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Lesson Ideas for the Olympics

With the Olympics now in full swing, learning opportunities abound. There are so many possible lesson ideas and unit studies that correlate with the events in Vancouver, from sports lessons to writing to history and geography. If you’re looking to incorporate the games into your schooling, here are some ideas to help get you started: Host your own Olympics. You don’t have to do

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Homeschool Yearbooks

The other day, as we were moving books around from one room to the other, we came upon a couple of boxes of yearbooks — some mine, some my husband’s — from college, high school, middle school, even elementary school!  My children had a fun time looking through them, finding our old photos and looking at others who were in the same class. Fortunately,

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A to Z Home’s Cool – Homeschooling Portal

If you are looking for information on the Internet regarding homeschooling, A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschool website is the place to start. This community site offers help for home educators of students from preschool through high school with articles, lesson ideas, books, materials, and curriculum, as well as links to many other online homeschooling resources. New to homeschooling? You’ll find articles about what

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Overcoming the Winter Blahs

My family is ready for spring. This winter has been a very cold and wet one in our part of the country, with quite a few “wintery mixes” coming through — not nice, soft, fluffy snow you can play in, but combinations of rain and sleet and ice. The temperatures have been too cold to enjoy playing outside — we’re on the lookout for

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Books | Homeschooling

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has published picture books for children, and if you haven’t seen them yet, they are worth a visit to your local library to check them out. Although these are geared towards young children, teaching concepts such as shapes and the alphabet, you can also use them with older children to teach or review art appreciation. Museum Shapes begins with

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Roadschooling | Homeschooling on the Road

Last fall, I received an email from our local homeschooling email loop about the Loud family, a family of six people that sold everything they had and purchased an RV. They went from living in a 3500-square foot home to a 300-square foot living space and began traveling the country with their three dogs and a hamster. Because they move from place to place,

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Recycled Crafts : How to Inspire Your Children to Recycle

One of my daughters loves to make crafts, and in her free time she creates all kinds of interesting things. We have a large box of craft items that she chooses from, but sometimes she prefers to use recycle-able items she finds around the house, such as empty jars, paper towel tubes, and plastic bottles. To help her with ideas, we checked out the

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Extreme Rocks and Minerals !

If you have a young “rock hound” in your family, chances are you’ve checked out a number of rock-related books from the library or purchased them from the bookstore. One of my favorite rock books for elementary-aged children is Extreme Rocks and Minerals! by the Smithsonian, published by HarperCollins Publishers. Extreme Rocks and Minerals! is a nonfiction picture book with an attractive and easy-to-follow

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American Girl Club

This year, in our co-op class, the older elementary-aged girls are participating in an American Girl Club using the American Girl books. These books are a collection of historical fiction for second through fifth graders focusing on the lives of individual girls during certain periods in American history. For example, Felicity’s adventures take place during the time of the American Revolution, Addie’s setting is

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Homeschool Curriculum Choice

If you are looking into new curriculum for the new year, take a few minutes to visit the site TheCurriculumChoice.com. Developed by a group of home educators, the mission of this site is to discuss favorite curricula and homeschooling methods. Because a number of homeschooling parents contribute to the site, different philosophies are represented, and most likely, you’ll find a writer there that shares

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