Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Interview with Marsha Hubler: Homeschool Evaluator

Hi, Marsha, thank you for coming to my blog today in your role as homeschool evaluator. You’ve evaluated our children as well as many others. On the average how many evaluations do you do every year?

Thanks for having me, Sandy. I appreciate it. I do an average of 130 evaluations a year.

Why did you decide to do this? read more

Monday, October 27, 2014

PA State Parks: Raymond B. Winter

One sunny fall day, we drove into the Raymond B. Winter State Park, parked in one of the main parking lots, and started walking downhill. We walked past a pavilion and a nice playground with one of those fun diggers like a miniature backhoe for kids. Ahead we could see the lake glistening through the trees. Upon reaching the lake read more

Friday, October 24, 2014

PA Auctions: The Crawfords

He married her after serving in World War II. She must have valued his service to his country because she kept so many of his awards and treasures from being a Navy captain: patches, hat bands, pins, and even furniture with metal plaques signifying who gave it to him and where. Their names were Robert E. and Jeanne Crawford. They lived read more

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Interview with Beth Yoder: Homeschool Mother

Welcome to my blog, Beth. This is a different place for me to talk with you. We usually discuss everything from menus to our work while striding down the walking trail at our local park. Yet I know you have words of wisdom for other homeschool moms since we traveled the homeschool journey at about the same time. 

First of all, would you tell everyone how many children you have, and how many years you homeschooled? read more

Monday, October 20, 2014

PA State Parks: Sand Bridge

I've always liked miniatures. As a child, I spent hours building doll house furniture from spools, Jell-O boxes, tiny gift boxes, and other foraged items. Now an adult, I pour over books about famous doll residences.

This past weekend, a different kind of miniature garnered my affection read more

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Interview with Karen Lange: Homeschool Author

Welcome back to my blog, Karen.

Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by!

What prompted you to write Write for Life?

The lessons in Write for Life Volume One are ones I use with my teen homeschool students in an online writing co-op. I’ve long wanted to convert the lessons into book form for use at home or with student groups. These are lessons I wish I’d had when homeschooling my children. They break writing the research paper down into more manageable, less intimidating steps, offering tips, advice, and insight into the entire process.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book? read more

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Homeschool Project: Cut-and-Assemble Buildings

Toy men used to be his passion: cowboys, Indians, soldiers, and farmers that were supposed to be attached to the tractor but he always managed to pull off. When Suzanne and I started a cut-and-assemble building, I didn't realize that it would be a playscape. Matt occupied himself for hours playing pretend with tiny men and our cut-and-assemble buildings.

Let me back up and explain about cut-and-assemble books read more

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Homeschool Project: Ducks

“You want to hatch duck eggs? Sure!”

Those words sealed my fate for the next five months, caring for ducks on top of preparing for a wedding in the family, homeschooling a sophomore, and helping with an aged mother-in-law. I know, the fifteen-year old who asked if we could hatch duck eggs should have been doing all the work. I understand that I should have been wiser about saying yes so easily. I realize that I shouldn’t have ended up in the predicament that I ended up in, but don’t you sometimes make mistakes too? Besides, I thought it would be a great biology project! read more

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PA State Parks: Cook Forest

Sometimes, scheming plays a part in making something wonderful. On a vacation to Erie, I found a wonderful book at a local library. Yes, I go to libraries on vacation. They are delightful places. The book, Cook Forest: An Island in Time, told of determined men who wanted to preserve a forest of virgin timber. To do so, they needed to raise money to buy and to maintain it. The men found ways read more

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pennsylvania Animals: Eastern Wild Turkey

Gobble, gobble, gobble. Do those words make you think about Thanksgiving? Besides the honorable holiday, turkeys remind me of a magazine article I once read by Peter Lord. He used the contrast between turkeys and eagles to teach spiritual truths.

Male turkeys are called gobblers and the females, hens. Gobblers grow to be about two and one-half feet tall, three to four feet long, and 25 pounds. Females are much smaller and weigh half as much. Males have spurs for fighting and beards up to twelve inches long. A few females also have beards. Only males gobble. Both sexes read more

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Greenwood Furnace: Iron Master

Greenwood Furnace Visitor's Center Mural
of the Original Furnace Operation
One person stood at the head of the hierarchy that made up the system of workers at Greenwood Furnace—the iron master. In the early days of the furnace, the iron master owned and oversaw all of the operation of the business. Later, Read More