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Winter Homeschool Activities

During the cold months, homeschooling can get dreary- not being able to go outside as often can even bring about the blues.  My son starts acting up, going stir crazy. Here are some fun and time consuming winter homeschool activities for those long days indoor: -Caroling Harmonizing to real Christmas carols (one singing the melody and the other the harmony) makes great memories of

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Animal Dissection – Science in the Home

The other day, we found a large dead beetle intact. My son instantly asked to touch it, open it up to see how it looked inside. I was instantly grossed out. I have always been against using research animals and when I was in school I refused to dissect the frog. My son is extremely interested in the inner workings of all living things,

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Great Science Experiments

Nothing says homeschooling by the seat of our pants like throwing out all the plans for the day or week to concentrate completely on experiments.  My son wanted to know what it would feel like to be a real scientist, so to the best of our ability, we created a lab, got him a lab coat (white dress men’s shirt)and after we made an

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Messy Kids

It seems to me lately with my toddler that I spend a lot of time cleaning up or preventing messes.  I know from reading I did when my son was little that messy play is good for children. In an effort to remain in control I am always on the lookout for creative , messy activities that I can contain.  I find cooking and

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Little One Underfoot

If you had told me five years ago that I would be a mother, a homemaker, a homeschooling mom, a writer and an artist with children around, I would have laughed.  But that is how it is and I manage to accomplish what I do with my children alongside me. We spend the most time in the kitchen or nearby. Early on, I decided

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Online Chess

I was reading an article that quoted the following: “According to research, test scores improved by 17.3% for students regularly engaged in chess classes, compared with only 4.6% for children participating in other forms of enriched activities”. My son plays chess for fun, but it’s not part of our homeschooling curriculum. A case can be made for chess to be taught in school. As

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Family Pass to Learning

A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced us to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. It was there we discovered the white squirrels of Brevard and learned how to tell a male from a female box turtle. This was also our first visit to a butterfly garden, an enclosed area to walk through where butterflies fluttered all around and even landed on

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