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A Fresh Start With Homeschooling

Every August, I feel excited about the new school year. Mostly, it’s because there are opportunities to do things better than I did the previous year. It feels as if we’re starting off with a clean slate, and I haven’t made a lot of mistakes yet. And the best part: we’re not behind!  A fresh start with homeschooling can begin anytime. Then we get

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Learning With Legos

I have a child who loves Legos. In fact, Legos have been a regular staple in our home since my oldest son was about five – almost 15 years ago! My youngest still asks for new sets for his birthday and Christmas. And it’s no wonder! Legos are a lot of fun, and (don’t tell the kids) educational, too! Our latest Lego discovery was

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Teaching With Picture Books

When my kids were younger, we read through hundreds of picture books. Sometimes we would snuggle up together and read the books on the sofa, and other times I would read aloud at the table as the children were eating lunch. Some picture books were just fun, while others were meant to be educational. But did you know that you can plan your lessons around a good picture

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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #3

#3: Life Will Happen Life does just happen. Even the best-laid plans for getting the schoolwork done can be thwarted by the unexpected. Doctors visits, out-of-town company, car problems, bill payments, sick pets, necessary phone calls, friends or family in trouble, a neighbor in need — all types of situations can throw off a school day. If your children were in school, you could handle a lot of things

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Classical and Historical Stories with Jim Weiss

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Weiss, an international storyteller who has made a huge impact on homeschooling families for years. His recordings of classical and historical stories provide families with an easy way to introduce great literature to children of all ages. As Jim points out on his website, reading comprehension increases by leaps and bounds when a child hears a story

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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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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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Maps of War

My younger brother is a Navy officer and my son is always wondering about the time he was deployed to Iraq.  My son is interested in war history in general but this war I have had a hard time explaining, so I researched some tools online.  Enter Maps of War. The Maps of War site is a collection of eclectic and creative visuals that

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