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!!

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.)

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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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Having Fun With Bubbles

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We have had a busy week! Between playing outside and having fires, playing with sparklers and hanging out with daddy, we needed something calm to do today. There wasn't much, but my kids love bubbles! Big Kid is having a hard time figuring out what he can do with them. I read somewhere (sorry, I don't remember where but probably Pintrest) about sword fighting with bubbles. What boy wouldn't have fun with fighting bubbles? Well my boys LOVED it!!

Take two boys who love Star Wars, and a mom who doesn't like them fighting light sabers and hurting each other, put those together and you have to figure something out. I decided that the bubbles were the enemies (I don't do Star Wars so I don't know who the enemy is) and the boys went to town trying to destroy them! Not only do they use their imaginations, but they get in the physical exercise and mom doesn't have to do too much, a bonus!!

Little Miss wanted something to do with bubbles too. She is a mini Star Wars fan, but I thought of something different for her. She was bored with her typical bath time tonight. So what does this mommy do? Yep, I pull out the bubbles!! I had just as much as she did!! Blowing bubbles into a bathtub is so interesting. They bounce off the water! And when she was able to catch them, she was able to hold them. 

Bubbles are so fun! They are wonderful for every age. What are some of the fun ways you use bubbles with your kids?

 

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Planning the New School Year

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So, here I sit. I am busy planning and thinking and planning some more. I am planning the lesson plans for the fall. I am going to have a 7th grader, a Kindergartner and a Tot-schooler! Where have those years gone?!?!

 

For Big Kid, we are going to do more living books this year. He loves to read and loves history, so I want to build on that! We are going to work on Singapore Math, and master those pesky math facts that keep tricking him! He wants to learn cursive! Public school thought it would be too hard at the time the rest of the kids were learning it, and never followed through to see if he wanted to learn later. So now we are! He is also going to work on learning computer programing, something he is excited about!

 

Ray Ray is going into Kindergarten!! My "baby" isn't a baby anymore! We are focusing on his handwriting this year!! We are using a combination of Erica's K4 program from Confessionsofahomeschooler.com and some from Carisa's Raising Rockstars Kindergarten program over at 1+1+1=1. We are also doing A reason for Handwriting and Singapore Earlybird Math. 

 

Little Miss will be doing some Before Five in a Row and learning what the letters and numbers look and sound like. Not too much, but enough to do something like her big brothers.

 

But today it is time to play outside and maybe learn something about art…maybe 🙂

 

 

 

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Time4Writing Midcourse Review

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I can't believe we are at the four week mark in our Time4Writing experience! Big Kid is enjoying to a degree…but he is a struggling writer and I am making him do this over the summer vacation, so I can see where that is coming from.

 

I sat down with Big Kid and we talked about what we did and didn't like about this program. Here is what we have come up with so far.

Pros

  • The set up is easy to understand. Once we watched the introduction video, we both knew what we needed to do to check everything out.
  • The assignment directions are just as easy to understand.
  • Even thought the directions are easy, the assignments themselves are challenging to the right degree. They are not too hard, and not super easy either.
  • The teacher was very friendly and helped Big Kid when he would turn in assignments without me knowing.
  • The emails are sent to my inbox, so I am able to keep an eye on when he should be moving on to the next section or if he needs more practice.
  • The lessons don't take too much time. I really appreciate this since we signed up for our course over the summer months. It doesn't take Big Kid that long at all if he actually focuses on it and if I have him do it before he gets involved in something else for the day.

Cons

  • To log out, Big Kid is constantly searching for the button. I have to keep reminding him where it is because it is too small and doesn't really stand out.
  • The price for this program is $99 for an eight week course. This isn't really an outrageous price, but for those on a tight budget, this is a price that is hard to find room for sometimes.

 

As you can tell, at this point in our course both Big Kid and I really have more pros than cons when it comes to this program. I am looking forward to see how the second half of this course works for us! I will let you know how we do when we finish. Keep an eye out for my post in about 4 weeks!

 

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this 8-week course from Time4Writing.com for free in return for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Weekly Wrap Up

 

 

Another week gone by. Where did it go? I really don't know some days! This week was the first week of summer vacation for the public school kids. For my kids that meant they had company this week. For mommy that meant getting up 2 hours earlier than I have in the last six months!

 

Monday

We all had a wonderful time on Monday since that was the first day our friends were here. We did some reading and Big Kid continued his reading catch-up so we are ready to go in the fall on our new curriculum.

 

Tuesday

This is when our rainy weather started…we didn't have a spring this year, but I think maybe it is now here! If it hasn't been raining it has been cloudy and cold! This has made it a little difficult for the kids to wear off their energy, so we are finding new things to do. I didn't realize how much paper and markers could offer when presented at time of boredom!!

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Wednesday

We decided it would be fun to learn a little about Bald Eagles today. It was fun to do a little something "school wise", but still have fun doing it! We had some pages printed up from NotebookingPages.com and I found a few websites that showed us pictures, facts and even the sound of an eagle. We have a "few" statues around the house, so it was easy for us to find something to copy the colors with.

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Thursday

Another day, and more rain…at this point the kids were ready to hurt someone! This is the point where arguments happen on a regular basis. And for some reason they were between siblings and not amongst everyone…except for one 🙂

 

Friday

Now today we are hoping for some relief! It is not raining, so even with these dreadful clouds I am going to be ready to go and run in the backyard for a while after lunch. I just hope it's not too muddy. Big Kid has his weekly job of cutting grandma's yard. This is another thing that has been put off due to the fact that it has been just plain too wet! We plan to go there this afternoon and get that done. We are also expecting daddy to come home for the weekend! It will be so fun and hopefully the weather will cooperate so that we can get out and do something together! Mommy and daddy have a few ideas that the kids don't know about, just have to see what happens weather wise first!

 

I hope that you all have had a fun filled week! I look forward to another week ahead and have been thankful for the week I have had!

 

 

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Cloudy Days

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So, it is Tuesday…it is cloudy and ready to rain. We just had a rainy weekend and I have kids who are going to want to play outside, but this is the day we have, so I am thankful!

 

We are in our first week of "summer vacation". I think that is more for the kids than for mommy. I still have the same things to do, and more with plans for next years homeschool schedule. I honestly think I have everything I need to actually plan it all out! Now just to do it!

 

We have some fun planned for the summer of course. I have two extra kids every other week to start. My three love these two and it is a special treat for them to have their friends here to play with. We plan to do some basic school over the summer months, with lots of reading involved…who doesn't love to read? And we do have our family vacation planned. It will be so fun to go and relax together! We also have our flat travelers here for a little while. We are having fun showing them what we do and where we live!

 

Today I look forward to some good, old fashioned cleaning! Since it will be unlikely that we are able to actually get outside, I am going to clean while the kids play. I really want to have my utility room clean so that I can store more and have less clutter else-where in the house! Also, tonight at 9/8C is the Philosophy Adventure twitter party (#PhilosophyAdventure). Since I have been part of the launch team, I am going to try my hand at participating in my first "twitter party". I hope that I have fun…I know reading this program has already been fun! I hope you will join me there and we can learn together!!

 

Now, I am off…time to wake the kids up and have a fun day!!

 

 

 

 

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Another Week Gone By

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In my life this week… Little Miss turned 2 this week!! She is my “baby” and I am just not ready for her to be so big yet.

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(I know, her hair is messy. She just woke up and had to open presents)


In our homeschool this week… This week, Big Kid started using Time4Writing and is loving hearing back from a “teacher” and not just from mom! I will be doing a mid-course review in a couple more weeks so pay attention.


Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We are going to hit up some city wide garage sales this weekend. I am hoping to find some good deals on clothes and extras for school. Than we are having everyone over here for Little Miss’ birthday party. It will warm and rainy that day…hopefully the house will be clean enough for the company 🙂


My favorite thing this week was… Being outside in my garden. I loved getting out there and just making it look “pretty” again!


My kiddos favorite thing this week was… Playing outside!! As kids, who could ask for more 🙂


Things I’m working on… I am working on planning out our summer school schedule and next years schedule. What a fun week for mom, but it is worth it!


I’m grateful for… The health of my children.


I’m praying for… All the children in the world who are not healthy. I don’t want to think about what other parents have to go through, and I know they all need some prayers, whoever and where ever they are!


A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…Birthday kisses from her brothers!

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I hope you all have a great week!!

The Top 10 Reasons I Like Summer

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Here in Minnesota we are finally getting into summer. I think we completely missed out on spring this year, going straight from winter (including snow storms in May) to summer…in the 80s and 90s today! I really like the summer weather a lot more and here are my top 10 reasons why!!

1. This may be a funny one, but I love a good old thunderstorm in the summer!! Just the washing away of the dirty makes that storm so much better!

2. I love cloud watching with the kids. Finding the different shapes and pictures in the sky is so much nicer when you’re in shorts and a t-shirt instead of snow gear. And it is fun to learn about the different clouds with the older ones!

3. I love having my windows open and having fresh air in the house. Nothing like it in the world!

4. I love sitting out in the sun! (I know, make sure to have the SPF and all the other fun stuff…but really sitting in the sun is awesome.)

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5. I love letting the kids sit in the sun too! Letting them soak up the vitamin D and having fun is what summer is all about!

6. I love being in my garden, either the flower garden or the vegetable garden. It is so nice to get your fingers dirty in the dirt. I love watching the seeds take root and grow into beautiful plants, kind of like raising kids if you think about it!

7. I love playing games with the kids outside!

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8. I love being able to fire up the grill and not needing the extra clothes to wear just to cook supper!

9. I love going for walks and bike rides. Being able to get out and see what is happening around us and seeing nature in action.

10. If you haven’t been able to tell, I love everything about being outside in the summer! There really is nothing better about it. I should consider a state where I can be outside all year, but I do love letting my kids have fun in the snow.

 

 Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings