My Novel: Handwritten Why?

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When writing my novel during NaNoWriMo a few years ago I choose to write it all out by hand.

Why did I write it all by hand? A few reasons:

  • With 7 kids in the house I was able to take a notebook and pen with me anywhere and write

  • I write faster than I am able to type

  • I enjoy seeing the number of pages written on get thicker and thicker


YUP, you bet there are.

Mainly, now I need to try and read my writing as I type in this 70,000 word novel. I was writing quickly trying to get this novel done in 30 days and well my handwriting suffered. Now, if I can’t read it, no one can… I try to figure out within the context of the paragraph what I was trying to say.

So far I have 11,700 words typed in. It feels…

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Homeschool Portfolios: Planning 3

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In my last post I wrote about how I go about picking the topics I use to plan my portfolio at the beginning of the year so it is ready for the end of the year.

There is one more BIG piece of how I do it that I thought I would share with you. 

After I have my schedule of what needs to be done each month (the first post on this series) and I have the topics I will be studying (the second post in this series) I move onto the this part of the process which I will call my organization of all those papers 🙂

My Organization of All Those Papers

What papers? You ask. Well, if you have been following along with this series of posts you now have a plan of what needs to be done and what topics you…

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Homeschool Portfolios: Planning 2

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In my last post I mentioned I would show you how I plan at the beginning of the year for a portfolio at the end of the year that showed educational success and improvement from the previous year. Here is what I do. This is a follow-up to this post: Homeschool Portfolio: Planning 1

Decide What Topics You Will Teach In Each Subject Area

This step takes a quite a bit of work. Not really.

For our state I am going to be sending in samples for 8 subject areas. Sounds daunting but wait till it’s broken down.

Three of those subject areas only require 1 sample each. It’s not to hard to plan 1 topic for those 3 subject areas: Physical Education, Health, and Fine Arts.

Down to 5 areas..

One subject area “Literature” only requires a list of 10 books the child has read or have been read…

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Homeschooling Portfolios: Planning 1

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In our state we have the option of sending in a portfolio for our end of the year assessment of what we have done for the year homeschooling.

Over the past 25 years I have kind of figured out what they really want to see. Here is how I plan my year around the end game of sending in a portfolio.

#1 Figure Out What Your State Requires for Samples

In our state I have found that they require:

  • 4 to 6 samples for each of these subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, and History (also one of these history samples need to be state specific)
  • 1 sample for each of these subjects: Physical Education, Fine Arts, and Health
  • Finally they like a list of 10 books read for Literature
  • In the accumulation of this small bit of samples the state also likes to see 4 samples of written work of…

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Gruesome Hymns (jk)

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Man, today in church we sang the most gruesome hymn. If someone had been in church for the first time and heard us sing that, pretty sure they would have thought it was some strange group of killers.This quote below is from the hymn we sang today and is titled “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” byWilliam Cowper.

“There is a fountain filled with blooddrawn from Emmanuel’s veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains…”1

Seriously, what does a little kid think hearing his parents singing this in church? It does require some explanation. What about a stranger coming into the church for the first time? It’s disgusting and revolting to think about plunging myself into a flood of blood. This song kind of made me feel ill at the thought of these lyrics.

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Operation Christmas Child Boxes

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Our church participated again this year in the Samaritans Purse’s Operation Christmas Child program.

Last year we sent 87 boxes and this year our church and Home school group sent 40 boxes.

Our goal last year was 90 and we came pretty close. This year we really did not have a goal and were able to send 40 boxes. Not bad.

Some families grabbed and filled their own boxes, some gave money for us to fill a box, and some family’s brought bulk items to add to boxes to fill them up.

We try to always include the basic toiletry items and grooming supplies plus some stationary supplies.

Here is a list of what we included in every box:

  • bar soap
  • candy that’s not chocolate
  • comb 
  • crayons
  • flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • notebook
  • pencil sharpener
  • pencils 
  • pens
  • scissors
  • small sewing kit
  • toothbrush 
  • toothpaste – travel size
  • t-shirts 
  • washcloth
  • socks
  • band-aids
  • cars

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