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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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Forget Math Drills- Teach Them Spreadsheets

Math was my nemesis during every year of my education. I hated it with a passion. Countless tears were shed by me in frustration at my inability to grasp what seemed so simple to others. When I entered high school, my new rhetoric became “who cares as long as I pass…when am I going to use geometry or calculus anyway?”. I made sure I

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Work Those Brains! – Worksheets for the Elementary Grades

Often, children who don’t work on any academics during the summer will forget some of what they learned the previous year. Time is spent in the fall, then, reviewing what was covered in the spring instead of moving on. Textbook companies know this, so many math and grammar books only contain review material for the first several chapters. While you may choose to continue

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Making Music

The relaxed days of summer are a good time for children to try new things. If you’re child has an interest in learning a musical instrument, this might just be the season to start. Studies have linked listening to music (particularly Mozart’s compositions) and playing music to an increased ability in spatial reasoning, the type of reasoning used when working on math or drawing.

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All the Way Around – Learning Wrap Ups

Lately, my elementary students have needed to review their math facts, so once again we’ve pulled out the old flash cards and made going through them part of our school day. Although the flash cards are helpful, we’ve also been using a more enjoyable, hands-on alternative: Learning Wrap Ups. Wrap Ups come in sets of plastic key-shaped pieces about five inches in length. A

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