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Society for Creative Anachronism

We recently started a study unit about the middle ages. My son became instantly fascinated by the weapons used at that time. He had so many questions! After exhausting our library, I did some research to find out if there were any experts in our area who could share more information with us about medieval weaponry. A local blacksmith suggested we check out the

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Making from Scratch- A Good Homeschool Lesson

In an effort to save money and help the environment, we try to make as much as we can from scratch and try to also give recyclable containers a new life.  It is a relatively easy and fun activity.  Making things from scratch gives us the opportunity to watch chemistry in action. It is no secret my child loves science experiments and this is

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Can You Cursive? Writing Lessons for Students

There was a lively discussion in a homeschooling yahoo list recently on wether cursive should still be taught as part of the curriculum. I read with interest because I have been debating the issue myself, especially as my 10 year old is entering a more active writing stage. Cursive writing has fallen to the wayside in society and in public schools. Schools have little

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Activities for Little Ones

Now that I have two children, I have a newfound appreciation for families who homeschool more than one child and have varying ages and needs.  How do they do it?  My son is almost ten and my daughter a little over a year. She looks up to her big brother and wants to do everything he does. We oblige a lot but most often

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Chores – Another Item on the Homeschool Checklist

Over the years, I have slowly added chores for my son to do. He started with putting food in the dogs’ bowls when he was about 6 years old. I always remind and I don’t mind, because he’s grateful for the nudge. He seems to appreciate his chores; I think he feels a sense of accomplishment. I noticed that he is more willing to

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Loving Math

These past few months, I have found some great resources to help my son in gaining more strength and confidence in math. For years, it felt like I was pushing math concepts at a wall. It was very frustrating and discouraging for both of us. I’m beginning to see, as I read more and look at all the paths that are available to us,

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Little One Underfoot

If you had told me five years ago that I would be a mother, a homemaker, a homeschooling mom, a writer and an artist with children around, I would have laughed.  But that is how it is and I manage to accomplish what I do with my children alongside me. We spend the most time in the kitchen or nearby. Early on, I decided

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New Free Technology

I am always on the lookout for exciting new freeware (free technology) to enhance our homeschool experience. Recently, I came across two that have become indispensable not only in our learning environment, but in social networking with family and friends. The first one, Jing, allows you to share basic screen captures and screen recordings. It’s fun, easy and simple to use. After downloading, you

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Solitude

As homeschoolers and having an only child for so long, socialization became of utmost importance. Setting up play dates, outings with other children was imperative. Socialization is the anti-homeschoolers main complaint about homeschooling. For years, if my son played alone for a while, hours sometimes, I would sigh inside and think how lonely he must be. I would whisk him away as soon as

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Enriching your Child’s Environment

Sometimes when we are out and about, my son will see something he likes- not a toy or a game.  It’s a rock or a piece of bark.  He picks it up and takes it home.  It’s a habit he started as a toddler. My first instinct was to stop him, my mother’s voice in my head,”don’t touch – it’s dirty!”. What I remember

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