Friday, December 21, 2012

Learn Latin Free Online

My son decided he wanted to learn Latin. I suggested that he do a google search for "Learn Latin Free Online." He tried that and did not find any good resources on his own.

So I went hunting for him and this is what I found:

I went to eHow - a great website to learn "how to" do anything.
From that link, I found these: - you tube videos about learning latin - textkit for text books to download about learning Latin and Greek - My language exchange to find people to practice with
Hope others find these links helpful. 

Have fun learning!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

3 Free American History DVD's

Get 3 free American History DVD's at this link: 

The DVDs are from Mike Huckabee’s acclaimed Learn Our History DVD series.   Kids will get to travel back in time to see America’s greatest adventures including Columbus And The Great Discovery, The Mayflower and The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark!

Scholarship and the Bill of Rights

Just got this in my email this morning. For students interested in government, economics, and current events.

The Bill of Rights Institute's Constitutional Academy Summer Program is right around the corner, and we want to invite you to have your outstanding students apply.

The Constitutional Academy is for the brightest students who want to
learn from college professors and policy experts about how government, economics, and current events connect.  Students who have just completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school will spend July 15-20, 2013 digging into the Founding documents.
Scholarships are available for students who qualify, and there is no need to fill out a separate application for the scholarship.  Each student who is accepted will be automatically considered for scholarships. 

If you have talented students who would thrive at the Constitutional Academy, have them apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The application deadline is May 1, 2013, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so encourage your student to apply today!  
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email
The Constitutional Academy Team
© Bill of Rights Institute | 200 N Glebe Rd Suite 200, Arlington, VA, 22203
Phone: 703-894-1776 |

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

4-Hour Chef - A Great Book About Accelerated Learning and Education

Hello Homeschool and Accelerated Learning Fans:

I was listening in today to Tim Ferris talk about his brand new book just launching today called The 4-Hour Chef. You might have heard of Tim. His book the 4-Hour Work Week has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for 4 1/2 years. WOW.

Anyway, I was listening in to the webinar because Tim is obviously quite a marketer. Even though my latest book, Peering Through the Veil, made the  Amazon bestseller list, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to selling books.

The longer I listened to him describing this new book, the more excited I became. It sounds like the perfect way to learn faster and master things more effectively. He chose learning to cook as his example because its a topic he knew absolutely nothing about and was able to master it very very fast. However, the book talks about learning to master anything from golf to a foreign language using his method of accelerated learning. I can't wait to get my copy and incorporate what I learn to our home education program. How cool would it be to master Latin and Calculus significantly faster than the average person? I'm excited about the possibilities.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Great Audio Resource for History, Philosophy, and the Founding Fathers

Here is another fabulous resource I recently came across:

It has free audios for history, philosophy, and the Founding Fathers. What a wonderful way to learn.


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Free Underground Railroad DVD from the History Channel

Just got this from the History Channel. Enjoy!

The Underground Railroad
FREE! Multimedia Classroom CD Rom
(All you pay is $4.95 for Shipping/Handling)

The long path from slavery to freedom was both symbolic and grippingly real – nowhere more so than along the Underground Railroad. Through historical documents, the compelling words of descendants and scholars as well as the rich music of the period, learn about the risk takers who put their lives on the line for freedom.

This comprehensive lesson is correlated to individual state and national curriculum standards and contains the following:

• Short video segments for each learning objective
• Printable primary sources, maps, and historical images
• Review questions, critical thinking assignments, and Internet-based activities
• Full-length HISTORY® documentary included as an added bonus

Order today to get your free copy — all you pay is $4.95 for Shipping/Handling. Item # 88244

Monday, September 17, 2012

Free Multiplication Lessons that Really Work

I'm on a lot of homeschool message boards and also get lots of email from educational websites and others providing tools for homeschool families.

I love to share the really great resources with others. That's why I created the website for Homeschool Resources Online.

This little gem just showed up in my inbox this morning.

Its a free 26 lesson video course that teaches the multiplication table. Its called The Vaughn Cube for Multiplication.

Here's what one reviewer had to say:

“The Vaughn Cube for Multiplication represents the most significant breakthrough in the history of elementary mathematics education!”                                                              Russel M. Sutton, Division Chief
                                                              Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification
                                                              Pennsylvania Department of Education, Retired

Here's the link: 


Bestselling author of Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace, webmaster of homeschool resources online, and homeschool mom


I'm a Bestselling Author

This is definitely off-topic, but I just had to share.

I can't tell you how it sounds to me to say, "I'm a bestselling author."

I've been writing for what seems like forever and have sold eBooks online for over 10 years. But until a few weeks ago, I had no books in print.

That all changed with Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace. The book launched on August 24th and by the 25th had become a bestseller on Amazon in it's category.

If you are feeling stressed, have high blood pressure, get really angry or upset about things, or would love greater clarity or ability to stay mentally focused then meditation is definitely your answer.

Visit my website and get several free gifts when you order the book:

Have a fabulous day,

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Free History Kit from Union Pacific Railroad

Visit this link to get a free history kit from Union Pacific Railroad: 

Just fill out the form and it will be mailed to you.

Bestselling author of Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace and a homeschool mom

Friday, July 20, 2012

How to Know if Your Child Needs a Different Type of Education

I was tooling around the internet - something I do on a regular basis - and came across this website and article about the Ten Signs You Need a Different Kind of Education for Your Child.

I liked what the article had to say. And I also enjoyed the website and the idea behind it. Most homeschool parents realize that traditional education models in the United States are not really what is best for their child(ren). Yet often, once they are homeschooling, people often question their motives, sometimes to the point of being rude.

This article reminds you about why you have chosen to homeschool. It is also a great article for anyone considering homeschooling or putting their child in a different learning environment.


Monday, June 11, 2012

The Homeschooler's Guide to Getting Into College

If you are like most homeschool parents, you probably sometimes worry about how to best prepare your son or daughter for college. You may also have concerns about how difficult it might be for your homeschooled child to get into the University of their choice.

This article is an excellent resource to help you prepare and apply. It also contains many links for additional information.  I'm sure you will find it very helpful:


Sunday, May 27, 2012

FREE Access to through the end of August 2012

Just got this notice from the Homeschool Buyers Coop - you definitely need to be a member if you aren't already. They have amazing deals for every homeschool need.

Through August 31, 2012 you can get free access to video math beginning with pre-algebra. Can't beat the price and its an opportunity to check out what has available. offers:
- 450 online lessons covering Pre-Algebra through Algebra 2
- Printable extra problems worksheets in every lesson
- Printable chapter tests and complete solutions manual
- Grade reports for tracking student progress
- Based on curriculum at one of top private schools in U.S.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Great Video Education Site

We've been using a subscription science program online for the past year. Its a good program, but I don't feel it is meeting all of our needs.

So, as usual, I turned to my favorite source for information - Google - and did a search for "best free online science." The first few entries were sites I was already familiar with. Then I came across this little gem:

Top Documentary Films is a truly great resource. Easy to navigate, well explained, and many documentary choices in several topic areas - not just science.

On the downside - not all documentaries on this site are suitable for all viewers. There is a whole section on conspiracy theory, for example. And there are also several that are highly controversial.

I still found several of great value. Perhaps you will too.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Homeschoolers Doing Well in School, In College, and in Life

A friend on one of the homeschool message boards I participate in, shared this link. It contains some very eye opening statistics about homeschool kids as they compare with public schooled kids. 

If you haven't already read my article about homeschooling and what it does for your child's self esteem and academics, visit this link: What are the benefits of homeschooling? 

Homeschool History Video Resources Online

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Virtual Tour of Ellis Island, Perfect for Homeschool

Scholastic just announced a webcast (video) tour of Ellis Island on March 29th that is perfect for homeschool.

This is a GREAT opportunity to help your children understand how America became the melting pot of the world, where all the immigrants came from, and why.

I took my son to Ellis Island last year. I was very impressed with the interactive displays and how vividly they got across the role this important location played in American history. The tour is co-sponsored by the National Park Service.

Here's the link to register:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Homeschooling and Children Who Misbehave

Homeschooling and Children who Misbehave

Parenting styles is often one of the biggest issues that comes up within a homeschool group.

Homeschooled children are often better behaved and are more attentive than their public schooled counterparts. A homeschooled child doesn't get to go off to school to do whatever they want to (as long as the teacher doesn't catch them) while their parents aren't watching.

All day long they are with their mom (usually) who is ever observant and intervening should their behavior be inappropriate in the situation (like too loud in a place requiring silence), or not following the golden rule during play.

When a homeschooled child starts to do something that is a potential harm to themselves, another person, or an object or building, there is often an immediate intervention. When this is done consistently and at an early enough age, manners and appropriate behavior becomes the norm and requires very little reinforcement as the child gets older. At least that has been my experience with my own child and my observation of numerous homeschoolers in various parts of the country.

I'm not condoning yelling, or using harsh or corporal punishment. I'm talking about watching your young child like a hawk when you are in a public place or they are playing with others. When they even begin to do something mean, dangerous, or potentially damaging you stop it immediately.

And then, down on your knees, eye to eye with them, you explain in a calm and loving voice why its not O.K. You explain why they could get hurt. Or, you say how would you feel if someone did that to you? And you do it again and again until the kid gets it. It usually doesn't take that long.  

There are exceptions however. Some children do whatever they want to without the parent intervening or correcting behavior. Sometimes the parent seems completely oblivious to their child's actions. Children from that type of environment sometimes:
  • bully other kids, 
  • steal or break toys and other objects, 
  • hit, push or shove others,
  • are disruptive,
  • don't listen,
  • don't follow directions or rules.
Being in a group with a child like that is hard on everyone. The other children are stressed because they don't feel safe. The parents are concerned for their own child's safety and when the child in question misbehaves, no-one really knows what to do.

You are responsible for your child's actions. 

The Unwritten Bad Behavior Rule

Its an unwritten homeschool rule that if a child is misbehaving, it's that child's parent that needs to correct it.

If you are leading a group activity, teaching a class, or someone else's child has been left in your care for a play date or some other reason, then you are the adult in charge and you are responsibility for the health, safety, and behavior of that child. 

If you are at an activity with other homeschool parents and someone else's  child misbehaves, the unwritten rule says you don't correct the child's behavior. You let the child's parent do it.

But what do you do when the child's parent does nothing?

I remember being a new homeschool mom and meeting up with several families for a fun day at the creek. When we got there, several of the boys were standing on a log that jutted out over the water. One of the boys was being exceedingly rough and was pushing, pulling, and prodding the other boys into the water.

Several of them ended up wet, bruised, bleeding, and in tears. Most of the other moms kept giving each other looks in total disbelief that the child's mother didn't stop his poor behavior. It was the first time most of us had ever met. I had only met the child's mother once or twice previously. No-one said anything to her.  

If it had been my kid behaving that way, he would have been hauled out of the water immediately and taken home. Hurting others is just not O.K. in my book. And today, having much more experience, I would have talked to the mom. 

A parent not taking corrective action when their child misbehaves can be the cause of great distress and disharmony within a group. I've seen it over and over again.

The best course of action is to have a conversation with the parent. It won't be comfortable and it probably won't be easy. But if you can speak honestly, without anger, judgment, or some other negative emotion, and just share the facts of the situation and the discomfort of yourself and your child, then it is often possible to come to some sort of agreement or game plan on what to do in the future.

Nutrition Can Be a Factor in Poor Behavior

I'm certainly not a trained nutritionist or dietician, but we've all read reports about how:
  • dramatically sugar, food allergies, and chemical additives can impact behavior,
  • damaging soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, and other "bad" foods can be.
  • important proper nutrition is to good health and emotional stability.
Before and during your homeschool outing with others, give your kids healthy snakes and fresh water.

Every Outing Puts Homeschooling on Display

Across the board and across the nation homeschooling is misunderstood.

People who have never encountered homeschoolers assume we are doing our children a huge injustice and not giving them a proper education. Or they assume we are religious zealots sheltering our children from "the real world" and brainwashing them with religious dogma. Typically, neither assumption is correct.   

Every homeschooler is a representative of homeschooling in the bigger community. When a group of homeschoolers goes for a hike, visits a museum, or takes some other type of field trip, the behavior of the children in the group dictates how those outside the homeschool community view homeschooling.

If kids leave trash or destroy the delicate ecosystems along a trail, run amuck and make lots of noise in places where that's not appropriate, don't listen or follow rules or directions when on a tour, it puts all of homeschooling in a bad light. At a tour location, it can mean that future homeschool groups will not be allowed to visit.

Teach your child manners, how to be respectful of others, how to behave as part of a group, at a museum, and out in the woods.

And then have fun exploring,