Our Planning Secrets | Homeschool Student Planner & How We Plan Our Homeschool Year  (part 2)
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Our Planning Secrets | Homeschool Student Planner & How We Plan Our Homeschool Year (part 2)

Homeschool planning doesn’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time and I’ve discovered that including kids in the planning process will make them more involved in their learning, giving them the opportunity to take learning into their own hands. My ultimate homeschooling goal is to get my son to be an independent…

Types of Planners- Planning Your Homeschool Year (part 1)
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Types of Planners- Planning Your Homeschool Year (part 1)

A question I get asked the most during this period is “How do you plan your homeschool year? And what types of planners do you use?” As much as I would love to give you all a universal recipe for this, there is nothing like one size fits all when it comes to planning– just…

10 Summer Ideas for Homeschooling Fun & Exploration – part 2
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10 Summer Ideas for Homeschooling Fun & Exploration – part 2

Because I promised we don’t only do academic stuff during the summer, here’s part two of our plans for the next couple of months. I condensed them into 10 summer ideas for homeschooling fun and exploration. You can read about our planner, summer learning, activities, and why we chose to keep a schedule during the…

Summer Homeschooling- Academic Learning & Planning -part 1
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Summer Homeschooling- Academic Learning & Planning -part 1

This will be the first summer since we started homeschooling that we will take a break from our regular schedule. It feels odd, but we will still be doing summer homeschooling in a different, more relaxed way. I felt that the passage from elementary to middle school is worthy of a longer break and I…

Timeline Figures and how to use them – Home School in the Woods review
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Timeline Figures and how to use them – Home School in the Woods review

Over the years I’ve been hoarding a lot of materials to use for history. The problem I have now is tying them all up to paint a broader picture. This is where timelines and timeline figures come in. The latest addition to our collection, the timeline figures from Amy Pak, got me so giddy with…

Why Cursive Handwriting Is Important – And You Can Teach It
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Why Cursive Handwriting Is Important – And You Can Teach It

Many experts say it, and I agree: cursive handwriting is an important skill to have. I am saddened to see that more and more US schools have given up on cursive handwriting. I have already written about how to turn reluctant writers around and what I recommend for starting writing at home; from fine motor…

Teach by Dennis DiNoia Review- Homeschooling Books Worth Reading
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Teach by Dennis DiNoia Review- Homeschooling Books Worth Reading

You know… I never read many books about homeschooling. I feel many of them don’t apply to us. Or they are too technical or cumbersome to read and apply. But Teach by Dennis DiNoia was different. I’ve read several over the years and while I finished some, others are still waiting with the bookmark halfway…

Online Dance Classes with YouDance – PE at home
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Online Dance Classes with YouDance – PE at home

One of the struggles I’ve had in the last years, while homeschooling, has been keeping up with P.E. because anything I picked was boring and repetitive. But enter online dance classes – they changed our weekly routine completely! I was a bit skeptical about learning to dance online since I know it requires a lot…

Homeschool Science Labs – Online or Offline
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Homeschool Science Labs – Online or Offline

Science isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But as many homeschool parents realize, it’s an important part of homeschooling. We might wing it during elementary, but what about those homeschool science labs for middle and high school? Fear not, for there are several solutions to these labs, including making your own lab at home or choosing…