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A Fresh Start With Homeschooling

Every August, I feel excited about the new school year. Mostly, it’s because there are opportunities to do things better than I did the previous year. It feels as if we’re starting off with a clean slate, and I haven’t made a lot of mistakes yet. And the best part: we’re not behind!  A fresh start with homeschooling can begin anytime. Then we get

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Interview with Nancy I. Sanders – Part 1

Nancy I. Sanders is a bestselling and award-winning children’s author and the creator of the WriteShop curricula for elementary students. I recently had the privilege of asking Nancy some questions about reading, writing, and the resources she’s designed that can help homeschooling parents teach their children. Q: You’re the author of more than 100 books for children, including many that could be added to a homeschooling

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Learning With Legos

I have a child who loves Legos. In fact, Legos have been a regular staple in our home since my oldest son was about five – almost 15 years ago! My youngest still asks for new sets for his birthday and Christmas. And it’s no wonder! Legos are a lot of fun, and (don’t tell the kids) educational, too! Our latest Lego discovery was

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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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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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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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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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Interview with Jim Weiss – Storytelling and Homeschooling

I recently had the special privilege of interviewing international storyteller Jim Weiss. I first heard of Jim in the late 90s before my oldest officially started school. “We love these stories,” my friend told me. “You have to hear them, too!” I was so glad I took her advice!  Twenty-five years ago, Jim and his wife Randy formed Greathall Productions. They have since produced

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Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program

Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program Recently, we visited the Carl Sandburg House, where author and poet Carl Sandburg lived with his family during the last 20 years of his life. When he passed away, his wife Lilian wanted to preserve his legacy; his home became part of a national park. Now when visitors tour the home, kids (of all ages) can also join

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