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Month: December 2018

10 Fun Indoor Activities For Days Kids Can’t Get Out

10 Fun Indoor Activities For Days Kids Can’t Get Out

It is so hard when kids are cooped up indoors for too long. They often get in trouble because they have too much energy or get too bored because they want to be out and can’t go. So they often find inappropriate options to keep themselves entertained. I know my son does. Ask his sister. He often pesters her, and then fighting erupts. So what can you do when kids can’t get out but need something to do? Here are…

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Homeschool Resources I Love: Math Edition

Homeschool Resources I Love: Math Edition

Math. I know many of you just groaned. I can’t say I blame you because I’m not a math person, either. My kids are pretty good at math and don’t dread it. I am glad for that. I have found some useful resources to use in our homeschool that I wanted to share with you. Maybe you can find something that will help your kids with math. Math Curriculum We have used two primary math programs over the years. Both…

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5 Mistakes I Easily Made In Our Homeschool

5 Mistakes I Easily Made In Our Homeschool

Homeschooling is definitely a journey. A long journey. A bumpy journey. A journey that you should not take if you think it will be an easy journey. It won’t be. I have made some mistakes along the way. Okay, I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way. Hey, I am learning how to make this all work. Just like they never handed out those “how-to” manuals to us when we left the hospital with our babies; they don’t have…

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How To Teach Kindness With a Good Deeds Journal

How To Teach Kindness With a Good Deeds Journal

Do you have days where you want to pull out your hair because your kids are not acting how you wish they would? Maybe the kids are fighting, being disrespectful, or being downright mean. Whatever the reason, it can make getting through the day hard. Some of these behaviors are part of growing up. Kids are learning how to manage disagreements and relationships with others, or they are growing up and trying to find a balance between independence and handling…

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New Year’s Resolutions With Kids: Why It Is Important

New Year’s Resolutions With Kids: Why It Is Important

The year is coming to a close and a new one will begin soon. Now is the time of year when people start reflecting on their lives and setting new goals for the new year to come. Why not get your kids involved in making New Year’s Resolutions of their own? I think the coming of a new year is a great opportunity to teach kids about reflection and goal setting. This is often what successful people do in life….

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Homeschool Mission Statement: 3 Reasons Why It’s Important

Homeschool Mission Statement: 3 Reasons Why It’s Important

I remember when I first began our homeschool journey reading articles from others that you should have a mission statement and set goals for your homeschool. I didn’t really think much of it and never did it.  I now understand why it is something you should do.  I had a mission statement when I was a teacher. Why I felt I didn’t need one in my homeschool is beyond me. There are many benefits of a homeschool mission statement. Read…

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Great Books That Teach Skills Your Tween Will Love

Great Books That Teach Skills Your Tween Will Love

When my kids hit the tween years, they wanted to be more independent and learn new skills. Both wanted to do more “grown up” things like sewing, woodworking, and cooking. So I started including more of these skills in our homeschool. Now, I am not Suzie Homemaker. All my skills were self-taught or learned in 7th-grade home-ec and shop class. My mom really didn’t take the time to teach me to knit, sew, or cook.  Luckily, I like to research things. Books are…

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Pretty Christmas Tree Art Project for Kids

Pretty Christmas Tree Art Project for Kids

With the holidays fast approaching, we are in full swing when it comes to Christmas art projects. I wanted to make something to decorate our walls but include something we haven’t done before. I decided we’d make some beautiful nighttime Christmas trees and include puffy paint.  Christmas Trees What You Need for the Picture: Black construction paper Oil pastels I chose oil pastels for this art project because you can blend the colors and smooth them out for a soft…

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How to Homeschool When Life Gets Stressful

How to Homeschool When Life Gets Stressful

We all run into times when life gets in the way of homeschooling. For me, the holidays are a tough time. This is the time of year when we have doctors’ appointments, different holiday celebrations, and both kids have their birthday. Add in Christmas and life is stressful. Last year, I was more stressed than I realized until it smacked me in the face. I found myself having severe memory problems. I stood in the check out line in a…

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