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Favorite Homeschool Quotes

Posted by on 8:50 pm in Homeschool Toolbox | Comments Off on Favorite Homeschool Quotes

In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of my favorite homeschool quotes for homeschool moms. These inspire me to keep going, even when homeschooling is hard. They remind me to stand in a place of gratitude.  To share my children’s young years in this way is a privilege and a blessing.

Enjoy. Share. Print. 

Happy Mother’s Day, beautiful homeschooling mommas!  (more…)

How to Make Money Blogging [for Homeschool Parents]

Posted by on 7:28 am in Homeschool Toolbox | 2 comments

If you are new to blogging or thinking of starting a blog, here is everything you need to know to get started. Professional blogging is a great job for homeschool parents. You can control how much (or how little) you work, and you can work from home while you homeschool your kids. I didn’t start out to blog professionally.  (more…)

Elections for Kids: How to Make a Kids Voting Booth

Posted by on 7:08 am in Early Elementary Years 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade, History, Later Elementary Years 4th and 5th grade, Middle School | 1 comment

Want to set up presidential primary elections for kids? Here’s how to set up a kids voting booth with a downloadable packet with everything you need for the 2016 U.S. primary elections (it’s free).  This activity is for elementary and middle school students. Hold a voting day on or around the same day as your state’s primary election.  (more…)

I Want to Quit Homeschooling

Posted by on 8:30 am in Homeschool Toolbox | 3 comments

I wrote this post a couple of months ago and am just getting around to publishing it. Can you relate to days like this?


 

Sometimes homeschooling looks like a family learning around the table. And sometimes it looks like Mom crying in her car outside of McDonald’s with a diet coke, scrolling through Facebook and texting a friend. 

There’s no perfect Instagram picture for that, but the hashtag #homeschoollookslikethis which I started using a couple of years ago, is meant for this, too.

This is the space I am in today.  (more…)

5 Awesome Solar System Educational Apps

Posted by on 5:58 am in Early Elementary Years 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade, Later Elementary Years 4th and 5th grade, Middle School, Science | 1 comment

These 5 STEM educational apps make studying space awesome for elementary and middle school kids. Our family has tried a lot of different apps (my oldest child loves anything that combines technology with the subject he’s learning about) and we’ll tell you what keeps us coming back to these five.  (more…)

Cool Experiments: Balloons and Fire

Posted by on 6:12 pm in Later Elementary Years 4th and 5th grade, Middle School, Science | Comments Off on Cool Experiments: Balloons and Fire

Can you pop a balloon with fire? Of course! Can you NOT pop a balloon, even though it is nearly touching fire? Yes! We love cool experiments and this one is so easy to set up.

cool experiments

Watch this quick video to see what supplies you will need and what happens when you hold an air-filled balloon over a candle flame, followed by a water-filled balloon.  (more…)

Book Activities for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Posted by on 8:08 am in Books & Literacy, Later Elementary Years 4th and 5th grade, Middle School, Nature | Comments Off on Book Activities for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

If you haven’t gotten your hands on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate or the sequel,  The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, stop reading this right now and go get them. I’ll wait. It really is that critical.

My kids have proclaimed these two books their favorite read alouds ever, and that says something because I have read a lot of books out loud to them in my 11 years of parenting and our 6 years of homeschooling.  (more…)