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River Topic Pack from Oaka Books The kids and I have been learning about Rivers so I thought I would share one of the resources that we have been using - The Rivers, Processes and Flooding Topic pack from Oaka Books.

The Best Way To Navigate Boredom With Kids Boredom is an emotion we all experience. It's not something to be punished or fixed. Instead, try this one simple trick Erin has discovered for helping kids alleviate boredom. Do you ever feel guilty when your kids say they are bored? Do you try to fill their days with endless activities to avoid the complaints?

Review: Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks Like most of you, we're constantly on the lookout for new resources which will add to our learning experience and encourage family adventures. We'll be honest, when first given an opportunity to explore Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks we weren't sure how these would fit into our routine.

New Homeschool Program at Edison and Ford Winter Estates Edison and Ford Winter Estates introduces a new program where students will learn about science and engineering in a series of three day-long camps. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 16, 23, 30. Students will tour, tinker, and innovate their way across the property learning from experts about history.

It's a Weird Life I have the weirdest life. And I'm not just saying that for all of the "normal" reasons my life has been weird for the past 15 years. I'm saying that my life is weirder than my normal weird. And I'm not sure how I feel about that. For the first time ever, I loaded up groceries from my own house and took them over to my oldest daughter's house.

History: Revolutions This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks seven and eight of school we did unit 4. Our history topic was revolutions. We've pretty much given up on having an orderly timeline. Some pages are more than covered now. We learned about the three estates and the storming of the Bastille.

9 Secret Parenting Tips From A Homeschooling Mom As a teacher, I've educated people of all ages, from preschool to medical school, and on a variety of subjects, from science, math, and health, to Spanish, English, and engineering. But it's my time as a homeschool mom that has gifted me with a slew of secret parenting tips that, I'm sure, will change every caregiver's life.

Pumpkin Pie Number Sense Kids will have fun practicing counting with this fun, hands on math activity for October. Pumpkin Pie Number Sense is a free printable for preschoolers. Number sense refers the a child's understanding of what a number means.

Ponder the Path of Your Feet Charlotte and I are reading through Proverbs. We read a chapter a day in hopes of reading the whole book in a month. We skip age-inappropriate chapters here and there. Mainly she's gleaning the simple truth that following God's way is wise and protects us, whereas not doing so - is foolish and harmful.

Davy Crockett Days King of the Wild Fronte-er! You hear that line in your head don't you? My son is reading the Narrative of the Life of David Crockett for his English lessons right now. He is annotating and making sure he understands the words and themes. He enjoys the fact that Davy Crockett lived in Tennessee and that there is history here to see.

Sick Day Activities So what do we do when the kids are sick - I mean we are already at home so does it make a difference? Yes, it does. We do have sick days. Just because we are educating at home does not mean we have to keep "learning" if everyone is sick and miserable - really who wants to concentrate when they are burning up with a fever or trying not to vomit.

5 Ways to Help Our Kids Develop an Attitude of Gratitude Want to avoid your kids having an entitled mindset during the holidays? Here are 5 ways to INTENTIONALLY help them develop an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE instead.

Guest Post - Celebrating Autumn Autumn is well and truly here so we thought we needed some autumn leaves on our windows. We decided to make them with the bleeding tissue paper method. My kids always love doing this. To start with, they selected some leaf templates and a few acorns and we printed them out on to card.

Review: Fun Family Chess by Brain Blox I do not know how to play chess. I know, total failure, right? For years I kept telling myself that if I only had a cheat sheet to tell me which pieces moved where, perhaps I could learn. Then we discovered Fun Family Chess by Brain Blox. Excuses aside, it was time this mama learned the fine art of the game.

Christmas Story Scavenger Hunt for Kids This is a fun Christmas Story Scavenger Hunt for Kids where they not only get to go on a bow scavenger hunt, but they will be reminded of the real meaning of Christmas by putting the story of Jesus' birth back in order. Post Updated: Original post published November 19, 2015.

Parents Forced To Homeschool Their Kids After Being Let Down By School While homeschooling may be a parent's preferred way of educating their child, it is not the main reason parents choose it, according to research by Ofsted, the school inspectorate for England.

From Caves to Farms We have had lots of fun the past couple weeks as we started working our way through ancient history. We are using the Story of the World curriculum, Volume 1: Ancient Times. We did this same book 4 years ago when Eli was just two and Eden was six. While Eden remembers many of the activities we did the first go around, Eli doesn't remember any.

How to Make a Homeschool High School Transcript I'm not going to give you tips or ideas, I'm going to show you step-by-step how to make a transcript that you can print off, download as a PDF, whatever you need to do to show proof of credits completed. Here. We. Go.

Make A Spider Play Dough Printable Mat Game Teach your kids fun spider facts and let them learn about spider anatomy with this spider play dough printable mat game! Spiders might give you the creeps, but they are actually really interesting creatures and kids are usually fascinated by them.

10 Things You Need to Make an Epic Living Room Forts with your kids Living room forts are NOT just for little kids!! Call all the kids and announce you have a plan that requires zip ties, boxes, blankets, and food. Then watch their faces. Your big kids may look at you funny. That’s ok. If you dangle the correct snack, they’ll jump on board too.

Lizbeth's Trip to Puerto Rico The Caribbean Islands have so many beautiful places: sandy beaches, wonderful rivers, beautiful mountains, and a lush rain forest. Even though my husband and I lived on the small island of Puerto Rico, there are many places we never visited.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbook for Key Stage 3 ages Over the summer holidays when I was gathering together our Year 7 resources I did not select anything for Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling. I just did not get around to it and we were still finishing up with a Key Stage 2 book so it just became one of those things that I still needed to find.

The Fine Art of Independence When my kids were really little, they required more hands-on assistance. I would stand at their side while they used scissors. I anxiously held out my arms as they tried the monkey bars or learned to ride a bike. As they've gotten older, I've come to learn my kids need a chance to be independent.

Pumpkin Pie Word Family Activities Kids will have fun practicing reading skills with this clever, FREE Pumpkin Pie Word Family Activities for kindergarten and frst graders.

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