Learning to Read with Letter Cards

Learning to Read with Letter Cards Some of my biggest challenges as a homeschooling mom have involved reading. My youngest child has had an especially difficult time learning to read, so much so that I had to find someone else who could help. That’s when I learned about “letter cards”. I must admit, I don’t know much about teaching reading. My oldest child just

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Interview with Jim Weiss – Storytelling and Homeschooling

I recently had the special privilege of interviewing international storyteller Jim Weiss. I first heard of Jim in the late 90s before my oldest officially started school. “We love these stories,” my friend told me. “You have to hear them, too!” I was so glad I took her advice!  Twenty-five years ago, Jim and his wife Randy formed Greathall Productions. They have since produced

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Homeschooling Support Required

Homeschooling Support Required Sometimes, when I look at homeschooling blogs online, I feel quite put to shame. Other moms have their school days meticulously scheduled with lots of great hands-on activities, all with a passel of children sitting around the table eager to learn. Or perhaps it just seems that way. The thing I have to keep reminding myself is that many posts often

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Sport

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Sport Playing a team sport benefits children in so many ways. All of my children have enjoyed playing on a team at some time or another. Not only did they sharpen their playing skills, they learned how to work together with other team members, how to follow the coach’s directions, and how to win (or lose) graciously.

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Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program

Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program Recently, we visited the Carl Sandburg House, where author and poet Carl Sandburg lived with his family during the last 20 years of his life. When he passed away, his wife Lilian wanted to preserve his legacy; his home became part of a national park. Now when visitors tour the home, kids (of all ages) can also join

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Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum: So Many Choices!

Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum Now that you know your child’s learning style and your teaching style, how do you find the best homeschooling curriculum? When we first began homeschooling, there were a number of curricula available, but not nearly as many as there are today. Some companies provide whole sets complete with language arts, handwriting, science, math, art, and foreign language. Others focus on particular

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Your Teaching Style – Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum

While it’s important to consider your child’s learning style, it’s just as important to determine your own teaching style. What method suits you best as you educate your child at home? Do you like everything planned out ahead of time? Some curricula provide the exact words to say to your student as you go through the lesson. Does that kind of detail bring a

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Learning Styles – Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum

Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum As you sift through the many types of homeschooling curriculum, keep in mind the way your children learn best — their learning styles. When all of my children were school-age with work to complete, that was something I let slip — and it showed. Learning Styles There are four years between my three oldest, so there were a couple of years when they

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More Than Painting

More Than Painting Throughout the summer and sometimes during the school year, I teach painting classes at our local arts and crafts store. In the classes, I show students how to create a certain picture using acrylic paints on canvas. We go step by step; I paint each part of the picture, and they follow along. Even though we’re all painting the same thing,

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Choosing Homeschool Curriculum: Have Confidence

Choosing homeschool curriculum for your student can be quite a challenge, one you might not feel ready for. When we first began homeschooling twelve years ago, there weren’t nearly as many curricula available as there are today. A few publishers offered complete packages that covered every subject; other publishers offered a subject or two.  But because we were on such a limited budget, I never

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