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Schooling During the Holidays

We have a hard time getting schooling done during the holidays — there are so many enjoyable distractions that it’s difficult for me to focus on math and reading lessons, let alone my children. If you’re struggling with getting your students on task this time of year, here are a couple of things you might try: Create a winter or holiday unit study Put

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Holiday Writing Activities

Around the holidays, it’s often hard to get students (and sometimes the teacher!) motivated to do schoolwork. Providing your children with creative holiday writing assignments is a way to keep them learning with an enjoyable activity. Here are some holiday writing ideas to get you started: Write a newspaper article describing the time Santa didn’t make it around the world on Christmas Eve. Why

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Honesty

From the mouth of babes…but all children eventually learn to lie.  And unfortunately, they learn from us and society.  Lies are an accepted social tool. In order to adapt to society, our kids will have to maneuver these gray areas. Absolute truths rarely earn us friends or acceptance. Children begin to lie for a variety of reasons, including  fear, to protect someone, having an

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College Bound? Start Planning Early

In our homeschooling group, I overheard some mom with older kids who would be in seventh and eighth grades talking fervently about the college-bound checklist. I like to know what is coming around the corner so this conversation was of interest. Across the line, I think the homeschooling parents I know feel intimidated with the thought of being prepared for college after homeschool.  

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Apps for Homeschooling

We love applications and are constantly on the lookout for some great ones to introduce to our children- a year old and 10 years old.  There are so many apps available that trying to figure out which ones are the best for us has been near to impossible.  Fortunately, I just got tuned into this homeschooling mom who started a website where she reviews

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Chores – Another Item on the Homeschool Checklist

Over the years, I have slowly added chores for my son to do. He started with putting food in the dogs’ bowls when he was about 6 years old. I always remind and I don’t mind, because he’s grateful for the nudge. He seems to appreciate his chores; I think he feels a sense of accomplishment. I noticed that he is more willing to

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Empowerment

For the first time, my son slept over a friend’s house. As we prepared his overnight bag, I caught myself telling my son “be good; behave…”. I stopped myself because a warning bell went off in my mind.  What exactly was I doing by saying “be good”? We teach our kids to respect their elders, to obey grown-ups and to do what they are

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Independent Cooking

Yesterday was my daughter’s first birthday. My son asked what he could get her and I replied he could make her something. He thought for a long time, and finally announced he wanted to make the cake…wait for it…FROM SCRATCH! By himself. Be still my heart. I am obsessed with cleanliness. If I’m honest, and I am, I have to admit I didn’t want

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Creative Handwriting

It seems as though when my children were smaller, I was a lot more creative with their lessons. I would make up my own unit studies and find the books to go with them. I would create crafts to go along with the subjects, as well as board games made from poster board and cardstock. We also went on lots of field trips to

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Get Organized with Engrade.com!

Just like a teacher in a traditional school, a homeschooling parent often has a lot paperwork to keep up with, including lesson plans, evaluations, and record-keeping. I’m not always the most organized person, so for me this has sometimes been quite a challenge. As with any job, however, it helps if you have the right tools, and for me, Engrade.com is one of them.

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