Kids Chore Charts

I found a great web-site where you can create chore charts for your children for free! The neat part is you can choose different themes for each chart and total customize the chores, colors and days of the week.

We made a Veggie Tale chart for Josh’s morning chores.

Summer is a great time to work on daily habits that need to be under control before your new school year begins!


Homeschool Open House

The Homeschool Lounge is hosting their annual Homeschool Open House where you can share about your homeschool plans for the upcoming year,meet other homeschoolers, and win great prizes too!

Homeschool Lounge Open House

Our curriculum plans for 2009 are listed over in my right hand side bar under each of the children.  We will continue to participate in co-op which has been a huge blessing over our last 9 homeschool years!  I have seen the Lord provide many opportunities for the kids through co-op….

Kayla will continue with Spanish 2 (a great class to study within in a group) and will be completing her
Apologia Chemistry labs at co-op (while completing the textbook at home).

Jordan and Jesse be taking a NY state history class which goes along perfectly with the "Around NY in 80 Days" curriculum I was planning to do with them anyway!  Also,  Jesse will be taking a gym class.

Joshua will also participate in co-op!  He is taking a gym class for his age group as well as partcipating in a "ABC" class that I will teach.

All of these classes help to relieve my teaching burden as well as meet NY State requirements!

At home we are trying out a few new (to us) books as well:

"Teaching the Essay" – Analytical Grammar

"Our Nation Under God" – Christian Liberty Press

"With Art in Mind" – BJU Press

"Building Better Bodies – Health" – Hayes publishing

My favorite resource for buying Homeschool materials is Rainbow Resource!  If you’ve never tried them you need to visit their website and request one of the 1000+ page catalogs!

May God bless your homeschools this year!


Here are just a few of the great prizes you can win just by entering…. below are my top choices!

1.  Rainbow Resource Center gift card
2. Homeschool Boutique T-shirts
3. Home Educating Family magazine subscription

Lovely Award

What a blessing its been to "meet" homeschooling moms around the globe all from the comfort of my own home!  Today I’d like to thank MamaDuke for honoring me with the Lovely Blog Award.

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

I would like to pass on the Lovely Award to the following bloggers:

At Home with Jesus – Michelle

Dayspring Disciples – Stacy

Tired Mom – Jen B.

Prairie Frog Blog – Dell

Reviews by Heidi- Heidi

Our Little School Room – Karen

I hope you get a chance to visit them soon!

Happy New Year

We sure have enjoyed this Holiday Season and especially our extended break from home schooling. 
Sorry for the lack of new posts here but hopefully I will be back into the swing of things beginning next week!

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights,
and shiny glass balls but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals,
and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime but do not show love to my family,
I’m just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

Author Unknown

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Fall Favourites

I found this Fall Favourites tag over at The Daily Planet and I coudn’t resist playing along….

1. Favorite Smell? pumpkin and vanilla scented candles
2. Favorite Food? apple anything

3. Favorite Color? favorite fall color would have to be burnt orange
4. Favorite Drink? I love wrapping my hands around a steamy mug of coffee
5. Favorite Treat? warm soft pretzels

6. Favorite Place to go? walking through fallen leaves
7. Favorite Candy? chocolate — anytime of year!
8. Favorite Movie to watch? we recently watched Rabbit Proof Fence and I recommend it heartily!
9. Favorite Clothing to wear? comfy clothes – soft cotton!
10. Favorite Outdoor Activity? sitting around a bon fire

11. Favorite Football Team? not football fan – our ‘local team’ is Buffalo

12. Favorite Fall Holiday? Thanksgiving

13. Favorite Haunted place? I don’t know of any

14. Favorite Food at Thanksgiving Dinner? stuffing
15. Favorite Pie? peach
16. Favorite Fall Hobby? reading curled up under a blanket

17. Favorite Fall Memory? the whole family hiking through the park last year  or baking leaves

18. Favorite Fall Sight? those gorgeous trees!

19. Overall Favorite thing about Fall? crisp air and changing leaves

20. Overall Favorite Season? I truely enjoy each one!

You can sign the linky with your Fall Favorites at Jocelyn’s site! ;)

Home School Convention

I‘m all pumped up after being at the New York State Home School Convention today!   Andrew Pudewa (Institute for Excellence in Writing) was the keynote speaker and he was EXCELLENT!  I sat in on three of his sessions today and they were all very interesting — plenty of great information and he gave some practical ways to implement his suggestions in our homes.   The three sessions he gave today were called:

Changing Your Home School Paradigm

Cultivating an Excellent Writer

Teaching Boys (and other children who would rather be building forts all day)

In his second workshop he stressed the importance of reading aloud to all your children everyday.   I wrote about my desire to do this a few months ago.  I have been reading aloud more but only with my younger two and Mr. Pudewa’s challenge today has motivated me to find some reading material my whole family would enjoy.  He gave us "permission" to use books on tape too!!

I also sat in on a workshop all about Right Brained Learners.  I’ve heard the term many times but now understand it much better.  The speaker was Dianne Craft,  she had soooo much to tell us in a short amount of time – it was difficult to keep up.  Afterwards,  she was at her booth and was kind enough to talk with me a few minutes.  I do, in fact, have at least one right brained learner and if your familiar with with this concept I have determined his "writing gate’ is closed.  I’m hoping to start the retraining/repatterning exercises with him and will post about our experience.  She recommend her book – " Brain Integration Therapy Manual".    The retraining will take 6 months but she encouraged us that results will be seen after three.  I’m really excited about this because it has been a burden on my heart for this child and since I have been praying for wisdom about this, I’m feeling this is God answering me.

One last event I went to was a "Ladies Tea".  This was a nice little break from all the business of the convention.  The was a group of about 50 women who came apart for fellowship, tea and cookies, and encouragement.  I will share more about the theme "Invisible Woman" soon.

All in all,  I think this was the best convention I’ve been too.  It was a blessing to be able to attend with my sister-in-law this year.  And to my dear husband who took the day off from work to be the kids — You Rock!!  xoxooxoxoxooxoxo

Can’t get to your state’s home school convention this year?  Guess what, you can download and listen to a dozen different home school speakers at Homeschool  Did I mention it’s FREE?

Welcome Spring


 It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain


Robins eggs found in a tree in the front yard.