The Lessons of Common Sense

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: How many times have you asked yourself, “What was that child thinking?!?”  We can laugh at some of the predicaments a preschooler gets into.  As a child gets older, though, poor decisions can turn serious or even tragic if he or she hasn’t learned good judgment.…

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First Day of {Home} School 2012

On Monday and Tuesday, my Facebook news feed was filled with first day of school pictures as our area schools and fellow homeschoolers started the new school year, and I was happy to contribute with our own first day of school pictures. I love taking pictures on the first day of school because we're not…

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How to Start Their School Days Peacefully

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: Have you ever wondered how a teacher keeps 25 children moving calmly through the day?  Chances are she’s trained her students to use procedures.  Instead of treating actions as behaviors, which have positive or negative consequences, a good teacher organizes the classroom so that students…

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You Can Do It, Too {25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories}

It is definitely the month for launches and promotions, and this one is too good not to share with you! You Can Do It Too! is a new ebook featuring a series of interviews with 25 homeschool families answering questions of ‘Why do you homeschool?’ ‘What does it look like?’ ‘How do you find what…

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Omnibus eBook Bundle for Homeschoolers {Just $25 for 53 eBooks!}

Why Omnibus? An omnibus is a book containing reprints of a number of works, and this great bundle includes more than 50 popular ebooks, all in one bundle! This digital stockpile of books was designed to carry you through the school year with encouragement and practical how-tos. It's worth over $350, but for five days,…

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How Much Should You Tell the New Teacher?

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: With a new school year about to begin, some parents find themselves asking “How much should I tell the new teacher about my child?” For some, it’s easy; your child’s education has been smooth sailing. For parents who have weathered a few storms, though, the answer…

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Get Organized with The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide

Are you ready for back to school?! I was shocked to realize that some school districts started last week, but we're only two-and-a-half weeks away from the start of our new homeschool year! If, like me, you're feeling a little scattered, you'll definitely want to check out The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide,…

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Back-to-School Printables: Lunchbox Notes & School Year Signs

The following post is from Jason & Jennifer Bruce of New Season Design: The back-to-school season comes with all sorts of different emotions... excitement, fear, anticipation, eagerness, anxiety. And those emotions aren't just for the kids! It's hard for many parents to make the back-to-school transition. There are lunches to pack, homework to oversee, and…

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How to Teach A New Skill

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: Watching our little ones at soccer recently, I was reminded of the importance of teaching things in small steps.  The instructor was working with a group of three year olds.  Instead of starting out, “This is how you kick the ball in the net,” she…

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Free Preschool Activities from Your Kitchen

The following post is from Katie of Kitchen Stewardship: When you start making changes in your family to a more whole foods or eco-friendly lifestyle (or both!), one major struggle is always, “What do I do with the stuff we don't eat/clean with/cook with anymore?” Many of us also have frugal sensitivities, so boxes of…

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