Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Win a Computer Programming Course from Homeschool Programming and Freely educate

Using KidCoder and TeenCoder, students in grades 4th-12th learn Windows and Game Programming using industry-standard Visual Basic and C# languages.  The self-study courses may be completed by your student at his/her pace.  All courses come with fully coded activity solutions; no teacher expertise required. Each course includes a perfect-bound 8.5 x 11" textbook and enclosed CD with professional setup program.
Freely Educate is giving away two copies of either KidCoder or TeenCoder.  They look like really great courses for budding programmers or kids who just want to do more with their computers.  Check out Homeschool Programming for more info on these curriculum!

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Christmas Card Repurposed into Small Collage

Elegant Pearl Christmas Card
For hundreds of Christmas card designs, click here.
View the entire collection of cards.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Darling Personalized Signs Giveaway

I Sound Like My Mother is giving away a personalized sign donated by Signs by LC. Go and comment for your chance to win--after all, it's nearing the end of September and therefore not too early to begin thinking of Christmas gifts!


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Friday, August 27, 2010

Great Giveaway from UPrinting and Freely Educate

Freely Educate is a great blog you should already know about! Every day there are links to wonderful, free educational sites.
Today, Freely Educate has a giveaway of free large canvas prints from UPrinting, which could be used for a favorite photo, but also "would also be fabulous in the school room, if you printed copyright-free maps, for example (think colorful Old World maps!), classical artwork or old documents, such as the Declaration of Independence."
This post gets me another chance to win. Maybe you will, too!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Field Guide to Homeschoolers

Dana is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling
at Principled Discovery <>. She did an
excellent job--go and check it out!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Half Price Books Summer Reading

How kids 12 and under can participate:
Download Reading Log1. Get a Feed Your Brain Reading Log
<> at Half
Price Books.
2. Check off each day for five days that they read for 15 minutes or more.
3. Fill out a reading log, and have a parent or guardian sign it.
4. Bring the completed and signed log to Half Price Books.
5. Get a Feed Your Brain Reading Reward: $3 Shopping Card at Half Price
6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 every week through Friday, July 31, 2009.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

B & N Summer Reading

I was in Barnes & Noble earlier today and got information on their
summer reading club. Elementary school aged kids read any eight books,
fill out a form and get a free book. They can do that twice. The form
requires a sentence on what they liked best about the book and the list
of free books is limited, but broadly appealing.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Mu Eta Sigma National Math Honor Society is Born

/From my email inbox:/
...Setting out to find an organization that would recognize our mathematically accomplished homeschooled high schoolers, we contacted the most prominent national math honor society available to high school students. The organization subsequently replied that it was limited to only those students that were associated with a high school or a 2 year college. Rather than become frustrated that there was no place for homeschooled students to go, Mu Eta Sigma was born. As parents of home schooled high school students, we now have a National Math Honor Society, specifically for those students that deserve mathematical merit.

The Road Less Traveled

It would have been easy to become discouraged when we found no option to join the most well known national math honor society. But as homeschoolers experience every day, cutting a new path is more rewarding. We hope by sharing our newest endeavor with you, that you will check out and consider membership for your mathematically inclined student. When we band together as homeschoolers to acknowledge the skills God has given us, and go into the
community to serve others with these skills as well, we will all be better for it....

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pinewood Derby Results

I had my Pinewood Derby yesterday, and I won third place in the Bears, for fastest! And I won a ribbon for participating in the race. Here's a picture of my Pinewood Derby car. I called it the Running Dinosaur because, well, it has pictures of running dinosaurs on the side. And another reason why, is because, after the race I was confident in that name because the Running Dinosaur won first place in some of the Bear races, two times in a row. That's how I was able to make third place for fastest in all the Bears. And I'm proud of that!
Dictated by Thomas.

Note from Me: All the boys in our Cub Scout den won an award of some kind! I love it when that happens!

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Monday, January 05, 2009

101 ways to add spice to your homeschooling

Maria Miller, the author of the Math Mammoth series, sends out a free newsletter. The most recent one links to Mosaic, a free curriculum.

Perusing the site, I came across a list of 101 ways to spice up your homeschooling.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thomas' Cake

Last night was the annual Cake Bake pack meeting, where the Cub Scouts are to make and decorate their own cakes. The theme was "Down on the Farm" and everything has to be edible. Thomas chose a picture that he had taken at an old tractor meet. Then we went to Kroger and had their cake decorator print the photo out on edible paper, with edible ink. He took it home and put it on the cake and added the other decoration. It drew a lot of attention, but didn't win anything.

Thomas just wanted to get it home to have a piece!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Obama Bumper Stickers

These are the bumper stickers on my car. I have to say, I'm pretty
proud of them (I did write them myself).
And the best part is, the car hasn't been keyed yet!

Don't forget: Vote early, vote often!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Taxes, Explained

/Suppose that every day, the same ten men go out for beer and the bill
for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our
taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the
arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are
all such good customers,' he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your
daily beer by $20.' Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the
first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But
what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they
divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted
that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would
each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested
that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same
amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving s).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued
to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to
compare their savings.

'I only got a dollar out of the $20,' declared the sixth man. He pointed
to the tenth man, 'but he got $10'.

'Yeah, that's right, exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a dollar,
too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I got'

'That's true' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get $10 back when
I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!'

'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get
anything at all. The system exploits the poor!'

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. (Or they call in
President Obama's tax plan to beat him up--added by Karen.)

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat
down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill,
they discovered something important - they didn't have enough money
between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is
how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the
most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for
being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they
might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

by way of


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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wondering about the Bail Out and the Crisis?

Dear Friends and Family,
If you read or listen to the experts you will certianly be confused
about the current economic crisis--whether it is one or not, and what to
do about it if it is.
Recently, I came across a graph that shows that it will be 2011 before
all of the ARM loans reset
means that we will continue to have very high rates of defaults and
foreclosures--which is at the core of the crisis. So, why is Congress
talking about giving billions to the banks, while slipping in as many
pork barrel projects as they think they can get away with? Why isn't
Congress instead talking about simple, understandable ways to prevent
the defaults?
Please go here and look at Dave Ramsey's very simple 3 step plan
that would help solve this crisis without being a Wall Street bailout.
If you agree, there are links to email your Congressmen and women.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our PA Vacation Digs

We stayed at a campground called Countryside Family Campground that was the kind of place that people from New Jersey have been coming to over Labor Day weekend for decades. One night there was a flashlight candy hunt, another there was karaoke.
The first picture is of the 5th wheel that we stayed in. Beautiful, wooded surroundings.

The second shows the "living room" of the 5th wheel.

The third show Rudy, Gerry, the owner, and Thomas all fishing in the pond for the flashlight that Thomas dropped into it just as we were to leave.


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Our PA Vacation--Part 3, Con't

We only had a short time to see the museum, then we got on a steam train for a short excursion to the town of Moscow. Gerry and I had ridden this same excursion ten years ago on our honeymoon.
"Phoebe Snow" and entourage was also on the train with us (first picture) as were Gerry's parents.

That's three generations of Stuteville boys in the second picture.

After the excursion ride was Thomas' big moment--he was one of the last handful of people let into the Big Boy's cab (third picture). We found out later that you don't normally get to do that. But we had planned our trip for Railfest and this was one of their special events for that.


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Our PA Vacation--Part 3

On Saturday, we went into Scranton to Steamtown, a train museum. This was the day Thomas had been waiting for, for months now--you see, there is a Big Boy at Steamtown.


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Our PA Vacation--Part 2

On Friday, we drove from Columbus, Ohio up to Cleveland and then east across PA to the Scranton area, where we were staying. Interstate 80 across the middle of PA is very rural. I had this stereotype of the NE being so much more densely popluated than I saw traveling this route. I found it amusing to note how even highway off-ramps are named after people in PA.
This picture is, I believe, of the Ohio River.


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Our PA Vacation--part 1

We had such a great vacation I thought I'd share an overview and some highlights.

On Wednesday, Gerry worked most of the day, but we left home about 5 and drove to Little Rock, Ark. On Thursday, we drove from Little Rock to Columbus, Ohio. On the way, we stopped at a tourist info center in Tennessee that housed the West Tenn Cotton Museum and the sharecropper's shack that was home to the Blues artist Sleepy John Estes.


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Friday, July 11, 2008

A Really Good Movie

Recently, I watched the film "Mr. Magorium's Magic Emporium," which
stars Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman. It was the
best movie I have seen in years! It's rated G and there's lots of
reasons for kids to enjoy it, but adults will love it, too. Dustin
Hoffman is just perfect in it. The little boy is absolutely perfect.
The message is lovely--about the magic that happens when you believe in
yourself--and, oh joy!, there's no parent/family bashing!
Thomas's review of the movie: it was "hilarious and tragic."
Show Hollyweird there's a market for movies that are not full of sex and
violence. Watch this movie. Buy this movie. You'll be glad you did.

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