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Saturday, 8 January 2011
How do Japanese Multiply? You have got to see this!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Helps

I was actually ready to write and post my review this evening when my internet went down for some reason. I wrote it in my word processor program, but wasn't able to put all of the bell's and whistle's in it like links and pictures. Now the 'net is back up again, but, once again, I'm just to tired to do it tonight. I'll get it up right after church tomorrow. It's really after midnight as I'm posting this, but I'm going to cheat and put up yesterday's date Surprised because, after all, I'm trying to post every day and I would have posted my review if our internet hadn't have been down.

Instead of my review, though, I'm posting this really cool video of how the Japanese multiply. John Allen and I tried this last night and it is really easy and it works! Check it out!


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Monday, 30 August 2010
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine - A Labor of Love!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Helps


Unless this is the first time that you have come to my blog, you are well aware that I review homeschool items for The Old Schoolhouse (TOS) Homeschool Crew. Last year was my first year on the crew, and when I was asked to come back again this year, it was a no brainer for me. Not because of all of the great homeschool stuff that I get to review. Yes, that is a perk, but the real reason is because I have grown to love TOS and it's people. They have become more than just co-workers or leaders or bosses, they have become my friends. My lifelong friends. That's just the way that TOS is. It's not a company of cut throat individuals that are just trying to climb the ladder. It's a company of people that have a real heart for homeschooling and for homeschoolers. When you talk to the people at TOS it is like talking to friends over a cup of coffee. And that attitude carries over into everything that TOS does. From the homeschool materials that they produce, to the TOS Homeschool Crew, to the magazine that they produce. All are done with a loving caring attitude.

That's why I was so thrilled to hear about this most recent offer. I always thought that The Old Schoolhouse Magazine was reasonably priced for everything that is packed into each issues, but now the price is unbelievable. From now until September 15, TOS is offering a one year subscription (beginning with the winter issue) of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for only $7.95. Or, you can add the fall issue to the deal and it will only cost you $12.95. That would be five total jam packed issues for just a little over $2.50 a piece. And, believe me, the TOS Magazine is jam packed. All you have to do is click here to get to the subscription page.

This campaign is cleverly called "A Labor of Love", obviously because of the Labor Day holiday coming up, but, more than that, because the magazine really is a labor of love. If you haven't tried the magazine, now is the time to try it out. I think you'll find out that what I am talking about is true. Just click on the link above to experience The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for yourself!

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Thursday, 19 August 2010
Prop up Your Feet and Enjoy a Homeschool Conference from Home!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Helps

Last year, I had he extreme pleasure of going to my first homeschool convention in Cincinnati! It was a blast and I'm looking forward to going again. However, big homeschool conventions only happen once a year, and the expense of going to a big convention can only happen once a year. Wouldn't it be fun to be able to get a refresher without all of the fuss of making hotel reservations, soothing tired feet, and rushing to make sue there's enough room in the session that you want to attend? Well, recently I was asked to promote a way that you can do just that! Instead of making hotel reservations, make reservations for the:


It's back to homeschool time and registration is open for the online Schoolhouse Expo, October 4-8. It's five days of top homeschool speakers, fellowship, and fun door prizes.

Save $5 per ticket! Register between August 16 and midnight August 22, and you'll pay only $19.99. Plus you'll receive over $200 in free E-Books.

You'll be inspired by speakers including: Zan Tyler, Dr. Jay Wile, Jeannie Fulbright, Carol Barnier, Diana Waring, Todd Wilson, Davis Carman, Kim Kautzer, Lee Binz, and many more!

A special teen track is planned--the entire family will definitely want to listen to these special sessions. We've also planned a special focus on a topic that touches every homeschool--writing. Plus, an array of other topics that will inform and inspire you throughout your homeschooling years.

Don't forget, MP3 copies of each session comes with your LIVE event ticket.

Two special preconference shows on August 24 and September 21 with Dr. Jay Wile, Jeannie Fulbright, and Kim Kautzer!

Register starting 12:01 a.m. on Monday, August 16.

The theme this fall is "Celebrate Homeschooling!" We're going to celebrate the unique blessings of homeschooling, the beginning of another school year, our families, and the freedom to tailor our children's education to best meet their needs.

If you cannot make the Live event,  then the October Expo To Go is just your ticket! You'll reserve MP3s from all of the workshops. This week only, pay just $14.95!

You can visit either of these links to get more information.

Now, all of the above stuff is their advertisement, but remember I promised long ago that I would always give my honest opinion and I would not promote  anything that I did not believe in on my blog. In the past year an a half I have grown to love The Old Schoolhouse and all that it represents and does. They do quality stuff, and their Expo's are no exception. What they promote above is what they will do. So, put of your dogs and give he Expo a try! See you there!

In full disclosure, I am receiving free Expo-To-Go tickets in exchange for this post

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Posted by tink38570 at 5:01 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 19 August 2010 5:18 PM CDT
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Sunday, 15 August 2010
Announcing the 2010 Schoolhouse Planner!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Homeschool Helps

Scene One - Panicky Homeschool Mom - A Month Before School Begins:

  • I'm homeschooling Danny this year. That makes four kids!
  • How am I going to keep everyone straight?
  • What about scheduling?
  • What about lesson plans?

Scene Two - Harried Homeschool Mom - Two Months Later:

  • Johnie, you're going to have to use the computer to find that capital. Wait a minute. Debbie's using it for her book report.
  • We really need a new computer but we're never able to stay on budget.
  • No, Danny, I don't know the name of that other library book, but you'd better find it. It's due today!
  • *Ring, ring* Hello. I'm sorry Honey. No I don't know what we're having for supper tonight. Could you just pick up a pizza on the way home? Yes I know that we've already had take out three times this week, but I just can't seem to get everything done. This homeschool group planning has really bogged me down. I just don't have time to plan a menu. 

Scene Three - Calm, Organized Homeschool Mom - Four Months Later:

  • Debbie when you get done looking that up, it's Johnie's turn to use the computer. Until then, I think there's something about the presidents in our Schoolhouse Planner.
  • Only two more months, kids, and we should be able to buy that new laptop. I'm sure thankful for the Schoolhouse Planner's Budget Sheets.
  • Danny the list of your library books is posted on the refrigerator on the Schoolhouse Planner's library items list. Check it out, please, and see when they are due.
  • *Ring, ring* Hello. Yes Dear. I think I'm going to try that new Slow Cooker Pizza recipe I found in the Schoolhouse Planner. What? Oh, no need to pick up anything. I used one of the grocery lists from my Schoolhouse Planner and have everything we need. I love you too Dear. Bye
  • *Ring, ring* Oh, hello Babs. Yes, everything is planned for the homeschool group tomorrow. I used the Co-op planning list from my Schoolhouse Planner. I wanted to ask if you got yours yet? Yes, isn't it wonderful?! Since I received mine, I have been so much calmer. Not as much stress. And the kids are calmer, too. Since using the homeschool schedulers from the Planner the day is so much easier. Oh, yes, the lapbook section was worth it all! Have you tried that July recipe... 


Can it really be that easy? Can there really be an amazing thing like the The Old Schoolhouse's (TOS) 2010 Schoolhouse Planner? The answer is YES! YES! YES!

OK, the above scenario may sound a little like "Leave it to Beaver", but being a homeschooling mom (or dad) can be stressful. You have to make sure that you have lesson plans, and a grade book, and book report forms, and a schedule, and...and...and! You could look all over the internet and download everything, but then you would have to remember which file you stored it all in and then open every file until you found the exact thing that you needed. What a pain! The Homeschool Planner was written by homeschool parents from suggestions that came from homeschool parents. It has everything that you can think of whether it has to do with homeschooling or not. AND, when you download all of those lesson plan forms, grade forms, and schedules from other places, you have to print them out then fill them out, then put then in a binder, etc. With the Schoolhouse Planner's down-loadable e-book, you can fill everything out right on your computer and then print it out or save it for later! Let's look at some of the sections.


There is a Calender section with timely homeschool articles, resource lists and easy recipes (yes, RECIPES) for each month.









There's a Miscellaneous Educational Information section with tons of helpful information for homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike.









There's the great, ready to type on Homeschool Form section with all kinds of different forms. Many, like the Nature Journal and the Library Item list can be used by non-homeschool families as well.








Perhaps the most surprising section is the Household Forms section. In this section you'll find forms for anything from household chores to planning budgets to menu planning. All, of course, can be typed on straight from the computer.








So, how much does all of this cost? Don't worry, you won't have to get a second job of selling eggs at the market to buy this great planner. It's only $39! Still think it's too good to be true? Just click on the price button or here to get to The Old Schoolhouse store and you'll find more information about this and other great TOS products!






As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I have written this sell sheet (fancy way of saying add) as an entry into a most creative add contest for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's Schoolhouse Planner. Although I was given a free copy of the 2010 Planner to download and use, this is not a review of the product but an add for the product.

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Posted by tink38570 at 4:57 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 15 August 2010 8:51 PM CDT
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Monday, 12 July 2010
Okay, So You've Decided to Homeschool - More Freebies!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Helps

So you've decided to homeschool, but how do you do it? What curriculum do you use? How do you schedule? The Old Schoolhouse has more freebies to help you along. Check them out.

Product Reviews Digital Supplement 


The first is a great ebook on everything you need to know about choosing curriculum and getting started. Check it out by clicking on the banner above.

See some curriculum that you like, but would like to try it out first? Download the Homeschool Freebie Directory by clicking on the banner above and see all of the Freebies that this great ebook by The Old Schoolhouse can give you. Have fun!

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