WFMW: Cough/Flu tip

This week’s Works for Me Wednesday post came about due to necessity. We have had the flu in our household, and I coughed and coughed and coughed at night. And do you want to know what worked for me to quiet my cough?

I put Vick’s Vapor Rub on the bottom of my feet at night and put my softest socks on over it. And I went to sleep, and I did not cough once ALL night long!!!!

I heard this once, and I thought it was CRAZY.

Now, I am not a medical professional, so please do not take this as advice from a medical professional. This is just a “mom tip” that someone shared with me. If you have a persistant cough, it is a good idea to seek medical attention, especially if it has been lingering.

Have a blessed day! Tami

Are homeschool marriages in trouble?

When you first started your journey into homeschooling, did you notice that you had some obstacles put into your path? I know that we did. And after a time, we settled into a pattern of homeschooling. And the little things kept popping up to derail us. One thing that we had going for us was a strong marriage, and that is still true today. But it takes a lot of work to keep a marriage strong.

Some friends of mine have seen the need in the homeschool community for a marriage encounter week-end specifically for homeschool parents. It is their desire to give you the tools needed to keep your marriage strong, because if you don’t have a strong marriage, you don’t have a strong homeschool.

I am also doing a 30-day challenge to further strengthen my marriage. You can read my daily posts at my other blog.

Have a blessed day! Tami

One Room Schoolhouse—my thoughts

The ladies at The Homeschool Blog Awards are hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling, and they have a theme about a one-room schoolhouse. It just so happens that the boys and I are doing a read-aloud book this week based on the life of Thomas Edison. He did not have a good experience in a one-room schoolhouse situation, and he ended up being homeschooled by his mother. I compared this to poor experiences that we had with our local public school. We left public school behind us, and we created our own one-room schoolhouse.

Today, I am teaching my children who range in age from 17 years to 18 months. And we have our lessons together each morning. I can see the benefits of homeschooling this week. We have homeschooled since 2001, and my 4th-born son on down to the baby have no idea what life was like around here before we homeschooled. They have always been a part of our lesson time.

I see the fruit of this when my 7-year-old tells me that he already knows a new concept that I am teaching him. He was there when I was teaching it to an older sibling. Around here we call that “the trickle down effect.” What I have taught to the older children has trickled down to the younger ones. It does make my job easier, but at the same time, I have to sometimes bring in different books for my younger ones, because they remember so much of what I have already taught them.

I am also exposing my younger children to higher levels of reading and math by teaching everyone together. My young ones can sit and listen to me read chapter books or go over math concept, and they get very absorbed in this. It is always a joy to hear them ask questions based on something I read to them during the read aloud time. And I love to hear that they already know a math fact that I am introducing to them.

I have also noticed that my younger children score higher on end of grade tests, because I am covering a broad range of topics with them alongside their basic reading, writing, and arithmetic.

In closing, I am so glad that God brought us along the path of learning alongside our children. What a privilege it is to enjoy learning more about the beauty in the world around us as a family.

Have a blessed day! Tami

Day 5 of my challenge

I just posted an update on my 30-day challenge. And I am quite pleased with the changes that are happening in me. I am in such a good mood that I am going to start a new challenge. This one involves getting active! I am going to start working out in the morning. I have a goal to lose one pound per week. Tomorrow morning, I will weigh in and measure and start a journal. It has been a couple of years, since I was able to focus and get excited about doing something for me. We had a really hard year in 2006, and I had a baby in the summer of 2006. And I have had to deal with a lot of emotions stemming from losses in 2005 and 2006. So this has just been a journey for me. Now I am ready to take charge and lose some weight. Anyone want to join me?????

Have a blessed day! Tami

Do you subscribe to my newsletter?

I wanted to mention that I have a weekly email newsletter that you can sign up for on my DHSS website. It is a free service that I use to keep you informed of happenings on my website, and I also have been known to hold contests and give away items. And this week I have a free item for my readers. It is a link to an excerpt from the book, Easy Homeschooling Techniques, by Lorraine Curry. Lorraine sent me the link to share with my readers.

If you sign up for my newsletter this week, I will send you the link to the excerpt, plus you will get a copy of my ebook, Overcoming Obstacles While Homeschooling. I am working on a revision of that book, so you might see more information about that in the coming months.

I also posted my convention schedule on my website, so please check that out, too.

Have a blessed day! Tami

(Editing to say that I have been trying to get this post to upload to my blog since Monday.)

Just released! Preschool Activities in a Bag 2


Preschool Activities in a Bag
is a book written by two homeschool moms, who have 11 children between the two of them. They wrote the book because they found a solution to keeping their preschoolers busy and wanted to share it with other moms who also have preschoolers. Now, hundreds of moms across the country are using Preschool Activities In a Bag. It’s hard to tell who is more excited about Preschool Activities In a Bag, the moms or the preschoolers!

The book contains detailed instructions for mom to make the preschool activities on her own or with a group of moms. The activities are easy for mom to make and fun for preschoolers to use. The best part is that they:

  • Are educational and fun
  • Require little to no help from mom
  • Are self-contained and easy to store
  • Are self-guiding and self-correcting
  • Cost very little to produce
  • Can be used over and over again

Now available at Discount Home School Supplies!!!