Having Fun with Food Labels

Since March was National Nutrition Month, you may have taught a lesson or two on nutrition. Or, maybe you just considered it. No matter what age your children are, there are ways to teach them about the foods and drinks that they consume each day and why they matter. One fun way to do this is to…

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Using Food to Create Memorable Lessons

One of the benefits of homeschooling that I really enjoy is the freedom to create lessons that go beyond the textbook page. Since our school days are not bound by rigid time constraints, we can explore topics in various creative ways. One way that has proven to form lasting memories for my children is the use of…

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Facing New Challenges

Even though we have been homeschooling for twelve years, this school-year began with some new challenges. Our homeschool cooperative was faced with a level of adversity that it had never before experienced. We have been blessed to be part of this group for a very long time, nearly a decade. In that time, my children and I…

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Preventing the Winter Blues

With the busyness of the holidays behind us, the new year can be a time of rest or a time of fresh beginnings with ambitious resolutions. As the month wears on, with gray days and cold temperatures, it can also be a time of dreariness. As the frigid weather in some areas hinders regular outdoor playtime, cooped…

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Getting Started and Staying Motivated

Whether you are beginning your first year of homeschooling or your fifth, getting started and staying motivated can be difficult. Sometimes we are not realistic in our expectations and begin the year with too many plans in place. We may sign our kids up for lots of extracurricular activities without realizing the time or mental commitment involved.…

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Counting the Days

At the beginning of the summer I installed a countdown application on my cell phone. I set the app to count down the number of days until we begin school again in September. I thought that by regularly seeing the number of days remaining in our summer vacation each time that I looked at my phone, I…

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Do You Need a Preschool Curriculum?

Choosing a curriculum can seem like a daunting task, but sometimes the task is not even necessary. Before learning about and entering the world of homeschooling, my son attended a public preschool for a few hours each week. I thought that's what you were “supposed” to do when your child reached a certain age. Sure, he already…

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How to Choose an Online Class

So, the school year is officially over in our home and I’m already thinking about next year. It seems I’m not alone because in the past week two moms have asked me about curriculum choices. In particular, they were both asking about online courses. This has been on my mind lately as well. How do I choose an appropriate online class or curriculum for our homeschool? (more…)

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Letting Go of Fear

As the school year winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on the overall health of your homeschool. How are you doing? How are your kids doing? It’s also a good time to think about the decisions that you’ve made this year. How many of those decisions were made out of fear? (more…)

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