Category: All About Homeschooling!

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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’s They’re Can’t I’m etc. 2. A Visit with Pocahontas’ 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 “may 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...

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Homeschooling Through the Holidays

One of the most stressful things for me is having day after day of unexpected (or unanticipated) “lost” homeschool days when nothing gets done. I think that what bothers me is not that I don’t expect them this time of year, but that I don’t think about it and acknowledge them in advance.  Then I have this nagging feeling like I didn’t live up to some in-the-sky (my own!) expectations....

Month in Review: 27 Posts from October 0

Month in Review: 27 Posts from October

Our month of posts, October 2014: I thought it might be helpful to have a list of posts you may have missed. 1. Learning about the Solar System (Hands-On Kit the Kids Loved) 2. Earth Science: Timeline of Earth Activity 3. Free German Worksheet Packet on Animals 4. States of Matter: Solid, Liquid, Gas — Learning Activities 5. Free Fall Themed Activity Packs for 3-6 Year Olds 6. Earth Science: Layers...

Do You Have Trouble Getting Everything All Done? 0

Do You Have Trouble Getting Everything All Done?

Sometimes our family is on such fast-forward speed, I have trouble getting to everything I want to.  I have a list of about 10 blog posts to write (we’ve done such great things in our homeschool lately!)… but somehow life gets in the way of actually putting pen to paper — errr… fingers to keyboard! Happily, it’s fun stuff that’s getting in the way these days (rather than all my...

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How Do I Get Started Homeschooling?

Please click through to this post (which has working links to the topics mentioned below): How to Start Homeschooling These posts all exist, but we’ve moved from Parents.com (we were under the Parents umbrella for 3 years)… and I don’t have the links up and running! 🙂 Hope to get them together sometime soon! You can also use the SEARCH button to look for any of the post titles below....

Lunar Eclipse Tests Parent’s Patience 0

Lunar Eclipse Tests Parent’s Patience

Did you wake your kids up to see the total lunar eclipse the other day? Hubby (my hero!) drove the kids to an open area to see the eclipse. (We live down in the woods and are completely surrounded by trees).  The kids were absolutely amazed! They thought it was spectacular! On the other hand, doing something amazing like well before 5am wasn’t without its consequences…  tired kids… And then...