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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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Homeschooling Through the Summer

Homeschooling Through the Summer I start ever year with good intentions, great anticipation, and high hopes that we’ll actually finish all the work by the end of May. And every year, we are still working on things (usually math) through June and sometimes into July. Then August comes around, and it’s time to start up again. School for us just naturally goes year-round. But

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3 Easy Ways to Re-energize as a Homeschooling Mom

As a homeschooling mom, I get to enjoy being with my children. All day. Every day. That’s every single day. Days that are full of fun activities and learning experiences, and days when attitudes and tempers are running wild. Days when I feel reassured that my decision to homeschool was the right one, and days when I sit with my head in my hands

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Studying Snakes

Studying Snakes The other day, as my husband was heading out the door, he had an unusual surprise awaiting him. Right behind the car was a huge black snake. We didn’t take out a measuring tape, but I would estimate the snake was at least four to five feet long. Our dog began barking at it, and the snake curled up in a strike

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Doing Your Best

My oldest son is very good in math; in fact, he wants to major it in next year when he goes to college. My next child says she “hates math” – she does all right, but it’s a bit of a struggle getting through the lessons, and she has to work really hard at it. Of course, some kids will excel in some areas,

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Math in the Summer

This week, we had the opportunity to visit with my niece and her children who are still fairly new on this homeschooling journey.  She wasn’t sure what to do about math this summer for her oldest, a second-grader. The will soon complete schooling the required number of days, but it’s taken him a little longer to get through some of the math lessons. He won’t

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Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach

Teaching Subjects You Don’t Know How to Teach Sometimes when I meet others, and they find out we homeschool, they say, “I’m so impressed! I could never homeschool my children. “ It’s usually at that time that I confess that I often don’t feel like I’m very good at it, even after 13 years. That’s when eyebrows go up in surprise, and I know

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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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