The Two-Years-of-Kindergarten Approach for Fall Babies

Grade levels are a funny things for homeschoolers. They still matter on state forms and for church and community activities, but they don't really mean much otherwise. Yet grade-level decisions were still a source of stress for us as we began our homeschool journey, so I thought I'd share our approach for anyone struggling with…

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Why Memorization Gets a Bad Rap in Modern Education

It's inevitable. Anytime I read about the problem with modern education or any type of educational reform, there's a line slipped in among the rest that basically says there's no need/benefit/joy in rote memorization. It's rarely the focus and is often the only reference to memorization in the entire article, and it gets me worked…

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Scholastic Teacher Express Summer Steals

I love this sale and wait for it every year! The Scholastic Teacher Express store offers great discounts on ebooks and printable worksheets in a variety of subjects. The math ones are my favorite because the girls use them to practice math skills all year long, but there are also mini plays, unit studies, flash…

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For Grammar Geeks: A Visual Map of the 15 Punctuation Marks

A friend and fellow Essentials tutor shared this a few days ago, and I love it! Designed by Curtis Newbold of The Visual Communications Guy, the infographic lists the 15 punctuation marks in order of difficulty (to learn and use) with the rules that govern their use. Click here to download a full-size poster version…

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My Top 10 Tips for New Homeschoolers

Daily checklists. This will be our 6th "official" year homeschooling, and the longer we homeschool, the more questions I get from other current and prospective homeschoolers. (Some of which I'm confident answering and some of which just make me laugh that they'd ask me for advice or an opinion.) Today¬† I thought I'd share my…

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You Can Do It Too! {Encouragement and Resources for Homeschoolers}

A couple years ago, Lorilee Lippincott brought together 25 homeschooling families to share their homeschooling stories and tips in a little ebook, You Can Do It Too! Although some of the details may have changed for our individual families, this ebook still represents a wealth of information and encouragement for homeschoolers. But the best part…

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Plan the Upcoming Homeschool Year with These FREE Printables!

Although we school year-round, this is the time of year when I get excited about all things homeschool. We've solidified our plans for next year, passed our standardized tests, and we're looking forward to next week's Classical Conversations' practicum and academic camps. I'll be sharing some more of my thoughts about homeschooling in the upcoming…

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2014-2015 Homeschool Curriculum Plans

It's that time of year when homeschool families are planning out next year's curriculum, and we're no exception. However, we try to adjust as we go, and since we school year round, we don't have any big changes planned for the new school year, other than the addition of Classical Conversations Essentials program for our…

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Do Your Kids Need to Learn How to Program?

The following post is from Lauren Rothlisberger of Get Me Geeky: I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think. - STEVE JOBS, THE LOST INTERVIEW Do you think your kids need to learn how to program? A lot of people have never considered…

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Giveaway: Logic of English Foundations Set A ($156 Value!)

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Cassandra ([email protected])! I've been raving about the Logic of English curriculum -- both the Essentials program for elementary students and the Rhythm of Handwriting for cursive -- since I met the founder, Denise Eide, at the Allume conference almost 18 months ago, and both programs continue to…

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