October 30, 2014

WordUp! Increase Your Child's Vocabulary with Latin And Greek Roots

WordUp! is a fun, entertaining and effective way to increase your child's vocabulary using Latin and Greek roots. www.HeartofMichelle.com
{Disclosure: I am working as a Brand Ambassador for this product, a position for which I am compensated, having used the program myself and finding it to be a product worthy of promotion. This post may also contain affiliate links.}

I've never been one to create vocabulary lists, require definitions, and all the boring tasks that typically go along with teaching vocabulary. Instead, I've used living books and taken cues from my kids about what words they do and do not understand.


But now...


There is a fun way to help the kids increase vocabulary by understanding the Latin and Greek roots of words. Did I say it's fun? Because it is.

October 29, 2014

Why I Don't Limit My Daughter's Minecraft Time

Find out why a mom who has led her children through a screen-free lifestyle would choose not to limit time on Minecraft. #minecraft www.heartofmichelle.com

It may surprise you to read this, but I don't set limits on my daughter's Minecraft time.


If you know me or have been reading this blog long enough, you know that I'm not big on screens. Each year, our family participates in Screen-Free Week and I've even written a series of posts called Screen-Free Family Activities.


We didn't have television in my home (no service anyway) for many years. My youngest two, who are now 16 and 11, didn't have T.V. until they were 14 and 9.

So why would a mom who has led a pretty Screen-Free lifestyle not set limits on Minecraft?

October 28, 2014

Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup Week #6

Welcome to the 6th edition of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting linkup. See what our favorite posts from last week were and share your own posts! 
Welcome to the 6th week of Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We'd love to see your posts and have you visit all the great posts others have shared.

The Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open at 6 am every Tuesday morning. My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup, so be sure to share something with us! You never know if you'll be featured next week.

When you link your post with us it will not be featured on only one blog, but featured on three blogs for added exposure!


Your Fabulous Hosts ;-)


Tina Ernspiker
Tina Ernspiker is one of the fabulous hosts of the #laughlearnlinkup You can find the #laughlearnlinkup at Los Gringos Locos, hosted by Tina Ernspiker. 
Tina lives abroad in Latin America with her husband and four children. Currently in Mexico, Tina is active in homeschool, travel, and her Bible ministry. She blogs about all of the above and more at Los Gringos Locos

Find Tina at her blog link above, and on the following social media networks:




Selena
Selena is one of the fabulous hosts of the #laughlearnlinkup You can find the #laughlearnlinkup at Look! We're Learning, hosted by Selena. 
Selena is a writer and a homeschooling mom to four kids, including three with ADHD/SPD. She and her husband, Jay, are committed to teaching their children at home and loving every minute of it! You can read about the family's homeschooling experiences at Look! We're Learning, written by Selena

Find Selena at her blog link above, and on the following social media networks: 




Michelle Cannon
Michelle Cannon is one of the fabulous hosts of the #laughlearnlinkup You can find the #laughlearnlinkup at The Heart of Michelle, hosted by Michelle Cannon
Michelle is a single mom homeschooling two daughters. She currently writes at The Heart of Michelle where you'll find articles about anything from homeschooling to special needs, opinion pieces to fandom posts. 

Find Michelle at her blog link above, and on the following social media networks:


Our Favorite Posts for the Week of October 27:


Written by Anna at In The Playroom

 
Top 100 Musical Movies
Written by Cathy at Cornerstone Confessions

 
Talking to Tween Girls about Puberty
Written by Tara at This Sweet Life


Thanks to everyone who submitted a post. Please check out the posts above by clicking on the image, if you have a minute for some good reading. Thank you Anna, Cathy, and Tara for your great homeschool and parenting posts!

Now, let's see your best posts for this week so we can share them as next week's favorites!




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October 23, 2014

A Parent's Guide to Avoiding the Checkout Line Money Trap

The following is a a guest post by Susan Yoo-Lee.


A list of money-saving tips to avoid the traps at checkout lines. #FrugalLiving www.HeartofMichelle.com


A Parent's Guide to Avoiding the Checkout Line Money Trap

You're finally at the checkout line and there they are: candies, toys, wipes, lip balm and everything you never knew you needed. That Almond Joy looks so chocolately, but wait, I might need that gum... wait, what's going on in Jessica Simpson's life? As the cashier waits for you while you're having your inner dialogue, your child starts to scream, "Mommy, I want that mini Barbie doll!"

I'm sure you've been there, done that.

October 21, 2014

Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup Week #5

Welcome to the 5th edition of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting linkup. See what our favorite posts from last week were and share your own posts! 

Welcome to the fifth week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited about this new project and we hope you will join us in the fun and help us spread the word! 

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open at 6 am every Tuesday morning. My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup, so be sure to link your best content and maybe we will pick you! 

When you link your post with us it will not be featured on only one blog, but featured on three blogs for added exposure!

October 20, 2014

A Homeschool Study of Willy Wonka and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A comparison of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the book vs the film, including unit studies. www.heartofmichelle.com

Lorelai and I decided we wanted to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Just as we'd been discussing this idea, iHomeschool Network presented the idea of writing about movies and books. So here we are. Great timing, iHN!

What I decided was to compare the original book with the 1971 film. We also looked for resources for studying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which I will share below.

First, we read the book.


October 19, 2014

The Week I Became a Grandma (again) and Remembered Home School Is a Lie


I'm a Grandma! (again)



Eight days ago, my newest grandchild made her way into the world weighing a whopping 10lbs 11oz and measuring over 22 inches long.

Yep. She's a big girl! 



Left: The day she was born.
Upper right: Lorelai holds her new niece for the first time.
Middle right: Full belly = sleep.
Lower right: Aunt Alexis fell asleep while getting the baby to sleep.


Left: Winter - 4 days old
Upper right: Aunt Alexis takes a selfie with the baby.
Lower right: Aunt Lorelai is so proud of her new niece.

Other than that, we're in another round of trying to keep Lorelai on her 'good schedule.' It's been a super-busy week.


During this time, I remembered... 



October 16, 2014

How I Use My Homeschool Journey to Help Others

Learn why I co-authored The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas and why I chose these particular topics: Bipolar Disorder, Dyslexia, High School and Middle School. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Our Homeschool Journey

I believe all parents are homeschoolers and some of us simply choose to do it full time. We're all on our own educational journey. There are twists and turns, detours and smooth traveling. It's a journey.

In my case, I learned about homeschooling in 1991, but chose to do it full time in October 1999, when I pulled my son out of public school. Over the years, our homeschool has experienced many changes. 



Experience is one skilled teacher! Now I teach others as a homeschool and parenting consultant

October 14, 2014

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #4

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting linkup. See what our favorite posts from last week were and share your own posts! 

 Welcome to the fourth week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited about this new project and we hope you will join us in the fun and help us spread the word! 

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open at 6 am every Tuesday morning. My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup, so be sure to link your best content and maybe we will pick you! 

October 10, 2014

I Felt Tired and Irritated, but Chose to Feel Blessed Instead

I was tired and irritated with my situation. I had to change my attitude. I had to see that my complaints should have been blessings counted.

"Cook, cook, cook! And when I'm done, I cook some more."

This is what I was thinking and how I was feeling a few days ago. It seemed no sooner than a meal was cleaned up, I had to begin another. In fact, it didn't just 'seem' that way. 


It really was that way. It is that way.

October 8, 2014

Why this Teen Girl Should Inspire You to Bust the Stigma of Mental Illness

Find out how this teenage girl showed her support of Mental Illness Awareness Week with her art at www.HeartofMichelle.com #BustTheStigma #SayItForward #MentalHealthAwarness

Alexis is a quiet 16-year-old girl. She keeps to herself and spends a lot of time drawing. She doesn't care for conflict, avoiding it at almost all costs. She always strives to be polite, respectful and to not hurt anyone's feelings. She can get along with most people with no problem.

She's a peaceable girl.


She's a Quiet Girl, but Speaks up When Necessary

On Monday, Alexis was telling me that someone she knows "doesn't believe in mental illness or at least she doesn't believe it's common."

I turned to her and said, "Uh, one in four. I just wrote a post about this today because it's Mental Illness Awareness Week. 1 out of 4 adults and 1 out of 5 children. 1 out of 17 of those has a serious mental illness like bipolar, schizophrenia or major depression. Not common? Quite the opposite."

We had a little discussion about all sorts of things. She's had several debates with friends about mental illnesses or even "disorders" that aren't mental illnesses, such as dyslexia and Asperger's. 


She's not afraid to tell it like it is. She doesn't hide from the conflict when it comes to helping others understand, or when she sees the need to bust the myths associated with a disorder.

She's bold when she has to be.

October 7, 2014

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup

Join us for Week #3 of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting linkup. See what our favorite posts from last week were and share your own posts! 

 Welcome to our third week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited about this new project and we hope you will join us in the fun and help us spread the word! 

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open at 6 am every Tuesday morning. My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup. So be sure to link your best content and maybe we will pick you! 

When you link your post with us it will not be featured on only one blog, but featured on three blogs for added exposure!

October 6, 2014

Mental Health Monday: Oct. 5-11 is Mental Illness (Health) Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week) is October 5 - 11, 2014. What can you do to help #BustTheStigma and #SayItFoward?


Do you think mental illness doesn't touch your life?

Actually, 1 in 4 people suffer with mental illness. Think about that. That's a lot of people. It means that a lot of people you know are struggling with mental illness.

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014


October 5 - 11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week). It is a week dedicated to spreading awareness.

Let's begin with some facts.