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Consistency is the Key

A couple of years ago, I read a blog where the author decided not to make any New Year’s resolutions. Instead, she decided to choose one word to focus on for the year.  Her one word was Courage, a great word for any homeschooling family. However, if I were to choose one word as our goal for this year, it would have to be

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Homeschooling Conventions

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to get ready for the homeschooling conventions! If you have never attended one, you are in for a treat. These conventions are designed to provide you not only with instruction and resources, but also with encouragement and a fresh resolve to continue on your homeschooling journey. What can you expect at a homeschooling convention? Most conventions

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Homeschooling Options for All

About the time my oldest was starting Kindergarten, I began attending the annual homeschool book sale in our area looking for homeschooling options. It was around the year 2000, and I already knew a number of homeschooling families from teaching art classes. I remember one sale in particular – not because of what I bought or who I saw, but because of what I was

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A Fresh Start With Homeschooling

Every August, I feel excited about the new school year. Mostly, it’s because there are opportunities to do things better than I did the previous year. It feels as if we’re starting off with a clean slate, and I haven’t made a lot of mistakes yet. And the best part: we’re not behind!  A fresh start with homeschooling can begin anytime. Then we get

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Interview With Co-op Founder Suzanne Brown

Every homeschooling co-op is different. Although co-ops are started to meet the needs of homeschooling families in a particular area, the way each one grows and develops is as unique as the students involved. Suzanne Brown is a long-time homeschooling mom and a founding member of the Upstate Homeschool Co-op, one of the largest co-ops in the upstate of South Carolina. The Upstate Homeschool Co-op

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Making Friends When You’re Homeschooled

One of the objections many homeschooling parents hear is that homeschooled students are not as well socialized as students in a traditional classroom. Some may even say that homeschooled children don’t have many friends. After all, where would they meet them if not at school? We have met our friends at many different places. We’ve met them at storytime, at playgroups, on field trips, at

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Interview with Nancy I. Sanders – Part 3

Nancy I. Sanders is an award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She is also the creator of the elementary WriteShop writing curricula. I asked about her thoughts on writing as it relates to reading aloud. Q: Parents have long been encouraged to start reading to their children at a very young age to foster a love for reading. In your experience, have you found that

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Interview with Nancy I. Sanders – Part 1

Nancy I. Sanders is a bestselling and award-winning children’s author and the creator of the WriteShop curricula for elementary students. I recently had the privilege of asking Nancy some questions about reading, writing, and the resources she’s designed that can help homeschooling parents teach their children. Q: You’re the author of more than 100 books for children, including many that could be added to a homeschooling

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Teaching With Picture Books

When my kids were younger, we read through hundreds of picture books. Sometimes we would snuggle up together and read the books on the sofa, and other times I would read aloud at the table as the children were eating lunch. Some picture books were just fun, while others were meant to be educational. But did you know that you can plan your lessons around a good picture

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Picture Books for Winter

While I love the changing leaves of autumn, there are lots of magical things about winter, too. Catching snowflakes, building snowmen, snuggling up under cozy blankets, and drinking hot chocolate topped with big, fluffy, white marshmallows are just a few ways to celebrate the season. With so much time spent indoors, it’s a good opportunity to read together even more often. And what better place

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