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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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Yearbooks for Homeschoolers

One of the perks of being in a traditional school is having the year recorded in a yearbook. I still have mine even from elementary school; it’s fun to look back through all those years and reminisce. Did you know homeschoolers can have a yearbook too? Ever since my oldest was in third grade, all of my children have been pictured in one. The

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Homeschool Photos

We’ve homeschooled in a lot of different ways over the years. Sometimes we were part of a county-wide group that met for occasional field trips and created an annual yearbook. Other times we participated in weekly activities with a playgroup. Still other years we were part of a co-op; one for a year, another for a year and a half, and the third for

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Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program

Learning Through the Junior Ranger Program Recently, we visited the Carl Sandburg House, where author and poet Carl Sandburg lived with his family during the last 20 years of his life. When he passed away, his wife Lilian wanted to preserve his legacy; his home became part of a national park. Now when visitors tour the home, kids (of all ages) can also join

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Hands-On Learning

Hands-on Learning Over the past month or so, we’ve had a big family project going on. Actually, it was a big extended-family project. My mother recently purchased a house, but it needed some cosmetic work. Actually, it needed a lot of cosmetic work. Walls were taken down and new flooring and carpeting was put in; in fact, a whole new room was created from

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All About Bones

Whether your child is learning about animals or his own body, a study of bones is a good place to start. And you can find the supplies you need in your local grocery store – or your very own kitchen! What You’ll Need Disposable Pan Bleach Whole Chicken from the Grocery Store Tape Construction Paper Picture of a human skeleton Picture of a chicken’s

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Fun with English Idioms

There’s a website sponsoring an art contest this fall, and it’s all about English idioms! An idiom is a commonly-used phrase with a certain meaning that can’t be determined if you considered only the words themselves. For example, the idiom “It’s raining cats and dogs” means that it’s a downpour, not that cats and dogs are actually falling from the sky.  Another example is

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Teaching Art

Homeschooling offers advantages that traditional schooling cannot: flexible schedules, more time with family members to build relationships, and instruction tailored to each student’s needs. But homeschooling has its challenges as well, and one of those can be teaching art. If a parent doesn’t have a lot of background or experience, they might be at a loss about where to begin. Here are some ideas

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The Story About Ping Craft

When I was teaching the Kindergarten class at our homeschooling co-op, we coupled reading picture books with related crafts.  One of the books we read was the classic The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack. This book tells about a little duck on the Yangtze River in China who is always the last one to return to the boat every evening. Because of this,

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Turtle with Wax Resist

Wax resist works because oil and water don’t mix; the oil in the wax repels water. For this project, your child will use crayons (the wax) and watercolors to create a sea turtle painting. Here’s what you’ll need: Crayons (any color) Watercolors Paint brushes Watercolor paper Cup of water Paper towel Pencil  and eraser Scratch paper, such as copy paper Masking tape and cardboard

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