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Bullying – Learning to Deal

A few months ago, a friend of mine was telling me how her son was being bullied at school. She commented how lucky we are that we don’t have this problem because we homeschool. Nothing could be further from the truth. As we have become more involved with study groups, organizations and play groups, we have encountered our fair share of bullying. My son

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

My son constantly debates whether to be an astronaut, a police officer, a secret agent, or a gamer.  The debate takes place every day,”Mom, I could be a police officer like my uncle or maybe it would be better to be a gamer and play video games all day!  But maybe that would be boring after a while…” on and on. I remember having

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Best “Sites” for a Garden!

Last week, we enjoyed some warm sunny days — the temperatures even reached the mid-70s! If you’re ready to spend some time outdoors, you might consider planting a family garden. You’ll get your hands dirty, share some quality time, and learn a lot in the process. And you don’t even need a lot of space. Your children can still discover their green thumbs by

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One Man’s Treasure is Another Man’s Game!

I can still hear my son’s little voice begging me to play “Grandma’s Treasure” just one more time. Over and over we played it until I started to dread it, like when your favorite song gets played out on the radio . This game would keep him enthralled for hours – the deck of cards enable you to set up a treasure hunt with

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Incredible Art Lessons

I teach art lessons in my home during the school year, and I have some students who have been coming for a number of years. As I was searching the Internet for new lessons, I came upon IncredibleArt.org — an incredible site for art ideas! From the homepage, you can click on the “Lessons” link to enter the art lesson section. There you can

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Crafty Kids – More Hobby Ideas

Even if you’re schooling through the summer, chances are your student’s schedule isn’t as full as it is during the school year. During the hot and lazy days of summer, it’s sometimes easy to fall into the habit of allowing children to play more video games, watch more television shows, or spend more time on the computer. You can help him use his time

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“What Can I Do?” – Hobbies for Kids

With more free time during the summer, my rising 6th grader has been looking for a hobby. I’ve mentioned several to her, but none have seemed to interest her yet. This has led us to search for even more ideas, as we hope to find her “niche.” If you’re child is coming to you saying, “What can I do?” consider getting her started with

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That’s Money, Honey! – Money Making Idea For Kids!

With summer right around the corner, my thirteen-year-old is anticipating his first paying job — doing lawn-care for his uncle. While he’s done odd jobs here and there for me around the house, this will be his first steady source of income, and he’s excited. His sister (age 11) has been a little discouraged, though, as she would like to be earning money too.

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Kids Know Best! – Children’s Book Review Sites

The libraries are full of children’s books — some good, some not so good. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try to find the right books for your family. Unless you have time to peruse them all before you check out, you may (like me) find yourself at home with several books that just weren’t a good choice. But there is a better way

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All the Way Around – Learning Wrap Ups

Lately, my elementary students have needed to review their math facts, so once again we’ve pulled out the old flash cards and made going through them part of our school day. Although the flash cards are helpful, we’ve also been using a more enjoyable, hands-on alternative: Learning Wrap Ups. Wrap Ups come in sets of plastic key-shaped pieces about five inches in length. A

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