Brains, Brains, Brains

Originally posted on 5 Speckled Frogs:

I splurged this Halloween on a brain mold.  I have been wanting one for a few years, but have never committed.  I came across a link for “5 BRAIN ACTIVITIES USING A BRAIN MOLD“.  Her blog post was called something snazzy and fun, but my own brain went “BRAIN MOLD!!”  and so I ordered one- because it’s not just for food, its for school!  I did make brain Jell-o first.  It turned out well considering I bought the wrong color Jell-o and I used half and half instead of evaporated milk. DSC04394

Then, I broke out the vinegar!  Using a little red coloring, I tinted it and put it in the brain mold, in the freezer overnight. DSC04399

WHOO-EEE the vinegar smell about knocked me over when I opened the freezer this morning.  I ran it under some warm water and it popped out nice and easy onto my plate.  Then I…

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Daily Weather Chart


Weather charts a great idea!

Originally posted on Western Township Academy:

I decided to use a daily weather chart as a part of our routine.  I found a cute weather chart on Pinterest from


Pin it here:

Here is how my version turned out:


I printed it on cardstock.  I would have laminated it, if I had a laminator.  I used stick-on magnet strips, on the back of the pieces and used a magnetic dry erase board from Wal-Mart.

Gage has really enjoyed using the weather chart to keep track of the weather.

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Homeschool Schedules

Originally posted on Hupostasis = Faith:

One of the things that people ask me most is what our “homeschool day” looks like.  Homeschool will look different in every home depending on:
-how many outside activities you are involved in-whether your kids (and/or you) do well with structure
-your “homeschool style” (un-schooling vs traditional)
-when you and your children work best (morning, afternoon, evening)
-the age of your children
-your work schedule (if you work outside the home)

I have nothing against a more loosely scheduled day or even un-schooling if that works for you and your kids, but for me and for my children (at least for now), we all do better with a much more structured day.  No, we do not have a strict schedule that we stick to every day, but we do often make schedules when I feel like we are getting to out of control.  Usually we work from lists.  Over the…

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Making Homeschooling/Unschooling Work

Originally posted on Yahuah's Homemaker:

Have you ever wondered…

 “How can I make the homeschool or unschool lifestyle work for my family?”

Whether you’re an experienced unschooler, a current homeschooler or considering your options for your public school children, this is the event for you!


The Second Annual Unschooling Summit Bring Your Vision for Your Family into Reality
June 10th – June 14th 2013

Let go of the fear, step into knowingness and empower yourself with inspiring interviews from 10 incredible individuals who are here to offer support along your journey.

This summit will provide information and options for parents who:

  • Realize the education paradigm has shifted and that children need more than rigid or ‘pigeonholed’ curriculums for real-world success.
  • Are dissatisfied with the current parenting and education “experts” who try to pigeonhole your choices.
  • Desire to educate and empower their whole child—mind, body and spirit.
  • Want to learn the differences between unschooling and traditional…

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Summer Reading Programs A La Scholastic

No matter what age your kids are summer reading programs are abounding in every nook and cranny. wordgirl2


Scholastic believes that every child has to read in the summer and most parents agree with that as well.

Welcome to the Scholastic Summer Challenge – a free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. The Summer Challenge is an easy and fun way for kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they earn rewards and help Read for the World Record.

Here’s How You Can Get Involved:



This blog is extremely instructive.

Originally posted on Nathanial Isaacson:


Culture Surrounding Homeschooling and Application into School Systems

By: Nathanial Isaacson

Fresno Pacific University

LA 415 Senior Research Seminar

Senior Research Paper

Instructor: Dennis Johnston, Th.D.

January 31, 2013


Introduction    3

Historical Context    3

Analysis of the Issues    6

Review of Research    13

Call to Action    20

References    22


Enter Jeremiah Lorrig, a dyslexic boy who “could not read, spell, or write.” His parents could have chosen to send him to school where he “would have been put in special education and [live one type of life]. Otherwise, his parents could have chosen to homeschool him; to design his lessons around his dyslexia; not to give up on him; to help him “catch up”; to help him “go to college, graduate, and have a successful career”; and to ensure he does not get any “scars from special education” (Lorrig, 2013).

This research paper is about the culture of homeschooling and the applications that…

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Reasons Not To Homeschool In December

The Christmas season is here.

It’s actually on a deadline. This year I have decided to buy them presents that they can use or need. It’s important to focus on the season and that is exactly what we are doing.

I believe in incorporating our cultures in Christmas. Though, we are all American we are still French-Canadian, English, Welsh,Irish, Russian, and more. So in honor of that I have decided to incorporate this into my children’s permanent schooling.

We are French Canadian (me), Iriqouis (me-actually am offically classified as AI) Irish (husband) Italian (husband) Blackfoot (husband)

So we are doing the following:

Irish Creme and Pistachio Fudge (Christmas Presents)

Christmas In Italy

Christmas French Canadian

Meat Pie

Source: via Bobbi on Pinterest

Source: via Tamara on Pinterest

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