August 29, 2014

$20 Off the New Release of All About Reading Level 4 {Giveaway Alert}

All About Reading Level 4 is due for release on September 4th. Save $20 and enter a giveaway for this reading curriculum. #homeschool #reading


It's coming! The final level of the All About Reading series will be released on September 4th. To celebrate, All About Reading will be hosting a great sale and giveaway. (We all love those, right?)

Your child will learn new concepts while continuing to build his skills of vocabulary, decoding, fluency and comprehension.



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$20 off All About Reading Level 4

September 4-15, All About Reading will be offering a special discount on Level 4 program materials. This discount can only be applied to new Level 4 components (Interactive Kits and other AAR/AAS materials are not included).

Click here to learn more about Level 4 and to download PDF samples

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One Daughter Honors Another

In my weekly wrap-up you'll find a photo shoot, thoughts about moving and a baby shower at which one daughter honored another daughter.

The week has been stressful and busy. Last week I made a decision to stop a legal battle over my house. This week, we've been searching for a new place while trying to pack, make appointments, and deal with the everyday tasks of life.

It hasn't worked very well.

August 27, 2014

Why I Wouldn't Spend a Day with My Father Even if I Could

The following is a guest post by my 16-year-old daughter Alexis.


A teen girl explains why she wouldn't spend a day with her deceased father if she had a chance to do so. #bipolardisorder

"If you could spend just one day with a person from the past, present or future, who would it be?"

I've seen this post on Facebook. I've thought about it. 

I have a few people in mind but, as odd as this may sound, there is one person on that list that I actually wouldn't spend that day with.

My father.

August 25, 2014

A Day in Our Homeschool Life (Homeschooling Kids with Bipolar Disorder)

See what a day in the life of a homeschool is like for this Charlotte Mason family and how I accommodate kids with bipolar disorder.

It's hard to say what a day in our homeschool life is like. It's not very consistent anymore. Unlike previous years, when I had it all together with a schedule, it rarely works that way these days. I've had to adjust and readjust many times.


August 22, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up: A Difficult Decision and a Nerd Fest

My kids attended a nerd fest and I decided to leave my "forever home." This and more in my weekly wrap-up and homeschool mother's journal.

It has been a while since I made any personal blog posts. One of my goals, now that I've changed my blog name, is to write on a more personal level more often. I suppose participating in the Homeschool Mother's Journal and Weekly Wrap-Up is one place to start.

August 20, 2014

August 18, 2014

Not Back-to-School Student Photos 2014

These are my daughters' "Not" Back-to-School student photos for the homeschool year 2014-15.

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It's time for "Not" Back-to-School student photos! Usually, I get one of my photographer friends to do something special for this, but I wasn't able to do that this time. Instead, I've created some collages of the girls using recent photos. 

This is what my girls look like in the 2014-15 homeschool year.






Join us for the 6th Annual "Not" Back-to-School Blog Hop! All month long, homeschool bloggers are invited to link up. Share your homeschool with us!
This week is Student Photo Week.


I wrote three chapters in The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas including 
  • Navigating from High School to College with a Dyslexic Child 
  • Homeschooling the Bipolar Child and 
  • Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School Years. 
Be sure to check out these and all the other great ideas! Click the image for details.





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August 16, 2014

The Holistic Homeschooler Has a New Name (and other changes)

The Holistic Homeschooler has a new name and a new look! Drop by and tell me what you think.


I am so excited to reveal to you some changes I've made. These have been a long time in coming and now I've finally done it.

A New Blog Name

I've changed the name of the blog. No longer is the blog named The Holistic Homeschooler, but is now The Heart of Michelle. This is a change I've considered for years, but only recently felt driven to do.

August 11, 2014

Why I Cried When Robin Williams Died

Robin Williams' death has touched me quite deeply. This post is an attempt to explain a little about that and how bipolar disorder affects a person's thinking.

By Eva Rinaldi (Flickr: Robin Williams) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

People die every day. It is sad, but doesn't necessarily cause us personal sadness if we didn't know the person. Some deaths of strangers affect us more deeply than others. If it was a child, for instance, or perhaps they died in a way that 'hits home' a little more.