Tuesday

Online Creative Writing Course for Homeschool Students



As promised in my previous post, I want to share about our experience using an online novel creative writing program for our family.

Last school year, our two oldest children had the opportunity to take an online creative writing novel class and it was such an amazing experience for both of them! While the process stretched them, I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. It was such a fun and satisfying experience for them to write and publish their own book. 

Sunday

Online Art Class Options for Homeschoolers

As a homeschool mom, I believe that one of my roles is to help our children discover they're own unique God-given talents and passions and to help nurture them. I love the flexibility that homeschooling provides because it allows us to address weaknesses in our children's education but to focus on their strengths. 

Two of our six children LOVE art. I mean, absolutely love it. While our one child is still young (6 years old) and it's still hard to tell yet where he's going with it, our daughter is 12 and it is quite evident that God has given her both talent AND a passion for it.



Carlee, age 11

For the past 3 years we have utilized Meg Navarro from Megapixels for online art classes for our family. (We've also used her for writing classes but I'll save that for another post.)

Friday

Habitat Schoolhouse Curriculum Review


One of the literature based mini-units I do with my kids is based around the book Blueberries for Sal. It is a timeless literary treasure and one that I have read to my children each year around August or September because that’s when blueberries are ready for picking in our area.   







In some years past we have gone to a blueberry farm about an hour away to pick our own blueberries. It’s fun to read the book on our way and to celebrate every “kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk” as we begin to fill our pails. Of course, there’s always a “little Sal” nearby to taste the berries to make sure they are good enough to eat. We arrive home tired from all the picking but happy with our bounty.

Thursday

Exposing My Fears



I've struggled with fear for as far back as I can remember. As I grew, my fears became more "rational" than my childhood fears and instead grew into fear of what others thought of me, fear of traveling, fear of something happening to my kids or to my husband, fear of something happening to me and even a fear of success (I used to think that was weird but I've since realized I'm not the only that has feared this).

Friday

Five Easy Tips For Holiday Energy Savings


Guest Writer Maggie Baker

The holidays are here, and along with all the family visits, good food, and extra cheer, the holiday season usually comes with a hefty energy bill. More people in the home means more usage of everything, plus decorations draining on electricity and burning through gas running errands around town. Not only is this excessive energy usage harmful to our environment, but also it will drain your wallet. Here are some easy tips to help you save energy (and money) while still enjoying the holiday season.


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