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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #1 of 4

We have been homeschooling since my oldest was in Kindergarten, and soon he’s going to be a sophomore in college. This fall will begin our fourteenth year. And while I don’t consider myself a “model” homeschooling mom (in fact, I could make a long list of all of my mistakes), there are a few things I’ve learned along the way. #1: Homeschooling Isn’t Easy

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Cicadas, Teachable Moments, and Great Memories

The other day, my son and I were busy cleaning up some branches we had clipped from the bushes. As I was trudging through the heat, I suddenly realized he wasn’t working anymore. I was getting more than a little irritated when I heard him say, “Hey, Mom. Come look at this.” After the crazy-busy year we had this past year, I’ve learned to

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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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Schooling Through the Summer

Every year, I have the best intentions of finishing up in a timely manner. Sometimes we start after Labor Day; other years we start in the middle of August. But no matter when we start the school year, we never finish by June. Unexpected life events seem to throw us off “the schedule” each time, no matter how prepared I am. So now, it’s part

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Interview with Kathy Kuhl – Part 2

Kathy Kuhl is the author of several books for homeschooling parents. In a recent interview, she describes her books and offers help for parents of struggling students. Question: Your book, Homeschooling the Struggling Learner, is designed as a handbook for parents in a similar situation. What types of topics are covered in the book? Kathy’s Answer: Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner is designed in a way that parents can jump

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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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Telling Stories All Day Long – Interview with Jim Weiss

Interview with Jim Weiss Part 3:Telling Stories All Day Long If you’ve looked at Jim Weiss’ website, you’ll see there is a plethora of recorded stories to choose from. How exactly, then, is a parent to choose? I asked Jim for his suggestions, as who else would know better where to begin? Question: Jim, you have so many books and stories available on CD.

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Classical and Historical Stories with Jim Weiss

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Weiss, an international storyteller who has made a huge impact on homeschooling families for years. His recordings of classical and historical stories provide families with an easy way to introduce great literature to children of all ages. As Jim points out on his website, reading comprehension increases by leaps and bounds when a child hears a story

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