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Summer Projects

Summer Projects

Right now, as I contemplate the subject of summer projects the only project I want to be occupied with on this breezy summer morning is drinking coffee on the deck overlooking my treelined backyard. There are a million projects I could begin and a long list of things...
Summer Reads for Moms

Summer Reads for Moms

Summer is a great time to catch up on a few good reads for you, mom (or the mom in your life!). I enjoy switching things up a bit by putting down my heavy reads and picking up some light, enjoyable and a maybe a short and helpful book about some aspect of life I am...
Homeschooling is Out: What should we do over the summer?

Homeschooling is Out: What should we do over the summer?

Your homeschooling year has wrapped up for the most part and your kids, if they are anything like mine, are begging you for the fun itinerary every day starting at 8:00 a.m. SO! What do homeschoolers do over the summer? Educational Variety There are a variety of ways...
Homeschool Victories Beyond the Gradebook

Homeschool Victories Beyond the Gradebook

NAV: an acronym for a Non-Academic Victory, meaning a reason for celebrating, a win, a dose of encouragement for parents, unrelated to academics. Homeschooling parents can often wonder if they are doing it all well enough. We wonder if our kids are excelling at a...
Campschooling: Learning While Camping

Campschooling: Learning While Camping

Some people desire to camp. Other people camp because they realize the high price tags of vacations and want to travel another way. Then there is a third group of people that camp for the potential memory-making moments for the kids. I am in the third group. Well, at...
Surprising Ways to Use Your Local Library for Homeschool

Surprising Ways to Use Your Local Library for Homeschool

4 SURPRISING WAYS TO USE YOUR LIBRARY AS A HOMESCHOOLER We all know how awesome our local librarians are. And we all understand the beauty that is found from having a huge building full of books, plus all those within the network of libraries, at your fingertips. We...
Homeschool Supplies from Amazon

Homeschool Supplies from Amazon

WHAT’S HIDING IN YOUR AMAZON WISH LIST FOR HOMESCHOOL SUPPLIES? Maybe you are like me and have a never ending wish list of items you would dream about having for your schoolroom. Or, perhaps you want to add a few new cool things to your classroom. Here is the list of...
When Math Becomes Real

When Math Becomes Real

My girls and I had been learning about cubic measurements and geometric solids. Out of a moment of frustration (and normal preteen annoyance with school), one of my kids huffed and said, “Why do I need to know this?” I had a pile of geometric solids in the center of...
Try Something New This Summer – Try Online Learning

Try Something New This Summer – Try Online Learning

My family tried something new this week – Letterboxing!  Letterboxing is like a giant treasure hunt.  Letterboxing traces its origin to Victorian England when a guide placed his calling card in a bottle along the banks of Cranmere Pool.  His hope was that if found,...
COPYING ARTISTIC MASTERPIECES

COPYING ARTISTIC MASTERPIECES

After speaking with a dear friend, who is a former art teacher, I was amazed at the educational benefits of copying the artistic masters from history. Can you imagine being taught be de Vinci, Vermeer, Cassatt, or Rembrandt? Imagine sitting in their studios with a...