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Blogging for Books

Waterbrook Multonomah just invited me to start reviewing books for them through BloggingforBooks.com. I am so excited. I just requested a copy of The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers. Listen to some of these chapter titles: Chapter 1: In which I jump out of a box and play the Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp. Chapter 2:In which we get out of the feechie trade and I begin my formal education and Chapter 11: In which we meet the Blossom of Bonifay, the Chalkboard Bully, and the world’s most beautiful eighty-two-year-old. Here is the description from the publisher’s website:

“As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.
“It’s a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as “The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.” But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.
“When Floyd stages an elaborate plot to revive Corenwalders’ belief in the mythical swamp-dwellers known as the feechiefolk, he overshoots the mark. Floyd’s Great Feechie Scare becomes widespread panic. Eager audiences become angry mobs, and in the ensuing chaos, the Charlatan’s Boy discovers the truth that has evaded him all his life—and will change his path forever.”


We have been working on our very first lapbook. This one is on St. Patrick and Ireland. I was quite overwhelmed at the idea of lapbooking when I first saw pictures. At first I couldn’t seem to find any good descriptions of how exactly it was done but recently found a couple good explanations. I will put some links on the sidebar. Maddie and I have been working on this one for about a week and it has been fun. The one we are doing is actually a 3 folder lapbook but they vary in size so if that sounds like too much, just do one folder. We are using just plain old manila file folders but I have seen alot people use patterned or colored folders. The basic idea is that you refold the file folder, make mini-booklets on the subject you are learning about and glue them into the folder. Some people do it totally on their own and some people use a prepared ebook that has the information and booklets to cut out and answer questions about the reading. Check out http://www.flickr.com and type “lapbooks” and look at all the different projects kids have done. Currclick is a great resource for free and cheap lapbooks and other homeschool resources. Also http://www.theoldschoolhousestore.com. Check my sidebar for more specific sites.

EDIT I had to remove all my affiliate links so I could have my blog back, unfortunely I am not computer literate enough to switch to wordpress.org, if anyone knows an easy blogsite I can switch to where I can have affiliate links, let me know.

Explode the Code

Explode the Code is a well respected phonics curriculum and they now have an online interactive program that corresponds with their workbooks.  It is a multi-sensory tool that your children will think is just a game!  I just bought a one year subscription for $30 ( a savings of 50%) at HomeSchool Buyers Co-op. The clickety link is on my side-bar. I recommend that all homeschoolers join this free co-op. The more members the better the deals we can get! They offer a 100 smart point, sign on bonus and then when you collect enough smart points, you can use them for purchases!

I think that Explode the Code online is going to work well with my 4 1/2 year old. She did a few of the demo games and seemed to pick up on it quickly. I will keep you posted.

Handwriting curriculum

When I was in school handwriting was torture.  The teachers were always telling me how awful my writing was and forced me to use those awful grips and told me I had to hold the pencil above the grip.  I have never even been able to use chopsticks properly because I was always told to hold them like you hold a pencil but I can’t hold a pencil right!!

So a good handwriting curriculum was important to me.  There are several religious options out there but I wanted something that would really give Maddie a good foundation.  I think I first heard of Handwriting Without Tears (www.hwtears.com) through Old Schoolhouse Magazine(www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com).  Almost everything I know comes from them!  Anyway, HWT was developed by an occupational therapist and it just makes sense!  The Teachers guide is a must, it explains how to teach their method of “building” the letters and the why’s also.  HWT works well with lefties too! 

Another great thing is that HWT has teaching ideas and products for visual, kinesthetic and auditory learners.  The wet, dry, try method works well with Maddie and TT.  They each have a small slate that they can write a letter on, trace over it with a wet sponge cube, trace with a dry sponge cube and write it again with their little chalk.  TT likes to dip her finger in warm water to trace the letter.  HWT does sell sponge cubes and small chalk.  The chalk, IMO, is worth the small price of about 2.50…but I think next time I will just buy some cheap sponges and cut them up myself.  I also saved $ by using the template in the teacher’s guide and making my own lines and curves out of old cereal boxes!  This is another element of the curriculum where the child “builds”  the capital letters with big lines, small lines, big curves and small curves.  

For school teachers out there, this company offers discount on larger orders and is used in public and private schools nationwide.  Even Sidwell Friends (where Obama’s girls attend) endorses it!

New books

I love new books, I love old books too…i just love books!  Anyone who knows me could tell you this…anyway- I got a box in the mail today from www.graceandtruthbooks.com.  They had a great deal on a girl’s story collection.  These are all stories and books written in the 1800’s.  I am really excited   because it is so hard to find stories that include TRUE Christianity.   I encourage you to check them out, I looked at their website real quick and they seem to have some really wonderful books available.  Let me share the blurb from one of these books.  This one is titled  “Grace Raymond”, “The story of Grace Raymond portrays to children the life transforming power of our kind God.  Though we are so unlike Him, He is willing and able by His great grace to change us!  As your little girls read of tempermental, hot-headed Grace, who at first defends and justifies her angry outbursts, but learns of the depths of sin in her heart, they will learn to seek the Lord for grace to deal with their own weaknesses…”  WOW!  It is hard to find children’s books that have such truth and depth to them!


Hi, I am glad you decided to stop for a visit!  I will try to make it worth your time but please bear with me!  I am a daughter of the Lord, wife to my best friend and homeschool mom of three beautiful girls.  Walkinintheway is a reference to Deuteronomy 6:”  7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”  

     Okay, I guess I should have called the blog walkinbytheway.   Well I can’t change it now and I kind of like walkinintheway!  I guess you could take that a couple of different ways!  Maybe I am just walking in the way of other people!! LOL Anyway, sorry, I do tend to go on rabbit trails! 

So the point is that we homeschool first and foremost because of a conviction that this is what the Lord wants us to do.  We started our journey before our oldest was born and the longer that we travel this path, the more reasons we have to continue.  It is such a blessing to be at home developing relationships with my girls.  For those of you who think I must be some super patient, super organized person I say…”HAAHAA!”  I am not!  What I have is a strong conviction and faith that God will give me enough to get through each day.  Some days are wonderful, other days I wonder if I am crazy.  I ask myself why not just send them off to school…Then Maddie says something about God or the Bible and I know she wouldn’t  be allowed to get away with that at school.  Or I watch her sister dancing around the house and think of how she would be forced to sit in a chair most of the day and be labled ADHD or something at 4 years old.  I am so thankful.