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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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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
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TODAY ONLY, Wednesday, December 3rd, Amazon's Deal of the Day is a great one for language-learning homeschooling! The Rosetta Stone and Amazon's Fire HD Tablet Bundle includes Rosetta Stone software and an Amazon HD Fire Tablet! The bundle is just $269 today only (normally $638). It includes: Rosetta Stone Level 1-5 Set (your choice of Spanish, French, English, Italian, German, Chinese or Russian) Amazon HD Fire Tablet There are so many uses for a Kindle Fire - we've had one in our own homeschool for several years. You'll be able to download many free classic books, lend books from your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
Santa makes me do all the work. So I don't give him any of the credit. But I do enjoy being an elf, immensely. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Just Pure Lovely
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Finally, it pays off to stay up late ! We Night Owls get a deal that's just for us! Tiny Prints is acknowledging Night Owls and giving us our very own coupon code to use tonight between midnight to 2am (in my time zone, CST). This coupon code may be stacked with the other coupon codes that are still active. Here are the details: From 10pm to midnight Pacific time tonight (that's 1am to 3am ET), Tiny Prints is sweetening their already sweet Cyber Week deal. Any other time of day through 12/4, you can get 40% off all holiday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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This week, CurrClick is offering a 286-page Messianic Homeschool Curriculum for free. It in unit-study format, designed to be used all school year and created for many ages (the entire family, actually). Download the free Family Feast ebook at CurrClick. It is free this week only (the price will change on or near 12/7/2014) From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we highlight deals for homeschooling families. See the updated list here. The links above are affiliate links. See our disclosure statement here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Today, Cyber Monday, Amazon has the LeapFrog Learning Toys on sale at 50% off. We had many of the LeapFrog toys for our children and they were so long-lasting, we didn't have any of the toys wear out before the kids grew out of them. I highly recommend LeapFrog brand items for homeschoolers! Check out all of the LeapFrog toys on sale here. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we highlight deals for homeschooling families. See the updated list here. The links above are affiliate links. See our disclosure statement here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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When you're shopping for gifts, check out the deals at Zulily. My teen found a wool coat for $17.99, shipped, last week. The deals change often: today, a Frozen collection was introduced for the little girl on your list! The prices at Zulily are great and the quality has been excellent in our experience over the past few years. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we highlight deals for homeschooling families. See the updated list here. The links above are affiliate links. See our disclosure statement here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Today Only, for Cyber Monday, Scrabble Deluxe Game is $21.49 at Amazon, which is half off its retail price of $42.99. My Monopoly Game , a customizable Monopoly game, is also half off. It's just $10.99 today. Quite a few other Hasbro items are on sale in Amazon's Deal of the Day, including these super popular Nerf N-Strike Elite: Strongarm Blaster guns. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we highlight deals for homeschooling families. See the updated list here. The links above are affiliate links. See our disclosure statement here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Craftsy extended their Black Friday Sale one more day! Through Monday, December 1st, All Craftsy Classes are $19.99 or less! These classes are great for homeschoolers! Last month, I mentioned Craftsy's many free courses (they're still available!). From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we highlight deals for homeschooling families. See the updated list here. The links above are affiliate links. See our disclosure statement here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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The Lego Store is offering FREE SHIPPING on any size order this weekend! And many of the items are on sale. I just purchased a Star Wars keychain for our college kid, for $4.99, shipped free to me. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we highlight deals for homeschooling families. See the updated list here. The links above are affiliate links. See our disclosure statement here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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The Lego Movie is only $7.99 at Amazon today (DVD). The BluRay is only $8.99. This combo is usually $28.98 From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we highlight deals for homeschooling families. See the updated list here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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This is the lowest I've ever seen the Kindle drop. Buy the Kindle TouchScreen for just $49 today (normally $79) I have the first generation of Kindle. Mine cost $249, and it's huge and heavy compared to the new models! I think the $49 price is such a good deal for homeschoolers. I've written about how I use the Kindle for homeschooling: Here's how to get free books on your Kindle Here's how to get free library books onto your Kindle And this is my advice on buying a Kindle for a child From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
I've heard a lot of buzz about Udemy, a site where regular people (us!) can create online courses and earn money. I've also heard a lot of buzz about the quality of the courses at Udemy. So, today, I was happy to see that Udemy has a really good Race to Black Friday deal going on, that homeschool educators will want to check out. Every day at midnight, the sale price rises, so hurry to check out the available courses on sale. There are over 6,000 courses on sale, on subjects ranging from computer coding to home improvement. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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While you're on holiday break, you may want to check out this free homeschool curiculum and lesson plans option for K-12th. Ambleside Online is popular with homeschool families who love literature, nature, and time to pursue hobbies & practical skills. The curriculum is not necessarily easy, but with short lessons and plenty of time outdoors, children thrive on it. I felt like fresh air came into our homeschool when I was introduced to this style of learning. It suits my personality well! And our children have done very well with it. Our eldest is a freshman in college now, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Okay, last week, I wrote a post on homeschooling your way through Black Friday. Today, I'm focusing on a day I like even better: Cyber Monday. I prefer shopping online, away from impatient crowds and long lines. I'd rather crochet by the keyboard in my pajamas, snagging deals as they come up. If you relate to my style of shopping, you probably like Cyber Monday, too, and here are some ideas on how to homeschool through it: Tips for Homeschooling on Cyber Monday have the kids help with this list! 1. Making a list...There are 2 ways to shop on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
Thank you so so much for sharing!!! I really appreciate that. - Lori
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So, let's say you're one of those people who don't dislike Black Friday, but you are having a difficult time justifying your love for the day, because of the time and money and headaches involved. Well, I've been accused, (or, complimented) on my talent for finding loopholes, and I've found a few ways to make Black Friday educational and absolutely worth enjoying with the kids. Yes, with the kids. They can handle it. (So can you.) Tips for Homeschooling on Black Friday get the kids involved in doing this list! 1. Before anything, write down a list of what you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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If you've wondered about your family's genealogy, or if you're researching a historical time period for homeschool, this weekend is an excellent time to be curious! In honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I, FindMyPast is opening up their historical records to everyone for free, all weekend long. The records will be wide open, and free to use, from 7am EST Friday through 7am EST Monday (noon GMT), November 7-10th Free Webinar on Family History Research: Learn how to research through so many historical records, and learn more about history in a free webinar this Saturday, November 8th,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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When I want to assess where our kids are at in school, or for the sure cure of boredom, I send them to ThatQuiz.org, where they can take a timed or numbered quiz in just about any math subject as well as in a few vocabulary and geography areas . The quizzes are either created by me, or created by other teachers. That Quiz describes the site as...(bold emphasis mine) The most complete math test resource on the web today with over 2 million graded exams to date and over 100,000* participating students. What we believe in: Clean, quality, easily... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Letter of the Week is a preschool curriculum that I used with our own little one. She's now 11 years old! The curriculum hasn't changed much in the past several years, but it's still just as valuable as it ever was. Letter of the Week is a 38-week curriculum for teaching preschoolers their alphabet and its sounds. Scroll down on the above page, which you will find at this link, and you'll see all of the letters of the alphabet. Click on one, "A" for example, and you'll find poems, math suggestions, even field trip suggestions - all related to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Starfall is an interactive, brightly-colored, fun and popular free preschool curriculum. It has been used by both our family and readers since 2002! Here is a screenshot of the "Learn to Read" area of the Starfall website: Click on a "book," such as Zac the Rat and the program reads a book to the child, sounding out, through audio, each word in the book. Do you want to know exactly how Starfall teaches students how to read? Visit the Educators' Page for a full description of the teaching methods used. How to Get this Freebie: Visit Starfall's free preschool curriculum Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Hello! I added a blog tab to the top of FreelyEducate.com recently. I will write articles now and then on what has worked for our homeschooling family over the years. We've been homeschooling for about 13 years! Even though we've been homeschooling for a really long time, we have those occasional no-good, rotten, bah-humbug days (I had one today, in fact!). But for the most part, we've figured out what works for us and we've learned some tips and tricks that we hope will help inspire you. Here is who "we" are, and who "I" am. Let me know if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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At Coursera, there are many college-level courses beginning in the next couple of weeks. At Coursera, dozens of universities offer hundreds of courses ranging from guitar to chemistry, from physiology to language, and from art appreciation to business management. The courses begin at a certain date and run for a certain length of time. The student learns at his or her own pace, but assignments are collected. Certificates are given for completed courses (but no college credit). And..all the courses are free! The courses may be taken by anyone over 13 years of age, but are created for the college... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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This week only, you can get a 60-page Lesson Plan eBook and a Lapbook Bundle on U.S. Money for ...free! This money curriculum was created especially for 1st graders. After looking through the material, I think you could use it to teach money concepts to preschoolers, kindergarteners, and early elementary students. Here are a couple of screenshots from my download: You'll download these two free money learning ebooks through CurrClick, a trusted homeschooling download site (I've downloaded from them for several years). When I downloaded my bundle, I did not have to input any credit card information. I chose "use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Freely Homeschool