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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

7 Reasons Why Stressing Over Homeschooling Is Unnecessary


I know from my own experience that as a homeschool parent we tend to experience stress over our children's education at one time or another. Today, I am going to share with you what I've learned through my own journey of educating my children. Here are 7 Reasons Why Stressing Over Homeschooling is Unnecessary. (Note: I wrote this post with elementary-aged children in mind.)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Special Announcement


I am excited to announce that I have been chosen to be a Contributing Writer for Upside Down Homeschooling! You will find my written work there once a month starting in May.

I encourage you to visit Upside Down Homeschooling which was started by Heather Bowen. The title for her blog came from her desire to share her "ups and downs of her homeschooling journey." On this blog you will find several contributing writers who share topics related to homeschooling and various other subjects.

I am really looking forward to connecting with even more people through this opportunity!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Captivated DVD - "Finding Freedom In A Media Captive Culture" By Media Talk 101 (Schoolhouse Crew Review)


For the past year I've been struggling with the knowledge of how much time I spend on my computer. Even my youngest son has shared his concern with me as I wrote about in an earlier post, "Mom, I think the computer has become your idol." When I learned about the opportunity to review the Captivated DVD by Media Talk 101, I felt that it was a DVD that I was meant to watch.

Captivated is a 107 minute documentary that through data, interviews, and testimonials, addresses our need for discernment in a media-saturated society. Media Talk 101 approaches this subject from Biblical principles, not from legalistic rules.

Captivated is recommended for adults, but is approved for all audiences. We watched it as a family.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Raise Your Hand If You Enjoy Giveaways!


Do you see my hand raised? :-) I love giveaways and figured you might too, so below I've put together a list of giveaways being offered by fellow bloggers. Take a look and see if there's one you'd like to enter.

Have fun! If you win, come back and let me know!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What Do You Get When You Mix the Hit TV Show Shark Tank With Two Children's Imaginations?

What do you get when you mix the hit TV show Shark Tank with the imagination of 2 children? By

My children love watching the hit T.V. show Shark Tank. In fact, the other day my youngest and I had a conversation that went like this:

My 7-yr-old: "Mom, I know of an invention I can make for Shark Tank."

Me: "Oh yeah? What is it?"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Birthday Gift That Can't Be Bought - Words of Wisdom

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We had a major event happen in our household this week; my oldest son became a teenager. I still can't believe that I am now a mother of a teen.

I know many parents approach this period in their child's life with a bit of dread, but I am not one of those parents; in fact, I am excited about this stage of my son's life.

Becoming a teenager is a pretty big deal. I wanted to give my son something special and memorable for his birthday. His father and I decided we would give him our words of wisdom.

We used an index card for each year of his life and wrote a message or two on each card, with the last card holding the most thoughts. We taped each card to his bedroom door.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Would You Allow Your Child to Skip a Grade Level?

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As we near the end of another school year, like many other homeschoolers, I have begun the process of researching curriculum choices for next year. What I had not expected was that my research would lead me to ask the following question:

 "Should I allow my child to skip a grade level?"

We have been using The Higher Up and Further In curriculum, a free Charlotte Mason based book list and schedule, since my oldest son started 3rd grade. Many of the books included in the higher elementary and middle school years of this curriculum are considered high school level books.