Category: All About Homeschooling!

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Homeschool Planning for Next Year (Free Planning Pages)

Homeschool Vision Planner (This 30+-page pdf is currently FREE to download!) For many of us the school year is coming to a close and we’re thinking about next year.  We’re tossing around ideas and trying to determine just what subjects and units we’ll be covering next fall. I thought I would share the process I go through… and also will share the planning pages that I’ve been using the past...

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How Many Homeschoolers Are There? (And other Homeschool Stats!)

This time of year, many people are looking into homeschooling for the first time.  It can feel momentous to make the decision to homeschool. I thought I would share some stats so you know that you are not alone! This post shares some graphs and statistics about some of these topics: How many homeschoolers are there in the U.S.? How do the numbers of homeschoolers compare to the numbers of...

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3 Reasons Why Breaks are GOOD!

In our culture, we seem to reward and admire those who put in long, hard hours at work. Even school districts have succumb to the notion that longer school days and less recess will improve student performance. But scientifically that doesn’t make sense.  When you are truly working hard, your brain needs a break. The brain represents 2% of the body’s weight, but requires almost 25% of its oxygen. If...

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Rewards and Motivation: Keeping the Joy in Learning

One strong benefit to homeschooling is that we can bring joy to learning. We have the ability to engage the kids with activities, experiments, projects, books, play, field trips, and more. Homeschooling allows us to keep learning and education both creative and challenging.  And hopefully, we can help the kids find what they love doing, which is the very best reward of all!! There have been a number of famous...

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Creating Your Homeschool Curriculum Grade 4-5 — Free Resource Guide

How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: Grade 4-5 Today I want to share this free 35+ page Resource Guide for Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum. It has been created to help answer some basic questions: What subjects should I teach my 4th or 5th grader?  Where do I start? How do I know what to teach my kids? We are eclectic homeschoolers, which means that we use a wide...

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The Opportunity of a Lifetime!

Those words automatically suck us in, don’t they?  They evoke feelings that we might miss out.  But what if we applied this to the small choices we make each day?  To the small actions that really make a difference in the long run? Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime!  Today day is the day… to say I love you to your family. to be a good friend. to smile...

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What We’ve Been Up To (Grades 3, 6, 8)

Our Homeschool Week It has been quite a while since I wrote about the flow of our homeschool day. I really like writing these posts because it gives a glimpse of our messy, busy, wonderful homeschool life! Plus, I love looking back and seeing how things have changed.  I’ll link to some of our previous posts from other years down below at the bottom of the post.  (I still feel...

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Are You a Good Homeschool Role Model? Take this Quiz!!

There are so many things that go into homeschooling… good curriculum, engaging lessons, keeping the house (reasonably) organized, the laundry done, and meals on the table. But the kids are learning SO much from us.  They are watching most everything we do! How good of a role model are you? Are you a good homeschool role model? Take this Quiz! I get enough sleep. I am always prepared for class....

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Get the Most From Your Holiday Break

Congratulations! After a busy semester, we are all ready for a well-deserved break!  The kids are excited for the holidays and we educators need time to regroup, relax and re-energize too! Here are some tips for getting the most from your holiday break! 1. If you have time before the holidays are upon us, try to wrap up your schooling completely. Even if you are in the middle of a...

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Homeschool Science 2016 Year in Review – And What’s Coming Up Next

When I think about all we’ve done this past year in 2016 in science, I’m really pretty amazed! It’s been a fun, full year! This post has links to dozens of our science experiments, science worksheets and printables, and hands-on activities. You’ll find direct links to the posts in the table below. Last year as we moved into the new year (in January to May 2016), we were focused on...

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Behind the Scenes in Our Homeschool This Holiday Season

This holiday season has been full.  There have been a lot of wonderful things, but also two great losses for our family.  Right before Thanksgiving, my husband’s uncle passed away.  And last week, my aunt passed away. Both were quite unexpected. I personally have shed a lot of tears in the past week. It was my Mom’s sister who passed. I think it was hard for me because my own...

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Kindness

This brought our homeschooling to a standstill today! (A thoughtful, touching gift from some friends of ours!!)  This was so cute, I just had to share! It reminds me of the time I took DD out to breakfast… and when I went up to pay, we found out that someone had already paid for our bill.  Sometimes people try to make someone’s day simply because they can!! We all have...

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Creating Your Homeschool Curriculum: Grades 2-3, Resource Guide

How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: Gr. 2-3 One of the things I hear a lot about our blog is that there is so much to take in, it can be overwhelming.  That is especially true if you are a new homeschooler, just starting out.  I’ve dragged my feet about creating a resource like this is because so much of what we covered is not “grade” or “age” specific....

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A Checklist for Surviving and Enjoying the Holiday Period!

Keeping on top of things During the Holidays! Homeschooling in the next 6 or 7 weeks promises to be very hectic.  Not only are we balancing daily school work, but there are other pressures on our time… holiday parties, shopping, decorating, communicating with far-away friends and family.  Rather than getting swept away by holiday stress, be proactive and make sure you know what challenges are coming up! Holiday Preparations: Cards:...