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Including PreSchoolers in Your Homeschool

Including Preschoolers in Your HomeschoolLooking back on our early homeschool years, I remember a daily struggle to keep pre-schoolers happy while teaching the older siblings.  I’m sure I am not the only homeschooling mama that faced this dilemma of keeping the little ones somewhat quiet and happy so the older children can learn with minimal distractions.   I found that including the pre-schoolers in “school” instead of just trying to keep them away from the older kids worked really well.  Here are some suggestions for things they can do alongside their older siblings. [Read more…]

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Practicing the Art of Contentment

contentmentI have a confession to make. In some circles, this could be exceedingly embarrassing. I have … a flip phone. No smart phone for me. I will admit, when the smart phones started coming out, I was envious. They look like they would be very handy to check the weather while camping, look up coupons while shopping, and you can certainly text a lot faster. But, in order to meet our financial goals, I decided it was not worth the cost for me. I decided it was worth being content with what I had in order to reach our financial goals sooner. Because of this, I have learned a few lessons about contentment. [Read more…]

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History of Christianity Movies

History of Christianity Movies
by Jennifer Carson

As my children entered their teen years, it seemed as though their schedules were fuller every year with outside activities. We found ourselves needing to reserve a spot on our calendar for our family movie nights. Then we realized if we watched movies that coordinated with our history curriculum, we could “multitask” by combining family time with school. Family discussions about the movie reinforce what they were learning, plus films set in the past can help students better understand how people lived, what they wore and how they spoke during that time period. [Read more…]

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Tips to Help Your Homeschool Flow Smoothly

Tips to Help Your Homeschool Flow Smoothly

Tips to Help Your Homeschool Year Flow Smoothly

This is the time of year many homeschool parents organize their school area, choose curriculum, and plan for the year. As you do this, you might also be dreaming of a perfect, stress-free homeschool year. While I can’t guarantee a perfect year, here are a few simple tips to help your year flow smoothly.
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How to Fold a Lapbook

For each lapbook, you will need a file folder. Open up the folder.

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Plan Your Own Curriculum in Four Easy Steps!

Plan your CurriculumIt seems to me that home-schoolers generally tend to be “outside-the-box type thinkers” since we aren’t following the societal norm of sending our children to public schools. As self-proclaimed non-conformists, we tend to be less than enthusiastic about using an entire curriculum in a box exactly as it is intended to be used. This upcoming school year will be my third time through a 5th grade core curriculum. Each time, I change a few things in order to reflect that child’s personality and learning styles, but this year, I’ve changed so much that only the basic structure has remained. I believe there are other homeschool parents who would like to modify the materials they have in order to best accommodate their child’s learning needs—which is one of the big reasons why we homeschool in the first place, right? [Read more…]

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Our Family’s 6 Favorite Read Alouds

Favorite Read AloudsLast month, our oldest graduated from our homeschool. This has caused me to pause a moment for a bit of reflection. The first thing to cross my mind was ‘Wow, I’ve been doing this for a LONG time!’ After I got past the length of time I have been homeschooling and, consequently, how old I must be, I started thinking about our curriculum choices and some of the great read alouds we have enjoyed through the years. I surveyed the family and we came up with a list of some of our favorites. [Read more…]

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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…]