Saturday, October 2, 2021

WCMD 2021 - 2 MFT Cards

 It's World Cardmaking Day! I have 2 cards featuring My Favorite Things stamp sets that I made.

I used blender brushes to create a savanna sunset then cut it using Snowdrifts Cover-up Dienamics.

Card Details:
Color - Memento: Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk, Morocco, Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle, Espresso Truffle, Tangelo, Elderberry / PTI: Harvest Gold, Plum Pudding / Copic markers
Stamps - MFT: Happy Hippos, In Paris
Dies - MFT: Snowdrifts Cover-up

Card #2 features a sweet little elephant from Adorable Elephants.
I used cardstock strips for the background and cut a base for Ellie from the MFT Pizza Maker Dienamics.

Card Details:
Color - Memento: Tuxedo Black / PTI: Stormy Seas / Copic markers
Stamps - MFT: Adorable Elephants, Essential Sentiments
Dies - MFT: Pizza Maker
Cardstock - PTI: Spring Moss, Stormy Seas, Aqua Mist, Soft Stone, Weathervane / Taylored Expressions: Cookie Monster / Stampin Up!: Island Indigo

Monday, February 22, 2021

My Top 7: Favorite Helpful Homeschooling Books

I've been sitting on a draft of this post for ages now, for absolutely no good reason. :) With the world functioning the way it is right now, homeschooling has come up more and more as an educational option. It's doable, folks... all the way through high school. And the benefits are amazing and eternal! (Doesn't mean it's all sunshine and roses everyday. We don't wear coordinating outfits made out of draperies and skip through the hills singing. lol)
But homeschooling and getting started in homeschooling can be intimidating, so here's a list of my favorite resource books!
(No affiliate links are used.)

 1. The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach by Robin Sampson

     A very thorough look at what Bible-based homeschooling should look like and helpful instruction and rationale about why a Classical approach doesn't line up with biblical principles.

2. Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

    If you're Type A with OCD and perfectionistic, have-to-cross-out-everything-on-the-list tendencies like me, this book will help you chill.

3. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell

    The name says it all

4. The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

    A great help in understanding learning modalities (how people learn) and finding out how your kids will learn best

5. Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt

    Lists of good, appropriate literature by age/grade

6. Any books by Lee Binz

     Her Coffee Break books series is fantastic. Short, quick, easy-to-digest, informative books on a variety of homeschooling topics. She helps to break down homeschooling high school with very helpful advice.

7. Blueprint Homeschooling by Amy Knepper 

    A helpful resource to plan out what you want to do.

Honorable Mentions:
Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling by Diana Waring

    This has book recommendations, examples of how they chose to homeschool, and how to make homeschooling fit your life and your kids so it doesn't become drudgery.

Worth Looking At:
Approaches to Christian Homeschooling by Kerry Beck

    A good overview for beginners of various teaching styles and methods

For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
A Biblical Home Education by Ruth Beechick

    I like Heart of Wisdom better but this one has good points.

Recommended by others but I haven't read yet:
Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax
You CAN Teach Your Child Successfully by Ruth Beechick

100% Skippable (save your cash and time):
101Ways to De-Stressify Your Homeschool by Aimee Colbert
Approaches to Christian Homeschooling by Kerry Beck
Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission by Jeanne Gowen Dennis

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