Friday, July 30, 2010

Statehood Postcard Swap

If you haven't seen this post by Jacquelin over at A Stable Beginning, check it out. This is such a great, fun idea that my kids are going to enjoy so much. How exciting to get a postcard from a different state every week! Not to mention it is one way of teaching the kids about the order in which each state joined the Union. Now I'm even thinking of adding some sort of study of each of the United States and D.C. since we'll be participating in this postcard swap. I know I've got a lot to learn as well about the history of our country. :)

Anyway, even if you're not interested, perhaps you know someone who is. Please pass on the information so we can fill each state and begin our postcard swap. :)

Many blessings to you all this day!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Donna Young Printables

So as we all know, things don't always go as planned. My plan was to officially start this blog in the fall, but I found something today that I have to share, as it may help others as they prepare for the coming school year and may save some money as well!

I am continuing to get organized for the 2010-2011 school year. I had bookmarked a website that a friend recommended for some blank planner sheets. It's Oh, my. This site is wonderful! Tons of free printables, including math sheets such as graph paper, coordinate grids, multiplication, addition & subtraction charts, scale paper, clocks (for teaching how to tell time), fraction sheets, handwriting paper, including blank colored rule sheets and traceable-letter sheets, science sheets, including nature journals, skeletal drawing for labeling, et cetera.

Okay, I need to stop and leave some surprises for you. You will find tons! I have merely scratched the surface on what is available at this website. She offers countless suggestions for each subject at all levels.

Happy browsing!!



As we approach our fifth year of homeschooling in the fall of 2010, I've decided to begin documenting our homeschool experience, mainly for the purpose of giving our family something to look back on.

Speaking of our family, allow me to introduce ourselves. I am Kari, wife of Tim and mom of Brandon & Naomi. Brandon is 8 (almost 9!) and will begin fourth grade this fall. He has always been extremely inquisitive, always asking why? how? when? how long? He is awesome in math & science and thrives in hands-on learning.

Naomi is 6 and will begin first grade this fall. She is an eager learner and enjoys learning to read and desires to continue to improve. She loves drawing, coloring & painting and is a wonderful artist.

Tim works for our county government, where he, in a nutshell, insures that elections are running properly & smoothly.

I am a work-at-home homeschool mom. I provide realtime closed captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. I have been dabbling in photography for the last few months and hope to improve my skills. But mostly, I enjoy it and desire to provide my kids with a ton of memories in case they grow up to be like their mom and all but completely forget their childhood!

I expect to begin writing about our adventures beginning this fall. However, if anything fun happens before then, I'll start sooner! :)