of Iowa. I’ve read Myer’s columns for 3+ years now. The only thing he has ever gotten correct is his email address. One might think it would be self-evident that a national debt amounting to nearly $60,000 for every man, woman and child in the United…
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  • Listen to Your Mother, Y’all!

    Dawn Camp
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Although I eventually gave birth to four girls and four boys, my husband and I invested 10 years in this parenting gig before welcoming a daughter into our home. Our first three children were boys, which was how my husband’s family rolled: his mother and grandmother each gave birth to three sons, no girls. Because I was one of two girls and so was my mother, they were what I expected. I can French braid—a skill which shouldn’t go to waste—so surely God would give me daughters, right? Most women find Proverbs 31 an intimidating chapter in the Bible. This woman…
  • Atlanta Arts Watch

    Dawn Camp
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    One of the things I love about Atlanta is the variety of available cultural events. This week Blue Man Group plays the Fox Theatre Tuesday-Sunday, April 7-12, as part of the Broadway in Atlanta series and the Libera Boys Choir finishes their mini-U.S. tour at the Woodruff Center Symphony Hall Friday night, April 10. Blue Man Group We saw Blue Man Group on opening night. I didn’t realize my husband had always wanted to see them! Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. What we got was a quirky, high-energy performance with a lot of performer-audience interaction. My husband and I…
  • April 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Spring has arrived with all kinds of crazy in my world: a graduation and two weddings! I’ve taken cap and gown pictures for the seniors in our homeschool group at our house this week. There’s so much change, wonder, and emotion packed into that one word: graduation. Twenty six students, some alone, some with their mothers, have walked through my door in the past two days carrying black gowns on hangers; stuffing heads and hair into ever-awkward mortarboard caps; adjusting ties, necklaces, and academic cords; beginning to imagine what life after graduation will look like. The moms…
  • It’s Time to Dust Off Your Camera! today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    My camera and I tend to hibernate in the winter, when the temperature is low and the scenery bland. But spring’s arrival brings mild temperatures and fresh sights sure to lure us outdoors. Here are four compelling reasons to dust off your camera and get out there and shoot! Capture Spring’s Blooms While They Last Beautiful blossoms usher in the spring, but many disappear too soon. Here in the southeast I watch for the daffodils first, followed by the cherry blossom and the dogwood trees, just in time for Easter. You can find beauty and interest even in the weeds, like the white puffball…
  • Picks & Pans: Movies, Music & More

    Dawn Camp
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    I stay pretty busy and I’ll bet you do too! Life can be crazy hectic and sometimes we just need a break. I take my entertainment seriously and I thought it would be fun to share more often about movies, music, Netflix and Amazon Prime offerings, and podcasts, both picks and pans. Maybe you’ll discover something fresh and new and by all means, feel free to share your own recommendations! Movies Cinderella (PG) – I have fond memories of the original animated version of Cinderella. It released on VHS when our oldest son was little and we watched it a lot. My 15-year-old…
 
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  • A Girl and Her Pony

    JoAnn
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Sherri Lyons Growing up I was like every other girl—I wanted a horse. The only difference was I was obsessed. I thought about horses every waking hour and at night I would dream about them. While most girls had pictures of boys on their walls, I had pictures of horses. My parents didn’t have to worry about me taking candy from strangers. They had to worry about me taking rides on strangers’ horses. And, I did on occasion. When I turned thirteen, my dad bought me a pony; I think he paid a hundred dollars for it. We didn’t know if you could ride it, but it didn’t matter to me, I…
  • Be Prepared: What Should You Carry in Your Car Every Day?

    JoAnn
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alyce Repko In 1961, my parents decided to drive to Florida for a Christmas vacation. Unprecedented, and never to be repeated again, we embarked on the 24-hour drive that took two days. Driving down I-95, we encountered snow and 5-miles-per-hour traffic. In those days, the numerous and easily accessible franchise restaurants of today were nonexistent and hungry travelers purchased every available bottle of soda, candy bar, and pack of gum from the gas station vending machines. My mother was exuberant. She didn’t take pleasure in the other people’s difficulties, but rather was happy…
  • The Wealth of Living on One Income

    JoAnn
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Cynthia Rey We have all experienced the feeling of longing for something out of our reach; be it something material, a loved one, or a particular goal. We’ve all longed for something. Our early years flew by, and now we find ourselves with families of our own, perhaps still longing for something. That can certainly get tiring, wouldn’t you agree? Who would have thought we would possibly be giving up careers and personal dreams in order to stay home with our children full-time? We sacrificed. We chose to go without the extra stable income, more grownup interaction, and on occasion, our…
  • Lose Weight with Menu Planning

    JoAnn
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb We all do it. We make New Year resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Or maybe we just want to be able to feed our families healthier meals. However, by this time of the year, many of us have already fallen off the weight loss/eating healthy band wagon. With excuses like, “I just don’t have time to cook healthy meals,” or “I don’t know how to cook healthy meals,” or even “I don’t really know what a healthy meal is,” it’s no wonder we get frustrated and go back to our old, unhealthy eating and cooking habits. However, there really is an easy way to…
  • Green Treasures

    JoAnn
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Kipe What worthy item can you find in your backyard that many people pay to get rid of, some drive to the store to buy—even though they already have it—and others step right over? Did you guess “weeds”? It has been said that a weed is a plant that is unappreciated because its virtues are unknown. Our humble backyard greens would surely qualify for this status. In a day and age where many of our resources are completely stretched, why are we ignoring the treasure in our backyard? Lack of knowledge is the correct answer. If we only knew what nutritional wealth and…
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  • Deciding whether to keep going next year, or send to public school

    Charlotte Hultquist
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:02 pm
    For weeks I've been considering sending my 3rd grade son to our little local school next year. He's very bright, but totally unmotivated to work, so is just a mediocre student (as far as I think he'd do on an evaluation). He was very behind in reading and writing until lately, but suddenly had a turnaround when he found an exciting chapter book that got him to like reading. I think in school he'd excel because of the peer pressure to perform around peers, and to please his teacher.  He also is very strong willed and is aggressive to his sisters (K and 1st grade). We're always working on that…
  • STEM education... Anyone used it? What are your recommendation? Any online or books?

    karren harlow
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    I want to include STEM education in my curriculum this coming school year.  But, most are taught in school.  I am looking for a book or online curriculum that I can use.  Please give me any suggestions. Thank you!
  • Teaching Textbooks Math

    Lynda Hurst
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
     We have been using Rod & Staff but my kids don't really like it and I have a hard time explaining how to do some of the math even with the teachers book.  I have heard good things about Teaching Text books my question is do you need the CDs? And if so what levels? Thanks y'all.
  • Essentials in Writing

    Honeydue
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Has anyone used this? What levels? Did you like it? Why or why not? TIA! :)
  • math ugh!

    Shirlee Colwell
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    I have a 9th grader that is about 6-7 grd math. What do I do about high school credit?
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  • Heart of Wisdom Unit Study Reviews

    Robin Sampson
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    Here are just a few of the comments we have received about Heart of Wisdom Unit Studies. Please feel free to add your own below. If you agree with a review–please share via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you.     The Science Units are wonderful as well, tying it all together in the creation order. We ...
  • My Favorite Christian Fiction Books – Why No Amish Romance

    Robin Sampson
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Five of the top 10 best sellers on a recent list of Christian fiction were Amish titles. More than 24 million books have been sold since 2003. This year at least 86 “Amish Romance” novels are being released. Why?? I just don’t get it. I understand Christians are looking for wholesome books but there are ...
  • 03. Geography of Ancient Egypt

    Robin Sampson
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    The links and videos here reinforce lesson 3 in Heart of Wisdom’s Ancient Egypt Unit Study.    Geography of Ancient Egypt Links A History of Israel – Ancient Egypt National Geographic – Ancient Egypt Geography Gifts of the Nile – History for Kids PBS: NOVA Online—Mysteries of the Nile Ancient Egypt Map for Kids See more ...
  • 04. Ancient Egypt’s Neighbors

    Robin Sampson
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    The links and videos here reinforce lesson 4 in Heart of Wisdom’s Ancient Egypt Unit Study.  Egypt’s Neighbors Links Egyptian Museum – Daily Life/Neighbors Ancient Egypt Egypt Art Site – Map Egypt Past – Egypt & it’s Neighbors Clickable Ancient History Timeline See more on the Ancient Egypt Pinterest Board Ancient Egypt Resources Ancient Egypt Unit Study (Ebook) (38 Four-Step ...
  • 08. Moses in Ancient Egypt

    Robin Sampson
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:21 am
    We are updating the links from Ancient History: Adam to Messiah on this site and Pinterest. Please be patient while we are under construction. The links and videos here reinforce lesson 8 in Heart of Wisdom’s Ancient Egypt Unit Study.  Moses in Ancient Egypt Links PBS – Moses & the Exodus Agape Bible Study – Moses’ Childhood ...
 
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Happy Birthday, Shakespeare Discount !

    kamrg
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    It’s coming up on April 23rd, when we celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday! And we are offering our Fun with Shakespeare for Kids and Teens ebook at the lowest price of $4.00!  Buy Now Only $4.00, normally $9.95! It’s fun and easy to learn about Shakespeare and enjoy his plays! Ready for you to use! No planning required, except to access Shakespeare stories! We have compiled lists of books to use, websites, activities, and almost 172 pages of copywork/narration/notebooking pages for you to use in your study – all at your fingerprints in this ebook. What better month to study…
  • We have an article in new magazine – It’s Your Life!

    kamrg
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    We are proud to announce we are a contributing writer to the new online magazine, It’s Your Life! It’s a magazine dedicated to a healthy lifestyle full of natural choices (including homeschooling). “This magazine was created to educate others on the various ways of living a happy, healthy, natural lifestyle. Living a natural lifestyle means making a concise choice about the food we eat, the way we deal with physical and mental health problems, and what we expose our families to within our living space. This magazine is for those who seek to improve their quality of life…
  • Currclick Easter Freebie Egg Hunt and Sale is Here again!

    kamrg
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Currclick is having their annual Easter egg hunt for freebies and their sale starting today until April 7! The sale includes discounts of 10 – 60% off regular prices on both resources and live classes. Plus there will be an egg hunt with 10 Easter-themed freebies hidden behind blue, pink, green, and yellow Easter eggs. Hunt the CurrClick site to find the hidden Easter eggs.  We can’t tell you exactly where they are, but here are the freebies that will be offered when you click through the 10 hidden Easter eggs: Here Comes Peter Cottontail Lapbook by Hands of a Child…
  • Pi Day – Coming Soon Near You March 14th! Try out these Activities!

    kamrg
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Celebrate Pi Day with these Activities March 14 is coming quickly! Make your plans now to celebrate math with Pi Day using some of these neat resources, books, and ideas. We have links to tons of websites with activity suggestions for all grades. We also have a list of books that you can read and follow up with notebooking pages or lapbooks. We have started out our day with headbands. On the front of the headband we attached a triangle resembling a slice of pizza pie or a circle resembling a whole pie. The kids colored in their favorite pizza or pie. Then wrote the word “Pi”,…
  • Free Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study using Charlotte Mason Methods

    kamrg
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    Abraham Lincoln Mini Unit Study Primary Ages Read Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner – your child can read to you or you can read aloud. Meet Abe Lincoln by Barbara Cary As your child narrates to you the events of the story, you can write it for him/her on a notebooking page to place in a notebook. (See notebooking page links you can choose from below.) You can have your younger child listen to some of the reading suggestions listed below for the older child and have them narrate to you events from these stories as well, while the older children write their own narrations. Make a…
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the atomic cookies

    Kris Bales
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Reinforcing Math Concepts with Picture Pie

    Kris Bales
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • 13 Edible Hands-on Learning Projects

    Kris Bales
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling High School

    Kris Bales
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the sad goodbye and the clean garage

    Kris Bales
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • Summer of the Monkeys

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:47 am
    It is a nice family movie showing what can be accomplished with hard work and determination. There are no language issues, no worldview issues, and no
  • How to Start

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    My 14 year old asks for homeschooling on a daily basis. I ask him all the time if someone is bothering him or if he's being bullied and his answer is
  • Homeschoolers and Curfews

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    In an effort to reduce truancy in Brown County, Wisconsin, police officers are enforcing the county's 1998 daytime curfew ordinance. You will find WPA's information helpful should you be approached by anyone asking questions. If a police officer questions you, WPA suggests you follow these general principles: • Stay calm and be polite. • Know and exercise your legal rights. • To protect your homeschooling freedoms, civil rights, and privacy, do only the minimum that is required to avoid having the situation become more serious. • Make sure any young people who will not be accompanied…
  • Moving & New to Homeschool

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Hi, My name is Katie, I'm the mother of 5 boys (8,7,4,3,3). We currently live in Minnesota & plan to finish the school year here, however we are moving
  • How to Determine Virtual School Grade Level

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    My son was in private school and they put him up two grades but now got kicked out of the school for being defiant. He was in 7th grade and does not know
 
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • Charlotte Mason on Kindness

    Sonya Shafer
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Isn’t it funny how sometimes it’s hardest to show kindness to those with whom we live day in and day out? It seems like when we walk out the front door, we remind ourselves that others are watching and we should sow kindness wherever we go. Yet when we stay in the house and deal […] Charlotte Mason on Kindness originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Journaling a Year in Nature: A New Nature Notebook

    Sonya Shafer
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    I’ve often wished I had a personal nature guide who could accompany me on my nature walks. It’s not that I want someone to do the observing for me; that would steal my own joy of discovery. What I want is someone who will walk along beside me and give me ideas of what I […] Journaling a Year in Nature: A New Nature Notebook originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Doing Nature Study in Your Yard

    Karen Smith
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    (Editor’s Note: I’m happy to present another very helpful nature study article from my friend, Karen. She’s a wealth of nature study ideas, and I’m sure you’ll find much to encourage you from her thoughts on how to do nature study in your own backyard—no matter how large or small it is.) Many moms think […] Doing Nature Study in Your Yard originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Have a Purpose in Mind

    Karen Smith
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    (Editor’s Note: I’ve learned so much about nature from my friend and coworker, Karen Smith, over the years! She is my nature go-to person. I know you will enjoy this practical and encouraging reminder from her on an important basic principle of nature study.) What is nature study? Is it just having the kids draw […] Have a Purpose in Mind originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Two New Nature Companions

    Sonya Shafer
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    We mentioned last time how helpful it is to have some resources to assist you in making new acquaintances and getting to know them better in nature study. Today we’re happy to announce two new resources designed to do just that: The Pond and Stream Companion and Learning about Birds with Thornton Burgess. Both companion […] Two New Nature Companions originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    TxHomeschooling

  • Are you ready for the Lyrid Shower?

    6 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Have your binoculars ready for the next shower! Homeschooling has never been so fun! Great Resources for adding astronomical events to your personal calendar:1) http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SKYCAL/SKYCAL.html?cal=2015#skycal 2) http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide Its time to take the little ones outside and wish upon a star.  Bring the binoculars and explain what a meteor shower is to the kids.  So fun for little ones. Coloring Books. Finger painting.  Arts and Crafts. Online Educational videos at www.youtube.com  Legos and More Youtube…
  • Backyard Gardening- Integrating Lessons in the Homeschool Part 1

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Hi Everyone,Well the south definitely had snow this year.  The month of March brought some new experiences to Texas.  Our snowman was taller than a ruler!  It was a childhood dream since the age of five to build a snowman taller than a ruler and I did that with my younger daughter this year. Now time to prepare for Backyard Gardening 101 in the Homeschool. There are affiliate links in this post.  Ideas that may be a great fit for your little learner. You decide. Now the past few weeks we have been growing our green beans, lettuce, yellow squash, and more inside and waiting…
  • What is the Boogie Board?

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    I've been getting the question, "What is a Boogie Board?"  So here is the answer. Some of you might not know but there are some affordable resources out there for homeschoolers.  Grandparents remember using the chalk board in the classroom and using for just about every subject from Grammar to Government. Now there is no need for Chalk.  Today there is the an LCD Writing Pad and found around the price of only $30.  Do mathematics calculations, practice handwriting, write answers to simple reading comprehension questions, practice spelling, have your child draw a…
  • Creativity and Fun in the Homeschool II

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Hello again!Have you ever seen your child's face when something you ordered has come in the mail?  Good old fashioned snail mail. It's a mystery box and it has your child's name on it. What could it be?  Here are two programs that are great for kids learning to read and for those that have mastered the art of reading. Animal Trackers Club is for pre-readers ages 3-6.  Space Scouts is for six and up.  Choose the monthly plan or the 3, 6, or 12 month plan.  Start now in March or plan for an interesting summer with the 3 month plan. Does your child want to be an Animal…
  • Creativity and Fun in the Homeschool

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    Hello fellow Homeschoolers,This Blog Post will contain ideas for how to start this year out successfully. No more "But Moms" or "I have to go to the bathroom" escape plans for the kids will be heard. Its time to take all reading material out of the bathroom.Affiliate Disclosure:  There are affiliate links in this blog post.   Start week one with a list of concepts you want to cover for each topic in your homeschool. Take each item on that list and expand with ideas of how to teach that concept using some point of interest your child has that fits into your daily…
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • April 2015 Gold Care Club Update is Now Ready

    Lee
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    New for This Month April 2015 Gold Care Club Update is Now Ready On the 20th of every month I update the content of the […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Economics for Beginners

    Lee
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    My son has a degree in Political Economy, and has loved economics since he was a child. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • How to Say NO to College Offers

    Lee
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    How to Say NO to College Offers May 1st is the National Candidate Reply Date – the day you must say NO to some great […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Stages, Ages and Grade Levels

    Lee
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Many homeschool parents today are intimidated by the thought of homeschooling through high school, overwhelmed by the thought of college applications, and unsure of how […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • How much does college cost?

    Lee
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    How much does college cost? It could be less than you think. Here’s why. How much does college cost? Sticker Shock When parents first start […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
 
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    Crack The Egg Blog

  • Revitol for scars

    Andy
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    Revitol scratch cream will be quickly collecting a reputation being an effective all natural solution regarding eliminating marks everywhere on the substance. It’s got turned out to be effective with get rid of off medical represents, acne scratch elimination, surgery represents as well as other undesirable scarring damage on the skin according to opinions with the company and also through customers globally. Regardless, is Revitol scratch cream well worth the price in evaluation with some other products and treatments designed for scratch issues which can be in the marketplace?
  • Where to Get the Best Elo Boosting?

    Andy
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    Best vendors selling the elo boosting “Elo boosting is worth a look and deserves a five out of five stars”, says an individual user. The user’s ratings are of very significant use because it gives an idea about the product as well as the sellers. No matter which field or criterion you belong to, it would be helpful for you to make a firm decision while purchasing a product or availing any services. The vendors who sell the legends of league elo boost try to convey all the matters and descriptions necessary for you to make the functioning of the system ready to use. It is however…
  • Why Video Production Vancouver Company Is Vital?

    Andy
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    It would not be incorrect to phrase the videos as a newest tool, which can be utilized to put your thoughts, emotions and goals. To assist you attain the best video production Vancouver companies who approaches to your rescue. It is finest to engage in video production organization when you have idea and you desire to provide it with liveliness and colors and encompass a powerful message to share. To engage your emotions, thoughts and visual senses, videotape help you a huge deal. The proportion of people well known with video production knowledge is limited nevertheless uncertain about its…
  • How to find your dream job within a month of time

    Andy
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Our parents had given us a good education, a good family and a good circumstance but the only responsibility of us is to get a perfect job on our own. Job is not a big deal whoever wants job can get it but the person should have hard work. Hard working person will get success where ever he goes but along with hard work one should have a percentage of smartness because smart people can finish the work easier and faster. So how can we act smarter in getting job? The simple way is to choose the technological option called internet. every day when you surf for a job in internet you may get more…
  • Extraordinary solution to the spam messages

    Andy
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    Spam is very efficiently subordinated to the web. In case you are working on the web, it is a given truth that you can be caught in the danger of spams. In later years, it has been disturbing numerous net clients and has been introduced on the World Wide Net since time immemorial. There are different routes in which for this annoyance kind of mail to be posted on the net. For the most part, they are posted through messages and their regard in to army, it sent daily. There are different media and discussions where spams will be posted especially on those destinations with nasty connections.
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day

    Tricia
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia A day celebrating you! Today is Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day. Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day was started by Apologia Educational Ministries in 2014. This year the celebration is growing! As the 2014-2015 homeschool  year winds down, it’s time to spend a day celebrating YOU–the homeschool teacher. It’s a day for the entire homeschool community! Thanks to partners like HipHomeschoolMoms.com, HSLDA,  Family Man Ministries, Teach Them Diligently Conventions, Homeschooling IRL.com, Mardel, Home Educators of Virginia, and North Carolinians for Home Education–the…
  • Essay Rockstar: The Textual Analysis Essay by Fortuigence

    Susan Williams
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Susan Williams As children move into high school level coursework they are often required to use critical thinking skills to make objective observations and clearly share their opinions with others. Being able to gather their ideas and express them verbally may not be too difficult for most teens, but some find it to be quite a challenge when asked to put those thoughts on paper! The post contains affiliate links. Over the past year my high school age children have been working hard to fine-tune their critical thinking, speech, and writing skills. Earlier in the school year they…
  • Apologia Land Animals of the Sixth Day Review

    Tricia
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Tricia You might remember that last year we thoroughly enjoyed Apologia’s Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. Well, this year it was our first grader’s turn to pick the science we would learn. He enthusiastically said, “Land Animals!” So this year we have been learning from Apologia Land Animals of the Sixth Day – another by author Jeannie Fulbright. ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!! We received these Apologia Young Explorers Land Animals of the Sixth Day resources in exchange for an honest review. Any affiliate links included are for resources we…
  • Homeschool Resources for All Ages

    Tricia
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    by Tricia Want to know something I look forward to this time of year? All the homeschool resources for all ages on sale! I’m sharing three with you today. First, I especially enjoy picking out the Harmony Fine Arts Plans we will enjoy next school year. Harmony Fine Arts for Music and Art Appreciation fit nicely with our Tapestry of Grace studies. (My review of Harmony Fine Art Plans.) ~ The affiliate links included are for resources we absolutely love. Please see our disclosure policy. Harmony Fine Arts for All Ages Guess what? Harmony Fine Arts is have a fantastic 40% off sale! We use…
  • Wild Adventures :: Review

    Shirley
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Shirley **The publishers (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) of Wild Adventures have very kindly offered a copy of the book to one of our readers, please be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. ** Wild Adventures has been written by Mick Manning and Brita Granström. They are a husband and wife team with a series of delightful nature books, Nature Adventures and Nature School,  which have been inspired by their own experiences out in nature with their four children. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing their two previous nature books (click on the links above if you missed…
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    Do Life Right

  • They Might Be Giants Appreciation Day 2015

    Lisa
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Hooray! It’s TMBG Appreciation Day 2015 and since We Might Be Fans, my daughters Zoe (18) and Teagan (14) decided to make music videos using a couple of their favorite They Might Be Giants’ songs. Without further ado: Share/Save Related posts:Word of the Year 2015: SERENITY FICTION: Storytime PART THREE (Guest Post) Music, Lyrics, and Writing Top 10: Favorite Movie Soundtracks Amy Steinberg’s New CD
  • Word of the Year 2015: SERENITY

    Lisa
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Wow, what a struggle! I had a harder time picking a word for 2015 than any year since I started this yearly tradition. Last year’s word RADIATE still has me on a high! I ended 2014 doing something I’ve never done in my life: I danced ballet on a stage in front of a real audience. It was exhilarating in ways I can’t even describe, especially when all my childhood memories surrounding dance are of the adults around me telling me that I was horrible at it and that I should stop (because I’d never be able to do it). Flashback to about a year ago: I was struggling to find…
  • World’s Best Roadschooling Convention!

    Lisa
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    My family and I are getting super excited for tomorrow. It’s the first day of the “World’s Best Roadschooling Convention” right here in Tucson, Arizona. I’ll be giving the key note address at 7:00PM tomorrow evening (and hosting a Moms-only circle Saturday morning)! Greg and Zoe will be on an Unschooling Panel Friday afternoon from 1:00-3:00PM. The convention unofficially started for me yesterday, as several other authors and myself had a lovely afternoon of talking about our books and signing books at Mostly Books in Tucson. Here’s a photo: Share/Save…
  • Zoe’s Word of the Year 2014: NOW

    Lisa
    22 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following guest post is written by my 17 year old daughter, owner of the award-winning Exogeology ROCKS! website, Zoë Bentley: Late last December, in 2013, I chose a word of the year. This is the first time I’ve had a word of the year, even though I’ve known about the concept for the past several years since my mom chose words of those years. Until recently, it just didn’t appeal to me. So many of the example words I’d heard sounded cliché, boring, and cheesy. Hope, joy, courage, creativity, prosperity, etc., all good things but all uninspiringly overdone from my point of view.
  • I’m 2.7% Neanderthal; how about you?

    Lisa
    15 Jan 2014 | 4:19 pm
    In the late spring/early summer of 2012, I decided that it was high time for me to find out more about my genetic makeup. Since DNA testing was finally priced in a way that was reasonably affordable for someone with a high interest in knowing this sort of thing, I went for it (it was $299 then; ONLY $99 now!). After researching the various companies that do this type of testing, I chose 23andme. I have been absolutely thrilled with the ONGOING results that they’ve given me. The test is simple: Fill the plastic tube (that they send to you) with saliva, then mail it back in their…
 
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    Living Life and Learning

  • Felt Ladybug Craft & Counting Activity

    Monique
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I made this ladybug felt craft so that my daughter could count out the dots on the ladybug’s back as she was playing with it. But I realized that she doesn’t always recognize her numbers so I made printables to go along with it. I made 3 sets of printable ladybug counting cards for this […] The post Felt Ladybug Craft & Counting Activity appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Under the Sea Counting Mats

    Monique
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    These ocean math worksheets are great for little ones to get a sense of their numbers, they can count along as they count the animals or they can place counters on top of the dots, or color them in with markers or bingo dabbers. There’s also a place for them to practice writing numbers as […] The post Under the Sea Counting Mats appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Felt Flowers Craft

    Monique
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Since spring has finally arrived here in Canada, we decided to have some fun with flowers. I created this cute felt craft using different sized flower shapes in hopes that they would get sorted by size. Which they were, yeah! This was super easy to put together and I never measure anything but go by […] The post Felt Flowers Craft appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Guest Post on Simple Fun for Kids

    Monique
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today I”m guest posting on Simple Fun for Kids, I created these super fun Animal Math Worksheets (1-10). They include pages for number sense, addition, subtraction and patterning. Head on over there to download these math worksheets for your animal lover. The post Guest Post on Simple Fun for Kids appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Characteristics of a Visual Learner

    Monique
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    How do you know if your child is a visual learner? Visual learners have specific characteristics that you will find to help determine your child’s learning style. Why does this matter? If you’re trying to teach your visual learner by telling him orally, you may wonder why he doesn’t get it after you’ve told him […] The post Characteristics of a Visual Learner appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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    Racheous - Lovable Learning

  • Learning About Renewable Energy

    Racheous
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    contains affiliate/sponsored links Today with our homeschool co-op this week we explored renewable energy! Using hands on modules we made models that helped the kids learn how wind and the sun can create power! I don’t need to tell you why learning about renewable energy is important. Even the younger kids were already discussing climate […] The post Learning About Renewable Energy appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Socialisation

    Racheous
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    You’ve heard it before. The dreaded S word when homeschooling comes up in conversation. There are tons of great writing out there about it. I wanted to share my take. When I’m asked about socialisation, I will ask back: What do you mean by socialisation?  What is it that concerns you? (because I guarantee we […] The post Socialisation appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • What If

    Racheous
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:13 pm
    When I get questions about interest-led learning and educating at home, they’re quite often the ‘what if’s’. What if they miss out on a basic skill? What if you don’t know how to teach them something? What if you forget to teach them ____? What if, what if, what if. The truth is I’m not […] The post What If appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Why Unschool?

    Racheous
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    When I’m asked why we unschool, it’s hard to explain without generalisations. It’s hard to capture the reasons because there’s no short answer. It’s the little things, it’s the big things, it’s the things we inadvertently take for granted. It’s the sleep ins, the days unfolding naturally and slowly. It’s freedom. Freedom to play, explore, […] The post Why Unschool? appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Celebrating the Seasons with The Artful Year

    Racheous
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    My favourite creativity and art blog is undoubtedly The Artful Parent. Jean’s blog is such an inspirational and useful one for parents who like me value creativity and artistic expression within their children. Consequently, I’m stoked to be a part of her blog tour for her new book! We fortunate enough to receive a copy […] The post Celebrating the Seasons with The Artful Year appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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    Days With The Grays

  • No More Being Car-Free? Why?

    Megan Gray
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Let me state the obvious, we are no longer car-free, and technically no longer debt free either. The decisions that went into all of this were not taken lightly. They were by no means done on a whim.For years we struggled with debt in order to maintain our life back in NJ, and in some ways to keep up with the Jones'. After the flower shop, where my husband worked at for 14 years, changed hands last year, it was time for us to make a move. We thought that maintaining our car-freedom and moving to a more bike friendly place would be manageable. Well it is, if there are jobs, and rents that…
  • Mount Hood National Forest Along the Collawash River

    Megan Gray
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:29 pm
    We have officially broken in the van and tent.  With the help and company of some friends we took our first camping trip with our new set up this past weekend. Mount Hood National Forest was the perfect place too. The weather was absolutely amazing, the river was beautiful, and the quiet was greatly needed. It was nice to see the kids explore the way they did. Toys and technology were not needed or asked for while they had nature to keep them busy. Plus, life can't be bad when you get to roast marshmallows at night.  Can't complain about the amazing view from our…
  • Our Roof Top Tent Has Arrived!

    Megan Gray
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    This is all getting serious folks! Our Cascadia Roof Top Tent (Mount Rainier Model) has arrived, and is now on the van. We have been super lucky this week with finding great businesses and people to get this van life started. We purchased the Yakima SwingDaddy and roof bars from Rack Attack, and even saved some money by finding some of the mounting parts on Craigslist. Always check Craigslist first! Then we purchased a tent from Simple Camping Solutions in Vancouver. He not only gave us 5% off of the tent, but came and delivered it right to our door at no extra cost. AWESOME!Of course we were…
  • In A Van Down By The River

    Megan Gray
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Well, if you didn't think we were crazy for ditching our cars, riding bikes, unschooling, and moving 3,000 miles across the country, maybe now you will. HA! As this post title implies in a couple of months that big white van you see pictured above will be our home on wheels. Over the next few weeks we will be figuring out our setup, and getting rid of items we will not need. This process has already started, but now feels real because we have the van. I knew that one day we would own something with a motor again. The only thing I wanted to make sure of was that it either housed us, or that we…
  • Just Us Being Us

    Megan Gray
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Here is about a week's worth of Gray Family nonsense. Most of these have already been posted on my Instagram. That's why there is a coffee rant along with one of the photos. Feel free to follow the crazy over there if you like. As you can see I am not going the route of everything is so picturesque and lovely over here. Sometimes it's happy chaos. Sometimes it's pure frustration. Sometimes it's survival, ha! And yes, sometimes things are quite beautiful. Anyway, enjoy the photo show haha!Just a normal day with The Grays.I couldn't resist photographing him in this light.Please! Please!
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  • Doublethink about Education

    Susan Raber
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Let's start off by killing a sacred cow:Schools are for showing off, not for learning.  When we enroll our children in school, we enroll them into a never ending series of contests—to see who is best, who can get the highest grades, the highest scores on standardized tests, win the most honors, make it into the most advanced placement classes, get into the best colleges. Peter Gray, Freedom to Learn Deep down we know this, although we don't want to admit it. And year after year, parents put children in school because they believe it is the best - and sometimes only - way…
  • ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique: Model [Review]

    Susan Raber
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    The word 'sculpture' had barely left my lips when Kenny's eyes lit up and he said, "Yes!" to reviewing Sculpture Technique: Model (Ages 11-18)  by ARTistic Pursuits. Description: Sculpture Technique: Model is an 83 page comb-bound textbook with sturdy clear plastic front and back covers. The interior pages are printed on high quality paper, and there are black and white illustrations and color photographs of sample art works. The Table of Contents lists all the supplies you will need to do the projects in the book. Lessons move in a logical order from creating mass to…
  • The Parable of the Homeschooler

    Susan Raber
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    The parable of the sower reveals important truths about spiritual understanding, but I believe it also reveals characteristics of our human nature - about how we listen, and how we learn.    From The Spurgeon Archive:  We have, first of all, those who are represented by the way-side, those who are "hearers only"; then those represented by the stony-ground; these are transiently impressed, but the word produces no lasting fruit; then, those among thorns, on whom a good impression is…
  • An Open Letter to Ohio School Superintendents

    Susan Raber
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    Dear Ohio School Superintendent,You've got your hands full. I get that. You have to balance many important and sometimes competing issues. You may be the CEO of your school district, but you have to meet the demands and expectations of the school board, principals, teachers, parents, students, and community.  The school board is basically your boss, but since they are elected to their positions, you may have to adapt to changing requirements and personalities of the board every few years.  You know the most important goal of your position is to meet the needs of…
  • Promises to Make to Your Homeschool Family

    Susan Raber
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    Photo by digitalart - www.freedigitalphotos.net/ The promises we need to make when we commit to homeschooling: We have a goals and a vision for the future of our children. We aren't jumping on a bandwagon or just being reactionary. We take this task very seriously. We will educate ourselves and find the answers to problems as they arise. We will not wait helplessly until someone comes to hold our hand. We will be honest. We will comply with the laws of our state. We will acknowledge and work on  our weaknesses. We will get help when we need…
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  • How To Plan Your College Visit

    Tim Milosch
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s April, which means (hopefully) that all the college and financial aid applications are done, and you may have already started to receive acceptance letters from the schools you applied to.  If you haven’t done so, now’s the time to The post How To Plan Your College Visit appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • Do You Make These 9 Study Mistakes?

    Tim Milosch
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Homeschool, public school, or private school, it doesn’t matter where you are:  You need to study, and you may be making mistakes. The ongoing battle for me as a teacher with students of all kinds (college, high school, private tutoring, The post Do You Make These 9 Study Mistakes? appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • 6 Reasons To Get Your FAFSA in Now!

    Tim Milosch
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations! You finished your college applications, wrote your essays, took the ACT or SAT, and now you are eagerly awaiting acceptance letters. Or, you already got an acceptance and are now wondering “How the heck am I going to pay for The post 6 Reasons To Get Your FAFSA in Now! appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • Teach Like Jesus And Paul: 10 Teaching Tips to Motivate and Inspire

    Tim Milosch
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’ve been teaching for almost 10 years now and I think I can fairly say that I’m finally getting the hang of it. When I first started teaching, I only had one simple concept to go off of: “What kind The post Teach Like Jesus And Paul: 10 Teaching Tips to Motivate and Inspire appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • Are Your Ready For 2015? The Key to Setting Goals is to Start Now!

    Tim Milosch
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    So it’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for not New Year’s Resolutions, but for setting goals. The difference between New Year’s Resolutions and setting goals is that the latter can actually be done.  Even if this The post Are Your Ready For 2015? The Key to Setting Goals is to Start Now! appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
 
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  • Should Christians Study “The Great Books?”

    Isaac Moffett
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The short answer is absolutely as long as they are studied along with and their ideas judged by the Greatest Book, The Word of God. As long as the supremacy of scripture is maintained as the standard of truth itself, The “Great Books” can be used as a valuable training ground for Biblical apologetics and a […] The post Should Christians Study “The Great Books?” appeared first on The Great Education Struggle.
  • Educating Royalty

    Isaac Moffett
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    We must teach our children to be Kingdom heirs—not just laborers in the marketplace. “Who are you?” a university student once asked me. Odd question, I thought. I’d handled countless student questions, but this one caught me unprepared. “Uh . . . I’m a professor,” I answered weakly. “No!” he shot back. “I don’t mean […] The post Educating Royalty appeared first on The Great Education Struggle.
  • John Adams to his son: Read Thucydides

    Isaac Moffett
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:44 pm
    John Adams wrote to his son, John Quincy Adams, soon after the Declaration of Independence, exhorting him to read Thucydides1 as a way to be best prepared for the days ahead of him as a leader. Here is the full letter:2 My dear Son, As the War in which your Country is engaged will probably hereafter […] The post John Adams to his son: Read Thucydides appeared first on The Great Education Struggle.
  • Chicago’s Communistic Civil Government Schools

    Isaac Moffett
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Go to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) website and you will see the incomprehensible: within CPS there are sixty departments. Sixty! 1 As a sidebar (and contrast), how many departments does your home school have? In each how many employees are there? And how much is each employee paid? Or how about something a bit larger: […] The post Chicago’s Communistic Civil Government Schools appeared first on The Great Education Struggle.
  • Musings from a Citizen

    Isaac Moffett
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    An article in last weeks Idaho Press Tribune1 informed its readers some of the elementary schools are no longer sending math “homework” home with their students. Apparently the parents were having a difficult time trying to help their children with their assignments and instead, ended up confusing them. The Parent Teacher Association in each school […] The post Musings from a Citizen appeared first on The Great Education Struggle.
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