What do you mean it’s mid-March?

How on earth is it already mid-March? How in the world am I already 21 weeks preggo? I haven’t gotten anything done that I was planning to have pre-scheduled in January and now you’re telling me it’s almost April. How does that happen? *sigh* I’m going to dream about curriculum, that always helps. I did that last night you know. It was vibrant and educational. *snicker* I’ve been thinking, I need more blog posts, so how about more of me just “saying it how it is” posts, but you know moderated. Because well, I don’t necessarily know ‘you’ and I’m not sure what I’d say to your face rather than say to you know BestFriendK’s face, you know? Well that’s a ramble and I’ve probably already lost you. After all, it’s not like I could ever blog like Not Inadequate. I love her blog, it’s so real and always makes. . .

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Science4Us.com – Science Computer School

The idea of getting involved in “computer school” was a bit daunting for me. Most of what we do in school is from books and interaction. While I’m not opposed and definitely use videos and mp3s when appropriate as well as a plethora of sites for printables, the idea of sitting my girls down in front of a computer that they take charge of in a program is a good bit daunting. While I hear rave reviews of things such as Starfall and the like for preschoolers I’ve always hesitated. So when I had the opportunity to come up to review Science4Us.com as well as KinderBach from the TOS Crew I jumped in, with trepidation. As you might have read yesterday, KinderBach did not quite work out for us as wonderfully as it might have… so as we were spending more time online I was concerned that a Science4Us.com Online. . .

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KinderBach – Online Piano Lessons (Ages 3-7)

This start of the year has been filled with new experiences for my children in the way of school. Something they had never had before was what we now call computer-school. The first introduction in computer-school for us is a review of KinderBach, or specifically The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner. We have been blessed with access for six months to the lessons. Overall the program is geared toward children in the range of ages 3-7, however I’m told that others find it does work well for children slightly above and below. Our goal was to use the program 3-4 times a week and see how it went. This is the first introduction either of my blossoms has had to piano lessons. AppleBlossom has been begging to learn to the piano for over a year now. We were blessed with a hand-me-down keyboard and delighted to jump. . .

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Laundry, homeschool, reviews, THM, and growing a baby…

Interestingly, as I wrote that rambling title I realize these things seem to go together. Huh. I’m sitting on the couch staring at piles of folded laundry debating whether I need to get my exhausted pregnant self off the couch to put it away how or rest and do it later. (I was a nursery worker in a hectic nursery this am at church) Afterall I folded it all and sorted it. I was sick last week and cared for two sick kids under four. I am pregnant. That should all give me reason enough to sit here and stare at it. Right? All afternoon we’ve been giving orders to the 4 1/2 year old AppleBlossom to sort, fold and put away the diapers and panties. Balk! Day-dream. Complain of being sick, tired, and the works to just staring at the wall and not much has been accomplished. This has. . .

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Seriously, the week is over, already?!

We did not seem to accomplish much in the way of school this week, AppleBlossom just wasn’t into it. Who knows, this week we might catch up and then some, it just depends on this kiddo. Yet isn’t that one of the wonderful freedoms of homeschool? Last week however, we had fun! Starting the week, with gingerbread. After Christmas sales gave us 75% off on a train and gingerbread house kit, so each girl got to create their own. Then we borrowed Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett from the library as whole host of other books and it was the only one the girls were interested in and fought over constantly! Maybe one to add to our shelves one day… We also read a book we own, Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone, it apparently wasn’t as exciting, alas. AppleBlossom did some freebie worksheets from Moffatt Girls with the gingerbread them in math and. . .

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2014 Winter Olympics printables and ideas for Tots, PreK, Kinder and the younger grades.

Here is a gathered cluster of activities and ideas for featuring the 2014 Winter Olympics as a theme. While combining these suggestions I have my 2 1/2 year old toddler and 4 1/2 year old kindergarten children in mind, but these would be good for a few more years up in the primary grades as well.

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K4.5 Curriculum and Tot School for Winter/Spring 2014

AppleBlossom and I have made it halfway through Memoria Press Kindergarten and we’re loving it. We started early with the expectancy of a new child addition in mid-Spring, but when that was met with miscarriage, we took some time off, but then we ended up right on time with the Halloween books at Halloween, Thanksgiving with Thanksgiving and Christmas and Advent stories with the season, so it all works out. Now it will be the summer that we’re expecting a new addition, and that works out just fine! Also we’re continuing to trot along with Sonlight P4/5. We’re about halfway through that as well, but we’re not trying very hard either. With P4/5 we’re mainly doing it to add in more reading. I love MP Kinder, but I also like having more books to read, so it works out well. Memoria Press is definitely my preference for overall curriculum rules.. . .

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a nearly bottomless resource!

In all honesty, I’m slightly nervous about this post. It’s been a bit since I’ve posted as I was planning to take most of the months of December and January off from blogging, but then on my birthday (late November) I received an amazing email present, a letter letting me know that I have been accepted as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew for 2014! I am completely delighted and hope that I work up to the expectations of the group. Ever since I knew about the group a few years ago, I’ve been interested in joining and now finally I have my chance! Now, for the first review what could be more appropriate than to jump in and talk about SchoolhouseTeachers.com? This is not my first introduction to SchoolhouseTeachers.com as I have had a membership there for about two years. I started a few Christmas seasons ago. . .

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Black Friday Bargains!

Don’t miss this huge sale of 20% off your entire order for four days — Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Use code fantasticday at checkout to receive this discount. This code allows for 20% off anything^! This four day event begins 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday, November 29, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Cyber Monday, December 2, 2013. (All times are eastern time zone.) The code can be used as many times as you want during the sale period, but it cannot be used in conjunction with other coupon codes. ^All American History bundles are not included in this Black Friday sale, but individual AAH titles and products are. The BIP offices will be closed over the Thanksgiving weekend, so please expect a slight delay in your Black Friday shipping times. *•.,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•*•.,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:••:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,.•* *•.,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•*•.,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:••:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,.•* Black Friday starts early this year at NOOK® by Barnes & Noble. Get ready for our best Black Friday deals starting. . .

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Screwtape proposes a toast… on the common core.

by C.S. Lewis
Genres: Christian Fiction

Our Sunday School class is reading The Screwtape Letters and discussing it each Sunday. We joined the church well after they began and have missed most of the book as they discuss a different letter each week. Next week is the last one at Letter 31 and we’ve discussed that we might not make a Sunday of the last bit added to the book entitled Screwtape Proposes a Toast as it may be too political. Yet reading it, I just want to scream, SEE SEE SEE WHAT HE KNEW back in 1960!!! I just had to share a couple paragraphs… I have not read the entirety of The Screwtape Letters but have a copy, plan to read it and suggest it for others.

FYI to put the writing into perspective if you are unaware, Screwtape is an experienced devil. He is giving a graduation speech to new devils and the beginning of their demonic career before they venture out to become tempters to achieve and secure damnation of individuals of the human race.

… “In that promising land the spirit of I’m as good as you has already become something more than a generally social influence. It begins to work itself into their educational system. How far its operations there have gone at the present moment, I would not like to say with certainty. Nor does it matter. One you have grasped the tendency, you can easily predict its future developments; especially as we ourselves will play our part in the developing. The basic principle of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be ‘undemocratic’. These differences between the pupils–for the are obviously and nakedly individual differences–must be disguised.  This can be done on various levels. At universities, examinations must be framed so that nearly all the students get good marks. Entrance examinations must be framed so that all, or nearly all, citizens can go to universities, whether they have any power (or wish) to profit by higher education or not. At schools, the children who are too stupid or lazy to learn languages and mathematics and elementary science can be set to doing the things that children used to do in their spare time. Let them, for example, make mud-pies and call it modelling. But all the time there must be not faintest hint that they are inferior to the children who are at work. Whatever nonsense they are engaged in must have–I believe the English already use the phrase–‘parity of esteem’. An even more drastic scheme is not impossible. Children who are fit to proceed to a higher class may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma–Beelzebub, what a useful word!–by left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age-group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coaeval’s attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON THE MAT.

In a word, we may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I’m as good as you has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway the teachers–or should I say, nurses?–will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men. The little vermin themselves will do it for us.

screwtapeOf course this would not follow unless all education became state education. But it will. That is part of the same movement. Penal taxes, designed for that purpose, are liquidating the Middle Class, the class who were prepared to save and spend and make sacrifices in order to have their children privately educated. The removal of this class, besides linking up with the abolition of education, is, fortunately, an inevitable effect of the spirit that says I’m as good as you. This was, after all, the social group which gave to the humans the overwhelming majority of their scientists, physicians, philosophers, theologians, poets, artists, composers, architects, jurists, and administrators. If ever there was a bunch of tall stalks that needed their tops knocked off, it was surely they.”…

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis pp. 203-205

About C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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Over the River and Through the Woods illustrated by Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares’s lavish illustrations illuminate this definitive edition of a beloved seasonal classic.

The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather’s house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child’s verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.

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K4 Curriculum for 2013-2014

We’re just finishing up with week two of our Kindergarten (K4) year and we’re using Memoria Press Curriculum this year and so far loving every minute of it. I had plans to add in OPGTR, FLL and MM but we just haven’t needed or wanted to add anything else this year. The only adding on I’ve done is more library books or videos on the themes of the week. Otherwise, Memoria Press Curriculum planners have put it all together for me!

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Blossom School: Monday, April 22nd, 2013

[Old post, stuck in drafts. Enjoy months late.] Calendar Time The Children’s Book of Virtues, p. 38-39 “Boy Wanted” – This is neat and I think has finally cinched it that I’m going to buy a second copy of this one from the local used bookstore that I saw for my nephew. I think it would be a great gift, because we are really enjoying it. The Lion’s Storyteller Bedtime Book, p. 69-70 “The Knee-High Man” – The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature, p. 98-99 Things People Do, p. 16-17 “The Farmer” Music: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad“, and later after literature time “Sing a Song of Seasons” Math: Recitation: What are two types of numbers? Odd and Even (printable packs from Homeschool Creations) Rod & Staff Inside and Outside, p. 44 Handwriting: Alphabet Book #2, p. 50-54 (playing a little catch up) Handwriting Without Tears My First. . .

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Currclick “Pay What You Want” Event!

No other homeschool curriculum site has done anything like this before, but today (Friday at 10 AM CST) Currclick is having an amazing event! On Friday morning, around 10:00 a.m. CST, CurrClick will be having a “Pay What You Want” event. Through the weekend and ending on July 29th, homeschoolers can shop over 4,000 titles from top homeschool publshers and you guessed it: Pay whatever they want for the items they select. No other homeschool curriculum site has done anything like this before.

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NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible from Janet Tatman

A full year’s worth of insightful and empowering devotions written by a homeschooler for homeschoolers, who are juggling the needs of building a home and caring for their family while striving to instill faith and values in their children-available in beautiful hot pink Italian Duo-Tone.

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