Stacy’s Bookshelf

Stacy’s Bookshelf

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I’m often asked about what books I recommend – what I spend my time reading. For the longest time I found myself too busy to read…but that’s changed and I’ve been going back to my reading roots…my bookworm tendencies cannot be denied. Some people crochet, some people draw, some people sew, some people blow things up in their back yard – I read.

I always have a book in progress – sometimes two, but usually not. I don’t like my time to be divided. Occasionally I will stop reading a book to pick another one up. Example: I request a book from the library and it comes in…I will put down one of my books and read it so that I don’t end up paying a late fee…which would NEVER happen to me. *Cough*

Over the past several days, I’ve found myself drawn to the old classics that line my bookshelves – books I was gifted – books I’ve never read: Jane Eyre, Daniel Boone, David Copperfield, etc. When I was in public high school, we had to read a lot of dumb junk instead of good ole classics…another perk of homeschool. So, my goal now is to read every one of those books instead of just making Annie read them later. Continue reading


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5 Tips on Homeschooling When You’re Sick

5 Tips on Homeschooling When You’re Sick

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You know, sometimes life just throws a bunch of stuff at you when you’re a mom.  It may be that one of the kids keeps you up all night and then you’re both grumpy the next day.  It may be that you burned dinner (never happens around here) and the kids turn their nose up at your last-minute “creation” served as Plan B.  Or maybe, you just wake up one morning feeling like a giant bag of doo-doo.  Unfortunately, the kids won’t let you take a sick day, so how do you cope?  Today, Maxene Denver shares her thoughts via a guest post on some creative ways to homeschool when you’re sick.

Unexpected things might come up from time to time in your life as a mom. You have to be prepared for these tough times. As they always say, “expect the unexpected.” These unexpected things also happen when you’re homeschooling. There will be times when you will be challenged by a sickness. So what do you do when this occurs – when your body simply will not cooperate with you? Here are some ways to continue homeschooling your kids even if you are sick.

1. Watch Educational Videos

This will be the best time to turn your television on and watch those educational videos. Don’t feel guilty about it, because there is something to learn if you’ll choose the programming carefully. Also, don’t forget Netflix, DVDs or Amazon Prime that could be your teaching tools for the day.

2. Storytelling

A good book may save the day when you are too sick to teach your kids. Once you have lost your energy already, you can ask your kid to read aloud the book. It will be much easier for you, because you won’t be reading it aloud for him. If you think you might lose your voice, record yourself while reading a book and just play it for the kids if you can no longer talk.

3. Phone a Friend

If you have joined a homeschooling support group, help is just a phone call away. This is one of the many benefits of having a support group. You can actually ask them if your kids can join in on a day of school with their friends. Just send them over with their workbooks or assignments. And you can take a rest while they’re away or go for a checkup to your doctor.

4. Technology Helps

Since we are in the world of high technology these days, let those toys and computers help you out. There are a lot of educational programs for your gadgets and they are just a click away. And there are free educational programs online which you can download easily. Also, a lot of e-books can be downloaded to your tablets or other gadgets which can help you get through the day. With this, you will still be able to teach your kids something while you’re sick.

5. Let Kids Pitch In

You should not expect little kids to be able to watch over themselves. But you sure can teach them about it and get them involved in your care at the same time. Of course, the older your kids are, the more they can do. Maybe they can bring you a glass of water, play with their brother or sister quietly or just clear the table after a meal. Don’t be afraid to let your kids pitch in, because this is a great time for them to learn valuable lessons about household duties and how to show love and kindness to people.

Okay, it’s your turn.  If you’re a homeschooling mom, how do you get through the sick days?

 


MaxeneDenverMaxene Denver is a writer from Louisiana. She writes to provide research and thesis papers to students who need help. And being a writer is the happiest thing that ever happened to her.


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100 Days of Frugal Christmas Gifts

100 Days of Frugal Christmas Gifts

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Last year, starting in September, I did a fun little exercise on Facebook where each day I gave you a frugal Christmas gift idea and, where possible, a tutorial to make sure you could take the idea and run with it.  Since when I started there were roughly 100 days until the big 12/25, I named it, “100 Days of Frugal Christmas Gifts” (I’m just super creative like that).  Many of you asked me if there was a single place you could get all 100 of those ideas in a nice neat little package.  Then after you survived Christmas, you probably forgot all about it.

So here we are, itching for Spring and you’re probably sick to death of the thought of working on Christmas stuff for 2014, but I didn’t forget you and heck, why wait until September to deliver!?  As promised, I’ve compiled all 100 of those projects into a cute little eBook, also creatively named 100 days of Frugal Christmas GiftsContinue reading


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Simplify Your Life with a Schedule

Simplify Your Life with a Schedule

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So, let me just tell you all something. My joy is back. For a while, my joy was GONE. I was busy – so busy that I would lament to Barry that I wished I could just stay up all night so that I could get more done…when you want to work instead of sleep, something is SERIOUSLY messed up in your head. I wasn’t happy. There were so many things in my life that were dragging me looooooooooow. Have you been there, mama? Are you there right now?

But then, I cut the fat. I got rid of those things in my life that were dragging me down and taking up all my time. Seriously. I spent days saying “No.” “I quit.” “Unsubscribe.” “Bring the chocolate.” “I’m going to the bathroom.” “Nope, I cannot speak then.” “I’m sorry, but I can’t host that group.” “Who ate all the chocolate?” I really cut about half or MORE of the excess stuff in my life. I can breathe again.Continue reading


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Why We Are Choosing To Homeschool

Why We Are Choosing To Homeschool

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I’ve had a few emails from you guys wondering about our choice to homeschool, so I thought I would just do a short post about it and give you the lowdown…because I know you don’t have anything better to do with your time than to sit around and read my inner thoughts. Ahem. ;-) This blog is like my diary, so pretend you haven’t read it.

First, let me just go ahead and say something. OUR CHOICE TO HOMESCHOOL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU. Got it? Just because we want to homeschool and you don’t doesn’t make you a failure. It also doesn’t mean we sit around at the dinner table and talk about what a loser you are. I’ve seen too many people bash homeschooling families because they think it means we hate public school. Um, no. Barry and I were both graduates of the public school system. So there.Continue reading


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