Study, study, study….. These are words most people have heard at one time or another throughout their life, but never had that important skill taught. I can remember many frustrating evenings when I was in high school. I’d be sitting in my room, staring at a book, or some form of unorganized notes for hours on end not retaining much. It wasn’t until I was in community college that I had to take a required class the first semester. The class was an orientation and study skills class. It turned out to be one of the most helpful classes I ever had. I learned about several methods of study that were foreign to me, but oh so useful! Not only in college, but in life.Continue reading “Victus Study Skills System Review”
Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The special day did not start until 1998, so I was never a part of the celebration and activities that surround this day when I was in school. When my kids entered preschool, they celebrated the day by reading silly Seuss books, and making Dr. Seuss inspired crafts. I also loved hearing them tell me about the green eggs they had (or didn’t have) for snack! I’m a fan of Dr. Seuss, and so was my son. I remember giggling over There’s a Wocket in My Pocket over and over. My daughter was not as amused at the silly stories as her brother and I. Curious George was more her style.Continue reading “Read Across America”
A really neat thing happened to me last night, that touched me enough to share a little story with you. It all started Friday afternoon, as I was scrolling Facebook for the events in my area. I saw there was a dog comedy show in my hometown. Excited with the idea to surprise my dog-loving daughter with tickets for her upcoming birthday, I was disappointed to see it was sold out on their website.Continue reading “Persistence, Love, and Kindness”
Last month, my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. Half of that time we have been a homeschooling family. It was a joint decision, and he has been fully supportive all these years. As a matter of fact, it was his idea that I resign from my job and stay home with our baby girl almost 15 years ago. He had to take on a second job for a while to replace some of the missing income as we made adjustments. We have never regretted that decision. It is no secret that any marriage takes work, and homeschooling adds a whole other dimension.Continue reading “10 Ways a Homeschooling Mom Can Love Her Husband”
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I’m switching things up! I had started writing my monthly “What We’re Reading” post, and it was looking like a repeat of last month. Life happened. Rather than relist those with an additional book or two, I wanted to do something different. I thought maybe a newsletter-type post near the beginning of each month would be more practical. I’ll still include reading, as well as other topics of interest as to what’s coming up for the month.Continue reading “Fanatic News Flash – February”
I am thrilled to announce that I was selected to be on the Homeschool Review Crew for 2019! That means I get to try out a variety of homeschool products, use them with my kids in our homeschool, and give you a review of what we thought of them. This is great news for a curriculum junkie like myself, in that I will actually use these things with my family, and be held accountable for reporting our findings. It’s great news for you too! You will get our real opinion of a product after trying it ourselves for a few weeks.
My first assignment was a review of the Ultimate Annual Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. It is an online, subscription based, complete curriculum from preschool all the way through high school. I must confess….. I haven’t always been a huge fan of online products. Sure, my kids take math courses online, but that’s it. I am usually a boxed curriculum kind of gal. Huge, spiral bound teacher manuals, answer keys, workbooks – everything a “doing school at home mom” loves. It has only been a few years ago that I started becoming more eclectic. But still, I had to have my large, spiral manuals…….or so I thought.Continue reading “SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review”
This was my week! A week that will probably never happen again. Want to know more? I got a legit week off from my role as a homeschool mom. My daughter is learning driving skills at driver’s ed all week. My son is gaining valuable life skills by working with his dad all week. The weather is cold, and I was going to be Mrs. PRODUCTIVE. Last week, I even made a list of all the neglected jobs I was going to tackle:Continue reading “A Whine, A Rant, and I Just Can’t…”
This week marks twenty years since our first visit to Myrtle Beach, SC. It was January 23, 1999. The weather was warm, it was raining cats and dogs, and we were just married a few hours earlier that day. Since then, we have gone back to Myrtle Beach every couple of years in winter. The weather is great most of the time, and there are no crowds! We have noticed it gaining popularity in the winter months, but I’m sure it doesn’t compare to the summer season – which I’m not interested in finding out! I’d love to share with you our favorite places that we have visited over the years!Continue reading “Twelve Terrific Things to Do Off Season In Myrtle Beach”
Just a few short months ago, we were beginning our new school year. The freshness of new books, the brightness of new paper and notebooks, and the excitement of starting yet another amazing year! I carefully and purposefully planned, reviewed, and chose the best curriculum for my upcoming 7th and 9th grader. This was no-doubt going to be the best year ever! For the most part it has been. The only set back we’ve had was a major hurricane that hit 10 days into our new school year. We had to make some adjustments and change a few plans, but come through just fine.Continue reading “Mid-Year Check In”
It’s the start of a new year, and I am so excited about this month’s reading choices! There are so many things I love about the new year, and new books are near the top! During the holidays, our reading fell off a bit, but that is to be expected. I am looking forward to the quietness and fresh start of a new year. This post contains affiliate links.Continue reading “What We’re Reading in January”