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  • Parents have been trying to bribe their kids to read more often for ages. Reading is often seen as a sign of intelligence, but more so, reading expands our horizons. In addition, we are told as parents that our kids should be reading a certain amount every day. And so the pressure is on to entice our kids to read or force them to read. But we don’t merely want our kids to read, we want them to love reading. We want them to love reading like we love reading. So how do we share our passion for reading with them? Well, not with prizes. Sadly, studies show that prizes actually decrease kids' reading time. As counterintuitive as it is, we shouldn't offer stickers or ice cream for every 10th book read.Read More

  • When I attended public school as a child, I never thought about how much money my parents had to spend to make that possible. Naturally, my biggest concern was getting the right pair of sneakers for my first day of class. Now that I’m a parent, budgeting is one of my biggest concerns. Having tried both homeschooling and public schooling for my own children, I’ve learned firsthand the different costs associated with both methods. My personal experiences have clearly answered the question Which is more expensive: Homeschool or public school? But the answers for others may vary, depending on their educational goals.Read More

  • As homeschooling parents, we want to ensure our kids know math, history, spelling, reading, and other traditional school subjects. But did you know there are many things we teach those kids—who are with us all day long—that have nothing to do with school or what might be found on a standardized test. When you’re doing life together all the time, there are many lessons your kids will learn just by being around you. Here are four of them: 1. The Handling of Questions How many of us have been put on the spot when asked a potentially controversial question about homeschooling? Suddenly all eyes are on us as we work to figure out just how to answer a question that might not have been asked nicely or that makes us angry.Read More

  • When I was in graduate school, one of my literature professors assigned a text called The Elements (and Pleasures) of Difficulty (2004). It arrived from Amazon in a tiny box, a thin volume with an 80s-inspired cover. Irritated, I flipped through the pages and tossed it aside. I had weighty selections from the Victorian canon awaiting my time and attention. Why did I have to wade through fluff?

    Probably that attitude, for starters. With the exception of the aforementioned book, the reading list for this course was challenging. I had begun to rue the day I decided to pursue this path and was contemplating withdrawing from the program.

    Fortunately for me and my graduate career, I finally picked up the little book on difficulty. What a change it made in my attitude!

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  • Math can be the bane of a homeschooling parent’s life. Kids who hate math might put off their schoolwork, lose their focus during math lessons, or become frustrated when trying to learn a new concept. A simple way to make math easier for children is to use math games. Rather than running to the store or placing an online order, try these low-prep math games you can make at home in just minutes! They’re super easy to put together and they’re a nice way to switch up math class for the kids while reducing math anxiety. You will increase the learning component if you include your kids in the creation of the games, too. Make the set-up part of your homeschool math lesson, and your kids will anticipate the fun to come and take pride in their creations. These ideas work with any math curriculum.Read More

  • My boys hate to write, so I am always on the lookout for creative ways to capture their attention and entice their cooperation. Through the years we have tried many different types of writing: journal writing, copywork, free writing, and writing poetry or lyrics. Unfortunately none of those activities were met with more than the barest glimmer of tolerance. In searching for fun ideas to supplement our language arts program, I came up with a few activities that they actually enjoyed so much they begged me to do them again! Here are the winning writing activities for my kids who hate writing. 1. Write in Code My kids love making up their own ciphers and writing letters back and forth with each other or with their friends. We’ve also experimented with invisible ink letters, writing backwards, and writing in riddles like spies. This writing activity is a perfect tie-in for your history studies. See this history of cryptography for ideas.Read More

  • 6 Ancient Egypt Activities to do at the Kitchen TableAre you studying ancient civilizations for homeschool history, for example BookShark Level 1 or BookShark Level 6? If so, you will probably find that ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating topics you’ll cover. In addition to your scheduled reading, your child will probably enjoy supplementing with interactive, hands-on activities.

    Are these extra activities necessary? Not at all! But some families truly enjoy making crafts and engaging in creative projects, and when those activities can connect to homeschool history lessons, it's all the better. Here are five relatively simple hands-on activities for ancient Egypt that you can do in your kitchen with supplies you already have in your home.

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  • It’s easy to get wrapped up in the academics of homeschooling. From planning out reading to grading math tests, educational pursuits can quickly fill up every square inch of brain space. However, in order for our children’s education to be balanced, they need time outside of the home, especially opportunities to consider the needs of others. There are so many wonderful hands-on learning experiences available by volunteering together as a family. With the flexibility of a homeschool schedule, many of these opportunities can be easily worked into your regular routine. You may even want to set aside your fifth day with no BookShark lessons especially for volunteer projects.Read More

  • It’s nearing noon. The four of us are strewn around the house reading books, building LEGO models, watching documentaries, or cooking up some kitchen science. Occasionally someone pipes up to ask a question like "How are sound waves and light waves different?" or "What happened at Waterloo?" or "Why do American still use cups when the rest of the world uses liters?" It’s not our everyday style, but these are the days I remember the best—the relaxed and peaceful (albeit not quiet) learning that seems to happen only under very specific circumstances. More often than not, these days include one common ingredient: pajamas.Read More

  • Getting started is the hardest part of writing. What if I don’t know what to say? What if no one likes what I’m saying? What if I’m saying it wrong? These fears can paralyze reluctant writers.

    That’s pretty much the case in my homeschool: while my daughter loves to read and tell stories, writing anything down tends to throw her into panic mode.

    What’s a homeschool parent to do, then, when a child struggles to write? One common solution is the presentation of a traditional writing prompt: a question or intriguing statement that encourages a thoughtful response. This might work in theory. In practice, though, a traditional writing prompt can prove more problematic than triumphant.

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