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The Power Of Play: Educating Young Children

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. ~Martin H. Fischer We all hope for the best education for our children. In fact, many of us parents worry deeply about our children’s educational well-being. I know that I did for a long time! Once I began homeschooling all that stress and worry on my part meant that I was giving my kids extra lessons and extra work. Even to my youngest “baby”. If only someone would have shouted at me “STOP IT!” What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was not only forcing my children to develop a dislike for school work, but I was taking away from their play time. I didn’t realize just how important play was until I watched them one day. My eldest painting old milk cartons outside while her younger sister had a whole store going where leaves symbolized different…

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Homeschool- Are You Doing Enough?

So you have decided to begin your homeschool journey… Yay for you! What an exciting journey you are embarking on. It is always exciting getting to plan your homeschool day and what subjects you will teach. There are so many options for what you can choose to do and study. With so many options though, how do you know if you are doing enough; or even too much? It can become quite overwhelming and time-consuming as you rack your brain to develop the perfect homeschool schedule. I can personally say that it has taken me over two years of homeschooling to finally come up with a basic schedule. However, it is constantly being updated! I constantly feel like my scheduling and plan are not perfect. Have you felt this way? Are you feeling like you are not doing enough? Don’t worry, it is absolutely normal to feel lost and unsatisfied…

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5 Tips For A Smoother Homeschool Day

Homeschooling my children has been the most rewarding thing I have chosen to do in my lifetime. At the same time, it has been one of the most stressful, emotional, and difficult things that I have ever done! There have been so many days where I was ready to throw in the towel. So many days that our lesson time did not go anywhere close to how I imagined it or prepared for. During our first year, I found myself often canceling our daily lessons just to save my sanity. Things were just too crazy and not working. Every day I struggled to get out of bed to wake up the kids, knowing that things may not go well. Our mornings were always chaotic- the girls were groggy and the boys were ready for a day of play. Dishes were piling up, and then there was me, with no time…

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6 Things To Know When Considering Homeschool

If someone would have asked me four years ago if I would ever choose to homeschool my children, I would have gasped in horror at the thought of such a crazy responsibility. Considering homeschool just was not an option. How could I provide my children with an adequate education when I barely got through school myself? What if I failed, what if they had questions that I couldn’t give an answer to? All these fears consumed me for a while until things in public school drastically changed. It was not working out for two of my children and something had to change fast! We took up homeschool rather quickly. Honestly, I had NO idea what I was doing, but we all jumped in feet first. I will admit, it wasn’t a pretty sight at first. We were all a hot mess! But it was a journey that we all grew…

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