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Homeschooling Through the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are drawing near and the excitement is growing. When you homeschool, that often means distracted kiddos and derailed lesson plans. Let’s face it, there is something about cold temps, warm fires, snow, and all things Christmas that can just pull at our attention. Not to mention decorations to put up and big feasts to plan, right?

Let’s Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving brings wonderful memories of sitting around the dining room table filling ourselves with turkey and all the fixings while conversation and laughter fill the air. This month, we want to highlight one of the stars of Thanksgiving – the turkey! Historically considered the main dish since the days of Pilgrims and Puritans, the bountiful turkey dinner is thought to be rooted in the late 18th century, especially after the Civil War.

10 Fall Writing Prompts

Pumpkin pies, scenic car rides, and hot apple cider. These are what first come to mind when I hear the word, “fall.” Seasons invoke certain memories. We attribute specific smells, tastes and feelings towards these seasons. As we encourage our children in their writing, we want to teach them to capture these feelings as they write. Here are ten writing prompts to get them started.

Schools of Thought

Cooperation is Key

So today let’s talk about “Outside the House” and what that means. I am going to just admit right off the bat that this is a hard subject for me to write. I am not an outside of the house kind of gal. I am a homebody. I like my home and am very content to be here most days.

The anxious learner

How do you handle your child when they freeze up during school? You might ask them a question about what you went over yesterday and they feel so put on the spot that they simply cannot think of the answer. Or you hand them a test and they hand it back to you empty saying they don’t know what to do, when you know for a fact they know the answers.

Learning Through Living Books

I am embracing the Charlotte Mason method for homeschooling this year. If you don’t know about her philosophies I would recommend checking out A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola. Miss Mason’s methods are simple yet deeply rooted.

Getting Organized

Our Holiday Homeschool Schedule

As the holidays are approaching, I begin to think about slowing down. I want to enjoy every single second of this amazing season. It seems so short and goes by so quickly. During this time of year I like to take some time off from our “normal” schooling schedule. I want my children to really understand the true meaning of Christmas and all Jesus did for us.

The 5 Essentials of Homeschooling

Let’s talk a little about school supplies. I know, I know, the sales are over and your cabinets are filled to the rim. But with what? “School supplies.” Now that is a pretty broad subject, so to make your life, and mine, a bit easier I have decided to share with you what I consider the top 5 Essentials of Homeschooling. While I know everyone is a bit different, these are the things I could not do without.

Glimpses of Life

A Month of Thankfulness

I do not want too much time in this month to go by before I mention thankfulness. It is after all, the month to spotlight that theme, right? While I fully believe that we should teach our children (and ourselves) the many lessons of thankfulness, I must admit that it often gets buried beneath the piles of schoolwork and laundry if I am not careful.

Homeschooling When Mom Is Sick

We have all been there. You wake up with a terrible cold and fever or you have a migraine that rocks your whole life. I live with chronic pain and have for about 5 years now. I have had many days where I just couldn’t get anything done. But, that little guilty feeling creeps in and I just have to get some kind of school work done with my kids.

Home Life

2 Easy Holiday Recipes

The holidays are in full swing. I have a few recipes that I only use this time of year. I wanted to share them with you. They are all easy and delicious. You can make these recipes any time of year though.

College-Bound

You can now move that tassel

Congratulations! How many of us have uttered that word this spring as we shook the hand of some well-deserving young person? High school graduation is ubiquitous. It happens all across the country; in small towns as well as in high schools as large as many small towns. For students, it’s a time to pause and bask in the attention before they turn their eyes toward the next phase of their life.

Instilling a love for the Word

We all have heard different statistics concerning the numbers of youth who turn from their childhood faith in college. Some say 70%. One resource is quoted at saying 86% and one goes as far to say 94%. This shouldn’t be the case, but it is.

When Dual Enrollment Doesn’t Work

It was an ideal my husband and I had held dearly to since the beginning of our homeschool journey. Dual Enrollment! A silly as it sounds, in our minds we already had our preschooler earning college credit. Then our little boy grew and blossomed into an intelligent, sharp minded, polite and pleasant young man.

Extracurricular

Food Traditions of Christmas

It doesn’t matter where you live on the globe, food is central to celebrations. The food may look different from place to place and celebration to celebration, but the Christmas celebration has some great food traditions. In Mexico you might eat tamales – time-consuming to make, so always a treat for Christmas.

3 Festive Ways to Countdown to Christmas

Right around Thanksgiving time, I notice many stores pulling out all the stops with their Christmas displays. Some have been set up clear before Halloween, while others are just beginning to decorate. This is usually the time I see those tasty looking chocolate advent Calendars hitting the shelves. When the kids were little, I gave in and let them enjoy these treats as a countdown to Christmas – but now, as the family continues to grow, I have broken out of the box a bit.

Resources

Favorite Christmas Books

Reading is a huge part of our homeschool. There are lots of days that consist of only reading books. It is my favorite part of homeschooling. My children have a love for reading as well. Since I have a nice sized home library, we choose books from our own shelves before going to the library. We do try to visit our local library at least once a month for additional books we are interested in reading.

Gearing up for Christmas

Some people might think it’s a little too early to start thinking about Christmas but not for me. I like to shop early and get it done. I also like to get my cards written early so I can mail them out on December 1st.

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