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Finding Grace in the Middle of “Life”…

So… we’re settling in for a few days of normalcy and catch-up time on Monday after being away from home… It had been a great weekend at the Midwest Homeschool Convention – celebrating my new book with a fabulous editor and publisher from Prufrock, meeting two of my favorite blog-friends, and buying all sorts of fun stuff we don’t need for our homeschool. I had so much to do to get ready for 2:1 on Friday {!} between catching the kiddos up on lost school time, meeting a friend for our weekly prayer group, running errands, grocery shopping, and packing. We were working on some Japan...

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Review: Time 4 Learning

  I’m always on the hunt for new ways to motivate my less-than-eager nine year old to do.his. work. for. goodness. sake. So, when I was given the opportunity to try out Time4Learning.com, I jumped at the chance. Time 4 Learning is an online educational program that supplies either a complete curriculum or supplemental support for preschool through eighth grade. There are over a thousand interactive lessons and the program is self-paced, so your child can work through it as slowly or as quickly as he wants to. The parent section allows you to check up on your child, and print reports to...

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Moments to Remember: Pictures and Princess Hair

  Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember. The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember. ************* We were blessed to witness a dear friend’s daughter celebrate her First Eucharist this past weekend. The girls wore pretty dresses and asked if I’d put their hair up “like princesses wear it.” The result was lovely:   Princess Logan   Princess Molly   And then...

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Free Resource Friday: Elementary-Teacher-Resources.com

    So… who else is here at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati with me {and thousands of others…}? Tomorrow’s the day I get to {hopefully} meet some of you in person! If you can, stop by the Prufrock Press booth {719, 721, 618, 620} at 11:00 a.m. and say hi. Free Resources for Elementary Teachers will be for sale – and I’d love to sign a copy for you – and I’ll be hanging out to chat. This “meet and greet” is totally casual… just come on over and talk books, writing, kids, homeschooling, and whatever else is on your mind… bring a cup of coffee and chill out for a bit between...

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Sibling Unifier: Peanut Butter Play dough

  Lest you think things are always sunshine and roses here at the Kessler house… here’s a little secret: many of things fun activities I pull out are desperate attempts to stop. the. fighting. You know… those times when a diversion is needed more than discipline because he truth is that everyone is wrong, everyone is crabby, and everyone is causing the problem… not just him or her! This diversion worked amazingly well, and I will definitely pull it out again when I need 45 minutes to myself {and I’m heading out the door so someone else can clean up the mess… you’ve been warned…}. You’ll...

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10 Things #2to1Conf Attendees Should Know About Me

In a few days, I’ll head to Virginia to attend my first-ever blogging conference. I’m nervous, excited, and a bit overwhelmed at the idea of driving six hours to a conference like none I’ve attended before, to be surrounded by people I don’t know, and doing something that still feels really new to me. Should be an adventure…I came across Stephanie’s post today, and thought I’d share a little about myself and link up with her at Bowmania and Angie’s Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings, while getting to know fellow attendees a little better.Here goes…10. I’m pretty much always late....

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Newton’s Third Law {and Some Water Fun!}

    Trevor and I worked on this project when I wrote A Project Guide to Forces and Motion for Mitchell Lane Publishers. Since the days are warming up, and you may be ready for some outdoor water play, I thought I’d share it with you. {Though it would make a fun bath toy, too!} Balloon boats are fun, use up some common recyclables around the house and serve as an excellent example of Newton’s Third Law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. You blow the balloon up, then release it. Air escapes and pushes back against the balloon. The balloon pushes against the air. The...

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Moments to Remember: Big Bugs

  Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember. The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember. ************* This week, Trevor and I had a chance to enjoy a special field trip… just the two of us and another friend with his mom. We participated in “A Bug’s World” offered by the Agricultural Research Extension of The Ohio State University at their Wooster campus. It...

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Free Resource Friday: National Environmental Education Week

    Next week is National Environmental Education Week, and while I’ll be gone Thursday – Saturday to attend the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, we’ve got some things planned to celebrate. If you plan to be at the convention, too, stop by the Prufrock Press booth (719, 721, 618, 620) at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. I’ll be doing a meet & greet. We can talk homeschooling, free teaching resources, kids, and I can sign any books you feel moved to purchase! If you want to celebrate National Environmental Education Week, too, it’s not too late to plan something. I’m dusting off one of my...

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Preschool Science: Water Beads

    Science with toddlers and preschoolers is as simple as encouraging observations and discussions. They are naturally curious about their world, and truly are little scientists… they wonder, they question, they test, and question again. Capitalize on that by providing lots of materials and experiences about which to wonder. These water beads provide endless opportunities for discovery… Water beads are simply hard polymer balls that grow several sizes when soaked in water overnight. I got mine in a set of science experiments one year, but found these on Amazon. You can find them in some...

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