Three Keys to Successful School Transitions

The following is a guest post from Amanda of Not Just Cute: Change can be hard. And yet as the saying goes, the only constant in life is change. The advent of a new school year tends to be a time of momentous changes and transitions.  Whether your child is starting preschool for the first…

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The Whys Behind Our Decision to Homeschool

I’m not sure we fit the stereotypical homeschool family mold (although we seem to be heading that way with our country living and larger family…) when it comes to our decision to homeschool, and I wanted to share some of the reasons behind why we do what we do. To explain the whys of our…

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2011-2012 Curriculum Plans

As usual, I'm late to the party. Simple Homeschool hosted the 2011 Curriculum Fair a few weeks ago, but I wasn't quite ready to share what we were doing then. I figured now was better than never, though, so I'm sharing our curriculum plans for the 2011-2012 year today (although, in all honesty, we're schooling…

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Giveaway: The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy (3 Winners!)

We love Klutz crafts and games, but we were recently sent a copy of The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy, and it is definitely our new favorite! Pat Murphy and the Scientists of Klutz Labs have put together a fun, engaging, interactive guide that gets you thinking, doing and exploring all things intergalactic: Explore the…

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Homeschooling Is Not Optional

The following is a guest post from Amanda of Not Just Cute: All parents should homeschool their children. What I just wrote may surprise some people, particularly given the fact that I have taught in the public school system and have my own son registered to begin kindergarten this fall at our local public school.  But I’ll…

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Giveaway: Insect Lore Praying Mantis and Butterfly Kits (3 Winners!)

This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] -- you each won an Insect Lore prize pack! I've sent you an email with information on claiming your prize. I'm so excited to share this giveaway with you because Insect Lore is a company that we love! I've been a fan of Insect…

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Giveaway: See the Light’s Art Class DVD Curriculum

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to [email protected] and [email protected], who each won a copy of Volume 1. While all of our kids enjoy arts and crafts, our 5-year-old is the real artist. She spends hours at the breakfast bar drawing, cutting, pasting, painting and creating. Lately, she has been asking to take an art…

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Help Your Child Stay Organized and Productive

The following post is from Blessings of Working Mom Journal: Most parents think of ways to become more organized in their workplace, and in their own spaces at home. However, it is also important to help our kids clear their thoughts, stay focused, and be productive. Here are some great tips that worked for us.…

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Free Book Inventory Printable to Track Your Collection

These days, there are tons of ways you can keep track of your book collection, from online library systems to detailed Excel spreadsheets. But if you -- like Monique, who emailed me this printable suggestion -- would rather just keep a simple written list, then this printable is for you! You can fill it out…

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Our Homeschool Curriculum + a Free Printable Planner

I've known I wanted to homeschool my kids since I was 16 years old. I'd attended a Montessori school, a public school and a Christian school before leaving the Christian school to be homeschooled that year, and I just knew being home was what I wanted for my own kids. I wanted the flexibility of…

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