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Using Board Games to Teach Critical Thinking Skills

Using Board Games to Teach Critical Thinking Skills

New and used board games can become wonderful learning tools in a homeschool environment through reinforcing many areas of curriculum while children are having fun. Board games can be divided into many categories depending on their objectives and methods of play. For older students games that offer scenarios are often the most entertaining, while younger…

Audiobooks as Teaching Tools {Giveaway}

Audiobooks as Teaching Tools {Giveaway}

Technology and education have formed a rather unique relationship and as technology continues to develop so will it impact learning. Take for example audiobooks, they are becoming widely available at different price points so as to provide affordable options for people. These portable devices are also making education a unique and individual experience; individual in that…

How to Help Your Child Deal with Math Anxiety

How to Help Your Child Deal with Math Anxiety

Math anxiety is a negative emotional response that prevents people from being able to comprehend math or to do math problems. Essentially, it is an emotional problem. However, since it hampers a person’s ability to learn math and to solve math problems, it becomes a mental issue because people with it think they are incapable…

Why The Homeschool Movement Is Growing

Why The Homeschool Movement Is Growing

No Longer on the Fringe: The Homeschooling Population Continues to Grow To some, homeschooling may seem like a relatively new trend, something that only just started over the last 10 years or so. The reality, however, is far different. Home education has taken place since as far back as 350 BC, with Alexander the Great….

What It Costs to Homeschool

What It Costs to Homeschool

Are you wondering what it costs to homeschool your children? Are you spending too little? Maybe, even, too much? The answer to this, like many things in life is, “It depends”. The cost of homeschooling can vary greatly with each family. I’ve known some families that spend thousands of dollars each year and I’ve known…

What You Need to Homeschool

What You Need to Homeschool

What do you need to homeschool? Well, you already know you need books, curriculum, and basics like pens, paper, art supplies, etc. That part is pretty easy to figure out. (for the most part, anyway) The real question isn’t “What do you need to homeschool?” It’s actually, “What else do I need to homeschool?” What…

The Benefits of Keeping a Homeschool Portfolio

The Benefits of Keeping a Homeschool Portfolio

The phrase “keeping homeschool portfolio” can sound really scary to homeschoolers that follow a traditional curriculum and sound absolutely absurd to someone that leans more towards child-lead learning. I’ve been on both sides of the homeschooling spectrum and found that keeping a homeschool portfolio had a lot of benefits. A homeschool portfolio is a great…

Low-Cost Educational Craft Ideas for Homeschoolers

Low-Cost Educational Craft Ideas for Homeschoolers

Incorporating crafts into your homeschool lesson plans make learning fun and helps to break up the monotony of worksheets and text books.

Easy Resolutions for Homeschoolers

Easy Resolutions for Homeschoolers

Without fail, every new year, I found myself making the most admirable of resolutions about my homeschool. I had BIG plans. I was going to be SUPER organized, REALLY creative and my kids were going to start a parade chanting “Mom is the best mom! Mom is the best mom!” Unfortunately, my resolutions were either…

How to Start Homeschooling in the Middle of the School Year

How to Start Homeschooling in the Middle of the School Year

As many traditional schools are approaching the end of the first semester, there are countless parents considering whether or not public or private school is working for their children. Maybe they are struggling with the curriculum or maybe it’s bullying or maybe you just want to spend more time with your children and want a…