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Homeschooling High School with Little Ones at Home

Homeschooling High School with Little Ones at Home
Homeschooling High School with Little Ones at Home If you are homeschooling high school with little ones at home, save your sanity by planning ahead. Prepare for the upcoming homeschool year by spending some time putting together busy bags and boxes for your little ones! These will help keep those little hands busy while homeschooling your older ones. With any luck, you'll be able to form complete sentences and everything, when your little one is occupied...
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Fun Christmas Ideas for Kids and Families!

Fun Christmas Ideas for Kids and Families!
As a homeschool family, you have the freedom to use the month of December for special activities related to the holiday season. I have put together a list of my favorite fun Christmas ideas for kids and entire families! I hope you enjoy them! Christmas ideas for kids of all ages: Instructions for 3D Paper Snowflakes I think a collection of these snowflakes would make for a wonderful and graphic kid-friendly display. Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments Wouldn’t...
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Homemade Felt Ornaments for Christmas

Homemade Felt Ornaments for Christmas
My assistant Robin is such a genius! Look at these ADORABLE homemade felt ornaments she created for her Christmas tree! Wouldn't they be awesome as a gift from a child, or to decorate your home with a classic Christmas feel?  Just download this pattern, cut out the colored felt, and stitch. Easy-peasy, cute-and-fun gifts!   "We have lots of little ones joining our family! Having some older siblings with adult children, I now have several great nieces and...
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Prepare Your Child for High School

Prepare Your Child for High School
I help prepare parents to homeschool high school all the time. I tell them to "read books, attend conferences, watch instructional videos and invest in yourself and your chosen profession." Parents also want to know the other side of the equation. How do you prepare your child for high school? Prepare Your Child for High School I have great news. The way you prepare your child for high school is the same way you prepare them for success...
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Wanton or Wonton: Why Spelling Matters

Wanton or Wonton: Why Spelling Matters
This post contains affiliate links . If you click through and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. A Wonton Disregard for Dumplings My husband asked me to spell "wanton" for one of our newsletters. Apparently, he had written "wonton disregard" which means, of course, that you don't care for Asian dumplings. He was trying to say "wanton disregard" but the spelling didn't quite come out right. When your children ask...
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Have Fun on April Fool's Day

Have Fun on April Fool's Day
Do you have a plan for April Fool's day?  I love harmless pranks!  Need some ideas? I always loved making holiday food, so obviously I start with some food suggestions! For breakfast, you can make "Fried Eggs".  The egg is  white yogurt or pudding with a peach half on top . I've made this myself, and it's very cute and fun! Put one drop of food coloring in their glass, and their  milk magically turns blue...
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7 Big Ideas for Beating Homeschool Burnout

7 Big Ideas for Beating Homeschool Burnout
Are You Tired? Fatigued?  Need a Nap?  Here are 7 Big Ideas for Beating Homeschool Burnout A mom called me last week, ready to throw in the towel. My advice was simple. Hang on for a month and see if the feeling fades. January and February are the most difficult months for all teachers - public school, private school, and homeschool alike. Burnout can be mild or debilitating, depending on the person and the situation. Fatigue...
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Saving Your Sanity with Little Ones at Home

Saving Your Sanity with Little Ones at Home
Sanity-Saving Strategies for School Days   For some families, homeschooling high school isn't just about the teenagers.  It also involves keeping much younger siblings occupied.  Here are two big tips for keeping little ones engaged while their older brothers and sisters are working on calculus and physics.   Tip 1: Activity Boxes Create activity boxes for young children, to keep them busy while you are doing school with older siblings.  Provide one box per day, rotating...
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Scripture Study on Winners and Losers

Scripture Study on Winners and Losers
Talking with a homeschool group, my friend Kathy shared a scripture study on winning and losing. I think it's wonderful!  It will be a great quick study for summer - no matter how old or young your children are! Be a Good Winner AND a Good Loser By Kathy Moore Edgren Used with permission BE A GOOD WINNER 1. Be A Gracious Winner When you win, share the praise! "Let another praise you, and not your...
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When is the SAT not the SAT?

When is the SAT not the SAT?
When is the SAT not the SAT? When it’s the Stanford Achievement Test! Some homeschool families test or assess their students each year.  The test their children for a quick check-up on how they are doing, or to comply with the homeschooling laws in their state. When they use a standardized test, some families use the “Stanford Achievement Test."  You may be familiar with this test. It measures ability level in elementary, middle school, and 9-10th...
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National Merit Success Story

National Merit Success Story
If your child tends to be a little bit on the "smart" side, start researching the National Merit Scholarship early in high school.  With just a little practice, smart kids can do stunningly well in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  And homeschooler can win!   Renee wrote to share about her daughter's successes. I had to share the news about my daughter Abigail. This go-around (as opposed to the first two children), we listed her as...
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Syl-la-bles Vocabulary Game Review

Syl-la-bles Vocabulary Game Review
Looking for a game that both challenges and engages the multiple ages in your family?!  Wondering what you can do on Family Game Night that won’t make the older kids yawn?!  Search no more; Syl-la-bles is the solution! The object of Syl-la-bles is to come up with the longest and most difficult (correctly spelled) word that begins with the letter on the space you land. The longer the word, the more points you score. All ages and abilities...
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51 Frugal Father Daughter Dates

51 Frugal Father Daughter Dates
I just love the idea behind this little ebook! 51 Frugal Father Daughter Dates - awesome!  I hope someone will try it and let me know what they think. Look at these reviews: "Nothing says "I love you" more than the gift of time. This book explains creative yet frugal ways to nurture the bond between fathers and daughters. So little time to invest, but so many memories to make! Get the book. Your daughter will...
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Great Backyard Bird Count is February 17 - 20

Great Backyard Bird Count is February 17 - 20
The Great Backyard Bird Count  is February 17 - 20. People across the country will spend 15 minutes or more taking stock of the birds in their towns.This looks like so much fun!  I love birds!  You can find resources here:  Birdsource.org  and they have a guide here:  How-to Help To encourage birds to visit your yard, try hanging a homemade birdseed biscuit. I found the cutest heart-shaped recipe in Family Fun Magazine:  Birdseed Biscuits Have fun counting...
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LEGO and Engineering

LEGO and Engineering
It would be lovely if every child wanted to specialize in something reasonable.  Something that made money, provided income, or was valuable for family harmony.  Sadly, most teenagers are still children, at least some of the time, and they may want to specialize in the most unusual things!  Instead of worrying, try to translate their interests into something reasonable.  In other words, if they DID specialize in that one seemingly - bizarre thing, what would that...
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