Sorry, I had this all typed up, and had it submitted, but there isn't anything there for some reason. I will have to redo the whole thing. Not sure why it did that. I had at first thought to copy and paste into another document, but didn't. I know better now. . . .
This is a wonderful resource for those that can't afford to buy all the books on creationism :) It's beneficial for research. It has lesson plans for teaching a variety of subjects, all from a 6 day creationist view. Some of the resources, just to name a few, are streaming videos, Q & A, Bible study tools, a kid friendly site, and so much more. It is now in several different languages. I could spend hours on this site and not see it all.
I've decided to start a list of homeschooling resources. I will feature one or two every couple of days, along with a small review, in the hopes that it will help someone out there in the blogosphere.
Today I will start with my favorite resource:
Homeschool Tracker is a wonderful software for keeping your homeschooling records. The creators were homeschoolers themselves. They have a Basic version that is free, with no strings attached. They plan to offer it for as long as the Lord allows them to. The Basic version is a good program in its own right. I used it for a year before they came out with the Plus version and it met my needs.
The Plus version (HST+) has a lot more bells and whistles than the Basic version. It has a very low price for what you get. Once you pay for the version, all upgrades are FREE! The customer and technical support are superb. They host a forum where you can talk about how you use the program. If you are having trouble wrapping your mind around a concept, or how best to enter your curriculum, the forum users, as well as the creators, provide some great help. If you have a technical issue, you can email the support email, and unless they are on vacation, they will answer you within the day. Usually within minutes. There are videos on the website for helping to learn the program, and the creators hold online classes to help those who want some extra help.
One of the best perks of the software are the upgrades. Each major upgrade adds some tremendous features which a user may use, or not use, depending on their needs. The creators consider each request for new or changed features, and try to incorporate them into the next big updates (which is ALWAYS free). They recently added the ability to share lessons plans among users. So, if I have set up a lesson plan for using my math textbook, and I have a friend with HST+ that is using the same textbook, I can send them the lesson plan to import into their program. This feature is only for non-copyrighted plans. For example, Sonlight publishes an IG to go with books you can readily check-out from the library. Sonlight holds the copyright for the way the books are taught from, so I couldn't share that lesson plan. I can however, enter those lesson plans into my HST+ for my personal use. (That is all hypothetical ~ I don't use Sonlight).
For a comprehensive list of the HST Plus program features, visit the website and explore by clicking the logo above.
We have been hard at work to "fall" clean. My hope was to have the house done by the time I went back to work the Monday after Thanksgiving, but I'm not sure that is doable. We are also moving around rooms, which creates quite a bit of disarray. I'm so sore I can barely handle it, but I love what I've done so far.
On the blog front, I have added some widgets. It's hard to find good ones that are family friendly, but I think I have found some. I have some music picked out further down on the right. They are some of my favorites. I wasn't allowed to pick more than three of any artist, otherwise it would have been mostly Michael Card. He's my most favorite artist, period.
I also added a verse of the month, Bible book of the month, and author of the day, along with various aquariums. I simply love tropical fish.
Well, that's it for now. I have to go work on the laundry!
I've been working most of the day to further decorate my blog. I have added the celtic knotwork to the page, as well as added lots of pictures of ents to the background and About Me section. After trying several different graphics based on Greggory's drawing of an ent, I came up with two I liked. Well, I liked all of them, but some were busier than others. I decided to go with the white background for some contrast.
Today I worked on making my splash graphic for my blog. I'm not sure that the colors are too great. I would prefer purple and pink pansies, but I didn't think they went too well with the whole Entmoot theme. My husband has drawn an ent for me, but I have to scan it in and colorize it a bit. I'm trying to decide how to use it at this point.
So, any comments on the visual aspect of my blog?
I absolutely enjoy autumn more than any other season. I love the wind, the smell of leaves being burned, the colors of the leaves as the sun hits them. I relish in watching the wind draw the leaves off the trees and shower the ground. I like waking up in the morning when it's so cool. It gives me the energy that the hot, humid summer drained away. My ideal place to live would be a place where the weather was autumn for most of the year, with a spring thrown in for growth. Is there such a place?
Okay, I have to admit that I am entering this "blogging" thing kicking and screaming, well maybe not screaming, but I have been reluctant to blog because I'm not sure that I have anything to say that's really worth reading. If you go visit my website (www.cleverendeavours.net) you will notice that I haven't updated in over a year. What's worse, I haven't updated my husband's site since I don't know when.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself and my family. I am married to my Knight in Shining Armor, Greggory (pronounced greg•GORY), who is a self-proclaim history nut (dark ages to early middle ages). He works from home as an artist, sculptor, craftsman, and homeschool dad. I'm Valerie, and I work away from home as a Technical Specialist/Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper/Webmaster at a state agency that provides support and resources to area schools. I really love my job, but I do wish I could be a stay at home mom. Unfortunately, that is not an option right now. We have three children, Aric (17), Arianna (14), and Aneira (5).
Aric has some learning disabilities which have slowed him down a bit, but I figure in time he will master what he needs to master in order to be a productive citizen on his own. He enjoys building things with LEGOs. His favorite subject is science. He really has an affinity for Oceanography. We've been studying it quite in-depth for quite a while now. I pull from various resources to work with him on that. The main spine is The Ocean Book by Frank Sherwin, and I pull activities from various places on the internet, and from books I've purchased over the years.
Arianna is our writer. She loves to write, and would rather do that than anything else. There was one time when she wrote so much that she blistered her fingers and thumb on her right hand, and we ended up having to take her to the doctor. This year I decided that I would need more time working with our Kindergartener, so we purchased Switch-On Schoolhouse for 9th grade for her. She has a lot of trouble with the science and mathematics, so I still have to work with her on those. At least I don't have to plan lessons for her. That is a great timesaver. Her favorite subject is the Language Arts and Bible portion of SOS.
Aneira is our little blonde, blue eyed princess. She is catching on to her letters, thanks to Leap Frog DVDs. She knows what sounds each letter makes. I'm quite impressed with it. We practice her letters, counting, colors, shapes, and sizes in the evening while we are cuddled up under the covers. I also read her stories everyday. She loves learning, and I'm so glad.
We also have two cats: Galadrial and Thorin. They are such sweet little cats (well Thorin is 14 pounds, so he isn't little). They are just like members of the family :)
Well that is our life in a nutshell. . .