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.

29. December 2014 · Comments Off on Merry Christmas · Categories: News

Merry Christmas!  May God Bless you and your families.

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).

02. January 2014 · Comments Off on Happy New Year · Categories: News

Happy 2014!

Yesterday we had all sorts of great plans.  We got up early so I could make breakfast and then we could attend Mass.  About 3 minutes after we awoke, Monkey got sick and changed our plans for the day.  Instead, we spent almost the entire day hanging out in the living room tending a sick little boy.

Monkey has gotten 4 of these nasty stomach bugs in his four years and each one he’s managed to beat in about 12 hours.  He’s sick as anything for most of the day, then he falls asleep late in the evening for about two hours and awakens chipper and ready to go.  He did the same thing yesterday.  And today he’s eating normally.

God Bless!


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.