Thursday, May 30, 2013

Father's Day Gifts to Make or have Made

Father's Day is coming up. Unfortunately, I sometimes think it gets overshadowed by the thrill of early summer.

First, let's make remembering it easy by somethings we can have made for dad.
I've had one of these done before. To get it for Father's Day, you need to order by June 1 for Standard Shipping, June 4 for Expedited Shipping, and June 6 for Priority Shipping. 
It was so easy to upload. The hardest part was deciding on the photo!

I'm actually thinking about getting this one. My hubby loves mugs. Guaranteed delivery by Father's Day if ordered by May 31. Shipping starts at $5.99. Use the code MYMUG. It's for new customers only.

Now, some Pinterest ideas.

 This site actually has several printable, easy to do gift ideas. I particularly like this "pop" one because it goes to show that it's POP not SODA!!!   ;-)
"Following in your footsteps" bookmarks. I would write that phrase and the child's name, age and the date on the back. So cute!
Hero Stones. Such a cool idea to keep around where dad can be reminded. 
Mija has started to learn how to crochet, but this is still beyond her at this point. I also like it because you don't seem to see filet crochet as much anymore.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

More than an Inconvenience and I'm Not a Perfect Mom

Betsy price
I was a guest blogger on Lorrie Flem's blog today. Her blog is Randy's Rib.
My article is More Than an Inconvenience

I also had an article on May 15 entitled I'm Not a Perfect Mom (and I'm glad about it)

Please check them out!

Wednesday Websites: Math, Music, Media, and More

I am way behind on Wednesday Websites, so I'm just sharing several different ones today.

Math Interactives--Puzzles, Games, and more--basic math facts to algebra, geometry, functions, etc.

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra--by Carnegie Hall, learn about the different instruments in the orchestra

Jumpstart--offers worksheets on a variety of subjects and some online games.

Open Culture--free media on the web. Movies, courses, textbooks, apps, and more.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I've been busy! Homeschool Subbing!

I've been hit and miss the past few weeks because I've been busy.

Some friends' baby came a month early and ended up needing intestinal surgery (she's doing much better but is still in the hospital recovering).

Needless to say, momma needs to be with the baby, so I watched the four other ones for a few days and finished home schooling the two older ones for the rest of the school year.
Two Blackfoot and one Crow
Signing "Girl loves friend"
It was a blessing to be able to help this way and gave all the homeschool girls a chance to see how the other half does it.

  • First grade vs. Third grade
  • Several vs. One
  • Set curriculum vs. Eclectic/Classical
  • Traditional vs. Flexible
It all worked out fine. I dusted off some of my multi-grade teaching skills from when I was in the classroom and adapted them for our situation.

We had a really "hard" day the last day together. We reviewed poem the two younger ones had learned throughout the year. This was also a review for mija who had learned the same poems about 3 1/2 years ago.

Then we finished reading The Borrowers. It took about an hour, but it was worth it. It has provided a lot of discussion during our times together.

I must have done something right during my subbing because I was awarded with the ultimate teacher appreciation gift...

125 Titus 2 Tuesday Button Hip Homeschool Hop Button 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pillsbury--up to $250 in coupons per year!!

Sign up for our FREE newsletter & become a member of Pillsbury’s Not-So-Secret-Club! You’ll get coupon savings up to $250 per year, exclusive club member offers, our best recipes, & more! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Betsy Day---a sweet remnant from my infertility

Mother's Day was always a challenge before we adopted mija. I shared about some of my experience in my Non-Mother's Day article for Home Educating Family Blog last year.
Non-Mother’s Day
Photo Credit: Home Educating Family Blog
This last Sunday, however, I was blessed to be remembered for Betsy Day which is the Sunday after  Mother's Day.

You see, while dealing with my infertility, my hubby established a new holiday. 

Betsy Day

He said that Mother's Day is the day we honor mother's, and Betsy Day is the day he honors Betsy.
(Yes, massive brownie points were scored!)
It usually consisted of lunch out and a gift.

He said it would continue, but it's just been mostly a pleasant memory.

Until this past Sunday.

My husband came in from work as we were getting ready for church. As he gave me a kiss he said, "Happy Betsy Day." I was so touched that he remembered!
He then let me choose a place to eat lunch after church. For the sake of the finances and family, I chose Cici's Pizza where...
...carrots and dip can be part of a dessert plate. Mija actually left the brownies behind in favor of the carrots!

I had a blessed Betsy Day!

 Hip Homeschool Hop Button

Friday, May 17, 2013

Staying on my Wall--my new article at Homeschool Survival

castle wallI have a new article posted at Homeschool Survival. Sarah's goal for the site is it to be refuge for homeschoolers who are going through hard times. Let's face it. We all go through them at times.

  • death in the family
  • messy house
  • lack of car
  • health issues
  • unemployment
  • you get the idea
My article is about homeschooling during my husband's recent unemployment. It's entitled, Staying on my Wall. I'd love for you to go check it out!

Friday Funny--Logic

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Some more great Kindle Books for only $0.99 or less!!

Here are some great homeschool books and resources that are only $0.99 or less on Kindle. 

Remember you don't have to have Kindle to get these deals. You can download the Kindle app on your computer, tablet, or phone for free.

Teaching the Trivium--$0.99

Treasure Island-- FREE

Delight Directed Learning--$0.99

The Secret Garden--FREE

Grimm's Fairy Tales---$0.99

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cool Summer Activity

I just got word from Aurora at Supercharged Science
that her online science camp (e-Camp) is now OPEN for registration.

Click the link below to get all the details before it's too late:
--> 12445&i=l43

If you're not familiar with e-Camp, here's the scoop.
e-Camp is an all-out totally fun AND educational online science camp.   

Imagine sending your kids off to a really great hands-on summer science camp.  BUT, you get to decide what day and time they go.  This is e-camp.

Plus, It's designed so they can do it on their own - just set them up and they'll be engaged for hours.  So it’s perfect if you don’t have time to work with your kids, or if science isn’t really your thing.
If you want to keep your kids' learning this summer, but you also want it to be totally fun, this might just be the answer.
As a parent, you can feel good because even though they're having a total blast, they're actually learning good
solid science. 
The kind of learning that really relates to the world around them.

Rather than try to explain it all, I'll leave that to Aurora herself.
I have seen her stuff, and I can tell you that she really over-delivers.
Last year over hundreds of kids enrolled in e-Camp in less than 4 days!
Registration for e-Camp 2013 is only open for 3 days, until this Thursday.

Click the link below now to learn more and to register:
I know your kids will have a great summer in e-Camp!

P.S. This year, Supercharged Science has introduced a brand new Advanced e-Camp for teens.  It’s supposed to keep even the “coolest” teenager interested.  Click below to learn about it:

Monday, May 13, 2013

Two field trips in two days!

I mentioned on Thursday about two FREE field trips possibilities on Friday and Saturday.

We actually did both!!

Friday: National Public Garden Day
We went to Powell Gardens in Kingsville, MO.
An opportunity to paint a pot and get a plant.

What happens when you don't clean your toilet.

Just a pretty picture I took.

A mother goose sitting on her nest of eggs.

This one can make me tear up if I
think about it too much!

About the only time she sat down during
the whole visit.
Saturday: National Train Day
My hubby and mija went to Union Station.

Any field trips for you this weekend?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Funny----Punctuation specifically the Comma

I love it when I have something funny that makes a point when I'm educating my daughter.
While learning about comma usage, I was able to show her this piece to emphasize the importance of using a comma for a list.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wednesday Website---Delightful Long Division in Math

After an awesome day with long division, I decided to share some division helps and websites.

First, we used the phrase "Does McDonald's serve burgers?" as a reminder about the steps of long division. 

  • Does--Divide
  • McDonald's--Multiply
  • Serve--Subtract
  • Burgers--Bring Down
Second, we used graph paper to keep the problem neat and organized. You can print some up HERE. We used the two lines per inch selection.

Here's a video to watch:

And here are some websites:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Inspired--Leaning In

Another Free Class from Supercharged Science!!!

I’ve got something pretty cool to tell you about.
You may know about Aurora Lipper (from Supercharged Science) and the incredible free science classes she gives.  I heard that a few months ago, she had over 2000 people register for one.

So, the good news is that she’s doing another live online video class this week!
You can reserve a free spot by clicking here: 12445&i=l25

This class is about Rocketry and Spaceflight.
homeschool scienceIt turns out that Aurora is actually a real rocket scientist!  She used to work for NASA, experimented with supersonic and hypersonic flight and did PhD work at Stanford University on jet propulsion engines. 
Plus, during the class, kids will build and launch a rocket!
Register for free here: 12445&i=l25

Not only is Aurora a rocket scientist, but...

…She is also an EXPERT at teaching Science in a way
that is FUN, exciting, and an incredible learning experience
for your kids…

I HIGHLY recommend that you register and attend this great free class.

It’s going to be a blast and a great learning experience for your kids at the same time.


Don’t miss out on this, remember to register here: 12445&i=l25

Monday, May 6, 2013

Oz: The Complete Collection...Only $0.99 on Kindle!!

 What a great deal!

Oz: The Complete Collection (All 14 Oz Books, with Illustrated Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Exclusive Bonus Features)

It includes:

  • All fourteen Oz books written by L. Frank Baum.
  • The first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is illustrated with the classic W.W. Denslow artwork.
  • Links to free, full-length audio recordings of all the Oz books in this collection.
  • An individual, active Table of Contents for each book accessible from the Kindle “go to” feature.
  • Perfect formatting in rich text compatible with Kindle’s Text-to-Speech features.
  • A low, can't-say-no price!

Fourteen Complete Works

All fourteen of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, in order and unabridged. Books included:
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)* Includes Original Illustrations by W.W. Denslow!
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
  • Ozma of Oz (1907)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
  • The Road to Oz (1909)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
  • Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
  • The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
  • Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
  • The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
  • The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
  • The Magic of Oz (1919)
  • Glinda of Oz (1920)

Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

Also included are special features for any Oz enthusiast, including:
  • A complete list of all Oz books in the official canon by other authors.
  • A list of Oz films and television series, both directly and indirectly inspired by L. Frank Baum’s masterpiece.
  • Links to free, full-length audio recordings of all the Oz books in this collection.

Blog Archive