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Our Homeschool Summer Plan - what we're planning for the summer for grade 2 and preschool

Our Second Annual Summer Homeschool Plan


Wow, I can’t believe it’s time for our second homeschool summer plan post! Once again I’m looking forward to having a summer that is a balance of learning and plain old enjoying the summer. When I asked Raeca what she wanted to learn about this summer her one request was to learn about Shakespeare – um, okay, weird homeschooled child. I’ve…

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For Those Who Like a Good Homeschooling Deal . . .


One thing I quickly learned after we made the decision to homeschool is that there is so much out there as far as excellent homeschooling information and resources. This is actually a great thing. The not so great thing is that I only had so much money and I didn’t know what to choose, what if I spent all my…

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The Seven Best Homeschool Art Supplies - great for minimalist homeschooling

The Best Homeschool Art Supplies for a Minimalist Homeschool


I enjoy working on creative projects and probably because they see me creating all the time they are constantly wanting to work on something too. My art supply wishlist is miles long, I’m always hearing about fun new supplies. But even though I’d like to have all the art supplies I do try to keep our art supplies to a…

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Creating a Rich Writing Experience in Our Homeschool with Brave Writer and The Writer's Jungle

Creating a Rich Writing Experience in Our Homeschool


I’m honestly not sure if one can be involved in the homeschool community in any way online without quickly hearing about Brave Writer. If you read around homeschool blogs for more than five minutes you are going to hear about someone raving about Julie and Brave Writer. And for good reason. Remember when I was talking about Poetry Tea Time…

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Using Movies in Your Homeschool and Six Good Movies to Get You Started

Homeschooling with Movies & Six Movies To Get You Started


Lately I’ve been introducing the kids to a few different movies (well, mostly Raeca, Ephraim thinks all movies are scary). It didn’t really start out to be an educational experience but as we started watching this movie and then this one I found myself having to explain a bit about WWII and I think it was a really good way…

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Can Kids Really Learn Through Play?

Can Kids Really Learn From Play?


Two years ago at this time we were facing the idea of Raeca going into kindergarten in the fall. We had enrolled her in the same semi-private school we had both attended for the majority of our education (Jared went there from K-12 and I did from 5-12). I remember thinking about how kindergarten had moved towards a play-based education…

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Decluttering Books - Minimalist Homeschooling

Decluttering Books – Minimalist Homeschooling


In case you’ve missed it, we love books around here. I think the idea of being able to justify buying a bunch of books may have sparked my initial interest in homeschooling. I love seeing what other homeschooling families are up to, especially the novels and picture books they are reading as well as the encyclopedias and resource books they use. But…

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