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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…]

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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…]