Parents

Love Notes

I say I love you often.  My children know I am grateful to be their parent. I say it without restraint.  Recently, I began compounding that message by giving my children cards and notes expressing my deep love and appreciation for them. These written words express my love, encouragement, appreciation and understanding. It is like an ongoing conversation, one that allows for open communication. 

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Taking School On the Road

I just read about the Vogels a homeschooling family with twin 11 year old boys, who travels full time on their bicycles.  They have been all throughout the Americas, pedaling currently from the tip of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the tip of Ushuaia, Argentina. They reached their destination at the end of last month, cycling a total of 17,300 Miles to the end of

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Homeschool Conferences are Important

We can get so much information online nowadays, it feels like everything we need to know is at our finger tips. It may feel superfluous to attend conference or events for homeschooling, especially if traveling is involved. There are still very good reasons to attend and the benefits are numerous. Here are some: CURRICULUM, CURRICULUM, CURRICULUM! Talk about choices! Curriculum on every major subject

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Five Common Mistakes in Homeschooling

Homeschooling has been a wonderful, fruitful endeavor for our family.  After almost four years of doing it and being around other homeschoolers, we have come to understand that there are plenty of ways to homeschool successfully. However, the pitfalls seem to be the same across the line no matter your style. We have learned to avoid the following mistakes to ensure we continue to

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Sensory Table Fun

Now that we have a little tyke running around, we must find ways to entertain her while we attempt our regular homeschool routine.  An awesome educational way to keep little ones busy and learning is with a sensory table.  My baby girl loves all that is sticky and gooey, hard or soft etc so it’s perfect for her. I also have read that chances

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Make Blue Days Fun Days

In our home, some days are just right off the bat ‘off’ days.  These are days that bring lots of mistakes, short tempers and an inability to concentrate on anything. On these days, homeschooling goes on hold until I can find a way to connect with my kids to make a not so good day get back on track. Every family has a way

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Parlor Games for Families

When I was a kid, sometimes we would pass the time playing what seemed like made up games but were in reality parlor games passed down through the family.  Though some are unique to each family, parlor games are simply indoor games that can be enjoyed groups of people without a lot of set up. My son asked me why they are called parlor

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Wants vs Needs

During a social studies study unit, my son and I happened upon the wants vs. needs discussion. We talked about how needs are those that we cannot live without like food, clothing, shelter and health care. We then went over how though we enjoy items such as toys, junk food, video games, gadgets and fancy clothes, these things qualify as wants. They are not

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Mistakes in Homeschool

The full year my son spent in school taught him many unfortunate things. The worst lesson that he learned, in my opinion, is that it’s a bad thing to make a mistake. Think about it.  In school, when a child gets an answer wrong on a test, he is not provided an opportunity to fix his mistake.  When my son’s teacher commented that he

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Famous Homeschoolers

If your family follows sports, you couldn’t help but hear about Tim Tebow.  When my son was telling me all about Tebow’s awesome moves, I piped in a tidbit of information my son didn’t know about his newest sports hero- Tim Tebow is a homeschool graduate. Of course, my son was impressed. We looked Tebow up in an impromptu research activity and what I

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