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The Schoolhouse Expo: Day 2 Wrapup

There were a couple of laugh out loud moments on Day 2 of the Expo 🙂  For instance, one of the lovely TOS MC’s, while introducing a speaker, had her 3 year old giggling in the background – so nice to know that other homeschooled children are normal too!

I’ve really been enjoying the chat box that is open throughout the Expo.  Being able to chitchat with hundreds of other homeschoolers is just priceless.  Everyone is encouraging and supporting each other, not to mention making each other laugh 🙂

And wow, the speakers we had on Tuesday!  And I thought Monday’s speakers were inspirational!  Some of the highlights for me…

  • Susan Wise Bauer gave us her “A Plan for Teaching Writing”  with a focus on the high school years. You can find the slides for this presentation (the entire K-12) on The Well-Trained Mind website. I love that she explained what a thesis statement was, and a non-thesis statement (which she called a “duh thesis” lol).  She also had a good little tip: students should have a good thesaurus on hand when writing (a real paper thesaurus, such as Roget’s was recommended).  I have heard Susan speak before, and I LOVE attending her presentations!
  • Carol Barnier of Sizzle Bop fame, gave us a VERY entertaining talk on learning styles.  I’ve heard Carol speak before and I can’t get enough of her!  Carol says that sometimes when we know what our child’s best learning style is, we serve the child up the same thing every day to teach them which can rob us of the joy of teaching – learning becomes formulaic.  Carol is a big proponent of making learning fun.  Carol says, “Our job is to become the seeker & the keeper of the keys to open their minds & grasp the concepts” and she urges us to try different things, to teach in a variety of ways and see what works.  I particularly LOVE Carol’s “ditties” and she actually sang and “rapped” some of them for us 🙂  You can listen to Carol’s ditties on the Sizzle Bop website.  And guess what?  She has a Ditty Bugs CD coming out VERY soon!  If you want to be notified when it comes out, join the mailing list on the Sizzle Bop website or stay tuned on the Sizzle Bop Facebook page.
  • Maggie & her son Tyler Hogan of Bright Ideas Press (creators of WonderMaps!) gave a chat on being an entrepreneur – whether you want to be one as a homeschool parent, or your tween/teen wants to get started.  As an entrepreneur already myself, I got a real “boost” out of this session.  You can download the notes for this session by clicking on Entrepreneurs at Home here.  I am going to share with you here their 6 Reasons To Be An Entrepreneur:
  • 1) Glorify God Using Your Specific Gifts/Talents
  • 2) Learn Stewardship
  • 3) Develop Character & Work Ethic
  • 4) Learn Life Skills
  • 5) Develop Talents & Interests
  • 6) Make Money

I’m looking forward to today’s sessions for Day 3 and sharing with you what I have learned 🙂

Love, Luck &

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Schoolhouse Expo Webinar March 15th

Wow, check this out!  The Schoolhouse Expo is happening in just two short months.  And next week is the March 15th Preshow Event Featuring not one, not two, but THREE speakers:

heart with black outline Mary Jo Tate ~ How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home Business

Mary Jo Tate, Schoolhouse Expo Speaker

Home business blends well with homeschooling, but it can also create frustration, exhaustion, and chaos. You may be paralyzed by an overwhelming to-do list and become trapped in a crisis-management approach to life. You may even wonder what good it does to be working at home if you’re too busy to spend time with your children. As a single homeschooling mom with four sons and a home business, Mary Jo Tate knows just how hard the challenges can be! She’ll share powerful strategies to help you move past the juggling act and find balance so you, your family, and your business can flourish.


heart with black outline Terri Johnson ~ Should We Teach With Tech?

Terri Johnson, Schoolhouse Expo Speaker

Join Terri Johnson of Knowledge Quest and for a lively session as we discuss many of the useful devices and software applications that can springboard and enhance our children’s education. Education as we know it is changing rapidly and homeschooling families are embracing this new revolution. Will we survive if textbooks go extinct? Absolutely! We’ll discuss technological resources for all grades along with some important considerations for high school.



heart with black outlineMalia Russell ~ Home Business and Homeschooling: The Dynamics of Delegation

Malia Russell, Schoolhouse Expo Speaker

Combining homemaking, homeschooling and home business creates a unique challenge for the mother who strives to do all she does in a way that brings glory to God and her children to maturity. Being a modern day P31 woman has unique challenges, but using the right tools and attitude toward delegation can make the balancing act a delightful challenge rather than an overwhelming flood of responsibilities. Join Malia Russell, wife to Duncan, mother to five children, and the director of and as she discusses the Dynamics of Delegation.

If you don’t have your Schoolhouse Expo Ticket yet, now is the time to pick one up – there are less than 300 left!  It is $39.00 US for your Live Ticket, which includes the pre-shows on March 15th and April 12th, as well as over $200 worth of downloadable e-gifts.  If you would prefer, you can also purchase the Expo-to-Go for $19.99 US which includes podcasts of all the sessions, including the pre-shows and will be available for download following the May 16-20th Expo.

Hope to “see” you at the Pre-show next week!

Love, Luck &




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Schoolhouse Expo: Last chance to get your ticket for $19.50!

Today is the last day to get your Schoolhouse Expo ticket for just $19.50!  As of midnight Easter Time today, February 9th, the price goes up to $29.00 and the Bonus Freebies are gone.

What do you get with your $19.50 ticket?  The Expo doesn’t stop with live online sessions from terrific speakers!  TOS, loves to give gifts ! They have put together a package of free gifts to inspire, delight, and enliven your homeschool.

In addition, when you buy a live ticket, you’ll not only be purchasing admission to the May Schoolhouse Expo, but you’ll also receive the MP3 recordings of each May 2011 session after the Expo with your members-only access at the Expo To Go website.

Get your ticket today and receive even more. During the Early Bird Sale, your live Expo ticket comes with a BONUS pack of freebies–valued at over $100!  I just downloaded the Bonus freebies myself.  Wow: Astronomy, Spelling, Nature and more!

Don’t miss out, buy your ticket today!

Love, Luck &

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The Schoolhouse Expo and Teens in Business

Just in case you don’t already get regular mailings from The Old Schoolhouse.  I’d like to share with  you something I received:  Teens in Business: Beyond the Lemon Stand.  In this article, Gena Suarez shares about her two teenage sons who have started their own businesses.  Homeschooling is terrific, because it gives students the time they need to get involved in endeavours such as this.  My own “tween” son will shortly be launching his own chain mail creations online and locally, as soon as he has created enough inventory 🙂  Do you have a teen?   Then you’re going to LOVE this May’s Schoolhouse Expo!   There are many sessions that you’re going to want your teen to listen in on with you, in the:

AND Are you or your teen interested in starting or do you have your own business?  Then you’re not going to want to miss this either:

Remember, from now until February 9th, you can get a ticket for just $19.50 (regular $39.oo) .  Your ticket includes all the live sessions, over $300 worth of downloads AND once the Expo is over, you can listen again and again to downloads of ALL the sessions!

Love, Luck &

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Schoolhouse Store Sale Nov 24-29

The Old Schoolhouse has done it again, they’ve come out with yet ANOTHER unbelievable sale and once again, Canadians are included.  I have two of the Homeschooling with Heart tote bags myself and just love them.  And don’t forget to check out the sale on everything in the store, for up to 70% off, giveaways, and more!

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is extending an extraordinary subscription offer to homeschool families.  U.S. and Canadian residents can receive a one-year print subscription and a FREE Homeschooling with Heart tote bag, FREE Schoolhouse Planner of your choice, and FREE E-Book: Cranberry Christmas for just $19.95.  One-year subscriptions start with the winter issue.  It makes a perfect gift for yourself and a friend.  There are a limited number of tote bags available from November 24 through midnight on November 29-once they’re gone, they’re
gone!  Hurry and grab this tremendous value today!  It’s over $80 in free gifts–one of them the gorgeous Cranberries & Cream tote bag!

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The Old Schoolhouse – Magazine and Store Special ’til Nov 21

On Monday, November 15, the price for a one-year U.S. or Canadian print subscription to TOS Magazine is $10.
On Tuesday, November 16, the price goes to $12.
On Wednesday, November 17, the price is $14.
Each day we add $2 until Saturday and Sunday, when the price is $20. At midnight PST on Sunday, November 21, the price goes back to its regular level.
The earlier you shop in the week, the more you save.

PLUS, every 12th customer to purchase a subscription gets a tote bag.
Every 14th customer to purchase a subscription gets a copy of the E-Book: The 2010-2011 Schoolhouse Planner.
Every 16th customer to purchase a subscription gets a $25 gift card to the Totally TOS category in the Schoolhouse Store.
This excludes Molly Green and Download N Go.

As an added bonus, the highest ticket of the day on Monday, November 15 through Wednesday, November 17, will win
a $200 gift card to the Schoolhouse Store. This can be used for any company in the Store,except
Download N Go.

So, put 2 and 2 together and shop early! The earlier you grab your one-year new or renewing
subscription, the better the price you’ll pay. Plus, you could receive one of the bonus gifts.
Or, you might be the highest ticket of the day!

If you are eligible for a bonus gift, you will receive an email from a member of the Schoolhouse Store team.

Click here for all of the details:

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The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Special until Monday!

Today only – get a two-year subscription to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for just $19.95 US (US & Canadian subscriptions).  PLUS you get a free Homeschooling With Heart totebag, in the new cranberries & cream colours, and a free “Cranberry Christmas” e-book to help you get ready for the holidays.  Tomorrow, October 4th, you will be able to get only a one-year subscription plus the goodies.  As of October 5th, the price goes back up to $39.00 per year!  Click HERE to subscribe or renew now.