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How to Homeschool Review

As a veteran homeschooling mom, I would have loved to have had How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) from Apologia Educational Ministries to help me when I was starting.  There was little to nothing available when we started in 1995.  There was a magazine or newsletter here and there and a few published books.  Other than that you were really on  your own.

This course was like sitting down with friends and learning everything you could from people who have been there before.  These 15 short sessions were very applicable and practical for people in all walks of their homeschool life.  Rachael Carmen and Leslie Nunnery are two homeschool moms who share their journey.  Neither one of them planned to homeschool, but now they have a combined 27 years of homeschool experience. Rachael Carmen is a speaker and author, she and her husband own Apologia Educational Ministries.  Leslie Nunnery and her husband founded the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions.  These are two women who know what they are talking about from their own personal experience, professional experience and from talking to many, many homeschool families year round.

I have never found an Apologia resource that I haven’t loved and this was no different.  I really liked that the sessions in the course were short and to the point, but still friendly.  There is a workbook that goes with the two DVDs.  You are told to read about the session first then watch it.  There is a place to take notes in the workbook and additional resources on their website.

Since we just finished out 19th year homeschooling I wasn’t sure if this course would be beneficial to me.  I have been working through the workbook and watching the videos.  I haven’t learned anything I didn’t already know, but it was refreshing to be encouraged from these Godly women.  If I could invite a mentor to speak a breath of fresh air into my homeschool, these women would be perfect!

They shared many of the same principles that we have always tried to remember while homeschooling.  One of those was to instill the love of learning in our children.  We never want them to hate “school” or the process of learning.  We have always told our children they didn’t need to know everything, but they needed to know where or how to find it.  Another topic that I agreed with these ladies was teaching your children all subjects through things they loved.  If you can find a topic that your children are interested in like horses, or swords or legos you can teach math, history, writing and science around these topics keeping your kids learning styles in mind.

I was so glad I had the chance to hear these women speak about what they love.  I was greatly encouraged and look forward to finishing this course.  I recommend this to parents who are just starting out homeschooling or ones who have been doing this for a long time.

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Thin Stix Review

We were excited to try Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors from The Pencil Grip, Inc.  I had seen these before and was very curious to see how they worked.  The kids were very happy that we were able to review these.  I was glad too, I love finding new kids art supplies!!

We received a package of six classic colored, solid tempera paint sticks.  I was anxious to try these.  It said that these were quick drying and mess free.   (And non-toxic!!!)  They haven’t met my kids!  I’m thinking, “yeah right they will get bored waiting for the paint to dry and smear it all over their project, the table and each other”.  Guess what!  These paint stix are awesome!!!  They go on very smoothly, no clumping, no dripping, not even smearing!  You don’t need brushes and water cups.  I think my kids make more messes by spilling the cups than with the paint, but I digress.  The paint stix dry quickly and my kids didn’t even think of smearing it on each other or themselves (yet).  They didn’t even need to wear their “smoffs”.  That what they call their smocks and they swear that I’m saying it wrong, lol!!!!

In the Classic Colors pack you receive yellow, red, green, blue, brown and black.

I like to do a lot of hands on activities with my kids, especially the younger ones.  We don’t paint often because it makes such a mess and takes forever to dry.  These paint stix were perfect for all of their projects.  We will certainly be able to paint more often.


The first project Evie (6) and Thomas (4) worked on were these fish printed on card stock. I was impressed with the paint on the bottom fish.  Even though Thomas used all the colors, they did not mix or get messy.  He was trying!  In no time the paint was dry and smooth to the touch.  Some of these they tried to add a lot of paint to. and they dried perfectly and we haven’t had any cracking or flaking.


Then they made puppets from lunch bags.  They had such a good time with the paint stix, with their previous projects, that they requested to use them this time.  They liked that they could get some detail or quickly fill a larger space.


Then they colored these balloons printed on regular paper.  The paint did not bleed through the paper at all.  You can also use these on wood.  I haven’t tried yet, but we will use them for some wood projects this summer.

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This 6 pack of Thin Stix is $8.49 and are available on Amazon Prime.  They also have other similar products available.

  • 6 pack Thin Stix Metalix
  • 12 pack Thin Stix
  • 6 pack Thin Stix Neon
  • 24 pack Kwikstix
  • 24 pack Thin Stix
  • and many others

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