Curriculum For Peanuts

Curriculum for Peanuts

curriculum for pean

Wouldn’t it be great if we could purchase curriculum for peanuts? We all love to save money on school books and as a long time homeschool mom, I have spent thousands of dollars on books. Yet by following some very simple methods, you can save big money!

  1. Plan before you buy. What are you studying this year?
  2. What are the grade levels that is your focus? Is there a way to incorporate multi-aged grades for those with more than one child?
  3. Plan your year. Know when you will begin and end. Build a framework.
  4. Follow ezine lists. Newsletters for companies often have sales. As a loyal subscriber, you will receive the latest offers.
  5. Look for flash sales like the Build Your Bundle. These are sales that last a short period of time and bring you big savings.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is really a special place.

I don’t have to tell you just how much each of our podcasters mean to me, because based on your feedback you love them too! What you may not know is many of our podcasters are published authors. That publishing is near and dear to my own heart is no mystery!
I’m sure by now you’ve seen many of the promotions from my fellow Christian authors and publishers for the annual Build Your Bundle sale, so I’m not going to spend any time extolling how much money you can save or how you can get a jump start on your summer lesson planning by purchasing your Bundle now. Instead, I want to highlight the published works that they’ve graciously contributed to the Bundles.
Melanie Wilson, podcaster at Homeschool Sanity Show has recently written a grammar book for students. Description: Grammar Galaxy is a comprehensive language arts program.Even though the curriculum is broad in scope, the lessons are short. Grammar Galaxy is a mastery approach with built-in review. Rather than cover the same concepts year after year with boring drills, students learn through memorable stories. You can find Grammar Galaxy in the Elementary Bundle.
Hal & Melanie Young, long-time favorite podcasters on the Network, at Making Biblical Family Life Practical, have authored many books and audiobooks. Pollyanna (ready by Melanie) & Kipling’s Captains Courageous (read by Hal) are both in the Brother Sister Bundle. Surviving Struggling to Read can be found in the Special Needs Bundle
 
Meredith Curtis, podcasting on  Finish Well Radio, at has an impressive SIX items in the Bundle Sale! Titles: Who Dun It? Murder Mystery, The Making of Real Men, Real Men 102: Freedom, Courtship, Marriage, and Family, Let’s Have Our Own Medieval Banquet, God’s Girls 103, and Ancient History Cookbook. These are found in the Unit Studies Bundle, Brother Sister Bundle, Thematic Units Bundle, and Upper Grades Bundle #2. 
 
Lindsey Stomberg & Richele McFarlin the podcasting duo at Talking Mom 2 Mom have written a lovely book on modesty, It’s the Heart, Not the Hemline available in the Brother Sister Bundle.
 
Vicki, Sarah, Sabrina, Marilyn, Allison -all from 7 Sisters Homeschooling, podcasting on the Network as Homeschool Highschool Podcast have authored Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective, Human Development from a Christian Worldview, Introductory Guide to High School Writing, and Great Christian Writers: A Full Year Course found in the Upper Grades Bundle #1, Upper Grades Bundle #2. 
 
Lastly, as a Cathy Duffy top-pick publisher (Media Angels), I’ve included some very special offerings of my own this year. Classes include: Parenting with Proverbs, AP American History Class, and Fast Track: Starting a Microbusiness (by yet another podcaster- Carol Topp!)
 
Now you know why we’re called the ULTIMATE Homeschool Radio Network! 
 
I encourage you to check out their products and join our Homeschool Radio Family group on Facebook to interact with our podcaster/authors!
 

200th Episode – Best Kept Organization Secrets

best organization tipsBest Kept Organization Secrets with Felice Gerwitz

Welcome to the 200th Vintage Homeschool Mom’s Podcast! Today I host several guests who will stop by to say, “hi” to all of you, my listeners and share some of their organization secrets with you! I can’t believe I began podcasting on Vintage Homeschool Moms, in October of 2013 and now there are 200 episodes to keep you busy – and hopefully supplied with great resources and information for your homeschool. A few of my guests are the podcasters from The Highschool Homeschool Podcast, Talking Mom 2 Mom, Mommy Jammies Night, Homeschool Sanity, Making Biblical Family Life Practical, and the Finish Well Podcast.

 

My Kids Fight

Hate to disappoint you. We are not a perfect, Christian, homeschool family. Well, we do homeschool and we are Christians … but the perfect part? Therein lies the problem. You see many of us have these high hopes that homeschooling will insure that our kids get along – or that at the very least, will learn how to get along. Of course when things don’t work out the way we expect we are floored.

My Kids Fight! Out of five children there have been arguing and fighting at different times during their lives. Sometimes it was the oldest and the youngest. Other times it was the two youngest. I remember once being so frustrated that I made my oldest two, my son and my daughter sit face-to-face until they could “stand” to be around each other. Their words were “I can’t stand to be around him/her.” Well, that took care of them saying those offending words. The rest took work.

However, I began to see a pattern emerging…one child in particular had difficulty getting along with…well, everyone. My difficult child is a handful. He was a handful as young and even as he got older and we found he struggled academically. Mine was tough love. I expected allot from him, and often he delivered. One thing he learned—and that was to be detail oriented, when it came to what others in the family should and should not do. Unfortunately this perfectionism wasn’t applied to his own life.

Do your kids fight? Homeschooling isn't a magic wand. Our kids are still human. Tips and guidance to help you through.

I know – it’s easy to cry, “Help! My Kids Don’t Get Along!” After the relief that comes with getting it off my chest, I decided some things needed to change and namely me.

  • The way I reacted.
  • The discipline I meted out.
  • The realization that yelling did not help.

I quickly learned that micro-managing could only go so far. I once heard a seminar given by a renowned child discipline advocate that stated when the child is young redistricting bad behavior is necessary but as the child grew we, as parents could relax a bit more. This did not happen in this child’s case. Teaching him self-control proved to be a formidable task and sadly is ongoing. So, what do you do with the difficult child? Or children in general that do not get along? Here are a few of my go-to methods for those times that I am at wits end.

My short list on child behavior modifying techniques:

  1. Pray: When I’m at a loss I ask the Lord in prayer for help, even when it comes to the perfect punishment. HE has been amazing with HIS answers… and believe me, some were short of miraculous in nature in their effectiveness. [Listen to the podcast here for details.]
  2. Punishment vs. Crime: Be sure the punishment fits the “crime” … if your child misbehaves at dinner consider having them eat a cold dinner alone, or doing the dishes. My teenage son has done many dishes when it is not his turn due to causing a fight at the dinner table, or acting rudely. This of course is spelled out way in advance.
  3. Tell your kids what to expect: if you are going into a store, make sure they know to keep their hands behind their backs when looking at things or IN their pockets for little ones. Older children know ahead of time if they break something they will pay for it. Just be clear of expectations.
  4. Make sure you child understands what the punishment will be. If that is not a deterrent, think of another punishment. [You can’t (well you can but it does not go over very well) come up with punishments on the fly… often the punishment is out of anger or frustration and will not curb the event from happening again.]
  5. Repeat back: often I ask my kids to tell me what I said. In that way there is no confusion or the words, “I didn’t know that is what you said!” It is clear to all.
  6. Keep it short. Long explanations are often tuned out – after the first two minutes. Keep it brief and on target.
  7. Encourage. When a child is doing something good, let them know you appreciate it. Catch them and reward good behavior.
  8. Mentor: some children need extra work and practice. When children are young, practice calling their name and having them walk or run toward you. Reward this with a hug and praise. The same thing with hand holding. My grandkids hate to hold hands in the parking lot and I witnessed an accident as a child in the parking lot. So, when they are with me they know to hold my hand, or they will not be allowed to go.
  9. Prepare: Are you prepared to turn the car around on the way to a fun field trip if your children will not behave in the car? Are you prepared to pull off the road when you need to discipline. Believe me, I’ve done both of these things and the reactions are astounding, loud, and are not repeated. It only takes one time of us being firm for our kids to get the idea and respond.
  10. Relax/Anger: parenting isn’t easy. It doesn’t stop. It doesn’t get easier… little kids, little problems, big kids, big problems. Righteous anger is fine – reacting out of anger rarely works out well for either party. Be sure your life is filled with prayer and rely on God for that extra strength that is sometimes needed to get through the day!

Remember the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in one day.” It is worth repeating and remembering. Parenting is an ongoing effort and in the process we learn about ourselves, our children and best of all, if done correctly our memories will be wonderful and lasting.

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Need Money For Homeschool Books?

Need money for homeschool books? After all the years of homeschooling I added up the amount of money I’ve spent and let’s just say, I could be driving a luxury car. I’ve homeschooled since 1986 and in that time I’ve purchased thousands and thousands of dollars in curriculum. It was everything from books to math videos (in the hundreds of dollars) to games (one year I spent over $500 in educational games) to educational computer software (thousands – pre-internet) and educational videos.

Where did all these resources go? I made good use of them and still are recycling and using many of those long-ago-purchased products today. That is not to say that I purchased things unwisely or that many books were never used. In this case I often passed them on in homeschool curriculum sales or gave them to friends. There are some things that I believe every homeschool needs and even if there are freebies on the internet, these sources I believe are invaluable.

In fact I’ve created several shows using just books, you know the ones you find in the library. Yes, there are some great ones available. And I love to put lists together. Here is a list of Summer Reading Books, here is a podcast on Living Books, and here is one on creating (and charging others) a Living Books Library. 

Need money for homeschool books

 

What are my MUST haves for every homeschooler?

  1. A Bible that is age appropriate for each child
  2. A good atlas that is grade appropriate.
  3. A historic timeline.
  4. A dictionary (yes, I realize they can hop online but it makes a good reference for those times when the internet – {{gasp}} – is down!
  5. Reading material – historical fiction, biographies, classics, religious titles

That is my short list. My book shelves are floor to ceiling and filled with books and curriculum I’ve collected throughout the years. Many of my favorite resources are no longer in print however they are available online if you dig far enough. I’ll soon post some of my suggestions in an upcoming post. No matter how much I’ve spent buying good curriculum it is still cheaper than private schools and I’m delighted with my children’s educational milestones, and would NOT trade homeschooling for anything in the world!

And – one more thing  – seminars! Right now our seminar bundle is free – grab your set by subscribing to the email list for the network.  And you receive weekly freebies just for our subscribers as a BONUS .

Our bundles change every few months – so that’s more savings just for you.

And, just in time for the shopping season, I’m offering a flash giveaway, (ends 5/24/2017 at 8 am est) Don’t forget to check out the Media Angels website for specials – we have them all the time, and coupon offers to eZine subscribers as well.

So, let me know what you do to save money and visit Carol Topp’s podcast here for great info – about the Myths that Homeschool Moms believe – here.  A real eye opener.

 

PS. Be sure and check out the Build Your Bundle sale for super savings!

 

Curriculum On The Cheap

curriculum on the cheap Let’s Talk About Curriculum Ideas On The Cheap with Felice Gerwitz and Special Guest, Gina Glenn

Podcast 199

Do you know the best place to buy curriculum on the cheap? In this podcast, Felice and Gina discuss the basic ideas behind curriculum and how to find wonderful ways to purchase great curriculum without breaking the bank.

Please share our show with your friends! And rate us on iTunes, GooglePlay or your favorite podcast app.

Podcasts you may enjoy related to today’s session:

How to choose homeschool curriculum

Using movies as curriculum

How do you choose good books?

Living Books

Living Books Library

Show Notes: Curriculum Ideas On The Cheap

  1. What is your homeschool philosophy? If you don’t know, how can you purchase curriculum?
  2. Join your favorite curriculum companies newsletter. Often you will receive first-hand knowledge of upcoming sales or discounts.
  3. Do your homework. What works for your best friend may not work for you.
  4. Used bookstores or homeschool consignment stores
  5. Library Sales
  6. Living books from original sources – library or book trade
  7. Start your own trading library of resources
  8. Unit studies – you can use these over multi-grades for multi-years.
  9. Project Gutenberg, Google Books
  10. Audios books – library or online
  11. Loyal Books
  12. Lists of great books: AmblesideOnline.org

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College Selection Checklist

College Selection Checklist with Jean Burk and Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #53

Jean Burk explains the importance and gives a detailed college selection checklist for students looking for the ideal college. She explains the college search, the type of school to consider, where to look, large vs. small school and criteria to consider. This college selection checlist also contains a list to some amazing website recommendations to help you make your own custom spreadsheet using the criteria you want to select the perfect school for you.

Celebrate with us! Jean Burk is a Fox News Contributor – she was recently a guest on Fox and Family with Lisa Brady!

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Show Notes: College Selection Checklist

  1. College Search
    1. Personal Criteria –make a list.
    2. Location
    3. Cost
    4. Size of the school
  2. Type of School
    1. Community College
    2. 4-Year University
    3. Technical / Military School
  3. Where to Look –Nearly 5,000 Colleges in USA
    1. Internet sites
      1. Start at a school
        1. College Board – great resource
        2. Accreditation Search 
        3. College Navigator
        4. Cappex.com – creates a profile
        5. Best College Rankings
      2. Talking to family and friends
      3. Visit College
        1. Safe school
        2. Reach school
        3. Dream school
  1. Large vs Small schools:
    1. Large: more courses, anonymity, greater ranges of activities and organizations, larger libraries, graduate departments.
    2. Small school, more personal atmosphere, meet professors and students, individual participation and interaction, flexible programs
  2. Request Information via mail
  3. School criteria:
    1. Scores
    2. Size – depends on personality
      1. 5000
      2. 10000
      3. 30000 or more
  1. College worksheet and college selection application checklist
    1. High school Prep Genius Book by Jean Burk – 50 things to look for
      1. Downloadable Worksheet
      2. Location
      3. Size – not only physical size, enrollment of students
      4. Cost – not only tuition –
        1. Fees
        2. Room and Board
        3. Transportation
        4. Application Fees
        5. More expensive schools have more money to give out
        6. Tuition Tracker -online
        7. Affiliation –public, private, proprietary school
        8. Urban or rural locations
        9. Religious Affiliation
        10. Diversity – looking for this and will “pay”
          1. protestant look for a Catholic school – schools look for diversity
        11. Facilities on Campus –
          1. Campus security
          2. Recreation –gym on site
          3. Medical or Clinic facilities
        12. Majors and academic requirements
          1. School requirements – have way lower than your score they will
          2. Some broad majors
          3. Specific majors
          4. Undecided
          5. Want a 4-year major and be done or…
          6. Some majors don’t lend themselves into jobs afterward

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Best Things Meet Richele and Lindsey

BEST THINGS MEET RICHELE AND LINDSEYBest Things Meet Richele and Lindsey with your host, Felice Gerwitz

What are the best things in your life. In my travels, as a homeschool mom, and entrepreneur I’ve met some amazing friends–and here I will introduce you to two very special people. Both of these ladies are wives, mothers, homeschool moms, and work-at-home mothers. They are also podcasters on this network – at Talking Mom 2 Mom Podcast that airs every Saturday. In this episode, I ask both questions such as, “If there was one thing you’d do over as a homeschool mom – what would that be?”, and “What is one homeschool victory?”
Visit Richele and Lindsey at their podcast here and their website here.
Richele McFarlin: 
Richele McFarlin is a homeschooling mom of 4 children ranging in age from 8 to 19 who doesn’t even own a globe. She has perfectly polished nails or hair perfectly in place but never both. Navigating through mountains of laundry and scaling piles of notebooks, she finds her office (favorite chair in the living room) and creates lessons and unit studies. Her obsession with fonts and dreams of hex colors led her to create Ruby Ink Design.

In her many years of homeschooling, Richele has experimented with different educational methods, curriculum brands, and experienced the challenges of Dyslexia with three of her girls. She has used a virtual school, sent two children to school, removed one from school, and sent one off to college. Richele has a collegiate background in educational psychology. She is an experienced curriculum reviewer and an Orton-Gillingham tutor.

Lindsey Stomberg:
Lindsey Stomberg is a stay at home, work from home mom to six children eight years and younger. She homeschools and enjoys large family living. When Lindsey is not changing diapers, cleaning house and cooking meals, she enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix with her husband … because let’s get real, who has energy after 8PMwhen you have this many kids?

As her husband would say, Lindsey is a chronic hobbyist. She is always learning a new skill whether that be graphic design, sewing cloth diapers, or streamlining a start-up business with her 8-year-old daughter. Lindsey likes to DIY her way around the home, explore natural remedies, and create new and exciting recipes in her Instant Pot during her downtime.

Home School Tips from Jan Bedell

homeschool tipsLet’s Meet Jan Bedell –  with Felice Gerwitz

Are you ready to meet the “Brain Coach” – she is my special guest and ready to share some great homeschool tips with you. Dr. Jan is a mom who had a child with extreme difficulties and rather than listen to the experts, Jan decided to do something about her daughter’s challenges. Jan hosts a podcast, “The Brain Coach Tips” on this network. Be sure to visit her podcast here.

Jan’s website is Little Giant Steps with many free and downloadable products to help your struggling learners.

Graduation On The Cheap

Homeschooling families can benefit from frugal ideas for graduation | graduation on the cheapLet’s Talk About Graduation On The Cheap with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis

Podcast 196

We have graduation on the cheap ideas – are you ready? Have you started your high school graduation party plans yet? No worries! We’ve got you covered. Inexpensive graduation ideas are our specialty. Meredith has graduated five children and Felice four so between them, they have quite an arsenal of ideas that you can implement even if you waited until the last minute. Grab your notepad and listen in.

Be sure to share our show with you friends – and rate us on iTunes, GooglePlay or your favorite podcast app.

Show Notes: Graduation On The Cheap

  1. Location: churches, park, church fellowship hall, party at home
  2. Invitations – VistaPrint, at home computer
  3. Food
  4. Decorations
  5. Personal Touch

We discussed deciding on the type of graduation you want, planning the type of graduation early and saving up money. Pray about the type of graduation that is right for you. Include your teens as well.

More great ideas

  • Food -finger foods – fun: candy bars – ice cream with toppings
  • Open house – visiting times staggers friends
  • Photo booth with props for teens
  • Personal touch – poster boards, items important to the teen

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Wow Science Experiments

wow science experimentsWow Science Experiments – with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #195

As an enthusiast of teaching the children a hands-on science approach, Felice will discuss “wow” science experiments to get your kids excited but more importantly, the goal which is encouraging children to love learning and explore science on their own.

Over the years I have taught children science, first in school where I worked and then as a mom to a toddler who loved science. Then, to my homeschooled children. There are many science experiments that are wow experiments–yet, when I asked my children what we learned they were hard pressed to answer. Or, if they answered they were way off. So, while I love wow science experiments I believe it is important to understand the “science” behind the activity. In this podcast, I share ten of my favorite science experiments that teach and have your children saying, “Wow!”Are you ready to create those WOW experiences with your children? Let’s begin!

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Show Notes – Wow Science Experiments: 

  1. Science is experimental – that means we may or may not have a successful project
  2. Science is observable and measurable
  3. Science is not magic – saying it is magic precludes finding an answer
  4. Science is repeatable – if you are successful you can recreate the experiment with the same results over and over again
  5. Science peaks curiosity – it asks what if and open-ended questions, it requires kids to THINK

 

10-Favorite – Wow Science Experiments:

  1. Baking soda and vinegar
  2. Milk, food color, and soap
  3. Water, pepper, and soap
  4. Mintos and soda
  5. Oil and water
  6. Remote control and a mirror
  7. Battery – strip of aluminum foil and light bulb (tiny like that in a flashlight)
  8. Vinegar and chicken bones
  9. Fire needs oxygen – light a candle and invert a mason jar or glass over it
  10. Invisible ink – squeeze lemon juice –and heat

 

Extra Activities Not Quite Top Ten

  1. Changing a flower’s color OR celery using colored water.
  2. Can you poke a hole through a potato with a straw?
  3. Put a coin in a balloon, a small balloon, and a dime … blow up the balloon, hold one end and shake, what do you hear?
  4. Can you pick up an ice cube with string?

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