Discounted Prime for EBT card holders

This Prime Discounted Monthly Offering may help several homeschoolers who use EBT cards.

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Crazy Hair Homeschool Morning

We use Amazon Prime for educational movies, free shipping on books we need and also music. One of my most treasured subscriptions. While we aren’t EBT card holders, I appreciate that Amazon offers this for people who are struggling to make ends meet.

We are currently studying World War I and there are several documentaries available for free with Amazon Prime that we are using for our school curriculum. I will also order school supplies and not worry about the cost of shipping.

 

There is the  30-Day Free Trial or the Prime Discounted Monthly Offering for EBT card holders. And also Kindle Unlimited (which is another favorite!)

 

A Catholic Guide To Minimalism by Sterling Jaquith

I’ve discovered a new author! I love it when that happens. Just when I think I’ve exhausted bloggers and authors that pertain to my own life, I come across a fresh face and a whole new world opens up to me.

Sterling Jaquith fits that description. Last week I created a quick post to let my readers know about the book Not of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism that is currently available for free with Kindle Unlimited. I hadn’t read it yet, but was so excited to come across it that just wanted to share as soon as possible. I still have not had time to read the whole thing, but I really like what I have read.

However, Sterling also has a YouTube Channel and podcast! Huge help for a busy mom!

Continue reading “A Catholic Guide To Minimalism by Sterling Jaquith”

Guadalupe: The Miracle and Message Free with Prime

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Another Wednesday and another deal post. I will update throughout the day with more deals, but for now, a really terrific one is available free for Prime members. If you are not already a Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial. 

 

Also, in case you were not aware College Students get 6 months free Prime and EBT Card holders get discounted prime.

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message

“In 1531 in Mexico, the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. As a result, our Lady of Guadalupe’s image was miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s cloak. Featuring interviews with leading theologians, historians and scientists, this film explores both the inexplicable mysteries behind the image, and the continued relevance of the Guadalupe apparition to the modern world.”

On days when things aren’t going quite as planned (sick baby, sick momma, sudden need for mom to make food for a new baby in our parish), putting on a movie, especially a movie about the saints is one of my go-to resources.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us

Five Simple Things You Can Do Reboot a Bad Homeschool Day

All of us homeschool moms know that being teacher and mom is not an easy job. Some days we just feel like throwing in the towel. But there are ways you can turn that around and be a better homeschool mom.

#1 Read a Book Out Loud

It doesn’t need to be a long book. Simply choose one off the shelf and sit all the children down and read to them. If it’s been a particularly bad day, choose a silly book. Laughter cures many ills. Continue reading “Five Simple Things You Can Do Reboot a Bad Homeschool Day”

Name Day Lunches: Quality Time in a Large Family

20170930_132006It has become a bit of a tradition to take each child out to lunch for their Name Days. In the Catholic tradition, a person’s name day occurs on the Feast Day of their patron saint. Typically that is the saint that they were named after, either their first name or their middle name.

We also allow that child to choose a dessert or treat on that day.

The feast day of St. Sophia occurs in September so Saturday was Sophia’s day to go out to a restaurant to have lunch with Mom and Dad. Continue reading “Name Day Lunches: Quality Time in a Large Family”

Participating with the National String Project

 

Five of our children are participating with the National String Project through Crane School of Music. 

The NSP “mission is to expand string education opportunities in the North Country while providing teaching experiences for university students at the Crane School of Music. Lessons and ensembles are taught by Crane music education majors with the guidance of Crane music faculty.” Continue reading “Participating with the National String Project”

Homeschoolers and the Pizza Hut Book It! Program

Our Book It! Packet arrived today!

If you didn’t already know, homeschoolers are allowed to participate in the Pizza Hut Book It! program.

As the teacher, you set a monthly reading goal for your K-6 student and if they meet the goal they receive a certificate for a free personal pan pizza. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

But, to make it even more easy, Pizza Hut has a resource page for teachers that includes printables, awards, reading prompts and much more. Go to bookitprogram.com/teachers and see what helps they have to offer.

They also are offering free audio books and ebooks to go along with their program. The three that are included for 2017-2018 are Not Normal, Judy Moody and Above World. Go check them out!

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Taken from Book It! Program guide

 

I printed out the monthly log from the website, not only for my K-6 students, but even for the older ones. If they read 20 minutes a day (which is not hard for homeschoolers!) they get to fill in a clock. I will have some kind of incentive for the older ones if they complete their chart also.

I’m always looking for little things like this to keep our homeschool fun. What are some of the extras you do with your kiddos? Comment below and let me know.

~Leslie

How I learned to schedule my homeschool day: See Mystie’s Work the Plan.

 

Homeschooling High School in New York

As many of my fellow NY homeschoolers probably know, homeschool laws for NY State are some of the most tedious and also, in my opinion, unfair homeschool laws on the books. In a nutshell, we are required to not only file a Letter of Intent yearly, but we also need to submit quarterly reports and turn in a year-end report. Every other year, from 4th grade onward, the year-end report must be a standardized test. (See HSLDAs Website)

It was confusing, but I figured it out over time. However, when my children reached high school age, we were introduced to even more stringent and biased rules regarding college entrance in New York for homeschooled students. When I pulled my daughter, Meghan from our local Catholic high school that her and her sisters had been attending she was in 11th grade. She still had a year and a half until graduation. And, at the time, she did not know whether she wanted to attend college or not. So, I homeschooled her, she finished her degree requirements, and I thought that was the end of it.

I was wrong. Continue reading “Homeschooling High School in New York”

Mercury

This week during our study of our Solar System we are learning about Mercury. We are currently using Homeschool Connections recorded courses with the middle school aged children as a group. The younger ones join in for the class and color pages or just sit quietly. I’m sure they are learning as much as their minds can comprehend just by observing the older children.

The way our day usually progresses begins with breakfast and a quick clean up. This is followed by Morning Prayers and what I call Morning Time. This is when we practice our Catechism questions and do any read alouds. We also discuss any plans for the day, such as music lessons or a change to the schedule. Then the children either work on assignments or take one of our two computers to complete their math. This year we are using CTC Math. After that we do one of our “Loops”. I hope to explain loops in a future post, but if you want to read more right now, just Google “Loop Schedule for Homeschool” and I’m sure you’ll find lots of information.

So, for our Morning Loop today we’ll be watching the Homeschool Connections lesson for Mercury and watching the YouTube video probably directly after lunch. After that it’s time for the second ‘loop’.  Today it is Religion and The Purpose of Man’s Existence.

That’s all for today. Check back soon to see what else we are doing in our homeschool.

Resources:

Here’s a Link to a pdf file with some facts about Mercury: Thanks to Itsybitsyfun.com

And another pdf that might be better for the Middle School aged child: Mercury Fact Sheet

This is a really inexpensive (especially with Amazon Prime shipping) solar system model to keep in the homeschooling area of your house:

And finally, a short YouTube Video about Mercury: