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So this week pretty is the fact that my babies turned 4! Yes the terrific twosome also known as the twins turned 4 years old and we had as many of their little friends over as possible to celebrate in our new house. They had a blast playing and eating cake. Yes, you read that correctly we did not plan a “Pinterst Perfect Party” we had a very simple party where kids played, adults talked and we all ate.  Fun was had by all!



We did swim lesson with some really good friends! Our kids already love swim lessons but when you add in 6 of their best friends (counting the baby not pictured). Then swim lessons turns into kids squealing for joy! Definitely something to do again next year!

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Names of Jesus

This would be a wonderful resource to use along side Mystery of History 1 or 2 to study the names of Jesus.

“In The Names of Jesus, Warren Wiersbe explores fourteen names of Jesus from both the Old and New Testaments and explains their meaning as well as their relevance to believers today.” from Amazon

Also, Amazon is offering a free Kindle app download so you can access kindle on any of your devices.

Finishing Strong: Homeschooling Middle & High School #20

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #21

Happy Wednesday!

Can you believe we’re already looking at the end of July? Sure, we’re still in the thick of summer, but we’re willing to bet that you’ve already started preparing your lesson plans for the new year.

To help you out, we have decided to take a few weeks to highlight a few favorite posts that have been linked up with us recently, relating to specific subjects.

Today we’re starting with language arts.

Literature Studies: Chaucer – A Retelling of a Knight’s Tale from Angelicscalliwags

Writing Enrichment: Make a Book from Karen Trina Childress

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Homeschool Planning II: Saving Money Buying Curriculum

kyleSave$ [Originally posted 5/323/10]

So after I have finished my Curriculum Spreadsheet I  am usually ready to start purchasing curriculum. Since we are always on a tight budget I usually start buying curriculum after we get our tax return.  I always start by looking for used curriculum.

Buying Curriculum Used

Homeschool Classifieds is my favorite used curriculum site. I like it because it is the easiest one to use and I have had very good results with it. You simply type in what you are looking for and it searches the substantial database.

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Finishing Strong Homeschooling Middle & High School #19

Sorry, I am late with my post. We have been traveling and when I woke up this morning I thought today was Tuesday. Haha! Anyhow I hope you enjoy this issue of Finishing Strong.
Welcome to Finishing Strong, the link up that supports families homeschooling middle & high school students.

This week, we are featuring Heather from Blog She Wrote, one of the eight bloggers who host Finishing Strong every Wednesday. She is sharing many of her amazing resources to help you educate your older students.

Don’t forget to add your posts below!

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Finishing Strong Homeschooling Middle & High School #18

We are so glad you are here at Finishing Strong, THE place to get ideas and encourgament for homeschooling your middle & high school kids.

We are continuing our in-depth look at the eight bloggers who host this awesome link-up each and every week. Today Tina of Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus is sharing a bit about herself and her site(s).

Don’t forget to add your middle & high school focused posts after you read all about Tina!

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #19 Education Possible

Hi y’all. I am Tina Robertson and I’m just a wee bit obsessed focused on organization. So I have created the 7 Step Free Homeschool Planner with over 200 beautiful forms in color.

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Homeschool Planning I: Creating a Curriculum Spreadsheet


(Originally posted May 17, 2010)

Creating a Curriculum Spreadsheet

The first part of homeschool planning is determining which curriculum your family is going to use. We have spent years bouncing around the curriculum circuit and I have the boxes of curriculum for sale to prove it. This year I finally feel more settled into homeschooling and we are continuing on with curriculum’s we have used this year. With the exception of reading which for Peyton is still unsettled (we may wait until we get the results of her standardized test before we decide what she will use next year).

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