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Erin Vincent

I'm Erin, an introverted homeschooling mom to two intense extroverted kids. We are child led with a heavy emphasis on read alouds, games, art, nature hikes, and hands-on everything! My kids just learn better when they can use their hands. You can find me at Nourishing My Scholar.

We traded the hustle and bustle of city life for the quiet that only farm life can provide. This creates a wonderful environment for our children, complete with chickens, goats, ducks, and cows. I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter and Gilmore Girls. When we're not homeschooling, you'll find me curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book or possibly enjoying a random dance party in the front yard to the newest Disney soundtrack.

How to Extend Your Family Culture of Reading Through Winter Break

a turquoise mug sits on a stack of two books: red and green

The temperatures are beginning to drop. Autumn is well and truly here which means winter is not far behind. I look forward to the first snowflake, the first icicle, and that muffled silence that falls over everything after a heavy snow. But then just as quickly as it all arrived, I am ready for warmth and sun again. Yet my kiddos could spend all day in the great outdoors of winter, provided there is plenty of hot cocoa and a cozy Read-Aloud by the fire afterwards. Reading is part of our family culture. It brings joy and happiness to both children and adults alike in my home.

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Why the Homeschool Day Is So Much Shorter Than a Typical School Day

How long is a typical homeschool day and how does it compare with the hours of a day in public school? Many parents, new to homeschooling, wrongly assume that they should homeschool for the same length of time as their public school counterparts. 

In general, a homeschool day is much shorter than that of a traditional school. But this shorter school day doesn't mean that less is getting done. In fact, homeschoolers can often achieve more in less time than public school students. 

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2 Homeschool Scheduling Tricks that Help You Get it All Done

As homeschoolers, we all dream of that perfect schedule. You know—the one that allows you to get everything on your to-do list done. We’re talking math, history, geography, science, reading, extracurriculars, and even the dishes and laundry.

Such a schedule is probably mythical though. Most of us find that a homeschool schedule is a complicated dance of push and tug, balancing a never-ending barrage of priorities and last-minute decisions.

Having a good system in place will help. A curriculum like BookShark is a good place to start because every subject is mapped out for you in a clear Instructor's Guide.

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The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling from the Library

I am a book lover. I am also homeschooling two miniature book lovers. We are a family with an affinity for books. Books fill our home; they are in every nook and cranny. Shelves are piled high with the written word. You’ll probably need to move a book (or three) before sitting on our couch.

And yet, we never seem to have enough. Thank goodness for our local library! Homeschooling would have been nearly impossible for us without borrowing books and the library perks we enjoy! For sure it has helped to sustain our homeschool. But what are the pros and cons of homeschooling solely from the library instead of investing in your own home library?

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I Want to Homeschool, But I’m Afraid I’ll Fail

Are you thinking of taking the plunge into homeschooling your children?

But you’re worried, right? You might even feel overwhelmed.

What if you fail?

I’m here to tell you we’ve all had those thoughts and feelings, but guess what? Homeschooling is not going to chew you up and spit you out, and here’s why.

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5 Ways to Give Accountability to a Kid Who Is Slacking in Homeschool

I want to develop my child’s natural love of learning. But some days it seems he’s more interested in smashing through the next level of a favorite video game than doing his homeschool assignments. 

Yes, kids can lose steam with their school work even with the most engaging of curriculum. Encouraging a child’s accountability for their assignments is a challenge, but it is a worthwhile endeavor. When you can motivate your child, you curb their dawdling, you teach them time management, and—in the long run, you raise a young person who can self-regulate.

So, what can a parent do to help a child who seems to be slacking? How can a homeschool parent provide the accountability a child needs without micromanaging?

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Shark Week Videos: The Ultimate Guide to Free Streaming for Homeschoolers

Are you ready for Shark Week? We get super excited about it around here because my kids love everything to do with this apex predator of the oceans. It's the perfect way to keep summer learning fun!

We’ve already created our sharky library list and now I’m looking into documentaries. My kids adore documentaries as they add a visually compelling and storytelling element to my kids’ studies.

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5 Ways to Explore Backyard Birds

Birds are a fascinating topic for many kids. They are colorful, intriguing, and can have an array of beautiful calls and songs. Plus, they can fly. What's more, they can be found right in your own backyard. This makes it even easier for your kids to learn more about these intriguing creatures. If your children want to learn more about birds, then check out these 5 ways to explore birds in your own backyard. 1. Fill Your Bookshelves With Backyard Birds The first way to explore your backyard birds is to fill up your bookshelves. After all, books are our favorite way to learn about almost any subject. There are loads of books that dive into the interesting lives of birds. Be sure to supply your kiddo with plenty of age-appropriate reading material all about birds.

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Fostering a Love of Rocks in Your Homeschool

Does your child love rocks? Perhaps you find a beautiful mess of rocks all over their bedroom and your home. And let's not forget when you suddenly realize that the horrible banging in your dryer is not the motor or drum malfunctioning, but a collection of rocks from the days earlier excursions. Have you ever been on a nature walk and your little cherub excitedly shows you the most beautiful rock they have ever seen? Maybe you gaze upon this gray lump of hardness and wonder what's so exciting about this dirty inanimate object? Foster a Love of Rocks and Minerals I must admit, rocks are kind of an obsession around here. My fella has been collecting rocks since he was a toddler and he found a sparkly piece of quartz at the playground. Now, his little sister is following suit.

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6 Ways to Launch Your Homeschool Week with Success

Are you a Monday morning person? Does the thought of a new week seem intimidating?

I admit that the prospect of preparing for another school week used to get me down. Even with the plans and schedules I had in place, I always felt like I was running around like a crazy person.

Then I realized that by making a few, simple changes, I no longer had to dread a new week. Instead, I found myself looking forward with anticipation.

1. Before You Begin Your Homeschool Week

Let's be clear. Just because something seems to work for everyone else, doesn't mean it will work for your family.

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