The Finishing Post

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Image Jo Freitag

I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

And today we reach The Finishing Post.

A post-it note on the signpost declares that the challenge has been completed successfully.

Beloved Snail is bringing Sprite a postcard from Sprite Doll and the other Persona Dolls over at Personas, profiles and portraits blog https://jofreitag.wordpress.com/  notifying her that they are celebrating the achievement of 10 posts on their blog with a tea party.
Retweet and Tweetelle are still enjoying the benefits of the GHF Blog Hop on the topic of parenting gifted and 2E children on a shoestring budget
And Postman Pedro Perez  is delivering a letter from Gifted Resources blog notifying of the completion of 10 posts and the announcement of the next challenge – InkTober.
He said that as Sprite had enjoyed making an International Dot Day poster she should attempt to create one drawing in Ink every day during the month of October.

Sprite has enjoyed participating in this challenge and would like to thank you so much for setting it up, Lisa.

This is the final post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Post it notes

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Another important means of communication on Sprite’s Site is Post-it Notes.

Sprite uses the sticky Post-it notes to leave me messages. She leaves hints about her Christmas and birthday wish lists

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/sprites-2010-christmas-list/ 

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/appreciation-coaching/

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The Post-it notes are used for planning, helping Sprite (and me) to get organized and remember meeting times and To Do lists.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/planning-the-p-party/

and

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/organization-skills/

And Sprite has found it useful for leaving me messages like this one.

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/gone-to-mrs-p-s/

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They have also been incorporated into elaborate April Fools Day tricks

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/interdimensional-travel-01-04-2010/

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I also find the Padlet Sticky Notes Noticeboard program very useful

Padlet sticky notes page

https://padlet.com/

http://padlet.com/jo_freitag14/zbanwzr95y

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Post Blog Hop Post

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Image Jo Freitag

 

I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Another type of Post often found on Sprite’s Site is the Post Blog Hop Post.
I usually try to visit the other posts included in blog hops to which I contribute and leave or try to leave a comment.

This month Sprite, Retweet and I have joined the GHF September Blog Hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/parenting-gifted2e-kids-on-shoestring/ with our post at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/on-a-shoestring/

We returned from the blog hop with a goodie bag full of ideas and links to resources. Retweet had collected several new shoelaces. We found that Tweetelle had commandeered Sprite’s brown shoe and made a home for her caterpillar pet in it.
“You said it was a ‘Do what is most sensible’ brown brogue and you were not using it!” Tweetelle chirped.
Here are the posts we visited and the comments we left or tried to leave.

Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring
Parenting gifted and 2e kids on a tight budget does not have to be limiting. Check out these blog posts to see how other parents created interesting, fun, and educational experiences on a shoestring budget

Budget Friendly Homeschooling for the Gifted Family ~ Through a Stronger Lens (Nicole Linn)
I am often asked about what curriculum I use, how we structure our days, how I keep track of what we do.  The answer is…<<gasp>>…we don’t. How do I facilitate any learning around here without curriculum? Let me share some of our favorite low-cost resources with you.

Our comment: What a great collection of economical resources! Thank you!

Economic Unschooling ~ Gifted Unschooling (Amy Harrington)
Unschooling doesn’t have to break the bank. More isn’t necessarily better and almost everything you need is within reach if you take a few simple steps. Libraries may be the single most important resource in your unschooling on a budget lifestyle. In addition to the plethora of books at your disposal, which you may order online from the comfort of your own home, the library offers free WiFi and computer access. Once you gain online access, the free exhange of content is available in all areas of interest. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) are a great starting point for those seeking higher level learning within a framework and gratis.Your local library may also have book clubs, special learning opportunities such as classes and online courses as well as a clean, temperate environment in which to relax and soak in information.

Our comment: I love this “all moments in life are filled with learning opportunities” Thanks for a great post, Amy.

Frugal Apartment 2e Homeschooling ~ Gluten-Free Mum (Kathleen Humble)
There are many ways we have changed our lifestyle in order to be able to homeschool our children. Adjusting to the reality of a one-income family involved rethinking many of our assumptions about what we needed and what we could do without. It’s an ongoing process as our needs have changed over time. Some of our decisions have been lifestyle based, and some have been more focused on how we create an environment that is conductive to learning.

Our comment: What a great post Kathleen – so many great resources and wise, environmentally responsible, healthy and economical ways of living!

Homeschooling a Large Family on a Small Budget ~ Up Parenting Creek (guest blogger: Eleen Kamas)
One question people often ask when they learn we homeschool is, “How can you afford it? That must be really expensive! Especially when you have so many children!” It does help that my husband is an electrical engineer with a good salary. It doesn’t help that we live in California’s Silicon Valley, which is notoriously expensive, and that we have six children. But that doesn’t mean that educating our children at home has to be incredibly expensive.

Our comment: Thank you for an inspiring post, Eleen. I agree -hand me downs, discounts and bargains and swapping textbooks and resources and  libraries all help make homeschooling effective and affordable.

Homeschooling Gifted Kids on a Shoestring ~ Raising Lifelong Learners (Colleen Kessler)
Parenting a gifted child presents unique challenges – especially when it comes to meeting their asynchronous academic needs. When a kiddo is many ages at once, he needs curriculum at varying levels. That can get expensive…

Our comment: Thank you for wise advice re prioritizing expenses and using the library and field trips and for useful links for some great materils to give on gift giving occasions which provide learning as well as fun

Keeping Up Without Going Broke ~ Homeschooling Hatters (Care Martin)
Parenting gifted kids is complicated. Homeschooling them is complicated too, only now you get to add in the fact that they can, and often will, go through several years of material in one sitting. Mad Natter has very little desire to go deeper into subjects, and some things there’s only so far you can go into them – trust me, the girl who had to write a four page report for World History on *NORTH VIETNAM* in the ’90s.

Our comment: Thank you for this post, Care. You are doing for your readers what a lovely lady did for me when we were at the stage of contemplating homeschooling. She sat me down in her kitchen and showed me all the different types of curriculum she was using and described the pros and cons of each. And it was so helpful when I came to choosing the materials I would use.

The ONLY Thing You Need for Homeschooling {and it’s FREE!}~ My Little Poppies (Caitlin Curley)
So many folks tell me that they know they should go to the library more than they do. They worry about their children staying quiet in the library. They are concerned about lost books and library fines. They feel that Amazon is easier. I truly believe that the only thing you NEED for homeschooling is a library card.

Our comment: Great post with lots of helpful links. I do not think we would have managed to homeschool without our library!

Small Price… Huge Value!  ~ Madeline’s Musings (Madeline Goodwin with guest Corin Goodwin)
We traveled all over the country learning about astronomy, the physical and natural sciences, history (including live reenactments!), and civics. We met people from all over the world. We visited bigger cities… but then left before they overwhelmed us. We made friends and visited back and forth with them and with our scattered family members. No curriculum, no school supplies, and our public library at home allowed us to take out piles of books and audiobooks to bring with us for weeks at a time!

Our comment: Thank you Madeline and Corin. I really enjoyed reading about your memories of your wonderful excursion adventures!

Top 7 Tips to Parenting and Homeschooling an Asynchronous, Self-Directed Child on a Shoestring ~ The Cardinal House (Carissa Leventis-Cox)
These are SEVEN tips our family has found invaluable to our homeschool lives. Except for internet at home which we pay for, the rest of these things on our list can be available for FREE.

Our comment:  Great list of free or cheap options for homeschooling families!

Top 15 Free STEM Resources ~ Eclectic Homeschooling  (Amy B.)
“It is easy for science, math, engineering, and technology to be money hogs. There are so many excellent kits and maker materials out there, but the cost of those items add up. Over the years we have discovered some excellent STEM resources that will cost you nothing.

Our comment: What great resources! There are several which are new to me which I look forward to investigating.
This is a commentary post about the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum September Blog hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring.

To read all the in the blog hop posts please go to http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/parenting-gifted2e-kids-on-shoestring/

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This is also a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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Snail Mail Post

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

On Sprite’s Site the snail mail post which is delivered by Postman Pedro Perez is also transported to the mail centre by snail mail snails.

The most notable of these snail mail snails is Beloved Snail.

As well as delivering letters Beloved Snail delivers postal votes https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/donkey-votes/

And letters to Members of Parliament https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/march-for-the-tree-octopus/

He is always kept busy during the Christmas holiday season https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/wednesday-december-4-im-dreaming-of-a-white-christmas/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-christmas-15/

Beloved Snail has an exciting story of escapes https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/gtstoogies-15-beloved-snails-back-story/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/friday-december-13-god-rest-ye-merry-gentlemen/

Beloved Snail is a regular participant in the Lobster Quadrille which is staged at the annual Lobster Fest held at Sprite’s Site in October

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/gtstoogies-15-the-1st-annual-lobster-fest/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/the-lobsters-are-back/

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/lobby-lobster-fest-2013/

Although Beloved Snail is small and could easily be forgotten, overlooked or trodden on the Memory Elephant finds him easy to remember because he is usually going in the opposite direction to the general flow of traffic. https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/review-of-the-march-for-the-tree-octopus-2-evidence-from-the-memory-elephant/

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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A Post about the Postman

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

The friendly local postman on Sprite’s Site is Postman Pedro Perez. We first met him in December 2009 when he was delivering packages, parcels priority paid mail, postcards and packets for Sprite’s P Party.

Postman Pedro Perez
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/postman-pedro-perez/

He appeared in the group picture for 2010
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/group-picture/

And he came to the Blog Birthday celebrations in 2011
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/belated-blog-birthday-celebrations-4/

He is often seen at Christmas time
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/wednesday-december-4-im-dreaming-of-a-white-christmas/
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/wednesday-december-18-o-little-town-of-bethlehem/

This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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On a Shoestring

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I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Another type of Post often found on Sprite’s Site is the Blog Hop Post.
I enjoy participating in a few of the regular blog hops especially Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blog Hops. See all my posts for these hops at  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/tag/gifted-homeschoolers-forum/

When I visited Sprite’s Site this morning I found the Twitter Bird, Retweet sitting on the signpost announcing the GHF September Blog Hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring with a shoelace in her beak.

“Hey! That’s the lace I lost from my sensible brown brogue shoe!” said Sprite.

“Well, you are not using it at the moment!” replied Retweet “And I have so many uses for it for nest interior design and material for my NEST Ed.”

It seems that Retweet and I have slightly different ideas of what NEST Ed/Homeschooling on a shoestring means.
For Retweet it was a fairly literal interpretation whereas for me it meant being able to provide opportunities for great education on a very limited budget.
But  we did agree about learning situations and resources that could be found for little or no cost.

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Serendipity

Retweet: I discovered how useful shoestrings can be when Tweet brought home one by accident instead of a worm.
Tweetil squwarked “Yuk! Puh! Puh! Puh!” and spat it out but Tweetelle grabbed it and declared she could make a macrame hanger for her seed heart from it.

Jo: Some of our best learning was free or at very little cost and was completely serendipitous. For example when we found a possum which had been hit by a car and took it to the local vet the possum had to be euthanized; but the baby in her pouch was given to the “Possum Lady,’ a wildlife carer, to raise. She visited us and brought some possums and gave the children a wonderful lesson which incorporated Biology, English and Art.
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/gifted-homeschoolers-forum-bloggers-group-blog-hop-stealth-schooling/

Library

Retweet: The library was the best place to find resources for us https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/tweetlets/

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Jo: The library was the best place to find resources for us too
We also bought a lot of materials very cheaply from Op shops, markets, fetes and book  exchanges.

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Recycling
Recycling saves much material being consigned to landfill and provides materials for use in crafts etc.
Resource Rescue in Bayswater and other similar centres provide clean recycled materials very cheaply

Retweet: I recycle all the shoe laces I find by using them as craft materials and also for nest improvement. It is much cheaper than Le Nid Insta D.I.Y. flat pack nest materials for renovating the nest!

Jo: Our daughter Erica repaired and repainted a doll’s cradle which was being discarded and sewed the mini quilt and pillow for it. She also made the Peter Rabbit soft toy from a kit which she was given as a birthday present.

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Multitasking

Multitasking means you can learn many subjects and accomplish many tasks simultaneously which is economical in terms of both time and money.

Retweet: See examples of how we managed to combine our learning with the daily tasks which had to be completed in the presentation One NEST Ed Day https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/one-nest-ed-day/

Jo: An example of being able to use Zome construction tools in many different ways is found at https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/zome-dome-nest-ed-home/

This is a post for the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum September Blog hop Parenting Gifted/2E Kids on a Shoestring.

To read posts from others please go to http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/blog-hops/parenting-gifted2e-kids-on-a-shoestring/ 

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And, speaking of multitasking –

This is also a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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A poster for International Dot Day

Image Jo Freitag

Image Jo Freitag

I have decided to accept Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. I intend to try to add 10 posts to each of my 3 blogs during the month of September. Sprite’s Site will feature posts about posts!

Today when I visited Sprite’s Site before writing my post for #30PostsHathSept I found Sprite and Tweetelle very busy creating a Poster for International Dot Day http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/
“Your post about a post for today could be about a Poster” Sprite said.
She reminded me of the times she had participated in International Dot Day in the past.

In 2010
https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/25/international-dot-day-15-september-2010/

In 2014

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/donkeys-live-a-long-time-5-intermission/

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In 2013 it was wheels rather than dots

https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/wheels-within-wheels/

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This is a post for Lisa Rivero’s challenge to write 30 blog posts for the month of September. To read all about her challenge see http://www.lisarivero.com/30postshathsept/

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