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Cicadas, Teachable Moments, and Great Memories

The other day, my son and I were busy cleaning up some branches we had clipped from the bushes. As I was trudging through the heat, I suddenly realized he wasn’t working anymore. I was getting more than a little irritated when I heard him say, “Hey, Mom. Come look at this.” After the crazy-busy year we had this past year, I’ve learned to

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Firefly Unit Study

You know it’s finally summer when you see fireflies start to light up the night. Every year, my kids (no matter how old) still try to catch them, always being careful and letting them go again. Here are a few fun facts about fireflies: Fireflies are actually beetles. There are about 2,000 species of fireflies. Each species has a unique flash pattern. Fireflies only live for

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Schooling Through the Summer

Every year, I have the best intentions of finishing up in a timely manner. Sometimes we start after Labor Day; other years we start in the middle of August. But no matter when we start the school year, we never finish by June. Unexpected life events seem to throw us off “the schedule” each time, no matter how prepared I am. So now, it’s part

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Homeschooling Through the Summer

Homeschooling Through the Summer I start ever year with good intentions, great anticipation, and high hopes that we’ll actually finish all the work by the end of May. And every year, we are still working on things (usually math) through June and sometimes into July. Then August comes around, and it’s time to start up again. School for us just naturally goes year-round. But

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Math in the Summer

This week, we had the opportunity to visit with my niece and her children who are still fairly new on this homeschooling journey.  She wasn’t sure what to do about math this summer for her oldest, a second-grader. The will soon complete schooling the required number of days, but it’s taken him a little longer to get through some of the math lessons. He won’t

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Nature Questions

This summer, we have had two different types of birds visiting our front porch. Each chose a different corner of the porch to build a nest – a good safe place out of harm’s way. Or so we thought. Birds #1 The first pair of parents were Carolina Wrens. They build a more enclosed nest, so we couldn’t see the hatchlings very well. But

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Schooling through the summer…Are we crazy?

Summer is our favorite season. This family loves some sunshine, sandy beaches and warm weather.  And now we’ve added school.  That’s right.  This family is schooling through the summer.  Are we crazy? School’s out! Or is it? As the school year has recently ended for our friends and family, we here in the Huggins household are plowing through our third semester.  Having just started our curriculum in January, we’re approximately half-way through

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Make a Bug Mobile!

Summertime around our house means – bugs! By bugs, I not only mean bugs like stink bugs and milkweed bugs, but all the six-legged insects. There are bugs in the yard and bugs in the house, biting bugs and stinging bugs. And though parents may grumble, there is a way to make these buggy days fun for kids. They can create their own bug

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Be a Picture Book Critiquer

Our library’s summer reading program requires that elementary students read for ten hours or forty books to win the Level One prize (they have to read even more for the next prize). That’s a lot of books for my youngest to finish on his own, so we alternate between easy readers that he reads himself and picture books that I read to him. Although

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