Ok, so I know that every mom things that her daughter is awesome, right? Well, mine REALLY is! I am so blessed to have a daughter with such a beautiful spirit. She is so very loving, kind, and responsible. She had such a struggle to even come into this world. She was a twin, and her brother passed away halfway through my pregnancy. The doctor put me on bedrest and told me that there was only a 50/50 chance that she would survive. When she made her way into the world, it was with a lot of excitement for sure. We were so very grateful that she was healthy, and we hoped to give her brothers and sisters in the future. I used to say that I wanted a “house full of children.” However, God had other plans… and she was the only child I had.
After several failed adoption attempts, we realized that we WERE supposed to have that “house full of children,” but they wouldn’t be OURS. Our house has ALWAYS been the place where our daughter’s friends hang out, eat, cry, and have fun…. and nothing makes me happier than to see them happy in our home.
Homeschooling Shelby was such a joy. Yes, we had our moments of arguing over math or writing, but most of the time we just enjoyed learning together. We changed our method to unschooling when Shelby was about 9 1/2 years old, and WOW ~ Giving her that freedom to truly learn at her own pace and to choose what she learned was amazing. I started to see her making very mature decisions and taking on challenges that most children her age shied away from.
At the age of 13, she joined the volunteer fire department in our area…. and it was apparent that she had found her calling. At the age of 13, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. At 15 years old, she told us that she was ready to start college so that she could pursue her firefighting career. I was a bit skeptical… but she wasn’t! She knew that she was ready…. and she had met all of the “requirements” for graduating from high school, so why not? She started college 1 week after her 16th birthday, and she is now 18 and in her 5th semester of college. Am I proud? Yes… but not because of her grade point average or accomplishments (even though they are amazing) ~ I am proud of who she IS on the INSIDE. She is everything I could have ever hoped that she would be… and I look forward to watching her reach her goals and see her dreams come true.
Any New Zealand homeschoolers out there? I’d LOVE to meet you! I’ll be the Key Note Speaker for the 3 homeschool conventions in New Zealand in March, 2013! Please consider attending my sessions and hanging around to meet me!
Knowledge Box Central is looking for some moms to review some of their new individual booklets through CurrClick. These booklets are short and wouldn’t take much time to review at all! Look over the topics and then let them know which booklet you would like. It will be sent to you through Currclick so you will need to log into your account to pick it up. Send the email address you have connected with your CurrClick account to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the file you would like to review.
Here’s a link to our individual Booklets section on CurrClick:
For the rest of December, the staff here at Knowledge Box Central wants to share stories of our Christmas traditions with you and hear your stories in return!
At the end of the month, each member of our staff will choose their favorite story. One of those four stories will be chosen at random and the author will receive all of our Christmas products, in digital form, FREE!
Please email your stories to email@example.com and they will be posted to our FB page.
This Christmas, while you’re planning meals and buying gifts for those you love, Knowledge Box Central wants to treat you to a little something to help you get your students excited about the New Year!
Here’s how it works:
1. Create a Pinterest Board titled Knowledge Box Central.
2. Pin all of your favorite KBC products to this board, making sure the product name is somewhere in the description.
3. Email the link to your board to firstname.lastname@example.org
One winner will be selected at random and will receive one of each product on their board.
Contest ends 12/28/12
Winners will be announced 12/31/12
*Disclaimer~ Entry submission to this contest, gives Knowledge Box Central the right to use your board link on various social media platforms, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Your board will only be used in promoting this giveaway. Prizes will all be awarded in digital format.
Today is Constitution Day! In honor of that, we are having a coloring contest! We have 3 age groups, and the winner from each age group will receive our U.S. Symbols Mini-Lapbook!
Download the pages here. Choose the coloring page for your child’s age group, print out, color, and then mail to Cyndi! Your entry should be postmarked by September 30th, and we will announce the winners on October 8th.
ON THE BACK
of each page,
please write this information:*Child’s Name
Mail your entry to :
Knowledge Box Central
155 Clements Rd.
Plain Dealing, La. 71064
This week is “Be Kind to Humankind Week” ~ What a great excuse to have another contest!
For this contest, we want you to use your imagination and recycling skills. Here is what we want you to do to enter the contest:
1. Create something from recycled or “re-purposed” items.
2. Take a picture of your completed project.
3. Send the picture to Cyndi@KnowledgeBoxCentral.com. Be sure to tell me the name and age of the child who created it.
We will choose a winner from each of these age categories: Up through 7 years, 8-12 years, and 13-17 years. The winner in each category will receive the ebook version of our “Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle Lapbook & Study Guide.”
Have your entries to Cyndi by midnight September 8th! Winners will be announced in the newsletter on September 10th!
New Contest! Tell us a JOKE!
Tomorrow is “National Tell a Joke Day” so of course, that warrants another crazy contest!
Here is what we want you to do:Ask your child what his or her favorite joke is. Either video them telling the joke, OR simply type it out. Email this to Cyndi@KnowledgeBoxCentral.com by August 25th, and we will announce the winners on August 27th.
We have 3 age categories and prizes:
Up through age 7:
~Summer Olympics Poster Contest~
Ready for the Summer Olympics to begin? Let’s make it even more fun!
Here’s what you do:
Create a poster that depicts the Summer Olympics ~ and take a picture of it. Then send that picture to Cyndi (Cyndi@KnowledgeBoxCentral). Use ANY medium you like – paint, markers, crayons, etc.
We will choose 1 winner from each of these age groups:
(1) Up through 7 years old
(2) 8 – 12 years old
(3) 13 – 17 years old
Winners will each receive a $10 iTunes gift card!
Send photos by midnight August 4th, and we will announce the winners in the newsletter on August 6th! Winners will be chosen based on CREATIVITY and ORIGINALITY.
~ Believe it or NOT, July 15th is
National Cow Appreciation Day ~
Of course….that’s just an opportunity for another CrAzY contest from us!
Here’s what you do:
Take a picture of your child with a cow! We will randomly draw 2 names from all of the entries, and each one will win a SIGNED copy of “Spot, Come Home!” which is a book that my daughter wrote when she was 8 years old.
Send your photos to Cyndi (Cyndi@KnowledgeBoxCentral.com) by midnight July 21st, and we will announce the winners in the newsletter on July 23rd!