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FREE Online Art Classes with Mark Kistler!

Photobucket Mark Kistler is offering FREE, LIVE internet video art classes streamed on:

Mondays and Tuesdays at 12 noon Atlantic (10am Central Time), 4pm Atlantic (2pm Central), 8pm Atlantic (6pm Central), and 10:30pm Atlantic (8:30 pm Central).  Saturdays at noon Atlantic (10 am Central) and 2pm Atlantic (noon Central).

YOU DO NOT NEED A CAMERA OR A MICROPHONE, you will be communicating via built in student texting, hand raising and response icons.  You will need:

1.  A laptop or desktop computer (iPads and tablets are not compatible at this time).

2. High speed Internet access (you will be streaming “Skype” type real time video).

3. A pencil and some paper for an AWESOME drawing adventure!

CLASSES ARE FREE FOR YOU THROUGH OCTOBER 30! Feel free to visit one session or a dozen lessons!

Here is how you join a Virtual Classes.

1.  Visit

2.  Look at this cool site and look at last weeks drawing lessons in the “Lesson Gallery”.

3. Go to the “Contact” tab and an email requesting your free “Be My Guest” Pass.


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Homeschool Super Heroes Begins Tonight – Free!

Homeschool Super Heroes!

Begins tonight.  Don’t miss these fantastic, free interviews to kick start your homeschool year!

  • Kerry Beck
  • Tiany Davis
  • Linda Lacour Hobar
  • and more!

The first one is happening right now, but you can also catch the replay:

Monday – 8/20/2012 at 9pm Atlantic time (8pm EDT)
Kerry Beck – “Jumpstart Your Homeschool This Year”


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Free Webinar: How to Use the Curriculum You Already Have to Inspire a Love of Learning

How to Use the Curriculum You Already Have to Inspire a Love of Learning
Wednesday August 22nd 9pm Atlantic Time (7:00 p.m. CST)

And you thought you were just buying high school curriculum for your homeschooler! Join homeschool veteran and curriculum expert Kelly Negvesky as she explains how to instill a love of learning in your children with the curriculum you already planned to use this fall.

What a great topic – I’m looking forward to this webinar especially!

How Combining High School & College will Pave the Way for Success in College and Life Beyond
Wednesday August 29th 9pm Atlantic Time (7:00 p.m. CST)

Join Dual Credit Expert Kelly Negvesky as she discusses the “how to’s” of dual credit—from high school transcripts to the methods of acquiring credit—-in 60 minutes Kelly will help you become an expert in dual credit, and give you the tools and information you need to make the right dual credit decision for your child.

To register and for more information:

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Free Webinar Series June 12-28 – Innovations in Higher Education

Education Innovators. 6 Exclusive Webinars. One Mission: Disrupting Higher Education.

In this ‘Innovations in Higher Education’ webinar series, hear from leaders like Andrew Pudewa (Institute for Excellence in Writing), Rick Green (Wallbuilders and Patriot Academy), Rick O’Donnell (Former Director of Higher Education for the State of Colorado and Texas), and others.

Click here to learn more about this webinar series

The first webinar, was on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Register now, the next one is tonight 🙂


3 Keys to Navigating the Massive Change Coming to Higher Education

Rick O’Donnell – Former Director of Higher Education for the State of Colorado; Education Innovator and Entrepreneur
Webinar date: 6/14/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now

It’s Not the Degree ~ It’s What You Know

Andrew Pudewa – Director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing; Renowned Speaker and Education Reformer
Webinar date: 6/19/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now

Know Why You Go: Life is Too Short to Just Earn a Degree!

Dewey Novotny – Founder of; Writer and Speaker

Webinar date: 6/21/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now

Dual Credit: Alternatives to the Conveyor Belt

Kelly Negvesky – Curriculum Specialist and Dual Credit Consultant

Webinar date: 6/26/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now

What the Founding Fathers Knew About Education that Matters Today

Rick Green – Host of WallBuilders Live w/David Barton & Founder of Patriot Academy; Historian and National Speaker
Webinar date: 6/28/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now


Click here to register for one or all webinars now.

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Four Free Christmas Webinars – Starting Tonight!

Four Evenings of Free Christmas Webinars to Inspire You!  From a member of the Landry Academy Art & Design faculty, Julie Rapelje.  This series of free 30 minute webinars will combine art, design, history, culture, thrift, and fun to start your Christmas season off with Pizzazz!

Tonight: From Christmas Chaos to Seasonal Style!
Using organization and design principles to make sense and beauty out of your Christmas “collection”.
Monday November 28 at 10pm Atlantic (9:00 pm eastern).

Tuesday: Tabletop Boxwood Tree-DIY Fun!
A family friendly project to create a floral arrangement (which retails for $75+ at your local florist)!
Tuesday November 29 at 10pm Atlantic (9:00 pm eastern).

Wednesday: Quirky and Beautiful – Art of the Nativity!
Fascinating views of Jesus birth through the ages.  Wednesday November 30 at 10pm Atlantic (9:00 pm eastern).

Thursday: Table Decorating – Easy, Elegant, and Essential!
Be inspired; Learn etiquette; and have the guts to pull out the fine china!  Thursday December 1 at 9:00 eastern

Details are here..


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The Schoolhouse Expo: Last Day Wrapup

Alas, The Schoolhouse Expo is all over.  What a terrific final day we had: SO many wonderful speakers and then a big giveaway extravaganza at the very end, and what prizes!  It’s so hard to choose just a few highlights from the final day, but here I go…


  • Jennifer Courtney from Classical Conversations shared all about the Classical method of homeschooling.  Since we have a Classical homeschool, this talk was thoroughly enjoyable for me.  She addressed some of the misconceptions about the Classical method, and mentioned that it is about nurturing ALL the parts of the child, and that Classical educators don’t need to curriculum surf, they just need to think.  The Trivium, or three parts that make up a Classical method of education include The Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric.  I love how Jennifer summed these up.  Grammar means input, and once you have mastered the grammar, you can pay attention. The Logic or Dialectic stage means understanding.  The Rhetoric or wisdom stage means passing on knowledge to others.  As Aristotle said: Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
  • Diana Waring’s talk was a really high-energy, inspirational session about enjoying learning.  She made that point that we don’t teach children, we help them learn and that education is not something we do TO students.  She talked about two different types of teachers:  the Controller who yells at the student, uses parroted responses, shame, and  one-size-fits-all approach, and the Facilitator who is responsive, honours & enjoys the individual student, leads them to water & lets THEM drink!  Diana reminded us that our children are made by God Himself and that we have to work at ENJOYING our students 🙂
  • Zan Tyler of Apologia finished up the Expo with a talk on Biblical Worldview.  In introducing her, it was mentioned that the Tyler family was threatened with jail time when they started homeschooling in South Carolina, and they had to fight to legally homeschool.  I sometimes forget that homeschoolers who came before us had to fight so hard to have homeschooling recognized.  The Tyler family then went on to homeschool for 21 years: K-12.  Zan explained that our Worldview is simply the sum of our beliefs about the world, the big  picture that directs our daily decisions & actions.  Our Worldview brings focus & gives direction.  If we don’t fully understand our worldview ourselves, we need to learn along with our children.  Zan used the example of Daniel in the Bible and how his Biblical foundation saw him through.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend The Schoolhouse Expo this week, you can still purchase The Expo To Go, and listen to the MP3 files when they come out in the next couple of weeks AND get a whole bunch of downloadable freebies.  I’m looking forward to listening to some of my favourite sessions over and over, and am already looking forward to the next Schoolhouse Expo in the fall!

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The Schoolhouse Expo: Day 4 Wrapup

Day 4 was another great day at The Schoolhouse Expo live online.  I’ve been making some new friends in the live chat, and getting to chat with some old ones.  There was a bit of a kink in the schedule, as Dari Mullins informed the Expo that her car had broken down and she was stranded on the road.  Thankfully, Kim Kautzer agreed to fill in with an additional one-hour presentation after her first one, and Dari’s presentation on “STRESS and the Homeschool Mom” will be recorded and available in the Expo-to-Go as an MP3 file!

Some of the highlights from Day 4…

  • Kim Kautzer of WriteShop started off the Expo with a talk about “Teaching the Timed Essay”.  This not only would come in handy for any students taking the SAT test, but also great preparation for university exams.  She broke down writing a timed essay into 4 steps: Timing, Planning, Writing, and Revising.  This information certainly would have come in handy for me when I was writing my university exams – I think I tended just to launch right into writing and skipped the first two steps!  She then shared a great overview of teaching writing, for K-12.
  • Deborah has been sharing Biblical devotions all week.  On day 4, she shared on “The Heart of the Matter”.  She urged us to praise the Lord with our whole heart, and reminded us that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.  We need to renew our focus on God on a continuous basis.  Today, she recommended a number of resources: the book “From This Verse by Robert J. Morgan and the websites,, and more.
  • Barbara Beers of Schola Publications spoke on the History of English.  I find all of this fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed her talk.  Did you know that our early modern English began between 1500-1800?  Or that the Dutch gave us the navigational terms in the English language? Or that while German is the basis of our common English vocabularly,only about 30% of all our vocabulary is German-based, with about 60% being Latin based?

I’m about to join in on the LAST DAY of the Schoolhouse Expo!  While I’m sad that it’s the last day, I am looking forward to being able to listen to the sessions again in just a couple of weeks when I receive the Expo to Go MP3 files 🙂

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The Schoolhouse Expo: Day 3 Wrapup

There are just two more days left of The Schoolhouse Expo live online.  The week is going by so fast!  My children and hubby will probably like when things get back to normal next week and *I* am the one making supper LOL.

Every day of the Expo, I keep thinking “it can’t get any better than this” and then it does!  After we were inspired in the Word with Deb first thing, Dianne Craft was next, and I love her sessions!  Here are some of the highlights for me on day 3…

  • Dianne Craft spoke on the topic “My Child Doesn’t Learn Like the Others”, on Right-brain learning.  Something interesting that I hadn’t heard before is that we tend to marry a person who is right-brained if we’re left brained and vice versa.  Not only that, but when we have children, if the first one is left-brained, the next is right and so on.  Fascinating!  I got all sorts of fantastic ideas to teach my child who is visually oriented – things I can transfer to my job as a music teacher as well 🙂  By the way, kinesthetic learners are always visual, so if your child spins like a top (like my daughter), she’s probably visual (right-brained)!  There was SO much to this presentation, so it’s a must-listen-to if you’re someone who will be getting the Expo-to-Go!  You can listen to and view some audio and You-tube samples on Dianne’s Vendor page.
  • It was a real blessing to listen to Jim Weiss’ presentation about story-telling.  Wow, I didn’t know what a gem he was – what a storyteller – he really entertained and informed us all!  I would love to get a hold of some of the audio stories that he has available.  He went step by step through the structure of telling a story and what to include.  This information could easily also be used to help structure writing of a story – I will be having my children listen to the MP3 download of this session with me when they become available in June.  You can listen to Jim’s wonderful voice and get his free-shipping special on his stories at the Jim Weiss Vendor page.
  • It was so affirming to listen to Dr. Ray from NHERI speak about Current Research on Homeschooling.  He shared that many dozens of studies have been done on academic achievement and the results are consistent: homeschoolers perform head and shoulders above their public schooled peers.  For instance, for the past four years, homeschoolers have outperformed public schoolers in the ACT test.  Also encouraging is the information on homeschoolers who grow up and become adults and vote in larger numbers and participate in ongoing community service in larger numbers than the general populace 🙂  You can visit to learn more about homeschooling studies and also to  sign up for their informative newsletter.

There were so many great moments on Day 3, and I’m excited about attending Day 4 in just a few moments!

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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 🙂

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