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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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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #1 of 4

We have been homeschooling since my oldest was in Kindergarten, and soon he’s going to be a sophomore in college. This fall will begin our fourteenth year. And while I don’t consider myself a “model” homeschooling mom (in fact, I could make a long list of all of my mistakes), there are a few things I’ve learned along the way. #1: Homeschooling Isn’t Easy

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Homeschool Photos

We’ve homeschooled in a lot of different ways over the years. Sometimes we were part of a county-wide group that met for occasional field trips and created an annual yearbook. Other times we participated in weekly activities with a playgroup. Still other years we were part of a co-op; one for a year, another for a year and a half, and the third for

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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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Family Bonds

Homeschooling Can Be a Huge Challenge I’ll be the first to admit: homeschooling can be a huge challenge. Not only are some subjects hard to teach, but there are other struggles the homeschooling parent must work though: school-day interruptions, learning difficulties, and just plain bad attitudes. I’m sure I’ve told all of my kids at least three times that I wasn’t going to do

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Physical Education in the Winter

It’s easy for my kids to stay active in the summer. They swim, bike, run, and play outside, and there’s rarely a shortage of things to do. During the winter, though, it’s a little harder to get them motivated and moving. If you want to add physical education to your child’s schooldays this season, here are some things you could try: Join a Team

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Schooling During the Holidays

We have a hard time getting schooling done during the holidays — there are so many enjoyable distractions that it’s difficult for me to focus on math and reading lessons, let alone my children. If you’re struggling with getting your students on task this time of year, here are a couple of things you might try: Create a winter or holiday unit study Put

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Toddlers and Real Life Skills

There is always that newbie question that is asked on networking sites or forums dedicated to homeschool discussion: I want to start homeschooling my 3 year old but is it too soon? Veteran homeschoolers know learning happens everyday. As a parent, you just need to set the stage.  Create an environment that encourages exploration and self-paced learning and you cannot go wrong.   For

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Teaching with Songs

In homeschooling, we must be creative teachers or facilitators to help our   children achieve all they can.  In our home, that has meant using music to   teach content in the curriculum – essentially using music to promote my  children’s learning. One of the most effective ways to engage my kids in  homeschooling is with music coupled with movement.  I have based my  continuous use

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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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