Bring More Physical Education & Activity Into Homeschool & Your Family
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Bring More Physical Education & Activity Into Homeschool & Your Family

If there is one thing I have learned being a homeschool parent, it is that that teaching a physical education often takes the back burner. With younger children, this wasn’t much of a worry. After all, younger kids spend their free time running around; which provides them with an adequate amount of movement and exercise. But what about with older children? It is no surprise that the physical activity of preteens & teenagers slows down. Not only does their workload in school increase, leaving them with less free time, but their interest in things like tag and climbing trees decreases. Since physical activity is so important for lifelong health, it is imperative that we educators Bring More Physical Education & Activity Into Homeschool & Your Family. Why mention family? Family life is, too often, becoming more separate. As kids get older their interests change and they tend to spend less…

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10 free homeschooling resources
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10 Free Homeschooling Resources

It is no secret that homeschool can become quite costly over the years. It seems that the longer you become familiar with it and curriculum varieties the more unique supplies you discover. This is what makes homeschooling so wonderful; the options for educational supplies are endless! So, with so many options, it is no surprise that the cost of homeschool can quickly rack up. But fear not! These 10 Free Homeschooling Resources will help keep those costs down in some areas. Being able to homeschool is a blessing When we made the jump into this journey, cost was not something that came to mind. We lived in California at the time and there were many charter schools available that would allot families funds per child for curriculum and supplies. This was great because it allowed us to homeschool four children for free! However, when we moved to Arizona I was…

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Don’t Plan, Let Nature Be The Guide (Teaser)

It is so easy to get caught up indoors, especially as a busy homeschool parent. Let’s be honest- the lessons don’t always go as planned, dinner doesn’t make itself, and those chores just never end. Some days getting outdoors seems near impossible, too. So of course there are many days that planned nature studies are more beneficial. After all, most of us can easily step out back and pick a flower to dissect or find some insects to study. For me, these planned studies are often complemented with printables and worksheets. While I enjoy this type of education for my children and for the sake of my time, it is extremely important to to make time for a more natural experience and let nature be the guide.   You never know what nature will teach. The world around us is such a beautiful thing to explore; wouldn’t you agree? Any…

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Push Your Kids Toward Their Future

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” This is what they asked. It was my junior year in high school and everyone around me had a plan; had a goal. They knew what they wanted in life, what colleges they would apply to, and what career they wanted to work towards. But me… I was lost. As hard as I tried to make those decisions that would shape my future, I discovered that there was just nothing there. Sure I could go to college, but for what? What was I good at? What did I love to do or dream of doing? There was no on who could encourage me at the time. I felt so lost and I let that stop me from moving forward for a long time. “You can do anything you want to do and be anyone you want to be.” This is…

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Literature Study For All Ages

Reading literature is so important for the growing mind. Literature can provide a river of information, or it simply provides the tools to let the imagination of a curious mind wander. Although it is not something that I fully appreciated when I was younger, it is something that I have grown to love. It is something that I find myself putting above all other lessons with my children. This love for books is one of the many reasons I chose to follow in Charlotte Mason’s footsteps and bring living books into our daily routine. You can read more about how we use books as our education here. But aside from those, my children have thankfully developed a love for reading a variety of literature. So I have jumped at the opportunity of conducting a literature study with each of them.. Their fascination with books has allowed us to explore so many places…

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For The Love Of Books… & Homeschool

“One more thing is of vital importance; children must have books, living books; the best are not too good for them; anything less than the best is not good enough; and if it is needful to exercise economy, let go everything that belongs to soft and luxurious living before letting go the duty of supplying the books, and the frequent changes of books, which are necessary for the constant stimulation of the child’s intellectual life.”  – Charlotte Mason Our family is half way through our third year of homeschool- Proudly I might add! This journey has been a long, turbulent one and the reality of it is that some days it still is. In the past we have tried numerous curriculum and altered our schedule many times. I will be the first to admit that some weeks we didn’t get done as much as I had hoped and that became discouraging…

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The Misguided Homeschool Statement: “I Could Never Do That”

I have been homeschooling for 3 years now and although I still consider myself new and always learning, I regularly get asked those questions. Questions like “How do you homeschool four different grades at once?”, “What made you choose to homeschool?”,  and so many others. I also hear things like: “Wow, you must never have any time for yourself!” However, there is one statement that I can never wrap my head around… That misguided homeschool statement: “I could never do that!” You see, when I decided to homeschool my children I broke the mold from everyone that I knew. In fact, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Sure, I had people who supported my decision, but I had no one who could really SUPPORT me when I had questions or felt that I needed guidance. I was terrified at what  I had gotten myself into; “What…

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Teach Geography…. Without A Curriculum

Geography is an important subject to incorporate into weekly lessons outside of a history curriculum. Not only does it teach children where places are, which is what many of us associate the subject with, but it can really connect a child to the world! Teaching geography can bring the places, people, lifestyles, and cultures from around the world to life. Along with this, children get to explore the beautiful geological wonders of the world, the many different environments begin to make sense, and historical civilizations become easier to understand. Dr. Seuss said it best after all… But who said that you needed a curriculum to teach Geography? For awhile, our family tried a few geography curriculum. However, nothing ever seemed to please everyone and after awhile, this was one area that I did not want to keep throwing money at. I didn’t feel like it was a subject in which…

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Unleashing Your Full Homeschool Mom Potential

We all want to be the very best homeschool mom and home educator as we can possibly be. Often times, we work long and hard after those educating hours are over. We search, we plan, and we schedule in order to provide the best curriculum that we can for our ever-growing children. Most of us have an idea in our minds of how we picture ourselves and our homeschool journey to be and many struggle to turn those ideas into a reality. There are ways to unleash your full homeschool mom potential. However, instead of starting with a list of steps you need to take, it begins with accepting things that we often view as more negative factors. We Are Imperfect. For me, one of the hardest things about homeschooling my children is battling my own ideas of what the perfect homeschool setting should be like, as well as how…

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Top 6 Homeschool Must-Haves (For Young Learners)

Homeschooling children is extremely rewarding. There are so many styles & options, so many curriculum choices, so much to plan! After all, we want our children to be well educated and teach them all that we can- especially while they are young and so full of curiosity. Where do you really begin? Alright, so maybe homeschool can be quite overwhelming. And while it’s not always easy deciding on what to teach first or which curriculum is best, there are some things that can be of great benefit to start out with. These top 6 must-haves for young learners will ensure that you are off to a great start and give you the basic building blocks to discover what works best for you and your young children’s homeschool adventure. BOB Books BOB book sets are PERFECT for children beginning to read. The stories are short enough to keep any young reader’s attention…

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