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Celebrate Presidents’ Day with a President!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Every year, the third Monday in February is set aside to celebrate Presidents’ Day. Originally celebrated as Washington’s Birthday (and it still is by the Federal Government!), since the Uniform Monday Holidays Act of 1971 it has been broadened to include a recognition and celebration of all US Presidents. Moms, that gives you a week to […]

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Reviving The Lost Art of Mentoring

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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The concept of mentoring is often focused on mentoring youth,  And while it is admittedly an important and somewhat neglected activity in our society, a terrific sermon I heard awhile back on the concept of discipleship got me to thinking about “us women.” Many years ago, as a young wife and mother, I sought out some older Christian […]

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How to makeover your homeschool day

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Yes, I know what it’s like: almost the minute your feet hit the floor, and most certainly by the time you’ve reached the kitchen, you know what your day is gonna be like… Maybe, dear homeschool mom, it’s time to “make over” your day! The two times each year I (am tempted to) change up […]

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Coffee and Conversation #131 – Introducing…

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #131!  

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How to study history, geography and cultures using fiction. Map courtesy of Wondermaps, from Bright Ideas Press.

How to Teach History Using Fiction

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Wait, wait, I’m not talking revisionist history here, not about “taking sides” or rewriting it to suit our purposes…I’m talking about historical fiction. Many years ago I discovered this genre when I had a daughter who loved to read and was bored to tears with history. In that ever-seeking way that many of us homeschooling […]

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Coffee and Conversation #130 – Celebrate Culture!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #130!  

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PITSCO has some absolutely wonderful STEM kits for homeschoolers! Some of them include curriculum guides, to give non-STEM-oriented moms (like me!) a boost.

Why Hands-on STEM Activities Are Important

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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I have to admit that being a student of STEM subjects and “best teaching practices” is a very new topic for me. It was only this past year, as a matter of fact, that I realized just how interested our youngest daughter was in science and technology (the S and T in STEM). (Yes, she […]

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How do Standardized Tests Fit in With your Homeschool?

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Standardized tests assess how your children are doing in comparison with others in the same grade level. There are many tools available, and some factors that homeschoolers should keep in mind when considering how ~ and if ~ to administer them. Understanding how well your child is learning, and how to tell if they’re ready […]

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Documenting life experiences in a high school transcript

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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I’d be a millionaire if I had a dime for everyone who contacted me with fear in their eyes and panic in their voices because…it was time to do a high school transcript! OK, to be fair, I once felt the same way. As a matter of fact, when we first started homeschooling, I had […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr Day Resources

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr Day, a Federal holiday celebrated annually on the third Monday in January. Dr. King’s actual birthday is January 15, but the date we recognize it was set by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (yes, really, Congress took the time to legally decide that…). Anyway, while some people take the […]

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