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Timeline Based Middle School History {A Two Year American History Plan}

Timeline Based Middle School History {A Two Year American History Plan}

I am so excited to be trying something new with my up and coming middle schooler! We have always favored doing unit studies for history, and as the kids have gotten older we have used a few various curricula.  For the first time this year I am going to try Timeline Based Middle School History.(…)

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Life Skills as High School Electives: Laundry and Clothing Tips

Life Skills as High School Electives: Laundry and Clothing Tips

I recall a story I find myself telling when discussion of life skills – specifically home economics types of stuff – comes up. While it isn’t directly laundry and clothing tips related, it is very similar. It speaks to how easily we can take for granted some of the seemingly basic household tasks. Many years(…)

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Our 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Our 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

This is the beginning of my second go around at homeschooling high school. While some of our 9th grade homeschool curriculum is the same as what our first child used for homeschooling 9th grade, some things have changed too! This is our son Jayden’s first year of high school. According to the NYS Homeschool Regulations(…)

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Self Study vs. Group Study

Self Study vs. Group Study

As a homeschooling parent, you may sometimes get anxious that your child doesn’t have the same access to study groups as children at regular schools do. If you do get anxious, then you don’t need to, because there are many positive aspects of studying independently. Let’s examine the pros and cons of Self Study vs.(…)

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Homeschool Sentence Diagramming Practice

Homeschool Sentence Diagramming Practice

I honestly do not remember doing sentence diagramming as a kid in school.  When I saw it in my kid’s homeschool curriculum it was completely new to me. After spending years doing it with my children, one of the things I love most about sentence diagramming is that it pulls so many grammar skills and(…)

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101 Reasons in Favor of Flexible Homeschooling

101 Reasons in Favor of Flexible Homeschooling

I am an off the chart, type-A personality. I love schedules, plans, lists, boxes to check, etc. When I started homeschooling many moons ago I brought this rigidity with me. I was hard and fast to follow curriculum and adhere to schedules, even if it meant stress and misery for myself and the kids. As(…)

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4+ DIY Fidget Spinners

4+ DIY Fidget Spinners

Fidget Spinners seem to be all the rage right now. Kids are loving them and teachers are loving to hate them. As homeschoolers we don’t have the kind of main stream pressure that public school kids do. Nonetheless we have seen the adds, watched them be given as birthday gifts, and heard all their friends(…)

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Teaching Middle School History Through Literature

Teaching Middle School History Through Literature

I hated history in school. It felt dry and boring, and I couldn’t relate or connect with it. One of my goals as a homeschooling mom is to help ensure my children will feel differently about their history studies, even if just a little bit. Middle school history builds on the blocks you stacked in(…)

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #128

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #128

Finishing Strong is a place for families who are homeschooling middle & high school kids to meet up in order to share tips, encouragement, advice, and more. We know it can be stressful homeschooling teens, which is why we’ve built this community! Summer is almost here which means it’s time for our annual break. Because(…)

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True to You Book Review

True to You Book Review

True to You is the first book in Becky Wade’s new Bradford Sisters Romance Series. I was so excited to get my hands on this one as I LOVED her Porter series so much! About True to You After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that(…)

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #127

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #127

Finishing Strong is a place for families who are homeschooling middle & high school kids to meet up in order to share tips, encouragement, advice, and more. We know it can be stressful homeschooling teens, which is why we’ve built this community! Welcome back to Finishing Strong! We are glad you’re joining us! Finishing Strong(…)

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Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale

Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale

Having homeschooled for over 11 years now, and having done numerous curriculum reviews, I have accumulated an abundance of curriculum that I no longer need. I have one that has graduated, none of elementary age any more and two very different children from the first that are still homeschooling. What does this all mean? It(…)

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