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