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Readers Theater

For the child working on reading skills, practicing with readers theater scripts is a great addition to your regular lessons. If the word “theater” makes you a little nervous, don’t be. It’s an easy and fun exercise for all! Readers theater involves taking a piece of literature, adapting it into a script, and then reading it aloud. Each part in the script is assigned

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High School Exit Exams

If you have a homeschooler teen,chances are you are thinking ahead about “graduation”.  If you are, you are in luck.  Nowadays, 26 states currently offer a high school exit exam. The exit exam varies from state to state in content; each state also has individual do-over requirements for those students  who do not pass. As a homeschooler, this makes a difference since we do

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Usbourne Quicklinks

When we are doing research on topics, we usually turn to the Internet. As much as we try to narrow it down, there is such a plethora of information, it can be discouraging and overwhelming. We recently found out about Usbourne Quicklinks. There are many non fiction options- almost every subject.  What makes these books special is that after reading an internet-linked book, you

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Creating Your Own Curriculum

Although there is often opportunity to swap curriculums or purchase them cheaply, sometimes writing your own is both economical and more efficient. Sometimes pre made standard curriculums are too broad and do not play up your child’s strengths or help them where they are weak. Following is a simple step-by-step guide to planning, writing, and implementing your own homeschool curriculum. This outline can be

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Project Based Learning

I read an article about a homeschooled teen who was part of Forbes most influential people list.  When asked how they homeschool, his father replied he homeschools his son using Project-Based Learning (PBL). Of course my interested was piqued. What is this newfangled, obviously effective teaching method?  I urgently needed to find out! Turns out its been around for more than twenty years.  

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The Elitist Homeschool

Is homeschooling elitist? I would say homeschooling is not.  However, I would add some homeschooling families are. I have always thought of homeschooling as a privilege.  In our family- we feel lucky to be able to do it. We live simply so that one of us can stay home. I think this kind of sacrifice and scenario is true for a lot homeschooling families.

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Homeschool Conferences are Important

We can get so much information online nowadays, it feels like everything we need to know is at our finger tips. It may feel superfluous to attend conference or events for homeschooling, especially if traveling is involved. There are still very good reasons to attend and the benefits are numerous. Here are some: CURRICULUM, CURRICULUM, CURRICULUM! Talk about choices! Curriculum on every major subject

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Five Common Mistakes in Homeschooling

Homeschooling has been a wonderful, fruitful endeavor for our family.  After almost four years of doing it and being around other homeschoolers, we have come to understand that there are plenty of ways to homeschool successfully. However, the pitfalls seem to be the same across the line no matter your style. We have learned to avoid the following mistakes to ensure we continue to

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Sneaker Art

This weeks art project comes courtesy of my artistic brother who is a sneaker head. He collects all sorts of great sneakers, including canvas sneakers which he paints with his signature graffiti art.   By personalizing simple and inexpensive canvas sneakers, children can express themselves in a truly unique artistic way.   The design can incorporate any theme that is near and dear to

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Homeschooling Green

Go to any homeschooling event, play group, class and co-op and you will see tons of worksheets, curriculums, books, textbooks and workbooks. It’s not an exaggeration- we homeschoolers tend to amass lots of paper. There are plenty of ways for homeschooling families to be eco-conscious by reducing their footprint on the planet. Using less paper and making use of technology to replace worksheets, books

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