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  • Are Texas Home School Coalition Conventions for You?

    Sprittibee
    Heather
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer. Well, at least for most of us. We have maybe two weeks left of tidying up and tying loose homeschool ends and we are DONE with 11th grade for my teens, Kindergarten for the 6 year old, and Preschool for my littlest guy. I’m in purge mode, research mode, curriculum buying mode, class scheduling mode, organize mode, transcript mode, and CONVENTION MODE. You might wonder why I listed convention there if you’ve never been to a good convention before, but let me explain. Ever since I started homeschooling in 2001, I have been going to a convention – almost…
  • Deep Valley, Minnesota, Here I Come!

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Today begins the Deep Valley Homecoming, a celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books in her hometown of Mankato, Minnesota (the real Deep Valley). I won’t be joining the fun until tomorrow—can’t wait! I have visited Mankato once before, after the 2010 Kidlitcon in Minneapolis. The awesome Kathy Baxter took my pal Margaret and me around town, showing us All the Important Places From the Books, and I just about died of excitement (as Margaret chronicled in her photos). The brass bowl! Winona’s wall! Carney’s sleeping porch! Lincoln Park! THE BENCH, for…
  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

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    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • The June edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Retirement Edition

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Mama Squirrel is hosting this months edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey's Treehouse. She starts the carnival with:----------When Henry asked me to fill in as host for this month's Carnival of Homeschooling, I couldn't say no. I have been part of the Carnivals going back to at least #3 (I checked), and this is the 472nd edition. Also, this is the week that we finish homeschooling forever at the Treehouse. Our last eighth grader will be attending a bricks and mortar school in September, and the Treehouse Academy is closing its doors.So welcome, old and new friends, to the…
  • My first month in NYC

    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    My cell phone camera is like a memory bank.  I don't use it so much to take photos of beautiful things I see... first, because I don't fancy myself a tourist.  Second, because everything is beautiful.  I can get caught up in the most fascinating textures of gritty places, and gleam of glass and steel buildings.  In NY, It's all art to me, but I digress. <<Here's my most used photo.... a reminder of when the ferry to IKEA runs. It can be kind of hard to ignore social issues when you are in NY. Right now everything around here is rainbow colors in celebration of the…
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    Sprittibee

  • Are Texas Home School Coalition Conventions for You?

    Heather
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer. Well, at least for most of us. We have maybe two weeks left of tidying up and tying loose homeschool ends and we are DONE with 11th grade for my teens, Kindergarten for the 6 year old, and Preschool for my littlest guy. I’m in purge mode, research mode, curriculum buying mode, class scheduling mode, organize mode, transcript mode, and CONVENTION MODE. You might wonder why I listed convention there if you’ve never been to a good convention before, but let me explain. Ever since I started homeschooling in 2001, I have been going to a convention – almost…
  • The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle for Beginner, Intermediate or Pro-Photographers!

    Heather
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been eating, breathing, and sleeping photography lately, so when I got invited to be an affiliate for this sale to share this amazing package of digital photography tips for everyone from beginners through pros, I jumped on board. I love photography, and since I want this set of ebooks myself, I’m sharing the love! For all of your photography needs – whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or a pro-photographer who is starting a business or a pro who is growing an already established business like me, there’s something for you in this “Ultimate…
  • Awesome Things About Honey (and Recipes)

    Heather
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Honey Bear n Sprittibee Sometimes wonderful things happen on the internet that leave you scratching your head. One of those things this past month has been my fortunate partnership with the National Honey Board. I’ve ALWAYS loved honey. Who doesn’t? I also love bees (as you might have noticed from my blog title and logo all these past 10 years). Proof of my devotion is below in the links to honey-sweet recipes and remedies I’ve shared – be sure to read to the end! { I hate to tell the National Honey Board this, because they sponsored this post, but I would be talking…
  • Mushroom Crack AKA Russian Mushroom Julienne

    Heather
    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Dried Mushrooms Hanging from the Stove A while back, as we were studying about Russian in our chronological journey through history, I decided to research Russian restaurants in the Austin area. I remembered going to a place where we got some fantastic brine pickles and bought a beautiful book on Russian cuisine right after we first moved back to this area in 2007, but we hadn’t been there in many years and found it had closed down. I discovered to my delight that there was, in fact, a different place in downtown Austin that we could try out called (of course) “The Russian…
  • My Low-Tech Spiral Notebook Weekly Assignment List for the Teens

    Heather
    15 May 2015 | 11:35 pm
    I haven’t done a homeschooly post in a while and honestly, we’ve had a difficult year, but we are trucking along. In the beginning of the year I had ideas of how things were going to go, but as the bible verse says, “many are the plans of a man’s heart but the Lord directs his steps” or something like that… God had His own plans for this year. It is hard when you give Him the eraser and watch your dayplanner get full of those little messy eraser leftover pieces, but I’m still finding JOY that He’s in control and the more I watch Him burn away…
 
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    Melissa Wiley

  • Deep Valley, Minnesota, Here I Come!

    Melissa Wiley
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Today begins the Deep Valley Homecoming, a celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books in her hometown of Mankato, Minnesota (the real Deep Valley). I won’t be joining the fun until tomorrow—can’t wait! I have visited Mankato once before, after the 2010 Kidlitcon in Minneapolis. The awesome Kathy Baxter took my pal Margaret and me around town, showing us All the Important Places From the Books, and I just about died of excitement (as Margaret chronicled in her photos). The brass bowl! Winona’s wall! Carney’s sleeping porch! Lincoln Park! THE BENCH, for…
  • San Diego County Fair — Thursday!

    Melissa Wiley
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:36 pm
    I’ll be appearing at the San Diego County Fair on Thursday, June 18. Look for me at 1:30pm in the Children’s Garden and 4:30pm in the Creative Youth Tent. If you’re planning a visit to the Fair tomorrow, please come say hello! Garth Williams illustration from Charlotte’s Web
  • Dinner-table conversation

    Melissa Wiley
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Rose: “Why are Huck’s dirty socks on my chair?” Huck, much aggrieved: “They were on my chair first and I needed to sit down.”
  • Huckisms

    Melissa Wiley
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:29 am
    The younger kids and I have started spending the hour after dinner having family art time at the kitchen table. They mostly paint while I practice sketching, or Huck grabs markers and continues his mission to saturate every page of his beloved Angry Birds coloring book. I’ve taken to jotting down the funny things they say in my sketchbook alongside my (mostly very bad) drawings of them at work. A few choice Huck remarks from last night: “When I was one—I mean zero—I swallowed paint. It tasted really good, like marshmallows.” Rilla: “I know three people named…
  • Dip Pens

    Melissa Wiley
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
    About once a week I bring my fountain pens to the kitchen tape for refilling. My reason for making this rather quick, benign chore a public affair is to take advantage of the great parenting truism: If you do it, they will copy. Huck isn’t the kind of kid who would be too keen on formal handwriting practice (does that kind of kid even exist?), but if I get busy with some nifty writing utensil, he’s at my side in a flash, begging for a turn. Fountain pens are awesome enough, but dip pens? There’s nothing better. A bottle of ink, a nib with just the right amount of…
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  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • Picking Blueberries

    JoAnn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Schultz Plump blueberries peek out from beneath green, elongated leaves. Dangling from slim stems, they beg to be plucked and placed into my bucket. I oblige. With my fingers and thumb I gently roll the clumps of berries. The ripe ones easily fall into my hand; the green berries cling stubbornly to the bush, refusing to join their ill-fated comrades. I plop a handful into the bucket and then reach for a few large, juicy ones and pop them into my mouth. They burst between my teeth; a surge of flavor hits my taste buds. All three of my boys love them—my girls aren’t quite so…
  • Preschoolers Charts, Schedules, and Printables

    JoAnn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kendra Fletcher We all strive to have a measure of peace in our homeschools, and those of us with preschoolers know that peace is at a premium. I’m a big believer that routines can bring us some of that much sought-after peace, and I’m pretty sure that as a homeschooling parent of little ones, you could use some, too. To that end, let’s get you started on a workable routine. First, take a moment to figure out what your life is really like. Do you thrive on routine? Or do you need flexibility because of your spouse’s or your work schedule or other changing demands on your time?
  • Slow Cooker Lard

    JoAnn
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Samantha Martin Lard. It is one of the most versatile and useful items to occupy the kitchen of any homesteading or health conscious person. Lard is used in many recipes, including biscuits and pie crusts, and many a dairy farmer has mixed lard with cayenne pepper to create a stimulating udder cream. What was once regarded as an artery clogging fat is now esteemed to be a natural and healthy fat when made from naturally raised animals. Forested pigs that are raised without drugs yield a healthier fat than what can be found in most stores. If you are fortunate enough to buy or raise a…
  • Celebrating Fathers

    JoAnn
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Price The third Sunday in June is the day reserved to celebrate and “honor fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” The day will be bittersweet for some sons and daughters as they cherish memories of fathers who have passed on. Some new fathers will hold their infant child as a new daddy for the first time. Families will bring gifts or send cards in appreciation of the father figures in their lives. Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when Dad is given the day off to enjoy being, well, Dad. There were so many directions this…
 
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  • The June edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Retirement Edition

    Henry Cate
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Mama Squirrel is hosting this months edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey's Treehouse. She starts the carnival with:----------When Henry asked me to fill in as host for this month's Carnival of Homeschooling, I couldn't say no. I have been part of the Carnivals going back to at least #3 (I checked), and this is the 472nd edition. Also, this is the week that we finish homeschooling forever at the Treehouse. Our last eighth grader will be attending a bricks and mortar school in September, and the Treehouse Academy is closing its doors.So welcome, old and new friends, to the…
  • Homeschooler reports on her first year at college

    Henry Cate
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I asked my second daughter to write about her first year at college.  Here is her report:-----I have recently completed my first year of college. I had a fantastic year; I was blessed with wonderful roommates, phenomenal teachers, and an amazing congregation on my church. All in all, it was a fantastic first year. Because I have always been homeschooled this was an interesting experience and it helped me recognize the inherent college preparation that is part of homeschooling.First, I know how to teach myself. Because I have several siblings and we are all in different grades I had to be…
  • Please send in a post for the May edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    This is just a quick reminder, you have five days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the June edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. Mama Squirrel will be hosting the June edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey's Treehouse. With her children having graduated from homeschooling she has selected a theme of "Retirement Edition."You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via either of these methods:1) You can send an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.comPlease include: Title of Post(s) URL of Post(s) Name of Blog URL of…
  • This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up

    Henry Cate
    19 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    Chareen is hosting this month's Carnival of Homeschooling at Every Bed of Roses.She starts the carnival with:----------Welcome to the 471st edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling where home school families share their home school wisdom with us from all over the world via their blogs. This month we have over 70 links to homeschool support letters, advice, encouragement, free printables, unit studies, round up posts and much much more. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and take a trip around the world wide web for the best of the best encouragement and resources in the homeschool…
  • Oh, I forgot to mention - for the May carnival you can submit a post via a Google Doc

    Henry Cate
    9 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Chareen has set up a Google doc for submitting posts this month.  So if you want to try it go to Carnival of Homeschooling roundup.
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    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

  • My first month in NYC

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    My cell phone camera is like a memory bank.  I don't use it so much to take photos of beautiful things I see... first, because I don't fancy myself a tourist.  Second, because everything is beautiful.  I can get caught up in the most fascinating textures of gritty places, and gleam of glass and steel buildings.  In NY, It's all art to me, but I digress. <<Here's my most used photo.... a reminder of when the ferry to IKEA runs. It can be kind of hard to ignore social issues when you are in NY. Right now everything around here is rainbow colors in celebration of the…
  • My first week in NYC

    9 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    So I am coming to the end of my first few weeks in NYC, I am heading back to the suburbs of Atlanta in a few days, where I will be furiously working on a costuming project, spending time with the young adult kids, and then coming back here to finish setting up the apartment. I will bringing some stuff from the house like plates, and other stuff I have in triplicate to make the apartment more homey. I am very lucky to have pen pal of sorts.  Writing to someone daily helped my chronicle my journey. Here are some of the more "fun" occurrences as they happened:I am on the bus to NY right…
  • How far will you go to save money?

    9 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    My current life's journey/adventure includes setting up a second home (an apartment) in NYC, which I will spend as much time as possible at, and which hubby will work from.  Being a very thrifty person, I am struggling with a lot of the costs of NYC.  Which brings me to the question, how far will you go to save money? When I first quit my working full time, while pregnant with my son (who is about to turn 21), I did some reading of a very popular series of books called the Cheapskate Gazette.  There were lots of tips and ideas for stretching money so a family could…
  • Once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler

    8 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    It's been over two years since we were active homeschoolers, and I still find it creeping into my thoughts, my conversations, and my life. Take for instance, the young man who showed us our NYC apartment. He mentioned that he needed to get his kid out of public schools, and off the conversation went into the land of homeschooling.  Hubby, actually needed to be held back.  He really feels it is the only way to go.  I could tell however, that this young man and his wife were both working outside the home and neither were in a position to pull back and to deal with all the…
  • Adventures in NYC Intro

    3 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I am blogging from an iPad which has its challenges.  Whenever I have computer access I will go back and fix typos and better format anything that looks wonky. I will also turn video links into embedded videos, please be patient.I recorded a YouTube video today that talks a little more about where we are and what we are doing.http://youtu.be/9e0zx98zjQkSetting up a new home definitely has it's challenges.  In NYC, the challenges are magnified. We supplied everything but blood samples to get into a doorman building in the financial district... But that is done. We picked out…
 
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    Molly Green

  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • Picking Blueberries

    JoAnn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Schultz Plump blueberries peek out from beneath green, elongated leaves. Dangling from slim stems, they beg to be plucked and placed into my bucket. I oblige. With my fingers and thumb I gently roll the clumps of berries. The ripe ones easily fall into my hand; the green berries cling stubbornly to the bush, refusing to join their ill-fated comrades. I plop a handful into the bucket and then reach for a few large, juicy ones and pop them into my mouth. They burst between my teeth; a surge of flavor hits my taste buds. All three of my boys love them—my girls aren’t quite so…
  • Preschoolers Charts, Schedules, and Printables

    JoAnn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kendra Fletcher We all strive to have a measure of peace in our homeschools, and those of us with preschoolers know that peace is at a premium. I’m a big believer that routines can bring us some of that much sought-after peace, and I’m pretty sure that as a homeschooling parent of little ones, you could use some, too. To that end, let’s get you started on a workable routine. First, take a moment to figure out what your life is really like. Do you thrive on routine? Or do you need flexibility because of your spouse’s or your work schedule or other changing demands on your time?
  • Slow Cooker Lard

    JoAnn
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Samantha Martin Lard. It is one of the most versatile and useful items to occupy the kitchen of any homesteading or health conscious person. Lard is used in many recipes, including biscuits and pie crusts, and many a dairy farmer has mixed lard with cayenne pepper to create a stimulating udder cream. What was once regarded as an artery clogging fat is now esteemed to be a natural and healthy fat when made from naturally raised animals. Forested pigs that are raised without drugs yield a healthier fat than what can be found in most stores. If you are fortunate enough to buy or raise a…
  • Celebrating Fathers

    JoAnn
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Price The third Sunday in June is the day reserved to celebrate and “honor fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” The day will be bittersweet for some sons and daughters as they cherish memories of fathers who have passed on. Some new fathers will hold their infant child as a new daddy for the first time. Families will bring gifts or send cards in appreciation of the father figures in their lives. Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when Dad is given the day off to enjoy being, well, Dad. There were so many directions this…
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    Molly Green

  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • Picking Blueberries

    JoAnn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Schultz Plump blueberries peek out from beneath green, elongated leaves. Dangling from slim stems, they beg to be plucked and placed into my bucket. I oblige. With my fingers and thumb I gently roll the clumps of berries. The ripe ones easily fall into my hand; the green berries cling stubbornly to the bush, refusing to join their ill-fated comrades. I plop a handful into the bucket and then reach for a few large, juicy ones and pop them into my mouth. They burst between my teeth; a surge of flavor hits my taste buds. All three of my boys love them—my girls aren’t quite so…
  • Preschoolers Charts, Schedules, and Printables

    JoAnn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kendra Fletcher We all strive to have a measure of peace in our homeschools, and those of us with preschoolers know that peace is at a premium. I’m a big believer that routines can bring us some of that much sought-after peace, and I’m pretty sure that as a homeschooling parent of little ones, you could use some, too. To that end, let’s get you started on a workable routine. First, take a moment to figure out what your life is really like. Do you thrive on routine? Or do you need flexibility because of your spouse’s or your work schedule or other changing demands on your time?
  • Slow Cooker Lard

    JoAnn
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Samantha Martin Lard. It is one of the most versatile and useful items to occupy the kitchen of any homesteading or health conscious person. Lard is used in many recipes, including biscuits and pie crusts, and many a dairy farmer has mixed lard with cayenne pepper to create a stimulating udder cream. What was once regarded as an artery clogging fat is now esteemed to be a natural and healthy fat when made from naturally raised animals. Forested pigs that are raised without drugs yield a healthier fat than what can be found in most stores. If you are fortunate enough to buy or raise a…
  • Celebrating Fathers

    JoAnn
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Price The third Sunday in June is the day reserved to celebrate and “honor fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” The day will be bittersweet for some sons and daughters as they cherish memories of fathers who have passed on. Some new fathers will hold their infant child as a new daddy for the first time. Families will bring gifts or send cards in appreciation of the father figures in their lives. Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when Dad is given the day off to enjoy being, well, Dad. There were so many directions this…
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  • Happy Birthday, Bookworm!

    Dawn
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Some of my longtime readers might remember this little guy from when I first started blogging ... Well, would you believe this boy just turned TWENTY years old?! (I know, I can hardly believe it, either!) Here we are Monday night, enjoying dinner at Bookworm's favorite restaurant. We took this picture at the very moment he turned 20 years old! How quickly he's grown ... from that quiet, quirky, happy boy - to this quiet, quirky, happy young man! We are so proud of our son for all he is ... kind, patient, funny and wise. For always being himself, and comfortable in his own skin. Humble…
  • June Sweetness ...

    Dawn
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    (Daisies: innocence ... Strawberries: perfect goodness) I love to keep a seasonal "bouquet" on my kitchen windowsill ... and this week it's a small gathering of field daisies and wild strawberries, gathered by my younger boys for their mama. I placed the blossoms (and fruit) in a tiny cordial glass and set it just behind my kitchen sink. A nice reminder of June's sweetness - and that of my little men! These are some small potatoes from the market, chopped and tossed with olive oil, salt and bits of thyme FROM MY GARDEN! I can't tell you how nice it was to walk outside…
  • Dewdrops or Diamonds ... ?

    Dawn
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    You decide. :) A day of rain followed by a sunlit morning = sparkling greenery in the herb patch! This is Lady's Mantle, one of my favorite "green" plants. More vibrant green to be found in these ferns which grow widely - and wildly - around here: Some folks find ferns rather ordinary (and perhaps a bit invasive), but I do love them. In the language of flowers they mean ~ magic, fascination, confidence and shelter. I like that they ring our property like a quiet, feathery guard. My younger boys "weeding" a pear tree while Bill readies a raised bed in the background. I…
  • Time Flies - and Little Bear turns TWO!

    Dawn
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:31 pm
     We can hardly believe that our littlest man - our happy surprise baby - is now a TWO YEAR OLD! Time does truly fly when you're having fun ... and boy, is this boy FUN! I'd like to share some pictures from his birthday if I may?  Here we are, my Little Bear and I, taking a moment during the party to relax under a shady canopy. You might notice the bottle in his hands ... well, he did wean himself from nursing around 19 months ... but giving up the bubba is not as smooth a transition, lol! But we're working on it ... Ah, but before I get too far with the…
  • Pretty in Pink: Peonies!

    Dawn
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    It must be June - the peonies are in bloom! I teased a blossom on Facebook yesterday but now there are many more popping! Pale and mid-pink as well as soft white ... They make the loveliest bouquets, too - in a teacup or pitcher.  This arrangement started out on a table in the foyer, but curious little fingers could reach ... and grab and tip ... and so promptly they were moved to the living room mantle! I love how they look here, I must admit! You can't tell from this photo of course, but that is a pure beeswax taper standing just behind the flowers. I purchased a pair (as well as…
 
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  • Your last, your very last chance to sign up for this summer's AO Retreat

    Mama Squirrel
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Important Notice to Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers and AmblesideOnline Users: If you had at all considered the possibility of going to the AmblesideOnline Retreat in Indiana, July 24th to 25th, this is the very last chance to send in a registration.(I would love to meet you there.)
  • What's for Supper? Pasta Salad. Funny Chocolate.

    Mama Squirrel
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Tonight's dinner menu:Polish wieners on the barbecuePasta Salad Primavera, from Saving Dinner.Dessert: Flintstones chocolate candy from the Euro grocery. The label is German but the company is Italian. (No idea.)
  • Quote for the day: Longing unfulfilled

    Mama Squirrel
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    "At the breakfast table, I took a look at my father with his round head, his iron-colored hair, his chipper red cheeks, and I wondered to myself--at what age does a man get over this longing?"The answer is, he doesn't. My father was so overwhelmed with longing that it unfitted him for anything but building martin houses." ~~ Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins (1971)
  • More Adler

    Mama Squirrel
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Too good not to share:"...the common elements that will unite all human beings in a single, cultural community will be related to such essentials as truth in science and philosophy, moral values and human rights, man's understanding of himself, and the wisdom that is the highest good of the human mind....There is only a human mind and it is one and the same in all human beings."  Mortimer J. Adler
  • Adler quote for the day: what is human nature?

    Mama Squirrel
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:38 pm
    "In what sense then is there a human nature, a specific nature that is common to all members of the species? The answer can be given in a single word: potentialities." ~~ Mortimer J. Adler, Ten Philosophical Mistakes
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  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • Picking Blueberries

    JoAnn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Schultz Plump blueberries peek out from beneath green, elongated leaves. Dangling from slim stems, they beg to be plucked and placed into my bucket. I oblige. With my fingers and thumb I gently roll the clumps of berries. The ripe ones easily fall into my hand; the green berries cling stubbornly to the bush, refusing to join their ill-fated comrades. I plop a handful into the bucket and then reach for a few large, juicy ones and pop them into my mouth. They burst between my teeth; a surge of flavor hits my taste buds. All three of my boys love them—my girls aren’t quite so…
  • Preschoolers Charts, Schedules, and Printables

    JoAnn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kendra Fletcher We all strive to have a measure of peace in our homeschools, and those of us with preschoolers know that peace is at a premium. I’m a big believer that routines can bring us some of that much sought-after peace, and I’m pretty sure that as a homeschooling parent of little ones, you could use some, too. To that end, let’s get you started on a workable routine. First, take a moment to figure out what your life is really like. Do you thrive on routine? Or do you need flexibility because of your spouse’s or your work schedule or other changing demands on your time?
  • Slow Cooker Lard

    JoAnn
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Samantha Martin Lard. It is one of the most versatile and useful items to occupy the kitchen of any homesteading or health conscious person. Lard is used in many recipes, including biscuits and pie crusts, and many a dairy farmer has mixed lard with cayenne pepper to create a stimulating udder cream. What was once regarded as an artery clogging fat is now esteemed to be a natural and healthy fat when made from naturally raised animals. Forested pigs that are raised without drugs yield a healthier fat than what can be found in most stores. If you are fortunate enough to buy or raise a…
  • Celebrating Fathers

    JoAnn
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Price The third Sunday in June is the day reserved to celebrate and “honor fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” The day will be bittersweet for some sons and daughters as they cherish memories of fathers who have passed on. Some new fathers will hold their infant child as a new daddy for the first time. Families will bring gifts or send cards in appreciation of the father figures in their lives. Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when Dad is given the day off to enjoy being, well, Dad. There were so many directions this…
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  • 15 Moms Explain Homeschooling with Babies or Toddlers

    Robin Sampson
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    It has been a long time since I had toddlers in my house. This month I have my 4th daughter and one-year old granddaughter staying with us while I train my daughter to work for Heart of Wisdom. <<<—This is Scarlett at the library. Regina is 29 now but I vividly recall when she was a ...
  • Amazing Secrets of Coconut Oil: You May Not Know!

    Robin Sampson
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    I use coconut oil daily. I wash my face with it, use it for deodorant, and cook with it. Then when my boys and I were sick  (Maybe strep throat) and  I looked up natural cures on the Internet, coconut oil came up.I finally opened my jar and  added it to my daily green drink. ...
  • Checking Your Spiritual Gas Gage

    Robin Sampson
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:13 pm
    A good indication you are running low on fuel is when you feel anxious, angry, never good enough or tired of trying. I know because I have been so tired of trying to overcome my sin nature. It feels like a never ending battle doesn't it?
  • Be Transformed from Religion to Relationship

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:14 am
    Our Spiritual Metamorphosis: Intimacy with God Did you know a caterpillar has the DNA of the butterfly before it is physically transformation is seen? When one trust Christ as Savior we have the DNA of God through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. We have the DNA of  a child of God before the physical ...
  • 7 Simple Steps to Make a Lapbook

    Robin Sampson
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    See the FREE blue booklet printables at the bottom of this post. My boys and I made this Wright Brothers Lapbook. This is a  simple and easy lapbook we completed in a few hours. This tutorial will walk you step by step how to make an easy lapbook. The simplest lapbook includes one main image in ...
 
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  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • Picking Blueberries

    JoAnn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Schultz Plump blueberries peek out from beneath green, elongated leaves. Dangling from slim stems, they beg to be plucked and placed into my bucket. I oblige. With my fingers and thumb I gently roll the clumps of berries. The ripe ones easily fall into my hand; the green berries cling stubbornly to the bush, refusing to join their ill-fated comrades. I plop a handful into the bucket and then reach for a few large, juicy ones and pop them into my mouth. They burst between my teeth; a surge of flavor hits my taste buds. All three of my boys love them—my girls aren’t quite so…
  • Preschoolers Charts, Schedules, and Printables

    JoAnn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kendra Fletcher We all strive to have a measure of peace in our homeschools, and those of us with preschoolers know that peace is at a premium. I’m a big believer that routines can bring us some of that much sought-after peace, and I’m pretty sure that as a homeschooling parent of little ones, you could use some, too. To that end, let’s get you started on a workable routine. First, take a moment to figure out what your life is really like. Do you thrive on routine? Or do you need flexibility because of your spouse’s or your work schedule or other changing demands on your time?
  • Slow Cooker Lard

    JoAnn
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Samantha Martin Lard. It is one of the most versatile and useful items to occupy the kitchen of any homesteading or health conscious person. Lard is used in many recipes, including biscuits and pie crusts, and many a dairy farmer has mixed lard with cayenne pepper to create a stimulating udder cream. What was once regarded as an artery clogging fat is now esteemed to be a natural and healthy fat when made from naturally raised animals. Forested pigs that are raised without drugs yield a healthier fat than what can be found in most stores. If you are fortunate enough to buy or raise a…
  • Celebrating Fathers

    JoAnn
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Price The third Sunday in June is the day reserved to celebrate and “honor fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” The day will be bittersweet for some sons and daughters as they cherish memories of fathers who have passed on. Some new fathers will hold their infant child as a new daddy for the first time. Families will bring gifts or send cards in appreciation of the father figures in their lives. Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when Dad is given the day off to enjoy being, well, Dad. There were so many directions this…
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  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • Picking Blueberries

    JoAnn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Schultz Plump blueberries peek out from beneath green, elongated leaves. Dangling from slim stems, they beg to be plucked and placed into my bucket. I oblige. With my fingers and thumb I gently roll the clumps of berries. The ripe ones easily fall into my hand; the green berries cling stubbornly to the bush, refusing to join their ill-fated comrades. I plop a handful into the bucket and then reach for a few large, juicy ones and pop them into my mouth. They burst between my teeth; a surge of flavor hits my taste buds. All three of my boys love them—my girls aren’t quite so…
  • Preschoolers Charts, Schedules, and Printables

    JoAnn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kendra Fletcher We all strive to have a measure of peace in our homeschools, and those of us with preschoolers know that peace is at a premium. I’m a big believer that routines can bring us some of that much sought-after peace, and I’m pretty sure that as a homeschooling parent of little ones, you could use some, too. To that end, let’s get you started on a workable routine. First, take a moment to figure out what your life is really like. Do you thrive on routine? Or do you need flexibility because of your spouse’s or your work schedule or other changing demands on your time?
  • Slow Cooker Lard

    JoAnn
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Samantha Martin Lard. It is one of the most versatile and useful items to occupy the kitchen of any homesteading or health conscious person. Lard is used in many recipes, including biscuits and pie crusts, and many a dairy farmer has mixed lard with cayenne pepper to create a stimulating udder cream. What was once regarded as an artery clogging fat is now esteemed to be a natural and healthy fat when made from naturally raised animals. Forested pigs that are raised without drugs yield a healthier fat than what can be found in most stores. If you are fortunate enough to buy or raise a…
  • Celebrating Fathers

    JoAnn
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Price The third Sunday in June is the day reserved to celebrate and “honor fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” The day will be bittersweet for some sons and daughters as they cherish memories of fathers who have passed on. Some new fathers will hold their infant child as a new daddy for the first time. Families will bring gifts or send cards in appreciation of the father figures in their lives. Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when Dad is given the day off to enjoy being, well, Dad. There were so many directions this…
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  • Ready to take the PBH Master Class?

    Lori Pickert
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    We are enrolling the summer session of the PBH Master Class starting today. Class will run from July 6 through August 14 (six weeks) and costs $145.   You can read a detailed class description and student testimonialshere We’ve already done early-bird enrollment so space is limited! If the timing isn’t right for you, you can join the early-bird announcement list for the next class. Thank you, and please feel free to e-mail me with any questions! Tags: master classesshameless self-promotion
  • Small Wins Wednesday: Clay class

    Lori Pickert
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Teaching with his little brother as his assistant. This week’s small win is from Sarah: My six-year-old son Luca had the idea in early March to teach a pottery class at our home. The motivation behind doing the class was to make money, and the motivation for making money is (naturally) to buy more LEGOs. Luca has a strong interest in money and an entrepreneurial spirit. He took a lot of steps to get to make this happen. He created and hung up flyers around town, worked on perfecting the process of making the teapots he was going to teach his friends how to make, met with the local art…
  • I’m here to disrupt your school

    Lori Pickert
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    Dear Principal Jones, teachers, school board members, and parents, My name is Carrie Smith. I'm here to disrupt your school. People have been telling me for years that I shouldn’t be homeschooling — I should be improving the lives of all kids, not just my own! This year, it finally sank in. We’ve been homeschooling for 10 years and hoo boy, I think we’ve tried it all! Montessori, classical, unschooling — you name it, we tried it. That’s what you do when you love your kids, I guess — you just keep fiddling with the recipe till you find what works. And now you’ll all benefit!
  • No one’s going to DIY that for you, sweetheart

    Lori Pickert
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    It’s called DIY for a reason. Wired published a story Homeschooling Only Deepens Silicon Valley’s Rift with the Rest of Us and I responded with the following rant on Twitter: [View the story "No one’s going to DIY that for you" on Storify] I love kids and I love great educators and I want great schools for ALL kids. But anyone who thinks it’s easy — or even doable — for one family or even a group of families to waltz in and disrupt their local school is … incorrect. If I had the power to walk into my local school and change how they are doing things to how *I* think things…
  • Does what I do make a difference to anybody?

    Lori Pickert
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
      I was going to share this on Facebook but decided I wanted a permanent place on the blog for it, so I can reference it again and again.   Think of this applied to school — and then to family.   —   Max De Pree’s Twelve Questions to Leaders   Does what I do count?   Does what I do make a difference to anybody?   Why should I come here?   Can I be somebody here?   Is there for me any rhyme or reason here?   Can I “own” this place?   Do I have any rights?   Does coming here add any richness to my life?   Is this a place where I can learn something?   Would I show this…
 
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    The Common Room

  • Blooming from June

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Tall Bellflower, otherwise known as Campunula Americana, tall, weedy looking, but the flowers are purple and really, really pretty. Horsenettle, a pretty, but nasty, little weed with thorns.  White flowers, bright yellow center. Fruits that first look like green cherry tomatoes and then go yellow. Poisonous. chicory, So pretty.  a brilliantly blue flower that never lasts when you pick it and doesn’t transplant.   It also makes me think of this silly little ditty from 1945: “Chickery Chick, Cha-la, Cha-la Chick-a-la Romey, In a Ba-nan-i-ka Bol-li-ka Wol-li-ka, Can’t…
  • Charlotte Mason Composition Instruction for Grades 7-9

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:47 am
    Yesterday I posted an overview of the types of assignments this age group completed in their grammar and composition studies. Today, we’re going to look more closely at Composition. In volume 1 of Miss Mason’s six volume series, she writes this: “‘Composition’ comes by Nature.––In fact, lessons on ‘composition’ should follow the model of that famous essay on “Snakes in Ireland”––”There are none.” For children under nine, the question of composition resolves itself into that of narration, varied by some such simple…
  • A Shopping Cart of Gratitude

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    I took the Cherub grocery shopping today and changed our lives.  I went with the Striderling and his sisters and mama.  While the HG unbuckled the baby and Striderling,  I took the Princess Peach and the Cherub by the hand and went into the grocery store to get one of those carts with the double kid seat in the preschool size for my daughter.   I found one right away, but I also found this, and I was brought up short.   Brave Cortez and his men, silent on the peak of Dorian have nothing on me.   I swallowed.  My very pregnant daughter walked in with the Striderling and the youngest…
  • Charlotte Mason Grammar and Composition, Grades 7-9

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:25 am
    There’s a lot to process (isn’t there always?), but I think the most useful information I gleaned from reading the programmes for this level is this: ‘making progress each term.’ Start where you are, and move forward. Progress may be slow, but what matters is that there is progress, improvement. I looked over the programmes and exams we have which Charlotte Mason used for this age group, and tried to pull out assignments and applications and summarize the kind of work the students this level were doing.  Keep in mind, as we have noted before, that Mason’s approach is…
  • Grammar Exercise, 1912

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    (click to enlarge) From Everyday English, Book 1 By Franklin Thomas Baker, Ashley Horace Thorndike, 1912
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Poetry Friday: How the Stars Came Down

    Karen Edmisten
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:31 pm
    I am just getting to know Pat Schneider, but, oh, is she worth getting to know. From the bio on her website:After a search for work took her single mother to St. Louis, from age ten Pat lived in tenements and in an orphanage until she was given a scholarship to college. Those early experiences have deeply influenced her writing, and fueled her passion for those who have been denied voice through poverty and other misfortunes."How the Stars Came Down" is a snapshot of a night in her childhood, a shift in her vision, and it's lovely, lovely.How the Stars Came Downby Pat SchneiderNight. How the…
  • Random Instagram Instances

    Karen Edmisten
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Ramona made me a "Book Writing Encouragement Jar." Keeps everything in perspective. ~~~~~I love that Ramona and I completely nailed the fail when we tried to make cookie cups:Though a couple of them turned out satisfyingly well:  ~~~~~Last month, I discovered this portal to another dimension in Ramona's closet: ~~~~~We stole this puzzle from my sister. The only reason I gave it to her for her birthday last year was because I wanted to borrow it. (Well, not the only reason....) Doesn't it look nerdily fun?~~~~~Sometimes I just want to be a cat. 
  • Father's Day with Atticus

    Karen Edmisten
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Mass, of course.Indecision about dinner. Does he feel like cooking? (He insists cooking is consistent with relaxing.) Want pizza delivered? Feel like going out? Some waffling.Open presents. Ramona's homemade card: a picture of Darth Vader with the caption, "Atticus, You Are My Father." Other, equally funny and creative cards from Anne and Betsy.A nine-and-a-half mile run. (Him, not me.)Falling asleep on the couch while Anne and Betsy watch an episode of Lost. (Me, not him.)Read some Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with Ramona, with older girls warning me she might not want to…
  • Poetry Friday: Swallows by Leonora Speyer

    Karen Edmisten
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Photo thanks to FreeImages.*Swallows are much on my mind of late. They love our porches, view them as prime real estate.We always let them build in front. Why? I don't know. The front of the house should be what we're more concerned about, right? The mess the birds leave behind, the cleaning up of the droppings. But a number of years back, when the swallows first decided that we were their own private Capistrano, I just couldn't say no to them. Instead, I called the girls over to the window, we watched a pair of swallows investigate this corner, then that one. We imagined their conversations:…
  • Ramona's Summer Art

    Karen Edmisten
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    Lots of good stuff going on, but one thing I want to share is the live Mark Kistler 3-D drawing class that she's taking. The classes are available for free this summer, through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.*She's been available for only two intermediate lessons so far and she wants to try the advanced level next time, if we're home at the right time.Mark Kistler's virtual classroom is here,  and the schedule of classes is here. On this page, you can find Kistler's top 400 recorded lessons that can be used anytime. ~~~~~~~~In other drawing news, Ramona is sorting Disney princesses…
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  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • Picking Blueberries

    JoAnn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Schultz Plump blueberries peek out from beneath green, elongated leaves. Dangling from slim stems, they beg to be plucked and placed into my bucket. I oblige. With my fingers and thumb I gently roll the clumps of berries. The ripe ones easily fall into my hand; the green berries cling stubbornly to the bush, refusing to join their ill-fated comrades. I plop a handful into the bucket and then reach for a few large, juicy ones and pop them into my mouth. They burst between my teeth; a surge of flavor hits my taste buds. All three of my boys love them—my girls aren’t quite so…
  • Preschoolers Charts, Schedules, and Printables

    JoAnn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kendra Fletcher We all strive to have a measure of peace in our homeschools, and those of us with preschoolers know that peace is at a premium. I’m a big believer that routines can bring us some of that much sought-after peace, and I’m pretty sure that as a homeschooling parent of little ones, you could use some, too. To that end, let’s get you started on a workable routine. First, take a moment to figure out what your life is really like. Do you thrive on routine? Or do you need flexibility because of your spouse’s or your work schedule or other changing demands on your time?
  • Slow Cooker Lard

    JoAnn
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Samantha Martin Lard. It is one of the most versatile and useful items to occupy the kitchen of any homesteading or health conscious person. Lard is used in many recipes, including biscuits and pie crusts, and many a dairy farmer has mixed lard with cayenne pepper to create a stimulating udder cream. What was once regarded as an artery clogging fat is now esteemed to be a natural and healthy fat when made from naturally raised animals. Forested pigs that are raised without drugs yield a healthier fat than what can be found in most stores. If you are fortunate enough to buy or raise a…
  • Celebrating Fathers

    JoAnn
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Price The third Sunday in June is the day reserved to celebrate and “honor fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” The day will be bittersweet for some sons and daughters as they cherish memories of fathers who have passed on. Some new fathers will hold their infant child as a new daddy for the first time. Families will bring gifts or send cards in appreciation of the father figures in their lives. Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when Dad is given the day off to enjoy being, well, Dad. There were so many directions this…
 
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  • The Courage to Take Courage

    Debra
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
    In the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion make a dangerous journey to the land of OZ and arrive at the front gate only to be turned away by the guard.  When poor Dorothy breaks down sobbing, distraught that their sojourn was for naught, he finally lets […] The post The Courage to Take Courage appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Horses in Art and Literature

    Sharon
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
    Images of horses in art are a very popular subject. Most students love to do pictures of horses. We are going to look at pictures of horses in a variety of styles. Probably the most famous horse artist in American history is Frederic Remington. He was a genre artist who pictured the American old west. […] The post Horses in Art and Literature appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Bearing Unnecessary Burdens

    Andrea T
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
    During a recent weekend, my girls accompanied me on a series of errands. Our last stop was the produce market where I picked up several bags of fresh fruits and vegetables. Since there were no available grocery carts, each of us had to carry at least one bag. Before heading over to the cashier, I […] The post Bearing Unnecessary Burdens appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Fly, Butterfly, Fly!

    Diana B
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
    When the little package arrived in the mailbox that sunny afternoon in May, I was not sure what to expect inside. My two daughters were busy playing in the backyard, so I was alone when I cut open the cardboard box and found the five tiny caterpillars inside a little cup. It was just what […] The post Fly, Butterfly, Fly! appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Take One With You

    Melinda
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
    We spend a lot of time with our children when we homeschool them.  Not only are we with them during their morning routines, we are with them during their school days and during bedtime routines.  Even so, there’s something to be said for having one-on-one time with each child, and that can be hard to […] The post Take One With You appeared first on The End In Mind.
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    Home*School*Home

  • To the lake!

    Fatcat
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    We went to a local lake and the kids got to go pedal boating and kayaking.   So much  fun.
  • In Summertime Mode, but ...

    Fatcat
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    We're enjoying the pool, watermelon and chicken salad, seasonal fruit and other things, but we've already had our challenges this summer.  We've still got my mom's house to sell and still there are things that need to be cleaned out.  We go several times a week and work on it.  This causes an influx of junk to our house and I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it, so to make room, we've taken all of
  • My Best Homeschooling Advice.

    Fatcat
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    I'm almost done with homeschooling and I have joined this facebook page for homeschoolers.  Every day, someone comes on there and asks about curriculum, often for preschoolers and kindergartners. Most of the time I give my opinion, knowing that no one will pay attention to it.  Nonetheless, after years of reading and researching and homeschooling for 11 years, here's my advice.  Keep in mind that
  • The closest to camping we will get this summer.

    Fatcat
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    The kids and I have been really good this week about getting over to mom's house and cleaning out some of the remaining junk.  We've pretty much cleared the main living areas and have a couple of boxes in the den and a few boxfuls of things in the walk-in closet.  That stuff, of course, will multiply and turn into several car-loads full of stuff when we start to go through it, but we've really
  • Trying to get something done.

    Fatcat
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    I'm trying to get some things done.  It's my day off and I have decision fatigue and so as not to be paralyzed by the choices, I wrote some things down on little slips of paper and when I finish one thing, I grab another slip of paper and go.  In this way, I've gotten the dishes done, supper made, some elephant ear plants planted, exercised and contacted 2 people about my mom's house.  Still in
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • Math Mammoth Grade 7 (pre-algebra)

    Maria Miller
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Math Mammoth Grade 7 and 7-B are available now - as downloads! Printed books and a CD version will follow soon. Check www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_7.php for description and samples.
  • Homeschooling - history and state today

    Maria Miller
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Here's an interesting infographic about homeschooling - its history and its state today. Click to enlarge. :) Source: Early-Childhood-Education-Degrees.com
  • Homeschooling With Greater Joy and Peace

    Maria Miller
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    This is a guest post by Alecia Baptiste.Some days homeschooling our children can be amazing.  We wake up in the morning feeling rested, excited about facing the challenges of the new day and eager to explore with our children.  On those days our children are excited about learning and cooperative.  And don't you love it when your children have those “Aha” moments?  When they finally get that math concept or they make some connection between facts or after months of struggling to read, you see them lying contently in bed reading a book. On those day we think to…
  • Math Mammoth printed versions in color

    Maria Miller
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    Did you know? Math Mammoth grades 1-3 printed books are now available as color versions through Rainbow Resource.Currently you need to access them via their search function: search for "math mammoth color". Hopefully they'll get their own category page soon.
  • The best math card game ever

    Maria Miller
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:02 am
    It's summertime, in my heart!!!!!!!And here's a GREAT math game to play in summertime - or any time, really:The game that is worth 1000 worksheets  This game adapts itself to a GREAT variety of math topics: simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, fractions, many operations, integers... Have fun!
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • dear You: a handful of brave things to keep in your pocket for hard days in a hard world

    Ann Voskamp
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    So this is what it comes to, huh, Kid? You pack your bags. Pack up your bags, and you’re outta here, flying out on a plane headed east. Straight out over the ocean, straight to the red dirt of Africa. That place where the heart of God bleeds up through the earth. And you’ll be gone for a whole lot longer than one week of happy summer camp. You’re 16 and you’ll be gone a month on the other side of the world, 4 weeks of interning in Rwanda. And yeah, I know, I know — this is the point. The whole point of welcoming kids into your life is to wave good-bye to adults embarking out on…
  • when you feel like you don’t fit or really belong

    Ann Voskamp
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Someone has to be that Mother. That mother who drives a full 3 hours to the border with a packed mini-van and anxious kids and creeps through a 20 minute traffic backup under the hot, beating sun— only to rifle through her wallet and look up feebly to tell the custom’s officer she doesn’t have birth certificates for 2 of her children. Yeah — that would be me. “Do you have any ID at all — for either one of them?” The custom’s officer asks it gently. Like he doesn’t want to push the flustered and flailing over any imagined or very real edge.
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [06.27.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    when they all went out to the ballpark, no one expected the sky to do this & steal the show <grin> so — what happens when you combine an artist with a photogenic bull terrier <grin.02> well, if you take a whole lot of things literally — it gets sorta funny okay, who saw this one coming?!? “Here’s to the uncommon treasures in our lives we forget to acknowledge” [ Dare to Live Fully ]  sorta hard not to laugh along? okay, this is pretty creative   … and our Creator astonishes when He created this The American Civil War – then and…
  • 2 Questions to ask — that might keep a whole lot of us from walking away from God & church

    Ann Voskamp
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    So when Sally Lloyd-Jones came for an overnight jaunt to the farm, our kids sort of thought it was a bit like the Queen was coming — I mean, don’t they both have the loveliest British accents? And our kids have literally been raised up on The Jesus Storybook Bible(over a million copies sold!)  –– so Sally was like a bit of wonder and love coming for tea — or just bacon and eggs. You can’t help but fall in love with this woman of deep theological truths and endearing warmth. We absolutely loved everything about her — and are counting the days…
  • something to hold on to when you’re tired & the world’s broke your heart a bit

    Ann Voskamp
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    Sometimes you just need someone to storm heaven for you Sometimes you just need someone to hoarse whisper it for you — “Father of the Tired & Broken-Hearted… oh, hear our prayer…. Give Your Child the wisdom to know it this week: Hiding when you’re hurting won’t heal you and growing isolated can just let infection grow. Give Your Child the love to live it: The secret way to heal a broken heart is to let love leak out like an ocean through all the cracks. Give Your Child grace to do the crazy impossible: It’s the hurting and wounded who are always…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • You want change? Change your questions.

    Hamilton Climate Challenge
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    If you have ever tried putting a duvet into its cover, you know how hard it can be if you don’t first set the thing up correctly. What you do is you turn the cover inside out, stick your hands through while holding onto two corners, and grab the duvet corners and pull it through so that the cover now sits the right side up, with the duvet neat inside, then you have to put its opposite corners into the corners of the cover, and finally give it a shake to even it all out (Phew! That was hard to explain).The point is, it’s the same thing when it comes to approaching problems: if we don’t…
  • How talking to your child can improve development

    beatrice ekoko
    17 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    A mother sits folding laundry, her baby in the high chair beside her. “Here are mummy’s striped pajamas. They're red and blue and warm and fuzzy,” she says in a singsong voice. The baby gurgles at his mother, responds enthusiastically by waving his arms and kicking his little legs. Look at me, the mother thinks. I'm so silly. She carries on anyway, describing the frilly pillowcase she’s about to fold next. But she need not feel silly.Parents, What You Say MattersWhat many of us need to appreciate is the extent to which words impact children’s learning – not only in developing…
  • The kids are all right:

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

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

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

  • "If only...", deschooling, and becoming a better parent

    Sandra Dodd
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    Three new quotes on "if only":http://sandradodd.com/ifonlyand one links to something new on deschooling, by Karen James:http://sandradodd.com/karenjames/deschoolingRearrangement, clean-up, new photo and quote (used once on Just Add Light before this):http://sandradodd.com/peace/becoming
  • Introverts and Extroverts and in between

    Sandra Dodd
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    This was added to the bottom of a page on my site, but because I chose to put it at the bottom, I figured it should be at the top somewhere. Here it is. I followed links back to find the artist and that's credited/linked.If people offer all of those courtesies to EVERY child (partner, friend), they won't need to worry about whether they're extrovert, introvert or a combo!—Sandra Doddcomment on that imageon facebook, 6/26/15art by BeckyAdded to the page "What if your child is an introvert?" http://sandradodd.com/introvert
  • Spirituality, Words, Logic, Learning

    Sandra Dodd
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Additions and clean-up; newly added exchange between Janine Davies and Rippy Dusseldorp:http://sandradodd.com/spiritualityNew writing by Alex Polikowsky, lefthand when two-column section starts:http://sandradodd.com/mindfulofwordsAddition to a Joyce-collection on logical thought for unschoolers, lower left:http://sandradodd.com/joyce/logicNew page, mostly Karen James' writing:http://sandradodd.com/karenjames/reallearning
  • Fear, Control, Playdough

    Sandra Dodd
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Addition of something by Joyce Fetteroll at:http://sandradodd.com/fearCollected something from 2014, by Jo Isaac, Jenny Cyphers, and Sandra Dodd:http://sandradodd.com/eating/controlAdded an original-writing Just-Add-Light-and-Stir post to the playdough recipe page:http://sandradodd.com/playdoughphoto (a link) by Janine Davies
  • Courtesy, Inspiration

    Sandra Dodd
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Courtesy (with links to related things—a page I hadn't finished until recently):http://sandradodd.com/courtesyCrediting inspirations, additions to an obscure page:http://sandradodd.com/inspiration
 
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  • Goblets from the 1980's

    Sandra Dodd
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:47 pm
    When Keith and I got married in 1986, my Uncle Rex sent four goblets, and I guessed them to have been made in Alaska, where he was living. Years passed.I put up photos of my dishes, and Deb Lewis said she had four goblets like that one that shows. I have four too. Nice coincidence. She had been in Alaska in those days when my uncle was there, too. (Not that they knew each other, but they had good taste in goblets.)I kept thinking I had made a page like this to document not only that we each owned four, but that it was discovered, at a distance. I'm making a page for all of this…
  • The old screwdriver my dad gave me

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

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

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

    Sandra Dodd
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Credit: Video made in Vietnam, by "severinh20" at Fiverrhttps://www.fiverr.com/severinh20
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    Home Schooling News

  • Stopping By: Good pointe

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:20 pm
    At age 12, Mia Audova left everything familiar - her home in Lafayette, her classroom at Patton Middle School, her family - in order to pursue her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. Only two years after beginning her training, she moved to Portland to study full time through the Portland Festival Ballet's live-in program for promising young dancers.
  • Guidelines being developed for private school subsidies

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:27 pm
    State Treasurer Dan Schwartz said he is taking an "expansive" approach to allow as many parents as possible to receive state aid to send their children to private or religious schools. Initial guidelines were released today for complying with a law that provides about $5,700 in support for students to attend private or religious schools or for home schooling.
  • Center helps kids pick up 2nd language

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Even with a little bit of home schooling from his Colombian mother, Ian Jackson's home Spanish lessons only got him so far. While he had a relative grasp on the language, he still could not read or write well in his mother's native tongue.
  • The full cast of - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' poses for a picture.

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Several plays featuring children were produced in schools by a few creative teachers who have gone so far as to write their own scripts just so they could get acting into the curriculum. The high schools and some of the middle schools have instituted drama classes so they can produce shows.
  • Tithing and Catholic School Tuition

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    Question. We are the parents of five children and live on one income. Making ends meet is always a challenge and we were wondering what the Church teaches regarding using a portion of our tithe for the Catholic education of our children.
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    The History of the (Whole) World

  • The audio version of THE STORY OF SCIENCE is on its way!

    Susan
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:47 am
    I just got this email from Audible.com… Dear Susan, This is an alert that your audiobook, The Story of Science, is now available for pre-order at Audible.com. Listeners can buy your audiobook now, and when it releases on July 28, it will be in their libraries and available for download. Here is the link to your audiobook: http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00YTFUPYS&source_code=AUDGAWS0608159DTJ Unfortunately, it still said “Narrator TBA,” so I asked who had been selected. And, just for you, here’s the answer… Award Winning, British born, New York City actor…
  • Thanks, Booklist!

    Susan
    5 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Booklist Reviews 2015 May #1 When Lucretius pondered the “ceaseless motion” of atoms, he inscribed ancient science in lapidary poetry. But Bauer identifies Lucretius as but one link in a long chain of gifted writers who have explored scientific horizons, even if they have not themselves done science. Beginning with Hippocrates’ distillation of Thales’ theorizing about water, Bauer introduces readers to the early Greek writers—including Aristotle and Archimedes—who first ventured rational accounts of natural phenomena. She then turns to the seventeenth- and…
  • Reactions to The Story of Science begin to trickle in…

    Susan
    1 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The official publication date for The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang is May 11, but copies already seem to be floating around/shipping from online retailers/generally available. (Read this to find out why publication date doesn’t matter.) In any case, the “late pre-publication” reactions (i.e., not really early enough to be “industry” reviews, but still early enough to be classified as “pre-pub”…kind of like “No’-as-big-as-Medium-Sized-Jock-but-bigger-than-Wee-Jock Jock”…OK, I got lost in…
  • I’m speaking nine times this summer, as long as you have an Internet connection…

    Susan
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    In my ongoing effort to stay home and write more/travel less (and as part of my continual unhappiness with home education conferences), I’m trying out the online conference scene. This summer, I’ll be giving three sets of mini-sessions (three workshops each) as part of the Well-Trained Mind Online Conference series. Have a look: This Isn’t as Easy as I Thought, Beyond Elementary School, and A Plan for Teaching Writing. These conferences, which are sponsored by the Well-Trained Mind Academy, are an effort to give parents solid academic training without any other agenda.
  • KIRKUS reviews the Story of Science!

    Susan
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    The first big industry review of The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, just came out from Kirkus! “A bright, informative resource for readers seeking to understand science through the eyes of the men and women who shaped its history.” Read the entire review here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/susan-wise-bauer/the-story-of-science/ And, in case you didn’t know, the Well-Trained Mind Academy is offering a one year history and philosophy of science course, based on the book!
 
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Son Was Home Alone Overnight

    ChristineMM
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Another milestone happened in our family. This last spring on three occasions we left our seventeen (and a half) year old home alone overnight while we were away at younger son's sport events. It was a big decision for us.The first time was one night and we were three hours away. The second time was two nights for three hours away, and the last time we were 400 miles away for two nights. In these times he had Friday night robotics meetings and all day Saturday meetings so we knew he would be busy and not here much anyway.I do not have reason to mistrust my son's friends. In the worst case…
  • Reactions To Teen Suicide Are Disingenuous

    ChristineMM
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    A situation arose in this last year where a seemingly good group of kids was found to be doing social manipulation exclusionary games. At the heart of this were girls. For those who are clueless the majority of activity classified as bullying done by girls are social manipulations regarding exclusion activity. If you are ignorant about it I advise you go do a little reading on the topic. If you are a mother of girlsl you really should know all this information inside and out so you can recognize if your daughter is actually a bully.In regard to teen suicide, it is a fact that more boys kill…
  • Long Term Rewards For Homeschooling

    ChristineMM
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    On my mind lately is that the rewards for homeschooling may not be fully appreciated or realized for years to come. The results have a long term effect I believe A main source for this revelation is a friend of mine has two daughters who are in theis 20s now. One was homeschooled for a while and both had multiple types of schooling: pubic, private, and one at boarding school for a period. Who these young ladies have become as young adults is still unfolding and their experiences in life and education and school have had a definate impact but not all of it was evident on the day of high school…
  • A Worthy Cause For Our Books

    ChristineMM
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    I wanted this and asked all around but no one knew of a source. I wanted to donate my picture books to be used by children who were disadvantaged. I wanted our books to be enjoyed by kids, at least one, more if possible. I could not find a way to donate them.As I said prior here I got rid of a lot of books last year. The libary sale received 28 boxes in one week alone plus others throughout the year.Today on Facebook a group of local families had a post. It said the woman's friend is a teacher and is stocking up a bookmobile to drive around inner city Houston this summer providing books to…
  • Calcium Level Update (Parathyroid)

    ChristineMM
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    The NP at the endocrinologist's office ordered a new set of blood tests with calcium and amylase to compare the two. This time the calcium was 9.9 (was 10.5 prior). This was the same lab.So the whole investigation into parathyroid disease and possible surgery ended.Just like that, it is done.There is a bit more to the story about the problem with the 10.5 calcium that has developed which tells more of how doctoring is an inexact science.Regarding the other specialist who started this whole thing: in the time between the endocrinologist office consult, that blood draw and when the result and…
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • UNSOLICITED ENDORSEMENT

    dcobranchi
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    I just had a hair cut/massage at SportClips. Very nice. Scalp massage & neck rub. The store just opened this week, so they were running some specials. I have no idea what the full works would have cost, but it would have been worth it.
  • WHY I UNSUBSCRIBED FROM THE DSCC’S MAILING LIST

    dcobranchi
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Because the corporatist (alleged) Democrats carried Fast Track across the finish line. DO NOT BOTHER TO EVER ASK ME FOR ANOTHER DOLLAR!!!
  • HOW ‘BOUT A SOCIALIST ATHEIST?

    dcobranchi
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Atheists are no longer the least trusted group in America, according to a new Gallup poll. That distinction falls to “socialists” (however you define that term). Guess I’ll never be prez.
  • WILL THINGS EVER CHANGE?

    dcobranchi
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    And so this afternoon in a real sense they have something to say to each of us in their death. They have something to say to every minister of the gospel who has remained silent behind the safe security of stained-glass windows. They have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism… They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy…
  • ONCE IS A BLUE MOON

    dcobranchi
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    We have a tropical thunderstorm in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Get Your July 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The beauty of God’s creation amazes me when I slow down and look for it. This lovely tree was next to our car in a parking lot in South Carolina where we took the kids to play the morning after our oldest son’s wedding. It’s easy to focus on shooting the events—like a graduation, two weddings, and a week of singing school—and miss the seemingly insignificant {God-is-in-the} details, like the fleshy mushrooms at my feet in the morning light. If you use these monthly calendars, please share them via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest using the buttons at the bottom of the…
  • The Best Policy

    Dawn Camp
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:34 am
    My youngest daughter is as outgoing and precocious as you’d imagine the baby in a family with eight children would be. We welcomed her into our world on a hot June day, in what would later become the week of our annual trip to singing camp in Alabama. In 2011, the first year we attended, Lily lost her two front teeth on her sixth birthday. As predicted, it’s a story we still share. Now that my daughter is almost ten, she realizes that having a birthday the week of singing school complicates her celebration. Years ago I started the tradition of the birthday date: either a lunch or…
  • What it Means to be Winsome today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The spring before I began tutoring high school students in our local Classical Conversations homeschool program, I sat in on another tutor’s class to observe for a day. Latin, British lit, music history — the discussions fascinated me as I imagined someday guiding my own students in their study of these subjects. But the most memorable lesson came during debate when the tutor challenged the class — and subsequently, me — to think about what it means to be winsome. I’m sure I sneaked a peek at the dictionary app on my phone as I analyzed this unfamiliar word, which the tutor…
  • Meet Me this Saturday at Barnes and Noble!

    Dawn Camp
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    Releasing a book is a surreal experience. Months pass between turning in a manuscript and holding a book in your hands, months in which you wonder if you imagined the whole thing. At least that’s how it was for me. I’d visit my local Barnes and Noble and scan the alphabetized names on the shelves, picturing my book nestled there among the Cs in this store where I’ve spent hours sipping hot tea and writing blog posts; reading and organizing stories for my book; hanging out with my husband after movie dates; and running away for a little me time. It still thrills me each…
  • Let’s Decorate Your Desktop for June!

    Dawn Camp
    31 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    This month’s desktop calendar is made from the full image currently in my blog’s header. {If you haven’t stopped by lately, click on over and check out the new look!} Can you spot the flower in focus? Our oldest son married his long-time girlfriend last weekend and by the end of June we’ll have have another married son. I’m a mother in law! It’s a big anniversary year for us too, as my husband and I celebrate our thirtieth in the fall. Does your family have big plans this month? Download June’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large {See if you…
 
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    Molly Green

  • 5 Ways to Organize Your Home for Summer

    JoAnn
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson Summers are meant to be lazy, care-free, and full of open days to do nothing but explore and enjoy the freedom of the season. Summers aren’t meant to be full to the brim with activities on the calendar or endless hours in front of the TV. Children have a built-in sense of adventure that summer can cater to perfectly, but sometimes they need a gentle nudge in the right direction. That said, we mothers can’t properly nudge unless we have our feet under us, otherwise we will default to the game or the TV that’s easier than helping your child set out on a wild,…
  • Picking Blueberries

    JoAnn
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Schultz Plump blueberries peek out from beneath green, elongated leaves. Dangling from slim stems, they beg to be plucked and placed into my bucket. I oblige. With my fingers and thumb I gently roll the clumps of berries. The ripe ones easily fall into my hand; the green berries cling stubbornly to the bush, refusing to join their ill-fated comrades. I plop a handful into the bucket and then reach for a few large, juicy ones and pop them into my mouth. They burst between my teeth; a surge of flavor hits my taste buds. All three of my boys love them—my girls aren’t quite so…
  • Preschoolers Charts, Schedules, and Printables

    JoAnn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Kendra Fletcher We all strive to have a measure of peace in our homeschools, and those of us with preschoolers know that peace is at a premium. I’m a big believer that routines can bring us some of that much sought-after peace, and I’m pretty sure that as a homeschooling parent of little ones, you could use some, too. To that end, let’s get you started on a workable routine. First, take a moment to figure out what your life is really like. Do you thrive on routine? Or do you need flexibility because of your spouse’s or your work schedule or other changing demands on your time?
  • Slow Cooker Lard

    JoAnn
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Samantha Martin Lard. It is one of the most versatile and useful items to occupy the kitchen of any homesteading or health conscious person. Lard is used in many recipes, including biscuits and pie crusts, and many a dairy farmer has mixed lard with cayenne pepper to create a stimulating udder cream. What was once regarded as an artery clogging fat is now esteemed to be a natural and healthy fat when made from naturally raised animals. Forested pigs that are raised without drugs yield a healthier fat than what can be found in most stores. If you are fortunate enough to buy or raise a…
  • Celebrating Fathers

    JoAnn
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Melissa Price The third Sunday in June is the day reserved to celebrate and “honor fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.” The day will be bittersweet for some sons and daughters as they cherish memories of fathers who have passed on. Some new fathers will hold their infant child as a new daddy for the first time. Families will bring gifts or send cards in appreciation of the father figures in their lives. Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when Dad is given the day off to enjoy being, well, Dad. There were so many directions this…
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Our Lady of Victory vs Angelicum Academy

    Melanie Obregon
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Hello!  Do any of you have experience with either of these programs and if so, please share. Thanks!
  • Discipline issue with the whole family!

    Laura B
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:46 am
    I am up to my wits end!  I am actually at the point of being burned out and give up hope because I am having to be the one to take care of it.  I have three kids: a boy 14 years old, a girl almost 12 years old, and another girl 9 years old.  My 14 year old son and 9 year old daughter both with learning differences are not so bad, but my soon to be 12 years old is the worst - always leaving things out.  I have tried to think of ways to help my family to **remember** putting things back when it gets taken out of its place.  It's not just toys.  It's almost anything - personal belongings…
  • Sonlight Science F Human Anatomy

    Amanda Dufries
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Help!  I am missing weeks 20 and 21 of the weekly planner pages and notes for Sonlight Science F Human Anatomy 2013.  Is there anyone out there that has this IG that can help?
  • Not invited to church friends wedding

    Ashley
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I am so upset, this friend from church is having a wedding and they have deleted me from Facebook and they only way I found out she was engaged was by a mutual friend. So I am pretty sure I wont be invited to the wedding even though this is someone I have known for years from church. And I just want to know why I wasn’t invited, and I suspect it may be because of a falling out I had with her sister where she yelled at me for wanting to crash this other mutual friends wedding a few years ago. Would it be rude to just ask why I wasn’t invited and make sure it wasn’t because of this and…
  • What should Christians Think of the Purity Culture?

    Luv-n-life
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    I enjoy listening to a program titled "Up for Debate" on Christian Radio.  I enjoyed the following friendly discussion: What Should Christians Think of the Purity Culture? The term "Purity Culture" was new to me. I thought they did a good job at presenting both sides of the subject. I had reasons/convictions as to why we wouldn't participate in the "purity movement." This was the 1st time I've heard someone who articulated some of my reasoning. We have used "Preparing for Adolescence" for our kids.  Even though we didn't go the route of the Purity Movement, my dd wears a ring that I had…
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    Heart of Wisdom Homeschool Blog

  • 15 Moms Explain Homeschooling with Babies or Toddlers

    Robin Sampson
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    It has been a long time since I had toddlers in my house. This month I have my 4th daughter and one-year old granddaughter staying with us while I train my daughter to work for Heart of Wisdom. <<<—This is Scarlett at the library. Regina is 29 now but I vividly recall when she was a ...
  • Amazing Secrets of Coconut Oil: You May Not Know!

    Robin Sampson
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    I use coconut oil daily. I wash my face with it, use it for deodorant, and cook with it. Then when my boys and I were sick  (Maybe strep throat) and  I looked up natural cures on the Internet, coconut oil came up.I finally opened my jar and  added it to my daily green drink. ...
  • Checking Your Spiritual Gas Gage

    Robin Sampson
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:13 pm
    A good indication you are running low on fuel is when you feel anxious, angry, never good enough or tired of trying. I know because I have been so tired of trying to overcome my sin nature. It feels like a never ending battle doesn't it?
  • Be Transformed from Religion to Relationship

    Robin Sampson
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:14 am
    Our Spiritual Metamorphosis: Intimacy with God Did you know a caterpillar has the DNA of the butterfly before it is physically transformation is seen? When one trust Christ as Savior we have the DNA of God through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. We have the DNA of  a child of God before the physical ...
  • 7 Simple Steps to Make a Lapbook

    Robin Sampson
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    See the FREE blue booklet printables at the bottom of this post. My boys and I made this Wright Brothers Lapbook. This is a  simple and easy lapbook we completed in a few hours. This tutorial will walk you step by step how to make an easy lapbook. The simplest lapbook includes one main image in ...
 
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Cyber Homeschool Neighborhood Used Curriculum Sale And Link Up!

    kamrg
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    I love this idea! Over at Hip Homeschool Moms there is a Used Curriculum Sale going on now through July 1st. A number of moms are linking up their blogs with posts about used curriculum they have for sale. If you don’t have a blog, you can link up a Google doc with your items listed! It’s like a cyber neighborhood yard sale with used curriculum. Here are my items for this sale (so far, will probably be adding more) – *** Buyer pays shipping (media mail + any insurance or confirmation of shipping and tracking if wanted) I accept Paypal. Trail Guide to U. S. Geography…
  • New Online Classes and a Tour of a Virtual Homeschool Campus!

    kamrg
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Hi, I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a number of online classes this year and I hope you join me! I have great stories and literature to share with fun and interesting activities in store! Tomorrow starting at 1:00 pm EST until 7:00 pm EST, the Funcation Academy virtual homeschool campus will be holding an open house and will conduct tours of their virtual campus and will highlight their many services and resources. You will be impressed by the “campus” and all it has to offer! There is a special right now with their registration price! It is only $14.99 until…
  • Summer Sale at Currclick

    kamrg
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:46 am
     Tomorrow starts the Summer Sale at Currclick and we are participating! Sale starts June 18 around 10 a.m. CST with titles associated with “summer” at discounts between 10 – 60% off! That includes all resources, even live classes! So be sure to check it out! Our summer title is 60% off!  
  • There’s a new Homeschool Virtual Academy in town!

    kamrg
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    Just wanted to share the news of a new Homeschool Virtual campus with a variety of services and resources! I am happy to announce I am tutor with this institution and will teaching classes in the fall! They also offer a variety of services for K-12 including Math & Reading programs, Diagnostic Placement Assessment, and a Virtual Co-Op. Check out the Homeschool Virtual Campus to see what they have to offer including classes, a chance to earn prizes for doing homework and assignments in classes and choose from an online shop, a hangout for students and parents, digital homeschooling…
  • Free Mini Unit Studies for Your New School Year Planning

    kamrg
    31 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Free Mini Unit Studies We post free mini unit studies to give you the ideas and resources to use the Charlotte Mason method at home in your homeschooling. We offer a topic for study and break it down for you into age ranges and provide you with suggestions for “living books” for reading and narration, copywork, and dictation. A number of reading materials and activities can be used with all of your children or combinations of age ranges within your family. We supply you with links to notebooking pages on which to write the narration or copywork and activity ideas to add some…
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Fair Trade Friday: Be a Part of Someone’s Story

    Kris Bales
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one in which we awoke from the daydream

    Kris Bales
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Painted Paper Flower Craft

    Pam Odd
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • How to Plan Your Homeschool Year (even if you’re not really a planner)

    Kris Bales
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the guitar solo

    Kris Bales
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • Umbrella for Academy

    10 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Do you still need a homeschool umbrella with Abeka Academy DVD program? Reply to Umbrella for Academy: Cece, Here in Wisconsin, to my knowledge, we
  • 9th Grade

    26 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    I am going to use Abeka DVD in the fall and my daughter will be in 9th grade. She has already done physical science and 9th grade English in a tutorial
  • Nevada Homeschool Law

    24 May 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I want to homeschool my son in 2015-2016 for 3rd grade for religious reasons. I can't get a clear grasp on the Nevada state laws as to whether or not I
  • Summer of the Monkeys

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

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

  • Guided Discovery: The Power of Dictation, Part 3

    Sonya Shafer
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:54 pm
    The other day my older daughters were invited to an outdoor wedding at a barn. They spent considerable time discussing what they should wear. No one was quite sure. They wanted to wear something appropriate for the occasion, but they also didn’t want to over-dress when everyone else might be in jeans. They were left […] Guided Discovery: The Power of Dictation, Part 3 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Growth in Spelling: The Power of Dictation, Part 2

    Sonya Shafer
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    I remember in elementary school we had weekly spelling lists. Ten words we were expected to learn before Friday’s spelling test. I would look over the list and identify any words I didn’t already know and study those. When it was time for the test, the teacher would dictate the list to us—one word at […] Growth in Spelling: The Power of Dictation, Part 2 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • A Natural Progression: The Power of Dictation, Part 1

    Sonya Shafer
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Natural progressions. We see them all around us. A plant sprouts, then grows taller and wider, then develops buds, then blossoms with flowers. A baby pulls himself up, then stands, then cruises with the help of the sofa or mom’s supportive hands, then eventually walks alone. The same holds true in Charlotte Mason’s approach to […] A Natural Progression: The Power of Dictation, Part 1 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey, New DVD Set

    Sonya Shafer
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    In the teaching of math, Charlotte Mason believed that everything that can be demonstrated, should be demonstrated; or, in her words, “demonstrate everything demonstrable” (Vol. 1, p. 255). There is something about a hands-on demonstration that clarifies and cements the concepts in your mind, that helps you better understand the details. This is true whether […] Charlotte Mason’s Living Math: A Guided Journey, New DVD Set originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Paper Sloyd: Charlotte Mason’s Living Math, part 3

    Sonya Shafer
    26 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Several times a week Charlotte scheduled some type of handicraft for students in the elementary years. While all of her selected handicrafts gave those young students multiple benefits, one craft in particular was designed to give them confidence in mathematics: paper sloyd. Sloyd is not a word we hear very often. It comes from Sweden […] Paper Sloyd: Charlotte Mason’s Living Math, part 3 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    TxHomeschooling

  • July Astronomy Events- Get that telescope out

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Okay astronomy fans, July 1, 2015 brings an event.  See Jupiter and Venus right beside each other in the sky.More Events:  July 2, 2015 is a full moon.   July 16, 2015 is the NEW Moon.  July 28 and 29, 2015 is the Delta Aquarids METEOR Shower and then a FULL Moon July 31, 2015. Lots of opportunities this summer for space exploration.EVENT NOTE: For the New Horizons arrival at PLUTO on July 14, 2015, I would recommend to go to the NASA Youtube site.    Enjoy the Documentary at https://youtu.be/EJxwWpaGoJsYoutube New Horizons Site -  …
  • Are you ready for the Lyrid Shower?

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

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

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

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

  • Enter to win! July Newsletter Giveaway

    Lee
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s Monthly Giveaway Time! Enter to win! July Newsletter Giveaway Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool is a complete, turnkey, high school curriculum. It’s used […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • OCEAN Conference Top Notch Encouragement

    Lee
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
     OCEAN Conference Top Notch Encouragement The OCEAN Conference in Oregon was SUCH an encouragement to me! I loved getting together with like-minded parents, trying their […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Reaching Out to Get Help

    Assistant to The HomeScholar
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Reaching Out to Get Help Are you new to homeschooling and reaching out for help in all the wrong places? Click on this week’s video, […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Washington State Convention Super Fun!

    Lee
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Washington State Convention Super Fun! The Washington Homeschool Convention was SUPER fun!  Did you go to a homeschool convention this year? Homeschool conferences are a […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts

    Lee
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts Join us for “A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Unit Studies with Bing in the Classroom

    Heidi Stearns
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Heidi Stearns I am always pleased when I find free, quality homeschooling resources and this is a great one. Are you looking for a place where you can find lessons in Biology, Chemistry, History, Computer Science, Music, Math and more for absolutely free? You don’t even have to sign up – of course, you can sign up to gain access to even more helpful tools. If you have ever visited Bing.com, you have seen the amazing photos they post on their homepage every day. Did you know there is a lesson plan to go along with each photo? If you click on the “Info” link at the bottom of the…
  • Three Computer Games I Almost Always Allow

    Annie Kate
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Annie Kate I disapprove of screen time and, perhaps foolishly, long for the ‘good old days’ when we had no screens except the bug screens in our windows.  Of course, too much screen time is good for no one, but I’ve discovered that I need to be realistic and allow some of it.  Getting too much out of step with what their friends do is not good for kids either. Therefore I encourage some online learning and allow a few games. Here are three of our favorite computer games.  Our kids love them and they are wonderfully relaxing educational options for ages 8 to adult: Wordament, a…
  • Bugging Around Insects by Kid Qwest – My Review

    Betsy
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Betsy It’s summer! My favorite season of all. I love the freedom to let go of our regular schedule, take frequent trips to the beach and let learning become just a natural part of our carefree, summer days. One thing my little one always loved to do was to explore around our property, for anything that she could find. She would collect leaves, insects, flowers and anything else that she could find and bring into the house. She was always adding to her treasures. She loved science and exploring around our property.  But, by July, she was often getting squirrelly and a little bored…
  • Around the World in 80 Days – Unit Study/Lapbook REVIEW

    Susan Williams
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Susan Williams Do your children enjoy reading books about travel and adventure? One of our favorite stories is Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. Although my boys enjoy reading interesting books, they also like to be active! We often read books aloud as a family so we can have discussions as we move through the materials. But, to really help bring our learning to life, we also look for ways to add in fun hands-on activities that are related to the books we are reading. One of our favorite ways to add food, maps, games, and more to this classic adventure tale is by using the World…
  • Elementary Workbooks from Dover Publications and Education.com

    Tricia
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Tricia Did you know that Dover Publications has joined together with Education.com to offer a brand new set of elementary workbooks for K-5th? ~Don’t miss the discount code plus the giveaway at the end!! We received these Dover Publications resources in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we love the benefits and blessings we are continuing to see! Please see our disclosure policy. These would be a fantastic way to mix up the regular homeschool day! Ok. First of all I have never considered us to be a workbook type of homeschool. But these workbooks have truly…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • Does Your Homeschool have a Mission Statement?

    Monique
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’re thinking of starting of homeschooling and even if you’ve been doing it for awhile, have you considered giving your homeschool a mission statement? What is the reason you are homeschooling? Have you really thought about this? Put it into writing so that it will serve as a reminder to everyone in your homeschool. […] The post Does Your Homeschool have a Mission Statement? appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Free Under the Sea Coloring Pages

    Monique
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Who doesn’t love Shark week, I created a fun set of under the sea coloring pages that just had to incorporate other sea creatures as well as sharks. I have a huge animal lover in my home and he’s been interested in sharks and ocean animals since forever. We’ve read so many different books ocean […] The post Free Under the Sea Coloring Pages appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Learn with Online Videos – A SmartKidz Media Review

    Monique
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I was super excited to review the SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers from SmartKidz Media because I saw that there were a lot of topics that were safe for kids to watch and my house is full of history and science lovers. I love adding videos to our homeschool because you can read and read about different subjects but […] The post Learn with Online Videos – A SmartKidz Media Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Princess Counting Cards and Puzzles

    Monique
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Princess Counting Cards and Puzzles are a great way to get counting with your little one. These math worksheets and a perfect way to get in some math without having to write out their answers. At this age, children can count and apply their math skills without the need to write, a skill that […] The post Princess Counting Cards and Puzzles appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Princess Counting Mats

    Monique
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    So pressing on my with girly theme, I created these princess counting mats with some baking elements. I’m having a lot of fun with these girly printables and can see a lot more coming this way. Keep an eye out for more math worksheets with a girly element. I printed these ones out and my […] The post Princess Counting Mats appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
 
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    Racheous - Lovable Learning

  • Introducing Fractions

    Racheous
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:17 pm
    As most kids do, mine were introduced to fractions incidentally through real life examples – cutting a sandwich, sharing parts of a pizza, talking about time and so on. Recently, Cam asked “what is a quarter?” so we have started to discuss and explore fractions. One of the things that Cameron didn’t really realise was […] The post Introducing Fractions appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Aboriginal Australia | Cultural Appreciation

    Racheous
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Cultural appreciation is important to me as someone who wasn’t raised culturally but does have a varied ethnic background. As I’ve said previously about diversity, I find exploring these topics through play and talking openly with children best. When some of the kids in my homeschool co-op started discussing Aboriginal Australians, I thought it was […] The post Aboriginal Australia | Cultural Appreciation appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • It’s Not You Vs Your Children

    Racheous
    1 Jun 2015 | 12:42 am
    It’s so common to see parents parenting against their children. Well meaning parents, so used to societies need to control kids, getting lost in a pattern of Us vs Them. This goes for all facets of living with children. From their learning to everyday practical life. Popular parenting help books and blogs are littered with […] The post It’s Not You Vs Your Children appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • What We Are Reading

    Racheous
    25 May 2015 | 10:17 pm
    contains affiliate links It’s been a while since I’ve shared what we are reading. I love seeing what other families are reading and sometimes share a current favourite on Instagram but I thought I’d share a post so it’s easier to link and discuss! Let me know if you would like this to be an […] The post What We Are Reading appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Standardising Childhood

    Racheous
    13 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    I think a good majority of my readers would agree that standardised testing for young kids isn’t in children’s best interests. I think there’s been enough professionals, TED talks, viral videos and articles proving time and time again that standardised testing doesn’t measure genuine learning outcomes and at worst are harming children and the institutions […] The post Standardising Childhood appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
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    LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com

  • Teen Activities for Summer

    tiallarising
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Summer is here with all its wonder.  The hot days, long warm nights, and lots of fun with friends has begun.  The only thing is, we all have expectations of summer and they usually don’t play out.  As teens, we plan to spend most of our days with our friends at the beach, at the [...]
  • Slideshow: Help with Planning Your Homeschool Year

    Jamie
    15 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Help with planning your homeschool year from Dee Trope
  • 5 Options for Creating Graduation Invites

    tiallarising
    12 May 2015 | 5:46 pm
    With graduations upon us, you may be looking for a way to create memorable and professional announcements or invitations.  Though this can be a bit daunting for the uninitiated, it really isn’t scary or hard.  There are some super ways available to create the perfect announcement or invitation for your graduate.  You’ve both worked hard [...]
  • What If I Don’t Take the ACT/SAT?

    tiallarising
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  When people hear about this, they give me a quizzical look and wonder how this could have ever happened. I never took the ACT or SAT. But how can you get into college without those test scores?  If you can’t get into college, how can [...]
  • Slideshow: Homeschool Driver’s Ed

    Jamie
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Homeschool Driver’s Ed from Dee Trope
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    Every Day of Education - Susan Online

  • Every Day Field Trips

    Susan Raber
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    When I was in school, the words 'field trip" elicited feelings of anticipation and freedom. Free from schedules, bells, and desks, our class headed out for an adventure that felt like playing hookey, but was actually learning in the real world.  My favorite field trip in elementary school was visiting Blenko Glass in Milton, West Virginia. I had $3 in my pocket, and the only thing I could afford in the gift shop was a blue elephant figurine, but I didn't care - I wanted to bring home a piece of that experience with me.  Students who…
  • WordBuildOnLine by Dynamic Literacy [Review]

    Susan Raber
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    The English language springs from the roots of other languages, and WordBuildOnLine by Dynamic Literacy is an easy way for kids to learn and practice vocabulary skills based on morphology - the study of units of meaning, such as prefixes, suffixes, and of course, root words. Description: Dynamic Literacy offers several products and levels of instruction, and we reviewed WordBuildOnLine. Simply put, this is an online program that teaches kids language and comprehension skills with short lessons and a few multiple choice questions. It is a 10-15 minute per day…
  • How to Make Your Own Science Board Game [Guest Post]

    Susan Raber
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    Science games are a great way to turn a boring lesson into something that is both fun and educational; something that kids can easily grasp. While online science games are all the rage, and many games do quite a decent job of balancing learning and fun, consider this cool DIY science activity for kids. Here’s how to make your own science board game using a few commonly available materials.You will need: Poster boardScissorsMarkersDiceScience resourcesSmall screwsScience photosMaking the board gameChoose two different science categories for the theme – they could be biology and physics or…
  • In the 21st Century, soft skills are essential

    Susan Raber
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:29 am
    There are always new buzzwords making noise in the education arena. Whole language, flipped classrooms, Common Core, grit, Bloom's Taxonomy, emotional intelligence, life hacks. . . and now a popular conversation amongst educators is 21st Century Skills, especially those referred to as 'soft skills'.   Soft skills are basically character traits that allow us to interact with others in a pleasant and mutually beneficial way. These are abilities young people need to acquire in order to function and succeed in the modern world. Children have always needed to know how to…
  • Deluxe Combo Teacher-Student Writing Package from IEW [Review]

    Susan Raber
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:48 am
    The Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is well-respected in the homeschooling community, and their resources are often coveted at curriculum fairs and conventions. After reviewing the  Deluxe Combo Teacher/Student Writing Package Level B [FIX-1 & 2], including A Word Write Now and Portable Walls, I understand why.Description:In this package is:Teaching Writing Structure and Style with a Premium Subscription to additional audio/visual and printable content. This is basically ‘how to teach writing’ for homeschooling parents. It is a twelve DVD seminar that comes in a nice…
 
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    College-Bound Homeschooler

  • Minimalist Homeschooling and Planning High School

    Tim Milosch
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
      The real minimalist homeschooling approach would probably be to unschool, but that’s not what I’m advocating here.  I confess that I’m not an expert at unschooling, but based on a description of it, I don’t know if you necessarily get accurate The post Minimalist Homeschooling and Planning High School appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • 25 College Survival Tips I Wish I Had BEFORE I Went to College

    Tim Milosch
    30 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    To all your newly minted homeschool graduates out there, I’m excited to offer my congratulations as you complete high school. For many of you, this brings you years of homeschooling to a close, and it may seem that the world The post 25 College Survival Tips I Wish I Had BEFORE I Went to College appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • How To Plan Your College Visit

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

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

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

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry

    LelaMay
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:37 pm
    The Little Prince first published in 1943, is a novella and the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The novella is the 3rd most-translated book in the world and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Learning French through literature can be an easy and pleasant experience. This video gives you a good reading practice. Remember: More you practice and better you’ll get. Chapter I The post The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry appeared first on The chamber of secrets.
  • Clothes II

    LelaMay
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    Describing clothes and using color adjectives in French.  Test your knowledge!  Time limit: 0 Quiz-summary 0 of 6 questions completed Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Information Qu’est-ce qu’il/elle porte? You have already completed the quiz before. Hence you can not start it again. Quiz is loading... You must sign in or sign up to start the quiz. You have to finish following quiz, to start this quiz: Results 0 of 6 questions answered correctly Your time: Time has elapsed You have reached 0 of 0 points, (0) Average score     Your score     Categories Not categorized…
  • Clothes I

    LelaMay
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    What are you wearing today? French vocabulary for clothes and an exercise to practice the words. The post Clothes I appeared first on The chamber of secrets.
  • Animals

    LelaMay
    28 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Learn the names of the most common animals in French. The presentation below will give you more animals than you can remember! The post Animals appeared first on The chamber of secrets.
  • Petits poèmes

    LelaMay
    13 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    Petits poèmes-This is our first book, a collection of short poems dedicated to all who love the French language. Hope you like it. Made by the students of 6th, 7th and 8th grade from Pehcevo, Macedonia.  The post Petits poèmes appeared first on The chamber of secrets.
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