My First Homeschool Expo

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I have never been to a homeschool expo before. I have always wanted to go and learn more about what everyone has been talking about. Here is my problem…When is there one near me that I don't have to drive forever to and won't cost me an arm and a leg…My solution? The Old Schoolhouse Expo ONLINE!!!

 

I am feeling so blessed that as I cook supper and do all the other things required of me, I can listen to wonderful speakers and hear all their ideas! 

 

This online expo is happening RIGHT NOW!! And will continue all week! Tonight they even have Ray Comfort speaking! I can't wait to hear him!

 

Want to join in on the fun? Click over here, they just lowered the ticket prices, and join in me while learning some more about all these awesome ideas for our kids and ourselves!!

Family Time

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What are some of your favorite things to do as a family? 

We really enjoy many things, but a few of our favorite things include being outside. I am sitting outside right now in some gorgeous weather watching my kids play in a small set of woods….oh the imaginations of kids!

We enjoy shooting guns. We live in city limits, so we don't get to shoot as often as we like, but we do get some time in. Ray Ray got his first set of pellet guns for his birthday and he is in heaven…

We love having a campfire and s'mores.This is something we like to try to do this every weekend. It is our time with daddy after he is done with work.

Once a year we take a vacation to WI Dells. This is what we save our money up for. This is what the kids start counting down for as soon as Christmas is over.  I can't wait to write about that!!

Book Review ~ Son of a Superhero

Son of a Superhero Book Review

photo credit: JD Hancock via photopin cc

(Disclosure: I received this book for free in return for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions below are my own.)

 

A story of adventure and mystery, plus it is based on Christian faith…what a fun book!

 

Son of a Superhero: A Little Protection by Vaughn Ohlman is a good book about a young man, Seth, who finds out that his dad had some special powers and now he has them. After learning more about these powers, Seth now has to decide how to use them!

 

Big Kid and I were more than happy to read this book. It was a little slow to start for Big Kid, but as I read, I would tell him hints of what was happening. He would ask what happened next and I told him he had to read on to find out 😉 Mean mom, I know. But now we both are looking forward to continue on with the second book in the series, Son of a Superhero: A Friend in Need.

 

You can head over here if you are interested in reading about Seth and his adventures!

 

Ohlman does more than write Christian superhero books. He has been writing for 10 years and has some good selections for young adults. I love that they are Christian based and still have the adventure of many of the other books on the market. If you are looking for a good Christian book for your young adult go and check out the website here for all the different selections!

 

(Disclosure: I have links in my post that will lead you to a different website. I will NOT receive any affiliate benefits from you visiting those websites.)

Old Schoolhouse Expo Online – GIVEAWAY

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(This is a promotion post for The Schoolhouse Expo. I have been given a free ticket to the event to help promote it. For more information please see my disclosure tab above.)

I am a homeschooling mom who has never been to an expo. Why may you ask? Because there were not any near me when I decided to look and because I don't have the "time" to travel to an expo and find a babysitter for that whole time (daddy is a truck driver with an unexpected schedule most weeks). What is a mom like me to do? I am going to attend the online expo with The Old Schoolhouse! The nice part, if I can't sit in front of the computer the whole time each day (I have kids…I don't get that time until after they are asleep), I get a recording of the expo with the ticket!! Read more about what they have to say:

Get Ready! Get Set! No need to “go”! The Old Schoolhouse invites you to attend a week long Expo event from the comfort of your home! That’s right! No fuel costs, no travel involved, no need for a sitter, no waiting in lines! This Expo includes live presentations from some of the biggest names in homeschooling! All homeschoolers will benefit from the wealth of information and inspiration shared each day. Don’t have time to commit to an entire week? No problem! The Expo will be recorded and you will have access to any and all sessions that you miss. What a great way to jump start the school year! Mark it on your calendar and tell your family you will be attending your first Parent/Teacher conference of the year! Join us August 19-23 from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Eastern). For more information and to purchase your ticket, go to www.SchoolhouseExpo.com.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to a bunch of “big-name” homeschoolers all in one place? Just think how refreshing it would be to gain perspective through the eyes of the ones who have years of homeschooling experience and advice to share! The Old Schoolhouse is about to make this a reality! You are invited to join us for a week long Expo Extravaganza event August 19-23 from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM – all from the comfort of your home and through your favorite device. You’ll hear sessions from special guests including:

Ray Comfort

 

Carol Topp

Dean Butler

 

Adam Andrews

Todd Wilson

 

Andrew Pudewa

Jessica Hulcy

 

Ann Dunagan

Diana Waring

 

Christine Field

Dr. Jay Wile

 

David C. Gibbs III

Hal & Melanie Young

 

David Stelzl

Kim Kautzer

 

Davis Carman

Antony Kolenc

 

Evonne Mandella

Terri Johnson

 

Tyler Hogan

Andy Harris

 

Marie Rippel

Jennifer Courtney

 

Deborah Wuehler

Joaquin Fernandez

 

Heather Laurie

Malia Russell

 

and MORE!

 

Don’t wait! Seats are limited! Go to www.SchoolhouseExpo.com today and get signed up for an event that will leave you equipped, refreshed, encouraged, and ready to tackle a new school year.

I have one ticket to giveaway to one of you!! Go and enter here:

 

 

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Memories in a Can

Memories in a Can

It is a simple can of spaghetti and meatballs, but with that can come so many memories for me. 

This one little can reminds me of days at the cabin. Great Grandma would always have the pantry stocked full for the grandkids.

This little can reminds me of the date she would write on top of each one. We always knew when she went shopping because the date she bought it would be on top and her pantry was stocked like a grocery store, with the newest in the back.

This can reminds me of my cousin, Derek, and the times we would be together at the cabin. It was a good thing Grandma was always stocked up, because I don't know what we  would have done of there was only one can left!

I remember standing around the stove with Derek and sharing the stories of the week with each other as we cooked our lunch, or snack, because Grandma didn't have the quick microwave.

I still remember the laughing and fun that was had with these two angels over one simple can. I pull the can out to make the meal, or snack, for my kids and I am brought back to the memories. How I love those memories, even if they are from a simple can!

 

 

Philosophy Adventure Final Review and GIVEAWAY

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(I received a free copy of Philosophy Adventure in return for my honest review.)

 

 

"DO YOU NEED to teach advanced writing and speaking skills?

DO YOU WANT your students equipped to discern truth as ungodly messages bombard them?

DO YOU WONDER how to cover all they need academically as well as practically?

Philosophy Adventure may be your solution!"

 

 

I have had the pleasure of working with a fine group of ladies and gentlemen the last couple of months while we reviewed and discussed the launch of Philosophy Adventure from Home School Adventure. Since I am still "new" to homeschooling, I was glad to learn a lot of new things and interesting facts. I also loved learning about this wonderful program!! I have already told you about some of our wonderful experiences with this program, but I want to tell you what is new and what else I have learned.

 

Never did I think I would enjoy Philosophy as much as I have as I planned out Big Kid's use of Philosophy Adventure for this upcoming school year. We have had things going on throughout the summer, so we decided to start the actual program when we "start" school. I am beyond excited to be able to teach him something as wonderful as this!

 

Every student, no matter what they decide to do in their future will need to be able to write and speak in a professional manner. With the ways of the computer, we are less of the actual writing process…why should they, the computer will check it for them. I have seen it with my own son. With the Philosophy Adventure, I am not only going to be able to help my son (and the littles when it is their turn) learn how to think, write and speak in a way that he (they) will need to have if they want to succeed in life, and that is something I do want for them. Not only will my kids be learning about reading, writing and thinking, but I am able to add the foundation of history and the biblical worldview. 

 

This set comes with the student text, teacher manual and student workbook. I am in love with all three of these. I have the digital copy of them, so I can print them as we go, and the use of paper and ink are well worth it! First the actual text. This book is color coded for the activities! The three colors are for your write, think and speak so as you glance at the index you know what you are looking at. This made it wonderful for me as I was planning what to do and when. The lessons can be easily adapted for four or five day schedules. I personally like the five day for our family. The pictures and writing of this book make it very engaging and easy to understand. Even for someone who has never liked the whole "philosophy" idea (ahem…me!). 

 

The student work-text is perfect for Big Kid. He doesn't like just taking notes…he is learning how to find that important information in the text and move it over into notes. The questions make you think, but aren't that hard at the same time. They have an ongoing story writing project that gives the basics of what to write. The students will than build off of that as they learn about each philosopher.

 

The teacher guide is prettier than any other teacher guide I have seen. I love the "pretty" fonts and pictures. It adds more for me when it is like that and they are even in COLOR!! Everything is nicely laid out and it's very easy to see what to do. There is an added section to go with each lesson that has memory cards. I have heard of many ways to use these and I can't wait to try some out. Since I am learning with Big Kid, we may play a memory game to see who can collect the most cards (another reviewer had her kids do this and it sounded fun!).

 

Now that I have told you about this program, let me tell you in two words what I really feel about it: LOVE IT!! I am so thankful to Stacy and Home School Adventure Co. for taking their time and making such a wonderful product. I am beyond excited to use this when school starts for us. 

 

Here is my favorite part…I get to let you fabulous readers enter into a wonderful giveaway! Check this out:

Philosophy Adventure Giveaway

 

Head on over to this link and enter now!!  🙂

 

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I also have a few codes for you. Head over to Home School Adventures Co. to use these!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL-10 – will give you 10% off any print edition of their resources


BACK-TO-SCHOOL-25 – will give you 25% off any digital edition of their resources

But hurry, these expire on August 7th 2013!

 

 

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The Old Schoolhouse Expo and GIVEAWAY

(This is a promotion post for The Schoolhouse Expo. I have been given a free ticket to the event to help promote it. For more information please see my disclosure tab above.)

TOS Expo

Get Ready! Get Set! No need to “go”! The Old Schoolhouse invites you to attend a week long Expo event from the comfort of your home! That’s right! No fuel costs, no travel involved, no need for a sitter, no waiting in lines! This Expo includes live presentations from some of the biggest names in homeschooling! All homeschoolers will benefit from the wealth of information and inspiration shared each day. Don’t have time to commit to an entire week? No problem! The Expo will be recorded and you will have access to any and all sessions that you miss. What a great way to jump start the school year! Mark it on your calendar and tell your family you will be attending your first Parent/Teacher conference of the year! Join us August 19-23 from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Eastern). For more information and to purchase your ticket, go to www.SchoolhouseExpo.com.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to have access to a bunch of “big-name” homeschoolers all in one place? Just think how refreshing it would be to gain perspective through the eyes of the ones who have years of homeschooling experience and advice to share! The Old Schoolhouse is about to make this a reality! You are invited to join us for a week long Expo Extravaganza event August 19-23 from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM – all from the comfort of your home and through your favorite device. You’ll hear sessions from special guests including:

Ray Comfort

 

Carol Topp

Dean Butler

 

Adam Andrews

Todd Wilson

 

Andrew Pudewa

Jessica Hulcy

 

Ann Dunagan

Diana Waring

 

Christine Field

Dr. Jay Wile

 

David C. Gibbs III

Hal & Melanie Young

 

David Stelzl

Kim Kautzer

 

Davis Carman

Antony Kolenc

 

Evonne Mandella

Terri Johnson

 

Tyler Hogan

Andy Harris

 

Marie Rippel

Jennifer Courtney

 

Deborah Wuehler

Joaquin Fernandez

 

Heather Laurie

Malia Russell

 

and MORE!

 

Don’t wait! Seats are limited! Go to www.SchoolhouseExpo.com today and get signed up for an event that will leave you equipped, refreshed, encouraged, and ready to tackle a new school year.

 

I have the privledge to give away one ticket for free!! All you have to do is sign up below!!

 

 

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Family Field trip

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We went on a family field trip over the weekend. A short (hour drive) from our house, we found a nice little "farm" that allowed our kids to get up close and personal to many different animals. Ray Ray has this fascination with deer. We had gone out and looked for deer on our car ride home from picking up daddy at work, but that just wasn't enough for this kid. When he walked in the gates, I thought he was seeing Santa Clause! 

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These deer were so tame. They really didn't care what you did! It is not everyday that your kids can sit and watch out over the water with a deer. Each of the kids got a bag of food and got to feed the deer straight out of their hands. This was so special for each of them.

 

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Even Big Kid had a fun time sitting down and petting the deer. We had never been here before, and found new surprises around each corner as we walked. Not only were we able to feed the deer, but we got to feed goats, llamas, pigs, bunnies, ducks, horses and sheep! They also had an elk pair, a grizzly bear, bobcat, wolves and river otter. However, those that were more dangerous wer not able to be fed or touched like the deer and other animals. (This momma was glad!)

 

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Mommy and daddy had just as much fun as the kiddos! Little Miss kept wanting to feed the babies, but those were smart little deer and didn't let people get too close to them. They did have a sign saying that the fawns would "listen" well to their moms and stay away from strangers. That is good for them, and made for a good teaching moment about stranger danger!

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Until next time deer!!

 

Have you gone on a fun field trip like this? What was your favorite memory? 

Five Minute Friday: Broken

Five Minute Friday

 

Today I am taking part in Five Minute Friday. I am given the topic and write for five minutes. Here is my post for today:

 

Broken

I look across the floor and see broken toys, "But mom we can't get rid of that. That is my favorite!" Why do boys love broken toys so much? How do you get rid of broken toys? I don't want the kids mad, but I don't want broken toys…

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Broken toys are in the sandbox. "Mom, those are for our battle, we can't get rid of those!" Once again my boys won't let me get rid of anything broken!

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I am glad we have not had broken bones or anything like that! 

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Broken time alone…that is what this mommy deals with. Not even five minutes to "write" and my attention is needed. Off to make sure nothing more is broken!!