Category: All About Homeschooling!

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Free Spring-Summer Calendar

It’s that time of year again. ¬†We’re trying to schedule in summer camps and family vacations. I work really well with paper calendars for keeping track of things here by my desk. This is the spring-summer calendar I made and just thought I’d share it for anyone else who can use it. ūüôā Free Spring-Summer 2015 Calendar Some of our summer plans? We are hoping to go on another Fossil...

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Homeschooling in the News

On the weekends, I’ve been trying to share¬†articles about homeschooling (or parenting in general) I’ve found from around the web. Since not everyone is on Facebook, I thought I’d share some of the recent¬†article links here as well: *I shared this post I wrote last March: Why You Shouldn’t Reward Kids for Learning¬†partly because I saw an article about “Grit” in the Washington post (see the next entry!) *Do Your...

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Can I Tell You a Secret?

Don’t tell my kids… but I’m pretty tired…. not with school itself, but with being the mediator. ¬†It’s mid-semester for us and I’m not as patient with the kids as I should be… well, or a better way to put that is that the kids are really grating on each other’s nerves and I can’t always nip it in the bud. We’ve had to have talk after talk about treating...

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10 Posts From the Past

Hi Everyone, Not everyone uses Facebook and ¬†with the way Facebook works now, the majority of my readers don’t see what I post to Facebook. ¬†So, I¬†thought that I’d highlight some of my older posts here on the blog as well every now and then. 20+ Thoughts for the Busy Homeschooling Family: 11 Year Old Shares Her Thoughts About Homeschooling Last winter on a snowy day like this one, I...

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Blog News: Homeschool Resource Page and Updated List of Free Homeschool and Teaching Resources

Homeschool Resources: Today I have several¬†great resources for you. The first is a new page of some of the books we use in our homeschool. ¬†You’ll see that new button in the left side bar. ¬†I hope to keep a fairly current list of recommended books from different subject areas (history, science, language arts, math & critical thinking, art). How to Find Homeschool Curriculum:¬†Since the list above is mostly just...

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Homeschool Motivation – 10 Ways to Keep Going!

It’s mid-winter. It’s cold and there’s still plenty of school left in the semester. ¬†How do we keep ourselves motivated to homeschool?¬†I’ve been thinking about that a LOT lately. When working with the kids, it’s not just having the activities ready, the books out, worksheets printed out. It’s the smile and positive energy that really inspires our¬†homeschool. In that regard, there are times when I’m not¬†doing my job. ¬†Call it...

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Homeschool Week in Review (Grades 1, 4, 6)

The biggest challenge this week? Just getting going¬†each morning! This past week was our third week back since the break. In some ways, it was my toughest yet. ¬†There are some days/weeks when we we dive into our homeschooling with enthusiasm and zeal, but other times it’s hard to get started, though once we do, we generally get things done. This was one of those weeks that was that bit...

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Are You Just Starting to Homeschool?

If you’re looking for the answers to your homeschool questions, the new tab at the top of the page, “Starting to Homeschool” is the place to start!! ¬†It has links to dozens and dozens of posts: How to find a homeschool curriculum? What about socialization? How do I know what to teach the kids? What does a homeschool day look like? How do I start homeschooling my preschooler? How many...

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Easing Back Into Homeschooling

We started back into homeschool this week after a long break and¬†it went really well! ¬†It helps that we¬†started each day gathered together in front of the wood stove to read. BRRRrrrr… it’s been cold and snowy out this week! I think¬†there’s little groaning or fuss about starting to homeschool each morning because it’s so cozy and nice in front of the fire! Once we were all there (some days...

Homeschooling After the Holidays 2

How to Start Homeschooling After the Holidays

The holidays are almost over… Two or three (or more!) weeks have gone by since you last “cracked the books”… ¬†The “normal” homeschool routine is a thing of the past… ¬†Are you feeling ready to start back into homeschooling? Here are some of the things I try to do before we jump back into our homeschool routine. 1) Make Sure You’ve Really Had a Break! If you have spent the...

Month in Review: 22 Posts from November 0

Month in Review: 22 Posts from November

Last month I started something, new… a Month in Review post as a quick, easy way to see recent posts you may have missed. ¬†Here are last month’s posts: Our Month of Posts: Nov. 2014 Sorry, the links are all broken at the moment because of our move. ¬† 1. Contraction Matching Practice Cards- He‚Äôs They‚Äôre Can‚Äôt I‚Äôm etc. 2. A Visit with Pocahontas‚Äô Great (x12) Granddaughter 3. Minecraft Money...

What if Your Assets (or Your Children) Were Seized Because You Homeschool? 0

What if Your Assets (or Your Children) Were Seized Because You Homeschool?

I’m so grateful that homeschooling is legal in all 50 states here in America. In fact, the numbers of homeschooled children continues to increase around the country. But that isn’t the case everywhere. Homeschooling has been banned in Germany since Adolf Hitler was in power. Germany requires that all children go to their public schools. ¬†In fact,¬†a 2007 decision in Germany found that homeschooling ‚Äúmay constitute a misuse of the...

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What We’ve Been Up to In Our Homeschool Lately (Grades 1, 4, 6)

These days I tend to write about our activities in separate posts, but occasionally I like to talk about the flow of our homeschool in general.¬† We have had a busy fall — not just because the kids are involved in a lot of activities, but also fitting in the other things that take up time (trips, doctors appointments, and on and on!). We made a conscious decision to (try...