Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Art Museum - "Musical Drawings and Prints"

Happy New Year Homeschoolers!

The Cleveland Museum of Art has another interesting and intriguing exhibit coming!  As our family enjoys art and music, this exhibit should prove to be beautiful and inspiring. 

A selection of about 60 drawings and prints from the museum's permanent collection will explore the various ways in which music and music-making have been represented in Europe and the United States from the 15th through the 20th century.

DATE:  Thursday, January 29, 2015

TIME:  10:00AM

ADDRESS:  Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland

# Participants for tour:  25**

And yes, this tour is FREE!!!

For those interested in joining us for lunch, we are planning on visiting Presti's afterwards:

Please contact Kim at to register your family!  

** With limited space availability, and as always, if your family is unable to attend, please let me know so those who would like to attend are able to.  Thank you for your consideration!

"Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!"  Psalm 105:2

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Library Programs

Dear Homeschoolers!

You are awesome!!!!  Thank you all for your input regarding library programs.  The Reed Memorial Library will offer new library programs for homeschoolers!!!  Please join us for our very FIRST meeting:

"Join Children's Outreach Services Librarian Alison Dickerhoof at Reed Memorial Library for a homeschool gathering and learning day, "Homeschool at the Library". Starting in January, Reed Memorial Library will host one program a month just for local homeschool families with children ages 12 and under. (Older children are invited to attend, but because the programs are hosted by RML's Children's Department, the materials will be geared towards younger children.) Have fun participating in guided exploration of the library's resources on particular topics such as art, poetry, foreign language and classic literature. The programs will foster literacy skills and improve student ability to search for and use library materials.

Our first meeting will be Monday, January 26th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Please come prepared to share your thoughts on what you'd like to see at the next program. If you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting everyone! - Alison Dickerhoof, Children's Outreach Services Librarian, Reed Memorial Library Ravenna, OH 44266 - 330-296-2827 x302 - Visit the library's website at"

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and hope to see you there!!!!  Blessed to help shape our children's education and futures :)

Wishing all of you and your families a blessed Merry Christmas and an amazing Happy (educational) New Year!!

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."  Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

French Club

It's almost a New Year, what are you considering for the New Year?  Are you looking to add a foreign language for your students' education?  We are enjoying learning French and we would love to see more students in our French Club.  Foreign language is more fun when students can practice with others.

Many children in Europe begin learning a foreign language between the ages of 6-9 years of age.  Here are some great websites explaining the benefits of foreign language:

A foreign language adds interest to many facets of learning, including other cultures, cooking, geography, music and dance.

French is such a beautiful language.  We work on review and reinforcement with games, songs, etc.  The kids need to enjoy it and have fun!!!!  We also try to include French treats!  Would you like to join us?  We generally meet Tuesday afternoons 1-2 times/month.  Please email Kim at

"Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek."  John 19:20

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Gift

Greetings All!

Praying you are enjoying the Christmas season!  I cannot believe it is December already?  Where did the year go?  We have been enjoying the Advent season with scripture readings each day along with a treat for the kids.  Also we have a nice Christmas book collection which we read 2-3 books a day.  They are so wonderful from the Christmas story to books about Christmas carols and their history and so on.....of course Christmas music and some Christmas videos!

We are thinking about God's Gift to us each day, His One and Only begotten Son, Jesus!  How will you be celebrating Him?  How will you be gifting?  We enjoy gifts but more importantly we enjoy giving!  I find we give all year long by my husband's comment about baked goods.  I was getting ready to prepare a dessert for a function our family was attending when he said when will you make something for us.  That got me to thinking yes, I have done a ton of baking - pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, etc, but my family was not receiving the first.  So I immediately began baking something special for them.  It was fabulous and they loved it!  So even though we give, we also need to remember that Jesus and our families are important.

There are others who do so much for us that we also need to keep in out thoughts, prayers and gifting though out the season:

Police and firefighters
Postal carriers
Teachers and church servants

Also, we think about how to reach out to others that are in and out of our lives, maybe homeschool families, neighbors, etc.  How can we include them or send an invitation?  Many times we have good intentions, "we'll have to have you over", but then do not follow through.  Sometimes we need to be intentional?  Let's not lose sight of the importance of CHRISTmas.  It is so easy to get caught up going here and there, seeing lights and decorations, baking, but without Him in the center, what are we really doing?

It is a blessing to our family to be able to bless others, not with expensive gifts but with what is important to them.  Friends that you have taken the time to get to know it will be easy.  Others maybe this is a blessed opportunity to get to know them?  Invite them for a playdate or dinner.    We have invited many and usually the answer is "yes"!  If you have been invited, maybe it is your turn to invite?  Everyone loves an invitation and with the festive decorations, cookies already baked and people taking time off it is the perfect opportunity!!

Some of our favorite Christmas activities are visiting nursing homes - many do not receive visitors, attending a LIVE nativity and spending special moments with friends and family!

May this CHRISTmas find you and your family healthy and wealthy in God's grace and blessings!

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."  Luke 2:11

Monday, October 13, 2014

Christmas is Around the Corner

Dear Homeschoolers,

Wow, it seems just as October hits, Christmas is in the air and the stores.  I think I saw Christmas items beginning in August?   Already hearing advertisements for upcoming holiday programs on the radio.  Amazing how time flies?  So I out came our Christmas music :)  Some of my most favorite music!  Then comes gift giving....what to get everyone?  I can attest from this past summer, that a gift of someone's time is very much appreciated.  From sharing our time helping others to others offering to help us.  It was a crazy summer with much going on, but many of you already know.  

So we begin to reflect on the past year, as the new one is waiting in the wings, about friends and how they have blessed our lives - support, love, assistance and more.  We try to offer our help and expertise when possible.  So thinking what was important to us this past summer/year and it was offers of help and time!  So as we prepare for the Christmas season, we think what can we do for others that involves time and serving.  Our church encourages being friends with others and lending a neighbor a helping hand!!!  So here are some great ideas:

*  Reach out to a family in need
*  Help neighbors by taking their garbage cans back from the curb
*  Note of Appreciation or Thanks
*  Writing a letter to our postal carrier (our home is such that they have to walk to our front door), so we leave gift baskets or a plate of cookies (or zucchini bread)!  On the really cold snowy days, I want to make hot chocolate for postal carrier, but know that is not feasible
*  Helping the Make a Wish Foundation
*  Contributing to Toys for Tots
*  Volunteer
*  Offer a Ride
*  Committing random acts of kindness - neighbors, friends, the homeless
*  Spend time with sick or elderly
*  Invite a family to dinner or a fun weekend event
*  Christmas is a time to pray for those who have (lost jobs, mouths to feed, ill children/family)
*  Operation Christmas Child

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:" 1 Peter 4:10

Of all times of the year, Christmas is a time to count our blessings and give thanks for: our children, families and friends, talents, health, love, friends, homes, - everything we take for granted in our busy, everyday lives and seldom give a second thought. So many others are not so fortunate.

Gifts we are thankful for are not found in the store but in the hearts and souls of others.  Those Good Gifts that we have been blessed with and come from the heart.  The friends who call to check on us, those who lend a helping hand or an encouraging word.  The gifts from God that do not cost anything at all but make our hearts skip a beat and make our hearts sing.  A friend thinking of us on a random day of the year and baking cookies or the unexpected card in the mail (amidst all the bills and junk mail).  Those are gifts that last throughout the seasons, when you can reflect and smile.  One gift from above was a new friend this year that joins us at church most Sundays.

Christmas is a time to forgive those whom we have been angry with.  Christmas is a time to forgive those who we are not in accord with.  Christmas is a time to forgive our enemies and their trespasses and a time to remember our loved ones.

Christmas comes at the end of the year and as such it is a good time to let go of the things which trouble us and to begin life anew.  It is also a good time to strive to be a better person.  It is a good time to remember, reflect upon, and practice the lessons that Jesus, whose Birthday we celebrate Christmas Day for, taught us:  Forgiveness, Charity, Forbearance, Kindness, Generosity - and most of all Love.

So many of you have become friends whom we look forward to seeing each and every time!!!  Thank you!!!!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."  ― Donna Roberts

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”   ― Jane AustenNorthanger Abbey

"A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected."  A great way to begin the New Year - demonstrating appreciation for others, with actions speaking louder than words….

This Christmas season consider giving gifts that include your time, sometimes those are the best gifts, most remembered gifts of all!  How will you bless someone?  Christmas will be here before we can blink an eye, rejoice and praise His holy name!

"Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!"  2 Corinthians 9:15

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Making Tracks 10th Annual Fundraiser!

Akron Fossils
The Akron Fossils & Science Center offers so much for homeschoolers and others!  From their weekend science classes to their homeschool programs during the week!  Along with a summer camp and birthday party options, this a great way to support all they they do! 
When: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time:  Doors open at 4:30 pm. Silent Auction begins at 5:00pm.
(Enjoy dinner, auction and entertainment!!!)

Northside Christian Church
7615 Ridge Road
Wadsworth, OH  44281
Last year the museum raised almost $7000 from this event!
Advance Tickets:
Adult:  $12.00

Child:  $7.00

Family:  $55.00

Children 3 and under:  FREEEEEE!!!

2014 Oral Auction Items
  • Hilton Head Condo - Enjoy one week of fun at Hilton Head, SC when you win this vacation package.
  • Seven Springs Condo - Choose a winter ski getaway or summer vacation package with this great condo stay.
  • S&K Asphalt Driveway Seal - Get your driveway ready for winter with this seal coat.
  • Walt Disney World Tickets - Four Park Hopper Passes!

2014 Item Donors

Copley Auto & Collision
Creekside Restaurant
Friends of the Museum
Independence Financial Group
Jim's Locksmith
Plevris Auto
Power Graphics
Bill & Lynn Sanderson
Greg & Jennifer Spickard
Truly Odd by Tirzah Julius

A lot of great auction items!!!  I think there is even an awesome bicycle from Ernie's Bike Shop?  Maybe you know a company that would like to donate or have a business yourself????  Donations requested by October 17th!

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  Matthew 5:10

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gary Thomas Seminars @ CVC

Friday, October 17, 7-9pm
FREE Sacred Search Seminar

What if it’s not about who you marry, but why?

Saturday, October 18, 10am-4pm
Sacred Parenting Seminar

You’ll learn how God uses our kids to change us and you’ll be encouraged by how you as a parent can handle the challenges of raising a Godly family.
$35/person – includes lunch
FREE Kids Day Camp provided ($5 to cover lunch)

Sunday, October 19 – Gary Thomas teaches in all services!
For more information about Gary Thomas, go to
We have a special block of rooms reserved under Cuyahoga Valley Church at the Crowne Plaza in Independence. The special rate is $89 and only available until 10/10/2014. Access this special rate by clicking the button below or calling toll free 1-866-840-0582.

Also, just at our church (medical & dental professionals):  How awesome is that?
"O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me."  Psalm 30:2

Friday, October 3, 2014

Girls of American History Review & Giveaway!

Dear Homeschoolers!

I am so excited to share this with you!!!   We enjoy the American Girl book series and I was blessed to review this curriculum that goes along with the books.

The curriculum is for the historic periods of the American Girl book series.  In the curriculum, there are so many great resources.  Justine Gamble of Girls of American History does a wonderful job of creating a multi-sensory curriculum for each of the historic American Girls.  additional reading, craft ideas and field trip ideas!   Justine believes that in educational studies, a child should, READ it, SEE it, WRITE it, HEAR it and DO it!

Included in the studies:

*  Additional reading recommendations

*  Arts and crafts ideas
*  Field trip recommendations

What I enjoyed about Justine's American Girl series curricula is that she has put together daily lessons plans.  What could be easier???

We choose to review Caroline.  As we are studying Early Americana, the Civil War through the War of 1812.  For Ohioans, a trip to Put-in-Bay for Perry's Monument and Historical Center along with Fort Meigs would be great field trip ideas!!!  

We visited Put-in-Bay to learn about the War of 1812, so we were interested in Caroline curriculum first.  The information is wonderful and we would like to use the other studies Justine has created with the American Girls.

Here is the website where the winner will be able to select a single curricula from the series:  To be entered into the giveaway, please leave a message below by October 10, 2014.  A random winner will be selected and notified.  I will post the winner's name below.  Thank you and best wishes!!!

"But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”"  James 4:6

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Christmas Carol

The Christmas season will be here before we know it! 

Back by popular demand, this traditional - yet very inventive - telling of the holiday classic is one of the most captivating versions that you’re likely to ever see on stage. Clever staging and live music sweeten the story of Scrooge’s redemption, and will leave everyone with the Spirit of Christmas in their hearts!

Will you join us?
DATE:  Wednesday, December 10, 2014
ADDRESS:  Magical Theatre, 565 W. Tuscarawas Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203
COST: $5.95/person

I will need money by October 15, 2014 to order tickets.  Some dates were already booked, so the sooner we order the better the chance we can get good seats?  All tickets need to be paid for when reservations are made, so if your family is unable to attend you will need to find someone for your tickets.  I cannot offer refunds, sorry as I will not get reimbursed.  Please email Kim at for mailing checks.  Thank you!!

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."  Isaiah 7:14

You're Invited!

Hi All!

Who doesn't enjoy being invited to a party, event, etc???  You are invited to each and every one of our field trips, activities, etc!  I have some neat things lined up for the upcoming months!!!  If you are just checking in here and there, this would be a good time to sign up.  Some activities, field trips are only available for smaller groups due to the location, providing RSVPs, etc.  I wish we could accommodate everyone, every time!  So if you are not signed up, you will want to be so you are the first to hear of new events.  If you have missed something of interest, chances are we may be doing it again.

It is always a pleasure seeing our friends during our outings, so please join us!  

God's grace and peace be yours in abundance,


"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”  Revelation 22:13

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Transition to Fall - Comfort & Love

We had friends over this past week.  Some brought watermelon and we served hot spiced cider.  It seemed to be the turning point of the season.  Some of the last of the watermelon and the first hot cider.  And it was….the first bonfire of the season with roasted marshmallows!!!!  Fall is definitely in the air, and it really feels like sweater/jacket weather is here to stay.  Praying for Indian Summer.  So we look to those things that comfort us on the cool mornings and evenings, switching from cool, refreshing iced tea to comforting, hot tea.  Coffee is always brewing as well, if you would like to stop by.  There is just something about hot beverages when the temps dip below sixty.  They also beg for something sweet to be dunked.  Biscotti with high quality coffee!!!  These are the times when it is nice to have friends around a fire catching up on their lives.

It is time to get the sweaters and blankets out to stay warm and cozy.  So then that brings us to warming us up from the inside out.  When the cool weather sets in we enjoy comfort foods!  What do we enjoy making?

Butternut squash soup recipe1.  Butternut Squash Soup

2.  Lasagna (homemade)

3.  Cheeseburger Pasta!  So easy to make and soooo YUMMY!!!

4.  Crock Pot Roasts (beef or pork)

5.  Chili (beef or white chili with chicken)

6.  Cabbage and Noodles, again such an easy dish, but warming and satisfying and to use the zucchini squash from the summer - double chocolate zucchini bread - yes!

7.  Oatmeal

What are some of your favorites??

Of course when it really begins getting cold, Hot Chocolate with marshmallows or whipped cream!!!

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  John 14:6

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dewey Decimal System Tour

Hello Homeschoolers!

Please join for a visit to the library as we learn about the Dewey Decimal System!  This program is geared towards elementary students, grades 1st - 4th and will be taught by one of the Librarians.

DATE:  Tuesday,  September 30, 2014

TIME:  3:00 - 3:30/3:45PM

Number of Students:  16

Where:  Stow-Munroe Falls Library, 3512 Darrow Road, Stow

Afterwards, all are welcome for cookies at our home!

Please email Kim at to register your family.  Younger siblings are welcome, but may need to stay in the children's area.  Please email Kim at to sign up!  Thank you.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."  Matthew 5:9