Homeschooling

Homeschooling Pitfalls to Avoid

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As one who enjoys a road trip, I appreciate when I am warned of potential hazards or pitfalls along the way.  I carry over that same appreciation when someone willingly offers a warning about something they’ve already experienced in life. A few years ago, I attended a writer’s conference for a much-needed injection of inspiration.…

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10 Homeschool Field-trips or Family Outings (without breaking the bank)

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irExploration and discovery can be the motivation and encouragement children need to try new experiences, which is why field trips are valuable portals to broaden our children’s education and thinking. If you’re a homeschool parent looking for homeschool field-trips or a school teacher looking for field trip ideas, allow me to share thoughts for budget-friendly…

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Use a Daily To-do List and Schedule Your Day Like-a-Boss

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I am a planner who gets sidetracked.  If I am on my way outside to take out the garbage, and I happen to walk by my flower garden and see a few weeds that need pulling, my kids will find me in the garden thirty minutes later. Not good. This type of boomerang behavior could…

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Book Banter: A Book Review From the Side Porch

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Thanks for joining me in a monthly book review from the side porch of my farm house.  If we are going to be coffee-sipping on the side porch friends, then I must unapologetically confess three of my weaknesses to you right now:  organic lipstick found for a bargain, organic coffee (lattes to be exact), and…

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Don’t Cram Your Kid in a Curriculum Box

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I adore giving gifts.  Everything about the process excites me.  To the gift giver, the presentation of the gift is as equally important as the actual gift.   I recently bought a gift for a friend and tried to force the gift in what I thought was the perfect box.  The contents simply wouldn’t fit in…

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Mothering, the Great Balancing Act

mothering, motherhood

A few weeks ago, I visited my favorite neighborhood coffee lounge, a mutual gathering place for Mac-toting hipsters and middle-aged woman like myself. That particular day, I ended up sharing a stainless steel (whatever happened to cozy couches and overstuffed chairs) with two moms who were out for a bit of respite with the aid…

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