Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Time Reading, A Guest Post

If you happen to be looking for some encouragement about summertime reading for yourself or one of your students, have I got a post for you.  My guest post writer is my daughter, a 2010 homeschool graduate, and an avid reader.  She recently completed her BA in history in 18 months with no debt.  She used College Plus!  If you are looking for a wonderful fast and easy way to have your high schooler get a great education you'll have to check into the College Plus! program.  I highly recommend it.  So without further adieu, here is my daughter's post from her blog;  This Unconventional Life.  I hope you enjoy.
Happy homeschooling

Friday, April 11, 2014

Teen Pact 2014

Wow!  All I can say is Wow!  Because my son just finished his week at our state's Capitol with Teen Pact.  I can't say enough wonderful things about Teen Pact.  The staffers are a group of young people and their adult leaders, who are just incredible role models.  They not only carry themselves with an outward love for Christ but their love for Christ overflows into their teaching younger people about honoring him in all they do.  And encouraging them to live it out by being good stewards of their citizenship.

My only disappointment for the week was that the turn out was very low.  It's a shame that more homeschoolers around my state aren't taking advantage of this great opportunity.  The class stresses  looking and behaving in a Christ honoring way, praying for leaders by having a prayer walk around the Statehouse, electing a governor, senators, and committee chairs.  Writing bills, voting on bills and learning about the whole process of how the legislature works.  They met senators and representatives and got to share their bill ideas with them.  They gave and heard speeches, sat in on a legislative session and got to form great friendships.  Each day was a full day.  At the end of the day they got to enjoy each other's company with food and games.

The most exciting part that I got to see was my son winning the Governor's race.  This required him to give a speech at the graduation ceremony.  I have to say it felt pretty neat to be the mom of the Governor of NH 2014 Teen Pact.  I'm very proud of all the hard work he put into it.  Also a very rewarding thing that I'd like to share was that I got to hear a security guard tell a visitor to the Legislative Office Building, that "Those kids not only look really nice, but they are also very polite."  Pretty nice testimony from an onlooker.
The governor outside the LOB

The beautiful NH Statehouse

I hope you will check out Teen Pact in your state.  It is well worth the small cost for a great week of learning and classes that they provide.

Happy Homeschooling!

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Time to Plan and Refresh

I came across this helpful sale on the Beautiful Feet blog this morning and I wanted to share it.  I have used several of their unit studies and I and my children, have really enjoyed it.  Any little bit of savings is very helpful.  They are offering free shipping on their curriculum packages and you might be interested in checking out what they have to offer.  I hope this is helpful.  Check out the website

As the school year winds down it's time to start preparing for next year.  That is always an exciting time in a homeschooling mother's life.  If you get a chance to visit a homeschool convention I highly recommend it.  It can be overwhelming to look at all the vender tables, but it is a lot of fun to see what is out there to use.  Most of all it's great to be refreshed by the wonderful speakers.  Just sit and enjoy all the apples of gold that they have to share.  This month we'll be attending a conference and Voddie Baucham is the keynote speaker.  I am just thrilled and can't wait to hear him.  I hope you also get to attend an encouraging event this spring.  Whether it be a homeschool convention, couple's or mother's  retreat, please take time to recharge your batteries.  It makes all the difference in the world and gives you that boost that you need to take into the next school year.  If at all possible, leave the children with a trusted care giver,  *grandparents are the best, if possible*, and head out with your husband.  You'll never regret that time you took together to recharge and set goals.  Spending time together in prayer and God's Word will bless you and your family.

Happy homeschooling!