Blogs about homeschooling

Why I Still Homeschool Even After It Became Difficult

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Why I Still Homeschool Even After It Became Difficult My journey of educating my kids has been circuitous to say the least! We've tried and seriously considered nearly every option, and yet we keep coming back to homeschooling because of the flexibility and freedom it affords our family.

We started homeschooling for a variety of reasons when our oldest was a fourth grader. For one, we were tired of demanding teachers telling us what was best for our child. For example, one teacher insisted I should be buying my child milk to go with his sack lunch every day. This same teacher admonished me for buying him shoes with laces instead of Velcro.

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7 Practical Ways a Homeschool Mom Can Get Personal Down Time

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7 Practical Ways a Homeschool Mom Can Get Personal Down TimeFinding time for yourself is difficult when homeschooling. The children are always home and underfoot. This is marvelous except for those times you could use a moment or two for yourself.

There are ways a busy homeschool mom can enjoy some solo, me-time if she is very conscious about carving out the opportunities.

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Ancient Egypt: Eight Movies to Stream Online

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Ancient Egypt: Eight Movies to Stream OnlineStudying ancient Egypt is an exciting adventure for both you and your child, especially when you immerse yourself in the period through the help of great books. BookShark covers Ancient Egypt for several weeks in both Level 1 for ages 6-8 and Level 6 for ages 11-13, so your children are exposed to this fascinating period twice during their elementary and middle school years.

To supplement your reading, there are plenty of excellent movies to help you further visualize the ancient Egyptian culture, history, and geography.

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Is That Book Fluff or Quality? How to Tell

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Is that book fluff or quality? How to tellWe are huge fans of the library and can hardly pass a bookstore without going in. But sometimes I run into issues about what kinds of books the children choose.

I am not a fan of fluffy books in which the characters talk about body fluids or boyfriends. And I have reservations about books with disrespectful characters.

I don’t want to stifle my children's desire to read, so I begin an internal dialogue: "Is reading a fluffy book better than reading nothing at all? If my children read fluff instead of higher quality books, will their education suffer?"

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Benefits of Book-Based Learning

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Benefits of Book-Based Learning The weight of textbooks in our backpacks is often more memorable than the textbooks themselves. Not that they aren't chock full of information. On the other hand, books like the fiction and non-fiction literature that make up the BookShark curricula conjure up images, characters and narratives. Certain books are so meaningful and memorable that when recalling their stories, the characters feel more like real people who you knew in your life than constructed characters from lines of text.

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Experience Ancient Greece with These 7 Videos

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Experience Ancient Greece with These 7 VideosOnce you complete your study of Ancient Egypt and move on to Ancient Greece, this list of video supplements will come in handy. Add a video or two each week to appeal to visual learners and to enrich your study of ancient history with BookShark Level G for ages 11-13. Some videos may also be appropriate for students using our younger World History Program—BookShark Level B for ages 6-8.

Don't worry about matching the videos perfectly with your history readings. It's okay if your children see something in a video first and then read about it a few days or even weeks later.

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Upgrade Your Homeschool Portfolio by Going Digital

Upgrade Your Homeschool Portfolio by Going Digital

Recently I inherited a stack of treasures my husband’s mother had saved from his childhood school years. Artifacts included handwriting samples, artwork, and test scores. Although it was fun to see, my home was already bursting at the seams with collections of my own children’s past work. It piles up very quickly.

That is why we decided to go digital with our homeschool portfolios.

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10 Virtual Tours of Art Museums Around the World

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10 Virtual Tours of Art Museums Around the WorldThere is nothing I enjoy more than taking my children on field trips. These educational excursions get us out in the world and put whatever we are learning about into a real-life context. We get to see first hand how things are interrelated and broaden our horizons in ways that complement the books we are reading in our homeschool curriculum.

Unfortunately, our budget does not always allow for us to travel; particularly when there are so many places from around the world that we’d love to see. One way we get around this limitation is to take virtual field trips through the power of the Internet.

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How to Inspire Awe in Your Homeschool (And Why You Need It)

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After parents have been homeschooling for several years, the routine of lesson plans, read-alouds, and record keeping can start to feel monotonous. Even parents who embarked upon homeschooling with loads of enthusiasm may start to view their family’s learning lifestyle as commonplace.

While settling into a homeschooling routine can be a good thing, losing joy in teaching children at home is not.

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How We Both Do and Don't Homeschool Year-round

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Choosing to homeschool will change the way you think about a lot of things. The longer I homeschool, the more the lines between school and life blur, and that makes it hard for me to answer the question of whether or not we are year-round homeschoolers. Maybe you have this problem, too?

I don’t assign math in the summer months. June through August, I don’t ask my sons to save their work or projects in a three ring binder in our homeschool closet.

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