Special Sale on the MFL-06 Duo Scope!

I have a great special on the MFL-06 Duo Scope Microscope with a FREE copy of the World of the Microscope Book for only $72.99.

If you have not heard of this microscope, let me tell you a bit about it. It is a battery-operated microscope that you can use to view slides or solid objects. The optics are all glass lenses. It have a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty. It is not a child’s toy microscope. It is a very nice student microscope. We have used ours for 3 years now, and we have traveled with it to various homeschool conventions, and it has given us no problems whatsoever. I have used the same AA batteries in it since we got it, and I just recently had to put in new batteries.

I have used this microscope with my older and younger children, and they love the flexibility of switching the light source from slides to solid objects in a matter of seconds. The microscope also comes with a slide making kit, and I am including a free copy of The World of the Microscope Book with each purchase. This book is the best book I have seen on teaching how to use a microscope and make slides.

This is a limited time offer!

So much has happened……..

It is hard to put two thoughts together to update my blog, but I shall try to give you a brief update. I last posted on May 18. I spent the rest of that week getting ready for the NCHE convention. It is always on Memorial Day week-end, and this year Memorial Day was early.

On the last day of the conference, I received a phone call that an elderly relative had a medical emergency. I had been helping take care of him since my grandfather passed away in December. So I finished up my duties at the convention, and I was able to participate in my daughter’s graduation ceremony at the convention.

But once I returned home, I spent a lot of time either at the hospital or commuting to the hospital. It was not a quick trip each day. When I returned home each day, I had children and a husband who needed me, and I had business matters to attend to. And I started online classes to get my bachelor’s degree.

Somehow in all of this, my blogging fell way off. I posted quick prayer requests on Facebook, but that was about all I had time for each day.

My great-uncle passed away on June 7, 2009. And I was heavily involved in the arrangments. I did have help and support of extended family. And now I am in the waiting mode to work on the estate stuff this fall.

I spent most of last week getting caught up in my house and office. And, now, I think I have a little time to spend blogging. Not a lot though…..I have a research paper to write. This is my 4th one for this class. And it has been a looooooong time since I wrote a formal paper for a class.

The kids are all doing well, and I am trying to inject some fun into our summer. It has been a very rough year.

As far as my business goes, I could use some more customers. :-) I am running a good Saxon Sale right now. You might want to check it out at http://www.dhss.com/shop/custom.aspx?recid=9.

I hope you are having a blessed summer!

Enter to WIN a new Rosetta Stone!

Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language and has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — and you can WIN the *all new* version 3 Rosetta Stone Homeschool LATIN program… FOR FREE! This is the first year you can get Latin in the brand new Version III update.

This is a $259 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!)This is a computer based curriculum and Rosetta Stone will also include a headset with microphone, and a supplementary “Audio Companion” CD so you can practice lessons in the car, on the go, or where-ever! Students participate in life-like conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone incorporates listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing along with speaking and pronunciation lessons. For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program to allow parents to easily enroll up to ten students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, grade completed work (the program grades the work automatically as the students progress- I love that!), and you can view and print reports for transcripts. Homeschooling a lot of kids at your house? This program is designed to enroll and track up to ten students (five users on two computers) and will work for nearly all ages — from beginning readers up to college students.
To win this most excellent Latin program copy these paragraphs and post them in (or as) your next blog post, and/OR link to the contest from your facebook page and/OR email the information to your homeschool support group – Then go to the original page http://Jeneralities.com and leave a comment saying that you’ve posted about, or have linked to, the contest. Please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post. And good luck!

Pray for Baby Noah

Many of you know the Estes family of Hands and Hearts. Their two-year-old son, Noah, is very sick tonight. He could use the prayers of all the saints of God. Please pray for him and his sweet family. This is personal for me for a few reasons. I met Noah when he was a small infant, before they ever knew he was sick, and he is a few weeks younger than my youngest son. This family is the dearest, sweetest family. And they have been through so much in a few short years. I can see God’s Hand on them, and I beseech you to pray for him as you are led.

You can read their updates at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/ourquiverfull.

Thank you for praying!

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

This is my first entry in Not Me! Monday!

Mondays are not my favorite day of the week. When Monday rolls around, my weekly chores get started up again. After taking Sunday off from laundry, Monday always brings full dirty clothes bins. Monday also brings floors that need vacuuming, bathrooms that need cleaning, children that need educating. Would I take a Monday off and do something fun? Not Me!

Maybe I need to challenge myself to take a Monday off and take a field trip with my children. We can’t do it this week. We are taking time off from a few regular things to attend to a few doctor’s appointments.

Our daughter fell on Friday night, and she broke her wrist. So she will need an appointment with an orthopedic doctor on Monday.

Our baby, who is 2, is sick with a stomach bug. He may need a visit with the pediatrician for evaluation.

The other 4 boys are happy and healthy. Thank you, Lord.

So would I take a Monday off for fun? Not Me! Not this Monday! But maybe one Monday I will!

Have a blessed day!

Technology is moving along…..

I just sent this short message from my cell phone to my blog, and it posted!

“Testing my text to blogger posting.”

There have been a few times when I have had time-sensitive prayer requests or updates that I would have liked to post my blog quickly. With my cell phone and text messaging, I can now do that.

A few years ago, I attempted to live blog from a convention, but my laptop was always tied up with ringing up customer sales so that I could not use it to post updates to my blog. Now I can LIVE BLOG from my cell phone. How cool is that?

I also learned tonight how to Twitter from my cell phone, and it will post my tweets to my sidebar on my blog and on my Facebook page. What a fun night I have had!

I have also started a new blog for answering all of the homeschool questions that I receive. You can check that out at Your Questions Answered About Homeschooling. It has only taken me a couple of years to start putting this particular blog together.

So check me out on the web! I am in a lot of different places!

Thinking about homeschooling?

Are you thinking about homeschooling your child(ren)? When our oldest child was old enough to start school, we did what everyone else we knew did, we sent her to public school. After 4 years, that did not seem to be working for her or our second child, and thus, our homeschool experience began. That was in the year 2000. Now, we are in 2009, and we are weeks away from graduating our oldest child from our homeschool.

I did a lot of reading over the years about homeschooling and the various methods of homeschooling. And I found a “fit” for our family. We love being together and being active. So we do a lot of projects together. It amazes me what our youngest children, who are 5 and 2, have picked up from their older siblings. I think it is referred to as “trickle down education.” It was how the younger children learned in the one-room schoolhouse, and it is how my children learn today.

How do you start homeschooling? First, research the homeschool laws in your state or province. Home School Legal Defense has made it easy for you to find out homeschool laws in all 50 states of the United States. It is legal to homeschool in all 50 states. But each one has its own laws governing homeschooling.

Next, you need to figure out your family’s mission statement and goals for education. This is essential in determining what curriculum to use in your homeschool. I would also recommend reading a book on the various methods of homeschooling. There is a book called, Homeschooling Methods. I sell it on my website, and it is a good synopsis of the various ways you can educate your children at home.

You have the rest of the spring and summer to do all of this, so start reading and researching! You care also welcome to leave your questions in the comments section of this post!