Five Island Sojourners

A blog about Homeschool, Cooking and Life in the Tropics

Harness the Power of the Pioneer Women

on August 1, 2012

I fall down on my knees in awe of the homeschool pioneer women– our faithful predecessors who blazed a trail for us through the fearsome quagmire of home education in the early 80s and 90s.  They marched ever forward without Google, e-books or digital curricula.

Let us not forget their sacrifices.  Those once bush-whacked trails lay now-paved before our feet. We are blessed to live in their shadow.

I’m not afraid to imitate them, in fact, I glory in the knowledge and resources gained from their struggles.  I pacify my guilt, believing that they would want me to follow in their footsteps.   Remember, “There’s nothing new under the sun.”  The logical inference that I choose to draw from this biblical truth is that its okay to copy other people.  Print their free resources.  Mimic their glorious homeschool setup. Live their dreams….strike that last one. I got carried away.

And one other thing: live in the glory of the e-resources available to you in this digital age.  Harness the power of the internet!  (I love the word harness, it’s visceral).

Do it for your children!  Do it for yourself!  Do it for your sanity!

In light of that, I’d like to post some of my favorite websites and resources:

For fun spelling games:  Spelling & Vocabulary Website: SpellingCity you can enter your list and it will generate tons of games and activities for your child.

For reading activities: Starfall’s Learn to Read with phonics  This is a phonetically based reading website that will entertain your child for hours.  Its appropriate for age 3-8.

For awesome science games, activities and the like: Play Interactive Games, Puzzles, and Quizzes — National Geographic Kids

For cool science links (videos and games): Usborne Quicklinks: US English: Select a link  This website links with their books, but you can gain access to it whether or not you own the book.

For read-aloud books: One More Story: Authors You Know, Books You Love! An Online Reading Experience.  For about $36/year, you can subscribe to this website which reads books aloud to your kids.  There is a free trial on the website.  The website shows each page, turns the pages automatically, and provides closed-captioning so your kids can read along with the words.  What is this, heaven?

This is my all-time favorite homeschool resource blog:  She’s got all kinds of helpful hints, free resources and encouragements to lavish upon us lesser mortals.

And this amazing math teacher has posted countless games and activities that he has gathered over the years. God bless him–I say that from the depth of my soul.

For resource ideas and interesting community questions, checkout:      Pioneer Woman Homeschooling | Ree Drummond     I started following The Pioneer Woman, back when she was knee-high to a grass hopper in 2007.   Now, she’s practically a household name.  I love, love, love her insightful, fun personality and all the gorgeous pictures on her blog.  Plus, she cooks from scratch, so her recipes are always helpful to me here where we have to start from scratch for everything.  It’s amazing how similar the wilds of Oklahoma are to the remote islands of SE Asia in relation to the availability of food.  I also love her cookbook, which has gorgeous step by step instructions and lots of cool pictures of their ranch.  Anyway, on top of running a nationally-acclaimed blog, hosting episodes of her own cooking show, writing four books and feeding the ranch hands, she home schools her 4 children.  I think there are 52-hours/day in her universe.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl


2 responses to “Harness the Power of the Pioneer Women

  1. Sista says:

    Thank you for all the helpful resources – you are a trail blazer too! Harness it sista!

  2. Ester says:

    We were able to enjoy some of Pioneer Woman’s delicious cinnamon rolls while in WA. Lindsey made a batch earlier in her vacation and froze them. They were delicious!

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