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Who is Nest Honoring?

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How to Homeschool without Breaking the Bank

homeschool Homeschooling is an option parents are increasingly deciding to make.They are becoming dissatisfied with the public school system, and they want to ensure their children receive a quality education. One thing many people do not realize, though, is this quality can be costly! When one considers most homeschooling families are, of necessity, one income households, it becomes especially important to manage these costs. Here are some tips on how to keep your costs down without sacrificing excellence:

  • Utilize the library. Your public library is a wealth of resources, from books, to DVDs, to special offerings like lectures and classes.


  • Use community resources. State parks offer classes for kids. Community gardens often welcome participation. There are volunteer opportunities abound, not just in charitable organizations, but in places like theaters and symphony halls. What better way to teach children about the world than to get them involved in their local community?
  • Share and share alike. Why not form a co-op or barter goods and services? Parents can get together to educate their children, taking turns teaching and sharing curriculum. If you’re not the founding type, find a group already in existence and join up! You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also make valuable friendships.
  • Utilize educator discounts. Often, bookstores and other retailers will extend the same benefits to homeschool educators that they give to teachers. Don’t hesitate to ask!
  • Know your area. Some states allow homeschoolers access to public school resources. Take some time to learn the local statutes and regulations. You may be surprised to find a treasure trove of resources.
  • Don’t be afraid to buy second hand. Yard sales, Ebay, and kids’ consignment shops are all good places to look for educational materials, and some homeschool groups even host curriculum sales.
  • Get plugged in. Sign up for emails from homeschool groups, curriculum websites, and even local museums and attractions. You’ll be in the loop when educational materials you’ve been eyeing go on sale, if the zoo has a free day, or when the museum has its annual membership drive and lowers prices.
  • Remember that the world is your classroom. Learning is not limited to a classroom and textbooks. A day spent hiking can turn into a valuable lesson on local flora and fauna. Visiting historical sites brings home history in a way simply reading about it does not.

homeschool As you can see, there are many ways to cut expenses without reducing the impact of the experience. Once you get started, you’ll come up with your own strategies for saving as well. Remember to think outside the box, isn’t this the kind of creative thinking homeschooling is all about?

How to Make President’s Day Come Alive for your Students

“History is boring” is often the general consensus of school kids. It’s a failure of educators to take something as thrilling as the establishment of our nation and reduce it to a series of facts and dates, only to be regurgitated back out of bored little minds who won’t retain much of it past college. As home educators, let’s shake it up and help the next generation understand that history is a living thing with real people, and it’s still being created!

President’s Day is the third Monday in February, and it’s a great chance to spark their imaginations and get them thinking of Washington and Lincoln as inspirational people, not just old men that lived long ago. Let’s look at some ways to do this:

• Why not manage a Presidential campaign? Have your kids pretend Washington and Lincoln are alive today and running for President. What would be a good way to promote them? Imagination comes into play; they can create videos, write commercial spots, and anything else their modern brains can come up with!

• There are so many entertaining ways to learn history, from animated DVDs, to coloring books, to puzzles and games. You could even “take the day off” from schoolwork in honor of the holiday and spend it watching movies, creating posters, and playing games, all using exciting educational materials regarding these two great men.

• Play dress up! Have students design their own Washington and Lincoln costumes. There’s nothing like some baby powder in the hair or a stovepipe hat made of poster board to get kids laughing, and amused kids become involved kids.

• Write some letters. Have students write a letter to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln about a troubling issue. Then write back, as the President, addressing the issue and asking relevant questions. See how long you can keep it going back and forth!

• Skip the cherry tree. Instead of traveling over ground that’s been well worn, find some facts about the Presidents that you may not have known before. Keeping it interesting for you, the educator, helps to make it interesting for your students. Did you know:

o George Washington never went to college. He joined the British Royal Navy at age 14.

o Abraham Lincoln was self-educated and had only eighteen months of schooling.

o Washington was the only founding father to free his slaves; he freed all 124 of them in his will.

o Lincoln was born in Kentucky, making him the first President from west of the Appalachians.

o George Washington was the product of a second marriage and grew up with nine brothers and sisters.

o Abraham Lincoln didn’t fish or hunt because he loved animals. He liked to wrestle, though.

As you can see, there’s a lot to intrigue students about these two men. Have fun this President’s Day breathing new life into an old topic!

Black History Month – It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate!

In the midst of Black History Month, focusing on the national, social, scientific, and political contributions of African Americans such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman opens the door for diverse learning experiences. In honor of this month, take a field trip to a landmark of the civil rights movement, watch a biography on DVD, or listen to a Presidential speech. Nest Learning offers a wide array of products to bring these subjects to life. And while you’re sparking your children’s imaginations, here are some interesting trivia facts to share with them:

• Allensworth, California was built in 1908 as an all-black city, self-sufficient and free from racism. It is the only town in California to have been founded, financed, and governed solely by African Americans. In 1974, California State Parks purchased land within the historical township and created Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

• African American entrepreneur Wally Amos, known for his “Famous Amos” cookies, had previously been a talent agent at the William Morris agency, working with such notable acts as Simon and Garfunkel and the Supremes.

• Trumpeter Louis Armstrong earned money and bought his first coronet when he was only seven years old and taught himself to play while living in a home for juvenile delinquents.

• Performer Josephine Baker smuggled military intelligence to our French allies during World War II by pinning secrets inside her dress or writing them on her sheet music in invisible ink.

• The design of our nation’s capital, Washington DC, is credited in part to black scientist and mathematician Benjamin Banneker.

• After a long and fruitful career, actress and singer Pearl Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree in theology from Georgetown University in 1985 – at the age of 67.

• In addition to her career in politics as US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice is an accomplished pianist and has played with such greats as Yo Yo Ma and Aretha Franklin. She has even performed for Queen Elizabeth.

• Baseball hall-of-famer Jackie Robinson helped to establish the African-American owned and controlled Freedom Bank.

• Debi Thomas, who won a bronze medal in figure skating in the 1988 Winter Olympics, studied engineering at Stanford before becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

There’s a wealth of information on people from a wide array of career paths and interests to evoke your child’s interest in Black History. It’s not too late – honor Black History Month in your lesson plan today.

Nest Learning, Leader in Christian Education

Largely recognized as a leading purveyor of Christian educational materials, Nest Learning was founded in 1989. More than twenty years later, they’re still going strong. With a presence in social media, the company manages to keep up with cutting edge trends while continuing to provide traditional, quality classroom materials for homeschool and Sunday school teachers, private and public schools, and libraries. While Based in Coppell, Texas, the company’s productions are distributed throughout the world. They have expanded their influence in the multibillion dollar Christian-themed home education market by embracing new technologies that provide enhanced communication with their customers.

Founded on principles of integrity and diligence, with a commitment to creativity in education, Nest Learning never loses focus on its goals of helping home educators share wisdom, knowledge, and morality with students. Adhering to a strong sense of accountability, Nest Learning holds their products to rigorous standards, with an independent board of theologians reviewing their 36-DVD Animated Stores from the Bible series. They carry the best in home education curriculum and their 20-DVD Animated Hero Classics character building series correlates to both state and national standards. These measures assure consumers will be confident and receive only top quality educational products.

In keeping with the founding vision, current president Ernie Frausto seeks to provide quality homeschool education products and outstanding customer service. His purpose is to develop a “strong community of people who are passionate about home education and love to serve the local community.” In addition to curriculum materials, Nest Learning also specializes in classroom resources, teacher resources, school supplies, and Christian products for churches and religious-type classroom settings. With foresight like theirs, it’s easy to envision Nest Learning being around for another twenty years and beyond.

Live Butterfly Garden Rising to Be a Top Educational Toy

Live Butterfly Garden

Live Butterfly Garden

One of the educational toys on the market that is gaining huge popularity for its creativity, learning aspects and entertainment is the Live Butterfly Garden for kids by Insect Lore.

With a live butterfly garden you can explore the life of insects with live butterfly, ladybug, ants and other insect kits for education and home use. Insect Lore (a creator of live butterfly garden kits) lets kids witness the wonder of the butterfly life cycle with child-and-insect friendly habitats. Kids can see the caterpillar’s transition as it grows, changes into a chrysalis, and finally emerges as a lady butterfly.

A live butterfly garden comes with a mesh cage and 5-6 larvae that will turn into caterpillars and then into butterflies. All of the food that will be needed is provided.

with this educational toy, kids watch the progress of the larvae turning into a caterpillar, the caterpillar spinning his cocoon, and then the butterfly emerging in just a few weeks time. Kids will then have to let the butterflies go after 3 days so they can find food.

The live butterfly garden and other Insect Lore products teach kids about science and nature and the process in which different insects go through. It also teaches kids to learn to let things go for the benefit of nature and others.

I bought this educational toy before for my 4-year-old niece and it has been one of her favorite gifts to date. It is something that most people do not think to give and is very exciting for kids.

The Importance of Homeschool Record Keeping

Homeschool Record Keeping

Homeschool Record Keeping

It’s every homeschooler’s nightmare. A local school district official knocks on the door and asks to see your homeschool record keeping. However, after a brief moment of panic, the realization dawns that this isn’t a nightmare after all. You’ve done your homework and are prepared for such a visit. After spending a few minutes looking over your records, the impressed official heads for the door, satisfied you are in compliance with the law.

It rarely happens, but what if it would happen to you? Would you be prepared? Record keeping is a critically important part of a homeschooling parent’s job. However, the importance of homeschool record keeping goes way beyond being prepared for an unexpected visit from a school official.


Why is record keeping so important? The documentation of your children’s Christian homeschool education can serve many purposes beyond simply proving compliance with the law. Children applying for scholarships or other honors may need school records in order to satisfy eligibility requirements. The college application and admission process depends heavily on the existence of detailed homeschool record keeping. In addition, a child entering or re-entering a public or private school can be placed more easily and appropriately if adequate records have been kept. Homeschool records also help provide the opportunity for personal and/or professional evaluation of student progress and planning for future academic pursuits. Finally, some families may elect to keep records for nostalgic reasons or for the purpose of providing a way to showcase a child’s homeschool experience for family and friends.

Still, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Since no two homeschool experiences are the same, it’s impossible to design a record keeping plan that works for every family. This guide is intended to provide the information you need to assist you in developing a record keeping system that meet your specific needs.

Who and When?

Whether you’re a first-time home educator or a veteran who has never made homeschool record keeping a
priority, every homeschooler should start keeping detailed records now! While you may never need to use some of what you collect, the benefit of having comprehensive records far outweighs the time invested to create them. Besides, it doesn’t require much time in the first place? While the time required will vary from family to family, most homeschoolers must invest relatively little time in order to create and maintain a well-designed record keeping system.


Now that you’ve decided you should keep records of your family’s homeschool, what should you maintain? The
answer to this question is determined to a large extent by the consideration of several important factors

  • Where do you live?
  • With what laws must you comply?
  • How old is your child?
  • Will your child be entering a public or private school in the future?
  • Is your child college-bound?

Where you live plays a significant role in answering the question of “what,” In the United States, state laws
govern the education of all children, including children who are schooled at home. Since failure to comply with
the laws of your state can result in the loss of your right to homeschool, knowing and understanding your state’s laws is vitally important in determining what records you need to keep for your children. An online search for your state’s homeschool laws can help you determine records you are required to keep.

Another important factor to consider when determining what records to keep is the age of your children. While it is strongly recommended to keep records for all children, it is especially important to keep meticulous records for high school aged children. These records can significantly impact the college and/or job application process of your teenage child. In addition, if it’s likely your children will eventually be placed in a public or private school, detailed records will make the transfer process much easier, potentially eliminating the need for extensive placement testing.

Though some families have very few requirements to satisfy, they still choose to keep records of their children’s homeschool experience solely for personal and/or sentimental reasons. So, even if all you want to do is show off your child’s academic abilities to family and friends, homeschool record keeping is a great idea!


There are as many different ways to keep homeschool records as there are reasons to keep them! Exactly how you keep your student records should be determined by many of the same factors considered above and may change as your homeschool journey progresses. Factors like location, age of children, academic goals, and others also affect how you should keep your records.

While there are many possible record keeping methods, one of the most effective and efficient ways to compile academic records for children of all ages is to create a portfolio, a collection of documentation intended to demonstrate a homeschool child’s academic progress. The contents of a homeschool portfolio will vary from family to family according to specific legal requirements, as well as personal preference. However, a comprehensive portfolio always contains some variation of many of the following items:

• Student data page: General student information, such as name, birth date, address, etc.
• Medical records required by law, such as immunizations
• Documentation of compliance with state requirements that may or may not include the following items:

– List of specific goals and objectives for each academic subject
– Documentation of communication with local school district officials
– List of educational materials utilized, including author and publishing information for all books,
curriculum, DVDs/videos, and software
– Sampling of student work in all subject areas, particularly those required by law like math and
science: Samples should be representative of both type (workbook pages, written compositions,
quizzes, and tests) and quality of work completed by the student.
– Documentation of required and/or voluntary assessment: Assessment can be measured and reported
through a variety of means, including report cards, standardized testing, professional evaluations,
grade reports, and transcripts.

• Report of extracurricular activities, such as field trips, homeschool group or church activities, sports, music, drama, etc. These can be presented in journal format and may include photographs and student assignments specific to the activity.
• Documentation of special awards, honors, accomplishments, and achievements earned.

A portfolio can be compiled completely from scratch or can be created using packaged record keeping programs available in a variety of formats. Electronic curriculum options, such as online or computer-based curriculum can provide easy access to much of the documentation needed to put together a complete record of your children’s home education.

So, why are you waiting? Wherever you are on your homeschool journey, don’t wait for a knock on the door to begin your homeschool record keeping. Start creating a record of your children’s homeschool experience today!

Record keeping is a critically important part of a homeschooling parent’s job. However, the importance of
homeschool record keeping goes way beyond being prepared for an unexpected visit from a school official.
Wherever you are on your homeschool journey, learn how you can begin your homeschool record keeping and start creating a record of your children’s homeschool experience today!

Source: Alpha Omega Publications

Teaching Your Children Using the Right Communication

Teaching Your Children

Teaching Your Children

The way parents and teachers communicate with their children has an effect on their way of thinking and how they develop emotionally and educationally. As parents and educators you really need to make sure you are asking questions, encouraging, and making statements to your children as often as possible versus making commands and supplying them immediately with the correct answer. Treat your child with the same respect you would your best friend.

The following are some ways you can communicate with your child more effectively to create a better learning environment:

  • When your child shows interest in something or is trying to learn on their own, do not be quick to step in and correct them, but let them know that you are there to help if needed. Not doing things exactly right in the beginning and then figuring out the solution to the problem on their own is a great way that children learn effectively.
  • If your child is in the middle of a project, show genuine interest by getting down to their level and asking them how they did what they did.
  • When you are doing something in front of your child, try to remember to describe your actions out loud so they can hear and learn from you.
  • Give specific positive feedback! If a child does something, do not just say “Great Job!” Give specifics on what they did that you like encouraging them to do more. For example your child is doing an art project, tell them something like, “That’s so colorful! It really stands out on that pink paper.”
  • If your child wants to talk to you, make sure you are looking directly at them and do not have many disturbances going on like the TV or reading a book.
  • Ask questions to your child that get them thinking beyond the task at hand. For example, “How does this work?”, “What other vegetables are green?”, Why do you like this?”, etc.
  • If at all possible, try to correct your child by pulling him/her aside and letting them know quietly. Correcting a child in public is not only embarrassing but will lead to resentment and a feeling of not being respected or valued.
  • Get down to the child’s level to talk to them rather than standing over them.
  • Try to always talk to your child in a calm manner. If needed, take a moment to cool off and then talk to the child about correcting their behavior. Children do not learn well from yelling because rather than focusing on what you are telling them they are focusing on your behavior.
  • Listen carefully and politely. Don’t interrupt the child when he is trying to tell his story. Don’t use put-down words or statements.
  • Assist the child in planning some specific steps to the solution.
  • Show that you accept the child himself, regardless of what he has or has not done.
  • Do you you have any great parenting tips or stories? Let others know by commenting below.

    ABCs of the Best Homeschool Curriculum

    Alpha Omega Publications

    Alpha Omega Publications

    Wondering what’s the best homeschool curriculum Christian parents can use to successfully educate their
    child? If you’re like most homeschool parents, you probably spend countless hours researching different
    products to find the perfect resource to improve your homeschooling experience. Although quality, Christian

    homeschool materials do provide excellent academic learning opportunities, you may be surprised to learn the best homeschool curriculum is actually YOU! That’s right! Like a living, 3-D textbook, your life is constantly on display and “read” daily by your child. Therefore, with such a great responsibility to influence your child’s education, what attitudes and actions should be consistently shown in your life as a Christian homeschooling parent? Consider the following ABCs to successful homeschooling:

    AAttentive. Be sensitive to your child’s “learning edge” and customize your curriculum to meet his interests.
    Use the benefits of one-on-one interaction to make the most of your teaching time.

    BBrave. Be ready to face the challenges from those who question your decision to homeschool. Going
    against the educational flow will require strength of character to “speak the truth in love.”

    CChrist-like. With Jesus Christ at the center of your homeschool, let the Holy Spirit guide you through the
    work that lies ahead in teaching your children.

    D – Disciplined. Be willing to submit to God’s authority and live in obedience to His Word.

    E – Enthusiastic. Love learning yourself and your children will love to learn, too.

    F – Friendly. No man is an island. Develop relationships with other homeschooling families. Not only will
    your children appreciate the social interaction, but you will also enjoy the encouragement from other home
    school parents.

    G – Grateful. Teaching your children is a privilege. Be thankful with a humble spirit.

    H – Hardworking. Determine to complete the endless, daily tasks of maintaining a home and homeschooling
    your children.

    I – Ingenious. Creative thinking is a must to keep learning fun and inspirational.

    J – Jolly. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). Have fun when you’re teaching and
    learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes.

    K – Kind. Let your speech and actions show the tender love of Christ. After all, it takes just as much energy to
    say and do something nice as it does to do something mean.
    ABCs of the Best Homeschool Curriculum
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    804 N. 2nd Ave. E., Rock Rapids, IA 51246-1759 • 1.800.622.3070 •
    L – Long-suffering. Homeschooling is a life-long adventure with lasting benefits. It’s always too early to quit!

    M – Mushy. When it comes to homeschooling children, sincere words of appreciation, hugs, and kisses are
    always a good idea.

    N – Neat. As much as possible, keep your home clean and tidy.

    O – Organized. Keep up with lesson plans, grading, and transcripts to meet state requirements.

    P – Professional. Since homeschooling is God’s job for you, work to the best of your ability and don’t let a
    half-hearted approach ruin your homeschooling day.

    Q – Quiet. Your calm spirit provides the peaceful learning environment your children need to learn best.

    R – Respectful. Never make fun of your children. Remember that every question is a good question, no matter
    how many you answer each day.

    S – Smiley. Let God’s love be reflected in a happy face. Smiles are contagious.

    T – Teachable. Teachers never know it all, so keep learning right along with your children.

    U – Unselfish. Share all that you have to help your children succeed. The rewards always outweigh the costs.

    V – Virtuous. Be a truthful homeschooling parent who displays integrity in thought, word, and deed. Mean
    what you say and do what you promise.

    W – Worshipful. Show your children how to come before a holy God as you sing and give praise for the many
    blessings in your life.

    X – EXemplary – Since children learn best by example, you are the best homeschool curriculum they’ll
    ever have!

    Y – Youthful. Stay young at heart and never grow too old to play with your children.

    Z – Zealous. Protect your homeschooling rights. Defend the cause by keeping informed and getting involved in
    your state’s political process.

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