Random Thoughts

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This was my family’s 2nd year running the community’s International Tabletop Day at the Somerset Public Library. International Tabletop Day was started in 2013 by Geek & Sundry and the Tabletop TV show with Will Wheaton, and is designed to promote the hobby of card, board, and pen-and-paper role-playing games — […]

The Hemingway App

My husband turned me on to an app that may help children when learning to write. It’s called the Hemingway App.  It’s supposed to help you write effectively for the most general audience. It is not a grammar or punctuation editing tool. I would say it’s best to use on […]

Review: Chore Monster

The Chore Monster app is a goal-setting application that can be used through either a web interface or a mobile device. After creating a parent account, you can create accounts for each child in your family and assign the child his / her own task list. You also get to […]

OT: Meal Planning

I’m marking this as “Off Topic (OT)” but it is sort of related to homeschooling. Those of us who homeschool know that those field trips, classes, tutors and curriculum costs can add up. You have to be smart and frugal to stay on-budget. One way to do this is by […]

My Top 10 Favorite FREE Educational Sites

As homeschoolers, free resources are like precious gems. Here are some of my most precious gems. 1. Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/ A lot of homeschoolers use Khan Academy for it’s fantastic math tutorials and practice. It can also be used for science, history, computer programming and civics. Check out all the subjects […]

April 2014 Schedule of Activities

I’ve put together a schedule for STEAM activities for the Outside the Box Homeschooling group for the next 4 Tuesdays in April. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  Our group meets from 11 AM to 2 PM. If you’d like to join us, please feel free to […]

Extracurricular Activities for Homeschoolers

I get the question a lot: Can your child participate in extracurricular activities at the public school if they are homeschooling? For us, the answer is, yes.It depends a lot on the District and their view on this. But if you’re paying taxes in town, you ought to be able […]

Today, in America’s Test Kitchen… (just kidding, it was my kitchen)

I’m getting ready for my youngest son’s birthday party, and he has requested Dr. Who and indoor mini-golf. We aim to please ’round these parts. Especially when it comes to parties. I love parties and for a while had a printable party decoration business called Clickable Party. The homeschooling takes […]

Donate if you can (time or $ either one works)

If you can volunteer in an organization you join or to a cause that means something to you. Time and monetary donations are both welcomed at this and any other time of year. We usually do donations to a food pantry or the US Mail donation drive for food every […]