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Lori Seaborg
FloraBama, Gulf Coast
I'm not just, pure, lovely. I just try to keep my thoughts there.
Interests: Writing - Photography - Blogging - Crafting - Making Do with Little - Motherhood - Marriage - and I'm definitely interested in God, too.
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There's an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email. I'm not sure if I can unsubscribe you, but I'll try it from my end as well. Thanks for dropping by! - Lori
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America has such a rich history of crafts, brought to our shores from many countries around the world. I found a very large collection of free lesson plans for K-12 on crafts, or practical skills, such as weaving, basketry, pottery and more. The lesson plans include historical information on the skill, and they include hands-on projects. There is much more to these - they even tell us which subjects are being taught in each lesson, for example: Quilts and the Underground Railroad, Grades 4-5; Subject: Art; Related Subjects: Social Studies, Language Arts, Geometry Visit Craft Revival to view the free... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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If there's anything that goes well together, it's homeschoolers and coffee. And homeschooling and coffee. And life and coffee. Community Coffee, an American company with an awesome military matching program, sent me a couple of their bags of coffee beans. I chose the Founders Blend and the Louisiana Blend. I like to 'foo-foo' up my coffee, dressing it up in cream and Truvia or maybesometimessugar. Both blends were nice and dark, perfectly created in my French press, and the foundation of an excellent coffee drink, like this Brown Sugar Cinnamon Iced Coffee. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Iced Coffee Serving Size: 1 Prep Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 8 oz. chilled strongly brewed Community Coffee Private Reserve Breakfast Blend coffee 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 4 tablespoons condensed milk As needed, whipped cream for garnish As needed, brown sugar for garnish 1 cinnamon stick for garnish As needed, ice cubes Directions Fill a tall glass tumbler with ice cubes ¾ full. Add coffee, condensed milk and brown sugar to coffee and stir to combine. Garnish drink with whipped cream brown sugar and a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately. recipe by Community Coffee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Visit Community Coffee to see all of the yummy blends and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Just Pure Lovely
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I head to Game Classroom when I need to keep our younger homeschoolers busy. I'll select a grade level and an area of study, then let him or her play the learning games. Game Classroom is a collection of educational games, organized and compiled by teachers. It is well worth a visit from any educator of K-6th grade students. At Game Classroom students, teachers and parents will find: Math games and language arts games conveniently sorted according to skill, topic and grade level. Printable worksheets, categorized by grade level, covering important math and language arts skills. Age-appropriate newsletters and lesson... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Smithsonian Magazine is hosting a day when participating museums, many across America, will offer free admission. You'll receive free admission for two people to attend one of the participating museums on September 26, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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One of our favorite sources for free lesson plans is at CurrClick, a site with hundreds of downloads for educators. Some of their classes and lesson plans are for sale, but I've found the page of freebies. The free e-books listed on this page may change, as publishers add more materials, or decide to charge for an ebook. If you like the way one looks, download it now. It will sit in your CurrClick account for later use. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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I've been homeschooling our four kids (with my working husband's input) for almost a decade now, and most of those years have included the books mentioned in the AmblesideOnline.com curriculum. Ambleside Online was created by homeschooling mothers and others who wanted to create a curriculum that is similar to what Charlotte Mason, the 18th century educator, would have used. If you use the curriculum fully, your child would have a classical, literature-deep, rich, and beautiful education. I'm not a very scheduled person, so I don't use the curriculum as fully as it should be used, but I use it loosely,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
Congratulations to Beth in Missouri! Thank you to everyone who entered! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So, this is what my desk looked like today, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more. ...unless my coffee was hotter. Our kitchen table is where I often land while one of the kids is doing "sit down work," like writing. They focus best when I'm nearby to deal with distractions from kittens and a beeping dryer. Today, at my "desk" - the kitchen table - I'm enjoying the brand new ASUS Chromebook Flip C100. I'm using it to pay bills, check into the timeline for our college... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Without leaving home, your child can share his or her hobby and participate in a group setting with other homeschooled children and a highly-reviewed teacher. Three clubs are beginning soon: The American Girl Club Tea Party is especially for ages 5-13, and will meet on August 26th. Learn more, check out the teacher reviews, and sign up here. (The year-round American Girl Club will resume in September). The Magic Tree House Club is a year-round, twice-a-month club, that works through all of the books in the series. It is especially for young readers under age 13. #42: "A Good Night... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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As part of the education of our four kids, we introduce a lot of practical skills. From raising chickens to building a shed to changing brake pads to sewing, if it needs to be done, and there's a lesson in it, we're going to have the kids help do it! Ever since she was first handed a button and thread to fix a pair of pants, our oldest daughter, who is now a teen, has enjoyed sewing. She started out with scraps of fabric and has progressed into her own fashion design. Keeping her organized is a challenge! When we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Blick, a huge art supply company, offers free multicultural art lesson plans and now free video art lesson plans. The lessons are clearly marked by grade level, and there are art projects for all skill levels and projects that require many or few materials. Even if you think you cannot teach art, you'll enjoy these Blick lesson plans as each one is clearly written with photos and a complete material list. Visit Blick for the free art lesson and free art video workshops, perfect for both homeschool & school, here. ~~~~~~~~~~ Subscribe to FreelyEducate here Keep up with FreelyEducate tweets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Since last year, there has been a lot of online buzz over one of Harvard's most popular online courses. CS50x is an Intro to Computer Science course, it is from Harvard University, and it is free. As you'll see in this quick and fun video, CS50x is not a boring course, and is good for even computer science beginners. The schedule is at-your-own-pace, with suggested deadlines. If you'd like a course certificate or college credit, check out these options. Look for the free Harvard computer science course here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
"...I will not fear. What can man do to me?" I don't believe bad things come from God. I believe bad things come from the evil one. I learned this as a 10-year-old living in a boarding school; evil was present and God showed up to help me through it. He did not rescue me, but He comforted me, and through that experience, God turned the evil to good in many ways, the most significant that I am a better mother than I could have ever been without that moment in the grips of hell. When God allows the evil one's ways to happen, we can be assured that this does not mean the evil one is winning. Have hope. We are on the side that wins. "You pushed me violently that I might fail, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation." (Psalm 118) Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Just Pure Lovely
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I was looking through a science experiment book on our bookshelf yesterday, and one of the 500 experiments was to have a mosquito bite you. I have found a few experiments that are better than that one! The links below go directly to the experiment instructions. 1. Make a Brain Hemisphere Hat Reader feedback: Georgiaberry said, "We made this and it was AWESOME!" 2. Make a Fruit-Powered Battery (or...just watch the video) 3. Make Magnetic Silly Putty 4. Teach anatomy using a child's life-size drawing. 5. Do this very simple Walking Water Experiment Want more ideas for teaching science creatively?... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Hey! It's 5/18 and tonight I've been working on making the site more mobile. That switch has made the entire site go wonky, so please be patient with me and I'll try to get all of the work completed by the end of the week! ~ Lori Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Just Pure Lovely
"Blessed are those who have not seen Him, and yet believe." Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Just Pure Lovely
We were so excited last Friday to watch Katie the Giraffe give birth on Animal Planet's live online broadcast from the Dallas Zoo. The event took place over only about an hour and we were able to see the baby giraffe be born as well as watch her first (very awkward) steps. View the Giraffe Live Birth highlights here. It's very informative and created with kids and education in mind. Nothing is too graphic (at least, our family didn't think so) . Below, watch the mama giraffe, Katie, and her unnamed baby girl, live. They're absolutely adorable! Broadcast live streaming... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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All About Learning Press, the creators of my favorite spelling curriculum, have released a digital cookbook called ABC Snacks. It includes "all 26 ABC snack recipes, tips for teaching pre-reading skills, and our list of 26 pictures books to accompany the snacks." View the recipes on this page, or scroll down to download the entire 38-page ABC Snacks ebook. A smaller cookbook has also been created, with recipes for each month of the year. Look for the 12 Months of ABC Snacks Cookbook here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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This is a great freebie: four free study guides, about 40 pages each, on the Shakespeare plays of MacBeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing. These free Shakespeare Study Guides, are from The Classic Stage Company: "Our study guides are packed with information about Shakespeare, his language, the play, and our production of the play. They even include simple activities that you can facilitate with your students." Below are the available study guides. Click through the links or graphics and scroll down to download the guides you would like. You'll also see A Midsummer Night's Dream... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Since last year, there has been a lot of online buzz over one of Harvard's most popular online courses. CS50x is an Intro to Computer Science course, it is from Harvard University, and it is free. As you'll see in this quick and fun video, CS50x is not a boring course, and is good for even computer science beginners. The schedule is at-your-own-pace, with suggested deadlines. If you'd like a course certificate or college credit, check out these options. Look for the free Harvard computer science course here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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There are days - or moments within days - when worksheets are a big help to a homeschooling parent. Today, I handed four worksheets to our 11yo at a time when she wasn't making the best choices after I asked her to be productively busy. She could have crocheted or painted, but she instead chose to twirl in a chair, fussing (and fussing) about wanting the iPad. So, I simply, calmly, quietly (unusually) said, "Here you go, fill these out," and handed her four worksheets. That situation made me think of you, and how you might like to have some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Set aside the science textbook and pull out a few household products! The children in our family absorb learning best through hands-on experiments, and I bet your children do, too. Below, I collected five ideas for science projects. The links below go directly to the experiment instructions. 1. Make a Brain Hemisphere Hat Reader feedback: Georgiaberry said, "We made this and it was AWESOME!" 2. Make a Fruit-Powered Battery (or...just watch the video) 3. Make Magnetic Silly Putty 4. Teach anatomy using a child's life-size drawing. 5. Do this very simple Walking Water Experiment Want more ideas for teaching science... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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I have had to become very familiar with the SAT and ACT in the past year, as we prepared our eldest for college (our homeschooled kid is a freshman psychology major now!). In searching for, first of all, what exactly the tests are and which one is preferred by colleges in our area, I researched study guides and practice tests. For students who are planning on taking the SAT exam, I found a good free online e-textbook set, which includes free SAT prep as well as free SAT practice tests. The CK-12 non-profit foundation offers their SAT Prep Flexbooks -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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The American Sign Language University offers both ASL I and ASL II on their site, free. Each course equals .5 credit for American high school, 6 CEUs, or 4 University semester hour credits. How to Get This Freebie: Visit the American Sign Language University to choose a free sign language course. For all ages, even you! ~~~~ Subscribe to FreelyEducate here Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Freely Homeschool