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Friday, June 23, 2017

My Library Book Sale Haul

Every year, our town’s Friends of the Library group holds a book sale to benefit the library. People donate hundreds of books---it is a great way to get inexpensive copies of the latest crime thrillers, romances, and unusual vintage titles (some of which are maybe better forgotten?). But it’s also a great way to get some wonderful children’s books for our homeschool that we would never hear about otherwise. Here is what was left in the kitchen after the kids went to bed last night (the rest have already been squirrelled away in their rooms or other parts of the house):

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Some day I will learn and drive to the book sale instead of walking there. The library is only a few blocks from our house, but the trek back is half uphill and slogging these home in the heat and humidity wasn't exactly a treat. Good thing I had three helpers along.

I wanted to give you a closer look at a few of these books, because you just never know what you’ll find in boxes of loosely organized books. We had some amazing finds.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Planning My Homeschool and My Life with Homeschool Planet, a review

Homeschool Planet Review at Homeschooling Hearts & MindsWith four kids to educate and a myriad of outside activities and volunteer obligations to keep track of…not to mention homeschool reviews to write (ahem)…it seems like I have this calendar, that organizer, this stack of sticky notes, plus sundry mental notes to wrap my head around. It’s no wonder stuff gets forgotten. Like the time I forgot to take my daughter to ballet. Or the time my husband forgot to tell me that he was going to be in an all-day conference. Or the many times I forgot to come up with a dinner plan. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one place to keep every family member’s schedule, appointments, special activities, grocery lists, and so on…organized and readily accessible? And what if you could set it up to automatically email out updates? You can do all these things and more with Homeschool Planet from Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UnLock Pre-Algebra, a review

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Is math a daily struggle, leaving both you and your child feeling confused and beleaguered? UnLock Math is an online program designed to take the mystery out of mathematics and give your child the tools she needs to succeed in middle school or high school. I recently had the opportunity to try out and review UnLock Pre-Algebra with my 13-year-old daughter, Mary.

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UnLock Pre-Algebra is a full math curriculum delivered online through streaming video lectures and automatically graded problem sets.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Free Learning Log Printable

Usually I use full-sized assignment sheets added to the front of each child’s binder, but it’s annoying to flip back and forth between the list of stuff to do and the stuff you are doing. Plus, I wanted something that would be friendly to our informal summer schedule and my kids don’t really use binders much over the summer. It just made sense to have something smaller and more portable. This printable Homeschool Learning Log is what I came up with. So far, we are loving them and may continue using them during the school year. They are great for assigned or independent learning and I’m even using one myself.

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Each log is printed double sided on regular, letter-sized (8-1/2" x 11") paper and folded in half into a booklet. I used colored cardstock for the cover for durability and customization (each kid has a color), but if you use colored paper or cardstock, be sure to use a light color that you can easily see printed lines on. I used a long arm stapler to staple the center of each booklet (I’ll give you a hack near the end for using a regular stapler, but you could also sew the center seam  with just a couple of stitches).