Sunday, May 16, 2010

Summer plans?

So, what do you all do for summer and homeschooling? I'll tell you how it goes for us: EVERY year, i say, "This year we are going to school through summer!" And EVERY year, I crash and burn. The fact is that "I" need a break over the summer!! BUT even though it always works out that way, Its still a very less than ideal situation. Trying to get back on the daily routine in September is SO hard, and really, they do SO much better when they have a schedule to follow! i always feel like i will get a break by nixing school, but then i spend half the day refereeing and dealing with attitude, kids doing stuff they aren't supposed to, WAY too much screen time.. Really, i don't think its fun for ANYONE.

So this is my plan. We are effectively spring fevered as i speak, and we finished Mystery of History, which is the the spine of Winter Promise "Quest for the middle ages" And we're not really feeling the love when it comes to the famous men of the middle ages, and i'm dissapointed at how fragmented and disjointed the program is. I am really a stickler on "Chronological" BEING "Chronological" and since we skipped doing a timeline this year (won't be making THAT mistake again!) the whole jumping around thing is just not working for us, so i'm going to have us start our summer schedule, which i need to write up, but basically, through the end of june, they will be doing their math, writing prompts, and we will alternate between a history and a science unit study, starting with Forensic Science, moving on to Amelia Earhard, and probably we'll have time for one more. I'll let them choose together. But the biggest focus is going to be on reading. I'm going to schedule two reading times a day, in hopes of getting everyone back into the reading habit.

then we are going to take July off because dh has 2 weeks vacation in July, and Grandpa Danny usually comes to visit, so we want to be available to do fun stuff and hang out with Grandpa. Until grandpa gets here we'll focus on home projects, continuing to organize and declutter, which is a constant battle.

So anyway, that's my plan! Does anyone have a summer scenario that you have planned?

Friday, May 14, 2010


don't you love homeschooling freebies?! well, check this site out, and quickly. Today is the last day to sign up for the really BIG freebies!! Allow some time, there's a significant number of hoops to jump through. Looks worth it though!

What are your favorite homeschool freebies?

Friday, May 7, 2010


Is FRIDAY! i can survive, Andy's staying home tomorrow!!!! ok, so want to see what my kiddos were doing this morning? i wish i could have gotten more pics, my battery conked.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Win a FREE ticket to the UHSE!!

So I can completely relate to wanting to buy a ticket to the FABULOUS UHSE but not having the funds to do so. Let's just recap what your ticket includes- It includes all the audios, which you can even down load via an RSS feed through Itunes, which makes downloading the bazillions of audios much easier. In addition you get access to all the vendor's special sales and the mommy grab bag which is OUTSTANDING. It is so far above the retail value that you'd never guess that it only cost under $40. But when you are living paycheck to paycheck $40 is still a lot. Well Cindy Rushton was so generous as to offer my blog readers a chance to win a FREE ticket!!! But you need to enter soon as i'll be using to pick a random winner at 10pm Pacific time tonight!! To enter, Please post how you will be using your awesome audios if you win the ticket. I'll start I love to put Cindy's audios from previous years UHSE on my Ipod and use them when i'm doing my BORING walk around the cul-de-sak for exercise. It makes it go by much more quickly and occupies my mind!!! And again, here's the link if you'd like to learn more. UHSE 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010



I just got an email from my friend, Cindy Rushton. She was telling me all about her Ultimate Homeschool Expo. She has just finished adding all of the resources into the Ultimate Homeschool Expo virtual library. Actually, she is so "pumped" that she has just shared a sneak peek into her Membership Site.

You see one of the neat things about the Ultimate Homeschool Expo is that everything is ONLINE indefinitely. Cindy builds a private, exclusive Membership Site that includes everything from the UHSE in one place--it has audios (from all of the sessions and from the bonus gifts that her speakers give to us), ebooks, complete unit study guides, articles, printable notebooking pages, cookbooks, on and on. I can't believe all of the things that we receive for only $39.95. It is truly ULTIMATE!

Anyway, back to the reason that I am sharing with you...

Cindy just sent me permission to give you a sampler of one of her free gifts that is included on the Membership Site. I am so excited to give it to you! It is a audio and ebook set that she actually sells on her website, but she is giving away on the Membership Site. Here is the link:

Scheduling ABC’s Audio Workshop with Cindy Rushton

Let Cindy take you by the hand and show you secrets to
developing a schedule that works for you and your family!

Download by Mp3

Isn't that FUN?

You know the saying that a picture captures a thousand words,well...what about a a gift like this??? And, just think...this is only ONE of the awesome gifts included on the Membership Site. There are hundreds more!

Take my word for it, you will WANT to purchase this set and access all of the wonderful resources. Grab your ticket here:

And if THAT wasn't enough, i'm offering a special promotion for my blog readers. the FIRST person to sign up using my affiliate link and forward me your paypal reciept, will be refunded via paypal $20!!! (please allow a week for processing) Also any subsequent purchasers using my link and forwarding reciept will recieve a $10 refund. This is an OUTSTANDING deal. Gosh, even by itself the UHSE is an amazing bargain! hope you will take advantage of this great deal, or if you are unable that you will get on Cindy's email list and listen to the sessions live! they are AMAZING and she and her generous sponsors give away a TON of door prizes! i just won one this afternoon!

Sincerely Yours,