children

Bullying – Learning to Deal

A few months ago, a friend of mine was telling me how her son was being bullied at school. She commented how lucky we are that we don’t have this problem because we homeschool. Nothing could be further from the truth. As we have become more involved with study groups, organizations and play groups, we have encountered our fair share of bullying. My son

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Dear Mr. Blueberry

From the title, you wouldn’t expect the picture book Dear Mr. Blueberry to be about whales. But that’s what makes this book such a fun read for both children and adults. Written by Simon James, Dear Mr. Blueberry features the correspondence between a young girl, Emily, and her teacher, Mr. Blueberry. In the book, Emily writes a letter to Mr. Blueberry describing the whale

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Location, Location, Location!

My son’s favorite announcement is “I’m bored!” What he doesn’t know is that sometimes, I am too!  Over the years changing up our learning location  has been the very thing that we needed to get some perspective. Whenever we’ve hit a block, my son is out of sorts or I’m just not feeling so great, our back plan is “Let’s escape!” We are transformed

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Car Rides That Really Take You Somewhere!

When I was kid, my family took a fourteen hour car ride to Chicago.  It was a smelly station wagon borrowed from someone, and since there were four adults, the four kids, including me, had to sit in the wagon area or trunk, amongst the luggage.  We had a blast.  We played every game we could think of to pass the time — punch buggie,

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Help With Homeschooling

Whether you’re new to homeschooling or more experienced with teaching your children at home, it’s likely you’ll have days when you need a little extra encouragement. Fortunately, there are a number veteran homeschoolers who have put that encouragement down in writing so you can refer to it whenever you need to. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or uncertain, pick up one of the following books

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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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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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