Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cozy Classics

I receive emails from my local library that tells about new books the library has purchased.  One of the emails I received featured a version of Emma by Cozy Classics.  Cozy Classics are board books for kids with 12 words that summarize classic stories like Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Oliver Twist.

Here is a short video that tells about the books. 


The books have needle-felted illustrations.  The books are made by twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang.   It is hard to believe they can boil down lengthy works of literature into twelve words.  I hope you check them out. 

~ Becky

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Narrative Assessments for Ohio Homeschoolers

Update for 2014 
Narrative Assessments
From March 1, 2014-August 16, 2014 I will accept your portfolios, write up encouraging notes, and send you the forms you need for your school district.   After August 17, 2014  I will only review  the portfolio, and send you  the form you need for your school district.   Thanks so much.   Becky

I complete narrative assessments for Ohio homeschoolers for $30.  The Assessments are portfolio reviews by myself, a certified teacher, that fulfill the Ohio Home Education requirement for 3301-34-04 Academic Assessment Report Option #2.  
If you would like to begin the process start by downloading the forms for the Freestyle Assessment for unschoolers, the Self Reflection Assessment for K-8th grade, or the Self Reflection Assessment for High School for those who follow a subject curriculum. You fill them out, prepare the documentation, and sign them. Please email me for an instruction sheet that tells you where to mail them and answers some other questions. If you have trouble with the downloads, please email and I will email them to you.  Below are links  in Google Documents.   I am happy to help you so please contact me with any questions. 
Becky Boerner
Freestyle Assessment in Google Documents
Self Reflection for K-8 in Google Documents
Self Reflection for High School in Google Documents.

Once you get there you need to do the following. 
If you push the arrow button on the right hand side of the page you can download the file.
If you click on the print button you can print it out.

PS: If you can not access these files, try the links above in the document.  If you still can not access the documents, please email me and I will send you the files.  I am happy to do that! 

I also accept PayPal, Check, or Money Orders (Contact me for more information. Many families send me checks or money orders through the mail.)
Click on the arrow for pricing for 2 or more reviews.

Portfolio Review(s)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Helping Our Students Focus

I feel like things have been a little crazy around my house.   Every time I turned around it seemed like I'd lost someone.  They were disappearing to rooms and other places away from their studies.  

I felt like I had to do something to get them back on focus.  I thought about it and I came up with 3 questions to ask them each hour.

1. What have you done?

2. What are you doing now?

3. What are you going to do next?

This has worked surprisingly well.  I did this for a few days and then stopped and everyone was doing better at being on task.  It was rather painless for me.  My son made a chart for me.  Here is a copy in case you'd like to try it.   

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Living Life Undauted by Christine Caine

From bestselling author Christine Caine, Living Life Undaunted provides a daily format for people who desire to reflect deeply on key stories, thoughts, and principles from her bestselling book Undaunted and other inspirational writings.
Here are 365 thought-provoking devotions culled from the spiritually challenging words of acclaimed speaker and advocate Christine Caine. Including an introduction by the author, these short selections offer daily wisdom, inspiration, and companionship. The daily readings that encourage readers to do what God calls them to do are compiled from Undaunted and other inspirational writings from Christine Caine.

Living Life Undaunted by Christine Caine is a daily devotional for age teen and up.   The devotions start with a bible verse that is followed by a story that connects to it.  Some of the stories are personal ones from Caine’s life and some are reflections on the verse.  This would be a nice gift for a graduate or anyone who enjoys daily devotions. 
I love books with daily readings.  In my life with seven kids, I am always looking for ways that I can read and grow, and daily readings allow me to do that.  Living Life Undaunted is a great way to start my day and focus on what is important to me.  The book is divided up into four parts: Broken, Loved, Empowered, and Commissioned, one for each quarter.  Each month also has a theme such as Healing is a Process or Following in Love.  Caine has written a variety of stories and connections to draw you in each day.   I would highly recommend Living Life Undaunted.