Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thoughts on Essentials/IEW From a First Year Mom!

So we have made it through the first four weeks of Essentials/IEW.  Prior to fearfully entering the classroom, I had heard horror stories from first year shell shocked Moms, regarding how overwhelming Essentials and IEW were.  Phrases like "drinking from a firehose" and "intense" were often sprinkled somewhere in the conversation.  I was fully prepared that this was going to be an arduous year of grinding out papers and grammar all day long - just to keep up.  Well, let me share some good news for those who have yet to darken the doors of an Essentials class - It's NOT BAD!  At least none of those thoughts have come to my mind so far this year, though I can see how it might if I wasn't better prepared.  While I can see where it does certainly build upon one week after another, with increasing demands for paper writing and grammar charts, it's all very doable -but it does depend on a few things.  Here are the reasons why I think it's actually been great so far:

Sunday, September 14, 2014


My favorite little guy, is no longer very little!  My Mason, is turning 15 on Monday the 15th and I am discounting my Teaching Plan Bundle $15 in honor of him, to celebrate!!!   This is a GREAT deal to celebrate his big day!  You get the Teaching Plan, Wonderful Wednesdays Plan and the Pin Maps document for an incredible $14.95 after the $15 discount is applied (use the code: MASON at checkout)!  Hurry though - this discount only lasts until Sunday, September 21st!

If you have been following me for a while, then you are aware that I have a special needs son.  You can read about him on a variety of posts by clicking here.

In honor of him turning 15, here are 15 things I LOVE about my special needs son:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Song School Latin Giveaway!!

If you are tempted to hit delete on this post, because you aren't interested in Latin for your kids, then read on!  If you are thinking they are too young or you aren't able to teach it, then definitely read on!!  Your kids as young as 1st grade can learn it easily and you as the Teacher, do NOT need to have any previous Latin experience, or even know the first thing about Latin, in order to teach it!  How does that sound?  What if I also told you that you can begin to help your child in advanced studies in multiple subjects just by learning some Latin! Well it's true, and Song School Latin from Classical Academic Press makes it so easy, that even a young child and an old Mommy can learn it (at least old in my case -ahem!).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cowgirl Hoedown Birthday Party!

My daughter turned 10 this past week!  We had a good time planning her birthday party together.  It's so much fun to put our creative juices together and sew what we can bring to life.  She decided she wanted a cowgirl hoedown, so here is what we ended up doing...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Making Mops Into Stick Horses

I haven't posted for a week because we have been on break from school and I have been busy planning my daughter's 10th birthday party.  She asked me to give her a cowgirl hoedown themed party.  She is creative and had visions of what this party would entail and the first thing in her vision was a stick horse for each guest!  Speaking of horses....whoa horsey!!!!......make 9 stick horses or worse yet, spend the money to buy 9 stick horses?  I don't think so!  So....I had to get creative to make it fit within the budget, fulfill this kiddo's birthday vision and pull it together within a matter of a few weeks.  What I ended up doing took about 20 minutes per horse to make and cost me less than $4.50 a horse - total!   Here's what I did...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Teaching From Rest (Review)

An e-book from Sarah Mackenzie entitled "Teaching From Rest -A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace", is a very worthwhile read for homeschooling Moms.  I purposely don't do many reviews because I covet my time and yours - so it has to be pretty good for me to agree to do a review.  This was definitely a book worth my time.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a confirmation of many of the things God has been showing me about my very own homeschool, this past few months.