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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Don't Miss Your Spring Conference!

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Many schools make spring conferences optional for parents, but I believe they are just as important as the ones you schedule in the fall.  As a teacher, I view the fall conference as the one in which I am trying to glean background information from you, the parent, about…

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A Day in the Life of a Work-at-Home, Homeschooling Mom

  I'm joining the Day in a Life series from Simple Homeschool to give you a peek into our day! Here's what Wednesday, 2/1 looked like in our house: Please note that this was a very productive day, both because of my early wakeup and because I was keeping track of what I was getting…

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Extra Credit IS Real Life

I've mentioned before that I had three teachers in junior high and high school who each contributed to my success with their negativity rather than their encouragement. Instead of building me up, like teachers are supposed to, they really did the opposite, both to my face and behind my back. Lately, I've been thinking a…

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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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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…

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Homeschooling 101: Finding a System that Works for You

I am just beginning this whole adventure known as homeschooling as our oldest starts kindergarten this year. While I am hardly an expert when it comes to organizing homeschooling schedules, supplies or records, I did want to share the system I'm currently using because it's working really well for us so far. (Yes, we started…

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