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Posts from June 2011

Summer Art Projects

Summer is a great time for outdoor activities, but bad weather can stop the kids from going outdoors. That’s when you need the art box!

I always kept an art box in the house when my children were young. However, the key to the effectiveness of the art box is that it is only usable when YOU say so. This is not an open box to be used any time. It’s special! (You can have other art supplies that are available anytime, but this is where you put the “good stuff!”

The “good stuff” could be special paper, paints, crayons, markers, and art brushes; as well as specially purchased art kits. Throw in special sequins, mosaics, and other decorative craft items; unique clay forms; or a wood-burning kit. The sky’s the limit. Just make sure this box is reserved for special occasions. Then, when the

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Teaching Financial Responsibility Without the Stress

Let’s face it, as much as we want to teach our kids financial responsibility, it can be a big hassle. Trying to keep track of each kids spending, savings and charitable activity can be just as complicated as balancing our own checkbook. The more kids you have, the more stressful it becomes.

Like any child of the information revolution, I was sure that there had to be an easier solution. A quick search on the internet did not disappoint. My favorite find was ThreeJars.com. This simple, straightforward concept emphasized the few things that were most complicated and most important for our family. It created an automated virtual “Bank account” for each child. As a parent you can pre-set a weekly allowance that will automatically be divided (according to the percentages you choose) into

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Teaching the Catechism Through Song

Music is a great way to support your homeschool curriculum. There are music CD’s for math, science, history, government and more. Unfortunately, most of them tend to be marketed purely for the educational content rather than the quality of music. I can’t tell you the number of times I have had to listen to a high pitch squealing vocal on a keyboard driven education CD. The grating melodies immediately take me back to the days of watching Barney with my two year old. I do it because it really does help the kids remember important facts, but it’s hardly a pleasant experience.

Then I discovered The Westminster Shorter Catechism CD’s written and produced by Holly Dutton. To say that this educational CD set is a breath of fresh air would be an understatement.

This folksy accompaniment to

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Welcome, Kelly Allen!

Kelly is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelors of Science in Education and a minor in Special Education.

I've known Kelly since 1985 when she was a young girl being homeschooled by her parents, Roger and Jean Rockey. Because of a death in the family, our family spent two years living in a motor home in the Rockey’s driveway while Bill, my husband, completed his master's degree at Regent University. Kelly and her brother, John, were about the same ages as my two children, Wil and Shelly; so, wherever we went, we usually took Kelly and John, too. They became part of my family as we became part of theirs. (I'll have to try to find some photos!)

Today, Kelly lives in the Tidewater area of Virginia with her husband, Mitchell. They homeschool four of their children: Josh,

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