• Homeschooling

    Wits and Wagers Game – review

    My family is somewhat picky when it comes to table games we enjoy. More accurately, Lyle and I are picky. The kids enjoy a wide variety of games, but especially ones they can get us to play with them. Which, admittedly, aren’t that many. We are more apt to play games around the picnic table when we’re camping, but we…

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    Fort Walla Walla field trip

    Yesterday we drove down to visit the Fort Walla Walla museum. My “neighbor” blogger, Katey @ Crazy Homeschool Mama, posted about their visit to the museum a few days. It looked so interesting, and since Walla Walla is only about 3 hours away we thought it would be a fun day trip for the family before Lyle and I take…

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    Headed to Seattle

    It’s time for my third homeschool conference this spring. This one is in the Seattle area, and I always look forward to the springtime drive over the Cascades. Everything is so fresh and newly green, but there is probably still plenty of snow in the mountains. It’s been my experience that spring comes a little earlier to the western side…

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    Homeschool Celebrities

    It was another exhausting-but-fun weekend at the Inland Northwest Homeschool Conference. I enjoyed visiting with old friends and meeting new ones… and giving away goodies and sharing encouragement and advice. I even got to meet a couple of minor “celebrities”! My friend, Susan Marlow, author of the Circle C Adventure books for kids had the booth across from mine. We…

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    Our weekend in Colorado

    It’s been an exhausting but productive weekend at the Loveland, Colorado homeschool convention. My feet ache and my throat is scratchy from talking so much, but as always I find it so rewarding to visit with other homeschool parents about Sonlight! My older daughter worked with me in the booth today. She especially enjoys the little ones who come through…

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    Homeschool Convention Season Begins

    This spring marks my 10-year anniversary as a Sonlight Curriculum Consultant! This year I will be hosting the Sonlight booth at five different homeschool conventions. My first event is this weekend in Loveland, Colorado. My family is looking forward to the scenic drive over the Rocky Mountains. As you know, we love road trips– whether for business or pleasure or,…

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    All About Spelling – review

    For spelling this year we have been using All About Spelling. I was really impressed when I received the package to see how much was included, and how much of the work had been done for me. I did have to pull the cards apart (they were perforated) and cut apart the letter tiles and stick magnets on the backs…

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    Our American History Scrapbook

    Awhile back I mentioned that we were taking a notebooking approach to American History. Shawntele @ Saved by Grace asked to hear more about our notebook so I promised to post about it. It’s actually more of a scrapbook. I’m not sure if or how that differs from what other homeschoolers calling “notebooking” but it’s more cut-and-paste than it is…

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    Making Butter – a tutorial

    When I was growing up we almost always drank raw milk. We didn’t own a cow but we would buy fresh milk from a neighbor who did. We made our own butter, too. Recently I bought a half-gallon of whipping cream and then didn’t end up using it all before the expiration date, so I decided my children could learn…

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    Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

    As we’ve been studying the American Revolution this year, I have wished we had the opportunity to visit some of the historical sites — Boston, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Washington D.C… Living “way out west” is kinda unhandy for field trips to such places, though we do hope to make such a trip before too long, possibly next year. In our history…