Activities

Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #3

#3: Life Will Happen Life does just happen. Even the best-laid plans for getting the schoolwork done can be thwarted by the unexpected. Doctors visits, out-of-town company, car problems, bill payments, sick pets, necessary phone calls, friends or family in trouble, a neighbor in need — all types of situations can throw off a school day. If your children were in school, you could handle a lot of things

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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #2 of 4

#2: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone When we first started homeschooling, we lived in a very rural mountain community. The closest little convenience store was four miles away; it took about 20 minutes just to get to the nearest grocery store of any size. The children and I spent a lot of time by ourselves at home working through lessons together. But

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Firefly Unit Study

You know it’s finally summer when you see fireflies start to light up the night. Every year, my kids (no matter how old) still try to catch them, always being careful and letting them go again. Here are a few fun facts about fireflies: Fireflies are actually beetles. There are about 2,000 species of fireflies. Each species has a unique flash pattern. Fireflies only live for

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The Anti-Coloring Book

I love looking through used book sales for bargains, and at a recent sale, I found a gem! It’s The Anti-Coloring Book by Susan Striker. The cover says that it’s good for ages 6 and up, but many of the pages would work for younger children, too. What makes this an “anti-coloring” book is that children don’t color the pictures — they draw them!

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Grocery Store Schooling

The other day, I sent my eighteen-year-old out to the store to pick up some sweet rolls. He called me while he was there, asking where to find them. I told him to go along the back wall by the dairy and they would be in the corner to the right. “How did you know that?” he asked. “Because I’ve been grocery shopping for

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Deciding to Homeschool Again

We’re in our thirteenth year of homeschooling. We started with my oldest in kindergarten, and he went all the way through to graduation. My other children are currently in tenth grade, eighth grade, and fifth grade. But this has been a different kind of year for us. In our area, there’s a public charter school for high school students. We had heard that it

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Middle & High School Geography Online for Homeschoolers

If you’re looking for a fun (and easy!) way to teach geography, SheppardSoftware.com is a site to bookmark. I was first introduced to the site when my eighth-grader was taking a geography class at our co-op about five years ago. It was very helpful in helping him remember the locations of the all the different countries. But at the time, I didn’t even consider

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Playing Soccer & Learning Life Skills | Homeschool Lessons

All of my children have played soccer sometime during their elementary years. Sometimes it was through our local YMCA; other times it was with organizations such as Upward Sports. For a while, two of my children even played on teams that were put together by a coach in our area who wanted to work with homeschooled students. Playing Soccer & Learning Life Skills Although

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Field Day – Homeschool Activities

Our homeschooling co-op is planning their annual field day! This is a great idea for people homeschooling and looking for new homeschool activities outside the home that involve the community. Each year elementary students take part, and it’s always a lot of fun. If you’re not part of a co-op, don’t worry – you can still have a field day. A friend of mine organizes

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Homeschool Photos

We’ve homeschooled in a lot of different ways over the years. Sometimes we were part of a county-wide group that met for occasional field trips and created an annual yearbook. Other times we participated in weekly activities with a playgroup. Still other years we were part of a co-op; one for a year, another for a year and a half, and the third for

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