Activities

Twisters!

The past few days, our part of the country has seen some heavy rain and been under some unusual storm warnings. Radio and television newscasters have reported tornadoes touching down, a very strange occurrence for where we live. Fortunately, the damage was minimal. Thinking like homeschoolers, however, we were able to turn this newsworthy event into a starting point for a school lesson. We

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An Unexpected Lesson

One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is the freedom it affords to pursue interesting topics you might otherwise not have time for, especially topics you weren’t planning on studying. Last weekend, as my husband came in from an errand, he had news to share. “Come outside!” he said excitedly. “I’ve found a beehive!” We all ran outside and looked up in the tree

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Family Pass to Learning

A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced us to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. It was there we discovered the white squirrels of Brevard and learned how to tell a male from a female box turtle. This was also our first visit to a butterfly garden, an enclosed area to walk through where butterflies fluttered all around and even landed on

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Incredible Art Lessons

I teach art lessons in my home during the school year, and I have some students who have been coming for a number of years. As I was searching the Internet for new lessons, I came upon IncredibleArt.org — an incredible site for art ideas! From the homepage, you can click on the “Lessons” link to enter the art lesson section. There you can

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Cool Parties for the Summer

Like many parts of the country, we’re experiencing unusually high temperatures during these summer days. While we love being outdoors, it’s hard to spend time outside when the weather is so hot. If you’re looking for ways for your children to stay cool this summer, why not plan a party? Plan a Pool Party:  If you have a pool in your backyard, invite your

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Work Those Brains! – Worksheets for the Elementary Grades

Often, children who don’t work on any academics during the summer will forget some of what they learned the previous year. Time is spent in the fall, then, reviewing what was covered in the spring instead of moving on. Textbook companies know this, so many math and grammar books only contain review material for the first several chapters. While you may choose to continue

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Bookmaking for Kids

This week, I’ve been helping with an art camp for kids in our community, sponsored by the local artists’ association. Because my class was working on writing activities, the art teacher had the kids make their own books. They made two different styles: 1. The accordion-style: The theme of this art camp was “Art Around the World”, so when we talked about Asia, the

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Crafty Kids – More Hobby Ideas

Even if you’re schooling through the summer, chances are your student’s schedule isn’t as full as it is during the school year. During the hot and lazy days of summer, it’s sometimes easy to fall into the habit of allowing children to play more video games, watch more television shows, or spend more time on the computer. You can help him use his time

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“What Can I Do?” – Hobbies for Kids

With more free time during the summer, my rising 6th grader has been looking for a hobby. I’ve mentioned several to her, but none have seemed to interest her yet. This has led us to search for even more ideas, as we hope to find her “niche.” If you’re child is coming to you saying, “What can I do?” consider getting her started with

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Summer Fun in the Sun! – Summer Picture Books

The weather is hot, the insects are out, the kids are ready to swim — it must be summer! Whether or not you’re formally homeschooling through the summer, it’s still a great time for children to keep learning. If you have younger students, you can create a unit study of the season using books found at your library. Some of the books you might

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