Parents

Trip Planning

We are going to be attending a conference next month in another state.  Since the plan is to drive there and back, we started to plan for the trip a while back and involved our ten year old in the planning. Since we plan to do a couple of these a year, we want to make sure we make it great this time so

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The Involved Homeschool Family

Nothing bring a family closer than getting involved. Doing fun things like playing a board game, taking a hike, or cooking a meal together are wonderful for a family to do together, but joining in a cause firms up those familial foundations in a way that’s difficult to calculate but easy to see and feel. Volunteering as a family sets a great example for

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Night Owls

Our family is made up of night owls. These last few years, going to bed late has taken root. I find often, the kids seem to be extra alert in the evening, so sometimes I have brought out activities for them to learn from surreptitiously. It’s not a problem since we homeschool, except when we do have activities planned the next day. In those

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Hula

It’s sometimes easy when homeschooling to stay indoors. There is always so much to do its tempting to forgo outings that, let’s face it, can be stressful.  So it’s really great if you have a fun way to engage the kids to just move and be active without ever leaving the house. Hula is something that provides this for us. We studied Hawaiian culture

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Parent’s Night Out

Parents who homeschool their children can experience burn-out. Homeschooling is a commitment that demands hours and hours of being “on” so it becomes imperative when break is the only thing that will keep us sane. Our role of stay at home parent who also homeschool and all the related duties are never ending it seems. Between being with the children almost all the time

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Organizing Field Trips

We are part of various homeschool groups.  As active members, we are expected to plan educational field trips for everyone in the group. Coordinating a successful field trip for a large group can be daunting.  A field trip that supplements homeschooling academics while providing an outlet for our kids to socialize is harder than it seems. Advance planning goes a long way to ensure

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Summer Break

The last day of “school” translates into so many ways for homeschool families. For us, it’s fluid throughout the year, with extra schedule flexibility in the summer to accommodate spontaneous outings with school friends. In the summer, most kids go to the beach, play sports, fishing, camps and park outings. Simply, all the things they were not able to do because they were in

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Put Down the Smart Phone

Nowadays it’s so easy to capture every little special moment.  Most of us have our smart phone on our person at all times, providing video, photography, audio and other types of ways to capture those moments. It is easy to do this so we do, but looking around a playground it’s easy to see how this can be detrimental to our kids, our families

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