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About Frenziedartist

Just a frenzied-artist homeschooling mom that is fueled by insane amounts of coffee.

Harvey.

I was preparing the Keurig for making the usual cup of coffee this morning. I poured the water into it; realizing I had too much in the cup that I use to refill it. It didn’t seem very much; maybe a little under 1/2 of a cup. As I poured what I didn’t need into the sink, I realized that the people of Texas that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey do not have enough drinking water. Sure, donations are coming in by the truck loads and the shelters are providing it from those donations. However, those individuals do not have the luxury of pouring water into their Keurigs. Their coffee makers were decimated during the storm. They do not have running; drinking water of their own and probably won’t for quite some time. I became humble and realized the water that I poured out was taken for granted.

I currently sell various items in an online consignment closet at Poshmark . I will be using all sales and proceeds towards donations for those affected by Harvey. Here in my local town, a truck will be picking up supplies for those affected by the storm and driving them straight to Texas. I will be purchasing water, canned foods, and non-perishables. With another catastrophic storm in our midst, consider helping those who cannot help themselves.

Next time you make that next cup-of-joe, think about those that cannot. Find a reputable source for donations and take the time to open your hearts to those that can’t freely make their own cup of coffee.  I am a firm believer in karma.

Here are some sources for donations that I have discovered for helping the victims of Harvey:

{Texas}

The Greater Houston Community Foundation

Emergency Operations Center – For Donations

Houston Food Bank

Food Bank of Corpus Christi

Don’t forget the animals. Many animals were affected; the shelters are overwhelmed and need your help!

Houston Humane Society

San Antonio Humane Society

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Houston Chapter

{National}

American Red Cross-Harvey Campaign

All Hands Volunteers-Harvey Response Team

{All sources listed were from the The New York Times . Click the link for more reputable donation sites.}

HurricaneHarveyDonation

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It’s about time.

School is back in action! We actually started around the time the public schools began. We are not on a full time schedule like normal, but we are doing some review. Have you began your new homeschooling year yet? What curriculum do you use?

Please check out the blogs that I follow down below at the bottom of the page. There are some seriously-serious goodies down there.

Oh and Halloween. What will you be dressing up as this year? Traditions?

Until then-

When you want to give up…

I’ll admit. There are some days I ask myself, “What have I done?!” Or say, “I can’t do this anymore.”

I’ve had my eye on iHomeschool Network Blog . They have an ebook that is only going to cost some change that I am going to give a try. I’m sending a shout out to them for their awesome blogs and hard work!

If anyone has read it, please let me know! If you haven’t, give their network a visit. You won’t be disappointed.

iHomeschool Network

I’m always searching.

I came across an awesome article of resources from Parents Magazine Online . Topics given range from online learning resources, blogs, and Twitter accounts.

A favorite of mine listed is Khan Academy . Last Spring, Khan’s math examples were a Godsend for my oldest daughter and myself! It was our first semester of homeschooling & mom needed all the help she could get! I’m looking forward to seeing what the other sites listed in the article have to offer. I’ll be the first to admit; in my free time, I’m searching for ideas.

☮ ❤️ & Homeschooling❗️

So happy to announce…

… my first art and homeschooling blog! I do hope all of you will comment, follow, and share ideas with me on my journey.

My ultimate decision arrived when Christmas break ended; January 2017. My oldest daughter was in 5th grade at our local public school. My youngest daughter was in 3rd grade at the local elementary school. My oldest unfortunately has issues with anxiety. After Christmas break, it was worsening. She went from a fun loving tween to a school refusing tween in a matter of time. We had issues such as this in 4th grade; but summer arrived and we worked with a therapist.

I made the ultimate decision to withdraw her from public school. I didn’t want my youngest to fall behind or feel left alone so I made the decision to withdraw her as well. To make a long story short; she would have been enrolled in the same middle school as my oldest when she reached 5th grade.

I started learning so many things that were going on at the middle school; extensive bullying, violence, drug use, & sex. I acted quickly and began the search for a cover school. We found a wonderful place that we still homeschool through today. The staff is amazing with a capital “A” !

First and foremost; this was my decision & my daughters alone. I do not condemn public schools or parents that choose that path for their families. It wasn’t the path for us. I told my girls; even if that isn’t our path through your entire middle and high school education careers, that will be ok too. Some days, the thought that their education lies in my hands unsettles me. I am able to erase those thoughts with the rewarding experiences we share; them also knowing that I am here for them. There will be days that I share the ups, the downs, the laughs, the cries, the rewards, & the fails. Most of all; I will be able to witness it all.

From time to time, I will share resources, blogs, articles, and anything I research on homeschooling. Also my personal experiences as a new homeschooling mom and what style we decide upon.

Share with me your journey through homeschooling. What curriculum do you use? Are you thinking about starting homeschooling for your family? What are your fears about beginning this new chapter? Are you unschooling? What style did you decide upon?

 

Until then–