Homeschool Planning-Starting Early in Hope for a Good Year


The summer is ending soon and I am hoping to start our homeschool year off on time or even early. I need to make up for last year. We had a crazy year of moving. Moved from our house in the beautiful woods to foreclosure and had to move to a rental for 3 months that didn’t work out. Then moved all the way to San Antonio, TX for a 7 month nightmare. To finally moving back to Indiana in April. Had to stay with friends for a month or so to get jobs and find a place to stay. Now we are in a permanent place, at least for a year since we had to get an apartment for now.

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Lego Mania – Library Summer Reading Program

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The Morgan County public library here in Martinsville, Indiana offers our youth great summer reading programs every year to encourage them to continue reading during summer break.

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This years theme is Make a Splash-Read! The kids receive a reading contract that they fill out stating the number of books or minutes they plan to read this summer. Then at the end of the summer during the end of summer reading party they will receive prizes for meeting their goals. [Read more...]

Gardening With Kids Not as Stressful as We Thought


We thought gardening with kids was going to be stressful, but it turned out to be a fun experience for all of us.

We were at our 4H club Kids With A Mission’s community garden plot and discovered the use of square beds, as we were walking by the other plots. This idea turned out great. We made square mini plots with paths big enough to walk and squat down in between the beds.

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As we were digging, Cathy’s Dad comes out to chat, the first thing he say’s “Who died? Looks like a cemetery.” We stepped back to look and started laughing. It really did look like little graves the way we shaped them and since we had just dug out the sides.


After we started spreading the soil around they looked alright. We had about 10 beds for fruits and vegetables. On the corners we put flowers. In the walk ways we plan to put newspaper and mulch for weed control and so the kids know where to walk.

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Above is JEM and MJ transplanting MJ’s pumpkins. She did a great job taking care of them.

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SB loves to find worms. We have such a busy schedule, we were gardening before soccer practice and had to leave quickly. Cleats were good for air raiding the garden I hope. And Shin guards were good for kneeling, her shins were well protected.

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