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Time4Learning Parent Community – Time4Learning Parent Community January 23, 2010

Filed under: DS, The Younger — alwayswithme @ 4:49 pm

The absolute best place for spelling lessons in my opinion is Spelling City It has lists, games, and more. And its FREE! Its absolutely fantastic.

via Time4Learning Parent Community – Time4Learning Parent Community.


A Great Mary and Martha Article January 15, 2010

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If Mary and Martha Were Homeschool Moms 

by Jolene Engle

Think about it for a moment. Now according to the Word of God, there was no mention of husbands or children, so I think it is safe to assume that Mary and Martha were not married and did not have any kids. So let’s pretend for a moment each was married and they had children they homeschooled.  
What do you think that would look like? We know from Scripture that Martha was busy doing and she was so demanding that she even demanded Jesus to do something! That’s pretty brazen. “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.” Luke 10:40
We know that Mary was not busy “doing.” When Jesus showed up at her house, she did not rush around picking things up to make the home look presentable. She did the exact opposite. She sat down! She sat at the feet of Jesus so she could learn from Him and be filled by Him. “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.” Luke 10:39 Doesn’t that sound so refreshing for a moment–to just be still and sit? “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
How would Martha look as a homeschool mom? Think about how she went about her day. Busy, always doing. Demanding of others. Yikes! That sounds familiar.

Picture Mary as a homeschool mom. Peaceful and calm, patient, loving, refreshed and wise with Godly understanding. She chose “that good part.” Those words were spoken by Jesus, the King of Kings, about Mary. That is the kind of mother I wish to be. Yet that is not always how I respond to my children.  

My first thought is to rush through our learning “to do” list so I can check it off and move on to more important things. I ask myself what are those “more important things” other than teaching my children the Word of God and disciplining them. (Yes, I know I have other responsibilities, but I am not referring to those times.) I have realized that I have become like Martha as I teach my children, when in my heart I want to be like Mary, peaceful and calm. I want to slow down and choose “that good part” for my children. I want to pour things of eternity into their hearts, and I want them to be filled with Jesus. I don’t want to become anxious, thinking that I have not done enough for them; that’s probably how Martha would have responded. “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.” Luke 10:41  

I really loved the part I highlighted in green.  Something to reflect on. 


How To Write a Novel January 12, 2010

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How to Teach a Student to Write a Novel

from this article in the Examiner


Glenn Beck September 30, 2009

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I have been listening to Glenn Beck recently and have learned soooo much.  I have picked up books and learned things about history I didn’t know and those books have led to other books and so on.  Through this, I realized that if I want our son to really know history, it will be up to me.

Today I was listening to the show and a mom called in and spoke about some of the same things I was feeling.  She has started as website called which is a place where likeminded moms can connect with each other.  Love it.  I tried to log on but I think so many were trying that the site got overloaded.  I will try again later.  Since this is the place where I collect info, I’ve included it here.


Seven Quick Takes September 10, 2009

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1.  I am 51 years old and my youngest son is 11.  We both went to our first political rally on Saturday.  It was held at Theis Park in KCMO.  We couldn’t get there until it was almost over, but we had a great time and met some good people.  I’m excited at the candidate running against Dennis Moore.  Her name is Patricia Lightner.  I’ve also been contacted by the Kansas City Tea Party reference a conference call for tomorrow night.

2.  My husband and I pushed back at our school and school district reference the curriculum the Department of Education wanted the school to use surrounding the president’s speech.  We were polite and respectful but I am sure the school feels like we are so close to the right edge we will fall off.  Oh well.

The school district ended up saying show the video (fine) don’t do the curriculum (fantastic).  I showed up at school to watch the video with my son and it was so soooo “chilly” in the normally “warm” school.  Oh well.

3.  I had a Premier Jewelry party a week or so ago and got my jewelry  on Wednesday.  So totally cool.  If you haven’t had one before, go for it.  The hostess plan is great and the jewlery is really pretty.

4.  My sister’s MS episode continues to drag on.   What a cruel disease; what a brave sister.  I learned yesterday that she is going to start the process to get on disability.   She so didn’t want to have to do this yet.  Her goal was to make it 20 years at her job but it looks like 19 is it. 

5.  Chili’s Restaurant is having a month long promotion for St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.  On September 28th, the entire corporation is donating their profits to the hospital.  At some restaurants, the wait staff is donating their tips that day.  I’d encourage everyone to visit Chili’s this month, color a pepper and donate some money to St. Jude’s – they print you a receipt right there at the restaurant!   If you can make it to the restaurant on the 28th, consider doing it.

6.  I got an e-mail from a Catholic friend and leader of our rosary group reference a postcard campaign blogger Katy at freedombites has suggested.  I think it is a great idea and am passing it on for you to do with as you like.

7.  Today is September 11th, eight years later.  God bless America, God bless the souls on board and God bless their families.

For more quick takes visit Jen at Conversion Diary


Are You a Homeschooler September 7, 2009

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or are you interested in homeschooling?  If so, you should check out The Old Schoolhouse magazine.  I am considering homeschooling for my son and found the fall issue on sale at Barnes and Noble.  Was I ever impressed.  They are offering a great promotion for new subscriptions. 

 The issues are big nearly 200 pages and is full of content.  Until (Sept. 20), you can get one-year print subscription! or renew for only $7.95, a savings of over 68%. The subscription starts with the fall issue. The magazine is published quarterly. Act quickly– this deal is good for the first 2,000 subscriptions only.


Homeschooling Information May 5, 2009

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Gravatar There are a lot of free online sources. If you go to, you’ll see that she has an incredible list of free online sources.

I just found another one, today:

It features lectures by professors from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, Yale, and Princeton.   From


Gravatar I use bloglines to subscribe to feeds that give links to teacher resources:
Free Technology for Teachers
Free Resources from the Net (special ed)
Literacy is Priceless
Phonics Plus Five
Teaching Learners with Multiple Disabilities
Jan Brett’s Blog
Teaching Learners with Multiple Needs
EdTech Solutions
Dyslexia Tutor: News-Resources
Amanda Bennett unit Studies
All Together We Can


A New Tool For Education May 3, 2009

Filed under: DS, The Older,DS, The Younger — alwayswithme @ 10:49 am

I saw this article on YAHOO and thought I’d have my son view someof the over the summer.  I followed the link to YouTube where I found this site which I think will be very useful over the summer and will help and entertain my son.


Love This Poem April 26, 2009

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Reading in Bed
Helen H. Moore

Oh, what could be better
Than reading in bed,
Or thinking about
All the books that you’ve read?

With someone who loves you,
A father, a mother,
A doll, or a pet,
Or a sister or brother,

A grandma, a grandpa,
An uncle, an aunt –
(Can you think of anything better?
I can’t!)

While outside the sky
Is all twinkling with light,
From stars that shine down
As we sleep through the night.

Oh, what could be better
Than sleeping in bed,
When the books that you love
Fill the dreams in your head?


From InForum Blog by Shelia Liaugiamas

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An article to read for any pertinent information.