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Preschool and Beyond: One Room Schoolhouse or Three Ring Circus?

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Preschool through high school: one-room schoolhouse or three-ring circus? At our house, it's a three-ring circus, for sure. If you’ve ever seen my monkeys, you’d know why. But I wouldn’t change it for the world (grin!).

It’s just that it's so loud. It’s messy. The house is like a barn. You clean. But when you turn around, it’s a disaster again. And the day is monotonous. Over and over,....continue reading

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Congress Attempting to Give Federal Government Money to Homeschools

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This is an important message. Action is needed.
A message from Will Estrada and Mike Smith
Dear Friend,
 
It has been said that there is no such thing as a free lunch. As homeschooling families know too well, government money will eventually lead to government control.
 
That’s why HSLDA is opposing a bill introduced by our friends in Congress, Rep. Steve King (IA) and Rep. Andy Harris (MD). Though well-intentioned, H.R. 610 is ultimately ill-advised. It calls for sending all federal education dollars to the states in the forms of federal grants so that the states can then give the money as vouchers to public, private, and homeschool students. Continue reading

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Family Read-Aloud: Beyond the Picture Book

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Snuggle up before bedtime, pull out a picture book and read to your preschooler. Many families read to their children in the early years. They know that reading aloud plays a significant role in a preschool child’s thinking and language development. Reading aloud to preschoolers increases their phonic and grammatical awareness, solidifies their language development and strengthens their reading readiness.

   What about after that? Why read to a student who can read independently? Is there value to reading aloud to our older children? Apparently, many families choose not to.   but 83% of children up through age 17 said they really enjoyed being read to at home. Continue reading

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Learning with Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and More

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With a  DVD player, a smart TV and WiFi in your home the possibilities are almost endless..... continue reading

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Surviving the Homeschool Winter Slump

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Are any of you experiencing the homeschool winter slump right now? The holidays are over, Weather prevents most outdoor activities for many of us. Spring seems so far away. Colds seems to be shared better than anything else in the home. If you are new to homeschooling, don't worry, this is normal. It happens to all of us, whether you have homeschooled for one year or 20+ years

These are just a few of our own ideas and ones we have gathered from other homeschool moms..... continue reading

 

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