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May 30, 2011

HomeSchool Days at Wild Adventures Theme Park

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HomeSchool Days will be held at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, GA, on June 10 and September 10.

Enjoy over 50 rides; including two new family water slides at Splash Island plus 80 species of animals, all new shows, and a great concert line up. Mix and Mingle Event from 10a-11a. Special Tigers of India Show. First 300 students to arrive receive a FREE souvenir t-shirt.  For more information on HomeSchool Days call 229-219-7080.

Wild Adventures is just one of many organizations that is reaching out to our Homeschool families.  Visit our Local Homeschooling pages to find music teachers, tutors, museums, colleges, etc., in your area that are reaching out to you.

Because, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

May 27, 2011

A Homeschool Entrepreneur–with College Advice!

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Matthew Bullington notified us, and I have to say, the first paragraph in his e-mail certainly caught my attention–

Hello, my name is Matthew Bullington.  I am a homeschool graduate who was paid to go to college, and I now travel around the country giving free workshops and providing resources to help homeschoolers prepare for college.

Matthew speaks on the following topics–

  • Earning College Credit: Details on Dual Enrollment and Credit by Examination
  • Homeschooling High School: How to Approach College Preparation with Confidence
  • Is College the Right Choice?  College and the Alternatives
  • Financing College: Details on How to Locate Scholarships or Alternative Ways to Reduce the Cost of a College Education
  • Standardized Exams: Preparing for the ACT and SAT

A full description of these and other workshop options, as well as a detailed bio are available at the website

Love these entrepreneurial successes!

And as always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

May 23, 2011

NorthEast Homeschool Convention in Philadelphia!

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The NorthEast Homeschool Convention is right around the corner!  You won’t want to miss out!

Come walk the HUGE Exhibit Hall!  Attend information-packed workshops!  Featured speakers include Dr. Susan Wise Bauer, Ken Ham, Ed Zaccaro, Cheryl Lowe, Andrew Kern, Dr. Carol Reynolds, and Many, Many More!  Plus, Worldview Teen Track with John Stonestreet & Sean McDowell.

Come and expand your horizons!  June 23rd–June 25th at the Valley Forge Convention Center.  For more information–

See you there!

May 20, 2011

A Homeschool Site STARTED by Homeschool Kids

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Home School Kids Central–a site for homeschool kids STARTED by homeschool kids!  Check it out–!

I’m impressed with their drive and with their business sense!  They sent us an e-mail letting us know about their site, they’re on facebook and twitter, and they’re even designing and selling their own t-shirts!  And these aren’t older teens–almost adults–they’re barely into double digits–one of the girls is 11!

Good luck Empress and Idi. What a fun and wonderful learning experience.  And as we all know, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

May 18, 2011

A Repeat?

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As a family, we don’t usually vacation in the same place twice-we like to pick new and different destinations each year, but I think we’re going to make the Outer Banks an exception!  Our lodging has been so comfortable and easy, the kids have already learned so much, and the family togetherness that we enjoyed-well, honestly, it can’t be beat!

Since Seaside Vacations offers over 300 lodging options, maybe next time we’ll choose a different location or a larger home (after hearing how great this vacation was, additional relatives will come next time around).

You know it’s a great vacation, when you haven’t even left yet, and you’re already talking about coming back!

*Tip:  Escape to the Outer Banks during the “off” season and discover smaller crowds and low prices…both of which can make your getaway a more enjoyable one!  You can find great bargains and no shortage of activities no matter what time of the year on the Outer Banks.

May 16, 2011

We’re Here!

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We just arrived in the Outer Banks and let me tell you–it’s wonderful! Today I’m scheduling some more of our sightseeing activities, and there’s so much to do–I just can’t decide! From museums and lighthouses to parks and gardens, the Outer Banks is full of endless educational activities! For instance–

Outer Banks Lighthouses — Our own personal “nightlights”– a string of beautiful lighthouses that stretch from Corolla (northern end of OBX) all the way to Ocracoke Island (the southern end).

Outer Banks History, Arts and Culture The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama, the Elizabethan Gardens, the Airport Museum, Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center and so much more — the Outer Banks offers so many educational opportunities!

Outer Banks Science and Nature — The Corolla Wild Horses (my niece’s favorite), the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve and miles and miles of beautiful beaches. The kids love the fresh air, the wind, the surf and the sand!

So far, it’s been the ultimate educational getaway!

May 13, 2011

Suzuki Method

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Quite a few Suzuki teachers have taken out local listings on  In fact, Susan Shields, who has a listing in Illinois, was the first U.S. student to ever study the Suzuki method in Japan.  In 1966, immediately following her graduation from the University of Tennessee, with a degree in Music, Susan traveled to Japan to become the first American to enroll in Suzuki’s teacher training course!  Japan then became Susan’s home for six years as she learned how to teach violin and piano to young children.

Her students learned the way they might learn their first language, being immersed in music through parental participation and with an emphasis on playing from memory vs. playing from sheet music.

Below, Susan has shared some ways learning a language is similar to the Suzuki method–

l.  Children learn songs from the very first lesson.  This is fun for the children and very motivating.  Exercises, scales and note reading are taught  several years later. This is similar to the way children learn to speak their native language.  When children first learn to talk, they learn words and sentences.  When children are older, they learn the rules of grammar and how to read.
2.  Every student has a private lesson weekly.  The student learns songs at the private lesson.
3.  From the beginning, the Suzuki  violin student plays in groups with other students.  This is fun for the children and very encouraging for the parents of the students.  Children of all levels play together, so the new students are inspired by playing with the advanced students and listening to the songs they will be learning in the future. The Suzuki piano student has solo recitals with other students.
4.  The mother (or father), attends every lesson and takes notes so she (or he) can practice with the child at home. Comparing this to a child learning to speak, , adults in his environment  talk to him daily and correct mistakes.
5.   The child listens daily to a compact disc which has all the songs the child will be learning.  Again, this is similar to the way a child learns a language.  From the day a baby is born, he is surrounded by adults who talk to him, so he has a model of the way the language should sound.
6.  Children can start very young in the Suzuki method.  Dr. Suzuki recommends starting as young as 3 years old.  Concerning the best age to start- recently I researched 30 famous concert violinists and discovered that 27 of them began violin lessons at age 7.  This tells me that starting at age 3 is not a matter of life and death. Personally, I feel that, in many cases the child who starts at age 3 and the child who starts at age 7 will both be at the same level by age 8.  I mostly start children ages 6 and above.

Wow–thank you Susan!

If your child is interested in learning an instrument, we have many music teachers reaching out to homeschoolers on our Local Homeschooling pages. Rhona Raegen, one of Susan’s friends was named ASTA Studio Teacher of the Year.  Exceptional teachers in the area also include Emily Sobacki and Lisa Creason.  Suzuki teachers in other locations are plentiful too!

And yes, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

May 11, 2011

If the World Were a Village

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If the World Were a Village, written by David J. Smith, has won an International Reading Association Children’s Book Award and a Hans Christian Andersen Prize. Smith is also the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education “Breaking The Mold” Award. He has been featured by NBC’s Today Show, Time magazine, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and others. Smith’s “The Geography Quiz” is a regular feature on “The Jordan Rich Show,” syndicated by WBZ-Radio in Boston.

The following was taken from his book If the World Were a Village:

“At this moment, there are 6.9 billion people on the planet! It’s hard to picture so many people at one time – but what if we imagine the whole world as a village of just 100 people?

In this village:

21 people speak a Chinese dialect
10 earn less than two dollars a day
14 cannot read or write
45 have a television in their home
47 do not always have enough to eat”

Other Citizen Kidd books include This Child, Every Child, If America Were a Village, Tree of Life, The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth, One Well, The Story of Water on Earth, and more.

These books are educational and thought provoking. They teach the importance of knowledge, understanding and action.

These are some of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

Ann Simpson

May 9, 2011

Mathnasium FREE Tri-Mathlon

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On Saturday, May 14th, Mathnasiums around the country are hosting a FREE Tri-Mathlon for students in grades 3–6.  It is FREE and open to everyone–your student doesn’t have to be a Mathnasium student to participate. Students will compete in three challenging math events including The Counting Game, Magic Squares Challenge and Mental Math Workout.  There are over $10,000 in prizes to be won, plus goodie bags, etc.  Fun!

Register online at or at a participating Mathnasium Learning Center.

We have numerous Mathnasium listings on our local Homeschool pages.  See if one near you has reached out to homeschool students!

And remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

May 6, 2011

Mother’s Day Memories

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I’d like to share my favorite Mother’s Day memories with you, from a Mom’s perspective and from a younger perspective as well.

My favorite recent Mother’s Day memory is the one where my kids, entirely on their own, surprised me with a really nice breakfast in bed, complete with orange juice and a Baby Ruth candy bar on the side!  Why does this one stand out?  Because we didn’t have orange juice in the refrigerator that morning and I know we didn’t have a Baby Ruth in the house!  My kids pooled their money and their efforts, rode their bikes to the store for the juice and candy, and then they cooked a pretty elaborate breakfast.   What amazes me, to this day, is all the effort that went into it.  And the thoughtfulness–they remembered my favorite candy bar is a Baby Ruth and included it as dessert!

From a younger perspective, every Mother’s Day, from the time I was a teenager until I was 27 and my Gramie died, I purchased a “house dress” for her–it was part bathrobe…part dress.  It was a tradition….and I really enjoyed picking out the cutest one I could find.  I miss doing that.  I wish I could shop for a house dress this year!

Mother’s Day is important.  Not just for us…but for our children.  They make us handmade gifts, they make us breakfast, they show their love for us….and they will have memories of fun and meaningful Mother’s Days when they are older and mothers themselves.

Make sure they have the opportunity to do something nice for you.  Let them make a memory!

Ann Simpson

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