Is Winter giving you the blues? Not enough snow to send the kids outside? Too low temps to safely play outside? What does any stir crazy,outdoor loving, cabin fevered mom do? Get ready for warmer temps by finding Ways to Beat the Winter Blues! In this multi-post series I will share with you some ideas to get your family ready for Spring and Summer by taking simple steps now. I will share a variety of easy craft and DIY projects to inspire you and prepare you for the seasons ahead!
How do you explain internet safety to the older and well meaning generation? How do you convince friends and family NOT to use your child’s real name on Facebook or in blog comments? Well, this is how I am officially telling everyone via blog post. I think this sums it up nicely and hopefully without stepping on toes or hurting feelings.
We use nicknames for our children and plan to do so until they are old enough to write and manage their own internet presence and that’s a minimum of 13 per most social media and internet websites.
Dear Grandma’s, Family, and Friends Who Really Know Us,
I just want to bring something to your attention before you get mad or upset. Yes, I blog and often include one or more of my children in my blog posts. Yes, I share pictures of their faces online and include them on Facebook. I have also taken some basic internet safety precautions by giving them nicknames or online personas. Both their dad and I talked about this early on and felt that this was the BEST way to go!
This protects their identity and keeps them “unknown” when they grow up and want to break out in their own endeavors. It will be at that point THEY can let people know that they were so and so featured on their mom’s blog for x number of years or wrote x number review posts for their dad’s blog.
Please refrain from using their real names on Facebook or in blog comments. I will delete your comments without batting an eye. Not because I don’t appreciate your loving remarks but for the sake of our children’s safety and future I feel that this is BEST!
You may not realize that I have over 500 Facebook friends and almost 4K FB Page followers many that I have never met in real life but have collaborated with on blog projects. We also have over 20K people visiting our blog each month and feel that this small gesture of privacy is necessary.
For this same reason I have not blogged about field trips which might identify where we live even though we have done some awesome ones.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
So you have a child in High School or Middle School. Have you ever wondered where to connect online? Believe it or not there are TONS of quality places for older students to connect online. Online homeschool communities offer all sorts of learning and socialization opportunities.
I have found blogrolls, link-ups, weekly challenges, and a few online communities. All of these have their own unique qualities and variety of security level. If you blog about homeschooling then you may want to link up your blog to the CC or Apologia Blog roll-IF you use those curriculum. If you have a blog then your children may want to participate in the writing challenge linkup. Mom’s feel free to stop by the Finishing Strong Link-up to share ideas or get ideas on Middle school and High School!
Blog Rolls- these are places that list blogs that pertain to a certain Curriculum, Topic, or Theme:
If you are a blogger, blog about homeschooling, and use Classical Conversations (at home or in a community), please share a link to your site! (CC Community sites are welcome to link-up with us as well!)
In light of our focus on Classical Conversations Community, let’s get to know one another!
As well as a place to link up your main blog page, you can now link up specific posts that you write related to the Apologia curriculum. Share experiments, projects, activities, or anything related to your experience using the Apologia curriculum. That way we all can connect with other Apologia users, see how others are using this curriculum, gain ideas, advice and tips for projects and experiments, or to simply find fellowship.
Link-ups- these are places where anyone that homeschools and blogs can link up their related content or participate in a weekly challenge:
It’s a place where you can share posts about high school curriculum plans, a wrap up of your week with your high schoolers, activities that you added to your high school curriculum… anything high school. Link up old posts if you have them. They will still be of help to someone who needs a hand. Link up new posts as you go through the year. Share your struggles.
This creative writing linkup is for Middle and High School student bloggers (and their moms). We would love if you could link back to the linkup (however, it is not a requirement). Use the code above to add to your post to let others know about the linkup.
Every Tuesday I post a new sketch assignment on the Harmony Art Mom blog. Everyone is welcome to sketch and you do not need to sign up to participate. You can participate every week or as often as you wish since there is no commitment. I try to make the assignments open-ended so your child can interpret the assignment in a way that works for them. Parents are welcome to sketch and submit to the slideshow too.
Every Wednesday, we invite you to share your posts that focus on educating these higher grades. We’re looking for curriculum ideas, unique learning approaches, encouragement, and more. Really, any post that focuses on homeschooling middle & high school students.
Each month in the coming school year, we will be hopping around some of the web’s best and brightest high school homeschooling blogs to share tips, resources, and encouragement on all things high school homeschooling!
Thankfully, homeschoolers aren’t shy – – we LIKE sharing! So, please join us on our journey, and maybe even hop right along with us!!!
Mostly for the parents but still worthy of mentions.
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Amazon and Kindle Deals for Preppers 4/3/2013
Just saw some very amazing deals for Kindles books. The titles are great for homesteaders, preppers, and newbie gardeners. Just wanted to share with you these great deals and freebies! Hope you enjoy them or can pass them along to someone who will.
Disclaimer: I have NOT read any of these! I just collect free and cheap kindle books that interest me. The images use my Amazon affiliate link in case you download or purchase something I would make a very small percentage to help fund Something2offer.com at no additional expense to you. THANKS for your support!
HOMESTEADING & GARDENING
SURVIVAL & PREPPING