10 Reasons To Homeschool Year Round

We never planned to school all year long. It just sort of happened. As a new homeschooling momma in our very first year, I dove in with a huge dose of enthusiasm and little awareness of the reality of my situation:  A first grader, a preschooler, a toddler, a house to keep and too many plans for what I hoped we would learn that year. I soon realized we were not going to be able to get it all done, nor should we, because...

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Santa Has Enough Milk. Some Families Don’t.

We’re donating our glass of milk (and a few more gallons) this year, instead of leaving it for Santa. Here’s why. A week before Thanksgiving.  Some huge financial blows for our family:  Our health insurance costs will be rising dramatically in just a few short weeks. My husband and I shifted and shimmied our budget around. Ok, we can cover it. It will be a squeeze but we can do it. Then a major contract I’d...

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Free Homeschool Preschool Curriculum : 20 Favorites

While many families choose to forgo formal instruction in favor of life experiences in the preschool years , others feel comfortable with some structure or a curriculum to guide them. There’s something for everyone in this list of  Free Homeschool Preschool Curriculum. From on-line research, my own experiences, and via asking my readers on Facebook (are you following us on Facebook?), here are…  20 Favorite...

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Slowing Down to Enjoy the Busy Season

We are having a relaxed month in our schooling this December. How, I wondered, did I do that? I had to stop and think.   Last year was our first year homeschooling and I suppose I put pressure on myself to continue school as usual and do all the holiday stuff: shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, mailing packages and cards, attending every holiday related thing in a 25 mile radius.  I don’t do all that holiday stuff because I...

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Thankful Tree

The thankful tree can be made by the whole family in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and on the day itself.  Younger kids can draw what they are thankful for or dictate words to be written on the tags. Teaching kids to be thankful for big things (family, shelter, peace) and little things (a warm cup of cocoa, a dog’s wagging tail, the last cookie) is what this fall activity is about.   Materials used: Tags:...

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