lessons

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I am so excited to see what this year has in store for us.  The kids actually told me the other day that they are looking forward and ready to start lessons!  That does a mama’s heart good. Overall, we are continuing with a lot of the same things we used last year, with a

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I am frequently fielding questions about our curriculum choices.  Now 5 years into our homeschooling  journey, I feel pretty confident in my ability to match curriculum with my kids’ individual learning styles.  I have never been a “fit the kid into the box” type of teacher and having the flexibility to pick and choose exactly

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Earlier this week I waited for the kids to join me in the school room to start lessons.  Lilly was insistent on finishing up her “craft” before she could do her book work.  When I realized what she was “crafting” I couldn’t possibly stop her to do “lessons!”  After she proudly displayed it on the kitchen

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When we were first discerning if home schooling was the right choice for us I had a lot of questions.  Of course many of they typical ones were there about socialization, if I’d ruin them, how you even begin, what to use, etc.  But, one question I had was one that I was surprised by

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With a new year beginning, I like to take a look at what we are using for our homeschool curriculum.  For me, it’s good to do this every few months just to make sure that what I chose for the year is still working and heading us in the direction of the goals we want

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Lilly started her calendar notebook without me today.  She did ask if “to” was a word family and I told her it really wasn’t and that word families are the ending of words.  She didn’t mind.  She went right back to work concentrating really hard. So here’s what she came up with, see if you

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When Lilly decided she was ready to start reading, I quickly realized that all the times I had heard that “all kids learn differently” was more true than ever.  By the time Toby was 4 years old he had started sounding out words and quickly picked up on anything in print.  He has a memory

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Lapbooks

Have you heard of lapbooks? If not, here are a couple of sites to show you just what they are: Lapbook Lessons and Homeschool Share Lapbooks have been such a wonderful resource for our little homeschool. We did a few last year; honeybees, mosquitos, plants, and penguins. This year we just finished up an eagle

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Paddle-to-the-Sea

For geography we are reading Paddle-to-the-Sea and mapping Paddle’s journey as we go. This week we made clay canoes to see if we could make them float. We also did some easy paper canoes. They involved folding paper, cutting, hole punching and yarn lacing. They turned out really great. Toby decided not to decorate his

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Science: Nature study and the exploration/appreciation of God’s creations are such a huge part of our daily life that science just flows right into our lessons without much trying on my part. We do use a “science curriculum” if you want to call it that. However, aside from doing the lessons/experiments that are in that