Monday, August 27, 2012

FREE creation workshop for homeschoolers in Holt MO

Creation Workshop for Homeschoolers and their Families

Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution

Come join us for a free* workshop on why the Bible is correct and Science is wrong about creation.  We will be viewing the Christian DVD series “Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution”.  It is an excellent and colorful DVD, with numerous examples, easy language, and new evidence as to why creation DID take place as the Bible says it did in Genesis.  This is going to be a learning class, to give us answers and help provide our kids with some armor for when they are questioned about their beliefs in college and life.  This is NOT to be a debate.
This workshop will be on Friday Sept 7 in Holt MO at the Holt Christian Church, corner of 2nd and Franklin.   We will begin at 9 a.m. and be done no later than 3 (probably closer to 2-depending on discussion, visiting and questions).  Please bring your own sandwiches and ALSO a potluck dish to share.  (Access to full kitchen)  PLEASE NO PEANUTS OR NUTS DUE TO SOME WITH SEVERE NUT ALLERGIES.    I will provide cups and plates, ice water, Kool-Aid and tea.

We will begin at 9 a.m. with introductions, then view the first half of the DVD series.  We will break for lunch for an hour, to give everyone time to eat, visit and wiggle.  Then, we will clean up our lunch mess and view the 2nd half.  I will have worksheets for the kids as well.  Since we have some who are traveling quite a distance, it was decided to do it in one session.

If your kids want to bring a game for the break time, that is fine-weather permitting they can go outside, as we have a fenced playground, and also a grass lot that is kept mowed they can play on as well.  If it is raining (yeah if it is!! We need it) they could play board games inside.

This would be best understood for probably grades 6 and up.  However, even the younger ones will enjoy watching the animals in the videos and learning about them.  I would like all the kids to please read the creation (first 2 chapters of Genesis), before the class.  The older kids could outline what happened on what day, and the younger kids could make a picture of their favorite creation day.
There is a nursery that opens into the sanctuary, it won’t be staffed, but the parent can easily sit in the doorway of the nursery and still see the video.

I’d like an RSVP with the number of attending to ensure I have enough chairs set up and drinks.  You can RSVP by sending me a comment,

*This is a FREE event, but if you care to drop something into the offering plate to help with the utilities that day that’s fine-if not, that’s fine too!

Holt Christian Church is a nondenominational Christian Church.    Should you get lost the morning of, the church number is 816 320-2276.  However, Holt is a town of 294, so you should not get too lost!

Since this photo was taken, the church has added a sign.  The playground is to the left of the photo, and is fenced with a wooden fence.  33 hwy is on the otherside of the playground.  So, as you enter Holt from either direction, just look for the playground and turn there!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Do you have a homeschooled senior this year, in KCMO area??

The website   is up and running.  If you have a high school senior this year and want to participate in senior year activities and graduation, please visit this site.  It will be the primary source of information regarding the 2013 senior class.    Meeting dates and planned activities will be posted there.

At the website, click on 'Contact Us' to register your high school senior and sign up for the senior email list.

You must be a member of FHE, Families for Home Education, in order to participate.  You can join FHE at or at the first graduation meeting.  The meeting is Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30pm at Country Meadows Baptist Church, 4901 S. Lee's Summit Road, KCMO.  Please do not contact the church.  See you there

The FHE Senior Class Leadership Team  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Making your own stepping stone

A friend shared this one on facebook....

We have done this for outdoor stepping stones with quickcrete mix and using a box or plastic cake dome for the mold.

This one is flour, so not sure how it would hold up outside, but would be cute to hang on the wall.  You could probably add food coloring while mixing it up and a hanger to it while still damp.

Reader Response: DIY recycled key holder from an old broken rake

After yesterdays request, a reader responded with her handmade key holder.  She got the idea from here.  She broke the handle off her rake.  When she went to the hardware store to get a new handle, she found it was several dollars cheaper to buy a whole new rake, than to buy just the handle.

What to do with the rake part?????

Well, she made one of these with the rake.  It can be used to hang keys, leashes, stemware, towels...whatever!  Cost??  $0.  Just make sure when you attach it to the wall, that you hit a stud.

 rake rack for stemware, pot holders or towels, utensils......

This last one has key chains on it, made from recycled jeans.  Cute gift idea that only would cost pennies for the ribbon and metal rings.

OK, So that is the first frugal idea a reader has sent, (I am going to search the barn and see if I can come up with a broken rake to use as a pot holder rack in the kitchen).

Keep sending them in --recipes, homeschooling ideas, gifts, garden....anything that YOU do or have seen done that is a money saver.  And, we will share!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

For my readers...What do you make on your own to save money or for a better quality product?

Like many homeschooling families, I stay home for the most part.  I say for the most part, because I do work some part time as an EMS instructor for my own business and also as a pinch hitter for a couple of friends in the same business.  I also sometimes sub teach.  The nice thing about my line of work is that I control when I want to work (or don't want to work).

My husband is the breadwinner.  We don't like credit and try to avoid it.  We try to owe no one, as the Bible teaches.  I like how this site puts it:

 Question: "What does the Bible say about managing your finances?"

The Bible has a lot to say about managing finances. Concerning borrowing, the Bible generally advises against it. See Proverbs 6:1-5; 20:16; 22:7, 26-27 (“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.... Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you”). Over and over again, the Bible warns against the accumulation of wealth and encourages us to seek spiritual riches instead. Proverbs 28:20: “A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.” See also Proverbs 10:15; 11:4; 18:11; 23:5.

Proverbs 6:6-11 offers wisdom concerning laziness and the financial ruin that inevitably results. We are told to consider the industrious ant who works to store up food for itself. The passage also warns against sleeping when we should be working at something profitable. A “sluggard” is a lazy, slothful person who would rather rest than work. His end is assured—poverty and want. At the other end of the spectrum is the one who is obsessed with gaining money. Such a one, according to Ecclesiastes 5:10, never has enough wealth to satisfy him and must be constantly grasping more and more. First Timothy 6:6-11 also warns against the trap of desiring wealth.

So, in order to stay within our means, I save where I can, and often make things others buy.

I'd like to hear from my readers.  What do you do to save?  What do you make that others buy?  I'd like to gather ideas and then share them with the rest of my followers.

For example, I sew and have been working with my daughters in sewing and crocheting, I bake our bread, make our laundry soap and cleaners.  We raise our own eggs, beef, fish, pork and garden.  We have fruit trees and a vineyard.

So, send me your ideas, projects, pictures, recipes for me to share.  Be sure to put your blog name or name on them so you get the credit!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012


If you are on facebook, please join this event, created by my 16 year old niece Molly in memory of our  Debbie (her mom) who we lost from cancer in January.  Then, after you join, invite all your facebook friends.

She has created this as a cancer awareness day.  You can do it from anywhere, requires no money, and the only time involved is as long as it takes you to write the word cancer on the bottom on your shoes. Say a prayer as you do for cancer patients, survivors, families and the medical personnell.   If you don't want to write on your shoe bottoms, write it on tape and stick it to the bottom of your shoe.

It is a public event, entitled WORLDWIDE STEP ON CANCER 2012
October 24 at 12:00am until October 25 at 12:00am

"2nd Annual worldwide step on cancer :) All you have to do is write cancer on the bottom of your shoes!!! This is a symbolic event. tol have a sense of togetherness and show people going through cancer that they are not alone in their fight! Lets do this! Lets STEP ON CANCER!!! if you have any questions you can msg me on facebook.

I know I made an event for September 2, but that was before my mother passed away. My mother, Debbie Espey passed away on January 12, 2012 and she will forever be in our hearts ...
and minds. October 24 is my mothers birthday and i want to do another worldwide event like i did last time.

STEP ON CANCER was created by me last year. I first came up with the idea after I thought about something my mom said to my brother. My mother jokingly asked my brother if he was shooting cancer cells while playing call of duty. I then thought well why dont I just STEP ON CANCER. This is an event that can be done anywhere on Earth and by anyone. All you have to do is litterally write CANCER on the bottom of your shoes and walk. You can do this anywhere, at the store, work, school, anywhere at all!!

Cancer is an evil, evil thing. It is not something to be taken lightly and i know for a fact that almost everyone has dealt with some kind of cancer.

So I ask you... Will you join me in the event to STEP ON CANCER?"

Homestead Survival: DIY window farms

Wouldn't this make a neat home school project for older kids?  I am thinking of doing  this one with the girls at home in the windows on the south side of our dining room.  These directions require a water pump, but I think you could do it without the pump and just hand water it daily or several times a day.

Homestead Survival: DIY window farms:

This is my favorite site to figure out this weeks sales to match with coupons.  The reason it is my favorite is because it figures it all out for me!  Looks like I can get several freebies this week, by using my coupons for items that are on sale.

Our routine is to pick up the Sunday paper after church.  Then during youth group I clip the coupons while the kids are doing their thing.  Then on Monday I go to and match them up to the coupons in my coupon book.  Once you sign up at, you also get weekly emails telling you the deals of the week.

I couldn't find a coupon folder that I really liked, so I made my own.  I used clear photo pages  and labeled them for my coupon categories.  I don't like standing around in the store aisles digging for a coupon, so my categories are broken down more than the ones you find in the pre-made coupon folders.

In the back of my book, I have clear page protector sheets, labeled with the various stores that I shop at.  Each store gets its own page.  Into that page, I then put the stores weekly ad, and the coupons for that store that I intend to use on my trip.  That way, I have it all together when I go into the store.
When I go into the store, I could just pull on that stores page, but, I usually take my entire coupon book in with me.  This way, if I find unadvertised specials or a marked down item in the dented box bin (great for cereal deals), I have my coupon book with me to see if I can match it.

Every couple of weeks I go through the book and pull out any expired coupons.  This is also a good job to give to the girls.  The girls also sometimes help me clip coupons and match them up to sale ads.

Its only a good deal though, if the sale price minus coupon price is less than what I would pay elsewhere, and that it is an item I can either use myself or donate.

Often I get shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and toothpaste for free by using the above

Friday, August 17, 2012

Missouri Auction

I would think other states probably have similar auctions as well.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why English is Hard to Learn

Homeschool Soccer in Kansas City area

IT IS NOT TOO LATE, You still have a time to join.

Kansas City East Christian Academy Lions are looking for a couple more soccer players for it’s fall team.  Potential players need to be in 7th grade or up to 12th grade.   Practices are Monday and Thursday nights at 40 acres and a Mule at 7620 E. 79th street KC, MO(near Gregory Blvd and I-435).   Homeschoolers and Christian School players make up this team.

Please email Larry Johnson at

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Homeschool Class on Missouri Blackbears

from an email I received:

"I am scheduling a homeschool program for August 29th 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The subject will be Missouri Black Bears.

Please let all your homeschool families know. If they have any questions they can contact me anytime. There will be room for 40 students at this program, so RSVP early.

Shelly Cox (C.I.G.)


MDC NW Regional Office

701 James McCarthy Drive

St. Joseph, MO 64507

816-271-3111 ext. 1442"

Homestead Survival: Got empty wire spools? Here's an idea!

Homestead Survival: Got empty wire spools? Here's an idea!:

You could use the spools for rabbit hutches, chicken coops and more.

PLAN test for homeschoolers in KC area this fall

There will be FOUR locations and dates for the PLAN test (pre-ACT) this fall.

Coronation of Our Lady Catholic Church, 13000 Bennington, Grandview MO 64030 Monday, October 22

Brighton Academy, 10100 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park KS 66212 (located in Emmanuel Baptist Church) Thursday, November 1

*Ad Lucem Classical Academy, 10500 E.350 Hwy, Raytown, MO 64138 (located in Raytown First Baptist Church) Tuesday, November 6

Harmony Vineyard Church, 600 NE 46th Street, Kansas City, MO 64116 Wednesday, November 14

*New Location

This is a test designed by the ACT college entrance exam company. It is specifically designed for 10th graders, but all high school students are welcome to take it. The test covers the same areas that the ACT test does: English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning. Test results can be used to obtain good student discount rates with insurance companies, as well as giving students practice for taking the college entrance exam. After the test, you will receive the test questions, along with the answers your student gave on the test, and the correct answers, if any were wrong. This will make it very easy for you and your student to understand what they missed that day and why it was missed.

It is a one day test. You may pick the most convenient date and location for your family. Testing will begin at 9:30 a.m. and be over about 1:15 p.m. The cost for the test is $22 for the two Missouri sites and $30 for the Kansas location. You need to send the registration form and a self-addressed stamped business size envelope ($.45 stamp or a forever), along with the check made out to Monette Anderson. Registration deadline is October 15, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Monette Anderson at or feel free to call at 816-781-5531. (Most days calls are being screened due to homeschooling needs.) Please do not contact the churches. I will email you confirmation of receipt of your registration when I receive it, so please print all information very carefully. Thanks.

Students name: ____________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________


Phone # ___________________ Location:________________________________________

Parent’s name(s): ___________________________________________________________

E-mail ____________________________________________________________________

Please send all information by October 15 to:

Monette Anderson
901 Cambridge Circle

Liberty, MO 64068

Monday, August 13, 2012

Alpha Omega SOS Update & Hummingbirds

We started using the Alpha Omega computer based software this year for our homeschooling.  We started early this summer with a couple of electives- high school health and Missouri State history.  Those went smoothly, so I went ahead and bought (used from Ebay, several years old, and a fourth of the new price) the core subjects.

So far, for the most part, it is going well.  Elizabeth is having a few issues-computer wise, but we like it.  And, it is also improving their computer and keyboarding skills as well.  To check for updates and revisions, I simply click a button and two minutes later any are automatically downloaded.  Very simple.  It also does all the scoring and grade work for me, and gives the girls feedback as to how they are doing.  At this point, I'd say I would give it a high recommendation.

We will be adding a few more electives in after the current ones are finished.

We are also working on electives from Amanda Bennett.  One of those is 2012 election.  Very timely as we go through the election process.  The Amanda Bennett electives are more affordable at only around $15 each.

This afternoon Emily and I put up a hummingbird feeder.  I have not had one on the porch since we moved into this house ( had one under a tree in years past, but not at the porch), yet a hummingbird keeps coming to a spot just outside one of my living room windows.  He has been coming several times a day for last couple of weeks, so I finally got a feeder up.  20 minutes after the feeder was up, he came back, and Rebecca got some pictures of him with her camera.  As time goes on and he gets more used to us we can probably get a closer picture.

Now we will probably do a short lesson on humming birds, so we know a little bit more about our new guest.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Heart, Hands, Home: Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

Check this out.  I think i am going to try this with some whole milk from Shatto Dairy, but will probably have to make a trip to Trails End Trading Post bulk food store in Cameron  first to get some of the other ingredients.

Click on the link below--she has great step by step directions with lots of pictures.  It looks very very easy to make.  Would make a good 4H project as well!!

Heart, Hands, Home: Homemade Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella is one of the easiest cheeses to make, it only takes 30 minutes and the taste can't be beat! The ingredients are simple althoug...

OK--to add to this, If you use Junket Rennet--adjust your recipe:::

I used Junket Rennet tablets, and if you use those, don't get discouraged waiting for the batch to curd as Junket tablets have significantly less rennet concentration than other brands..  You have to use double the rennet (1/2 tab) and wait 1-2 HOURS before it will curd. Just keep the lid on your pan and don't touch it or cook it when you get to that stage. You also have to cook it on the cooktop at 108 degrees for 35 minutes after it curds.

EduFair in Springfield MO Aug 16

This day has been specifically designed for your home education family.  Come relax and spend the day with us.  Just look at all the stuff that is waiting for you to Battlefield, Missouri

Battlefield City Park
5434 S Tower Dr
Battlefield, MO 65619

(property adjoining the Municipal Plaza)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Opens at 9:30am

Closes at 2:30pm


EduFairs are a home education event filled with interactive activities for all ages.  Bring your boxes of used books/education resources/games/posters and teaching resources to the totally FREE exchange.  This event features local businesses, homeschool entrepreneurs, and educational shows along with hands-on acitivities. Write thank-you notes at the event and earn tickets for lots of donated treats.  Spend the day with FIELD TRIPS!!! and meet new friends.

This fun-filled family day will be action packed!
Here is the current Educational Show Schedule:

10am Sign Language with Michelle! Come learn the signs for different types of clothing.

10:30am "Singing Insects!" presented by Jay Barber, Missouri Department of Conservation!!!

We'll learn the summer sounds of insects, listen for these various summer singers that will have about 6 more weeks of calling, and explore different specimens.

Noon TENTATIVE Homeschool Orchestra

1 pm Crochet with Michelle! Bring your size G or H crochet hook and learn how to crochet a bookmark.

There will also be an activities and information fair, continuously from 9:30am to 2:30pm, provided by local home education and child-oriented organizations! Every display area features interactive activities for the kids. There are all sorts of unique and interesting businesses sponsoring this event.  Arts & Crafts will be available for the kids to enjoy some fun and messy learning! If your homeschool organization would like to set up a table, simply email Pamela with your organization name, contact information, and your website to  Than, show up with your display and interactive kids' activity at the Battlefield EduFair. No charge! No Selling per state regulations.

There is a large field for your picnic lunch and enjoyment.  Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, canopies, and playpens and Sunscreen!  Let's enjoy the great outdoors :) Please NO Alcohol, and NO smoking.

There are two playground areas with play equipment appropriate for toddlers and older children as well as swings and other play stations. The paved walking trail provides a half mile loop around the park that is lighted. There are two lighted tennis courts and a basketball area.

Bring your tennis balls & rackets, basketballs, soccer balls, and suntan lotion.  There is also a fountain & gazebo in honor of the Trail of Tears, however NO WATER PLAY due to city regulations. Meet lots of home educators, JUST LIKE YOU who treasure this precious freedom we have in America.

Another popular feature is the totally FREE teaching resource, games, books, and curriculum exchange, bring your box of gently used fun and walk away with something! This promises to be a spectacular event!  Clean out your house and bring those boxes to EduFair!!! You DO NOT have to bring a box to take home a box. We DO encourage you to BRING boxes for your books to take home!

This fun-filled family day will be action packed!  Keep checking back to this webpage for the event schedule!!!

Would you, or someone you know like to participate?  Artists, musicians, volunteers, sponsors & financial donors are all needed in order to provide this cultural opportunity free of cost to our community.  Please contact us ASAP.

Please patronize our sponsors. Join us! We have plenty of room to add YOU! Email Pamela at for more info:


Springfield Incredible Pizza Company
Home School programs offered monthly with Mad Science in Springfield, Missouri

Thank you for your Incredible Pizza Card Fundraiser!!! We raised $500 in January, 2012.


Papa Murphys

Thank you for your Papa Murphys Fundraiser!!! We've raised $320 so far towards our organizational goal of saving 3 years annual budget.


Springfield, Missouri

Thank you for your Hy-Vee Coupon Booklet Fundraiser!!!  We've raised $195 so far towards our organizational goal of saving 3 years annual budget.


To check out Visual Manna visit


The Independent Scholar is a tabloid-sized newspaper published four times yearly by The Homeschool Press of Southwest Missouri in Springfield, Missouri.  Each quarterly issue contains 20 pages of current, relevant information by and about independent learners in our area.  Read about events, achievements, resources, and happenings all in one place.   All of our articles and photographs are submitted by homeschoolers and single-handedly published as a not-for-profit service by one very busy local homeschooling mom.  Support us by subscribing and advertising.


WE NEED SPONSORS!!! Are you a business owner or do you have your own home business? Do you have a hobby you are passionate about and would set up a display and share your knowledge with a bunch of homeschool kids? Are you a coop or a playgroup for homeschoolers? Are you passionate about a certain topic, and want to share your knowledge?  For more information on how to become a sponsor, Email Pamela at or phone 417-595-7153.

Or use the webform and type "sponsor" in the comments box:


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS, SIGN UP NOW :) Please find your spot to volunteer at

Pamela and kids :)

Join and support the FIELD TRIPS!!! team

FIELD TRIPS!!! General Information:

FIELD TRIPS!!! is a non-profit organization for home education families. There are no membership fees required to join FIELD TRIPS!!! To cover our quarterly website maintenance fees, domain name, internet connection, EduFairs!, Pam's Gasoline for FIELD TRIPS!!! functions, and annual organizational fees to the state of Missouri, a surcharge of 50c to $1 is added to all prepays. This policy began when FIELD TRIPS!!! was formed to prevent Pam to pay out-of-pocket. Pam does not receive any salary, nor does anybody else, strictly service from the heart.  All participating families are required to have a signed FIELD TRIPS!!! waiver on file, these are signed at your first FIELD TRIP!!!

Prepays are no refunds and no-shows are considered donations. Carefully read your Confirmation email regarding any prepaid FIELD TRIPS!!! This Confirmation email will state meeting instructions. If you do not check-in with Pamela at the designated time/place, your prepays are considered donations and will be freely distributed to families who show up space-available. I'm firm about check-in times, as my son says, "Movies don't wait!"  We want to ensure that all spaces are used.  If you don't get a Confirmation email, CALL ME before 7am on the FIELD TRIP!!! day at 417-595-7153.

Meteor Shower

Tonight and tomorrow are the best nights to see the Perseids. The Perseids are typically fast and bright meteors. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero. You don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower because the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. The Perseids are considered by many people to be the year’s best shower, and often peak at 50 or more meteors per hour in a dark sky.

This event happens every August, and last for several days.  Some disagree on what nights are best (probably depends on what part of the county you are in), but most agree 3-4 hours before dawn is the best time.  Google it or check out the above websites for your area.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Garden Woes

Lovely...  One of our labs is eating the ripe concord grapes straight off the vine.

The chickens are eating the tomatoes off the plants (evidently they did not read the chicken book that says they aren't supposed to like tomatoes)....

So far, all the other farm animals are behaving.

For Christian Singles in NW Missouri....

 Please allow me to introduce myself.  I am Matthew Burnett.  I am a 23 year old Christian and home school graduate living at Cameron, Missouri.

I lead a Christian singles group called Peradventure. We meet in Cameron on Friday nights, and want to extend an invitation to other young Christian singles who are looking for a opportunity for fellowship and meeting like-minded people. We are not exclusively a homeschool graduate group, but so far all of our members have been. It is very casual, but with a serious purpose. We are nondenominational and not out to convert anyone, but welcome different faiths. There is not a set age range, but I am focusing on 20-Somethings, or those in their teens or 30's. We are presently studying the book: What He Must Be by Voddie Baucham.  Our mission statement and the directions are below.

Directions to the Old School in Cameron

From Interstate 35 exit onto Highway 36 west

Exit from Highway 36 at the overpass onto Highway 69 (Walnut Street.)

Drive south into town to the 3rd stoplight, where Walnut intersects 4th Street.

There is a gas station on the northwest corner (right hand side,) and a car dealership on the southeast corner (left hand side.)

Turn west (right) onto 4th Street.

Drive 3 blocks on 4th to Cherry Street.

The Old School is a 3 story brick building on the north side of 4th Street, between the 2nd and 3rd blocks.

McCorkle Park is on the other side of 4th Street.

Turn north (right) onto Cherry Street.

Turn right again into the parking lot of the Old School, and park.

The meeting is in on the 2nd floor.  Entering the building from either the front or the back, you will walk up one flight of stairs.

I believe that it is important to have name for this group and the vision that it entails, instead of merely calling it a singles group.  It is a singles group, but that phrase does not lend itself well to the full picture of all of the plans that I have in mind for this project, and much like “homeschooling” the word likely means different things to different people based upon their experiences.  Since I consider this a simple yet fairly original idea in all its many facets, I think it is best to have a name that will eventually express who we are, instead of a term that might not.


adv. Archaic

Perhaps; perchance.


Chance or uncertainty; doubt.

[Middle English per aventure, from Old French, by chance : per, through (from Latin; see per) +aventure, chance; see adventure.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

I chose this for several reasons.  First of all, it gives a nod to potentiality; in that the purpose of this group is to find spouses.  Second, the word obviously has adventure within it, which is appropriate since I consider this project an adventure.  Third, the word is an archaic one, and although I do not think that the past has all the answers, I do think that past traditions are worth examining for guidance in the present.

Mission Statement for Peradventure

The fundamental purposes of Peradventure are to create an opportunity for eligible Christian single men and women with the future intent to marry to become acquainted, to provide a community of friends to prevent loneliness in the meantime, and to help our members grow and mature with education and experience in order to be better future spouses.

Possible activities (keeping our nonexistent budget and the mission statement in mind.)

Guest speaker, book discussion, scavenger hunt, movies, bowling, day trip, art or history museum, board or card games,  cooking/ potluck meal/cookout, plays, miniature golf, tie-dye, obscure holiday party.

We meet Friday nights, 7:00 PM at the Old School, 2nd floor.  The address is 116 West 4th Street, Cameron.

If you have any questions please call, Matthew Burnett, (816) 575-2798.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Homeschool book sale in Cameron Missouri

Zion Prep Academy Homeschool Coop

Used Curriculm Swap & Shop

Friday, August 17th

10 am - 2 pm

Cameron (Missouri) American Legion

11417 NE Highway 69

Please forward on! 

There will be lots of curriculum to shop from.

Monday, August 6, 2012

free Reading Comprehension

Have you tried Book Adventure??  We have used it for several years, my girls have outgrown it now, as they are all high schoolers and read on a college level.  I highly recommend this site.

This one is for everyone, not just homeschoolers.  The program states it is for up to grade 8, but if your child is above grade 8 in school, but below grade 8 in reading skills, I would think you would still want to use it.

Points are earned for reading and answering the comprehension questions following.  My girls used to get highlights magazine as a prize from this site--subscriptions were just for a few months, but they would rotate it between the 3 of them for a full year subscription.

Check it out!

Needing Kansas City MO area girls to play volleyball

Do you have a 5th-8th grade girl wanting to play volleyball?  We are looking for beginning level players to fill out a team for the KC East Lions.  The cost is $125 for the season.  They have already started practice at First Baptist of Raytown, but it is not too late to join.  They are practicing Mon, Tue, and Thur for the next 2 weeks and after that it would be a practice on Thursday and games on Monday.  This is a great opportunity for girls to meet other homeschool girls and play a fun sport.  At this level the focus is on having fun, while learning how to play volleyball.  If your daughter is at all interested in playing volleyball and is in this age group, this is an excellent opportunity to try it out. The games will be at Blue Valley Activity Center.  Practice this week is at 3:30 on Tuesday and 5:30 on Monday and Thursday.  Feel free to come by to watch practice and talk to a coach or contact me for more info--I will then put you in touch with the proper person!!

My girls did this this summer and loved it!!!  Christian coach and well behaved parents and team members...(I say well behaved parents because I have been involved in sporting events in the past where parents were NOT sportsmen like).  We just have too much on our plate this fall to do the fall one.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This years homeschooling plan....

We are somewhat changing our homeschooling plan for this year.

In the past, the girls have shared my PC and only done a few things school wise on the computer (such as their typing class and some online courses I purchased).  This year, we are doing most of our schoolwork on computer.

Most of our work will be SOS (Switched on Schoolhouse).  Since we school year around, our year actually began July 1.  I started them with some electives at that point, which included SOS History of Missouri, and Health.  We also added in Amanda Bennetts Elections 2012 and Digital Photography. (Amanda Bennett has WOMDERFUL unit studies, that are not expensive at all, and can be reused many times).

I have ordered, but not yet received SOS language, math/algebra 1, history/geography/civics , science and language.

Each of the girls now has her own working laptop and later on I am planning on having a neighboring homeschool family help me to create a home network to link them together. These are the same boys who I sometimes hire to help with fencing and such.

SOS does not require you to be online as you do your lessons, although you do need to get online to check for updates and such.  It is more expensive, but I have bought most of mine used, and can use it for all the kids, so the price is much more reasonable.

Amanda Bennetts unit studies work better if you are online, because all through them she has links you can click on for online assistance, illustrations, videos, examples and such.

We are finding it much easier to work when away from home when you only have to take your laptop, instead of 3 totes full of books and materials.  There is still some writing, reading and such that is required, but no actual textbooks at this point.  This is also giving them more computer skills that they will need for college. (All the girls are now in highschool).

Of course we will still be attending our weekly homeschool coop, the annual science fair, annual spelling bee, music lessons, church and youth group, sports, fieldtrips, community choir, church camps, science camp, 4H and scouting and such.  We count all those activities as part of our schooling as well.  And, no all these activities don't always occur at the same time--some are a once a year event!!

Free Homeschool Planner

Want a free online lesson planner, scheduler and tracker??  Visit Homeschool Skedtrack.  It is set up to be used for students prek thru 12.

It appears to be very similar to Homeschool Tracker, which is what we use.

I know of others who have created their own spreadsheets and some who track it all by hand.

What do you use??

I counldn't resist this one......

This is for you Dad!!!