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Organize and Reorganize I'm officially 31 weeks pregnant now, and because I'm carrying this baby so low, I keep thinking I'm gonna go into labor. My tailbone and sciatic nerve hurt a lot, as well as my lower back. My braxton hicks contractions are getting more intense, but they're still random.

Homeschooling With Littles One of the most frequent questions I hear from readers is "How do I homeschool when I have littles to take care of, too?" Homeschooling with the baby, toddler, and preschool crowd is definitely a challenge!

The Excitement of Lesson Planning Lesson planning takes time, and it can be frustrating for some, but it doesn't have to be. Consider these useful tips to improve your lesson planning experience:. 1) Relax. Do not work on your lesson plans during stressful periods. Doing so can impair your ability to plan with a clear mind and result in frustration.

Here's Looking At You, Kid! Did you know that Tettigoniidae go all the way back to the Jurassic period? Well, I spotted one today, a long-horned grasshopper, commonly known here as a katydid. He was sitting by the house singing, and we took a video of him because you can see his wings rubbing together, making his song.

Circuit Maze STEM Activity Circuits may seem like advanced electrical engineering, but kids can learn the basics of circuits thanks to kits like the Circuit Scribe kit. Use these directions to make your own light-up circuit maze for a fun and exciting STEM activity for kids and a lesson in electrical engineering.

Wind Cave National Park Unit Study I am doing these with my son this year, it's nothing fancy. I am making it so he can just come to the blog to get his daily tasks and then easily click the links to the videos and information I have found. If its useful to you GREAT, if not just scroll on by it.

Screen Interests for Joint Attention: Part 2 I have shared before how I use screenshots of Lady Bug's preferred show at the time to encourage engagement and learning away from the screen. I have two Super Why examples that I'd like to share. There is a Super Why episode, season 3 episode 2, that is wonderful for early literacy.

Shapes Flashlight Constellations Kids are naturally curious about stars and constellations. This activity takes that fascination and pairs it with learning to identify shapes in this free printable shapes flashlight constellations activity. Shapes are the foundation to geometry.

Reading Escapades Unit Studies Back when I wrote my own unit studies, I usually did so because I couldn't find a ready-made study that fit our family's needs. What I loved about the Reading Escapades unit studies is that they're written as a framework.

Angra Boutique Hotel While Ted was sailing Ohana from Buenos Aires to Brazil with Pikin and Ana, the girls and I flew up to Rio de Janeiro.

Homeschool Field Trip Ideas are Great for Other Families, Too When you homeschool, the learning never really stops. Every trip or visit to the grocery store is an opportunity for learning. But sometimes it's worthwhile to add more deliberate excursions to your homeschool curriculum. Or if you don't home school, planning "field trips" with your kids can still be a lot of fun.

Homeschool Info Session: For Parents Of Children Ages 4-18 Or do you have a high-school homeschooler who needs information about college applications? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this info session is for you!

5 Ways to Give Accountability to a Kid Who is Slacking in Homeschool Is your child interested in. Any of those topics can be the focus of a rich homeschool study. Let your kiddo choose the topic! Go to the library and pick books and videos all about the thing that interests them. Let your kid read, research, and dive deep.

How an Introvert Mom Survives Homeschooling a Large Family An introvert isn't a disqualification from being a homeschooling mom. Yes, it creates some difficulties but being an extrovert has its challenges too. Even though I dream of a quiet house, I know the day will come when the silence will make me sad. So for today, I do my best and enjoy this loud, chaotic homeschooling life.

First Day of School: DIY Goody Bags It's officially our second week of school. We're definitely still finding our groove but we're moving along. Today I wanted to share a quick tutorial on the First Day of School goody bags I made for the boys this year.

Dear Homeschool Mom I know you work tirelessly from before sunrise to after sunset. I know you sometimes forgo your morning shower to help me with a math problem. I know you say "no" to lunch invitations from your girlfriends because I have a piano lesson. I know you cry sometimes, because you're afraid I'll never learn to read.

2018-2019 10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum It's time to get ready for our upcoming homeschool year, and today I'm sharing my 10th grade homeschool curriculum picks with you! I was a little nervous to homeschool high school but last year went great, and I'm even more excited about this year!

'Homeschool Program Days' return Sept. 8-23 to Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown The homeschool ticket - $12 per family member - provides unlimited admission to both museums September 8-23.

Fascinating approaches to home education I had a long and thought provoking comment from Nav on my recent post 'The Hypocrisy of Educational Discrimination', about her home education - did you see it? It was so interesting I invited her to expand the ideas she'd touched upon about their approaches in a post here.

Our Homeschool Daily Schedule & Routines Obviously every day is not going to look the same, and often I feel like there are a million distractions and little things we have to work through to get it all done. I would probably sum it all up by saying, what we do is to "Do the Next, Best Thing." All day long, it's a motto that I keep saying to myself.

Our First Day It's here, the first day of school. Everyone was up bright and early. We had a special breakfast, got dressed, and did our normal morning routine things. We took some 1st day photos and waited NOT so patiently for the school "bell" to ring. I decided to set an alarm on my phone to go off at 8:30 to signal Zach to get out his binder.

3 Tips for Choosing Preschool and Kindergarten Curricula Preschool and kindergarten is an exciting time in your child's education. If you've decided to homeschool your child through this time, instead of private or public education, you may be concerned about choosing the right curriculum program.

Our "why" for homeschooling Back when our oldest was in a preschool program in a public school, I had a two year old at home and was expecting our third daughter. We had just arrived to a new duty station, the furthest we had ever lived from family, not quite sure of how "busy" my husband would be for the next 3 years, but we both knew it would be hectic.

Snack Time Maybe it's because my poor unsocialized homeschoolers don't have to sit and eat at a specific time each day, but this is life in our house, especially over the summer. Ten minutes after breakfast is done, my 8 year old is asking me to start lunch. Of course, when we leave the house, they can't possibly eat LUNCH FOOD.

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