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Top Ten Reasons Why I Homeschool Revisited

In March of 2009, I wrote a post about the top ten reasons why I homeschool. That was five years ago, when my children were in grades K-4, 2, 4, and 7. Today they’re in grades 4, 7, 9, and 12.  I thought I’d revisit those reasons and see if anything’s changed. Homeschooling puts my children’s character education back in my hands. This is

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A Senior, a Fourth-Grader, and Two Between

It seems as if every year of homeschooling has presented us with new challenges. And that’s as it should be, as each year the children learn and grow and change. But this has been my most challenging year yet. This year, I have a fourth-grader, a seventh-grader, a ninth-grader, and my first senior. And while academically my senior doesn’t have much left to complete,

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Homeschooling Co-op

For the past five years, we’ve been a part of a smaller homeschooling co-op. It’s actually the third co-op we’ve joined, and it’s the one we’ve been able to stick with. But not all homeschoolers are part of a co-op, and that’s okay too. Homeschooling Co-op #1 We joined our first co-op when my oldest was just in third grade and my youngest was

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Out and About During the School Day

The area where we live has lots of homeschoolers. Some parents teach all the lessons themselves, some have their children participate in co-ops, and others use online programs. However it’s done, there’s usually some time during the traditional school day when families have to run errands. It’s no surprise anymore to see kids out and about during school hours. But as a homeschooler, you

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All About Bones

Whether your child is learning about animals or his own body, a study of bones is a good place to start. And you can find the supplies you need in your local grocery store – or your very own kitchen! What You’ll Need Disposable Pan Bleach Whole Chicken from the Grocery Store Tape Construction Paper Picture of a human skeleton Picture of a chicken’s

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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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Keep A Reading Journal

If you’re like me, you love learning with your kids – just not keeping up with the paperwork. But there is some paperwork that’s rewarding for both you and your child. It can even be fun! A reading journal is just that kind of paperwork. What to Include No matter what age your child is, he can keep a record of the books he’s

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