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I wish I could throw out my TV… When I pulled my son out of public school last year to homeschool him, I noticed some troubling things. He had zero attention span. When I was a kid, I could get out the giant box of Barbies and play for HOURS. My son is 9 now and he can't do anything for hours, except watch TV.

Classical Sunday: Wagner's Tannhäuser And Goethe's Faust, incidentally. Tannhäuser, is an 1845 opera in three acts by Richard Wagner,. It's content is based on the two German legends "Tannhäuser" and the tale of the Wartburg Song Contest. The story centers on the struggle between sacred and profane love, and redemption through love.

Water Bottle Crafts Kids Can Make Recycled crafts are so much fun, and these water bottle crafts are no exception! Your kids will love turning old bottles into something fun. This collection of crafts using water bottles includes animals, piggy banks, sensory bottles, and more. All made from recycled water bottles.

Spring Recap - Current Life It's been a long time since you've heard from me, hasn't it?. I've been living the full-on student life. Imagine tests, essays, research, reading, cramming, and barely sleeping. Mostly stress. Lots of stress and deadlines. But it hasn't been a completely horrible time.

The World of Vikings. Book Review I thought we were done with Vikings. Like Done, finished, ticked the box, time to move onto other sections of History. But as it often happens I was WRONG! Yip wrong. My son just really enjoys reading about the Vikings, it is one part of History that excites him and if I am really honest they just seem to keep reappearing.

Everything in this new book is now on my to do list! One of my biggest Ah-ha moments last year from the Discover Conference on process art was how amazing process art is for the early childhood classroom. Everything about process art just works. It is simple to prepare, it captures the interest and attention of young children, and leads to the most beautiful, child - led artwork.

Remembering Our Ancestors: Susannah Long Susannah's husband Harvey Hamilton died in 1943, but she lived for another 23 years before she was called home on 11 June 1966. She was laid to rest in Hopewell Cemetery in Madison Township, Ohio. Rest in Peace, Great-Grandma Lindsey. The featured family photo was taken in or around 1929, most likely in Fairfield County, Ohio.

She Thrived In School This Year Homeschooling children with dyslexia can be a great option. But it’s nice to know that those children can be successful in a public or private school after they have had the right type of tutoring…

5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Evaluate Your Homeschool Methods Whatever the benefits your customized homeschool methods bring to your child's education, it's important to know whether your child can compete later on for admission to colleges or for jobs with peers who weren't homeschooled. Make sure your child can achieve at or above expected state or national standards.

Last Day of School! Happy Last Day of School! I know my kids are happy, even though we've slowed down significantly these last few weeks. And me? Another thing to tick off my list - whoop whoop! Homeschooling is hard. I mean, it's easy… but then it's hard. I'm hoping that this next year will be more organized and I'll have a clearer view of goals and work.

36 Katarina Riddle - The Spiritual and Transformational Power of Natural Parenting This week I'm delighted to be joined by Katarina Riddle from London, UK, you can find her on instagram @letthemrise.

This is NOT a box! The wonderful thing about this book is that there are so many fun activities you can do with your students once you've read this book. Today, I want to outline just a few that we've done in the past. To begin the morning, Mrs. Stewart had boxes laid all around the circle time rug.

Strength-Based Homeschooling: 5 Reasons Why It Really Works Working to your child's strengths can improve retention and build a love of learning. Discover the benefits of strength-based homeschooling. Before I was a homeschooling mom, I worked in corporate training and development.

When Time of Day Do Children Learn Best? Homeschooling to Personal Rhythms Children learn most effortlessly when their bodies and minds are in sync. Paying attention to these natural rhythms can help us time the breaks, lessons, and activities of our homeschool day.

In Defense of "School at Home" The prof doesn't hold anyone's hand and remind them when things are due; he hands out the syllabus at the beginning of the semester and shows up for lectures and office hours.

Why I Use Digital Tools in Our Homeschool For the past two weeks I have been sharing how we are using the free Google tools in our homeschool, and how I am going to be using it even more this coming school year. Why not use the tools that are there, already on our devices to our advantage? Especially the free ones.

Pollination I am trying to do more plant biology with the kids but they are not naturally that interested in plants, however I have realized that whenever we look at plants from an animal angle then both kids get involved and absorb the information.

Craft Your Own Unit Study with Hewitt Homeschooling I have been mapping out future unit study ideas with Joy of Discovery w Learning Objectives from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources for my own edification when it comes to Christian history studies. I received a copy as part of the Homeschool Review Crew.

Hewitt Homeschooling The United States of America is a wondrous nation, rich in history, beauty, and variety from East to West coast. With such diverse landscapes, it is truly awe inspiring how this nation can to be. And one of the most amazing states for learning historical timelines is, VIRGINIA.

Cultured Wednesday: Spitzweg's Begegnung im Walde To add to the light and gay atmosphere, the vegetation around the two people is dotted with light, giving the whole scene a beautiful liveliness which is further stressed by the merrily running water. And if you look closely, you can spot a little bird high in the trees behind them.

Forced Learning Isn't Learning I'm often asked for advice regarding homeschooling and I cannot tell you how happy I am when a parent messages me and says they've decided to jump into homeschooling! While I'm not going to say that homeschooling is for all families or all children, I'd be a liar if I didn't say it could be great for most families and most children.

Super simple summer learning If you enjoyed this post, it's not too late to sign up for Jamie's 2019 summer book club! We are just getting started! Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked. Comment. Name. Email. Website.

Simply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words Review! As part of an on going quest to find a spelling curriculum for our upcoming school year, we were sent Simply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words, Skill level about 1st-3rd grade from Memoria Press to review!

Welcome to summer! I can't believe another school year has gone, we have finished our fourth year of homeschooling!! Woo hoo! I didn't think I'd make it through my first let alone my fourth and homeschooling two kids with the third not too far behind. But we did! Now, I got a great idea from my sister in law who is a third grade public school teacher.

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