Tuesday, May 27, 2014

“Hands-On” at HEAV and A Giveaway

I am loving all of the “hands-on” demonstrations that will be at the HEAV convention this year!  I am looking forward to checking out a fair number of them!  Lego Education is on my must see list!  I am also hoping to go to one of the Learn to Draw workshops by Barry Stebbing

Do you have a hands-on learner?  Or, like me,  are you a hands-on learner?  There are some wonderful opportunities at this year’s convention to learn with your hands,  including (just to name a few): Robotics Expo, Dissection Lab with Dr. Lainna Callentine, Instrument Petting Zoo, and Bread Beckers.

Now for a Home Educators of Virginia Convention giveaway!


You have the chance to win  a Full Family Registration for the 2014 HEAV convention.  This includes workshops, used curriculum sale, exhibit hall, keynote sessions and more.  This is an $79 dollar value!!  Enter the giveaway using the widget below.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Universe [A Review]


Masterbooks has done it again!! They have created another great science book!  I was trilled when I saw this book in my mailbox because I knew just what I was going to do with this book!  Sammy has been wanting to learn more about planets and the stars.  So I am planning a unit using The Universe book!

This book is packed full of crisp beautiful pictures of experiments, the Milky Way, and other things in outer space.  There are tons of hands on experiments to help solidify the facts in the student’s mind.  All of the experiments I have looked at have household items in the materials list.  Which means I don’t have to go track down crazy supplies for each lesson!  Included in this book is information on past scientists and what they discovered or theorized. 

The book is designed for mid to upper elementary students through middle school.  Sammy has finished first grade and I would say the material is slightly harder than he is ready for.  I would say third grade would be a great starting grade for this curriculum. 

This curriculum includes the text book, teacher’s guide, and a student journal.  The student journal includes sections to answer questions about the experiments and places to record the results of the experiments! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

My Birthday & A Musical

Way back in the first half of April was my birthday.  Our homeschool co-op had their musical that night.  It was a lot of fun to see all of the kids up on stage.  I haven’t seen the official picture but here was a quick picture with my phone of all of them.  The yellow shirts are the 3 year olds through – 2nd grade. They just sang a song before the musical.  The red shirts were the 3rd – middle schoolers and they were in the actual musical.  2014-04-11 12.29.52

I meet my parents for lunch after co-op.  My mom made this beautiful quilt for my birthday.  This picture doesn’t do it justice!  I love it so much and have used it a bunch since getting it!

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Here are the 3 and 4 year olds singing there song. I taught the 4 year olds this year so it was really fun to see them up on stage!


Here is the Ks – 2nd grade singing their song.  Sammy is the middle row third from the right:



There was a slideshow of the co-op kids during part of the musical.  Sammy was in there:


This was a picture of the projector screen.  I wish I had the original because Sammy’s SUPER blue in these pictures:


Than later that night we celebrated my birthday with my favorite cupcakes!!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

10 Things I’m Looking Forward to at HEAV

In just over 2 weeks I will be heading off to HEAV convention.  I have been slowly getting things ready for the convention and I am really looking forward to it. 


Here is the top 10 things I am looking forward to:

  1. Getting to hear lots of wonderful speakers (Voddie Baucham, Mike Farris, and Adam Andrews to name a few)!
  2. Finding great deals at the HUGE Used Curriculum Sale – I have several things on my shopping list
  3. A weekend away to gather my thoughts and start planning for next year!
  4. More than 350 exhibit booths to find new products and look at products in person so I can decide on what we want to use for 2nd grade!!
  5. Spending the weekend with good friends and encouraging each other on this homeschooling journey
  6. Not having to cook meals!!
  7. Getting to make relationships with speakers and exhibitors.  I love getting to know the people behind the products they make and put their heart into!
  8. Getting excited about next year.. after homeschooling this year I was ready for summer and I was needing a break.  I know that HEAV will get me excited for next year and help me get over the end of the  year burn out!
  9. Selling our used curriculum! I have had really well selling stuff in previous years and this year I am just as excited to get rid of some of it!
  10. Finding the fun extras for next year is something I always look forward to.  Whether it’s a product, an idea from a friend, or something a speaker mentions it is always nice to add in something fun!

Do you go to a local homeschool convention?  Do you live in or near Virginia?  If so you should look into attending the HEAV convention.  I have heard it is one of the best ones around! 


Friday, May 9, 2014

Easter in Pictures!


Easter was wonderful!  We enjoyed seeing what was in the Easter backset (wallet, real bible, peeps, snorkel, and bubbles).  Then we were off to church which was amazing.  We sponsored a sweet little boy through compassion!!!  We then went over to Tim’s sisters’ house for a wonderful Easter dinner.  One of his sisters made that awesome butter lamb.  We followed it up with a super tough Easter egg hunt!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sammy at Seven

At the end of last month my sweet boy turned seven!! I can hardly believe it!!  We had a lot of fun celebrating but we didn’t have a “big” party this year.  We just planned fun things with family and it was a really relaxed but still special way to celebrate!

Sammy at seven:












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Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 Goals–March and April Update

2014 Goals

1. Read 12 non-fiction books (4 of 12) -

  • Uncovering The Logic of English  - January’s book
  • One Thousand Gifts – February’s book – I wasn’t a huge fan of this book.  I love the idea and the premise of this book.  I just wasn’t a huge fan of her writing style. 
  • Margin – March’s book.. I am still trying to build margin into my days and lives but this book has certainly helped to get me on the right track.
  • How to Have a HEART for Your Kids – April’s Book - I would recommend this book to every mother to read!

2. Read 12 fiction books  (2 of 12) -   I am really behind here!! I hope to catch up this month!

3. Read through the whole bible chronologically – I am still on track with this.  Now that we are further into the bible I am loving the chronological reading!

4. Work out 204 times this year (that works out to be about 4 times a week or 17 times a month) – I worked out 31 times in March and April.  I am still 1 day behind but getting caught up!  So that is a total of 66 for the year.  I am only 2 behind for the year. 

5. Complete 3 knitting projects – Still no progress here

6. Complete 3 home improvement projects (any type)  - 1 completed – we built shelves and organized the shed!

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7. Add 20 things to our emergency preparedness kit – We added 1 thing to our stash.  I need to find a better way to store this so we can get to it easily!

8. Purge through each area of our house (There are 16 “areas” of our house to go through at least once) – I have completed all but 10 areas!!  6 more to go and they aren’t big spaces (2 bathrooms, coat closet, linen closet, bathroom linen closet, and the garage (but this was already partly done).

9. Print 2 years worth of pictures (I must get caught up)  - I have printed 1 year worth of pictures.  Now to start uploading 2010.. I will catch up eventually!

10. Create 1 photo album per year from 2007 until printed (put the rest of the pictures into picture boxes) – I have 2007, 2008, and 2009 in photo albums.  Everything I have printed I have organized. 

11. Invite someone over to dinner at least once a month – We invited and had someone over in April.  We attempted in March but weren’t able to make the schedules work out yet!

12. Add 500 things to my thankful list on the blog (that’s about 42 things a month- UPDATED: Now need to add 50) – I have added 100 things to the list this year.  So I am a little behind on this.  I now need to add 50 things a month to stay on track. 

13. Read aloud 24 chapter books with Sammy (I have completed 14 of 24) – We added all 5 of the Gregor the Overlander books to our reading list.  We added a few others to the list as well (Pippi Longstockings, Mary Poppins and a few others). 

14. Try 60 new recipes (I will post them or share a link when we try them, that’s 5 a month)  (14 out of 60)–

I tried 3 new recipes out of a cookbook in March (sorry no links for these).  I also tried a new yogurt popsicle recipe.  It was a little too seedy ( I can’t find the recipe I tried). 

In April I tried a new tinfoil packet idea I had in my head.  It was okay.. not amazing though. 

I am behind on my recipe trying.. I will have to make this more of a priority

15. Try 12 new homemade cleaning recipes  (3 of 12 tried) – I tried a new laundry detergent recipe and didn’t love it.  I also tried a bleach then vinegar solution on the washing machine and that did the trick!