01. April 2015 · Comments Off on Two Blue Jays by: Anne Rockwell · Categories: Books, Homeschooling

We borrowed this book from the library and loved it.  It beautifully showed how to do a nature journal entry without telling you that is what it was doing.  Two Blue Jays is a great book to show preschool-kindergarten children examples of drawings and entries to make for a new-to-nature-journaling child.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off on New England IHM Conference Announced · Categories: Homeschooling · Tags:

Last year was my first year to attend an Immaculate Heart of Mary Homeschool and Parent Conference, it was AWESOME!  Lovely folks hosting, fantastic speakers and some great vendors made for really nice experience for this first time homeschool conference attendee.

I just received an email that they will host another New England conference this year.  Did I mention the conferences are free?!  Yup, free!

So here are the details from their website:

UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center

50 Warren St.
Lowell, MA 01852


Friday August 8th, 2014 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday August 9th, 2014 @ 9:30am to 3:30pm


This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.

This will be IHM’s second year in New England! Our first year was such a success that we decided this conference deserved to be a 2-day event, so we are adding a Saturday to the conference and bringing in an extra speaker or two.

There is free parking provided you follow these instructions (otherwise you may be charged): There is a parking garage next the the UMass Lowell Inn and CC, but you have to enter this garage through the UMass Lowell Inn driveway and park on the 1st or 2nd levels (if you enter from the main street, there will be a charge even though it is the same garage).

08. October 2013 · Comments Off on Late Start to Pre-School · Categories: Homeschooling, Pre-Kindergarten, St. Anne's Academy at Balsam Woods Farm

St. Anne’s Academy is finally in session, for real.  We were doing some schooling stuff during September, but we are now into the real stuff!

We decided to go with Catholic Heritage Curricula’s preschool package.  The daily lesson plans are for preschool and kindergarten.  Getting two years in one package is a nice bonus and will help keep costs down next year.  The “reading” component is “I Can Find Letter Sounds“.  The math component is “I Can Find Numbers and Shapes“, both by Nancy Nicholson.  The religion component is from the Image of God Series.  “Who am I?” is the name of the Preschool workbook.

Very soon we’ll also purchase Making Music Praying Twice for a music education component, but I needed to start small and add elements slowly.

My next step is to figure out our schedule, especially in regard to when Monkey learns best.  I have learned the hard way that if he has any video game time prior to school time his attitude to horribly negative.  So I have to schedule those activities for later.


13. August 2013 · Comments Off on St. Anne’s Academy at Balsam Woods Farm · Categories: Homeschooling, Pre-Kindergarten, St. Anne's Academy at Balsam Woods Farm

The first real school year of the St. Anne’s Academy at Balsam Woods Farm is going to be starting in the next few weeks.  We are really looking forward to teaching our little Monkey pre-kindergarten.

I have been working on our curriculum order list and a new calendar for the school year.  When we are ready to get going, I’ll be back with pictures of my calendar and our curriculum plans for the year.  For now, we are enjoying these last few weeks of summer and making huge plans for a very special birthday later this month.

May God Bless You!