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A Healthy Family

That well-rounded target we are aiming for could possible be the cause of a great deal of stress, both for us and for our children. As you lay out your schedule, plan a new school year, and fill in all of the extras, keep the health of your family in...

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Organize Your Holidays

The season has quickly arrived and Christmas is in full swing. Between the shopping, math lessons, gift wrapping, science experiments, baking, and Bible studies, how does a homeschool mom juggle it all? Here are five tips that will help you organize your holidays and ensure that you can survive // even...

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Every Kid Should Have a Pony

When I was young – back in the olden days, by crikey – I longed for a pony. My longing would not be fulfilled by roly-poly bugs named Juan, stray cats that refused to cuddle, or the occasional frog that was captured, named, and snuggled, and who played dead at...

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Under the Juniper Tree

Not that we should equate homeschooling with a regular “job” – it isn’t – but we should recognize and respect that, in today’s society, it is an additional responsibility that goes beyond what we’ve come to consider standard parenting....

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Summer Learning

Summer learning can take place almost anywhere, anytime. Keeping the learning momentum going over the summer by making sure your children are engaged and actively learning can give them an advantage when fall rolls back around....

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When It All Falls Apart

The curriculum order was in. The plan was set. Everything was in place for the new year. I was so excited, as I always am, to start afresh with new books and the new year's focus. I knew we'd have our ups and our downs, but I was confident ...

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Children Feed off Ideas

The mind feeds on IDEAS. We all know that books contain an incredible storehouse of IDEAS from a great variety of individuals throughout history. Gilbert Highet stated it well when he said, “These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.”...

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Time for a Break?

We all need an occasional break, whether it comes in the form of an extended weekend or a full-fledged vacation. School is no exception. An extra day or week off every now and then will not keep our children from learning perseverance, nor will it demolish the school schedule....

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