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Planning the Day

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Photo Source: Flik One of the things that has really thrown me for a loop over the last few years is the necessity to implement a daily schedule. You know, an hour by hour schedule. A timetable. A “do-this-at-8-and-do-that-an-hour-later” kind of thing. I do not like “schedules.” I never put my babies “on a schedule.” […]

Managing Library Resources

Library List

At any given time in our house we can have at least 100 library resources in our possession. Since our kids are voracious readers, the older ones can easily go through 7 books a week as well as flip through numerous other books for their schoolwork. One hundred books can be quite the load to […]

The Reluctant Student

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Photo Source: Takomabibelot Ever find yourself in that quandary when your child is resistance to learn, to study or simply to follow directions? I’m there more than I would like to admit. Recently, I got the chance to talk about addressing reluctance in your homeschool, As we live the life of both parent and teacher, […]

History and Literature for Homeschooling and Afterschooling

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What they say about your passions being infectious seems to be true — at least at our house. History and Literature are some of my favorite subjects. My kids love history and literature as well. The FishBoys have reenacted some of the most important battles in world history, can recount the adventures of Odysseus, and […]

Language Arts Ideas for Homeschooling and Afterschooling

Last week I shared with you some of the education resources that our family uses for Math, Science, and Foreign Language. These were some of the first subjects that we’ve worked on this year according to my slow immersion method. Next we worked Language Arts, one of my personal favorites, into our daily routine. As […]

Math, Science, & Foreign Language – Homeschool Curriculum Ideas for Grammar & Middle School

Homeschool Beginning

This year marks my 9th in homeschooling. I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone by. I remember this big guy on that first day of kindergarten. It seems like it was yesterday that I had a five year old, a two year old, and a 3 month old. I’m amazed that I lived to tell […]

Balancing Academics and Character

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Raising children is a long mountain to climb. There are bumps and turns and sheer drop-offs along the way. As a homeschool mom, trying to give my children a solid academic foundation, I find that character development is the necessary partner to academics. Just as we can’t climb a hill without a few challenges in […]

Homeschool Planning: Putting Paperwork and Plans Together

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One of the things that I do to get our School-At-Home off to a good start is to get my records and paperwork in order. At the beginning of each school year, I set up my record-keeping binder. I have done this for years and find that it is keeps me organized as well as […]