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storytelling, titanic, old schoolhouse, and more insights on the homeschooling summit: a little potpourri

You know how you wander from one blog to another or website to website only to forget how you got there? That happened to me the other day when I came across a wonderful resource for inspiration, schooling, and just plain enjoyment.

Story-telling is the earliest form of recording events and is making a comeback in a big way. Not long ago I read an article describing how company CEO’s will bring in professional story tellers to instruct employees in how to communicate essential truths through the telling of stories, knowing that concepts taught through personal stories will be remembered long after the most amazing PowerPoint presentation.

Author Crystal Laine Miller’s website is a treasury of stories from “when I was a kid” and each one is a living history lesson. The blog also includes reviews of books, which is always a good thing for homeschooling moms. I think a fun project would be to have children record stories from older people and turn them into a booklet form, using Crystal’s blog as a format.

If you haven’t already signed up to receive the free 3-newsletter from The Old Schoolhouse, now is a great time to do so. This week’s article on the importance of downtime for homeschooling moms is a great reminder. If you haven’t listened to my podcast on the importance of mom’s taking personal days, be sure you take a personal day and do that, too! You also might want to read my suggestions for 36 ways to relax, one for each week of the school year!

For those who live within the Peoria area and have children who are interested in natural disasters, as I do, Titanic: Treasures from the Deep Mobile Museum is coming to the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on June 5-6 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm and June 7 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
The tour is free and includes a complimentary photo of your party and Titanic trivia games. You enter the exhibition as a real passenger, view genuine artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, and learn the inspirational stories of the Titanic passengers. For more information and a schedule of their other stops be sure to visit their website.

John Holzmann has written his commentary on one of Kevin Swanson’s presentations at the Homeschooling Leadership Summit that was held in Indianapolis in March. Be sure to read the comment from his son, Luke, which left nothing else to be said! Gotta love the insights of a grown-up homeschooler!



  Luke Holzmann wrote @

Thanks for the nod [smile]. I do love being a grown-up homeschooler–who still has lots of growing to do! But life-long learning is great thing.


  thatmom wrote @

Luke, I like being a homeschooling mom who still has lots of growing to do and I agree that it is all about life-life learning…and teaching.

Just yesterday I amazed my husband with my knowledge of how sheep are so inept that as lambs they have to have their tails removed for hygienic purposes. He was dumbfounded that I knew so much about this topic.

That’s me, wealth of sometimes usable knowledge!

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