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Is Your Child Gifted?

A friend has recently jumped on the homeschooling bandwagon on the suspicion that her 5 year old daughter is gifted.  Since her daughter is still so young, I was curious how parents determine that their child is indeed gifted. Gifted children need to be challenged every day to be happy and require special consideration. The U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented (www.bcps.org) provide guidance

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Six Traits of Writing

If you are homeschooling an elementary grade or older child, the six traits of writing are a must to add to your Literature or Writing curriculum. It’s an easy to follow model to ensure that your child’s writing is gaining strength in the right areas. We are going over each slowly and one at time, building one upon the other. This writing model was

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National Homeschool Book Award

The National Homeschool Book Award (NHBA) was set up by a group of book enthuthiast homeschool moms in Minnesota.  They wanted to share and uphold good fiction that shed a positive light on learning by homeschooling or just gaining knowledge through life experiences. They realized this need after recognizing that most of the literature for juveniles was centered on traditional school experience.  The hope

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Free Homeschool Curriculums

Whether you are homeschooling kindergarten or 8th grade, the curriculum does not have to cost a thing.  And it can still be of quality.  Although we have our proven favorites, it does get boring and predictable (not a good combination for learning) to use the same tools over and over again.  So I like to keep up with what’s currently offered out there and

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Apps for Homeschooling

We love applications and are constantly on the lookout for some great ones to introduce to our children- a year old and 10 years old.  There are so many apps available that trying to figure out which ones are the best for us has been near to impossible.  Fortunately, I just got tuned into this homeschooling mom who started a website where she reviews

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Solutionaries for Students

We homeschool our children because we want to make sure they are learning in the best possible way; because we perceive school is not providing the best opportunities for them. However, I was surprised to find, after  taking an informal poll in our local homeschooling group, that 92% of them follow traditional school teaching techniques and environment.  A large percentage of these families also

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Be Adventurous

Homeschooling in our fourth year and routine has set in.  We usually are up and about at the same time each day, and we fall into personal habits in between some fun stuff. Predictability can be comforting. Nothing ventured, nothing gained- that old addage has been circling my mind lately. I believe adventure is necessary for our homeschooling success, therefore I must help us

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Tongue Twisters

My kid’s pronunciation skills are challenged as they get older.  In an effort to help my son in particular and to have a little fun, we have started doing some tongue twisters. They help him exercise his tongue and slowly build up his diction and phonetics. Tongue twisters are a great speech therapy activity for lisps and stammers. We have been using the following

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Cooperation – Keeping the Kids Together!

I have realized over time that if I want to ‘teach’  my children cooperation, then I must practice it myself.  By creating an environment that highlights working together and not one that practices blame, I find my children are cooperative. This is not easy. I was brought up in an home where cooperation was induced through guilt trips and blame. I often feel the

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Four Must Have Magazines for the Homeschool Environment

Magazines in our house served only two purposes for many years unrelated to reading- fodder for art projects and pet bedding.  They were good only to cut out pictures out of or to shred for the long line of small caged pets. Nowadays, it seems they are starting to be read by my son. Pages are turned slowly to peruse the articles or read

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