Betsy Ross Designer of our Flag (BYFIAR)

I got so behind with posting about each chapter that Popstar does for her Beyond Five in a Row and realized that it was too much for me to keep up with. So, from now on I have decided to just write one post at the end of each book and to post about all of the highlights of what we did with each book. We typically spend anywhere from 1 to 4 days on each chapter and have finished one book every 2 to 3 months of the school year.

Her last Beyond book from this last school year was Betsy Ross, Designer of our Flag. She started this book at the end of March this past school year. She finished it up by the end of May, when we were done with our school year.

 

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Encouragement for raising a “Strong-Willed Son”

I love my two boys very dearly and I’m so thankful that God gave them to me. But, there are days when they wear me very thin. Both of my boys are extremely strong-willed and over the years they have pushed me almost over the edge and definitely on my knees! I have read lots of parenting books and have often sought advice from other parents on issues that I have.

I came across this article from a blog that I follow called Homeschool-Your-Boys.com. The article is called 8 Tips for Parenting a Strong-Willed Son. My ears perk up automatically when I hear Strong-Willed and Son together in a sentence! I read this article and it was such an encouragement to me that I wanted to pass it along and share it with you. I know there is someone else out there who is also raising some Strong-Willed Sons (or daughters!) and this may inspire and motivate you.

What I mostly gleaned from reading this was that it made me feel like I’m not alone, I’m not the only mom who has this daily battle with a strong-willed child. Also the 8 tips were very helpful to me and I felt like I could use this advice and try some of the practical ideas that she writes about.

Here is the link to the article:  8 Tips for Parenting a Strong-Willed Son by Homeschool-Your-Boys.com

I hope this article will encourage you as much as it did me. This is a wonderful blog and if you are homeschooling boys, I highly recommend you to sign up for her newsletter.

Blessings,

Banana Bread Recipe

Who doesn’t love banana bread? I know I sure do, it smells so good coming out of the oven! I love having it warm with butter or even for a snack with peanut butter on it. Today I thought I would share with you my favorite recipe, as I know there are so many different ways to make it.

 

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Saying good-bye to Preschool

My baby, my youngest (who I call Princess on the blog) just turned 5 in May. She just finished up Preschool and will be beginning Kindergarten this next school year.

I am feeling a little bit lost, as this will be my first homeschool year EVER that I don’t have either an infant, toddler or preschooler. All 4 of my kids will be Elementary School age and older.

I am also feeling a little sad that I’m saying not “good-bye”, but I hope “see you later” to my cherished and favorite Preschool curriculum, Before Five in a Row.

 

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #8: Ways to save money on buying clothes

 

Hi everyone! It has been about a month since my last Dollars & Sense post, so I figured it was time for another one! I thought I would share with you ways that our family saves money on buying clothes. It can become a very overwhelming task to clothe 6 people, but it can be done without spending a fortune.

Here are some ways that our family saves money on clothes shopping:

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