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This is the contents of the package I received from Maddie…..

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A SWEET Giveaway

Of course, one of the reasons that I am linking to the site is for the bonus entry…BUT, it really IS a SWEET give-away and thought ya’ll should know about it!! 

Just in case it doesn’t link properly, here is the site: http://healthyhoggin.com/2010/02/raw-food-a-kitchen-gadget-giveaway/

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This week CurrClick is offering the LBC Nature Journal.  I was really excited when I saw “36-Week guide” until I downloaded it – – now I am SUPER glad that I got this for free – – not worth the almost $20. 
For those of you who are fans of the Charlotte Mason Method – – this will probably be right up your alley – – so go snag it now, for FREE…..

From the site: ”

It’s all in one place! A guide to nature journaling and a template for creating your own journal. This 90-page book follows Charlotte Mason’s guidelines, has a 36-week nature journal template, includes tips, suggestions, a bird, tree and mammal observation list and food for thought on the many ways nature study enriches your child’s life. Contains:
Introduction to Nature Study
Finding Delight in Nature Study
Charlotte Mason on Nature Study and “Nature-Diaries”
Better Nature Journaling
Dry Brush Technique for Nature Journals
Instructions for Nature Journal
36-week Nature Journal Template
Bird List
Tree list
Mammal List”

 

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The Story of Stuff…

I thought this might be interesting for those of you who are studying recycling, consumption, etc. 

THE STORY OF STUFF

Watch this 20 minute presentation of the story of all our STUFF!!  ENJOY!!

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Welcome!!

Welcome!!!
You have found your way to my Blog!!  Thanks for stopping by.
 A little background about me:
I am a 34 year old Wife and Mom of three, step-mom of two, who is currently not employed outside of the home.  A couple years ago, I ran across home schooling when I was doing research on alternative ways to educate my ‘troubled’ daughter.  My reason to begin home schooling is not what some view as the ‘norm’ – – it was more punitive versus elective and fun.  That was definitely a mistake.  As it turned out, my daughter EXCELLED at home school – – and I LOVED it!!  It was SO nice to have her around – – I learned so much about her and myself – – not to mention, home schooling. 
We started by ‘schooling-at-home” and then moved to Unit Studies, when she became really interested in the Holocaust.  She spent 6 weeks studying the Holocaust and has since been able to recall the information. 
Our home school experience was both good and bad – – bad only because she is not willing and able to stick around and follow the rules long enough to make a real go of it.  But, I had such a good time learning about her – – learning the information with her – – and generally just having her home; I wanted to do the same with my youngest.  My middle child, we (all) feel is best suited for public education. 
At the end of this semester (December 2007), I will pull my daughter out of public school and will begin home schooling her in January. 
Home schooling my oldest daughter has given me some very valuable lessons: 1) Home school and School school are two different things!!  It is not necessary to be so rigid and exacting – – they will learn and learn better!  2) I tend to be a perfectionist and need to continue to work on toning down the stress.  3) Enjoy the child and the process – – it will all work out in the end. 
So, with all of that in mind, I started pondering the curriculum – – with my oldest, we did not use any curriculum and although it was fine, it was A LOT of work for me – – and we did not get to spend as much time together, because I spent SO much time just gathering resources and putting together a workable day for her. 
This time, I wanted to use at least a partial curriculum so that I could spend more time with my daughter – – and also, she is so much younger that I think it will be a while before I am more of an observer. 
One of my friends on MySpace decided to home school her children, this school year.  She decided to use the Charlotte Mason method (with a little Waldorf thrown in).  She posted the link to Ambleside Online (http://amblesideonline.org) – – so, when I finally decided that I would home school my youngest, for sure, I thought I would start there. 
I really like the curriculum – – especially the use of “harder” books – – I certainly felt the public education in my head, goin’ crazy!!  ; ) 
I am also going to use the free Home School curriculum from Hillbilly Housewife (http://oldfashionededucation.com/fullcurriculum.htm) next year.  I have worked really hard at getting most of the first year into a do-able half-year curriculum.  I will add it here – – and if you would like to use it, feel free to do so.  I will also add my schedule, soon.
 
I will utilize this site for our many adventures of home schooling and will continue to blog about other things at my MySpace site: www.MySpace.com/jhcckkm
 
Best Wishes to all of you…..
And, again…..Welcome to our site!  Glad to have you along for the ride!!

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