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School’s Out! Or Is It?

June 8, 2012

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Because we homeschool, we don’t technically have “summer vacation.” I like the consistent schedule and I do not like having idle children, so I’ve always assigned work for the kids, in some shape or form, throughout the year. As they have gotten older, however, I allow them to explore their own academic exploits. One son, […]

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Online Tutoring

January 13, 2012

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Whether you homeschool or your child is in government school or parochial school, every kid needs one-on-one help. No textbook can provide everything the child needs, and neither can a teacher and blackboard in a room of 20+ kids. I was one of those children who would have benefited greatly from tutoring. I never got […]

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Chinese as a Second Language

May 18, 2011

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My kids, for some reason, are nuts about the Far East: China, Japan, etc. I never had much interest, really, until they got into it. I think they expressed interest after reading some stories about some of the marvelous missionaries who went to these countries, like Gladys Aylward from England and Eric Liddell. Gladys Aylward’s […]

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Kidzmet: Banishing Cookie Cutter Tutoring

April 5, 2011

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kidzmet for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. This is an extremely interesting organization: Kidzmet. You all know how I rail and rant about “cookie cutter” public schools. I attended several of these kinds of schools, and was never happy in them. Typical schools […]

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Thank you, Josephine Cochrane

March 31, 2011


I had to write an article about dishwashers recently, and did a little digging into the invention. A woman named Josephine Cochran invented it, in 1886! Our dishwasher is our favorite kitchen appliance. I have never owned one before I made room for it in our kitchen renovation in 2010. We LOVE our dishwasher! Before […]

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This is For All the Grammar Nazis

March 17, 2011

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I found this video on my friend Renee’s blog. The kids and I got a kick out of it, especially since we’re delving into English grammar for home lessons now. I caught an uncorrected mistake in this bright young man’s schpeel, though. Can you figure it out?

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Why High Schools Should Not Prepare Students For College

January 14, 2011


Short version: High schools should prepare students for LIFE. Not college. Long version: I have traditional ideas when it comes to education. That, and I haven’t seen a whole lot of educating going on since schools ditched the Classical Method in the 40’s and began experimenting with kooky social engineering methods. The Classical Method is […]

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More Than Just “Mom”

July 20, 2010

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ashworth College. All opinions are 100% mine. When you’re a young mom, you kinda get sucked into motherhood, BIG time. I know I did. It becomes your life; you’re entire identity becomes wrapped up in being “MOM.” It was fun for, like, six or […]

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Green Eggs And…

April 26, 2010


Dr. Seuss was right! There is such a thing as green eggs! And I think Sam I Am was nutso for liking them. Yicko. That, my dear reader, is a green egg. My son read about an experiment with vinegar and a raw egg, and wanted to try it. The experiment was about OSMOSIS. Can […]

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Project Potential: Make Someone Else a Winner!

April 22, 2010


This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Lunchables. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you seen this video? If you have not seen it, you should. It’s adorable! It’s going viral right now… these kids are just too cute! The video is part of the KRAFT Lunchable Team’s campaign, “Project Potential” […]

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