Rebecca Gardner (Street Articles Author)

I am a stay at home mom with 6 kids: 5 boys and 1 girl. Currently, 3 of them are home schooling with the 4th starting in the fall- I rarely miss a "light bulb" moment when my children finally understand something they were struggling to process. I volunteer as a Webelos scout leader, though none of my sons is currently working toward that rank. As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time doing things for my family.

I enjoy cooking, baking, and barbequing, but decided I needed a creative outlet and have always wanted to write. Someday, I hope to write a book or regularly write articles in a respected magazine. In the mean time, I have created a blog, Randomly Creative Corner to develop these talents and as a stepping stone toward my goal. I also blog on Becky's Work at Home Mom Blog, where I blog about some of my online work experience.

My past work experiences include working at 2 middle schools with special needs children, working as a lab technician for a well known food company, working for a national company (from my basement) whose clients were newspaper and magazine companies that needed people like me to make phone calls to reinstate canceled newspaper/magazine subscriptions, and I worked in the media center at one of the colleges I attended. In high school, I was the treasurer for student council for 1 1/2 years as well as the library aid for one school year.

I live in Colorado, but hate downhill skiing. I prefer cross country skiing and can do that when there is a good snow storm without traveling more than 10 miles because there are great trails nearby. I enjoy speed walking and running without the kids, plus hiking with the family. My friend has challenged me to join her in a race later this year- it will be my first as an adult.

George Zimmerman is Arrested
Late on the night of April 11, 2012, George Zimmerman,28, was taken into custody after he turned himself in for the murder of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder. Second degree murder sentence has a maximum sentence of life in prison. Zimmerman plead not guilty, even…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Crime   Apr 12, 2012  
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Indonesia Earthquake 2012
The details There were two major earthquakes in Indonesia on April 11, 2012. Immediately, tsunami warnings for the Indian Ocean were given. Fortunately, there was no tsunami. However, the people in the effected areas remained at higher ground because the last major tsunami, which occurred December 26, 2004, was still…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Apr 11, 2012  
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$1 Per Gallon Of Gas In Pasadena, Texas
Ordinarily, I wouldn't be anxious to leave my home state to move to Texas. However, if I were going to be there, today, the 10 April 2012, would have been the day to fill my '99 GMC Suburban with gas. (You're probably wondering why we have such a huge gas-guzzler…
By:  in  News and Society   Apr 11, 2012  
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Rick Santorum Suspends His Campaign
On April 10, 2012, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for President of the United States. He says it was one of the hardest decisions for both himself and his wife, Karen to make. Rick Santorum's goal was to fight for struggling families, the unborn, and increasing hope in the American…
By:  in  Politics   Apr 10, 2012  
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Zero Tolerance Policy In Schools
What is happening to American schools? At the beginning of April 2012, eight- and nine-year-old children were arrested and handcuffed for fighting at Morell Park Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland. A girl in Colorado was arrested in February 2012 for rude language. In 2009, students were arrested for cafeteria food fights.…
By:  in  Politics   Apr 05, 2012  
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EPS Vocabulary From Classical Roots Review
My oldest son is in sixth grade. We have taught him from a more than one vocabulary curriculum over the years. However, now that his reading is getting more complex- for fun, he is reading from the Lord of Rings Trilogy right now- I decided that it was a great…
By:  in  Book Reviews  >  Home School Curriculum   Mar 29, 2012  
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Vocabulary Workshop Review
My fourth and fifth graders use the Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop by Jerome Shostak. There is more than one series available. We choose the 2005-2006 version that has color levels. The 2011 series also has color levels. The colors are purple, green, orange, and blue for elementary grades 3-5 respectively. What…
By:  in  Book Reviews  >  Home School Curriculum   Mar 28, 2012  
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Cholesterol Tests for Kids
You just finished cleaning up after your son's 10th birthday party last night. You are all worn out. Today, you have scheduled his annual well-child check up. Everything went smoothly, as expected. On your way out, your doctor hands you an order for him to get his cholesterol checked. You…
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How to Prevent Children From Smoking
If you have a son or a daughter, did you ever imagine that they would light up a cigarette and smoke with their friends? Most people imagine all the accomplishments and positive experiences their children will have when the get big, not smoking. Yet, the reality is that most kids…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Drug Abuse   Mar 24, 2012  
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Using Food to Teach Math
I have chosen to homeschool my kids. We have a chosen homeschooling curriculum that we enjoy. Still, we like to take a few steps off the beaten path and use food to teach our children their basic math facts. I have developed some home school lessons. The activities I am…
By:  in  Food and Drink   Mar 23, 2012  
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