Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pudewa handout link

Hi everyone! For me, the highlight of the conference was definitely attending the Andrew Pudewa sessions. He continually inspires me to inspire and encourage my children in their writing and speaking intiatives! It really is okay to HELP them as much as I can!

If you attended his session or not, you may be interested in checking out his handouts from the talks. Check out this link for the handouts:

Thursday, March 26, 2009

NCHEA Homeschool Conference in Lincoln

The homeschool conference in Lincoln is tomorrow and Saturday. This is a great local conference. YOu will be refreshed and enjoy the company of other homeschool moms and dads! Check out the details at

There is a corresponding kids conference as well! Any child ages 5-12 can attend it! My girls love the CEF conference. I trust the staff with my kids and have always been glad to send them. Details for the kids conference can be found at Space is usually limited so don't delay. I checked the website this morning and they still have space, so check with them to see if you can still get your kids registered or not!

Monday, March 16, 2009

I CAN do this today...

Have you ever woken up and said, "I CAN do this today" to yourself? I often do, in fact, a lot lately. My husband just kind of looks at me wondering what he should say. I think he thinks it is a trap statement...kind of like, "Do I look fat?" I just usually look at him and ask him to tell me, "Yes, you can!". That is all we need sometimes....a little affirmation that we can get through what we have on our plate today.

Today was one of those days. Mondays are usually my favorite days. They are a new start. They are fresh and bright for me. Today I was a bit overwhelmed with school, lots of laundry (why do I wait for days to put in a load anyway?), housework, helping the kids finish their science projects, Jason in the middle of tax season, planning for the track meet, planning for Kindergarten Graduation and probably 5 other things I have on my mind!

Well, I did do it today. We did complete what we needed and I do feel a little frazzled, but proud of what we did. The kids played outside, we got 2 of the 3 science projects 90% complete, the track stuff is on track as well as the Kindergarten planning. I still have lots of laundry (although less than this morning) and a messy house with magazine clippings all over thanks to my 6 year old and her animal home project. Dinner is in the oven and I can take a deep breath and know that tomorrow, I CAN do it all over again!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cool History Website

I am all about finding great resources for me as a teacher and fun things for my kids. I was searching today for a dice coloring page (no, the kids are NOT going to Vegas!). It was for a probability science fair project. Anyway, when I was doing my Internet search, I found this cool site that had all these neat resources for Roman dice games. It is a BBC site with History for Kids! ENJOY!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Homeschooler Orientation

I have taken on the great task of doing the New Homeschooler Orientation Meetings for HEN. I am thrilled to do this. I am excited to see all the faces of those families considering or new to homeschooling. I still remember going to my first orientation. I was so confused, excited, full of anticipation, and scared stiff! I had lots of questions and weighed all the pros and cons for the situation! If you have any practical and fun tips for new sure to post them in the comment section. Here are some good ones to start with:

Shana's Practical Tips for Homeschooling

  • Buy an electric pencil sharpener
  • Join HEN and HSLDA
  • Remember why you are doing this and write it will refer to it and need it later!
  • Be flexible with your schedule...think outside the box
  • Printers and scanners can be a life saver...VERY useful
  • Let your kids move...or bounce...or roll...or read upside down
  • Have a plan for when things don't go as planned
  • Subscribe to HEN etree and HS etree (it's free)...just send "subscribe" to and send "subscribe" to
  • Don't compare yourself to others. Do what is best for your family
  • Use the and YouTube anything and get lots of ideas
  • Let your house go...a little bit (you cannot do it all...all the time)
  • Ask to look at curriculum...homeschoolers like to share
  • Teach your kids "life skills"
  • Get your family involved (Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Siblings)
  • Get involved in your community
  • Get involved with a support group
  • Use your public library
  • Get Dad hooked up with Family Man Ministries at
  • Pray for grace and gentleness and don't yell so much at your kids!
  • NEVER give up (from my 10 year old!)