First Quarter Portfolio Review for School Year 2015-2016

2 weeks ago, my children had their first portfolio review at TMA Homeschool for this school year. It was our first time to meet their new family advisors and we were all nervous as to how the review would turn out.

When we arrived at TMA, we were ushered into the new portfolio review area and we were all pleasantly surprised!


Then the advisors took them to cubicles and roughly took my son an hour to present his portfolio, while it took my daughter a bit longer since the advisor had another student present along with my daughter.

When they both came out, they were both happy and excited and filled with stories of how they presented and how they enjoyed the new portfolio review area. I et briefly with both their FAs and both gave me good reviews about the children. I am very blessed to hear that the FAs themselves homeschooled all the way to high school, and the FA of my daughter even shared their own journey towards college. She mentioned that she sees my daughter’s giftedness in arts and that we should continue to nurture it. She might even be able to get college scholarship based on it someday.

I’m thankful that both their reviews went fine and we are very much encouraged to continue on our homeschooling journey.

Deciding What Gift to Buy

ID-100162269Buying gifts for some of the people in your life can be a very difficult chore. You may not know the person very well. In these cases, you have to take steps to find a suitable gift. There are a number of things you can do. You may also have to buy something for a friend or family member who is extremely picky about the gifts he or she receives. So how do you get these people a gift they will be pleased with? Here are some of the best ways you can go about deciding what gift to buy.

1. Do not spend too much money

If you are really unsure of what to buy, do not not spend too much. It is very dangerous to just cross your fingers and hope the person will like what you are buying for them. If you do this, there is a very good chance they will not be enthusiastic about your gift. Therefore, do not break your bank buying the person a gift they may just end up throwing away anyway.

2. Ask their friends what they like

If this person is important to you, it would be in your best interests to do some research before you go shopping. Talk to the person’s family and friends. Find out what particular thing this person has been talking about lately. Has he or she mentioned a specific item they really want? Are they currently pursuing a specific hobby? This is very valuable information to be aware of because it will make buying a gift for the person much easier. Also, the person will probably notice all of the effort you have put into finding out what they really want. This effort will make the gift even more special to them. If you know someone who collects Jim Shore figurines, there is a nice selection available at

3. Buy something for their job

You may not be able to get any useful information from the person’s family and friends. If this happens, think about their particular job. Is their anything that they use on their job frequently that you could buy for them? For example, if your friend is a contractor, he would probably be thrilled to receive a new drill or nail gun from you as a gift. Every time the person uses your gift, they will think of your thoughtfulness.

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Life and Legacy


For the past month, I have joined a growth group (Bible study) where we have been studying about Life and Legacy by Edmund Chan.  Life and Legacy is a 12 week workbook devotional that challenges you to think and re-think your life and legacy. We’ve discussed about one’s journey towards spiritual maturity and how we […]

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Essentials Of Cake Decorating


Whether you’re a home baker or work in a store, there are items that you will need in order to make cakes and other desserts for customers. You can also find cake decorating supplies in Michigan that can be used to create delicious desserts for your family and friends. The first items that you want […]

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6th Grade Portfolio


Here are a few pages of my daughter’s 6th grade portfolio for the 1st quarter of 2015-2016. She will be having her 1st portfolio review for the school year this week, I hope everything turns out well!

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Qualifications for a Pest Control Company


It can be a very unpleasant situation when insects or animals have invaded your home. In these cases, you should not try to handle the problem on your own. You should call a professional pest control company to make sure that the matter gets resolved safely and permanently. Many people make the mistake of trying […]

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