These are the Days of Our Lives

Fri Jan 30
"Snow-South Carolina Style" by Jessica

"Snow-South Carolina Style" by Jessica

Sun Jan 11

Bonne Annee (Happy New Year)

Kyle and I had a wonderful time together in Paris over the Christmas holidays.  A well-deserved vacation ALONE was the first in 13 years!  Well, alone until our dear friends-the Dales, also ALONE, joined us.  My favorite sight was the Eiffel Tower, at any time of day.  The light show at night when it would sparkle all over for 10 minutes and then glow a purple and blue color was gorgeous.  The Orsay Museum with its Impressionist art was magnificent.   You have not seen art until you have seen a Vincent Van Gogh (pronounced  “vahn go-gah” in French) up close and personal.  And Degas’ “Little Dancer” is so cool.  Monet is my favorite artist and I could just look at his works for hours.  Going out to Normandy and viewing D-Day sites with the Dales was sooooo great, in spite of the broken down, no heater train!  I almost want to watch Band of Brothers now.  Nah, still too gory for me.   Paris was so much better this time around.  We loved our hostess and the food.  I wish I could have brought back tons of the breads and pastries to share with our church family.  Everything we ate was delicious.  It was great fun speaking German and trying to speak French with people.  The words I do know must have the accent down right because the steward on the plane thought I was French.  hee, hee.  Our favorite word we learned-De coeur-OK.  This is said ALL THE TIME!!

Paris is for lovers:)

Paris is for lovers:)

Thu Nov 13

Help Me 2 Teach search engine review

For all of you who have asked me, “Where do you get all this stuff?” and have heard me answer, “It’s easy, Ask Jeeves or Dogpile.”, perhaps this is the answer you were actually looking for!!   Help Me 2 Teach is a search engine created by an experienced teacher of 40 years.  She has made it useful to students and teachers, including parents in the homeschool.  The idea is that you search safely and without so many thousands of totally irrelevant options to weed through.  For the time deprived homeschool mom, this is helpful, indeed.  It is a general search engine.   Be too specific and you may not get what you are looking for.  I searched for Physical Education, after not getting anything for outdoor games, PE and recess.  The search engine came up with-driver’s ed, physical geography, and physical science.  That said, this is a site that is constantly being updated.  I have been looking at it for a few weeks now and each time I look, new things pop up.

 Because I personally have searching down to a science and have a HUGE favorites list, this is not a ”must have” for me.  HOWEVER,  as you look at the Table of Contents, the long list of topics gives a multitude of possibilities for learning.  For example, click on BUTTERFLIES and you will find more than you need to know about them.  You will not need to buy a teaching guide or any other curriculum as coloring sheets, pictures, and other activity ideas are plentiful.  Same with Thanksgiving.   TONS of useful tools for you and activities for the students.  Elaine, the owner of this site seems to be very helpful and eager to add new categories to her Table of Contents.  With a yearly subscription, she will do free research for you.

Right now, Elaine is offering a special buy 1 year at $29.95 and receive a 2nd year free.  (offer good through 12/31/08 with a code of TOS)  A free quarterly newsletter comes with the yearly sub. 

Other subscriptions are as follows:  3 days $4.95, 1 month $9.95, 3 month $15.95. 

I will  have this access a while longer for any of you interested in coming over for a peek.

Wed Nov 12
Mon Nov 10

At Grandpa’s House

We arrived at Grandpa Leui’s house early Friday evening.  Alot of traffic on I75 from Knoxville on.  We enjoyed seeing little Danny walking all over the place and shaking his head “no” for every question asked!  Sunday, we took a bunch of books to McKay’s for Dad to raise money for little Indian orphans.  While there found great bargains-as usual.  Got a bunch of English children’s books for the French lady we are going to stay with in Paris.  (For those that do not know, Kyle is taking me to Paris for birthday/Christmas.  Our friends the Dales are going to meet us there for a few days.  It is going to be like we are teenagers again, except now we have money!  Yippee!!!)  Back to McKay’s, if you are ever in the Chattanooga or Knoxville, TN area and you homeschool, McKay’s is a treasure trove of used books.  Big homeschool section as well as children’s classics.  Huge DVD and CD areas as well.  I picked up a French dictionary and French for Dummies book.  Then, today we went to the sock outlet in Cleveland, TN.  Regular socks are 50 cents a pair, but Smartwool, those wonderful keep warm socks for camping, hiking, or traveling are just $3 a pair.  Tomorrow’s deal spot is the Samaritan Center where who knows what we will find?  Hopefully some light jackets for the kids and shirts/pants for Michael.  Can you tell we love bargains around here?

Tue Nov 4
11 PM Election Day President-Elect Barack Obama
This was taken at a rally in Columbia, SC.  We went ONLY as I felt it was an historical event and a great homeschool history experience.  What a class act McCain was as he gave his concession speech.  We will be waiting to hear more on Sarah Palin! 

11 PM Election Day President-Elect Barack Obama

This was taken at a rally in Columbia, SC.  We went ONLY as I felt it was an historical event and a great homeschool history experience.  What a class act McCain was as he gave his concession speech.  We will be waiting to hear more on Sarah Palin! 

Wed Oct 15

Old Schoolhouse magazine-must have for homeschoolers

If you have not yet subscribed to The Old Schoolhouse magazine, do it now.  For any homeschooling family, the subscription price should be worth all that you receive.  One thing I especially enjoy are the reviews on various products.  I hate to buy something cold turkey and seeing how an item actually works is helpful to decisionmaking.  The unit studies included are great, too. The Old Schoolhouse goes on any long drive we have so that I can devour every page.  You have heard me sing this magazine’s praises before and I will continue to do so.  It is the best all around homeschooling magazine on the market.

  Here is the info on The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s Fall Special. You can get two years of the magazine, 6  physical
gifts (no downloads!) worth over $120, plus the current issue of The
Old Schoolhouse Magazine that is full of ideas for the new school
year, so you start receiving your magazine in a flash!

It really is one of their best deals ever and you don’t want to miss
out. In fact, they’ve got a  cute Homeschooling with Heart tote
bag (valued at $13.95) for the first 1000 to subscribe.  Only 200 are left, so order TODAY! My bag came yesterday and I love it.  (They will remove the bag info from the subscription page when the bags are all gone.) The total value is over $212, but you receive it all for only $39 - 50% off of cover price! Plus subscribers get their online monthly Teacher’s Toolbox which focuses on a different topic
each month, giving you words of encouragement, hands-on teaching
ideas, book recommendations, field trip ideas, and a bonus download

It truly is a fantastic deal.  Click on the link below to take a look at just one issue’s articles.