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Night Owls

Our family is made up of night owls. These last few years, going to bed late has taken root. I find often, the kids seem to be extra alert in the evening, so sometimes I have brought out activities for them to learn from surreptitiously. It’s not a problem since we homeschool, except when we do have activities planned the next day. In those

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Hula

It’s sometimes easy when homeschooling to stay indoors. There is always so much to do its tempting to forgo outings that, let’s face it, can be stressful.  So it’s really great if you have a fun way to engage the kids to just move and be active without ever leaving the house. Hula is something that provides this for us. We studied Hawaiian culture

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First Businesses

My son has always been around people who own their own businesses. Entrepreneur examples are plentiful, so it is no surprise that at ten, he’s already brainstorming what kind of business he will have. when he “grows up”. Recently I explained that most of the people whom we know with businesses have run the gamut on start up businesses. And as a rule it

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Star Gazing

Last night the kids were wide awake for some reason I could not fathom. I was racking my brain thinking of something calming to do with them to get them to fall asleep. I noticed my two year old was looking at everything in the house through her binoculars. One of her favorite things to do. In the meantime, my ten year old was

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Usbourne Quicklinks

When we are doing research on topics, we usually turn to the Internet. As much as we try to narrow it down, there is such a plethora of information, it can be discouraging and overwhelming. We recently found out about Usbourne Quicklinks. There are many non fiction options- almost every subject.  What makes these books special is that after reading an internet-linked book, you

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Allowances

I have been teaching my son money management skills for many years by using his allowance as a guide. Everyone handles allowances differently, like when to start, how much to give, and whether allowance is payment for chores. Now that my son is 10 I see a great difference in how he perceives money.  In our case, it may have helped we started when

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Politics and Your Child

The presidential election news is everywhere, sometimes in heated words and arguments about health care, economy, jobs, the war abroad among other hot topics. My son has been asking lots of questions.  His friends make comments they hear their parents make so it’s no wonder he is mostly confused.   I appreciate he is thinking about national issues and how they affect us. I

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Human Development and Reproduction

Puberty is a normal and important life stage. As homeschoolers, what do you teach your child and at what age to ensure your child feels good about their body?  The approach and age are important factors when deciding to decimate information.  As early as preschool, human development is an important part of their world. Across the line, experts tells us to refer to body

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Parent’s Night Out

Parents who homeschool their children can experience burn-out. Homeschooling is a commitment that demands hours and hours of being “on” so it becomes imperative when break is the only thing that will keep us sane. Our role of stay at home parent who also homeschool and all the related duties are never ending it seems. Between being with the children almost all the time

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Netflix

In our homeschool, we use various resources. One, in my opinion, is a pot of gold. Streaming videos from Netflix has proven to supplement our curriculum in a very effective manner. For about $10 a month, we can watch documentaries on subjects we are currently learning about or areas we are just curious about. And movie nights are much more fun for variety and

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