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Homeschooling the Fifth Grade

While it can be a challenge to teach your children at home, the years do go by quickly. Your fifth-grader is now in her last year of elementary school/primary grades. Whether this is your first year homeschooling or you’re now a veteran homeschooler, you might be wondering what your child should learn this year. Of course, there are curriculum packages you can purchase that

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Finding New Curriculum Online

In one of the neighboring towns near my home is a huge warehouse/store that sells homeschooling curricula from many different publishers. It’s an adventure to walk in and search for resources; the shelves are completely filled with books, workbooks, and study guides. If you don’t have such a store in your area, however, don’t worry. There are quite a few online stores that sell

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Homeschool | Fun in the Fall

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year and a great time for hands-on learning activities with your children. If the weather is still pleasant in your area, here are a few ideas you and your child can try: Make a Leaf Suncatcher Collect some of those beautiful colored leaves. Press them between two pieces of clear contact paper or waxed paper.

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Language and Thinking for Young Children

Language and Thinking for Young Children by Ruth Beechick and Jeannie Nelson is a wonderful oral language resource for homeschooling parents of children in preschool, kindergarten, or the early elementary grades. Designed as a full year’s course, this single book contains ideas and activities that can be adapted both for very young children as well as older children who are not yet reading. The

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Homeschool Activities: Apple Season

Yesterday we met with cousins and visited one of our favorite apple orchards in North Carolina. If you are planning on picking apples this season, consider making it a field trip. There are a lot of ways you can turn a chore of picking fruit or vegetables into a unit study that’s fun for the whole family. Before you visit the orchard or farm,

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Field Trips for Homeschoolers

A quiet hike through the woods, a civil war reenactment, an alpaca farm, a bakery tour – field trips are an ideal way to incorporate hands-on and memorable lessons into your homeschooling plans. The type of field trip you schedule will most likely correspond with the subject you’re studying, but it doesn’t have to. Opportunities to make learning fun are worth interrupting the regular

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Homeschooling Books

Every year, we do well at getting the basic subjects covered in our school day – math, language arts, and reading. Weekly music and art lessons are in there too. The two subjects we’ve struggled with the most over the years, however, are science and history — the two that lend themselves best to interactive and hands-on learning. I’m not sure why it’s been

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Finding a Curriculum that Fits

It’s that time of year again – time for the used homeschool book sales – which means it’s also time to start thinking about the curriculum we’ll be using next year. I use a variety of resources in our homeschool: Abeka grammar, Apologia science, Story of the World, Spelling Workout, etc., instead of a curriculum provided by a single publisher. While this works well

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Smarttutor.com Team Celebrates Presidential Inauguration

We, at Smarttutor.com, were pleasantly surprised yesterday when Dale ( the boss) decided to go out and celebrate the Presidential Inauguration, a historical event that most in the team had not witnessed before. Denis took a picture of the enormous screen at the bar of the moment when the crowds were going wild in D.C. after Obama was sworn in. We had lunch and celebrated at a

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