MCPL's Bargain: More Bang for Your Buck

Many of you are bargain shoppers on an “Olympic” level. You know who you are; you always seem to find fantastic discounts on gently used curriculum, you clip coupons and multiply your savings, and you buy in bulk online with free shipping to boot! I am always impressed with my friends who are such savvy and frugal consumers. Don’t miss out on another great savings at Mid-Continent Public Library!  

I'm Bored!

Nine days into our summer break, my daughter came to me and said in her most dramatic tone, “Mom, I’m so bored!” I responded in my equally dramatic tone, “Seriously? You are kidding me, right?” I am also thinking, “It has only been nine days!”  

"I'm so bored" seems to come every year; its partners are bickering and the kids getting on each other’s nerves. When this happens, I ask them if they have checked anything off their bored list. Hopefully, some of the items on our bored list will spark some inspiration in your home if you are hearing "I’m bored," too.

Synergizing Subjects

Many of you are wrapping up the school year and getting ready to order materials for next fall. Consider synergizing subjects to get more bang for your buck! I combine two subjects to create a better effect and maximize time resources, i.e., synergy. 

We Didn't Start the Fire

Do you recognize these lyrics?

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio 
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

The Power of 20

Well, it’s February, and I’m wondering how many of you have already forgotten the New Year’s resolutions you made…

You’re not alone! It might be more sustainable to consider making goals (incremental changes toward a purpose) rather than resolution (a promise or resolve to make a change).

Off to the Races

With the holidays behind us, many people are making New Year’s resolutions and considering their goals for 2016. Most of us set goals to adopt healthier habits. However, a handful of people have made it their New Year’s goal to get something from you: your vote! That’s right. The 2016 election cycle is now in full-swing. For political junkies, the endless speeches, opinion polls, and 24-hour coverage of the candidates are welcome fodder for conversation.

Most Wonderful Time

It's the most wonderful time of the year! That song plays over and over in my head during the month of December. Truly, the holidays are my family's favorite time of the year. With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas and New Year's before us, we can't help but celebrate! The atmosphere is electric with brilliant color, cooperation, and kindness. 

Slump Busters

The time has arrived. It comes every year pretty much like clockwork. You know, that slump between the excitement of a new school year and the much needed and anticipated holiday break. In our homeschool, it starts after Halloween, and it affects mom and child equally. Can you relate? When this slump arrives, we have a “throw it all out the window day,” and our typical day takes a backseat to games. Over the years, I have come across some great and educational games (to me, educational =  hours!) and wanted to share some of our favorites.

Beyond the Refrigerator

Conundrum: How do I teach art to a multi-aged class…especially if I am not artistically inclined myself? Is there a creative way to display art instead of the traditional refrigerator door?

Solution: Make an art wall collage!

My professional artist friend shared with me the fun idea of making an art collage as a wall display.  

First Things First

To modify a phrase by the acclaimed Russian author, Leo Tolstoy: All happy families are alike; each homeschooling family is homeschooling in its own way. It’s true, right? No two homeschools are exactly alike. Some families thrive with routines and structure; other families are free-spirited and casual. Regardless of how one arranges the day, each homeschooling family should be alike in this: all of us must follow Missouri home education statutes.  

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