Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sonlight now has NO FEE Time Payments

I am pretty excited about Sonlight's latest payment option.
Fee-FREE time payments.

You can now purchase Sonlight Curriculum today and take 3 months to pay for it, with no interest or fees. And, coming soon, you will be able to take 6 months to pay.

  • Your payment options include*:
    • A 3-month plan with 25% down and 3 monthly payments. This option is available year-round.
    • Now available: A 6-month plan with 25% down and 3 payments every two months. This option will be available for orders placed in April, May and June. [We hope to make the 6-month plan available within a week or two. Check back here for updates.]
What a great option for those who want to get all the benefits of buying a full core Core Club Membership, but want to take their time paying for it.

Another great perk from a great company,


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'm a grandma...

I know you are probably shocked because I look so youthful, but yes, Friday April 16, 2010 will live in infamy as the day that I became married to a grandfather. How is it possible that two such young people--more in love today than when we were first married--are grandparents?

Well, it's true and Elinor Grace is probably the cutest baby ever. Bob and I are smitten with this newest Evely.

Friday started normally with Jen going to work while Cris was out of town on business. By mid-morning she realized she was in labor--5 weeks early.

A quick phone call and I was on my way. Before too long Cris arrived and by 6:00 that night Elinor was born. You can see how thrilled she was to see the outside world in the photo above. She cried like crazy, which of course is good for the lungs, so we were all smiles.

But, Elinor was, after all, 5 weeks early, so she needed some oxygen, and an IV and some enzymes to develop her lungs and a feeding tube. But, today, she doesn't need any of it and it looks like she will come home in a day or two. Jen is doing great, Cris is the proud papa and Bob and I are all smiles.

We can't wait for her to come home and to snuggle her in a non-institutional setting. I did get to hold her a bit yesterday and today. This picture isn't too great, but you get the idea. This is one sweet and adorable baby--and I am not prejudiced one bit--just ask Bob!

Take care,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A fantastic convention...

I just got back from the Midwest Convention in Cincinnati. I loved this event! The sponsors were organized and the guards, volunteers and even the crowd were the friendliest of any event we have ever attended.

Here is the booth from the front, with the big banner and Core 400 [Government and Civics with American Lit] and P4/5 [Preschool or Kindergarten for 4-5 year olds].

We had an awesome spot and were swamped the whole time. I didn't get a picture of my team or of how busy our booth was because I was too busy to take a picture. But we did talk to about 2000 people and if you were one of them, thanks for coming by.

I had a whole Newcomer 3--everything you need for one child about 8-11 years old for a whole year. I used to say, "Just add child and stir." Basically you need a child, pencil and paper and you are good to go.

This year I decided to make "sampler for every level" so that you can see samples of every Bible book, every history spine, samples of reading levels and science books. These samplers, along with all the Instructor's Guides really give a good feeling of what Sonlight is and how it works. You can see them lined up her by the "Why Sonlight" banner.

This past year I was privileged to be asked to create "hands-on" activities for P4/5. It was a challenge, but after consulting some early childhood educators, reading state standards and reading through many developmental activity books I was able to create some great activities that are not twaddle.

One friend asked what the definition of twaddle is an another quickly replied,

"Worthless, no purpose, busy work."

If you would like to see samples of the new P4/5 Instructors Guide, click here: and scroll down and click on "see samples." I think you will love it.

If you haven't been to a convention yet, I will be in Lansing in May and in Akron in June. I hope I will see some of you then.

Take care,