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De-schooling – A Necessary Step

Pre-school was a great experience for my son. Kindergarten was a different story.  Two months in, I began to notice the first signs of what would eventually become full out panic attacks.  When, after investigating, I finally found the source of my son’s anxiety, I realized he needed a break. Initially, homeschooling was, for us, a reprieve. I had no idea three years later

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Free Time for Mommy

It’s nice to have a break- no kids, no planning, just quiet time with my own thoughts. I was able to enjoy that this past weekend when my husband announced he was taking the kids to the park. It was an hour and a half of pure bliss. As a homeschooling parent, I find very little down time since I have to make the

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Perpetual Classroom

Recently we were at a birthday party and I was enjoying some uncommon light conversation with the other parents. Several times we were interrupted by children with the usual complaints, needs, etc. Every single time, I noted the parent quickly dispatched his or her child with ‘not now’ ‘go ask your father’ and the ever popular ‘how many times have I told you not

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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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It Takes a Village…or Maybe Not

My son has three parents. His father, stepfather and me. So imagine my surprise when a mother in one of our homeschooling playgroups reprimanded my son for something I would not have bothered to call him on myself. I don’t know who was more shocked at her sharp tone and threat of punishment: me or him! He lowered his eyes and apologized to her.

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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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Location, Location, Location!

My son’s favorite announcement is “I’m bored!” What he doesn’t know is that sometimes, I am too!  Over the years changing up our learning location  has been the very thing that we needed to get some perspective. Whenever we’ve hit a block, my son is out of sorts or I’m just not feeling so great, our back plan is “Let’s escape!” We are transformed

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Homeschooling Thru High School

As a homeschooling mother, I find myself wearing many hats. As kids get older, I am less of a teacher and more of a guide. If the goal is to home school all the way through high school, it seems a prepared parent is the most successful. Getting kids through high school is more about planning than knowing the intricacies of geometry. Once your

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Studying the Slithery

About a week ago, my youngest found a small snake in our yard. In our area, snakes are beginning to hibernate as the colder weather sets in, so it was an unusual find. After looking closely at our snake, we realized it was a harmless hognose, naturally prompting a snake study at my house. We found a lot of great resources online, and there’s

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Alpha-Phonics

As I’ve been working on teaching my six-year-old to read, we’ve had to try a number of different programs to find one that’s a good fit for him. I think we’ve finally found that program in Alpha-Phonics by Samuel L. Blumenfeld. Consisting of just one book, this primer is designed for teaching beginners of all ages in both a one-on-one setting as well as

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