Homeschooling at the speed of life by Marilyn Rockett

Once upon a time, I was a mom to two children, and I thought I led a fairly organized life. Then God called my husband and me to homeschool our children, and He blessed us with four more children. I also have a business that I run in my “spare” time. So, it is safe to say that some of my organization flew out the window. I have had Marilyn Rockett’s book on my shelf for a while, and after picking it up tonight, I am renewed and invigorated to make some organizational changes in my life. Her book also contains a hand CD-ROM to help make my organizing projects more manageable. This is a book that I bought. It is not just a book that was sent to me for review, and I would recommend it to any homeschool mom who needed a little help in organizing all the stuff that comes along with homeschooling. Marilyn is a Titus 2 woman, and I am so glad she wrote this book to help us get organized.

You can purchase this book HERE.

Review of “Hand that Rocks the Cradle” by Nathaniel Bluedorn

Nathaniel Bluedorn has compiled a book with 400 classical books for children. I have spent a lot of time in the past previewing books for my children, and now I have a resource that is divded up by author with short summaries of some of the author’s books. What a help to me this book has been! There are guides for each book that gives the time period covered, location, and publish date. There is also an index at the end of the book that gives the books listed in the book by topic, such as Animals or Dogs.

You can purchase this book from my website HERE.

Did you think I disppeared from my blog?

Hello! I am sorry it has been so long in between blog postings. Spring has been a very busy season in our household. I attended the MidWest Homeschool Convention in March, and it was wonderful! It also heralded in a busy season for my book business. And I have also tried to spend more time with my husband and children. I have said it before on this blog that my priorities are God, my husband, and my children. This blog definitely takes a back seat to those things in my life. And I have wanted to spend as much time with God and my family lately, so I have just not taken the time to sit down and write in my blog.

I have also spent a lot of time reviewing books lately, so be prepared for several reviews in the near future. I also just returned from the North Carolina Homeschool Convention, and it was wonderful. I enjoyed seeing all of the vendors that I have become friends with, and I enjoyed seeing customers who have shopped with me the past few years. With my store, I am not doing a lot of conventions this year, and I will only be going to a local one-day conference in August. And that will be my last convention of this season.

I pray that God has blessed each of you as He has me!

Win FREE Rosetta Stone Software!

Rosetta Stone has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — next week they are unleashing a brand new curriculum, and you can WIN the *all new* Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3… FOR FREE!

This is a $219 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!) and the winner gets to pick from any of these 14 languages: Spanish (Spain or Latin America), English (American or British), Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Irish, Hebrew, or Russian.

This will also include a headset with microphone, and students will participate in lifelike conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone still incorporates listening, reading and writing as well, in addition to speaking. Many homeschoolers requested grammar and vocabulary exercises, and with Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3, they’re included! For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program and allow parents to easily enroll students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, and view and print reports.

To win this most excellent program — in the language of your choice — copy these (blue) paragraphs and post it in (or as) your next blog post — then to enter the contest, go to the original contest page HERE: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/JenIG/501132/ and leave a comment with the link showing where you blogged about it. And please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post it. And good luck! The winner will be picked randomly on March 26, and will be notified thru the link they left to their blog pg. And if you have more than one blog, you can post them and enter those separately for more chances to win. Yay for free stuff!

A Review of Sequential Spelling

This year I have used Sequential Spelling with my son who has struggled with spelling. It has made a huge difference in his spelling abilities. The program is written to teach words that build upon each other. You begin with a small root word, such as the word “in”. And then you begin adding prefixes and suffixes to that word. There are 180 lists in each level, and you give the student a spelling test each day. Each lesson builds from the day before, and the author, Don McCabe, walks you through how to administer the program for the first 8 days. After that, you will be comfortable with how the program works, and you won’t need his lesson guidance.

For the first time in his life, my son says that spelling makes sense, and he is learning. That is a major statement coming from my son.

This program can be used with any age student. I would not recommend it for a student in grades K, 1, or 2. It moves pretty quickly, and I would say that it best suits students from grade 3 and up.

Have a blessed day! Tami

Do you have spring fever?

I wanted to let you know about a great new resource we’ve found that mixes one of my favorite Springtime passions – gardening and growing things!
The Erskine family has just opened their new site, “Green Thumb Family”. It is the neatest blog, just chock full of stuff about growing both great gardens AND great kids! If you’ve ever wondered about integrating your gardening with your homeschooling, here’s your answer!
You can check out the site at: http://www.greenthumbfamily.com/
But hold on, it gets EVEN BETTER!
The Erskines have put together a super “toolkit” which currently has 14(!) great hands-on resources, and more coming almost daily. You can see it on their site, BUT DON’T ORDER IT THERE! We have a special page set up where you can get the whole thing (AND all the updates) at a nice discount for the next 10 days!
Here’s the page you’ll want to remember, it’s the only place you can get the toolkit at a discount:
http://www.homewaypress.com/index.htm?hop=discounths
We highly recommend you check out the blog, then get yourself a copy of this “toolkit” asap. Spring is just around the corner, and this would be a wonderful way to make it a great growing season, both for your garden AND your family!
This comes at the perfect time for me and my children. We were just talking about planting our garden this week.
Have a blessed day! Tami

Busy week

Hello! I am off to a bookfair this week-end, so all of my spare time this week has been spent on getting ready for it. It has been a lovely week here in NC. The sun has been shining, and the temperatures have been very pleasant. We have enjoyed some school time in the outdoors. I also love listening to my children “plan” their gardens this year. It seems that weeds are quite pesky, and the children don’t like to hoe the weeds daily. But they like the fruits of their labor, so we will be picking out seeds in the very near future. I wouldn’t be surprised if their Daddy didn’t take them seed shopping this week-end while I am selling books.

Have a blessed day! Tami