Holidays

Teaching With Picture Books

When my kids were younger, we read through hundreds of picture books. Sometimes we would snuggle up together and read the books on the sofa, and other times I would read aloud at the table as the children were eating lunch. Some picture books were just fun, while others were meant to be educational. But did you know that you can plan your lessons around a good picture

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Homeschool Record Keeping

Homeschool Record Keeping When I hear the word “homeschooling”, I think about hands-on projects, field trips, learning games and crafts, and fun activities. But just like any job, there are aspects of the “homeschooling parent” position that can be, well, a bit tedious.  While it’s tough enough to get beyond the occasional bad attitude or lack of focus, you also have to keep accurate

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Holiday Activities | Homeschool

The holidays offer so many opportunities for learning, serving, and spending time together. Here are a few of the holiday activities we plan to do this December: Make Gingerbread Houses Years ago I purchased the molds to make a gingerbread house, school, and train. Even if you don’t have a mold, you can still make a house from scratch. Search the Internet or holiday

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Schooling During the Holidays

We have a hard time getting schooling done during the holidays — there are so many enjoyable distractions that it’s difficult for me to focus on math and reading lessons, let alone my children. If you’re struggling with getting your students on task this time of year, here are a couple of things you might try: Create a winter or holiday unit study Put

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Holiday Writing Activities

Around the holidays, it’s often hard to get students (and sometimes the teacher!) motivated to do schoolwork. Providing your children with creative holiday writing assignments is a way to keep them learning with an enjoyable activity. Here are some holiday writing ideas to get you started: Write a newspaper article describing the time Santa didn’t make it around the world on Christmas Eve. Why

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Help With Homeschooling

We’re about to start our thirteenth year of homeschooling with two in high school, one in middle school, and one in elementary. And while it would be nice to take all the credit as their primary educator, I have to confess – I have had lots of help with homeschooling. Play Groups and Field Trips Even when my children we small, help was there.

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Reorganizing for the New Year

The New Year is often a time for a fresh start, and for me that includes a fresh start with homeschooling. Our weeks surrounding the holidays are usually filled with special activities, trips, and get-togethers, so the week after Christmas is a good time to regroup and reorganize. If you’re getting back to lesson planning this week, there are lots of good sites on

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