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Transcripts Made Easy Review

Ready or not, my first born is nearing the end of ninth grade! I have always loved homeschooling and all that goes with it – except the paperwork. I’ll admit that I’m not the most organized in that department. I knew when an opportunity came by to review Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High-School Paperwork from Everyday Education that I needed to sign up!

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Anxious About Kindergarten?

According to the frequent posts I’ve been seeing on Facebook, it’s almost time to register for kindergarten. The fear of this unknown territory can be overwhelming to a mother. I remember this time of year very well. Over ten years later, I’d never dream I would be writing a blog post about it.

It seems like a lifetime, but it was only a little over a decade ago that my daughter was in preschool. She had been attending preschool at our church three half-days a week. It was a great experience for her and myself. Her days at preschool were spent with plenty of play, art, Bible stories, learning, and a favorite among many preschoolers – snack time. My days were filled with trying to get all I could done in that small window of time!

With only two months remaining of her time at preschool, I started getting forms and flyers about kindergarten registration sent home in her backpack. I vividly remember the feelings I had as I looked over the enclosed paperwork. The thought about her being away at school five full days a week made me nervous. I remember thinking, “she’s too small to go to big school”. Little did I know that there were more options than just what was tucked in her little backpack.

This post contains an affiliate link. I was not compensated for my review. I can highly recommend you watch the linked documentary, and gain as much insight as I did.

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Victus Study Skills System Review

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.

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Read Across America

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.

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Persistence, Love, and Kindness

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.

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10 Ways a Homeschooling Mom Can Love Her Husband

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.

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Twelve Terrific Things to Do Off Season In Myrtle Beach

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!

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Mid-Year Check In

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.

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What We’re Reading in January

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.

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Do The Things

My favorite holiday is finally here! No, it’s not because I will be sipping champagne and dancing until 2a.m. New Year’s Eve is much different for me and always has been. Our evening consists of celebrating my dad’s birthday (who will be 80) with soup, grilled cheese, and my mom’s homemade cake. We will then head to my hometown in Oriental, and run with the dragon. It lasts about 20 minutes, but it has been a tradition of mine since I was very young – and it’s probably the closest thing that I’ll ever get to Times Square.

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