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  • Busy Summer Days

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    Heather
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Paleo-ish Cake made by Miss Morgan, recipe by Andrea Stoner I thought I would do random with you. It’s been a while since we’ve just sat down to chat at the computer – you with your cup of tea, me with my touch of crazy. So what’s been going on with us since the last post in July? Let’s see… a glance back over the messy dayplanner tells of: :::board-game nights with Papa John::: We’ve been doing these once a month. My current favorites are Clue and Sequence. :::lots and lots of photography classes for mama::: Homeschoolin’ myself.
  • Our Week in Books: August 16-22

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
      The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009. Review copy received from publisher. Read to: Huck. Gorgeous art in this sweetly captivating tale of a boy who, wandering the sterile streets of a bleak city, finds a little outpost of thriving weeds and wildflowers on an abandoned elevated rail track. He begins quietly tending the green and growing things, and his found garden begins to spread, gradually transforming the city—and its people. We’ve loved every Peter Brown book that has walked through our doors, and this was no exception. It’s…
  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

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    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • The August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - Yes, Summer is Really Ending Already

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    The August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Petticoat Government.The carnival starts with:----------Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling for August!It's been summer. Supposedly a period of lazy, hot days of doing nothing much, right? Um, yeah.Besides welcoming an exchange student from Germany into our home, finishing up math curriculum from last year, and tutoring a teenager in math, we've also been learning about other countries all summer. Right now, we're learning about Taiwan (the grass jelly drink is not going over well, but rice is an eternal favorite in this…
  • 8 things I would do differently if I was to homeschool all over again

    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Well.. It's been 2 years and 3 months since I last had a child I could call a homeschooler. My youngest is now a college Jr.  I think a thoughtful retrospective is in order.  So, here are 8 things I would do differently if I were to homeschool all over again, and a couple things I would do the same.1. Consistency is visiting museums, parks, playgrounds, and shows weekly.  I think I did this well when they were both in middle school, but the wigglyness of them when they were little and the busyness of them as high school students got in the way. But, It was a great bonding time…
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  • Busy Summer Days

    Heather
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Paleo-ish Cake made by Miss Morgan, recipe by Andrea Stoner I thought I would do random with you. It’s been a while since we’ve just sat down to chat at the computer – you with your cup of tea, me with my touch of crazy. So what’s been going on with us since the last post in July? Let’s see… a glance back over the messy dayplanner tells of: :::board-game nights with Papa John::: We’ve been doing these once a month. My current favorites are Clue and Sequence. :::lots and lots of photography classes for mama::: Homeschoolin’ myself.
  • Wrapping Up a Homeschool School-year and Grading the Teacher

    Heather
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    So the summer has begun. I officially quit adding to the weekly assignment list spiral over a week ago and we are in our first 2 month summer break in a long while. We have homeschooled year round by necessity for the past few years because of distractions (two of them who are 6 and 4 currently), medical issues, and other problems. I would say that 90% of the time, the year won’t turn out the way you plan it… but about that often, something else will happen that wows you into the realization that God was the one re-directing your steps. In his heart a man plans his course, but the…
  • Swapping Books Instead of Buying Them – Just Pay Postage!

    Heather
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    I’m sure that you’ve probably heard of Paperback Swap by now, but I just had to share about it in case you haven’t. I love swapping books and finding things that our local libraries don’t carry. Ever notice how hard it is to find good books that are recommended by your history curriculum these days? It’s like the public library is actually trying to erase the memory of them. I know it’s not just me thinking it. I love a good book. I love the way an old book smells. I love seeing my kids reading books. Despite all the newest technology, I just can’t…
  • 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…
 
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  • Our Week in Books: August 16-22

    Melissa Wiley
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
      The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009. Review copy received from publisher. Read to: Huck. Gorgeous art in this sweetly captivating tale of a boy who, wandering the sterile streets of a bleak city, finds a little outpost of thriving weeds and wildflowers on an abandoned elevated rail track. He begins quietly tending the green and growing things, and his found garden begins to spread, gradually transforming the city—and its people. We’ve loved every Peter Brown book that has walked through our doors, and this was no exception. It’s…
  • Picture Book Spotlight: Four Recent Reads

    Melissa Wiley
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I’m working on the big Huck-book companion to my Rillabooks post, but, well, you can fit a LOT of picture books on a shelf, see? So when I went around the house pulling things for Huck, I wound up with a mammoth amount of books. And of course we’re reading them faster than I can get them catalogued. That Rilla post took me an entire weekend and I expect this one will be no different. In the meantime, here’s a peek at things Huck has particularly enjoyed this week. Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. This…
  • WorkFlowy for Homeschoolers and Other Busy Parental Types

    Melissa Wiley
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:07 pm
    This is one of those posts that will likely only appeal to a few of you, but I thought it might be useful info for some. I’ve been test-driving a task management app called WorkFlowy this week. So far, so great, I gotta say. I’ve mentioned before that I move back and forth between listkeeping and planning on paper and on the computer, sometimes tilted more one way than the other. I love my kraft-brown Moleskine Cahier grid journals for daily notes and bullet lists (and a whole lot of doodling), and I don’t see myself ever giving up paper altogether. Especially since I…
  • About my previous post…

    Melissa Wiley
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The formatting looks good on my screen in Chrome and Firefox, but for some reason it’s a hot mess in Feedly. If you’re reading this via a feed reader, I would recommend clicking through to see the post on my site. Should be nice, neat rows of books, not clumps and stacks!
  • Books on the Rilla Shelf

    Melissa Wiley
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:08 pm
    These are the books I’ve collected in one place for Rilla to pull from this year. They may be read-alouds or read-alones, depending on what we’re in the mood for. I expect Huck will listen in on a lot of the read-alouds. (And probably the older kids too, sometimes, because we’re like that.) No particular order here. This is how they landed on the shelf. Will we read them ALL? It’s a long list! Most likely we won’t, but the idea is to pull together a rich selection of books to choose from. The history, science, mythology, and poetry selections (second half of…
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    Molly Green

  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

    JoAnn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By A.K. Fielding As a home-based business, your online presence is critical to your success. With a plethora of social media sites available, which one should you use to serve your business? Should you blog or should you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other popular site to promote your business? As important as it is to figure out which social media site(s) works best for you, more important is the content you share on these sites. Remember the golden rule: if you are too embarrassed to share it with someone in person, then you should refrain from sharing it…
  • Easy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Homeschool Mom

    JoAnn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    By Lisa Holcomb It’s that time of year again when both public school kids and homeschool families are preparing for the next busy school season. Even if you are a homeschool family, you know from experience that mornings can still be hectic and busy. Something as simple as getting kids a healthy breakfast before they start their studies can be daunting. However, with just a little planning, you really can give your family a yummy breakfast that doesn’t consist of just a quick bowl of cereal. You really don’t have to be super mom to pull off planning a few breakfast recipes (or lunch and…
  • Tips on Writing

    JoAnn
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting   Whether you are writing a paper for schoolwork or want to write your own story for fun, there are some tips that will improve your piece. Every piece, even a poem, needs structure and a purpose. You need a beginning, middle, and ending. There needs to be a logical progression of how you move from the start to the finish. There needs to be a reason for writing the piece. Be focused. Keep on your topic. Reread your opening or thesis statement to remind yourself of the focus and what message you want to give the reader. Active verbs always work better than passive ones…
  • Protect Your Family from Snakes on the Homestead

    JoAnn
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I really hate snakes. I mean I really hate them! I realize that there are some good ones that are beneficial, and I am practical enough to recognize their benefit and not wish them all dead. I just don’t want to see them! However, the poisonous ones … well, it’s game on. If I see one, I will shoot it. And believe me, I have seen my share of poisonous snakes. Because they are a fact of life on our little homestead in the woods, we’ve developed some good strategies for getting rid of them. We have two little boys who love playing outside, especially during the warmer…
 
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  • The August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - Yes, Summer is Really Ending Already

    Henry Cate
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    The August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Petticoat Government.The carnival starts with:----------Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling for August!It's been summer. Supposedly a period of lazy, hot days of doing nothing much, right? Um, yeah.Besides welcoming an exchange student from Germany into our home, finishing up math curriculum from last year, and tutoring a teenager in math, we've also been learning about other countries all summer. Right now, we're learning about Taiwan (the grass jelly drink is not going over well, but rice is an eternal favorite in this…
  • We are finally going to experience public school

    Henry Cate
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Our children have never attended a public school.  When our oldest daughter was ready for kindergarten, something like 17 years ago, we decided to try an experiment and homeschool her.  The longer we homeschooled the more we liked it and found value in it.A little over a month Janine saw a post on Facebook from a friend asking if any family was interested in hosting a Japanese student for the school year.  We talked about it for a couple days and then said yes.  Nine days ago we picked the student up at the airport.  It is a bummer, but we were told that homeschooling…
  • Reminder - Please send in a post or two for the August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:52 pm
    This is just a quick reminder, you have three days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. The August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Petticoat Government.You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via with an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.comPlease include: Title of Post(s) URL of Post(s) Name of Blog URL of Blog Brief summary of the post(s)Please send in the entries by August 10th at 6:00 PM PST.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email…
  • The July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Journey edition

    Henry Cate
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Home Spun Juggling.The carnival starts with:----------Some of my favorite moments spent learning with my kids have been during walks at parks and nature preserves. There is something about walking under the trees and along the trails that brings out the best in us. I think it's the fact that every step is important. Even if you run, you need to run carefully to avoid stumbling. You need to pay attention so you don't walk off the trail and get lost. You need to be present to each moment. You need to appreciate the journey.----------and the…
  • A homeschooler trying out a private school

    Henry Cate
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:27 pm
    My youngest daughter, who turned 15 recently, shares why she is going to attend a private school this fall:----------I have been homeschooled since kindergarten. This has been a great gateway to many opportunities, like travel and making friends in different grades. I love the flexibility. Last year I did all my classes online, and had a math tutor. That was my freshman year.This fall I will be doing something different. I will be taking classes twice or three times a week at a nearby private school. I’m looking forward to the group learning.I will still be doing other classes online for…
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  • 8 things I would do differently if I was to homeschool all over again

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Well.. It's been 2 years and 3 months since I last had a child I could call a homeschooler. My youngest is now a college Jr.  I think a thoughtful retrospective is in order.  So, here are 8 things I would do differently if I were to homeschool all over again, and a couple things I would do the same.1. Consistency is visiting museums, parks, playgrounds, and shows weekly.  I think I did this well when they were both in middle school, but the wigglyness of them when they were little and the busyness of them as high school students got in the way. But, It was a great bonding time…
  • GETTing shafted in NYC

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:32 pm
    update: GETT gave me a partial refund, but would not communicate with me. It's been some kind of week.  I wrote about the problem with Time Warner and Acceller in my last post.  I am waiting for my reimbursement that was promised AFTER I wrote a blog about it, tweeted it, and forwarded it to Acceller.So everyone knows not to trust Time Warner, that is not a big surprise. But what about your friendly hot dog vendor.  A couple of days into my first trip to NY to apartment hunt back in April, or was it May, I heard about the following new story where a hot dog vendor was…
  • When Time Warner and Acceller ripped me off

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Don't mess with a woman who takes notesI knew getting an apartment in NYC had its pitfalls.  Needless to say, I got ripped off by companies that you would expect to do good business... but wait, they are monopolies, why should they bother.  I should have expected to get ripped of. It went like this.  I called ConEdison to set up my electricity.  That went well. Before I ended the call, I was asked if I wanted their help in setting up my TV and Internet. I said sure.  They said, OK we are transferring you over to someone who will verify that your Electric was set up…
  • Purging and simplifying

    19 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    At the end of my last post I mentioned that being in a small apartment made me want to simplify at home.  After being in this house for 15 years and raising my kids, and homeschooling them here, I have accumulated more stuff than a girl can possibly need.  Even after giving away a lot of the homeschool curriculum and such, I am still overwhelmed with stuff.  Having the spare apartment in NYC makes that crystal clear when I come home.So I have been home in Atlanta for just over two weeks and working on costuming a show.  It opened this weekend, and I am finally coming up…
  • 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…
 
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    Molly Green

  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

    JoAnn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By A.K. Fielding As a home-based business, your online presence is critical to your success. With a plethora of social media sites available, which one should you use to serve your business? Should you blog or should you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other popular site to promote your business? As important as it is to figure out which social media site(s) works best for you, more important is the content you share on these sites. Remember the golden rule: if you are too embarrassed to share it with someone in person, then you should refrain from sharing it…
  • Easy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Homeschool Mom

    JoAnn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    By Lisa Holcomb It’s that time of year again when both public school kids and homeschool families are preparing for the next busy school season. Even if you are a homeschool family, you know from experience that mornings can still be hectic and busy. Something as simple as getting kids a healthy breakfast before they start their studies can be daunting. However, with just a little planning, you really can give your family a yummy breakfast that doesn’t consist of just a quick bowl of cereal. You really don’t have to be super mom to pull off planning a few breakfast recipes (or lunch and…
  • Tips on Writing

    JoAnn
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting   Whether you are writing a paper for schoolwork or want to write your own story for fun, there are some tips that will improve your piece. Every piece, even a poem, needs structure and a purpose. You need a beginning, middle, and ending. There needs to be a logical progression of how you move from the start to the finish. There needs to be a reason for writing the piece. Be focused. Keep on your topic. Reread your opening or thesis statement to remind yourself of the focus and what message you want to give the reader. Active verbs always work better than passive ones…
  • Protect Your Family from Snakes on the Homestead

    JoAnn
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I really hate snakes. I mean I really hate them! I realize that there are some good ones that are beneficial, and I am practical enough to recognize their benefit and not wish them all dead. I just don’t want to see them! However, the poisonous ones … well, it’s game on. If I see one, I will shoot it. And believe me, I have seen my share of poisonous snakes. Because they are a fact of life on our little homestead in the woods, we’ve developed some good strategies for getting rid of them. We have two little boys who love playing outside, especially during the warmer…
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    Molly Green

  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

    JoAnn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By A.K. Fielding As a home-based business, your online presence is critical to your success. With a plethora of social media sites available, which one should you use to serve your business? Should you blog or should you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other popular site to promote your business? As important as it is to figure out which social media site(s) works best for you, more important is the content you share on these sites. Remember the golden rule: if you are too embarrassed to share it with someone in person, then you should refrain from sharing it…
  • Easy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Homeschool Mom

    JoAnn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    By Lisa Holcomb It’s that time of year again when both public school kids and homeschool families are preparing for the next busy school season. Even if you are a homeschool family, you know from experience that mornings can still be hectic and busy. Something as simple as getting kids a healthy breakfast before they start their studies can be daunting. However, with just a little planning, you really can give your family a yummy breakfast that doesn’t consist of just a quick bowl of cereal. You really don’t have to be super mom to pull off planning a few breakfast recipes (or lunch and…
  • Tips on Writing

    JoAnn
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting   Whether you are writing a paper for schoolwork or want to write your own story for fun, there are some tips that will improve your piece. Every piece, even a poem, needs structure and a purpose. You need a beginning, middle, and ending. There needs to be a logical progression of how you move from the start to the finish. There needs to be a reason for writing the piece. Be focused. Keep on your topic. Reread your opening or thesis statement to remind yourself of the focus and what message you want to give the reader. Active verbs always work better than passive ones…
  • Protect Your Family from Snakes on the Homestead

    JoAnn
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I really hate snakes. I mean I really hate them! I realize that there are some good ones that are beneficial, and I am practical enough to recognize their benefit and not wish them all dead. I just don’t want to see them! However, the poisonous ones … well, it’s game on. If I see one, I will shoot it. And believe me, I have seen my share of poisonous snakes. Because they are a fact of life on our little homestead in the woods, we’ve developed some good strategies for getting rid of them. We have two little boys who love playing outside, especially during the warmer…
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  • Creating Seasonal Themes: Corn Week!

    Dawn
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    (Plus a bit of book news at the end!) Happy Wednesday, my friends! Sorry I've been a bit out of touch lately ... we've had a lot going on here at the house these days! We're gearing up for a new year of home learning, and we're getting Bookworm ready for his move back to BC, and we're starting Earlybird on a new, daily, home-based, fairly intensive, behavioral therapy. All very good things, but all things requiring a lot of time, energy and attention. (And did I mention, energy?) Also, as August winds down, we're trying to squeeze the very last drops of goodness…
  • My New Daybook! (post two)

    Dawn
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    Well, as promised, here is a second and closer look at the daily planner I am now using. The story behind this recent purchase is here, but just to recap - this is a $20 Blue Sky "Day Designer" daily planner which I found at Target last month. I had been looking for something I could use for planning the details of my day ... large enough to write it all down, but of a size that would be easy enough to tote around. This planner seemed to fit the bill - and it was awfully pretty to boot! I'll get into how I'm actually using it in a moment, but here's a look at…
  • Thoughtful Thursday: August Gardens

    Dawn
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    "There is no lack of produce in August gardens, the best of which is saved for the fairs and reunions. Jars of golden mustard pickles and crisp green cucumber slices wait in rows in the cool cellar. String beans and corn relish are counted by the dozens of jars. Jams and jellies in sparkling colors await such special occasions. Herbs are hanging from the rafters in the warm, dry shed, soon to be pulverized for winter's use, but green herbs are plentiful in the garden for fresh salads: lettuce, parsley, tarragon and chives, savory, thyme and chervil. There is no lack of garden stuff…
  • Wordy Wednesday*

    Dawn
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    *So named because this post was meant to be wordless but as usual, I can't help myself ...  The stairwell as I walk down to get a second cup of coffee - so pretty, I had to snap a pic! (My first cup was brought to me by Bill - he gets up with Earlybird, I stay in bed with Little Bear.) There are a few moments each day when the rising sun hits the east-facing windows just right and the house floods with morning light. I love this time of the day - a moment filled with quiet, light and promise.  The weather app reading on my phone - it's been a scorching few days here in New…
  • We're Celebrating Crackerjack's 16th Birthday!

    Dawn
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Which means, I have a whole lotta pictures to share! But first, a little throwback, just to keep it all in perspective ... Some of you may remember this wee fella from way back when I started blogging ... ten years ago (almost)? Well, as hard as it is for me to believe - let alone say - this little laddie is now a young man of SIXTEEN! And let me tell you - though I know some of you know this - what a different experience it is planning a birthday party for a six year old as opposed to a 16 year old! There's far less planning and preparation involved - for example, there are…
 
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  • Another new book!

    Mama Squirrel
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    The Plutarch Project, Volume One is now up on Amazon. More on my book blog.
  • Treehouse Photos

    Mama Squirrel
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Cookies, for a group here tonight  Tomatoes from the garden, going in spaghetti sauce tonightNew-to-us table and chairs. What do you think?
  • Old habits (Not-Back-to-Homeschool Week, Last of Three)

    Mama Squirrel
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    I like it when good things turn up in strange places.I've been working through William Zinsser's Writing to Learn, and last night I got to his chapter "Man, Woman and Child," about writing in the social sciences. All through the book Zinsser includes examples of good writing in each academic area; but in this chapter, he tells about how his own interest in anthropology began. In the 1950's, he was working as a journalist and was required to attend Broadway performances as part of his job. (What a hard-knock life.) One night he saw a performance by some Balinese dancers, and he was so…
  • Not-Back-to-Homeschool Week, Part Two

    Mama Squirrel
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    Some thoughts on what we do when we homeschool:I've said here before, somewhere, that when my mother taught school, she always had her eye open for classroom pictures, clippings, anything that might not come her way again. My dad, a collector of British royalty memorabilia, did the same. Even when I started homeschooling, well after the age of photocopying, it wasn't uncommon to have people trying to pass on sets of prepared "ditto masters" for spirit duplicators. You might not find a reproducible map of the Hebrides again, you know? It was like preparing for a possible rubber-band…
  • Half price books from the thrift store, and a larger find

    Mama Squirrel
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:08 pm
    A trip to the thrift store, and some extra deals on books: Evelyn Waugh, Oswald Chambers, and Nancy Pearcey.Plus...we bought a table and six chairs, to be delivered. (Yes, thrift shops deliver.) Less vintage than ours, but (hopefully) more comfortable.
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    Molly Green

  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

    JoAnn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By A.K. Fielding As a home-based business, your online presence is critical to your success. With a plethora of social media sites available, which one should you use to serve your business? Should you blog or should you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other popular site to promote your business? As important as it is to figure out which social media site(s) works best for you, more important is the content you share on these sites. Remember the golden rule: if you are too embarrassed to share it with someone in person, then you should refrain from sharing it…
  • Easy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Homeschool Mom

    JoAnn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    By Lisa Holcomb It’s that time of year again when both public school kids and homeschool families are preparing for the next busy school season. Even if you are a homeschool family, you know from experience that mornings can still be hectic and busy. Something as simple as getting kids a healthy breakfast before they start their studies can be daunting. However, with just a little planning, you really can give your family a yummy breakfast that doesn’t consist of just a quick bowl of cereal. You really don’t have to be super mom to pull off planning a few breakfast recipes (or lunch and…
  • Tips on Writing

    JoAnn
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting   Whether you are writing a paper for schoolwork or want to write your own story for fun, there are some tips that will improve your piece. Every piece, even a poem, needs structure and a purpose. You need a beginning, middle, and ending. There needs to be a logical progression of how you move from the start to the finish. There needs to be a reason for writing the piece. Be focused. Keep on your topic. Reread your opening or thesis statement to remind yourself of the focus and what message you want to give the reader. Active verbs always work better than passive ones…
  • Protect Your Family from Snakes on the Homestead

    JoAnn
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I really hate snakes. I mean I really hate them! I realize that there are some good ones that are beneficial, and I am practical enough to recognize their benefit and not wish them all dead. I just don’t want to see them! However, the poisonous ones … well, it’s game on. If I see one, I will shoot it. And believe me, I have seen my share of poisonous snakes. Because they are a fact of life on our little homestead in the woods, we’ve developed some good strategies for getting rid of them. We have two little boys who love playing outside, especially during the warmer…
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    Heart of Wisdom Blog

  • Bible Journal DIY Scripture Wall Art

    Robin Sampson
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    I love Bible Journaling. If you haven’t heard of it see my new site BibleJournalingDigitally.com The images below are a twist on traditional Bible Journaling which placed the art inside the Bible. Here I journal the verse then surround it with images to make wall art. When I shared the images on Facebook I got a ...
  • Free Book Excerpts & Homeschool Lessons

    Robin Sampson
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    We want to make sure you like our books before purchasing. We offer hundreds of pages of free homeschool lapbooks, worksheets, lesson plans, and other homeschool helps below. The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach  This book will instruct you, step by step, how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education from preschool through high ...
  • Free Bible Coloring Pages

    Robin Sampson
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    This beautiful collage shows the free Old Testament coloring pages for the Ministry to Children website created by Mandy Groce . You can download a PDF document or  high resolution JPEG file for each of the 39 OT Bible books. Directions and supplies for three ways to use these in your Bible Journal are listed below (please share). I ...
  • Full Quiver Humor: Top 12 Questions Large Families Receive

    Robin Sampson
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:14 pm
    I’ve gathered fun Q&A over the years from several quiver full moms. I’m looking at this list from a different perspective today. I was pregnant with my youngest son (#9) when I was 46! My husband and I went in to look at the pregnancy test and neither of us could read it. We both ...
  • 3 Ways to Bible Journal Digitally

    Robin Sampson
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    I LOVE Bible Journaling! I was out to lunch with a friend discussing a passage I had journaled and I could actually see the page in my mind because I had spent so much time on it. Feasting on the Word, listening to God, and crafting! It doesn’t get any better! Why Bible Journal? Learn About ...
 
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    Molly Green

  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

    JoAnn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By A.K. Fielding As a home-based business, your online presence is critical to your success. With a plethora of social media sites available, which one should you use to serve your business? Should you blog or should you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other popular site to promote your business? As important as it is to figure out which social media site(s) works best for you, more important is the content you share on these sites. Remember the golden rule: if you are too embarrassed to share it with someone in person, then you should refrain from sharing it…
  • Easy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Homeschool Mom

    JoAnn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    By Lisa Holcomb It’s that time of year again when both public school kids and homeschool families are preparing for the next busy school season. Even if you are a homeschool family, you know from experience that mornings can still be hectic and busy. Something as simple as getting kids a healthy breakfast before they start their studies can be daunting. However, with just a little planning, you really can give your family a yummy breakfast that doesn’t consist of just a quick bowl of cereal. You really don’t have to be super mom to pull off planning a few breakfast recipes (or lunch and…
  • Tips on Writing

    JoAnn
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting   Whether you are writing a paper for schoolwork or want to write your own story for fun, there are some tips that will improve your piece. Every piece, even a poem, needs structure and a purpose. You need a beginning, middle, and ending. There needs to be a logical progression of how you move from the start to the finish. There needs to be a reason for writing the piece. Be focused. Keep on your topic. Reread your opening or thesis statement to remind yourself of the focus and what message you want to give the reader. Active verbs always work better than passive ones…
  • Protect Your Family from Snakes on the Homestead

    JoAnn
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I really hate snakes. I mean I really hate them! I realize that there are some good ones that are beneficial, and I am practical enough to recognize their benefit and not wish them all dead. I just don’t want to see them! However, the poisonous ones … well, it’s game on. If I see one, I will shoot it. And believe me, I have seen my share of poisonous snakes. Because they are a fact of life on our little homestead in the woods, we’ve developed some good strategies for getting rid of them. We have two little boys who love playing outside, especially during the warmer…
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    Molly Green

  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

    JoAnn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By A.K. Fielding As a home-based business, your online presence is critical to your success. With a plethora of social media sites available, which one should you use to serve your business? Should you blog or should you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other popular site to promote your business? As important as it is to figure out which social media site(s) works best for you, more important is the content you share on these sites. Remember the golden rule: if you are too embarrassed to share it with someone in person, then you should refrain from sharing it…
  • Easy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Homeschool Mom

    JoAnn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    By Lisa Holcomb It’s that time of year again when both public school kids and homeschool families are preparing for the next busy school season. Even if you are a homeschool family, you know from experience that mornings can still be hectic and busy. Something as simple as getting kids a healthy breakfast before they start their studies can be daunting. However, with just a little planning, you really can give your family a yummy breakfast that doesn’t consist of just a quick bowl of cereal. You really don’t have to be super mom to pull off planning a few breakfast recipes (or lunch and…
  • Tips on Writing

    JoAnn
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting   Whether you are writing a paper for schoolwork or want to write your own story for fun, there are some tips that will improve your piece. Every piece, even a poem, needs structure and a purpose. You need a beginning, middle, and ending. There needs to be a logical progression of how you move from the start to the finish. There needs to be a reason for writing the piece. Be focused. Keep on your topic. Reread your opening or thesis statement to remind yourself of the focus and what message you want to give the reader. Active verbs always work better than passive ones…
  • Protect Your Family from Snakes on the Homestead

    JoAnn
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I really hate snakes. I mean I really hate them! I realize that there are some good ones that are beneficial, and I am practical enough to recognize their benefit and not wish them all dead. I just don’t want to see them! However, the poisonous ones … well, it’s game on. If I see one, I will shoot it. And believe me, I have seen my share of poisonous snakes. Because they are a fact of life on our little homestead in the woods, we’ve developed some good strategies for getting rid of them. We have two little boys who love playing outside, especially during the warmer…
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    Project Based Homeschooling

  • Ready to take the PBH Master Class?

    Lori Pickert
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    We are enrolling the Fall session of the PBH Master Class starting today. We won’t be having another class until at least spring 2016! Class will run from September 7 through October 16 (six weeks) and costs $155. 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: Newsmaster classes
  • 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

  • Rest for the Weary

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    It’s that time of year. Other parents are sharing their success stories, whether with homeschooling or getting the kids back to school so they can have some fun- happy posts all over your feed, in your friends’ FB statuses, in your neighbor’s faces, in conversations at church. But you are in a slump. You are not having successes. You feel like a total failure. You read those words and silently talk back to me, “I don’t feel like a failure, I am one!” Your family doesn’t love or appreciate you, your children are your daily enemies and it’s…
  • Schedule-Stuffing

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    You see this room? IT was once a craft room. But it got stuffed with too many projects, too many supplies, and too many plans, and it became of no use to anybody at all. There were limits to the space, which is finite, and to the ability of anybody to maneuver to organize. Adding all the extra craft kits and craft supplies I found that looked cool every time I went to the thrift store or a yard sale did not result in more cool crafts and handiwork, it resulted in less, because it was overwhelming.   There is a certain point at which adding more stuff to your curriculum does not result in…
  • Free4Kindle: back to school theme

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    These are titles that are connected, one way or another, with education. The Legacy of Ignorantism An address delivered before the Teachers Assembly, Baguio (Philippines), April 23, 1920, by T. H. Pardo de Tavera, 1857-1925 Also at Gutenberg Of historical interest to those who are interested in the history of secular education, of education and Roman Catholicism (particularly in the Philippines). I just skimmed it, and my impression is it is an articulate and interesting polemic against Catholic schools in the Philippines with very specific charges of vice and superstition (by specific, I…
  • Cashew Butter Cookie Dough

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    I got the idea from Treats with a Twist I had to tweak it because I didn’t have all her ingredients (out of almond extract, which is implying that’s something I normally have), no coconut sugar, or I couldn’t use them if I wanted to make it as low in carbs as possible (coconut sugar, chocolate chips). I’ve made two or three batches, each one tweaked a little differently, and I like them all. Warm 1 1/2 cups of cashews in the oven or skillet- don’t brown them or they get too dry. Put them in a food processor and run it until you have cashew butter. If you over…
  • Daily Bible Reading

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:14 am
    Here’s a daily reading plan for Bible which takes you through a chronological reading of the Bible. The link is to a KJV reading, but you can click through it and change the version if you prefer. If I were using this with young children and I knew what I know now (and were more organized than I was back then), I’d probably begin more slowly- I wouldn’t take the first three chapters of Genesis at a gulp, for example.  I’d begin with the creation by day, and I’d have the children draw a picture of the reading for their narrations after each reading.  I’d…
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    Karen Edmisten

  • It's Quiet Here ... Too Quiet

    Karen Edmisten
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    I'm in the last few days of finishing a book, due to my editor very soon.That's why I've been so quiet. Nothing unsettling.Just fingers to keyboard, red pen to paper.So, in order to pretend I'm blogging, here's my latest, favorite quote about writing:“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."                       ~~ Thomas Mann
  • Poetry Friday: On the Grasshopper and the Cricket

    Karen Edmisten
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    Every year in August, I'm struck by "the poetry of the earth." The cicadas are pleasantly deafening on an August night in Nebraska. Atticus mentioned last night that when he was a child, their song meant there was a month of summer left, but these days (oh, why must school start so early?) it means he's back to work.For me, the cicada song also means, "Since Atticus is back to work, I've lost my chef and I have to start planning dinners again."O, cicada!O, late summer!O, Atticus! We miss you. (And not just your cooking.)On the Grasshopper and Cricket*John KeatsThe poetry of earth is never…
  • 5 Things You Can Do to Model Joy and Optimism For Your Kids

    Karen Edmisten
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    It's an ugly world out there. I don't even have to sum up headlines for you -- you can just pick the one that depresses you the most and we'll go from there.When all the news everywhere seems bad and the future seems precarious, what do we do? And what do we tell our children?My instinct is to look for the good (which is kind of funny, since by nature I'm a melancholic INFJ, or, in Inside Out Speak, the character of Sadness.)Things have always been dire. From the time Moses despaired over the ingratitude of the Israelites ("Please do me the favor of killing me at once!") to the…
  • Bits and Pieces of Our Days

    Karen Edmisten
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Ramona spent last week doing a theater camp. The performance was Saturday morning, and Atticus brought her roses to celebrate:The play was a fun version of The Pied Piper. The reviews of her portrayal of a corrupt senator are in, and we expect Broadway producers to start calling any day. (We may be biased.)~~~~~Yesterday, Betsy and Ramona broke out the six-hour version of Pride and Prejudice. The following things may or may not have been posted on Facebook recently: Girls planning a Pride & Prejudice marathon: Girl 1:"We should get a bunch of snacks ready." Girl 2:"By…
  • Poetry Friday: Leisure, by Amy Lowell

    Karen Edmisten
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    I am all about creating enough margin in our lives that we don't go crazy. I must admit, however, that this summer has felt a little crazy by our standards. The busy-ness has all been great stuff.  I don't begrudge any of us any of it but I am trying to make sure we still have time for the "goddess of a bygone age." LeisureAmy LowellLeisure, thou goddess of a bygone age,When hours were long and days sufficed to holdWide-eyed delights and pleasures uncontrolledBy shortening moments, when no gaunt presageOf undone duties, modern heritage,Haunted our happy minds; must thou withholdThy…
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    Molly Green

  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

    JoAnn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By A.K. Fielding As a home-based business, your online presence is critical to your success. With a plethora of social media sites available, which one should you use to serve your business? Should you blog or should you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other popular site to promote your business? As important as it is to figure out which social media site(s) works best for you, more important is the content you share on these sites. Remember the golden rule: if you are too embarrassed to share it with someone in person, then you should refrain from sharing it…
  • Easy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Homeschool Mom

    JoAnn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    By Lisa Holcomb It’s that time of year again when both public school kids and homeschool families are preparing for the next busy school season. Even if you are a homeschool family, you know from experience that mornings can still be hectic and busy. Something as simple as getting kids a healthy breakfast before they start their studies can be daunting. However, with just a little planning, you really can give your family a yummy breakfast that doesn’t consist of just a quick bowl of cereal. You really don’t have to be super mom to pull off planning a few breakfast recipes (or lunch and…
  • Tips on Writing

    JoAnn
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting   Whether you are writing a paper for schoolwork or want to write your own story for fun, there are some tips that will improve your piece. Every piece, even a poem, needs structure and a purpose. You need a beginning, middle, and ending. There needs to be a logical progression of how you move from the start to the finish. There needs to be a reason for writing the piece. Be focused. Keep on your topic. Reread your opening or thesis statement to remind yourself of the focus and what message you want to give the reader. Active verbs always work better than passive ones…
  • Protect Your Family from Snakes on the Homestead

    JoAnn
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I really hate snakes. I mean I really hate them! I realize that there are some good ones that are beneficial, and I am practical enough to recognize their benefit and not wish them all dead. I just don’t want to see them! However, the poisonous ones … well, it’s game on. If I see one, I will shoot it. And believe me, I have seen my share of poisonous snakes. Because they are a fact of life on our little homestead in the woods, we’ve developed some good strategies for getting rid of them. We have two little boys who love playing outside, especially during the warmer…
 
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    The End In Mind

  • Redeeming Ruby: A Dad’s Homeschool Project

    Diana B
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    “It’s a nutshell pram.” Our oldest was still in the womb when I first heard my husband utter that phrase. We were at a wooden boat show because Michael was in the thick of restoring a 1962 Windjammer sailboat that had been badly damaged in a hurricane. In just two months we’d face the life-changing […] The post Redeeming Ruby: A Dad’s Homeschool Project appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Buy Yourself Flowers

    Melinda
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    Every time you are beginning a new school year, buy yourself some flowers.  I have made this appeal to all of my homeschooling friends year after year because I think it is an important tradition to begin or to continue.  Even if you homeschool year round, as I did, I encourage you to designate a […] The post Buy Yourself Flowers appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Am I a Nag?

    Lorrie Young
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    As mothers, there are many ways in which we hope to be remembered by our children after they are grown and gone. Perhaps they’ll recall us being the best neighborhood mom because we always passed out popsicles to their friends, and had Band-Aids for everyone’s boo-boos. Or maybe they’ll remember the cold snowy mornings when […] The post Am I a Nag? appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Planning Your High School Classes

    Lee
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    Summer is a great time to plan high school classes! Ensure you plan a rigorous curriculum. Why? You may have noticed that teenagers all have something in common – they change their minds without warning. Be prepared. Keep your child’s college and career options open in case they suddenly decide they don’t want to be […] The post Planning Your High School Classes appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Even During the Hard Days

    Karen
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    I decided something today. Even during the worst day of homeschooling, I will give glory to God. After all He is the One who called me to this journey, and He has set each day in motion. When things get rough, He knows, and He is there. He is not surprised, and He has a […] The post Even During the Hard Days appeared first on The End In Mind.
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    Home*School*Home

  • Being bad.

    Fatcat
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    I've been a very bad blogger lately, not updating any of my various  blogs.  They are all getting cobwebs on them ... sorry about that.   I've also been a bad homeschooler.  my son was supposed to start school on Monday, but with the visit from his brother and girlfriend and various other things, we did not start school and I haven't even ordered him the book I want him to use.  How's that for
  • Great Stacation.

    Fatcat
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    Our wonderful stacation is over.  I actually was working minimally during the week so I don't know if that counts but we did a lot of vacation-y type things and we also did a lot of homey things so whatever, it was a great week.  Now it's over and we have to go back to real life.  :-P   These are random pictures off my phone .... babies, a drawing, the dog photos I always include in every post,
  • Enjoying the week.

    Fatcat
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    We've had pictures made, visited grandmas and aunts, got to have dinner with my brother (and will tomorrow with my husband's brothers and mom and dad),  We gone to the local parks and seen the some of the local sites.  We've spent a lot of time at home, cooking, grilling, watching TV, playing games, having friends over, etc.  Sometimes when I am outside with Freckles (the dog)
  • Having fun!

    Fatcat
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    We are  visiting with my son and his girlfriend baking brownies and bread and seeing friends and family.   It's pretty wonderful.
  • Positive News?

    Fatcat
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:51 am
    I set up some google alerts some time back.  I have been dealing with depression so I set up google alerts for joy, happiness, depression and positive news.  All of them seem to work well with links to good, helpful articles, except for the positive news one.  I've thought about deleting it because it really doesn't work in the spirit that I had intended, although it did give me quite the laugh
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • Feel the Music - Way to be free!

    Math Mammoth
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
  • Math Mammoth August Sale - get 25% off of ALL downloads and CDs!

    Math Mammoth
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    Get 25% off of all Math Mammoth & Make It Real Learning products sold at Kagi (downloads and CDs). The offer is valid till August 24, 2015. Use coupon code AUGUSTSALE at Kagi store, on the 2nd page of the order process. You will find links to Kagi's order pages at MathMammoth.com on the various product pages.Or, if you are ready to order, you can use these direct links to the order pages: Order Light Blue seriesOrder the South African version of the Light Blue seriesOrder Blue seriesOrder Spanish versions of the Blue series booksOrder Golden and Green SeriesOrder Make It Real Learning…
  • Math Mammoth printed books sale!

    Math Mammoth
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Rainbow Resource is running a 20% off sale on Math Mammoth printed books & CDs! The sale lasts till August 22. Check it out here! And... did you know? Nowadays, they offer both full-color versions and black-and white versions of my books. :)
  • Giveaway at Hip Homeschool Moms

    Math Mammoth
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:42 am
    The Hip Homeschool Moms is hosting a week of giveaways for a bunch of products, including Math Mammoth. The giveaway for Math Mammoth products (plus other products) runs from Monday, August 3, till Thursday, August 6, 2015. I'm giving away: 1 of Math Mammoth All Inclusive Bundle CD2 of Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grades 1-7 CD5 of one grade level of Math Mammoth Complete Curriculum (each winner chooses the grade level they want)Just click this link to join in the fun!Also, if you have a little bit of time to spare, I'd like to ask you to write a review of Math Mammoth for their product…
  • Math video for kids: Adding three numbers

    Math Mammoth
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Let your little ones have fun learning how to add three numbers with this new video of mine, which also features Mathy the Mammoth as my mascot. :)The video is intended for first grade.
 
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    Crazy Everyday Blessings

  • The path...

    Kari C in SC
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    Immersed in a Harry Potter add on book over dinner.I have been a homeschool mom since Savannah was 10 months old. When I started way, way back then, Timmy was in 5th grade. We knew we had to change something because sending him to school and expecting a different outcome from the many phone calls was just not going to happen. I think we had a general idea that if homeschooling worked for him, it would be the path for Savannah too. But, truthfully, we were focused on what to do for Timmy. As time does, it wandered by on that path and my sweet girl was 4 years old. She was now quite accustomed…
  • The day the soldiers came...

    Kari C in SC
    14 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    I have rolled these things over and over in my mind for 5 years. Like a bad dream that comes only it is not when I am sleeping. It is most often when I am driving alone or late at night when everyone else is asleep. Sometimes, it is out of the blue, absolutely nothing to trigger it and I am there again. I am right back to the day. It feels like something is stealing my air from my chest. It feels like panic and I am scared. I think I know now that I will always go back to that day. I used to wonder if time would lessen how sharp it feels to think about it, but I know that it is as cutting now…
  • It's not about fear... it's about living.

    Kari C in SC
    13 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    I was asked a few days ago if I felt ready to leave my kids for an adult only trip. Ready meaning had my fear finally gone away since Timmy dying.  It was funny. Because on one hand, the fear is always there. It is my greatest fear that something will happen to one of my other kids. I used to live in a bubble world where I believed if one tragedy happened to you - that you were somehow immune to any further tragedy. Dumb, I know.  But I really deep inside felt that way. Now, any glance back at history will show you that this thinking is the most ignorant way of thinking. Look how…
  • Before you judge me for letting my 16 year old get a tattoo... please read this...

    Kari C in SC
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Savannah got her first tattoo tonight. Her dad and I took her just like we went with Timmy to get his first tattoo.  And some of you out there are at this very moment saying out loud or in your head, "What the heck are her parents thinking letting her get a tattoo?!?!?" Trust me... I hear you... I know you are saying and thinking it. And I should not care or give a hoot, but sadly, I do! But, for just a minute let me explain WHY we allowed her to do this and then if you still think we are crazy, well, that is your call and I don't give a hoot! For the record, we would not have allowed…
  • "Crazy House Lady"

    Kari C in SC
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    Have you heard about this app called Time Hop? It shows you your facebook posts on the same day in years past.  It is pretty neat to see what you were up to years ago.  My time hop told me, yesterday, was the day we bought our first South Carolina rental.  I hadn't really been thinking about that at all until I saw it.  That, in turn, made me reflect on the journey our life has taken in the 4 years since that time.  Lots of you know that I am the "Crazy House Lady" as some of my friends like to call me.  Some of you know why I am, but I suspect many of you don't…
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    A Holy Experience

  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [08.29.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    Happy, happy, happy weekend! Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe like crazy in a Good God redeeming everything — and that there’s love everywhere & for ((you))! Serving up only the Good Stuff for you right here: Jakub Polomski Jakub Polomski Jakub Polomski somedays you just need to get away. Today’s your day? okay, you & me, right now — let’s get away right here & let everything just go quiet  <grin> yep — this 250lb red ball was on…
  • your personal invitation to exhale all the stress

    Ann Voskamp
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    So today, we’re doing something different, that I haven’t done before. I’ve invited a well-loved guest to our porch, Scott Sauls, who served for several years as a pastor with Tim Keller at Redeemer in NYC before answering the call to Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, and author of Jesus Outside the Lines, to introduce a very humble member of his own faith community to us — one that might happily delight you — From Pastor Scott Sauls:  “The influential people I admire most are the ones who stay tenaciously centered on God and unimpressed by their…
  • when your summer was a bit of a bust — and not at all what you hoped

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    okay, so this young woman? Has turned out to be one of my best friends. Brave as all get out, smart as a whip, walks only in leaps of faith, & if you follow her on Instagram you know how relentlessly determined she is to always find the hope, always find the humor — always find Him. My heart friend,  Meredith Toering, with the next glorious installment of our Unwrapping Series (have you checked these out? Your soul & summer will exhale its thanks to you) so…   photos and text by Meredith Toering I open my door and step out into the humid Beijing morning.
  • when you’re waiting on God’s grace-filled voice to bring your prodigal home

    Ann Voskamp
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    In 1997 Jim Cymbala, wrote a bestselling book titled Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. In that account of the beginning of Brooklyn Tabernacle where he was pastor, he mentions a family crisis that spurred the church to fervently pray for mercy and restoration of a prodigal. That prodigal just happened to be his daughter, Chrissy. Her story is a raw look at how the world’s influence tried to drown out God’s loving voice. Thankfully, even when she was at her lowest points, God’s voice could not be silenced. It’s a grace to welcome the words of Chrissy to the farm’s front porch…
  • you know they’re laughing at us, right? on the trivialization, monetization & humiliation of the Gospel

    Ann Voskamp
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    So when I step out on to the front porch this morning, there’s a Bible right there at my feet, ripped up into a million mocking shreds. The Sermon on the Mount is torn and chewed and spit out by the BBQ, like the whole thing could be tinder for some kind of burnt sacrifice gone terribly wrong. Fragments of the slashed-up gospels look like papery ash fallen on all the hostas. The spine of some kid’s Bible left out on the porch on a Sunday is splayed like a ruptured mess on Monday, like the intestinal innards have been gutted and left for a circling swoop of lazy, misguided vultures. Our…
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    Unschooling Site News, SandraDodd.com

  • Love of videogames, Unseen Futures, Phrases, Read a little (more)

    Sandra Dodd
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    New page on the love of video games (and it probably won't be what you expect)http://sandradodd.com/videogames/lovePreparing for unseen futures (new page)http://sandradodd.com/unseenfutureQuote and image added to the page on phrases to avoid (from a 2013 Just Add Light post)http://sandradodd.com/phrasesAddition to the "Read a little, try a little..." page, something by Karen Jameshttp://sandradodd.com/readalittle#karen
  • Water; "Screentime", Shame & Guilt

    Sandra Dodd
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    Water—lots of kinds of thoughts about water play and water peace and water abundance (new page)http://sandradodd.com/waterTo the recent page on how Roxana Sorooshian used "screens" in graduate school, I have added her mom's summary of the fellowship, grant and scholarships Roxana has been given for her PhD work.http://sandradodd.com/screentime/roxanaHelpful ideas by Marta Venturini (was Marta Pires) and Pam Sorooshian, partway down the lefthand side:http://sandradodd.com/mentalhealth
  • "Disturbing content," Condemnation (avoiding), why unschool?

    Sandra Dodd
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    On "HOW Unschooled Kids Watch TV"—new, at the bottom, about "disturbing content" http://sandradodd.com/t/hollyCondemnation—how to avoid it and how to open up the doors to allow for growth and change (new page)http://sandradodd.com/condemnationWhy do people unschool? (existing page, cleaned up, small additions)http://sandradodd.com/whyunschool
  • "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
 
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    Sandra Dodd

  • August went away!

    Sandra Dodd
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The first week of August, Keith and I went to Chama and rode the train with my sister Irene, and our daughter Holly. Holly stayed with us in a rental home just three blocks from the train station. It was wonderful all kinds of ways, but on the middle day, in the train, the last hour and a half or so, I started being ill. That was Wednesday, August 5.First it seemed like urinary tract problem, but Holly went and fetched pills and cranberry juice, and I was well very quickly.At home, I got worse and worse until I went to urgent care on Sunday, August 9.Later in the week I wasn't much better, so…
  • Korean dramas continue here

    Sandra Dodd
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    This is from Warrior Baek Dong Soo, thirty episodes long, but I watched it twice.I'm fascinated by the storytelling, the acting, the cinematography, the sets and settings, props and costumes—the historical shows and the modern ones both.My notes on what I've seen, and on a couple of particular shows, are here:http://sandradodd.com/kdramaMy favorites so far were both by the same screenwriter, Song Ji-na. One is called Faith, and one is Healer. (I've written about both of them here before, so those titles are links.)To make certain those are my legitimate favorites, I watched two dozen other…
  • 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…
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    Home Schooling News

  • Corrections

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    In an Aug. 27 Brow Beat , Aisha Harris misstated that there is no set U.S. release date for Nasty Baby . The film will be released theatrically on Oct. 23. In an Aug. 27 Education , Jessica Huseman misidentified Rachel Coleman as the founder of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education.
  • Crystal Lake Park District offers programs for home schoolers

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    CRYSTAL LAKE &#x2013; An upcoming expo designed for parents who home school is one of several programs offered by the Crystal Lake Park Districts designed for home schooling families. The Home School Expo will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.
  • Oroville teacher unveils plan to restructure independent study program

    26 Aug 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Oroville >> An alternative source of education for families searching to meet their children's particular needs was pitched to the Oroville City Elementary School District trustees on Wednesday that could end up being the answer for some people. At the district board of trustees meeting, teacher Nicole Spence Kreider presented plans to revamp OCESD's current independent study program into the Independent Family Learning Center.
  • Letter: Home schooling big part of education

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:16 pm
    The Daily Journal published a column by Dan Thomasson on Aug. 17 with the headline "Reasons persist to steer clear of home schooling." His column contained many errors of fact and had a misleading conclusion that the record needs to be set straight on.
  • Home-school open house to showcase library's resources

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    The West Bloomfield Township Public Library will host a home-school open house for local families looking to network 1-3 p.m. Sept. 8. Youth services coordinator Jill Bickford said the library hasn't held an open house in "many, many years," but because home-school parents in the community were looking for ways to connect to one another, the library staff decided to hold the event.
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Parent vs. Teacher vs. Administration

    ChristineMM
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Last year when my younger son entered private high school I had my first experience with grappling with what is the truth and what is reality. My son was raised to communicate openly and so we heard some things such as a struggle with math in the first trimester. In the meeting with the teacher and the headmaster my husband and I realized the divide. We had a concept of reality as was told to us by our son and then we heard opposing stories from the teacher. I also knew my son was a fast learner of math since I used to teach him and also he learned by online work. Yet my son was not able to…
  • How Teens Spend Their Time

    ChristineMM
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    When my older son finished his Eagle project he went back to work. He was first hired at age 16 at my husband's firm to do a temporary project that grew and grew. He took a break for the FIRST Robotics season since he did that for 35 hours a week 5-6 days a week. When summer came my husband and I worried if we pushed him to go back to work the Eagle project may not get finished. For one thing he had two merit badges to finish up.I think it puts things into perspective when a teen does things across different areas. A teen should never just have schoolwork as their only "work". All people grow…
  • Been Focusing On My Health

    ChristineMM
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    I continue to have various problems relating to inflammation in the body. Since December it has gotten worse. I now have full blown Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms on top of everything else. More importantly both my regular PCP and my out of pocket MD who focuses on nutrition and wellness both say I am prediabetic and need to make lifestyle changes to avoid Type II Diabetes.I put off the plan for about three months and finally in August I did it. I had to do a Paleo Cleanse which is a detox and liver cleanse for two weeks. That was a nightmare as I could not leave the house for the first…
  • Eagle Project Done

    ChristineMM
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    My older son completed his Eagle project about ten days before he turned eighteen (the deadline). Then there was the rush to complete the paperwork which was a detailed report of the planning, the stages, and the completion with analysis of challenges and lessons learned. We had to show proof of accomplishments and that was recordkeeping that I'd tended over since he joined Boy Scouts in fifth grade. My son had his Scoutmaster conference and had to get signatures from various people in the Troop, the Council and the sponsor organization. The paperwork was handed to Council three days before…
  • Executive Functoning Delays Teen Stages of Development

    ChristineMM
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    You may have heard that kids with executive functioning disorders such as ADHD (ADD) are immature. I did not realize until a professional explained to me and then I saw it in real life that this trajectory includes the typical teen developmental stage of testing limits and rebellion happening at a 2-4 year delay.It is confusing for a parent to experience this as the immaturity can be expressed when younger as a polite and obedient child who appears to be more mature than their peers. At ten or eleven or even thirteen this child can follow the rules on their own, is happy to be obedient for…
 
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • DEAR DONALD TRUMP,

    dcobranchi
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    Slightly fictional account ahead… My grandparents were all born overseas (Italy, Italy, Spain, and Poland) and were brought to the US as children in the early 20th century. My parents were born here, but before my grandparents were naturalized. So, my question: To what country would you deport me? I don’t speak a word of Polish and can say “pizza” and “mozzarella” in Italian. I did take Spanish in high school, however. Do you think my “Me llamo Daryl” will be enough to get me by in Spain? Should I start packing my maleta? (Confession: I had to…
  • DEAR GOP SUPER PAC,

    dcobranchi
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    I would be more than happy to take $50,000 or $100,000 of the $10M you’re planning to waste spend supporting the completely unelectable JEB(!) Bush.
  • TANSTAAFA*

    dcobranchi
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    *There ain’t no such thing as a First Amendment. The Parkersburg, WV City Council seems to “think” that they do not have to follow the Constitution. They will be in for a rude awakening, I expect, when they get sued for opening every City Council meeting with the Lord’s Prayer. Group: Prayer change inadequate August 13, 2015 By GRETCHEN RICHARDS (grichards@newsandsentinel.com) , Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG – An activist group has sent a second letter to Parkersburg City Council, claiming the changes made to council’s prayer before a meeting…
  • TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

    dcobranchi
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Here’s the letter the FFRF sent to the Parkersburg, West Virginia City Council concerning illegal prayers at the City Council meetings.
  • LTTE

    dcobranchi
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Why is it so difficult for many Americans to understand that although they have freedom of religion the government does not? I live in Elizabeth, but I want to tell everyone how much I appreciate Mayor Colombo. He is standing up for 99 percent of the people in the United States who are tired of one percent telling us how to live our lives. Who is the Freedom From Religion Foundation? They are a few people who have some money. They think they can push the rest of the country around anytime they want. If the people in Parkersburg, Ripley and Wood County stand up against them and fight them in…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • How to Make a Marriage Flourish today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    When the first two of our sons got married this spring (three weeks apart), my husband embraced the father-of-the-groom’s job of making a toast at the rehearsal dinner. He put a lot of thought into it, as you should when making a speech in front of your soon-to-be daughter-in-law and her family, who will hopefully still want to merge with yours when you finish. (We’ve all seen horrifically failed wedding toasts in movies, so I admit I was nervous when he began.) It’s one thing to know your marriage works — and ours does: we celebrate 30 years this fall — but it’s another to…
  • August 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    I love to watch the bees swarm my Rose of Sharon at this time of year, although they’re a challenge to photograph. You see, the bee buries itself head-first in the flower and rolls around, covering its body with pollen. When he turns toward you—the moment when you could get a good image—he’s ready to fly away to the next bloom. It requires patience and a willingness to forget that your hands are too close to those busy bees! I took this photo in my yard yesterday too; it cracks me up. Look closely and you’ll see how the bee points menacingly at the nearby wasp, partially…
  • Redefining the Sacred Harp

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    My children and I attend an annual singing school in muggy June at a wooded campground in Alabama. We’re familiar with terms like solfège; can follow our line in four part harmony; and know whether to seat ourselves among the sopranos, altos, tenors, or basses. (I’m an alto.) My parents provided the entertainment when we visited friends as a child. My mother, a voice major, accompanied my daddy, who played guitar and once had a recording contract. Musically, I stayed in their shadow and never trusted my voice, although I’m sure I provided much entertainment the year I…
  • Shhh! It’s DaySpring’s $5 Secret Sale!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    DaySpring has a $5 Secret Sale going on until this Sunday, August 2, which includes tableware, baby gifts, books, journals, mugs, and t-shirts. These deals are crazy good! Daily Grace – Grace for Today – Teapot Daily Grace – Grace for Today – Butter Dish Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Teddy Bear Prayer Plush Faith, Hope & Love – Inspirational Journal Holley Gerth – Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream Tsh Oxenreider – Notes from a Blue Bike Lisa-Jo Baker – Surprised by Motherhood Bless This Home – Wooden Doorstop This sale…
  • $1.99 eBook Sale on The Beauty of Grace & Other Titles!

    Dawn Camp
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    My publisher, Revell, has a $1.99 eBook sale on The Beauty of Grace (with color photos!) and other titles through July 30th. What a great time to stock your iPad, Kindle, Nook, or other ebook reader! Titles include: The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God’s Love from Today’s Most Popular Writers by Dawn Camp (me!) – Amazon | Barnes & Noble A Confident Heart by Renee Swope – Amazon | Barnes & Noble Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions by Karen Ehman – Amazon | Barnes & Noble A Life that Says Welcome:…
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    Molly Green

  • Tips on a (Somewhat) Organized Move

    JoAnn
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    by Alicia Hutchinson In the past three and a half years we have moved four times. Twice across the country, once down the street, and once into a temporary space while we waited for our new home to finalize. Our moving-frenzy has given me some experience on a—somewhat—organized move. I’m not sure if there’s really such a thing as a really organized move. At some point everything feels crazy and your house looks like an unorganized Goodwill store, but there are a few things you can do to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here are nine tips to moving in a somewhat organized…
  • To Share or Not to Share, That is the Question

    JoAnn
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By A.K. Fielding As a home-based business, your online presence is critical to your success. With a plethora of social media sites available, which one should you use to serve your business? Should you blog or should you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other popular site to promote your business? As important as it is to figure out which social media site(s) works best for you, more important is the content you share on these sites. Remember the golden rule: if you are too embarrassed to share it with someone in person, then you should refrain from sharing it…
  • Easy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Homeschool Mom

    JoAnn
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 pm
    By Lisa Holcomb It’s that time of year again when both public school kids and homeschool families are preparing for the next busy school season. Even if you are a homeschool family, you know from experience that mornings can still be hectic and busy. Something as simple as getting kids a healthy breakfast before they start their studies can be daunting. However, with just a little planning, you really can give your family a yummy breakfast that doesn’t consist of just a quick bowl of cereal. You really don’t have to be super mom to pull off planning a few breakfast recipes (or lunch and…
  • Tips on Writing

    JoAnn
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting   Whether you are writing a paper for schoolwork or want to write your own story for fun, there are some tips that will improve your piece. Every piece, even a poem, needs structure and a purpose. You need a beginning, middle, and ending. There needs to be a logical progression of how you move from the start to the finish. There needs to be a reason for writing the piece. Be focused. Keep on your topic. Reread your opening or thesis statement to remind yourself of the focus and what message you want to give the reader. Active verbs always work better than passive ones…
  • Protect Your Family from Snakes on the Homestead

    JoAnn
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jaimie Bauer I really hate snakes. I mean I really hate them! I realize that there are some good ones that are beneficial, and I am practical enough to recognize their benefit and not wish them all dead. I just don’t want to see them! However, the poisonous ones … well, it’s game on. If I see one, I will shoot it. And believe me, I have seen my share of poisonous snakes. Because they are a fact of life on our little homestead in the woods, we’ve developed some good strategies for getting rid of them. We have two little boys who love playing outside, especially during the warmer…
 
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Getting Out (During the Day)

    Jennifer Holt
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    I just started my oldest in k/1st this year.  Last year, since she was in pre-k, I felt fine about going out during "school hours" to trampoline parks, Chick-Fil-A, etc.  It was a great outlet for physical energy!  But now I not only feel we "should" stay in during "school hours"... but I also feel like my oldest concentrates best in the morning.  The problem?  I have two other children... ages 3 & 1... and these guys are just not loving spending all morning indoors.  This is esp. true for the 3-year-old who no longer naps. Just when my oldest finishes up school (around noon), we…
  • Math Tutor

    Katie S
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Hi there My rising sixth grade daughter has always struggled with Math. I've used several different programs trying to help (I think I just made it more confusing) we managed to make it through Teaching Textbooks level 5, but she has some major gaps Her standardized testing for math was below average and her Math computation scores were well below average. I'm looking to have a tutor come to help her.  One lady is $40 dollars an hour! And would work weekly with her on whatever curriculum I choose Another lady will come twice a week for an hour and will only charge $30 for both. She is a…
  • to work or not to work

    Lorjon
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
       I started working in May to make up for having to buy insurance through my husbands work.  We lost several hundred a month because of that so I felt like I needed to go to work to make up some of that money.  Typically though,  I am a stay at home mom and love it that way.  Its been ok working though,  because it was summer and we arent very busy in the summer.  Now that we started school and the extra curriculars are starting back,  it looks to be impossible for me to work.    I have to find rides for my kids and thats hard because everyone works.  If I quit working,  I…
  • Spanish for high schooler

    Tonya
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    I have a 15 yo son.  Looking for a Spanish program.  He has been through speech therapy until last year.  I am struggling with finding something that is doable and worth the money for speech and auditory issues.  We sat down together and looked at Rosetta Stone.  That is not going to work.  Any other ideas?  We need two years.
  • homeschool burnout

    Freda Janelle Gerrish
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:27 pm
    hi,  just need prayers to help me refocus on homeschooling my little one's. I have homeschooled for 10 years now. My father in law moved in next door and talked my husband into forcing our oldest two into public school, 9th grade and 6th grade last school year 2014-2015. All was fine they passed the entrance exam two grades ahead of the 9th and 6th. So they are doing well in public school, but not learning much beyond what they already know.  I regret that they were sent but it was their fathers decision (along with grandpa) anyway now i am struggling to teach the younger three 9, 5, &…
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    Heart of Wisdom Homeschool Blog

  • Bible Journal DIY Scripture Wall Art

    Robin Sampson
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    I love Bible Journaling. If you haven’t heard of it see my new site BibleJournalingDigitally.com The images below are a twist on traditional Bible Journaling which placed the art inside the Bible. Here I journal the verse then surround it with images to make wall art. When I shared the images on Facebook I got a ...
  • Free Book Excerpts & Homeschool Lessons

    Robin Sampson
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    We want to make sure you like our books before purchasing. We offer hundreds of pages of free homeschool lapbooks, worksheets, lesson plans, and other homeschool helps below. The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach  This book will instruct you, step by step, how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education from preschool through high ...
  • Free Bible Coloring Pages

    Robin Sampson
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    This beautiful collage shows the free Old Testament coloring pages for the Ministry to Children website created by Mandy Groce . You can download a PDF document or  high resolution JPEG file for each of the 39 OT Bible books. Directions and supplies for three ways to use these in your Bible Journal are listed below (please share). I ...
  • Full Quiver Humor: Top 12 Questions Large Families Receive

    Robin Sampson
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:14 pm
    I’ve gathered fun Q&A over the years from several quiver full moms. I’m looking at this list from a different perspective today. I was pregnant with my youngest son (#9) when I was 46! My husband and I went in to look at the pregnancy test and neither of us could read it. We both ...
  • 3 Ways to Bible Journal Digitally

    Robin Sampson
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    I LOVE Bible Journaling! I was out to lunch with a friend discussing a passage I had journaled and I could actually see the page in my mind because I had spent so much time on it. Feasting on the Word, listening to God, and crafting! It doesn’t get any better! Why Bible Journal? Learn About ...
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Video of New Novel Study and Writing Classes and Currclick Live Classes 10% off Now!

    kamrg
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Hi, all! As I’ve told you, I will be teaching a series of Middle and High School Novel Studies and Writing Workshops at Currclick! They are having a Back to School Sale right now and my classes are presently 10% off! Have fun discussing and learning literature with other students! Learn the necessary writing skills you will need for high school and college and to get into college! Here is a video describing the classes that I will be teaching this Fall – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nilnRp5_46s Here are the links to the classes if you want to check them out! ACT/SAT (2015) Essay…
  • Free Class Today at 11 am CST Introducing New Live Novel Study and Writing Classes

    kamrg
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    Free Class Today, Tuesday at 11 am CST introducing our new Literary Adventure Novel Studies for Middle and High School and Writing Workshops! It will be recorded, so if you can’t make it live today – you can still purchase this “free” class and watch the recording at your leisure! http://www.currclick.com/product/95877/Fall-2015-Free-Class-Introducing-New–Literary-Adventure-Novel-Studies-and-Writing-Classes Take a look at our other Live classes starting in Septemeber and throughout the Fall!
  • Live Online Classes

    kamrg
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Live Online Classes.
  • 3 Reasons Notebooking is so Effective and a Giveaway, Sale and Coupon!

    kamrg
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    (For Notebooking Pages Giveaway information, Sale dates, and an exclusive discount code I am sharing with my readers, please see below this post – you don’t want to miss the Back to School Giveaway!)(affil) We have used notebooking in our homeschool for years! It was the method I used to get both my boys writing papers. They moved from the “deer caught in headlights” look on their faces staring at a blank page to looking forward to sharing their newly found knowledge about whatever topic we were studying about at the time. We combined oral narration and written…
  • My Post was this week’s Feature at Hip Homeschooling! Combining Notebooking and Lapbooking

    kamrg
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I tried lapbooking with my two non-cutting, non-coloring boys (who don’t mind making things from scratch or writing notebooking and pages and adding their own artistic renderings of what they have written). It was not the success I had envisioned or hoped for. Something about the file folder and putting all of these little booklets on the file folder turned them off. I still don’t completely understand the emotional reaction they had to this, but we have found something that does work for us. I’d like to share this idea with you. We use pieces of card stock, 3-hole punched…
 
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the blue hair and stuff

    Kris Bales
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Seeing the Sky: A resource for homeschool astronomy {Review + Giveaway}

    Kris Bales
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Homeschool Mom’s Night Out Ideas

    Kris Bales
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • 5 Things Not to Worry About this School Year

    Alicia Hutchinson
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with all the rain

    Kris Bales
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers has moved! Please update your reader now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from WUHS.
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • Sequence Your Day: Simple Tips for a Smooth Year, Part 3

    Sonya Shafer
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    There seems to be a somewhat common misconception among homeschoolers—especially those who are new to the Charlotte Mason Method. Let’s set the record straight: the Charlotte Mason approach is not just living books. There is much more to Charlotte Mason than reading and narrating! Charlotte’s students wrote, sang, memorized, recited, drew, worked with manipulatives, went […] Sequence Your Day: Simple Tips for a Smooth Year, Part 3 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Provide Variety: Simple Tips for a Smooth Year, Part 2

    Sonya Shafer
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    A couple of days ago a friend shared something exciting over lunch. She had been reading a book about the origins and use of colors throughout history. In it, the author mentioned several artists. My friend enthusiastically explained that she recognized many of them from our Picture Study Portfolios. In fact, some of the specific […] Provide Variety: Simple Tips for a Smooth Year, Part 2 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Stop and Wait: Simple Tips for a Smooth Year, Part 1

    Sonya Shafer
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    This morning my youngest and I went to the store. Schools in our community started today, so it was a quiet time to go shopping. I pulled a shopping cart from the end of the stack and wheeled it to the automatic sliding door, and that’s when I realized that I was smiling. You see, […] Stop and Wait: Simple Tips for a Smooth Year, Part 1 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Taking Shape

    Sonya Shafer
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    It’s exciting to see a new community take shape! First you see the plots marked off. Then the utilities and infrastructure are put in place. Little by little you see a few homes built. Roads are paved; sidewalks go in. Trees and street lights spring up. A park is added nearby. Later more homes are […] Taking Shape originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • More Lesson Plans to Keep It Simple

    Sonya Shafer
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Last week we stayed at one of my favorite hotels when we were in Texas for a convention. The facility itself is nice, but one key that makes it a favorite of mine is a petite, cheerful lady named Ling Ling. You see, the lobby is rather large; and the moment you walk in that […] More Lesson Plans to Keep It Simple originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
 
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    TxHomeschooling

  • Simple and Quick Online Resources for Homeschooling

    14 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    ONLINE RESOURCES FOR HOMESCHOOLINGThere are many locations online for that quick unit study to download. It can be for the individual homeschool family or a required element for that week at the Homeschool Co-op.Here are some that I have used  use and some I plan to use in the future. Remember to always think of how your child learns best when using any curriculum Currently usingwww.WriteforSuccess.com Currclick as needed.  Thinking of UsingFounders Academy : Great Government and Economics Classes and we have gone to some of their July 4th Classes.  She does a great…
  • Gardening and Homeschooling Part2

    11 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    Have you ever thought of what the family can learn by gardening together?  Did you know you can teach, Reading, Writing, and even Arithmetic?  There are so many things to learn if you garden as a family.  There is even Science involved.  The lesson in photosynthesis. Dirt content, dirt health, and the micro organisms in dirt that help and others that don't help.Live in the City?  Don't have much space?  Gardening is still possible. See here at the Molly Green Magazine (Affiliate LINK) -  http://mollygreen.com/blog/the-other-side-of-the-fence/ref/200Its…
  • 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…
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • What Grade is My High School Child?

    Lee
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    There you are, homeschooling the normal and natural way, not worrying about grade levels. After all, when your child is younger, how can you really […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Transcript Week Includes Special Events, Practical Training, Exclusive Deals and MORE

    Lee
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Transcript Week Includes Special Events, Practical Training, Exclusive Deals and MORE Join us August 30- September 4, 2015 Register for our first FREE event, and […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers

    Lee
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Success! I love it when people write to say THANK YOU and share their successes! I got this awesome note from Jen in Pennsylvania. Read […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Pinterest Board for Gold Care Club Members

    Lee
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Pinterest Board for Gold Care Club Members I had a great idea! I’ve created a Pinterest Board for my Gold Care Club members. Each week […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Kristine States the Obvious – College Listens

    Lee
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Kristine States the Obvious – College Listens So many moms are scared and nervous about college admission policies. Don’t be! Policies are constantly changing, and […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Homeschool Curriculum

  • T4L High School Review

    Homeschool Curriculum
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    By Jackie P (Georgia) Visitor Review: My daughter used T4L from 5th through 8th grade and loved it. It wasn’t that way in the beginning though. I had to force her to try T4L. She thought it was much to babyish for her. Once she started using the program, she found it very engaging. The […]
  • Planning on a Graduation with Abeka Academy

    Homeschool Curriculum
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    By Anonymous (USA) Visitor Review: We have been homeschooling for 3 years and have used Abeka Academy for all of them. My daughter and I both love the program and the teachers. I believe part of the experience can be how much the parents can get involved and help the DVD program come alive. If […]
  • K12: Worst school ever >:(

    Homeschool Curriculum
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:44 am
    By Nashilly (United States) Visitor Review: Hi, im Nashlly, and im from Georgia.I started doing k12 this year, and I just HATE it. I used to be a good student, always had A’s and B’s, and now my grades are dropping because of Study Island, projects, GA411. and way too much more! That was ridiculous. […]
  • Don’t use K12

    Homeschool Curriculum
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    By Stacy T (Texas) Visitor Review: After several months of trying to get my 9th grader enrolled after surgery we gave up. They do not care about the students muchless the curriculum. I submitted the electric bill to show proof of res. and they rejected it several times because it didn’t show the address. It […]
  • Loveeeeeeeeeeeeee MATH U See!!!

    Homeschool Curriculum
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    By Cathe (USA) Visitor Review: I love MATH U See! It has changed my life…our lives!! I have TEN kids down to six that I HS and use Math U See for them all! Aaaaaaaa+++++++++++++++ Curr. Have You Used This Homeschool Curriculum? Help other homeschool parents! Submit a review now!
 
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    Wild Iris

  • Tips on Learning Japanese

    Iris
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    It has been said by many that Japanese is the most difficult language to learn in the world. The variety of characters one needs to learn just to be able to read is mind boggling to say the least. However, over the years the Japanese language has been gaining popularity among people of all ages all over the world due to a variety of reasons. If you are looking to enroll in the Berlitz Japanese Language School, you need to understand that how you look at the language from the very beginning will have a huge influence in whether you become fluent or drop it in future. Before you enroll into a…
  • Queue systems for students

    Iris
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Thanks to the introduction of the queue management solutions, students no longer need to stand in an endless queue to get themselves admitted in the educational institution of their choice. This system would ensure that students easily get to select services such as registration for their course, collect their students ID, make the payments for their course fee, make inquiries about educational loan and get quick answers to all other questions related to their course of education. Specifically designed for educational institutions the smart queuing system by Q’Soft would give the users…
  • Part Time Degree Courses in Singapore for a Better Future

    Iris
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Part time degree courses in Singapore are not only for those working students but also for people who want to go back schooling in part time basis to improve their skills and also for securing their good positions in a certain company to earn their needed power in the employment place. The courses that are offered are designed to meet the needs of the students who are willing to study and finish their degrees. Degree courses would help the students to be prepared in order to meet different challenges in the economy that are usually knowledge-based. The different programmes are designed for…
  • Engineering Degrees in Demand

    Iris
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Engineering careers are available in numerous fields of study nowadays. The subject covers an extensive range of varied applications and industries. With the combination of mathematics, science and logical reasoning, individuals in the engineering field are able to create a solution to real life situations and problems. Today, many prestigious colleges and universities worldwide offer a variety of degree in engineering which are selected by most students because they provide practical applications. Engineering itself comprises the knowledge and skills to design devise, machines and structures…
  • Part Time Diploma in Business, Economics & Administration Courses

    Iris
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Part time diploma courses in Singapore such as in Business, Economics and Administration provides the students the knowledge and the skills that they need in order to succeed in this very competitive world of business. It is a diploma program that prepare the students to hold a certain position in the business world and give them the basic and the main knowledge that they need which is related to the field of economics, business and administration. While the students are pursuing this part time diploma courses in Singapore, they will be able to take the coverage of the managerial processes,…
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Bookshark History 6 Review

    Kendra
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Kendra For the past year my eldest has been using Bookshark History 6 World History Year 1 of 2. Bookshark is a semi-new company to the homeschooling market. They offer a literature approach to history intermingling lovely books alongside history spines. If you’re up for it they offer full programmes in which science, math, language arts, and even history are included. We, however, only went with the History 6 Guide. We purchased our literature books from another source which offered free shipping to international customers. I know that Bookshark is often considered the secular version…
  • Spellominoes – My Review

    Betsy
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Betsy Are you looking for a fun way to start of the new homeschool year?  Do your kids ever struggle with phonics or spelling?  Why not make a game of it! Spellominoes is a card game, that helps to teach basic phonics/reading and spelling skills.  It is made by TRENDenterprises.com, an educational publishing company. This game is one of their learning FUN products that my family has enjoyed during my daughter’s early years. Spellominoes teaches your child about blends and digraphs through play!  It includes: 1.  43 initial-consonant and word ending cards 2.  11 blend or digraph…
  • A Little Mandarin: A Product Review

    Eva Varga
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Eva Varga When my daughter was approaching her fifth birthday, she begged to learn Chinese. At the time, I really struggled to find resources that were geared to non-native speakers. I was recently provided a copy of A Little Mandarin – a music CD of Chinese Children’s Classics – in exchange for my honest review. I wish that I had known of A Little Mandarin when we first began learning Mandarin Chinese! The tunes are very catchy – just as all classic children’s music tends to be – which makes the learning of Mandarin enjoyable for everyone. The 15 songs…
  • Back to Homeschool Curriculum Choices

    Tricia
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Tricia Here at The Curriculum Choice, our passion is making homeschool decisions easy. And right here at the height of back to school time, we have a basket brimming with homeschool curriculum choices just for YOU! Today our authors are sharing with you some of their favorite curriculum choices. And we are giving away this awesome basket to one blessed Curriculum Choice reader! It is $477.34 worth of curriculum WOW! Homeschool Curriculum Choices from Our Review Team Some of our very best resources for making homeschool curriculum choices are listed for you, below! Our Curriculum Choices…
  • Apologia Biology Science SuperSet Review

    Tricia
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Tricia In our homeschool we are quite familiar with Apologia Biology. This year will be our third year with this wonderful study. I have fond memories of our eldest two children starting high school with Exploring Creation with Biology! However, there are several new tools that I want to share with you today – in this Apologia Biology Science SuperSet! Exploring Creation with Biology sure meets the needs of a brand new high school student – with tips for the homeschool teacher and student along the way. ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end! We received this Apologia Biology student…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • Autumn Counting Cards and Puzzles

    Monique
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    I’m sorry to say goodbye to summer but we are heading into the autumn season as things begin to cool down. Your preschooler can practice counting with these autumn math worksheets, or you can cut them out and use them as count and clip cards. Make sure to print them onto card stock so they […] The post Autumn Counting Cards and Puzzles appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • How We Made the Most of Summer Vacation #Snackation

    Monique
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Summer is coming to an end and it is so sad. We love hitting the beach but because we’re in Ontario, Canada, our summers are so short. There are really only about 8 weeks of solid summer weather that makes it swim worthy at the beach from July to August. June can be hit or […] The post How We Made the Most of Summer Vacation #Snackation appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • 4 Ways to Enjoy Your Beach Trip #Snackation

    Monique
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    We love hitting the beach because our summers are so short, we have to enjoy every weekend at the beach that we can before the snow comes. It can take a lot of work to pack up and ensure you have everything you need for the beach but you also want to ensure that you’re […] The post 4 Ways to Enjoy Your Beach Trip #Snackation appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Why Great Birthday Parties Don’t Need a Huge Budget #BirthdaysCount

    Monique
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you have a birthday party coming up that you have to plan for? If you have a large family, you could be celebrating a lot of birthdays during the year. Do you go all out with decorations, food, entertainment and not to mention the gifts as well. Birthdays can get so extravagant these days […] The post Why Great Birthday Parties Don’t Need a Huge Budget #BirthdaysCount appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Autumn Counting Mats

    Monique
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    These autumn counting mats are great to practice  counting using dot markers or they can place counters on top of them as well. Math worksheets are a fun way to change things up in your homeschool as you move into a different season. You can practice counting anytime of the year, but you don’t have […] The post Autumn Counting Mats appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
 
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    Racheous - Respectful Learning & Parenting

  • What We’re Reading | Author Spotlight

    Racheous
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This post contains affiliate links for your convenience I’m officially in love with Steve Jenkins books! I went to write a post about what we’re reading and realised 3 of the 5 books were by Steve Jenkins and I have TEN of his books on my wishlist. So I just have to share with you: […] The post What We’re Reading | Author Spotlight appeared first on Racheous - Respectful Learning & Parenting.
  • I AM My Child’s Friend

    Racheous
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    “I am not your friend” I read in a recent popular post a mother wrote about what lessons she wants her children to know. Ouch. Why is society so afraid of parents being friends to their children? To me, it’s like saying “I’m not my husband’s friend, I’m his wife!” Why not both?! Being a […] The post I AM My Child’s Friend appeared first on Racheous - Respectful Learning & Parenting.
  • Measuring BIG

    Racheous
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Following our favourite maths books, I thought I’d share one of our favourite resources for measuring BIG. Cam is often asking how far it is on our walks or how big some of the massive things in our world really are. Using a trundle wheel is such a fun, hands on way to explore measurement […] The post Measuring BIG appeared first on Racheous - Respectful Learning & Parenting.
  • What DO We Do Then?

    Racheous
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Probably the most frequently asked question I get asked by readers in comments of shares of my parenting posts is “what do you do then?” When they hear that we don’t spank, yell, force manners, use time out, take possessions or bribe they imagine us left with figurative empty hands. What do you do then? […] The post What DO We Do Then? appeared first on Racheous - Respectful Learning & Parenting.
  • Why School?

    Racheous
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Why 5 years of age? Why 5 days a week? Why 6 hours a day? Why is it that when kids turn five in our society they are typically expected to spend hours a day 5 days a week in a government institution? Why do they not get a choice in how they spend such […] The post Why School? appeared first on Racheous - Respectful Learning & Parenting.
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    Days With The Grays

  • How to Downsize with Kids

    Megan Gray
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    First thing you have to remember when downsizing your kid's stuff is that it's not your stuff, it's theirs. They have to be a part of the process and you are there to help. Even though our daughter was only two when we did our major downsizing, she still had a say as to what stays and what goes. With her we didn't necessarily ask her what she wanted or not, but we started to pay attention to what she played with most and what were her favorite things. Sometimes if she had two of something, or two similar items, we asked her which one was her favorite between the two. From this careful…
  • How To Downsize Your Stuff

    Megan Gray
    6 May 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Over the past couple of months we have been downsizing like we have never downsized before. Getting ready to live the van life meant we didn't just need to pack, but we needed to go through EVERYTHING! We had to decide what we really were going to need because space would not allow for clutter. Things that you would normally just throw in a box and bring with you because you didn't feel like going through it were not an option for us. Photographs, memory boxes, jewelry, etc. all had to be dealt with. It was time consuming, and at times really freaking hard!This time around we learned so much…
  • No More Being Car-Free? Why?

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

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

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

  • Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide [Review]

    Susan Raber
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    My favorite subject to teach and discuss with my kids is Literature, so reviewing a high school Literature curriculum like Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide from Writing with Sharon Watson is especially enjoyable. Description:Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide is a full year literature curriculum written from a Christian perspective. There are 77 lessons covering over 40 literary terms, using seven novels considered to be 'classic', and one memoir. The choices of books for this literature study follow the theme of 'colliding worlds', and author studies, evaluations of the…
  • Yes, someone is homeschooling better than you

    Susan Raber
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:51 am
    freedigitalphotos.net photo by stockimages We compare ourselves to each other all the time. Someone has a nicer house, is more attractive, has a dazzling career. And with homeschooling, there are dozens of families in real life and online who seem to be doing it better than we are.  OK, now what? Discontent and covetous get us nowhere, and usually drag us down into an ineffective puddle of self-indulgent goo. Here's the thing - someone probably IS homeschooling better than you, because they aren't spending time and energy imagining another life in someone else's skin. Their…
  • How can homeschooling help YOUR child?

    Susan Raber
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:02 am
                         Photos from RGBSTOCK.com, credits below Can homeschooling work for yourgiftedaveragestrugglingtwice-exceptional child? Is homeschooling best for elementarymiddlehigh school students? Families choose homeschooling for different reasons, but I think some have gotten the idea they need a specific or compelling reason to homeschool. They think it is just for gifted kids who want to go to college at 12, or for special needs children who aren't being served at…
  • Is this kind of thinking a hindrance in your homeschool?

    Susan Raber
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Photo credits below. One thing I've noticed over the years about those new to homeschooling is the depth and breadth of institutionalized thinking.  Even veteran homeschoolers fall back onto old habits of thinking without realizing it.age-graded curriculumfocus on testscomparing our kids to others their agemimicking traditional classroom methodsIt sounds rather alarmist and paranoid to say that schools have institutionalized us to the point where we have trouble thinking for ourselves. "Here come the black helicopters!" Most of us were in traditional classrooms for at least 12 years, and…
  • The Conversation by Leigh A. Bortins [Review]

    Susan Raber
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    Whether or not you are a Classical homeschooler, I believe you will learn from and enjoy The Conversation by Leigh A. Bortins at Classical Conversations.  Description: The Conversation is the third book in a series of books about each stage of Classical Education. The Core covers the Grammar stage, and The Question explains the Dialectic stage. The Conversation encourages parents to continue to homeschool through high school – the Rhetorical stage. The Conversation is a 267-page matte cover paperback. The sections and topics in the book are:  Preface by the…
 
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  • How to Prepare Your Homeschooler For College Admissions

    Tim Milosch
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re like most parents, the thought of preparing your homeschooler for college admissions is overwhelming. If we’re being honest, wasn’t this the proverbial elephant in the room?  That gnawing doubt in the back of your mind when you were The post How to Prepare Your Homeschooler For College Admissions appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • How to Research Colleges Without Getting Overwhelmed

    Tim Milosch
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    You’re a homeschooling parent who has to juggle curriculum, schedules, multiple students, and the never ending stream of day to day household tasks. Your high school student is nearing graduation and just started talking about what happens next. College?  Career? The post How to Research Colleges Without Getting Overwhelmed appeared first on 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.
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