Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Woohoo! another great TOS special!

I can always count on TOS to help me stretch my miniscule homeschooling budget. I have been a subscriber for maybe 5, or 6 years now, at least, and i love getting my magazine! its huge. I love the great authors they get to write articles as well as the AMAZING speakers they get for the expos! John Taylor Gatto last time was AWESOME! Oh and the planners are A*M*A*Z*I*N*G i have the main one and the high school one and they are overwhelmingly complete. I also love the fabulous specials they run a few times a year. This one is one of them, and its a biggie! here's a little blurb from the TOS folks

From November 24 through November 29, we are offering a one-year print subscription for only $19.95, and you'll receive a FREE Cranberries & Cream Homeschooling with Heart tote bag, FREE Schoolhouse Planner of your choice (Includes the 2010-2011 Schoolhouse Planner and any student planner--you select one!), and FREE--our new E-Book: Cranberry Christmas. This offer is extended to U.S. and Canadian residents.

Anyway, this is awesome! i'm so all over this and thought you all might want to be too.


God Bless!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Homeschool tip- colored pencil storage on a dime!

Ok, so i really needed to find a new way to store our colored pencils, and after spending tons of time looking for something to buy to store them sorted by color, i created this! all i did was buy some clear plastic cups, the more durable kind would be better, but i was at walgreens and these were the only ones they had. i'll need to redo this soon, a plastic shoebox, and a hot glue gun.

Now, i ran out of hot glue, so i only used a little on each and really need to redo that. You will need a TON of hot glue. But it is FABULOUS! we've been using it for a couple months now and its SO much easier to keep track of pencils and make them accessible!

So most of our plans have been adapted- a LOT this year. I completely gave up on homeschool tracker, when the trial was up i did not renew. I'm a paper person, i can deny it all i want, but it is what it is!

This week in art, i wanted to do something fallish, and what was on the front page of the art project for kids blog? this project!

Now, let me first say that formulaic art projects are NOT my bag. As an artist, i believe in drawing what you see! Creating from inside, not from drawing predesignated symbols. However, i DO think there are good thinking skills to be derived from following directions when creating, and i thought it would be a good refresher into the use of oil pastels. And i must say, the results were fabulous. the pictures don't even do them justice. What i think is remarkable is you really can't tell whose are whose based on age! Anyway, here they are!

Annabeth- age 7

Chloe- age 9

Nikolas- age 11

Alex- age 15