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  • Wrapping Up a Homeschool School-year and Grading the Teacher

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

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Rilla’s pocket handiwork.
  • 9 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Garage Sale

    Molly Green
    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • A “Not Back to School” Homeschool Resources SALE!!

    Guilt-Free Homeschooling
    CarolynM
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    Summer is a time for homeschooling moms to recharge their motivations and determinations and to refill their idea-vaults, and we are here to help!!! Our ebooks are now 50% OFF at Smashwords.com, and you can choose the right format for your e-reader, smartphone app, or computer. Use the coupon codes listed below for either one […]
  • The July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Journey edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Melissa Wiley
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Rilla’s pocket handiwork.
  • Poking the bear

    Melissa Wiley
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    By “odd one out,” he means “least geeky,” of course. 
  • Live Read-Aloud Revival Author Chat Next Sunday

    Melissa Wiley
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Hey gang, I’ll be doing a live online chat with Sarah Mackenzie at Read-Aloud Revival next Sunday at 1pm Pacific. Read-Aloud Revival started as a terrific podcast (I was interviewed for an episode here) and has grown into a membership site with workshops, discussions, and a lot more. Event details: Live Author Event: Melissa Wiley Read-Aloud Revival Live Author Events are for your whole family. Come hang out with us live– your kids can type questions into the chat box, and our featured author will answer them live on screen! Throughout the hour-long live event, we give away…
  • Discombobulated

    Melissa Wiley
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    I gained a whole week today. It feels luxurious: what to do with this newfound space of time? It’s like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of your winter coat. Of course, just as with found money, immediately upon the heels of the jubilant discovery rush the responsible thoughts: you could put the money toward bills, or into a child’s college fund. I should (must) work toward some impending deadlines; I should tackle the Extreme Purging project I keep saying I’m going to undertake. After all, it’s not like I really gained a week. It was here on the calendar all along; it…
  • Comic-Con Surprise

    Melissa Wiley
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Our staggeringly talented pal Chris Gugliotti (of Thicklebit fame) surprised us with this sketch at SDCC. I laughed until I cried. I always did want to fly the Millennium Falcon.
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  • 9 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Garage Sale

    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

    JoAnn
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leah Courtney   Too often when kids have a break from school work in the summer, they also think that they have a break from learning. But if you take off three full months in the summer, kids end up having to spend the first month in the new school year relearning information they once knew. One way to prevent this occurrence is to keep kids reading all summer long. Reading can help kids to stay learning and thinking over the summer. Here are five fun ways to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Sign up for reading contests and rewards programs. Most libraries have summer reading…
  • The Hard Scrabble Life: Why I Don’t Call it Failure

    JoAnn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Esther Emery When I came home last Sunday, from a rare weekend away, I found a herd of elk trampling my garden. The huge and heavy-hoofed animals had already tramped through the potatoes, nibbled the lettuces, and eaten every last one of the beets. What had taken me months to grow, the elk took out in minutes. I might have cried, except I’m used to this. My husband and I have been homesteading off grid for two years. Everything on our property is ours, made by us, fashioned by us, or brought here by us. We have a tremendous amount of ownership, but it doesn’t come without a cost.
  • 6 Tips for Staying on Track with Meal Planning During the Summer

    JoAnn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Meal planning is so important. Not only will it help ensure that your family has healthy meals, it can also save you time and money. Many people stop meal planning during busy summer months when you might have a lot of family summer activities going on. Or, maybe your summer goes at a slower pace than the rest of the year and you just don’t want to focus on meals. Here are 6 tips for sticking to your meal planning during the summer.   Make a menu and shopping list You’ve heard me say it over and over, and it really is just that important. You have to meal plan. It…
  • Aprons . . . and Patience

    JoAnn
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Walters   Our children learn what we model . . . so if they see us struggling, and then practicing patience, so will they.   Several weeks ago, I began to write an article for a very simple sewing project, an apron. I selected pattern Butterick 4119 and purchased fabric for two aprons. As any good seamstress does, I pre-shrunk the cotton fabrics and ironed the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern. I laid out my fabric. And as we teach children: I measured twice; cut once—after playing with the layout to see if any fabric could be saved somewhere. I long ago learned…
 
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  • A “Not Back to School” Homeschool Resources SALE!!

    CarolynM
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    Summer is a time for homeschooling moms to recharge their motivations and determinations and to refill their idea-vaults, and we are here to help!!! Our ebooks are now 50% OFF at Smashwords.com, and you can choose the right format for your e-reader, smartphone app, or computer. Use the coupon codes listed below for either one […]
  • Top 10 Ways an Older Visual Learner Can Help Himself

    CarolynM
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    These tips will be helpful to visual students in middle school, high school, college, or beyond, who need to motivate themselves and control their own learning environment. Color-code notes with highlighters, colored pens/pencils, colored notecards, etc [see link below]. Recopy notes and information for tests and re-highlight, using your color code. Repeat at often as […]
  • #ThrowbackThursday: Visual Learners

    CarolynM
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As part of Visual Learning Week, we invite you to take a look back into the Guilt-Free Homeschooling archives. The gem we have selected as a supplement to this week’s focus is “Stealth Learning” Through Free Play for its ultra-sneaky approach to teaching in ways that look more like playing than learning. In fact, many […]
  • Most Misunderstood Trait of Visual Learners

    CarolynM
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Visual learners really do need to watch something over and over before trying it themselves. They aren’t necessarily shy, withdrawn, introverted, uninterested, or not paying attention. They are learning visually. For further help on this topic, and to see the rest of the posts in the “Visual Learning Week” series, see this link: “Visual Learning” […]
  • #TakeMeBackTuesday: Visual Learners

    CarolynM
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As part of Visual Learning Week, we invite you to read the Visual Learners excerpt from our book, Taking the Mystery Out of Learning Styles. This excerpt focuses on visual learning and explores some of the techniques that are useful in teaching students who are motivated by any opportunity to read, watch, study, and observe. […]
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  • The July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Journey edition

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

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

    Henry Cate
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    This is just a quick reminder, you have a week to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. The July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Home Spun Juggling.You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via either of these methods: 1) You can send an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com Please include:  Title of Post(s)  URL of Post(s)  Name of Blog  URL of Blog  Brief summary of the post(s) 2) Or use this Google Doc Please send in the entries by July 13th at 6:00 PM PST.I have a…
  • The June edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Retirement Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

    JoAnn
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leah Courtney   Too often when kids have a break from school work in the summer, they also think that they have a break from learning. But if you take off three full months in the summer, kids end up having to spend the first month in the new school year relearning information they once knew. One way to prevent this occurrence is to keep kids reading all summer long. Reading can help kids to stay learning and thinking over the summer. Here are five fun ways to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Sign up for reading contests and rewards programs. Most libraries have summer reading…
  • The Hard Scrabble Life: Why I Don’t Call it Failure

    JoAnn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Esther Emery When I came home last Sunday, from a rare weekend away, I found a herd of elk trampling my garden. The huge and heavy-hoofed animals had already tramped through the potatoes, nibbled the lettuces, and eaten every last one of the beets. What had taken me months to grow, the elk took out in minutes. I might have cried, except I’m used to this. My husband and I have been homesteading off grid for two years. Everything on our property is ours, made by us, fashioned by us, or brought here by us. We have a tremendous amount of ownership, but it doesn’t come without a cost.
  • 6 Tips for Staying on Track with Meal Planning During the Summer

    JoAnn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Meal planning is so important. Not only will it help ensure that your family has healthy meals, it can also save you time and money. Many people stop meal planning during busy summer months when you might have a lot of family summer activities going on. Or, maybe your summer goes at a slower pace than the rest of the year and you just don’t want to focus on meals. Here are 6 tips for sticking to your meal planning during the summer.   Make a menu and shopping list You’ve heard me say it over and over, and it really is just that important. You have to meal plan. It…
  • Aprons . . . and Patience

    JoAnn
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Walters   Our children learn what we model . . . so if they see us struggling, and then practicing patience, so will they.   Several weeks ago, I began to write an article for a very simple sewing project, an apron. I selected pattern Butterick 4119 and purchased fabric for two aprons. As any good seamstress does, I pre-shrunk the cotton fabrics and ironed the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern. I laid out my fabric. And as we teach children: I measured twice; cut once—after playing with the layout to see if any fabric could be saved somewhere. I long ago learned…
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  • 9 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Garage Sale

    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

    JoAnn
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leah Courtney   Too often when kids have a break from school work in the summer, they also think that they have a break from learning. But if you take off three full months in the summer, kids end up having to spend the first month in the new school year relearning information they once knew. One way to prevent this occurrence is to keep kids reading all summer long. Reading can help kids to stay learning and thinking over the summer. Here are five fun ways to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Sign up for reading contests and rewards programs. Most libraries have summer reading…
  • The Hard Scrabble Life: Why I Don’t Call it Failure

    JoAnn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Esther Emery When I came home last Sunday, from a rare weekend away, I found a herd of elk trampling my garden. The huge and heavy-hoofed animals had already tramped through the potatoes, nibbled the lettuces, and eaten every last one of the beets. What had taken me months to grow, the elk took out in minutes. I might have cried, except I’m used to this. My husband and I have been homesteading off grid for two years. Everything on our property is ours, made by us, fashioned by us, or brought here by us. We have a tremendous amount of ownership, but it doesn’t come without a cost.
  • 6 Tips for Staying on Track with Meal Planning During the Summer

    JoAnn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Meal planning is so important. Not only will it help ensure that your family has healthy meals, it can also save you time and money. Many people stop meal planning during busy summer months when you might have a lot of family summer activities going on. Or, maybe your summer goes at a slower pace than the rest of the year and you just don’t want to focus on meals. Here are 6 tips for sticking to your meal planning during the summer.   Make a menu and shopping list You’ve heard me say it over and over, and it really is just that important. You have to meal plan. It…
  • Aprons . . . and Patience

    JoAnn
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Walters   Our children learn what we model . . . so if they see us struggling, and then practicing patience, so will they.   Several weeks ago, I began to write an article for a very simple sewing project, an apron. I selected pattern Butterick 4119 and purchased fabric for two aprons. As any good seamstress does, I pre-shrunk the cotton fabrics and ironed the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern. I laid out my fabric. And as we teach children: I measured twice; cut once—after playing with the layout to see if any fabric could be saved somewhere. I long ago learned…
 
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  • Homeschool Thoughts, Lists & News, etc.

    Dawn
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    (A bit of a hodgepodge today!) Happy August, my friends! It sure is hot and hazy here, but I love how the flowers just glow in the summer sun these days. And everything is so green ... I just love this time of year! Well, I wanted to pop in quickly this morning to tell you I am *thisclose* to finishing our school reports - I just need to finalize Earlybird's ed. plan for next year. His reports are always a bit tricky because, as a special needs child, my plans must be thorough, but flexible, and his progress is not always so readily apparent. I have to put a lot of thought into what we…
  • Friday Bits & Bobs ~ Summer Days

    Dawn
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    Happy-almost-Weekend, my friends! I just have a few things to share with you today ... some pretty late summer images I thought you'd like to see. (Ack, did I say, "late" summer? Where has the time gone?) This is tickseed (Coreopsis) that is growing abundantly in our front yard. I adore all that yellow, and boy, the bees love it too!  More yellow - this is the August scrapbook page in my homemade weekly planner. Isn't it pretty? I think sunflowers are a perfect symbol of August ... (And by the way, Tanya asked me recently how I am using/liking that planner and the…
  • My New Day Book! (post one)

    Dawn
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    Happy Tuesday, my friends! (I teased this pic on Facebook the other day, but wanted to share it here, too!) So this is a new daily planner I bought at Target over the weekend because - well, first off - I'm absolutely weak when it comes to Target, especially in the planner aisle - but also, I have been feeling really out of control with my daily planning lately. I have so much "to control" each day - so much on my plate - and I use a lot of tools to keep track of it all - the cleaning, dinners, homeschooling, appointments, tasks, budgeting, writing, seasonal ideas, etc. So…
  • Thoughtful Thursday ... Nature Study

    Dawn
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
     "But it's not enough to merely exist," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." (Hans Christian Anderson) I love how easy nature study can be ... especially in midsummer, when life all around us is bursting with color, sound and smell! Over the past few days we've been noticing a pretty orange butterfly visiting our herb patch. We can see this spot easily from our kitchen window, along with several bird feeders and the woodsy woods beyond. It's a view I never tire of - and I'm grateful for it each time we sit at the…
  • Calendar News!

    Dawn
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Good Tuesday morning, my friends! :) I just wanted to pop in quickly and let you all know that Susan Branch is stocking her new 2016 calendars right now! I remember several of you inquired about the pretty desk blotter I got last year as well as the nifty little pocket calendar I carry with me in my bag ... and since they sell out fast (especially the blotter) I wanted to pass on the news! Here are the links, in case you are interested ...  Susan Branch 2016 desk blotter calendar Susan Branch 2016-2017 (24 month) pocket calendar Aren't they lovely? It's a great time…
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  • Hymns to Fireworks: (Indiana Journey, last day)

    Mama Squirrel
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    Sunday was kind of an incredible day all round. It started with hymn singing in Indiana and ended with fireworks in Toronto.Image from the Toronto Star, because my photos weren't nearly that good. You can see a video at this link.The hymn singing wasn't technically part of the retreat--it was just how those of us hosting (plus a couple of friends) spent the last while together. (Reminiscent of the big carol sing in A Muppet Family Christmas.) Highlight of the goodbyes (you need there to be a laugh when you are asunder parting): one of the moms was doing her usual silly-deep-voice…
  • The Retreat (Indiana Journey)

    Mama Squirrel
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    The retreat was held at a church, Friday evening and all day Saturday. What it was about, for most of us: celebrating friends and exploring the possibilities of family-oriented, lifelong learning. That was underscored for me by the presence of several babies, a few brave husbands (who were not just there to hold the babies), several older offspring who were there in various roles (playing music, working in the kitchen, packing boxes into vehicles, minding the info table, or just being themselves). When one of the speakers exhorted everyone to "love their children," that seemed to be…
  • Wednesday Hodgepodge: Tripping Over the Hodgepodge Edition

    Mama Squirrel
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?Struggle with: overcoming fears; but when you "see things for what they are" (Marcus Aurelius, courtesy of Father Tim), they sometimes shrink to manageable size.  Not as hard: finding the good in life. One of my…
  • Pre-Retreat (Indiana Journey)

    Mama Squirrel
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    Of buses and airplanes, I don't need to say much. Every trip has its quirks, but this one did go pretty smoothly, at least until I got to Chicago. I've only taken one other flight to the U.S., and that time I had a connecting flight in Detroit, our arrival from Toronto was late, and I barely remember anything about that except rushing through the airport. But squeezed in there somewhere, I must have gone through Customs, and so that second flight was a domestic one--no Customs.This time I was flying nonstop to Chicago, and (of course) forgot about the fact that when you go through Customs, by…
  • Quote for the day: Life shouldn't always be so serious

    Mama Squirrel
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:09 pm
    "Oh all this endless thinking, it's very overrated. I blame the war, before 1914 nobody thought of anything at all.." - Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith), Downton Abbey (to the family about leaving Edith to think while the rest of them have a picnic).
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  • 9 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Garage Sale

    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

    JoAnn
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leah Courtney   Too often when kids have a break from school work in the summer, they also think that they have a break from learning. But if you take off three full months in the summer, kids end up having to spend the first month in the new school year relearning information they once knew. One way to prevent this occurrence is to keep kids reading all summer long. Reading can help kids to stay learning and thinking over the summer. Here are five fun ways to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Sign up for reading contests and rewards programs. Most libraries have summer reading…
  • The Hard Scrabble Life: Why I Don’t Call it Failure

    JoAnn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Esther Emery When I came home last Sunday, from a rare weekend away, I found a herd of elk trampling my garden. The huge and heavy-hoofed animals had already tramped through the potatoes, nibbled the lettuces, and eaten every last one of the beets. What had taken me months to grow, the elk took out in minutes. I might have cried, except I’m used to this. My husband and I have been homesteading off grid for two years. Everything on our property is ours, made by us, fashioned by us, or brought here by us. We have a tremendous amount of ownership, but it doesn’t come without a cost.
  • 6 Tips for Staying on Track with Meal Planning During the Summer

    JoAnn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Meal planning is so important. Not only will it help ensure that your family has healthy meals, it can also save you time and money. Many people stop meal planning during busy summer months when you might have a lot of family summer activities going on. Or, maybe your summer goes at a slower pace than the rest of the year and you just don’t want to focus on meals. Here are 6 tips for sticking to your meal planning during the summer.   Make a menu and shopping list You’ve heard me say it over and over, and it really is just that important. You have to meal plan. It…
  • Aprons . . . and Patience

    JoAnn
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Walters   Our children learn what we model . . . so if they see us struggling, and then practicing patience, so will they.   Several weeks ago, I began to write an article for a very simple sewing project, an apron. I selected pattern Butterick 4119 and purchased fabric for two aprons. As any good seamstress does, I pre-shrunk the cotton fabrics and ironed the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern. I laid out my fabric. And as we teach children: I measured twice; cut once—after playing with the layout to see if any fabric could be saved somewhere. I long ago learned…
 
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  • 3 Ways to Bible Journal Digitally

    Robin Sampson
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    I LOVE Bible Journaling! I was out to lunch with a friend discussing a passage I had journaled and I could actually see the page in my mind because I had spent so much time on it. Feasting on the Word, listening to God, and crafting! It doesn’t get any better! What is Bible Journaling? Bible journaling ...
  • HOMESCHOOL OMNIBUS: BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR

    Robin Sampson
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Thissuper deal includes “What Your Child Needs to Know When: According to the Bible; According to the State” which promotes teaching Hebraically over the Greek methods plus 123 homeschool related books (nutrition, parenting, Bible, etc) ‪#‎Homeschool‬ ‪#‎Omnibus‬ is Great deal.  124 Titles for $25. Over $700 Value! Do not miss this AMAZING Homeschool deal! See ...
  • Summer Homeschool Sale

    Robin Sampson
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
  • 21 Healthy Food Plan Meals

    Robin Sampson
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    I’m planning my meals ahead (lost 20 lbs!!). These are meals for those abstaining from sugar and flours, like the ones at OA and FAA. With 21 in one place I can shuffle them. Biblically clean:  no pork, no shellfish. Breakfast Meal Plans Breakfast 1 1 cup oatmeal 145 1/2 cup almond milk 50 5 pecans 100 ...
  • Free Torah Class Videos

    Robin Sampson
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:06 am
    This is the best balanced Bible study I have used in 29 years homeschooling! and its FREE! You can watch a video with your children every morning,  and/or  read transcripts at  and download slideshows for each chapter. Tom Bradford walks you through the Torah and Prophets ONE chapter at a time revealing history and Hebrew view as ...
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  • 9 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Garage Sale

    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

    JoAnn
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leah Courtney   Too often when kids have a break from school work in the summer, they also think that they have a break from learning. But if you take off three full months in the summer, kids end up having to spend the first month in the new school year relearning information they once knew. One way to prevent this occurrence is to keep kids reading all summer long. Reading can help kids to stay learning and thinking over the summer. Here are five fun ways to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Sign up for reading contests and rewards programs. Most libraries have summer reading…
  • The Hard Scrabble Life: Why I Don’t Call it Failure

    JoAnn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Esther Emery When I came home last Sunday, from a rare weekend away, I found a herd of elk trampling my garden. The huge and heavy-hoofed animals had already tramped through the potatoes, nibbled the lettuces, and eaten every last one of the beets. What had taken me months to grow, the elk took out in minutes. I might have cried, except I’m used to this. My husband and I have been homesteading off grid for two years. Everything on our property is ours, made by us, fashioned by us, or brought here by us. We have a tremendous amount of ownership, but it doesn’t come without a cost.
  • 6 Tips for Staying on Track with Meal Planning During the Summer

    JoAnn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Meal planning is so important. Not only will it help ensure that your family has healthy meals, it can also save you time and money. Many people stop meal planning during busy summer months when you might have a lot of family summer activities going on. Or, maybe your summer goes at a slower pace than the rest of the year and you just don’t want to focus on meals. Here are 6 tips for sticking to your meal planning during the summer.   Make a menu and shopping list You’ve heard me say it over and over, and it really is just that important. You have to meal plan. It…
  • Aprons . . . and Patience

    JoAnn
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Walters   Our children learn what we model . . . so if they see us struggling, and then practicing patience, so will they.   Several weeks ago, I began to write an article for a very simple sewing project, an apron. I selected pattern Butterick 4119 and purchased fabric for two aprons. As any good seamstress does, I pre-shrunk the cotton fabrics and ironed the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern. I laid out my fabric. And as we teach children: I measured twice; cut once—after playing with the layout to see if any fabric could be saved somewhere. I long ago learned…
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  • 9 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Garage Sale

    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

    JoAnn
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leah Courtney   Too often when kids have a break from school work in the summer, they also think that they have a break from learning. But if you take off three full months in the summer, kids end up having to spend the first month in the new school year relearning information they once knew. One way to prevent this occurrence is to keep kids reading all summer long. Reading can help kids to stay learning and thinking over the summer. Here are five fun ways to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Sign up for reading contests and rewards programs. Most libraries have summer reading…
  • The Hard Scrabble Life: Why I Don’t Call it Failure

    JoAnn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Esther Emery When I came home last Sunday, from a rare weekend away, I found a herd of elk trampling my garden. The huge and heavy-hoofed animals had already tramped through the potatoes, nibbled the lettuces, and eaten every last one of the beets. What had taken me months to grow, the elk took out in minutes. I might have cried, except I’m used to this. My husband and I have been homesteading off grid for two years. Everything on our property is ours, made by us, fashioned by us, or brought here by us. We have a tremendous amount of ownership, but it doesn’t come without a cost.
  • 6 Tips for Staying on Track with Meal Planning During the Summer

    JoAnn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Meal planning is so important. Not only will it help ensure that your family has healthy meals, it can also save you time and money. Many people stop meal planning during busy summer months when you might have a lot of family summer activities going on. Or, maybe your summer goes at a slower pace than the rest of the year and you just don’t want to focus on meals. Here are 6 tips for sticking to your meal planning during the summer.   Make a menu and shopping list You’ve heard me say it over and over, and it really is just that important. You have to meal plan. It…
  • Aprons . . . and Patience

    JoAnn
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Walters   Our children learn what we model . . . so if they see us struggling, and then practicing patience, so will they.   Several weeks ago, I began to write an article for a very simple sewing project, an apron. I selected pattern Butterick 4119 and purchased fabric for two aprons. As any good seamstress does, I pre-shrunk the cotton fabrics and ironed the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern. I laid out my fabric. And as we teach children: I measured twice; cut once—after playing with the layout to see if any fabric could be saved somewhere. I long ago learned…
 
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    The Common Room

  • Pregnant Women with SPD

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction If you have this, you know- it hurts. It hurts to do the stairs, to be on your feet very long, to get in and out of cars, to move your foot from gas pedal to brake and back again. I recently said this to somebody else, and then thought I’d say it to a larger audience because it’s something I wish somebody had told me when I was pregnant with my sixth: There is no point in toughing it out. It’s not going to improve. Do whatever it takes to relieve the strain now, and often. When I finally succumbed and used the electric wheelchair cart at the…
  • Spanish Movies REasonably Safe to Watch

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Watching movies and television shows in a language you are studying really does help with developing your receptive language skills (understanding what you hear). But if you’re studying Spanish, you know that Mexican television is highly sexualized. It’s hard to find shows that are family friendly. Here are a few I’ve seen that I can recommend, with occasional caveats: Te Presento a Laura– this is a black comedy- there are kids with cancer (that part is not played for laughs), a disgusting accident in a morgue involving knocking over jars of fluid, a character falling…
  • What’s Happening at the Common Room

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:20 pm
    First of all, everything’s okay. Where to begin? I really don’t know. I suppose that’s why I started at the end. Everybody is fine. Everything is okay. Just below is a picture of where I prefer to live. It’s the back pillow on my bed. To me it is the most comfortable spot in the house. I have two fans that circulate the air and keep it cool. Good books are within reach. Most important of all, I can put my knees straight, because when i can’t, they ache and my feet swell. I’ve missed this spot.  It is where I am sitting now, have been sitting for hours,…
  • Bookmaking, part IV

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
       
  • Bookmaking, Part IV

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
          From Booklet Making: An Art-craft Problem By Henry Turner Bailey TBC
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Bits and Pieces of Our Days

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

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

    Karen Edmisten
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I just haven't had time lately.I'm not complaining. Life is good and busy, and the busy-ness is all of the good variety. I just feel as if I haven't had time lately to sit down with my friends (you!) and have a cup of coffee and chat about what's going on.Late June and these first weeks of July simply flew. We got back from a trip to Oklahoma and Arkansas (visits to my side of the family) and soon after that came a speaking engagement at a homeschooling conference in Omaha, and no sooner had we returned home from that than our friends from Florida came to stay for a few days. And whenever I…
  • Life Keeps Traveling at Breakneck Speed

    Karen Edmisten
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Photo thanks to Free Images. It's all good stuff, but I haven't had time to blog about any of it! Will be blogging soon about:The conference in Omaha and how lovely and amazing the organizers were Meeting Suzie and Tony Andres Piano and horses and theater camp, oh, my! 
  • Poetry Friday: The Land of Story-books

    Karen Edmisten
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    I'll be at the Filled With Joy conference this weekend, talking about read-alouds, among other things. And although this Stevenson poem isn't specifically about being read to, it is about books and imagination and the joyful marriage of those two. Happy Poetry Friday! The Land of Story-books*Robert Louis StevensonAt evening when the lamp is lit,Around the fire my parents sit;They sit at home and talk and sing,And do not play at anything.Now, with my little gun, I crawlAll in the dark along the wall,And follow round the forest trackAway behind the sofa back.There, in the night, where none…
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  • 9 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Garage Sale

    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

    JoAnn
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leah Courtney   Too often when kids have a break from school work in the summer, they also think that they have a break from learning. But if you take off three full months in the summer, kids end up having to spend the first month in the new school year relearning information they once knew. One way to prevent this occurrence is to keep kids reading all summer long. Reading can help kids to stay learning and thinking over the summer. Here are five fun ways to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Sign up for reading contests and rewards programs. Most libraries have summer reading…
  • The Hard Scrabble Life: Why I Don’t Call it Failure

    JoAnn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Esther Emery When I came home last Sunday, from a rare weekend away, I found a herd of elk trampling my garden. The huge and heavy-hoofed animals had already tramped through the potatoes, nibbled the lettuces, and eaten every last one of the beets. What had taken me months to grow, the elk took out in minutes. I might have cried, except I’m used to this. My husband and I have been homesteading off grid for two years. Everything on our property is ours, made by us, fashioned by us, or brought here by us. We have a tremendous amount of ownership, but it doesn’t come without a cost.
  • 6 Tips for Staying on Track with Meal Planning During the Summer

    JoAnn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Meal planning is so important. Not only will it help ensure that your family has healthy meals, it can also save you time and money. Many people stop meal planning during busy summer months when you might have a lot of family summer activities going on. Or, maybe your summer goes at a slower pace than the rest of the year and you just don’t want to focus on meals. Here are 6 tips for sticking to your meal planning during the summer.   Make a menu and shopping list You’ve heard me say it over and over, and it really is just that important. You have to meal plan. It…
  • Aprons . . . and Patience

    JoAnn
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Walters   Our children learn what we model . . . so if they see us struggling, and then practicing patience, so will they.   Several weeks ago, I began to write an article for a very simple sewing project, an apron. I selected pattern Butterick 4119 and purchased fabric for two aprons. As any good seamstress does, I pre-shrunk the cotton fabrics and ironed the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern. I laid out my fabric. And as we teach children: I measured twice; cut once—after playing with the layout to see if any fabric could be saved somewhere. I long ago learned…
 
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  • The Thing One Lives to Do

    Debra
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Summer catches my breath for so many reasons: Gardens bursting with color that I started from seed, just-right warm breezes at sunset, and the great plays in Little League that surprise me with joy while I do my time in the stands. Everything takes on a fresh life and the mission of our days transforms […] The post The Thing One Lives to Do appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Lord, Strengthen My Hands!

    Andrea T
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Life can be challenging at times. This is fact is clearly evidenced in our discussions with family members and friends and even the quickest glance at local and national news headlines confirms this fact. Every single day people all around the world are challenged by difficult life circumstances. And many times these challenges rise up […] The post Lord, Strengthen My Hands! appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Treasures for Pre-Teen Girls

    Diana B
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    “She is always sitting with her little nose burrowing into books. She doesn’t read them, Miss Minchin; she gobbles them up as if she were a little wolf instead of a little girl. She is always starving for new books to gobble…” That’s how Captain Crewe describes his 7-year-old daughter Sara’s love for reading in […] The post Treasures for Pre-Teen Girls appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • Making Movement Part of Your School Day

    Melinda
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    I’d like to make a motion to include movement as part of every school day.  Who seconds my motion?  All of the children do!  Some harried home educators are fighting every day against fidgeting, excessive energy, and distracting movements of one kind or another as they try to teach their children.  Some students are so […] The post Making Movement Part of Your School Day appeared first on The End In Mind.
  • If Momma Ain’t Happy…

    Lorrie Young
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Over the spring our small group went through a bible study called Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. Bridges shines the light on sins such as unthankfulness, discontentment, pride, selfishness, anger, gossip, and many other sins that seem more acceptable than the blatant obvious sins. As we worked through the book I had many take-aways, but […] The post If Momma Ain’t Happy… appeared first on The End In Mind.
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  • A little less whiny today.

    Fatcat
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Maybe it was watching 4 hours of Gilmore Girls last night ( I really love that show that we have recently discovered) but I am in a slightly better mood today, less whiny.  Whatever the cause, I'm going with it.  I don't mind feeling better about things today even though nothing has really changed. I may have defeated the wasps around our back door that kept stinging us when we were turning the
  • Feeling stressed.

    Fatcat
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    I'm stressed about big things and little things; mom's house, mom's rent and all the stuff that goes into elder care, the impending visit with my son and his girlfriend (though I love them and can't wait), the conflicts between our dogs, the wasps that are haunting our back door and won't go away despite taking aggressive measures and spraying them with cans of wasp and hornet spray, my job,  my
  • Awesomeness and modesty.

    Fatcat
    25 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    We were sitting around today talking about possible college majors for my daughter who has to go to college to keep her Dad's health insurance.  I went to college right out of high school with no idea what to major in  and finally decided on Child Development.  I planned to be a preschool teacher because I like kids and I had several years of teaching Sunday School and I really had no idea what
  • Great Homeschooling Article

    Fatcat
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Homeschool This. Go read this article.  It's awesome. Here's tiny excerpt: Gather supplies. Here is a helpful list  Books. More books than you can accomodate. Go to libraries, book sales, yard sales. Let the kids bring any book they want into the house, short of pornography. Even ‘Garfield’. Food. Fill the pantry with odd things and cook. You have to eat anyway, make the meal the ‘lesson’.
  • Limping along.

    Fatcat
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    I'm trying to enjoy my summer, despite being on my third round of antibiotics this summer and feeling, basically, like crap all the time.  I'm doing the Finding Nemo thing .. "Just keep swimming.  Just keep swimming."  and even when I feel very, very bad I'm still getting in the pool and exercising.  I'm really worried about my mom's house not selling.  This picture kind of sums up how I'm
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    Homeschool Math Blog

  • Giveaway at Hip Homeschool Moms

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

    Math Mammoth
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Let your little ones have fun learning how to add three numbers with this new video of mine, which also features Mathy the Mammoth as my mascot. :)The video is intended for first grade.
  • Math Mammoth Grade 7 (pre-algebra)

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

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

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

  • when you really need a fresh way forward: The Emmaus Option

    Ann Voskamp
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    Audio recording of The Emmaus Option It can feel like the sky is falling in. Can feel like the edges of all things sane and good and beautiful and right are being crushed by an indifferent madness. Can feel like we have to get out of town, get out of the whirl, the noise, the circling buzz that might drive a soul tone deaf. You can go looking for big open places to exhale, to surrender to the way even your breathing can’t stop saying the syllables of His name. YHWH, YHWH. They say that the number of Americans who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage…
  • when you’re looking for answers to the Cry of the Aching Woman’s Heart

    Ann Voskamp
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Sarah Mae‘s an honest, brave woman, who has this infectious laugh you can’t help but love — and she’s a woman who longs for home, the place where she is really known and loved and accepted for who she is, even on the bad days. Her purpose in writing is to encourage women to keep on, and begin again, knowing that none of us are alone as we walk through this life. It’s a grace to welcome my vulnerable and courageous friend, Sarah Mae, to the farm’s front porch today… guest post by Sarah Mae T wo things followed by lots of questions. First, I would…
  • when you’re tired of co-existing with your people & want to actually connect

    Ann Voskamp
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Dr. Kimberling and his wife Nancy and have been married over forty years and they say they still work on it every day. Their hope was that they would work awhile at marriage, get it “right”, and then coast for fifty years or so. They realized that this hope was not reality. “7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage” is about purposefully closing the gap each day between where your marriage is and where God wants it to be.  Dr. Kimberling‘s passion is helping people have Awesome Marriages and wherever your marriage is today, he believes God has even greater things… It’s a…
  • unwrapping summer: the absolute easiest way to make this a great, unforgettable summer

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    When the sun slides down windows, beckoning us to come out now, you have time now to come out and be — it’s like hope and grace begin again with every summer day. And these fleeting summer days unwrap like melting ice cream sandwiches, like gladiolas unfolding unabashedly glad in the garden, like monarchs unfolding out of pearled cocoons in His own perfect time. Try, but really, are there fresher words than those two: summer morning? Summer mornings and the air thick with the spices of a thousand opening flowers and would it matter if we were one of the winged ones that lived only a…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [07.25.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Happy, happy, happy weekend! Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe like crazy in a Good God redeeming everything — and that there’s love everywhere & for ((you))! Serving up only the Good Stuff for you right here: SimonTrnka SimonTrnka SimonTrnka ah, it’s all too miraculous not to go see Joseph Sohm then bask here? every summer needs to go to the best beaches across America <grin> a home that will inspire you to make art today  a fun summer project? incredible…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • Unschooler and author Kate Cayley: How you were born

    Hamilton Climate Challenge
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Years ago,  our Radio Free School program had the honour of not only interviewing author Kate Cayley for our show, but we also created a youtube video based on the interview where Kate describes growing up unschooled. Now she's got the Trillium Prize for her recent book How you were Born.Read about it in Now Magazine. Check out Kate's video here:
  • You want change? Change your questions.

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

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

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

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

  • "Disturbing content," Condemnation (avoiding), why unschool?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Korean dramas continue here

    Sandra Dodd
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    This is from Warrior Baek Dong Soo, thirty episodes long, but I watched it twice.I'm fascinated by the storytelling, the acting, the cinematography, the sets and settings, props and costumes—the historical shows and the modern ones both.My notes on what I've seen, and on a couple of particular shows, are here:http://sandradodd.com/kdramaMy favorites so far were both by the same screenwriter, Song Ji-na. One is called Faith, and one is Healer. (I've written about both of them here before, so those titles are links.)To make certain those are my legitimate favorites, I watched two dozen other…
  • Goblets from the 1980's

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

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

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

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

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    Just 13 states and the District of Columbia require home-school instructors to have minimum qualifications, in most cases a high school diploma. The other 37 states have no such requirement, according to a recent report by the Education Commission of the States that highlights wide variations in rules governing home-schooling across the states.
  • British Student Reveals Teaching Samuel Eto'o To Speak Russian Was A Bit Of A Nightmare

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    The British student hired to teach Samuel Eto'o to speak Russian during his Anzhi Makhachkala has admitted that she spent months home-schooling the striker without having a single clue who he was or what he did for a living. Rebecca Prew, a 23-year-old Russian and French graduate from Leeds University, was brought in to help Eto'o learn the basics of the Russian language during his second year at Anzhi in 2012.
  • Hopefuls hotfoot it to crash course in 'Riverdance'

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    She is just 13 years old, has travelled thousands of miles from her home in the USA and left mainstream school in order to fulfil her dream of becoming a professional Irish dancer. Teenager Emily McFadden is just one of the 290 budding dancers participating in the 'Riverdance' International Summer School in Dublin.
  • MP steps in to help bullied boy who's too scared to leave home

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:14 am
    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. An MP has stepped in to help the family of a teenager who claims he has been bullied for three years.
  • Home-Schooling Mom Not Right for the Job

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:55 pm
    You ask, in your July 23 editorial "A Texas Teaching Moment," why shouldn't a home-schooling mother chair the Texas school board? Because, as Thomas Ratliff stated, , Donna Bahorich has no experience with public schools as a teacher or parent-94% of Texas children are educated in public schools. A reasonable qualification is to know something about them.
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    The Thinking Mother

  • More Thoughts on Grades

    ChristineMM
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Yesterday's post was dashed off quickly and ended due to keyboard problems (hence typos).More on grades:Good grades:This may or may not mean you really learned.This may mean you answered correctly as a guess.This may mean you knew it that minute but forgot it by next week.They will help you with college admissions as the colleges will think you are able to do the work and are smart.Not A grades:This may mean you learned but performed poorly on the test.This may mean you didn't quite understand it thorougly.You may know it but messed up on the answer by mis-bubbling.You may have been a sloppy…
  • My Kids Still Don't Value Grades At School

    ChristineMM
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    In our alternative education homeschool I did not test or grade my kids. We focused on learning and doing and experiencing and discussing.At this point in time my younger son has completed one year of private school. He philosophically does not value grades or think they are worthwhile. He is of the same mindset I was when I was in school. You can know a thing and mess up on the test and get a C but it doesn't mean you don't know the information if you can articulate it and perform to do it, but just made a mistake. If you are lazy and don't try on the essays it just means you are lazy. I…
  • Whole Family Busy With Eagle Project

    ChristineMM
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Twelve weeks before our son was to turn 18 (the deadline) he got approal for an Eagle project. This was after two rejections last summer and another project the nonprofit punted as they were busy with a major project.Older son also needed to finish two merit badges, one was started four years ago. He forgot the info on his writeup so he decided to just do it over with current real life data.Son chose a nonprofit to work with but in the end the town government wanted in on the approval so the poor kid had to work with two agencies one of which was a challenge. I will leave you to guess which…
  • Learning How To Learn

    ChristineMM
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    This phrase gets tossed around a lot "learning how to learn".Based on what my kids do in their free time when they are in control of what they do I would say my kids have learned how to learn. They teach themselves all kinds of things. In the ages of fourteen through almost eighteen my sons tell me less and less of what they are doing with their free time. I do not get reports of what online tech news articles they read or what video tutorials they watch to learn. Yet by seeing what they know or through casual conversation or overhearing them talk about a topic with others it is apparent that…
  • Son Is Enrolled In Public High School

    ChristineMM
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Last week we had the appointment with the school administration to enroll my son. First we met with the registrar for the basic information and standard forms. Then we met with a college admissions counselor who fills in summers to help with new student registration. She is also an English department specialist. For my son's math placement  consulted with the math head.The first order of business was to discuss how my son's ten classes at the IB school translate to the Texas state standards and align to having earned half or full credits. This work was done by the head registrar who…
 
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    Utterly Meaningless

  • TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

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

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

    dcobranchi
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    I went out on a mission to find a rather specialized machine screen this weekend. Neither Home Depot nor Lowes had it. Really no surprise, there. But the shopping experience was decidedly different. The first stop was Home Depot. The greeter asked me if I needed any help finding my item and directed me to Aisle 12. An employee there spotted me trying to find the screw and spent a good 5 minutes looking through the various bins and bags trying to find the exact size. At Lowes I wandered directly over to the hardware aisle and stood staring at all of their offerings. There were two employees…
  • THEY DON’T HAVE A PRAYER

    dcobranchi
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:49 am
    The FFRF knows what they’re doing. Saying the Lord’s Prayer before a City Council meeting is blatantly illegal. I seriously doubt the SCOTUS meant that reciting exclusively Christian prayers was okay as long as the gavel hadn’t quite fallen. Under the CC’s interpretation, it seems like they think they could offer communion as long as the gavel was still 1 mm above the block of wood.
  • UNSOLICITED ENDORSEMENT

    dcobranchi
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    I just had a hair cut/massage at SportClips. Very nice. Scalp massage & neck rub. The store just opened this week, so they were running some specials. I have no idea what the full works would have cost, but it would have been worth it.
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    My Home Sweet Home - decorated with family, faith, & photoshop

  • August 2015 Desktop Calendar!

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

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

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

    Dawn Camp
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    My publisher, Revell, has a $1.99 eBook sale on The Beauty of Grace (with color photos!) and other titles through July 30th. What a great time to stock your iPad, Kindle, Nook, or other ebook reader! Titles include: The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God’s Love from Today’s Most Popular Writers by Dawn Camp (me!) – Amazon | Barnes & Noble A Confident Heart by Renee Swope – Amazon | Barnes & Noble Everyday Confetti: Your Year-Round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions by Karen Ehman – Amazon | Barnes & Noble A Life that Says Welcome:…
  • God Doesn’t Need Our Help today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Sometimes I think God needs my help, that the ruler and creator of the universe needs me, the frazzled mom in the SUV, to help him get ‘er done. Laughable, yes? Do you do it too? I seek God’s guidance in my life and earnestly pray for it: Lord keep me in Your will. I trust Him and I know that His plans are more perfect—and certainly more well-informed— than mine. But our timetables aren’t always the same, and therein lies my trouble. My thoughts sometimes sound like this: Lord, I think I see your ultimate plan here, so I’m going to nudge things along to help…
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    Molly Green

  • 9 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Garage Sale

    JoAnn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    By Alicia Hutchinson It’s garage sale season. Friday and Saturdays are plastered with bright orange signs pointing you in the direction of cheap what-nots from your neighbor’s storage closet that you might just love for yourself. I’ve gone to a few this summer, but having just moved, I try to stay away—I know how quickly clutter can multiply, especially when you’re staring at it all in boxes. Chances are you have a slew of items you could bear to part with—just like your neighbors have done—but you’re afraid. Garage sales are scary. A) They’re a lot of work. A lot. B) You…
  • Five Fun Ways to Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long

    JoAnn
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leah Courtney   Too often when kids have a break from school work in the summer, they also think that they have a break from learning. But if you take off three full months in the summer, kids end up having to spend the first month in the new school year relearning information they once knew. One way to prevent this occurrence is to keep kids reading all summer long. Reading can help kids to stay learning and thinking over the summer. Here are five fun ways to keep kids reading throughout the summer. Sign up for reading contests and rewards programs. Most libraries have summer reading…
  • The Hard Scrabble Life: Why I Don’t Call it Failure

    JoAnn
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    By Esther Emery When I came home last Sunday, from a rare weekend away, I found a herd of elk trampling my garden. The huge and heavy-hoofed animals had already tramped through the potatoes, nibbled the lettuces, and eaten every last one of the beets. What had taken me months to grow, the elk took out in minutes. I might have cried, except I’m used to this. My husband and I have been homesteading off grid for two years. Everything on our property is ours, made by us, fashioned by us, or brought here by us. We have a tremendous amount of ownership, but it doesn’t come without a cost.
  • 6 Tips for Staying on Track with Meal Planning During the Summer

    JoAnn
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Holcomb Meal planning is so important. Not only will it help ensure that your family has healthy meals, it can also save you time and money. Many people stop meal planning during busy summer months when you might have a lot of family summer activities going on. Or, maybe your summer goes at a slower pace than the rest of the year and you just don’t want to focus on meals. Here are 6 tips for sticking to your meal planning during the summer.   Make a menu and shopping list You’ve heard me say it over and over, and it really is just that important. You have to meal plan. It…
  • Aprons . . . and Patience

    JoAnn
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marla Walters   Our children learn what we model . . . so if they see us struggling, and then practicing patience, so will they.   Several weeks ago, I began to write an article for a very simple sewing project, an apron. I selected pattern Butterick 4119 and purchased fabric for two aprons. As any good seamstress does, I pre-shrunk the cotton fabrics and ironed the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern. I laid out my fabric. And as we teach children: I measured twice; cut once—after playing with the layout to see if any fabric could be saved somewhere. I long ago learned…
 
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • BJU Lesson Plans

    Tara Howell
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Anyone by chance have lesson plans for the 2nd edition of BJU World Studies for 7th grade? I will be using it this year with dd12 and was hoping this may already be out there.
  • High School English & LIt

    lily
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    I was wondering what everyone has liked using for high school English Lit? Any programs that combine grammar, writing, and literature? In the past we've been using the Easy Grammar series and I'd do some literature unit studies and writing added to that, but I was now looking for something that has that all included in one pack. Or if you did do lit and grammar separate, what did you use for both of those classes?  I have never tried PACE before for any subject. On Christianbooks,com there are just a few sample pages so it's hard to know what it's like. But I was considering trying it for…
  • Science for 8th grade What do you use? I need help!

    tawny zuniga
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Hi All, So, we will be starting our 8th grade year for my 1st child. I am trying to decide which science text to use. I am at a loss with all the choices. We have used A beka in the past (lower grades) and Answers in Genesis this past year. Mostly going over weather, etc. What are your thoughts? She really likes science. Since it's 8th grade should we be focusing on one area more than another? I have been looking at Apologia's general science. They state it is recommended for 7th grade, but can also be used for 8th grade? I'm just feeling a little anxiety about it since we only have this last…
  • Reading Street Language Arts

    Tiffany C.
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Does anyone here use Scott Foreman's Reading Street?  I am considering it for fifth grade. What do you like about the curriculum?  What would you change?  Any insight is appreciated.   Thank you for reading.
  • Encyclopedias

    Billie Jo Hager
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    So this year my oldest is going to start researching and writing papers... well my hubby wants him to use encyclopedias instead of the internet to do his research. So I started looking for used sets of encyclopedias and it blew my mind how expensive even old sets are. Does anyone know anywhere that sells rather cheap sets? It doesn't matter how old they are ... we just want them to learn how to use them. Thanks
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    Heart of Wisdom Homeschool Blog

  • 3 Ways to Bible Journal Digitally

    Robin Sampson
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    I LOVE Bible Journaling! I was out to lunch with a friend discussing a passage I had journaled and I could actually see the page in my mind because I had spent so much time on it. Feasting on the Word, listening to God, and crafting! It doesn’t get any better! What is Bible Journaling? Bible journaling ...
  • HOMESCHOOL OMNIBUS: BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR

    Robin Sampson
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Thissuper deal includes “What Your Child Needs to Know When: According to the Bible; According to the State” which promotes teaching Hebraically over the Greek methods plus 123 homeschool related books (nutrition, parenting, Bible, etc) ‪#‎Homeschool‬ ‪#‎Omnibus‬ is Great deal.  124 Titles for $25. Over $700 Value! Do not miss this AMAZING Homeschool deal! See ...
  • Summer Homeschool Sale

    Robin Sampson
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
  • 21 Healthy Food Plan Meals

    Robin Sampson
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    I’m planning my meals ahead (lost 20 lbs!!). These are meals for those abstaining from sugar and flours, like the ones at OA and FAA. With 21 in one place I can shuffle them. Biblically clean:  no pork, no shellfish. Breakfast Meal Plans Breakfast 1 1 cup oatmeal 145 1/2 cup almond milk 50 5 pecans 100 ...
  • Free Torah Class Videos

    Robin Sampson
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:06 am
    This is the best balanced Bible study I have used in 29 years homeschooling! and its FREE! You can watch a video with your children every morning,  and/or  read transcripts at  and download slideshows for each chapter. Tom Bradford walks you through the Torah and Prophets ONE chapter at a time revealing history and Hebrew view as ...
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Live Online Classes

    kamrg
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Live Online Classes.
  • Most Important Step to Writing is Organization of Thoughts

    kamrg
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    In writing anything, especially a paragraph, an essay, or an academic paper of any kind, the key to successful communication and writing is organization. Understanding how to organize a variety of expository essays does not normally happen intrinsically and naturally, unless you just happen to be a very talented writer by birth. Success is found in learning what components and written techniques belongs in certain kinds of written pieces, such as a persuasive, informative, or analytical piece. They all have various nuances that should be included in the final product. A student can begin…
  • 3 Reasons Notebooking is so Effective and a Giveaway, Sale and Coupon!

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

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

    kamrg
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Joyce Herzog is having a moving sale! (affil) And there are great buys on her books now that you don’t want to miss! At her page, click on Specials to view all that is on sale. One of the first books I read by Joyce was her Choosing and Using Curriculum book! What a valuable resource for a beginner homeschooler that I was! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and loved her practical advice. Only those on subscriber lists and readers of certain blogs and Facebook followers know about the sale now before it goes public on July 24th! So make sure you check these special prices out now before…
 
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    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

  • Planning Tools, Electives Resources, and Teaching Tools for the 2015 Homeschool Year

    Kris Bales
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one that was the calm before the storm

    Kris Bales
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • Celebrating Summer: Enjoying the Everyday this August

    Alicia Hutchinson
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • DIY Homeschool Bible Curriculum…that works! {+ Giveaway}

    Kris Bales
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
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  • How to Stock Your Back-to-School Reading List…Inexpensively

    Kris Bales
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • More Lesson Plans to Keep It Simple

    Sonya Shafer
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Last week we stayed at one of my favorite hotels when we were in Texas for a convention. The facility itself is nice, but one key that makes it a favorite of mine is a petite, cheerful lady named Ling Ling. You see, the lobby is rather large; and the moment you walk in that […] More Lesson Plans to Keep It Simple originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Think of a Trip to a Theme Park, Part 2

    Sonya Shafer
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Last time we started a light-hearted little comparison that describes similarities between Simply Charlotte Mason and a trip to a theme park (complete with a hopefully unnecessary disclaimer). We talked about how our SCM Curriculum Guide is like a map to the park: it gives you the big picture of which resources we feature, how […] Think of a Trip to a Theme Park, Part 2 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Think of a Trip to a Theme Park, Part 1

    Sonya Shafer
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Are any of your friends heading to a theme park this summer? It seems like, at any given time, at least one of my friends will be planning a trip to one, or heading off on her trip, or posting pictures and memories of her trip. Combine that with the fact that we have a […] Think of a Trip to a Theme Park, Part 1 originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Feed Your Mind

    Sonya Shafer
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Two statements this week have grabbed my attention. One was made by a speaker; the other, by my daughter. First, the speaker. He said that the typical adult needs about 2,000 calories per day to run on. Of those 2,000 calories, 500 go to fuel the brain. I had not realized that fact. Almost one-fourth […] Feed Your Mind originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Using Language Well: A New Language Arts Resource

    Sonya Shafer
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Last week we talked about how Charlotte Mason used guided discovery with her students to help them grow in language arts—the art of using language well. With guided discovery, you guide your student’s attention to a particular aspect of a literary passage and encourage him to look closely and discover English and grammar points for […] Using Language Well: A New Language Arts Resource originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
 
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • How Can My Child Go to College for Free?

    Assistant to The HomeScholar
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    How Can My Child Go to College for Free? How can your child go to college for free? Is it even possible? Click on this […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Ooops! Not Done With Math!

    Lee
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Ooops! Not Done With Math! What do you do, when you just aren’t done with math before the year is done? Let me give you […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • July 2015 Gold Care Club Update is Now Ready

    Lee
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    New for This Month July 2015 Gold Care Club Update is Now Ready Hey there, Gold Care Club members! The July 2015 Gold Care Club […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • 4 Ways to Use Huge, Amazing, Tremendous, Wonderful, High School Experiences

    Lee
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    4 Ways to Use Huge, Amazing, Tremendous, Wonderful, High School Experiences A mission trip to Haiti, touring the castles of Europe, or sailing the globe […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Switching from Homeschool to Public School

    Assistant to The HomeScholar
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Switching from Homeschool to Public School Are you considering switching from homeschool to public school? How do you ensure a smooth transition? Click on this […] Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Homeschool Blog

  • Do not use K12

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Do not use k12 at all, I am a 9th grader in k12 Colorado virtual academy, used 2014 to 2015. I do not like k12 at all, I could not contact the counselor
  • Great curriculum overall

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    My son is finishing his second year with K12/GCA. I myself am an educator, so I know a lot about curriculum. Overall, we are very pleased with this program.
  • Stay away from K-12!

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    Already feeling bad about your academics? Want to get better grades and avoid bullies? Avoid K-12! Let me start off by saying that I have been with K-12
  • Must Try Curriculum

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    I am a homeschool mom of three children. I have been using ACE since 2012. My children were introduced to the curriculum in 2010, while at their private
  • Cava is not homeschooling

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    I am the mother of an 8-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. Both my children have only attended CAVA since they started school. CAVA WAS good when I started
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    Wild Iris

  • Advantages of Diploma in Business Administration

    Iris
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:54 am
    Whenever a student is trying to recognize what program they want, they will read up on different topics. Looking for a program that seems interesting will usually affect someone to start looking it to discover and find out what is available. Diploma in Business Administrator courses provide the students a border in the workforce. Many levels of employment can hold back from this course. Several entry levels of job employment and then the highest ranked positions. Mostly, job description needs the expertise to be part of the whole package. If there is a high compensating business job, anyone…
  • Hello world!

    Iris
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Homeschool Omnibus for Curriculum Choices

    Tricia
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    by Tricia Find just what you need for your homeschool with Homeschool Omnibus for curriculum choices! What is the Homeschool Omnibus? 124 total resources: 47 MP3s and 77 books from 100 speakers/authors for homeschoolers by homeschoolers total value is $754 cost is $25 (with $9 DVD add-on) cost is just 3% of the value PDFs also come in Kindle/mobi format (where appropriate) sale runs from August 3-9, 2015, specifically 12:01 AM Eastern Time, August 3 to 11:59 PM Pacific Time August 9. ~ This post contains a few affiliate links. If you click on these and make a purchase, there is no additional…
  • Latin Alive!

    Kendra
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Kendra Quite some time ago now I was sent the Latin Alive! programme from Classical Academic Press. I was really excited to try out this programme because a certain young man decided that same week it was offered up that he really wanted to learn Latin. When the products arrived I actually started to get a little weak in the knees as I hadn’t realized the curriculum was geared towards children in grades 7 and up. We ended up moving shortly after the curriculum arrived. One thing led to another before I finally pulled the curriculum back off the shelf and gave it a thorough looking…
  • Back to Homeschool Sales

    Tricia
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Tricia It’s the time of year we are all looking for those resources we’ll need for our homeschool. And the time of year we are especially looking for back to homeschool sales. We have many of those for you today! Remember, we are here to help make your homeschool decisions easy! All of the resources below have been reviewed here at The Curriculum Choice. ~ This post contains a few affiliate links. If you click on these and make a purchase, there is no additional cost to you but a small portion goes to support the work of this website. Thanks for that! Please see our disclosure…
  • Super Teacher Worksheets – A Review

    Heidi Stearns
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Heidi Stearns If you are like me, you have spent many hours searching the internet for worksheets to help reinforce the skills your students are learning. With Super Teacher Worksheets, you can stop the endless search because they have just about anything you will need! Super Teacher Worksheets is a user-friendly, no-frills website without distraction, which makes it easy to find what you are looking for. Super Teacher Worksheets is an excellent website to find worksheets for a variety of subjects including spelling, reading comprehension, math, science, social studies, critical thinking,…
  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry Review

    Tricia
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    by Tricia My high schooler loves Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and is often caught with the book at any time during the day or night. My homeschool mama heart is happy that he is loving science. And I am so pleased that his need for more scientific learning is being met. Exploring Creation with Chemistry fits the needs of my science-oriented high schooler and promotes independent learning! Plus, this course is designed for success – with tips for the homeschool teacher and student along the way. ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end! We received this Apologia Chemistry textbook…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • The Best Homeschool Planning Tips from Moms

    Monique
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    So we’re wrapping up the end of my 31 days to a better planned homeschool series with this wonderful last post. It’s a collection of homeschool planning tips from some amazing blogging friends. I love hearing practical advice from those that have been exactly where you are at one point in time. I remember how […] The post The Best Homeschool Planning Tips from Moms appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • 7 Time Management Tips for Homeschool Moms

    Monique
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re almost finished with the 31 days to a better planned homeschool series, yippee. We’ve discussed a lot and we have two more posts to go. I’m looking forward to a blogging break though it won’t be long at all. How can you find the time to do it all? You may work outside of […] The post 7 Time Management Tips for Homeschool Moms appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • How to Keep Your Sanity – Tips for the Homeschool Mom

    Monique
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a stay at home mother, or work at home mother, you will have times that you doubt yourself and wonder if you are truly doing the best thing for your family by homeschooling them. It’s so easy to get plagues by doubts and fears. By the end of the year, you may even start […] The post How to Keep Your Sanity – Tips for the Homeschool Mom appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • When Things Don’t Go as Planned

    Monique
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    So you’ve created these amazing plans, what happens when or if they get shattered? This 31 days to a better planned homeschool series is all about planning but what happens when they get thrown out the window? It does and can happen to you. You’ve picked out the perfect curriculum or you were sure they […] The post When Things Don’t Go as Planned appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • UnLock Pre-Algebra Math Review

    Monique
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    My son had the chance to review a new program from UnLock Math named UnLock Pre-Algebra, which is the level that he is working on.    There are 16 units with a final review and test, each unit can have several topics, when topic is completed there is a review and a quiz as well. When you launch […] The post UnLock Pre-Algebra Math Review appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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    Racheous - Lovable Learning

  • Letter Writing Tray

    Racheous
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:08 pm
    My sister and her family have moved up north recently and my Mum is moving back to New Zealand next month. Consequently the kids and I have been talking about how we can stay in touch with their Aunty, Uncle, cousins and Grandma. We decided that sending and receiving letters would be so fun so […] The post Letter Writing Tray appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Learning with Kinetic Sand

    Racheous
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Kinetic sand is a big favourite here. My kids play with it almost daily.We got our kinetic sand from here (currently 27% off!) but if you’re not in Australia, you can get it at Amazon. Although they often simply use it in imaginative small world play; sometimes I will set up invitations to explore with […] The post Learning with Kinetic Sand appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Managing time away from your kids

    Racheous
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    If you’re anything like me, being away from your kids is not something you often do. As a homeschooling Mum, I don’t really spend long periods of time away from my kids. For some, it may seem like this is no big deal, but it was significant to me and I know there are other […] The post Managing time away from your kids appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Best Books About Maths (for kids)

    Racheous
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Great books about maths are hard to come across. I’m always on the look out for books that explore numbers and mathematical concepts in an interesting and engaging way. Buy How Much is a Million – Book Depository | Amazon The first book we purchased explores counting large numbers and is titled How Much is […] The post Best Books About Maths (for kids) appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Inspiring Exploration of Our World

    Racheous
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Brought to you by Nuffnang and Lonely Planet Kids Something we can never get enough of is quality books. Lonely Planet is a global leader of travel resources and create incredible products and services that make our planet a more exciting, entertaining and accessible place. So who better to make kids travel books and resources? […] The post Inspiring Exploration of Our World appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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    LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com

  • Five Reasons to Homeschool High School

    tiallarising
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Homeschooling in high school can be intimidating.  There are many details about high school that are important for getting into a good college and eventually getting a good job.  The task can seem daunting.  But YES, you can homeschool in high school, and here are five reasons to do so! Flexibility.  Keeping a flexible schedule [...]
  • Top 10 Home School Planning Questions

    Jamie
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    YOU asked, WE answered! I know, summer’s not quite over… so… why are we talking about planning already? Yuck… I’m thinking I want summer to last a bit longer. But, as most veteran home schoolers know, it’s time to face the music. If you want your books and supplies here in time to start schooling, [...]
  • Why Not Just Homeschool College?

    Kerry
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Have you noticed? Colleges, universities, and local community colleges are making a swift transition toward online learning. Almost every day, there is some new announcement from an institution of higher learning about how they are now offering “this program” or “that course” completely online. Are Lectures Obsolete? University of Adelaide vice-chancellor Warren Bebbington recently declared [...]
  • Teen Activities for Summer

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

    Jamie
    15 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Help with planning your homeschool year from Dee Trope
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    Every Day of Education - Susan Online

  • 5 ways to teach Shakespeare without baking cookies

    Susan Raber
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    No more cookies for me. There are always many buzz words and trends coming and going in education. One that I'm hearing quite often lately is 'relevance'. This is a good thing, right? We want our kids to connect the information they are learning to their everyday lives. I don't think that word means what some people think it means.Are we making lessons relevant or entertaining?Are the methods we are using truly fulfilling our goal to make knowledge relevant? I'm all about deschooling and using delight-directed, hands-on methods to help my kids learn and apply knowledge. This…
  • Heirloom Audio Productions: With Lee in Virginia [Review]

    Susan Raber
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    It’s more important than ever for American citizens to understand the history of our country. One way to do this is with active listening audio adventures like With Lee in Virginia  from Heirloom Audio Productions.Description:With Lee in Virginia is a 2 CD set with 2-½ hours of an active listening audio adventure.You will also receive these bonuses:A digital download of the With Lee In Virginia eStudy Guide (30 pages)A printable frameable copy of a quote by  Robert E. Lee to his son: “Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do…
  • UnLock Math Pre-Algebra [Review]

    Susan Raber
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Algebra sounds intimidating to many students, but a visually appealing program that leads them step-by-step through can take some of the stress out of it. UnLock Math Pre-Algebra fits that description. Description:UnLock Math Pre-Algebra is an interactive and adaptive online math curriculum, created and taught by a former homeschooler. It lays a comprehensive foundation for higher math courses and helps build confidence with its methodology.To get your student started, choose the Parent Login. You can then Select a Student from the menu at the top to access the Student Home Dashboard. Select…
  • If your child is defiant, don't start homeschooling just yet

    Susan Raber
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:49 am
    Photo by mimwickett http://www.rgbstock.com Homeschooling is enough of a challenge without engaging in a daily battle of wills.  Maybe you are removing your child from school because of behavior problems. Maybe you are already homeschooling but your child has begun to exhibit a lack of control or rebellious behavior. Either way, you need to deal with serious character issues first before any learning can take place. I know, I know - you are thinking that if you don't jump right in with a full school schedule or keep up your current pace, your child will fall behind. I'm telling…
  • SimplyFun Expanders math game [Review]

    Susan Raber
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    I've often written about how important it is that learning be an enjoyable experience for children, and games like Expanders from SimplyFun are a fun and effective way for kids to exercise their math skills. Description:SimplyFun is an award winning company recognized for their educational games that help children develop language, math skills, spatial reasoning, and critical thinking skills, while also encouraging families to spend time together learning and playing.We received Expanders for review. In about 10 minutes we went from opening the box to playing the game. The game teaches and…
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