Around the Web with Kris: January

100 Books to Read in Kindergarten from Woodbridge Public Library – It might actually only be something like 80 or 90 books for a homeschooled kindergartener to read since some of them are about going to kindergarten in a brick-and-mortar school, but some of my favorite, don’t-miss books are on this list. Check it out to find some new favorites for you and your child to enjoy together.

This Is What Hope Looks Like from We Are THAT Family – I’ve followed Kristin’s blog (We Are THAT Family) since the pre-Mercy House days. It’s been such a blessing to me to watch Mercy House develop and to see how it’s changing lives. This post about hope brings into sharp clarity the beautiful changes that can take place when we follow God’s leading.

Memoirs of a Bullied Kid from Single Dad Laughing – I was blown away by this powerful post from the perspective of a kid (now an adult) who was tormented by bullies from the time he was in 5th grade. Every parent, every person who works with kids, and every kid who’s ever bullied, been bullied, or witnessed bullying needs to read this post. It has the power to change lives.

The Half-Way Point: Evaluating Our Progress from Simple Homeschool – With many of us at, near, or maybe only slightly past the half-way point in our school year, this post comes at a great time for us to evaluate where we are in our home schools and to gauge if we’re on track for where we want to be at the end of the year or if it’s time to make some adjustments.

The Word of the Year from Best Body Fitness – Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Have you broken them all yet? I love Tina’s idea for focusing on a theme for each year…and I love her theme for 2012. It’s not too late to develop your own theme for the upcoming year.

The Hidden Dangers of the Myth of Perfection from The Homeschool Classroom – Buying into the myth of perfection can be dangerous – for our homes, our marriages, our families, and our homeschools. Samantha outlines some of the dangers this myth can present to your homeschool.

Learning Life Skills in a Safe Environment – Have a Family Talent Show! About One – Dana, from A Slob Comes Clean (, shares some of the benefits of hosting a family talent show and gives some examples of talents her family members have performed. What a great idea for a cold winter night or a family get together!

Measurement Conversion Chart from Infarrantly Creative – What a fun, creative, space-saving idea for storing measuring cups and spoons! Adding the easily-accessible, hard-to-lose conversion chart is brilliant.

How to Remove a Hard Drive from About One – In the age of rampant identity theft, knowing how to protect your information when it’s time to recycle an old computer is a must. This easy-to-understand article provides information that would allow even a non-techy person to successfully remove an old computer hard drive.

Amazingly Simple {Homemade} Salsa from Organizing Homelife – I love me some good, fresh salsa. This simple, mostly homemade, recipe is on my can’t-wait-to-try list (minus the yucky cilantro!).

Kris Bales has been married to her incredible husband for 20 years. Together, they’re raising their three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, who range in age from 10 to 16. Kris is Christian, Southern, and sweet-tea-addicted. She enjoys reading, writing and photography. In addition to blogging about life as a homeschool mom, you can find her at Eclipsed where she chronicles her transformation from a morbidly obese couch potato to a runner in training for her first half-marathon.

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