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Positive Body Image

Though many schools make light of teaching about positive  body image, which is a person’s opinions, thoughts, and feelings about his or her own body and physical appearance, it can still be an integral part of the homeschooling curriculum and part of everyday interactions. Having a positive body image is imperative to feeling satisfied with the way you look and accepting your body’s imperfections.

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Organizing Field Trips

We are part of various homeschool groups.  As active members, we are expected to plan educational field trips for everyone in the group. Coordinating a successful field trip for a large group can be daunting.  A field trip that supplements homeschooling academics while providing an outlet for our kids to socialize is harder than it seems. Advance planning goes a long way to ensure

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Right-Brain and Left-Brain

In a homeschool environment or in any learning environment,  understanding the functions of the left and the right hemisphere of the brain can guide and mold the curriculum to the most effective learning style.Including your child in this knowledge is also beneficial, as they can understand their own strengths. Some general simplified facts about the right and left brain hemispheres: -each controls the opposite

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School of Rock

A new School of Rock location opened near us. I instantly wished my son was musical. He’s not. And he doesn’t like performing either. But if your child blossoms on stage, it seems there is no better program for him than this. The School of Rock is a franchise company that has 90 locations nationally. The various locations train kids to fine tune whatever

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Lap booking

Since day one we have used lapbooks in homeschooling.  After so many years, we have quite a collection. If you are new to homeschool, a lap book is an educational tool.  Children make mini-books about whatever they are learning at the moment, replete with drawings, stories, graphs, graphics,timelines, diagrams, and written stories or notes.  When done its an interactive book on any topic or

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Five Common Mistakes in Homeschooling

Homeschooling has been a wonderful, fruitful endeavor for our family.  After almost four years of doing it and being around other homeschoolers, we have come to understand that there are plenty of ways to homeschool successfully. However, the pitfalls seem to be the same across the line no matter your style. We have learned to avoid the following mistakes to ensure we continue to

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Sensory Table Fun

Now that we have a little tyke running around, we must find ways to entertain her while we attempt our regular homeschool routine.  An awesome educational way to keep little ones busy and learning is with a sensory table.  My baby girl loves all that is sticky and gooey, hard or soft etc so it’s perfect for her. I also have read that chances

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Unjournaling

As the weather gets nicer and it seems to get dark later, all my son wants to do is play. It’s hard to keep him motivated, especially for his least favorite topic- writing. I found the solution in the unexpectedly fun and effective jewel of a book Unjournaling, by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston.   This book turns writing exercises from humdrum to

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Cuisenaire Rods

Children often have trouble understanding abstract concepts.  Its no wonder then that math is often a dreaded subject because abstract concepts knowledge is essential to mathematics. A growing popular way to help kids understand abstract concepts is with the use of manipulatives. Manipulatives help to represent the abstract concepts that kids are trying to learn in mathematics in a concrete fashion. These manipulatives are

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Fun Cool Sites for Kids

Sometimes you can hit a rut. It happens.  Activities you do regularly can become boring.  Homeschooling is entrenched in routine for us and so sometimes it’s good to shake things up. I like to do that sometimes by bringing up a fun cool site we have never explored before on the laptop. It helps if I know a little about the site first so

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