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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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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 son's apartment move-in date, check out free online piano lessons to try... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Thank you, Tom! Sent from my iPhone
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Well, at least he writes "study" often. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Just Pure Lovely
My teen has been going through our bookshelves. Since we've homeschooled for many years, our shelves are really full! We like, and will keep, most of the books, but there are some that we never really loved. She looked up ways to sell the books, but the profit wasn't worth the trouble in most cases. And then I remembered PaperBack Swap... Do you remember PaperBack Swap? It's been around for a long time - I've been a member since 2006! Here's how it works: On PaperBack Swap, you post a library of books that you own (any cover will do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 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. How? CurrClick offers 100% free online clubs in three areas: Magic Tree House Club, Lego Club, and American Girl Club. The clubs are faciliated by a teacher and mother. She has been doing these clubs over the past few years, and you can read reviews on how well others have liked the job she does! Your child will meet with the class once a week, online, live. The courses begin January 21, 2015. They're especially... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Hi, there, everyone, and welcome! I hope the New Year has started off well for you. We sent our college kid off a few hours ago, to attend the second half of his freshman year. It's still really hard to see him drive away! We homeschooled him most of his life, our four kids are close friends, so we all really miss him when he's not around. Anyway, now that he's headed off, the holidays are over for us, and I'll be posting again. Today, let's start with an older post that is one of our most popular pins on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Freely Homeschool
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Our family spends as much time creating as we do with our noses in books. My favorite gifts are the handmade ones the kids give to me. Here, I have collected five gifts kids can make: Writing on a Plate: For this craft, I don't have a link to full instructions, so here they are: 1. Buy an inexpensive plate (from the Dollar Store, perhaps) 2. Write a poem or excerpt or your words with a Sharpie 3. Bake 30 mins at 150 in the oven and it's permanent! Birds Nest Necklace for Mom or Grandma: Using wire and beads,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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I forget, sometimes, that not everyone is on Instagram. I remembered that tonight, when I handed my husband my phone with my Insta open, and he browsed mine and our daughter's photos for over a half hour. Huh. I guess he doesn't see all of those everyday shots. To keep from being redundant, I don't tend to post many photos on the blog now that Instagram is my mini-blog. But I think I'll start being redundant. I mean, why not, and then the photos are kept safely here, in my online journal where I already know how much I'll treasure them later (I have photos here on this blog of my little boy now turned college student). I'm adding this to my 2015 goals list, along with embroidering more often, doing calligraphy/penmanship/writing on things, stressing less about our college kid, saying 'no' more, visiting the beach more, blogging here more, working on FreelyHomeschool.com more, ....okay, yeah, I need to whittle it down, but those are the things going through my mind. But first! Christmas! Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Just Pure Lovely