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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Happy Homeschooling!

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. 

Our Learning Spaces 2014-15

This week I'm sharing  our homeschool spaces at the "Not" Back-to-School Blog Hop.

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This week School Room Week at the "Not" Back-to-School Blog Hop! This is the week we hop around looking at everyone's learning spaces.

Our learning happens all over the place. Here are some examples of where we learn.

August 7, 2014

Get Your Hands on These Back-to-School Deals!

Get your hands on some great back-to-school products and supplies for your homeschool.

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This is the busiest time of the year for homeschoolers. We're all looking for great back-to-school deals. Here are a few deals I've found this week.

25% Off Art For All Ages Curriculum Bundle

These are the art lessons I use in our homeschool.
Easy-to-understand, they're a perfect tool for teaching art or simply having fun. 
Right now you can purchase all six ebooks for only $44.99! (Value: $62.94)

August 4, 2014

Our Charlotte Mason High School Curriculum 2014-15

A Charlotte Mason high school curriculum covering all subjects from nature study to writing, history to science.

Our Charlotte Mason High School Curriculum


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World History and American History

Alexis will be taking both World and American history this year. Although we've been studying world history from the beginning of our Charlotte Mason education, I believe that high school is an opportunity to study those periods again more intensely and with a more mature mind.

Our Charlotte Mason Middle School Curriculum 2014-15

A Charlotte Mason middle school curriculum covering all subjects from nature study to writing, history to science.

Our Charlotte Mason Middle School Curriculum


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Lorelai's curriculum has come to me quite easily this year. I won a homeschool giveaway worth $700 (Whaaat? I know, right?) Also, I purchased the Charlotte Mason bundle on the Build Your Bundle sale. I'm feeling pretty good about this. So what do we have lined up?


For the first 9 weeks we will be living in the old west using these weekly unit studies: Westward Ho! Part 1 and Part 2 - I won this in a giveaway and they just look like a lot of fun. That's how I want to kick off our next term - with fun!