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Our Thoughts…this July 4th

Growing up one of my favorite memories has always been fireworks, those that we could purchase, light and display and those that we watched from afar as the San Diego Bay was lit up with a beautiful display of colors and sounds. Yes, they were fun and I enjoyed the sparkle! I can’t celebrate with fireworks in California as I could when I was young; but I can where I live now. I can now celebrate the 4th and other special occasions with larger, louder fireworks allowing me to watch my sons grow up enjoying the 4th with mortars and roman candles as well as sparklers. My adult son has even developed his own little show of multiple rounds of fireworks. It has been a tradition happily enjoyed and passed down. Continue reading

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Scrapbook of Memories

In an Our Thoughts article, we listed 10 things we don’t miss when the school year ends and then realized that when our children are gone how we miss those same 10 things in some form or fashion. Here is our top 10 list again.

1. Grading papers

2. Writing out lesson plans

3. Adjusting lesson plans over & over

4. Wrestling with how to explain clearly concepts they could not understand

5. Butting heads over subjects of little interest

6. Explaining why we had to learn certain facts

7. Pushing to meet deadlines

8. When school & life collided

9. Worrying if they learned enough that year

10. Why? Why? Why?

What would your list include? Add to our list . . . . . .


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Our Thoughts… Memorial Day 2013

This week’s blog will be dedicated to those who fought to defend our freedoms we enjoy as Americans. They may not be with us anymore, but their legacy always needs to be remembered. Those that fought & died were far from perfect, but they answered the call to defend our nation. And defend it they did . . . sometimes with their lives lost in battle, sometimes with wounds that scarred them for life and later died while or after returning home, sometimes returning home to unwelcomed cheers and later died before officially being recognized for their bravery or sometimes returning home and becoming lost in the “sea of civilization”, sometimes returning home to fame, or like most returning home and living out their lives as before quietly & unassuming.

Whether they died on the battle field, on the way home, or once they returned home, their bravery and reason for why they fought should never be forgotten. For as a homeschooling community, one of the reasons we have the legal right to homeschool is because of the freedoms these men & women fought to maintain and preserve.

We also wish to share with you some of the individuals from our family that served and are no longer with us. They did not die on the battle field but returned home and lived many years . . .


My Grandfather, Refugio Zuniga: World War II & Vietnam
My Father-in-law, Robert Beck: World War II

My husband’s maternal Grandfather, Herbert Myers: World War I

My husband’s uncle, Bernie Olsen: World War II


To the families who still live, the Curriculum Exchange salutes the memory of all those that served & died in our armed forces giving the greatest gift, their life. They represented not only our nation but also represented you!

We encourage you to share with us the people in your family you wish to memorialize this Memorial Day 2013.

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Our Thoughts…

Graduations are a celebration of what has been attained and a starting point to what lies ahead. But as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students, may we remember Solomon’s “commencement address” to his own student–

Proverbs 1:1-7 (NIV) ” The proverbs of Solomon son of David, King of Israel:

for Gaining wisdom and


for understsAnding

worDs of insight;

for receiving instrUction in

prudent behAvior

doing what is righT and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who
are simple,

knowledge and dIscretion to the young —

let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance —

for understanding prOverbs and parables the sayings and riddles of
the wise

The fear of the Lord is the begiNning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

To all the graduates of 2013, congratulations from the Curriculum Exchange!!!!!

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Our Thoughts…

As another school year comes to a close, you as parents have played a major role in your child’s life as teacher. May is teacher appreciation month. So I thought I would share with you some pretty amazing people God used in my life to bring me to the point of serving you:

My Kindergarten teacher, Sister Knapp who was very strict but loving, laid the foundation for the rest of my education

My 5th & 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Bowling, who helped to develop my ability to memorize

My favorite HS science teacher, Mr. Cratsley, who gave me a love for Science

My great HS English teacher that made literature come alive, Mr. Tim McLaughlin

My HS Home Ec teacher, Mrs. Nancy Coburn Harris & a teacher friend/church youth leader, Leola Raymetz, that gave me a love for Home Ec

My college professors Dr Ennis & Lundie Carstensen that further developed the Proverbs 31 women in me through the Home Ec program at Christian Heritage College or now San Diego Christian College

To all my PE teachers that attempted to teach me how to be more athletic, thank you for noticing my heart to do my best even if I couldn’t learn to do a hand stand with the help of the wall.

A very special Jr High Bible teacher, whose name escapes me but I can picture her in my mind, that planted the seeds of Psalm 139:14 in my heart to help me see myself the way God does: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

And to my parents, James & Sandra Barrett, that instilled in me a love for Jesus at an early age and always encouraged me to grow in my abilities.

To you & to the many others that I liked & even to the ones that challenged my ability to like them but brought out in me the attribute of persistence, thank you, thank you, thank you! You inspired me to pursue teaching which I now use to help the homeschooling community.

Share with us that special teacher or coach and the reason why they are so special.

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