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Famous Homeschoolers

If your family follows sports, you couldn’t help but hear about Tim Tebow.  When my son was telling me all about Tebow’s awesome moves, I piped in a tidbit of information my son didn’t know about his newest sports hero- Tim Tebow is a homeschool graduate. Of course, my son was impressed. We looked Tebow up in an impromptu research activity and what I

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Is Your Child Gifted?

A friend has recently jumped on the homeschooling bandwagon on the suspicion that her 5 year old daughter is gifted.  Since her daughter is still so young, I was curious how parents determine that their child is indeed gifted. Gifted children need to be challenged every day to be happy and require special consideration. The U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented (www.bcps.org) provide guidance

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Word Walls

In our home, any space is up for grabs to further our learning goals. For a year now, I have maintained a word wall for my son. A word wall is an organized collection of words prominently displayed in the learning space. Its an interactive tool for inspiring reading and spelling learning. Word walls can help a child to recognize and spell words, recognize

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Six Traits of Writing

If you are homeschooling an elementary grade or older child, the six traits of writing are a must to add to your Literature or Writing curriculum. It’s an easy to follow model to ensure that your child’s writing is gaining strength in the right areas. We are going over each slowly and one at time, building one upon the other. This writing model was

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National Homeschool Book Award

The National Homeschool Book Award (NHBA) was set up by a group of book enthuthiast homeschool moms in Minnesota.  They wanted to share and uphold good fiction that shed a positive light on learning by homeschooling or just gaining knowledge through life experiences. They realized this need after recognizing that most of the literature for juveniles was centered on traditional school experience.  The hope

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Cooperation – Keeping the Kids Together!

I have realized over time that if I want to ‘teach’  my children cooperation, then I must practice it myself.  By creating an environment that highlights working together and not one that practices blame, I find my children are cooperative. This is not easy. I was brought up in an home where cooperation was induced through guilt trips and blame. I often feel the

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Four Must Have Magazines for the Homeschool Environment

Magazines in our house served only two purposes for many years unrelated to reading- fodder for art projects and pet bedding.  They were good only to cut out pictures out of or to shred for the long line of small caged pets. Nowadays, it seems they are starting to be read by my son. Pages are turned slowly to peruse the articles or read

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Making from Scratch- A Good Homeschool Lesson

In an effort to save money and help the environment, we try to make as much as we can from scratch and try to also give recyclable containers a new life.  It is a relatively easy and fun activity.  Making things from scratch gives us the opportunity to watch chemistry in action. It is no secret my child loves science experiments and this is

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Child-Led Education

A fellow homeschooling mom forwarded an article on child-led learning to me the other day. I had just finished reading John Holt’s ‘How Children Learn’ so the article was timely for me. John Holt said “…what we need to do – and all we need to do – is to give children as much help and guidance as the need and ask for, listen

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Bring It On Home With These Homeshooling Resources

A few years back, I was annoyed by social media. I found it unnecessary.  Now that my son is almost a decade old, I realize I need to embrace media and technology so that I can keep up and to ensure he is exposed to all that’s available. The multitude and variety of online information is priceless for a homeschooling family. You feel lonely,

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