• ARCH LIFE

    What May Looks Like

    What does the end of the “school year” means for a homeschool group?  I don’t know to be honest if I can generalize but for ARCH there is still a lot going on in May. It is the time to write thank you letters to outside helpers.  Never take for granted the people who do want to help your group succeed, show them that you care.  We don’t have money to spare but a thank you note is a good way to show your appreciation. The yearbook team is finalizing that book.  Last details touch as well as proof reading one more time and one more time again! Kindergarten graduation…

  • ARCH LIFE

    Big Step

    ARCH celebrated the graduation of its kindergarten class this month.  We had the cap and gown, the diploma, the program, some cupcakes and you know, the whole work! As I was working behind the scene for that event, I had the opportunity to observe those little kids.  They were up on stage and being kids.  Those legs were swinging, they were excited and shy, in short what you would expect from children that age. Now, the real fun or more sweet moments were peeking at the parents while the ceremony was going on.  They were proud of those little guys on stage (which is totally normal) but when there was…

  • REVIEWS

    Language Lessons For A Living Education Quick Review

    I’m kinda late to the game on this book but I wanted to share with any moms that have a struggling student. My daughter has had a very hard time grasping several subjects. We finally got a handle on the reading but still struggling understanding English. I came across an ad for this book and really liked it. It has been great! I just wanted to share so other moms could check it out for themselves. It is published by MasterBooks. *This is not a paid endorsement, just an honest review from a mom who is using that product.

  • JUST LIFE,  TAKE TIME

    Not In The Books

    Last week was a long one.  The last day of our homeschool group coop classes, kindergarten graduation and so many arguments with my child about why he needed to know that “stuff” in math (because he won’t need it when he grows up as he says).  I needed to unplug.  I didn’t want to teach school stuff, I didn’t want to stay inside the house (we had so much rain lately) while it was sunny outside, I was seeking a quiet, yet productive, time. Since I seem to be behind on anything and everything, it was time to get started on the garden.  For some, gardening is easy and for…

  • ARCH COOKING CLASS,  RECIPES

    Homemade Pasta

        In cooking class we try to show kids that its easy to do things that they otherwise thought might be difficult. A few of our younger kids just didn’t believe that they could make pasta themselves. It is so rewarding for them to see that they can accomplish something new and sometimes difficult to them. Some of them were so happy they wanted to take some home for mom and dad. While others wanted to have seconds and thirds! They topped their pasta with their choice of cheeses and/or a easy homemade red sauce. I’ll post that recipe later! Have fun making this pasta with your family, and…

  • ADVICE,  THE REAL THING

    The Homeschool Burnout Mama

      I was reading an article that was saying that the homeschool movement is getting bigger.  There are a lot of reasons for parents to choose that road in that article and they were all interesting big time.  But, to be honest, maybe because I am part of a group, I see a lot of parents signing off on homeschool and decide to send their children to school when they are hitting the 7th grades or higher. What you see, what you read is always different it seems.  Nevertheless, I took the time to chat with some old pros, you know the moms who do have 4 or 5 kids…

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  • ARCH LIFE

    World Culture Class By R.

    This is what homeschool classes are all about….   Yesterday I taught on Israel in World Culture Class at our homeschool co-op. The girls got to help make Falafel and Challah Bread to take to class.          

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  • ARCH COOKING CLASS,  ARCH LIFE

    I’m So Thankful For Our ARCH Family!

    Last week someone asked me why I felt the need to belong to a home school co-op. I listed a few of my favorite reasons to them, not that I felt the need to justify what we do with our time. But because more people need to know the benefits of belonging to a co-op. At the time, my favorite reasons were the availability of classes and activities my children could be involved in. Also a added benefit is having parents I can go to for advice. I mean you got to admit its nice having friends that understand what your going through! Fast forward to this week, and I…

  • JUST LIFE

    Old Wisdom

    When I was a teenager, in the 1980’s something, I was hooked on those quote that you could find here and there in the Reader’s Digest.  Now, it wasn’t the only place that I found them, but that was there that some got my attention. Anyway, back to the present time, this past weekend I was trying to declutter our massive wall to wall bookshelves.  Just so you know, I just got rid of 3 books and they were duplicates, so not a success story there (books make me happy).  Sorry, I am going off the main story here, anyway, I did stumble into a little book of mine where…

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