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The 12 Days of a Generous Homeschool Christmas

The 12 Days of a Generous Homeschool ChristmasChristmas brings out the generosity in most of us.  We want to help others that are in need, but on a limited budget, that can be difficult, but it is not impossible.  Here are twelve ways you and your family can be generous in your community without spending any extra money this holiday season.

Day 1: Do a random act of kindness for a stranger.  If you are on the lookout for opportunities, you will find them.  While you are at it, do one for a family member also! 

Day 2: Volunteer at a local soup kitchen.

Day 3: Scoop snow off a neighbor’s driveway without them seeing you.

Day 4: Gather some friends and go caroling at a nursing home.

Day 5: Help an elderly friend address their Christmas cards.


Day 6: Donate neglected toys to children slightly younger than yours.

Day 7: Visit an elderly couple from your church and take them artwork from your children. 

Day 8:  Volunteer to babysit for another family.

Day 9: Gather your out-grown coats, hats, and mittens and donate to a local shelter.

Day 10: Walk dogs at an animal shelter.

Day 11:  Compliment 3 store clerks and wish them a Merry Christmas!

Day 12:  Stuff envelopes for a local charity.  Many of them send out Christmas cards and need help with their mailings.

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New York Geography Worksheet

New York Geography WorksheetLearn about the geography of New York in this free worksheet.  This worksheet includes a checklist of activities to help your student learn about New York’s geography.  The students will draw and label Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and other major lakes.  They will locate major cities and rivers.  They will also use a symbol to label the major mountain ranges in New York.

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New Mexico Geography Worksheet

New Mexico Geography WorksheetLearn about the geography of New Mexico in this free New Mexico geography worksheet.  You will draw a compass rose, identify New Mexico on the United States map, and locate the major cities, rivers, and lakes.  You will also use the mountain symbol found in the map key to label the major mountain ranges in New Mexico.

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New Jersey Geography Worksheet

New Jersey Geography WorksheetAlthough New Jersey is small, there is a lot of interesting information to learn about in this free New Jersey geography worksheet.  This worksheet provides a checklist of items for your study of New Jersey geography.  The student will draw and label a compass rose, locate New Jersey on the United States map, and draw in the major mountain ranges, lakes, and rivers of New Jersey.

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New Hampshire Geography Worksheet

New Hampshire Geography WorksheetWhen doing a study of New Hampshire, you don’t want to neglect the geography of New Hampshire with this free worksheet.  You will use the symbols in the map key to draw and label the White Mountains, the major cities, and the capital.  You will also draw and label the Connecticut River and other major rivers as well as Lake Winnepesaukee and other major lakes.

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Nevada Geography Worksheet

Nevada Geography WorksheetLearn about the geography of Nevada using this free Nevada geography worksheet.  You will find and color Nevada on the U.S. map, find and label Nevada’s major cities, draw and label the Colorado River and Columbia River as well as using the symbols in the map key to label the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

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Nebraska Geography Worksheet

Nebraska Geography WorksheetUse this free Nebraska Geography Worksheet in your study of Nebraska.  You will identify the capital of Nebraska as well as major lakes and rivers in the state.

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Montana Geography Worksheet

Montana Geography WorksheetMontana is one of the largest states in the U.S.  Learn about the geography of Montana in this free worksheet.  You will identify Montana on the U.S. map, draw and label the major rivers such as the Yellowstone River, draw and label Granite Peak and more.

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Missouri Geography Worksheet

Missouri Geography Worksheet

Learn about the geography of Missouri in this free Missouri geography worksheet.  You will draw and label the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, draw the major lakes, locate Jefferson City and identify as the capital as well as locate Missouri on the United States map.

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What Classes Should My High Schooler Take?

What Classes Should My HIgh Schooler Take?

What Classes Should My High Schooler Take?

Most likely, if you are making time in your life to homeschool your children, you are doing so because you want them to have the best possible education.  But, the challenges of providing that education seem to increase dramatically as they enter into their high school years.  How can you know what classes they should take and what subjects are important; subjects that not only satisfy current interests but to also pave the way for a better future?

I don’t believe every child should go to college.  There are many career opportunities out there that don’t require a college degree.  Your child’s interests and life goals should guide that decision.  As you probably can guess, many high schoolers don’t have a firm grasp of what they want in life. Because of this uncertainty, I have tried to give my homeschooled children an education that would allow them to enter college if they choose to do so at some point in their life. But I also incorporated subject materials that would help them if they chose not to enter college.

In order to choose what classes I needed to include in the high school years, I had to do some research.  First, I researched our state’s department of education graduation requirements and made a list of what was required for high school graduation from my state.  The laws in my state don’t require homeschoolers to follow that list, but I didn’t want that to be a stumbling block for them at any point down the road; our state’s list isn’t too difficult to accomplish. This completed the minimum list of classes for the child that doesn’t think he/she wants to go to college. But additional classes may be added depending on the child’s interests. For the college-bound child, the list of basic classes may be longer.

My research for the college-bound was the admissions section of college websites.  I chose several local state colleges and a few private schools to research.  It is easy to find the admission requirements on most of their websites.  I wrote down what was required by them to be admitted and added that to the state list and had a good starting point for what classes our school would require.  I also added to this list a few classes I thought were important, such as accounting.

After that, our class choices have been interest-based.  I have one child that loves animals and biology, so a lot of her electives were science-based.  She took Marine Biology, Advanced Biology, and Genetics.  Early on in her high school years, another of mine was especially interested in the arts.  She took watercolor painting and photography before deciding her interests were also more science-based.

Homeschooling high school is a bit of a challenge, but class selection doesn’t need to be complicated.  If you follow your state’s guidelines, college admissions requirements, and your student’s interests, it can be easy to choose their classes. It is just four years. You will share in the joy of the accomplishment at graduation.