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Middle & High School Geography Online for Homeschoolers

If you’re looking for a fun (and easy!) way to teach geography, SheppardSoftware.com is a site to bookmark. I was first introduced to the site when my eighth-grader was taking a geography class at our co-op about five years ago. It was very helpful in helping him remember the locations of the all the different countries. But at the time, I didn’t even consider

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Solutionaries for Students

We homeschool our children because we want to make sure they are learning in the best possible way; because we perceive school is not providing the best opportunities for them. However, I was surprised to find, after  taking an informal poll in our local homeschooling group, that 92% of them follow traditional school teaching techniques and environment.  A large percentage of these families also

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Picture Books for Christmas

A friend of mine told me about a holiday tradition she started when her children were very small. Each year, she would purchase one new picture book about Christmas to add to their collection, and each year they had one more to read. Now that her oldest is a teenager, they have a lot of special books to share, and a lot of special

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Lunchtime Read-Alouds

Unless we’re running a lot of errands, most days we’re home at lunchtime — one of our favorite times to read together. It’s become a fun time to share a book, especially since my children all have different bedtimes, and finding a good time to read together in the evening can be difficult. Once everyone’s lunch is ready, I pick up a longer book

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Peterson Field Guides to Supplement Your Science Curriculum

If you haven’t yet used the Peterson Field Guides to supplement your science curriculum, you’re in for a treat. This series, founded by Roger Tory Peterson, is a valuable resource for students interested in learning about nature. What’s more, they’re available in formats for readers from fourth grade through adult. The field guides cover everything from plants and ecology to the seashore to insects,

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Read About Spring | Homeschool

March 21 is often regarded as the official first day of spring, but around our house, we’ve had spring fever for quite some time. The days are finally warm, and it’s almost time to pull out the summer clothes. It’s also a great time to read stories about spring. Here are a few you might want to check out from your local library: It’s

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A to Z Home’s Cool – Homeschooling Portal

If you are looking for information on the Internet regarding homeschooling, A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschool website is the place to start. This community site offers help for home educators of students from preschool through high school with articles, lesson ideas, books, materials, and curriculum, as well as links to many other online homeschooling resources. New to homeschooling? You’ll find articles about what

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Homeschool Activities: Apple Season

Yesterday we met with cousins and visited one of our favorite apple orchards in North Carolina. If you are planning on picking apples this season, consider making it a field trip. There are a lot of ways you can turn a chore of picking fruit or vegetables into a unit study that’s fun for the whole family. Before you visit the orchard or farm,

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The Read-Aloud Handbook

As homeschoolers, we want our children not only to learn to read, but to become avid readers. The Read-Aloud Handbook, written by Jim Trelease, helps the homeschooling parent do just that: teach children to want to read. Trelease not only explains why parents should read aloud to their children, but he also gives clear directions on how to do so. We read to children,

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Homeschool Help Online

Sometimes it’s hard to recall what life was like before the internet. I remember when we were given a used 486 computer about 11 years ago and started out with dial-up service. Everything was so new then, but today, we can access information from around the world with just a few clicks of the mouse. And this is great news for homeschoolers. Not only

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