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  • How talking to your child can improve development

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

    The Curriculum Choice
    Annie Kate
    13 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Annie Kate With almost two decades of homeschooling under our belts, our family has experienced a variety of learning issues.  Most of them we have been able to diagnose and resolve ourselves. When I marked a recent French test, though, I realized I needed expert help.  Occasionally we all find ourselves in situations where our love, patience, and efforts are not enough, and then we usually don’t know where to turn. However, long ago the 12-year-old daughter of a dear friend of mine learned to read at a Sylvan Learning Center, and when I put down that French test, I picked up the phone…
  • Pick your own favorites from various publishers for a huge discount price!

    Katie's Homeschool Cottage
    kamrg
    15 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    If you have ever wanted to just pick and choose specific products from your favorite publishers and be able to buy them at one huge discount price, this Build Your Bundle Sale is for you! Katie’s Homeschool Cottage is participating as a contributing publisher and as an affiliate in this huge curriculum sale! You won’t want to miss this! All the details here : Build Your Bundle Sale, Coupon, Give Aways! Tagged: back to school sale, build your own bundle, charlotte mason homeschool, charlotte mason lesson plans, Copywork, coupon code, curriculum sale, discount, give aways,…
  • Why We Don’t Do Crafts

    Racheous - Lovable Learning
    Racheous
    7 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    The idea of ‘process over product’ is thrown around a lot regarding kids and creative processes. Still social media platforms like Pinterest and Facebook pages are littered with craft ideas for kids and crafts are so dang popular that I’m scared to write this post. You see, I want to provide a different point of […] The post Why We Don’t Do Crafts appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Celebrate the Start of Summer with a Summer Fun Basket

    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
    Alicia Hutchinson
    21 May 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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  • Mushroom Crack AKA Russian Mushroom Julienne

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

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

    Heather
    6 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Homeschool mom looks at curriculum in THSC Vendor Hall I used to love going to the Arlington Homeschool Book fair back in the day. I have been many times. I’ve been taking photos for THSC in the Woodlands for quite a few years now, so I have only been to Arlington once or twice in the past five years, though. I was excited when I found out that THSC bought the book fair and plans to add a few features from the Woodlands book fair that I had grown to love. THSC has asked me to come to Dallas this week and take pictures during their debut Arlington conference, so I will be there taking…
  • My First Wedding Photography Shoot… I Think I’m in Love.

    Heather
    4 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    I said I would never shoot a wedding. As much as I love portraits and event photography and art shots, I was listening to that little voice of fear about how stressful a one-time event like a wedding would be. The voices we listen to can be intimidating. Can I hack it under pressure? Chelse and Nathan I guess I was about to find out. Aren’t they cute? That was taken at the rehearsal dinner. I was playing with my off-camera flash. Her skin is flawless and she’s as cute as a button. What could go wrong, right? I can’t imagine anyone has ever taken a bad picture of this…
  • Austin Senior Portraits and Bluebonnet Fever

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

    Melissa Wiley
    15 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I’m at 90% and I THINK I JUST FIGURED OUT A THING about someone but I won’t say yet don’t tell me I bet I’m right maybe It’s a good theory Also: this morning I figured out how to manage my Definitive LMM list the post is underway but sorry I can only think about Blackout right now
  • Thursday reading notes (plus happy anniversary to us)

    Melissa Wiley
    14 May 2015 | 6:32 pm
    It’s our 21st wedding anniversary (though we begin our official count from our first date, five years earlier) and San Diego celebrated with RAIN, which you know is a huge big deal here these days. Glorious. I can’t find our copy of Winnie the Pooh. Where is it hiding? So after Pooh Corner (sans final chapter) I had to (eventually) give up the search and pick something else. I’ll get Pooh from the library, I guess. IT’S JUST I KNOW IT’S RIGHT HERE UNDER MY NOSE SOMEWHERE. I bought a boxed set of Milne way back before we got married (we’d been an item for…
  • The grass is always greener…

    Melissa Wiley
    14 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Poor, deprived Huck is enumerating for me the vast number of important life experiences he is missing out on because we have, and I quote, “just a big tree and sticks in our front yard instead of nice fake grass like Miss Lily up the street.”
  • Thoughts on ‘teaching’ reading (and why I don’t do it)

    Melissa Wiley
    12 May 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Reading a Bird and Squirrel book by James Burks I chimed in on a discussion on my local homeschooling list about one mom’s concerns that her son had stalled on the learning-to-read process. As usual I found I had a lot to say, so I’m scooping it here (and expanding a bit) in case it’s of interest to others.  I’ll second what E. said: Six is really very young and at this point (and every point, really), the VERY BEST thing you can do is to read aloud a great deal. There are lots of studies to back up what many of us have been discovering and advocating for years about…
  • Sasquatch Award Nomination for The Prairie Thief

    Melissa Wiley
    11 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    I was delighted to learn that The Prairie Thief is a nominee for the Washington Library Association‘s 2015-2016 Sasquatch Award, the chapter book award for grades 3-6 in Washington State. Here is the whole lineup—a fine batch of contenders, I must say!   How many have you read?
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  • Homemade Bread? Yes, You Can!

    JoAnn
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting One of the great dramas in the kitchen is bread making where the yeast is the temperamental diva and the flour is the hero. I’ve been making bread for most of my life and using the same great wheat flour recipe for forty years. I can take the dough and use it to make rolls or loaves. I have learned a few tips that make it work. The recipe for Honey of an Egg Whole Wheat Bread is in my book Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Watch my video for step-by-step instructions on making whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. TIPS Yeast needs to dissolve for 10…
  • Memorial Day: More than Just Another Long Weekend

    JoAnn
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Talmage P. Ekanger, J.D. Memorial Day has all too often been celebrated only for the long weekend provided by employers, a day at the lake or a chance to catch up on yard work—while the underlying meaning and importance has been ignored. On a day when we should be teaching our children about this nation’s heroes and their dedication to a greater purpose, it is tempting (and common) to let the day pass without even a mention of its true purpose or historical import. Birthed out of the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was the day set aside for the decorating of graves for those who lost…
  • Blazing New Trails with Homeschooling

    JoAnn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Holly Giles Early in my journey of parenthood, the outdoors became a respite for me and my newborn son. As a baby he was soothed by the breeze, the birds, and our backyard swing. I naturally assumed his growing curiosity for the outdoors was because we spent so much time in it. Alongside my son, I began to notice God’s beauty all around us that I never saw as a child. His curiosity became my own and together we watched butterflies emerge, viewed migrating birds, walked trails, and swam in springs. As we ventured into schooling at home, my second son was born. In my quest for them to sit…
  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

    JoAnn
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and it is heating up in many parts of the country. Now is the time we really want those cool refreshing smoothies and shakes. However, so many of them aren’t healthy and don’t do our waistline any good. Or, if they are healthy, they might not be so tasty. We sure can’t get our families (especially our kids) to drink something that doesn’t look and taste appealing. We’re going to help you out with that. At Build a Menu we have a weekly smoothie and shake category that always features healthy and yummy drinks that the…
  • Homeschooling Around the World: Australia

    JoAnn
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jenny Stephenson We have journeyed to far off countries in our series, “Homeschooling Around the World,” and this month’s focus is a very fun country—Australia! Take your family on a journey down under and experience all that Australia has to offer. Country: Australia Australia is an island continent and is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia was discovered by a Dutch navigator named Willem Janszoon in 1606 and was named “New Holland.” Though the Dutch charted the island in the 1700s, it was not colonized. In 1788 the British government sent out a fleet that…
 
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    Why Homeschool

  • This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up

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

    Henry Cate
    9 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Chareen has set up a Google doc for submitting posts this month.  So if you want to try it go to Carnival of Homeschooling roundup.
  • Please send in a post for the May edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    7 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    This is just a quick reminder, you have four days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling. The May edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be held Every Bed of Roses. Entries are due on May 8th, at 6:00 PM PST.This will be the 471st edition.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, on the 9th of February.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
  • FYI: There will be no Carnival of Homeschooling for April

    Henry Cate
    7 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Some things have come up and the host scheduled for April wasn't able to pull together the carnival.
  • Life after homeschooling

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

  • Greetings from the Big Apple

    21 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    I was in NYC last week, apartment hunting, as we are starting a bit of an adventure that I have been kind of talking about all year.  Hubby's job is out of NYC, but we are maintaining our Atlanta home for the meanwhile. Our kids are still in college and like to come home, plus this is hubby's dream home. In an ideal world we will pay off this home and retire to it.  In this unpredictable world, our NY adventure could be over in a couple of years, in which case we will settle back into our home full time... or, we may decide we LOVE NYC so much that we move entirely or just downsize…
  • Regret and possible loathing

    11 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    So, something happened this past weekend that deeply saddened me.  You may remember that my son finished homeschooling with a homeschool portfolio, but we had our daughter finish school with an Alternative School Program to accredit her portfolio.  The reason was that she was an exceptional student, and with one child already in college, I felt the need to increase her scholarship chances, and I believed that having her report card and grades endorsed by a school, would help.  So, I sent her coursework for review to a local homeschool program, and that person reviewed the work,…
  • What I was going to do and why I didn't do it

    6 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    I feel so unfocused lately.  I want more than anything to pick up the sketchbook and canvas again, but when you have this kind of adult distraction disorder (ADD - without the hyperactivity) It doesn't take much to remove your focus. In short, I haven't done my art-a-day run because we are about to be dually located.  Hubby's job is moving him to NYC, but he wants to keep our home here as well.  I talked about this a little in the fall, then, that got changed, and now it is back on again.  Just when I thought I had let go of the dream of that happening (I really, really,…
  • Life just might be easier if you homeschool

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    The news stories out of schools has my head swimming.Here's the story of a 5 year old being sent home for wearing a sun dress.  To make things worse, here is how the school went overboard: "It's not even the shirt they made her put on over her top, it's the pants they made her wear underneath. It's a full-length dress that she has to hold up to keep from getting wet in uncut grass. She even had a small set of shorts underneath because it was gym day. But because the top part of her dress apparently exposed the immoral sinfulness of her bare shoulders she also had to pull on jeans…
  • Fighting for $15

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

  • Homemade Bread? Yes, You Can!

    JoAnn
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting One of the great dramas in the kitchen is bread making where the yeast is the temperamental diva and the flour is the hero. I’ve been making bread for most of my life and using the same great wheat flour recipe for forty years. I can take the dough and use it to make rolls or loaves. I have learned a few tips that make it work. The recipe for Honey of an Egg Whole Wheat Bread is in my book Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Watch my video for step-by-step instructions on making whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. TIPS Yeast needs to dissolve for 10…
  • Memorial Day: More than Just Another Long Weekend

    JoAnn
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Talmage P. Ekanger, J.D. Memorial Day has all too often been celebrated only for the long weekend provided by employers, a day at the lake or a chance to catch up on yard work—while the underlying meaning and importance has been ignored. On a day when we should be teaching our children about this nation’s heroes and their dedication to a greater purpose, it is tempting (and common) to let the day pass without even a mention of its true purpose or historical import. Birthed out of the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was the day set aside for the decorating of graves for those who lost…
  • Blazing New Trails with Homeschooling

    JoAnn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Holly Giles Early in my journey of parenthood, the outdoors became a respite for me and my newborn son. As a baby he was soothed by the breeze, the birds, and our backyard swing. I naturally assumed his growing curiosity for the outdoors was because we spent so much time in it. Alongside my son, I began to notice God’s beauty all around us that I never saw as a child. His curiosity became my own and together we watched butterflies emerge, viewed migrating birds, walked trails, and swam in springs. As we ventured into schooling at home, my second son was born. In my quest for them to sit…
  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

    JoAnn
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and it is heating up in many parts of the country. Now is the time we really want those cool refreshing smoothies and shakes. However, so many of them aren’t healthy and don’t do our waistline any good. Or, if they are healthy, they might not be so tasty. We sure can’t get our families (especially our kids) to drink something that doesn’t look and taste appealing. We’re going to help you out with that. At Build a Menu we have a weekly smoothie and shake category that always features healthy and yummy drinks that the…
  • Homeschooling Around the World: Australia

    JoAnn
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jenny Stephenson We have journeyed to far off countries in our series, “Homeschooling Around the World,” and this month’s focus is a very fun country—Australia! Take your family on a journey down under and experience all that Australia has to offer. Country: Australia Australia is an island continent and is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia was discovered by a Dutch navigator named Willem Janszoon in 1606 and was named “New Holland.” Though the Dutch charted the island in the 1700s, it was not colonized. In 1788 the British government sent out a fleet that…
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    Molly Green

  • Homemade Bread? Yes, You Can!

    JoAnn
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting One of the great dramas in the kitchen is bread making where the yeast is the temperamental diva and the flour is the hero. I’ve been making bread for most of my life and using the same great wheat flour recipe for forty years. I can take the dough and use it to make rolls or loaves. I have learned a few tips that make it work. The recipe for Honey of an Egg Whole Wheat Bread is in my book Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Watch my video for step-by-step instructions on making whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. TIPS Yeast needs to dissolve for 10…
  • Memorial Day: More than Just Another Long Weekend

    JoAnn
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Talmage P. Ekanger, J.D. Memorial Day has all too often been celebrated only for the long weekend provided by employers, a day at the lake or a chance to catch up on yard work—while the underlying meaning and importance has been ignored. On a day when we should be teaching our children about this nation’s heroes and their dedication to a greater purpose, it is tempting (and common) to let the day pass without even a mention of its true purpose or historical import. Birthed out of the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was the day set aside for the decorating of graves for those who lost…
  • Blazing New Trails with Homeschooling

    JoAnn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Holly Giles Early in my journey of parenthood, the outdoors became a respite for me and my newborn son. As a baby he was soothed by the breeze, the birds, and our backyard swing. I naturally assumed his growing curiosity for the outdoors was because we spent so much time in it. Alongside my son, I began to notice God’s beauty all around us that I never saw as a child. His curiosity became my own and together we watched butterflies emerge, viewed migrating birds, walked trails, and swam in springs. As we ventured into schooling at home, my second son was born. In my quest for them to sit…
  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

    JoAnn
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and it is heating up in many parts of the country. Now is the time we really want those cool refreshing smoothies and shakes. However, so many of them aren’t healthy and don’t do our waistline any good. Or, if they are healthy, they might not be so tasty. We sure can’t get our families (especially our kids) to drink something that doesn’t look and taste appealing. We’re going to help you out with that. At Build a Menu we have a weekly smoothie and shake category that always features healthy and yummy drinks that the…
  • Homeschooling Around the World: Australia

    JoAnn
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jenny Stephenson We have journeyed to far off countries in our series, “Homeschooling Around the World,” and this month’s focus is a very fun country—Australia! Take your family on a journey down under and experience all that Australia has to offer. Country: Australia Australia is an island continent and is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia was discovered by a Dutch navigator named Willem Janszoon in 1606 and was named “New Holland.” Though the Dutch charted the island in the 1700s, it was not colonized. In 1788 the British government sent out a fleet that…
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  • Management Monday: The Master Binder

    Dawn
    18 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    Happy Monday, my friends! I'm popping in this morning to say hello and say I'm working on my master binder this week! It's become a bit of a mess and it's high time to spruce it up a bit with fresh tabs, pretty paper and updated calendar pages ... a good chance to look it all over and consider how it's working for me. How is your current planner working for you? Are you feeling on top of things and inspired by the papers (folders, notebooks, screens) before you? Well, my friends - I've had some computer troubles lately so I'm behind on all…
  • My boys and me ... ❤

    Dawn
    10 May 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Well, it's been a while since I've shared a picture of all my boys ... Can you believe how BIG they are getting? No, I can't either. From left to right ... Crackerjack (15), Earlybird (13) and Bookworm (19-going-to-be-20-next-month!) and then of course, our Little Bear who will be TWO in two weeks and then there's me ... but we don't have to discuss my age. Lol. Anyhoo - as I mentioned in my morning post, Bookworm is freshly home for the summer (a whole four months!) and I just couldn't be more pleased. It's a very Happy Mother's Day, indeed, when all my…
  • Happy Mother's Day!

    Dawn
    10 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    (Image courtesy Country Living Magazine) Wishing all of the mamas and grandmamas out there a lovely, most blessed day! I am getting the very best present today ... Bookworm is coming home from college for the WHOLE SUMMER! All my chicks will be in the nest tonight! I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday and whatever the day might bring. It will be sunny and HOT here in New England - near 90, they say! - how far we've come from that long, crazy Winter! See you here again very soon ...
  • File Crate System: Refreshed & Ready to Go!

    Dawn
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Happy Tuesday, my friends! I hope your week is going well ... I have a quick post to share today - just a glimpse of my file crate all spiffed up for the spring. :) But what has me really tickled this morning is I just figured out how to add "text"  or "talk bubbles" to my photos! Lol, I've only been blogging, what - nine years now? - and finally figured out how to do this! Anyhow, it's been a while since we talked "file folders," and though I have been using mine, it's been somewhat neglected ... sitting out in a corner of the living room on a…
  • Scenes of Spring ...

    Dawn
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Happy Monday, my friends! I hope your week is off to a great start. :) Are you enjoying the unfolding of Spring as much as I am? Oh my goodness, it's just one happy surprise after another ... and yet there's such a comforting sense of familiarity as well. This is what I love about the seasons ... there's so much joy to be found on so many levels! I've been out and about taking pictures like crazy (with my phone, that is - unfortunately my camera is on the fritz) and I'd like to share them this morning if I may ...  Prettiest little crocus…
 
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  • Lydia's Grade Eight: Week 34

    Mama Squirrel
    25 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    Three weeks of "classes" to go, then exams. Who'd have thought.We are a bit off schedule, but Lydia has been working hard this week to catch up on some of the readings. So these are some of the places we're supposed to be this week:Finish Book 2 of Mere Christianity. (That's as far as I assigned for this year.) Continue The Holy War.Continue our study (together) of EcclesiastesUp to James II in The New World.Continue King Lear. Continue Plutarch's "Life of Timoleon."Read a few more poems by John Donne.Read the second-last chapter in Journey to the Source of the Nile.Finish reading about…
  • Found antiquing: spice shakers

    Mama Squirrel
    24 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I like kitchen bits and pieces, especially with food names printed on them
  • Good weekend reading: on used bookshops

    Mama Squirrel
    24 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Not to miss: In Praise of Used Book Stores, on the Circe Institute blog.
  • What's for supper? Chowder and burgers

    Mama Squirrel
    23 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Tonigh's dinner menu:Red and Yellow Chowder, from Saving DinnerHamburgers on the barbecue.
  • Saturday Yardsaling

    Mama Squirrel
    23 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    It was a perfect day for yardsaling.Stack of baskets, fifty cents apiecePretty box, fifty centsSomething for Lydia (who wouldn't like a Hello Kitty gluestick?)Folding and stacking cooling racks. A dollar for the set.But the best score was Mr. Fixit's. Besides a couple of record albums, he found a recent-vintage phone, the kind with the little tiny keyboard. They were asking a dollar.What that says about the state of the world, I'm not sure.
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  • Homemade Bread? Yes, You Can!

    JoAnn
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting One of the great dramas in the kitchen is bread making where the yeast is the temperamental diva and the flour is the hero. I’ve been making bread for most of my life and using the same great wheat flour recipe for forty years. I can take the dough and use it to make rolls or loaves. I have learned a few tips that make it work. The recipe for Honey of an Egg Whole Wheat Bread is in my book Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Watch my video for step-by-step instructions on making whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. TIPS Yeast needs to dissolve for 10…
  • Memorial Day: More than Just Another Long Weekend

    JoAnn
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Talmage P. Ekanger, J.D. Memorial Day has all too often been celebrated only for the long weekend provided by employers, a day at the lake or a chance to catch up on yard work—while the underlying meaning and importance has been ignored. On a day when we should be teaching our children about this nation’s heroes and their dedication to a greater purpose, it is tempting (and common) to let the day pass without even a mention of its true purpose or historical import. Birthed out of the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was the day set aside for the decorating of graves for those who lost…
  • Blazing New Trails with Homeschooling

    JoAnn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Holly Giles Early in my journey of parenthood, the outdoors became a respite for me and my newborn son. As a baby he was soothed by the breeze, the birds, and our backyard swing. I naturally assumed his growing curiosity for the outdoors was because we spent so much time in it. Alongside my son, I began to notice God’s beauty all around us that I never saw as a child. His curiosity became my own and together we watched butterflies emerge, viewed migrating birds, walked trails, and swam in springs. As we ventured into schooling at home, my second son was born. In my quest for them to sit…
  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

    JoAnn
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and it is heating up in many parts of the country. Now is the time we really want those cool refreshing smoothies and shakes. However, so many of them aren’t healthy and don’t do our waistline any good. Or, if they are healthy, they might not be so tasty. We sure can’t get our families (especially our kids) to drink something that doesn’t look and taste appealing. We’re going to help you out with that. At Build a Menu we have a weekly smoothie and shake category that always features healthy and yummy drinks that the…
  • Homeschooling Around the World: Australia

    JoAnn
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jenny Stephenson We have journeyed to far off countries in our series, “Homeschooling Around the World,” and this month’s focus is a very fun country—Australia! Take your family on a journey down under and experience all that Australia has to offer. Country: Australia Australia is an island continent and is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia was discovered by a Dutch navigator named Willem Janszoon in 1606 and was named “New Holland.” Though the Dutch charted the island in the 1700s, it was not colonized. In 1788 the British government sent out a fleet that…
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  • Scrapbook to Learn: Faster & Easier than Lapbooking

    Robin Sampson
    19 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    What’s faster than a lapbook, more fun than a book report, makes for super review and teaches computer skills while documenting learning? Digital Scrapbooking!   Digital Scrapbooking Overview Great for all ages and learning styles No mess! Digital scrapbooking is as much fun as lapbooking without all the scissors, glue, papers, and folders. Student retain information ...
  • List of Map Sites for Educators

    Robin Sampson
    19 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    Historical Maps Old Maps Online Images of Early Maps on the Web Links arranged by world region David Rumsey Collection Thousands of Historical Maps and Atlas World: Historical Maps American Geographical Society – Digital Map Collection Ancient World Mapping Center – Maps for Students Antique Maps (University of Florida) Antiquity A-la-carte (Ancient World Mapping Center, University of ...
  • Join Our New Homeschool Facebook Group

    Robin Sampson
    12 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    You are invited to be a part of the NEW Heart of Wisdom Homeschool Group. A place to chat and share about returning to Biblical education methods and Bible focused homeschooling.
  • Knee Jerk Reaction to Hebrew Roots

    Robin Sampson
    12 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    A lot of Christians investigating Heart of Wisdom show concern about our focus on the Hebrew people and methods. Why? Well, it is somewhat normal to react this way– It’s the same as the wrath of a mother bear protecting her baby out of love. We don’t want anything to take away from the perfect sacrifice ...
  • Ancient History: Adam to Messiah Lesson Videos & Links

    Robin Sampson
    11 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Every lesson in Heart of Wisdom Unit Studies are linked to videos and resources. The link in the unit studies have been updated and placed online. Save the page to access all the links.     Israel  
 
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  • Homemade Bread? Yes, You Can!

    JoAnn
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting One of the great dramas in the kitchen is bread making where the yeast is the temperamental diva and the flour is the hero. I’ve been making bread for most of my life and using the same great wheat flour recipe for forty years. I can take the dough and use it to make rolls or loaves. I have learned a few tips that make it work. The recipe for Honey of an Egg Whole Wheat Bread is in my book Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Watch my video for step-by-step instructions on making whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. TIPS Yeast needs to dissolve for 10…
  • Memorial Day: More than Just Another Long Weekend

    JoAnn
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Talmage P. Ekanger, J.D. Memorial Day has all too often been celebrated only for the long weekend provided by employers, a day at the lake or a chance to catch up on yard work—while the underlying meaning and importance has been ignored. On a day when we should be teaching our children about this nation’s heroes and their dedication to a greater purpose, it is tempting (and common) to let the day pass without even a mention of its true purpose or historical import. Birthed out of the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was the day set aside for the decorating of graves for those who lost…
  • Blazing New Trails with Homeschooling

    JoAnn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Holly Giles Early in my journey of parenthood, the outdoors became a respite for me and my newborn son. As a baby he was soothed by the breeze, the birds, and our backyard swing. I naturally assumed his growing curiosity for the outdoors was because we spent so much time in it. Alongside my son, I began to notice God’s beauty all around us that I never saw as a child. His curiosity became my own and together we watched butterflies emerge, viewed migrating birds, walked trails, and swam in springs. As we ventured into schooling at home, my second son was born. In my quest for them to sit…
  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

    JoAnn
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and it is heating up in many parts of the country. Now is the time we really want those cool refreshing smoothies and shakes. However, so many of them aren’t healthy and don’t do our waistline any good. Or, if they are healthy, they might not be so tasty. We sure can’t get our families (especially our kids) to drink something that doesn’t look and taste appealing. We’re going to help you out with that. At Build a Menu we have a weekly smoothie and shake category that always features healthy and yummy drinks that the…
  • Homeschooling Around the World: Australia

    JoAnn
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jenny Stephenson We have journeyed to far off countries in our series, “Homeschooling Around the World,” and this month’s focus is a very fun country—Australia! Take your family on a journey down under and experience all that Australia has to offer. Country: Australia Australia is an island continent and is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia was discovered by a Dutch navigator named Willem Janszoon in 1606 and was named “New Holland.” Though the Dutch charted the island in the 1700s, it was not colonized. In 1788 the British government sent out a fleet that…
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  • Homemade Bread? Yes, You Can!

    JoAnn
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting One of the great dramas in the kitchen is bread making where the yeast is the temperamental diva and the flour is the hero. I’ve been making bread for most of my life and using the same great wheat flour recipe for forty years. I can take the dough and use it to make rolls or loaves. I have learned a few tips that make it work. The recipe for Honey of an Egg Whole Wheat Bread is in my book Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Watch my video for step-by-step instructions on making whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. TIPS Yeast needs to dissolve for 10…
  • Memorial Day: More than Just Another Long Weekend

    JoAnn
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Talmage P. Ekanger, J.D. Memorial Day has all too often been celebrated only for the long weekend provided by employers, a day at the lake or a chance to catch up on yard work—while the underlying meaning and importance has been ignored. On a day when we should be teaching our children about this nation’s heroes and their dedication to a greater purpose, it is tempting (and common) to let the day pass without even a mention of its true purpose or historical import. Birthed out of the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was the day set aside for the decorating of graves for those who lost…
  • Blazing New Trails with Homeschooling

    JoAnn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Holly Giles Early in my journey of parenthood, the outdoors became a respite for me and my newborn son. As a baby he was soothed by the breeze, the birds, and our backyard swing. I naturally assumed his growing curiosity for the outdoors was because we spent so much time in it. Alongside my son, I began to notice God’s beauty all around us that I never saw as a child. His curiosity became my own and together we watched butterflies emerge, viewed migrating birds, walked trails, and swam in springs. As we ventured into schooling at home, my second son was born. In my quest for them to sit…
  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

    JoAnn
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and it is heating up in many parts of the country. Now is the time we really want those cool refreshing smoothies and shakes. However, so many of them aren’t healthy and don’t do our waistline any good. Or, if they are healthy, they might not be so tasty. We sure can’t get our families (especially our kids) to drink something that doesn’t look and taste appealing. We’re going to help you out with that. At Build a Menu we have a weekly smoothie and shake category that always features healthy and yummy drinks that the…
  • Homeschooling Around the World: Australia

    JoAnn
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jenny Stephenson We have journeyed to far off countries in our series, “Homeschooling Around the World,” and this month’s focus is a very fun country—Australia! Take your family on a journey down under and experience all that Australia has to offer. Country: Australia Australia is an island continent and is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia was discovered by a Dutch navigator named Willem Janszoon in 1606 and was named “New Holland.” Though the Dutch charted the island in the 1700s, it was not colonized. In 1788 the British government sent out a fleet that…
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  • 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…
  • PBH Master Class Spring Session Enrolling Now!

    Lori Pickert
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    Update: class has begun! Hope you can join us next time! We are now enrolling the spring session of the PBH Master Class. It runs from April 6 through May 15 (six weeks) and costs $125. Please go here to read the detailed class description, testimonials from former students, and enroll if you are interested. 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. (No dates have yet been set. We may teach another class this summer or we may wait until fall.) Thank you, and please…
  • 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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  • Living with abuse

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    25 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    My father had a fixation of sorts with a t-shirt he had that said ‘World’s Greatest Grandpa.’ I don’t remember who got it for him, but I know that he got his ‘world’s greatest Grandpa’ coffee cup because he made it quite clear that it hurt his feelings that Granny Tea had at least half a dozen and nobody had bothered to get him anything proclaiming his parallel excellence in his patriarchal role. Possibly we were too literal, and he didn’t want the assurance that we all imagined hell had been heaven on earth and psychopaths make perfect parents,…
  • St. Catherine

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    25 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    This picture is taken from a book called Old English Churches: Their Architecture, Furniture, Decoration, Monuments … By George Clinch, published in 1900. It tickles my fancy, even though the story behind it is not funny at all:   I love her expression, don’t you?  I can just hear her saying, “Stop writhing, Sire, I’m not done reading.” Mr. Clinch says of this church building: “The series of windows at West Vickham, filled with stained glass of the fifteenth century, deserves very careful study on account of its excellent quality and comparatively…
  • Memorial Day

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Tomorrow is Memorial Day. If you want to say something to them, here is what to say to any Vets and Veteran’s families you know, “Thank-you for your service. I’m thinking of the fallen today, I know you are, too.” From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary- Memorial: 1. Preservative of memory. There high in air memorial of my name, Fix the smooth oar, and bid me live to fame. 2. Contained in memory; as memorial possession. MEMO’RIAL, noun That which preserves the memory of something; any thing that serves to keep in memory. A monument is a memorial of a deceased…
  • K-Drama Review: Girl Who Sees Smells/ Sensory Couple

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Sensory Couple- for the little to no amount of sex, language, and skin shown, I’d give this a solid G. For violence, it’s a strong PG13- it’s not that there’s a lot of graphic violence you actually have to see, but it’s kind of impossible to have a serial killer known for leaving a strange barcode on his victim’s arms (carved, not stamped) without being dark and creepy. The adorable romance part of this is ridiculously adorable and charming and very sweet, innocent, and effervescent.  The serial killer is cold, disturbing, and creepy. The title is a weird…
  • Free Printables

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    24 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    Or just feast your eyes. The design comes from a colour plate of an arch/entrance in the agra. I found the plate in an old book online, but I already deleted that window and can’t remember the title. The verses are from Lamentations, chapter 3. If you want to use the ink to print them, choose portrait, set margins to .5. You can also save them and then send them to your local photo processing store for prints, magnets, or whatever.  
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  • Poetry Friday: Go Congratulate Matt!

    Karen Edmisten
    22 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    I'm on the run today, but wanted to be sure to send you over to the round up. Matt Forrest Esenwine is hosting, and he has big news about a book deal! Go say congrats, and enjoy a plethora of poetry.The round up is here.
  • Bits and Pieces of Our Days: The My-Laptop-May-Have-Died Edition (With Other Stuff That's Much Cheerier)

    Karen Edmisten
    20 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Photo courtesy of FreeImages.comThis post is brought to you courtesy of the old, old, old laptop that belongs to Atticus. Where's mine, you ask? I'm glad you're feeling inquisitive as I am ready to complain. You see, I tried to update the operating system on mine, and apparently this was a near-fatal decision. We'll know soon, but for now I am just extravagantly grateful for the fact that I obsessively back up my work when I'm writing a book. So ... Whew!And, dear friends and readers, please remind me to never, ever, ever, NEVER EVER do anything that could even remotely be described as tech-y…
  • About Not Working Because I'm Obsessed With the Mad Men Finale

    Karen Edmisten
    18 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Truly, no time to write an actual post about it because I'm writing a book right now (really, dear editor, I am) but I was obsessing over at Facebook, if you want to join in.It goes without saying: SPOILERS ALL OVER MY FACEBOOK PAGE.
  • Poetry Friday: To Happiness

    Karen Edmisten
    15 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    I was in Omaha this week, for an interview with Al Kresta, and that gave me the chance to see my old friend Jack, too -- to catch up, talk over coffee, and remember the many incarnations of our friendship. To Happinessby Carl DennisIf you're not approaching, I hope at leastYou're off to comfort someone who needs you more,Not lost wandering aimlesslyOr drawn to the shelter of well-lit roomsWhere people assume you've arrived already.If you're coming this way, send me the details—(Read the rest here, at The Writer's Almanac.)~~~~~Random Noodling has the round up. 
  • Coming Up on the Radio

    Karen Edmisten
    11 May 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Wednesday, May 13th: In Omaha with Al Kresta, 4 p.m. central timeThursday, May 14th: Morning Air on Relevant Radio, 7 a.m. central timeThursday, May 21st: Spirit Catholic Radio, 8:35 a.m. central time
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  • Homemade Bread? Yes, You Can!

    JoAnn
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting One of the great dramas in the kitchen is bread making where the yeast is the temperamental diva and the flour is the hero. I’ve been making bread for most of my life and using the same great wheat flour recipe for forty years. I can take the dough and use it to make rolls or loaves. I have learned a few tips that make it work. The recipe for Honey of an Egg Whole Wheat Bread is in my book Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Watch my video for step-by-step instructions on making whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. TIPS Yeast needs to dissolve for 10…
  • Memorial Day: More than Just Another Long Weekend

    JoAnn
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Talmage P. Ekanger, J.D. Memorial Day has all too often been celebrated only for the long weekend provided by employers, a day at the lake or a chance to catch up on yard work—while the underlying meaning and importance has been ignored. On a day when we should be teaching our children about this nation’s heroes and their dedication to a greater purpose, it is tempting (and common) to let the day pass without even a mention of its true purpose or historical import. Birthed out of the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was the day set aside for the decorating of graves for those who lost…
  • Blazing New Trails with Homeschooling

    JoAnn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Holly Giles Early in my journey of parenthood, the outdoors became a respite for me and my newborn son. As a baby he was soothed by the breeze, the birds, and our backyard swing. I naturally assumed his growing curiosity for the outdoors was because we spent so much time in it. Alongside my son, I began to notice God’s beauty all around us that I never saw as a child. His curiosity became my own and together we watched butterflies emerge, viewed migrating birds, walked trails, and swam in springs. As we ventured into schooling at home, my second son was born. In my quest for them to sit…
  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

    JoAnn
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and it is heating up in many parts of the country. Now is the time we really want those cool refreshing smoothies and shakes. However, so many of them aren’t healthy and don’t do our waistline any good. Or, if they are healthy, they might not be so tasty. We sure can’t get our families (especially our kids) to drink something that doesn’t look and taste appealing. We’re going to help you out with that. At Build a Menu we have a weekly smoothie and shake category that always features healthy and yummy drinks that the…
  • Homeschooling Around the World: Australia

    JoAnn
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jenny Stephenson We have journeyed to far off countries in our series, “Homeschooling Around the World,” and this month’s focus is a very fun country—Australia! Take your family on a journey down under and experience all that Australia has to offer. Country: Australia Australia is an island continent and is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia was discovered by a Dutch navigator named Willem Janszoon in 1606 and was named “New Holland.” Though the Dutch charted the island in the 1700s, it was not colonized. In 1788 the British government sent out a fleet that…
 
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  • The Importance of Margins

    Melinda
    25 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    When we teach our children to write, part of that process involves instructing them to leave spaces between words and sentences.  We show them how to leave some space empty on either side of the page, and in some cases we use paper that has a line down the left side to provide a kind […] The post The Importance of Margins appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Lighten Your Workload

    Lorrie Young
    21 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    It seems a Momma’s work is never done. From the moment our feet hit the floor, most of us never stop moving until we collapse sometime between dinner and the late show. For many years it was diapers, feedings and loads of laundry. Our minds were filled with meal plans and making time to grocery […] The post Lighten Your Workload appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Letting Go and Staying Close

    Lee
    18 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Regardless of their differences and unique choices, homeschoolers have one thing in common. Homeschoolers love their children and like being around them – most days, anyway. Life is not always blissful and homeschool children don’t always behave perfectly. I know, because I’ve been there myself! We tend to forget about the bad days and feel […] The post Letting Go and Staying Close appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • “If He Were Just…”

    Karen Costello
    14 May 2015 | 1:59 am
       What if the main complaint you heard from your husband about your role in the home was “I just wish my wife was more of a successful home economist?”What would that mean? What exactly would be that job description? Would it mean that you needed to be a better cook—more frugal shopper–more organized—a better […] The post “If He Were Just…” appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Homeschooling and the Gifted Child – Part 2

    Elizabeth Curry
    12 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    In the first part of my series on homeschooling gifted children, I pointed out some of the difficulties inherent in the idea of giftedness. In this part, I want to discuss some more nuts and bolts aspects of teaching a gifted child. Now you may have picked up already that I am not a huge […] The post Homeschooling and the Gifted Child – Part 2 appeared first on The End In Mind.
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  • that homeschool mom feeling

    Fatcat
    21 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    I took my youngest son to 2 4H meetings today, one was a trip to an airport and the other was the Conservation/Foresty club that meets at the local library.  While he was in the meeting, I saw out in the main library, which is different as a homeschool mom, because most homeschool groups require that one of the parents actually be there, but still, I spent the day feeling like and being a
  • Still around.

    Fatcat
    16 May 2015 | 8:24 pm
    I'm still around, though I haven't blogged much lately.  Sorry about that.  :-)   Not much to read here although we've had a lot going on.  We've been dealing with my mother-in-law's health issues.  She's been in the hospital since Thursday and we've been there a lot.  Also, today a friend is in the hospital and I went to see her.  Our son came home yesterday from college and had a kind of a
  • Off the topic of homeschooling and onto my job ...

    Fatcat
    12 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    An example of why I despise my job so, so much.I am taking my own time, without pay this morning, to look at my QA reviews and read my emails from my supervisor.  Later today, I will have to take unpaid time and call her for an umpleasant discussion about how, although my accuracy rate remains at 100%, my speed is just not quite fast enough for them.  For this account, there are 27 pages (not
  • Happy Mother's Day!

    Fatcat
    10 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    It's been a bittersweet holiday for the past few years since my mom has Alzheimer's disease and now, my mother in law is facing some health issues that are going to make today maybe a bit subdued.  There will be kids and toddlers and babies around, so hopefully they will help keep us all more cheerful. Happy Mother's Day to you all.
  • I finally decided on my birthday present.

    Fatcat
    7 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    I ordered it from Walmart and my family put it together for me last  night.   In this photo we are  also featuring my thumb ( bottom left ) and the porch junk that needs to be cleaned up.   It's going to be nice to have my coffee here.
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  • Math Mammoth sale - May 2015

    Maria Miller
    15 May 2015 | 5:11 am
    Get 25% off of all Math Mammoth & Make It Real Learning downloads & CDs sold at Kagi!Use the coupon code MAY2015 in the order process at Kagi. The offer is valid till June 1, 2015.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 activity workbooksOrder Bundles (CDs…
  • Math Stars - for summer math and more

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

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

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

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

    Kari C in SC
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    "If there is one thing that Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign... to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever." - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneSebastian and I just finished the first Harry Potter book tonight.  Of course, he had heard of Harry Potter before and I am pretty sure he has seen a movie clip or two.  But for the most part, Harry Potter was quite the unknown for him.  It is…
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    A Holy Experience

  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [05.23.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    23 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    yeah,  come see all this wonder? <grin> you’ve gotta take a weekend road trip around these pretty  unbelievable roads? grin.02 because we all need a bit of hope like this maybe the most unlikely place for a concert? WWII pilot flies again – 70 years later – this …. it’s never to late to jump in think you could never? Think again — amazing okay, everybody needs at least one teacher like this. absolute #lifechanger the wonder of life who doesn’t love this?! oldest sisters in the world at a combined 391 years of age! <smile> the world…
  • UNafraid: How to Trust God in an Unsafe World [or When Fear Feels Safer Than Trusting God]

    Ann Voskamp
    22 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    As a former fear-er saved by God’s tender love and grace, Susie Davis has a passion for helping people find freedom and joy in their everyday life — you can feel it from the first moment you meet her. She exudes the freedom of joy. When she’s not at the barn or in the kitchen, you’re likely to find her encouraging fellow fear-ers or writing about uncovering joy in the everyday grace gifts like the pink geraniums and yellow finches that fill her backyard or even her little black cat, Madeleine. It’s a humbling grace to welcome my friend Susie and real hope to the farm’s…
  • *UPDATED: HALF A MILLION DOLLARS?!? How You all KEEP CRUSHING IT, are WAGING LOVE & DEFYING ISIS — and Livestream from Iraq Today at 12 CT

    Ann Voskamp
    20 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    As thousands of Iraqis in the city of Ramadi are fleeing ISIS right this very moment — we said hard things to the North American church yesterday and we all didn’t turn away from what’s happening... And we’re all standing up to defy ISIS. You read this shattering story — and you all got LIT UP ON FIRE WITH REAL PASSION — and you’re defying ISIS by crushing hopelessness. You’re defying ISIS by refusing to do nothing. You’re defying ISIS by WAGING LOVE. We had a goal of $150, 000. Though ISIS wants to destroy their futures — we aimed…
  • [*UPDATE of Miracle below] Into Iraq #2: What the News isn’t telling You & Why We Can’t Afford to Pretend It’s Not Happening [Sozan’s Impossible Choice — and Our Very Possible One]

    Ann Voskamp
    18 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    [… yeah, this really isn’t easy… but it’s infinitely harder to live. And? If you read right to the end — it gets real practical and very tangible and we get to seriously change things….*UPDATE & SPOILER ALERT: don’t miss the bottom update to see what all you brave & real people are miraculously doing all ‘TogESTHER’ to bravely & powerfully defy ISIS… #GenEsthers #EstherGeneration #ForSuchATimeAsNow] Dear North American Church, Go ahead — wave to a nine-year-old kid today. Sit on the edge of her bed and just watch —…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [05.16.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    16 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    often said I wish I could move here — what do you think? Hard to think all these wonders are in one place  <huge grin> so he was a dog no one wanted — that got to travel like this. Not too shabby uh, yeah… I think we’ll all take this babysitter?  how can you not absolutely love these two? okay — maybe hold on to something before watching? 😉  and fess up: every parent in forever just heaved a sigh of relief over a car like this — self-driving cars!  for real.  c’mon — you smiled too, right? First? He’d saved her life several…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • How talking to your child can improve development

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

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

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

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

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

  • Army wife takes pride in husband's service, family's lifestyle

    24 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    For 18 years - since she was 19 and, she says, "straight out of my Mom's house" - Ballard has been an Army wife. Her husband, 1st Sgt.
  • Josh Duggar cancels amid molestation scandal

    23 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Josh Duggar has cancelled an upcoming appearance amid his child molestation scandal, TMZ reports. The 19 Kids and Counting star was expected to speak at a home schooling convention this week in Sandusky, Ohio.
  • Metzger: Tim Tebow bill would help small Texas towns

    23 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Based on the amount of column space and staff hours dedicated to it, there is one thing the Amarillo Globe-News likes about public education - athletics. That statement is a sarcastic, one-sided, unfair generalization.
  • Josh Duggar -- I'm Backin' Out of Sandusky

    23 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Josh Duggar has pulled the plug on a conference he was scheduled to attend in the most ironic of places ... Sandusky, Ohio. Josh was supposed to speak at a home schooling convention next week, but in the wake of his public sexual molestation admission, we've learned he's cancelled the appearance.
  • Partisan review: An extreme experiment in home schooling

    23 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    Patriarch Gregori teaches his charges, including star pupil Alexander , a little more than most schools do. Photo: Warp Films Australia An atmospheric coming-of-age tale shaped by an increasingly incompatible combination of love and violence, Ariel Kleiman's Partisan is about a boy who can no longer accept his father's view of the world, even if it's all that he knows.
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    The History of the (Whole) World

  • Thanks, Booklist!

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

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

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

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

    Susan
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    And here it is. If you’ve have had, or now have, your student(s) part- or full-time in a classroom situation. were you able to use any resources/techniques/ideas from home schooling to help you customize your child’s situation? In what ways did the idea of a parent-directed education make you able to take charge of the classroom setting? Or the reverse–did you decide to take a more hands-off approach? For a long time, I’ve heard from “afterschoolers” who use the Well-Trained Mind approach to do one or more subject at home in addition to a traditional school…
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    The Thinking Mother

  • Last Choice Not Revolving Door

    ChristineMM
    19 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    We continue to discuss my son's input about where he should attend school next year (he already refuses to go back to homeschooling). We are at a stage of discussing pros and cons. Yesterday we had a discussion about the issue of choosing to stay where you know when you know the flaws but know the strengths versus going into something that is unknown that will not be all positive either. I made it clear that we cannot fall prey to the mindset of "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence". The main things my son wants to not have in teacher qualities he definately will…
  • Lack Of Limit Setting Is The Source of Packrat Clutter

    ChristineMM
    17 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    In trying to live within reasonable limits I keep facing the fact that the issue with clutter and having too much stuff is the inability to set limits and to understand one's limitations. A packrat often feels helpless and overwhelmed as they feel there is so much they need to do and want to do (two separate things) and there is never enough time. Too often Americans think the solution is if only we had more time we could be more effective. I have come to think instead that we only have so much time to live our life so it is wise to live a quality life.Things are supposed to serve and help…
  • Finished Fretting For Homeschool Planning

    ChristineMM
    16 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Today a thought popped into my head out of the blue. I am finished with fretting over homeschool course planning, scope and sequence creation and comparing homeschool plans to the American college prep norm.What a relief.My first real stress over worry about doing things right was July before my oldest began homeschool Kindergarten. I had stupidly brought my first Rainbow Resource Center mail order catalog to the beach for our Cape Cod summer vacation. If you have not seen one, it is three inches thick like a phone book. I sat on the beach and read about math manipulatives. I realized there…
  • Owning It

    ChristineMM
    15 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Term three of three for younger son has been great so far. It has been great to see him continue to take ownership of his education. He wants good grades now and not just some baseline learning regardless of grades. He improved in term two and his attitude and work ethic has gotten better in term three, there are strong signs of upward movement as well as his verbal statements.It was painful to have a rough term one but we knew it might happen. Sometimes teens need to crash before they choose to take control of the reigns and decide what it is they want for an outcome.This has been a hard…
  • Typical But Not Our Ideal

    ChristineMM
    14 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Last night my husband was really disappointed in two things that are happening which he found out about from me last night regarding our older son and then my son said some things to us about another issue. I watched as my husband's heart sunk right in front of my eyes. I was not as shocked as I had suspected my son was sliding and had started to think the worst and I was bracing myself to hear the worst news. My husband was living in Ideal Land not wanting to see Reality. I felt we could not discuss gow to go forwad about our son until my husband got over his own internal emotional turmoil.
 
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • 13 YEARS AND 4 DAYS

    dcobranchi
    13 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I missed my anniversary again,
  • TODAY’S DOODLE

    dcobranchi
    13 May 2015 | 2:46 am
  • MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

    dcobranchi
    4 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    It’s the geekiest day of the year.
  • OBSERVATIONS

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

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

  • Magic and Mayhem’s new address

    Alicia
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Nothing is set up at the new blog (I forgot how much trouble it is to customize templates, add links, put up widgets, fix things, etc. when setting up a blog!) but just so that I get word out to anybody who still subscribes via email or checks in, the new address (for now?) is…. https://magicandmayhemhomeschool.wordpress.com/ I have the content moved over there (I think I got all 8 or so years?????) but nothing else yet.  I hope I don’t lose contact with those of you who were still out there.  I’ll miss this blog so much! This is the week that Jack turns 12 (today),…
  • Moving On Soon

    Alicia
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    I got notice last week that homeschooljournal.net will be closing down and I’ll have to move my blog to somewhere new. I’ve begun transferring it over to WordPress, but the blog name Magic and Mayhem is taken and there are a million little things going wrong.  So in the meantime, I will blog here, and when I have the time and energy I’ll do my best to set up the new one for when I’m out of time to post here any longer. I’ll be sure to post the new address and give lots of notice once I get it just a little less messed up over there.   
  • Moving

    liese4
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    This blog address is moving, things are getting packed up on here and headed over to this site: this colorado adventure. (thiscoloradoadventure.wordpress.com) Thanks to homeschool journal for hosting my blog on their site for so long, since 2007!
  • Moving…

    woodstone
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    …. it’s looking like it’s time to move. Many, many thanks to Ron and Andrea for the years of hard work and dedication to the homeschool journal site. You guys are awesome. You can now find Woodstone Prairie here: http://ourwoodstoneprairie.blogspot.com/ Please come and visit me there.
  • HomeschoolJournal shutting down

    andrea
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    After a great deal of thought, we have decided to shut down HomeschoolJournal. We would ask that anyone who wants to save their content do so before April 30th, 2015. If you would like to keep blogging, we recommend migrating to WordPress.com. Just go to Tools -> Export in admin and save the file. This gives you a file to import at wordpress.com. If you need help with this, we’d be willing to lend a hand. We do thank you all for the support shown over the years, and wish you all the best of luck.
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • To My First Son on the Eve of His Wedding

    Dawn Camp
    22 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    You entered our world in the wee hours of a Monday morning in June, almost initiating your daddy into the first-time parent club on Father’s Day. He carried a new copy of Fatherhood into the delivery room, not realizing you’d arrive before he had a chance to read any of it. We’d spent the day honoring our own dads—the soon-to-be grandfathers—and a grandmother who celebrated her birth on the day before yours, eating an after-church lunch marked by laughter and spilled drinks. I still remember that. You remained an only child for five years, the oldest of a clan that would…
  • May 2015 Desktop Calendar Available!

    Dawn Camp
    2 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Welcome to May, a month of spring flowers, graduation ceremonies, and outdoor weddings! Our oldest daughter graduated today and our oldest son gets married later this month. By the end of June, I will have been mother of the groom not once, but twice! What events fill your family’s calendar this month? Download May’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? It's here! May 2015 Desktop Calendar Available! is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2015 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Not a Friendship Fraud today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    I recently submitted my second book to my publisher, a compilation of stories on friendship to be released next year. After spending time collecting tales of close relationships — months in which I worked more than I socialized — I announced to my husband that I was, in fact, a Friendship Fraud. (In my mind it was capitalized, an official title.) I’d become negligent, failing to nurture one of life’s great treasures: good friendships. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to assume that my friends are out on me, that I’ve caused offense in some unknown way, that my…
  • Meet Me in Macon Tomorrow!

    Dawn Camp
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Meet me for a book signing this Thursday, April 30, at Bodega Interiors in Macon, GA. We’ll have lunch and sweet tea, and fellow (in)courage author and book contributor Robin Dance and I will read excerpts from The Beauty of Grace. During the book signing there will be drawing for a Bodega Summer Wreath & a copy of The Beauty of Grace. If you’re near, I’d love for you to join us! Where: Bodega Interiors, 153 Gateway Drive, Macon GA When: 11:30 a.m. Readings: 1:00 p.m. Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? It's here! Meet Me in Macon Tomorrow! is a post from:…
  • Listen to Your Mother, Y’all!

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

  • Homemade Bread? Yes, You Can!

    JoAnn
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Karen Whiting One of the great dramas in the kitchen is bread making where the yeast is the temperamental diva and the flour is the hero. I’ve been making bread for most of my life and using the same great wheat flour recipe for forty years. I can take the dough and use it to make rolls or loaves. I have learned a few tips that make it work. The recipe for Honey of an Egg Whole Wheat Bread is in my book Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. Watch my video for step-by-step instructions on making whole wheat bread and cinnamon rolls. TIPS Yeast needs to dissolve for 10…
  • Memorial Day: More than Just Another Long Weekend

    JoAnn
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Talmage P. Ekanger, J.D. Memorial Day has all too often been celebrated only for the long weekend provided by employers, a day at the lake or a chance to catch up on yard work—while the underlying meaning and importance has been ignored. On a day when we should be teaching our children about this nation’s heroes and their dedication to a greater purpose, it is tempting (and common) to let the day pass without even a mention of its true purpose or historical import. Birthed out of the Civil War, “Decoration Day” was the day set aside for the decorating of graves for those who lost…
  • Blazing New Trails with Homeschooling

    JoAnn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Holly Giles Early in my journey of parenthood, the outdoors became a respite for me and my newborn son. As a baby he was soothed by the breeze, the birds, and our backyard swing. I naturally assumed his growing curiosity for the outdoors was because we spent so much time in it. Alongside my son, I began to notice God’s beauty all around us that I never saw as a child. His curiosity became my own and together we watched butterflies emerge, viewed migrating birds, walked trails, and swam in springs. As we ventured into schooling at home, my second son was born. In my quest for them to sit…
  • 5 Healthy and Delicious Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

    JoAnn
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Spring is here, summer is right around the corner and it is heating up in many parts of the country. Now is the time we really want those cool refreshing smoothies and shakes. However, so many of them aren’t healthy and don’t do our waistline any good. Or, if they are healthy, they might not be so tasty. We sure can’t get our families (especially our kids) to drink something that doesn’t look and taste appealing. We’re going to help you out with that. At Build a Menu we have a weekly smoothie and shake category that always features healthy and yummy drinks that the…
  • Homeschooling Around the World: Australia

    JoAnn
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Jenny Stephenson We have journeyed to far off countries in our series, “Homeschooling Around the World,” and this month’s focus is a very fun country—Australia! Take your family on a journey down under and experience all that Australia has to offer. Country: Australia Australia is an island continent and is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia was discovered by a Dutch navigator named Willem Janszoon in 1606 and was named “New Holland.” Though the Dutch charted the island in the 1700s, it was not colonized. In 1788 the British government sent out a fleet that…
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Children Desiring God

    Mama Essie
    24 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    Does anyone know where I can look for churches getting rid of old Sunday School curriculum?  I am hoping to get the teacher's guides for the original versions of the Children Desiring God Sunday School curriculum but haven't had any luck so far. 
  • Grammar & Writing Curriculum

    Mama Essie
    24 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    I'm looking for a grammar and writing curriculum for a 4th grader who has only had phonics thus far.  Would prefer something that combines the two but will consider separate taking cost and quality into consideration.  I don't need/want a full language arts curriculum as I am pleased with the reading and spelling we have already.  So far I haven't found quite what I am looking for - would love recommendations.
  • 5th Grade Math

    Kerry
    20 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Any suggestions for 5th grade math? My daughter has always used Abeka but we are considering a change. I would want the curriculum to keep her at the same level as Abeka has. Anyone used 5th grade Abeka and have thoughts about it? My son used Saxon for 5th but I don't know if I want her to switch to it. Saxon has no color and can get monotonous. Thanks.
  • Idahi

    Mrs. Robin
    19 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Am I understanding Idaho's homeschool laws correctely? Just teach science, history, math, reading, english, and writing? There's no reporting to be done or testing or attendance laws?
  • Do any of you homeschool in Vermont?

    tawny zuniga
    18 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    I was looking at the HSLDA and it shows VT is one of the states with the most restrictions? How hard is it to homeschool in VT? We would be coming from Tx where it is very relaxed. 
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    Heart of Wisdom Homeschool Blog

  • Scrapbook to Learn: Faster & Easier than Lapbooking

    Robin Sampson
    19 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    What’s faster than a lapbook, more fun than a book report, makes for super review and teaches computer skills while documenting learning? Digital Scrapbooking!   Digital Scrapbooking Overview Great for all ages and learning styles No mess! Digital scrapbooking is as much fun as lapbooking without all the scissors, glue, papers, and folders. Student retain information ...
  • List of Map Sites for Educators

    Robin Sampson
    19 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    Historical Maps Old Maps Online Images of Early Maps on the Web Links arranged by world region David Rumsey Collection Thousands of Historical Maps and Atlas World: Historical Maps American Geographical Society – Digital Map Collection Ancient World Mapping Center – Maps for Students Antique Maps (University of Florida) Antiquity A-la-carte (Ancient World Mapping Center, University of ...
  • Join Our New Homeschool Facebook Group

    Robin Sampson
    12 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    You are invited to be a part of the NEW Heart of Wisdom Homeschool Group. A place to chat and share about returning to Biblical education methods and Bible focused homeschooling.
  • Knee Jerk Reaction to Hebrew Roots

    Robin Sampson
    12 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    A lot of Christians investigating Heart of Wisdom show concern about our focus on the Hebrew people and methods. Why? Well, it is somewhat normal to react this way– It’s the same as the wrath of a mother bear protecting her baby out of love. We don’t want anything to take away from the perfect sacrifice ...
  • Ancient History: Adam to Messiah Lesson Videos & Links

    Robin Sampson
    11 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Every lesson in Heart of Wisdom Unit Studies are linked to videos and resources. The link in the unit studies have been updated and placed online. Save the page to access all the links.     Israel  
 
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • How to use notebooking pages with your unit studies free e-book offer

    kamrg
    17 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Do you hear about notebooking pages and wonder how you can use them in your homeschool? How about unit studies? Does the idea of exploring a topic or historical time period with activities and projects from science, language arts, art, history, and even math appeal to you? Do you ever wonder how you can use notebooking pages in your unit studies? After homeschooling for over 10 years and teaching in and out of the classroom, I am convinced that notebooking was one of the most effective means of learning I have ever used. My sons went from being non-writers to prolific and mature writers after…
  • Pick your own favorites from various publishers for a huge discount price!

    kamrg
    15 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    If you have ever wanted to just pick and choose specific products from your favorite publishers and be able to buy them at one huge discount price, this Build Your Bundle Sale is for you! Katie’s Homeschool Cottage is participating as a contributing publisher and as an affiliate in this huge curriculum sale! You won’t want to miss this! All the details here : Build Your Bundle Sale, Coupon, Give Aways! Tagged: back to school sale, build your own bundle, charlotte mason homeschool, charlotte mason lesson plans, Copywork, coupon code, curriculum sale, discount, give aways,…
  • Have you ever wanted to pick and choose curriculum from your favorite publishers at huge discounts?

    kamrg
    15 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    If you have ever wanted to just pick and choose specific products from your favorite publishers and be able to buy them at one huge discount price, this Build Your Bundle Sale is for you! Katie’s Homeschool Cottage is participating as a contributing publisher and as an affiliate in this huge curriculum sale! You won’t want to miss this! Build Your Own Basic Bundle of FIVE – $25 If you would like to Build Your OWN Basic Bundle of 5 items, we have 148 products priced $19.99 and under that you can choose from. Pick and choose from the Charlotte Mason Bundle and mix those items…
  • 2 More Days Only!

    kamrg
    7 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Birthday Sale {3 Days Left Now – May 8} Our 9th Birthday Sale-a-Bration ends this Friday, May 8th at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Memberships are $50.00. That’s a savings of $47!!!  Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Members receive: *All current & future notebooking pages products PLUS our 2 bonuses: *12 months free subscription to The Notebooking Publisher web-app *$100+ Homeschool e-book package This is our BIGGEST sale of the year.   9th Birthday Sale-a-Bration We have using notebooking pages for years and it has really paid off in college and high…
  • Join Us in Sale-a-Brating with Notebooking Pages for their Birthday!

    kamrg
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    We are joining Notebooking Pages in their Birthday Giveaway and 9th Birthday Sale-a-Bration! Come join us! With Giveaways, Prizes, and Sales NotebookingPages.com Giveaway & 9th Birthday Sale-a-Bration April 28, 2015 – May 8, 2015 BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 What time: 10am – 10pm CST Prizes / Gifts: 1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 11 sponsor prizes PLUS a Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership. 24 WINNERS: a Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership. ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a free set of notebooking pages from NotebookingPages.com. 9th BIRTHDAY SALE-A-BRATION The sale…
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the last day of the 2014-2015 school year

    Kris Bales
    22 May 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.
  • Celebrate the Start of Summer with a Summer Fun Basket

    Alicia Hutchinson
    21 May 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.
  • Donde es Huh? How to Teach a Foreign Language When You Don’t Speak It

    Kris Bales
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • The Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the fantastic Mother’s Day

    Kris Bales
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Easy No-Sew Elastic Bookmarks

    Tara Mitchell
    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • Nevada Homeschool Law

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mental Math: Charlotte Mason’s Living Math, part 2

    Sonya Shafer
    20 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    You’re at the grocery store and you remember that you promised to make spaghetti for a family reunion. Happily, you notice a sale on pasta: buy three, get the fourth one free. Each box costs $0.99. You have $10 left in your grocery budget. How many boxes of spaghetti will you be able to get […] Mental Math: Charlotte Mason’s Living Math, part 2 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Numbers and Sums: Charlotte Mason’s Living Math, part 1

    Sonya Shafer
    13 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    A few months ago I hit a wall with my youngest and her progress in math. She was doing the work but not really understanding the concepts. So I e-mailed my friend, Richele Baburina, who has done extensive research in Charlotte Mason’s methods for teaching math and has written the book, Mathematics: An Instrument for […] Numbers and Sums: Charlotte Mason’s Living Math, part 1 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Charlotte’s Heart for Teachers: 2015-16 Calendar Journal

    Sonya Shafer
    5 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    For years young women from all over England would live with, eat with, laugh with, work with, and learn from Charlotte Mason. Charlotte believed that these teachers-in-training came to her, not just to learn to teach, but to learn to live. And when they graduated from her two-year course, she gave each one a gift: […] Charlotte’s Heart for Teachers: 2015-16 Calendar Journal originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Charlotte Mason on Prayer

    Sonya Shafer
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    If there is one thing I have become strongly convinced of over recent years, it is the importance of praying for our children. Every day. We cannot know what thoughts assail our children’s minds and hearts, all that transpires within their spirits; yet our Heavenly Father knows perfectly. And more than that, He is the […] Charlotte Mason on Prayer originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Charlotte Mason on Kindness

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

  • Transitioning from Homeschool High School to College

    Assistant to The HomeScholar
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Transitioning from Homeschool High School to College Wondering how your child is going to transition to college? Click on Lee’s video, below (or here) for […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • The Art & Science of Motivation

    Lee
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Andrew Pudewa is partnering with The HomeScholar to teach how YOU can motivate your child. The Art and Science of Motivation Are you tired of […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • May 2015 Gold Care Club Update is Now Ready

    Lee
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    New for This Month May 2015 Gold Care Club Update is Now Ready On the 20th of every month I update the content of the […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Seek Individuality and Capitalize on Strengths

    Lee
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    How can you ensure long-term success when you are homeschooling unique children and preparing for unknown plans in their college or career future? Seek Individuality […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Choosing a College: Checking Out Internships and Professors

    Assistant to The HomeScholar
    16 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Choosing a College: Checking Out Internships and Professors Wondering how to choose a college? Click on Lee’s video, below (or here) to find out how […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Homeschool Blog

  • Save 15% on ALL Alpha Omega Products!

    1 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    This month save 15% on all Alpha Omega homeschool curriculum including Switched on Schoolhouse, Weaver, LifePac, and more.
  • Free Homeschooling Worksheets and Printables

    2 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Looking to supplement your homeschool curriculum with some printable worksheets for homeschooling? Links to free homeschooling worksheets can be found here!
  • Best Home School Curriculum Choices by Subject

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:19 am
    For homeschooling parents looking for the best home school curriculum choices, here is a list of our top 50 picks by subject.
  • Calvert Homeschool Pros and Cons

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Calvert Homeschool in an extension of the successful Calvert School in Baltimore. The homeschool curriculum is based on what is actually taught daily in their day school program and adapted for you.
  • Math U See: What Parents Love (and Don't) About It

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    One of the favorite Homeschool math curriculum choices today is Math U See -- a manipulative-based homeschool math curriculum. It utilizes DVD videos and manipulatives to teach students math.
 
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    Crack The Egg Blog

  • Get to Know About Lock Picking Services

    Andy
    6 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Lock picking is a very important process these days. It enables the people to pick the locks and break into wherever they want if required. You must get to know about the lock picking services that are available to you in abundance. THE LOCK DOCTOR LOCK PICKING SET WITH LEATHER WALLET CARRY CASE is a great example of a lock picking service. It can easily make your process very fun and can thus help you enjoy the process of lock picking without any hardships or difficulties. Locksmiths are the professional lock pickers. They have a knack that can enable them to easily pick locks without having…
  • A Celebration of Times Past: Planning a Vintage Wedding

    Andy
    6 May 2015 | 3:31 am
    Weddings were previously a very simple affair. These days’ weddings are a very huge affair with beautiful, bands and DJs. Weddings are a very huge affair that consists of a lot of investments, plans and also huge amounts of people attending the wedding. Weddings must be made very appealing in order to make it a huge success with a lot of investments. You need to make sure that you follow specific procedures and plans in order to make the vintage wedding a huge success. Theme There must be a specific theme for your vintage wedding. The wedding must be completely related to the theme and it…
  • Get To Know All About Car Storage 85085

    Andy
    4 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    How does the idea of self storage space avoid the watercraft and yachts? There isn’t any lack of marine sports fanatics, divers, cruising motorcycles, and people employed in the ports. This means that there is a considerable requirement of self storage space components particularly produced for boat and yacht storage space. Car Storage Car Storage 85085 is the place where people can store their cars, but will have to pay a certain amount of price as a charge for using the facility. These are located in a nearby locality of your home and as more secure than parking on a roadside, as the…
  • Usage and features of clash of clans gem hack tool

    Andy
    1 May 2015 | 12:33 am
    Clash of clans gem hack tool is amazing software which lets a gamer access, unlimited resources while playing the game. There are simple and easy steps for using this tool. First, you have to download the COC cheat software which is totally free of virus. After placing the zip file on the desktop you have to extract the file whereby you will get a folder with 5 files. After running the executable file you have to connect the required device with your computer by using USB, here using Bluetooth cannot be preferred. Then you have to choose the operating system of the device and click on…
  • Revitol for scars

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

  • KingKa – A Classic Board Game with a Twist

    Eva Varga
    20 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Eva Varga Are your children learning Mandarin Chinese?  Are you always on the prowl for fun activities that integrate Mandarin language practice into your curriculum?  Do you kids enjoy playing Bingo, Memory, Lotto, and other games?  Then this is the game for you! KingKa rolls all of these popular games into one; making it a perfect game for practicing Mandarin Chinese as a family or with friends during playdates, after school programs, and even summer camps. KingKa uses pictographic Chinese characters as its base, so while a young child who recognizes basic shapes will find the game…
  • 100+ Easy and Fun Creative Nature Walks Review

    Megan Zechman
    18 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Megan Zechman For some kids, getting out in nature is fun and exciting. Others may need a bit of coaxing to head outside to do some exploring. And what if you want your family’s “outdoor time” to be educational as well as enjoyable, but don’t want to spend hours planning? Utilize an existing nature study. When you use a nature study, it’s easier for you to keep everyone engaged and learning by providing a framework for your outdoor adventures. Pick an idea and go for a nature walk. One of my absolute favorite resources is 100+ Easy and Fun Creative Nature Walks by Cindy West. I…
  • Print to Cursive Proverbs from Simply Charlotte Mason

    Kortney Garrison
    15 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Kortney Garrison At our house handwriting practice was causing friction.  My verbal, creative 2nd grader just didn’t like any kind of writing.  I was on the look out for something that might change her mind. She liked how fancy my own cursive handwriting looked!  Maybe cursive was the solution to our handwriting troubles?  We started a program at the beginning of the school year, but she found it frustrating.  She was asked to use letters in the copy practice that she hadn’t learned yet.  This wasn’t helping our little problem. Then I discovered Print to Cursive…
  • Review: Sylvan Learning Center Assessment

    Annie Kate
    13 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Annie Kate With almost two decades of homeschooling under our belts, our family has experienced a variety of learning issues.  Most of them we have been able to diagnose and resolve ourselves. When I marked a recent French test, though, I realized I needed expert help.  Occasionally we all find ourselves in situations where our love, patience, and efforts are not enough, and then we usually don’t know where to turn. However, long ago the 12-year-old daughter of a dear friend of mine learned to read at a Sylvan Learning Center, and when I put down that French test, I picked up the phone…
  • Five In A Row Review

    Kendra
    11 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Kendra When we first began home educating our eldest son we began with the Five In A Row Curriculum. I was smitten with the fact that it used many beloved picture books and would introduce us to some new ones we weren’t quite familiar with. We used the Five In A Row (FIAR) Curriculum for five beautiful years with our children before it was, sadly, time for us to move on. Oh the fun we had as we traveled around the world through the pages of our picture books. We glimpsed beautiful pieces of art, studied the diversity of many countries and made beloved friends inside the pages of our…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • How to Read More in Your Busy Day + Giveaway #KoboHDGlo

    Monique
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    As a homeschooling mother, it’s always a struggle to find personal reading time. If I’m not working at the computer, homeschooling or planning our homeschool lessons then by the end of  the day, it’s so hard to find time for my own reading. I’m always reading aloud to the kids so you’d think I’d have […] The post How to Read More in Your Busy Day + Giveaway #KoboHDGlo appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Summer Preschool Activities

    Monique
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    As we head into the summer, there are some wonderful ideas that you can put together ahead of time for your preschooler so you don’t have t worry about thinking up something last minute. Summer is great time to be outdoors and having fun. I know with our long Canadian winters, we have to soak […] The post Summer Preschool Activities appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Build Your Bundle Homeschool Presale Giveaway

    Monique
    14 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale is almost here! To celebrate the upcoming sale, they are doing a pre-sale giveaway for 3 bundles of your choice AND offering you a special coupon code. Enter to win 3 bundles of your choice! Enter this giveaway for a chance to win any 3 of 19 individual bundles. We cannot tell […] The post Build Your Bundle Homeschool Presale Giveaway appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Under the Sea Kindergarten Math Worksheets

    Monique
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    With summer around the corner these under the sea math worksheets will get you thinking about the beach. Have fun learning math with these under the sea creatures. They’re great for preschool or kindergarten students depending on your child. If your child is not a fan of writing have them dictate their answers to you. […] The post Under the Sea Kindergarten Math Worksheets appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight Review

    Monique
    7 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight  from Real Life Press is the perfect book for the homeschool mom who is struggling with something in her home or homeschool.  There’s over 200 pages of goodness to help and encourage the homeschool mom. It was definitely an easy read with large print to get through.  I love […] The post Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
 
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    Homeschooling Help

  • Homeschool Programs For Elite Athletes: A Student Showcase- Ryan Overstreet

    Kimberly Kulp
    20 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Homeschool Programs For Elite Athletes: A Student Showcase- Ryan Overstreet Some families decide to homeschool out of a strong desire to home educate, some are forced to because of circumstances, and other families, like the Overstreet family, never imagined or considered homeschooling. However, after stumbling into a homeschool program, the Overstreet family found benefits and joys they never expected. They soon discovered that homeschooling can do more than just bring families closer together. Homeschool programs and flexibility have the power to open doors to dreams that…
  • 10 Things Young Mom’s Should Know

    Jessica Parnell
    12 May 2014 | 6:13 am
    10 Things Young Mom’s Should KnowAs I look to the reality of my oldest child heading off to college and a home filled with nothing but teens, I am beginning to look back and realize that there are many things I would do differently now that I am at this new stage of motherhood. So this post is for those young moms out there who may be looking forward to the teen years and missing the treasures of these early years. I wish I would have known that someday I would miss those days when my little girl came downstairs in the middle of the night to climb into bed with us. Rather than…
  • 10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Young Mom

    Kimberly Kulp
    9 May 2014 | 2:34 pm
    10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Young MomAs I look to the reality of my oldest child heading off to college and a home filled with nothing but teens, I am beginning to look back and realize that there are many things I would do differently now that I am at this new stage of motherhood. So this post is for those young moms out there who may be looking forward to the teen years and missing the treasures of these early years. I wish I would have known that someday I would miss those days when my little girl came downstairs in the middle of the night to climb into bed with us. Rather…
  • Advice Every Working Mom Needs To Hear

    Kimberly Kulp
    9 May 2014 | 6:08 am
    Advice Every Working Mom Needs To HearThe month of May brings with it a day many mom’s look forward to. Mother’s Day: a day to be celebrated for being a mom. For mothers that work, you might find that working mom guilt creeps into this day more than any other during the year as you reflect and consider just what kind of mom you are and want to be. Being a working mother is more than challenging. It stretches the boundaries of what you thought you could or would be and requires you to be part circus performer, part super hero, and part hostage negotiator. It means long nights of more work…
  • Busy Box: 5 Rules to Keep Kids Engaged and Mom’s Sane

    Kimberly Kulp
    2 May 2014 | 8:50 am
    Busy Box: 5 Rules to Keep Kids Engaged and Mom’s SaneYou know the scene; while you’re fighting through long division with one child, your toddler empties the entire roll of toilet paper onto the bathroom floor, and your fifth grader is somehow playing Minecraft, again. Many of us are almost to the end of the marathon that is our school year and, as the winter snows have melted, so has our creativity and patience! I know how much of a struggle it can be at times to keep little movers and shakers occupied, especially during the holidays, long days indoors, or while you’re on the go…
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    Racheous - Lovable Learning

  • Standardising Childhood

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

    Racheous
    8 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Unschooling in general is all about forgoing school-like learning and a curriculum so it may seem contradictory to some that we are big Montessori lovers in this house. However, my journey to home education and then unschooling was built on a foundation of exploring alternative education. Montessori certainly holds a place in my heart for […] The post How Montessori Works With Unschooling (For Us) appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Why We Don’t Do Crafts

    Racheous
    7 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    The idea of ‘process over product’ is thrown around a lot regarding kids and creative processes. Still social media platforms like Pinterest and Facebook pages are littered with craft ideas for kids and crafts are so dang popular that I’m scared to write this post. You see, I want to provide a different point of […] The post Why We Don’t Do Crafts appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Learning About Renewable Energy

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

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

  • 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…
  • In A Van Down By The River

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

    Susan Raber
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    FishFlix.com is an online store for Christian and family-friendly movies, and we watched the DVD of Privileged Species last week for this review.Description:Discovery Institute has produced this 33 minute DVD called Privileged Species for the purpose of exploring the unique nature of earth and life on earth, and asking whether all that we see in the observable universe could have come about by cosmic coincidence.Privileged Species features excerpts of an interview with geneticist Dr. Michael Denton MD PhD. He presents an argument for intelligent design…
  • Homeschool Legacy's Weather on the Move [Review]

    Susan Raber
    18 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Unit studies are an incredibly useful tool for the delight-directed homeschooler, and Homeschool Legacy offers this Once-A-Week Unit Study - Weather on the Move - to make teaching the science of weather a breeze. Get it? Teaching weather is a breeze? Ok, I'll stop punning now.Description:The Once-A-Week Unit Study, Weather on the Move, is a seven week plan for studying weather with lists of videos and books, Bible passages, background information, experiments and projects, vocabulary words, research topics, field trip ideas,  "Stump Your Dad" trivia…
  • Six organization and time management tips for parents and students

    Susan Raber
    18 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    It's never too early to start teaching kids the value of organization and time management.By the time kids are in high school and headed to college, that horse is out of the corral and roaming the prairie, and it's hard to get it under control. But it's better to get going now than to throw up one's hands in despair.Hopefully these six helpful hints will be the boost you and your student need to get on the road to a more organized homeschool life.Whether your kids are in elementary or in high school, the same rules and tools apply. Step by step, students can get their academic lives…
  • Get Out of These Homeschool Ditches

    Susan Raber
    13 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    If you are always thinking about what you could be doing, you aren't thinking about what you should be doing.  It's the heart of discontent, inferiority, and covetousness that keeps us in a rut, making little if any forward motion, stuck in a homeschool slump.  Somewhere out there is a better curriculum that will solve all your problems. If you just had a nicer computer, more books, lived in a better neighborhood, had a car that actually started when you turned the key. . . Your homeschool friends have amazing, intelligent kids, while yours struggle every day to do the…
  • Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course [Review]

    Susan Raber
    11 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Homeschool veteran Stephanie Walmsley has created the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course for new and struggling homeschoolers, and you can find it at her website,  Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.Description:The Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course is a subscription for a 26-week course which takes you week by week, step by step, through the beginning stages of homeschooling.Each week you will receive an email with a link to that week's lesson, which is a 15-20 page downloadable and printable .pdf explaining in…
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  • Petits poèmes

    LelaMay
    13 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    Petits poèmes-This is our first book, a collection of short poems dedicated to all who love the French language. Hope you like it. Made by the students of 6th, 7th and 8th grade from Pehcevo, Macedonia.  The post Petits poèmes appeared first on La Chambre Des Secrets.
  • Books don’t bite

    LelaMay
    10 May 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Books don’t bite – With this activity we promoted French literature translated in Macedonian and the French language, we recited in French the poems we wrote and we promoted our book called “Petits poèmes” published online, we distributed bookmarks we made and flyers about reading and beauties of the French language, we listened French music and it was a really good day! The post Books don’t bite appeared first on La Chambre Des Secrets.
  • Prepositions of place

    LelaMay
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Learn how to use the prepositions of place in French with this simple presentation. The post Prepositions of place appeared first on La Chambre Des Secrets.
  • Dr. Zitbag’s pet shop

    LelaMay
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Crazy crackpot Dr. Zitbag who creates and sells monsters with intention to make money of it. Today, he is trying to make a new monster in his old haunted castle. What does he need for his new experiment?  The post Dr. Zitbag’s pet shop appeared first on La Chambre Des Secrets.
  • I love Corsica

    LelaMay
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to France. Various trees and plants are protected and a large part of Corsica is National Park … Geography Vocabulary – PowerPoint PPT presentation for your students. The post I love Corsica appeared first on La Chambre Des Secrets.
 
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