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Portrait of a Homeschool Kid

Many misconceptions abound regarding homeschool kids. As a homeschool family, we have heard them all: the kids aren’t socialized, they aren’t educated enough, they aren’t exposed to the real world, they miss out on the opportunities to x y and z. All negative opinions from those who have never been there and have no idea…
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Structured Learning Activities with a Young Toddler

Recently, I’ve begun implementing structured learning activities into our day for Peanut. Although she is just over 16 months old, I can already see the benefit these early learning sessions will have! We plan on homeschooling, so getting into a routine of daily learning will also be really helpful when she starts more formal preschool…
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What Do We See, Under the Sea?

The last couple of weeks, we have been exploring ocean life. I got the idea to do this “unit” because Jonah really had a lot of fun at a recent trip to the aquarium. He sat at each exhibit, wide eyed and taking in all of the colors and combination of shapes and textures, as…
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My take on Handwriting Without Tears

Let me preface this by saying we’ve been using the program for a grand total of two days now, so I am subject to change my mind on this at a later time. But I don’t think I will: everything I’ve seen thus far with our new Handwriting Without Tears workbooks has me excited. I…
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Back to school

Today was our first day back to school after a leisurely summer break. A first day of school juggling three elementary students in different grades and a rambunctious toddler goes something like this: I kick everyone out of bed and make them get dressed and assembled for school pictures. An opportunity to torture children with…
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Book: HomeSchooling At the Speed of Life

Whether you’ve been homeschooling for a while, are just starting out, or think you could never manage it – this book is for you! Marilyn Rockett offers a wealth of knowledge and ideas for balancing home, school, and family in the real world. In addition to the abundance of workable systems and solutions, she also…
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Junior Naturalist Day at the local Nature Center

The Howard Christensen Nature Center in Kent City, Michigan, has had it’s share of funding ups and downs. It has closed and been re-owned multiple times over the years, most recently shutting it’s doors this last January due to lack of funding. Lucky for nature-lovers (and area homeschoolers!), they found a way to re-open in…
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Highlights from our Homeschool Week

A glimpse in the life of our normal homeschool week. Monday: We started out the week learning about natural disasters, specifically studying Joplin, Missouri, and the tornadoes that devastated the area. We put together Animal Relief Kits to send to the animal shelter down there. You can read more about those activities in my Lessons…
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Manatee Moments

We were gifted a subscription to Your Big Backyard magazine, and my kids adore it every month. Not only is it something fun to look forward to in the mail, but it spurs spontaneous adventure when we turn any topic of their choice into a unit study for the day. The feature in our recent…
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