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Let Your Kids Get Dirty with Spring Gardening!

Let Your Kids Get Dirty with Spring Gardening!

Each year, when the weather begins to get warmer, my kids start asking about our garden! Planning, planting, and then taking care of our garden has become a regular part of our life at home. Gardening is a lot of work and requires a big commitment. Many wonder why we take on this task with small children. My husband and I have found that our garden is very beneficial to us and an important part of our life at home. We…

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DIY Base Ten Blocks to teach Place Value

DIY Base Ten Blocks to teach Place Value

After teaching in a public school I got used to having any math manipulative I could think of available to me. We had sets of unifix cubes, counters, fraction bars, pattern blocks, etc. Every new math curriculum that schools adopt comes with a ton of new manipulative resources to help you teach the kids! I knew when I started homeschooling that, unless I wanted to spend a lot of money on math materials, I needed to get creative! Place value…

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5 things that will encourage creativity in your kids

5 things that will encourage creativity in your kids

We all want our kids to be thinkers. We want them to have ideas, make plans, and figure out a way to make their plans come to life. I love to see my kids play creatively. Yes, sometimes their plans make a mess or take up half the living room. However, no matter how much time I have to spend helping them clean up or help them finish up their projects I love their crazy ideas. I love to see them…

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12 Essential Tools for the Homeschooling mom

12 Essential Tools for the Homeschooling mom

As a homeschooling mom there are certain things in my life that I couldn’t live without! (Well, maybe I could if I had to, but I definitely don’t want to) 1. Coffee maker I love my Keurig! If you are a coffee drinker make sure you have a coffee maker that you love. I am the only one in my house that drinks coffee so it is pretty much the one thing in the house that I use for me. Every morning…

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Teaching our kids to be Scientists: Forces and Motion Activities

Teaching our kids to be Scientists: Forces and Motion Activities

In our homeschool we love science. Each year I spread out our science topics throughout the year and spend time studying different things like animals and habitats, rocks and minerals, plants, matter, etc. My boys love it. They are alway excited when we have a science activity on our daily schedule. They are learning what it means to be a scientist, how to research, do experiments, and observe our world.  Now, since science projects and experiments have become a regular part of our…

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Looking Past Limitations for our Kids!

Looking Past Limitations for our Kids!

Almost every personal success story I read starts with something like “When I was a kid my (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, teacher, or some person) really believed in me and encouraged me. They told me I could accomplish anything!” As parents, we all have high expectations for our children. We want them to be successful and happy! We want them to achieve more than we have or could hope to!  I believe all parents plan to encourage and do everything they can…

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7 Tips for Finding Affordable Homeschool Materials

7 Tips for Finding Affordable Homeschool Materials

No one has to spend a lot of money on resources to homeschool your children! There are so many ways for you to homeschool without paying a fortune for curriculum. The internet is the first place I look for free or cheap homeschool resources (check out my top 10 websites for free homeschool curriculum). However, I also like for my children to have regular reading books, math workbooks, and books for other subject areas. Also, especially if you are homeschooling young…

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Top 10 Websites for Free Homeschool Resources

Top 10 Websites for Free Homeschool Resources

Did you know that it is possible to homeschool almost completely for free? In the last 3 years of homeschooling I have found ways that I can teach my children without buying expensive curriculum sets. I find books for $2 or less at thrift stores, library sales, and used book stores. I take advantage of the books and resources at our local library. Also, there tons of free homeschool resources available online! I could spend hours everyday going through, pinterest or…

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5 Simple Toddler Activities for Homeschool

5 Simple Toddler Activities for Homeschool

One of the biggest questions of homeschooling when you have multiple children, is “What do I do with my toddler?!” I’ve had many days that I wanted to pull my hair out because my toddler took every opportunity he saw, when I was busy working on school work with my older children, to find trouble. I probably can’t count the hours I’ve spent on Pinterest looking for ideas and activities that my extremely active 2 year old boy will actually want…

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Homeschool Planning: A New Way

Homeschool Planning: A New Way

Only 2 more days until time to start school back with my boys! 2017 is only 1 day away! We have had a nice break from our regular homeschool routine. Now it’s time for me to get organized and get planning again! I find our school weeks go much smoother if I take some time over the weekend, gather my thoughts and plan what we will do each day of the week. My new Plan I have always used a printed lesson…

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