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Friday, April 24, 2015

Continuing Education: Online Courses

As a homeschooling mom, I am naturally learning a lot while teaching my kids. I am reviewing the basics, discovering things I wasn't taught, and enjoying every minute of it (well, almost every minute... some days getting my oldest to get through his writing lesson is less than enjoyable). I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching language arts since it feeds my extreme love for words, their meanings, and the art of writing. Math... uh, not so much. Numbers give me a headache.

Aside from academics, I am learning through experience and trial and error about so many things in life, as does anyone. Over the years I have taken a few online courses (eCourses) to educate myself on things I am interested in. Vintage Remedies has several short, Intermediate, and Advanced online courses to choose from to educate yourself on the all things to do with holistic wellness and caring for your family naturally. Currently I am signed up for two eCourses from Vintage Remedies.

Here are the current eCourses I am taking and loving!
Herbalism 101 is a FREE eCourse with 4 Modules that is packed full of great info addressing herbs in general and several specific herbs, their usage and safety, and several recipes.

The other eCourse is the Essential Oils and Natural Health Course. This course is regularly $95, but I got it for FREE in the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle from a few months ago! I haven't had time to get started on it until now, but thankfully the code was available to redeem for 9 months, so I had plenty of time. I am looking over the course material today and getting excited to learn about the science behind the essential oils I love. There are 7 modules in this course and I have 3 months to complete it.

I am excited to dive in! I've been dabbling in essential oils and learning as I go, but I want to know exactly how to use them, what is safe, try tried & true recipes, and know that I am getting the info from a trusted source. The eCourses from Vintage Remedies are what I've been looking for! I will be sharing tidbits of what I'm learning with you all on social media, so be sure you follow me!

This week the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is on sale and there are 100 eResources included... eBooks, eCourses, etc. Plus $300 in physical bonuses! One eCourse included is another from Vintage Remedies! The Healthy Home eCourse is regularly $95, but is included in the Homemaking Bundle. The entire bundle is priced under $30! That is a crazy good deal!

JUST the Vintage Remedies eCourse alone is worth almost 3 times as much as the cost of the bundle and is more than enough reason to buy it! But, I am sure the other 99 resources and additional bonus items will include several more items that will be of interest to you! From homeschooling and marriage to cooking and organizing, the eBooks and eCourses cover all things homemaking-related! Don't miss the chance to grab up the resources you need... sale ends in just a few days!

If you'd like to take advantage of the free mini homemaking video eCourse being offered during the bundle sale, you can still grab it here!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lessons In Simplicity & Gratitude

We have lived in this 1000 sq. ft. rental house for almost 4 years now. When we moved here, we had 4 living children (and had just lost our 5th child). We were moving from a 1400 sq. ft. home without a garage. We really didn't have a lot of "stuff". At least I didn't think so.
What A Small House Has Taught Us About Gratitude

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why We Love Schola Publications (A Review)

I've told you about Schola Publications in the past. I've already written about levels one and two. I've even introduced you to level three. Now, that we've spent 4 months using level three, I wanted to give an update.

In no particular order, here is why we still love The Phonics Road to Spelling and Reading.

The Phonics Road to Spelling & Reading Level 3

Friday, April 10, 2015

A REAL Look Into The Life Of Our Homeschooling-Special Needs-Large Family

This is the last installment of the Real Life Homeschooling blog hop hosted by the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Today I am sharing about our life as a homeschooling, special/medical needs, large family of 9 (7 children 10 and younger). I don't often share about our everyday life because I choose to fully embrace our life as is and focus on our blessings. Talking about the hardships we face does nothing but make us forget our blessings! However, today I'm going to be real with you. This is really long and shares all of the regular, mundane details of our life, because I couldn't just write a quick "day in the life of" post without sharing more about our life. I apologize in advance that this is LONG and probably boring.
A Real Look Into The Life Of Our Homeschooling, Special Needs, Large Family

First, here are several reasons WHY I am sharing this in-depth look into our life. It is because I want you to know:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How We Do Preschool + Lower Elementary Grades

I'm joining the Schoolhouse Review Crew Homeschoolers sharing about Real Life Homeschooling this week. Today I am talking about How We Do Preschool + Lower Elementary Grades.

Why we choose a very relaxed approach to learning until our children are closer to 8.

This was not always the case, in fact, our oldest was doing seat work and learning to read at age 4. However, I learned with him that pushing seat work, and writing/penmanship specifically, was actually harmful to his education. He was burnt out by 2nd grade, stressed out, and dreaded his seat work, so I made a radical choice and didn't have him write anything for an entire year (grade 2 - age 7/8 ), except his name and numbers in math. We continued with our language arts program, but did everything verbally. He still learned, but he was able to focus on the concepts rather than the physical part of writing. In grade 3 he mastered manuscript and now in grade 4, he is writing exclusively in cursive with excellent penmanship. He writes multiple paragraphs daily with little complaint. Penmanship is just not his favorite thing.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Simplify Your Minimalist Lifestyle!

Have you tried to live a more minimalist lifestyle? I started the journey to simplify my life a few years ago.

In the process of trying to live with less stuff and on less money, I became overwhelmed by everything I thought I needed to be doing!

Simplify Your Minimalist Lifestyle

Monday, April 6, 2015

Our Homeschool Resources

Hi Friends, this week I am sharing a look into to our homeschool life. I will be sharing how I teach preschool/lower elementary grades and a look into a typical homeschool day later this week! Today, I want to share a look at Our Homeschool Resources and where we store them in our 1000sqft home as a family of nine. Have questions about anything you see? Ask me!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

What To Do On Rainy Days?

I live in the wonderful, amazing, lush green, beautiful Pacific Northwest. This means we are blessed with an abundance of refreshing rain. Often, this overwhelming amount of liquid gold causes us to stay indoors where it is warm & cozy. Sometimes, we may get a little bored sitting indoors and wonder What To Do On Rainy Days?
^^real PNW picture taken by my own Dad at my childhood home^^

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Once Upon A Time... A Trip Down Memory Lane

I am going to stray off of the familiar path of this blog and take a trip down memory lane. Come along, if you'd like! Exit now if my childhood memories don't appeal to you, I won't mind! ;)

I was born the 7th child of my parents. I was nestled nicely between two boys. My little brother and I were great friends growing up. We had our cousin friends, but in the early years, him & I were always together. Big brother sometimes played with us, too. When it was all three of us, we played with Legos and matchbox cars... setting up huge towns, roads, and farms covering the living room or family room floor. When it was just little brother & I, we played "lost kids", cowboys & Indians, or climbed trees. When we were older (10-12), we played video games and watched TV together.

We were raised on a commercial raspberry farm

Friday, March 27, 2015

Keeping Christ In Easter (celebrating with kids)

Every Christmas, we are reminded to keep "Christ in Christmas". What about keeping Christ in Easter? It is true that the words don't flow quite as smoothly, but the message is just as important!

Easter weekend, from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, should be a celebration! In fact, why not include the Last Supper in the celebration, too? The entire week before Easter Sunday could be filled with fun activities, with homeschool centered around Christ, His death, and Resurrection!


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