Homeschool Reading Software Pilot

Posted on October 30, 2015
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For the first time ever! Nessy Learning is making its free 60 day Reading and Spelling software pilot available to homeschoolers.

Nessy Learning, a leading educational software company, is extending a special invitation for you to participate in a free pilot of their software. But you must sign up by November 9th!


There are many reasons I encourage you to join:
• Nessy Reading and Spelling is a comprehensive reading program that is designed for students with dyslexia, but can benefit all young readers.
• The software incorporates Orton Gillingham principles which have been proven to work for students with dyslexia.
• The program uses a multisensory game format that kids love.
• Based on previous pilots, children improve 1-2 grade levels.
• Nessy can supplement your current reading program – no need to change course.

HOW TO SIGN UP: For all the details on the pilot check here.


Sign up by November 9th, 2015 to ensure your place. Early start for early signup is possible!
Good luck!
Full disclosure, I am an affiliate with Nessy Learning because I believe their software offers the best value for parents of dyslexic readers – and because it really does make learning fun!

Home Education – Writing Idea

Posted on April 15, 2012
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Here is a fun idea to make writing a story fun for your children.

Make (or find) a bag and fill it with items you find either on a nature walk or around the house. You could set a theme such as ten blue items, or items that weigh less than a certain amount. This becomes your story bag.

Gather the items together and try to weave them all into a story. To make it harder, have your children draw out one item from the bag at a time – and use them in the story in the order they appear.

Have fun!

Homeschooled Kids Blog Carnival #21

Posted on March 30, 2011
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Welcome once again to the homeschooled kids blog carnival. Now that spring is in the air, it’s time to dust off our blogs, get rid of the cobwebs and make some fresh posts.


Tradition says that the Homeschooled Kids Blog Carnival starts with our new bloggers. We have four new bloggers this time – so a warm welcome to them. Let’s find out more about them.


ScienceBear needs more lego. But he has still managed to make a really neat creation.

PurplePixie loves to write and her new blog is a perfect excuse to do more of it!

Laura Ashley shares our Spring thoughts with her Easter cookie recipe. Yum!

Christopher shares some facts about Northern Cardinals.

Please do go and take a look at our new bloggers and leave them a comment to introduce yourself.

So, what has everyone else been up to?

Vienna is making a fresh start with her blog (nice new theme, Vienna).

Benny has been taking a Latin test – and enjoyed it.

Captain Jinx has decided to make a whole new start with his blog.

Unicorn has had a birthday.

But all is not well for every blogger.  Just as spring can suffer a setback with a sudden sharp frost, so can blogging.

Sciencemouse shares a horrible practice used on horses.

Gecko hasn’t posted for over a month (luckily we get a catch up!)

Elijah is out to battle.

Kitten is writing about a very cold winter wonderland

Luckily there is more fine weather around the corner! And some blogging stories to make us smile.

This week Araya tells us about hyenas.

NeonGlitter shares a notebook tutorial.

Katelyn will be interested in the tuturial, as she tells us what she likes and dislikes about notepaper. She also shares something cute.

Akiko has been drawing star signs.

LifeinStories shares her dreams.

And as we have a Spring theme this month, maybe we could end with some flowers and photos!

Kanchita shares some beautiful ones.

Or how about this spring photo essay  from MentalWeight?

And let’s end with more photos from StoryGirl, but this time from the work of architect Frank Gehry.

Thank you all for joining in the Kids Blog Carnival. I hope you get lots of visits and comments – and are back again next time.

That is it for this edition of the Homeschooled Kids Blog Carnival.

The next carnival will be at the end of May 2011.

I hope you enjoyed the Homeschooled Kids Blog Carnival #21. If you would like to submit a blog article to the next edition of the Homeschooled Kids Blog carnival please use the carnival submission form or send me an email. You can find out more about the carnival here.

Let me know if you spot an error, or I have missed someone!

If you would like to advertise the carnival on your blog – then I have some Blog Buttons you can use.

Back to Homeschool Magazine for Girls

Posted on February 23, 2011
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Two homeschooled girls have seen a gap in the market for a magazine aimed specifically at homeschooled girls – so they started their own!

Back to Homeschool magazine is packed with interesting articles for girls who are homeschooled – and it is free to subscribe.

But the girls now need your help. They say

Only you can help BTH survive its first year! You are the readers. You are also the contributors. We cannot keep BTH going without it’s most neccesary part: the content!

Back-to-Homeschool has had over 2,100 unique visits to it’s website, and over one hundred subscribers! But has had zero submissions to the magazine. Although the second issue will successfully come out with cool new content, the content was only written and submitted by the founders and their friends. It will be difficult to find unique content created by different people unless the readers send it in themselves!

Don’t worry- we have no intention to stop publishing Back-to-Homeschool online- we know that this is important to many homeschooled girls! But if after a few issues we still have no submissions, we don’t know what we can do to keep providing our readers with fun and unique content by homeschooled girls throughout the world if no homeschooled girls are sending in anything! We can only do so much to publicize BTH- we’ve contacted websites, homeschool groups, and homeschool magazines. But it’s up to you to send in your awesome stories, interesting non-fiction adventures, amazing pictures and art, educational articles, cool crafts, delicious recipes, and important homeschool advice!

Therefore, what are you waiting for? This is your chance to have your work seen in BTH magazine by homeschooled girls of all ages! Contribute to BTH– it’s fun, easy, and great for readers everywhere!

Why not visit the girls site and see if you can help? – Back to Homeschool

Homeschooled Kids Blog Carnival #20

Posted on January 29, 2011
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It’s time for another edition of the Homeschooled Kids Blog Carnival! I wish you all a warm welcome – and a Happy New Year.

And the new year is the theme for our carnival this month. It seems like a time for new things to happen, doesn’t it? New adventures, new opportunities – and new things to learn.

New blogger Kanchita , for example, is on a trip to South America. She has lots to share this month, including details of a floating school.

Sometimes, one of the opportunities we have is how we handle the not so good things that happen during the year.

KeiBug has had an unusual birthday! Things certainly didn’t quite go as planned.

Alice the Bunny got left behind while Emma went to the theatre.

A very sad thing has happened to Vienna. I am very sorry to hear of your loss, Vienna.

And Soccercat had to get up early to celebrate Christmas. I know most of us would love to get up so early on Christmas morning – but imagine if you HAVE to!

A New year is also a time for thinking about things – and sharing.

Story Girl has been wondering why there are 7 days in a week.

Dodgedude has 10 tips for saving gas.

MentalWeight has been learning about WWII .

Araya wants to tell you about a great site she found.

Captain Jinx has been showing us his signature.

Several of you also have lots of great things happening to you.

Benny got a cello.

Alex and Leperdy has joined a lego league.

NeonGlitter has (another!) new blog.

Kitten had a big blog day.

Some of you have been making things happen too:

Tayler has been making beautiful collages.

Gecko has been reviewing a movie.

Akiko continues her beautiful drawings with a summer fox.

Elijah has been writing a fish story.

Why has Katelyn been playing chess? What else can she accomplish?

I hope that you all continue to make wonderful things happen this year.

And you are off to a great start because this blog carnival wouldn’t happen without you all, and your fantastic blogs. Thank you.

That is it for this edition of the Homeschooled Kids Blog Carnival.

The next carnival will be at the end of March 2011.

I hope you enjoyed the Homeschooled Kids Blog Carnival #20. If you would like to submit a blog article to the next edition of the Homeschooled Kids Blog carnival please use the carnival submission form or send me an email. You can find out more about the carnival here.

Let me know if you spot an error, or I have missed someone!

If you would like to advertise the carnival on your blog – then I have some Blog Buttons you can use.

Fruit Leather

Posted on September 10, 2010
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Have you ever tried making fruit leather? It is really easy to do – and very yummy! It is a great way of preserving fruit – and of course makes a wonderful edible craft for kids. You can use almost any fruit – or even pumpkin!

Fruit Leather
Try this fruit leather recipe to get you started.  (from my September homeschool newsletter).

Learn Nothing Day – July 24th

Posted on July 23, 2010
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Learn Nothing Day – July 24th

What about you? Got any plans? Can you change them? Is it really possible to learn nothing? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Home Educating Cats!

Posted on July 17, 2010
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Been having fun comparing home educating to petting a cat! You can read my article How to Start Homeschooling to find out more. Happy Reading!

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