Setting Up a Summer Learning Schedule

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. I can hear it now…"A schedule?!?  But, Mom, it’s summer!"  Most kids aren’t overjoyed about doing school work during vacation, but if you set up a routine that works around their anticipated play times, you’ll encourage cooperation and help your…

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Homeschool Curriculum Sale {First Come, First Serve}

We're in homeschool planning mode around here, and I've shared my 2013-2014 curriculum plans as well as why we school year-round. I still have a few more things to share with you in the coming weeks, but I also have a few things to sell! All of the following curriculum is in like-new condition. We…

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7 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Math Skills This Summer

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Because American students lag behind much of the world on standardized tests, most schools are increasing the emphasis on math.  Summer is a great time to help your child solidify the skills that they learned this past school…

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2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Plans

We school year-round because of the flexibility it gives us to take time off as needed throughout the official school year, both for planned breaks (like Christmas and our recent trip to Florida) and for the unexpected -- a benefit I always point out when the girls complain about doing school in the summer. (Read…

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Learning About Punctuation and Capitalization (FREE Language Mechanics Printable!)

My mom and grandmother administered the girls' standardized tests while we were in Florida (in West Virginia, a parent can't administer the official tests that we submit to the school board), and one thing I realized when I was flipping through the test booklets was that we haven't really spent enough time focusing on language…

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Dear Parents: A Plea from Your Child’s Teacher

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Most students are in countdown mode:  they know exactly how many days are left until summer.  Children and teens everywhere envision sleeping in, lazing by the pool, and playing with friends. All of those things are appropriate – when balanced with the realities of responsibility. What…

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Bookmaking for Kids: Accordion Envelope Books
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Bookmaking for Kids: Accordion Envelope Books

The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved: Bookmaking is a simple and fun way to get kids excited about reading and writing. When I was an elementary school teacher, bookmaking was always a favorite activity. I've recently started making books with my five year old, and he is now obsessed! Simple accordion envelope…

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Five Ways to Get Ready for Next School Year

The following post is from Angie of Many Little Blessings: Although some homeschoolers do year round school, most homeschoolers are gearing up for a full or partial summer vacation in the next month. This offers homeschool parents a great opportunity to regroup and get ready for next school year. With just a few steps, you…

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Keep Your Kids Reading with This Book Report Printable

The following post is from Kacey of Next Level Mama: These days, there's no shortage of distractions to keep our children occupied -- video games, social media, TV, computers, smart phones, sports leagues, and on and on. However, with benefits like increased vocabulary, improved writing skills and creativity, it's also important to make sure reading stays at…

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6 Ways to Arrive Home More Relaxed

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: When you haven’t seen your kids all day, it’s important to arrive home in a good mood so you can more easily reconnect with your family. The way you feel when you walk in the door can help you set a positive tone that carries into the evening, thus…

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