Monthly Archives: April 2009

GIVEAWAY! The Beehive Reader and a Box of Chocolates!

Freely Educate is giving away a copy of the Beehive Reader from All About Spelling and a box of chocolates.  —–>CLICK HERE<—–for your chance to enter to win.

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Download 101 Ways to Save Money on Homeschooling for FREE

The author of the Successful Homeschooling site is offering 101 Ways to Save Money on Homeschooling  for you to download for free.  Check it out at

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Download a free PC game everyday

You read it correctly.  You can download a free pc game everyday.  Register at and to start getting your free games.  Register at both sites and get TWO free games a day.

It was brought to my attention that I made a mistake  about  You can play the game for 1 hour, but with, you can actually download the full version of the game and play it as an unlimited trial.


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The Bitter Homeschooler’s Wish List by Deborah Markus, from Secular Homeschooling, Issue #1, Fall 2007

I know you’ve probably read this before, but it’s one of my personal favorite tributes to stupid questions non-homeschoolers ask us.

1  Please stop asking us if it’s legal. If it is — and it is — it’s insulting to imply that we’re criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?

2  Learn what the words “socialize” and “socialization” mean, and use the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now. Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly. If you’re talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you can safely assume that we’ve got a decent grasp of both concepts.

3  Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.

4  Don’t assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.

5  If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either on the news or on a “reality” show, the above goes double.

6  Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You’re probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you’ve ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.

7  We don’t look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they’re in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we’re doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.

8  Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.

9  Stop assuming that if we’re religious, we must be homeschooling for religious reasons.

10  We didn’t go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational decisions.

11  Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my credentials. I didn’t have to complete a course in catering to successfully cook dinner for my family; I don’t need a degree in teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that I can’t teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there’s a reason I’m so reluctant to send my child to school.

12  If my kid’s only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he’d learn in school, please understand that you’re calling me an idiot. Don’t act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.

13  Stop assuming that because the word “home” is right there in “homeschool,” we never leave the house. We’re the ones who go to the amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays when it’s crowded and icky.

14  Stop assuming that because the word “school” is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we’re into the “school” side of education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don’t have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.

15  Stop asking, “But what about the Prom?” Even if the idea that my kid might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over-priced revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don’t get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I’m one of them. I might still be bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.

16  Don’t ask my kid if she wouldn’t rather go to school unless you don’t mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn’t rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.

17  Stop saying, “Oh, I could never homeschool!” Even if you think it’s some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you’re horrified. One of these days, I won’t bother disagreeing with you any more.

18  If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you’re allowed to ask how we’ll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can’t, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn’t possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

19  Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child’s teacher as well as her parent. I don’t see much difference between bossing my kid around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.

20  Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet, boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because he’s homeschooled. It’s not fair that all the kids who go to school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of anything but childhood.

21  Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she’s homeschooled.

22  Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool my kids.

23  Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool my kids.

24  Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won’t get because they don’t go to school, unless you want me to start asking about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.

25  Here’s a thought: If you can’t say something nice about homeschooling, shut up!

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This really should be the Homeschooler’s National Anthem!

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Top 10 reasons to join Homeschool Buyers Co-op

1.  It’s completely FREE to join.  No strings attached.

2.  Group buys & exclusive discounts on great educational products (School districts have purchasing power and with Homeschool Buyers Co-op, homeschoolers, collectively, can have the same purchasing clout)

3.  Links to FREE homeschool curriculum & resources

4.  Access to the largest database of retail merchants that provide discounts to homeschoolers

5.  Links to over 170,000 educations scholarships and contests

6.  Links to ways to save money and make money

7.  Free classifed listings

8.  Deal of the month which can help you save 30% or more from brand name educational merchants

9.  They don’t sell your information to other companies


Click here ———-> Homeschool Buyers Co-op <———-to see for yourself

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Today’s field trip destination: Rick Evans Grandview Prairie

Background Information:

Rick Evans Grandview Prairie is 4,885 acres of Blackland Prairie.  It is comprised of open prairie, woodlands, savanna, and non-native grasslands. The diversity of habitat types accounts for the subsequent variety of animals such as songbirds, deer, butterflies, small mammals and reptiles year-round.  Native Americans inhabited this area long before it was called “Grandview.” Documented findings support the existence of the Caddo tribe on the site.  The property was later called the Grandview Plantation and had a reputation for producing valuable crops and livestock.  In more recent times, the area was managed as a cattle farm and private hunting and fishing business. Currently, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission owns Grandview Prairie and is operating a Conservation Education Center and Wildlife Management Area on the grounds.

You can read more about this conservation project by visiting

Here are a few pictures we took today:




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landscape-view-2_resizedlandscape-view_3These are informational plaques that are posted around the areawaterworld-poster_resized

living-prairie-poster_resizedhands-of-the-land-poster_resizedfire-on-the-prairie-poster_resizedancient-oceans-poster_resizedFrom what I remember from my older son’s 5th grade field trip, they have found ancient ocean animal fossils on the prairie site.  How cool is that?

I would like to thank you for stopping by and checking out our field trips. I hope you’re enjoying following our homeschooling journey.  Be sure to visit our blog again soon.  Never know what you might see 😉

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