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Keeping Academic Skills Sharp Through Summer Break

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The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh: Summer break means fun in the sun… a break from routine… the chance to decompress. Sadly, it can also bring a regression in some learned skills if we’re not careful. Every year, I watch some families park their newly free kiddos in front of the TV […]

The End of the School Year and That Mountain of School Papers

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The following post is from LifeasMOM contributor, JessieLeigh: photo source Thanks to record snowfalls this past winter, we won’t be getting out of school until the end of June this year.  I know some of you have been out for a month already!  Either way, there’s always lots of paperwork to sort through and deal […]

Homeschooling and Food

If I had a maid, a chauffeur, and private chef, homeschooling would be a piece of cake. Ok, maybe I exaggerate a little. We know that even the best laid lesson plans sometimes meet with reluctant learners. But what can break a homeschool mom at the knees are those regular household tasks. Molding young minds and […]

Celebrating The End of the School Year

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photo credit: Jamie Getskow Voeltz Today is the last day of our school year. We began in early August and have clocked more than 180 instructional days. So, today wraps up the end of our “formal schooling” for the year. What this looks like at our house is that the kids can sleep in a […]

Thoughts on Teaching High School at Home

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I’ve been teaching my kids at home for nine years now. When FishBoy13 was born, I quit my job at a California high school, intent on being home with my children, however many there would be. FishPapa and I had it in our minds to teach them at home, in part because of what I […]

Teaching Several Grade Levels with Common Curricula

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This month Simple Homeschool is hosting a curriculum fair. Each of us is sharing how we approach choosing books and resources for teaching our kids at home. Today I’m talking about how I teach several grade levels using the same books. It’s a way that I save time, money, and a few brain cells all […]

A Good Story: What’s In It for You?

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Last week I got a chance to share at Simple Homeschool, discussing our family’s affection for good stories. From the post, Developing a love of books is one of the most important parts of our homeschool. Not only is it academically sound, but it is also a way of nurturing my children, of creating a […]

Questions of Kindergarten: Full Day versus Half Day

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A post from LifeasMOM Contributor, JessieLeigh About this time of year, notices start going home to the parents of 4 1/2 to 5 year olds; it’s time to start registering for kindergarten. In my town this year, it’s a very hot topic. At story hour, birthday parties, and outside the pre-K classroom, mommies can be […]