It’s nearing the end of August……..

Would you like to know how well I know that little tidbit about the calendar? I have been quite busy sending materials out to homeschool families across the country and across the world. The past two weeks have been a blur for me.

And if you read my last post from past week, you know that I was not happy about an editorial in a local newspaper. That led to a letter to the editor from me, and that led to some backlash online.

Then, I got another dose of reality from family over the week-end. It seems that some of our family has not accepted our decision to homeschool. It is been 8 years since we started homeschooling. It breaks my heart that they view us in such a negative way. But God keeps showing me through this adversity that He is in control, and I am praying by name for those who seek to persecute me and my family.

Something positive did come from my letter to the editor. Homeschool Buzz picked up on it, and they linked to it from their homepage. I am quite in awe of that.

The rest of my week will be busy as I work hard on sending out orders. I want everyone to have
their books as soon as possible.

Have a blessed day!

Help a fellow homeschool mom

I have a dear friend who is a homeschool mom. She is a widow raising her 3 daughters on her own. She recently became very ill and was rushed to the emergency room. She was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Some of her homeschool friends are holding a fundraiser for her. Not only is she a single mom, she has no health insurance.

Here is the link to the funraiser:


Homeschooling in the fine state of NC

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, how do I start this post? For starters, I am livid that this was printed by my local newspaper.

I was a bit behind last week, so I did not read our daily, local newspaper until Sunday. I went through the whole week’s worth of articles, and I saw a great article about our local homeschool conference that was held this last Saturday. (

However, in another edition of the newspaper, there was a terrible guest column that originated from McDowell County (Marion). I have a link for it online, and I think you all might want to comment and blog about it.

Here’s the link:

I sent a letter to the regular columnist and the editor of the newspaper. I was so unhappy to read such a negative piece. And the only comment online was from the regular columnist who liked the article. UGH!! Of course, I left a comment this evening.

Conference Bound Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the Love to Learn Conference in Hickory, NC. If you happen to be in the area, stop by and see what all the great speakers are speaking about. LOL I am speaking about the various methods of homeschooling and large family homeschooling. Imagine that! This is a very laid back conference, so if you didn’t pre-register, don’t worry about it! You can register at the door.

Need more information, check out their website at

Hope to see you there!

Some helpful linkage!

I thought I would share with you some great websites that can help you save money in your homeschool journey. These websites enable me to add some different things to my homeschool throughout the year without breaking the budget. A few of these site have paid features. I will give you my opinion with each.I hope this helps you on your homeschool journey!

The first website that I have really found useful for planning is Homeschool Tracker. You can find it at This is a software planning package that has a free version and paid version. I have used the free version, but I would like to upgrade to the paid version when we have the funds. The main difference for me is that the paid version allows you to share assignments between students. I would suggest dowloading the free version and using it for a while. Then you can decide if the paid version is something that would be a bigger benefit. For me, I look for time-savers.

Next, is the website that was formerly Homeschool eStore. It is now called CurrClick. Their website can be found at They offer a weekly freebie. You need to sign up for their newsletter, and each week, they will send you the information about the weekly freebie. I have personally used this service a lot.

Next, I love, love, love the Homeschool Freebie of the Day. This website is run by a publisher friend of mine, and it is just fantastic. The link to the website is found at FREEBIE of the Day. (The link was too long for my newsletter.)

Next, is Dover Publications. They have a weekly newsletter and freebie. Just sign up for the newsletter, and you will get the information. Their website is

Next is another website by one of my publisher friends. The website is located at

The next website is a hybrid. You can choose between a free or paid option. I personally have the paid option this year, because I have found a lot of worksheets for our unit studies on it. It’s found at

Next is one that I have used to plan our Apologia Science programs. It’s found at those of you who like Charlotte Mason, you will like

And, finally, for those of you who like to read old books. You will love You will go back to this website over and over again.

Recap on our week

Since I posted earlier this week about our choices in curriculum, I thought you might like to know how it played out for us. Our typical school week is Monday through Thursday. We use Friday as our appointment or errand day, and it gives us some flexibility if we have something come up earlier in the week.

We had a very successful school week, in my opinion. We completed everything I had planned as far as book work. And we also figured out what class at the community college would work in our daughter’s schedule. Getting things set up for dual enrollment for her turned out to be a little time-consuming. But I think we got all of our paperwork taken care of.

I am looking toward next week-end and The Love to Learn Conference.

Happy Back to School!!!

Mom’s Still Got It!

Many of you have commented on how I am able to run a household and run a business and homeschool all at one time. My big secret for handling it, besides the Holy Spirit, is my family. I have it made. I have TWO personal chefs! And I have a lot of help with the household chores. Today is one of my rare days off from my business. I spent it with my children and husband, once he returned home from work. And this evening I cooked a big meal. My two personal chefs, my husband and daughter, kept a check on me in the kitchen. :-)

I managed to make whole wheat bread sticks from scratch. And I also fixed up a little bit of rotini pasta and spaghetti sauce. And I washed and peeled and sliced quite a few veggies from our summer garden, and I topped it off with a batch of dark chocolate brownies.

The verdict from my family is that, “Mom’s still got it.” I’m glad! I really enjoyed myself this evening.

Now, I have some computer things to work on, and I need to work on my outlines for two talks that I am giving next Saturday at the Love to Learn Conference. I also need to get my necessary items together for a trip to Charlotte tomorrow to see the Carolina Panthers play the Colts. We were blessed by someone who gave us two tickets for the game.

Have a blessed day!

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