Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MCP Mathematics Level E

Modern Curriculum Press Mathematics Level E (5th grade) uses traditional drill and practice format with an easy-to-use lesson format that's flexible and adaptable to your schedule and needs. Each two-page lesson focuses on one main objective; the first page begins with a developmental model and the second page provides practice. Reinforcing basic math skills, extensive practice will help students learn and retain new concepts while preparing a wide range of ability levels for success on standardized tests. Level E covers adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and decimals; geometry; ratios and percents; graphs, statistics and probability; equations, integers and graphs. Chapter test provide assessment of the skill at hand, so you can detect deficiencies before progressing to the next level.

The teacher's edition includes reduced student pages which have the correct answers overlaid; the margins feature the lesson and teacher instructions in a two-page layout. objectives, materials needed, warm-up exercises, the lesson with provided problems to write on the board, practice exercises, assessments, alternative chapter tests, and enrichment activities are included.

Click HERE to purchase the student edition.

Click HERE to purchase the lesson plan.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Homeschool Mom Retreat - Sessions

You are invited to at the Homeschool Mom Retreat on August 6, 2016 at Midway Baptist Church, 4512 Ellis Drive, Kountze, TX 77625. A place for moms to RENEW your vision, REFRESH your heart, and RESTORE your strength.

RENEW your vision with two dynamic presentations by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.

"Whoever Controls the Schools Controls the World" - Dr. Voddie Baucham knows what most parents are too quick to dismiss: whoever is teaching our children is also discipling them. Voddie persuasively argues that Christian parents need to take the initiative in their children's education and stop turning to the anti-God environment of the government school. Using Scripture, statistics, and sound reasoning, Voddie powerfully makes the case that whoever controls the school does indeed control the world.

"Getting Your House in Order" - In this lecture, Dr. Baucham turns his attention to the Christian home and explains what an "orderly" home should look like. Expounding on the Old Testament text of Deuteronomy 6, Voddie highlights six characteristics of a properly ordered home. Through personal testimony and biblical instruction, Voddie educates and motivates Christian parents to rise to the challenge of changing the world - one household at a time.

REFRESH your heart with two power-point presentations by Susan Reed.

"Till Death Do Us Part" - In all the hustle and bustle of homeschooling and keeping up with the kids schedule, it is easy to put our marriage on the back burner. Through personal testimony and biblical instruction, Susan shares how to nurture a heart of love, a heart prepared to support her husband until death do us part.

"APPLES of Gold" - Using Scripture, Susan Reed shares six principles that will improve the way you communicate.

RESTORE your strength with a good round table discussion among fellow moms. As any mom can attest, we tend to get so focused on others that we neglect ourselves; and that's not good for anyone. We need to be with other moms for that occasional grown-up conversation. Time to encourage one another and learn from each other's challenges. During this session, conversation prompts will set in motion the "gift of gab".

09:00 Check-In
09:30 RENEW your vision
11:30 Lunch (Chicken Caesar Salad with Bread and Fudge-Nut Brownie)
12:00 REFRESH your heart
01:00 RESTORE your strength
02:00 Takeaways & Giveaways (must be present to win)

Early-Bird Registration $20 (Through July 24)
Pre-Registration $30 (July 25 - August 1)

Click here to REGISTER

Saturday, July 16, 2016

THSC Convention - The Woodlands

Whether you have been on this homeschool journey for years or are just beginning (or considering) this homeschool journey, I would like to share my top three reasons to attend the THSC Convention.

#1 Education

Sometimes we have to admit, we don't always have all the answers, and we need a little guidance. Convention offers so many workshops to choose from that will equipt you for the coming home school year.

#2 Curriculum

This is probably my favorite part of Convention. I love the Exhibit Hall! Here, you can view, hands-on, many different curriculum options and you can purchase many of these curriculums at a special discount.

#3 Family Fun

Each year, Convention offers some sort of entertainment on Saturday evening. A fun time for the whole family! This year, you can see The Amazing Chemistry Show.

Please visit for more details!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Homeschool Mom Retreat

You are invited to attend THE Homeschool Mom Retreat on August 6, 2016 at Mid-Way Baptist Church, 4512 Ellis Drive, Kountze, TX 77625. A place for moms to RENEW your vision, REFRESH your heart, and RESTORE your strength.

RENEW your vision - a presentation that is both an encouragement and challenge to the millions of Christians who need to know what God's Word says about the discipleship and training of the next generation.

REFRESH your heart - a short time of reviewing what God's Word has to say about issues closest to a mom's heart can do wonders to encourage a homeschool mom.

RESTORE your strength - friendships with other women can strengthen us to be better wives and moms. As any mom can attest, we tend to get so focused on others that we neglect ourselves; and that's not good for anyone. We need to be with other moms for that occasional grown-up conversation.

09:00 Check-In
09:30 RENEW your vision
11:30 Lunch provided by Jason's Deli (Chicken Caesar Salad with Bread and Fudge-Nut Brownie)
12:00 REFRESH your heart
01:00 RESTORE your strength
02:00 Top Ten Takeaways & Door Prize Giveaways (must be present to win)


Want to bring a Homeschool Mom Retreat to your town or church? To request information, please email me through the Contact Form.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Homeschool Lesson Plan

As a homeschool mom, I have a homeschool plan. In fact, I have a plan for the ENTIRE homeschool year. While some may baulk at the idea of planning out the entire homeschool year, allow me to share how and why I plan for the entire homeschool year.


Planning a full year of school work can seem like a formidable task at first; but dividing the work into smaller units, makes the task more manageable. Let's do this one step at a time.

To plan out a textbook by lessons, list the textbook, list the number of lessons in it, and list the total number of tests to be used with this textbook, making sure to count tests which are printed in the textbook.

With this information in front of you, you are ready to plan your school year.

Add tests to your lessons, this is your number of total lessons. Next, divide the number of total lessons by the number of school days to estimate how many lessons should be completed each day.

As you can see from my example, I plan a 4-day week, and we complete our school year in 36 weeks. Quarter 1 completes weeks 1-9. Quarter 2 completes weeks 10-18. Quarter 3 completes weeks 19-27. Quarter 4 completes weeks 28-36.

My homeschool lesson plan is also my grade book. When the assignment is complete, I write in the grade. After each quarter, I average the grade for the quarter and write it next to the quarter number. I then transfer this information to my child's transcript or report card and then at the end of the year all I have to do is figure the final grade.


Now that you know I am a planner, perhaps you would like to know why I plan for the entire homeschool year.

A plan brings freedom. By taking the time in the summer to create my homeschool lesson plan for each subject, I don't have to waste my time during the school year trying to structure all the "HAVE TOs". I can use this time to provide some of the "WANT TOs". We have the freedom to take rabbit trails, create memories, and explore new interests because the foundation has already been created.

A plan affords flexibility. With a homeschool lesson plan already established, I can see at a glance what subjects need concentrated effort and what subjects won't require as much time and attention that day. If we need to jet off to an unplanned doctor's appointment or make a meal for a sick friend, I can quickly glance at my plan and know what can easily be brought along with us or can be started and then put on hold until later that day. And sometimes we just have to rearrange our week, if we have a doctor appointment on Wednesday, we do school on Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday, this is why I love our 4-day lesson plan.

A plan provides a goal. As the old saying goes, "Without a plan, you plan o fail." Having a year-long plan sets definitive goals for both me and my children. While we may not complete every jot and tittle of the plan each day, we always maintain forward motion because there is a clear and KNOWN goal. My children's education is of high priority to me. I cannot afford to slip to idleness. Having a plan, or a goal, motivates me into action!

A plan creates a season. Scripture reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that there is a season for everything under the heavens. While each season of creation is different, they all have two things in common - a BEGINNING and an END. The very nature of a year-long lesson plan creates an obvious BEGINNING and an obvious END - a season. Without a plan of action, how can anyone know when the action is completed?