Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Purex Fels-Naptha {Review and Giveaway}

Purex Fels-Naptha is a laundry soap bar to remove those nasty stains on your garments! Either lightly wet the end of the bar and scrub onto your stain before placing in the wash or grate into the washer to help with heavy loads! I generally keep a bar of Fels-Naptha in my laundry room for when I make my own laundry soap. I love it's fresh organic scent that just smells, well, clean! I usually grate it and mix with water, borax and washing soda to make my own detergent. 

Recently, I've been using Purex brand detergents because it's inexpensive and they have great scents that clean great as well! But I love to have the homemade stuff on hand, I guess that's the "prepper" in me.

Making your own detergent is a good skill to have in case times get tough in the days ahead. It's also great to teach the kids, (an excellent homeschool project,) my five year loves helping me ladle the soap into five gallon buckets! It is good to know that Purex has a Fels-Naptha bar since they are a brand I have learned to trust and it's a great laundry soap to have around the house!

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All opinions expressed are my own.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Glideware {Review and Amazon Giveaway}

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Glideware is a company formed by a couple from Grand Junction, Colorado not much different than any of us. Dave Hall works as a construction manager while his wife Jenny is a Realtor. While busy working and raising a family, the two were still able to find time to create a solution to a common household problem: Cabinet Organization!





Seriously. Even today when I went to get a pot to boil water, I had to dig deep to find the one I needed. I guess I'm so used to taking out a billion pots before finding the right one, that I never thought of seeking an alternative. Well, Dave and Jenny did! Glideware was created to simply hang your pots and pans in a way that provides easy access to each piece. Brilliant. Glideware has a patent pending design providing a system that is fully extendable with adjustable hooks that you can easily install into your cabinets!



BENEFITS OF GLIDEWARE

* Allows your pans to air dry!
* Helps prevent dust build-up on your pots and pans!
* Prevents scratching on your pans by not having to pile them on top of each other!
* Prolongs the life of your pots and pans!
* Keeps your cabinets neat and orderly!


Glideware could be used for so much more than just pans. It can be placed in your existing cabinets easily to hold cleaning supplies, tools or closet accessories. Installation is easy, the only tool needed is a screw gun.






The product has been created. Now the goal is to get it into the hands of the consumer! Starting on August 13th Glideware began a Kickstarter campaign! Their goal? To raise 30,000 to cover the cost of setting up manufacturing in the U.S. by September 15th. They are currently over 1/3 of the way there! But, you can still pledge and pre-order your set! Anyone who pledges $125.00 or more is basically pre-ordering their product and receiving it at a discounted price, (retail $175.00). 
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cheap Auto Insurance


Why do you have the auto insurance that you do? Is it because it's the same one you've had for years? Your parents had it, and it just seemed like the right thing to do? Well, maybe.You might be getting a great deal. But you might not be! If you're curious, cheap auto insurance might just be a click away! 

I remember when I was thinking of ways to save money, I tried brainstorming about how I could save a little cash each month. So, after looking at what we paid for auto insurance each month I wondered if we could lower it.  I thought about how so many auto insurance companies are always claiming to have the "lowest rates" and of course, I was skeptical. 

When I finally got a quote from a different company, interestingly enough, I came to find out that I was paying a higher price than what I could be! Then, just a few months later we got a quote from a company my husband seemed interested in so we switched companies. Now, we have an awesome rate and have for years! 

A question you may have is why and how can these companies have such significantly lower numbers? Well, think about it. If you want a good, name brand cereal, you pay extra for it. If you don't mind the store brand for a lower cost, then you go for it! It's the same with auto insurance. If you choose some of the companies that are significantly lower, it is true that in some cases, they use parts and materials that are used or don't cost as much as the ones the other companies are using. Personally, I don't mind used clothing from yard sales or used books for my homeschool. I like a good deal. really, it's up to you to choose what you want to pay top dollar for and what you're willing to look past for a good deal!


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Another Benefit of Homeschooling: Relevance

One of the beauties of homeschooling is it's relevance to everyday living. Education is not limited to what you learn while within the walls of a school building or what you read from a textbook. 
When the parent is the teacher, at home, what they say goes. First, you teach them to respect you, to honor you that they might live a long life as stated in the Bible. Then, once respect is formed and trust is established, you can teach. Not just when sitting down for "school" but in the marketplace, at a friend's house, in any given situation. 

I completely had the mindset that education was limited to "school." I realized this was when I grew up and noticed I had terrible eating habits. I was not a healthy eater by any means. I have no one to blame but myself because I chose to eat what I wanted when I wanted. The thing is, I learned in health class the right things to eat. It's just, APPLYING what I learned in class to real, everyday life was just not connecting. It didn't seem relevant. I knew that I should eat a certain amount of fruits and veggies a day and I knew why, but relating what I learned for hours a day to my everyday life was not connected in any way. 

Yes, I was influenced from what I learned in public school and I did gain knowledge in both public school and a private colleges. But  what I didn't get was the whole life application thing. 

If you think about it, the largest problem in the American Christian Church is hypocrisy. Living one way, but knowing and even living another. I'm a firm believer that we can raise our children not to be hypocrites by leading the way in our homeschool. Discipling and training them up in every area of their lives in a Biblical fashion. We need to form that relationship so that when we say 2 plus 2 is 4 they believe us and when we say evolution is false and God is the Creator, they believe us just the same. They should take our word, and take God's Word as truth in and out of the "classroom" situation. They should heed our voice when we say, "Stop! Don't cross the street!" and should trust us just the same when we say, "Stop! Don't hang out with those friends!" 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Old Schoolhouse Expo: Mid-Week {Review}

So we officially "started school" this week in our homeschool. Usually I'm ahead of the game compared to the public schools in our area but this year they started early and have already been going a whole week! I've felt a little more organized this year and the kids are enjoying the new set up, which makes things run a lot smoother than last year! 

What better way to start off the new year than with motivational speakers to charge you up?! This week, I joined an "Online Homeschool Conference" put on by the Old Schoolhouse Expo. i was planning on listen to the meetings once the week was over at my own pace. I still plan on doing that, mostly with my husband when the kids are asleep. But, the past few days, when I have had a chance, I tuned in while folding laundry or making supper and have been amazed by the quality of these speakers! I've been blessed by every one I've tuned into! It's been set up to run from 1-8pm each night this week, Monday through Friday. Last night though, it went until 10pm which allowed for my husband to be blessed and encouraged as well!

On Monday I enjoyed Heidi St James encourage new moms to homeschool. I know I am not new, but I was encouraged none the less! 

Heidi St James encouraging new homeschooling families



Last  night my husband and I tuned in halfway through Ray Comfort sharing Evolution vs. God. He then went live to speak and answer any questions through the chat box all attendees have access to throughout the week. 


Ray Comfort Sharing *LIVE* After a Presentation of Evolution vs God



 Joaquin Fernandez from Indoctrination sharing about the need for an Education Reformation


We also enjoyed hearing from one of the producers of Indoctrination. I think this is the first person I've ever heard speak that was so adamant about getting kids out of the public school system and back into the home!

There are still many great speakers lined up! I am looking forward to the encouragement! You can sign up now for a discounted price by clicking the banner below!

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*Disclaimer* I received admission to the conference in exchange for promoting it. All opinions stated are my own. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Understanding Child Brain Development DVD {Review}

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DVD
 $19.00


The Family Hope Center is an amazing facility located in Norristown, PA. They serve children with developmental delays and special needs and their parents worldwide. They have resources in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian. They have a video (that can be seen in all of the mentioned languages) called Understanding Child Brain Development. This video is a great resource for parents of any child. This video is an excellent tool even you child has no known brain injury or if they have been diagnosed with the following:

ADD/ADHD
AUTISM
BRAIN TRAUMA
BLINDNESS
DOWNS SYNDROME
CEREBRAL PALSY

The video empowers you, the parent, to understand your child's brain and helps you learn how to bring your child to a place where they are functioning to the best of their ability in their lives! Once you've seen the DVD and want more, they conduct 3 day conferences worldwide to give you more detailed information on how to help your child. There is also the option for partaking in a step-by-step home treatment designed specifically for your family. This company does not focus on the labels, but on treating the symptoms through brain therapy and restoration. The above labels (such as ADHD and Cerebral Palsy) are most likely related to a brain injury. This company figures out where in the brain there is an injury and uses therapy to restore and heal it! It's practical, it's safe and it is done out of a genuine care for the child and their family. 

Remember when Jesus visited Bethesda? He saw a man there that had been ill for thirty-eight years. That's longer than I have been alive! That's what I would call a chronic illness. An illness that you learn to live with, to deal with. After so many years I imagine this man learned how to deal with his situation. How to adjust and cope in the situation that he was in. Jesus knew that this man had been sick for this long and asked the question, "do you want to get well?" (or made whole in the KJV). I imagine if I had been sick for so long I would shout at the top of my lungs, YES!!! Yet interestingly enough that was not the response of this man. He didn't answer yes or no but gave an excuse. I'm not surprised, I know in areas of my life I have a limited, carnal understanding to how things should go. Instead the man said, "I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me in the pool," (John 5:7 KJV). Wow, this whole time this sick man was waiting for a man to help him. He was hoping a man would come and put him in the healing waters, but to no avail! When Jesus comes and reaches out in love, we have a choice at that moment to respond in faith, saying, YES, I want to be healed and obey God. In this case, Jesus told the man to "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk!" Jesus didn't say, "Okay, I'll carry you to the pool!" Rather, He asked the man, to in faith take action and try a different approach to receive his healing!

Recently, more and more children are being diagnosed with autism. With ADHD. With Aspergers Disease.  Do I think that these diseases are real? Yes. Absolutely. I also know that many of you reading this post have children, or know parents with children on the spectrum. I know this is a real and painful issue in our society and am so thankful that The Family Hope Center was created to help parents of these children. Their approach is different. It is not the norm. They look at the child as a whole and how to treat their symptoms, rather than handing them over to a drug or treatment simply based on their symptoms.

It is because of organizations like the Family Hope Center that I do reviews on this blog. To get their name out there to people who may not have heard of it otherwise. I am so grateful to have been able to watch their DVD and gained more than I could have ever asked or imagined by watching it. 

I had never heard of this company before and quite frankly I was hesitant to review it. Now, I am so glad to have reviewed it. My husband and I watched the video and kept looking over at each other with sighs of reliefs. Wow. There are other people who think as we do. So much of what this company stands for falls right in line of what we as a family believe. Yet, I never had a full understanding of WHY. Why do I hate microwaves? Why don't I have one in my kitchen? Is it because I don't know they exist? Because I can't afford one? It's certainly not because I didn't grow up with one, because the Lord knows how much I've used one in my lifetime!! Why do I refuse to give my children juice before the age of one? I know that sounds strict and mean, but I just never felt right giving them all that sugar. Yes, even the natural kind has sugar in it.  

This DVD helped me understand the whys and now the whats. I know what to do if I see slight developmental delays in my children. They have never been diagnosed with anything but let me tell you, I fell prey to some of the same lies that other parents these days are falling into. For example, I bought into the whole, "back to sleep" movement thinking that I was to have my child on their back to prevent SIDS. My children were on their back all.of.the.time. In the car seat carriers, on their pack and play, when they slept, etc. My oldest two were one their back so much they had flat heads as infants. True story. They have rounded out some and look better now that they have hair, but what kind of damage was done in the meantime? Well, the people at the Family Hope Center have simpe tests to find out if there is a brain injury and where it is located on the brain! We as parents need to stop feeling guilty if our child has a brain injury and do something about it, no matter how slight or small! 

One of the therapeutic methods is having your child, of any age, get down on their hands and knees and creep and crawl. Five, six, seven, even eight year olds. Get them on the ground creeping and crawling to help connect parts of the brain that may have not developed correctly. I tried this with my kids. As a game. I had my kids crawl from one end of the house to the other.The day before, I noticed my six year old had written his J backwards. I wasn't too concerned, he still is in that developmental stage, but I tried something. After having them crawl, I told them to go to the table and write as many "J's" as they could. Then "S's" and then "3's." None of them were backwards. Interesting. I understand that therapy takes time, and doesn't happen right away but I hope to include this as a part of our homeschooling curriculum! I also plan to try more of their materials to help gain more of an understanding of each of my children. The idea to go ahead and use their materials as part of our homeschool was actually my husband's idea, since he loves the concepts of this organization as much as I do!  





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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Reading Kingdom (Review)

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Reading Kingdom is an online reading program teaching children ages 4 through 10 to read using a unique method formed by Dr. Marion Blank. The program recommends that a child should be at least 4 years old, able to sit still for at least 15 minutes and able to use a mouse to embark on this adventure! I used this program with my five and six year olds. Even though my 3 year old does know how to use a mouse for some online games, understanding the letters on the keyboard is another story. So, she isn't quite ready to give this a go. When you begin this program you need to understand that this is NOT a phonics based method. It's interesting. Most all of the materials that I find while in this critical stage of teaching my children how to read, is phonics based. I feel this pressure to teach them these rules and sounds. Funny thing is, I was not taught phonics in our school system and have been an avid reader since I was six years old! I'm not sure which method was used, but it was not phonics. I currently am teaching my children phonics but am still able to use this program as a supplement to help them expand in their writing skills. The method used in this program was patented by Dr. Marion Blank as the Six Skill Integrated Method. The following six skills are integrated together to help bring understanding and success in all areas. 

SIX SKILLS

SEQUENCING
WRITING
SOUNDS
MEANING 
GRAMMAR
COMPREHENSION

Click on the video below to hear Cindy Crawford's praise of Dr. Blank's methods.


HOW IT WORKS

One thing that sets this program apart from other online reading programs that I've tried, is the strict emphasis that the parent is not to help the child, at all. If they are still new to the concept of the mouse then you may help them in that area, but for everything else, the program is designed to teach and guide them throughout the entire lesson. This way, the program can work with the child if it notices that a certain skills needs to be perfected!

When you first sign your child up, you have them take a Skills Survey to see which level they should begin at. There are two parts of the survey. In the first part they practice their sequencing and keyboarding skills. Depending on the age and skill level of your child, the survey stops when it shows that it is the best level for them to start the program! My five year old only had to complete the first part of the Skills Survey.

My six year old continued on to the second part of the Skills Survey which helps determine their reading and writing skills. Spelling has been a struggle for him so I was excited that the program placed him exactly where he need to be!

DIFFERENT LEVELS

SEEING SEQUENCES

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LETTER LAND
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After taking the Skills Survey my five year old was placed at the Seeing Sequences/Letter Land level. This taught him basic sequencing to help him with reading as well as basic keyboarding skills. 

Below are a few screen shots from one of his sessions.
He is learning to find letters on the keyboard. You have a choice to use an on screen keyboard or your physical one. It's easier for him to use the physical one. But sometimes it takes a little time. If the child takes a while, and seems to need a little help, an on screen keyboard will pop up showing the child where the correct letter is. 
Once a level has been completed, the screen below is what is shown. A point system is used to determine what level they are on. 

The next two screen shots are from one of my six year old's sessions. He was placed at the Reading/Writing Level One. Shown below is a story that is read to the child, using words they have been going over, then the child reads it themself.
And, my favorite part, spelling. This has been great for my son. He knows how to read these words, but the extra practice to spell them in a fun and interactive way has been helpful. I noticed when he was struggling with the word "girls" the program kept drilling him until he perfected it!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Polyface Farms {Field Trip}


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    What better way to start off the school year than with a family field trip to a farm? But not just any farm, Polyface Farms! My husband and I had first heard of Joel Salatin of Polyface farms through one of those "recommended videos" on YouTube. I remember watching through a video of him talking and being inspired! We remember noticing that he was from the Shedendoah Valley and thinking, "hmm that's not too far from us," but kind of just left it at that. Then when I saw a list of speakers at a homeschooling convention I was thinking about attending this year, I saw his name. Interesting. Maybe his family homeschooled. Maybe he's a Christian. Maybe I should check out what this farm is all about. So. I did. I went to hear him speak during one of the convention sessions and let me tell you, it was life changing. Our family wants to live more of a sustainable lifestyle, growing and raising our own food and having enough to share and sell for a living. But how in the world, in this economy, do you do that? 
After hearing Joel Salatin speak we decided to go visit his farm for a day. They offer 2 hour tours several times a month led by Joel Salatin or his son, Daniel, hayride style! When we first arrived we were immediately drawn to the rabbits. Grass fed rabbits. Little lawn mowers. Brilliant. We are soooo getting some and placing them in between our garden rows!!! Then we checked out the hoop houses. Immediately, my five year old asked if he could go inside while they were picking tomatoes to sell in their store after the tour. He attached himself to one of the girls and learned all about how to pick the right tomatoes!

The tour consisted of visiting the broilers, egg layers, cows, pigs and turkeys. Each stop the kids were allowed to get down and run around and explore with the animals! The tree pictured above had a wild honey bee hive in it doing their honey bee thing! 

Our family had a blast. My six year son even found an egg at one of the stops and Mr. Salatin let him take it home. And yes, we had it for breakfast the following morning! I enjoyed meeting another homeschooling mom on the hayride and greatly enjoyed the fellowship! I would highly recommend visiting the farm if you are ever in the Staunton, VA area! Just be warned, your perspective on life might be challenged!

Schoolhouse Expo Begins ON MONDAY! (8/19/13)

Congratulations to ANGIE L. for winning a FREE TICKET to this conference. Also, A BIG thank you to the Old Schoolhouse for providing this ticket!!

If you would like to purchase a ticket, there is still time. You can find all ticket information here.




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In my previous post about this amazing event I shared with you some of the exciting speakers aand topics that will be found at this event. CLICK HERE to read my previous post.

So what exactly is an ONLINE CONFERENCE?

Do I have to sit in front on my computer screen all day, every day?
Um, no. Who can do that? Haha! But what you can do is look at the schedule here and see which speakers really capture your attention and plan to tune in at that those times. You also will receive a link after the conference is over allowing you to watch all of the sessions at your own convienence! I know that there is a class on how to make a computer game, I plan on watching this with my oldest son and take notes! 

How do I log in?

You will be sent an email the day before each session. simply click on the link to enter!

What are the benefits of watching during the actual convention time?

There will be an oppotunity to ask questions of the speaker through a chat box and you'll be able to connect with other attendees! There will also be giveaways going on during the conference available only to those attending during the actual sessions!

Hope to *see* you there!!!

*disclaimer* I will receive a pass to this conference in exchange for promoting it.
 All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bible Study For All Ages {Review}

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Bible Study Guide For All Ages is Bible curriculum that can be used in homes, churches or groups of literally ALL AGES (hence the name). They provide materials for children as young as three years old on up through sixth grade, as well as for teens and adults! I received the following materials to use in our homeschool with my children ages 3-6.


Beginner Student Pages
Beginner Time Line
Children's Song CD Set
Intermediate Student Pages
Bible Book Summary Cards

Two of my children used the beginner level while my six year old used the intermediate level. This program is a Bible Curriculum studying the Bible in 416 lessons over the course of several years! It teaches the students some of the Old Testament and some from the New Testament each year. The first thirty lessons study the lives of  Joseph, Daniel and Jesus. Rather than beginning in Genesis and going straight through, they use this method to give an overview of the Bible and then go back and fill in the gaps! 

They also use a Time Line, which helps to put things in perspective when it comes to chronological order. I personally like this method of studying the Bible. Recently, I received a One-Year Study Bible. You know, the kind that has certain passages in it for each day so,  you can read through the entire Bible in a year. It picks out both an Old Testament Scripture, New Testament, Scripture, a Psalm and a Proverb for each day. I enjoy it and like how this program uses a similar methodology.


The wording in these studies is the NIV version, but there are many times, especially in the intermediate level where the student and/or teacher are encouraged to look up passages. We prefer King James so we were able to do this with no problem!

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$24.95
The Beginner Time Line is geared toward the 3 through kindergarten age range. There are thirty-four  8.5 x 11 cards with a simple question and color picture to teach your children!



The Bible Book Summary Cards are for the older ages, grades 1 and up. They are a great teaching tool! I would simply hold up the card and read the description on the back. It basically summarize what the child is learning during their lessons. There are 66 cards, one for each book of the Bible so you go over each card for several of the lessons.

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A CD can also be purchased to go along with the lessons! This 2-CD pack includes 90 acapella songs that for me brought back some wonderful memories! Right before I received this CD in the mail I had attended the 90th birthday party of the woman who started our church with her husband years ago. There were testimonies. There were tears, And there were songs. Good, old fashioned Jesus praising songs. One of her daughters got up to speak and encouraged us to get ahold of these songs of old. To sing songs based on scripture and get it in your heart. That statement totally resonated with me. I know personally that when difficulties have come in my life it's those Bible-based songs from my childhood that I would cling to, not necessarily the modern Christian worship songs. That is what I want for my kids. 
When I started listening to this CD I was taken aback at first at the fact that it was acapella. With all of our modern worship so focused on riffs and drum solos it kind of caught me off guard. But when I started hearing songs that I haven't sung in years. Songs I remember singing as a kid in VBS or church camp such as Alleluia and Show Me the Way, I got excited. 


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$19.95
You can listen to a sample of the Children's Songs here


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for 26 Lessons

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Now for the actual lessons! What makes this program so enticing is that you can study the same things with children of different ages. Each lesson is on one page, double-sided. The book comes apart pretty easy so I'm assuming you are meant to take out each page as you work on it rather than in a workbook format. 

Below is pictured the same lessons for both the beginner and intermediate student. The beginner has a lot of simple coloring, circle and drawing. The intermediate has more filling in letters to form words and more in depth study. On the back of the beginner lesson is a coloring page with a practical scenario and activity relating to the lesson. For the intermediate, there is a time line and more questions and Bible reading. 



I was able to get though a lesson in one sitting with the younger ones. It was harder with the older one though, I would need to come back and study more in depth the other side of his paper with the time line since it took more thought and Bible study. Overall i enjoyed having something I could use with all my children at one time and plan to continue to use this program. The quality of the cards are impressive and as stated earlier I love the CDs! The only thing that I wasn't too fond of was the size of the lesson sheets. They were a few inches longer than your average book so when we had to pack up our school materials for a trip up north, it didn't fit well in the bag with my other books. Other than that we enjoyed Bible Study for All Ages!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Schoolhouse Expo Online Conference and a GIVEAWAY!





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Who wants to get refreshed right before the new school year begins? What better way than to attend a HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE right from the comfort of your own home! I attended my first ever homeschool conference earlier this summer and it was one of the best decisions I've made in terms of our homeschool. Receiving teaching, hearing testimonies and being encouraged was just the beginning of what was gained at this conference. I would love to go again next year and hope to even make it an annual event. I  also hope to go as a family because yes, it was THAT amazing. But sometimes leaving home for three days (which is what I did) is not always an option. Especially for us as a family, it's hard to leave with farm animals and the responsibilities that go along with them! 
An awesome alternative is definitely an 

ONLINE HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE!
Schoolhouse Expo

HOW DOES IT WORK?
August 19-23 you can purchase (OR WIN!) access to the event from 1-8pm (est) each day. Can't make it during these hours? You will receive a link to the recordings after the week is complete!)

Purchase a ticket here for only $24!!!
(or enter to WIN a FREE ticket below)

SOME SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Dean Butler (The Little House Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder)

Davis Carmen (Give me one good reason to Homeschool)

Jessica Hulcy (Multi-Level Teaching)

Marie Rippel (Effective Teaching Methods for Struggling Learners)

Kim Kautzer (The Lazy Child)

Jay Wile and Diana Waring 
(Textbook Myths and How to Dubunk them)

Andy Harris (Build your own computer game for free)

CLICK HERE to see the line up!

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Nature Journaling Part 5 of 5 {Exploration}


Well this is it! The final day of our the Crew Blog hop! I hope you have enjoyed our articles and that you have been encouraged, blessed and inspired to either begin or continue with your school year plans!

I'd like to leave you with some ideas of what you can have your child journal about on those days that you don't have anything planned. 
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On those days that nothing is going right and you just NEED to get outside, grab your journal, postpone the lesson plans and see what you can see!

~ Habitats: 
Go to a swamp, pond, forest, lake or whatever is close and discover what is around YOU.

~ Local Stops:
Go to the same places you visit regularly but with a different focus. Visit your local park, grocery store parking lot, library, or other locations and have your children stop and look around at nature. Help them to be aware at what they may miss when being busy in their day to day activities. 

~ Senses:
Head out the back door, rain or shine and observe what is around you using your five senses. Your child might be amazed at what they smell, hear or even see when paying close enough attention to their surroundings!

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