Tuesday, June 30, 2009
As you can see the blog has undergone a major redesign. I feel like I spent the day in the spa getting a whole makeover! I couldn't be more excited! I have been shopping around for web designers to make my blog "me". Well, I think Traci at Sweet Cheeky Designs either stalks me secretly or is my twin seperated at birth becuase she "got me" right away! The result of our collaboration exceeds my wildest dreams! Go check her out because she is incredibly talented at what she does and lightning fast!
Next, I received an email last night from the Meal Makeover Moms that my flourless chocolate cake recipe won their award!
WOW! [Jen does the happy dance] Try the recipe--even if the whole beans-in-the-cake part sounds gross, now you have an unbiased third party telling you that this recipe really is yummy.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
My kids were all too excited to show Mayson how to splash around real good in a muddy puddle. She got the hang of it pretty quick.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
We are getting ready to make our first venture down to Long Island this summer to see Ba, Pa, Aunt Kimi, Uncle Glenn, Mayson, Brooke, Avery, and the baby bump also known as Bryson. We are looking forward to a week of fun with maybe a few new exciting twists. Since we are going to the hosue where I grew up, I am sharing a couple of things with the kids I did when I was younger. The week will shape up something like this:
- Golf ball fishing at the golfcourse down the street
- Going for a hike in the Pine Barrens
- Visiting the beach both the north shore (Long Island Sound) and the south shore (Atlantic Ocean)
- Taking the ferry
- Walking through Port Jefferson in the evening: visiting the Puppy Shop, getting ice cream, and walking by the boats.
- Going on Pa's boat at the marina and maybe for a short boat ride to the boat-up McDonalds
- The Museum of Natural History in NYC
- Learning to fish
- The Aquarium in Riverhead
Thursday, June 18, 2009
And then you smile proudly.
We homeschoolers welcome the warm weather of June but there is a slight pang of sorrow, as we know in a week or two when schools let out, all of our parks and playgrounds which we have enjoyed to ourselves with other homeschoolers in the area will fill again with other kids. Suddenly the parks that were 'ours' will again be shared.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Stephanie from Syracuse University contacted us soon after the local news did last week to see if she too could grab an interview with those facinating homeschooling Medina's to learn more about homeschooling. Of course we love to spread the word about homeschooling so we were more than happy to participate.
The fun part this time: It was less about Mom and more about them- the actual homeschoolers.
So on went the microphones and they began their interviews. Mom got to say a few words too.
Oh, and watch for Stephanie to be showing up on your local news somewhere in the future--she's a great reporter!
He has begun "water blasting" using a high pressure hose to excavate and find what lies within the clay mud. His statement to me in the afternoon as I stripped him of the layers of mud; "I had poor results today. I'll have to try again tomorrow." God help me.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Seriously my new favorite store--and I havent even ordered from them yet! Just the fact that they exist and fulfill my need to help my kids feel "normal" by allowing them to have candy without all the chemicals I have banned.
Visit them: The Natural Candy Store
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Recently we did a few interviews to respond to the recent USA Today article citing the two-fold rise in homeschooling. You can watch the interview here.
This is a rare moment that we do- figuratively speaking of course.
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Monday, June 8, 2009
Why you ask? We have done a few interviews this week regarding the rise in popularity of homeschooling in a response to the USA Today article that came out recently. (Read more about that here) .
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Then, it turned into making mudpies and mudbricks for building later.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
And after all that hiking and biking the only natural conclusion....
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
According to the article in USA Today, "As of spring 2007, an estimated 1.5 million, or 2.9% of all school-age children in the USA, were home-schooled, up from 1.7% in 1999." The US Department of Education report further goes on to say that the relative increase in homeschooled students is 74% over an eight year period.
The parents are citing three major reasons for homeschooling: religious and moral reasons, lack of confidence in the education system, and school environment. Surprisingly, the US Department of Education reports that the number of homeschooled girls has risen sharply.
This news comes at no real surprise for families who are already homeschooling thier children. Many families belong to large communities, networks, and formalized groups which offer support and social activities for homeschoolers. To these families, the report validates what they have already known: homeschooling is not what the stereotypes portray it as. Instead it is a rich and growing educational movement which appears to finally be getting the attention it deserves.