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National Projects

Citizenship means being a member of and supporting one’s community and country. Conserving natural resources is part of this concept.  As a citizen, my son participates in national citizen science projects understand the environment and benefit its wildlife. This also provides a way to connect with other people across the country in a fun and educational way. This idea took hold in 1900 when

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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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Use Your Moodle!

Homeschooling parents who want to teach their child via online classes for free, live with peers and a teacher, along with online materials and resources can use Moodle. Moodle a free and open-source e-learning software platform. It has a general public license, which means it can be downloaded for free, copied, modified and be used forever by individuals and organizations. It does need to

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Awesome, Simple Record-Keeping for Homeschooling!

Record-keeping just got a lot easier! Evernote is a  fantastic free tool for homeschoolers to keep records of their children’s learning. Up until now, I have had to print out web pages, get pictures printed, summarize details of a lesson in a notebook, keep written track of the resources we use etc. It’s time consuming, hard to keep up and sometimes very unpleasant. Now

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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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Help With Homeschooling

Whether you’re new to homeschooling or more experienced with teaching your children at home, it’s likely you’ll have days when you need a little extra encouragement. Fortunately, there are a number veteran homeschoolers who have put that encouragement down in writing so you can refer to it whenever you need to. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or uncertain, pick up one of the following books

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Tune Into Free Online Resources with ITunesU!

I recently upgraded to an IPhone and was in the process of downloading my music library from ITunes when I came across ITunesU.  What caught my eye was the phrase “free education”.  As all homeschooling parents will understand, I am always on the lookout for free anything, but free education sounded extra special.  Well, I can say, after checking it out, that it is AWESOME!  Educational

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Homeschooling Thru High School

As a homeschooling mother, I find myself wearing many hats. As kids get older, I am less of a teacher and more of a guide. If the goal is to home school all the way through high school, it seems a prepared parent is the most successful. Getting kids through high school is more about planning than knowing the intricacies of geometry. Once your

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Homeschool Freebie of the Day

I love yard sales, store sales, and going to sales with coupons in hand. Basically, I just enjoy finding a good deal on a quality item. That’s why when I found HomeschoolFreebie.com, I just had to share it. Every Monday through Friday, Homeschool Freebie of the Day posts a new product that’s available for free. Items include e-books, audio programs, samples, lesson plans, unit

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The WriteShop Blog

This year at our homeschool co-op, I’m teaching a class in creative writing using the WriteShop first year program. The curriculum is very well laid out; I have really enjoyed using the program with the co-op students and can’t wait to teach it to my own daughter next year. While I thought I had all WriteShop offered when I purchased the Instructor’s Manual, Student

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