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    by Published on 12-02-2013 12:18 AM
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    Let's get CRAFTY!!

    A new Instagram challenge is being issued to all Secular Homeschool members who like to craft, create, and do homemade things during the holidays! This is for both kids and adults!

    We want to see pictures of your creations! Ornaments, gifts, goodies, home-baked goods, and the like! You never know when your creation will inspire another member to make something new!

    I know that this time of year, we are constantly making goodies in my house! Between daycare crafts to take home or make as parent gifts, my boys creating things for family members or making gifts and goodies for my husband to take to work and hand out.... I am busy baking, crafting and by the time the month is over.....glue, glitter, flour and sugar seem to rule my home! LOL

    This year, I have 11 crafts for the little kids to create(yes, I am slightly insane!), bread and cookies to bake for all their parents plus our neighbors.... Secret Santa at Hubby's work, cookie exchange at Hubby's work plus treats and goodies for him to take to work just because! I haven't even started on crafting for our tree yet! We want to try the borax and pipe cleaner snowflakes this year as well and hang those in all the windows! WHEW!

    So, take a snapshot of those creations no matter how big or small! And then be sure to add our hashtag, #HomemadeHolidaysatSHS

    Now, go forth, be creative and then share!!! ...
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    Thanksgiving is soon upon us, and it traditionally heralds in a holiday season full of indulgences and overeating. Would you like to enjoy the holidays and yet avoid the need to spend January detoxing and losing the 5 or 10 pounds you gained? Kick off Thanksgiving right with these tips for keeping the holidays healthy!

    1) Choose Your Indulgences Wisely
    Before you get too festive, take an honest look at where your weaknesses are. Do you gorge yourself on Grandma’s old-fashioned Thanksgiving cooking? Do you have a sweet tooth that gets a little too sweet this time of year? Recognizing the problem is half the battle! Come up with a reasonable plan you can stick to, perhaps limiting yourself to drinking only water with meals, or only having one sugary dessert item at your neighbor’s annual Christmas party this year. Little things add up, so make some small adjustments where you can, and you won’t need to feel so guilty about indulging on the things that it just wouldn’t be the holidays without.

    2) Let Your Body Realize It’s Full
    Did you know that the First Thanksgiving feast lasted for days? Maybe the Pilgrims knew better than to stuff themselves full of every harvest food all at once, but many of us sure try to do exactly that! Definitely enjoy your meal, but it may help to then take a break to let your food “hit bottom” before going back for another helping. Plan on some time to digest your meal before having dessert, too. You’ll cut down on the risk of indigestion and also make better food choices when you’re not rushed to load up on as much as you can, as quickly as you can.

    3) Have A Glass Of Water Before Meals
    It’s old advice, but it really works! Have a glass of water before the meal is served, and your stomach won’t have as much empty space to fill during dinner. If you choose an appetizer, try something with fiber, like vegetables and whole grains, that will help keep you feeling full and less likely to overeat later.

    4) Cook From Scratch
    You probably already know how unhealthy all that processed, ...
    by Published on 11-15-2013 11:01 PM
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    I see so many people on Facebook posting their daily things they are thankful for because November is Thankful Month. I am not sure I could remember, much less sit down and come up with 30 things that I am thankful for. I know I am thankful for many things and I am sure that number is more than 30 but to be put on the spot and have to remind myself daily to do it... yeah, not happening. If you can do this, great!

    So, instead I am posting here! What are you SHS members thankful for?

    • I am thankful for the ability to HOMESCHOOL! Both legally and mentally! It has changed my boys lives and my life for the better. I get to spend quality time with my boys, let them learn to their ability and enjoy almost every minute of it.
    • I am thankful for my boys! They are TERRIFIC kids! They are the best teenagers I have known and when I see, read or hear about friends or families kids and their issues... I am just even more thankful for my kids! They are polite, they consider others, they are inquisitive, they love each other and their parents, they love animals and they love learning. Which makes my job as their teacher that much easier!!
    Published on 10-21-2013 06:23 AM
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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
    by Published on 10-06-2013 10:13 AM
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    This week, we are lucky enough that one of our members MudHutMama has graciously allowed us to reprint a post "Explaining Death to Children: Preschoool Homeschool" from her blog. This is a hard subject to tackle, much less from a secular point of view and she did it!

    Jody is a stay-at-home mom, married to a career conservationist, who is raising two girls in the Zambian Bush. Pre-motherhood she worked with international and environmental education. Jody is homeschooling her daughters and enjoys sharing her love of other cultures, nature and conservation with them. She writes about their adventures at Mud Hut Mama.

    This weeks homeschool was a little different than usual but one of the things that I love about homeschooling is that it allows me to tailor our weekly lessons to my kids’ needs. Boo has recently had a lot of questions and concerns about death and, since Boo has been talking about it so much, Kooks has also started questioning. This weeks activities have been all about explaining death to children (specifically my children) as honestly as possible while trying to allay their fears.
    To be honest I hadn’t really thought about how I would talk about death to my kids until I read this post at Mama Mzungu about a year ago and thought – oh no – I’m next! Since then I’ve definitely been thinking about it. Well a couple of weeks ago I got the question. Boo asked me if everyone has a Granny and then told me that her Granny doesn’t have a Granny because she’s never met her. When I explained that Granny did have a Granny once but that her Granny had died Boo asked how she died. I said that she was very old and that was why she died. Then she asked if everyone dies, I said yes. Then she asked if she was going to die and I felt so much less prepared than I thought I was when I answered “not until you’re very old.” Then Boo started crying and said, “but I don’t want to die!” This post contains affiliate links.
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