How to Stay Physically Fit Inside

As a homeschooling mom of two boys that have never been interested in playing sports, I’ve had to use some creativity with their physical education. Going for walks, running around the yard, playing active games, and enjoying playgrounds have helped incorporate exercise into our days. However, when you are housebound, staying fit inside can be more of…

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Ideas for the Study of Birds

February is National Bird Feeding Month. You can celebrate birds this month with a mini-study about one of God’s amazing creatures. Here are some ideas to get you started. First, begin with scripture. Ask your children if they think that birds are mentioned in the Bible. Then, challenge them to find as many scripture verses as possible…

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Running Forward

Two years ago, I felt led to try something new, running. Prior to that leading, I had no desire to run. My exercise routine consisted of walking our dogs for approximately one-half mile twice a day. That's about it. I was not in shape and my forty-something body was beginning to show signs of neglect. Suddenly, I…

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Ten Life Skills to Teach your Kids

Relaxing in front of the television after a long day, I was not thrilled when one of my children entered the room to inform me that a toilet was clogged. That’s the last thing that I wanted to hear. Feeling quite lethargic, I considered my options. Did I need to deal with the issue right at that…

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Letting Go of Missing Out

As my boys and I were discussing plans for the upcoming week, which would include attending a relative’s eighth grade graduation ceremony, my eldest son made an interesting comment. It was something to the effect of “That’s another thing I like about homeschooling; you don’t have to do that.” He was referring to the graduation ceremony. We…

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The Single Parent Homeschool

If someone had told me fifteen years ago, after the birth of my second child, that within a short period of time I would lose my husband to cancer and go on to raise and homeschool my two children alone, I would have thought that person was delusional. Yet, that’s exactly what happened. It has not been…

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Gardening Interests

If you follow a September through June school schedule like our family does, then you are getting ready to finish your school year. As things wind down in our home, other things wind up. Time in the garden replaces time in the “classroom” and days become more carefree. Speaking of gardening, we have used this activity several…

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Teachers are Seed Planters

As I glanced over at my garden this morning, something caught my eye. I could see what appeared to be a flower blooming next to the arbor. I thought for certain I was mistaken since I had not planted anything in that spot this year or last year. I went over to investigate. To my surprise, a…

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Becoming Outdated

When I began homeschooling, I gave little thought to what I was potentially leaving behind. Fortunate to have another source of income, I went on hiatus from my “career” for several years to raise my young boys. As my kids grew, I completed some freelance work, but my primary focus was on my family and homeschooling. Now…

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My Free Disney Vacation

Three years ago, when I took my kids to Disney, I thought I was doing well with a free $50 gift card from a travel agent and a few hundred Disney Reward Dollars from my credit card spending. Boy, was I wrong! I had no idea back then that with a little strategic planning, we could have…

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