• Moments and Musings – Christmas Fun, Newfie Pup, and More!
  • Working Homeschool Moms at Christmas Time
  • Learning to Read – The Blending Sounds Struggle
  • Moments & Musings – November 2014
  • Nurse Burnout – Consider a Change in Specialty

Moments and Musings – Christmas Fun, Newfie Pup, and More!

Christmas Ornaments!

Life as been full the last couple weeks! Very full! We’ve managed to keep Christmas somewhat simple this year as I wrote about in my most recent Hip Homeschool Moms article. But we’ve still made sure to include some fun too! For our “messy project” we made dough ornaments. This is a yearly family tradition….

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working homeschool moms at christmas time

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I LOVE everything about this time of year. Just listening to the music makes me feel a unique sense of joy that only December brings. I have to admit though, as a working homeschool mom, the thought of all of the festivities this month makes me cringe just a…

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Learning to Read - Blending Sounds

Teaching my son to read has been a thorn in my side since I began homeschooling a couple years ago. Even though my now 1st grader had attended a formal private preschool and pre-k program, when I started his homeschool education, he didn’t know any of his letters at all. He couldn’t write anything, including…

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Christmas Tree Nurse Cop Ornaments

As November comes to a close, my family is preparing for the Christmas season. Today we got our Christmas tree! It was probably the quickest tree purchase I’ve ever made. Normally we wander around on mountain side, or go to a slew of stores, before finding that perfect tree. But today, I just wanted to get it…

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Nurse Burnout

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about being a nurse. It’s long overdue. When I first started this blog, I wrote several posts about nurse burnout. I talked about the causes, what it truly looks like, then began digging a little deeper on the issues. Why did I do this? Because I definitely suffered…

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ixl review

This year’s very last TOS Review Crew project is on a special online learning system called IXL (www.IXL.com). This supplemental learning resource has become one of my children’s favorites of the year! My review is specifically for the IXL Math and IXL Language Arts programs! I had unlimited access to the whole program as will those who purchase the…

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Working Homeschool Moms - teaming up with others

While there are a good number of working homeschool moms (and dads) who do everything alone {{hugs}}, there are also a good portion of us who can only function because of the assistance we get from others. Mixing work with homeschool can get a bit hairy and chaotic. But, with help, things can be GOOD! For…

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Quitting Classical Conversations Why I did it

I have been part of a local Classical Conversations community for the last couple years. In that time I’ve tutored the 10-12 year old kids and wrote several posts about my simple tutor plans. I had high hopes of continuing with the CC plan all the way through high school with all three kids. But…

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Moments and Musings Newport Oregon

This week’s Moments and Musings is going to be more of a collage, and from here on out, that is probably how it will go. We’ve got so much going on, I’d hate to bore you with our excitement! October has been a month of changes which have led to a much nicer schedule and…

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New Liberty Videos A Nation Adrift Review

My latest review as part of the TOS Crew is for New Liberty Videos. This company has several Christian documentaries with many focusing on American history. The one I will be sharing with you is called A Nation Adrift. Other DVD reviews included in the Group TOS Crew link up include these: Anthem for a Nation, The Forbidden Book, Mysteries…

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Middlebury Interactive Languages Spanish Course Review

Foreign languages can be a lot of fun to learn, especially as kids get older and have a real opportunity to use their new skills. As a homeschooling family, it can be challenging at times to find right kinds language course to fit all of the different learning styles in my home. My daughter, Tee,…

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Standard Deviants Accelerate Review TOS Crew

As my oldest daughter, Tee, enters into the new world of middle school learning, online education is becoming increasingly tempting. Honestly, teaching multiple age groups is challenging. Giving Tee some independence through web-based learning sounds like a great idea! Because of this, I was pleased to be able to review a homeschool e-learning tool with Standard…

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Apologia Educational Ministries iWitness Books Review TOS Crew

Many people around the world read the bible regularly and hold this sacred text close to their hearts as the one true God-breathed word. It is obvious throughout the books of the Old and New Testaments that not only are they God’s word, but that they are also an incredibly rich account of humanity’s history. I…

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Working Homeschool Moms: When Life Gets Tough

Typically, posts (the few that are out there) written with working homeschool moms in mind, focus on one main theme. That theme is associated with schedules. We want to know how to make it all work, don’t we? I’ve written my share of these posts (like this one or this one) right here at Hip Homeschool Moms. Please do…

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homeschool dad

Much of my homeschooling career has been me, the mother, doing most of the teaching. My husband wasn’t always supportive of the decision to homeschool…especially when I gave up the first year I tried. But he’s a good guy and went with it because I was…umm…a bit of a nagger. Thankfully, after trudging through our…

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Lilla Rose Review and giveaway

It’s time for a fun review! My daughter, Tee, was blessed with a new Lilla Rose mini Flexi Clip from independent consultant, Melody Detwiler, to test out for all of you! Along with this review you will find a giveaway for a free clip (may not be the one pictured). What is Lilla Rose?   This…

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Moments and Musings - Cub Scouts, Rocket Launch

Our homeschooling season has been in full swing these last several weeks. This year the dynamics are different. My youngest is starting her first year of sit down school as a preschooler, my 6 year old son has the expectation to do a much more than he’s used to, and my 11 year old daughter is…

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