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Solitude

As homeschoolers and having an only child for so long, socialization became of utmost importance. Setting up play dates, outings with other children was imperative. Socialization is the anti-homeschoolers main complaint about homeschooling. For years, if my son played alone for a while, hours sometimes, I would sigh inside and think how lonely he must be. I would whisk him away as soon as

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Books To Help Pull You Through Difficult Times

I was looking through our home library to clean it out a bit and make room for any ‘new’ books we may find at flea markets and local goodwill stores, when on the back of one shelf I noticed a theme developing. There were a half dozen books for children to understand illness, death and separation. I want to share these books because they

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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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Critical Thinking

Once upon a time, when I was employed as a trainer, critical thinking was the hot buzz at that time as the skill to have to move up the corporate ladder. However, it had always been my impression that the most successful and or interesting people were those that could think on their feet and solve complex problems both at work and in their

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Yelling

I work hard to be a good mom to my kids.  Being with them almost all day, every day, without a lot of breaks and being responsible for their schooling can sometimes feel like too much.  I keep myself afloat by always questioning myself, seeking answers and new parenting and homeschooling techniques in studies, books and articles. My good behavior is what I want

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Be the Mirror

“Mommy, run with me!” exclaims my very active child.  These words- this directive- strike fear into my heart.  Me?  run?  Please, please, please no! Every time, I think I may cry.  I am the most non-athletic person my son will probably ever know, but he doesn’t know it yet. That’s because I follow the directive, huffing and puffing along, trying desperately to catch up

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Slaying Monsters

Our lush backyard, at sunset, makes for the perfect setting in my son’s make believe game, which takes place in the Amazon (the subject of today’s lessons). He stalks a monster, a horrific creature who will break any living thing in half. The bow and arrow he worked on tirelessly to create are held high, in the ready, to kill this monster. My son’s

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Growing Up

Today I read an article that announced a recent survey revealed more than half of American parents are still supporting their adult children. Yikes!  It started to get me thinking about the need to ensure that our children learn to grow up to be functioning adults who contribute to society and community. The first thing I know it is imperative to have is an

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Teaching Art

I teach art classes at our local co-op and occasionally from my home, so I’m always on the lookout for great lessons or new project ideas. If you are looking to incorporate art into your school day but lessons aren’t in your budget, there are several art curriculums available for home use. Here are a few of them: Draw Write Now by Marie Hablitzel

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