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Protect Your Homeschool Gifts

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Perhaps you’re a veteran homeschool parent.  Maybe like me, you’re nearing the end of your first year.  You might even be in that familiar stage of researching your education options for your children.  I’ve been at a place where I knew I had a heart for Homeschool, but it wasn’t quite time.  Whatever stage you may find yourself, we are ALL familiar with THE question…

What will I tell the people who are against us homeschooling our children?

How will I explain that I know this is best for my children?

How do I respond to that one family member who always has something bad to say about our decision?

This same question can be packaged in many different words.  It can also be found being asked repeatedly in almost every homeschool ‘discussion forum’.  Homeschool and ‘Pre-Homeschool’ Mom’s alike have faced the opinions of others on more than one occasion.  Sometimes it may really bother us.  Other times you might not care.  I know for myself, I kind of broke from that ‘newbie’ homeschool stage into that ’I got this and you can’t tell me otherwise’ frame of mind.

We could go on all day about the wonderful advantages of homeschooling.  We could provide site research, statistics, personal experience, and more to back up what we do.  That’s not what I’m here to share today.

I’m here to tell you something else when it comes to explaining yourself and your family’s decision to others…..

You simply DONT HAVE TO!!!!!!

In all reality, I feel there are certain people who deserve explanations.  That list of people is personal for each of us.  I can also tell you that the list of ‘critics’ is probably just as personal.  For us, criticism didn’t come from those close to us, but to those who actually had no right or place within our family to voice their opinions.  I shared our journey in the beginning not because I had to, but because I wanted to.  It’s exciting, fun, and I enjoy the input of others….until it became negative.  Kids are very smart, they pick up on the comments of disapproval, and it was actually entertaining to hear their opinions of these moments.

At the end of the day, the Lord showed me that I simply didn’t have to share our journey, this gift, with any and every one.  It IS a gift to me, and I have learned to protect it.  Thankfully, we’ve been very blessed.  Even the few family members who are not on board with our decision, have decided to support us whole heartedly.  That too has been a gift.  As for the ‘other’ opinions I mentioned above…I’ve learned that if I don’t put the information out there-it leaves less opportunity for criticism.  As for the now rare occasions that the negativity of another filters to my children, I simply use it as a great moment to teach my kids how NOT to act when they grow up!

And for the record….most everyone I know has something great to say about what we’re doing.  If not, then it’s usually just a reason why THEY can’t homeschool.  But like any good thing…there will always be a critic.  Just remember, you don’t have to explain why you do what you do.  Just like the public school parent doesn’t have to explain why they’ve made the choice to send their child to school.

Keep doing what you’re doing.  Treasure this gift.  Enjoy the journey.  And don’t EVER be afraid to protect and cherish what God has given you!

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Jennifer Whitten FamilyJennifer is a first year homeschooling Mom of 3 elementary aged kids and step mom to one middle school girl.  She was born and raised in Wyoming but now enjoys country living in Louisiana with her husband and kids.  She is a lover of Jesus, family, gardening, canning, all things creative, and hog hunting with her husband.  Tea enthusiast and crochet addict, she can be found blogging about all things family, devotional, health, and homeschool at Stop, Pray, Listen.  A volunteer peer counselor at a Pro-Life Crises Pregnancy Center, her other passion is sharing the gospel with women in need.  Far from perfect, but in love with this grace filled life with kids, Jennifer makes it her mission to Stop, Pray, Listen, and Obey.

 

Character Badges Giveaway + Freebies & Giveaways Link Up


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Homeschool Moms Giveaways & Freebies Linky Party – Week 15

Welcome to Week 15 of the Giveaways & Freebies Linky party!  We’ve been having so much fun these last few weeks with some amazing giveaways!  Thank you to all of the sponsors so far! and Thank YOU for showing up and participating in the giveaways and freebies!

This Week’s Giveaway is sponsored by The Modest Mom 

Caroline, from The Modest Mom has offered to give away 3 Character Badges Bundles.  That means 3 different people will win!  In the bundle, you’ll get:

Character Badges recommended for children ages 5-12
Little Character Badges recommended for children ages 3-5

The value of this bundle is $12.99.

What is “Character Badges”?

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Character Badges is a system consisting of three charts (the Obedience Chart, the Disobedience Chart, and the Consequence Chart), a series of specially designed badges, and a set of flash cards which work together to make character training fun and rewarding for both you and your child.

The chart system presents a visual representation of your child’s behavior for a specified period of time and can show you any areas that need attention. You may also assign consequences to specific acts of disobedience (and keep it all organized) in the hopes of helping your child better understand why what they did was wrong.

Character Badges is not intended to be the magic solution for instant obedience in your child. It’s simply a fun and creative way for you to reward them for good behavior and to teach the habits of good character with more consistency. If you feel your child training could benefit from both of these things, Character Badges can produce amazing results in your child.

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You can buy Character Badges and Little Character Badges for $12.99 at The Modest Mom.

Win It

Would you like to win one of 3 different Character Badge bundles that Caroline at The Modest Mom is giving away?  Enter in the Rafflecopter below:
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Other Giveaways & Freebies:  Lets Link Up!

It’s time to link up!  If you’re a blogger linking up, I only ask that you link back to me, if possible.  I can’t wait to see your giveaways and freebies! (If you’re reading this in an email, be sure to click to the site to see more giveaways. More could be added all week!)

HUGE Homeschooling Giveaway!

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It’s that time of year again, when we all are searching for next year’s homeschool curriculum. And we only know too well that money is tight when you are living on one income.

So now is your chance to get a head start on next year’s homeschool curriculum with this HUGE Homeschool Curriculum Bundle!

We are looking for (2) winners! Each winner will be receiving one of the bundles which is retailed over $350.00.

We teamed up with the best homeschool companies available to offer our readers this incredible bundle pack, and they all have been very gracious!

Check out these great prizes!

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See the Light Cartooning

All About Reading

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Math EssentialsAmerica's Math Teacher

    • Christian Heroes series 2-for-1 Special – Gladys Aylward and George Muller by YWAM Publishing

Christian Heroes Then and Now

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Be sure to enter this generous giveaway! I will be picking a random winner on April 25th at 12 AM. All entries will be verified. Winners will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

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Saving Money Homeschooling

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Saving Money Homeschooling

 

I have a spinal cord injury and receive SSDI. In case you’re wondering, even counting  what Social Security pays my kids, this amounts to less than 40 percent of what I earned when I worked. My injury is a blessing because it allows us to homeschool, but it is not a financial blessing! Saving money homeschooling is critical if we are going to succeed.

My husband works full time, and adds as much overtime as possible, but altogether we earn just enough to live comfortably…until you consider homeschooling and two kids with orthodontia.

There’s not too much I can do about the orthodontia, other than an FSA and payment plan, but the homeschooling expenses I can work with. In fact, a significant portion of my time is spent finding the least expensive ways to provide my children the education they need. Here are some ways I find to save money on homeschooling:

  1. Free educational adventures. We live in a very rural area, so visits to farms are educational outings that cost little to nothing but provide entertainment and learning. My in laws own two horses, and both of my kids ride with them. My grandmother in law teaches oil painting and has taught the children how to paint. My husband’s uncle lives on a lake and teaches my kids to fish, gut, and process their catches.  Any one you know has something they can teach your kids, and most people will do it for free because it is fun. You also have skills you can teach your children. For instance, I’m a blogger…I teach them to write. My husband teaches them basic home maintenance and “shop class”.
  2. Shop around for materials. I do not purchase “boxed curriculum” for several reasons, not the least of which being the cost. (The second reason being it is unusual for a child to be on the same “level” in every subject.) Once I have determined what level my child is in a subject (using free placement tests that most curriculum providers have on their websites) and what materials I want to use, I compare prices on Currclick.com Amazon.com, Half.com, Abebooks.com, and Ebay. It is rare that I do not find the curriculum I want on at least one of these sources, and usually quite a bit cheaper than purchasing from the manufacturer.
  3. Watching for sales. Just yesterday, I received an email from one of my favorite lapbook creators offering all of their materials for only $.10! I bought what I can use right now, but also what I know I will need in the future. I have five more years of homeschooling with my son and seven with my daughter. There is plenty I will still need to teach them, and I buy what I will need when it is at a good price. (Planning ahead is key for using this method of buying materials. I use The Well Planned Day system from HEDUA.com so I can quickly see what I will be teaching next year or in two years, so I don’t miss a good sale and so I don’t buy materials we don’t end up using.)
  4. I watch for freebies. Many curriculum providers have freebies. Sometimes these are only partial curricula, but with supplemental materials these can be thorough. On Currclick.com, one of my favorite resources, there are pages and pages of freebies. You can sign up to receive newsletters from your favorite curriculum providers to give you a heads up when they are offering sales. I share sales and discounts on my blog (simplyhomeschoolliving.net) and on my facebook page (facebook.com/simplyhsliving). Most homeschool bloggers do the same.
  5. Sell your used curricula. If you’re like most homeschoolers I know, you have shelves or boxes (or both) of curricula your kids are done with. That’s money. You can sell used materials (not just books, but manipulatives, movies, DVDs, and CDs) on Amazon.com (they also take trade ins), Half.com, eBay, Abebooks.com, and Craigslist. Your local homeschool community may also have a curricula trade or sale board (mine just set one up on Facebook, and we also have a trade during the end of year co-op Knowledge Fair).
  6. Sell your time or skills. Everyone is good at something. I write, so I have a homeschool blog where I have affiliate links. Those links bring the reader to companies I like. When the reader buys something from that company, I get a tiny portion of the sale. It doesn’t add up to much, but every little bit helps. I also do nail art. Friends “hire” me for birthday parties or before big events to do their nails. Again, it is not a lot of money, but it is a little, and it is also fun. If you sew, knit, crochet, make jewelry, or do any kind of craft, you can set up a store on StoreEnvy or Etsy or Ebay and supplement your income that way. Some homeschooling families start businesses where each member of the family works, such as Great Products (they have the BEST homeschool tee shirts and toys ever!)
  7. Make what you need, or find it free. The internet abounds with free resources for homeschoolers. EasyPeasy All in One Homeschool provides an entire homeschool education for free. You can find word search or crossword generators, coloring pages to print, and literature reviews everywhere. An entire math education from addition to theoretical physics can be found on Khan Academy. A course in American Literature doesn’t need to come from a set textbook…just go to the library and check out the classics! After your child has read it, have him or her write a book report, put on a play, make a video, or just tell you about it.  Foreign language can be learned with free online resources like DuoLingo.com.
  8. Use your library and museums. Our library has resources for schools including huge Rubbermades full of materials on different topics (such as weather or “life in a log”). They also have free or cheap activities for all ages. We have several museums in the area that all offer educational activities, from the art museum that has free Drop In Wednesdays (each week focuses on a different work in the library and then the kids try to recreate the style) to the World Children’s Museum that offers activities based on different world cultures (right now is Chinese New Year).
  9. Find a co-op. Large, organized co-ops aren’t cheap…for this last year, we paid over $200 altogether for the children’s courses, not counting the cost of texts. However, it is much less expensive than my teaching those courses myself! I don’t have the materials or skill to teach anatomy, music, Crime Scene Investigation, etc… You have to balance how much it would cost you to buy everything you’d need to teach a course verses how much it costs to do it at co-op. And please factor in your desire (or lack thereof) to teach the course in question. I mean…I am not teaching blood splatters. Period. If there isn’t an organized co-op in your area or they don’t offer what you need, consider coordinating with some other families to exchange skills. I’m particularly good at math, so next year at co-op I am teaching Business Math. Another mother is the music ministry coordinator at her church, so she teaches music. I would be willing to guess that, within your group of friends, you will find a wide variety of skills and abilities.
  10. Just say no. If a course or subject is not necessary for your child to learn, and it is too expensive or difficult for you to manage for them, just say no. Many, many families stretch their wallets to the breaking point to fulfill every interest of their children. This is especially true with “extracurriculars” (which aren’t really so for homeschoolers, but I hope you get what I mean!) You just can’t do everything, and your child’s education will not suffer if they don’t study pottery, Ancient Roman architecture, or four different foreign languages. Or, find another way to do it – have them do an independent study instead of taking a course, or for older kids, have them earn the money for the lessons they want.

Homeschooling is not easy and it is not cheap. It is a lifestyle and more than a full time…but one you have to pay to do! Just like in every other area of life, however, there are ways to save money while still achieving a high quality result.

Kathy LaPan is a homeschooling mom of two in Northern NY. She has an MBA in finance and teaches through SchoolHouseTeachers.com. Check out her blog at Simply Homeschool Living.

Organization by Balancing Life

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The key to my organization strategy is to create balance in whatever I do: homeschool; employment; house work, etc.  Often I find myself making a bigger mess, before I get to the point where I am at peace with whatever I’m attempting to organize.  Does that happen to you too?  I can’t imagine that I’m the only one.  Is my home spotless?  No.  Is everything just right?  Probably not nearly so.  Am I all right with this?  Absolutely!

Home School Organization

My son is in his High School years, so I find that my method of tracking his progress very straightforward.  I organize his schedule in a Word document, write the daily lessons on his white board, and use an Excel spreadsheet I created for recording graded material.  I split up each quarter by subject. I then have a master Excel spreadsheet that I found a Microsoft Office Template for, called Grade Tracker.  Grade Tracker compiles the data from the subject spreadsheets and figures out grade point average (GPA), credit hours, and assigns letter grades, so we will have a High School Transcript ready for when my son begins applying to Colleges.

For any paper schoolwork completed, I simply sort it by date and subject, use my 3-hole punch, and file the material in a binder by school year.  In this same binder is the copy of the letter I submitted to the School System to home school my son, as well as, the letter of approval the School System sent to me.  Documentation is helpful if ever there is a question on what was done when, so I record everything!

You really can organize your home school on a budget.  I had a friend refer me to Transcript Pro and another friend say, take the reins yourself because you can be so much more creative and really personalize their transcript.  I have the time, I like to save money where I can, so I went for the Do-It-Yourself approach.  The choice is yours as you have to find the right balance for your homeschooling or unschooling style.

Work Organization

In addition to homeschooling my son, I also work part-time for a local credit union on their telecommuting team.  I am not anti-social, I promise!  I am only required to go on-site once a month and I have a fixed schedule that works perfectly with my son’s education.  My husband was kind enough to support me in working part-time hours so I could be more available for my son beginning when he was in public elementary school.  I’m sure many moms do it in reverse, work part-time or not at all outside the home when their children are young and return to full-time jobs after their kids go to school, but for our family the reverse was the perfect balance as I reduced my schedule over time from a 40 hour work week, to a Management position, then 30 hours, and now an average of only 23 hours per week.

Household Organization

This is an area where I make the big mess.  For example, I just tore apart my entire pantry two days ago, just so I had somewhere to store our endless stack of egg crates.  I do not refuse free egg crates.  I am not a hoarder (ha ha)!  We have chickens, they lay eggs, sometimes way more than we can eat, and I’m not paying $0.39 each at the store for something to simply contain eggs neatly until they are used.  Plus if I get the plastic crates, I cut the trays and use them for paint cups!  I love reusing things with good purpose.  We even have a spaghetti jar repurposed into my son’s favorite milk cup.  No crying if or when that glass breaks.

My son’s bedroom was the typical teenage boy’s room disaster until a few months ago.  It had gotten beyond him in knowing how to dig out, so I decided it was time for an intervention.  I had to make the mess way bigger by making piles and moving piles, deciding what was trash, what he was saving, and what was to be donated.  Two months later, it is still nearly as we finished.  We took a minimalistic approach and he gained a lot of space in his fairly small bedroom and we had the talk about “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  He’s too old for the Barney the Dinosaur’s “Clean Up” song now, but I used to love that when he was younger.

I don’t have a schedule for cleaning like all the best organizers do.  If the laundry baskets are full, I do laundry.  If dishes are dirty in the sink, and the piles bug me, I wash dishes (I like to leave this to hubby as I really don’t like doing silverware, but I’ve been good lately).  I don’t vacuum or dust every day, I just don’t find it a priority or maybe I like to see that there is an accumulation before I’m jolted into action.  We play a lot, so putting off some household chores is fine with me.  I actually should have gone grocery shopping today as we are down to two clementines and one banana, but my son wanted a field trip today.  So what did I do?  I took my son and his friend to a nearby Historical Museum for something fun and different.  It was time well spent and the grocery store will be there tomorrow.

Melissa ReadMelissa is in her first year of homeschooling her teenaged son, while working part-time.  She enjoys the simple life, but her husband is a super techie.  It’s an interesting balance as Melissa strives to learn more homesteading skills, while her husband is playing the latest Xbox game.  Find Melissa’s Facebook page:  Minor in Homeschool.

Embracing the Teen Years

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First steps, first words, first birthday . . .

We celebrate these milestones and look forward to them from the day our children are born. The teen years seem so far away, but they arrive before we know it.

Many homeschool parents look upon the teen years with dread. They worry about how they’ll teach more difficult subjects, how hard it will be to keep track of grades, and [gulp] Driver’s Ed. Unfortunately, some parents believe that they cannot even continue to homeschool the teen years: What if my teen is weird and unsocialized for life?

I’d like to reassure you that:

1. You can teach more difficult subjects. When my oldest was in kindergarten, I began having the inklings of doubt for his high school years. Algebra and upper level science scared me to death. A funny thing happened, though. As my son grew older, he also grew to become more independent. I don’t have to do the algebra and science; HE does. I am here to help him, and I coach him and facilitate lessons, but the real work is up to him. And, thankfully, there are plenty of wonderful homeschool materials out there that make these subjects not only doable, but interesting and even fun.

Some math curriculum is computer based, with a virtual teacher to lead the student through the lessons (DIVE CDs for Saxon and Teaching Textbooks). Dr. Wile’s Apologia science texts are written to the student, so I really only have to help by gathering materials for experiments and discussing the study guide questions with my son. The reading is up to him.

Spanish is pretty much self-taught using a computer based program as well. And, supplementary CDs are benefitting the entire family as we listen to them in the car and all learn new vocabulary. (Rosetta Stone and Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day).

History is similarly written to the student, so he does the reading, and I follow the prompts in the teacher’s guide for discussions (Sonlight, TruthQuest, Beautiful Feet). We’ve learned that there are tons of “helps” out there if we need them, such as supplementary notebooking materials, study aids, and tutors. (Donna Young’s free science printables, Harmony Arts free notebooking pages, and Khan Academy’s free tutorials).

However, even though my son is working more independently, I am finding that I am actually enjoying learning many things alongside him. I didn’t enjoy some subjects very much when I was in school, but I am discovering that homeschooling is producing a love for learning in me as well as in my kids. Don’t forget to sit down with your teen and learn alongside him! It will benefit you both.

2. You can keep track of grades. The only thing I do differently for middle and high school grading is to switch over to a system for letter grades instead of the Satisfactory/Needs Improvement/Unsatisfactory elementary grading system. There are many free resources to help you figure out how to do this, but don’t over think it too much. Establish a grading scale in the beginning (see your state’s department of education website for requirements in your state), and use the numerical grade on the progress report and report card. Include the letter grade alongside it if you’d like, but the numerical grade is what you will use to calculate GPA and class rankings.

3. Driver’s Ed is scary, but inevitable, so you might as well face your fears. When your teen is ready to drive, start out slow – baby steps! It isn’t easy to sit in the passenger seat, and I am still learning to trust my teen. I asked our insurance company to send us free materials for teen drivers. They sent us a booklet with mini-lessons based on driving scenarios and a DVD with tips and safety measures, along with warnings about driver distractions. There is also a pledge my son signed before getting behind the wheel the first time, promising never to text and drive, etc. (Some driving schools even offer discounts to homeschool families.)

4. Teens are weird anyway. They are goofy and gangly and want to stay up all night and sleep all day. Their rooms are disaster zones, and they eat everything in sight. They can be moody, stubborn, and too silent at times.

But, they are also delightful.

You will discover how fun it is to listen to their opinions on things, to get to know them as emerging adults, and to just hang out with them. Their independence gives you more room to trust them with greater responsibilities, which is an enormous help with household tasks, caring for younger siblings, and running errands.

Just remember that they are still children, and they still need your guidance, your time, and your love and affection. They never get to old for these!

 

Anne CampbellAnne Campbell is the mother to three boys (in every sense of the word!) and a homeschooler for the past eleven years. She is the Managing Editor of Blog at Home Educating Family Association, columnist for Home Educating Family Magazine, and member of the Home Educating Family review team. As a former classroom teacher, she loves to share resources and ideas and encourage other moms and homeschoolers. When they started on their homeschooling  journey, her oldest son was in kindergarten. They decided to take it one day at a time, one year at a time, and now she has a high school student, middle school student, and elementary student, and all still at home. They fly by the seats of their pants most days, spending as much time as possible exploring nature, and seizing learning opportunities whenever they appear. You can visit her at her blog Learning Table. You can also find Anne on Bloglovin’FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Free Ebook to Help Make Your Kids Confident Writers + Freebies Giveaways Link Up


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Homeschool Moms Giveaways & Freebies Linky Party – Week 14

Welcome to Week 14 of the Giveaways & Freebies Linky party!  We’ve been having so much fun these last few weeks with some amazing giveaways!  Thank you to all of the sponsors so far! and Thank YOU for showing up and participating in the giveaways and freebies!

This Week’s Ebook Download is sponsored by Fortuigence

(this post contains affiliate links)

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Do you think that teaching writing to your kids is hard?  Apparently you’re not the only one!  (I know, I do, too!)

You give them an assignment…..

“Go write a short story”, you say.

They sit there, staring at the blank piece of paper.

Just start writing, you think to yourself.  But they’re stumped.  They’re overwhelmed……

Well, Fortuigence (who  also happens to be my absolute favorite way for my older children to learn writing) has written an ebook on the subject.  It’s called:

End Blank Page Terror Forever:  24 Pre-Writing Tools and Guidebook to Organize Content, Take Notes with Ease and Make Your Kids Confident Writers!

Sounds awesome doesn’t it?

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Access and download this FREE workbook that shows you how to bypass the blank page. End Blank Page Terror Forever! 24 Pre-Writing Tools and Guidebook to Organize Content, Take Notes with Ease and Make Your Kids Confident Writers does just that.

Not only does this workbook give you an assortment of 24 pre-writing activities, but there’s a guided explanation of when and how to use each and every one of them. All in all, these pre-writing activities — using teaching tools called graphic organizers — along with the guide will show you and your kids how to:

  • Break up the start of a writing project into small, easy-to-manage pieces,
  • Brainstorm ideas,
  • Organize content,
  • Take notes from a text,
  • Avoid a negative attitude toward writing, and
  • Build your kids’ confidence in their ability to write well!

Fortuigence’s goal is to help kids become better writers.

While they have a number of online courses available for middle and high school students, they want to support all parents to help their kids become confident writers. In this workbook, they share the writing tools they use with students in our their online writing courses. They especially want to support homeschooling families, because teaching every subject to kids at different grade levels is a gigantic amount of work!

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free writing course If you are interested in learning more about teaching writing, be sure to sign up for Fortuigence’s free course for parents called  ”Top Teach: 7 Steps to Gain the Confidence, the Know How and an Easy to Follow Framework to Ensure Your Child Learns to Write Well at Home“.  

 

If you’d like more information about Essay Rock Star (one of Fortuigence’s writing courses available for purchase), be sure to check out their site by clicking on the picture below.  There you will learn how the course works, screen shots of actual communication between the teacher and student, You Tube videos and more!

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Other Giveaways & Freebies

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Homeschool Movement With Easter Eggs

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Here in the state of Washington it rains ALL the time. It is only sunny about 90-100 days out of the year and it can be quite depressing. As a homeschool mom, we want our kids to keep active and busy, but if your kids are like mine, they get bored with the same old activities. Recently I got a package of plastic Easter Eggs to use as a Math activity with my youngest.  After we completed the activity, he wanted more time playing with the eggs. On a whim I came up with some activities and they loved it!!!

Homeschool Activities Using Easter Eggs

The first activity they did was balancing an egg on a kitchen spoon.  Here are some things that we did:

  • Walk from the living room to the kitchen with the eggs without them dropping to the floor
  • Walk backwards from the living room to the kitchen
  • Walk forward two steps, turn and walk backward two steps and repeat

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They enjoyed this new activity and did so well with it that I decided to turn it up a notch.  Here are some other things we did:

  • Balance the egg on a spoon and hop through the house (this did cause many “broken” eggs – good thing they were plastic:)
  • Crawled on the floor while balancing the eggs under their chin
  • Scooted all over the floor on their backs with their feet straight up and the egg balancing on their feet. This was quite hilarious! :)

We had a great time and really enjoyed it! This was just one idea of how to beat the rainy day blues. What are some of the ways you beat the blues or keep your kids entertained on rainy days, or snowed-in days for that matter?  I would love to hear from you!!!

In Christ,

Laura

 

Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging atwww.raisingsoldiers4christ.com on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Soldiers-4-Christ/320756691285805, on Pinterest atwww.pinterest.com/RS4Christ and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com./RS4Christ.

FREEbie: Easter Cross Luminary

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My boys absolutely love craft time, and the holidays are always the perfect “excuse” for a new craft! With Easter right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to create a homemade Easter Cross Luminary.

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Books are an integral part of our educational journey, so anytime we embark on a holiday-themed craft, I always try to find great books to accompany the fun. Here are some of our favorite Easter books:

  • The Legend of the Three Trees by Catherine McCafferty – This is perhaps one of my favorite children’s books of all time. There are several versions of this story available, but I personally prefer this one by Catherine McCafferty. In this beautifully illustrated book is the story of three trees with big dreams. When the woodcutters come to chop them down, they fear their dreams won’t be realized. Instead, they learn that God’s plan is always bigger and perfect!
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Mike Berenstain – I’ve always been a fan of The Berenstain Bears, both the books and TV show. The wholesome stories share valuable life lessons that are relatable for kids. In The Berestain Bears and the Easter Story, Papa and the cubs are lured by the commercialism of Easter. But Mama is there to remind them of the true reason for the holiday and why we celebrate it.
  • The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg VandenBosch – One of our all-time favorite Christmas books is The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered she had another book for the Easter holiday, The Legend of the Easter Egg! This treasure of a book includes gorgeous illustrations and brings a new perspective on the meaning of Easter eggs as an example of the miracle of Easter.
  • Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco – We first discovered author Patricia Polacco when our K-3 Book Club read The Bee Tree together and have been a fan ever since. In this uniquely illustrated book, we learn lessons about love and kindness, along with the beautiful tradition of Ukrainian-style Easter eggs.

Easter Recommended Book List

After enjoying these fabulous Easter books, we had fun making Easter Cross Luminaries! This is a craft that is simple, inexpensive and fun for the whole family. For a supplies list, instructions, and Easter Cross templates, download our Easter Cross Decoupage Luminary FREEbie today!

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Kat ReaderKat is the proud mama to 3 incredible boys. Her family began their homeschooling journey in 2006 when her oldest was in 2nd grade, and the twins were barely 6 months old. She’s passionate about researching resources and activities that allow her children to use all of their senses and learning styles, which she shares at World of Learning. In her “spare time”, she’s a Virtual Assistant, creating printables, logos, business cards and more, and providing editing services.  Connect with Kat on FacebookTwitterPinterest andGoogle +.