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The "I'm Bored" Phenomenon

The "I'm Bored" Phenomenon
How did I cope with boys in the summer? I made an "I'm bored" list for my kids to use. I posted a list of things to do on the fridge. The lists were labeled "inside", "outside", "for money" and "special request". Any whining, or other expressions of boredom were directed there. The following is about 1/3 of each list from my fridge. I included every activity I could think of, and every toy in the...
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Homeschool + Game Shows = Learning Fun

Homeschool + Game Shows = Learning Fun
My husband and I were creating some games for my Father's 85th birthday and we found a fantastic website!  This school district has compiled links to different game shows that can be used for education.  We used the Jeopardy show for our party game, and created questions about my dad for people to answer.  VERY fun, and it was just a PowerPoint presentation. Game Show Templates They have 3 templates for Family Feud, Survivor, and many...
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Summertime, And The Reading Is Easy!

Summertime, And The Reading Is Easy!
Looking for a fun read?  If your child is in high school, consider looking at one of the reading lists intended for college bound students.  Fun summer reading can help prepare children for college and improve vocabulary. Here are some popular reading lists for the college bound suggesting great literature: College Bound Reading List (by The HomeScholar) Printable Reading List for High School (by The HomeScholar) 7 Ways to Encourage Reading in Middle School (by The...
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Homeschool Recreational Sport - A Low Cost Option

Homeschool Recreational Sport - A Low Cost Option
My children played sports;  soccer, swimming, baseball.  The loved the physical activity!  Although we are proud of their achievements in sports, I can't say that either of my boys is the next Tiger Woods.  They enjoy, even love sports!  Although they have wonderful skills for recreational league soccer, for example, we didn't aspire for greatness in that arena. Recreational league sports are so fun!  They require minimal commitment, and they are less competitive than other teams. ...
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Homeschool - Make Time for Fun!

Homeschool - Make Time for Fun!
When we were homeschooling, I found a family that had boys the same age as my boys.  Almost every week, we would meet together.  The boys would play board games together, or other activities.  Many times they played educational games, but not always.  Sometimes it was just goofing off!  At the same time, I would sit and have coffee with the other mom.  What a joy!  Sipping coffee, tasting a brownie, stitching some needlepoint, we would...
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How to Read a Million Books in a Week

How to Read a Million Books in a Week
We used to go camping a lot.  Car campers, we would take every creature comfort from home, and set up our tent next to the car.  We would take day hikes each day, and cook over an open fire.  To be honest, though, most of the time we all spent reading. When my children were younger, I would prepare unit studies for them to read.  Books on insects or trees, or stories of survival and outdoor...
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Homeschoolers and Fine Arts

Homeschoolers and Fine Arts
What do homeschoolers do for fine arts? Some homeschoolers play bluegrass music!  Check this out from one of my clients .  Wowwweee!  Can you believe that at one point she was thinking that their music had nothing to do with school?  When she sent me this video of their performance, I reminded her again that her kids could get a whole high school credit of music each year, just for playing music that they love! What...
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How to Find Friends

How to Find Friends
Real socialization doesn't have anything to do with "school." Real socialization is having fun! When we were homeschooling, we didn't meet other kids at co-op classes. We got together to have FUN! We went on field trips, went to park days, met at support groups, and had show and share evenings. There is so much fun to be had! If you are looking for an opportunity for your children to find new friends, don't get stuck...
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Letting Go of Teaching

Letting Go of Teaching
High school is a good time to let go of the idea of "teaching" everything. What's important is that the students "learn". Sometimes that will mean finding self-teaching curriculum and allowing them to learn without your help. But sometimes "not teaching" really means letting go! If your child loves something, and you see that it is your child's area of specialization, then you don't have to have control over it. Let your child experience and enjoy...
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Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't....

Sometimes you feel like a nut.  Sometimes you don't....
About half of our homeschool classes were traditional, textbookish classes. The rest we were just Wild & Crazy Guys! For fun, my son Kevin studied chess like crazy. One year we called it "Critical Thinking." No kidding - if you have a kid who plays competitive chess, I'm sure you understand! The next year we called it "Public Speaking" because he was going to different classes around our area, teaching to various homeschool groups and public...
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