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I hope that you and your children are having fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants. Last month we explored and created storybook activities themed to Newbery Medal Books. This month’s new theme is Artists. Artists are important to storybooks. They can help bring the story and the author’s ideas to life with vivid images. With that in mind,...

I will fully admit that I am a little OCD when it comes to keeping school records and paperwork. My OCD comes for two reasons. The first being that I want to keep clear records should I ever need to share them with anyone down the road. I don’t know about you, but every parent’s plate is full. Your days are filled with to do lists and when you add a job on top...

As a homeschooling parent I am always on the hunt for ways to bring new technology into our lessons to expand on the things in life that interest my kids the most. It is always a plus when I ends up not hopefully costing an arm and leg to do so. I am sure that you are all familiar with Khan Academy in some way. My family has used their App for our entire homeschooling...

Every single day I am amazed by the out of the box thinking and creativity that so many children possess these days. As a homeschooling mama myself I have always encouraged my children to chase after their dreams, perhaps even venture down the road less traveled that may gain a few heads scratches, but will end in applause after people see what they have accomplished....

In the beginning of a school year your lesson planner can easily bring a huge smile to your face. It is full of hope, dreams, and inspirations for the coming school year ahead. Whether you plan a year in advance like I do, or you are a fly by the seat of your pants kind of lesson planner as the school year progresses there will be days when your lesson planner can...

If you have been homeschooling for a while you can probably relate to this… You just sit down to start your lessons with your children, or perhaps you have finally managed to break through on a difficult topic with one of your children, then, just as you get a wide grin and are about to jump for joy it is all interrupted by that dreaded noise. Someone knocks...

Every year as I do my yearly lesson planning in the summer. I always find new ways that our school room area needs to be changed to accommodate the new learning materials that we will be using as my kids get older. This coming school year I plan to do a weekly short study that focuses on the First World War. My son is very interested in this topic, so I was lucky...

With summer here it is time to head back into the pool for some fun under the sun. One way to help bring fun into your lessons is to use pool noodles in them. There are a lot of ways to use and modify pool noodles to use in school lessons, but I wanted to make it a little more fun. After some experimentation I found that if I cut a pool noodle into little pieces,...

This is a fun bookmark that you and your child can make together to make summer reading cool! I plan to make a reward system for my kids this summer where for every popsicle they turn in they will receive one special prize. Whether their special prize is a day trip of their choice, selection of the family movie at our weekly family movie night, a new comic book,...

Sometimes learning can be a tough process for children. When you are learning at home in a homeschooling environment your children can get just as anxious as children in regular brick-and-mortar schools. At some brick-and-mortar schools there are recesses and down time between classes or subjects to help re-focus children, or at least reset their attention and focus...

Learning the states and their capitals is not something that is easy for every child. I have a FREE weekly state study printable series that we are using in our homeschool to help engage my kids in learning about the 50 states. However, to make it easier for my children to learn their states and capitals, I figured why not make it a fun hands-on game?...

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