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So, What is a Lapbook, Anyway?

5/15/2015
by Amy Smith

So, What is a Lapbook, Anyway?If you have been homeschooling for very long, you have probably heard someone mention lapbooks. As other homeschool teachers rave about their child’s latest lapbook about George Washington, you smile and nod, wondering silently, “What is a lapbook?” [Read more…]

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Of Mice & Cookies: Strategies for ADHD

4/15/2015
by Jennifer Carson

Of Mice & Cookies: Strategies for ADHDIf you have kids, you’ve probably read the children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie or one of the others in the series by Laura Numeroff. My family often jokes that we all have the same problem as the main characters in the books: namely, we are supposed to be working on something, but it reminds us of something else, and before you know it, the day is gone and we haven’t finished anything even though we were busy the whole day. [Read more…]

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Interweaving the Bible into Your Core Studies

3/15/2015
by Amy Smith

Interweaving the Bible into Your Core StudiesAs homeschoolers, we all have the wonderful opportunity to incorporate our family’s beliefs into our homeschool curriculum. We might buy Bible programs or devotional books to add to our daily routine, and these are great things to do to teach your children about God. Adding God to your science lapbooks and math lessons can be trickier. [Read more…]

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Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire or Why our Co-op Spends So Much Time and Money on Teen Events like the Annual Sock Hop

2/15/15
by Julie Bailey and Jennifer Carson

 Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire or Why our Co-op Spends So Much Time and Money on Teen Events like the Annual Sock HopLately, I’ve been having an internal homeschool parent-teacher conference/debate over the balance of “Fun vs. Foundational Facts” in our homeschool. This is probably due in large part to my recent introduction to the “Trivia Crack” game. Because of this game, I often think, “Oh no, I bet my 10 year-old doesn’t know the answer to that—I better add in some Greek mythology and geology and some more geography, and, and and…” [Read more…]

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10 Ways to Organize the Homeschool Chaos

1/17/2015
by Jennifer Carson

10 Ways to Organize the Homeschool Chaos

We are very blessed to have a separate room in our house for schooling. Over Christmas break however, we dumped all of the flotsam and jetsam that accumulated around the house into the school room. When we were ready to start back after Christmas, we were greeted with a mound of homeless items that needed to be put away. [Read more…]

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Help Your Child Develop a Servant’s Heart

11/17/2014
by Jennifer Carson

Help Your Child Develop a Servant's HeartDuring our church’s fellowship hour last week, a married couple that I hadn’t met approached me and inquired if I was Oliver’s mom. After I responded, that yes, I was indeed, Oliver’s mother, they told me how Oliver had really left an impression upon them at VBS last summer. Wow! I thought, VBS was five months ago, [Read more…]

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History of Homeschooling: That Ancient Question: What’s Best for MY Child?

10/15/2014
by Lorrie Ney

Part 2

History of Homeschooling: That Ancient Question: What’s Best for MY Child?In 1979 when John Singer was shot for refusing to allow authorities to take his children off of his property to “educate them,” he joined a long list of heroic parents who faced off with the law in civil disobedience over education. [Read more…]

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History of Homeschooling: A Fragile Peace

9/15/2014
by Lorrie Ney

Part 1

History of Homeschooling: A Fragile PeaceHome education is so common today our students are beginning to steal the public thunder. We win national spelling bees, make movies, win Olympic gold medals. And even the Ivy League institutions court the ranks of our graduates. Many homeschoolers are part of co-ops, or large inclusive groups of homeschooling families. My local homeschool Co-Op is celebrating its 25th year of fellowship. A quarter century ago the Berlin Wall was tumbling down, and Chinese youth were dying in Tiananmen Square. But here in mid-Missouri a small group of like-minded parents were banding together to share their skills, encouragement, and lobby politically to ensure their newly earned rights to homeschool didn’t get voted away. There is strength in numbers. [Read more…]

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A Typical Homeschool Mom’s To-Do List—EW!!

8/15/2014
by Jennifer Carson

A Typical Homeschool Mom's To-Do List—EW!!Recently, Taylor Swift was in a skit on The Tonight Show entitled “EW!” in which she responded “ew!” to a list of items such as rice pudding and yield signs. You can see it here. Today, as I was writing my to-do list, “ew” kept popping into my thoughts in response to a few of my less-than-favorite tasks. Here’s a list of things most homeschool moms encounter on a regular basis and some suggestions for making them a little less “EWWIE” Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Why you should have a summer bucket list

7/16/2014
by Jennifer Carson

Why you should have a summer bucket listMaybe you are so overwhelmed and can’t even consider adding one more thing to your already overflowing list of things “to-do” or maybe you call yourself a “slacker mom” and avoid Pinterest-perfection like the plague. Even so, you just might to reconsider having a summer bucket list. Here are five reasons why: [Read more…]