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Clouds – What Can Your Kids Make of Them?

Daydreaming days can be inadvertent learning days. When school friends are off for holidays, my son takes that time off too. Lots of day trips to open spaces ensue and laying on the ground to cloud watch is a favorite past time. We went over lots of cloud information, like: – What are clouds? Clouds are a visible collection of fine water droplets suspended

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Is Your Child Gifted?

A friend has recently jumped on the homeschooling bandwagon on the suspicion that her 5 year old daughter is gifted.  Since her daughter is still so young, I was curious how parents determine that their child is indeed gifted. Gifted children need to be challenged every day to be happy and require special consideration. The U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented (www.bcps.org) provide guidance

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Six Traits of Writing

If you are homeschooling an elementary grade or older child, the six traits of writing are a must to add to your Literature or Writing curriculum. It’s an easy to follow model to ensure that your child’s writing is gaining strength in the right areas. We are going over each slowly and one at time, building one upon the other. This writing model was

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National Homeschool Book Award

The National Homeschool Book Award (NHBA) was set up by a group of book enthuthiast homeschool moms in Minnesota.  They wanted to share and uphold good fiction that shed a positive light on learning by homeschooling or just gaining knowledge through life experiences. They realized this need after recognizing that most of the literature for juveniles was centered on traditional school experience.  The hope

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Free Homeschool Curriculums

Whether you are homeschooling kindergarten or 8th grade, the curriculum does not have to cost a thing.  And it can still be of quality.  Although we have our proven favorites, it does get boring and predictable (not a good combination for learning) to use the same tools over and over again.  So I like to keep up with what’s currently offered out there and

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Solutionaries for Students

We homeschool our children because we want to make sure they are learning in the best possible way; because we perceive school is not providing the best opportunities for them. However, I was surprised to find, after  taking an informal poll in our local homeschooling group, that 92% of them follow traditional school teaching techniques and environment.  A large percentage of these families also

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Cooperation – Keeping the Kids Together!

I have realized over time that if I want to ‘teach’  my children cooperation, then I must practice it myself.  By creating an environment that highlights working together and not one that practices blame, I find my children are cooperative. This is not easy. I was brought up in an home where cooperation was induced through guilt trips and blame. I often feel the

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How Do You Socialize Your Children?

I cringe when someone asks the dreaded and misleading question, “But how do you socialize your child when homeschooling?” What well meaning family members and friends are really asking is how is your child going to make friends, which is socializing or interacting with people. However, the word they use is socialization, which refers to the general process in which children learn the language

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Don’t Homeschool Food

One of the main reasons we pulled our son out of school was because of food. Not cafeteria food because he had a bagged lunch from home. The food issue that we witnessed developing in him during the 5 short months in kindergarten were staggering. He and his classmates were told they had to finish their entire lunch before they would be allowed to

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Good Deeds

Walking to the car from the store, suddenly my son grabbed my hand and said, “wait”. We waited as I looked around in anticipation of some unseen danger.  He said, breathlessly, “see her there, on the right?”. So I surreptitiously turned in that direction and there she was, a tiny little bird, obviously injured. We sprung into action to help with my son leading

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