I am hosting the next Carnival of Homeschooling here!

Carnival of Homeschooling

I am excited to be hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling next week on my blog. I always enjoy receiving the entries and reading them as I put the carnival together. I do not have a specific theme in mind other than articles that deal with home education. There are so many varied ways to homeschool and instill a life-long passion for learning in our children.

Let’s have a great time and share some of our passion for educating our children at home!

To submit an article for consideration for the Carnival of Homeschooling, here are the particulars:

Submissions are due to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com by 6:00 PM (PST) on the Monday evening of the week. (July 13th)

It will be greatly appreciated if the submissions come in earlier. I work on assembling posts as I have time during the week leading up to the Carnival.

Please send the following information:

Title of Post

URL of Post

Name of Blog

URL of Blog

Brief summary of the post (With “carnival” or “submission” in the subject field of the email.)

You can also send in a submission via Blog Carnival by going here.

If you haven’t read any blog carnivals before, please read What is a Blog Carnival.

Thanks so much! I am looking forward to reading your articles!!

An interview about HA-NC with Tami Fox and Teri Kuiper

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview a friend, Teri Kuiper, about the Homeschool Alliance of North Carolina. I serve with Teri and some other hard-working homeschoolers on the board of HA-NC, and I am excited to see things come together after many months of working behind the scenes.

What is Homeschool Alliance of North Carolina, Inc., and who do they serve?
Homeschool Alliance of North Carolina, Inc. (HA-NC) is an inclusive statewide home school organization, which provides an avenue for homeschoolers across the state of North Carolina to find support, stay informed concerning home school news and legislative issues, discuss home school topics of interest and connect with needed resources and information.

What’s new at HA-NC?
HA-NC has a fresh new board of directors, who are committed to its success. The new board has been working quietly and consistently, planning for the development and growth of HA-NC. Some areas of development include:

  • Becoming incorporated as a non profit in North Carolina
  • Hosting the Third Annual statewide inclusive Love to Learn Home School Conference which offers a variety of speakers on a wide range of topics that are pertinent to home school families.
  • Organizing and hosting the First Annual School’s Out Forever Getaway.
  • A Liaison between the North Carolina Department of Non Public Education and statewide homeschoolers, for those homeschoolers not wanting to directly contact and discuss home school issues with the department.
  • Providing a home school blog that lists home school news from across North Carolina, the country, and sometimes the world, allowing homeschoolers to stay up to date on current home school happenings.
  • A comprehensive website, accessible to all.
  • A list of home school events from around the state of North Carolina.
  • A regularly updated list of home school support groups, sorted by county, with a registration page for support groups to add their information to our site.

We now have a comprehensive website, where one can find more detailed information about everything I just mentioned, at www.ha-nc.org

What are some benefits of joining HA-NC?
Benefits of membership include:

  • An official HA-NC membership card
  • Discount for the 2009 Love to Learn Conference
  • Discount for the 2009 School’s Out Forever Getaway
  • Access to conference speaker audio files
  • Access to an e book entitled “Overcoming Obstacles While Homeschooling, 1st. ed.”
  • Discount for subscription to NHELD, LLC

And, as time permits, we are seeking out additional member only benefits, with a focus on discounts for those services and items that home school families often use.

Can you tell us more about the conference?
HA-NC recognizes that there is great diversity among homeschooling families. Because we are committed to the empowerment of ALL registered NC homeschoolers, we wanted to create an event that met the needs of ALL homeschoolers, with something for everyone.

The Love to Learn Conference, in keeping with the mission statement and by-laws of HA-NC, is inclusive, and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, sex, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, home school method or any characteristic protected by law. We don’t discriminate against children at the conference, either! We welcome them! After all, the children are the reason we home school. We even have space set aside just for the kids, with games, puzzles and other activities.

What is the “School’s Out Forever” Getaway?
Homeschoolers are no longer connected only by small local groups. HA-NC recognizes that the modern home school family knows other homeschoolers through conferences, yahoo groups and other e-lists, as well as blogs and other social network media.

The Getaway is called “School’s Out Forever,” and was loosely modeled after another successful state wide home school group that brings homeschoolers together via a twice yearly camp gathering. “School’s Out Forever” is much more “upscale” in that it is not camping. It was created to give families a chance to connect, meet, and renew friendships with other homeschoolers, in a more personal and relaxed environment, while providing family activities, in a value packed vacation package at an exciting location!

Where will it be held?
This year, it will be held in the stunningly beautiful Stone Mountain Park, in Georgia. Stone Mountain Park, listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids before They Grow Up, is a 5 square mile green oasis where families and friends can enjoy the outdoors together. Activities include hiking, canoeing, ropes courses, cable car sky rides, museums and a spectacular evening laser light show! Indoor activities are still being organized at this time. Friends can also sit and relax either on their personal patio or in the front porch rocking chairs that face the magnificent Stone Mountain carving of the Confederate Memorial.

And when is it?
The Getaway will be October 8 through October 11, and limited space is still available.

Do you have a website where people can go to read more?
Absolutely! Homeschoolers can visit our website at www.schoolsoutforever.org to register and reserve accommodations. There is also a link on the site to the SOFG yahoo list, where we talk, plan, and add new information.

Where will the Getaway be in 2010?
Ah! I cannot reveal that just yet. We are looking at a few possibilities, and all of them would be exciting for different reasons. But, until we sign on the dotted line, I am afraid we have to keep it a secret!

What is the future of HA-NC and how does the organization support homeschoolers?
Future ideas include maximizing the use of the internet to bring homeschoolers together, via online virtual conferences and online used home school curriculum sales. These two together will help homeschoolers stay connected and find the support they need.

We also have plans in development to provide additional resources on our website such as a high school transcript planner, and diploma creator. And, as I mentioned earlier, we are continually seeking out discounts that would be useful for homeschooled families. We also welcome new and fresh ideas from our membership!

How can others get involved in HA-NC?
HA-NC is truly a grass roots effort, and we welcome all the help we can get! In fact, HA-NC is looking for energetic and committed homeschoolers to join our Board of Directors.

I would recommend first going to our website, and joining HA-NC, and then clicking on the link to join our yahoo group. The yahoo group is our primary method of communication, and a great source for discovering how to become more involved. It also provides yet another opportunity for finding support and friendship.

Our board of directors is excited about the progress we have made, about the events we are planning, and about all of our ideas for the growth of HA-NC. We want others to be excited too, and we are working hard to build HA-NC into an organization that will stand on its own, grow, and meet the varied needs of all homeschoolers in North Carolina.

I want to thank Teri for taking the time to talk to me today. There are many exciting things on the horizon for HA-NC.

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!