22 Jul

Maker Faire Detroit July 26-27:Greenfield Village


Have you ever been to the Maker Faire at Greenfield Village?  They say that it is like a “three-ring circus of innovation.”

If you have a homeschooler with an interest in robotics, electronics, rockets, fashion, science, etc., this event is for them.  There is also food, music, arts and crafts woodworking, and other fun activities.

Families will get to experience over 400 exhibiting makers offering demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

Members of Greenfield Village will receive discounted pricing for Maker Faire Detroit.

The event will take place July 26th- July 27th!  For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.

18 Jul

Build your Bundle Homeschool Edition July 21st-28th


Calling all homeschool parents!  Have you established what curriculum you will be using this fall?  If you are still searching or would like to try something new,  BuildYourBundle.net Homeschool Edition, is gearing up for an amazing week of deals for preschoolers through high school.

From July 21st-July 28th, you could “save up to 92% on popular homeschooling curriculum!” Wow, right? You also have the option to “build your own.” This most definitely caught my eye and I just had to share with you before it starts on Monday so that you can plan and prepare if needed.  You also have the option to get a reminder email before the sale starts!

They are also having a “Build your Bundle Pre-Sale Giveaway.”  They will be giving away $100 towards any of their pre-assembled or build your own bundles!  This giveaway ends Sunday, so hurry and enter before it’s too late.

Have you ever heard of Build your Bundle Homeschool Edition or have ever used it?  Feel free to share your experiences with us.

17 Jul

Homeschool Composition Classes Ages 8-18-Lapeer


If you are interested in composition classes for your homeschooler ages 8-18, there will be some classes offered in the 2014-2015 school year in Lapeer.

Three IEW classes will be offered along with two optional (and free) grammar modules.

For more details, click here. Click the links in the sidebar for more information.

Classes will meet in Lapeer on 24 Thursdays throughout the school year at the
Lapeer Free Methodist Church.

Here is the schedule to give you an idea:

9:30 – 10:30 Elementary
10:30 – 10:50 Grammar Module 1
10:50 – 11:00 BREAK
11:00 – 12:00 Middle School
12: 00 – 12:20 Grammar Module 2
12:20 – 12:30 BREAK
12:30 – 1:45 High School

IEW, or Institute for Excellence in Writing, is a very thorough and effective program that yields excellent measurable results. However, the learning curve for the instructor is steep so many homeschool moms find it difficult to integrate into their homeschool routines. .

*1 – Elementary *(ages 8-11, grades 3-5) – IEW’s All Things Fun and
Fascinating will be their student text. This is the first time a writing class will be offered for elementary students! Total cost $200, payable in four
More Info:
*2 – Middle School *(ages 11-14, grades 6-8, mature 5th graders with IEW
experience) – IEW’s Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons will be their
student text. Total cost $200, payable in four installments
More Info:
*3 – High School
More Info:

Students must pay the registration fee of $35 each by August 15. The fee
covers the purchase of a worktext, copies, and other supplies. Each student
must have a book; siblings cannot share.

Class fee payments will be due in four installments on September 11,
November 6, January 22, March 19. Elementary & Middle School $50, High
School $68.75. Class fees are non-refundable.

*New this year…. Optional Grammar Module at no charge this year as they will be using your children as guinea pigs hehe, to take advantage of this one-year-only free opportunity.  There is no charge for the class for composition students, but a nominal copy fee for the worksheets will be charged.  Homework will be required and must be competed in order to attend class.  No outside grading is included.

Info on Grammar Modules:

The grammar modules will use IEW’s newly-revised Fix-It series. Students
hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a
story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar
knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their
own writing.

Students will take a placement test to determine which grammar module is
appropriate. Placement Test:

If you want to know more about your instructor, click here. I encourage you to read the unsolicited comments from previous students and their parents.

To register, click here!

16 Jul

Homeschool Tailgate Used Book Sale 8/7-South Lyon


The Tailgate Used Book Sale in South Lyon is a great opportunity to sell and purchase used homeschool curriculum, literature, educational toys and games, music and sports equipment, etc.

The tailgating begins Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Set up is at 9:00 AM at 9464 N. Dixboro Rd. South Lyon, 48178.

There is plenty of space to park and set up your own table(s) from which to sell your items to other homeschooling families.  There is no fees to buy or sell.

Donations of books and curriculum can be made after the sale to: Redeeming Two Generations, Homeschool Support Group.

To reserve a space, please email Deb Parkyn at PARKYNLOT@HOTMAIL.COM.

Rain Date: Friday, August 8th! Same time and place.

15 Jul

Camp Mirage Before and After Camps-Plymouth


Camp mirage of Plymouth, currently offers before and after camps for busy families during the summer months.

  • 7:00-9:00 am: Pre-Camp Program
  • 12:00-6:00 pm: After Camp Program

They offer fun stations and much more.  This program is great for families struggling to find a sitter.  For full details of Camp Mirage’s Before and After Camps including cost, etc., click here.