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    by Published on 11-02-2017 02:09 PM
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    2. Homeschooling with Technology,
    3. General Homeschooling
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    One of the things I see over and over in homeschool forums and in homeschool-related email groups is a fear of teaching writing. I don’t know if it is because we didn’t feel like we got adequate writing instruction ourselves, or we just put so much emphasis on the importance of strong writing skills. Truth is, though, that those of us with a B.A. in Writing aren’t immune to this fear. I find myself sort of hoping all that reading my kids do will simply “rub off” on them without me having to do much actual instruction in writing! But I am also a realist. So I’ve been doing some research lately on some very cool online helps for teaching writing to your homeschoolers of all ages.

    • I think I’ve mentioned before the great online writing classes at Time4Writing. Each of my boys has taken some of these courses and they are so well done! There are classes for every student level – - from elementary to high school and college prep!
    • For a quick writing refresher, there are some neat Writing Videos at neoK12.
    • WritingCity has fun, easy and best of all user-friendly online and offline lessons for writing and grammar for grades K-5.
    • GrammarGirl is a fun and easy way to get your teens excited about writing. She has terrific podcasts, a Facebook fan page, and even some actual paperback books
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    Published on 10-11-2017 12:20 PM
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    2. General Homeschooling

    So, you are a few weeks or even a few months into your school year and realize that you HATE (yes, that is a strong word but when it applies, it applies) some or all of the curriculum choices you made. You are not alone. We have all been there at one point or another. It is a part of homeschooling. ...
    Published on 10-06-2017 09:00 AM
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    3. Secular Homeschooling,
    4. Homeschooling Styles,
    5. General Homeschooling,
    6. Site News

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    Our first Freebie Friday kicks off by featuring freebies that will definitely enhance your homeschool this year. Each one has been evaluated and determined to be completely secular, completely helpful, and completely FREE!!








    science4us_share_image-pngLooking for science projects for kindergarten, first grade,

    or second grade homeschool? Science4Us provides free

    science projects as part of the arrayof resources available

    on their website.



    Click here and bookmark these FREE projects and

    experiments on everything from magnetism to surface

    tension to animal habitats.










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    printables for homeschoolers on an amazing variety

    of subjects including:

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    • Continents

    • Literature

    • Math

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    No matter what you are studying, you will likely find a

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    with a free weekly planner from SHS.

    Works with Google Drive to customize, record, and

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    completely safe,and completely FREE!

    Published on 10-03-2017 07:23 AM
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    2. General Homeschooling,
    3. In Other Words
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    Reprinted with permission from Elemental Blogging

    I love it when fall hits in earnest, the weather turns cooler and the colors turn warmer. Fall is also a great time of year to collect seeds for next year. In today’s Science Corner, I want to share with you how to make a seed board to display what you have collected.

    Collect the Seeds

    The first step in making a seed board is to collect the seeds.
    Where to get seeds:

    • Buy at the store — You can purchase packets of a variety of seeds;
    • Raid the kitchen — Many of the fruits and vegetables we eat have seeds you can collect;
    • Check your garden — The home garden can be a great source of mature seeds;
    • Head outdoors — A nature study walk will provide the opportunity to acquire a variety of seeds.

    One fun way to collect seeds outdoors is to put on a pair of white tube socks over your students’ shoes. Then, have them run through a field of wildflowers. The sock will pick up a bunch of seeds which you can pick off and mount.

    Dry the Seeds

    Typically when you collect seeds from the outdoors in the fall, they are already dried out so you can mount them as is.
    However, if you collect your seeds from the garden or kitchen you will need to dry them. This can take
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