Monday, May 18, 2020

Upcoming Give-Away for Newsletter Subscribers Only!


I would like to have a give-away in the next few weeks.  Hopefully an Amazon card or two.  But, I am mixing things up this time and will only provide the link to newsletter subscribers.  If you have not signed up for the Ohio Homeschool Assessment newsletter. . this is your moment!

I have included an embedded sign-up form below.  I only send out newsletters 3-4 times per year.  But, they are important as they tell you about the the January portfolio review give-away happening, , other give-aways, and other homeschool information.

So please sign up and look for a newsletter in the next two weeks. It could be your lucky day. 
Becky Boerner


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Saturday, May 09, 2020

Repost. . . . .Happy Mother's Day or How I became a Mother on Mother's Day.

This is a re-post from several years ago.  It is one of my favorite stories.   My oldest son has now turned 21 and lives on his own.    This mothers day I am missing my son Jonathan on earth.  But thankful he will always be my son, I will always be his mom, and I will see him again.     

On Mother's Day 1999 we arrived in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands.  The Marshall Islands consists of 29 atolls and 5 isolated islands.  This was the view from my plane window of Majuro.
I wondered how the 747 jet I was on was going to land on this atoll.

  My husband and I had desired to be parents for a long time.  We arrived at our hotel and waited.  I went down to grab something to eat at the Mother's Day buffet.  A lovely woman pushed a flower wut on my head and said, "Happy Mother's Day." 
Wearing the wut a few moments before I became a mom.
We waited in our room for them to bring our son.   We were in the middle of a tropical paradise, but I could only think of holding our new son.
Amazing view from our hotel room.  Atolls have ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other.  You are looking at the lagoon and can see the other side of the island.  The water was amazing shades of blue.
Finally there was a knock on the door and their our guide and birthmom stood holding one of the most adorable little boys I had ever seen.  I  remember trying to act casual and calm.  We invited them in and his birth mom asked me if I wanted to hold him?  I remember sitting there and being so overcome with emotion.
First time in my arms.

First Family Picture

Mother's Day had been a sad day for me in the past as I longed for children.  Now it really is my favorite holiday as it reminds me of how our family began.  I never dreamed I would be privileged enough to have 7 kids.

Happy Mother's Day!  
Becky proud mom of 7

Easter 2014

July 2019  

Friday, May 01, 2020

Update on our lives and Portfolios for 2020.

Dear Friends,

I wanted to update you on our lives and my plans for the the 2020 portfolio season. My son Jonathan transitioned to heaven on April 3, 2020 after his battle with Ewings Sarcoma Stage 4 for three years. We miss him terribly.

 I wanted to let everyone know what that means for Ohio Homeschool Assessments.  I have been thinking through what makes this doable for me to continue.   At this moment, I am able to work and will continue to.  I enjoy what I do serving families.  My work is important to our family and our budget.  But, I need to make some changes to keep going.  I am now accepting portfolios for the 19/20 school year.  Please feel free to turn them in at any time. 

I am going to stop my periodic blog postings.  I am not at a good place to write.  I may do some re-posting of old posts.  There are 10 years of posts on the blog to read.  My hope is to Blog again in the future.    I will still post sporadically on Instagram and Facebook.  Click to follow.

I can not thank you enough for being so kind to me and our family over the last few years.  The support I receive from my families touches my heart so deeply.  Thank you.  Please know I am happy to work with you, and see what you have accomplished this year.

Becky Boerner

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Repost: Homeschooling on a Budget: The Library Part Two

Last week I talked about the library and many of the wonderful resources there.  But I did not get a chance to share about the wonderful relationship I have cultivated with our librarian, and she has helped us to home educate.

My wonderful Children's Librarian is Amy.  Amy is so nice and helpful.  Like most librarians, she helps us find books, she helps me search shelves for books I say have been returned and are still on my card, and is always excited to see my children.  I also find her an excellent resource on all things library.  She helps me use databases from the library, tells me of resources in the library, and is generally interested in my kids' learning.  She has shown me a library resource to help students prepare for the PSAT, ACT, SAT, and AP tests.  Things that would have taken me much longer to find on my own if I even found them.

But the best thing is the awesome homeschool programs she now plans.  Our library has many programs and they were usually scheduled around school kids schedules.  One day I asked Amy if she would be willing to schedule library programs during the day for homeschoolers.  She was like "during the day?"   I said yes I think they would come. . . if you program they will come!  She decided to give it a try and it worked.  The best part was she asked me what kind of presentations I would like and she goes about finding them.  She has had a coin collector come and talk about history, a park ranger with animals from the park, science programs, recycling programs, chemistry programs, the Japanese society, and one on internet safety.  She is open to anything.  So many wonderful free opportunities for my students.  I suggest things and she does the leg work.  I advertise to our local group and most people are excited to come.  What is there not to like about a free library program?  I am glad I reached out to her and asked.

How has your librarian helped you?  What unusual resources have you discovered at you library?
I believe every home educator should make the librarian their best friend.