Learning

Sweet Lessons – Cookie Swap!

Every December, a friend of mine hosts a Christmas cookie swap. Anyone who comes is to bake six dozen cookies of the same variety and write down the recipe on several recipe cards. Then, at the party, each person receives a gift box in which they place about half a dozen of each type of cookie, and they can pick up the recipe cards

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Amanda Bennett Unit Studies

If your family is like ours, you enjoy using unit studies from time to time, especially around the holidays. Sometimes we create our own, and sometimes we purchase them. If you’re looking for a unit study to use this holiday season, visit Amanda Bennett’s site at www.unitstudy.com. The name Amanda Bennett has long been associated with unit studies for homeschooling. And visiting her site,

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Studying the Slithery

About a week ago, my youngest found a small snake in our yard. In our area, snakes are beginning to hibernate as the colder weather sets in, so it was an unusual find. After looking closely at our snake, we realized it was a harmless hognose, naturally prompting a snake study at my house. We found a lot of great resources online, and there’s

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Homeschool Conventions

Years ago, when my sister began homeschooling, Bob Jones University offered a week-long homeschooling conference for interested parents. The conference included classes for those just beginning as well as veteran homeschoolers. Those coming from out-of-town could also bring their children along for day camp programs hosted by the university. Not only did parents learn tips and techniques, but they were able to meet and

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‘Tis the Season — To Journal!

Many homeschooling methods, such as Charlotte Mason, recommend including nature journaling as a daily or weekly exercise for students. One of the best parts of nature journaling, however, is that it’s an activity for any age, from the very young to adults. Nature journaling involves recording in a notebook what you see, hear, feel, and experience when out in the natural world. It can

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Twisters!

The past few days, our part of the country has seen some heavy rain and been under some unusual storm warnings. Radio and television newscasters have reported tornadoes touching down, a very strange occurrence for where we live. Fortunately, the damage was minimal. Thinking like homeschoolers, however, we were able to turn this newsworthy event into a starting point for a school lesson. We

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Science You Can Eat

Hands-on science projects involve questioning, observing, experimenting, and recording. While you may think you need a science lab or laboratory equipment to conduct a successful science experiment, think again — there are many things you can do in your own kitchen with items from the grocery store and common cooking utensils! In Science Experiments You Can Eat, author Vicki Cobb points out that cooking

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Novel-Writing for Kids and Teens

For many writers, the month of November is synonymous with NaNoWriMo, a shortened form of National Novel Writing Month. Would-be authors ages 13 and older can go to NaNoWriMo.org to sign on to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. But NaNoWriMo isn’t only for adults and teens; younger writers can also accept the challenge. The NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Program (http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/) is designed

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Fun in the Fall

Cooler weather, colorful leaves, apples and pumpkins — fall is my favorite time of year. It’s also a great time to get together with friends. To celebrate the season, consider organizing a fall festival for your children and other homeschooling families. You can host the festival at your own house, or ask a friend if you can use her yard. Your festival might include

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Alpha-Phonics

As I’ve been working on teaching my six-year-old to read, we’ve had to try a number of different programs to find one that’s a good fit for him. I think we’ve finally found that program in Alpha-Phonics by Samuel L. Blumenfeld. Consisting of just one book, this primer is designed for teaching beginners of all ages in both a one-on-one setting as well as

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