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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Old School Monday TOMORROW!

Hello Vintage Moms!

Tomorrow, OSM, rain or shine!  Lots of gym time for kids to run off the past rainy days, and a couple of fun activities for everyone!

12:30 - 2

Hope to see you there!

lisa

Grammar Resources

While stopping by the blog of an old friend I found that some of her commenters were recommending grammar resources--and what better way to research such tools than to start with recommendations by other homeschool parents!  This first one, called Shurley English sounds really good.  The second is called Winston Grammar and also got good reviews. 

(Be sure to read the Shurley English review for a mind-blowing tip on math--I am going to start that ASAP!)

I have been feeling the need to start formal grammar lessons, and so these two resource tips are very timely!

Let me know if any of you are currently using something you love.

lisa c.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hi everyone,
Wanted to post this link to a 3 minute video about the Shoebox Ministry that I found at another homeschool blog. The kids and I watched the other day before getting our boxes ready and it softened our hearts even more. This is so worth watching with your kids, but just a heads up that you may want a tissue handy (at least I did for my teary eyes). You'll see what I mean...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LGGtWC528I

Hope you all are having a GREAT month!
Sarah

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

About Swagbucks, with which you need to get on board

Hello all you homeschool moms!

Ok, I have been having this conversation with some of you, but figure it is time to actual post about it, so everyone is in the loop.

Swagbucks.  A search engine, like google, that rewards your use with "swagbucks" that you can then redeem for prizes.  Like amazon.com.  Which means that just for using the search engine like you would any other, you get stuff.  I have cashed in my accumulated swagbucks for FORTY DOLLARS worth of books on amazon.  I already have another $5 waiting to be spent next time I place an order.

You can now also use it for PayPal.  Which means you can have PayPal credit waiting to be used for almost anything you can buy online.

This is serious, ladies.  Now, I am not advocating anyone get sucked into the special marketing things you can do with SB, because I am sure it would be easy to waste time (and even money, on some of their special offers) with too little compensation.  BUT I am telling you that ALL homeschool moms should be in on the search engine use--NO GIMMICKS, just FREE STUFF for doing what you already spend time doing every day.

I posted previously about SB on my personal blog here and here, in case any of you want to find out more about it.  I have also put a Swagbucks widget on this blog's sidebar, so if you want to check out SB, please do so through that link and I will get some SB as rewards. Becky and Sara Crompton already use SB, so if you two want to put your own widgets on the sidebar, we can all share! : ) Same goes for anyone who signs up now.

One final note--if any of you are thinking about trying Netflix (they have a 2 week trial period) do so through Swagbucks, because then you get a little SB kickback. : )

lisa c.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Spooky Brew

video

Something we did for fun this past weekend. : )  It is very fun and easy--let me know next year if you want to try it and I'll give you the scoop.

FREE passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Nov. 15!

Hello everyone!

We signed up for the Homeschool Day at the Aquarium on Nov. 15, and now we can't go, because our girls have a play performance that night!  (This is what happens when you are asked to sign up before the Fall semester even begins)  ALSO, we got tickets for the McNabbs, but then they realized they would not be back in CA quite that soon.  Bummer!  The good news for you is that we now have two families worth of tickets available for anyone who had not signed up previously!  PLEASE let me know if you are interested ASAP.  Otherwise I will post this on another homeschool forum that is county wide, or worst case will just let the aquarium know we can't come. 

The program sounds GREAT too. : (  Hope someone out there can take our place!

Lisa C.