Terri's Take... Terri's Take on homeschooling, business and family life! 2009-09-23T21:39:10Z WordPress /blog/feed/atom/ Terri / <![CDATA[2 Gifts and 1 Sale]]> /blog/?p=151 2009-09-23T21:39:10Z 2009-09-22T07:02:11Z
Well, most of us are a few weeks into our school year by now.  There is a certain percentage of us that are having the time of their lives, another group that feel as though they are riding a roller coaster of good days and hard days, and a few that are ready to hail the big yellow school bus coming down the street.  Don’t be discouraged! We have some great encouragement in store for you this week!

50% Off Ebook Sale

50% Off Ebook Sale

First of all, I need to mention that we are having our second annual, second ever, ebook sale.  Every digital product that we carry, including our classes, are discounted a full 50%, for 4 days only.Sometimes it takes a couple of weeks to realize what you are missing.  Maybe you are in need of a timeline to keep track of dates and people and events…  Maybe you would really benefit from some historically based maps in order to track and trace historical events on the landscape of our earth…  Perhaps a few biographies of real people in history would liven up your studies… Or maybe you just realized that you forgot to buy geography curriculum.

Well, now’s the time.  If you want to realize significant savings on any of our digital products, check out this sale and make your purchase in the next 4 days, before midnight on Friday, September 25th.


Also, we have two free gifts for you!  One is called The New School Year and it is an ebook all about getting and staying organized for school.  You can pick that up here, if you haven’t done so already:


The other is a free 5 day e-course for parents of middle and/or high school students.  It is called “5 Ways to Successfully Homeschool Through High School” and if you have made the decision to homeschool your teen or are just considering it, you will really appreciate the information shared in this free course. You can grab it here:



Terri Johnson
Knowledge Quest, Inc. &
Upper Level Homeschool

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Terri / <![CDATA[Keeping Preschoolers Busy AND Learning]]> /blog/?p=149 2009-09-21T22:17:15Z 2009-09-21T22:17:15Z I received these questions in an email the other day and thought you might be interested in my reply, since both answers can be a bit controversial.  What do you think?

1-I have an almost 4 year old daughter who loves to do school!  She is constantly asking to do her little preschool workbook, and any bit of time we spend together in her little lessons are never long enough for her…she is always ready for more!  Do I pace her with what I think she should be doing, or do I follow her lead and let her continue until she says she’s done?  Also, I should mention that she goes to preschool outside of our home 3 mornings a week.

2-My second grader, who spent the first two years of her schooling in public school, loves to read and is a strong reader.  I intended to start her off somewhere in the middle of Jessie Wise’s “The Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading” to just to make sure that she knew the rules of reading, although she appears to know many of them by how she reads to me.  Wondering if you have any suggestions as to how to assess her or to quickly skim through Jessie’s book to be able to catch any spots that might trip her up a bit.

Thanks for listening…and I am loving the 6 month online course!

Here’s my reply:

Thank you for writing.  Great questions!  And that is wonderful that you have such eager learners.

I, too, have an almost 4 year old daughter who loves to “do school”.  Here is what I have done with my children at that age.  I have put together a preschool box and filled it with all kinds of educational things, including matching games, fine motor skill activities, some art supplies, workbooks, coloring books, alphabet and counting games, puzzles, etc.  She is able to work on most of these activities herself, but needs help with some of them.  I get out her “school box” when the other kids are doing school work.  I carve out a chunk of time to work directly with her on pre-reading skills, fine motor skills, counting, sorting, matching, puzzles, etc.  She has access to this box of educational goodies during school time at our home and then before lunch time, we put it away.  School is over, but that doesn’t mean that learning stops.  I will still have her count the number of plates we need for dinner, or tell me what letter a word starts with, etc.  The reason for the limited time at formal school activities is two-fold – 1. keeps her interest high, and 2. saves your sanity.  Let’s look at those again.  If she can keep you busy all day long with school lessons, then she may eventually begin to lose interest.  Plus you won’t have time to work on the other tasks that you have to do.  So keep it short and sweet in order to keep interest high and sanity intact.

About your 2nd grader… If she is a strong reader, I would not use “The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading.”  It’s not that I have anything against the book – we have used it ourselves.  But she doesn’t really need it.  There is no reason to drill phonics instruction when kids know how to read.  Here’s why… Spelling rules are the same as phonics rules, only backwards.  So, just shift into spelling and teach the phonics rules that way.  That will be much more satisfying for both of you.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

Take Care,


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Terri / <![CDATA[Which class should I take?]]> /blog/?p=142 2009-09-17T04:41:34Z 2009-09-17T04:36:42Z I’m unsure whether to go with the Homeschooling ABC’s or with the Upper Level Class.

I’ll try to be brief but you should probably have a little background info!  I have one daughter, aged 13.  We have homeschooled since she was born really!  From the beginning I felt that the Lord was telling me to use a more relaxed method of school – not quite unschooling but close.  I still feel that I was obedient but it is time to move on and I don’t really know where to start.


Hi M,

Thanks for writing.  Truthfully, I think that you would benefit from both, but if you had to pick just one, I would lean towards the Upper Level class.  Here is my reasoning… the Homeschooling ABCs gives you a great foundation for homeschooling all ages, but high school is much more specific in its requirements.  You really have to know what you are doing, so it truly does help to be prepared with the knowledge and tools necessary.  This is an exerpt from an email that I received last week:

I came across your website last week, read the introduction to Upper Level Homeschooling and enrolled in your 15 week course by the end of the same day. My daughter is about to start her 9th grade year and until I found your course, I still felt like I had no idea what I was doing or even if I was planning and prepping her curriculum correctly for the standards of high school.

After reading through the first 2 lessons, I feel like I have such a better grasp of what I’m doing and how to do it…and there are many more lessons to come. Lesson 2, which I just read, brought me so much peace of mind because now I know several ways to apply a high school credit. I had so much anxiety about how to do this before I read your lesson.

I’m so excited that I found your site and enrolled in the class. This is a true answer to a very deep prayer of mine. God certainly guided in the perfect direction!

Anyway, I thought that maybe someone’s first hand account would be helpful to you.  Either way, we offer a 60 day money back guarantee, so if you are not satisfied, just let us know.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.  Have a great week!


Upper Level Homeschool

Upper Level Homeschool


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Terri / <![CDATA[Homeschooling Through High School?]]> /blog/?p=138 2009-09-16T23:57:40Z 2009-09-16T23:54:29Z Knowledge Quest has teamed up with 4 great writers to bring to you a FREE 5 Day e-course to help you homeschool your teen through high school.  We’ve titled it, 5 Keys to Successfully Homeschooling Your Teen Through High School. Okay, so it may not be the most exciting title, but you will love this encouragement, plus the practical how-to’s that we all need when we enter this new phase of homeschooling.

You can sign up for the 5 day e-course here -


Homeschooling Through High School

Homeschooling Through High School

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Terri / <![CDATA[The New School Year]]> /blog/?p=130 2009-09-16T23:46:57Z 2009-09-11T03:54:32Z We are so excited to give to you a completely free ebook – no strings attached – to help you get the MOST out of this school year.

Knowledge Quest enjoys regular contact with other like-minded companies willing to share their wealth of specialized information. Within the pages of The New School Year, you’ll find guidance and encouragement to assist you with all your planning needs. Get excited! This is a gathering of some of the best and brightest to share pointers and advice to get you going and keep you on track this year!

Enjoy!  Be encouraged!  And stay posted… we have more great resources coming your way in the weeks ahead.  This is a great time to be a homeschooling family.

Knowledge Quest, Inc. along with The Old Schoolhouse, Five in a Row, Amanda Bennett, Malia Russell and Ruth Beechick offer to you… The New School Year – Planning Your Course and Letting the Lord Direct Your Steps -  /The-New-School-Year.html.

The New School Year ebook

The New School Year ebook

And yes, feel free to share this helpful resource with your friends!
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Terri / <![CDATA[Best Books for Boys]]> /blog/?p=125 2009-09-10T14:28:08Z 2009-09-10T14:24:00Z My friend, Heather, who writes The Homeschooler’s Notebook (an excellent newsletter that you can sign up for here – http://www.familyclassroom.net), brought to my attention the blog post of another dear friend, Ann Voskamp, author of A Holy Experience blog and A Child’s Geography series, which we have the privilege to publish.

Heather wrote this in her newsletter this morning (there’s a link in her comments to Ann’s blog):

‘Books for Boys’ (by a boy) and a Mom’s Observations

The following blog post was written by a thoughtful and loving mother about the list of books her son chose base on what he believes every young man simply *must* read.

I know this is just one boy’s list, but it is more of a reflection on a life.  The author has set the blog to beautiful music, which is well worth hearing as you read the post (unless you REALLY don’t like crying while reading… LOL)  Disclaimer:  This is entirely not intended to be an informational recommendation — it is just a really great experience to enjoy.  There are some good books on the actual list — don’t get me wrong — but it is more about the mom’s reflections on her son’s life than the list itself.  Make a cup of tea (if that is your way to relax), go to a quiet place — or just shut the door — and read slowly.  It is really worth it. — Heather :-)


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Terri / <![CDATA[Homeschooling ABCs a-la-carte]]> /blog/?p=122 2009-09-04T05:42:11Z 2009-09-04T05:41:40Z
I hope that you had a great week and are looking forward to a wonderful Labor Day weekend.  Now that it is officially September, I just want to let you know about something new we have made available.

We now have Homeschooling ABCs classes available a-la-carte.

Many of you have purchased and enjoyed the full course, or are somewhere in the middle of it as you prepare and begin school this fall.  However, we realize that many of you are on tight budgets, so we have made our classes available to you individually, or a-la-carte, for only $2.95 each or less.  That’s right, you can pick and choose the classes that are most relevant and interesting to you.  Check them out here:


Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  Enjoy the final days of summer and the beginning of fall.  I wish you the very best as you begin or continue to homeschool your children.  God bless.

Terri Johnson
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Terri / <![CDATA[And the winners are…]]> /blog/?p=119 2009-09-02T01:01:40Z 2009-09-02T01:01:40Z Hi there,

Glad you came by to see if you’ve won the rest of the Homeschooling ABCs course.  But let me just say… even if you have not, you have still done yourself a big favor by taking the 5 free classes.

In fact, many of you have a hard time investing in yourself.  But this is key to successful homeschooling!  You know the saying… if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Invest in yourself and finish the course – FREE or PAID – you will be so glad that you did.


Or perhaps you are more in need of the high school course – Upper Level Homeschool.  You can take a look at that course here – http://www.upperlevelhomeschool.com.

Now for the winners… drum roll please…

These 25 names have won the full Homeschooling ABCs course:

1. Christine May

2. Bonnie Sue Walker

3. Emily Strauss

4. Tristan Rowlee

5. Lisa White

6. Jennifer Duffey

7. Cindy Fields

8. Jackie Peterson

9. Melinda Hill

10. Denise H.

11. Rosina Stefan

12. Peter (qleap)

13. Nancy Burcaw

14. Yvonne Perry

15. Emily Plowfield

16. Krista Scott

17. Lauren Sieg

18. Misti Bushmire

19. Sherry Gajewski

20. Amy Dorse

21. Katie Slocum

22. Amanda Proeschel

23. Melissa Holmberg

24. Kristina Schmidt

25. Kelly (scy312)

And the runner-up winners that will receive Lesson F and G are…

1. Michele Chamblee

2. Sandra Reade

3. Michelle Stempson

4. Jennifer Wallace

5. Dawn Doyle

6. Bethany Campbell

7. Laura Weimer

8. Karen Hewett

9. Gay Taunton

10. Martha Conrad

Congratulations to all of you!!  Woo hoo!  That is very exciting.  If you are a full course winner, I will subscribe you to the rest of the course, but you will need to click on the link in the email that you will receive to complete your registration.  And if you are a runner-up winner, I will send you the next 2 lessons as attachments to an email.  So look for that soon (like tomorrow!).

Wonderful.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  You can post them here.  And the rest of you, I hope you take advantage of your special savings here:


Also, please know that there is no long term commitment.  You may cancel your subscription at any time.  God bless and hope to see you soon.


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Terri / <![CDATA[Just $1.74 per lesson!]]> /blog/?p=114 2009-09-01T23:48:09Z 2009-09-01T23:40:23Z We asked…

Are the Homeschooling ABCs a good value for the price?  The majority of you said, “YES!”  Especially with the addition of the $250 worth of curriculum bonuses.  Now you can get the course for 20% less than the regular price – just $1.74 per lesson – or – $9.40 per month for the remaining 5 months.  The first month was free.

You are probably wondering what the remaining lessons are about.  Well, here you go:

Lesson F – Finding the Best Curriculum for Your Family

Lesson G – Get-Together: Networking with Other Homeschoolers

Lesson H – Hands-On Learning (big bonus from Hands of a Child)

Lesson I – Internet and Library Skills (AKA Free Resources)

Lesson J – Just Say No – Staying Focused and On-Track

Lesson K – Keeping Up with Kindergarteners & Preschoolers

Lesson L – Living and Learning at Home (voted MOST favorite lesson!)

Lesson M – Math Can Be Fun

Lesson N – Nature Study and Science Exploration

Lesson O – Out the Door – Time for a Field Trip

Lesson P – Phonics, Reading and Spelling

Lesson Q – The Quintessential Expression of Art and Music

Lesson R – Review and FAQ

Lesson S – The S Question – Socialization

Lesson T – Teaching the Multi-Age Homeschool

Lesson U – Used Curriculum – What to do with it?

Lesson V – Validate Progress with Evaluations (Evaluations/Testing)

Lesson W – Writing’s Not So Tough (plus curriculum from WriteShop)

Lesson X Part 1 – Explore His Earth through History

Lesson X Part 2 – Explore His Earth through Geography

Lesson Y – Yes, You Can Homeschool High School

Lesson Z – Z End is Just the Beginning!

You can jump right into Lesson F today and get each successive lesson as the weeks continue.  The best is yet to come.  Here’s the link to continue:


There is no long term commitment.  You can cancel at any time if you would rather not continue.

Join the ranks of confident and satisfied class members today.  As of this writing, we have had over 1000 parents finish the course within the last 6 months.  Here is what Jasmin had to say upon completion of Lesson Z:

Thanks so much for sharing everything you know about homeschooling from A to Z..  I am more than equipped now to start our homeschooling.  By God’s grace, I hope that I’ll be able to educate my children in accordance to what and how God wants me to teach them.  I know that He’ll provide everything – physically, mentally, financially and spiritually.

You have been a channel of encouragement to me.

May God bless you, your family and your company.

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Terri / <![CDATA[Homeschooling ABCs – Lesson E]]> /blog/?p=111 2009-08-29T20:36:19Z 2009-08-29T20:36:19Z Well, what did you think?

If you have received your final free lesson – Lesson E – in our August Spectacular, you are free to post your comments here.  You should receive it by noon on Monday, August 31st.  However, we are adding a little twist this week…

If you would rather post on your own blog, or on your Twitter or Facebook status, that would be even better.  Tell your friends what you thought about your 5 week introduction to the Homeschooling ABCs class.  Is it what you hoped it would be?  Did you glean useful and valuable information for your homeschooling journey?

There are 22 more lessons in the series and some of the best are yet to come!  Would you like to sample one more?  Take a look at Lesson M here – www.homeschoolingabcs.com/guestdnldcenter2.htm.

If you would like to be entered into the drawing, please post your final comment before 8:30pm EST on September 1st.  The drawing will be held at 9:00pm EST.  At that time, we will post the 25 grand prize winners and the 10 runner up prize winners.

25 will win the rest of the course – all 27 lessons!

10 will win the next 2 lessons in the series – Lessons F and G

And the rest of you will get to purchase the rest of the Homeschooling ABCs lessons at a nice savings – only $47 instead of $60 (you save over 20%).  And remember that you get over $250 worth of curriculum bonuses with that purchase, so it is a very good value indeed.

Here is the link to the special offer for August Spectacular participants:


This offer is time-sensitive and good through September 4th.  That’s this upcoming Friday!

If you would rather not purchase yet, but wait and see if your name has been drawn, that’s perfectly fine and understandable.  Remember, if you want to be included in the drawing, you need to:

  1. Post your comments about each lesson (all 5) on each lesson’s blog posts (scroll below)
  2. Exception, your 5th comment may be placed here or on your own blog, twitter or facebook status.
  3. Send me an email – terri@homeschoolingabcs.com – confirming that you have commented on all 5 lessons and answer this question… Are the Homeschooling ABCs lessons a good value for the price tag and would you recommend this to a friend?  Your answer will remain confidential.

That’s it!  I hope you win!  We’ll let you know on September 1st at 9:00pm EST.  See you then!


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