Middle School

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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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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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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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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Homeschool Art Project: Draw A Castle

Homeschool Art Project: Draw A Castle

This year we have participating in a book club during the day with a few other homeschool girls. We meet weekly to discuss the book of the month, do projects related to things in the book, and complete art projects related to a topic in the book. I have been organizing all the art projects(…)

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The Best Video ASL Resources

The Best Video ASL Resources

Teaching a foreign language can be difficult if you don’t speak any. Having great resources, especially video resources where you can hear and see the new language in action can be very helpful. When teaching (or learning) ASL (American Sign Language) books can easily fall flat. It is much easier to learn if you can(…)

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Teaching History Through Movies: Helen Keller

Teaching History Through Movies: Helen Keller

While I have always enjoyed supplementing our history studies with the use of historical fiction. I have recently decided to trying enhancing our studies with movies too. Teaching History Through Movies is another great way to bring a time period, historical moment, place or person to life. While most movies aren’t totally historically accurate, they(…)

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Kids Create Art! Playful Pet Portraits!

Kids Create Art! Playful Pet Portraits!

I am art challenged. I need step by step instructions (and video is even better) to help my kids complete art projects. One of the resources I have been using are the Mixed Media Art Courses from Flourish. I am happy to say she is putting out a new one this month – Kids Create(…)

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Teaching History Through Movies: The Wright Brothers

Teaching History Through Movies: The Wright Brothers

Welcome to my Teaching History Through Movies series. We are trying to watch a movie a week to enhance our history studies. It may be about a time period, event, or person. We started out a few weeks ago with the Wright Brothers. My Teaching History Through Movies landing page offers tips about finding and(…)

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Teaching History Through Movies

Teaching History Through Movies

This is a landing page I am creating for something new we are trying. It serves to be a catalog of the movies we view as a part of our history studies. I think that teaching history through movies could be a great enrichment in our homeschool, much like the use of historical fiction. As(…)

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