I just got a mean email which prompts me to write this…

8 Responses

  1. Allie says:

    I just wanted to say that I am not a mom who loves homeschooling but I do it because it is best for my child. I rely on and totally respect the work you do. I am always amazed and wonder how you do it all. Thank you for your dedication and for making my homeschooling journey a bit easier.

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Hi Allie,
      Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely message! As you can see by my post, I absolutely love reading/researching and putting the packets/notebook pages etc. together. It’s my passion… and I’m so happy that some of our materials have made homeschool life just a little easier! ~Liesl

  2. Dania says:

    Liesl, I just read what someone emailed you. Obviously, they were having a bad day and was trying to ruin someone’s day too. I can’t thank you enough for everything you do. You truly are a blessing to me. Thank you.

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Dania. I’m so happy to hear our materials have been helpful to you. It’s feedback like yours that makes it worthwhile! 🙂 ~Liesl

  3. Shelbi says:

    Keep your chin up. My husband and I are struggling with homeschool with our 2 kiddos because where we live even our home internet is unreliable (hopefully to be fixed sometime soon) but we’ve talked and planned which of your packets to save for buy at once (when I’m somewhere like my sister’s so I can download worry free) and we love how the kids get excited and ask for specific things. My little girl, AleZandrya, is 2 going on 3 and i know a lot of people say she’s too young to start but she likes learning with bubbie and us. She demanded we find her something on Tigers, she loves them. We take them to our zoo and a hour a way at least twice a month for some fun and learning there. And I understand how you enjoy doing the research and putting together of these packets, I kinda do the same for my kids, but sometimes I find people like you that have made something good and I’ll say I need to use that and I’ll add to it. I wish I could do what you do and put stuff together so others would have something to use. Please keep up the good work. With love,
    Shelbi, Matthew, Kayl, and AleZandrya Ketcher

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Hi Shelbi,
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for the glimpse into your family life! It sounds like homeschool life with your kids is going well for you. I loved hearing about your little one too… I too started homeschooling the kids at a young age… partly because adding a little bit of structure to our life really helped me! When my kids were about the age of your younger one (2 going on 3), I started making up “theme time tables.” I would pick a theme for the week (like dinosaurs, bears, princesses, space, doctors, or whatever) and collect various books, activities, board games, puzzles, felt board materials, stuffed animals, Montessori cards, “fishing” activities (magnet fishing pole activities), a few printables and things like that and put them all out on the table… and I’d see what other types of Montessori activities I could add into the mix. It made the week fun and exciting for my kids and I really enjoyed seeing the sparkle of anticipation when they got up on Monday morning (because I had the table covered with a blanket until after breakfast). We had a lot of fun exploring all kinds of topics together and it helped us rotate through our materials, games, play dough, painting, books and all that stuff! It was a lot of play materials… but I enjoyed changing things up and keeping things fresh for the kids. So, when people say “you don’t need to homeschool” from that young age, I think they envision a homeschool Mom sitting down with workbooks and phonics readers… rather than simply creating an enriching, exciting, hands-on fun environment (which is how I envisioned it)! So, keep what you’re doing! Enjoy and love the busy/active fun age! I don’t know if you saw this tab — http://homeschoolden.com/preschool-at-home/ but if you haven’t, there might be some posts that would be of interest! Happy Homeschooling! ~Liesl P.S. Sorry to hear about your internet. That must be frustrating! Hope it gets fixed soon!

  4. Amy says:

    Hi there! Just stumbled across your site a few days ago after agonizing over which science is the best for my 3 kiddos…teaching them together. 13, 11 and 9 years. Was really liking all you offer. Just confirming, if i purchase a packet, then i have access to these. Will I know if they are cards or paper to determine which stock to use. And they will come out nicely colored?

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Hi Amy,

      My kids are just a couple years older than yours! Mine are now 10, 13 and 15. 🙂

      If it’s of any help, I’ll link to a couple of our Science Year in Review posts. I tried to sum up what we did the past few years.

      Homeschool Science Year in Review (Grades 9, 7, 4) — http://homeschoolden.com/2018/06/10/homeschool-science-year-in-review-grades-9-7-4/
      Science Year in Review 2016-2017 (Grades 8, 6, 3) — http://homeschoolden.com/2017/06/04/science-year-in-review-2016-2017-grades-8-6-3/
      Homeschool Science 2016 Year in Review – And What’s Coming Up Next — http://homeschoolden.com/2016/12/13/homeschool-science-2016-year-in-review-and-whats-coming-up-next/
      Science Year in Review 2015-2016 — http://homeschoolden.com/2016/05/24/science-year-in-review-grades-2-5-7/
      Homeschool Science: Year in Review and What’s Coming Up — http://homeschoolden.com/2016/01/06/homeschool-science-year-in-review-and-whats-coming-up/

      Yes, if you purchase any of the packets then you’ll get a link from SendOwl, the delivery service I use. These are all pdf downloads. It will give you the download link (which you’ll click and save to your computer). It should come automatically within a few minutes after the payment goes through. If you have any trouble, you can drop me an email. I send you the download link. (And that goes for in the future too. Just drop me an email if you need access to the pdf again… like if your computer crashes or whatever.) You’ll also get any updates that I make in the future (and will be sent an email notification from SendOwl that there have been updates).

      Many of the graphics I’ve purchased and use in these packets are in color (and I think they come out pretty well when I print them). Of course, you can choose to print in gray-scale too if you ever want to save on colored ink.

      In general, I print the notebook pages and interactive notebook pages on regular paper.

      I generally only use card stock when we I make bingo cards… For example, last year we went over all the world landmarks and we played lots of rounds of world landmark bingo. I also made bingo cards when we went over the various people of the Scientific Revolution last year for history (Newton, Galileo, etc.) I laminated those pages and we used dry erase markers to cross those off. Anyway, those are just a couple of examples so you’d know what I mean! 🙂 Oh, and sometimes I print things out on cardstock when there are sorting cards (like when I made my daughter spelling sorts) or game boards (like the cell/organelle review game). I think I usually mention that (that we printed things on card stock) in the packets.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Liesl

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