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Not Back-to-School Used Curriculum Sale

I need to get some books off my shelves! I don't have a lot as we've more towards online programs and Kindle books in the middl...

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I need to get some books off my shelves!

I don't have a lot as we've more towards online programs and Kindle books in the middle and high school years. Still, I managed to find a few things from my girls' younger years.  


1. I will keep items updated as SOLD as soon as I receive the payments. 

2. All items will be shipped via media mail. If you want a different shipping method, email me at tmichellecannon@gmail.com.

If you have any trouble with the Paypal buttons, email me at TMichelleCannon@gmail.com. I'll invoice you from there.


The Ups and Downs of My Homeschool Life

Let's talk about what I love about homeschooling.  Everything.  So that was a little short, I'll admit. The truth is I enjoy hom...

Homeschooling has it's ups and downs. Here are some great things about our homeschool and some not-so-great things.

Let's talk about what I love about homeschooling. 


Everything. 

So that was a little short, I'll admit. The truth is I enjoy homeschooling. Except for one thing, I actually do enjoy every aspect of this lifestyle.


There is only one thing about homeschooling I don't like. really dislike writing our curriculum. And that's it. That's my one and only dislike.

But no one wants to hear about my perfect homeschool, right? That's great, because I don't have one!

My homeschool may not be full of likes and dislikes, but it is full of ups and downs.


Top 10 Pinterest Boards for Homeschool Art You Should Be Following

The last post in my 5-day series is to share some of my favorite Pinterest boards for homeschool art. In no particular order, here they a...


The last post in my 5-day series is to share some of my favorite Pinterest boards for homeschool art. In no particular order, here they are.

Chalk Pastels: Easy Art for All Ages

One of Lorelai's favorite pastimes is creating art with chalk pastels. In fact, my girls do some pretty creative stuff with them. ...

Chalk pastels are an easy and affordable medium for teaching homeschool art. www.HeartofMichelle.com

One of Lorelai's favorite pastimes is creating art with chalk pastels. In fact, my girls do some pretty creative stuff with them.



Chalk Pastels: Easy Art for All Ages


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Learning chalk pastels is easy and fun.

We got started with chalk pastels a couple of years ago when my friend Tricia came out with a book called A Simple Start to Chalk Pastels. I was able to obtain a copy and try it out with Lorelai. It was an immediate winner.

How to Include Art across Your Homeschool Curriculum

Including art as a subject is the most logical step when attempting to add art to your homeschool . But did you know you can include art ...

A couple of ideas to help you include art across your homeschool curriculum. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Including art as a subject is the most logical step when attempting to add art to your homeschool. But did you know you can include art in your other homeschool subjects? You can.

Just how would you do this?


9 Ways to Nurture Your Child's Artistic Interests

This week we're talking about ways to include art in your homeschool . Today, we're going to discuss how to nurture a child's...

Adding art to your homeschool includes nurturing your child's artistic interests. Here are 9 tips for doing just that. #homeschool #art

This week we're talking about ways to include art in your homeschool. Today, we're going to discuss how to nurture a child's artistic interests.


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From the time our children are very young, they have an interest in art. What child doesn't love to pick up a pencil or crayons and draw? Many children lose interest as time goes by, but why is that?


How to Develop an Appreciation for Art in Your Homeschool

Developing an appreciation for art in your children is easier than you may think. I didn't have any type of art education as a kid....

Developing art appreciation in your homeschool is the first step to including art in your children's lives. www.heartofmichelle.com

Developing an appreciation for art in your children is easier than you may think.


I didn't have any type of art education as a kid. I had no knowledge about artists or art. I had never even been to a museum until I was homeschooling my own kids. I'm not kidding.

So how did someone with my lack of art experience raise so many kids with such artistic talents?

Granted, the greater credit should go to our Creator who gave my children their gifts in the first place. Still, these gifts were nurtured in their homeschool atmosphere. How did I do that? How can you?


5 Ways to Include Art in Your Homeschool

Art is often overlooked as a homeschool subject. Sometimes, parents are simply intimidated by the idea of teaching art. However, the arts...

Adding art to your homeschool need not be intimidating. Here are 5 ways to easily add it to your homeschool curriculum. #homeschool www.HeartofMichelle.com

Art is often overlooked as a homeschool subject. Sometimes, parents are simply intimidated by the idea of teaching art. However, the arts are so important to a child's education, so it's important to make it a part of our children's lives.

Adding art to your homeschool curriculum needn't be intimidating. In this 5-day series, I'm hoping to help you easily add art to your homeschool.


100 Reasons to Homeschool

Original Photo When I decided to write this post for the 100 Things series, I went to my Facebook community for input. I asked their r...


When I decided to write this post for the 100 Things series, I went to my Facebook community for input. I asked their reasons for homeschooling. Between them and me, we have a list of 100 things!



  1. Children can learn in a style and at a pace that fits them.
  2. Freedom to learn in the real world.
  3. Freedom to live in a natural way rather than quietly sitting all day.
  4. Children are free to explore their own interests and talents.
  5. We can take field trips or travel whenever we want to.

  6. We can evaluate our children rather than test them.
  7. We don't have to teach to the test. 
  8. No state mandated curriculum.
  9. We can choose to teach religious studies or not.
 10. We can use our time efficiently. No busy work. 


100 Art Resources for Homeschoolers

Original Photo Art is a big thing in my family. Several of my kids are gifted with artistic talents such as drawing, painting, sculpting...

A huge collection of all sorts of resources for studying artists and their art. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Art is a big thing in my family. Several of my kids are gifted with artistic talents such as drawing, painting, sculpting, composing music and singing. It's important to us.


The arts are an important part of education, as well. As parents (not just homeschoolers), we need to create an environment that offers them plenty of opportunity to explore the arts.



All children have a natural appreciation for beauty and creativity. We only need to nurture it.
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We need to have plenty of resources to do this, right? Right. That's why I'm sharing with you 100 art resources today.


I May Be a Single Homeschooling Mama, But I'm No Supermom

"I'm in awe of all you do!" "Wow! I don't know how you do it all. You're awesome!" People say th...

Being a single mom who homeschools doesn't mean I have it all together all the time. I'm no Supermom. www.HeartofMichelle.com


"I'm in awe of all you do!"

"Wow! I don't know how you do it all. You're awesome!"


People say things like this to me all the time. Because I work, homeschool and am a single mom of special needs kids, people are impressed. 

Now, I'm not saying I don't enjoy the boost of confidence from compliments. I do. Feel free to keep them coming.;-) But I also want you to know I'm not a Supermom. 


I want you to know that because I don't want you to doubt yourself.


It's easy for readers to look at mom bloggers and formulate conclusions based on our blogs. We can look so put together. 


Eating Healthy on a Single Mom Budget

Each single mom has her own unique experience and challenges. My only real challenge as a single mom is finances.  There just never see...

Living on a single mom budget doesn't mean we can't serve healthy meals to our children. Learn how this single homeschooling mom manages to do it. www.heartofmichelle.com

Each single mom has her own unique experience and challenges. My only real challenge as a single mom is finances. 


There just never seems to be enough money. Ever. Feeding a family on a single mom budget isn't always easy, but I've found what works for us. 


It is entirely possible to feed a family healthy foods on a tight budget. In fact, I spend approximately $65 each week. Here's how.


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

Lorelai and I decided we wanted to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . Just as we'd been discussing this idea, iHomeschool Netwo...

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.



How We Bring Life to German Language Studies

Let's face it: Language studies are not usually the most exciting of lessons.  Depending on the program or curriculum, they can be ...

We're trying to bring 'life' to our German language lessons by doing fun and interesting things.

Let's face it: Language studies are not usually the most exciting of lessons. 

Depending on the program or curriculum, they can be downright monotonous. So why not spice up the language studies with other things?

Lorelai and I have been studying German. She's thrilled to know her name is German as is her heritage on her father's side. Simply feeling like German is a part of who she ismakes it a bit more interesting to her. But how else can we make it interesting?

We've had a little fun with it. 


"Meet" the Authors: The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour

If you recall, iHomeschool Network published a new book recently. The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas was written by 55 of us and cove...

Join the authors of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas for a month-long "meet the author" tour that includes a sale and a giveaway.

If you recall, iHomeschool Network published a new book recently. The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas was written by 55 of us and covers 103 topics.

We want you to get to know the authors and why they chose to write the book, so we're going to have a month-long blog tour!

I Have a Problem with Labeling Kids, Not with Diagnosing Them

This topic has been on my mind for a while now. A long while.  I don't understand why so many people have a problem with 'labels...

In this post, I challenge the concept of 'labels' when it comes to children and their special needs diagnoses. #specialneeds #parenting

This topic has been on my mind for a while now. A long while. 


I don't understand why so many people have a problem with 'labels' when it comes to kids' illnesses or disorders.

Why? Why is it a problem? Actually, what I want to know is:



Why are you calling a diagnosis a label?


Pinterest Flips and Flops - Doctor Who Style

Recently I threw a Doctor Who party for my 11-year-old daughter, Lorelai. This was her 5th grade graduation party.  Although I'm no...

See these tries at recreating Doctor Who recipes for a party. Some were flips and some where flops.

Recently I threw a Doctor Who party for my 11-year-old daughter, Lorelai. This was her 5th grade graduation party. 


Although I'm not one to try Pinterest finds, I do occasionally try a recipe. Since this party was a huge deal, I decided to participate in the Pinterest Flips and Flops


I found a few Doctor Who party ideas. 


Super Easy Ways to Teach Middle School Science

Original Photo Science comes easy for some and not-so-easy for others. Either way, we could all use some fresh ideas for making scienc...

Science doesn't need to be difficult. This 5-part series offers super easy ways to teach science to middle school students.

Science comes easy for some and not-so-easy for others. Either way, we could all use some fresh ideas for making science an easier to subject to learn, couldn't we?

12 Science Pinterest Boards for Homeschooling

Although I am not a science-y mom , we are definitely getting into science around here these days. Lorelai is my little science geek. She...

Need science inspiration? Check out these 12 science Pinterest boards for homeschooling.

Although I am not a science-y mom, we are definitely getting into science around here these days. Lorelai is my little science geek. She just loves it, so I've been trying to follow more science boards on Pinterest. I need all the ideas I can get!


One thing about me is this: When I find a weakness within myself or about myself, I tend to hyper-focus on improving that point. Because I'm not the most science-oriented person - enjoying only certain sciences like biology, earth science and nature study - I find that I'm really focusing on science these days. 


I Can't Homeschool Because I'm a Single Mom

Are you a single mom? Do you want to homeschool? Do you think you can't? You're wrong. You absolutely can.  How do I know? Beca...

Being a single mom can present challenges, but these are not necessarily barriers to homeschooling. Here are some tips and advice for homeschooling as a single mom.

Are you a single mom? Do you want to homeschool? Do you think you can't?

You're wrong. You absolutely can. 
How do I know? Because I'm a single mom and I've been homeschooling for 15 years. 


Incredible, isn't it? I must be a super mom! No. Not at all. There is nothing special about me.


I do it because I love homeschooling and it is best for my kids. Honestly, I find homeschooling as a single mom easier than sending them off to school. But that's me.



Single Moms Can Homeschool


You may have a job outside the home. 
Maybe your work from home. 
Maybe you own your own business. 

Whatever the situation is, I can tell you I've done it before. 


Yep. I've done all of it. I've worked at home and away from home. In 2005, I even worked two jobs while building my green cleaning service. At that point, I had 5 kids and was on my own again.