Home Schooling

Homeschooling Journal Entry 3: Buying Curriculum Off Ebay

July 10, 2013
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Homeschooling Journal Entry 3:  Buying Curriculum Off Ebay

Before each homeschooling year, I make a curriculum list for the coming year. With 10 children, I am a frugal homeschooling mom who tries to stretch my dollars when it comes to buying curriculum. Over the years, I have been stocking my bookshelves with books and curriculum that passes down from one child to the…

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Homeschooling Journal Entry 2: Great Expectations and Perfect Progress

May 30, 2013
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Homeschooling Journal Entry 2:  Great Expectations and Perfect Progress

The end of one school year has me already planning for the next.  I have great expectations for this coming school year!  …Not perfect expectations but adventurous expectations that I will consider a live experiment of sorts and hopefully remember to laugh when I feel like crying. As the end of our school year comes…

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Starting a Homeschooling Journal: Entry 1

May 24, 2013
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Starting a Homeschooling Journal:   Entry 1

I have been a homeschooling my children since the very beginning. I have been stretched and challenged in the past many years and have had to learn how to adapt our home education efforts and goals to accommodate our large family. Far from perfect– it is a imperfect work in progress. When I am tempted…

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Homeschool Moment – Cereal Connection?

May 11, 2012
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Homeschool Moment – Cereal Connection?

Homeschooling provides special moments I like to equate with the “perfect golf shot”.  It only takes one moment like this to make you come back for the next round.  During our dinner discussion tonight we were discussing the setup of our new solar powered device.  I was explaining to the family the difference between serial connections and parallel connections when…

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Avoiding Pre-Packaged Fast-Food Schooling

December 30, 2009
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We have been busily preparing our year end goals and accomplishments for a celebration party the last day of the year.  In preparation, the children (and adults) have been filling in our reading lists for the year as a guideline to keep us on track.   In some of my reading in my preparation for guiding the…

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Guernsey Giants

October 29, 2009
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Guernsey Giants

One of our boys read an article outloud to the family this morning about cow gestation and how to tell impending labor.  It was quite informational and much more interesting than an A Beka reader.  Then we went outside to check on her.  No baby yet, although, she is definitely showing signs.  We are anxiously awaiting. …

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Upcoming Fall Ramblings

September 17, 2009
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Ever feel like you fell off the wagon 3 miles back and have been running behind its dust trail trying to catch back up with it?  Or feel like the mound of laundry grows to monster size proportions in seconds and you’re under it? If you can’t multi-task in the midst of a sand storm…

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Working on Heart

August 19, 2009
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Working on Heart

We had just ended an exceptionally busy week, when my heart sank in thinking about all the things that didn’t get done.  The house being a wreck, the farm needing more attention than I could give it, the lack of meal planning and preparation, the backed up laundry pile..and pity me ,won’t you…I haven’t even started…

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The Guernsey Dairy

June 22, 2009
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The Guernsey Dairy

We do not have a mature dairy bull on our farm. We have been told by those more experienced than we, that dairy bulls are the most dangerous farm animal around.  We do however have a bunch of bull calves here on the farm awaiting to be banded.  Our 13 year old castrated one bull calf they…

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Homeschool Science Lessons from Junk Birds

May 28, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from Junk Birds

I am not quite sure how long the moniker “Junk Birds” has been around in our family.  Maybe after we dealt with bird mites invading our house one Spring.  I’m trying to forget that experience.  We don’t hate all birds.  We enjoy watching many kinds of birds.  My kids know how to identify a large amount of birds…hawks…vultures…and…

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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Salamander

May 26, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Salamander

About 9 years ago, I was brutally made aware that I live in a state with critters that I thought only lived in the zoo.  I remember going to the zoo as a child and visiting the aquarium and reptile houses.  They had this strange looking frog that looked like a blob of mud with eyes that always intrigued…

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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Frog

May 25, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Frog

The frogs and toads are out in full force.  Night time is a symphony of sound.  I love leaving the windows open and listening to the night sounds…that is until I am reminded we live on a farm with renegade roosters who know where my bedroom window is.  Our science lessons are all around us…outside. …

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Homeschool Science Lessons

May 25, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons

Stay tuned for more homeschooling outside the four walls of the house, homeschooling away from a school desk and homeschooling without workbooks. I have a series of posts about homeschool science lessons we have been learning over the past few weeks.  I plan on posting a handful of them this week….now that school is officially…

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Imparting Vision to Sons – Part 1 Introduction

December 30, 2008
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Imparting Vision to Sons – Part 1 Introduction

In a recent Homeschooling Today article I discussed the  importance of imparting a biblical vision for life to our sons as we train them to be family, church, and civic leaders in the next generation.  While this article is a quick skeleton of what I desired to write when I first sat down at the keyboard,…

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Moody Radio Interview

December 16, 2008
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Moody Radio Interview

Paul Butler recently contacted me about my article entitled Boys Will Be Men – Imparting Vision to Sons published in the November/December issue of Homeschooling Today. This particular article addresses the different spheres boys will pass through at different seasons of their life and how understanding this can aid us in training them to be…

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