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National Projects

Citizenship means being a member of and supporting one’s community and country. Conserving natural resources is part of this concept.  As a citizen, my son participates in national citizen science projects understand the environment and benefit its wildlife. This also provides a way to connect with other people across the country in a fun and educational way. This idea took hold in 1900 when

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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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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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Night Time Adventures!

It was 3 am and all I could hear was soft breathing. I paused for a minute before entering because I used to hate to wake him up! I felt irresponsible doing it, but then I realized it would be unfortunate to have my beautiful, inquisitive son miss the spectacular Lunar Eclipse taking place at that very moment. I gently shook him awake and

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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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‘Tis the Season — To Journal!

Many homeschooling methods, such as Charlotte Mason, recommend including nature journaling as a daily or weekly exercise for students. One of the best parts of nature journaling, however, is that it’s an activity for any age, from the very young to adults. Nature journaling involves recording in a notebook what you see, hear, feel, and experience when out in the natural world. It can

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Twisters!

The past few days, our part of the country has seen some heavy rain and been under some unusual storm warnings. Radio and television newscasters have reported tornadoes touching down, a very strange occurrence for where we live. Fortunately, the damage was minimal. Thinking like homeschoolers, however, we were able to turn this newsworthy event into a starting point for a school lesson. We

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The Reason for a Flower

If you’re looking for a good starting place for a unit study about plants for your elementary students, The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller is a picture book worth checking out. Although this book contains a minimal amount of text, the text it does have introduces the students to many different aspects of plant life, including pollen and pollination; the parts of

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An Unexpected Lesson

One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is the freedom it affords to pursue interesting topics you might otherwise not have time for, especially topics you weren’t planning on studying. Last weekend, as my husband came in from an errand, he had news to share. “Come outside!” he said excitedly. “I’ve found a beehive!” We all ran outside and looked up in the tree

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Bug Out With These Homeschool Ideas

During Memorial Day weekend, we gathered with extended family for our annual holiday/camping/family reunion in the mountains of Tennessee. While walking across one of the fields on Saturday, a group of us came across a very ugly insect struggling in the grass as it was molting. The weekend was full of other insect discoveries, as the children caught fireflies, moths, grasshoppers, and more, making

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