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Life Skills as High School Electives: Basic Wood Working Projects

Life Skills as High School Electives: Basic Wood Working Projects

Back when I was in middle school I remember taking what was called “Technology” or “Shop Class”. In that class we worked with our hands on basic wood working projects. I seem to recall an owl shaped bank, and a simple notepaper/pencil holder. While technology may have changed over the years, the need for kids(…)

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The Melody of the Soul Book Review

The Melody of the Soul Book Review

What Nazi officer Horst Engel reveals might stop Anna Zadok’s music forever – meet them both in this new novel, Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma set during WWII. About The Melody of the Soul Anna has one chance for survival-and it lies in the hands of her mortal enemy. It’s 1943 and Anna(…)

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Winter Olympics Resources

Winter Olympics Resources

The Winter Olympics are fast approaching!  I remember doing a unit study with the kids for the last Winter Olympics and I loved it so much – More than they did I am pretty sure! One thing I love about unit studies is the chance to spend so much time on a subject, really getting(…)

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DIY Valentine: Paper Heart Books

DIY Valentine: Paper Heart Books

Every year I try to find a new DIY Valentine for us to create. What I love about these DIY Valentine Paper Heart Books is how flexible they are to adjust the colors and the ability to make them longer or shorter based on what message you want to create. DIY Valentine: Paper Heart Book(…)

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Homeschool High School American Literature

Homeschool High School American Literature

Getting in to the high school years means delving in deeper into subjects you may have already covered.  It means reading relevant works of literature and understanding their place in history. One of the subjects I cover with all of my kids in high school is Homeschool High School American Literature. I received this product(…)

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40+ Colorful Tween Fiction Books

40+ Colorful Tween Fiction Books

When children start to enter their tween years it can be hard to find engaging books for them. They are growing and feeling as though they are too old for the beautiful picture books, and basic chapter books of their younger years. On the other hand you aren’t ready to have them tackling some of(…)

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Deer in the Headlights Family Dinner & Game Night

Deer in the Headlights Family Dinner & Game Night

We are big on playing board and card type games in our house. Throughout the years we have found many off the beaten path but loads of fun games. Today I would like to share with you a filling family dinner recipe and the game, Deer in the Headlights. Deer in the Headlights – Family(…)

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Homeschool Science Lab: DNA Extraction Lab

Homeschool Science Lab: DNA Extraction Lab

YES you can do science labs at home! In this Homeschool Science Lab: DNA Extraction Lab we are going to not only talk about DNA but your student is going to be able to extract DNA from a strawberry and even from themselves! One of the big concerns about homeschooling for people is science, how(…)

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Creative Gifts for the Little Artist

Creative Gifts for the Little Artist

Little hands like to create colorful creations! They also tend to make BIG messes! Even so, as parents we are always seeking to encourage and support our children in their endeavors. For this reason I have created a list of a handful of the BEST Creative Gifts for the Little Artist in your life! I(…)

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Seeds of Hope Book Review

Seeds of Hope Book Review

Seeds of Hope is the first book in the Harvest of Hope Series by Barbara Cameron. While I don’t read a ton of Amish fiction, I find I am most drawn to the ones that bring in English life too. There is something about the contrast between the two that I enjoy. About Seeds of(…)

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Homeschool Middle School World History for Free

Homeschool Middle School World History for Free

This business of homeschooling can get mighty expensive! It can be so hard to find quality resources at no (or low) cost. There are often freebies out there but they are incomplete, or not enough, or just not what you are looking for. I was so excited to come across these FREE Homeschool Middle School(…)

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Mega List of Homeschool Spanish Resources {for all ages}

Mega List of Homeschool Spanish Resources {for all ages}

Teaching a foreign language at home can be difficult, especially if you don’t have anyone in your home that speaks the language you are learning. Spanish seems to be a popular second language choice here in the United States. Finding the right Homeschool Spanish Resources can be a task though. There are so many books,(…)

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