15 Homeschool Blog Post Ideas

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I love blogging, but I get bogged down sometimes and can’t come up with fresh ideas. I love homeschooling, but I get stuck in a rut sometimes and it shows in my attitude. So, I decided to come up with 15 homeschool blog post ideas to shake out some new ideas in my blogging and also in our homeschooling! No matter what part of your school year you’re in, or you’re blogging life, you can be refreshed and renewed!

15 Homeschool Blog Post Ideas:

  1. Why We Homeschool
  2. Favorite Homeschool Memories
  3. Tried and True Homeschool Curricula
  4. Homeschool Fails
  5. What Homeschooling Has Taught Me as a Mom
  6. Homeschooling Laws
  7. Organizing Your Homeschool
  8. How Homeschooling Benefits our Children
  9. Using Netflix to Homeschool
  10. 5 Things I Wish I’d Done Differently in Homeschooling
  11. Homeschooling Trends
  12. Online vs. Textbooks for Homeschooling
  13. Homeschool Co-ops
  14. Combining History & English in our Homeschool
  15. Moving Towards Independence in Homeschooling

If you’re looking for homeschooling ideas, check out my blog posts Math Styles & Choices and Our 5-Year High School Plan.

If you blog and/or homeschool, I’d love to hear your blog post ideas or new homeschooling ideas!

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Graduation Announcements!

Calling all Grads! It’s announcement time!

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If you’re looking for the perfect graduation announcements, I have found some great ones through Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a division of Shutterfly. I’ve used Shutterfly for several different photo albums and prints and had great service!

I’ve picked out eight of my favorite announcements, but take a look on their website because they have a ton of options! Besides announcements, they have invitations (to those fun grad celebrations), thank you cards, stationary sets, and photo books to use all your awesome graduation pictures!

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Book Review – The Reflections of Queen Snow White

The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Synopsis of The Reflections of Queen Snow White

(Provided by the author) What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.  (Disclaimer: contains some violence and sexual content)

My thoughts

I can relate to the thoughts and questions of Queen Snow White as far as being “older” and having life changing beyond your control. Reflecting on her past through her evil stepmother’s mirror is an ironic twist that Meredith uses skillfully to show the good and bad in her past, as well as how she triumphed through those things. Sometimes the queen seems self-centered and whiny almost, but she’s the queen and she’s lost her king. I think she deserves those feelings.
Finding out what happened to the dwarves and seeing how Snow White’s life has evolved was fun! When I watched the fairly tale story as a girl, I always wondered what happened after the “happily ever after.” I enjoyed getting to see the queen as a grown-up and not just a victim or brainless princess. There are depth, passion, strength, and lessons to be learned in this tale!
The Reflections of Queen Snow White available on Amazon here:
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Our 5-Year High School Plan

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If you’re thinking – “5 years? I thought high school was supposed to only be 4 years!” – don’t worry. This isn’t “The Fonz” high school plan (probably just really dated myself). :)

Middle school really sets the stage for high school, so if you look at 8th grade as “pre-high school” it helps. There should be plenty of room for exploring interests in middle and high school, but it’s also time to buckle down and make sure all the required courses are covered.

What’s required

If you homeschool, your state will dictate what is required for your student to graduate. If you use a public or private school it’s still important to know what’s required. I don’t mean to question the quality or input of your school’s guidance counselor, but I believe it’s vital that you, as a parent, know what your child needs to take.

Generally the 5-year plan will include:

  • 4 years of English (grammar, vocabulary, comp)
  • 2–4 years of Math (college bound – Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre-Calc/Trig) *can start Pre-Algebra in 7th grade/Algebra 1 in 8th
  • 2–4 years of Science (at least one with a lab: Physical, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • 2–4 years of History (1 year of U.S. History)
  • at least 2 years of a Foreign Language (usually sign language doesn’t count)
  • 2-4 credits of electives

This will end up being 22-24 credit hours.

HSLDA has a lot of great advice for homeschooling at any grade, but their Academics page has tons of great information.

What it looks like

In practical terms, the 5-year plan can look like this:

5-Year High School PlanElectives

This is where your student can branch out and explore! Besides the required courses (some of which will hopefully spark some interests), let them try some things like:

Etymology

Personal Finance

Speech/Debate

Intro to Computers

Journalism

Graphic Art

Psychology

Sign Language

Home Ec

Auto Mechanics

Carpentry

Calligraphy

Just to name a few! See what interests them and let them explore. It might earn a credit or half a credit (typically 1 credit is earned through approximately 150 hours of learning). But even if it doesn’t earn credit, keep track of it. You can often use that information on college applications!

See my Pinterest College Prep board for more ideas, and check out my blog post 5 Tips for a Great College Tour.

I’d love to hear what your plans for high school include!

 

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Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

Most Wanted

Sometimes what you want, you simply want “just because,” and sometimes you make a decision because it seems best. Some choices, though, are made to satisfy deep longings. If what you long for collides with what terrifies you most, what do you do? Lisa Scottoline’s newest book, Most Wanted, delves into decisions and how they affect everyone involved.

When Christine and Marcus Nilsson discover Marcus is infertile, they choose a sperm donor through a well-respected/well-known donor bank. Only they, the fertility doctor, the bank, and Christine’s best friend, know Christine is pregnant through a donor. They have the donor’s ID number, background health information and physical characteristics, and two pictures of the donor – one as a baby and one as an adult.

At three months pregnant, Christine sees a “Breaking News” story of the arrest of a suspected serial killer who looks identical to her donor’s picture, and she and Marcus’ world of happily-ever-after explodes.

Marcus is horrified and is convinced that being a serial killer/psychopath could be genetic. He wants to sue the donor bank, and Christine’s doctor, for not revealing the donor’s true identity and improper screening. He even thinks about terminating the pregnancy.

Christine comes at it from a different viewpoint. This baby is hers. But then she decides to go undercover to meet the suspected donor and learn the truth.

Most Wanted explores the heartbreak of infertility, the need for true friendship, the ups and downs of marriage and stress, and it also take the reader on a wild ride of questions, answers, and the multi-faceted fallout of pursing our deepest desires.

This is definitely a book that makes you think about the “what ifs.” Whether or not you’ve experienced the heartbreak of infertility, the despair of unresolved expectations, or the betrayal of the human heart, you’ll be touched by, and encouraged by, Scottoline’s Most Wanted. 

Great summer or beach read!

For more information about the author, visit her website Lisa Scottoline.

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Chicken Noodle Soup – Good for the Soul!

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Chicken Noodle Soup is the perfect soup for any season! It’s easy, yummy, and good for you! It’s also a great soup to take to a sick friend. I made it several times for a friend going through cancer treatment, and she always told me she loved it! :)

“Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.” Marge Kennedy

Directions:

Put 10 cups water & 8 chicken bullion cubes in large pot and bring to low boil. Mix bullion cubes as they dissolve. 

Slice 3-4 carrots and 2 stalks of celery and add. Sometimes I add a handful of chopped onion.

I often use chopped up, leftover rotisserie chicken, probably about 2 cups worth. But you can use pre-cooked boneless, skinless chicken.

Let it simmer for 30 minutes or so. Taste the broth, you may want extra salt & pepper.

Add whatever kind of noodles you like (I use egg noodles or small pieces of spaghetti noodles) and simmer 10-15 minutes.

Makes about 6 servings.

Yummy with crackers or grilled cheese sandwiches and a salad on the side!

What’s your favorite soup to eat or make?

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College/Dorm Room Supply List

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The time has come – I have to buy college supplies – for TWO kids!! The hair that wasn’t gray is quickly turning!

I don’t know about you, but when we started having kids I never thought ahead to COLLEGE!! Let alone considered that two would be leaving at the same time. Our college sophomore is finishing at community college and our high school senior is ready to fly the coop. Instead of totally losing my mind (which I reserve the right to do at any moment) I decided to be proactive and start planning! So, I’ve created a college supply/dorm room supply list and I want to share it with you.

DORM ROOM SUPPLY LIST

Because, trust me, whether you think about it now when your kids are little, or just assume they’ll be with you forever, there will come a time when they will want to, and need to, leave. My prayer is that when it’s time, it will be okay. Bittersweet, yes, but ultimately it’s what we do as parents – birth them, raise them, and let them go.

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. Hermann Hesse Click To Tweet

Excuse me while I go hunt up the Kleenex…and the hair dye!

Check out my blog post on touring colleges at 5 Tips for a Great College Tour and see my Pinterest board, College Prep, for other tips and ideas!

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