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  • Bibles for Uganda… and Answered Prayers You Didn’t Even Know You Had Prayed

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    Heather
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    I had to share my God moment that happened this week… even though it wasn’t something I had on my sadly neglected blogging calendar that was put aside for sick kids with fevers, field trips to the pumpkin patch and getting my handgun license this week. Somehow God was able to sneak in one of His own to-do list items on my overbearing checklist, even though I was totally unaware of Him doing it. He’s awesome like that. First of all, we use Mystery of History curriculum, if you didn’t know that already (if you don’t know what that is, click the Bright Ideas Press…
  • Huckisms

    Melissa Wiley
    Melissa Wiley
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    “Do you like it better when yoyos have names? Because I named this one Ghostie.” “Did you hear what I played on the piano? Like this—” (hums a melody) “But in a different tune.”  
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up

    Why Homeschool
    Henry Cate
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Jennifer is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Homegrown Mommy.She starts the carnival short and sweet with:----------Sit back, relax and enjoy another fabulous episode of Carnival of Homeschooling! ----------And then jumps into all the posts.Enjoy.
  • Why small businesses are losing to big businesses

    Notes From A Homeschooled Mom
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Sketch a day #9  - 45 min.This is a sketch of my upper window in my greatroom.  The room is two stories high, so there are upper and lower windows in the room.  You see a bannister in the foreground, because I am actually sitting in a room on the second floor to draw it.  The house is three stories high in the back, so in order for a ladder to be outside this window, it has got to be pretty tall.  Fire-fighter tall.  It is still not tall enough for the guy repairing the woodpecker holed trim to get where he needs to reach, so he is also propelling down from the…
  • Another (brief) Break ...

    By Sun and Candlelight
    Dawn
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Happy Sunday, my friends! I hope this note finds you well. I'm popping in this morning to let you all know I'll be unable to post/comment for a few days. My laptop is in dire need of a new hard drive (ugh) so for the time being, I am limited to using my phone for all things online. My phone is great and all, but this tiny screen and keyboard drives me nuts, lol. So that's the not-so-good news ... but the good news is my hard drive is covered by warranty *and* we should be able to save all my old data (photos and documents and such). Phew! Anyhoo, the whole process will take several days to…
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    Sprittibee

  • Bibles for Uganda… and Answered Prayers You Didn’t Even Know You Had Prayed

    Heather
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    I had to share my God moment that happened this week… even though it wasn’t something I had on my sadly neglected blogging calendar that was put aside for sick kids with fevers, field trips to the pumpkin patch and getting my handgun license this week. Somehow God was able to sneak in one of His own to-do list items on my overbearing checklist, even though I was totally unaware of Him doing it. He’s awesome like that. First of all, we use Mystery of History curriculum, if you didn’t know that already (if you don’t know what that is, click the Bright Ideas Press…
  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

    Heather
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    El Picosito Copycat Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I’m proud to be working with the Beef Checkoff. I would have shared this recipe with you regardless, so the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is a perfect partner (since I already use Beef at home every week). Also, you need to know, that although they did provide me with some tips to share about beef, I’m going to share a bunch of additional health information with you that DID NOT come from them. I’m kind of on a bit of a soap box about proper nutrition lately, and I think beef and fat in particular…
  • PSAT Week

    Heather
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last Wednesday my teenagers took their first high-school standardized test: the PSAT. It was the bomb that went off in our week. I don’t mind tests. I like to compare how my kids are doing along side public school kids. However, I’m not sure even with the scores – when we finally get them – how I’ll be able to compare much, because we are on a totally different scope and sequence. But… college money sounds good, so loaded the big kids up and took them to take the test this past Wednesday at a local Christian School. They spent all of 3 days studying for…
  • When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall

    Heather
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I miss the Arkansas leaves this time of year. Texas trees never know what to wear in Autumn. We are lucky to get a couple of weeks at Thanksgiving with reds and yellows; unless you count the few yards where some brave soul has dared to plant a more showy tree and has taken the time to nurture it. Even my red oak was hardly red last year – and my husband is the “tree whisperer” (he gives our trees organic fertilizer and lots of water all year at the perfect times). I’ll take this cooler weather, though… and I can make do with brown (it is one of my favorite…
  • Mostly Grain and Sugar Free Lunch Ideas

    Heather
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I did a BIG List of Lunch Ideas Post a year or so ago – right before we began our journey to live a more “paleo-ish” lifestyle and ditch inflammatory grains and disease-and-obesity-causing sugar. We were really doing well with our low-grain and sugar diet until my oldest teen started slipping up. The closer he gets to 18, the more he thinks he deserves a cheat every day (or two). I’m coming to grips with the fact that I have to let go… which is hard when he’s eating sprouted grain toast and honey in front of his little brothers (who are decades away from…
 
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  • Huckisms

    Melissa Wiley
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    “Do you like it better when yoyos have names? Because I named this one Ghostie.” “Did you hear what I played on the piano? Like this—” (hums a melody) “But in a different tune.”  
  • Huck-and-Rillabooks, October 2014 Edition

    Melissa Wiley
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    It’s been a while since I did a big fat Rillabooks post. The books are piling up! Literally and figuratively. When I want to blog about a book, I leave it out after we’ve read it. This means: 1) There are stacks of books on every flat surface of this house; and 2) We keep reading those books over and over, because they’re out where we can see them. Which is fine, because I wouldn’t have had the urge to blog about the book in the first place if it weren’t in some way delightful. Another thing that’s happening a lot lately is that Huck collects favorite…
  • Honored

    Melissa Wiley
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    …to have been included in Kortney’s “Women Who Inspire” series at One Deep Drawer. So kind!
  • Sunday morning

    Melissa Wiley
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    I’m up early, hanging with the three youngest. Huck’s tummy is a bit off today. He climbed into bed with us before dawn and slept snuggled against me in a way that hardly ever happens anymore; he’s getting so big and busy. He was restless, and after a while I reached for my phone and read mail with his arm flung half across my face. It’s not that I ever want my kids to be sick—honestly, I’ve dealt with enough childhood illness for three lifetimes—but there’s something very sweet in the moment, when you’re cuddled up with a heavy-limbed child who…
  • Photos from my SCBWI talk on middle-grade and chapter books

    Melissa Wiley
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The talented Roxyanne Young took these photos of my talk on Middle-Grade and Chapter Books at SCBWI-San Diego last weekend and kindly gave me permission to use them. My school visit/speaker page needs a massive updating and I’m so grateful to have some recent images to include. Apparently I talk with my hands a lot? What’s funniest to me is that this Boston Bay slide was onscreen for barely a minute. That’s an awful lot of glasses-waving going on there. The rest of my slides were all about other people’s books—my favorite things to talk about, as you know.
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    Why Homeschool

  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up

    Henry Cate
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Jennifer is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Homegrown Mommy.She starts the carnival short and sweet with:----------Sit back, relax and enjoy another fabulous episode of Carnival of Homeschooling! ----------And then jumps into all the posts.Enjoy.
  • Things I like about homeschooling by Baby Bop

    Janine Cate
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Dictated by Baby Bop (our 8 year old son) to his mother (Janine).I like homeschooling because…1.  I can make a lot more friends this way.[I guess he doesn't worry about socialization.] 2.  On holidays, we do special things.3.  I can build a lot more awesome stuff.4.  I can read the books I want.5.  I can play with my stuffed animals a lot more.6. I can study about dinosaurs and classical music. (ps. I love dinosaurs).7.  I like to clean the kitchen.[This one surprised me a little.] 8.  I like homeschool co-op, choir, play practice, and park day.9.  I…
  • Please remember to send in a post for the next Carnival of Homeschooling

    Henry Cate
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Please remember to send in a post about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.  The next carnival will be held at Homegrown Mommy.comThis will be the 460th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 
  • FYI: No carnival this week

    Henry Cate
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    I had a little bit of trouble lining up a host for this week's Carnival of Homeschooling, and we only had three submissions, so I've forwarded the three entries to the host for next week's carnival.
  • This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The History Edition

    Henry Cate
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Sara is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at The HSBA Post.She starts the carnival with:----------History is our theme at The Homeschool Post this month.  We’re sharing our ideas for bringing history to life for our kids through books, educational shows, field trips, time lines, and more.Since it’s our turn again to host the Carnival of Homeschooling, I thought I would feature some history-related posts from our own writing team:----------Enjoy!
 
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  • Why small businesses are losing to big businesses

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Sketch a day #9  - 45 min.This is a sketch of my upper window in my greatroom.  The room is two stories high, so there are upper and lower windows in the room.  You see a bannister in the foreground, because I am actually sitting in a room on the second floor to draw it.  The house is three stories high in the back, so in order for a ladder to be outside this window, it has got to be pretty tall.  Fire-fighter tall.  It is still not tall enough for the guy repairing the woodpecker holed trim to get where he needs to reach, so he is also propelling down from the…
  • Through our own lenses

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    sketch a day - day 8 -30minToday I sketched my eyeglasses.  They are sitting on my pencil case. They are cute but uncomfortable and I don't wear them like I should. One lens is thicker than the other, and so in those lightweight wire frames, they don't really sit right.  Since my eyesight out of the other eye is pretty good, I can get away without the glasses at all, but the other eye compensates. I have to hunt down my glasses and put them on when my eye starts twitching or when I get a headache from not wearing them as it causes eyestrain.  I have been warned that if I don't…
  • I think I got welfare shamed and I'm not on welfare

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Sketch a day - day 7I went to the grocery store for two reasons... lunch, and cash-back. Cash back is awesome because I don't have to pay atm fees to spend my money, and since I had to pay the dude repairing the woodpecker holes in my house today, I needed cash. (I probably won't use him again, with one of the reasons being he doesn't take checks.  Who wants to go to get cash two days in a row to get enough money to pay someone?)Anyway, I said to the cashier I need $100 cash back, is that possible? She replied, the max is $50, but I can split your bill. Cool.. Cool.  So she rang up…
  • What I probably do best, but not what I want to keep doing

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Sketch a day- day 6I was busy today updating my computer with the next mac version and then trying to get back photos from when my computer died... I think my daughter's sweet 16 photos are gone... going to try to snipe a photo or two from people who were there.My sketch today is something I do naturally and often.  It is a sketch of my bedroom floorpan.  It is a stupid room.  The most obvious place for a bed, between two windows is under a vent and right next to the bathroom.  I don't like that.  There is a huge sitting area with a slated ceiling like a huge dormer.
  • Brainless doodles

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    sketch a day- day 5It's Sunday, and I really have no deep thoughts. So here is my day 5 sketch of the day.  I tried to portray a couple of celebrities, and then a random person from a magazine.  Portraits are really not my thing! Can you name the two celebrities?  Good luck! Fighting the urge to delete these.  Not my best work. 
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  • Another (brief) Break ...

    Dawn
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Happy Sunday, my friends! I hope this note finds you well. I'm popping in this morning to let you all know I'll be unable to post/comment for a few days. My laptop is in dire need of a new hard drive (ugh) so for the time being, I am limited to using my phone for all things online. My phone is great and all, but this tiny screen and keyboard drives me nuts, lol. So that's the not-so-good news ... but the good news is my hard drive is covered by warranty *and* we should be able to save all my old data (photos and documents and such). Phew! Anyhoo, the whole process will take several days to…
  • Leafy Days

    Dawn
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    "Every leaf speaks bliss to me ... 🍂 ... Fluttering from the autumn tree."  * Lines above from "Fall, leaves, fall" by Emily Bronte  It's a mild and blustery day here, beautiful weather for this time of year! We spent some time in our yard this morning, enjoying the leaves flying above us, and laying in colorful piles at our feet. We gathered some to bring inside to begin an autumn leaf study ... A little rain shower just passed through - we watched it from our windows as we ate our lunch - and now the sun is back out. Making everything shiny and fresh.
  • It's Apple-Picking Season!

    Dawn
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    And what a season it is here in New England - with its crisp air and blue skies and colorful leaves - I can't get enough! Pumpkins might be all the rage, but my heart will always belong to the humble little apple - red, green, gold - I love them all.  Well, last Friday we visited a local orchard - and spent a cool, gray afternoon picking apples (and having fun!) with our homeschool group. I took a crazy amount of photos, so I'd like to share them with you all here today ... but before I get too far, I'd love to know what YOU love about apples. As you can see above we came…
  • Friday Felines - Ever Vigilant

    Dawn
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Watching the birds (and chipmunks) on the deck, a favorite pastime. Happy Friday, my friends! 
  • Angels Around Us

    Dawn
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Happy Thursday, my friends! Today is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels, another lovely feast day in the October calendar. We have very simple plans ... The "Angel of God" prayer was my maternal grandmother's favorite prayer, and she taught it to me when I was very young. (Not in any formal way, just by saying it for me and telling me how much she loved it.) Today I will begin teaching this prayer to our Earlybird - showing him the prayer card and writing out the words for him on a soft blue index card ... We'll practice it as often as we can this month and see how it goes.
 
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    Dewey's Treehouse

  • The Mason Circle (L'Harmas posts)

    Mama Squirrel
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mr. Fixit and I, having watched all the Foyle's War episodes, have turned to the somewhat-related miniseries The Bletchley Circle.  It's about a group of women, formerly wartime codebreakers at Bletchley Park, who reunite several years later and solve crimes.  During the war, they felt like they were doing something real and important; since then things have been too quiet.Behind a front of knitting and discussing Charles Dickens, the women of the Bletchley Circle come together to use their brains.  At first it's hard to persuade them to take risks, to act. At one…
  • Dr Tongue's 3-D House of Grade Eight (Some fun for Friday)

    Mama Squirrel
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    (If you read on a feed, you miss the subject lines!)Plans for October 31st:1.  Poetry: Shakespeare's Sonnets 71 and 73. ("Bare Ruined Choirs")2.  Out of the Silent Planet, one chapter3.  Nature notebook scavenger hunt, if it's not raining4.  Plutarch's Life of Crassus, Lesson 8.  "But now as Crassus was passing his army upon the bridge he had made over the river of Euphrates, there fell out sudden strange and terrible cracks of thunder, with fearful flashes of lightning full in the soldiers' faces: moreover, out of a great black cloud came a wonderful storm and…
  • Sometimes I bake things: Pumpkin butter pie

    Mama Squirrel
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    I've posted a recipe before for apple butter or pumpkin butter pie, but this is a different one.  I had some homemade pumpkin butter, and I thought it would be good in a pie, but I didn't have any cream of tartar. I also didn't feel like whipping egg whites for our special Thanksgiving-style pumpkin pie..So I decided to use the recipe for Squash Pie, or Sweet Potato Pie.. I adapted it a bit to the amount of pumpkin butter I had--used a bit less milk and sugar, didn't add any extra spices.  The edges got a bit dark, but that often happens. And as you can see, it's already half gone.
  • Drawn from the P.U.S.: picture talk on Titian

    Mama Squirrel
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    A Teacher's Notes for Titian's "Equestrian Portrait of Charles V" (also called "Emperor Charles V on Horseback" or "Charles V at Mühlberg.")  (Lesson adapted from this Parents' Review Article by K.M. Claxton, 1915.)1.  Ask the student what she knows about Titian. Possible answers:  Titian was the greatest painter of 16th-century Venice.  He was believed to have lived to be 100, but he was more likely about 90 years old when he died. He painted religious art and portraits of princes and emperors all over Europe.2.  What is the painting?  Created between…
  • In this way delight (L'Harmas posts)

    Mama Squirrel
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Some final thoughts from Laurie Bestvater's talk (I'm not cribbing here, just thinking about it)You cannot stop God from speaking.  Jesus said that if the children's praises were silenced, the rocks would cry out in their place.  I read that although Bibles were confiscated in Russia under Communist rule, the authorities forgot to ban some of the country's great novelists, like Dostoevsky. "For example, a character in one of his novels meets a young peasant woman with a baby. When the baby smiles for the first time, the woman makes the Sign of the Cross. When asked why she made this…
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  • Robin’s Children

    Robin Sampson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Here is a peek into my nine children’s lives today (ages 13 to 39). Two are still at home; the other seven are grown and out on their own. Two own homeschool businesses. Belinda My oldest daughter, Belinda, married in 2013 and has two lovely, sweet step-children, Victoria and Alex. Belinda (Lori to our family) continues to ...
  • Prepare-Ahead 30 Days Green Smoothies in Two Hours

    Robin Sampson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Green smoothies are fairly quick and easy and since I’m having foot surgery on Thursday, I made pre-made packets of fruits and veggies I can just dump into the blender with almond milk and blend. It took about two hours to prepare kits for a month of green smoothies. I like this idea a lot and will do it again next month. ...
  • Our Church: Seed of Abraham & Torah Resources

    Robin Sampson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    We recently began attending Seed of Abraham Fellowship. I was delighted to not only find a balanced church that studies Hebrew roots, but also offers classes in Hebrew, and an amazing chronological  Homeschool Bible study curriculum (reviewed below). In July we moved from Tennessee to Florida to be near our grandsons (my daughter Victoria passed this year). Imagine me ...
  • Bought: The Hidden Story of Vaccines, GMOs, Big Pharma

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” WATCH THE TRAILER! Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Bought: Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. This is the hidden story ...
  • Feeling Alone in Church

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Original Post 2011 see UPDATE 2014 at bottom of this post. When we moved from Virginia to Tennessee in 2007 we started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after five years attending a church of over 500 three or more times a week, I still feel like I didn’t really know ...
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  • Fall Border to Colour

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    The poem is by our old friend ‘anonymous.’ I found it and the border in volume 21 of a magazine called School Education, published in 1902. You could adjust the side of the border to make name tags for guests, or cut it into strips and paste onto paper cups with names on them for placetags. You could adjust the size so that when the ends are pasted together into a ring, they fit nicely around your good glass drinking ware. Coloured by the children, you could cut them into strips, tape each strip into an enclosed loop as you make a paper chain for Thanksgiving, tearing off one loop…
  • Free Kindle Reads

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    East Lynne Published in the 19th century, reminds me a bit of Wilkie Collins. Here’s an extract: “In an easy-chair of the spacious and handsome library of his town-house, sat William, Earl of Mount Severn. His hair was gray, the smoothness of his expansive brow was defaced by premature wrinkles, and his once attractive face bore the pale, unmistakable look of dissipation. One of his feet was cased in folds of linen, as it rested on the soft velvet ottoman, speaking of gout as plainly as any foot ever spoke yet. It would seem—to look at the man as he sat there—that he had grown…
  • Therapy Update

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    I met with the new therapist yesterday, and overall it was pretty amazing.  I don’t think I can begin to describe the amazing parts. Even though, or perhaps because, the amazing parts were the better and greater part of the therapy, I’ll start with the less than amazing, because I found it amusing. I am fairly sure the therapist is an atheist and I know he’s an adherent of biological determinism. So, during the course of therapy we went down one path where he was trying to explain the uselessness of guilt, and he said religious people suffer more guilt than atheists do, but…
  • Gov’t Doubling Down On Anti-Fat Nonsense

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Granny Tea made an absolutely marvelous butternut squash soup the other night. I had butternut squash, sweet potato, chicken broth, onion, whole cream, a bit of milk and a couple other ingredients. It was incredibly delicious. We all raved, and asked her for the recipe. She admitted it was tasty, but sighed, “It’s not very healthy.” It’s incredibly healthy and nourishing, in fact: “The top scientist guiding the U.S. government’s nutrition recommendations made an admission last month that would surprise most Americans. Low-fat diets, Alice Lichtenstein said, are…
  • Fall Picture- Cottage, Pumpkins

    Headmistress, zookeeper
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    From the October, 1916 issue of Primary Education The reason the pumpkins are as big as the door of the house is because you’re supposed to use them to make a poster something like this one: However, no other patterns are given for the other items in the poster.
 
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    Karen Edmisten

  • Poetry Friday, Cruella, Lucy, and Wyld Style

    Karen Edmisten
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    A snippet of this Halloween at the Edmistens: Halloween At Our Houseby Karen EdmistenLucy Ricardo,Cruella de Vil --These are the people You'll see if you willCome to my houseOn Halloween night.They'll dish out the chocolate,Not give you a fright,Unless fakey red hairAnd wigs scare you to pieces...Then do plan on screamingAnd tossing your Reese's.(The fur coat's a fake,There's no need to protestAnd Vita-Meata-Vegamin'sReally the best.)Ramona's cool get-upIs Lego's Wyld Style But I just keep calling her("Mom!") Wild Child. Atticus carefullyPlans out the route,Scopes out the best…
  • More Resources For Healing After a Miscarriage (aka, This Is What I Love About the Internet)

    Karen Edmisten
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Since I've been posting over the last week about giving away a copy of After Miscarriage, a couple of things have come up that I want to share:Cecilia's lovely site, Magnolia Sweet Healing, offers women in need a free copy of my book. I'm so touched that this ministry is generously funded personally by Cecilia, and I am immensely grateful for her help in getting the book to women who need it.Conceiving Hope has a resource page that is huge and helpful. Check it out here.
  • Contest Reminder: Giving Away a Copy of After Miscarriage

    Karen Edmisten
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Head over to this link for details on how to enter.
  • Our Minion Pumpkin is Done!

    Karen Edmisten
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    We used this example as our model. So fun! 
  • A Minion Pumpkin With Ramona is...

    Karen Edmisten
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    ... still in progress. We are listening to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack and painting. Great morning.I love homeschooling. 
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    Heart of the Matter

  • Camouflage, Costco and Communication

    Lainie
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    “All done baby!” This is the phrase people in our family use if they have had a particularly difficult/challenging day or are physically worn out. Our family shares a very unique collection of words, phrases, and quotes to communicate with one another. Sometimes it seems like our dialogues are little more than one inside joke after another. It is...
  • The ‘ber Months Have Arrived

    Becky
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    They are here. Each year I wait with great anticipation for them to arrive. To me, they make up the best times of the year. “They” refers to the –ber months…September, October, November and December. I have always loved these four months of the year. The heat and humidity of summer has faded and has...
  • Coming November 1st!

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
      …information and inspiration for intentional living! -------------------------------------- Great Products: Learn Our History | Amanda Bennett Unit Studies © Heart of the Matter
  • When Fellow Christians Criticize

    Andrea T
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    I have been on the receiving end of criticism and I bet you been have too. For most of us, it’s not a pleasant place to be. Criticism can hurt our feelings, lower our self-esteem, leave us feeling vulnerable, and even cause us to lash out in anger. No one likes to be criticized. Our...
  • Julia Sand, History, and Your Child

    Ray Notgrass
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    The unthinkable had happened–again. In 1881, a mere sixteen years after President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated in Ford’s Theater, President James Garfield was wounded by an assassin just before he boarded a train at a Washington train station. As the President lingered in agony from his wound, many people feared what would happen if...
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  • Homeschooling the youngest, thoughts.

    Fatcat
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    I've gotten my whining out for a bit and I am ready to talk about homeschooling today.  My son, who is 16, has been homeschooled since the first grade.  He really only faintly remembers going to school.  We started out with unit studies.  I was teaching a first grader, a third grader and a sixth grader.  We'd do our unit study together (first KONOS, then Christian Cottage in the following years) and then my oldest son would go to his room, theoretically to work on his math, reading, etc. and the younger 2 kids and I would work on their math together, then my girl…
  • As I said a while back ...

    Fatcat
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    I have a difficult time not titling every single blog post for this year "hanging in there" because that is what I am doing.  It's been a tough year.  Let me refresh you if you haven't been reading long.  At the beginning of 2014, my mom was in a local assisted living and had only been there a few weeks.  She was not, not, not, not happy.  During January, we made the decision to move her to a licensed family home with a lady who took care of 3 Alzheimers patients with the hopes that the smaller, family style environment, would allow her to feel more at home and allow…
  • Grief.

    Fatcat
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Who would have thought that I would go through a period of mourning about the sale of mom's house?  Apparently I am not the only one. Grief   "The loss of a home is one of many significant life changes that can cause lasting heartache, says Nancy Stutz-Martin, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a grief recovery specialist. "We do form relationships with inanimate objects, including houses. Your home is a place of comfort, security and self-identification. You form emotional attachments to a house, because you have so many memories within its rooms"I know my youngest son is dealing…
  • Success, I guess.

    Fatcat
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    We made about 300 dollars at the yard sale.  That's the most I've ever made at a yard sale and it wasn't for me, but the location of my friend's house is so very, very good, that I may have one there another time, if she doesn't mind.  It was very busy even though we didn't advertise.  We had a pretty good time sitting out there and talking to each other.  So we worked for the yard sale, getting things ready, etc. for pretty much 5 days and then today we went over and cleaned up mom's house a little bit, then went to the grocery.  On the way back from the grocery, the…
  • Yard sale today.

    Fatcat
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    We've just been moving stuff around all week.  Today we are going to sell it, hopefully.  It looks like the weather is going to be very nice but I have gotten up at 6:00 a.m. to try and get some of my work out of the way and there isn't any work.  I may have to just take my computer to my friend's house and work there.  :-(  I have paid time off now, but it accrues very slowly and I used it all up taking off for the state fair or something.  One of those times I had to take off, I had to use it and I haven't quite accumulated enough for another day, so…
 
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  • Math anxiety and how to prevent it

    Maria Miller
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Photo courtesy of WecometolearnUpdated!7 Reasons behind Math Anxiety and How to Prevent ItThis article lists some of the major factors that contribute to math anxiety in students and gives helpful ideas for teachers to motivate children to study math and to prevent math anxiety. Including:- how teachers feel about math- whether mistakes are valued or not- tests and especially timed tests- whether math is presented to be a creative subject or not... and more! Check it out!
  • Math teachers at play #79

    Maria Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Math teachers at play #79 blog carnival is up!Go check it out. I found for example these interesting resources:A variation of Sudoku puzzle plus a link to many more. Spider web math art - I want to do this one with my kids.
  • Math Mammoth South African version, grades 4 and 5

    Maria Miller
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
     Math Mammoth South African version is now available for grades 4 and 5! Math Mammoth South African version, Grade 4Math Mammoth South African version, Grade 5You can read detailed descriptions and download free samples at the above links. The South African version has been customized to South Africa in the following manners:The names used are South African names (instead of Jack and Jill, there are Ansie and Mampho).The currency used in word problems is rand. The money chapter teaches both rand and cents, of course.The material is "all metric". In other words, the US customary measuring…
  • Math Mammoth giveaway!

    Maria Miller
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    It is time for a giveaway of my Math Mammoth products! There will be 17 prizes! The "grand prize":ONE (1) winner will get Math Mammoth All Inclusive bundle - either a download or a CDTWO (2) winners will get Math Mammoth Light Blue Series bundle - either a download or a CDFOUR (4) winners will get Math Mammoth Blue Series bundle - either a download or a CDTEN (10) winners will get one grade level of Math Mammoth Light Blue series - download - the grade level is chosen by each winner.The winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Something SPECIAL This giveaway is COUPLED with…
  • Lesson on Fibonacci numbers

    Maria Miller
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Have you ever heard about the Fibonacci numbers and the Golden ratio?A tiling that uses squares whose side lengths are successive Fibonacci numbers. Ask students to continue it! Image from Wikipedia. Here's a lesson I just wrote about them:Fibonacci numbers and the golden section – lesson for middle and high school studentsIf you like it, share it!You might ask, "Should our children or students even learn about Fibonacci numbers or the golden ratio?"True, they aren't any standard fare in math books. However, I feel that yes, students should know about them. I think it's important that our…
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    A Holy Experience

  • What Happy Parents Know & Do When It Gets Hard

    Ann Voskamp
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    When she first became a mother, Amy Julia Becker thought her children—Penny, William, and Marilee—might cause everything in her life to unravel. It took years to see that the unraveling was the beginning of a new garment. Amy Julia invites us to pay attention to the smallest voices in our lives, and to the whispers of God’s Spirit in the midst of the ordinary hard stuff of every day life. A grace to welcome Amy Julia to the farm’s front porch today…   by Amy Julia Becker Our disastrous morning at the grocery store comes at the end of a long week. A long week that…
  • One Brave Way to Heal Our Relationships, Our Hearts & the Internet

    Ann Voskamp
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Audio Recording of this post — click the ‘play’ arrow below & a farm girl will read it for you, cheering you on, while you keep on, keeping on. When the woman told me she’d heard round that there were rumblings — she said she was just going to do it. She was just going to step out onto those fault lines, right where there were murmurings of things shifting and moving, right into whatever was being said. She told me she was afraid. Because who knew what they were talking about behind closed doors? Who knew what they were saying about her, about things, about choices,…
  • 3 Creative Ways to Love Kids Through Hard Spots

    Ann Voskamp
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    When Mary Ostyn and her high school sweetheart got married at 19, neither of them knew what adventures would lay ahead. By their 8th anniversary, they had four kids. Not long after that, God opened their eyes to the need of orphans all over the world, a need that dovetailed beautifully with their complete and utter passion for kids.  She and her husband now lives in Nampa, Idaho with the youngest six of their ten children, including four daughters born in Ethiopia and two sons born in South Korea. A grace to welcome the wisdom and joy that is Mary to the farm’s front porch today……
  • When You Love First — Maybe There’ll be No Questions to Ask Later?

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Audio Recording of this post — click below & a farm girl will read it for you, cheering you on, while you keep on, keeping on. It’s after the Farmer checks over the combine that I crawl in the cab, in beside him in that ratty old t-shirt. Something about a man who wears his work with no shame. “Ride a few rounds with me?” The engine’s drowning out that quiet voice of his. I sit closer, my shoulder pressing against his. His dirt-lined hands man that steering wheel around and he turns the combine into the light, into that field of soybeans east of the bank…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.25.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    After this week? We all just really need to look up: #exhale? time for a sky virtual tour? God’s got this: “He determines the number of the stars & calls them each by name.” Psalm 147:4 what we all really need these days: go make a friend? when the gunshots rang — she ran toward them. And whispered to him right to the end: You are loved. We all just wanted to know we are loved — right to the very end, just to know that we are loved. Tears. Pictures of the week? what happens when our fallen soldier doesn’t come home? The grieving of even his dogs…
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    Natural Born Learners

  • Technology, Education and Poverty

    beatrice ekoko
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    In Ontario, there's a plan to provide every kid from grade 4 to 12 with access to technology (iPad, tablet etc). There's this idea that with technology in the classroom, school is going to be the "great equalizer" at last.We are not so naive as to believe that access to technology in education will level the playing field and poor kids will miraculously have the same opportunities their wealthier peers have.But while handing out ipads will not overcome poverty, access to technology will empower poor students in learning. Access to technology via ipads will offer opportunities for children to…
  • Book Talk about Unschooling and Autonomy in Education: September 4th.

    beatrice ekoko
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Book talk on Unschooling and Autonomy in Education today, September 4th at 6.30pm, Westdale library.Listen to a first hand experience of unschooling then hear excerpts from the book.Humans are natural learners. This collection of essays challenges much of mainstream beliefs about how people learn, encouraging the reader to consider deeply the need for learners to be trusted and listened to. Many of the authors in the book begin from a learner-centered, democratic perspective. Divided into three sections, the first part of the book deals with what constitutes a learner-centered approach to…
  • The internet is the new battleground for fighting oppression.

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

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

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

    Sandra Dodd
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    New page on stories of children surprising a parent or two by some knowledge or action:http://sandradodd.com/surpriseNew, right-hand side, Joyce Fetteroll and her daughter Kat on differences Kat sees between herself and schooled co-workers and acquaintances:http://sandradodd.com/youngadultsDebbie Regan wrote something great. I lifted two parts and deposited them on "The Problem with Teaching"http://sandradodd.com/teaching/problemand "When Parents have Issues"http://sandradodd.com/issues/photo of baby Kirby Dodd is a link
  • Healing, Spanish discussion, a downside of choice

    Sandra Dodd
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    New page on healing, with links to a dozen other pages on healing and change:http://sandradodd.com/healingIn Spanish, on Facebook, Radical Unschooling en Español, group created by Alicia Gonzalez:https://www.facebook.com/groups/708095229264708/New page, not new writing. Choice creates a burden (a comparison to women's movement problems from the 1970's).http://sandradodd.com/issues/choice(Not a light and breezy page. It burdens the reader with a reminder not to burden other parents or children.)The photo is a link.
  • Priorities, Albuquerque ALLive, Hema Bharadwaj

    Sandra Dodd
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    New photo (by Lisa Jonick) and caption/quote (mine), you can't miss it, partway down:http://sandradodd.com/prioritiesAlbuquerque ALLive, registration open, December 27-30, 2014http://albuquerqueallive.blogspot.comThe Big Book of Unschooling is dedicated to Hema Bharadwaj, because it was her idea, and prodding, that got me to write it. Here's a paga about her. She will be speaking in Albuquerque in December.http://sandradodd.com/hemaShe and other speakers are linked in a tab at Albuquerque ALLive link above.
  • Being more positive; Strewing, spirituality; Peace

    Sandra Dodd
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Something new and very positive by Tina Bragdon, on the negativity page, halfway down on the left, after the boldface Bible verse.http://sandradodd.com/negativityInterview from a few years ago, newly uploaded (used to be a link; other site is gone)http://sandradodd.com/radioand a transcript of that with listen-along capability:http://sandradodd.com/radiotranscriptSixteen minutes about peace—podcast by Amy Childs, but I'm about half of it. http://unschoolingsupport.com/peace/(Other voices there: Ren Allen, Richard Prystowsky (from an older recording) and Rippy Dusseldorp)
  • Later unschooling, Marriage Strengthening and Divorce Prevention

    Sandra Dodd
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    About the chances of success coming to unschooling later…. an update added (bottom), links and a photo:http://sandradodd.com/later/unschoolingI hope my readers won't need these, but you might find yourself advising a friend who could use knowing!Added (second item there) to divorce prevention page:Something BIG happens when a person turns away from selfishness to service.Something HUGE happens when a person can care about another person more than about himself. (and more)http://sandradodd.com/divorceCleaned up and linked elsewhere, an obscure page for helping prevent…
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  • Bobby Hill in the Renaissance

    Sandra Dodd
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    This is a detail of a painting I saved this a while hoping to come across more information, but I should've published it! Help is welcome.The comments that came when I put this up on facebook in October 2013:Sandra Dodd I didn't note the artist. Once I saw a painting where a soldier or guard, I think, looked like a 22 year old Bobby Hill. Maybe I'll come across it again. Maybe it's the same artist. This one was in the Norton Simon Museum. I looked through their website's paintings, and didn't find it. It's one of the most minor curiosities ever, though, so I don't have a burning need to…
  • The cushiest car trouble ever

    Sandra Dodd
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    I posted this on Facebook so people would know I was okay but not home, but I'm bringing it here where I can find it for future reference. That van has nearly 100,000 miles on it, so depending how big the needed repair is… But I like this van. I know it in the dark. It has four cup holders in the driver's reach. I want it to live. Here is a portrait I took of my van when my sister parked it up close under a cottonwood tree, near the Wells Fargo Bank in Española. I said it had never been in a cottonwood tree, and took this photo:________________________________I have come to make you all…
  • The shadows are the good part

    Sandra Dodd
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Here are a couple of gates in Española. The shadow is the best part, in each of these photos:Taking photos other places, I don't always get a shadow. New Mexico does have some serious light.
  • Fourth Anniversary of Just Add Light and Stir

    Sandra Dodd
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    My busiest blog is four years old. Just Add Light and Stir is a daily quote and image, usually with a link to the place it came from, or something that matches it well. It has a randomizer (thanks to Joyce Fetteroll sending me the code), and each post has three robotically (and well) chosen "you might also like.." links. Peace, love and happy parenting!
  • Making a video out of other elements without knowing how to

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

  • Laura Jones questionnaire

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Laura Jones is running against Cilla Stiles for the state representative seat in Strafford County District 24, which represents Wards 4 and 5 in Rochester. The following are Jones' responses to Foster's candidate questionnaire: Your name: Laura Jones Age on election day: 53 years old Political party : Republican Elected position you are seeking : State Representative, Strafford District 24, which includes Wards 4 and 5 of Rochester Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: Six years Family : Spouse: Michael Jones Two children at home.
  • Harmonium Choral Society to host 18th annual choral composition contest for students

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Harmonium Choral Society of Morristown offers high school students an exciting opportunity to participate in its 18th Annual New Jersey High School Student Choral Composition Contest. Interested students are encouraged to view the official guidelines, selected texts, eligibility requirements and additional contest materials at www.harmonium.org/contest.shtml or contact contest coordinator George Moser at ccc@harmonium.org.
  • Canberra home schooled numbers soar

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Home school families, rear from left Sue Gerrard from Dunlop with son A.J. Gerrard,10, and front, Suzannah Brough, 6 and mum Kim Brough from Duffy. Photo: Photo by Jeffrey Chan The number of Canberra children being educated at home has increased by more than 50 per cent in two years.
  • Home-schooled kids, candidate challenged

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    A public school board trustee candidate has come under fire because he and his wife are home-schooling their children. Jake Skinner, a Thames Valley District school board candidate in the area that takes in Wards 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13, has six kids ranging in age from two to 14. That's raised the ire of some of Skinner's opponents, who've raised the issue publicly and at doorsteps during the campaign.
  • Andrew Hosmer.

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Both first-term Democratic state Sen. Andrew Hosmer and his Republican challenger in District 7, former state representative Kathy Lauer-Rago, say changes are needed in the state when it comes to economics and education, but they differ on how to address those concerns. While both believe in the importance of a strong educational system for New Hampshire, Lauer-Rago wants all families to have options for their children's eduction, while Hosmer is concerned not just with primary education, but also with training students for jobs in the state.
 
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  • To Home School or Not to Home School, and What Are the Alternatives? – Huffington Post (blog)

    Gary
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    To Home School or Not to Home School, and What Are the Alternatives? – Huffington Post (blog) To Home School or Not to Home School, and What Are the Alternatives?Huffington Post (blog)Why school? Why teach? Why educate? For me, there are three goals; everything else is secondary. Self-actualization. We want our children to have agency and autonomy, to be able to chart their path in the real world, to have reliable internal controls.
  • ‘Class Dismissed,’ documentary about homeschooling, to screen at Valley … – The Oregonian – OregonLive.com

    Gary
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    ‘Class Dismissed,’ documentary about homeschooling, to screen at Valley … – The Oregonian – OregonLive.com 'Class Dismissed,' documentary about homeschooling, to screen at Valley …The Oregonian – OregonLive.com"Even if you don't want to consider homeschooling at all, there's still a lot of things that any parent would get something out of this," he added. For example, he said, "most teachers and parents don't realize that schools as we know them have only …
  • Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle Rock – Cassville Democrat

    Gary
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle Rock – Cassville Democrat Cassville Democrat Homeschool students use imaginations in Eagle RockCassville DemocratJanette Coneby, of Granby, teaches Haven Eardley, 11, of Grandview, how to design a cake pop Thursday at a class in the Eagle Rock Branch Library's homeschool enrichment program. Coneby showed the 10 participants how to decorate cookies and cakes …
  • Public School Wants Homeschoolers Back – Home School Legal Defense Association

    Gary
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Public School Wants Homeschoolers Back – Home School Legal Defense Association Public School Wants Homeschoolers BackHome School Legal Defense AssociationThe homeschooling community in Ritchie County has grown fast, and officials concerned with funding impacts have apparently ordered a campaign to persuade parents to put their kids back in public school. Ed Toman, Ritchie County superintendent of …
  • Kids React to Common Core: ‘Mommy, Please Home-School Me’ – Reason (blog)

    Gary
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Kids React to Common Core: ‘Mommy, Please Home-School Me’ – Reason (blog) Kids React to Common Core: 'Mommy, Please Home-School Me'Reason (blog)… are languishing under Core-aligned instruction and standardized testing. One parent reported that her third-grade son comes home from school every day thinking he is stupid because he can't pass his tests. "Mommy, please home-school me," he begged, …
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  • I Need Projects

    ChristineMM
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today I was thinking how important it is for me to have projects going to work on. I need creative projects. Other projects are ones I like to do with autonomy. I like freedom. Learning. Exploring.It is true that for now homeschooling is tapering off. I threw myself into soapmaking and starting a new business. I got obsessive about it. I also ran to it to de-stress. I think doing work or creative projects is a better therapy than drinking alcohol or taking drugs, or smoking cigarettes. I knew when I was doing some things sometimes that I was escaping from the stress, making myself busy to…
  • Four Sciences Not Five

    ChristineMM
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Older son loved conceptual physics when he took various fun homeschool group classes starting in grade two through eight. In spring of his junior year he thought of maybe minoring in college in space physics. He asked to enroll into an algebra based homeschool physics class in grade 12. That would be his fifth full credit lab science class, more than the norm for high school.In August, two weeks before the start of the class we found out the course changed from a live lecture via online "live screen" class to a pre-recorded video lecture series with solo textbook reading and questions to be…
  • Sunrise Over Bricktown in Oklahoma City

    ChristineMM
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Blast that obnoxious electronic billboard in Bricktown!I was getting ready to go to the regatta when I decided to peek outside the dark drapes and saw this. I decided to sit and watch it for a while before starting the day.Our family was in Oklahoma City for my younger son's races in the regatta in October 2014.Photos taken with iPhone5 and were not digitally altered.copyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
  • Cavender's Boot City Shopping In October

    ChristineMM
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I went shopping at Cavender's Boot City with my seventeen year old to buy him a pair of jeans. I snapped a few photos. Being still new to Texas this western wear, the Texas pride, the funny sayings, and the bling amazes me. I ignore people's stares as I snap pics but honestly could snap for an hour in there. Men's ShirtsWomen's shirtsWomen's Beltscopyright 2005-2009 The Thinking Mother
  • Teenage Brain Update

    ChristineMM
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    I haven't done another chapbook entry because I was thinking that maybe I was giving too much information and it was beyond what was acceptable for pre-publication. There are six more chapters. I decided to do a more brief list and some opinions. I will resume later this week.The remaining chapters are:mental illnessdigital invasiongender matterssports and concussionscrime and punishmentbeyond adolescence: it's not over yetpostscriptI want to encourage you to read the book, and I don't mean so I can earn a commission if you buy it with the correct exact procedures that result in a commission…
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  • Halloween or Harvest Day Treats

    Mary Nix
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    I love Pinterest and the way it provides me with images of so many possibilities. Here are some fun ideas I’ve found there for some Halloween or Harvest Day treats: Easy Pumpkin Pretzels Watermelon Brain Harry Potter Inspired Treats 13 Healthy Treats for the Holiday 64 Healthy Halloween Treats ( I think my favorite might be the mandarin orange pumpkin) Halloween Drink Glowing Drink (Of course you should NOT include the VODKA!!!!!) Worms anyone?  Strawberry Ghosts We have some food allergies in our family, so I always like to share how much families like ours appreciate labeling foods…
  • Carnival of Homeschooling – Nov. 4th Edition

    Mary Nix
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    I am hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling next week and I want to send out an invite to anyone presently home educating or to anyone who has done so in the past. I hope you will take the time to share a post for the Carnival and invite others to join us as well. The theme for the carnival comes from a quote from Gene – Stratton Porter – “Is he well educated?” “Yes, I think so, as far as he’s gone,” I answered. “Of course he will go on being educated every day of his life, same as father. He says it is all rot about ‘finishing’ your…
  • A Different Learning Journey

    Mary Nix
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    As a lifelong learner,  I hope you will humor me as I share our most recent  learning journey. Many of you know that I have a younger sister who happens to be Developmentally Disabled. We have lived with my sister full-time for a few months twice  before when our Mom was in a nursing home, but we became permanent room-mates when Mom passed away in December 2013. Since  then, I’ve learned that growing up  with my sister and being responsible for her full-time are two distinctly different roles. I knew the day was coming for years and tried to prepare,  but I was not really ready…
  • Trusting Children

    Mary Nix
    23 May 2013 | 3:54 pm
    There is no ONE home educating expert, but  each family and child are their own best expert as to what works best for them each day while living and learning. That said,there is a lot of great information that will inspire you to learn to trust yourself as being your own best expert if you choose the path of educating at home. This time of year, I often get emails or phone calls from families wanting to know more about homeschooling.  Some want to know about public e-schools, some want to explore part-time enrollment, and others are ready to start the journey of home education. Like any…
  • National Gardening Month

    Mary Nix
    3 Apr 2013 | 6:14 am
    Have you started your indoor seedlings? I love setting up my mini-greenhouses and starting my seeds indoors and watching the seedlings sprout up. Here are some of my favorite gardening resources: Square foot gardening Frugal Dad Junior Master Gardener Container Gardening Filtrexx Videos
 
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  • HARD CIDER v. 2.0 UPDATE

    dcobranchi
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    The yeast are really doing their thing now. The cider appears almost as if it’s on a slow simmer. I’ve seen red wine in what the winemaker called the “cold boil” state. That is, so much CO2 was being produced it really looked like the grape juice/new wine was boiling. My cider is getting close to that state.
  • DIAL M FOR MOROCCO

    dcobranchi
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    Here at Casa Cobranchi we have a somewhat unusual annual Thanksgiving tradition. It may even be unique. Nobody here really enjoys the whole turkey/ham/cranberry sauce gig, so we mix things up a bit each year. We choose a country each year somewhat randomly by rolling a 26 sided die. Whatever letter “wins” we pick a country that begins with that letter and Lydia fixes dishes only from that country. In the past few years we’ve rolled an I” twice (India & Italy), an “F” (France), and last year it was an “H” (Hungary). Yesterday we rolled an…
  • HARD CIDER, v 2.0

    dcobranchi
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    The first batch is almost gone, so I’ve started a second batch. This time, I started with 1 gallon of Musselman’s apple cider to which I added 1 pound of dark brown sugar. Pitched with a full packet of Red Star Champagne yeast. If I did the calculations correctly and if the yeast converts all of the sugar, I should end up with a brew around 10.8% ABV. It’s only been four hours and already the brew is bubbling away nicely.
  • YUM!

    dcobranchi
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The apfelwein is done. When I checked the jug today, it had cleared up nicely. I just had a glass. Cold and back-sweetened with a bit of Stevia. It has just a hint of carbonation and a nice alcohol bite. This first batch was only 1/2 gallon. I’ll start a gallon batch tomorrow.
  • MIXED METAPHOR OF THE DAY

    dcobranchi
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    On being over-exposed to the stock market: “If you’re a couple of years away from retirement, you’re really rolling the dice at the Roulette table,” said Erik Laurence, vice president of marketing and business development at FeeX. If I were an investor with FeeX, I think I might be somewhat encouraged that the VP there apparently has never seen the inside of a casino.
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  • Istanbul Holidays

    metincaliskan
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    We have Istanbul airport after a long flight. hostesses were very nice and polite and courteous and they offered us unlimited tea and coffee. We went by private vehicle special boutique hotel in Old City Sultanahmet. Very spacious and had a spacious room. The hotel had a great view of the sea and the Bosphorus. In the morning we did here was very relaxing and nice jacuzzi and a massage. We make all natural and organic breakfast and a morning tea and coffee we drank. We met our tour guide at the hotel lobby in the morning. Together we went to Sultanahmet square and private istanbul tours…
  • Swim and P – club

    liese4
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Tuesday we met up with some of our HS group and went swimming at Apex pool. It was nice because there were so few people there, as opposed to last time when it was packed. The kids swam for a few hours and then we headed home. We stayed home in the evening even though Hannah was begging to go to the Mall and swim and eat out. I told her – tomorrow. We did school in the morning and went to the library for Presentation club. Hannah talked about Djembes and Grace talked about the Bahamas, we also heard about a trip to Seattle. I’m not sure what is happening with P -club, we have…
  • 27 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm

    liese4
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    A gift humbling, honoring and happy. At dance today we prayed with fervor, we stepped into scripture and let it cover us. Speaking out loud in prayer is a humbling gift. Speaking words from the heart, making fears known, asking for help, those are things that should humble you. A gift of honor was that we got to worship with dance. We took steps and gave them to Jesus, we sang with our feet and praised with our bodies. A gift that made me happy was this time, this small piece of day that is mine to learn and sing and dance.
  • {Festivals}

    liese4
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sunday morning we made it to church for the early service. The youth group had been bugging Bethany to come to church early (the youth meet at 9), since we normally go to the later service I wasn’t sure we’d be able to get there on time, but we did. Our worship leader was speaking this morning and we had a visiting band leading worship. Daniel was speaking on worship and how, no matter what style of worship you like, it’s not about you. Which we all know, but we still come to church wanting hymns or rock or easy listening music to engage us in worship. I know that I…
  • Saturday

    liese4
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    We got to NJ by 10:30am and like I predicted, it was a ghost town. There was a dark sitting area in front of triage and we had to be buzzed in. We got vitals on Grace, did some tests and talked to the doc. Her tests were good and her lungs were good and all that is good….but, I know that she doesn’t do well in humidity and we’re going to be in an enclosed area (the plane), so I need her to be as close to 100% well as we can get. I have a standing order for Prednisone, but the doc needs to approve it, so he did. We also got another steroid to take after the Advair, since…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Practice Makes Perfect is More Than a Catchy Phrase

    Dawn Camp
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We all have gifts. Some naturally sing, write, run, cook, or throw better than others. But no matter the amount of talent, there’s a level of performance you won’t exceed without practice. Today’s daily grace uses an alternate definition of the word: Grace noun : simple elegance or refinement of movement As the 2014 baseball season ends, here’s to three classic plays that embody this kind of grace. [Email subscribers click over to watch videos.] When I saw this first one, I told my husband, “That play started on a little league field when he was five years old.
  • It’s Not Your Home that’s the Heart of Hospitality

    Dawn Camp
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Hospitality was the overriding theme of last week’s Allume conference: both hospitality in your home and on your blog. But the final night I received a visible lesson in where its home truly lies: in your heart. One of the attendees, Amanda, planned an after-party, but the guests she invited didn’t come. You know that feeling when you’ve prepared for company and no one shows? Yeah, I think she felt it, too. Instead of feeling sorry for herself or embarrassed that the employees had set up an area especially for her group, Amanda—determined to share her hospitality…
  • The Gift of Reasonable Expectations

    Dawn Camp
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    My sister asked me to photograph her wedding just two months after I got my first DSLR. Boy, was I nervous. I carried Scott Kelby’s digital photography books in my camera bag and read them every spare moment; drove to Nashville to attend a NAPP (now KelbyOne) one-day seminar tour; and studied like I was back in college because this was a test with stakes higher than any I’d taken. I crafted a DSLR photography crash course and these were my Cliffs Notes. Thankfully it was an outdoor wedding, which saved me because I didn’t know my camera well enough to be shooting a wedding…
  • When Your Faith is More Than Head Knowledge at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    “No one wants to talk about God,” he says, and something in my heart breaks both for him and the world into which he was born. In a culture obsessed with knowing the latest celebrity gossip, taking the perfect selfie, and living in the moment instead of for the future, it’s no wonder that Jesus is a tough topic transition for his twenty-something crowd. Intellectual by nature, I know he can discuss theology with insight and intelligence, but I worry that this floundering in the shallow end of the conversational pool reflects the current depth of his thoughts and relationship with God.
  • The Gift of Rest

    Dawn Camp
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    It wasn’t my intention to start a 31 days series and let it fizzle after 10, but keeping up with that schedule showed me what I’d otherwise missed: I’m burned out right now—physically and mentally—and the late nights spent writing made it worse. I don’t plan to abandon the series, but it might look different, more photos and less text. My husband and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this weekend. We spent Saturday in the north Georgia mountain town of Dahlonega, site of Georgia’s gold rush. First we went to Three Sisters Vineyards for Swine and Wine, where…
 
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    Forum Discussions - The Homeschool Lounge

  • Has anyone used Essentials in Writing?

    Timberley
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    How is it for 11th grade?
  • Foster Care Parenting and Homeschooling?

    Hannah
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Hi Ladies, I'm wondering if any of you have experience with being a foster parent while also homeschooling biological children? My husband and I are feeling led to possibly become licensed foster care parents in Wisconsin within the next year or so, but don't want to proceed if this might cause any real hardships for our own children's continuation of homeschooling. Does anyone have any experience in these matters or know someone who I might speak to that does? All the resources available regarding foster care parenting assumes that one's own children are already enrolled in public school.
  • Elementary History

    Amy Steiner
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    I'm looking for some advice on what to use for teaching history to my 2nd grade (7yr old) daughter. Last year we used Beautiful Feet Books. While the literature selections were fabulous, I just felt like it was missing something. It may have been that my daughter was just too young for it at the time, I'm not sure, but for whatever reason, it just wasn't a good fit for us. This current year we've been using Simply Charlotte Mason's History Guide and we are not enjoying it whatsoever. So, I'm on the hunt for some thing else. I want something that is going to engage my daughter and have her…
  • Kudos to Mike Pence, other states not so lucky.

    Conny
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Research shows that time-intensive, out-of-home childcare and pre-”school” often hurts small children. In other words, an average child shows measurably more tantrums, acting out, and other emotional and behavior problems if he is in an institution, even for just 15 hours a week, rather than home with his family. Read the whole article here: http://thefederalist.com/2014/10/20/mike-pence-makes-a-change-rejects-federal-preschool-power-grab/
  • how do homeschool kids learn to make lasting friendships?

    Erin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    My kids are ho meschooled and we take them places all the time and park days with our local homeschool group. But my kids are teenage boys and have no desire to join scouts or sports and we don't go to church. So my kids have acquaintances that they play with but no real friends. How can I get my kids some friends? Do I force them to join scouts or something?
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    Homeschool Blog

  • Robin’s Children

    Robin Sampson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Here is a peek into my nine children’s lives today (ages 13 to 39). Two are still at home; the other seven are grown and out on their own. Two own homeschool businesses. Belinda My oldest daughter, Belinda, married in 2013 and has two lovely, sweet step-children, Victoria and Alex. Belinda (Lori to our family) continues to ...
  • Prepare-Ahead 30 Days Green Smoothies in Two Hours

    Robin Sampson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Green smoothies are fairly quick and easy and since I’m having foot surgery on Thursday, I made pre-made packets of fruits and veggies I can just dump into the blender with almond milk and blend. It took about two hours to prepare kits for a month of green smoothies. I like this idea a lot and will do it again next month. ...
  • Our Church: Seed of Abraham & Torah Resources

    Robin Sampson
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    We recently began attending Seed of Abraham Fellowship. I was delighted to not only find a balanced church that studies Hebrew roots, but also offers classes in Hebrew, and an amazing chronological  Homeschool Bible study curriculum (reviewed below). In July we moved from Tennessee to Florida to be near our grandsons (my daughter Victoria passed this year). Imagine me ...
  • Bought: The Hidden Story of Vaccines, GMOs, Big Pharma

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Your health, your family’s health. Now brought to you by Wall Street… “If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait till you see what they’re doing to health care.” WATCH THE TRAILER! Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Bought: Vaccines. GMOs. Big Pharma. This is the hidden story ...
  • Feeling Alone in Church

    Robin Sampson
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Original Post 2011 see UPDATE 2014 at bottom of this post. When we moved from Virginia to Tennessee in 2007 we started attending a local church. The people are sweet. kind, and loving. But after five years attending a church of over 500 three or more times a week, I still feel like I didn’t really know ...
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    Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • Fall Weather and Nature and Science Study Sale

    kamrg
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Fall weather is finally here! Now is the time to go outside and take advantage of it. New to homeschooling? Want easy, fun ideas to study science and still enjoy this wonderful weather. We have the answer for you in our Fall Nature Study and More! On sale now! Autumn Nature Study and More : Normally $6.50, now $3.25 Buy Now Looking for fun outdoor activities to help you study science? We’ve got you covered. Need something that requires no planning – just print out the list of nature walk suggestions we have for you and go! We’ve included neat ways to put together a…
  • Teach Science the Natural Way

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Do you like the idea of nature study and bringing your kids outdoors and exploring science in a natural way? But how do you turn that into something where you know your kids have learned some of those formal scientific concepts you want to teach? You also like the idea of getting outside in the fresh air and experiencing science and nature first hand. But, you worry about making sure your covering enough science and facts to just leave it at that without turning it into some kind of lesson on a concept. One way to do this is by keeping a nature journal of what you observe in nature.
  • Adventures with notebooking and nature study and nature walks

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    There are many versatile uses of notebooking pages when paired with a nature study. From literary expression to scientific facts, these pages can easily turn a nature walk into a literary and scientific unit study of unlimited possibilities. To prepare properly for an adventurous study of our natural world, we must arm ourselves with the necessary equipment. For our family, that was a small backpack per child filled with the following nature study items (some in my own pack): Nature journal/notebooking pages Colored pencils (erasable) Assorted grade pencils Erasers Mini binoculars Assorted…
  • Final Curriculum Sale Days!

    kamrg
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Prices starting at only $1.00! It’s the last days for our special sale! These are the lowest prices of the season! We want to help make planning for your new school year easier with our special 50% off Curriculum Sale and easy to use ebooks! Even our Nature Study Notebooking Pages bundles are discounted at our Currclick site here! Be on the look out for a new ebook series to you assist you in teaching science, coming soon! Here are the links to the discounted sale prices in our sale: Make Your Own ABC Book About … Ancient Greece e-book : Normally $1.99, now $1.00 Buy Now Make…
  • Free Software and Web Development Online Courses for Homeschoolers

    kamrg
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Webucator specializes in online software and web development courses for the corporate world. The CEO is beginning to homeschool his child and has decided to make these courses available for free to homeschoolers. All of the self-paced courses available  include courses on web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and many others. Here is a message from their blog announcing this offer. To register for a course, all you need to do is: Go to our Self-paced Courses page. Browse through the courses. Click…
 
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    homemaking911.com

  • Devotions: Done!

    Malia
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    For years I have wanted to do daily devotions with my children- in addition to the Bible studies they do as part of their daily school work.  But it always seemed to monumental. Here are my lists of excuses reasons: Getting everyone up at the same time just did not happen- some kids woke at […]
  • Can I Hate the Movie, “The Fault in Our Stars?” – A Review from a Christian Perspective

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

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

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

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

  • Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with gymnastics team practice, prodigal cats, and car problems

    Kris Bales
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • 5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

    Kris Bales
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • How to Plan a High School Reading List

    Kris Bales
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Parts of a Pumpkin Craft + Activity {Free Printable}

    Pam Odd
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Weekly Wrap-Up: Ancient Egypt, Blue Hair, and Plant Dissections

    Kris Bales
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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    Rewarding Homeschool Blog

  • Multiple Children

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    How do you use Abeka with multiple ages in the same room? We have limited space and really have only one area for schooling. I am guessing they would all
  • Scholarships/Financial Aid

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    I just enrolled my 12 yr old daughter in K12 Virtual Academy. She needs a laptop (required), and my husband and I are between residencies right now, living
  • Wisconsin CHEA Half Off/Half Off Sale!

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Going on now through December 1st. Over 140 brand-new items are priced half off PLUS take another half off your second item!
  • My Adult daughter homeschooling her 2 younger brothers

    4 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Can my adult daughter homeschool her 2 younger brothers in my home if she doesn't live with us? Reply from Diane: You would need to contact your state's
  • Should I home school?

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    I have been raising my niece for 3 years. She has struggled at school because of the neglect she received from her parents. Now that I have custody
 
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    Simply Charlotte Mason

  • On the Side (Narration Q & A, part 16)

    Sonya Shafer
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    As we have worked our way through the Narration Q & A series over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to group the questions by topic. We have a couple more big topics left to cover, but today I want to touch on two great questions that didn’t quite fit into those larger topics. […] On the Side (Narration Q & A, part 16) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Raising the Bar (Narration Q & A, part 15)

    Sonya Shafer
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Can you touch your ceiling? I can’t touch the ceiling in my kitchen even if I jump. It’s a standard height, but I can barely reach it with a 2-foot-long fly swatter. Now can you imagine jumping over your ceiling? That’s the current world record for high jump: a smidgen over 8 feet. It boggles […] Raising the Bar (Narration Q & A, part 15) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • When More Is Less

    Sonya Shafer
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    There was once a man named Bill, who decided to go for a hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. A distance of about 2,000 miles. Six months of hiking, sleeping on the ground, and cooking meals outside. So he went to a local outfitters and they laid out everything he would need, […] When More Is Less originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Written Narration: The Next Step in Composition (Narration Q & A, part 14)

    Sonya Shafer
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    We’ve been discussing oral narration for several weeks now. It’s time to move on to the next step in composition. Wait a minute! you say to yourself. The next step? I thought written narration was composition. So often when we discuss composition, we focus on the writing. Writing is, indeed, a part of composition, but […] Written Narration: The Next Step in Composition (Narration Q & A, part 14) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
  • Beginning with Older Children (Narration Q & A, part 13)

    Sonya Shafer
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last time we talked about some ideas for getting started using narration with younger children. Today let’s address some questions about starting the method with older children. Narration Question #44: In the Fall I will have a 4th and 1st grader. I am going to try to have my 4th grader be more independent and […] Beginning with Older Children (Narration Q & A, part 13) originally appeared on Simply Charlotte Mason.
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    The HomeScholar Blog

  • Political Conversations: Civics Must Be Caught AND Taught

    Lee
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    What if your homeschool students swayed the political majority? What if they all learned how to vote, and then actually showed up at the polls […] The post Political Conversations: Civics Must... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • 3 College Application Tips

    Lee
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Getting ready to send in your college applications? How about a few quick tips to get you started?!  1. Modify your college application essays Many […] The post 3 College Application Tips... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education

    Lee
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For subjects like PE and Occupational Education – which often don’t have a textbook – grading doesn’t usually involve tests or written work. Are you wondering […] The... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • PSAT Scores: 14 And Gifted

    Lee
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    What do you do when your child’s PSAT score surprises you? Life with a gifted child is never boring! Sometimes you just don’t know what […] The post PSAT Scores: 14 And Gifted... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
  • Prevent the Zombie Apocalypse in Your Home! How to Create Safe and Sane Technology Boundaries!

    Lee
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you scared at the thought of what’s lurking online? Is your child becoming a zombie in front of any screen? During this spooky time, […] The post Prevent the Zombie Apocalypse in Your... Need more help homeschooling high school? Check out www.TheHomeScholar.com to learn more.
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    Crack The Egg Blog

  • Reviewing The Portable Generators Of The Market

    Andy
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    Portable generator is the very useful device, when it comes of the utility devices in the house. So, if you don’t have the device, then make sure that you buy it now. Buying a generator isn’t an easy task, and you need a lot of research to do while purchasing it. The research may include the task of finding a best brands, it’s capacity, it’s reliability, runtime, etc. If you researched on these criterias successfully, then believe me that you are just a bit away of cracking the deal in portable generator. The market has a multiple of brands, which manufactures the best…
  • Increasing Awareness of Family Counseling

    Andy
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Family counseling has emerged out to be the best option to deal with the situations of misunderstandings and separation of the family members. When you are not able to deal with the family problem on your own then you must give up. It is the time for you to consult a therapist Los Angeles and resolve the family issues. numbers of families have got benefitted from the family counseling and have earned a better life together. Advantages of family counseling There are innumerable benefits of having family counseling. The major ones have been mentioned as under- Identifying the real problem- It…
  • Cash Payments, PayPal And Card Payments For Cleaning Services

    Andy
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Even though a cleaning company charge money for their services, it should be in a very social way indeed. Why do we say that because not all people are of same level when it comes to the word called funding for services. There needs to a lot of comfort in dealing this final phase of any service we would say. We have a question to talk about here and that is if there is a need to have multiple paying platforms made available to all those people who want to buy services. And that is one comforting situation that any business can and should be thinking of, if it has not yet given this sort of…
  • Video games emulators- are they legal?

    Andy
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    You might have heard of video game emulators if you are a video games enthusiast. Otherwise, the term may be new to you. A video game emulator is software that can be used to make a computer work like another system. There are many versions of emulators available in the market and they can be used in a variety of ways. Emulators are mostly used by video games players to play games which were played on older machines and platforms and which are now not readily available. It is also not practical to buy an old system just to play aclassic video game. Console emulators 3DS duplicate the system…
  • Conscious about your child’s safety! Get home the best car seat, today!

    Andy
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Every parent is always very careful about their children’s safety thus keeping this in mind, the safety car seats have been created keeping this in mind. And most importantly these car seats have been developed in accordance to the age group of various children, thus there is a particular car seat for the new-born, the toddler well as for the growing child. Therefore, if you are highly conscious of your child’s safety and comfort then nothing can be a better gift than a perfect car seat keeping up with the age of your child. The top 10 car seat reviews are very helpful, as these will…
 
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    The Curriculum Choice

  • Jotham’s Journey Trilogy of Advent Stories

    Tricia
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia Do you know about the Jotham’s Journey trilogy of advent stories? Yes, it is time to plan for advent season! I definitely wanted to be sure you knew about a series of read alouds we always enjoy during the Christmas season. Because Advent begins in just about a month! And because this fantastic trilogy blesses us each and every year! Any affiliate links included are for resources we have absolutely loved for years and highly recommend. Please see our disclosure policy. What is the Jotham’s Journey Trilogy? This advent series of books by Arnold Ytreeide includes…
  • WordUp! Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots

    Tricia
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia You may remember our love of Visual Latin? Our high schoolers are using it for their foreign language credits. Well, now Compass Classroom, the makers of Visual Latin, has a fantastic, new resource for you. WordUp! The Vocab Show. ~Don’t miss the discount code at the end!! We received these Compass Classroom WordUp resources in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we love this vocabulary study with all our ages. Please see our disclosure policy. The affiliate links included are for resources we absolutely love. If you purchase WordUp through our affiliate…
  • American Kids in History Book Series

    Heidi
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Heidi I disliked history classes as a child because I struggled to memorize names and dates, but as a homeschool mom I discovered a love for history studies!  We enjoy immersing ourselves in the lives of the people living in different periods, and one way to keep our studies engaging and fun is by having a little hands-on fun.  I wanted to share with you a book series that has been a well-used resource in our home. We own four titles in the American Kids in History book series: Colonial Days Revolutionary War Days Pioneer Days Civil War Days The tagline for the series is “Discover…
  • Promise and Deliverance by S.G. De Graaf

    Annie Kate
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    by Annie Kate It can be difficult to find a quality narrative Bible curriculum for teens and adults. The four volume Promise and Deliverance series by S.G. De Graaf, first published years ago, is still among the best. Many years ago Christianity Today called it “A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible” and that assessment is as valid as ever. For years the author, Reverend De Graaf, led a weekly class for those who taught Bible to children, both at Sunday schools and at day schools. This book is the fruit of repeatedly answering the question, “How do we tell this…
  • Dover Publications Science and Writing Resources for Homeschool

    Tricia
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Tricia This month we’ve found that Dover Publications adds the fun to homeschool science and writing! Would your children like to make a bouncy ball? Maybe build writing skills (and laugh!) with Create Your Own Story? Let me tell you more… ~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!! We received these Dover Publications resources in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own and we love the benefits and blessings we are continuing to see! Please see our disclosure policy. Remember, doing our studies together means less work for mom! Let me tell you about three Dover…
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    Living Life and Learning

  • Dear Homeschool Mom with Little Ones

    Monique
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    What to do with the Little Ones? When we first began homeschooling, we had two boys, we now have a 9, 5, a 3 year old and one more on the way in April.  Some days are easy; some days a bit more challenging. As our family has changed and grown its definitely kept me […] The post Dear Homeschool Mom with Little Ones appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • 5 Tips for Homeschooling an Only Child

    Monique
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    If someone had told me 9 years ago when we brought our sweet baby home from the hospital that I would be homeschooling an only child I would not have believed them. I just KNEW that my husband and I would have at the very LEAST 2 children but certainly 4 and I would be […] The post 5 Tips for Homeschooling an Only Child appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • 12 Halloween Toddler Activities

    Monique
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Halloween is fast approaching and I was wondering what I was going to do with my toddler. So I gathered the best Halloween toddler activities since we’re always looking for fun and easy activities for my little one. My children love carving pumpkins so naturally I thought we’d paint a jack’o lantern. I drew the […] The post 12 Halloween Toddler Activities appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Dear Homeschool Mom Who is Teaching an Only Child

    Monique
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m a Mom to one. I have a loving son with an appetite for all of the attention he can possibly get. After all- he’s always gotten it. As a homeschooling family our days are filled with conversation, interaction, learning, and fun – one on one – without the distractions of any siblings. I have […] The post Dear Homeschool Mom Who is Teaching an Only Child appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
  • Dear Homeschool Mom, Don’t forget your spouse

    Monique
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you’re a homeschool mom, it’s likely that you are the one that is home with your children the majority of the day with your hubby off at work. Are you may be work part-time with and different schedule then others but are primarily responsible for the way your homeschool runs. Of course there are […] The post Dear Homeschool Mom, Don’t forget your spouse appeared first on Living Life and Learning.
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  • Naturally Learning Maths

    Racheous
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    I don’t know about you but I hated maths. In high school, I graduated above average in the higher level maths class. But oh how I hated it. I didn’t get it and when I did, I didn’t understand why I needed to know it. I succeeded primarily by memorisation. There was certainly no joy […] The post Naturally Learning Maths appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Another Week of Living and Learning

    Racheous
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    contains affiliate/sponsored links We started off the week with a creek exploration. Tape measures were stretched over rocks and bugs were collected from pools of water.   We were covered by the shade of trees overhead and left alone for hours to play and explore.   What magical surroundings for our classroom. It’s beautiful to […] The post Another Week of Living and Learning appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Creating A Space for Your Child’s Interests

    Racheous
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    One of the best parts about unschooling and following a ‘curriculum of curiosity‘ is watching what your child shows interest in. It’s beautiful to watch them enthralled by a subject. The beauty of curiosity is in it’s ability to transform into knowledge and effortlessly inform. In my recent post about unexpected interests, I shared how […] The post Creating A Space for Your Child’s Interests appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • Parenting a Headstrong Child Respectfully

    Racheous
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    I have wrote previously about parenting my sensitive child respectfully. Today I wanted to write about parenting a headstrong child respectfully. When you hear about headstrong children – or strong-willed, spirited, even ‘stubborn’ or ‘difficult’ – it’s often negative. My daughter is at a different space in the social and emotional spectrum. Before she could […] The post Parenting a Headstrong Child Respectfully appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
  • This Week of Learning

    Racheous
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    Our week… We started off our week at the creek with friends as we often do. We found moss, as I discussed in a previous post. We collected fallen flowers. We saw a wild goanna. Then we played some maths games with our cuisenaire rods. Our co-op met at a local water park for lots […] The post This Week of Learning appeared first on Racheous - Lovable Learning.
 
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  • NaNoWriMo for High School Homeschool

    linda lw
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    What is NaNoWriMo? Many would-be writers know the meaning of the acronym NaNoWriMo.  It stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place every November.  It is a month long writing journey that allows writers of every age to immerse themselves in the novel writing experience.  The goal is for adult participants to pen 50,000 [...]
  • Turn Your Teen’s Passion Into A Career

    earthendee
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Turn your teen’s passion into a career for homeschooling highschool from Let’s Homeschool High School
  • Dual Enrollment

    tiallarising
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In this “Looking Back” series, I’ve been doing just that – looking back on my homeschool experience and sharing my tips or suggestions for high school.  However, I never dual enrolled.  Therefore, this post is a bit different than usual.  You see, up until now, every post has suggested styles, curricula, and schedules that I [...]
  • September 2014 Homeschool Highschool Blog Hop – Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

    bailbrae
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    September already! I think that was the fastest the summer has gone by for us in a very long time. Hello everyone, Katie here from LHSHS. I am so pleased that our LHSHS Blog Hop is back after its summer vacation, and you’re stopping by to join us. Are you already cruising along in your [...]
  • ACT or SAT for Homeschoolers?

    earthendee
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    ACT or SAT for Homeschooling High School from Let’s Homeschool High School
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  • Ready for NaNoWriMo?

    Susan Raber
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    I'm not. Every year I practically drool over the idea of dedicating an entire month to writing, but it's probably not going to happen for another year, although who knows? We might be able to find a way to schedule it if we eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and no one needs clean clothes for 30 days. Maybe you can't participate in NaNoWriMo, but how about letting your students register for the Young Writers Program? YWP is for students 17 and under, and allows them to set their own word-count goals. They can connect with other young writers via the YWP community. Download a…
  • The Research-Based Approach to Teaching History

    Susan Raber
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    I have never liked the idea of teaching history with textbooks, because I didn't enjoy the experience as a student. Textbooks briefly outline major events and touch on the lives of famous and influential people, but it doesn't feel personal, as if these were real people and events that shaped the world we live in. The typical textbook accounts aren't even stories, because at least with stories there is a chance to connect with the characters, setting, and plot. That is why we use a research-based method for history in our homeschool. We chose people and events from each era, and used…
  • Parents: You Can Do This!

    Susan Raber
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    I read and hear nearly every day from parents who despair of being able to teach and train their children. "It's too much!" "They are driving me crazy!" "I can't do it - I'm sending them to school!"I'd like to offer some warm and fuzzy comfort, but I can't.The Bottom Line: You have to develop some endurance, and be able to outlast your kids. Our perseverance is often stretched to the limit, especially when a child exhibits the ability to tug on your skirt/jeans saying “Mommy” for 15 consecutive minutes without taking a breath. But at some point you have to be The Adult, create the…
  • The Price of Free

    Susan Raber
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    When it comes to homeschooling freebies, I’ve discovered over the years that free doesn’t always mean free. The understood definition of free is that you won't have to spend money to acquire said item. While that is often the case with educational freebies, there are sometimes hidden costs you need to be aware of before you gleefully sign up or download, thinking that you’ve just solved all your homeschooling problems for a pittance.If you simply go cruising for freebies online, you will see many, MANY wonderful resources that homeschooling families have created and shared online to…
  • Why Do We Homeschool?

    Susan Raber
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Raber Family, back in the day. . . Beginnings, middles, and ends. Every homeschool year, every homeschooling family's journey, has at least one of each.When you are at the beginning, it's all very exciting, nerve-wrecking, humbling, exhilarating - who needs skydiving when you can experience the thrill of accepting the responsibility for your child's education? In the middle, you've got your comfort zone. No longer scared completely out of your mind, you've managed to teach the kids to read, master basic math skills, and pick up their Legos. But when you look up, the end may seem…
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  • 7 Shortcuts For Completing Your College Application In Record Time

    Tim Milosch
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Students I teach routinely stress out over filling out their college application, or applications as the case may be.  I’m not sure why. I understand that filling out 20-50 applications may seem like a daunting task, but why didn’t they The post 7 Shortcuts For Completing Your College Application In Record Time appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • How to Make Preparing For College Part of Your Homeschool Curriculum

    Tim Milosch
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last week I suggested what I thought was a unique way for students to build marketable skills, which could also double as income sources and high school electives. I’ll be fleshing that thought out in the coming months with a The post How to Make Preparing For College Part of Your Homeschool Curriculum appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • How Homeschool Students Can Save for College (And Learn Something Too!)

    Tim Milosch
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    What If I told you that one activity could teach your homeschool students an employable skill, make you academic credit, build your resume, and potentially help you save for college? Too good to be true? You might think so, but I think The post How Homeschool Students Can Save for College (And Learn Something Too!) appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • 8 Tips: How To Pay For College Without Devastating Loans

    Tim Milosch
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Going to college is fun, the prospect of figuring out how to pay for college is not. College is a lot of hard work, but it is incredibly rewarding, frequently enjoyable and just plain fun. However, trying to rally the The post 8 Tips: How To Pay For College Without Devastating Loans appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
  • My 2 Secret Tips to Higher Test Scores

    Tim Milosch
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are you worried about your test scores yet?  If you are, you’re not alone.  I’ve never seen anything stress out students more than upcoming test dates. I spent this past summer in the interesting world of SAT tutoring academies. In this The post My 2 Secret Tips to Higher Test Scores appeared first on College-Bound Homeschooler.
 
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