Fourth 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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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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Grocery Store Schooling

The other day, I sent my eighteen-year-old out to the store to pick up some sweet rolls. He called me while he was there, asking where to find them. I told him to go along the back wall by the dairy and they would be in the corner to the right. “How did you know that?” he asked. “Because I’ve been grocery shopping for

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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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