Activities

Night Time Adventures!

It was 3 am and all I could hear was soft breathing. I paused for a minute before entering because I used to hate to wake him up! I felt irresponsible doing it, but then I realized it would be unfortunate to have my beautiful, inquisitive son miss the spectacular Lunar Eclipse taking place at that very moment. I gently shook him awake and

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The WriteShop Blog

This year at our homeschool co-op, I’m teaching a class in creative writing using the WriteShop first year program. The curriculum is very well laid out; I have really enjoyed using the program with the co-op students and can’t wait to teach it to my own daughter next year. While I thought I had all WriteShop offered when I purchased the Instructor’s Manual, Student

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One Man’s Treasure is Another Man’s Game!

I can still hear my son’s little voice begging me to play “Grandma’s Treasure” just one more time. Over and over we played it until I started to dread it, like when your favorite song gets played out on the radio . This game would keep him enthralled for hours – the deck of cards enable you to set up a treasure hunt with

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Read to Succeed with Six Flags

Six Flags and Discovery Education offer a reading incentive for students in grades Kindergarten through 6th — including homeschoolers! The only requirement is that you live within a 250-mile radius of a Six Flags theme park. To encourage students to read for fun, Six Flags is offering students free one-day admission to one of the theme parks if they complete six hours of recreational

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Snow Days!

For many of us, this winter has already been a snowy one. The excitement my children show when they see those first few flurries is contagious. After the snow blankets the ground, we bundle up to go sledding, make snowmen, have snowball fights, and take a quiet walk through the icy woods. After everyone’s been outside a while (the kids usually last longer out

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Everyone Has a Story

This week as I was shopping at the grocery store, I stopped for a few minutes to talk with the lady giving out samples of chocolate milk. Though the course of our conversation, I learned that she grew up as a tomboy, was a cheerleader in high school, had a brother who was once an Olympic hopeful, had been married to a pro-football player,

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Sweet Lessons – Cookie Swap!

Every December, a friend of mine hosts a Christmas cookie swap. Anyone who comes is to bake six dozen cookies of the same variety and write down the recipe on several recipe cards. Then, at the party, each person receives a gift box in which they place about half a dozen of each type of cookie, and they can pick up the recipe cards

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Crafts for Christmas

It’s that time of year again — time to decorate the tree, wrap the presents, and bake lots of cookies. At our house, it’s also time to pull out the craft box!  While my younger children make crafts throughout the year, during the Christmas season we usually cut back a little on the schoolwork, leaving us all with more time to create! If your

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Studying the Slithery

About a week ago, my youngest found a small snake in our yard. In our area, snakes are beginning to hibernate as the colder weather sets in, so it was an unusual find. After looking closely at our snake, we realized it was a harmless hognose, naturally prompting a snake study at my house. We found a lot of great resources online, and there’s

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‘Tis the Season — To Journal!

Many homeschooling methods, such as Charlotte Mason, recommend including nature journaling as a daily or weekly exercise for students. One of the best parts of nature journaling, however, is that it’s an activity for any age, from the very young to adults. Nature journaling involves recording in a notebook what you see, hear, feel, and experience when out in the natural world. It can

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