January’s Making the Days Count Activity Calendar

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Don’t you just love new things?   As a Christian, I know that each morning brings new mercies, new beginnings, new chances, but there’s something about the start of a fresh, new year that is extra special.   Perhaps it is the hope that is contained in the start of another year.   We reflect on the past year and often resolve to do things differently in the new year.   The bright beginning of  a new year sparks a chance to renew our commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a chance to do more with our loved ones, a chance to rejuvenate our homeschooling.  We are so blessed to have this time with our children. Let’s endeavor to hug them a little more, to remember that the education of our children is about more than just the three Rs, to remember to make each day count.

(Click on the image to get your FREE January Activity Calendar.)

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again
By Diana Loomans

If I had my child to raise over again,

I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less.

I’d do less correcting, and more connecting.

I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I would care to know less, and know to care more.

I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.

I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I’d run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.

I’d do more hugging, and less tugging.

I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I’d teach less about the love of power,

And more about the power of love.

It matters not whether my child is big or small,

From this day forth, I’ll cherish it all.


From all of us at Homeschool Share, may you and your family have a happy, blessed New Year!

New Year’s Resolutions

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If y’all are like me, you cringe at the thought of making yet another list of ill fated New Year’s Resolutions. Well, years ago I came across a list of resolutions that blessed me immensely. A list I could accomplish because it did not rely on me, but solely on my Heavenly Father.
May they bless you as well! Happy New Year!

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December Grand Giveaway

This month’s Grand Giveaway is truly GRAND, because EVERYONE gets it! Enjoy this free eBook from our friends at The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!


Have you ever wondered what you could do differently with some of the “stuff” you see around your home?

With a spark of low-cost creativity and a few simple instructions –you’ll be amazed!
Design fun, easy-to-make learning aids and imaginative organizing tools using household items –and dream of your best homeschool year yet!

TOS provides plenty of idea filled pages in the E-Book:

Dreams and Designs–Homemade Supplies to Complement Your Homeschool

Why not dream about things we would like to improve in our homeschools? Donna Campos shares many things that she personally wanted in her homeschool, and in her childcare home prior to homeschooling, and with almost 70 full color photos and detailed descriptions she’ll walk you through the process.

Chapters cover a broad range of supportive materials for homeschool use and include:

  • Creative use of display boards as calendars and for various theatrical presentations.
  • Instructions for cutting display boards for use as personal partitions or activity centers, with activity center ideas included.
  • A makeover for a simple computer desk for use as a schooling cart, along with great “spark” ideas for makeover possibilities in your own home.
  • Timelines using plain old manila file folders that perform double duty when storing history related assignments.
  • Index cards for use as activity cards in initiating creative writing assignments, categorizing, increasing observational skills, or developing verbal discussion ability.
  • Using household organizers for use in homeschooling –things like plastic storage items and plain old large envelopes are innovatively represented.

Imagine using a single display board, the kind often used for science fair projects, for multiple uses over time. Begin using it as a story viewing tool –your children will have a blast drawing their own stories on scrolls of paper! Use the same board as a puppet theater, and after years of use when you think it has thoroughly done its job, cover it with felt and you have continued use of the same item as a flannel board! These are the kinds of ideas you’ll find in Dreams and Designs, and you will learn many more.

Design incredibly imaginative personal partitions for students of all ages that sit easily on a table or counter, and provide a little self-expression and artistic creativity.

Excitedly watch the faces of grandparents and friends when they come into your schoolroom or hallway covered in a timeline made from file folders, clearly representing some of the knowledge your children are gaining. (And watch how much fun the children are having making it!)

Spend hours enjoying cut and paste time as a family by designing a collection of index cards cut from old magazines for use in educational activities that can be used for years to come or given as a gift to a new homeschool family!

Imagine your preschoolers using an old photo frame modified with felt so it can be used as a tray for use with tangram or other plastic shapes in silent activities.

Give new life to small furniture pieces in ways you never imagined –provide division between work spaces, ready storage for lapbooking and notebooking projects, or mobile storage that is easily moved from office to schoolroom to living room.

Never see plastic closet organizers and large manila envelopes lying on your desk in the same way again. Gain a whole new perspective as these items will store puppets and puzzles or become perfect displays for your children’s handiwork when used in new ways!

This is one resource you’ll want to use throughout the school year.

Would you like to see more?

Transform your “stuff” into something useful for your homeschool –by tomorrow!


Click here to download your free gift! (link will expire on January 31, 2013)  


Merry Christmas from your friends at The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!


P. S. You can also read The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine free each month at www.TOSMagazine.com or through a free mobile app from www.TOSApps.com.

Winter Fun ~ A Bucket List

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Happy First Day of Winter!

Even though Christmas will be over in a few days, you can continue to make great memories with your kids.

Inspired by our Summer Bucket List, here is a customizable Winter Bucket List! You create a unique list by choosing 20 wonderful winter activities and projects for your family.

Ideas (from the fabulous moms on the Homeschool Share Message Boards)

1. Make snow ice cream.

2. Collect mittens, scarves, and hats for people who need them.

3. Build a snowman.

4. Drink hot cocoa.

5. Watch Frosty the Snowman together.

6. Memorize Isaiah 9:6-7 together.

7. Make snow candy.

8. Hang suet treats in the trees for birds.

9. Make paper snowflakes.

10. Go ice skating.

11. Take treats to a nursing home or an elderly neighbor.

12. After a fresh snow, go on a walk and look for animal tracks.

13. Have a game or puzzle night.

14. Make homemade marshmallows.

15. Put food coloring and water in spray bottles and go “paint” the snow!

16. Grow crystal snowflakes.

17. Keep a winter bird watch log.

18. Make snowflake tortillas.

19. Go sledding!

20. String cranberries and popcorn and put them in trees for forest friends.

21. Have an old fashioned taffy pull!

22. Drink some hot apple cider.

23. Make GIANT paper snowflakes!

24. Shovel the snow off the sidewalk for a neighbor.

25. Go on a winter scavenger hunt.

26. Make snow angels.

27. Build an igloo or snow fort.

28. Make an ice man.

29. Ask local friends and family to help you gather food for a food pantry.

30.  Examine snowflakes.

31. Make winter sun catchers.

32. Check out library books about polar animals.

33. Make S’mores in the oven.

34. Go out on a not-so-horribly-cold night and look at the winter constellations.

35. Spread a tablecloth on the floor and have an indoor picnic.

36. Movie night!

37. Spread shaving cream all over the table and add cars and plastic toys for some indoor “snow” play.

38. Make snowball cookies and take some to a neighbor.

39. Learn all about Snowflake Bentley.

40. Snowball fight!

41. Make sparkly snow play-doh.

42. Eat some snowman biscuits.

43. Build a tent and read books together.

44. Create indoor ice sculptures.

45. Make some snow globes.