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  • Admin

    Hi all! I just added the following BONUS Class to my MEGA Multimedia Course!


    Enjoy a Bonus Class on how to setup 

    an Online Store on your Website!

    Whether you want to sell Homemade Soap, Books, or More, this class will show you

    to how to setup shop!

    So, feel free to check it out! 


  • Admin

    This course is an Overview of my favorite skills, tricks, and tips for the multimedia lover in your family! It is designed to whet the student appetite to expose students to wonderful resources for free online! As students experience these exciting skills for themselves, they are encouraged to dig deeper on their own, with which ever subject speaks to them the most! I provide helpful resources links for students to go beyond what they have learned in our classes, to greater Multimedia expertise! I hope you enjoy the Multimedia Adventure!

  • I would definitely be interested. My daughter is starting a class on flash animation at the local art school in 2 Weeks. This would go perfectly with that!
  • Evonne,  When I saw your post I was really interested in the mega multimedia course.  I would love to try it out with our two teenage sons.  I could also give a review on my blog afterward.  -Lori Lynn

  • Admin

    Would any of you be interested in your family receiving a FREE membership to our MEGA Multimedia Course for use with your teens?

    The course uses free online programs, so you will have to be somewhat involved with course as well for your child's safety online.

    It is 19 Mini Classes, and you all can start on the fun right away.

    I would like to get feedback so I can post it on my site from real live teens and mommies:) 

    Are you interested perhaps? Thanks, Evonne

  • Admin

    Hi all! May I share with you my new course for homeschooling teenagers?

    It is hot off the presses, as they say:)

    Many of you know how I LOVE to share my

    tricks and tips in a beginner style!
    Now, I have developed a course for homeschool students, especially teens to jump in with both feet!
    Take a look at the graphic above to see ALL THEY WILL LEARN!
    And, mom and dad, you will love it too!
    Thanks for letting me share!
  • Thank you, Alan!
    That was so informative and encouraging! I will definitely look into the books you mentioned, and I'll also most likely keep coming back to your comment as a reference point. On a side note, your final conments on creation sounded like they were coming straight out of the Creation Science unit study we're using next year. I was just looking through it last night, and you actually restated a good portion of the outline I read last night! I know that was off-topic, but it was amazing. Again, thank you for your insight both as a homeschool student and Dad.
    God bless!
  • Mrs. Sangrey,

    I was the 'bookworm' of our family.  I read voraciously, and always had excellent retention.  Mom started a book-buying campaign when I was 7, and it continues (for my younger, unmarried siblings) to this day.  When I was younger, it was Dover Classics and Henty books, moving into biographies on Pascal and Washington as I got older. 

    You may have already done this, but I would start by acquiring a half dozen of the best Henty books free from, get some science videos by Ken Ham or Kent Hovind, the Western Civ overview by Marshal Foster - "Terror to Triumph," and have her go through those.  The videos are fun for all the kids to watch together.  Have her get involved teaching her younger siblings the things she's learning.  Ask lots of questions about whichever book she's reading, and encourage her to think of learning as a delight-filled mindset that goes hand in hand with a delight in throwing ourselves into whatever task comes to hand. 

    Our goal is not just to rear knowledgeable children, but to raise up adults who live with gusto, tackling every matter at hand with joy and passion.  This is just my opinion as a homeschool graduate and young father of 6, so take it with a grain of salt.  That being said, IMO what your daughter needs more than anything else is to take delight in being your constant companion, and doing everything that you do.  If it's important enough for you to do it, she needs to do it as well.  If a book is worth her reading, it's worth her talking to you and her younger siblings about. 

    The school is an institution that is diametrically opposed in its very structure to that of a dynamic family.  When does life call for the skill of being able to sit at a desk, or even on the floor, for 6 hrs/day 5 days a week for even a single year?  There are times when we focus on studying, spending 4~6 hours at a time late into the night learning how to rebuild an engine, or build a new kind of chair, or memorize all the veins & arteries in the upper torso, or (insert valuable life-skill element here), but that's not our constant routine, because that's not a picture of a well-lived life. We sit down and focus on whatever we need to learn next, but we do it in conjunction with filling the earth, subduing it, and ruling over it. 

    So the question becomes, what is her life going to look like?  What are you preparing her for?  We get all caught up in what the local public school does, we forget that what they're doing DOESN'T WORK!  The school environment is first inefficient, second poorly directed.  Don't get me wrong, I expect all of my girls to get married knowing the structure of an atom, how electricity works, the basic principles of gravity, Bernoulli's theorem, etc.  But I also expect them to have a big picture view of why this stuff matters, and how it affects our understanding of the universe. 

    For example: In the beginning, YHWH created the heavens and the earth.  Now, the earth was formless, and empty.  Darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of YHWH was hovering over the waters.  And YHWH said, "Let there be light!"

    Now, what does that mean?  To a certain extent, all of science rests on this one segment of history!  The relationship between energy, matter, and time, is all created right here at the beginning!  I want my children to read about light, and how it is an integral part of the theory of relativity, the conversion of energy to matter and vice-versa, the open nature of an atom, the fact that most of everything around us is empty space, that matter is carefully organized energy, and that YHWH is the source of all energy, and the organizer of that matter.

    Details can be learned from books. The big picture comes from living life with their mother and I, talking about these things when we sit at home and walk along the way, when we lie down, and when we rise up.


  • Hi, I'm Shelly! I have 11 children but only 2 teenagers. This is my fifth year homeschooling, but this is my 14 year old daughter's first year back to being taught at home after being in public school for 4 years. She is the only high school age child and does her work separately from the other kids. (her choice). I use an eclectic approach with the others, which works great. My one concern with my daughter is that I feel that being in school for that period has closed her mind to all the different ways in which learning can take place. She's an absolute bookworm and reads constantly, so I suggested a living book approach to her studies. She doesn't, however, want to do that because she told me that she only feels like she's learning if she uses actual textbooks. Don't get me wrong- I have nothing against textbooks, but whenever I ask her what she read about, she says she doesn't remember because it's too boring. It's so exasperating because she's been at a college reading level since 6th grade, so comprehension isn't an issue, her attention span is! Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to break her of this ”textbooks are the only way to learn” way of thinking?
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    Wow, that's great, Tammy!! :)

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