Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.
Can your favorite school use 50 laptops ? Probably most schools can use new laptops. Charter is having another back to school give away, and it might be your school's lucky day. Charter will be giving 50 laptops to two separate schools. It is easy to enter, and is based on who writes the best nomination story about their favorite school.
Any Charter purchase will get you an automatic entry for your school, plus a chance to get $300 dollars cash back. Of course you can still register online, with no purchase necessary. Schools need to be nominated by August 12, 2010. Then you can ask friends and relatives to vote for your school's nomination. The nomination process is short and easy laptop-a-day giveaway. Charter will then choose fifty finalists, based on the nomination stories entered, and announce the finalists on August 16, 2010. Open voting will occur from August 16-20, and the two winning schools will be announced on September 27, 2010. You can view all rules, entries, and winners by visiting the Charter website.
The laptops are Lenovo G555's with a 15.6" screen, 160GB drive and 3GB ram, with a Targus bag included. Charter gave away laptops last summer as well, plus video games, and a hybrid car in previous promotions. Charter offers internet, phone, and cable services all at great, competitive prices. Be sure to check out all their great services, and get your school an automatic entry.
Remember only two lucky schools so win, so hurry over and get in your favorite school's entry. Think hard, be creative, and write the best school nomination you can. Charter also has a Charter on Facebook page, and you can follow them just like I am.
If you are one of the 2.5 million individuals receiving a secondary education at home, you're in luck. Numerous scholarships exist that are targeted specifically towards children and teens that are homeschooled. With universities around the United States constantly raising tuition prices, finding a way to supplement your tuition is an excellent idea.
Below is a list of ten scholarships for homeschooled students offered by schools around the United States. Browse and your leisure and apply for whichever ones meet your unique needs!
Bryan College Summit/Homeschool Grant (http://www.bryan.edu/summit-homeschool-grant.html): A $1,000 grant is available to incoming freshman at Bryan College, a small Christian school in Dayton, Tennessee. Applicants must have completed one of the college’s Summit Ministries Conferences or have been homeschooled for at least their last two years of high school.
Park University Home School Scholarship (http://www.aie.org/Scholarships/detail.cfm?id=2003116): Missouri’s Park University offers a scholarship to first-time freshmen that have been home schooled and scored a minimum 25 on the ACT. Park was recently named “Best Value Among Private Colleges” by Parents & Colleges.
The William and Berniece Grewcock Endowed Scholarships (http://www.hillsdale.edu/): Nebraskan homeschoolers may apply for the William and Berniece Grewcock Endowed Scholarships at Hillsdale College. Recipients must be of sound moral character and of proven leadership ability and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average to earn their half and full tuition prizes.
Cedarville University (https://studentaid2.ed.gov/v3/FinancialAid/Scholarship/Wintergreen/ScholarshipBrowse.aspx?s=E4f7jJhcyPUW6cEdf3voHgXAP3DPAXXAP3DPAX): For home-educated students who are actively involved in their church and community, Cedarville University, located in southwestern Ohio, offers several $1,000-2,000 scholarships. Applicants must have a minimum 22 ACT score or 1050 SAT.
Arizona Homeschool Scholarship (http://www.afhe.org/scholarships.htm): Each year Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) awards donor-funded scholarships to homeschooled students from single income families. In the last nine years the scholarship committee has granted more than $52,000 to 41 recipients.
Faulkner University (http://www.faulkner.edu/services/finaid/scholarships.asp): Homeschool students who earn a 20 or higher on the ACT or a 1450 on the SAT are eligible for an award of $500 a semester at Faulkner University. Faulkner is a growing Christian university located in the heart of Montgomery, Alabama.
HOPE Scholarship (http://www.ghea.org/pages/hsc/hopeScholarship.php): The HOPE Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students is open to residents of Georgia. Students who earn a 3.0 GPA or better their first year of college may retroactively apply for the scholarship, which covers up to $3,000 of tuition costs and additionally helps with other fees such as books and approved mandatory fees.
Oral Roberts University Homeschool Scholarship (http://www.free-4u.com/Scholarship.cfm?id=a11e388e-6ced-4996-8eb5-8384c6757470): Students entering their first year at Oral Roberts may apply for the $2000 Home School Scholarship. Students must have completed at least four years of home schooling and must write an essay to be reviewed by the scholarship committee.
SVU Homeschool/Non-Traditional Student Scholarship (http://svu.edu/student-financial-services/financial-aid/scholarships-and-grants/homeschool): Incoming freshman at Southern Virginia University are eligible for the Homeschool/Non-Traditional Student Scholarship worth a whopping $10,000 annually. Applicants must complete a short essay on who their hero is and why and complete a phone interview.
FPEA Scholarships (http://www.fpeascholarshipfund.com/scholarships.html): The Florida Parent Educators Association awards four separate scholarships to outstanding homeschool graduates. Each scholarship is worth $1000 and based on different criteria, such as the State of the Arts Scholarship for students who plan to pursue visual or performing arts in higher education.
Joseph Gustav is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog (http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/blog) and a writer on online courses (http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com) for Guide to Online Schools.
Monday, July 26, 2010
I am still working on reading Roots. Yes I frequently read more than one book at a time, always have. I really like the book, but it is very long, and I am having a hard time getting through it. Not because it is boring, or a difficult read, but because of the emotions it evokes in me. I spend more time thinking about what I have read, than continuing to read. If you have not read Roots, by Alex Hailey it really is a must read.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
FREE Poetry Picks Literature Class for 8th Grade and up! Plus, Powerpoint, Surface Area & Volume, Pirates, Cooking, College and more! All classes start in late July and August and are a great way to jumpstart a new season of learning.
Aug. 2-4 @ 11:00am-Noon CST Covers the concepts of surface area and volume for various 2D and 3D shapes and figures.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
These were taken on the 4th of July just as we thought we were not going to be able to see the fireworks due to storms all day. The sky began to clear, and as you can see was quite spectacular. I took these while riding in the car on the way to the fireworks. That first top picture that funny looking cloud, are the ones they call anvil clouds that can cause super cells, and tornadoes. Thank goodness it just evaporated. These were taken within just a few minutes of each other, and you can see how rapidly the sky changed. If you click them they will enlarge. The fireworks one was the only one that came out suitable enough to post.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
My personal favorite is Meals on Wheels, which helps to get meals to elderly who are low income, and maybe can not get nutritious meals. I hope to next year be able to actually volunteer to deliver meals, with my children assisting. I also like soup kitchens, but my kids are not quite old enough for that yet.
The Gilchrist County Animal Shelter, always needs donations, and volunteers. Though I have had my issues with them in the past, my children do love animals and it is important to them to help them when they can. You can find a local animal shelter near you to volunteer, or donate to. They always need money, blankets, toys, and someone to help feed, clean, and care for the animals.
Here are some websites for you to check out that are in need of donations, and or volunteers. You can pick and choose which ones suit your personal needs. I found these in a 2009 issue of Family Circle.
One more before I go http://www.freerice.com is an education based site where every time you get an answer correct, a certain amount of rice is donated to a country in need of rice. In many countries rice is the staple food, and a lot are experiencing a shortage of rice. I personally use this site, as do my children. It is free to use, and I have never gotten malware or spyware from there.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am sure you have heard of On Demand, but have you checked it out with On Demand home page. Charter has lots of different options, on their digital On Demand section. There are movies, TV shows, sports, educational shows, cooking shows, just about anything you could possibly think of. I was asked to pick which movie playing On Demand right now, was my favorite. I will have to say Alice in Wonderland, with Johnny Depp. I love Johnny Depp! But there is also Avatar, Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeekqeul, The Blind Side, and The Book of Eli, all awesome movies that you and your family will enjoy. Plus Charter offers pay per view events, like WWE, boxing matches, and UFC. Practically anything you can think of can be viewed On Demand.
If you have cable then you know how expensive and frustrating it can be. They have rules for what channels and events you can and can not watch, mostly based on contracts. For example we could not get local channels forever, with a company I will not name. Charter's digital On Demand service should not have to worry about any of these complications. The On Demand digital service offered by Charter Cable, is by far their most popular feature to date. If you think this service might be just what you are looking for, be sure to click the sponsored link to visit their site. You can at least window shop, you never know what kind of a deal you might find.
Charter on demand is an awesome service because you never have to worry about missing an episode of American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, Criminal Minds, or whatever show happens to be on your must see list of shows to watch. Maybe it is Icarly, Spongebob, Big Time Rush, or one of the Discovery channels that tickle your fancy. Because it is "on demand," you watch it when you are ready, not when the network airs your favorite programs. Most networks will air their shows within 24 hours, and some are within just a couple of hours of original air time. Because you can watch from your TV, or your computer, you have the flexibility of you watching something, and your children, spouse, or roommate watching something else. It is win, win for everyone.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Caitlin's Reading List:
1- Fat Cat
2- Hot Dog
3- Pig Jigs
4- Rub a Dub Cub
5- Wet Legs
6- Crab Trap
7- Frog Cops
8- Fish Gift
9- Stuck Duck
10- Elk Yelps
DJ's Reading List:
1- The Gettysburg Address
2- The Lincoln Memorial
3- The Story of the Bonhome Richard
4- The Story of the White House
5- The Story of Mount Vernon
6- The Story of Monticello
7- The Story of the Capitol
8- The Story of Old Glory
9- The Star Spangled Banner
10- The Story of Mt Rushmore
11- The Story of Jamestown
12- The History of the Supreme Court
13- The Story of the Constitution
14- The Declaration of Independence
15- The Statue of Liberty
16- The Liberty Bell
17- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 12 short stories
18- The Hardy Boys- 3 stories
I think this will keep us very busy this next school year.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of USC. All opinions are 100% mine.
Are you an educator that wants to get your Masters, or an aspiring teacher to be? If either of these describe you and your future then you need USC. You can view the USC program information by clicking the link.
At USC Rossier School of Education’s MAT program will allow you to get your degree with the convenience of online classes, and still being able to be employed. For someone like me who homeschools her children, online classes would be perfect for me to advance my education. I can still teach my children, and further my own education at the same time. There are other benefits to the USC online program such as: tuition reimbursement programs, student blog, an accelerated program that will allow you to graduate within twelve months, opportunity to become a part of the USC Trojan family, have all the same benefits of full time campus students at USC.
Once you have decided an online degree is the best option for you, and your family, then you need to sign up with USC. You will have the opportunity to view a technology video that will introduce you to the interactivity of the program. USC has a highly interactive online learning experience, along with field experience to adjunct your online courses, and they will be in your local area. We all know how important hands on experience is.
Getting your online degree with USC will be one of the most rewarding things you will do in your life. Rossier and the MAT@USC were awarded the AACTE award innovative and modern uses of the internet in education. For over 100 years teachers at USC have been renowned for being leaders of change. USC is ranked #22 in the U.S., and #9 for all private universities in the U.S. Those are some awesome stats, and now you can be a part of the USC family, and get your Masters of Arts in Teaching degree. So go on, click the link to see if this is what you have been waiting for.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Yes, today is DJ's 10th birthday. I can not believe he is ten already. Here are some pictures of his last day of being nine. He has church this morning, then birthday cake with Nonie and swimming, then fireworks later. We do not do huge parties with tons of friends. I like to keep it small, and family oriented. Plus if I throw huge parties then I can not afford the gifts and we usually go somewhere like Chuck E Cheese. DJ has chosen the aquarium though we won't go today, but in the very near future. My male dog is petrified of fireworks so it is hard to leave him alone this time of year for any length of time. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
I just bought this book for Caitlin for first grade. I love these because they see, read, write, and draw in order to learn the lesson. There are 15 lessons per book. I might get the animal habitats too. I still have time until school starts to decide.