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Homeschooling Humor

Happy Monday!  Here’s some cute and clever memes to get you smiling as you kick off another week of homeschooling! 1456566_10151843866817912_1354548987_n 1441460_618335564898049_1552881817_n1424492_738196429527816_1236770099_n1426424_615054621892810_840988190_n1391666_10201421306968730_284368691_n What these parents do to spark imagination is hilarious http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/dinovember-is-a-hilarious-practical-joke-with-a-heart-of-gold/story-fnet085v-1226760643900.   Have a great week!  And thanks to those who have been sending me funnies to post! betty jo


Blogging On Sunshine

I had a “comment” notification on my blog dashboard.  It was from Especially Made.  She wanted to tell me that she has nominated Still Learning Something New for this:


The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere”. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

Cue the music while you read the rest:

“The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”

THANK YOU,  Especially Made, you have no idea how much your nomination encouraged me.  Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”.  I’m still feeling nervous and insecure about this new “bloggy thingy”, and I struggle with my recovery from a rather bad case of computerphobia.  You strengthened me.

Here are the questions and my answers:

1.  What inspired you to start blogging?  I blog in a response to sermon challenges of getting out of my “comfort zone”, “casting nets in deeper waters”,  “not forsaking the teachings of my youth”.  The list is long.

2.  How did you come up with the name to your blog?  I really am learning something new every day.

3.  What is your favorite blog to read?  I’ve thought about this, and I honestly cannot choose a favorite.

4.  Tell about your dream job.  My dream job is exactly what I do now.  However,  I  would add another baby or two, and it would pay a 6 figure yearly income!

5.  Is your glass half empty or half full?   My glass is empty.  I drank it to avoid any debate.

6.  If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?  I would love to see the Amazon Rain Forest!

7.  What food can you absolutely not eat?  Ramen noodles.  My boys like them but I can’t stand them.

8.  Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?  Milk chocolate.

9.  How much time do you spend blogging?  I’d have to guess 2 – 3 hours.  I work on my blogs a little here and there all day.

10,  Do you watch TV and if so, what are some of your favorite shows?  I like Psych, Swamp People, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding,  and Blue’s Clues.

And here’s 10 of my favorite blogs which I am nominating for their own Sunshine Award.











And now, my acceptance speech.  I would like to thank the little people, J9 and Z7, and thanks also to the not so little people A22, A21, E17, and B14 for giving me things to blog about.

betty jo

The Pen of POWER

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One of the most often used tools as a homeschooling mom is my red gel pen.  It is known around here as “The Pen of POWER” (that needs to be said with a fading echo on the word “power”).  With my trusted red gel pen I “X” out wrong math answers and missed spelling words.   With my red ink I circle, underline, and comment all over essays and reports.  I use this pen to record grades on their “PERMANENT RECORD”.

Sometimes I catch a look of dread as I am giving an assignment back to one of the kids as they notice the red all over.  They know they will have corrections to make. They are learning that it is better to do it right the first time.  Sometimes they may think that I’m being too critical with the grading.  But, I “X”, circle, underline and comment because I’m trying to be helpful.  I want to encourage them to try harder… to always do their best.  I want them to learn that when mistakes are made, they should try to fix them.  With my pen of power I help my kids share their ideas in ways that will be correct and easily understood.  It is with this pen that I help them to be the best students they can possibly  be.

In my old KJV, Christ’s spoken words are in red.  These red words correct me when I’m wrong.  These red words help me to learn what is correct and in a way that is easily understood. These red letters encourage me to try harder.  They give me the push I need to be the best I can possibly be. His words are never too critical, but always helpful and always spoken in love.

I want my red letters to be spoken in love whether they say “A+”, or “rewrite”, or “correct for half credit”.  My red gel pen truly does have power.   Spiderman said, “With great power, comes great responsibility”.  With my red gel pen I do have great responsibility…to train up my kids in the way they should go.

betty jo

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Not So Weird Afterall

15 years ago homeschooling wasn’t all that popular. It was for hippies, survivalists, and religious fanatics (or so I thought). I did not fit into any of those categories, But, there I was pulling my kindergartener out of of public school anyway.

I checked out 2 different homeschool support groups and neither seemed to have hippies, survivalists, or religious fanatics as members. They were just normal moms that happened to be educating normal kids at home. The larger group had 25 or so families, the smaller had 6. Make that 7, because that’s the one we joined.

These awesome ladies helped me so very much. They taught me to breathe, relax, and pray. They prepped me on how to answer all the opposition questions that would come my way.  You know those questions, “What about socialization?” or “How will they get into college?” , etc (insert eye rolling here). They encouraged me and built me up.

This homeschool support group must not have been alone in encouraging newbies.  The number of homeschoolers in our country is now over the 2.5 million mark. Families are seeing home education as a viable option to traditional schooling. The opposition questions are still being asked but not as often and are now mixed with some very positive comments. It’s not so weird anymore.

Oh, and by the way, throughout the course of our 15 years homeschooling, I’ve happily learned to be a hippie, a survivalist, and a religious fanatic.  betty jo