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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Why Teach Art at Home?


We do not do our best by our children if we ignore or minimize art instruction in our homeschooling endeavors.

Please indulge me for a moment. On a piece of paper (or in your mind), list all of the subjects you are teaching in your homeschool. Now number them in order of priority, starting with 1 as “absolutely essential” and working your way down the list. (It might help if you imagine a day full…
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Homeschool Basics: Scheduling


I want to encourage you as you start your homeschooling journey, that scheduling will greatly affect the outcome of your homeschooling efforts.

There are so many things about homeschooling that lead to creativity – how you “do it” is truly reflective of your personality. However, I want to encourage you as you start your homeschooling journey, that scheduling will greatly affect the outcome of your homeschooling efforts. I have often said to my teenagers, “Failure to hit…
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Planning for a Week with Spelling You See


Spelling You See's five-pages-per-lesson format fits well into the typical school week.

While Spelling You See is a completely different program, based on research as to how children actually learn to spell, its five-pages-per-lesson format also fits well into the typical school week. Most of us are used to thinking of spelling instruction in neat, weekly packages. You may recall that Monday was generally the day to…
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#TrustParents Rally 2016


#TrustParents Rally

You don’t realize how small your office building is until you invite all the local homeschool families you know, and lots of helpful education experts. That’s when you assign someone to refill the coffee, another person to refill paper towels, and another person to carry folding stools anywhere the crowd gathers. On January 28th of…
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What Does an Average Week Look Like Using Math-U-See?


Math-U-See does follow a cyclical pattern, which for many families falls nicely into the rhythm of a week.

All right, I’ll confess—the title of this blog post is somewhat misleading. First of all, because families and students are totally unique and because life happens, there is no such thing as an “average” week when you’re homeschooling. Second, Math-U-See is a mastery-based program, which means you work at a concept until the student understands…
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