Saturday, February 28, 2009

Who has time to blog when you have to draw the hair follicle?

I'm so busy with this anatomy project but it is fun revisiting all my old college notes. I remember this class really stressed me out - the amount of information was overwhelming and all the tests were multiple choice. Laugh if you want - those questions were hard! Give me a short answer or essay question anyday.

Example of exam questions: (these were our "practice questions" for the test)

The QRS complex of the ECG appears as the:
a. atria depolarize
b. ventricles depolarize
c. ventricles re-polarize
d. atria repolarize
e. b and d

The mechanism by which glucose is absorbed in the small intestine involves:
a. breakdown of carbons and hydrogens, followed by diffiusion
b. diffusion with water through the tight junctions between epithelial cells
c. entry together with sodium through a single transporter molecule
d. diffusion across the plasma membrane of the epithelial cells
e. endocytosis into absorptive cells

Simple Schooling Highschool Anatomy (First Semester) will be available next week sometime and that is why I am sequestering myself in front of the computer and trying to stay away form Twitter!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Student Help center at TSH

I spent almost the entire weekend writing upper level science help pages for homeschoolers - or anyone else who needs the help really - and they are now online!

Check out the new Help Center here or go directly to the pages that interest you below:

Plant Biology


Parts of a Plant

Plant Life Cycle 1

Plant Life Cycle 2

Cell Cycle

Cell Cycle Mitosis

Cell Cycle Control

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Simple Homeschool Has Something for Every Homeschool Family

We have so much information over at The Simple Homeschool and I just want to share it with all of you today. Need help with any of the following? Go check it out!

Pros and Cons

Legal Stuff

Getting Started


Homeschooling High School

Online Homeschool

FUN Ways to Learn

Homeschool Videos


Forensic Science









Foreign Language

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The FREE Unit Studies are Up!

...and because I know you all are so busy I'm going to post the link here so even if you didn't sign up for the zine - you'll still get all 9 freebies. It's my way of paying it forward!

I'm pooped today. I was up all night finishing the freebie page and making e-book covers and I've spent the past three weeks getting ready for the big product launch of Forensic Science.

But, it's over now and I have like three whole days to screw off before I have to start writing Anatomy and Physiology.

Three days to myself sound like heaven.

I am going to be updating my about me page today for fun...yeah, that's my pathetic version of fun, to show off my farm and my animals, so stop by and check it out here.

Oh, and the BIG SALE ends Saturday at Midnight - get 'em now - regular price starts Sunday.

J. Anne

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sign Up For 6 FREE Unit Studies - E-Zine Goes Out Tomorrow!

If you don't sign up you'll miss it!

Go here to get all your FREEBIES!

And these aren't just any old freebies, not the worthless lesson plans and endless web-links that have no value - these are all at least 10 pages and have activities built in.

This issue of the Simple Zine focuses on keeping learning fun - remember my last post? Well, I thought people needed a little nudge to get the vibe of it I'm a nudgin', but don't worry - it won't cost you a cent.

Oh, and have I mentioned that The Old Schoolhouse Teacher's Toolbox is giving away another a FREE Simple Schooling Unit Study this week? Go Sign Up so you can get the Brand New Forensic Science FREEBIE too.

And, ya wanna know what else - because The Simple Homeschool has grown so much since last Simple Zine issue and I don't want anyone to miss out on the FREE unit studies, I'm gonna give you last month's FREEBIES as well!

That is 11 FREE Unit Studies if you sign up for two simple things!

Glad to be of service - Oh and don't forget that I have a FREE Valentine's Day Fun Book over at the website too - get it now so your kids can slack off on Friday!

Simple Zine FREEBIES

Happy Homeschoolin'
J. Anne

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I'm addicted to Twitter.......

It can happen to anyone, really. You innocently sign up and start following...pretty soon there is an interesting tweet staring you you tweet back...just one wittle tweet...

Yeah right - Tweetin' is OUT OF CONTROL!

BTW - get my widget....

:slap:'s a disease...a dopamine reuptake issue I swear....

Sunday, February 8, 2009

How Fun is your Homeschool?

Are ya feeling the mid-year slump yet? Are your kids asking when summer vacation starts? Why not inject some fun back into your year by doing something new? I have a whole page over at The Simple Homeschool dedicated to Keeping Learning Fun.

One of the best ideas I had this year was to introduce what I am calling "Upper-Grade Read-A-Loud" ...except I don't do the reading aloud and neither does Little Moe. We have started using audiobooks to supplement our reading program. I never in a million years imagined that such a simple thing could turn my kid on to reading like it was an X-Box.

We do it like this: (It's real simple)
  1. Open up audiobook (you can download them from all sorts of places but I get them from iTunes)
  2. Open up book
  3. Push play
  4. Read along

He LOVES this! In fact he came in to my office last week and asked if he could do reading. We've slammed through Tom Sawyer, The Call of the Wild, Where the Red Fern Grows, and right now we are doing Percy Jackson. He's already begged for Huck Finn, so ya know - I guess I'll have to let him read yet another classic before the year is up.

So if your kids are a clammerin' for something different go check it out.

J. Anne

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Forensic Science for Homeschoolers

Simple Schooling
The EASIEST Homeschool Curriculum Ever!

In anticipation of the FREE Simple Schooling Forensic Science Unit Study due to be out in The Old Schoolhouse's Teacher's Toolbox on February 13th, I've put up a few forensic science pages on the website. There is a handy list of degree granting schools, both associate's and bachelor's, as well as a forensic serology (DNA) page.

If you already get The Old Schoolhouse you should be receiving the Teacher's Toolbox in your e-mail next Friday the 13th. If not, that freebie will probably appear at The Simple Homeschool Freebie Page in March, so you can check it out then.

In addition, Simple Schooling will launch the Homeschool Forensic Science Course on February 12th and will have it on SPECIAL for only $10. You'll get over 200 pages of text and worksheets for your upper middle or high school student for that incredible price.

But don't wait - that sale ends at Midnight on Valentine's Day. Regular price is normally $25 each or Buy 2 Get 1 FREE.

All other Simple Schooling courses are already on sale now.

Check out K-3 Science:
Sea Mammals

The Simple Homeschool -
Where Simple Just Got Easier

Friday, February 6, 2009

Free Homeschool Unit Studies

Yes, that's right, over at The Simple Homeschool we give stuff away FREE. That's just how we roll over is good. Especially in these hard economic times.

Let's face it - we're all hurting like crazy right now but when we started to homeschool we made a commitment, and that commitment was to give our children the best education we could.

The Simple Homeschool wants to help by offering 5 free units studies every month.

Here's how it works:

  1. Just go to on the first of every month and download the Free-For -All freebie.
  2. Sign up for the Simple Zine at the same time and around the middle of each month you will get four MORE freebies delivered to your in box.

That's it. Simple right?

Well, that's what we're all about - getting things streamlined. There is nothing worse than complications.

See ya soon,

J. Anne