Saturday, August 06, 2011

My Homeschool Back to School Book Recommendation: "Homeschooling The Teen Years: Your Complet Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13 to 18 Year Old"

From time to time I will receive inquires about homeschooling teens.  This is a book that I always recommend!  

This blog post was originally shared on August 25, 2009.  

"Homeschooling The Teen Years - Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13 to 18 Year Old" by Cafi Cohen.

I absolutely love this book! It's jammed pack full of resources, tips and helpful information. I highlighted this one and will be keeping it my personal library. Cafi Cohen doesn't recommend one homeschooling style over another. It's all about you and your child's learning needs. She did survey many homeschooling families. Their comments are mentioned through the book.

This book is for anyone homeschooling 13 to 18 year old. I would recommend it for beginners and experts. There's plenty tips and suggestions that will anyone can use.

Friday, August 05, 2011

My Queenbee Inspirations Handmade Greeting Cards Have Arrived!

Her greeting cards are so beautiful and creative!

I wish someone would mail one to me!
ps There's still time to enter my Summer Time Blog Giveaway !

What Are You Thankful For? Courtesy of Kelly's Korner

Kelly's Korner asked What are you thankful for? at this blog post so I thought I would share that question here.

I'm thankful for my husband, Charles, our Little One, Marcus, having Kiana live with us, the Heavenly Father, and everyday I'm here!

Charles and I
Our Little One, Marcus and I
Kiana, Me, Charles, Marcus and Sock Monkey

Have You Seen Young and the Restless Lately?

I don't watch Young and the Restless on a regular basis but when I heard that Diane was pissing off everybody I knew what was coming next!

Boy, was I wrong!  This chess game with Adam and Victor has been fun to watch.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy Video

Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy Video

I had my monthly doctor's visit with my pain management specialist yesterday. He would like to attempt Radiofrequency Neurotomy on my damaged nerves. This will not eliminate all of my pain and it's not even guaranteed to work. I would be looking at $3000-$4000 after my health insurance pays. Also if successful I would be looking at repeating it every 3-6 months.

After speaking with my husband and son I don't think I'll be having it done due to the cost and risks.

I would like to pursue alternative methods at this time.

I Love This New Nail Polish Color ! Case Study by Essie

Case Study by essie
I was waiting for my prescription to be filled at Walgreens and decided to walk the beauty and nail care aisles.

Essie gives you the ability to "try on" nail polish colors with their nail polish color strips.

I was looking for something for the summer and fell in love with this one.  I think I'll bring it with me on my next manicure!

ps Don't miss out on entering my Summertime Blog giveaway!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 ~ Online Tutoring Service

When Marcus was in high school we made sure to have an active account with I liked that their service is available 24/7 and interactive. offers affordable packages for your student, online, 24/7. I like the interactive whiteboard. The service  covers a variety of subjects, including proofreading those reports and essays before you send them into your teacher.

And the teachers provide links to resources within the chat sessions. 

Check with your public library for possible free access.

Considering Virtual School for Your Kids?

Marcus graduated from a distance learning high school in 2010.  We found that it worked well in our mobile lives.  He also liked the flexibility.  It gave him time to volunteer and work.  I originally posted this in August 2006 but updated it.

Virtual schools provide the lesson plans, books and support via the Internet and phone. In many states, there are virtual schools associated with the school district. You pay no tuition and books are provided. Some programs will provide a computer, at no cost. There are virtual schools that have a Christian base too. Some even offer on site classes and tutoring.

For many kids and parents, this is a good fit. You'll have a lot of support, the program does all the required state filings and more.

Here's a few to take a closer look at. Also check in your state and city for options.

Connections Academy - public school at home

The Jubilee Academy - Christian Homeschooling Program

Allied High School

K12Online Public School

Red Oak Academy - K-12 Distance Learning

Marcus' Lastest Book Recommendation: " Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom

I love that Marcus, our son, has rediscovered the love of reading.  After he read "The 5 People You Meet in Heaven" the family discussed the book.  It was fun to just talk with each other.

He said that he really loved the book and wanted to read more books by Mitch Albom.  So, my husband gave him a copy of "Tuesdays with Morrie".

Can you suggest a book that Marcus, 19 years old, should read next?

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