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Tune Into Free Online Resources with ITunesU!

I recently upgraded to an IPhone and was in the process of downloading my music library from ITunes when I came across ITunesU.  What caught my eye was the phrase “free education”.  As all homeschooling parents will understand, I am always on the lookout for free anything, but free education sounded extra special.  Well, I can say, after checking it out, that it is AWESOME!  Educational

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Homeschool Freebie of the Day

I love yard sales, store sales, and going to sales with coupons in hand. Basically, I just enjoy finding a good deal on a quality item. That’s why when I found HomeschoolFreebie.com, I just had to share it. Every Monday through Friday, Homeschool Freebie of the Day posts a new product that’s available for free. Items include e-books, audio programs, samples, lesson plans, unit

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The WriteShop Blog

This year at our homeschool co-op, I’m teaching a class in creative writing using the WriteShop first year program. The curriculum is very well laid out; I have really enjoyed using the program with the co-op students and can’t wait to teach it to my own daughter next year. While I thought I had all WriteShop offered when I purchased the Instructor’s Manual, Student

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Snow Days!

For many of us, this winter has already been a snowy one. The excitement my children show when they see those first few flurries is contagious. After the snow blankets the ground, we bundle up to go sledding, make snowmen, have snowball fights, and take a quiet walk through the icy woods. After everyone’s been outside a while (the kids usually last longer out

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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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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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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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