Saturday, March 4, 2017

Born This Month

Dover Sampler coloring pages/activities for people born this month....

Andrew Jackson - March 15, 1767
Pat Nixon (1st Lady to Richard Nixon) - March 16, 1912 
St. Patrick (March 17, sometime in the 5th century)
Harry Clarke (Artwork by) - March 17, 1889
Sandra Day O'Connor - March 26, 1930
Raphael (Artwork by) -   March 28 or April 6, 1483
Vincent Van Gogh (artwork), Resource 2 3 - March 30, 1853

Monday, February 27, 2017

Freebie Faves

I love sharing free resoruces.  Here are my favorite recent freebies.  Make sure to also check out our full free curriculum list here.


Future Flying Saucers Bible Lessons 
Most of the lessons/resources in her store are free!

35 Bible Verse Coloring Pages

Faith Like Joseph Coloring Pages

10 Commandments Booklet

Character First Sample Lessons/Activities (secular resource)
Haven't been through all of these but seems like some good lesson resources.


Anatomy & Physiology,  Logic of Medicine (Expires 3/31)
FULL YEAR online high school science courses.


Cut and Paste Addition Practice
If you don't actually "paste" these can be kept in baggies and reused over and over for practice, so they can be worth the ink.

Language Arts

Contraction Dominoes


Reading Passage and STEM Project - Design a Playground
Has a story and science project.   Work on Language Arts and science simultaneously?  LOVE IT!

Feelings Faces
A fun way explore emotions with your kids.

American Sign Language Alphabet Flash Cards

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Year in Review + Top Posts of 2016

What a year!   My husband changed jobs, and last spring I briefly spent some time substitute teaching again.  We finished our second year of homeschool, started our third. 

I went briefly from a homeschooler of one to a homeschooler of two at the end of the summer...which sadly, didn't go as well.   My middle child wanted to try homeschooling, but for various reasons he was only going to homeschool for a year before returning to public school, and after a trial month it wasn't going as well as it needed to (because of me, not him), and he ended up returning to public school.   If we had more wiggle room...more time to ease into to it without heading back so soon I might have stuck with it, and I still wonder if I should have.  But he's been doing well back in public school, and I think it was what was best for our family.

We started co-op with me teaching my first class there (a short, three week class on Ships and the Sea...which was so fun.  I grew up on a boat so it was right up my alley).

We went from "at our own very slow pace" Story of the World to doing it with a group doing two chapters a week.  It's been a year of trying new things.

My homeschooled son has gone from a boy who hated reading to falling in love with Piggie and Elephant books, even CHOOSING to do his reading first in stead of putting it off til last.  Woo hoo!  We still have so long to go but that's some progress I can get excited about.

And of course there was this blog. While it officially started December 2015, I didn't really start working on in it earnest until this August this year.   My most popular posts of this year were...

Funny thing I noticed when researching that little list...since August I've had visitors every day (at least a few), except one...Christmas day.   And that makes my heart glad.  I appreciate all of you who visit and read my blog, but that's a good day to NOT be reading blog posts...*grin*.   I hope you all had a precious, wonderful time with your family this Christmas, and have a happy, happy, new year!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Ring Out, Wild Bells
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Happy New Year!!

Thanks to Graphics Fairy  for the Bells Illustration