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Mock Debates

We listened to the presidential debates last night as a family.  I wanted to have my son see it first hand so later he and several of his homeschool peers can prepare a mock debate. Debating can groom children in presenting hot button issues in a concise, clear, persuasive way. This type of exercise can expose and prepare them for a wide range of

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Spelling Bees

Nowadays it is no surprise to see homeschoolers taking part in the National Spelling Bee an sometimes winning. In the 90’s there were only a couple homeschool students participating in the National Spelling Bee each year. In 2011, 9.8% of the 275 contestants were homeschooled.  And homeschooled students have won the spelling bee four times. If your homeschooled child is interested in competitive spelling,

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Creating Your Own Curriculum

Although there is often opportunity to swap curriculums or purchase them cheaply, sometimes writing your own is both economical and more efficient. Sometimes pre made standard curriculums are too broad and do not play up your child’s strengths or help them where they are weak. Following is a simple step-by-step guide to planning, writing, and implementing your own homeschool curriculum. This outline can be

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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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Right-Brain and Left-Brain

In a homeschool environment or in any learning environment,  understanding the functions of the left and the right hemisphere of the brain can guide and mold the curriculum to the most effective learning style.Including your child in this knowledge is also beneficial, as they can understand their own strengths. Some general simplified facts about the right and left brain hemispheres: -each controls the opposite

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Simulators for Real Life

Our homeschool group was discussing how important apprenticing is to learn a lifelong skill set and how this type of learning is not recognized or rewarded as much as it should.  The group had come across something similar -sports simulations and war simulations, but how many of us want our kids going to war (as noble as that profession is) and how many of

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Lap booking

Since day one we have used lapbooks in homeschooling.  After so many years, we have quite a collection. If you are new to homeschool, a lap book is an educational tool.  Children make mini-books about whatever they are learning at the moment, replete with drawings, stories, graphs, graphics,timelines, diagrams, and written stories or notes.  When done its an interactive book on any topic or

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50 States

We just returned from a three-week trip to the northeast of the country. We explored a lot, enjoyed a good bit of it and walked away with some new knowledge.  The exploration was fruitful in part because of the help of a a site I heard about through a friend. We visited so many places, a lot of them off the beaten path, that

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Reading Music

Listening to music is one of my son’s favorite pastimes.  The other day he asked me how music is made. So started a good conversation about notes.  And how reading music is a lot like reading books. I know a lot of people who can read music and its always seemed like a skill that can lead to new and wonderful things in the

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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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