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Kyoto Box

Science experiments are almost always a fun way to spend an afternoon, mostly because they don’t seem like ‘school’. The residing young scientist flourishes after such activity because it’s an instant way to connect the dots. A few weeks ago, we were cutting out pictures from old magazines and we came across an article about a Climate Change Challenge won by a Kenyan man

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Letterboxing

As I have mentioned in the past, my adventurous boy loves treasure hunting. We have been avid geocachers for about a year. Recently, a friend turned us onto something similar and just as fun called Letterboxing. It is, like in geocaching, a treasure hunting game/ sport which uses clues written online by other Letterbox enthusiasts to find a hidden box or treasure! This is

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Independence

I remember the days when my hand always held my little boy’s hand. Everywhere and for everything. Walking from the bedroom to the kitchen meant holding hands. So it has been with homeschooling. Reading together, working through math worksheets side by side, molding sea creatures out of clay, drawing and painting together, our hands knocking as they create on the paper. I think we

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Get Organized with Engrade.com!

Just like a teacher in a traditional school, a homeschooling parent often has a lot paperwork to keep up with, including lesson plans, evaluations, and record-keeping. I’m not always the most organized person, so for me this has sometimes been quite a challenge. As with any job, however, it helps if you have the right tools, and for me, Engrade.com is one of them.

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Right-Brain

My son has inherited both his father’s and my right-brainy-ness. He is a creative soul who creates constantly, both literally and figuratively.  He loves to tell stories most of all, in which he’s the hero. He uses anything new he’s learned to fill his stories each time more magnificently than the last. The first and only parent- teacher conference I ever attended, the teacher

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LIVE stream

There are wonderful places to explore right where we live. Museums, zoos, state parks, wild beaches, galleries, lakes, trails, mangroves, marshes, sports events among others.  It’s an amazing feeling to see and experience these things in person. Part of our homeschooling routine includes almost daily trips because the first hand experiences seem to garnish the best sort of learning. For example, when we visited

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Critical Thinking

Once upon a time, when I was employed as a trainer, critical thinking was the hot buzz at that time as the skill to have to move up the corporate ladder. However, it had always been my impression that the most successful and or interesting people were those that could think on their feet and solve complex problems both at work and in their

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Yelling

I work hard to be a good mom to my kids.  Being with them almost all day, every day, without a lot of breaks and being responsible for their schooling can sometimes feel like too much.  I keep myself afloat by always questioning myself, seeking answers and new parenting and homeschooling techniques in studies, books and articles. My good behavior is what I want

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Be the Mirror

“Mommy, run with me!” exclaims my very active child.  These words- this directive- strike fear into my heart.  Me?  run?  Please, please, please no! Every time, I think I may cry.  I am the most non-athletic person my son will probably ever know, but he doesn’t know it yet. That’s because I follow the directive, huffing and puffing along, trying desperately to catch up

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Science with Nancy Larson

Saxon Math author Nancy Larson is still at work developing new products for teachers and homeschoolers, only this time in the area of science! Nancy Larson Publishers now offers a science curriculum for ages 6-11 that includes botany, zoology, anatomy, astronomy, and more! The curriculum is divided into three levels: Science 1 for ages 6-8; Science 2 for ages 7-9, and Science 3 for

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