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About Betty Jo

I'm Betty Jo, a wife to my knight in (not so) shinning armor for nearly 22 years. We have 5 kids and another one that currently lives with us. We have been Christian home educators for 18 years with 8 more (at least) to go.

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August 12th is “World Elephant Day”! I hope you can take some time to study these magnificent creatures.  Here’s some amazing free resources to help you out.


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We’re Back At It!

The first Monday is August is always our start date for “Back to School”!   So, this past Monday we dove right into our family’s 22nd year of home educating. This is the beginning of high school for my youngest son! We accumulated 78 hours of summer school, so we’ve got a 13 day head start on the year.

My daughter blessed be (again) with personalized vinyl  for my new binder, coffee cup, and t-shirt! “I homeschool for the money and fame”!In case you want to order personalized gifts, she would love having your business!  Find Em’s Treasures on Facebook                                    


We put some graffiti style school supplies on chalkboard wall for our backdrop for “1st Day” photos.

Ha!  Check out our “school shoes”!

After our traditional “Back to Homeschooling” brunch, we sorted through our new supplies.

Lastly, we had a long talk about what our goals were for the new year and what they do and don’t like about the way we do school, and how we can adapt those ideas into this year’s school work.

Have you started your “school year” yet?  What do you do to make the first day back special?




Creative Inspirations #3

Each month I like to offer my kids a bunch of activities that’ll spark their imagination and creativity. I think the stories and activities a person can come up with when offered an open-ended idea is amazing. 

For this activity you will need: Balloons, something to juggle, an audio/video device, paper, and pencil, and anything else you can think of.

The two words for this month are:

Balloons & Juggle

What can be done with the words?
These words can be used alone, or mixed and matched in any way to inspire stories, and then expressed in the form of a poem, diorama, dance, game, activity, song, musical composition, skit, a dramatic expression, sculpture, a structure of some kind, or something else of the person’s choosing. 

Tips & Suggestions

 Creativity is the main goal for this activity, there aren’t any limits.

Use a thesaurus to…

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Special Days in August, 2019


The 2019 August calendar has loads of special days!  The following list is made up of August’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , famous birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more.  So, if you want an occasion to celebrate, pick up some trivia, or add foods to your menu, this is the right place for you. And, of course you’ll find multiple opportunities for “on the calendar” themed studies for your classroom, homeschool,  co-op/support group, or club.

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a free PDF of Special Days in August, can be found at the end of this list.