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  • Another Cop Arrest for Nothing More Than Police Hubris

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    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    This man was arrested on his way to pick up his kids. It’s not even contempt of cop, it’s just a matter of not bowing down to the cops. Language warning- after the camera goes dark and they taze him in front of his kids, he does begin raising his voice and swears at them. They don’t tell him what he’s done wrong until after they taze him, and they the only accusation is he didn’t stop when the officer wanted him to stop walking to pick up his kids (he had no reason to, she hadn’t accused him of a crime). The female cop remains fairly calm and civil the…
  • Easy Thousand Island Salad Dressing

    The Common Room
    Headmistress, zookeeper
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:13 am
    To make this whole30 compliant, you can use coconut aminos instead of the Worcestershire sauce, or you can use this home-made version. Or you may prefer this simple maindish salad with simpler dressing: 4 cups chicken; diced cooked 1 cup Celery; diced 1 cup Tomatoes; chopped 1 cup Red onion; chopped 4 Tablespoons Lemon juice 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard Lettuce, about three cups, torn (the amount is really up to you- how lettucy do you want it to be?) Mix the lemon juice and Dijon together well. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl, stirring well to coat. Or you might like this zesty…
  • Almost Back to School: Starting With God

    Sprittibee
    Heather
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I’m in high gear prep-for-school mode around the bee hive. My sweet mama whisked my teens and five-year-old away to her house over the weekend and let me spend some much needed time with Daddy and the 3 year old getting rest, and enjoying a little quiet mama time to plan for this year. My oldest two really needed a break, too. They were ready to get their goals down on paper when they came home. { Note: This post is part of my Almost Back to School Series – follow along with the links at the bottom. } As promised, here’s Post #1 of 5……
  • Eight years ago this week

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Found on my old private family blog, dated August 27, 2006. Scott was out here in San Diego, a month into the new job. I was back home with the (then) five kids, trying to get the house sold. Rilla was only a few months old. Rose would have been eight, Beanie five. Scott and I did not bear the separation easily. I created a little daily-snippets blog just for him so he wouldn’t feel like he was missing everything. At night, after the kids were in bed, I had a gig writing parenting articles for a medical website. Scott and I would keep a chat window open and ping each other back and…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at:  momSCHOOL.This will be the 453rd edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
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    Sprittibee

  • Almost Back to School: Starting With God

    Heather
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I’m in high gear prep-for-school mode around the bee hive. My sweet mama whisked my teens and five-year-old away to her house over the weekend and let me spend some much needed time with Daddy and the 3 year old getting rest, and enjoying a little quiet mama time to plan for this year. My oldest two really needed a break, too. They were ready to get their goals down on paper when they came home. { Note: This post is part of my Almost Back to School Series – follow along with the links at the bottom. } As promised, here’s Post #1 of 5……
  • Almost Back to School Series

    Heather
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m the snail of back to school this year, still gnawing away last year’s summer school, trying to get reluctant teens to finish up projects mama requires before next year. We’re actually finishing last year a week before we start this year… and I promised my kids a “Year End” party, so this year, our “Year End” party is also going to double as a “Back to School” party. { This might be why the teens lovingly refer to me as the wicked homeschool witch. } You win some, you lose some. Hopefully they will forgive me when they CLEP out of…
  • Menu For the Rest of August

    Heather
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Watermelon Boy Tell me about your menu problems. We ate out this past weekend for a date night treat and there’s nothing worse than spending 25$ and finding that you can’t stand the Pho. We got veggie broth because it was the only thing without MSG, and it was lackluster at best. Pho Sho! I was kicking myself for thinking I could eat soup of any kind out again – or out of a can again – after having it for so many years with home made chicken broth. Trust me on this – home made chicken broth has revolutionized not only our taste buds and our wallets, but it has…
  • When Hollywood Gets it Right

    Heather
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Don’t you love it when there are movies worth going to see at your local theaters that your entire family can watch? There were a few of them lately that we enjoyed enough to add to our DVD collection… and there are a few we are anxiously awaiting. Here’s a quick snapshot and blurb about each one – in case you haven’t heard of them yet… Becoming a hero wasn’t his goal, it just happened because he did the right thing. PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE Movie notes from the PR team: PLANES; FIRE & RESCUE is a new comedy-adventure about second chances,…
  • Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

    Heather
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Home made Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai) I may have a slight addiction to this fantastic soup. The last three times I have made soup (in the past three weeks) have been Tom Kha Gai. My image may not be the best on the net – but I assure you, this is the best RECIPE for Tom Kha Gai. My teen told me tonight, “If you made this soup for a Chinese Emperor, he would make you his slave so you could cook for him forever.” No worries there, my boy, I’ll be glad to just cook it for my very thankful soup-loving children. If you love Thai, you might want to get real…
 
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  • Eight years ago this week

    Melissa Wiley
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Found on my old private family blog, dated August 27, 2006. Scott was out here in San Diego, a month into the new job. I was back home with the (then) five kids, trying to get the house sold. Rilla was only a few months old. Rose would have been eight, Beanie five. Scott and I did not bear the separation easily. I created a little daily-snippets blog just for him so he wouldn’t feel like he was missing everything. At night, after the kids were in bed, I had a gig writing parenting articles for a medical website. Scott and I would keep a chat window open and ping each other back and…
  • Thursday

    Melissa Wiley
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Having newly tidied-up files is having a shiny-sink effect on me: I’m just about caught up on all forms of desk-work now, including answering reader mail. Speaking of, how sweet is this Prairie Thief-inspired drawing a young reader made for me? I melted utterly. Awesome job, Mara! Now only some personal correspondence to catch up on (hi Brigid!!!) and a short list of work-related tasks. And then, wonder of wonders, my desk will be clear. For a little while, at least. I seem to be a person who enjoys organization in fits and starts. The new combination of gCal for household chores +…
  • What you already know

    Melissa Wiley
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    It’s going to take me a little while to recreate my habits talk in this space. I wrote down the sequence of points I wanted to address and examples I wanted to use, but I wound up not using my notes at all, except to read a couple of Charlotte Mason quotes. But I recall pretty well what I said, and what questions were asked, and I’m gradually jotting it down to share here. I’ve gotten a lot of sweet notes from the moms in attendance, and it’s clear the topic struck a chord. Preparing the talk was a fun experience for me—it reinforced something I learned from Alexis…
  • “A quick one,” she said. Ha!

    Melissa Wiley
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Last night’s talk on habits seemed to go over very well. I was astonished that we had forty moms in attendance! We set up chairs and blankets in my backyard. Several of you have asked for a write-up of the talk, so I’ll work on that during the week. Thanks so much for your interest! Playing catchup tonight, so this will be another quick one. I’ve been making my way through Mystie Winckler’s Simplified Organization eCourse (affiliate link, and I think the “backtoschool” discount code still works), and I really enjoyed her video on Google Calendar. Same thing…
  • How to Melt Your Mother

    Melissa Wiley
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Huck, in solemn tones: “Mommy, I like you more than television.”
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  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at:  momSCHOOL.This will be the 453rd edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
  • The price of freedom

    Henry Cate
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    I like this thought from Dan Galvin's Thought For The Day mailing list:                Responsibility is the price of freedom.                                   -Elbert Hubbard
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The back to school edition

    Henry Cate
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Gary is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at HomeschoolBuzz.com.He starts the carnival with:----------Here at the Davis home, we are busy planning our school year after a nice summer break from routine. We know you are all busy too but a few homeschoolers took the time to send us a post for the carnival.----------Enjoy!
  • What do you value?

    Janine Cate
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    I recently had a conversation about school/homeschooling with a friend who is very involved in the local school district and who plans to send her children to the neighborhood school.I realized that we valued many, if not all, the same things.  The difference was in how we prioritized that list.I value time with family over what I would call a “need for affiliation” with friends.   Yes, my children have friends and we do value those friendships, but less than the relationships with members of our own family.I value the academic success of my children over the academic…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling, which will be held at:  HomeschoolBuzz.com This will be the 452nd edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission. As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me.
 
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • Children are happily deposited at college

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The kids are at their respective colleges and I am in the process of reclaiming and reorganizing our home.  As this is the youngest one's 2nd year at college, I feel comfortable infringing into their space a little, where necessary, and working to make the house work best for my husband and myself.For example, my son pretty much has the entire basement to himself, and I will be reclaiming the exercise room as a storage room to get rid of clutter all over the house.  I am also thinking of claiming an area for sewing, and of course what exercise equipment I don't give away, will go in…
  • Packing and organizing for back to college... still

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I am still buried in packing bins (plastic boxes from Walmart), Ikea Bags, and Space saver bags.  My daughter asked me to help her organize her belongings, but at the same time, she is also calling me anal retentive. The good news is with careful packing, unpacking becomes a breeze as the items are organized intuitively and can just be slid into drawers or set in it's appropriate place.This is all of the hanging clothes I am sendingout... less than half from last years amount,even though she has twice the closet space.The hardest part is preventing her from bringing all of her clothing…
  • Steals, deals, and splurges and packing insanity for my college kids

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Barely two more weeks with the kiddos, then back to college.By this time two weeks from now I will be driving home from dropping off child number 2 to college.  I thought it would be easier to have 2 kids in the same city for drop off and pick up purposes, but it really isn't working out that way.  He goes back on Friday, and she on Sunday, and we have to do two round trip drives due to volume of items, lack of rental truck availability and schedules that don't mesh.  Oh well.  That's how it goes. All my back to school shopping is done.  I really should have given…
  • Looking back: My kids' perspective

    3 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I posed the following question to each of my kids:Now that you are done homeschooling what do you think of it? My son, age 20 said, "I love that I was homeschooled, but if I knew then what I know now, I may have requested private school for high school".  He felt that he would have had an easier transition time into college if he was forced to have a more stringent time in high school, both socially and academically.  He added however, "at the time, you couldn't have gotten me to go to any formal school though, so I don't know how that would have worked".  I will add here that…
  • I can use some help promoting my other blog

    3 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    So, while I was homeschooling, I also worked from home as content writer for numerous websites.  When the economy went bad several things happened:1st: Web writing became popular and I noticed a glut of new available writers began to lower the amount of money I could make on my articles.2nd: The writing on the web became bad. All the new writers in the market resulted in quite a lot of poorly written articles.3rd: The web revolted.  Good in particular thought up PANDA which resulted in "Content Mills" as they were called being being penalized. This all resulted in a long slow decent…
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  • See you in September ...

    Dawn
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    My friends, summer is winding down fast and I (like many of you I'm sure) have much to do. There is much planning and preparing and packing to do ... and I hope to spend every minute I can enjoying my boys while they're home all together. Bookworm reports back to BC at the end of the month and I am aiming to start the rest of the boys on a new homeschool year roundabouts Labor Day.  Which is in ... wow ... just about two weeks! All this to say, I am going to take a little break from blogging until sometime in early September. Now I know I haven't been posting here all that…
  • A Party for Little Bear!

    Dawn
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
      Good Monday morning evening, my friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend. :) Today I have a GINORMOUS post for you, all about Little Bear's birthday party ... I hope you don't mind a bit of "oversharing," lol! As many of you know, Little Bear turned one back in May - but for a few reasons his party was moved to August. Luckily the day was not too hot or humid as August can be here in New England - in fact, it was just about perfect! Our party theme was "animal crackers" because LB just LOVES animals and animal sounds of all kinds these days.
  • Paper Goods in August

    Dawn
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
     Good Tuesday morning, my friends! I hope your new week's going well. :) Does it seem to you that this summer is flying by? August is here and back-to-school sales are everywhere you look ... in the stores, on tv and in the mail pile (a la catalogs and magazines). Everyone is gearing up for another "new year" which, for us, begins in another few weeks. I certainly don't like to rush the summer off, but I do enjoy all the anticipation as we round the corner toward autumn ... On that note, I thought I'd share a few things I purchased this past weekend, at a…
  • Friday Felines: Cat-in-a-Box

    Dawn
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    So, Archie heard "cats in boxes" is some kind of internet thing ... (Archie's always got his paw on the pulse of things.) How are your felines (or canines) doing these days? Both Archie and Ollie are doing well - reporting to the vet in a few weeks for their annual checkup. They are so funny around Little Bear, especially now that toddlerhood is upon us and LB is on the (constant) move. Ollie is more cautious and gives the baby wide berth, but Archie ... not so much. Let's just say I spend half my day keeping those two apart - it's like they're magnets,…
  • Pucker up ~ It's National Lipstick Day!

    Dawn
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Good Tuesday morning, my friends! I have a quick question for you today: Do you wear lipstick, and if so what shade? I myself wear it on occasion. On a daily basis I use a simple vanilla lip balm just to keep my lips moist. If I'm leaving the house I do apply a light bit of makeup and that includes a hint of lip color. I like shades that are a near-match to my natural color, with just a bit of a boost. I cannot wear anything pale, nude or frosty. And pink and orange don't suit my coloring at all - I need something in the red zone. I used to wear a particular shade of Neutrogena…
 
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    Dewey's Treehouse

  • When just playing around is not enough (John Mighton and Charlotte Mason)

    Mama Squirrel
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    On the subject of teaching mathematics, Charlotte Mason had a few negative things to say about manipulatives. Not that she didn't use real-life objects and counters: her books mention money, beans, and dominoes, just as a start.  But she was definitely against complicated, expensive math apparatus, and, using the  textbooks available a hundred years ago, we can assume that she also did not teach with what's now called a "discovery" approach. Children were taught to understand what they were doing, as much as possible, but they were also given the information and strategies they…
  • Charlotte Mason Quote for the Day: Well, you have to start somewhere.

    Mama Squirrel
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    A group of parents, discussing possibilities for teaching natural history during family vacations:"'What is that white line on the flint, Bob?'--'Chalk, father,' with surprise at my dulness [sic]; and then the folding of the tale of wonder--thousands of lovely, infinitely small shells in that scrawl of chalk; each had, ages and ages ago, its little inmate--and so on....And still the marvel grew, until, trust me, there is not a feature of the chalk that is not written down in le journal intime of each child's soul.""Mr Morris's hint admits of endless expansion; why you could cover the…
  • Charlotte Mason Quote for the Day: The heart of the Eternal

    Mama Squirrel
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:12 am
    "Reveal to the eyes of youth the vision of the infinite Loveliness, lay bare the heart of youth to the drawings of the irresistible Tenderness, let the young know, of their own intimate knowledge, that,'The thoughts of God are broader than the measures of man's mind,And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind,'and all other knowledge and relationships and facts of life will settle themselves." ~~ Charlotte Mason, Formation of Character.
  • From the not-so-long-ago archives: Passion for learning, plus a new ending.

    Mama Squirrel
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Slightly edited from a post of August 2013.  Reposted because school's starting and because I owe a lot to the recently-ended Ordo Amoris.  When I think of passion and learning, I think of Cindy Rollins's Ordo Amoris blog.  "Passion" is not a recommended word to Google-search for, generally, but if you limit the search to Cindy's blog, you get snippets such as "So that is what valor looks like but even more so that is how valor is memorialized, with passion not malaise" and "I just have a passion for literacy (reading and cultural)" and "I…
  • Surplus store stop

    Mama Squirrel
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Magnetic whiteboard tile, $6.99.  Eraser so I don't have to use tissues, .99.  12 watercolours in tubes, $2.99.For any of you locals, it's the place with the Spitfire perched on the roof.
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    Heart of Wisdom Blog

  • Homeschool with Movies: Ancient History

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    I created a list of Ancient History movies and documentaries on Pinterest. I have not seen them all. Check review for suitability. Most are available free on Youtube, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix. Please pin and share on Facebook Want more movies by theme? Let m know in the comments. Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool with ...
  • Homeschool Humor

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
       
  • Homeschool: What People Think I Do / What I Really Do

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Note all the friends, social skills and no overalls in photos of our homeschool. Computer Skills Straw Shooting 101 (You thought we miss this important lesson because we don’t go to school! Wrong!) Home Economics Fractions Horse Back Riding (animal husbandry) Tom Sawyer Unit Study (Literature) Civil Air Patrol (community service) Horse Driving (animal husbandry) ...
  • Eating God’s Way Facebook Group

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Heart of Wisdom (that would be me) publishes books on topics I am passionate about: Homeschooling Hebrew Roots Health and Nutrition In the last five years, I have had four heart surgeries  as a direct result of the SAD (Standard American Diet). Last year, I watched my dear friend JoAnn devastated when her devoted husband ...
  • Homeschool with Movies Facebook Group

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    The Homeschool with Movies Facebook group is for those wanting to teach or enhance lessons with movies or videos online or TV. This is a Christian group. Created to share educational movies, documentaries, programing and lesson plans. 
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    Project Based Homeschooling

  • Journaling and observational drawing e-classes now available!

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

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

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

    Lori Pickert
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Yes, yes, a million times yes to this: A couple things happen when we focus all of our collective attention on boys and whether or not they are reading. First, we tell boys that they are not reading, and that reading is not an inherently “boyish” thing to do. We expect them, in fact, not to read, and boys who love reading are outside the norm. Next, we start gendering books and telling boys that they like certain kinds of books, that they are interested in humor and adventure and fun. And they specifically do not like the sort of books that help kids at this age figure out how to be in…
  • Last chance to sign up for our free observational drawing class!

    Lori Pickert
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    We are getting ready for our second free PBH class of the summer! There are many great reasons to add drawing to your routine — here are just a few: • Drawing is a foundational skill for making and a great way for prewriters to take and read their own notes. • Learning how to draw observationally can help kids make it past the dreaded fourth-grade slump. • Learning to look deeply and observe carefully is a great critical thinking skill and often leads to asking the interesting questions that launch project-based research. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to integrate drawing into…
 
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  • Vintage Recipe: Peanut Cookies

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
  • Vintage Recipes: Stuffed Peppers

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    The following recipes are from A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband with Bettina’s Best Recipes by Louise Bennett Weaver, Helen Cowles Le Cron Published by the Britton Publishing Company, 1917 Ham stuffed peppers, rice stuffed peppers, ‘anything’ stuffed peppers, and cauliflower stuffed peppers. The vegetable sauce and white sauce mentioned are here:
  • Gathering the Fragments

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” Here are some small ways to ‘gather the fragments’ so that nothing will be wasted: Pie-crust scraps: When I was a child whenever my mother made pie crust, she allowed us to have the scraps leftover. We spread these with butter, cinnamon and sugar, sliced them into strips, then rolled them into cinnamon roll shapes.
  • Easy Thousand Island Salad Dressing

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:13 am
    To make this whole30 compliant, you can use coconut aminos instead of the Worcestershire sauce, or you can use this home-made version. Or you may prefer this simple maindish salad with simpler dressing: 4 cups chicken; diced cooked 1 cup Celery; diced 1 cup Tomatoes; chopped 1 cup Red onion; chopped 4 Tablespoons Lemon juice 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard Lettuce, about three cups, torn (the amount is really up to you- how lettucy do you want it to be?) Mix the lemon juice and Dijon together well. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl, stirring well to coat. Or you might like this zesty…
  • Another Cop Arrest for Nothing More Than Police Hubris

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    This man was arrested on his way to pick up his kids. It’s not even contempt of cop, it’s just a matter of not bowing down to the cops. Language warning- after the camera goes dark and they taze him in front of his kids, he does begin raising his voice and swears at them. They don’t tell him what he’s done wrong until after they taze him, and they the only accusation is he didn’t stop when the officer wanted him to stop walking to pick up his kids (he had no reason to, she hadn’t accused him of a crime). The female cop remains fairly calm and civil the…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Poetry Friday: Mike Aquilina's Terms and Conditions

    Karen Edmisten
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Mike Aquilina has written about 5,237 books.We-e-ellll, that may be a wee bit of an exaggeration, but he is admirably prolific. And he doesn't merely crank out information, he writes books that enlighten, inspire, entertain, and educate. Consistently. His output amazes me.And not only does he consistently publish excellent non-fiction, he's a poet, too.As in:"I'll do the 'expert on the Fathers of the Church' thing on Monday, knock off an exploration of ancient Christian symbols on Wednesday, and come Friday I'll pen a charming collection of essays on family life. Saturday?
  • Grateful: Deathbed Conversions won 3rd place in the ACP's Excellence in Publishing Awards

    Karen Edmisten
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    I tweeted and Facebooked this but I know that not everyone tweets or FBs, so I wanted to share the lovely news here, too.The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) announced on Monday that Deathbed Conversions won third place in the biography category of the Excellence in Publishing Awards. I'm thrilled and humbled. Thanks so much to the ACP for the honor. (Of course, the honor and praise really go to God: He worked the conversions ... I simply had the fun of writing about them.)The press release from the ACP is here.Thank you, again, to the ACP, and thank you so very much to all of my…
  • My "Late" Reader, the Reading Tutor

    Karen Edmisten
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Betsy has started collegeand will soon begin her dream job. Her work-study assignment is (drum roll, please): reading tutor in an elementary school. This is a rich and lovely thing indeed, as this is the girl who was my "late" reader.I never labeled her "late" -- I am not fond of labels. I did realize that she was learning to read in a way that was very different from how Anne-with-an-e had picked up on it. I realized that God had indeed tricked me into homeschooling and that now I had to actually become a creative teacher. (I realized I needed to deliver a satisfying rant to God before…
  • What Would I Tweet If I Didn't Have Offspring?

    Karen Edmisten
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Overheard:Betsy: "Ramona, remember that video we made once? You were wearing that frilly white dress and getting married to Pooh Bear? But you kept running away."Ramona: "I was only three!"Betsy: "Obviously, though, you didn't want to marry Pooh Bear."Ramona: "What did Pooh Bear have to offer me?"~~~~~Anne-with-an-e and I were reminiscing about her days of orthodontia. The poor girl endured four years of braces and various, accompanying tortures. "There should've been a rewards program -- I deserved some kind of Orthodontic Rewards Card," she said. ~~~~~"Hey, Mom, aren't you going…
  • Poetry Friday

    Karen Edmisten
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    This one felt just right for this week of hours -- hours with Ramona, sisters off to college, old ways, new ways. Hours of planning, hours of remembering, hours looking ahead. Hours of excitement and memory, anticipation and wondering. Hours we've lived and hours not yet known. Good stuff, all of it. And thanks to Poets.org for leading me to Hazel Hall.Hours*by Hazel HallI have known hours built like cities,House on grey house, with streets betweenThat lead to straggling roads and trail off,Forgotten in a field of green;Hours made like mountains liftingWhite crests out of the…
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    Heart of the Matter

  • Called to See Creation

    Guest
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    When I prepare a science topic to teach my students, I always like to start the process contemplating this biblical quote from Jesus, “You are not thinking as God does, but as human beings do.”  As human beings, it is easy to get caught up in the amount of material we cover and the test...
  • Why Art is Important to the Study of the Sciences

    Sharon
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    Art has a long tradition of combining with science.  Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Art is a catalyst for invention.  It is my belief that a good art foundation in the elements and principles of art enhances success in the sciences.  Just as a bridge can be looked at from an aesthetic...
  • No Excuses

    Ray Notgrass
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    What chance did a child have who was born weeks after the 1929 stock market crash, the youngest of six children, in a nothing little town in Tennessee where the economy was already depressed? I would expect him to have little chance at all of making anything of himself–except that I know something of his...
  • Feeling Like a Failure?

    Melinda
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    I have experienced success in several realms in my life.  I was a successful student throughout my formal education.  I have been married for 30 years and my husband and I raised three children and a plethora of family pets together.  All three of my children were homeschooled through high school, which was a huge...
  • Helping Kids Respond To Teasing About Their Faith

    Mary Kate Warner
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:59 am
    “Max Shares the Gospel…or Tries To” A Devotion to Help Kids Respond To Teasing About Their Faith Max was thrilled to see that a new family was moving in across the street with a boy his age.  Brent seemed a little stand offish after Max invited him to eat with his family, and finally he...
 
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    Home*School*Home

  • I have felt really bad the last couple of weeks.

    Fatcat
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
     So I have been busy doing things that I can do from a comfortable chair; the scrapghan (most of this has been done by my daughter, but my son even did a few stitches) and a bunch of art journal pages.  I think this is about 3 week's worth.  I really need to be selling these.  I may have to go to the local flea market if it ever stops raining.  :-/  I did sell 3 of my artsy designs on Cafepress this week so I'm very happy about that. In weird news, my oldest son went to the beach to celebrate a friend's birthday and got stung by a jellyfish.  Now for us…
  • Positive encouragement.

    Fatcat
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Hope all is wonderful with you guys! I love keeping up with your kiddos adventures through Facebook! Wondering if you have any advice/wisdom/websites/helpful hints for me and Scott as we embark on the adventures of home school? We've decided it's what we want to do at least until middle school. If not for your children turning out so well!I got this note on Facebook today from a family friend with a 2-year-old. How cool is that? Then today I got another message from her that said  thank you so much for your encouraging words and helpful information! The last part of the message was…
  • Hanging in here.

    Fatcat
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    This is me when we recently went out for dinner.   I'm hanging in there.  I got up this morning and instead of working, went straight to the doctor's office because I was in a lot of pain.  Turns out, it is a kidney infection.  Oh well, at least that's something curable.  Until the next one. We did start homeschooling this week. My son seems to be actually enjoying it.  I found some on-line German lessons - he wants to learn German because he thinks it will be easiest foreign language.  I ordered him a writing book, my husband is planning his math, he's…
  • Steps toward feeling better ...

    Fatcat
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
     First some pictures of my son's new on-campus apartment.  It's nice isn't it? Now onto my steps to feeling better .... oh how I hope so.  I went and had an intravenous iron infusion yesterday to help with my anemia, which has gotten pretty darn severe.  It was really not very invasive.  I have easy veins according to every nurse I've ever discussed this with and so it's not very traumatic for me to get an IV.  It lasted about half an hour and I will be having them once a week for the next few weeks.  Afterwards I was planning to go see my mom, but it…
  • Wednesday, August is almost over.

    Fatcat
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    I kind of can't believe that August is almost over, but since this summer has been kind of a bust without my beloved pool and my beloved air-conditioned vehicle, I'm pretty much over it and ready for cooler weather. I usually dearly love summer, but not as much this year.  I loved having my oldest son home, but I felt bad all summer long and not having a good vehicle kind of keeps one from going as many places as they ordinarily would.  My oldest son started school on Monday and we should have too, but I've had a back spasm this week and every chance I get, I've been lying down with…
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • Math Mammoth Grade 7-A is here!

    Maria Miller
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    I know it's Labor Day weekend, but... Math Mammoth Grade 7-A is here! Please note: Only part 7-A is available for now (as of August 2014). Part B is expected to be ready sometime in early 2015.Math Mammoth Grade 7-A is the first half of the pre-algebra curriculum from Math Mammoth. Part A worktext deals with:introduction to basic algebra conceptsintegers and their operationssolving one-step equations, including with negative numbersoperations with negative rational numberssolving linear equations and writing equations for word problemsgraphing linear equations and an introduction to the…
  • Story of Maryam Mirzakhani

    Maria Miller
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I think some of you will enjoy reading the story of Maryam Mirzakhani, an iranian Mathematician, and a woman, who just recently won the most prestigious award in the world of mathematics: the Fields Medal. She is the first woman to win a Fields Medal!
  • Math Mammoth August sale!

    Maria Miller
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    >Sale at Kagi!Get ALL downloads and CDs at Kagi store at 25%, 30% or even 35% off!Use coupon code MAMMOTH25 at Kagi store. Get 25% off when your order total is less than $50.Get 30% off when your order total is at least $50 but less than $80.Get 35% off when your order total is at least $80!The sale lasts till September 2, 2014. You will find links to order pages at Kagi all around MathMammoth.com site — they are located under each book's cover image. Or use these direct links to the order pages at Kagi:Order Light Blue seriesOrder Blue seriesOrder Golden and Green SeriesOrder Make It…
  • SALE on Math Mammoth printed books!

    Maria Miller
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Rainbow Resource is running a 20% off sale on the printed versions of Math Mammoth books! This offer runs till August 25, 2014.
  • Fun & artistic fractions tool

    Maria Miller
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Here's an online fractions activity that is somewhat artistic and that some of you might find fun.Unitize fractions on a gridConceptua Fractions is offering this tool for free during this summer. Here's a screenshot:First, you drag a red rectangle or a triangle that is going to be your UNIT. It corresponds to 1.Then, you make rectangles and triangles of the other colors. Your task is then to figure out their area compared to the UNIT you established in the beginning, and type it in as a fraction or a mixed number. For example, in the picture below, my UNIT is actually 4 squares. The blue…
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    A Holy Experience

  • 3 Free Tools for a Productive September [September 1st is the New January 1st]

    ann
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Happy September! September 1st is the new January 1st! Fresh slates and bouquets of sharpened yellow pencils blooming new possibilities. And Happy Labor Day! Traditionally, school always begins in Canada the day after Labor Day… so quieter in this web corner today,  enjoying the day as the symbolic end of the summer, as we get older boys off to university and youngers prepare for another year of homeschooling. So just 3 Free Tools for a deeply, soulful productive September: 1. Free Printable Sandwich Wrappers: Print out a stack and wrap their food in the Living Bread to feed their…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [08.30.14]

    ann
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Exhale? you need this 5 minute virtual vacation of small towns all around our world When one mama of ten picks up her camera — this happens: How this doctor welcomes newborns into the world? Glory be. So how about a coffee shop operating on the honour system? Yes please! only God does stuff like this When love finds its way back to you — 60 years later back to school — and the most unique bus stops all around the world - who was expecting the joys of this? 26 dogs loving through their hugs [p.s. we are now looking at getting a puppy] What an idea! Pre-fab shipping containers…
  • What to Tell Your Kids About Growing Up in a Crazy World

    ann
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    So Maggie Paulus heard how I had told our boy that his wooden spoon was perfect, and encouraged him to go carve a thousand of them. So, she grabbed her pen and did what I  was struggling to do — to not let anything keep me from “flinging out into the streets, eyes and mouth full of His wonder, to pant it in the marketplace, the back alleys, the front fields, across the crackling wires that I have seen Him.” That’s what Maggie’s been doing — testifying to “the glory-sighting.” She opened her eyes wide to the reality of God’s Presence with us here, even in the…
  • The Pick of Best Bibles: Back to School, Back to the Best Book, Back to the Best Read Ever

    ann
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    You’d have thought I was reading The Dangerous book for Boys or the like. The way he kept grinning at me as I read, looking over his shoulder and arching that eyebrow all mischevious at his brother all smirking. I think this as I read, that maybe this really is the original dangerous book for boys. The book boys have been reading for the last millennia or two, the one that grabs a body by the shoulders and shakes the drowsy straight stock awake. The one that binds the bloodied up and romances the lonely, that woos the rejected and cuts straight through to where the soul joins the bone. A…
  • Why Unity in the Church & Amongst Us Really Matters

    ann
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Kelly Minter and I have gone for long walks and talked late over shared plates and it was never long enough. I could listen to Kelly talk about Jesus forever because she is real and honest and warm and loves Jesus with every fibre of her being. Kelly’s Bible studies have profoundly impacted my walk with Jesus, studies I have returned to over and over again. A down-earth woman who loves people around her table, cooking, gardening, late afternoon walks, music and her local church, Kelly and I’ve laughed that we need to figure out how to find away to move our farm closer to her…
 
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    Natural Born Learners

  • The internet is the new battleground for fighting oppression.

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

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

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

    beatrice ekoko
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    I sometimes think about self-directed learning, unschooling and autonomy in education in terms of ‘quiet’ activism. It’s about advocating for our children's freedom to learn as they want to and helping them to take responsibility for being in the world, right from the beginning of their life and on. Unschoolers and practitioners of autonomous education are actively demonstrating another way to attain education. We are redefining the way education is understood, what it means to be educated, what learning in an atmosphere of freedom looks like; that it can be done.This can feel…
  • Skellig: A book with an unschooled kid.

    Hamilton Climate Challenge
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    One of the favourite things I've always loved about being a parent is reading to my kids. Sadly as they grow older there are fewer opportunities to do so-and the kids prefer to go off and read their own books by then. Still, I am lucky to have the attention of my youngest kid yet and I just finished reading a most wonderful book called Skellig by David Almond.How surprising it was and exciting to discover a girl (Mina) living the unschooled life; who moves in the world and learns following her natural curiosity so thoroughly and whose experience, contrasted against the schooled life really…
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • writing, interview, curiosity

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

    Sandra Dodd
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    True! This page isn't finished! How much is enough? [This page needs two more links, and pull posts from Just Add Light and add quotes from other places on the site)http://sandradodd.com/enough__________Reminders: I'm speaking in Maine in September, various places, and one night in New Hampshire:http://allinmaine.blogspot.com/p/calendar.htmlI've been interviewed a few times for a series on unschooling Amy Childs is doing, and the one about the benefits of unschooling only has me and Amy. (Most have three to six voices.)http://unschoolingsupport.com/family-bonding/(Others can be accessed in…
  • Enough? Gradual Change

    Sandra Dodd
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    How much is enough? [This page needs two more links, and pull posts from Just Add Light and add quotes from other places on the site)http://sandradodd.com/enoughLisa Celedon wrote about beginning more gradually. It's the fifth item down:http://sandradodd.com/gradualchange
  • Gratitude; Change; Factors, problems and considerations

    Sandra Dodd
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Gratitude for common, simple, homey thingshttp://sandradodd.com/gratitude/chairsBenefits gained from the Always Learning discussion (bottom of the page)http://sandradodd.com/alwayslearningFactors, Problems and ConsiderationsParts are new, parts are older, but this is the first announcement of the page herehttp://sandradodd.com/factors
  • Openness to Experience, Interview Bits

    Sandra Dodd
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Newish page, expanded quite a bit:http://sandradodd.com/openAmy Childs is creating a series of +/- 15 minute podcasts about unschooling. The first one was about Learn Nothing Day. She asked me for people she could interview about that, and asked them about other things, too, so some of those voices will come up in future podcasts.My favorites so far:Learn Nothing DayWho Can Unschool?
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    Sandra Dodd

  • Making a video out of other elements without knowing how to

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

    Sandra Dodd
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    On facebook, a thing was going around, and I wrote what's below. I'm saving it because sometimes people ask me what books I've read, meaning probably which books made me the way I am as an unschooling advocate, but I don't have a list like that for them.I used to have a list of books I recommended, years ago. (bottom of this page: Follow-up to HSC Home=Schooling Conference 2001) There are books I recommend now, but they're not at the core of me. They might be at the core of some people who read them now, in an impressionable stage; that would be good!Instructions: in your status, list 10…
  • Who speaks what and why, these days?

    Sandra Dodd
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Gratuitous photos, each a link.Because of unschooling, I've travelled. Because I've travelled, I've met lots of people who are bilingual, or in many cases, who can speak three or four languages—adults and children both, in Europe and India.I've seen how they've learned, or honed their second and third languages. Some of the adults studied in school, but unless they had a chance to use the language with native speakers, it's not very real, it seems. I studied French in school, and can read a fair amount, but I can't understand native speakers. They have no consonants. It's like a quick song…
  • What I learned from Holly

    Sandra Dodd
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Holly is good at photo manipulation, and related issues. She showed me how to find a color, from an image, for making matching fonts or lines or backgrounds. I've used that trick quite a bit.Today I used it again here: http://sandradodd.com/openWe have three juice glasses, probably from the early 1960's, I got from a thrift store. One day just for fun I photographed one. Thinking about the heritable personality trait "openness to experience" and thought it would be good to start collecting notes about that, for the benefit of unschooling families. Helen Davies had brought a Ray Bradbury quote…
  • iPhone, ME!

    Sandra Dodd
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Like Pinocchio becoming a real boy…I got an iPhone today, and it's just like a little iPad that's a phone. That last phone I had never did work smoothly. Even Holly (who has a phone just like it) and Marty (who can usually figure out any gadget) couldn't help me. Keith was feeling generous and encouraged me not to get the smallest iPhone. Destiny was sweet and talked to me all about what was what. Holly went with me to get it "ghost armored." Marty…he's been saying "You should get an iPhone" for quite a while. He said I would already know how to use it, because of the iPad. He was right!.
 
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    HomeschoolBuzz.com

  • Home schooling is on the rise – Salisbury Post

    Gary
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    Home schooling is on the rise – Salisbury Post Home schooling is on the riseSalisbury PostBrenda Smith never planned to home-school her children. Her oldest son went to public school from kindergarten all the way through high school, with the exception of one year in private school, and her second youngest son, Jared, attended a private …and more »
  • Government Returns Custody of Homeschooled Children to Their Parents Dirk … – Crossmap (blog)

    Gary
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Government Returns Custody of Homeschooled Children to Their Parents Dirk … – Crossmap (blog) Crossmap (blog) Government Returns Custody of Homeschooled Children to Their Parents Dirk …Crossmap (blog)Over a year after German police raided their home and seized their children, the parents of four homeschoolers have regained legal custody of their children, but remain concerned about the criminal ramifications surrounding the right to homeschool.and more »
  • Homeschool Family Referred to District Attorney – Home School Legal Defense Association

    Gary
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Homeschool Family Referred to District Attorney – Home School Legal Defense Association Homeschool Family Referred to District AttorneyHome School Legal Defense AssociationIn February, a Kansas City family sent a letter withdrawing their son from public school, filed with the state department of education as a private school, and began homeschooling. In May, the family received a letter from the public school telling …Missouri Public School Thwarted From Filing Bogus Charges Against …Washington Free Beaconall 3 news articles »
  • Ann Haney: Home school: Mentality behind mission – Lebanon Democrat

    Gary
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Ann Haney: Home school: Mentality behind mission – Lebanon Democrat Lebanon Democrat Ann Haney: Home school: Mentality behind missionLebanon DemocratWith the flexibility of educational materials homeschoolers have a great opportunity to choose materials that target their children's learning style while staying within the state-required subject guidelines. Parents always have the same concern yearly …
  • Home schooling is on the rise – Salisbury Post

    Gary
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Home schooling is on the rise – Salisbury Post Home schooling is on the riseSalisbury PostBrenda Smith never planned to home-school her children. Her oldest son went to public school from kindergarten all the way through high school, with the exception of one year in private school, and her second youngest son, Jared, attended a private …and more »
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Attended Teacher Meet and Greet

    ChristineMM
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    Today my fourteen year old and I attended his new private school's Meet and Greet the Teachers event.The last time I mentioned that I was putting my younger son into private school for high school two of my blog subscribers left. If someone thinks I am a homeschooling failure and can no longer represent homeschooling, that's their problem not mine.I feel that my younger son benefited by being raised by me not by daycare or nannies from the day he was born.He thrived in natural learning and unschooling in the preschool years, which included him begging to learn more about reading when he hit a…
  • Absent for Older Son's First Day of School

    ChristineMM
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    I was 2100 miles away when my older son had his first day of homeschool, a senior this year,  with an online class. Not all my prep recommendations I gave on three separate occasions before I left were done and there was panic the night before. I was 1800 miles away having a relaxing morning when he woke himself up, drove himself to community college, found the class, attended class, bought the required texts in the bookstore, got himself lunch there, attended the online classes from the college campus, returned home, and then drove his little brother to sports practice. (My husband was…
  • Dumplings All Day Wong Cookbook Review

    ChristineMM
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Inspiring and Also So Well Explained with Photos, August 27, 2014 By ChristineMM (Houston Texas USA)    This review is from: Dumplings All Day Wong: A Cookbook of Asian Delights From a Top Chef (Paperback) Vine Customer Review of Free Product This is a really inspiring cookbook because every recipe has a full color one page photo of the finished dish with artistic background, high quality photographs. Equally important is the techniques for making dough from scratch and the different folds are shown in full color step by step photographs.The book starts off with tools and…
  • Avanti Greenwood Ivory Towel Set Product Review

    ChristineMM
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Customer review of free product for the Amazon.com Vine program.4 stars out of 5 = I Like ItVery Attractive Dense Towels - Should Have Had the Ribbon Stitched at the BottomThese high quality embellished towels are dense in weave and made of 100% cotton. These are not as thick as some on the market in the same price range.The fabric is made in Canada and the embellishment is added in USA. Avanti is listed as being a New Jersey company.The embroidery is of varying shades of green that gently change in tone. There is a strip of ribbon sewn on three sides (the dark green color) then a lighter…
  • Belkin Car Charge and Navigation Mount for iPhone 5/5s Product Review

    ChristineMM
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Solves Two Problems - Charging and Viewing - But Check Your Vehicle's Cigarette Lighter Location Before Purchasing., August 9, 2014 By ChristineMM(Houston Texas USA)    This review is from: Belkin Car Charge and Navigation Mount for iPhone 5/5s (Electronics) Vine Customer Review of Free Product This Belkin solves two problems with using a smart phone for navigation and its design is superior to other mounting devices. The first issue is that using a smart phone for navigation uses the battery quickly so for long drives or when trying to preserve the battery to last the…
 
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • UNELECTABLE!

    dcobranchi
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    This is my built in excuse if I’m ever asked to run for office. Apparently, it is easier to be a gay member of Congress than an atheist one, since Barney Frank announced he was gay in 1987 but didn’t announce he was an atheist until after leaving office in 2013. A handful of current members of Congress state that their religious affiliation is “unspecified,” but none has stated publicly that he or she doesn’t believe in God. Their reticence is pure political pragmatism. The reluctance of Americans to vote for atheists is well documented. In fact, a hypothetical…
  • CANS? REALLY?

    dcobranchi
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    I cannot believe this brewery didn’t put the beer in bottles. Have they never heard the song? (CNN) — Texas brewery Austin Beerworks is doing its part to “keep Austin weird” by releasing the first 99-pack of beer to consumers.
  • WHAT A FABULOUS IDEA!

    dcobranchi
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Every utility in the country ought to duplicate this effort. A church in West Virginia just got 60 panels installed on its roof for $1, thanks to a local group that’s making it easier and cheaper for nonprofits in the state to go solar. At a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church became the site of the largest community-supported solar system in West Virginia, at the same time kicking off a model to bring solar energy to West Virginia nonprofits that’s being pioneered by local group Solar Holler. To fund the church’s solar panels, almost 100 Shepherdstown…
  • ADDING TO MY PERSONAL BOYCOTT LIST

    dcobranchi
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    I’m going to boycott Burger King and Tim Hortons. Any company that decides to play these inversion tax schemes gets boycotted.
  • 3…2…1…LIFTOFF!

    dcobranchi
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    Daughter #2 yesterday successfully achieved escape velocity and moved half the volume of a typical Wal-mart Superstore into her tiny dorm room at Marshall University.
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  • Going, going…

    liese4
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    not quite gone. James is bbq’ing for Labor day, Grandma is over here, the car is cleaned out (and vacuumed, I have this OCD thing about going on a trip with a dirty car.) The kids aren’t packed yet, waiting on one more load of laundry. I still need to go to the store and buy things like: bread, meat, chips, water, etc. But, I have a list, so it should be easy to do. Tomorrow, early in the morning, we’ll be heading out to CA, with a camping night at the Virgin river in AZ. It’s a long drive, but the next day is a short one. We have these cd’s to listen to: A brief…
  • Free Metals Lapbook!

    Alicia
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Hands of a Child is currently offering a free lapbook on metals for grades 4-10.  It’s a huge file full of all sorts of goodies that you can incorporate into your lapbook (or notebook if your kids prefer notebooking).  You can check it out here. If you’re new to labooking, these articles might help make the first time a success. Homeschool 101: What is lapbooking? Lapbooking do’s and don’ts Pre-made lapbooks: pros, cons and where to find them Designing your own lapbooks What is lapbooking and why is it so great for homeschooling? Have fun!
  • Otter weekend

    liese4
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Did you know that we have otters in Colorado? Or that a sea otter has more hair in one square inch of fur than a golden retriever has on its entire body? That otters can hold their breath for 4 minutes? These are some things that we learned today at the Denver aquarium as we celebrated otter weekend with their 3 river otters. We got to go through the exhibit before our otter tour. Colorado’s state fish. Vertical fish, seahorses, shrimp and a cute spotted fish. Grouper. Happy stingray. This fish has big eyes. Turtle. Starfish. Sea urchin mouth. The real rainbow fish. Funny fish. Jellies!
  • Saturday

    liese4
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:41 pm
    So, we finally went to the Taste of Colorado and….meh. We were expecting tastes from various restaurants, instead there was a lot of festival type food (turkey legs, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, ice cream) and only a handful of actual restaurants offering food samples. We headed toward the good restaurants and got things like: prime rib sandwich with a side of boiled shrimp, quiche, sushi, beef and noodles, lamb meatballs, cupcakes and funnel cake. We did find two new restaurants to put on the eating out list, a French one and a Mexican one. The real reason for being at the event was…
  • {Friday}

    liese4
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Wow, Bethany got a lot done this morning – 2 Govt. quizzes, 1 English assignment, 1 Geometry assignment, 1 Biology test and responding to 2 discussion answers by other students. Grace turned in some writing samples, but she didn’t write them today. Hannah did the least amount of work, she wrote 5 sentences about herself. We left at 11:20 to get to Golden to have lunch with James. If you want the best sandwich…ever, go to D Deli in Golden. Be prepared to wait in line and eat somewhere else (there are only 2 tables inside and 2 out.) OMG, I had the best, if not weirdest,…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Where Wisdom Gathers {and #TheBestYes giveaway!}

    Dawn Camp
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    I jog on pavement wet from last night’s rain. Water drips from leaves overhead and a cool breeze drifts in from the woods to caress my legs. I follow the trailhead until it hits the greenway, like the stem of a T joining its top. A glance to the right to make sure I don’t run in front of a bike or a dog walking its owner and then I veer left, following the path my kids’ cross country team took earlier and the woman who crosses before me as I approach the fork. Since she looks neither 20-something nor in training for a marathon, I challenge myself to match her…
  • Download Your September 2014 Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    In July I visited northwest Arkansas and DaySpring headquarters as part of our yearly (in)courage authors’ retreat. A lovely path wound through woods and flower gardens leading from our hotel to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, so my camera and I took an early morning walk there the day I left. Carrying a heavy bag and multiple lenses didn’t sound like much fun, so I limited myself to my macro lens, which still challenges me. When I get it right the results are worth the effort, and even more satisfying because of it. I decided my early morning would be…
  • Just Hold On

    Dawn Camp
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    We’ve been at Six Flags since noon on a perfect July day, but it’s dark now and we haven’t eaten in hours, the kids determined not to waste a moment when they can stroke the sky, inhale the wind, defy gravity, or test the limit of their fears. Food in your tummy isn’t wise when roller coasters are involved, anyway. The park closes in 30 minutes and my 12-year-old son leads us to the Gotham City section of the park, his day apparently incomplete unless he rides the Batman, a roller coaster too intense for my 9- and 10-year-old daughters. He races away and they steer me…
  • IKEA 2015 Catalog and $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    I recently attended a blogger event at IKEA Atlanta, celebrating the launch of the 2015 catalog. I’ve been to IKEA many times, but I learned more about their products, showrooms, and corporate philosophy. I’ll share highlights here and images from the new catalog. Enter at the bottom for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card! Living Spaces Because we are readers and homeschoolers, our home brims with bookcases, four of which are IKEA. Stand them side-by-side and they look like built-ins. Open-backed styles show the wall color behind them or work well as room dividers.
  • August 2014 Desktop Calendar

    Dawn Camp
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    My, how this summer has flown! This month’s desktop calendar image comes from a lovely bouquet of wildflowers from a farmers’ market on an old town square. I processed it with a vintage feel because that’s how the bouquet felt to me, sweet and simple. Download August’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Do you update your desktop with these calendars each month? Feel free to share with your friends via Facebook or Pinterest. Thank you for using them—they’re made for you! August 2014 Desktop Calendar is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home…
 
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  • My Moms 95rth Birthday

    Vickie L Rupert
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    SAM_2042.JPG Hello the 28th of Aug my Mom turned 95 ( I arrived very late in life ) and Our Father saw that she had a wonderful day!!!    She is on Hospice & my son & I are staying with her & taking care of her 24/7 with the Hospice team.  They are angels on earth!! Just wanted to share! :)
  • 39 Clues?

    RaSheena
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    My son found these books at the library and he is really enjoying them, but.... well, there are several books in the series and I've never heard of them.  Has anyone read these?  Do you have any experience with them? TIA,  RaSheena
  • learning states and capitals

    Mrs.Archibald
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Looking for a sing-along type C.D. with a workbook to aid in memorizing the 50 states and capitals. Placing an order the CBD today- what to do you use? Why? Thanks
  • Saying it in a nice way...

    Jessica
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    *Sigh*  It seems like it's always the same two questions: "Do you do other activities to make sure they get ''socialization'"? "Are you going to homeschool all the way to high school?  It gets harder, you know." I know what I WANT to say, but how do you respond in a nice, polite way?  I don't want to offend, but I also don't want to just smile and agree so they think they made a valid point. Thoughts? 
  • I hate my world literature curriculum....

    Timberley
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Does anyone know of any good (free) websites for World Literature? Thank you.
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    Homeschool Blog

  • Homeschool with Movies: Ancient History

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    I created a list of Ancient History movies and documentaries on Pinterest. I have not seen them all. Check review for suitability. Most are available free on Youtube, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix. Please pin and share on Facebook Want more movies by theme? Let m know in the comments. Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool with ...
  • Homeschool Humor

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
       
  • Homeschool: What People Think I Do / What I Really Do

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Note all the friends, social skills and no overalls in photos of our homeschool. Computer Skills Straw Shooting 101 (You thought we miss this important lesson because we don’t go to school! Wrong!) Home Economics Fractions Horse Back Riding (animal husbandry) Tom Sawyer Unit Study (Literature) Civil Air Patrol (community service) Horse Driving (animal husbandry) ...
  • Eating God’s Way Facebook Group

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Heart of Wisdom (that would be me) publishes books on topics I am passionate about: Homeschooling Hebrew Roots Health and Nutrition In the last five years, I have had four heart surgeries  as a direct result of the SAD (Standard American Diet). Last year, I watched my dear friend JoAnn devastated when her devoted husband ...
  • Homeschool with Movies Facebook Group

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    The Homeschool with Movies Facebook group is for those wanting to teach or enhance lessons with movies or videos online or TV. This is a Christian group. Created to share educational movies, documentaries, programing and lesson plans. 
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Free Software and Web Development Online Courses for Homeschoolers

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

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

    Katie Glennon
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:02 pm
    It’s that time again to purchase new curriculum and make plans for the new school year! We want to help you with our special 50% off Summer Curriculum Sale! Be on the look out for a new ebook series to you assist you in teaching science, coming soon! Here are the links to the discounted sale prices in our sale: Make Your Own ABC Book About … Ancient Greece e-book : Normally $1.99, now $1.00 Buy Now Make Your Own ABC Book About … Christmas : Normally $1.99, now $1.00 Buy Now Make Your Own ABC Book About … Thanksgiving : Normally $1.99, now $1.00 Buy Now Make Your Own…
  • Used Homeschool Curriculum for Sale Updated

    Katie Glennon
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:10 am
    Grades K-8 ( I accept Paypal – email me at katieshomeschoolcottage @ yahoo.com with inquires. Thanks!) (Prices do not reflect shipping – will calculate after I know which items you wish to purchase) Language Arts: The Great Editing Adventure Series by Common Sense Press, Volume 2, Student Book and Teacher’s Book, very good cond., $10 BJU Book Links Journey into Literature, “Medallion”, book and unit study guide and folder, 4th grade, excellent condition, $6.50 Sound Spelling – And Individualized Spelling Program from WriteGuide.com by Benjamin Ludwig,…
  • What Kind of Curriculum Have You Been Looking For and Haven’t Found?

    Katie Glennon
    5 Jun 2014 | 4:41 pm
    I was interested in finding out what kind of curriculum you have been searching for, but have been having trouble finding? I’ve read a number of moms recently looking for some kind of elementary science program that uses living books and then ties in experiments, but nothing out there seems to fit this need. I am in the process of developing a series of e-books to meet this need with some neat living books I used to read with my kids for elementary science and then followed up with science experiments. Are there any other needs out there? Maybe I can help! If you would kindly take a few…
 
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    homemaking911.com

  • Can I Hate the Movie, “The Fault in Our Stars?” – A Review from a Christian Perspective

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

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

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

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

    Malia
    3 Dec 2013 | 8:29 am
    Church Hoppers, LLC is a consulting company designed to assist churches of all denominations in building balance within their ministry. Church Hoppers believes balance in the church leads to a greater effectiveness within the local community. A church not in balance may have unsteadiness in church attendance, an unclear approach to ministry, unrealistic expectations, over-used […]
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Weekly Wrap-Up: Pre-Break Week

    Kris Bales
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Study Skills for Middle and High School Students: A Victus Study Skills System Review

    Kris Bales
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Getting a Derailed Weight-Loss Back on Track

    Kris Bales
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Our Top 5 Homeschool Shirts for 2014

    Kris Bales
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with all the cell division

    Kris Bales
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • DVD Return

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    I just received in the mail a notice saying that I had not returned the DVDs from last year and would be charged $400 dollars if not returned in a two
  • Son is Behind

    12 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Will I get in trouble if my son is behind in school? I've homeschooled since k5; my son should be in 12th grade this year but he's several years behind
  • How long does the process take?

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    If your child no longer wants to be at school, how long would it take to get the whole thing done? And how much longer would the child have to go to school
  • Abeka with 4 kids?

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Does anyone use Abeka as their primary curriculum with more than 3 kids? I used it with my son, years ago. But now I keep wanting to go back with my girls,
  • One on One

    12 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I believe one on one with my son will show huge improvements in education. He has done well in the public school, now going into the 5th grade he is struggling
 
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • The Next Step (Narration Q & A, part 8)

    Sonya Shafer
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    It’s easy to look at narration as the be-all and end-all Charlotte Mason method of learning. What we don’t realize is that we are focusing on just a portion of the picture. We are mistaken if we think that a CM-style lesson is, They read. They narrate. That’s it. Narration is a powerful tool, but […] The Next Step (Narration Q & A, part 8) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Correct Me If I’m Wrong (Narration Q & A, part 7)

    Sonya Shafer
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    So far in our Narration Q & A series, we’ve talked about the reason we use Charlotte Mason’s method of narration and how it cements the material in the student’s mind; we’ve discussed what narration is and how to get started with it, how long of a passage to read and how many times to […] Correct Me If I’m Wrong (Narration Q & A, part 7) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Singing the Great Hymns: A Special Delight

    Sonya Shafer
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Isn’t it great when a song gets stuck in your head? I suppose it depends on the song. These past couple of days I’ve had a wonderful stream of words lilting through my mind, thanks to a hymn we sang on Sunday. As I washed dishes . . . O worship the King, all glorious […] Singing the Great Hymns: A Special Delight originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • The Long and Short of It (Narration Q & A, part 6)

    Sonya Shafer
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    I was listening to a music teacher talk about Chopin yesterday. He mentioned that some people might think Chopin was a lesser composer than Beethoven because Chopin’s compositions are so much shorter. But the music teacher set everyone’s doubts at rest over that matter. Chopin’s works might be shorter, but they are just as well-planned, […] The Long and Short of It (Narration Q & A, part 6) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Narration: A New Suit of Clothes

    Karen Andreola
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    For those of you who are just starting out with narration—or for anyone who would welcome a good dose of courage and confidence—we are happy to present this guest blog post from Karen Andreola. Read and be encouraged! When a student starts narrating for the first time it is like trying on a new suit […] Narration: A New Suit of Clothes originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • HomeScholar September Newsletter Giveaway

    Lee
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Monthly Giveaway Time! Check out the HomeScholar September Newsletter Giveaway! When the ACT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student is applied, a student […] The post... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Can Delight Directed Learning Help Earn Scholarships?

    Assistant to The HomeScholar
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Can Delighted Directed Learning Help Earn Scholarships? Have you collected delight directed learning on your child’s transcript yet? Click on Lee’s video below to learn […] The... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School!

    Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School! In community college, they don’t spend a whole year working through a calculus textbook; they […] The post Three Months of... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Planning for Reasonable Compliance

    Lee
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    After making your curriculum purchases, it’s possible you have just bought 19 kinds of curriculum, and yet the days remain just 24 hours long. In […] The post Planning for Reasonable... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • College Application Essays are Selfies in Words

    Lee
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I just finished giving my monthly webinar for Gold Care Club members, and I was teaching about college application essays. I thought of the perfect […] The post College Application Essays are... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Sparkling Adventures - Articles

  • Interview: Brioni at 8

    lauren
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    On our children’s birthdays, I interview them, asking them the same set of questions each year. This allows us to see how they’re changing and if they have interests that remain the same. I call these the Birthday Interviews. Brioni's eight, and I'm 37. What are you going to do when you grow up? I’m going to live in a treehouse. What’s that going to be like? Really fun! I’m going to have a pet dog and a pet horse. I want to have the horse because I don’t want to have a car. What are your favourite toys? My wolf toy, my creeper and my seal. Who are your best…
  • A vegan party

    lauren
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    We’re thrilled to be celebrating Brioni’s eighth birthday party at the home of close friends in Melbourne, Victoria. After spending several months here earlier this year, this feels like home, and we’re surrounded by a wider group of friends who joined us today for a very special vegan birthday party. Our friend Hagai has created a masterpiece in carving Brioni's name in a watermelon and then decorating it with fresh fruit! He says that although this is sensational, it is the simplest birthday cake he has ever made — it took less than an hour instead of the usual five…
  • The Pet Dragon

    lauren
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Christoph Niemann’s The Pet Dragon is an excellent introduction to the pictographic elements of the Chinese alphabet. Although it’s a simple story, the illustrations demonstrate 33 Chinese characters that are related to the physical attributes of the word they convey. It's a story about adventure, friendship and Chinese characters. Right from the start of the story, Niemann makes a graphic correlation between the characters and the words. As a graphic designer, one of my professional inspirations is Christoph Niemann who demonstrates an artistic versatility and cultural wit in his…
  • Down-sizing

    lauren
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    Today we’ve moved out of our bus and into our suitcases as we start our big trip to the other side of the globe. Although we already manage to live with a minimal number of possessions in our housebus, it still feels radical to pare our accessories down to an even smaller pile! The bus is now empty of all our belongings. Friends will be using it while we're out of the country. This little pile of hand-luggage and one suitcase comprises the sum of our belongings that we'll be living with for the next little while. I wonder if this experience in an even greater level of minimal living…
  • Farewelling our rats

    lauren
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Today it was time to say good-bye to our dear rats as we leave them with friends before heading for more adventures overseas. When we first acquired our pets last year I had no idea that I would become as attached to our little companions as much as the girls are! Today I found myself choking up as I said good-bye and then watched the girls as they also shared their last special moments with their friends. We move the cage out of the bus in anticipation of leaving them with at our friends' house. Sita comes out of the cage for one last cuddle while Shadow waits for her turn. As we drive away…
 
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • National Geographic Student Atlas of the World -Third Edition

    Stephanie Harrington
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Stephanie Harrington National Geographic Student Atlas of the World 3rd Edition is the perfect student atlas to complement  any homeschool or geography study. Last year we focused on the United States and this year we will be focusing on the World. I want my son to research on at least 10 countries and write a big report on one of them at the end of the year. We are also using this atlas to compliment Around the World in 180 Days by Apologia. One of the things that I like most about this National Geographic Atlas are the illustrations,maps and photographs. They are very appealing and make…
  • Constitutional Literacy Review

    Tricia
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Tricia Today I share with you the extensive, high school level resource from Apologia and HSLDA’s Michael Farris. Constitutional Literacy is something we are passionate about as a family. We are raising future voters! A course by the same name – designed to fit this passion – is simply an answer to prayer for my two high schoolers! We love that Constitutional Literacy is led by an authority in this area of history and government. And the course presents with the tools needed – a student workbook and a DVD series on the history, theory and application of the Constitution of the…
  • Easy Grammar – Grade 2 Review

    Amy Maze
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Amy Maze I was given this product to review.  No other compensation was awarded.  All opinions are my own! Last year I wrote a review of Primary Language Lessons.  I love its gentle, Charlotte Mason type approach to language arts, but the one thing that it doesn’t have is lots of practice for the different topics that are introduced.  Most of the time when I want something a little different than what I have, I create my own.  Sure, I could write lots of practice sentences, and in fact I was copying sentences from his McGuffey Reader for him to edit, but sometimes the effort is…
  • Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds

    Tricia
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    by Tricia 2nd Annual Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway Hello friends! Welcome to the 2nd annual Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway! This year we are giving away $300 in Paypal cash divided up into two winners – each winner will receive $150 in PayPal cash to help purchase homeschool curriculum for their family. Last year we were able to bless three families with extra cash to buy curriculum. All three families had a financial need that only God could fulfill! It was an honor to fulfill the prayers of these families through the giveaway. The Heart Behind This…
  • Honey for a Teen’s Heart Book Review

    Heidi
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Heidi Honey for a Teen’s Heart is more than just a list of books you can pick from for your teen.  As the tagline says, it’s about using those books to communicate with your teen.  When we see our children growing and changing seemingly overnight and adulthood and independence are fast approaching, it’s important to talk about big issues together.  I’m at that state with my twelve-year-old daughter and I’m excited to use the information and books in Honey for a Teen’s Heart. This book is a Christian resource written by Gladys Hunt (who wrote Honey for…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • New Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

    Monique
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the next two months I get to be co-host for Bloggers Brags where awesome bloggers get to come and promote their best blog posts. Readers this gives you the opportunity to find some awesome content to check out all in one place. Each week I’ll feature two of my favorites so please read below […] The post New Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Healthy Foods for Kids Printable

    Monique
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    It’s the end of August so I know all of the parents out there are trying to get into the back to school mode. Just because you may be packing lunches now or your schedule is full, it doesn’t mean you have to eat junk food. As a parent, I’m sure you are doing the […] The post Healthy Foods for Kids Printable appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament Review

    Monique
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    If you are in need of a great way to learn about the new testament than the Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament from Wizzy Gizmo  is your answer. This bible curriculum is called fast track for a reason, all the information that you need to study a book of the bible is printed on these cards. I love […] The post Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Review

    Monique
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    If you are studying insects and bugs, then you have to visit your nearest butterfly conservatory, ours just happens to be in Cambridge, Ontario. The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a great place to take the kiddies and explore some great butterflies. During the school year, they also run a monthly homeschool course it’s usually on a […] The post Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Our Homeschool Curriculum – Grade 8 and Grade 1

    Monique
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:49 pm
    I’m finalizing my plans for our school year and I love getting down where I can see everything. I love reading other people’s homeschool curriculum plans as well. This year I have an 8th grader, this terrifies me very much because I’m just so nervous about whether or not I have prepared him enough for […] The post Our Homeschool Curriculum – Grade 8 and Grade 1 appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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    Racheous - Lovable Learning

  • Lovely Early Reader Books

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    contains affiliate/sponsored links Beautiful early reader books with stunning illustrations and meaningful text are hard to come by. I’m excited to show you this set of lovely books for early readers. These early reader books provide really unique early reading content that is visually stimulating and genuinely respects the intelligence of young learners.   “We […] The post Lovely Early Reader Books appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Upcycled Robots

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Another super simple activity that we really enjoyed with our co-op group:  Upcycled robots! We simply set out: recyclables – boxes, bottles, lids, cups, caps tapes glues stickers craft sticks and pom poms We talked about making a robot and before we could finish they were collecting what they wanted for their perfect robot! It […] The post Upcycled Robots appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • The Mostly Connected Parent

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
      I know what feels right for me in parenting. I know that I want connection and that respect works both ways. I know that punishing a child isn’t the way to help them learn about the world around them. And that praising them unnecessarily isn’t helpful in the long run either. Yet I’ve find, […] The post The Mostly Connected Parent appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Simple Bubbling Lava Lamp Experiment

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    All you will need: A clear cup or bottle Water coloured with food colouring Vegetable oil Fizzing tablets (alka seltzer) How to: Pour in the water and add colour (a great contrasting colour is dark blue!) Pour the vegetable oil in (50% or more oil). The oil and water will separate! Notice how the oil […] The post Simple Bubbling Lava Lamp Experiment appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Montessori Shark Week Ideas

    Rachel “Racheous” Brown
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Quick post to share some new shark themed Montessori inspired ideas for Shark Week!! Shark Pack Printables | Montessori Print Shop Shark Printables Free Shark Cards with Facts | Montessori Shark Trays DON’T FORGET TO ENTER THE CONNECTING WITH NATURE GIVEAWAY!! We’ve teamed up with one of our sponsors, Finlee and Me, as well as […] The post Montessori Shark Week Ideas appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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    LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com

  • ACT or SAT for Homeschoolers?

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

    earthendee
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    15 Science Projects for Homeschool High School from Let's Homeschool High School
  • 10 Back to Homeschool Essentials for High School

    Kerry
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Get the gears moving again with back-to-homeschool essentials for high school homeschool from Let’s Homeschool High School
  • Getting Organized for the New High School Homeschool Year

    Kerry
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Did August kind of sneak up on you this year? I’m hard pressed to accept that summer is waning already. Yet, the calendar doesn’t usually purposely try to psych me out, so I suppose that means that it really is back-to-homeschool time. Let’s not panic though, shall we? Instead, let’s explore some things we can [...]
  • Ask A Homeschooler: Response to Lilia

    tiallarising
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Hello everyone!  Tia here, answering another homeschooling question. Lilia asks: Which online homeschooling do you think is good? One that a teacher doesn’t have to come to your house but you learn yourself . I am a new homeschooled and just need help in this and I want my parents to let me homeschool cause [...]
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    Days With The Grays

  • How A Toddler Eats Yogurt

    Megan Gray
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    If only I was this happy when I ate yogurt. Ellie really enjoys eating with a spoon these days and yogurt is one of her favorite things. She went a little overboard here with her bowl of Nancy's Yogurt , but in this house we all agree that it's some of the best yogurt we have ever had. We are getting quite spoiled with so much yummy, local food available here in Portland. We are also heading out on another camping trip on the Oregon Coast this week. We are all super excited and I will definitely have photos to share when we get back later this week. We hope everyone is enjoying…
  • Creative Mothers Interview - Mary Trunk

    Megan Gray
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    I am honored to share Mary Trunk's Creative Mothers Interview with you! Her documentary film, Lost In Living (trailer at the bottom of this interview), was the catalyst for this blog series. To have her be a part of it brings it all together for me. Her film helped me to realize how much creative mothers need each other for support and connection. How much I needed the support and connection with other creative mothers. I don't even remember how I found her documentary, but I am so happy that I did. Lost In Living helped me to feel better about wanting to create art and…
  • Hiking Mount Hood On The Elk Cove Trail

    Megan Gray
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Last Saturday Ellie and I went hiking with a friend on Mount Hood. Specifically the Elk Cove Trail section. The day started out kind of crazy. Ellie got car-sick twice on the drive there, so we had to pull over and clean her off. (You know you have great friends when they volunteer to wash out your toddler's puke covered shirt in a gas station bathroom). Ellie was fine once she got that out of her system. By the time we reached the trail she was back to her normal self. The hike itself was a bit more than I expected (it's been an embarrassing ten years since I have went on a serious hike…
  • The Boys Have New Bikes!

    Megan Gray
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The boys received an early birthday/holiday present from their grandparents this week, new islabikes! Finally, the hills are easier and riding has become even more enjoyable for them because now their bikes are larger and have gears. They both could not believe how much better it felt to ride longer distances. They rode almost a whole 5 miles back home after we picked up the bikes. I think we have some happy riders! Thanks Islabikes!Info on bike sizes: Nat is 57" riding a 24" Beinn Bike. Ben is 46" riding a size large 20" Beinn Bike.
  • Our Camping Adventure - Nehalem Bay Oregon

    Megan Gray
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    We had been waiting for what felt like years to put our feet back on sandy soil. To hear the waves crashing. To smell the salt in the air. It didn't matter that it was foggy and a bit cold. We loved every minute of being outside visiting with family. The kids played tag, hide and seek, burnt sticks in the fire, and didn't ask for the iPads once. We roasted marshmallows while Papa (Grandpa) told stories. We listened to the rain on the tent while snuggling in our sleeping bags. Nehalem Bay is beautiful no matter what the weather. It was relaxing and we all felt that we had an energy reboot. We…
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    The Every Day of Education Blog - At Home & School

  • Start schooling later to give preschoolers a real head start

    Susan Raber
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Everywhere I look, parents are obsessed with giving their littles a ‘head start’ in school. The idea is that if they start early, they will be ahead later.This is only true with cars, horses, and greyhounds. Kids who start formal schooling at an early age and begin to excel tend to level out in first grade and the advantage is lost by third grade. There are many factors that could cause this loss of momentum, from a lack of follow-through at home to being in age-graded classrooms. Students are seldom allowed to progress at their own pace in traditional schools, so any benefits of being…
  • Next steps for starting a homeschool support group

    Susan Raber
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Also see First steps in starting a homeschool support group.If this is something that interests you, you must determine at the very beginning what kind of group you want to form.  If you just want to get together with other homeschoolers and share information and encouragement, and maybe plan an occasional field trip, you can do this without starting a formal group. Use Facebook, bigtent, or Meetup to stay in touch and make plans.This article is for those who are planning to grow a group past the small, informal, kitchen-table stage. So what needs do you see in your local homeschool…
  • 9 Ways to Defend Homeschooling Without Joining a Homeschool Organization

    Susan Raber
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    I’ve been hearing more concerns lately about how unfriendly the cultural climate is becoming toward homeschooling. Today’s homeschoolers are often motivated to join HSLDA, NCLL, or NHELD because they are afraid, intimidated, uncertain about their homeschooling future. I’m sure the kerfuffle about Common Core Standards is partly to blame. There is definitely too much of Big Brother in the average American living room, and an alarming erosion of parental rights, so families are wondering how far into our homes government intends to invade so they can control our private lives, and…
  • 4 Common Homeschool Fears, Answered

    Susan Raber
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    Short daily posts on random topics After 20 years of homeschooling, I've heard again and again about these Common Homeschool Fears that plague parents and keep them from considering homeschooling as an education option for their children. Here are a few answers to help you deal with those fears.Homeschooling will turn my life inside out and upside down! How will I adjust to having the kids home all day, teaching different age levels, and still get chores and shopping done?It is possible that your life will turn inside out and upside down. Is that a bad thing? Do you think adjusting to having…
  • First steps in starting a homeschool support group

    Susan Raber
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Short daily posts on random topics It doesn’t matter what kind of group you are leading or organizing. When you, as a human being, get together with a bunch of other human beings, there are going to be problems. Homeschoolers are just as prone to the foibles of human nature as anyone else.The issue is - how to deal with the inevitable miscommunications, misunderstandings, controversies, and disagreements that happen when children are involved.There is no recipe for conflict more volatile than a bunch of homeschooling mothers. Let’s be real - we’ve told the system to take a flying bite…
 
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