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5 Reasons to Homeschool with Pets


Other than their obvious cute factor, pets can provide a variety of added benefits for your homeschool family that are sure to last a lifetime.

Other than their obvious cute factor, animals can provide a variety of added benefits for your homeschool family that are sure to last a lifetime. Here are five reasons to consider pets in your homeschool. 5 Reasons to Homeschool with Pets 1) Teaches Responsibility Your child will take on the role of caregiver. A child…
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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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Tips for Balancing Work and Homeschooling


Work and homeschooling brings the terms "flexibility" and "balanced chaos" to mind as a homeschooling and working parent.

Being a working parent is a challenge in and of itself. Add homeschooling to the mix and then the fun really begins! Work and homeschooling brings the terms “flexibility” and “balanced chaos” to mind as a homeschooling and working parent. Developing a routine and finding a balance has been essential for my family. A little…
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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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Back to Homeschool: Plan Your Math and Spelling for Next Year


Back to Homeschool: Plan Your Math and Spelling for Next Year

Birds are chirping, daylight stretches beyond 6 p.m., and you’ve finished homeschooling for the year – it’s finally summertime. Now, as a homeschool parent, it’s time to reflect on the previous year, and think about what worked and what didn’t. Whether you’re a current Demme Learning user, new to homeschooling, or considering another curriculum, we…
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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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3 Tips for Creating a Homeschool Transcript


Creating a homeschool transcript is easier than you might think; it just involves keeping track and planning ahead.

While the idea of creating a homeschool transcript might seem overwhelming or intimidating, it’s really just another way of tracking your student’s progress and sorting it into a format that is accessible and understandable by post-secondary opportunities. Even if you live in a state that does not require you to report your homeschooling agenda to…
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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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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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