Thursday, February 26, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

I haven't updated the blog as often as I like but we've been busy busy busy.

I will be gathering some good finds soon...I've recently got some good links - one on nutrition. So look for that post soon.

Today we are going to our co-op and will learn about Bread making and the science behind it. Since it's supposed to be relatively warm (in the 50s) so after the co-op we'll probably take advantage of the weather and play at the playground.

My daughter will be participating in the Library's Reader's Theater this weekend and we have Girl Scout Cookie Booths this Sunday.

Monday our Roots & Shoots group meets at the zoo....that's a whole day trip.

Most recently I've been concentrating on finding our missing Granddaughter and making some important connections in that area.

Currently I'm reading The Serial Killer's Apprentice (about unsolved crimes in Cleveland) - very fascinating. Check out the author's blog: He has recently featured our Granddaughter.

I'm also just getting started with my own travel agency. I'll post all about that once it's up and running.

So as I said.....busy busy busy.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Homeschool Freebie of the Day

I wanted to share with you a wonderful site that shares free stuff
every day with you....just go to their site and sign up for their
newsletter. Each week in your e-mail your get wonderful stuff like
I've shown below. You can get all of these on their respective days
by signing up at:

First, here's a rundown of the cool stuff we've got coming your way
this week:


Monday, Feb 16th:
Great President's Day Resource Links! (links)

Want to make the most of President's Day? Check out these
Lesson Plans, virtual tours, poetry & the actual papers
of presidents Washington & Lincoln!

Tuesday, Feb 17th:
A Chinese Wonder Book (PDF ebook)

This fascinating collection of Chinese stories and legends,
edited by Maggie Hogan of Bright Ideas Press, is a great
literature-based introduction to the rich history and
culture of China. Includes a read-aloud guide.

Wednesday, Feb 18th:
"Harriet Tubman & the Railway to Freedom" (MP3 audio)

A classic old time radio dramatization of the story of
Harriet Tubman and the activities of
the "underground railroad" during slave years.

Thursday, Feb 19th:
Blessed Is The Man: High School Unit Study Sampler (PDF ebook)

"Blessed is the Man" is a wonderful High School Unit Study
geared to Christian young men, and based on Psalm 1.
Today's resource is this extensive 74 page preview
of the complete four year curriculum - normally $10 on the
publisher's website - but yours to download today!
If you have growing boys in your household, DON'T MISS THIS!

Friday, Feb 20th:
Creatively Simple: How to Make Butter in the Blender (PDF ebook)

Learning to make butter is something everyone should do at least

This simple ebook by Penny Raine can teach you how, using items you
probably already have in your kitchen. Detailed instructions and lots
of pictures.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Great Backyard Bird Count

My family will be participating this year in this awesome project. Below is a description from their website:

"The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds."

Please join us in this wonderful event.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Teaching boys housework

The following post was discussed on another board.....

"Does anyone incorporate, for the girls, crocheting, knitting,
learning to use the washer/dishwasher etc.? and the same for the
boys, more in the 'boys' things?"

I shared the following response:

I just had to share this....

To give you some perspective on this story - my dad would have been 74 yrs old now.

My grandparents taught him to sew, cook, do his own laundry and expected him to do it. He lived at home until he was 29 and after he graduated high school had to pay his parents rent to live in their home. He also had to continue to help around the house including doing his own laundry.

I remember my dad repairing work clothes as we were growing up....sewing on buttons by hand and using the old pedal driven sewing machine to hem up his jeans (since my mother's machine didn't like the heavy denim).

My parents divorced - my dad started doing his own laundrey (again) and cooking his own food. He also shared with me family recipes his grandmother baked with him...we stayed up to midnight one time making a fried dough with powdered sugar he called Angel Wings.

Even my grandfather did laundry when my grandma got sick. He taught me to bake... bohemian bread, dumplings, etc. He helped my grandmother with the canning and gardening.

So...teaching and sharing housework not only teaches self sufficiency - for me it has become a treasured memory of people I love.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Off to school - for Mom that is.

This post is more a family update than a homeschool post but I hope you don't mind my indulgence....although thinking outside the box again I guess it was a homeschool'll see what I mean.

After much discussion and getting the support of my dear hubby - I've decided to return to school to finish my degree. Now that being said - you are probably wondering what I'll be majoring in - bear with me I'll get to it. I have so many interests - it has been hard to narrow down to one degree that would be a good fit for me and my family's lifestyle. So after meeting with the admissions representative and going through my jobs, what I've enjoyed doing, what I'd like to do and what is important in a job for me -we narrowed things down for me.

I decided on Medical Administrative Assistant. I worked in Medical A/R for 5 years and really enjoyed it...with my recent secretarial and office positions I just need to update my skills to help me get back into the field. After I'm done I can take the CMRS certification exam. I'll learn Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Billing, Coding, & Transcription and the last semester I actually do an internship.
I'll be attending Bryant & Stratton College.

So yesterday and today I met with my admissions representative and financial aid, and took an entrance exam. All with two wonderful little girls that behaved, read, colored and worked on some fun worksheets I printed out. They got to see first hand the college admissions process and even went on a mini-tour of the campus. Pretty neat to be in 2nd & 4th grade and visit a college campus.