Relishing Life

Focusing on the Blessings in My Life

The Homeschool Freebie of the Day February 16, 2009

Filed under: education,frugal living — Relishing Life @ 6:01 am

I have been very blessed to have found several different sites that offer free homeschooling resources. (Lori at Freely Educate has been my greatest source of free homeschooling information and referred me to this terrific resource!) One of my favorites is the Homeschool Freebie of the Day. I have it set as my home page so that I don’t miss a single resource!

The Homeschool Freebie of the Day provides a different homeschooling resource to download every week day for free! The resources are only available on the day that they are posted, so stop by every day to download your free resource! And, if you sign up for their weekly reminder, you receive an additional free resource to download every week. This week they are featuring:

Monday, Feb 16th:
Great President’s Day Resource Links! (links)
Want to make the most of President’s Day? Check out these Lesson Plans, virtual tours, poetry & the actual papers of presidents Washington & Lincoln! You have to check out the Highlight’s link as it has 10 ebooks to download free!

Tuesday, Feb 17th:
A Chinese Wonder Book (PDF ebook)
This fascinating collection of Chinese stories and legends, edited by Maggie Hogan of Bright Ideas Press, is a great literature-based introduction to the rich history and culture of China. Includes a read-aloud guide.

Wednesday, Feb 18th:
“Harriet Tubman & the Railway to Freedom” (MP3 audio)
A classic old time radio dramatization of the story of Harriet Tubman and the activities of the “underground railroad” during slave years.

Thursday, Feb 19th:
Blessed Is The Man: High School Unit Study Sampler (PDF ebook)
“Blessed is the Man” is a wonderful High School Unit Study geared to Christian young men, and based on Psalm 1. Thursday’s resource is this extensive 74 page preview of the complete four year curriculum – normally $10 on the publisher’s website – but yours to download today! If you have growing boys in your household, DON’T MISS THIS!

Friday, Feb 20th:
Creatively Simple: How to Make Butter in the Blender (PDF ebook)
Learning to make butter is something everyone should do at least once. This simple ebook by Penny Raine can teach you how, using items you probably already have in your kitchen. Detailed instructions and lots of pictures.

Remember, to go every week day to enjoy the most benefit from this great free homeschooling resource. All of these are free on their respective days at


Beautiful Blessings February 10, 2009

Filed under: education,family,musing,nature — Relishing Life @ 9:27 pm
  • The quick and easy recovery of my grandma who had a heart attack and splint put in a week ago.
  • The boys giggling as they are playing in the backyard. Such a beautiful sound!!
  • The unseasonably warm day.
  • The presents of my wonderful husband who is working from home today.
  • The peace of knowing that all that *needs* to be accomplished will be.
  • Our loving and supportive extended family.
  • The time to spending reading on topics of interest to me.
  • The rich resources available to us at our public library. (Our oldest son checked a framed print out to display in our home – he wanted it for his bedroom, but we aren’t so sure it will be in one piece if left in there. LOL!)
  • Watching our oldest go into the prints room at the library and see one that he said was “beautiful” and ask if he could check it out (we had never done so before). It was great to see in interest in art and appreciate its beauty.
  • The geese returning from the South.

What has blessed your life today?


Let Them Play February 2, 2009

Filed under: education,musing,raising children — Relishing Life @ 6:47 pm

If we all wish for the days of our childhood when we were free of adult responsibilities, why are we pushing our children to grow up so fast by taking away their free time and instituting formal education at a younger and younger age? Why is it that we wish to be carefree and playful like children yet we are always telling our children to be quiet, “act your age” (which is another way of saying “you aren’t behaving like a miniature adult), and quit goofing off? Is it because we are jealous at their ability to truly enjoy life to the fullest while we are weighted down by the responsibilities of adulthood?

I am going to try harder to let my children be children. It is hard to just let them be kids sometimes, but that is what their job is – to be kids! They make messes. They investigate things. They are exuberant. They are God’s blessings to us. Lets delight in them enjoying the world!


Does Guitar Hero Count as Music Education? January 13, 2009

Filed under: education,family,raising children — Relishing Life @ 3:49 am

eWell, our boys just LOVE playing along when we play Guitar Hero! (I haven’t the heart yet to let them use the actual game instruments; they use their regular preschool instruments and microphones to play and sing along as well as a guitar that doesn’t work anymore.) DH went out of town on business this morning for most, if not all, of this week. So, the boys and I had a singfest with Guitar Hero tonight. They picked the songs and “played” along with the guitar or sang at the TOP of their lungs. It was GREAT!! I wish that we could have stayed up all night playing together, but well, I’m not crazy. 🙂 Well, it got me to thinking as I watch them bopping, dancing and singing along to the music that they are learning alot by playing this game: rhythm, tempo, beats, tones, math (they always say that music is based off math), etc. So, can’t I just play Guitar Hero with them for the music, language (they are learning new words and phrases and applying them in and out of context), and math portions of our homeschooling???? Hmmm…. Maybe…. 😉