- The Sandwiched Homeschooler
Welcome to The Sandwiched Homeschooler!
Hello! Welcome to my blog, The Sandwiched Homeschooler. I use this blog to write about our homeschooling journey, which is almost done. We have graduated our oldest son (2013) and now only have our youngest son taking some dual enrollment courses at the local community college. This will be our last year of homeschooling.
I hope that you will find my blog to be a little different than other blogs: (1) I include the good, the bad and ugly of our homeschooling journey. It's not always peaches and cream; (2) I try to write words of encouragement for new homeschoolers and for homeschoolers that might be having a bad day. I remember the feelings of being a newbie homeschooling parent; and (3) I'm not "Super Homeschooler." I'm just a homeschool mom that has probably "been there, done that" as far as homeschooling goes and I will share with you what I have experienced. Also, because I don't write a lot anymore about homeschooling, I've started to share a list of daily free Kindle eBooks list--especially involving homeschooling, parenting, teens and children. People seem to like it, so I think I'll keep doing it. As a friendly reminder, if you do not have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle reading application to use on your Smartphone (iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry), Computer (MAC, Windows 8, Windows 7, XP & Vista), and Tablets (Android, Windows 8, iPad) at the following link: Free Reading Apps.
We are eclectic in our approach, but didn't start out that way. We've made several changes throughout our homeschooling journey. During high school, besides our learning at home, my kids utilized programs and clubs offered at our local high school: sports, FLVS (Florida Virtual School), JRTOC, Teen Court, Student Government, Interact, SADD, Student Advisory Council, Junior Achievement, Relay for Life, Adopt-a-Road, and Holiday Food Drives.
(Charlie and Walter: JROTC 2011-2012)
They have also completed some dual enrollment courses at our local community college.
Outside of school, they have both volunteered at The Angelus Haunted House as actors for several years. They are also Eagle Scouts (and in good standing with Order of the Arrow--although I'd like to see them participate more); and have been Den Chiefs for Cub Scouts until the Pack closed recently. This school year they both started working jobs.
I have found the teen years to be the hardest--not so much academically, but in their "sprouting of wings". My biggest regret is not graduating my oldest son before he turned 18. I slowed down his progress so he could continue with some dual enrollment and that was a huge mistake. My best advice to homeschoolers is to graduate your kids before they turn 18.
I guess that I would just like to share with you through my blog that it's okay to change things up, it's okay to have a bad day, and that in the end your kids will still turn out okay.
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July 2015 M T W T F S S « Jan 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
- Do Not Get Discouraged When You First Start Using Coupons
- Homeschooling and Using Coupons
- I’m transitioning. I’m stuck in limbo.
- Book Review: Our America….The Pilgrim Adventure
- An Open Letter to Yahoo! from a Moderator using the Recently Launched Neo Groups
- Missing Adventures with My Kids
- Maybe I Shouldn’t Be Annoyed
- Bargain and Free Books On Amazon Kindle Today 8-6-2013
- Bargain and Free Books On Amazon Kindle Today 8-5-2013
- Bargain and Free Books On Amazon Kindle Today 8-4-2013
- Alma Gluck"Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works."
- Alma Gluck
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Artwork of the DayThe Metropolitan Museum of Artwork of the Day (click this link for today's featured art) provides daily a spot on art.
- Louis D. Brandeis"There are no shortcuts in evolution."
- Louis D. Brandeis
- My Husband, My Hero
I would not be able to homeschool my children and participate in the homeschooling community as much as I do if it were not for the support of my husband. He's my hero. Thank you, Robert, and I love you.
To understand why he's my hero, please read: When I Retire From Homeschooling: Part 1 (click link), Part 2 (click link), Part 3 (click link), and Part 4 (click link) .
To meet my kids, please read: Homeschooling's Best Kept Secret: Average Kids (click link).
(Below: both boys at their new troop: #155)
Walter graduates high school: May 30, 2013
And I can only hope to be as kind, gracious and helping as my friend Karen was. Dear Karen, I stilll miss you. (click link for story)
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Homeschooling Bloggers Haven Yahoo! GroupIf you are a homeschool blogger or a homeschooler who likes to read homeschool related blogs, I encourage you to join the Facebook page Homeschooling Bloggers Haven. We try to feature a new and different homeschooling blog each day for our followers to read. Our page is filled with homeschoolers that utilize many different homeschooling philosophies, methods and styles, along with other things that might make their blog an interest you (where they live, the number of children they are homeschooling, or the grade level they are homeschooling, as examples). Please take a moment and check out our sister page Homeschooling Bloggers Haven. Thank you.
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- A Fun Fact for Each State
- Church bulletin bloopers…
- I Wish I Was A Teddy Bear
- Make Funny Church Signs and Bulletin Boards
- Names and Titles of Famous Homeschoolers
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- Steps to Happiness
- Text Messaging & Chat Abbreviations “Numbers & Characters”
- Twas the Night before Christmas… Homeschool Style
- Types of Essays
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- Kid Internet Sites: Kid Sites Archived
- Latin: Latin Vocabulary and Derivatives
- Life and Death Clock
- Locating homeschooler’s daily school plans examples
- Make Your Own “Bubble” Style Test
- My First Resume’ Website
- Printables (Variety)
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- Teaching Time
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- Rita Rudner"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult."
- Rita Rudner
- Mark Twain"I can live for two months on a good compliment."
- Mark Twain
- Power Figure: Male (Nkisi)
- Bowl Base with Saints Peter and Paul Flanking a Column with the Christogram of Christ
- Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment (1614–1673), and Their Son Frans (1633–1678)
- "The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus Discovered by Alexander the Great", Folio from a Falnama (Book of Omens)
- Protective Amulet (Ody)
- Regatta at Sainte-Adresse
- The Young Saint John the Baptist
Military for Kids
The first Floss spelling ruleThe first Floss spelling rule is a rule of thumb used to help students understand when to double the letters f, l and s in words. According to this simple Floss spelling rule, these letters double at the end of a word when they follow a short vowel sound. Thus, words like huff, puff, stuff are ‘f’ floss words. Hills and pills are ‘l’ floss words, while grass and miss are ‘s’ floss words.
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