Activities

A Glorious Songbook

Compiled by Cooper Edens, The Glorious American Songbook is a wonderful addition to any homeschooling library. Students of all grade levels will benefit from reading this book, especially if they are currently studying American history. Some of the songs chosen for the book commemorate major events in American history, such as the Revolutionary War (Yankee Doodle) and the Gold Rush (Clementine), while others honor

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Schooling During Spring Break

If you’re like me and you’ve found yourself a little behind in your school calendar, you might choose to have your students continue working through Spring Break. It can be difficult to do, though, if friends or family members have the time off and want to get together. You can make Spring Break both fun and educational, however. Here are a few ideas: Schedule

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Geography with Postcards

Here’s an activity you can do with children of any age. It’s fun, educational, and it helps build relationships! With your child, make a list of all of your relatives and family friends who live in other cities or out-of-state. Write down their addresses on a piece of paper. Show your child how to write a friendly letter, and instruct him to write a

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Backyard Bird Studies | Homeschool

Spring seems to be just around the corner, as this past week has brought warmer weather and sunny days. We’ve found daffodils growing in our yard, buds on the dogwood trees, and songbirds — lots of them — in the trees, in the grass, and all around the house. If you have elementary students, consider doing a springtime unit study on the birds found

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Homeschooling Parents | Share Your Skills

About this time of year, many homeschoolers are beginning to plan for summer studies or the next school year. Our co-op is already beginning to form the 2010-2011 class schedules based on student interest and teacher availability. As you decide the subjects you want your children to study, you might consider sharing your own skills with others – and allowing them to share with

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Taking a Trip – Hands-on Learning

This past week, my oldest daughter had the opportunity to go traveling with relatives. As we were sorting through her clothes, I thought of how quickly the trip had come up and how easy it was for her to join in. Our flexible schedule provided enough time to get her packed and send her on the trip. While we were preparing things to take

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Teach Kids Cooking Activities

If you have a youngster who loves spending time with you in the kitchen, or if you have an older child who is beginning to focus on cooking skills, the website Kids-Cooking-Activities.com is one you’ll want to visit. This cooking site is full of information to help you involve your children in meal planning and preparation. On the homepage, you’ll find a list of

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Overcoming the Winter Blahs

My family is ready for spring. This winter has been a very cold and wet one in our part of the country, with quite a few “wintery mixes” coming through — not nice, soft, fluffy snow you can play in, but combinations of rain and sleet and ice. The temperatures have been too cold to enjoy playing outside — we’re on the lookout for

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American Girl Club

This year, in our co-op class, the older elementary-aged girls are participating in an American Girl Club using the American Girl books. These books are a collection of historical fiction for second through fifth graders focusing on the lives of individual girls during certain periods in American history. For example, Felicity’s adventures take place during the time of the American Revolution, Addie’s setting is

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Homeschool | Fun in the Fall

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year and a great time for hands-on learning activities with your children. If the weather is still pleasant in your area, here are a few ideas you and your child can try: Make a Leaf Suncatcher Collect some of those beautiful colored leaves. Press them between two pieces of clear contact paper or waxed paper.

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