Author: Kris Bales

Top 5 Ways to Ensure Your Kid is Weird and Unsocialized

Today, I wanted to share with you my Top 5 Ways to Ensure That Your Homeschooled Kid is Weird and Unsocialized because everybody knows that homeschoolers are, in fact, weird and unsocialized. The problem is, I’ve met lots of homeschooled kids and it’s obvious that we’re falling down on our jobs, people! These kids I’ve met are perfectly normal and completely socialized! It’s time we get busy and rectify this situation before a few slackers sully the reputation of homeschoolers everywhere. So here are the top five ways you can get your kids back on the right path to...

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30 Random Acts of Kindness for Your Kids

A couple of weeks ago, I shared 25 ideas for random acts of kindness for your husband. Today, I’ve got 30 more random acts of kindness for kids. I may or may not have indicated that there would be two more lists – one for young kids and one for teens. Then, I may or may not have gotten crazy busy, run out of time, and combined it all into one list for kids, tweens, and teens. But we won’t discuss that. Real life, y’all. I’m sure you can think of some things to add to this list –...

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10 Unexpected Benefits

There are a lot of benefits to homeschooling that I expected going in – one-on-one teaching, lots of hands-on learning, and a customized education, just to name a few. However, I was surprised to discover a lot of unexpected perks. Some of these apply to the kids or our family, but there are also some unexpected personal benefits that came my way as a result of homeschooling. 1. Learning with my kids. I expected to teach my kids. I never thought I’d be learning alongside them.If I had to choose just one area in which I’ve learned the most,...

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Feeling Comfortable In Your Homeschool Skin

Have you noticed that there are “skins” for everything these days? From cell phones to iPods to Gameboys, even my Windows Media Player allows me to choose from a wide variety of downloadable skins. I recently read in Reader’s Digest about the mom who made a small fortune when she invented Jibbitz, the little buttons to personalize your Crocs. The purpose, of course, is to make your gadget a unique reflection of your own personal style, rather than a cookie-cutter copy of the dozens of other mass-produced gadgets on the market. We like to find ways to express our...

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How to Plan a Successful Field Trip

One of the highlights of homeschooling is a fun field trip. With the flexibility that homeschooling offers, the world is our oyster, right? Why read about something in a book when you can go experience it firsthand. I’ve posted before about some of our all-time favorite field trips and even some dream field trips. Planning field trips, however, can be stressful. It doesn’t have to be, though. Following are some tips that have helped me, and others, plan successful field trips for our homeschool group in recent years. Convenience. It’s impossible to find a date and time that will...

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