Online Writing Courses for Middle and High School
Does your middle school or high school student love writing? Does your student hate writing? Does your student struggle with how to write the perfect 5-paragraph essay? No matter how your student feels about writing, our online writing courses for your homeschool will help your student become an excellent writer in a few short lessons.
Why Your Student Needs to Master the 5-Paragraph Essay
Writing a great 5-paragraph essay is a skill that your student must master for many reasons. Your student will need to demonstrate this skill in future course work in middle school, high school and college. This is a skill that your student will need to demonstrate on college applications, standardized tests, volunteer and/or job applications, and more. Here’s how our How to Write the Perfect 5-Paragraph Essay” course will help you and your student. read more…
Let’s be serious for a moment. Just about every woman is or has been unhappy with their body at one point in their life, or unhappy with their energy levels, including me. So, what do we do? We immediately start looking for a diet and ways to change this. I have spent hours scouring the internet, rummaging through books at the library, and researching the best way to feed my body for optimal health. Through all of this though, I have learned one thing. What is that? Well, it has less to do with participating in an actual diet, and more on learning how to live a healthy lifestyle.
What a Healthy Lifestyle means to Me
To me, a healthy lifestyle means not filling my body with the garbage of processed foods. Our family practices a clean eating style. Along with this, we also are living a gluten-free lifestyle, have eaten Paleo-style for years, but now we are leaning more toward a plant-based diet. Now, this may sound like a lot, but in reality, making small changes over time will soon become second nature. None of these changes have happened overnight. It has taken planning and careful consideration, to determine if these changes were the best for my entire family or not.
Why Fad Diets Do Not Work
New fad diets seem to be popping up almost daily. I find this scary. These fad diets promise that you are going to lose a ton of weight in a short amount of time, have more energy and a higher quality of life in the long term. Well, research has proven that slow and steady weight loss, is more likely to stay off long term. (more…)
How I Discovered Rachel Hollis
I am a new-ish fan girl of the funny, inspiring and endearing Rachel Hollis. I came across her book Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be while browsing books on Audible. The title immediately caught my attention and the cover photo of Rachel and her family made me smile. Sometimes I just have a feeling about a book that turns out to be accurate, and this time I was right: it was a book I’d like. But here’s the thing: I don’t like, I love it. And I’m now a total Rachel Hollis fan, and I love her new book, Real Life Dinners: Fun, Fresh, Fast Dinners from the Creator of the Chic Site, too.
Before listening to her first book, I didn’t know that Rachel had a popular blog and a gigantic following of dedicated women from all walks of life who are striving to be not only become the best versions of themselves (as Matthew Kelly would say), and are who are also soaking up Rachel’s no-nonsense advice about how to be the women God created them to be.
Striving to Be Better
I have had many periods in my life when I have organized my pantry, made grocery lists that perfectly coordinated with the meal plan I had for the week, actually stuck to the plan, and felt awesome about my capabilities as a wife and a mother. But, these strategies never lasted. Meal planning was always difficult for me until I discovered some simple tips for healthy meal planning. I mean, who wants to sit inside on the suggested Sunday afternoon and think about what to cook every singe day of the week ahead when they’d rather be outdoors doing anything else today? And for us homeschoolers, we not only have to cook a week’s worth of dinners, but also, breakfasts and lunches, too. Sigh. What’s a culinary-challenged girl to do?
Real Life Dinners
When the publisher of Rachel’s newest book, REAL LIFE DINNERS: Fun, Fresh, Fast Dinners from the Creator of The Chic Site, asked if I’d like to review this book, I couldn’t reply to the email fast enough. It’s no secret that I don’t love to cook, and I especially don’t love to cook under the pressure of the question that rears its ugly head every afternoon at about 4 pm: what am I going to feed my family for dinner?
Yes, I needed some “real life” dinners.
Homeschool Math with Teaching Textbooks
We have used a lot of different curriculum for math over the years, and Teaching Textbooks is by far, our youngest daughter’s favorite. You can read about the top five reasons why we love Teaching Textbooks here.
As a homeschool evaluator, consultant and coach, I have seen a lot of different choices of math curriculum over the years, and have tried out many of them. Sometimes I even tried to get my girls to love a certain curriculum, even though it clearly wasn’t a good fit. Since I do subscribe to a natural learning style, I allowed my daughter to choose her own. She chose Teaching Textbooks, and it works for her.
Stick to One Curriculum
It is a good idea not to switch up your math curriculum after the middle school years because you want to stick to one way of teaching. If your child is used to a spiral approach, a linear approach to math may not work. Teaching Textbooks has a spiral approach, which works for my youngest.
If you have always wanted to try Teaching Texbooks in your homeschool, enter to win the level of your choice below. If you’ve found a math curriculum that your kids love, please let us know in the comments below!
When I was contacted about this children’s picture book, I wanted to take a look at it because I love children’s literature, especially if it teaches a lesson. I think you, dear readers, will like this one, too. And now one of my lucky readers can enter to win this giveaway and add this to your own library! Just enter to win below.
From the back cover:
Benji wants to buy a giant orange kite. But it’s very expensive, so he works hard to earn the money by helping his mom in the garden. Finally, the exciting day arrives when Benji can fly his beautiful kite . . .
A picture book about making your dreams come true. For kite lovers ages 4 and up.
Every child can relate to wanting a thing so badly that they’ll do anything to obtain it. This book’s main character is no different. Benji absolutely loves kites. Kites of all kinds, sizes, colors and shapes. But when he sees this orange kite, he knows he must have it.
I really like that Benji helps his mom with the gardening chores in order to earn what he wants. You already know that I think it’s very important for young children to pitch in with chores. I also like that Benji perseveres even though he thinks the day will never come.
Another Great Message
It may surprise you to know that after all of Benji’s hard work, and after the joy of obtaining (and flying) his beautiful orange kite, he chooses to let it go. This goes against much of what our culture teaches our kids: you want something, you work hard to get it, and once you, do it’s yours to keep. Why would Benji want to give up his beautiful kite after waiting so long to obtain it? This is the perfect opportunity to discuss with your child their thoughts about Benji’s decision. Who says young children can’t engage in literary analysis?
About the Author
About the Illustrator
Eefje Juijl, a graduate of the School of the Arts Utrech, creates colorful illustrations for children’s books, magazines, postcards and more. She lives in The Netherlands with her partner Philip, her son Guus, daughter Fien, and their dog Jip.