Whether you need strategies for survival or ideas for infusing new life into your learning, check out these great tips from homeschool parents who have walked the walk.

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    How to End Your Homeschool Day Right

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. – 2 Cor. 5:17-18 Homeschooling offers many benefits — flexibility of schedule, […]

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    Mastering the Grading Process: What Every Parent Should Know

    Few challenges have any more ability to erode a home educator’s sense of confidence than the responsibility to assign accurate grades. Most parents feel like they are “standing in spaghetti” when it comes to evaluating their children’s academic work, and many attest to an overwhelming impression that their best efforts […]

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    Preparing for Upper Level Studies: Intellectually Gifted Children

    Living with intellectually gifted children and preteens can feel as if some alien creature is sucking the very life out of you! They need more, more, and MORE: discussions, challenges, limits, opportunities, and time. They are brain-draining black holes bursting with questions, bottomless pits needing input, input, INPUT. They are […]

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    Field Trip Hacks: Educational & Recreational Activities on a Budget

    Fall is an excellent time to take a field trip as a family or with a homeschool group. The weather is pleasant, and there are plenty of local events and activities available. With a little planning, homeschoolers can take advantage of discounts, making it easier to enjoy these activities on […]

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    Field Trip Discounts: Clever Ways to Save Some Green

    An exciting aspect of homeschooling is the opportunity to take your children on field trips to enhance the lessons they are learning. The possibilities of places to visit are nearly endless, yet going to museums, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, science centers, planetariums—most anywhere—comes with a price tag. If you’re educating […]

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    Multi-Level Teaching: Tips and Perks

    How to teach your kids all together, otherwise known as multi-level teaching, can be boiled down to these few words: use hands-on activities in units … it is that simple! Hands-on activities are the great levelers, because everyone is doing the same activity regardless of age or grade level and […]

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    Homeschooling and Working: How We Do It

    One of the myths about homeschooling is that the mother has to be a full-time, stay-at-home mother. I am here to say that is not true. For most of my children’s lives, my husband and I have both worked outside the home. I have also homeschooled. How are the two […]

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    Stocking the Pantry with Self- Serve Snacks for the School Year

    Anyone else find their homeschool lessons sidelined by kids asking for snacks again? Here is a shopping list of non-perishable items you can stock your cupboards with so your kids can easily make their own (somewhat) healthy snacks during the homeschool day. Peanut Butter or other nut butters Spread on apples, […]

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    How to Set Up Your Homeschool Space for Maximum Learning

    Having a homeschool space that suits your family goes a long way toward making your homeschool more pleasant. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a useful school space. In fact, you might not even need a designated space at all! Here are some ideas to help […]

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    10 Back to School Traditions for Homeschoolers

    As parents we’re often excited to jump right into a new school year and immerse our kids in all the learning we have planned. But our kids may benefit from a gentle start to the homeschool year, especially if they’re still in summer mode. Choose one or two of these […]

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    5 Strategies for Back to School Success

    We homeschool year round, but September marks the start of a fresh school year for us. This means August is all about getting my brain and my home ready to tackle the challenges of a new season of homeschooling. Here are some of the ways I try to get us […]

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    Build a Reader, Build Her Library

    As a kid, I had a lot of books . . . for a kid.  We lived on an island, and it was easier for my parents to buy me books than to try to find a library.  One of the most calamitous events of my short life occurred when […]

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    Read to Me Forever: The Joys of Family Reading

    When our kids are small, it’s a special joy to snuggle up with them on the couch or the bed or the big, comfy chair and read to them. We look at the pictures together, learn the rhymes together, and our hearts say, Yes. This is good. Good for them. Good […]

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    Nifty, Thrifty Summer Fun!

    “We do not remember days. We remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese Create some of those memorable moments with your children this summer, without leaving home and without spending much money. Here are some thrifty, old-fashioned, fun ideas to get you started. Even now as an adult, I recall the joy […]

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  • Getting Started with Nature Journaling

    Have you wanted to explore nature journaling with your kids, but you’re not sure how to start? Never fear! We’ve got your back. In this article we’ll answer all the nature journaling questions you’ve been dying to ask. What’s the deal with nature journaling anyway? It seems like nature journaling […]

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  • How to Create a Simple, Successful Homeschool Portfolio

    It’s the time of year when many of us are winding down our homeschool for the season. You may be finishing strong and looking back on a year of exciting successes. Or you may be collapsing in exhaustion, eager to leave this year behind you. No matter how your school […]

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  • How To Host Your Own Year-End Homeschool Celebration

    I live two minutes away from the local elementary school. We drive by it to go almost anywhere: grocery shopping, library, dance class. Often the latest school event is displayed on the sign. I confess that I often became envious about all the neat things the elementary kids were doing […]

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  • 6 Tips for a Stress-Free Field Trip

    Flexibility and freedom to follow your passions are great perks of homeschooling. There’s no better way to capitalize on that freedom than through field trips and learning adventures. With the stress of planning, prepping and keeping everyone happy over the course of a long day, sometimes it feels easier to […]

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  • 10 Tips for Including Chores in Your Homeschool Routine

    Ah, chores. Sometimes they can seem never-ending, right?  Like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get through that to-do list.  Not to mention when you add that carefully curated homeschool lesson plan to the agenda. But, have you ever considered chores being a part of the homeschool […]

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  • Team Teaching: Ways to Include Dad (or Grandparents) To Bring Balance and Flexibility to Your Homeschool

    Not all homeschoolers have family members who are willing or able to share the responsibilities of homeschooling, but for those of us that do, there are many creative ways to outsource a portion of your teaching responsibilities to another family member. Family Devotions Have Dad lead family devotions. Breakfast and […]

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  • Carschooling for the Homeschool Win

    If you’re like me, you’ve found that the term homeschooling can be a bit of a misnomer. Between driving to the grocery store, the park, meet-ups with friends, swimming lessons, dentist appointments, and an occasional long distance trip to Grandma’s house, not to mention summer road trips and vacations, my […]

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  • High School Recordkeeping: Finding the Right Balance

    Even the most relaxed homeschoolers sometimes get a bit stressed and paranoid as high school rolls around. They wonder if there is any way they can maintain a family-like environment, while still coming up with a transcript that will help their students get into college. In addition, the question arises: […]

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  • Explore, Discover, & Create . . . with Notebooking!

    At the end of each school year, are you finding yourself swimming through mounds of worksheets, quizzes, tests, and half-finished workbooks wondering just what to do with it all? Where does the organization begin? What do you keep? Where will you keep it? How much should you, dare I say, […]

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  • College Prep 101: Teaching Responsible Study Habits

    For high schoolers, there’s more to planning for college than simply getting accepted. Unless your student has experienced a more rigorous course of study and learned some good study habits, he’ll be overwhelmed to arrive on campus and discover the mountains of reading, writing, and studying that await him. You […]

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