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School Room Makeover (and free math worksheet)!

School Room Makeover (and free math worksheet)!

First things first: freebie! Have you ever had one of those rooms that gets piled up and you end up just shutting the door on it for a while? You know, organizing it is more than you can take, and the rest of the family just keeps piling things in there?  Time for a school…

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Donielle By Donielle, October 12, 2018

Read “Animal Farm” with me

Next in our reading series, let’s pick up an old dystopian classic, Animal Farm.  This is not a children’s story, despite its moderately short length.  Do not bother reading it to students without the background historical context.  It is the perfect read directly after a study of communism!  In the novel, a group of Farmer Jones’s…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 28, 2018
Who Needs a Little Patience?!

Who Needs a Little Patience?!

I wanted to share with you a devotional that I wrote a few months ago for Moms on a Mission’s magazine. If you are feeling impatient or angry, I  hope you find it encouraging! I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 20, 2018
What to do with Kids in Naples, Florida – for Free!

What to do with Kids in Naples, Florida – for Free!

The dolls and I have been doing overnight trips to Naples, Florida, for 13 years.  We tag along on hubby’s work trips.  It has been a haven of rest for me for years.  I think we have done everything worth doing there.  For sure we have done everything free!  We have annoyed countless clerks with…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 14, 2018
DIY Sand or Glitter Switchplate and Outlet Covers

DIY Sand or Glitter Switchplate and Outlet Covers

We spent several weeks this summer doing some room re-dos.  The former guest bedroom became my oldest daughters bedroom for the first time!  She came up with this great DIY for awesome outlet cover and switch plate upgrades.  It was so cool, I asked her to share the how-to with you.  So enjoy this guest…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 30, 2018
“Literary Analysis” with Preschoolers

“Literary Analysis” with Preschoolers

I have been enjoying the DVD series “Teaching the Classics” by Adam and Missy Andrews.  It is training for parent teachers, or anyone who is interested, to use the Socratic method to facilitate literary analysis of any story, by any student.  Most of the material is familiar to me, but Andrew’s presentation is so concise…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 19, 2018
Do You Need Homeschooling Help?

Do You Need Homeschooling Help?

Though the kids are enjoying the summer fun of splashing in the pool and staying up a little later, we moms have our eyes on back to school planning, shopping, and organizing.  All this hard work made me wonder, are there questions or problems out there that a second generation homeschooler could answer for you?…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 12, 2018
The Avengers, Self-Government, and Politics

The Avengers, Self-Government, and Politics

Since my 15 year old is working her way through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have had the pleasure to watch these movies with her in the order that they were released, without months or years in between.  As I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War back to back, I was struck with…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 7, 2018
Read “Old Man and the Sea” with Me

Read “Old Man and the Sea” with Me

Let’s read a short book.  Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is perfect for poolside or beach chair reading.  Hemingway is the master of writing stories where not much happens, yet it keeps you turning page after page.  He says so much with so few words.  He seems Dicken’s polar opposite.  There is a…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 2, 2018
Up the Fun Quotient for the Summer

Up the Fun Quotient for the Summer

My three dolls and I have been busy working through our summer goals: For Vintage Doll there is SAT prep, FLVS Spanish, and driver’s permit.  Yes, folks!  My 15 year old is on the road.  I could wax cliche about clearing the road and such, but she is so careful and responsible that it would…

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Donielle By Donielle, July 26, 2018
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I am a lawyer, homeschool mom to two terrific dolls, wife to Gary, follower of Jesus. I love literature, researching, chocolate, iced tea and anything to do with the beach. Let's be email friends! Subscribe and leave your comments. I look forward to chatting!
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