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Getting ready for holiday baking?

In our house, we are making our list of items that we want to serve on Thanksgiving Day. The best part of making the list is scanning the local grocery store sale papers and my coupon stash. Last year, I got an awesome deal on our turkey, and I am hoping for the same thing this year.

We will also serve some of our favorite side dishes, such as pumpkin crisp. We will also have some of our homemade wheat bread. And, of course, we will have mashed potatoes and green beans. And for dessert, we will have a chocolate pecan pie.

The best part of Thanksgiving is spending it together with my family. What are you doing next week to celebrate your thankfulness?

Welcome to the 151st Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

Carnival of Homeschooling

Welcome to the 151st edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. I can remember when this carnival started, and it is hard to believe that this is the 151st week that it has been hosted. Thank you, Henry and Janine, for starting this carnival so long ago. I know that it has been a labor of love for you to keep up with the various hosts from week to week. And I know that each time I have hosted life has always thrown me curve balls. This week was no different. But I made it through the week, and hopefully, this will be posted on time!

I thought a lot about the theme for this carnival. And I decided to go with a cooking theme. Last week my children participated in our annual 4-H bake-off. This year I had 5 children who participated in the bake-off. All total we prepared and baked 35 recipes in two days’ time. I should get a ribbon for kitchen management, ingredient procurement, and dish washing. The ages of my children who participated ranged from age 5 to 18. I had to assist the younger boys more than my two oldest children. In other words, I had to make sure that the cracked eggs indeed ended up in the batter and not somewhere else. It was a lot of fun, and they did very well at the award ceremony. Our 7-yr-old won a “Best of Show” ribbon for his mexican cornbread. And that made his day! I was just happy when it was all over, and I could sit down.

So this week, I am going to share with you a few pictures from the bake-off, and I will throw in a few fall pictures, since we are having a gorgeous fall! I hope you enjoy this week’s carnival! It is always fun to read all the entries as they come in.

Let’s get started with a nice apple pie………


From the kitchen, we have a lovely post about starting dinner preparations at lunch time.

Stephanie presents Cook dinner at lunch posted at Stop the Ride!.

And this post made me want to add a few items to my shopping list for next week.

Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers presents Step-by-Step: Making Pizza Rolls posted at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

One of my favorite activities was brought to mind when I read this article.

ChristineMM presents PJs! posted at The Thinking Mother.

A time to be thankful…………

Amanda Bennett presents Unit Studies – Enjoying the Homeschool Harvest posted at Amanda Bennett.

This next post is so true!

The Reluctant Homeschooler tells us, “I’m an avid gardener. The gardens I’ve put in around my home, I’ve worked on little by little over the years. You just can’t get instant results with gardening – at least not if you do it yourself. One day last week after completing a garden project, I realized how similar gardening was to teaching my children: you can’t do it all at once; you have to work on it bit by bit.”

And I enjoyed reading a dad’s perspective on how he helps out in the home education experience in his family.

Henry, of Why Homeschool, writes about his experience in becoming a math tutor, again.


Here are some literary posts. I really enjoyed reading them, since I am a “book” person. I believe that is referred to as being a “bibliophile.”

Alasandra presents Who Decides What America Reads?… posted at Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog Awards.

I loved this “un-book report.”

Susan Gaissert presents An “Un” Book Report posted at The Expanding Life.

Need some help organizing your books. Here is an informative article.

Erika Collin presents 100 Tips and Tools for Managing Your Personal Library posted at PhD American History Online.

How about help in memorizing? Read this article.

Wendy Toy presents Memorizing with Mnemonics posted at Toytown Treasures.

Here is an excellent post on children’s books.

Dana Wilson presents How to Choose a Treasured Children’s Book posted at Epi Kardia Home Education.

We all have moments of not fitting in, and this post clearly shows how hard it is as a mom to watch our children when they don’t quite fit in.

Dana presents Weird, unsocialized homeschooler posted at Principled Discovery.


For those of you who appreciate really well done art, you will love her comic strips.

Cristina presents Home Spun reprints #65-67 Painting posted at Home Spun Juggling.

Sanity, what is that? Most people think I lost any semblence of sanity when I started homeschooling. (wry grin) Here is an interesting post for my fellow homeschoolers.

Erin Lasky presents Keeping my sanity posted at Delighting in His Richness.

Time for a Thanksgiving contest!

Maria Miller of Homeschool Math Blog says, “As a token of appreciation, I am hosting a little contest around Thanksgiving – Math Mammoth Thanksgiving contest, and you may win some of my books.

This post was just plain funny!

christinemoers presents Got rhythm. Got cups. Who could ask for anything more? posted at welcome to my brain . net.


I have so enjoyed receiving articles from our blogging homeschool graduates.

Miss Amanda presents Homeschool Memoirs: ?Mom? Help! posted at The Daily Planet.

This next post is interesting in that I have used Dr. Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic technique in discipline. The comments quickly change tone to corporal punishment. So I am giving this advisement that if you want a light read and no controversy, you might want to skim this one.

e-Mom presents Effective Child Discipline posted at C h r y s a l i s.


A little side dish of science is in order with this post.

Mary Nix presents Out of this world Thanksgiving posted at The Informed Parent.

And how about games?

Jacque presents Let’s Play A Game! posted at Walking Therein.

And here we have a bit of history in this post.

Amy Smith presents What Really Happend at the First Thanksgiving? posted at Kids Love Learning.

How many times have I told my boys to keep their hands to themselves? Everytime I read this blog, I chuckle at the title. It is so appropriate to my life!

No fighting, no biting! gives us a trip to the National Gallery of Art’s temporary Pompeii exhibit brought back many memories of our military tour in Naples, Italy.

And where would history come from, if we did not have current events. This post is very thought-provoking.

Barbara Franks asks, “Who will President-elect Obama choose for Secretary of Education, and how will his choice affect homeschoolers?”

This post has a similar theme to the one above.

Rational Jenn presents Obama And HSLDA posted at Rational Jenn.

I enjoyed this next entry, since it had an audio component.

Laurie Bluedorn presents Please listen to this very special talk by Michelle Miller of TruthQuest History posted at Trivium Pursuit.


I thought this article had a very interesting perspective from someone who homeschools and also works in the school system.

Rose presents Schools remind me why I homeschool – Learning at Home : Appeal-Democrat posted at Learning at Home.

I enjoyed this article about the wisdom that our children posses.

JCL presents The Simplest Confound the Wise posted at Gifted Uniquely – Homeschool Twins.

This next post is very touching.

In Agreeable Differences, The Life Without School Community Blog says,Adria learned something that I know I still struggle with: sometimes you just have to walk away.”

(Oh, how true this is! OUCH!)

It’s not too early to start planning to attend your state’s homeschool convention. I already have my hotel reservations. And the next post will encourage you to start planning now!

3 Moms presents Homeschool Conventions posted at Happy to be at Home.

I have days and weeks just like the next author, and I can relate to her!

Mrs. Happy Houswife presents What I Call Unschooling posted at Mrs. Happy Housewife.

This post is talking about what you first think of when you read the title. It is PG-rated. (said with a smile) I enjoyed the post.

Alison presents The Birds and the Bees posted at Homeschoolers’ Guide to the Galaxy.


This last section of blog posts is reserved for those posts that are not “technically” homeschool-related, but I found them interesting. So enjoy these as you end this week’s carnival.

Bogusia Gierus presents Draw a Person Test (DAP) – a great way to tell a kid’s intelligence Nucleus Learning posted at Nucleus Learning.

This post is very interesting from an educator’s point of view, especially someone like me who has a child with special learning abilities.

Alvaro Fernandez presents Neuroplasticity and the Brain That Changes Itself posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution.

If you need a little “pick me up,” you will probably find something in this article.

Becca presents Inspiration for Mothers . Com: 3 Steps to Attracting the Life you Really Want for You and Your Family posted at Inspiration for Mothers . Com.

And here is the end of the 151st edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. I want to say that I have enjoyed being your hostess. And a small disclaimer is in order. The posts represented here are very broad in scope and information. I did not include a few articles that were basically “advertisements” and had nothing to do with homeschooling. I am fairly lenient in what I will put in a carnival when I host. And I did notice a word in one of the posts that may offend, but overall the article was good, so I put it in the carnival. There is no way to make everyone happy. So just read and enjoy and take it for what it is. Your hosts from week to week are volunteers, and it is a hard job sometimes.

The Carnival of Homeschooling helps you meet other homeschool bloggers, and it brings new readers to your blog when you participate. So next week send your submissions in to the Headmistress over at The Common Room. I think the easiest way to submit an entry is through this form at Blog Carnival.

Thank you!

Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 17, 2008

FOR TODAY – November 17, 2008

Outside my window…It is a glorious fall morning. The sun is shining, and the birds are singing.

I am thinking…about our week.

I am thankful for…God’s provisions for us over the past week.

From the learning rooms…We will be working on our NC lapbooks today.

From the kitchen…We have been cleaning this morning.

I am wearing…comfortable clothes.

I am creating..the Carnival of Homeschooling post today.

I am going…to keep pushing the laundry through the system today.

I am reading…the Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

I am hoping…to get caught up on chores today.

I am hearing..the boys play outside this morning.

Around the house…the dog is playing.

One of my favorite things…being home with my children.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Not sure.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

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Attention Carnival of Homeschooling Participants!

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has generously offered a free one-year subscription to ALL of this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling Participants! So, if you would like to receive a free ONE YEAR subscription to a great homeschool magazine, then get your entries in to me before 9:00 PM EST on Monday, November 17, 2008.

I prefer it if you would kindly use the submission form on BlogCarnival, because it makes my job as host easier.

I am working on my theme tonight, and I would appreciate any homeschool-related posts. And if you have already sent in your entry, THANK YOU! You will receive your subscription to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. The rest of you wonderful homeschool educators, get busy writing! You have time to get your entries in to me!

Have a blessed day!

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A Review of Writing Tales – Levels 1 and 2 by Amy Olsen

A Review of Writing Tales, Level 1 and Level 2 by Amy Hastings Olsen
Recently, Amy Olsen asked me to review her Writing Tales books. I have long been a language arts major, so I was excited to review her program for students in grades 3, 4 and up.
In Level One of Writing Tales, the student is introduced to classic children’s literature. The basis for a classical education is to expose young children to great writing examples. Through copywork and dictation, they learn to create their own writing projects. The true classical method does not include a creative side to the student’s writing, and Mrs. Olsen uses each story to teach various language arts concepts, such as grammar and punctuation, in addition to the copywork. And then she also includes a component for the student to rewrite the story in his or her own words.
In the teacher’s guide, you will have lesson plans for use in a homeschool setting, and she also includes lesson plans for use in a co-op setting. And she includes an answer key to the student workbook. And she has three appendices for have teaching resources, recommended resources, and game synopses.
I particularly like the student book, because it is spiral bound. This makes it easier for my students to open their book to the correct page. The Level One book was written with a 3rd grade student in mind, but you could use it with an older student, if he needed some remediation in writing. Or it could be used with an advanced 2nd grade student.
The level 2 book does not require that a student complete level 1 first. The stories are familiar classic stories, and we enjoyed the variety of stories offered by both levels. I have been looking for a writing program that fits our learning style for years, and I am pleased that Writing Tales seems to fit in with our style. It is easy to use, and it is enjoyable for the student. There are 30 lessons in each level.
You can find out more about both of these books at

Reviewed by Tami Fox, independent reviewer
November 15, 2008

A Review of “We Gather Together: Songs of Thanksgiving”

A Review of We Gather Together: Songs of Thanksgiving by Joy Marie Dunlap of LightHome Publications.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review a Holiday ebook by Joy Marie Dunlap. I have reviewed some of her copywork ebooks in the past, and I knew that I would be pleased with the quality of her Thanksgiving ebook that focused on songs of Thanksgiving. She provides table decoration ideas, menu art ideas, Thanksgiving recipes, and Thanksgiving crafts.

She has also compiled pages for copywork based on ten Thanksgiving songs. And for each song, she provides both manuscript and cursive examples. And she also added six extra blank writing pages in six sizes for additional copywork projects.
At the end of the book, you will find coloring pages and pictures of their family orchard. I found that with a large family of six children, I was able to find something for each of my children to work on that focused on Thanksgiving. And it was a fun activity that helped build their writing skills.
It was very easy to print just the pages I wanted to use. And I could print more than one copy of a page, if I wished to have more than one child use the same copywork page. I love the flexibility of using ebooks in my homeschool.
If you are looking for a well-thought out Thanksgiving copywork book with additional activities, I believe you will enjoy Mrs. Dunlap’s ebook. The artwork in this book is breathtaking.
This book is available through CurrClick at

Written by Tami Fox, independent reviewer and homeschool mom of 6 children
November 15, 2008

Three new eBooks now available!

I have spent a lot of time today working on my blog template. The main reason for the tweeking of the design was to add information on my sidebar for three ebooks that I recently completed.

I have revised my ebook, Overcoming Obstacles While Homeschooling. I have added more personal stories to it.

I have also written a second book, Seeing God Even in the Stitches… It has more personal stories of my faith walk through trying times.

And the third ebook, Fox Kids Ribbon-Winning Recipes, is a compilation of recipes we have used in a yearly bake-off.

Take a look at them to your left. I have added BUY NOW buttons from PayPal, and they are also available on my website.

Have a blessed day!

Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 10, 2008

FOR TODAY – November 10, 2008

Outside my window…It is a glorious fall afternoon.

I am thinking…That I need to ship some orders out this afternoon.

I am thankful for…God’s many blessings on my family.

From the learning rooms…We have finished school for the day.

From the kitchen…We baked cupcakes this morning.

I am wearing…comfortable clothes.

I am creating…some new buttons for my blog later today.

I am going…to work in my home office shortly.

I am reading…the Vision Forum catalog.

I am hoping…to get several projects accomplished today.

I am hearing…my children in the other room.

Around the house…It is laundry day.

One of my favorite things…spending time with my family.

A few plans for the rest of the week: The 4-h bake-off is this week. We have a lot of baking planned.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

My family

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