Less is More

by Donna Thursday, August 21, 2014

Less is more, especially when it comes to commitments to things outside the God, family, and home. When outside commitments rise, the time to: draw near to God, do laundry, make nutritious meals, read that book, sew that outfit, paint that painting, and for wholesome recreational activities can decrease dramatically. An over busy life turns desired projects, the resources, and tools to do them, into a burden. A cluttered life or an over scheduled life can become a weighty burden of distance from God, the our source of strength, as well as, the not done projects, neglected learning, and the under developed talents. Then turns all of it into clutter and guilt.

So, I feel the place to begin in de-cluttering and simplifying is first by the de-cluttering of our hearts, time and commitments. As we simplify the focus and pace of our lives, we find that there is more time for relationships with God and family, more time for personal enrichment, more time for fulfillment, more contentment and satisfaction.

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FREE online "Not Back to School Summit!" Event in September

by Donna Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This event is coming up in September. The Home Education Council of America (HECOA) hosting the "Not Back to School Summit." This will be FREE to listen to live, but you need to register to access these speakers: http://hecoa.com/not-back-to-school

There will be over 30 different presenters with over 70 presentations on just about anything about education, parenting, and home education. I, Donna Goff, will be giving four of those presentations:
* First Steps and New Beginnings Sept. 8th – 10am  (pacific standard time)
* The Power of an Hour: A Gateway to a Classical Education  Sept 10th – 3pm (pacific standard time)
* The Hope Chest Journey: A Call to Beauty and Grace and the Tool Box Journey: Raising Men of Valor Sept 15th (pacific standard time)

* Training-Up a Child: How to Have a Clean Home School Sept 17th (pacific standard time)

Click the link to read about the four different presentations I am giving. Also browse the HECOA site to see the other great speakers and watch the video of Dianne.  http://hecoa.com/establishing-a-homeschool-foundation

Stay tuned for our conference specials!

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Homeschool Conference Special

by Donna Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We had a booth at a homeschool conference this weekend. We are extending the 10% discount to all our Royal Academe friends. The discount code is HOME-ED

http://store.royalacademe.com/

You have to login or create a new account and login, before shopping, to apply the discount code. Once you go through checkout, you are transferred to paypal. The rest of the billing information is filled in through paypal on their site and it is secure. We store none of your credit card information on our site.

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Mall of America: A Gateway to Love of Learning

by Julia Monday, June 2, 2014

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to join bloggers from around the world on an cross country RV tour that was epic in its nature. The best part is that my husband and kids came with me. I was excited to learn how many of my fellow bloggers were homeschooling their kids. Since our trip was technically during the normal school year there was discussion amongst the other home school moms on whether they should home school their kids or not while on our journey. My answer for my family was YES home school, but not in the way you might think. Since my children are young and I believe in developmentally appropriate learning I knew this whole trip would be a learning experience.  The focus on learning at their age shouldn’t be about workbooks, facts and mastery. It should be about fun, play, and imagination. 

On our journey we did have many amazing experiences. My favorite was the day we spent at Mall of America. We started our day with an fact filled presentation about Bloomington and the Mall of America. My family learned fun things like:

- Did you know there is no sales tax on clothes in Minnesota? Yeah they consider food, clothes, and gas all necessities of life and therefore don’t charge tax for them.

- Did you know that they release thousands of Lady bugs within Mall of America each year on Earth Day in place of pesticides for the more than 30,000 plants and over 400 trees which act as natural air purifiers for this epic Mall?

- Did you know that the Mall of America is so huge that 32 Boeing 747’s could fit inside the Mall? Read Full Post...

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Cleaning Creation Plan of Seven Zones

by Donna Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This is my zone plan! 

I begin by tidying the area. Then I work from the ceiling to the floor. Do cobwebs need clearing?  Do wall need wiping? What is the purpose of the room? Are there things in the room that do not belong there? Do books and possessions need to be reassessed, sorted, and inventoried? I can work a zone in as little as  15 minutes in a day, if I have an hour great. The next day I pick up where I left off. I stay with a zone each available day until it is completed and then can move to the next zone. Some zones can be completed in a week, others will take much longer. It all depends on consistency and how much time you giver yourself each time.Read Full Post...

Creating a Beautiful Home

by Donna Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I am an artist and I love to create! Did you know that organizing is another word for creating? Looking at home making, family rhythms and domestic tasks as creative work, really changed things up for me. Read Full Post...

Product Revisions Update

by Donna Thursday, April 17, 2014

Periodically we review our products and update them if needed. As this occurs we add them to our Revised Product List.  This page is where we will post all updates.

If you have previously ordered a product that has now been updated, you can download the new updated product FREE. Go to the store, log in into your account and download your products. Follow the directions on the front page of the store. 

View Current List Here.  Revised Edition Product List.pdf (60.09 kb)

To Access Store Product Downloads

by Donna Thursday, April 17, 2014

To Access Downloads:

  1. Go to the front page of the store.
  2. After your order is completed re-Login.
  3. Click on "My Account" above.
  4. Click on "Downloadable Products" in the menu on the left and your downloads will appear in the center of this page.

Products are for personal and immediate family use only.
For use in schools and homeschool groups, please contact us about group use policies.

How to Create Your Own Nature Notebook

by Donna Saturday, March 29, 2014

Supplies

A Sketch pad made with at least 65 lb paper, 5.5” x 8.5” size or 9” x 12” size, works best. Paper weight determined by how much 500 sheets (a ream) of 24” x 36” paper weighs. This heavier paper works better for inks and water color pencils. Water color paints can be carefully used at this weight, though it still has a fair amount of warping when wet. Alternatively a three ring binder, composition book, or spiral bound notebook can be used.

Here are some sample pages of a nature notebook. Read Full Post...

Nature Notebooks

by Donna Saturday, March 29, 2014


I would like to show you how easy it is to introduce and integrate science, art, and literature into your homeschool curriculum through nature studies.
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