Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm Not Gone, Just Not Here

Have you been missing me? You don't have to, ya know! I'm still blogging away, at Frog's Lilypad. If you are catching this post in the Blogger dashboard Reading List, all you have to do is change the URL so you can catch up on all the exciting things going on at the new site. If  you are trying to catch up through Bloglovin for the new URL, then I'm sorry to say you are probably going to be out of luck, even after I've made all the changes they recommended. Better yet, why don't you hop on over to Frog's Lilypad and sign up to receive new posts in your email, or follow me on Facebook.

I can't wait to see you over there.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Frog's Lilypad Has Moved

Frog's Lilypad is on the MOVE. You don't want to miss the excitement!!! You can find me over HERE. Don't be left behind! 
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

~Getting Paid to Shop Online~

Because of where we live, we have to do a good bit of shopping online. The good thing about online shopping: I don't have to leave the house, I can shop in my pajamas, my items hit the post office box or they are delivered to my door, and let's not forget the most exciting part I AM EARNING MONEY WHILE SHOPPING. Try and earn money while standing in line at the local mall.

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Several years ago, a friend of mine recommended Ebates to me. At that time, we did not have the need to shop online, we had all the conveniences we could want within a 10 to 20 minute drive.  I really should have seen the amazing opportunity Ebates presented, but I didn't until a friend of my husband's told him about Ebates and to sign up last year.

So what exactly is Ebates?

Ebates is an online CASH BACK SERVICE where you can shop over 1700 stores. Many are familiar stores like Macy's, JCPenney, Target and Walmart. While some will be new to you stores that offer wonderful items with great prices.

How does Ebates work?

Ebates is paid a fee each time we shop the online stores that link through their site. Because of this partnership, we the consumer are passed on the rewards. You can choose to paid by check or Paypal and payments are paid quarterly. It's that simple and there are no fees for being a member.

How to save more with Ebates?

Ebates offers Daily Doubles which is a daily special email. These emails offer double the percentage back when shopping that day at a particular store. Many stores offer extra savings coupons through their link. When pairing those coupons along with the ebates percentage, you'll be saving even more on your purchases.  ** If you are anything like me, you won't allow a daily special to cause you to spend money just because it is a special.

Monday, May 12th, is Ebates' 15th birthday. You can earn 15% on purchases from over 100 stores.

Have you signed up with Ebates? If not, what are you waiting for?

If you sign up using my referral link, THANK YOU!

Friday, May 9, 2014

~Our Curriculum Choice for 2014-2015~

I was a little scared about planning for this coming school year since it is a big one... NINTH GRADE and the beginning of HIGH SCHOOL.  After I sat down and began planning our high school years, I realized how not so difficult it would be. I didn't use the word easy in that sentence, because it was truly not that easy to plan, but it wasn't that hard either. Once we decided on what to learn, I went from there to finding the different curricula.
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BIBLE: For Bible this year, we are going with Dynamic Christian Living by Positive Action for Christ. I bought the older edition and saved a good chunk of change. We are also going to finish up Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism by Brimwood Press. ** I highly recommend this worldview book.

MATH: We are using Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1. I can't say enough about Teaching Textbooks. If it were not for TT, I would have thrown in the towel years ago or be sporting a bald head.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  I was not planning on doing grammar this year, but after I foolishly changed my mind about switching back to Abeka English last year and many days leaving the table with a horrendous urge to pull my hair out; I am sticking to my guns and will be using Easy Grammar Ultimate Series Grade 9. We are doing one more year of grammar and then taking a break from it. We love using Wordly Wise 3000 for vocabulary. This is a program we have used for years and really like it. You can't go wrong with about fifteen words for twenty lessons. Spreading a lesson out over two weeks, makes learning vocabulary words a dream. ~at least for me!  Writing/Composition is a hard subject for me to teach! You either have the natural love for writing and it comes easy to you or you don't. Well, I have a son who was not graced with the natural love for writing. Some days, he had rather have his finger nails pulled out one at a time than have to write. We started with Jump In  this year and we really like it. Since it is basically a two-year program we will continue to work through the book and go from there. If time allows, we will move on to Write Shop.  I'm excited about Literature this year, I came across Lightning Literature and Composition by Hewitt Homeschooling Resourcing. We will be studying the American Mid to late 19th century pack.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY: I am a little reluctant about geography this year, I was hoping  to use the new high school geography being released in July, but to make a long story short, I decided to go with Apologia Around the World in 180 Days Geography. When I was researching this geography program, I was a little disappointed to find that there are NO lesson plans included. I began searching the internet to see if any one created plans of their on; lo and behold, I found Susan Bower's lesson plans that she was sharing... for FREE!

SCIENCE:  I'm  keeping my fingers cross on Apologia Biology. When we tried to work through the General Science book, Jamie begged to fling it out the door and go with Abeka. To me, that is a little discouraging because I want Jamie to be SCIENCE READY and to at least like the subject if not love it. I have had several other moms tell me once you get past the one book, it gets better. After calculating the costs of different programs and their needed items, Apologia comes out on top.

LANGUAGE: We will be using American Sign Language University's website and videos along with Dr. Vicar's Fingerspelling Practice site. After I spent several hours watching videos from different websites. I feel we will benefit the most from ASLU and the Fingerspelling site.

FINE ARTS: Jamie will be expanding his learning of oil painting and possibly watercolors. He started oil painting about three years ago and really enjoyed it using Bob Ross dvds. This year we will be focusing on lessons from Jerry's Artarama.

PE/HEALTH: Since we just finished up a half a year of Abeka health, we are not using a curriculum this year. I will be incorporating information found at 7sistershomeschool. As for PE, Jamie will be working out for bull riding and steer wrestling along with helping out on a local farm when needed.

4-H: Jamie is working through several projects in 4-H; rabbit, small engine and is moving up to shotgun sports. If you have never looked into 4-H, I recommend you at least look into what they have to offer. Working through the 4-H program has its benefits for home educated children~credit for the work and life skills. It is not a program for just animal loving, country living children; you don't even have to like animals or live in the country to be apart of the program. Life skills are taught in every thing the children work on like photography, cooking, sewing, woodworking, small engine repair just to name a few.

It looks like a long daunting list, doesn't it?