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Enriching your Child’s Environment

Sometimes when we are out and about, my son will see something he likes- not a toy or a game.  It’s a rock or a piece of bark.  He picks it up and takes it home.  It’s a habit he started as a toddler. My first instinct was to stop him, my mother’s voice in my head,”don’t touch – it’s dirty!”. What I remember

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Empowerment

For the first time, my son slept over a friend’s house. As we prepared his overnight bag, I caught myself telling my son “be good; behave…”. I stopped myself because a warning bell went off in my mind.  What exactly was I doing by saying “be good”? We teach our kids to respect their elders, to obey grown-ups and to do what they are

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Hug It Out! – The Importance of Hugs

During the course of the day, homeschooling and taking care of everything else, my children and I can become very detached from each other. We do our thing, fall into our respective roles. Sometimes before we know it, the day is almost over and very little of emotional significance has transpired. I feel a sense of loss, emptiness and sadness when I realize this.

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Roles On The Gender Spectrum

The other day, my daughter picked a toy truck to play with. She studied it, rolled it around the room, bathed with it etc. It was great to see her analytical skills at work. I took pictures. When I posted the pics to share with loved ones who watch my daughter grow from afar with delighted commentary, I wondered at the silence. One family

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Creative Handwriting

It seems as though when my children were smaller, I was a lot more creative with their lessons. I would make up my own unit studies and find the books to go with them. I would create crafts to go along with the subjects, as well as board games made from poster board and cardstock. We also went on lots of field trips to

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Origami

We received an invite to go to a birthday party for the sister of a friend of my son. When we first arrived, it was announced that we would soon join in doing some origami. My sons groan could have been heard in China. The birthday girl promised it would be fun, he would see! Origami is the ancient Chinese art of paper folding

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Long Distance Relationships

My husband is a big kid with my son. He’s the one that gets down on the floor and plays with him, will spend hours discussing the ins and outs of a video game, will wrestle with my son until they are both giggling. He is the fun parent most of the time. I can be fun too but it’s nice to have this

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Right-Brain

My son has inherited both his father’s and my right-brainy-ness. He is a creative soul who creates constantly, both literally and figuratively.  He loves to tell stories most of all, in which he’s the hero. He uses anything new he’s learned to fill his stories each time more magnificently than the last. The first and only parent- teacher conference I ever attended, the teacher

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Answers

Catching myself sometimes just giving my son the answer to any question posed to me. It’s how I was raised- to believe adults held all the knowledge and everything they told me was real and true.  You can imagine how disappointed and betrayed I felt when I realized that adult truths were spotty at best. I was sometimes also told to stop asking so

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Studying Science — It’s Easier Than You Think

If you’re like me, as your children grow older, you may find it increasingly difficult to accomplish all that needs to be done during a typical homeschooling day. Reading and math are a must, and sometimes just getting through those two subjects can take easily- distracted students several hours to complete. Lunchtime often becomes a much-needed break for everyone. And if you’re schooling multiple

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