Office Depot Star Teacher Breakfast

I have been researching the Teacher Appreciation Events in my area. I have attended the Office Depot event for many years. They give a wonderful bag of goodies plus breakfast! YUM! Here is the link to their website for more information:

You will need to enter your zip code to get the dates for your area. The breakfast is usually on the Saturday of the event. Call your store to verify the date and time for the breakfast. It is worth the trip!

Office Max Teacher Appreciation Day

I received a card in the mail today from Office Max. It was an invitation to their Teacher Appreciation Day. In the store in Hickory, NC, it will be on Sunday, August 9, 2009. It does not list a time, so I am assuming it starts when they open that day. I found information online on their website after doing some digging. If you go to, you will see information at the bottom for Teacher Appreciation Day. Here is the link to the page that they take you to from the previous link

This date is actually better for me than a Saturday, since I will be at Love to Learn on August 8th.

Happy Anniversary!!! Microscope Giveaway!! MFL-06 Duo Scope

7/28/2009 – Comments are now closed! Thank you for participating!
The winner came from one of my Facebook entries……..drumroll please
The winner is Melissa. I have sent an email to you through Facebook. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
It’s time for my annual microscope giveaway in honor of my anniversary with Discount Home School Supplies. It has been 4 years since I started the journey in selling homeschool books.
Here is the information you need to know for the microscope giveway:

The contest is open to residents of the United States only. I am sorry that I cannot offer this internationally at this time.

You can enter by leaving a comment on this blog entry (if you don’t have a blogger account, leave me an email address), becoming a fan and leaving a comment on Facebook, or by emailing me at You can do all three for more chances to win! (Only one entry per method per person.)

The contest will end at midnight on Monday, July 27, 2009. I am not going to be picky with EST standard time versus Pacific Time. I will be in bed asleep that night when the contest ends. I will get up on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, and tally the entries from the sources of entry. Then I will have a random drawing.

I would greatly appreciate it if you would tell your friends and send them to this blog. I am not making it mandatory for you to enter the contest. But the more people who know about it, the more people who will learn about my website.

You can also receive FREE shipping on any order that is $25.00 or more. This is a limited time offer for FREE shipping. Visit my website Discount Homeschool Supplies to take advantage of this deal!

This is a great time of year to order homeschool materials. When August rolls around, I see more backorders from publishers. The earlier you order, the better chances you have of getting your items quickly.
Here’s the technical info on the microscope:
Two Microscopes in One!
Two-in-One Combination Microscope
with over 50 pieces of accessoriesby Premiere Microscopes
Included with your order will be a FREE copy of
The World of the Microscope Book!
Introducing the newest member of the My First Lab series! Two light sources allow this microscope to magnify both slides and solid objects! View slides, coins, plants, stamps, insects, jewelry, and more!You would need two instruments to view what this one does–a basic biological scope to look at specimens on a slide (light shines up from under the slide and through the tissue) and a traditional stereo or dissecting microscope to view solid objects at lower power (light shines down onto the specimen to be observed). This new Duo Scope with dual lighting allows for both types of applications! Cordless battery power makes it portable for field study. Priced to fit any budget with the same fine quality as our other scopes.
  • 10X Eyepiece, 4X, 10X, 40X
  • Objectives40X, 100X, 400X Magnification
  • Real optical lenses
  • Dual Focusing Knobs
  • 2 LED lights, above and below
  • Uses 3 AA Batteries (not included)
  • CE Certified
  • Vinyl dust cover
  • 5 blank slides
  • 1 concave slide (well)
  • 4 prepared slides
  • 2 bottles of stain
  • Forceps
  • Scalpel
  • Plastic Test Tube
  • Plastic Petri Dish
  • And more!!!

185th Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

Carnival of Homeschooling

Welcome to the 185th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. If you are new to the Carnival, WELCOME! This Carnival was started by the Cates family of Why Homeschool, and they have done a magnificient job with the administrative parts of keeping this Carnival going week after week. It truly is a labor of love. And it is such a fun way to catch up with favorite bloggers and meet new bloggers.

July is the time of year when most homeschool families are enjoying the freedom of learning while living. I know in our home, July is a time of year when we are enjoying some much-needed down time from a hectic schedule that always seems to be the norm during the regular school year. I am always amazed at how much children learn while playing, and that is a commodity that is short in the lives of many children.

July is also a time when I start looking at our school needs for the coming school year. I review through what we accomplished in the past year, and I see where each of my children needs to focus more in the coming year. I have cleaned out my school cabinet and put away those things we are finished with, and I celebrate the accomplishments that each child made in the previous year.

(All of the photos in this week’s CoH are courtesy of our family field trip to the NC Zoo a few weeks ago.)

So let’s see what else is going on in the world of our homeschooling blogging friends………….

Mrs. M of Rooster Hill shares some wonderful information about planning rescources for homeschoolers.

Lara DeHaven presents It?s a Jungle Out There! posted at Texas Homesteader.

Nancy Miller presents Cutting the Costs of Post Secondary Education Online posted at Online Christian Colleges.

Leslie tells us that there are new exciting additions to our home school this year. The Robinson Curriculum (self-teaching program) and Classical Conversations (a leader in training parents to educate their children with tools to learn and master any subject)!

Ruby of Freehold2 talks about the phenomenon known as summer learning loss, or “summer slide.” Research has shown that the average student will lose about 1 month of his previous year’s overall learning by September – and in math skills this figure is a whopping 2.6 months!Although there seems to be no specific research on whether homeschoolers experience summer slide, logic dictates they could if schooling stops over an extended period of time. This post looks at some of the factors that contribute to learning loss and at simple, inexpensive ways that parents (homeschooling or not) can combat it.

Susan Gaissert presents The Magic Number posted at The Expanding Life.

Jennifer of Homeschooling Memoirs shares with us a brief unit study that she wrote for her children on Chocolate Fever.

Barbara Frank Online asks us, “Has homeschooling put distance between you and the friends you used to hang out with?”

Carol Topp, CPA presents Getting an EIN (Employer Identification Number) posted at HomeschoolCPA’s Blog.

Alvina Lopez presents 100 Best Blogs for Christian Homeschoolers posted at Online Bible College Degrees – Online Bible Colleges.

ChristineMM presents My Older Son is Blogging Now posted at The Thinking Mother.

Misty presents Potted Plants – Fun and Responsibility for Kids – Tuesday Tips posted at Homeschool Bytes.

Kiwi Polemicist presents Sweden wants to outlaw homeschooling done for religious and philosophical reasons posted at Kiwi Polemicist.

Karen of New Every Morning tells us before she begins to make her fall homeschool plans, she wants to give thanks to God for the many blessings in her life and ask Him to bless their homeschool year, and she shares her list of some of the many things that she is thankful for.

Sarah presents Doing a Good Job: No One Asked Me posted at SmallWorld.

~Kris~ presents Planning Tips posted at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Beverly’s Homeschooling Blog shares with us that there are different types of homeschools - different philosophies, beliefs or practices. I’m more from the traditional homeschooling stance, although I see the benefit the other options can offer. The question is, are these other programs diluting the purity of homeschooling as we’ve known it? Does it put our homeschooling freedoms at risk? What’s your opinion? Should these alternative methods be considered homeschooling?

Michelle of Homeschooling and Homesteading in the Present tells us about their excitement with studying the Revolutionary War.

Andrea presents Schools interfere with education posted at Atlanta Education Homeschool Blog.

MiaZagora’s Homeschool Minutes introduces the web site “The World Carrot Museum.” It’s about what I call “accidental” learning, in that it was a spur-of-the-moment thing that turned into a long web investigation of the carrot. Today, we are going to go to a place where I know there are a lot of Queen Anne’s Lace flowers and pull some up by the roots, look at them and press some – but probably not eat them! What does Queen Anne’s Lace have to do with carrots? Check out the post and World Carrot Museum to find out!

Lynn presents Back to School Plans with Resources Attached posted at Eclectic Education – Homeschool Blogger.

Henry and Janine’s (Why Homeschool) oldest daughter writes a little about homeschooling.

NerdMom presents Charter Schooling: A Better Homeschool? posted at Nerd Family.

Thus ends the 185th edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. Thank you for joining us this week. Next week the Carnival will be hosted by HomeschoolCPA’s Blog.

Please tell your homeschool friends about the Carnival of Homeschooling. A special THANK YOU to the Cate Family of Why Homeschool for keeping the Carnival of Homeschooling running from week to week!

Anniversary Sale starts next week!

Next week will start my annual anniversary sale on my website. I will be offering free shipping on all domestic orders over $25.00. So it will be a great time for you to order your books for the new school year. I will also be giving away a microscope. I have given away a microscope (MFL-06 Duo Scope) every year during my anniversary sale week, and it is a lot of fun for me to bless another family with something that they may not be able to add to their school otherwise.

This will be the last week of my Saxon Math sale. With the prices I am offering, my Saxon stock has gone down quickly. As I sell out of a particular item, I am changing the price back to my normal discounted price. The prices are so good that I cannot offer free shipping on them next week, so all of the Saxon prices will be back to their usual discounted prices on Sunday, July 19. You can find my Saxon sale page on my website at

I also have an increible offer from a publisher friend of mine, Laurie Latour. She is giving away electronic copies of her Future Christian Homemakers Book. I have the print version in my personal library, and my daughter and I both love it.

Remember, you can also find me on Ebay at

You are welcome to visit my website to continue browsing. I hope and pray that you were blessed and encouraged by this month’s newsletter.

I am also on Facebook now! You can search for “Discount Home School Supplies” and become of fan!

Best Regards,
Tami Fox
Discount Home School Supplies

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: 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

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 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!