Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Landry Academy Review and a Giveaway

Chemistry is not my favorite subject.

I did not have a good introduction to it in high school and avoided it as much as possible in college.

How is it then, that I have gotten to my seventh (and final round) of high school Chemistry in my homeschool without actually teaching it?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The World Needs More Love Letters Review

The world needs more love letters.

I don't think anyone would argue with that statement.

So, why doesn't the world write more love letters?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Scholarship Applications: A Student's Viewpoint

 Senior year is full of what seems to be an endless supply of application forms.

You can research and read about applying for scholarships.

I can tell you about the application process from my point of view as the parent.

But, have you ever wondered what the student applying for scholarships thinks about the process?

My high school senior, who has filled out numerous applications this year, blogged about the process recently.

He lists four reasons why he doesn't particularly like the process.
Reason number 4, I find to be particularly true.

Read his post here  and tell me if you agree or disagree with him.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Best Homeschool Curriculum

Are you a new homeschooler looking for the 'best' curriculum?

Are you wondering if the curriculum you currently use is the 'best'?

I  hear new homeschool moms ask more seasoned homeschool moms what the 'best' curriculum is for a variety of subjects.

What is the best curriculum to teach my child to read?

What is the best curriculum to teach math?

What is the best science curriculum?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Graduation Announcements

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I posted Tips for Planning a homeschool graduation some time back.  Here you can find the variety of graduation ceremonies we have had for our five graduates.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Historical Fiction Review: Where Treetops Glisten

Sometimes I like a light, fun story.   

Where Treetops Glisten, 3 stories by 3 authors about the same family during World War II, is a collection of heartwarming stories.  The first story, White Christmas, introduces the family through the daughter, Abigail.  Although the story is interesting, the conflict in the story isn't always believable.  

The second story, I'll Be Home for Christmas, was my favorite of the three stories. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Family Favorites Friday: Roasted Brussels Sprouts (and other veggies)

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap.  People think they don't like them.  I think they just don't prepare them properly.

A high school friend asked on facebook  how to cook brussels sprouts.  This recipe is for her (and you, because you need to know).

It's really very easy, so I have prepared you a photo essay:

Start with a package of washed, ready to use brussels; trim and cut in half; toss with a tablespoon or two of olive oil; add salt and pepper and/or other seasonings you like.  Garlic is good, or cayenne pepper, or whatever.


After tossing them with seasonings, put in single layer on baking pan (I use stoneware).  Bake at 400 degrees about 25 minutes, stir after 12 minutes.  (I roasted some peeled, cubed sweet potato on the same pan.).  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  Enjoy!


Yum!   We love these!

You can use this same method with many different vegetables:  asparagus, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage (cut in thick slices), green beans,onions, squash, whole okra- just about any veggie.  Change your seasonings to make it different.  Try Italian seasoning, chili powder, thyme, or your favorite seasoning.  I have used cinnamon and nutmeg on sweet potatoes.  Get creative.

What are you waiting for?  Go roast some veggies and let me know how you like them. 

What are your favorite veggies to roast and how do you season them?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Look at This Loan

"Tell your mom friends who are still homeschooling about that."

Such was the advice I received from a friend as we were discussing college and how our students are paying for it.

She was telling me about the Texas Be On Time Loan (or BOT).  How had I missed this no interest loan that would be forgiven if a student graduates in 4 years and maintains at least a 3.0 GPA? 

I probably discounted it due to the nature of its name:  loan.  We prefer our students not need to take a loan for undergrad.  However, this loan intrigued me.

What my friend Melanie wants you to know, however, is that this loan requires students to have completed a "Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program - Advanced High School Program or its equivalent."
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