Good stuff and Giveaways

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post because I am suffering from Summer-induced Grammnesia. It’s a serious ailment, common to homeschool moms (and maybe any teacher), wherein your ability to find and detect grammatical errors has been temporarily debilitated due to the summer heat and sudden onset of freedom. Speaking of homeschooling, we are […]

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A Royal Room

Our boys love history.  I think it is all of their favorite subject.  We are taking our study of Medieval times to the next level this year.  Both of our big boys decided to forfeit birthday parties and gifts in order to get a sweet new room decor.  We are turning their tiny lair into […]

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Let them school with Star Wars…

Who says kids should only do narrations about things they don’t care a stitch about? My six year old did a great narration today in which he summarized Return of the Jedi.   (To see a narration of Episode 2: Attack of the Clones go to my son’s blog.  We are working our way towards narrating […]

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Now Presenting: The Hover Dart

As you may know sometimes I like bragging on my kids on this here website.  It’s a mother’s prerogative.  It’s the beauty of owning a blog.  It’s totally shameless.  And I’m about to do it again. Not too long ago we had some dear friends staying with us.  Among them were four boys.  Among those […]

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More Ideas…

Thanks for all of the great feedback and encouragement that you all left me in the comments section yesterday.  It gave me a real boost and confirmed for me that I was on the right track.  I loved some of the ideas that you all added as well! I just thought I’d go ahead and […]

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School!

  School started yesterday here.  You should have seen my 4 year old (almost 5) who is starting Kindergarten when I said, “Is everyone ready to start school?”  He almost did a back flip he was so excited.  Fortunately his excitement lasted all the way through two whole lessons before starting to fizzle out. Ha […]

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Croptastic!

I am sorry for all of the picture posts lately (that is if you don’t so much like seeing a bazillion pictures of the same things over and over… my kids, snow, my kids, snow, my kids, snow… etc…) but there’s just not a lot happening right now other than my kids and snow.  My […]

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Math Made Fun

What? We have to make it fun? Isn’t it fun all by itself? Unfortunately I never thought so. Hopefully my kids have a different perspective. We try to make it as fun as possible whenever we can. Over the last two days my oldest son and I have been working on a video that will […]

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I love Jane Austen

Really, she is quite probably, I believe, the most talented and witty author that ever put pen to paper. So far I have read Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Persuasion and part of Emma. Mansfield Park and Persuasion I have just read in the last fortnight. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) Last night I started Jane […]

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I just have to say this…

Nothing puts me to sleep faster than li-s-t-e-n-ing t-o a ch-i-l-d s-ou-n-d ou-t, n-0-t j-u-s-t e-v-e-r-y sy-ll-a-b-le of e-v-e-r-y w-o-rd, b-u-t al-m-o-s-t e-v-e-r-y l-e-tt-er, in a f-i-f-t-ee-n p-a-g (I mean p-a-g-e) ph-o-n-i-cs r-ea-d-er. I-t i-s v-er-y v-er-y p-ai-n-f-ul a-n-d y-e-t v-er-y s-oo-th-ing. P-u-t-s me t-o s-l-ee-p e-v-e-r-y t-i-m (I mean t-i-m-e). **sigh** Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….

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It's Back to School Day…

It’s nose to the grindstone day. It’s get back to “normal” day. It’s happy pleasant everyone loves each other day. It’s back to the joy and heart-pounding thrill of learning day. It’s pain and suffering because my brain hurts day. It’s thank God for some structure again day. And so what if I’m still in […]

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I tell ya…

If I didn’t already know how rewarding this was I would have a really hard time pressing on! My second son is just now beginning to learn to read. It is just barely beginning to take hold in his mind but he is still at the point where he will forget what the the letter […]

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Enter: Academic Competitiveness

My husband and I were finishing up our morning coffee after sending the boys upstairs to get dressed for church. The normal routine involves a couple of reminders, amidst the rumbling and ‘hootin’ and hollerin’ as my mother would say, to stay on task, get dressed… or else. We were discussing art classes for the […]

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A Presentation of the ABC's

My five year old and I worked together collecting a few pictures for each letter of the alphabet. I just wanted to share this as it feels to the child almost like they are creating their own Sesame Street spot. It beats flash cards anyways. Just thought it might be a fun idea for others […]

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And now, I proudly present you with….

A book report on The Swiss Family Robinson produced by my almost 7 year old son, with a little technical expertise from his mother. “B” read the book on his own, dictated the wording, chose the images and music (which unfortunately does not seem to be working) and came up with the page themes and […]

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Ahhh, a refreshing new feeling…

When I was in the midst of suffering with severe daily headaches and neck aches I went through a homeschooling depression. The joy had been sucked right out of it. My oldest child absorbed those feelings and began to dread it every bit as much as I did which in turn made it even more […]

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Family Educational Goals

In order to register my oldest son for homeschooling in our province I am required to present an educational plan for the year. The option of sharing “family goals” is present and I have chosen to complete it. Normally I would have just run this by the folks over at TWTM message board but it […]

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You know what's messed up?

Me of course. It is the end of June. The time when children become footloose and fancy free. The time of year when mothers freak out about the inordinate amount of time they will have to spend with their freedom feeling youngsters. The time of year when one begins to contemplate flip-flops, tans, endless hours […]

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Syllabus!

syl·la·bus Audio pronunciation of “syllabus” ( P ) Pronunciation Key (sl-bs)n. pl. syl·la·bus·es or syl·la·bi (-b) 1. An outline or a summary of the main points of a text, lecture, or course of study. 2. Law. A short statement preceding a report on an adjudged case and containing a summary of the court’s rulings on […]

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Curriculum time is coming!!

Today I received and promptly filled out my sons homeschooling registration papers. Here in our province we must register under an umbrella group (either a public school or a private school another authorized board of educators) in order to homeschool. It was exciting filling out the forms and beginning to think that though we have […]

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What time is it Mr. Wolf?

Time to get a digital watch!! I wonder how many times I will have to go through this lesson on telling time. I have been reminded by fellow home schoolers that it’s okay, it will come, he won’t be a failure (and neither will I) if he doesn’t have telling time down pat by the […]

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Remind me why I do this!

I just spent over an hour teaching someone who already knows how to tell time, how to tell time! He was supposed to draw “half past four” on the clock. He has understood the clock and gotten all “telling time” problems correct up to this point. If they had said, “Draw 4:30 on the clock” […]

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