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    Wanted to share here because I've seen so many new homeschoolers saying hello lately!

    Today we visited a state park that is local to us and they kindly told us about the Junior Rangers program for kids. We spent the day doing nature walks, visiting a historical site, and looking for plants and animals. Then we had lunch at a Indian restaurant because this week is stories from India for our Asia study with BYL. Tomorrow we're going to another state park so he can interview a Ranger and we can see the Manatees.

    Today was relaxing and lovely, and I'm constantly surprised by the amount of programs available for free for kids and the nice people willing to talk to him about his interests. So if you're just starting or thinking about starting - there's so much more to homeschooling than choosing curriculum. That part, although also important, turned out to be the smallest bit of it all. We are ending our first (official) year next month, and it has been so much richer and more interesting than I'd expected. Far more interesting than shopping for curriculum. Though, that was fun too.

    Now back to reality. DH has asked me three times when I'm starting dinner. It's Taco Tuesday after all. I can't blame him. Tacos are delicious.
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    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    I am counting down the days until DSs preschool ends in May! I can't wait for all the fun adventures we are about to make together. We are starting BYL on Monday because I just can't wait until June to start. I do feel an urge to work year round to "catch up" since we did an additional year of preschool. It's my own competitive nature driving that. Any tips or tricks to help keep me in check so I don't push him too hard? I like routine. For me, if we miss a day of something it completely spins me out and I'm consumed with catching up and gaining back lost time. But I want school to be fun. If he's having an off day, do I give a little and let him do less? My tendency is to bring the hammer and GET IT DONE at all cost.

    Any thoughts or words of wisdom?
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    OMFSM Junior Rangers rock! And they have the best backpack ever! Get one from the gift shops.

    Collecting the badges and putting them on the high quality pack.... oh so fun!

    I think it helps get more out of the visits to the parks, too. Sort of like a directed learning experience to them. Cuz interpretive plaques havent held the same appeal to my boys, at least.

    Oooh Taco Tuesday! We are having Stoffers Sunday.... on a Tuesday. Because we went to a volcano yesterday! (Way more fun than curriculum, too.) (And dishes didnt get cleaned yesterday, so no cooking tonight.)
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    Oh, that made me incredibly nostalgic!! Our Junior Ranger days are far behind us, but my boys LOVED participating in the program locally. It even led our oldest to become a junior docent at our local history museum for a little while, too!


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    I think I will have to implement Stoffers Sunday! Lolol. That's right up my ally.

    @Kk - You'll have a hard time bringing any hammer to BYL, haha. It's such a mild curriculum. Mostly it's just reading. My list today was read a story, do a craft. We skipped the craft and did a meal instead. We've added so much fun stuff to round it out - just based on whatever catches his interest at the time. I feel you, though. We could stop BYL all together and just do parks and rec for the month, but I do want to finish K before camp starts in June. That's just me wanting to wrap things up neatly with a little homeschool bow. If we don't get it done, though, it's okay. We can always read Mr. Popper over the summer
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    Cross post, Topsy That sounds great. I'm so happy we came across this. He told me we have 173 state parks and trails. I guess we better get crackin'!
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    My site is somerandomlady.com and this is what to say and what NOT to say when you meet a homeschooler.

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    Junior Rangers is years of fun! DD just aged out of it, though we did get her last badge at Mammoth Caves last June.

    IIRC there was an online "curriculum" she took in 3rd grade through our parent partnership. Not that I am beating you over the head to get a curriculum, just that it was pretty fun and more badges could be earned. A nice certificate and badges came in the mail to her once she completed it. This is similar but not 100% the same. Anyway, indeed, field trips for the win all around!
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastweedpuller View Post
    Junior Rangers is years of fun! DD just aged out of it, though we did get her last badge at Mammoth Caves last June.
    My kids LOVED Jr. Rangers, especially my daughter. And don't let the age limits fool you. My DD was still completing Jr. Ranger booklets when she was 18. Sometimes she'd get a badge, but she did it more for the activity. I think the rangers just enjoy seeing youth being engaged in the parks. Some even have booklets aimed at adults.
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    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    My kids LOVED Jr. Rangers, especially my daughter. And don't let the age limits fool you. My DD was still completing Jr. Ranger booklets when she was 18. Sometimes she'd get a badge, but she did it more for the activity. I think the rangers just enjoy seeing youth being engaged in the parks. Some even have booklets aimed at adults.
    I am so glad to hear this. We enjoy them and DS is afraid of growing up to age out of stuff.

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