Saturday, January 10, 2015

Another book published---- Home Is Where The Learning Is For High School

In honor of National School Choice Week............I have published my 6th book
January 26th to 31st, 2015

Home Is Where the Learning Is For High School has come hot off the presses now from CreateSpace.........

Back of the book blurb:

High school is often the most intimidating aspect of homeschooling.  Most parents don't know anything about preparing transcripts for college and the unknown is scary. Home Is Where the Learning Is for High School helps parents learn the necessary classes to graduate for college, or trade school as well as information on how to write high school transcripts, how to plan and execute a graduation, transitioning from public school and more.

You can buy your copy from Amazon

 About Me:

Valerie J. Steimle has been a family advocate for over twenty-five years writing for newspapers and blogs in support of family unity. She has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints since 1969 and graduated from Ricks College (now Brigham Young University- Idaho campus) in 1979. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo from 1979 to 1982 studying special education and which is also where she met and married Robert Steimle.  They had nine children together and started homeschooling in 1990 while they were living in San Diego.
Though she grew up in New Jersey, she found southern Alabama to her liking and convinced her husband to move there. After 25 years of marriage, her husband passed away suddenly which left her to raise her youngest five children on her own until she met James Foy two years later.  They happily reside in southern Alabama.         
While raising her children, Valerie felt compelled to write about the family and started with a newspaper column in the local paper. She then published her first book, called Home Is Where The Heart Is, which is a collection of those articles. Her next book, Home Is Where The Learning Is: Homeschool Lifestyles from Homeschool Moms, includes seven other homeschool moms contributing their story in understanding the lifestyle of a homeschool family.  Her third book is Of One Heart: Being Single in the LDS World which was written to help all those single and belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints.  Her next publication was Blogs, Dogs and Hobbits: Writings from a Widow’s Perspective, a collection of 60 articles on family life.  After that Thoughts from the Heart was published in 2012 from her latest newspaper column that ran 3 years. Mrs. Steimle has over 300 articles posted all over the internet of various topics. Her favorite topic to write about is homeschooling.
Besides writing and reading, Valerie loves to spend time with her family, volunteer in her local LDS ward, watches movies, embroiders, and gardens.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

What Matters Most in the Coming Year

With all the hustle and bustle of making a living, wanting more and more wealth, or counting on fame and the world winning a beauty contest or superbowl game, we forget what really matters. 

Charles Shultz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip seemed to have gotten it right with a series of questions. You won't be graded on these but see how well you can answer them.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss American Pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor or actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.(Even the last two or three years winners) 

I think I remember some of the wealthiest people. They are always on the news. I don’t remember the last World Series winner but a few years ago it was Boston Red Sox who never win but the point is most of us don't remember the headlines of yesterday. All those people who fit into the winners of those categories were the best in their field. But after a while the applause dies, the awards tarnish and achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. 

Here is another list of questions you might do much better answering:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
4. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with. 

Was that easier? I think so. The point here? The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. They are the ones who care about you. Your family and close associates are the most important in your life.  What really matters most.