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5 Ways to Find Time to Read Aloud


Instead of envisioning the perfect read aloud time, we need to start where we are and weave it into our day-to-day lives. Here are five ways to do that.

We all know reading aloud is a good thing to do as a family. Reading aloud bonds our family relationships as we share not only time but also stories. Stories shape the heart as well as the mind, educate the imagination and soul as well as the brain. Our children need stories. Even we as…
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How to Reflect on Your Homeschool Year


It's important to reflect on your homeschool year to take stock of strengths and weaknesses; this is an essential part of growth.

Whether you’re looking back on the first half of the year or focused on the year as a whole, it’s important to reflect on your year to see what worked and what didn’t in your homeschool. Taking stock of strengths and weaknesses is an essential part of growth. It can also be reassuring, especially as…
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Bored Students: How to Discourage & Inspire Their Curiosity


Bored students needs to be reignited, not just given more work to do.

My student is bored. What do I do? For many homeschoolers our goal is to teach our children in such a way that they have a love of learning, so it is very disheartening when we see that our student is bored. A bored student will be slow to participate, won’t give their best effort,…
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5 Ways to Incorporate Play & Discovery into Learning


You don’t have to craft something elaborate to incorporate play and discovery into your homeschool. It’s much easier than that.

Homeschooling is appealing to many of us because it frees us to be creative, to have fun, to play more and to learn through discovery. As much fun as this sounds, it’s also easy to become quickly overwhelmed. Pinterest is full of fun ideas, and bloggers around the internet share hands-on activities. You don’t have…
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How Reading Aloud Will Change Your Homeschool


Reading aloud is almost free. It takes little time and no special training, but sometimes the most effective learning tools are the simple ones.

It wasn’t until my 4th child was born that I realized the importance of reading aloud. He was my NICU baby, my preemie. I knew that he might have some developmental delays so I researched to find what I could do for him. With 4 kids under 6, I didn’t have a lot of time…
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5 Library Tips From Sarah Mackenzie


Here are five tips that will help you make better use of the amazing (and FREE) resources at your local library, without going crazy in the process.

Let’s face it – the logistics of taking kids into a quiet area can seem like mixing oil and water. Most of us know what a great resource the library is. As homeschoolers, the ability to have fantastic and free resources at our fingertips is invaluable. I’ve heard it said that you can homeschool well…
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The 4 Dangers of the Homeschool Comparison Trap


The homeschool comparison trap shifts our focus away from our family and what is important.

What Is the Homeschool Comparison Trap? I have over a decade of homeschool experience, yet at times, I find myself wondering if I have failed as a homeschool mom. It is in these moments of doubt that I realize I have fallen into the homeschool comparison trap. Instead of focusing on what my family needs,…
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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Homeschooling


Rebecca shares five things she wish she would have known before homeschooling, even as a second generation homeschooler.

As a second generation homeschooler, I was 100% positive that I knew what to expect in this whole homeschool journey. My confidence was at an all time high; it was glorious! My first few weeks as a newly minted homeschool mom were simply put…epic. I had a big poster on the wall with a schedule…
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