Art Appreciation for Kids {and the Don't Touch Rules}

The following guest post is from Mark McKinney, founder of Artsology.com: On a recent vacation with my family, we decided to take the kids to visit the local art museum.  For some reason, the boys didn’t want to go (despite enjoying museum visits in the past) and said it would be “boring.” Nevertheless, we went…

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Our Homeschooling Philosophy {And How It’s Changed}

While I've talked to many homeschool moms who never imagined themselves as homeschoolers, I've pretty much always wanted to homeschool my kids, from the time I was 16 or 17 years old. My Educational Experiences I actually grew up in what was quite possibly the best school situation ever. I attended Montessori Children's House in…

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Activity Jars Full of Summer Fun

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: The first few days of summer vacation are exciting:  sleeping in, playing under the sprinkler, lunch at the park, no homework and catching fireflies!  It doesn’t take too long, though, until your ears pick up a whining, “Mom, I’m bored.  What can we do?” A…

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Homeschool-in-a-Box {Quick Tip}

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be talking about homeschooling. I'll be sharing my thoughts from my weekend visiting Peace Hill Press and Susan Wise Bauer, our 2012-2013 curriculum plan, how I'm balancing homeschooling and working, especially as we're getting ready for our third daughter to start kindergarten in the fall, and more.…

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Backfill and Prepare to Help Kids Overcome School Anxiety

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: “Mom, my stomach hurts. Can I stay home today?”  “I hate school!” If you hear this frequently, you may have a struggling learner. For these students, school is anything but enjoyable. Don’t wait for things to get better - usually they don’t. Without parental involvement…

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Find Their Strengths ~ Before They Need Them!

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: Although middle school may seem far away when your children are young, it’s actually just over the horizon! Time flies and the teen years will be here before you know it.  Navigating the challenges of today’s middle school environment is even harder than when we…

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Still Time for a Strong Finish

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: Most students know exactly how many days until summer vacation.  Students who are intrinsically motivated interpret this as pressure to buckle down and work even harder. I’m guessing that none of those students live at your house.  You’re in good company –  students like that…

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