Back to School Time!

Are you in the process of getting ready to start back to school for the year? I have a lot of variables to consider when I am picking out our curriculum. I have 5 children who are school age this year, the youngest of whom is kindergarten age and the oldest is a senior in high school. I also have 5 boys, so I need something that will keep wiggly boys engaged in their work. I also do not have all day long to do school with my children, since I spend my afternoons at my bookstore.

I thought you might like a peek into what I have picked out for our school year. I do not have a particular Bible program that we use. We feel it is best for our family to just read the Bible together and discuss it, so you will notice that I do not have any Bible curriculum items listed.

I’ll start with the kindergartener and work my way up. He is actually on the young side, since he will not be 5 until the end of this month. He is using Math-U-See Primer, because he wanted a math book to work in. He is also using Explode the Code Online and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 EZ Lessons for phonics. And he is finishing up Handwriting Without Tears Get Set for School. I am also reading to him daily from Five in a Row selections or other classic books.

Our 2nd grader is using Saxon Math 2; Explode the Code Online and ETC Book 2; HWT Printing Power; phonetically-based readers; and KONOS for history and science with older siblings.

Our 4th grader is using Saxon Math 5/4; HWT Cursive Success; Abeka reading books; Easy Grammar Grade 4; Sequential Spelling; KONOS (covers science and math).

Our 8th grader is finishing up a Math-U-See textbook, and then he is moving up to Pre-Algebra from VideoText Algebra. He is also using an 8th grade Upton math book to hone his mathematical skills. He is also using Sequential Spelling; Easy Grammar; He is also using Apologia General Science. At some point, we will work on his writing skills. I am just not sure that he is ready for WriteShop.

Our 12th grader is doing things a bit differently this year. We are currently in the process of setting up dual enrollment with a community college. So her class schedule at home is going to be lighter this year. She is going to be working on History of the World by KONOS, which covers history, language arts, art, and Bible. She is also using Apologia’s Chemistry book. If we are able to get her in the classes she wants at the community college, that will be all that she takes at home. She is in good shape on her credits for high school. I worked on her transcript this week, and it looks very well-rounded.

If I were just starting our on our homeschool journey, a few books would be on my list to buy. I would want a copy of The Homeschooler’s Book of Lists; Homeschool Methods; and a subscription to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. These would be in my “teacher’s arsenol.”

I carry many of these books on my website. If you have any questions or comments, I welcome them at

Frugal Friday – update on stockpile

In June, we purchased half of a cow from a friend who raises cattle. With rising food prices, we thought this was a most excellent idea to “lock in” the price we pay for beef for several months. I have to report to you that the beef is extremely tasty. It was grain-fed for 10 days before butchering, and then it was hung for several days to drain and age. That made for some delicious meat. It is also very low in fat content. We continually impressed with the quality of this meat.

Having this on hand has allowed us to trim our grocery and sundries cost to around $100 per week for a family of 8. Of course, with Money Saving Mom and The Grocery Game helping me out with sales and coupons, it is quite fun to snag really great deals each week. And I love not having to compare beef prices at the grocery store! I have been buying chicken when it is on sale, since we do need a break from beef occasionally.

Have a blessed day!

New, revised Power-Glide Foreign Lanuguage Programs

Let’s talk a bit about foreign language. I have a special interest in foreign language. I have a parent and step-parent who live outside of the US. So it behooves me to teach my children some words in their language.

I have tried many foreign language programs, and one that my boys enjoyed with me was the Power-Glide program. It has been revised, and I really like the new version that is now available. With the new version, they also redid the pricing structure, and I think it is a better value now than it was a few years ago.

I am offering the one-year programs for $109.95. This is $20.00 off the retail price, and the two-year programs are $199.95. This is $30.00 off the retail price. You can see the full offerings of Power-Glide products on my website.

Supermarket Savings Ebook Package!

You may have noticed that I have been adding some posts about frugal living. With a family of 8 to feed, the grocery store has not been one of my favorite places to spend money, but my friend Crystal Paine of Biblical Womanhood and Money Saving Mom has taught me quite a bit about saving money on groceries and sundries that we need to run our household. The reason I am mentioning this to you tonight is that Crystal is having a special sale tomorrow on her ebooks, including her Supermarket 101 ebook.

The sale for one day, July 30 only, will be $5.97! This is over $100 worth of ebooks! I am sure you will more than save that amount of money by reading her ideas and employing just a few of her ideas.

You can read more about it through my affiliate link. (I will receive a portion of each sale made through this link.)Remember this is for July 30 only. The ebook package price will got up in price daily until this week-end.

We have a winner!!!

We have a winner in the microscope contest. I compiled all the entries from my blog, and I add to that list all the emails that I received from people who sent emails to their friends. I made up a list of names and cut it apart. Then I drew a name from my son’s cowboy hat. And the winner is………..

Miss Anita!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have contacted her via email. CONGRATS, Miss Anita!

Thank you to everyone who participated!!!

Have a blessed day!

Making Your House a Haven

My friend Crystal ( has encouraged me through her blog to do some things around my house to make it a haven.

This summer we have replaced flooring in two rooms. It looks so nice and fresh, and in the process, I cleaned out two rooms and purged them of some clutter. I am so happy when I walk into these roooms now. And I know that my husband likes it, too.

Last night, I purged things from my bathroom cabinet and my DH’s cabinet. It has been a long time since I did that, and with my recent stock-piling of sale items at CVS, I had a bit of an organizational problem. What good is it to score a good deal when you can find it when you need it, or you forgot you had it!!!! Now, I know how many bottles of shampoo and conditioner we have on hand, and I know how many tubes of toothpaste are in the cabinet. And the toothpaste is organized from what expires soonest to lastest. (Did you know toothpaste has expiration dates?)

What are you doing to make your house a haven?

Frugal Friday – Enter my microscope giveaway!

In honor of my 3rd anniversary, I am holding a microscope giveaway. You have a choice between 3 of my most popular microscopes: the MSK-01, the MFL-06, and the SMD-04. The only thing you need to do is copy the following paragraph and post it on your blog or send an email to some of your friends. Then leave a comment on this post or the original post about the contest with a link to your blog or a note that you sent out an email. Here’s the paragraph:

*** Discount Home School Supplies is holding a contest to give away a microscope. You can choose between one of the three following miscroscopes from my website, an MSK-01 Microscope, an MFL-06 microscope, or a SMD-04 Microscope. Just blog about the contest and link back to Tami’s Blog. ***

There are only a few people entered as of Friday, July 18. It would be a lot more fun with some more entrants!

I will draw a winner’s name on July 23, 2008. Thank you!

As of July 23, 2008, I will take no more comments for entering the contest. I am trying to turn off the comment feature, but I am not finding it easy in Blogger. Any tips?

Don’t forget my Alpha Omega One-Day Sale today!

You have until midnight to place your order! You will receive 20% off the retail price, plus FREE SHIPPING!!! You can see the product listing at Discount Home School Supplies ( But you have to email me at for the discount code!!!!!!!!!!

And, please go down a few entries on this blog and enter my microscope giveaway!!! I only have one entrant right now.

Works for Me Wednesday – Lunch

I always enjoy reading the submissions for WFMW at Shannon’s Blog. This week I want to share what works for me for our lunch time menu. Most of you know that we homeschool, we we eat lunch together at home a lot! For those of you who do not homeschool, you are probably in the middle of summer vacation. Are you tired of the same old sandwiches?
We have found that it works for us to cook more food for our evening meal, so we have left-overs for lunch the next day. We don’t always eat it as it was originally cooked. My boys will eat almost anything on a flour tortilla with a little salsa or cheese added to jazz it up!
We also have our summer garden starting to produce fresh veggies. It helps my food budget to add lots of fresh veggies as side dishes to our lunch offering.
Share some of your summer lunch ideas in the comments!