Hissing Cockroaches – 8 and counting!

So today I was at lunch with my honey when I got an urgent (ALL CAPS) text from Princess. (FYI – Princess has expressed that she would like an additional nickname – so for the time being – when I refer to my girl, I may call her Princess or I may call her Webs (after her favorite character in Wings of Fire))

Anyway – – – I was at lunch with my honey and I get an urgent message from Webs.

It said –


I asked how she knew, and this is what I got back:


I figured that was pretty definite. So we did a bit of research and here is what we found out.

For those who are wondering what they heck they are looking at – it’s called an ootheca. Most cockroach species will extrude an ootheca (from my understanding it’s basically an egg sac), after this is extruded the cockroach will usually leave this on the ground or glue it to something. With hissing cockroaches it’s different. Hissing cockroaches will carry their ootheca with them for approximately 60 days. The eggs will hatch inside of the mom, then she will give birth to live young.

Vocab Word : Ovoviviparity – a mode of reproduction in which embryos develop in eggs, the eggs remain inside the mom’s body until they are ready to hatch and are then born. This is the same way it works with sharks.

So – yes, we now have a pregnant hissing cockroach.

I will be able to post more pictures and possibly get Princess (Webs) to blog a bit about the experience.

– Homeschooler on the Edge


Arriving at Convention – Step 1

So – you have arrived at the 2018 HEAV convention – Yay!! Now what?

Well – The first thing you need to do is —- A happy dance!

Ok – now that you are done with that, head over to the registration area.

If you pre-registered, then you go to pre-registration check in, otherwise you head over to registration next to that and purchase your admission tickets. Pre-registration is a great thing because not only do you get to the good stuff sooner, you also get a $10 discount for both full convention and single day admissions. The other bonus is that the earlier you register, the earlier your entry time for the Used Curriculum Sale.

Although if you want to get into the UCS earlier . . . then your next stop should be at the volunteer table. If you already signed up to volunteer then you just need to pick up your volunteer info, if you haven’t you can see where people are still needed. Click here information about volunteering.

Ok – So – you have arrived, checked in and volunteered, now what?

Now find a place to sit and check out that goodie bag that you got at check in along with your Convention Program. The goodie bag usually contains coupons and information about vendors. Looking at it ahead of time will help you to know if your favorite vendor is having a special deal, or give you ideas of somewhere new that you want to check out. The Convention program is another “goodie” although it’s usually not in the bag.

The program contains all sorts of great information. It has maps, it has schedules, it has coupons, it has all sorts of great information. Be sure to take some time to check it out.

See you at convention!

Michelle –

What kind of homeschooler are you?

I haven’t posted for a while because, well, life happened. Anyway, I figured I would start back with one of those ultra-popular “What kind of (fill in the blank) are you?” I know what you are thinking, “Wow, how did she know that I was just wondering what kind of homeschooler I am?”, and now you are thinking, “Ok, that was creepy, she can read minds.” But I digress.

So, the first thing to establish is simple. Are you a homeschooler? If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, then Yes, you are a homeschooler.

  • Do you have kids?
  • Have you ever taught them anything? (Anything means, anything from Reading to math, to walking and talking.)

Ok – so now that we have established who the homeschoolers are, let’s find out what kind of homeschooler you are.

After a quick google search, I found a list of “types” of homeschoolers. They are as follows:

  • School at Home
  • Relaxed Homeschooling
  • Unschooling
  • Classical
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Waldorf
  • Montessori
  • Multiple Intelligences

I have to say that I had to look up some of those to find out what some of them meant. Some I figured out, such as “school at home” it’s, well school at home, you have a set schedule, you, as the teacher, teach to the student(s) certain subjects as specified times. Relaxed Homeschooling are similar, except that some people view unschooling as uber relaxed homeschooling.  Classical, Charlotte Mason, Waldorf and Montessori are all types of schedule/curriculum. These vary from how they are scheduled and what is being taught, but in general it gives you (as the parent) guidance on what to teach when. Finally multiple intelligences (one of the ones I had to look up), could also be called Learning Style Homeschooling as it teaches to each child based on the way they learn.

So – do any of those sound like you? Are you more than one? Do you have no idea where you fit into that list?

Here’s the thing – it doesn’t matter. Yup, I’ll say that again, it doesn’t matter which “kind” of homeschooler you are. Sometimes people get caught up in the labels and trying to figure out what they are supposed to be doing. My goal is to be the kind of homeschooler who teaches their kids to love learning, to enjoy life, to be kind, to be loving. My goal is not to be perfect – that’s never going to happen – but my goal is to try my best. And when (when, not if) I miss the mark,  then my goal is to try again.

So what kind of homeschooler are you? You are an imperfect homeschooler, created by a perfect God who gave you these children. You are going to have major triumphs, you are going to have some epic fails, and in the midst of it all, your children will be learning. What kind of a homeschooler are you? You are the best teacher for your kids kind of homeschooler.

And you are amazing at it!

As I mentioned at the beginning, it’s been a while since I posted anything and at some point I may even write about all of that. But for now, I am planning for the upcoming HEAV Convention, because I am also the kind of homeschooler that LOVES the HEAV convention. Why? Because it is amazing! I love sending hours (or days) in the exhibit hall, I love love love the Used Curriculum Sale, I love seeing people that I only see once a year at the convention, and I love all of the amazing volunteers that make it possible year after year.

If you have never been then treat yourself this year and plan to attend. In fact, you could attend for free. There are several ways to do that and one of them is by entering my drawing for a free family pass for convention! If you have already paid for convention, then you will get a refund if you win.

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Moving In

So how long does it take to move? I have seen some places that say they bought a house, packed up, moved in, unpacked and were settled in within about half an hour, while others say they have been there for 20 years and once the last box is unpacked, they will post how long it takes.

For us – as for most people – it’s different. Part of that is the homeschooling, the age of the kids, the things we are involved in outside of the house – and part of that is what is your primary focus. The day we moved into our new home (before we got our things from storage), we had mattresses to sleep on, paint and painting supplies to paint the walls, and the home entertainment items.

At some point I plan on posting pictures of our journey from our previous home, to the rental house, to our new home, however right now, I’m just trying to get things unpacked.

It is nice to have everything under one roof again.  🙂

As for school supplies – those of you who have read my blog before know I have a weakness for school supplies and craft stuff – well – here are some before pictures – don’t say I didn’t warn you.

school room - before

School Room – before

Craft Area - before

Craft Area – before

As for the after pictures – well, give me a few days, weeks, years . . .

mcrooker – homeschooler on the edge