- Being married for 13 years and still learning from one another and loving each other.
- Being a mom of 3 children and not going too crazy, yet.
- Homeschooling 2 elementary school-agers and a tot. Thank goodness for Busy Bags and Tot School.
- Explain what Busy Bags are and where to find ideas- Busy Bag Pinterest board.
- Share Tot School ideas through out school year via posts and Tot School Pinterest.
- Create and share awesome Sensory Bins.
- Explain what Prairie Primer is and the value of Unit Studies.
- Share all the resources for FREE Homeschooling.
- How we transitioned from Christian School to Homeschooling to Eclectic Schooling to Unschooling- sorta?
- How each year has been a little different and what we are learning as a family.
Lots of Views and NOTHING to show for it…
PLEASE, PLEASE Do not laugh. At Least not too hard.
Okay, I was really excited that the last few days I’ve gotten posts up and linked to various parties. Then my excitement quickly fell when I realized I had NO new subscribers, No more Likes on Facebook, etc. WHY?
Well, for one I forgot to use the Plug-in Social Media Ring I had activated. This was to be one of the easiest “calls to action” that I wanted to have on my blog. I got busy trying to get pictures taken, edited, and just learning blog basics and FORGOT to use a very important tool! Oh, boy what a major boo boo!
So for any of you who already viewed my 2012-2013 Curriculum post or our Tree Climbing post, would you PLEASE click back over and LIKE or SHARE or TWEET your Favorite post?
Thanks so much for helping out this newbie blogger!
Things I’m working on…
my blog! Well, okay. Here I am sitting down at the PC trying to decide what to do next. There are so many things to learn when you begin blogging like linking Facebook and Twitter to your blog posts as well as learning the “language of twitter”. I found out about Twitter Tuesday and a great group of like-minded bloggers. Then I was encouraged by one of these bloggers to participate even though fast-paced (and crazy fun!) She suggested I focus on 2-3 bloggers to connect with and go from there. Great idea AMY @ Homeschool Blogging! I better prepare with some reading up on using twitter!
Right now do I learn some more tweet etiquette or learn how to link my blog to twitter or just write some more content? I am constantly pulled in various directions (I am a creative, short attention spanned person so I can easily get distracted!) did I mention I am mommy to 3 very active children. I still need to learn better SEO and the whole categories vs. tags thing:) Amy also suggested I make a list and research those things. I got a 3-ring notebook and a 1 subject notebook all for blogging-just like the big girls do (Jolanthe, Mama Jenn, Erica, Amy, Jamerrill)
Then the whole Facebook blocking thing is a little irksome and on my mind! I’ve been friend/message blocked twice since I started a new page on Facebook! I do not try and solicit people who are not in the same sphere of influence or who aren’t already on my friends list. According to Facebook I have had several people not friend me and so that has caused suspicion. YIKES, I am not trying to do anything shady and spammy, I am just trying to make my mark in blogosphere!
I know that I want to participate in the “NOT” Back-to-School Blog Hop this month on iHomeschool Network not just for a little PR, but because I feel that I “know” some of those great ladies since I have been following their blogs off and on! When I began to homeschool I did tons of research and continue that research. I also love free stuff and anything homeschool and free is right up my alley. Plus the encouragement is hard to beat when you get a great group of Godly homeschool blogger mom’s connected via blog hop or series or carnival! Off to take some pics and jot some notes about our homeschool curriculum space, students,etc.
New Header Photo Collage
Thanks to Amy Lynn Andrews @ bloggingwithamy.com for suggesting ipiccy.com! I was able to upload some pics from my non-smart phone and create a great blog header. On to create a blog button and then new profile pics-soon I hope!
Do you like my new header? Have you created a unique cover for your Facebook page? Do you need help with creating your own avatar pic or blog button?
Something to Offer
What is Something 2 Offer?
Here’s what this blog is all about:
Sharing my Passion about….
Life, Love, Homeschooling, Montessori, Safety, Education, Parenting, Creativity
My husband said, “Go for it. If you feel that nudging feeling like you are supposed to do something or try something. DO IT. Do not research it. Do not think it has to be perfect or planned out. Go for it.”
Well those were the most precious of words that we have had in a long time. I have felt as if I have been floundering in life for awhile now. I do not feel that people know me or know what I have to offer. I have Something To Offer and I feel as if people around me are missing out especially other homeschool moms and parents. I know that everyone struggles with various things in their adult life. Mine recently seems to be to START and FINISH any task that I am unsure of. I do not know for sure that the Lord is leading me or calling me to blog as a hobby vs. profession but I do feel I have some things to share at very odd times and a blog would allow for that to happen.
I am a researcher and a creative thinker. Give me a problem and I can give you a solution. Can’t solve my own problems but definitely good at thinking of solutions for others. For example, I was talking with another homeschool mom who was fretting a little about her homeschool schedule. She was using two different curriculums’ with different amounts of lessons. One was for 36 weeks and one was for 32 weeks. She was having trouble getting her kids back into school after Christmas break and getting things accomplished with various medical appointments and preparing for missionary work. I said you can do one of two options. 1) Use January as a time to ease back into school by just doing the curriculum that is 36 weeks. Then add the other in February and end both at the same time. OR 2) Start both in January and when the one ends double the other to end sooner OR try a short unit study that you missed during the year. She was so relieved to have some simple options and not have to stress (think) about what she was going to do. I was so glad I could help with just a simple off the top of my head solution.
I am no expert when it comes to homeschooling or education BUT I do my research and have a lot to offer! I have a degree in Childhood Development which in some ways I feel is better than education since you learn about developmental stages first than focus on the education. When you know what a child is doing and why you are more apt to be less frustrated and realize they are just doing what other kids their age do and it’s normal; making things seem so much better. I think developmental education for parents is key and could lead to less abuse.