Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Midwest Homeschool Convention

Heading to the Midwest Homeschool Convention this weekend! I've been homeschooling for approximately six years now and I think this is my fourth year attending the convention - my husband's second. I never had a desire in the past to attend the convention until a friend of mine decided to pull her kids from public school and was interested in attending - so I followed. I have to say, I enjoy it quite a bit and look forward to it every year! Luckily, the first year I attended I had already been homeschooling and was pretty settled on my curriculum choices and therefore, wasn't freaked out in the Exhibit Hall with all the curriculum vendors. I think that first year I was only considering what history curriculum to use: Mystery of History, Story of the World, or Veritas Press. I ended up coming home with a set of Veritas Press cards and Enhanced Homeschool CD. I chose it because of it's format and the song. Apart from all that, the workshops are so helpful! I remember the first one I attended. The speaker got up there with a color-coded chart on the overhead and she spoke about how she's working on this or that with a specific child while another child was doing this or that... I about FREAKED OUT! I thought "if this is how I'm suppose to be homeschooling, I'm never gonna make it!" THEN, up came the next speaker and she giggled and spoke about how she was nowhere near that organized with her homeschooling. WOW, I was so relieved! The thing is, we are all different and we're just trying to figure out what works for our individual children AND ourselves. Trying to figure out everyone's different learning styles and NOT squashing their love of learning is an everyday journey. Anyway, this last school year we ventured down the homeschooling road with Classical Conversations. I have been exceedingly impressed! I had been highly interested in the Classical model and just couldn't get it together on my own. Classical Conversations put it all in motion for me. I even stepped up and have been tutoring the Essentials class! It's been trying on me but well worth the effort. We're about to finish up our last few weeks and I'm for sure we'll be purchasing our Cycle 3 supplies at the convention. Maybe on my next post I will list all the items I have on my "NEED To Buy" and "WANT To Buy" list. :-) So long for now!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Music Makers

This is a video of HubbaDood and BranMan playing their original composition on the keyboard HubbaDood got for his birthday last October. It appears I am going to have to purchase a drum kit here soon as well. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


I heard this said recently: "No amount of professional success can make up for failure in the home."

This is so true.

Friday, June 12, 2009


How is it possible that the US government feels it's okay to make a big stink about corporate executives being allowed to decide on their own pay increases/bonuses when the government does the EXACT same thing by voting their own pay increases? Not that I think it's okay what has been going on lately but COME ON! It's like me telling my kids not to smoke while I'm smoking a pack a day!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Spiritual Heritage Resolution - Congressman Forbes - H. RES. 397

Affirming the rich spiritual and religious history of our Nation's founding and subsequent history and expressing support for designation of the first week in May as `America's Spiritual Heritage Week' for the appreciation of and education on America's history of religious faith.

Resolved, That the United States House of Representatives--

(1) affirms the rich spiritual and diverse religious history of our Nation's founding and subsequent history, including up to the current day;

(2) recognizes that the religious foundations of faith on which America was built are critical underpinnings of our Nation's most valuable institutions and form the inseparable foundation for America's representative processes, legal systems, and societal structures;

(3) rejects, in the strongest possible terms, any effort to remove, obscure, or purposely omit such history from our Nation's public buildings and educational resources; and

(4) expresses support for designation of a `America's Spiritual Heritage Week' every year for the appreciation of and education on America's history of religious faith.

Take the time to review this resolution.