Back to Homeschool

All across America, whether you have school age children or not, this time of year is often thought of as “back to school.” We had the recent sales tax holiday where many school supplies were tax free for a weekend. We’ve all been inundated with “back to school” ads from various retailers, and most of us are once again seeing the yellow school buses in and around our neighborhoods.

Most homeschools also experience a “back to school” transition this time of year. Even those that homeschool year round often take a shortened summer break or go with a lighter schedule during the summer. Sometimes the transition back to spending more time every day doing school work can be difficult for the whole family. Here are some things you can do to help make that transition smooth and peaceful.

Start your school year in the middle of the week. By starting your school year off later in the week (let’s say Wednesday), you will only have three days of school before the weekend is here and you have a break again. You can make it an even lighter transition, by starting your school year the Wednesday before Labor Day, taking the weekend and Labor Day off, and then you will only have four days of school your second week of school. Even if you don’t start the week before Labor Day, you can still take the next Monday off.

Regardless of when you start cracking the books open again, you most likely will find that there are some supplies that you forgot to purchase. The fast approaching three-day weekend will give you a chance to go out and purchase those supplies that you find you need.

Make your first day of school a day of fun. Instead of cracking the books open right away, take some time to play some educational games. If you use binders or notebooks, let your children make covers for them. Take pictures and record some vital statistics such as your children’s height and weight. Have your children fill out an annual survey asking about all their favorite things. Do very little bookwork on this day. Let your children review and get excited about the materials you plan to use this coming year.

Also remember that you do not have to start all subjects on day one. Another way to transition into the school year is to start with a few subjects and then add a subject or two each week. This method can help the whole family transition back into a regular routine.

Regardless of how your school operates, remember that it’s your school and it is up to you to customize it to fit your family. If something isn’t working (and you will have something that doesn’t), change it or get rid of it. There is nothing that says that you must educate your children Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Education can happen any time of the day and any day of the week, so take advantage of it and do what best fits your children and your family.

AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

An incredible, FREE resource for homeschoolers!

LONDON — The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world’s most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date.

The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers.

The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. For example, viewers can see video from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marilyn Monroe captured on film in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.

via AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube.

Why Does Common Core Require Teaching Islam? ⋆ The Constitution

If this won’t convince you to homeschool, I don’t know what will.

However, Common Core really originated from the Connect All Schools program, which is part of the “One World Education” initiative orchestrated by Qatar Foundation International (QFI). The director of QFI’s Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics is Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Hassan al-Banna who was the founder of The Muslim Brotherhood.

via Why Does Common Core Require Teaching Islam? ⋆ The Constitution.

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Teen boy stomps, kicks 2-year-old to death, police say


This is what happens when we decide that life has no value. This is what happens when we have become so selfish that we raise our children as single, unwed parents instead of giving them up for adoption to a loving, two-parent home. May Jesus welcome these babies into heaven with loving, open arms.

Originally posted on

A Minnesota teenager has been charged with second-degree murder in the brutal beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

The 17-year-old suspect is currently charged as a juvenile. He made his first court appearance Monday at the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center, where it was announced there would be a certification trial to determine if he should be tried as an adult.

A juvenile petition states that authorities were dispatched to a home in Minneapolis around 12:35 p.m. on June 10 on a report of a child not breathing.

The child, 2-year-old Sophia O’Neill, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where she died almost nine hours later.

Doctors said the girl had “multiple bruises, including extensive bruising to back and abdomen. Specifically, the doctors who tried to save O’Neill found that she had a split kidney, split pancreas, liver damage, rib fractures, both new and healing, a collapsed lung…

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Assassinating The American Spirit Of Independence


You an control your children’s education: homeschool.

Originally posted on Politically Short:


The American spirit has not yet been destroyed, but it cannot withstand the kind of relentless assault on its character that we are witnessing day after day. I cannot predict the form or timing of the catastrophe that will befall this country if our current direction is not changed and I don’t pretend to know what concatenation of crises, in what progression of steps and across what interval of years, will finally break the nation’s spirit.

What I do know is this much: My generation, the so called “millennials” and younger, have been indoctrinated into believing that the root cause of today’s present problems, whatever they may be, is due to America’s own history.

This indoctrination begins at a very young age as K-12 schools throughout our country have incorporated academic curriculum that teaches our children to hate their own country. To get a sense of the material being taught…

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Folic acid fortification to prevent birth defects hits FDA roadblock

Public health experts have long recognized that Hispanic women in this country have higher rates of folate insufficiency and neural tube defects than whites or African Americans. One reason is the U.S. does not allow fortification of corn masa flour, used to make tortillas, tamales, and other staples of the Hispanic diet.

Folic Acid has been a good thing for thousands, probably even millions of people.  However, let’s remember that we are all individuals, we are all different, and what is good for one may not be a good thing for another.

If you have the MTHFR gene mutation, then your body does not readily process folic acid.  If you are homozygous for this mutation, like I am, then you received one mutated gene from each of your parents. People with this mutation are recommended to practice a gluten-free lifestyle in order to avoid the folic acid that is added to most wheat products.

If you are scratching your head and thinking that you’ve never heard of such a phenomenon, don’t feel like you are out of the loop.  Most people, even doctors, have not heard of it either.

After learning what I could about my condition, I visited my MD to see what he might know about it. My appointment was in the afternoon, and he said he had just heard about it that very morning from another patient.  After telling him what I knew, he said that short of sending me to a hematologist, he thought I knew as much about it as any doctor in the city.  I think we were both in shock.

Women that are trying to conceive or that are pregnant are advised to take folic acid.  Why can’t we advise hispanic women to do the same?

via Folic acid fortification to prevent birth defects hits FDA roadblock.

“A Baby can Handle as many as 10,000 Vaccines”

Dr. Offit has gone on record stating that he believes a baby can handle as many as 10,000 vaccines during infancy.

Really?  Why can’t we just admit that we’re all different?  Why can’t we just admit that what’s good for one person might not be good for another?

At one time the MMR vaccine contained enough egg protein that children allergic to eggs were advised not to get the vaccine.  So, no, those children could not handle 10,000 vaccines during infancy if one of those was the MMR vaccine.

It appears that the MMR no longer contains enough egg protein to be a problem to those allergic to eggs but the flu vaccine does.  Beware!

via Children Taken Away from Christian Parents to Receive Forced Vaccinations.

Ch Ch Ch Changes

Yes, it is true that I have been negelcting this blog.  I often think of life as a series of seasons or changes.  Our current season seems to be coming to an end as we enter a new season.

First of all, we are going through many lifestyle changes.  We made a deicision a few years ago to change our eating habits.  We eat a lot more fruits and vegetables now. I started exercising on a regular basis and lost 80 pounds.

The last couple of years has pretty well been an even pace.  I have more weight to lose, so I am watching my intake even more closely.  I am now working out vigorously every day.  I have a personal trainer, even.

For the last two years, I have worked from home on weekends.  It looks like that job may be coming to an end.

I have been studying essential oils and have been considering becomimg a certified aromatherapist.  I believe that may be in my near future but not right away.

Last, but not least, I have been doing the Declutter 365 missions   This is a program to declutter your home by doing 15 minute tasks every day of the year.  It is a great program that has been well thought out.  Not only do you plan and declutter, but you are also given methods to keep the clutter from coming back.  Yeah!

What’s new with you?