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The Involved Homeschool Family

Nothing bring a family closer than getting involved. Doing fun things like playing a board game, taking a hike, or cooking a meal together are wonderful for a family to do together, but joining in a cause firms up those familial foundations in a way that’s difficult to calculate but easy to see and feel. Volunteering as a family sets a great example for

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Usbourne Quicklinks

When we are doing research on topics, we usually turn to the Internet. As much as we try to narrow it down, there is such a plethora of information, it can be discouraging and overwhelming. We recently found out about Usbourne Quicklinks. There are many non fiction options- almost every subject.  What makes these books special is that after reading an internet-linked book, you

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Parent’s Night Out

Parents who homeschool their children can experience burn-out. Homeschooling is a commitment that demands hours and hours of being “on” so it becomes imperative when break is the only thing that will keep us sane. Our role of stay at home parent who also homeschool and all the related duties are never ending it seems. Between being with the children almost all the time

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Organizing Field Trips

We are part of various homeschool groups.  As active members, we are expected to plan educational field trips for everyone in the group. Coordinating a successful field trip for a large group can be daunting.  A field trip that supplements homeschooling academics while providing an outlet for our kids to socialize is harder than it seems. Advance planning goes a long way to ensure

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Love Notes

I say I love you often.  My children know I am grateful to be their parent. I say it without restraint.  Recently, I began compounding that message by giving my children cards and notes expressing my deep love and appreciation for them. These written words express my love, encouragement, appreciation and understanding. It is like an ongoing conversation, one that allows for open communication. 

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Homeschool Conferences are Important

We can get so much information online nowadays, it feels like everything we need to know is at our finger tips. It may feel superfluous to attend conference or events for homeschooling, especially if traveling is involved. There are still very good reasons to attend and the benefits are numerous. Here are some: CURRICULUM, CURRICULUM, CURRICULUM! Talk about choices! Curriculum on every major subject

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Five Common Mistakes in Homeschooling

Homeschooling has been a wonderful, fruitful endeavor for our family.  After almost four years of doing it and being around other homeschoolers, we have come to understand that there are plenty of ways to homeschool successfully. However, the pitfalls seem to be the same across the line no matter your style. We have learned to avoid the following mistakes to ensure we continue to

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Must Have Gadgets for the Homeschooling Family

Homeschooling used to be paper and pencil, maybe a blackboard for the ‘teacher’, and perhaps a couple of textbooks.  Nowadays, homeschoolers are usually on the cutting edge of technology and gadgetry. Many homeschooling moms have expressed some concerns about technology however, I think technology does not hinder homeschooling. It enhances it. I’m not a techie however I really want to make sure my children

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Mistakes in Homeschool

The full year my son spent in school taught him many unfortunate things. The worst lesson that he learned, in my opinion, is that it’s a bad thing to make a mistake. Think about it.  In school, when a child gets an answer wrong on a test, he is not provided an opportunity to fix his mistake.  When my son’s teacher commented that he

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