Fifth Grade

Ready for the Real World

One of the common criticisms about homeschooling is that the homeschooled child isn’t ready to face real world. After all, they haven’t been in a school setting dealing with peer pressure, difficult classmates, and lots of distractions. But I would argue that many homeschooled students are actually MORE prepared for life after school. Here’s why: 1. Homeschooled children receive more one-on-one instruction when they

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A Little Whine with that Cheese Stick?

Usually I have a couple of months’ break, but this time, it started almost as soon as the school year did. I tried to stave it off from the beginning. I hyped up the new subjects and textbooks. I was excited about all the new things we were going to learn together. I talked about fun field trips we could take as we studied

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Where Do You Homeschool?

It may seem obvious that if you are homeschooling, you’ll be homeschooling at – where else — home! But this may or may not be true. As homeschooling parents know, learning can take place almost anywhere! In the Home We do most of our schoolwork at home. When all of my kids were small, we had a couple of Little Tikes desks where they

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Free Homeschooling Curriculum Online

When my husband and I were first married, we planned how everything would work out for us financially. We would both work but live off of just one income until we started a family; then I would stay home with the children while he continued working. But things often don’t work out as we intend, and it was a real struggle to support ourselves with only

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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #3

#3: Life Will Happen Life does just happen. Even the best-laid plans for getting the schoolwork done can be thwarted by the unexpected. Doctors visits, out-of-town company, car problems, bill payments, sick pets, necessary phone calls, friends or family in trouble, a neighbor in need — all types of situations can throw off a school day. If your children were in school, you could handle a lot of things

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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #2 of 4

#2: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone When we first started homeschooling, we lived in a very rural mountain community. The closest little convenience store was four miles away; it took about 20 minutes just to get to the nearest grocery store of any size. The children and I spent a lot of time by ourselves at home working through lessons together. But

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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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The Anti-Coloring Book

I love looking through used book sales for bargains, and at a recent sale, I found a gem! It’s The Anti-Coloring Book by Susan Striker. The cover says that it’s good for ages 6 and up, but many of the pages would work for younger children, too. What makes this an “anti-coloring” book is that children don’t color the pictures — they draw them!

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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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