Sunday, April 29, 2012

What was the Name of that Grammar Program

You survived the talk and now you can't remember the name of the Grammar book I referenced: Winston Grammar. If you are looking for a program that teaches grammar in a way similar to how I presented it in the workshop, this is the program you are looking for. Once you learn it, you can apply it to any program: Seton, CHC, secular workbook. I own Winston Grammar, but I have always applied the principles I referenced to Exercises in English and/or other English books.

And for a wonderful bridge between conversation and Formal Grammar, we have enjoyed using the new Primary Language Lessons. This program incorporates copying, dictation, memorization/recitation, and picture studies (observation). Within the context of the picture studies, the child is exploring the use of word patterns in conversation.

A favorite reference book is Write Source 2000 or similar textbook. We do not use the writing portion or first half of the book. When we have questions about quotation marks, apostrophes, or other punctuation, we look up our questions in the back. I've never bought one new. I always picked them up at book sales, thrift stores, or rummages.

Grammar really is not that hard if you now some basic rules.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Great Conference! Fantastic Speakers! Wonderful Vendors!

Friday, April 27, 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 28, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center,
State Fair Grounds, West Allis, WI

What have previous attendees said about our conferences? Here's just a sampling:

"I know that I personally am rejuvenated and ready to continue homeschooling with much more enthusiasm than I did earlier this week!  In fact, my whole family feels more balanced already!"
"Thank you to everyone involved for an absolutely WONDERFUL blessing this year's GMCHE conference was to me and our family. We loved every moment, from the vendor halls to the talks... everything! Your hospitality, once again, was so inviting and warm. I felt surrounded by love." 
"It was a wonderful conference!!!  I enjoyed just being able to connect with everyone and putting names with faces of people I know, but am not always able to place when conversing on-line."

Who is invited to attend?
  • Experienced homeschoolers 
  • Brand-new homeschoolers 
  • Those thinking about homeschooling 
  • Those skeptical about homeschooling 
  • Virtual schoolers 
  • Non-homeschoolers who love good speakers and great shopping
  • Individual moms or dads, couples, or entire families!
Check out the many talks, the wonderful vendors, the great children's programs if you want to bring the family. We offer Mass, confession, and Adoration - this is part retreat, part conference.

We hope you'll come. The time and money spent at a conference are a great investment in boosting your confidence, energy, faith, and joy in educating your children!

Happy Easter, and God bless you and yours, 
The "Celebrate the Faith" Conference Committee

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How to Teach Grammar

How to Teach Grammar and Make it stick?
Why teach grammar? How much do I need to know? When should I start?
These and other questions will be addressed in this lively talk/discussion. The information shared applies to any grammar program. With helpful, common sense tricks you can make grammar stick.

This is the description of my talk that I will be giving at our Catholic Homeschool Conference, Celebrate the Faith. To find out how to teach grammar and make it stick, come register at

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He is Risen! Alleluia!

He is Risen! Alleluia!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Never Fail Smoothie

So many titles to choose from: Fool Proof Smoothie! The Best Smoothie! Super Smoothie! Super Simple, Super Smoothie! Take your pick.

2 Bananas
Frozen strawberries
1 can crushed pineapple
Coconut milk, just enough so it is not too thick
 (If desired, protein powder)
(If you want to get veggies in someone's diet, add a few leaves of spinach)

There it is! Now I just need the pic!