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!!!

Valentine’s Special

A friend of mine, Kerry Beck, has pulled together several great resources to celebrate Valentines Day. Some are for your kids and some are for you & your sweetie.

Kerry’s package includes Valentine recipes (over 200), creative & cheap ways to add romance to your marriage, Valentine crafts & games, and some fun February school activities. The coolest thing about her package is the price. Get this…it’s 7 items for $7.

Since it’s so low, I thought some of you might want to check it out.
Here’s the link: http://www.curriculumconnection.net/valentinesday08.htm

Happy Early Valentines Day,
Tami

Informational rally in Texas sponsored by the Texas Organizers for ParentalRights.org

ACTION

G o to www.ParentalRights.org and sign the petition.

ATTEND informational rally to hear:

Michael P. Farris, J.D.

Founder of ParentalRights.org

Chancellor of Patrick Henry College in VA

Founder of Homeschool Legal Defense


March 1, 2008 (Saturday)

7:00-9:30 pm

Fellowship Bible Church Dallas at 9330 N. Central Exwy.

(Hwy. 75 / Park Lane; NE corner behind Bed, Bath, Beyond)

Dallas, TX 75231

214-739-3881

CONTACT Texas Organizers for ParentalRights.org to help:

Wade / Jessica Hulcy wade@konos.com or queen@airmail.net ; 972-924-2541

Gavino / Ruth Perez gavinoperez@sbcglobal.net ; 210-732-0893

A peek into our week

I am sure you have noticed that I have been bringing posts over to this blog instead of writing new articles this week. There is a good reason for that. We have had flu this week. It’s been hard to think of new things to write about when your brain is not functioning 100%. We are on the mend, and it has not been a terrible case of the flu, since we had flu shots this year. We are resting and drinking fluids as much as possible.

I do want to bring some of my favorite posts from my other blog to this blog, so you will continue to see some recycled articles. I will try to write new posts, too.

We are working on the last 8 weeks of our school year, too. We started our school year off in July, so we should be finishing up our school year at the end of March. We typically school year round with breaks, so we will have a short break, and then get back to our basics.

We have been reading a book about Thomas Edison this week. It has been entertaining for the boys to get a peek into the childhood of someone they have heard about for many years.

Have a blessed day! Tami

One of my favorite KONOS memories….

(This was posted on my other blog in July of 2005, but it refers to a memory from the fall of 2001.)

This particular moment came very soon after we started using KONOS. We had an 11 yr old, 7 yr old, 3 yr old, and 8 month old. We started with the character trait of Attentiveness, so the children would learn to be good listeners. The first dramatization was the story of when God called Samuel. First, we read the story from the Bible. Then I told the 11, 7, and 3 yr old to work together to dramatize it.

The 7 yr old decided that he needed to play the part of God first, and the 3 yr old wanted to be Samuel. That left the 11 yr old girl to be Eli. So they dramatized. Then they switched parts and did it again. Then they switched parts again and did it one more time for me. Later when we had moved on to something else, the 3 yr old could be heard in the living room pretending to be God calling Samuel. He did this for months afterwards. And they did the whole scene for Dad several times, too.

I also have to say that now that they are older, they still love KONOS, and they have asked to study the Civil War from Volume 3 this summer while we are on break.

Have a blessed day! Tami

A Typical Homeschool Day (circa 2005)

(I thought I would post a typical homeschool day for us from a few years ago, and then I will post a typical day for us in 2008 in the near future.)

This originally was posted on my other blog on June 28, 2005.

I have long wanted to write about a day in our school. Thank you, Gena, for the opportunity to share a day in our homeschool.

Our day typically starts out with me rising about an hour before the children. This gives me time to spend some quiet time with the Lord, and also gives me a few minutes to prioritize the things on my list that I need to accomplish for the day. I will write a daily chore list on our dry-erase board for the children. That way they know who is supposed to do what chore, and I have a way to monitor the chores being completed.

I wake the children around 8:00, and while they eat breakfast, I start the laundry and any other chores that I am responsible for starting. Then I will shower while they finish breakfast and get dressed for the day. They know to start their chores for the day after they are dressed.

We usually begin our school morning at 9:00 with a Bible verse or verses that pertain to our KONOS lesson for the day. Then we will spend the next 45 minutes to 1 hour on our KONOS plans for the day (see below in my blog for my plan sheets). After that, the children being their grade-level work in math and language arts. The younger ones typically end before the older ones, so it has worked best for us to start with the one thing we all study together, and then move into other subjects.

Normally, we will work on schoolwork until lunchtime. Then we will have a lunch break and do a few more chores for the day. Usually, I am running back and forth from the laundry room putting clothes in the washer, then the dryer, and then folding. The children will help move things along in the laundry room, too. We try to share in this monumental task.

After lunch, my youngest will take a nap, and we will do any big hands-on projects that need to be worked on while he is otherwise occupied. After this, the next two younger ones will have a quiet time. Then the older two children will have time to work on other educational things that interest them, such as computer time or foreign language time. They also can use this time for reading any books related to our KONOS lesson for the week, or they can work on their writing assignment for the week. The afternoons change a lot for us, since they have so many things they like to do.

Around 4:00, we try to go through the house and pick up anything the littlest one has scattered about and vacuum the kitchen and living room. We like to have an orderly house when dad arrives home from work. I will also start dinner at this time, and each day, I have a different child assigned as the kitchen helper. This child will help set the table, as well as clear off the dishes at the end of the meal.

After dinner with dad, the children will have a read-aloud time with Dad, and a family devotion. Sometimes, I use this time to work on something that I could not attend to during the day, or I will use the time to spend some one on one time with my youngest.

Then we will spend time together as a family until bed time. Sometimes we will watch a family movie or play a board game.

That is a typical day in our school. We also go to some support group functions during the month where we get to have PE together. And we also attend a 4-H meeting once a month. So we have some outside activities, but they are not a daily or even weekly part of our schedule. This fall we are planning on particpating in our first KONOS co-op once a week.

Have a blessed day! Tami

Why I chose KONOS for our homeschool

(This article is a real blast from the past. I posted it on my other blog on June 29, 2005! So it is a bit dated in terms of the references I have to that particular school year. But it is a good article none the less!)

We have completed our 5th year of homeschooling. And we have five children. We use KONOS as the spine of our school. I was first drawn to KONOS when I read about it in Diana Waring’s Abundant Life Homeschooling. After I read her review of it and looked at the KONOS web-site, I talked to my husband about it. When it was time to go to our state homeschool bookfair, the KONOS booth was one of my first stops. I talked to the rep, and then I left to walk around the bookfair. That night I spread out all the information I had gathered on my hotel-room bed, and I compared everything I had looked at and written down. I prayed about what God wanted us to use, and I felt that He was leading me to purchase KONOS. I was drawn to two major factors about it. The first was that it is a curriculum based on character traits from the Bible, and the second was that I could use it multi-level.

The next day, I went back and purchased the first volume and timeline figures. The only other curriculum decisions I had left was our math program and language arts program.

Now that we have used KONOS for the past 4 years, I have to say that my children and I all love using it. We love reading and learning together. And you cannot beat the hands-on learning that takes place. My youngest ones also participate. They love the dramatization and experiments! They can remember so many of the people they have dressed up as and re-enacted scenes from their lives.

They love it so much that they have asked to study the Civil War this summer while we are on our break from school. Next year, we will enter a new level of KONOS as our oldest begins KONOS, “History of the World 1 – Ancient Times.”

I am also very blessed to be a part of the KONOS on-line community through yahoo groups. It has such a family atmosphere. We share our joys and our trials. We are able to share and ask questions. My family was privileged to attend the first KONOS Retreat in Oklahoma. It was one of the highlights of our school year this past year.