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    May 2015

Monthly Editorial

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May Musings

Is anyone else having a hard time believing that it’s May? I know I am! Goodness, 2015 is just flying by, isn’t it? Our month of May isn’t quite as busy as the last few months have been. Tonight we’ll be attending my daughter Gracie’s orchestra performance (which will be a bittersweet event, as this […]

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REVIEWS

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The Voyagers Series

About the Vendor   The Voyagers Series is a new multi-media, multi-disciplinary approach to reading that provides students with a stimulating, interactive experience that will enhance their reading enjoyment while promoting better retention of subject matter. Find them here: Website About the Product The Voyagers Series currently consists of two books,Europe and Africa, with several […]

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Monthly Reader Linkups

Curriculum Link-up

Curriculum Linkup-HISTORY

One of our goals for 2015 is to get to know both our writers and our readers better!  We know that many of you are homeschoolers, so we thought it would be fun to host a monthly curriculum link-up.  You can expect to find these link-ups on the 4th Wednesday of every month.  Each month, […]

Methods Linkup

Homeschool Methods Linkup–Notebooking & Lapbooking

Two of the many methods or approaches for homeschooling are Notebooking and Lapbooking. In the following article, I am going to share with you some thoughts and applications about notebooking and lapbooking activities in homeschooling. Notebooking Notebooking is the homeschool method which emphasizes writing and composing information and thoughts on a topic. The student has […]

Recipe Linkup

Favorite Dessert Recipes Linkup

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for our Recipe Link-Up.  We hope that you will join in the fun by sharing your favorite recipes on your blog (or other social media platform) and coming back here to link-up with us.  Be sure to follow the other links and find some new recipes […]

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Linkup

BIRTHDAYS. We all have them.  Most of us celebrate them.  When it comes to our kids and our families, we tend to want to make them as perfect as possible. Sometimes we need ideas and inspiration to help us make the most of them.  Maybe we need ideas for the cake.  Maybe we need ideas […]

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Just In…

Curriculum Link-up

Curriculum Linkup-HISTORY

One of our goals for 2015 is to get to know both our writers and our readers better!  We know that many of you are homeschoolers, so we thought it would be fun to host a monthly curriculum link-up.  You can expect to find these link-ups on the 4th Wednesday of every month.  Each month, […]

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Wanted: A Puppy

They are loveable, huggable, cute and cuddly! Lots of us have them and wouldn’t know what to do without them. I have heard so many times “mommy/daddy, I want a puppy” from a wee little voice, not fully realizing the responsibilities that comes with these adorable fur balls. I am not sure why many people […]

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Adventures in Storytelling

Shortly after moving to our new home this past winter, the kids and I noticed a squirrel that was different than the others because he had no tail!  Or rather, just a stub of a tail left from some trauma he must have suffered.  We have spent quite a lot of time speculating about what could […]

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Zoo Pass for the Summer

It’s that time of year when we have to figure out what to do for all those summer days. Have to? Really, it’s more like get to! It brings me great joy to see my calendar for the upcoming summer months with LOTS of blank white space. I am smart enough to realize, however, that […]

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Game Over

I met a homeschooling mom this past weekend who was normal, but I’m not sure she necessarily liked that because normal is often embarrassing…especially if you’ve been playing the ‘I’ve got it all together game’ for most of your life. It’s not that I blame her for playing that losing game. She grew up in a […]

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How Can High School Tests Be Awesome?

You may have noticed I’m not a huge fan of using tests in the homeschool. For the most part, they are unnecessary. Our awesome teacher-to-student ratio means parents already know what most tests will tell us. When I was homeschooling, I didn’t require many tests throughout the high school years, and I believe you can […]

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My Mental Illness Story

I’m sitting here on the day that this article is due trying to find the words for what I want to say. I want to talk about something that is very personal, and I thought that it was going to be easy. I knew I would get the chance to write about this topic several […]

Methods Linkup

Homeschool Methods Linkup–Notebooking & Lapbooking

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Dealing with Mental Illness in the Family

Two years ago, my mother was diagnosed with mental illness. But we have been dealing with this for about 3-4 years now. We didn’t really realize what it was at first;, but once we were told, we tried to do something about it. Unfortunately we have discovered we can lead someone to the water; but […]

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Drops in the Ocean

Music has always spoken to me. I’ve sung all my life in various choirs and groups and on the worship team at church; but, more than that, I ALWAYS sing along to the radio. When I was a teen who thought she knew everything, I would regard my own mother with some contempt when contemporary […]

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Haggis and History: How Knowing Your Stories Strengthens Your Family

When I agreed to marry my husband 19 years ago, I thought I was marrying into a family. Instead I married into a clan. Now, if you don’t know the difference, please let me enlighten you.  A family has get-togethers. A clan has reunions.    A family knows their genealogy back a couple of generations. […]

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The Struggle is Real

We have been homeschooling for going on 12 years now. It seems like it was just yesterday that we started and yet a thousand years ago at the same time. This journey as a family is a priceless jewel that is still refining us on an hourly basis. Homeschooling in the beginning was easy. Well, […]

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Homeschooling For Free

I had every intention of writing an entirely different post for today.  But sometimes God has a way of whispering to your heart that you need to do something else.  Sometimes He gets so insistent that you almost feel like He has dropped a brick on your head.  That is how this post came to […]

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