Homeschool Day at The Wild Center

This past May, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY opened its doors to homeschoolers. Thanks to a generous grand from The Landon Family Foundation, homeschool students and their families were able to take advantage of free admission.

Below are some of pictures from our homeschool field trip day. One of the many perks of being a homeschool family is taking a day off from the books every now and then and enjoying the beautiful place that we call home.

indoors at the wild center

Indoors at the Center there is plenty to keep the entire family busy for most of the day. From encounters with live animals to a full theater to exhibits of fish, turtles, and other animal and plant species. There is also a small cafe and a gift shop.

outdoors at the wild center

Outdoors there are trails through the forest, a winding river, a pond, and the Wild Walk. You can walk among the treetops and take a picture in a giant sized eagle’s nest while seeing the Adirondacks from a birds-eye view.

books to share before heading out on your adventure

And, for our family, life isn’t complete without a book recommendation or two!

Some of our favorite books to read before heading out and enjoying nature are listed below. As always, picture books aren’t just for little ones! My older kids enjoy listening as well. I just can’t let them KNOW that I know they are liking them!

(All links are Amazon aff. links)

You almost certainly will get to see turtles on your visit to the Wild Center.
Kate Messner is a family favorite author We love her Ranger in Time series. Over and Under the Pond is another great book of hers.
A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls “a must-read for our times,” A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event – a long-ago fishing trip.
Teaching
valuable lessons about animals, nature and the environment, the stories feature favorite Burgess characters.

The Lonely Homeschooler

Have you ever wondered if you are causing your children to be forever lonely by homeschooling them? While some siblings get along just great, others seem to be the lone sheep in the family, constantly searching for a companion. A ‘bosom friend’ as Anne Shirley would say.

This article by Melody Lyons was shared to me by a good friend.

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A siblings ‘girls night’. Painting nails, face masks, hair styles, food and a movie.

In it she addresses every mother’s concern for her children. She affirms what I have been thinking for the past few years, ever since we pulled all of our children from our private Catholic Schools.

Melody begins with:

This article is written primarily for homeschooling parents who wonder if their kids will ever find true, Christ-centered friendships with someone of similar age… and also for those parents who avoid homeschooling because they are afraid for the same reasons. I will spoil the ending for you in this first paragraph but then you still have to read the rest of the post. The answer to your question is: Likely, but not certainly.” >>more…

This is well worth the read and I would love to know your thoughts. Either comment here or head over to my Facebook page.

~ Have a simply happy homeschool day!

Discounted Prime for EBT card holders

This Prime Discounted Monthly Offering may help several homeschoolers who use EBT cards.

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Crazy Hair Homeschool Morning

We use Amazon Prime for educational movies, free shipping on books we need and also music. One of my most treasured subscriptions. While we aren’t EBT card holders, I appreciate that Amazon offers this for people who are struggling to make ends meet.

We are currently studying World War I and there are several documentaries available for free with Amazon Prime that we are using for our school curriculum. I will also order school supplies and not worry about the cost of shipping.

 

There is the  30-Day Free Trial or the Prime Discounted Monthly Offering for EBT card holders. And also Kindle Unlimited (which is another favorite!)

 

Guadalupe: The Miracle and Message Free with Prime

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Another Wednesday and another deal post. I will update throughout the day with more deals, but for now, a really terrific one is available free for Prime members. If you are not already a Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial. 

 

Also, in case you were not aware College Students get 6 months free Prime and EBT Card holders get discounted prime.

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message

“In 1531 in Mexico, the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. As a result, our Lady of Guadalupe’s image was miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s cloak. Featuring interviews with leading theologians, historians and scientists, this film explores both the inexplicable mysteries behind the image, and the continued relevance of the Guadalupe apparition to the modern world.”

On days when things aren’t going quite as planned (sick baby, sick momma, sudden need for mom to make food for a new baby in our parish), putting on a movie, especially a movie about the saints is one of my go-to resources.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us

Five Simple Things You Can Do Reboot a Bad Homeschool Day

All of us homeschool moms know that being teacher and mom is not an easy job. Some days we just feel like throwing in the towel. But there are ways you can turn that around and be a better homeschool mom.

#1 Read a Book Out Loud

It doesn’t need to be a long book. Simply choose one off the shelf and sit all the children down and read to them. If it’s been a particularly bad day, choose a silly book. Laughter cures many ills. Continue reading “Five Simple Things You Can Do Reboot a Bad Homeschool Day”

Name Day Lunches: Quality Time in a Large Family

20170930_132006It has become a bit of a tradition to take each child out to lunch for their Name Days. In the Catholic tradition, a person’s name day occurs on the Feast Day of their patron saint. Typically that is the saint that they were named after, either their first name or their middle name.

We also allow that child to choose a dessert or treat on that day.

The feast day of St. Sophia occurs in September so Saturday was Sophia’s day to go out to a restaurant to have lunch with Mom and Dad. Continue reading “Name Day Lunches: Quality Time in a Large Family”

Participating with the National String Project

 

Five of our children are participating with the National String Project through Crane School of Music. 

The NSP “mission is to expand string education opportunities in the North Country while providing teaching experiences for university students at the Crane School of Music. Lessons and ensembles are taught by Crane music education majors with the guidance of Crane music faculty.” Continue reading “Participating with the National String Project”