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Do Schools Kill Creativity? {TED Talk}

I recently listened to this TED talk while getting ready one morning. As a homeschooling mom, one of the many benefits of this type of education is being able to tailor lessons according to my children’s interests. My son loves playing the piano, and the hours he has spent doing so would not have been… Continue reading Do Schools Kill Creativity? {TED Talk}

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Lessons I’ve Learned as a Homeschooling Mom

My first child is graduating in a little over a hundred days. It seems like yesterday that we began this journey of learning together. I can still see her in the little school desk that Great-Grandma Saylor gave us. I can see her tiny hands, her blonde bangs, her big smile that revealed baby teeth.… Continue reading Lessons I’ve Learned as a Homeschooling Mom

family-scrapbook-videos · homeschooling

Remember Me?

Hi! My name is Valerie. Thanks for stopping by! Life has been so busy lately that I almost feel like I need to introduce myself again and start over from scratch with this blog. I mentioned in a previous post that our family decided to throw caution to the wind and participate in our homeschool… Continue reading Remember Me?

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“Seven Days Are in a Week” (Abeka Song)

In teaching my first grader with the Abeka homeschooling curriculum, we came upon this song in the most recent edition of their arithmetic material. I am not sure if there is a CD with this song available from Abeka, but even if there is, I don’t have it. I do, however, have a fourteen year… Continue reading “Seven Days Are in a Week” (Abeka Song)

motherhood · thoughts-from-my-heart

I’m Sorry I’m a Stressed-Out Mom: An Open Letter to My Kids

Dear Children, When your dad knocked on the door of the brown brick house on Karen Street nineteen years ago to ask your papa for my hand in marriage, your papa wisely told him, “Terry, she’ll need a strong leader.” He said this because he knew my stubborn, determined will better than anyone. One thing… Continue reading I’m Sorry I’m a Stressed-Out Mom: An Open Letter to My Kids

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Review of Notgrass History: America the Beautiful

Notgrass History, in particular the course called America the Beautiful, has been one of my favorite curriculum choices. The two hardback textbooks along with the hardback book of speeches and original documents called We the People, are beautifully done and written in a conversational way. The two review books, timeline book, and map book are… Continue reading Review of Notgrass History: America the Beautiful

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Back To School {2016-2017}

Today was our first day back to school after taking a wonderful summer break. We hiked, visited the Great Plains Museum, enjoyed ice cream and trips to the park, and we textured and painted all the bedrooms! It’s been a great summer, but now it’s time to get back to the school routine. This year… Continue reading Back To School {2016-2017}