Stretching your Homeschool budget

thumbnail-150x150-piggiesAt a time when the cost of living has risen dramatically within the last decade, many families find themselves at odds when it comes to budgeting for homeschool. How can families stretch their dollars?  Here’s how our family did.

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Trip to the Farmer’s market

thumbnail-150x150-farmers-marketThis weekend our family went to our local farmer’s market. We thought it would be a great way for the kids to see the different types of produce that are grown in our area.

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Our Autumn wreath, you can make

thumbnail-150x150-arts-and-crafts-tagWe enjoy making seasonal crafts, especially during the Fall when the leaves are changing colors as the months of October and November bring thoughts of Pumpkins, Scarecrows, and Thanksgiving. We are known as a family who loves recycling for craft projects, this is one of those crafts.

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Nature Study… what we use

thumbnail-150x150-nature-study-tag1When we first found out Nature Study, it was after following the Charlotte Mason method. We consider ourselves eclectic and enjoyed the idea of learning science by studying nature to our diverse curriculum. One thing we discovered, you don’t have to live in the country to discover nature, you can do it in your own backyard, the park or anywhere there is natural life around you.

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Jesse Bear (weather bear) printable


From the archives from our early years homeschooling…

When we  did Before Five in a Row years ago, we read the book Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom.

I first made our Jesse Bear (Weather Bear) when Turtle (my youngest) was three years old.  I was teaching him about the weather and seasons when I created it.  I would ask my son “What clothing should our weather bear where outside today?”

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Grandparents Day

thumbnail-150x150grandparents-day-heartWhile this September 11th will be the fifteenth anniversary of 911, it is also marks Grandparents day. It is important, we as parents provide our children a connection to our extended family including their grandparents.


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Back to one of the things I love…

thumb-150x150-watercolorAfter motherhood, I gave up many of things in the form of hobbies and interests. One thing long gone is my extensive Barbie doll collection. When I met my husband to be, I had over 400+ dolls including a few that I customized. I enjoyed making doll clothes for my collection too. I learned how to sew by hand from my older sister “D” and was quite good at it.

I used to draw and paint often since I was a child. My mother would draw caricatures of us as kids. My love for Art comes from Dad who taught me to paint. Both my parents supported my interest in drawing by supplying me paper and pens even when we could not afford much. My love for Art carried into high school, college and into my 30s.

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