Apr 30, 2009

Believe You Can And You Will Do What it Takes!

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"Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results,but first you have to believe."

~Mark Victor Hansen

This is so true and applies to anything you will ever aspire to do in your life, applying it to home schooling this quote reminds us we must believe we can do it, believe our children are worth it! Then you can take the steps necessary to doing it and making it work for you family!

I found this quote on a Friend of mines great blog called Believe Achieve, this blog is full of inspiring and motivating stories and quotes,

take a look and as always comments always appreciated.

Apr 29, 2009

Teaching Kids About Sex and At What age?

Home Schooling, Teaching Sex Edd Is A All The Time Thing!

I wanted to post a little about this because it is important, my kids are young right now soon to be six and three so we haven't gotten into the details about this yet. I think that the sex talk should not be a talk at all but a discussion that takes place often and with age appropriate information for there whole life.

This is one reason I am home schooling I don't want my kids to be exposed to this topic in anyway to early in life and by the wrong people like piers and other adults in the schools.
I believe information/knowledge is key throughout all our lives but at the right times for kids especially if they are curious, don't let your kids be curious at the wrong people and be at risk for the wrong information!

For us it started at 2 and a half when my son ask me "wheres your penis Mom? Yes it caught me of gard, so I got a good book it was titled Amazing You by Gail Saltz for pre schoolers about private parts and what they are used for and we read it and talk about it often to this day when he asks me.

My son is now almost six but we have discussed fetal development and pregnancy especially when I was pregnant with his brother a few years ago, we look at pictures of babies growing in there Mothers and how the sperm and the egg come together and make a baby. We also discuss a female menstrual cycle this came up when my son asked me, so when he asks I tell him about it. The only thing I have left out for now is the sex part as you can imagine he is only six.

He is so full of questions and is always thinking, the other day we read a couple books about spring time and Honey Bees, in the Honey Bee book it talked about how the bees all have a job to do and the drones only job is to mate with the Queen, so my inquisitive son had to ask me all about that to, the book didn't go into details about it so I didn't either.

What brings me to this subject is that this morning my son is asking me about it again and I can see his brain working and wondering just how it happens, he knows the male has to fertilise the females egg to make a baby but he knows something is missing in that information and I know it is only a matter of time before he is asking me HOW? I am going to answer his questions as they come along like I always have and just do my best!

For now he thinks marriage has something to do with it and that is a good thing he is still young for further info but the more we learn about the animals the more he wonderes. I am just glad that I am home schooling and he is able to ask us the questions he wants answers to instead of piers at school or some mixed up sex ed class they so eagerly want to get the kids involved in at some schools, we are a Conservative family as far as our values go so I would not be happy with any info that a school would provide my children with.

I was in the fifth grade when the public school I went to gave us condoms and showed us with a banana how to use them, I still remember that and for me I had no idea what I was being told and it left me curious and I went to Friends to learn more and that was not a good idea. I know now that my parents should have been open with me and then I would have came to them, I am doing things different with my own kids.

You probably have heard it before but in these crazy times you got to educate your kids on these things, openly honestly and often with age appropriate information, encourage your kids to come to you when they seek an answer and let them know it is OK to discuss things as often as they like don't forget to add your values, values are most important.

For my other son he is asking too so we will be getting that book again and beginning our discussions with him as I did with my oldest.
When my kids are older I will tell them more and the focus will be on fetal development, pregnancy, the rolls of the Father and Mother, morals, values and abstinence being a pro-life Mom they will be told about BC but not as a option to avoid pregnancy they will understand how it works and why, something I wish I was told as a young person.

We home schoolers have an advantage but this is still so important for any family!

Thanks for reading comments always appreciated!

Apr 27, 2009

Latin Curriculum Home Schooling

Latin Curriculum resources that I have found.

I will be updating this post as I find new resources to tell you, for those who want to get some language curriculum.

The Latin is not so tough workbooks and more a full on Language curriculum for your home schoolers!

I am getting this one as soon as possible The Latin is not so tough Starter Kit the second starter kit, this one is made for the early learner it has the first 3 workbooks plus answer keys and flash cards and more!

This curriculum looks great and I can't wait to get it, I will be searching the net for revues and see what others think but for now it looks like just what I am looking for!

Greek n Stuff

Talk Now Language Course

For a Christian based Latin Course it was recommended to me the Prima Latina.

Apr 26, 2009

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Sponge Cookies

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Sponge Cookies
Had some bananas and wanted to make some cookies, this recipe is good and healthy and they are like mini banana breads! Easy to make and the kids will love to help and eat them..
12 -18 cookies

1 cup mashed ripe banana
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1 Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2 Mix all ingredients until moist.
3 (I use old-fashioned rolled oats, but imagine you could use quick-cook oats instead).
4 Mixture will be gooey and sticky.
5 That is normal.
6 Drop by tablespoonful onto ungreased baking sheet.
7 Flatten to desired thickness and shape, as cookies WILL NOT spread on baking.
8 Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
9 Remove to wire rack to cool.

Apr 23, 2009


I wanted to post a quick thank you to those who are following and commenting!

Ask me anything I will do my best to answer you.

Thank you for all your positive feedback and don't hesitate to leave your suggestions if there is something I haven't touched on that you would like me to write about on my blog, just leave it in the comment box below this post.

Thanks again!

From Joanne

Apr 16, 2009

DLTK's Crafts for Kids Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

Do you have toilet paper rolls and would like to do something with them? My son is collecting them and we have a bunch so we wanted to do some art projects with them, I found this site with tons of ideas and templates you can print for FREE and make all kinds of toilet paper rolls things with your kids!

The picture is a Mothers Day candle or you could make it a vase for fake flowers!

Apr 15, 2009

FREE Printable Worksheets

Awesome site for FREE printable worksheets.

I just printed out a bunch for my son you can choose which grade you want and just print them very convenient and FREE!

Apr 14, 2009

No-Cook Paper Mache Paste Recipe

This no-cook paper mache paste recipe is a good one to make with kids because it is easy to make and does not require heat.

Materials Needed:

Instructions:To make this paper mache paste, simply mix together 1 part flour to 2 parts water. You will want it to be the consistency of thick glue, but you also want it to be runny and not thick like paste. Add more water or flour as necessary.

Mix well to remove any lumps.

A few helpful tips I have read in regards to using this paste are:

If you live in an area with high humidity, add a few tablespoons of salt to help prevent mold.
If you don't like the smell of the glue mixture you can add a few sprinkles of cinnamon or cinnamon to sweeten it up!

You should be able to store this glue in a covered bowl or jar, in the refrigerator, for a few days.

Follow these simple steps and create wonderful paper mache masterpieces!

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: days
Here's How:

Create your paper mache form (find directions for crating a form here) and prepare your desired paper mache paste (find recipes for paper mache paste here).
Tear newspaper into strips.

Dip one piece of newspaper at a time into prepared paper mache paste.

Hold the strip over the paste bowl and run it through your fingers to squeeze off excess paste.
Stick the newspaper strip over the form you want to paper mache, and smooth it down with your fingers.

Completely cover your creation with a layer of newspaper strips. They should all be over-lapping.

After one layer is applied, let it dry about 24 hours.

Add another layer of newspaper strips and let dry another 24 hours.

Repeat this process until you get the desired effect, but you should have at least three layers.
Paint, decorate and proudly display your creation!

Tear the newspaper into strips -- do not cut it! Torn strips lay smoother.
Be generous when dipping the newspaper strips into the paste -- you want each piece thoroughly saturated!

Let each layer dry completely before adding another.

You can use the paper mache pulp recipes I shared here to add extra detail to your form before, during of after you add the paper mache layers.

Apr 10, 2009

Minimus Latin for Kids

Great Latin learning created for kids in a home school setting. I have looked for books like these for kids this is what I found and everyone I have talked with love Minimus books!

Minimus Teacher's Resource Book: Starting out in Latin

Minimus Pupil's Book: Starting out in Latin

Minimus Audio CD

To Your Latin Success!

Apr 9, 2009

FREE Language Software

Today we tried the FREE Latin software we downloaded and it was a really cool program, we had fun doing it and it is a great start to our Latin curriculum. download free language learning software

If you are interested in learning a language get started with a FREE program then when you can afford it get a all inclusive program.

Thanks for Reading!

Apr 8, 2009

Home Schooling One of The Hardest Best Things You Will Ever Do!

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    We are almost done with our first year home schooling and it went well, we could definitely be more organized. I call this last year the Kick back year or the trial year, this is all new to me but we are getting there, I wasn't going to start until this year but my son was eager so we took IMPERFECT ACTION and got started last year and I am glad we did my son has learned so much in the last school year it is amazing!

I am proud to say that we worked together on it and accomplished our goals. was it difficult? At times yes, just like anything we have ups and downs and those priceless moments as well.
I feel home schooling is one of the hardest best things I can ever do for my kids! But I do it and will be doing it for about 15 years counting my youngest in on this as well, I am in it for the long haul and there is no turning back for me I am dedicated and determined because I feel it is best for my kids and our family, why I decided to home school.

For those who are starting out now or in the future, think about all of the benefits and the risks although there is little risk and it all depends on you and how hard you work for the education of your children. Home Schooling will work for your family if you all work together and make it happen!

Home Schooling also requires some sacrifice, of course as a parent/teacher you are taking on another role if you are a stay at home mom, you can add on the tile of Teacher as well. You will also have to get real good at making a single income work for your family for many years, if you are already a single income family and our making it work then great! For us we both stay home I mostly teach and do the stay at home mom thing and my husband works online our goal is financial freedom so we can do more for our kids in the future. We want to do our best to teach our kids about life, fiances, how to make money, how to be financially independent and for us it is and will be for years to come our family business!

You will also have to sacrifice some of, well most of your time to educate your children, for me it is totally worth it I am a home body anyway LOL! Anywhere I go my kids go 99% of the time. We go to the park and many other places and when we are home it is school time for the most part although I consider life school time, my kids don't go to school we simple educate our selves daily and my kids love to learn through workbooks and activity.

For us this is all worth it and the best for us, I hope it is for you too if not that's OK just remember to do your best and if your kids are or will be going to school then all I can say is be involved all the time know everything about your kids, there friends, the Teachers and the school itself. These days school are getting by teaching things to children way before they are ready to know some things, school is a microcosm of the world and not just the good stuff!

My Home Schooling articles you may have missed:

Home Schooling and Traditional Schooling How do They Compare?

The Broken System
Homeschooling Socialization

My top 10 reasons to home school plus Tips and advice from Home schoolers!

Home School Options, and Home School Law

My articles are not to long, and I know you will get something out of them my goal is to assist you in getting information on home schooling and all that is involved with it I hope you enjoy my articles, comments always appreciated!

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Apr 7, 2009

Learn Latin Colors Free with Byki

Learn Latin Colores Free with BYKI

Learn Latin Colors You Tube Video Free with Byki

Seriously Addictive Language Learning f0r FREE!
Byki is a powerful and personalized language-learning system. It locks foreign language words and phrases into your memory so that you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever. Put simply: Byki works, it's smart, and people tell us they can't stop using it. But don't take our word for it: download free language learning software, learn user-created lessons online. I have downloaded from here before and it is all good but be safe and right click the download link to the software and scan it before you click it they will email you the link.
Tell me what you think.

Apr 6, 2009

Learning Latin and knowing it Makes You Smarter!

I knew Latin was important!

I found this video about why we should know Latin, check it out it is great and makes me want to Learn even more.

Why Study Latin?

Tell me what you think.

Apr 4, 2009

Latin Language

Home Schooling My Kids In Latin

Learn how to earn income online, with Maverick If you read my other posts you know we are learning Latin, watch that video to see the importance of studying Latin.

Anyway I wanted to share with you about how we are doing it so if you wish you can do it to!

I would love to get the Rosetta stone program but right now it is just not going to happen and we don't have a home school lap top yet either. But I did find a great FREE program see my last post.

I am also reading Latin a Introductory Course Based on Ancient Authors
by Fredrick M. Weelock first pub 1956

It is a great book for adults to learn Latin, then I am creating flash cards so I can teach it to my Kids as well as saying the words daily as we speak and remember the words.

Basically you have to learn it then expose it to your kids daily.

The Best Way To Learn Is To Teach!

Thanks for reading I hope I can inspire you to learn a language if not Latin, I feel it is so important for brain development as well as increasing your intelligence both of which I feel strongly about.

carpe diem ( seize the day )

Apr 3, 2009

Learning Latin

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If you read my post a while back I mentioned I am embarking on a journey of learning Latin and teaching it to my kids, I decided it would be a great gift to learn Latin and teach it to my kids. We are starting slow my kids are ages 2 and 5 but I did find some great free resources to get us started for anyone interested I also found some workbook courses for kids starting very young and it looks great I can't wait to get it for now we are making charts of basic household things and there Latin words so we can begin to learn Latin!

Latin was the universal language for 1500 years and was the peoples language and many could understand it also many other languages come from Latin, we could learn a lot about our English language by studying Latin.

So that is what we are doing it will be so worth it and not something they would teach them in public school and it will benefit them for there whole lives!

Latin Lessons Home Schooling site, To Get You Started!

Apr 2, 2009

Make Your Own Coloring Books for Free! Color pages

Free Coloring Pages

I found this a great selection of printable coloring pages for any occasion!

Have a Great Day!

Apr 1, 2009

Sent out my Red Envelopes Yesterday!

The Red Envelope Project, yesterday on the 31st we sent 5 red envelopes to the "prez" Obama to let him know That the Unborn Deserve Equal Human Rights as all of us do!

The Pro-life message is simple Equal Human Rights for all Innocent Human Beings!