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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Homeschool Mom's Deep, Dark Secret

A Homeschool Mom's Deep, Dark Secret by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

I believe that most people who know me probably think that I have it all together as a homeschool parent. My house is pretty organized (on most occasions), I am a strong cheerleader for the homeschooling movement, I lead a homeschool support group, and my children are performing academically well. However, what people may not know is that I have a deep, dark secret, one that I feel lead to share.

Are you ready?

Often I fantasize seeing myself walking my youngest son out our front door, watching him step inside a school bus, and waving good-bye to him as the bus pulls away.

Being a homeschool parent is not always an easy job, especially when working with a strong-willed child.

Can anyone relate?

My youngest son is argumentative, stubborn, and persistent. This is the child that has brought me to my knees before my Lord. He is also the child that has filled my heart with joy whenever he runs to me with a big hug, blown me away with his sharp wit, and taught me what generosity looks like.

However, being his teacher is sometimes so difficult that in my anger I have found myself threatening to send him to public school.

So what keeps me going? Why do I continue to homeschool this child?

The simple answer, because I love him.

The other reason, ironically, is because of his argumentative, stubborn, and persistent personality. I believe that learning at home will provide him with the best opportunity for success. No other teacher will have the one ingredient necessary to teach my son, and that ingredient is love, the love that I have for him.

There are days that go very well, and those are the days that help keep me going.

Having him at home allows us to have conversations throughout the day. It offers us the freedom to pray together and provides me with the opportunity to better understand my out-of-the-box son.

Also, every day is full of hope.

I am certain that on occasion I will continue to have the same fantasy. However, my hope is that one day it will be replaced with a new reality, one in which my son grows up to be the young man God intends him to be. In the meantime, I will continue to rely on God to help me through this stage of our homeschooling journey.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Excelerate Spanish - A Homeschool Spanish Curriculum (Review)

Excelerate Spanish - Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

I first learned about Excelerate Spanish through an article I read in the 2014 annual print book of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. What captured my attention was that Excelerate Spanish used a method of teaching foreign language that was new to me, Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS).

Friday, September 05, 2014

Under Drake's Flag (Audio Theater) by Heirloom Audio Productions (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Under Drake's Flag (Audio Theater) Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

I am very eager to share this review with you! If you and your family enjoy audio dramas as much as my family does, then you will be excited to learn about Heirloom Audio Productions' Christian audio drama, Under Drake's Flag. This story was written by author G.A. Henty, who is well known for his historical adventure stories. My children and I were delighted to add this to our collection.

Under Drake's Flag is an enthralling story about a boy named Ned Hawkshaw who embarks on an exciting adventure which offers him the opportunity to set sail with one of the most admired sea captains of his time, Sir Francis Drake. This sixteenth-century teenager experiences first-hand the struggle between Great Britain and Spain for preeminence over the high seas. You will be kept in suspense as you listen to Ned as he fights off a shark attack. You will also find yourself asking questions such as, "Will he survive the shipwreck? Is he going to get through these battles? How is he going to handle the Spanish Inquisition?"

You can listen to a 60-second summary of the story by visiting Heirloom Audio Production's website.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Are Your Students Afraid of Public Speaking?

Communicators for Christ Conference 2014

Even though communication skills are vital to their success, many students (and most parents!) are still terrified of public speaking

Let us help. Join us for the 
Communicators for Christ Conference

Through this two day integrated communication and leadership training conference hosted by the Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC), we'll help students overcome their hesitation to effectively engage audiences of all sizes. Our activities, workshops, and exercises provide a safe and encouraging environment where everyone has a chance to succeed, regardless of their public speaking experience. This allows them to see past their fears to a greater mission of impacting those around them - one person at a time.

Hear what parents and students are saying about the conference: CFC 2014 - Growth. (2:07 min.)

The Communicators for Christ Conference is for students ages 6-18 years old. It will be held on

October 17-18, 2014
at
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
1 Mt. Zion Circle, Oakwood, OH 44146

A free "Prepare the Future Reception" will be held for adults on Friday, 3:45 - 6:00 p.m., identifies the challenges our students face and how ICC is training to provide the skills they will need to face them.

Our "Go Beyond" evening program is also free and open to anyone in the community. It is sure to entertain the whole family!

For more information and locations across the country visit CFC Conference Tour 2014.

(Tuition is waived for parents and educators with registered students.)

Make sure you share this information with others, and bring a friend!

Conference Pricing
Schedule
Registration

Meals and Host Housing are available for your convenience.

For more information please contact:
Karen Miller
Great Lakes Area Coordinator
Karen@ICCinc.org

Visit ICC to learn more about this organization.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Encourage Your Students to Write by Sharing This List of Writing Contests With Them

List of Writing Contests for Students by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

Want to encourage your students to write? One excellent motivator is having them enter a writing contest.

You can perform your own Internet search for current writing contests, however, I have already done some of the work for you to help you get started. When doing your own search, use a phrase such as, "writing contests 2014 (or 2015) for middle school (or high school)".

Before spending too much time reading about a particular contest, make sure to look for a deadline date.  If you've missed the deadline, make a note of the contest in your calendar or a notebook for the following year. Also, bookmark the website.

Make sure to to look for the list of prizes. Some offer a monetary prize, others offer plaques and/or certificates.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Eternal Argument (Schoolhouse Crew Review)


As a homeschool parent, two of the subjects I most enjoy teaching my children include history and literature. When I visited Analytical Grammar's website and read about their book titled The Eternal Argument, I was fascinated by the book's description.

Have you ever asked yourself why students are made to read the books they read, the classics in particular?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Go Science DVDs (Series 2) By Library and Educational Services (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Go Science Review

My children and I recently had the opportunity to watch a couple of Go Science DVD's (Series 2) by Library and Educational Services.

The first one we watched was Volume 2 which was broken up into two topics: Life Science and Weather.

Go Science Review

Life Science included:
  • Flashlight-Animal Eyes
  • Animal Skulls
  • Bobby Pins
  • What Are You Looking At?
  • How Much Do Your Lungs Hold?
  • Eating Nails for Breakfast
  • Naked Egg