JUL
21
2014

Homeschooling 101: High School

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I wanted to start off this post by encouraging you. YOU CAN DO IT! Aside from the academics required, your primary goal is to prepare your student for their adult life. Homeschooling can help continue to build a bond with your student, and cement your relationship during a tumultuous time in their lives. Having a parent they can count on for training and sound advice will have eternal rewards when it comes to their future. Homeschooling through high school can also allow students to experience more things without the confinements of a classroom setting. You’re free to get out and actually participate in various things that interest them, along with learning in a more hands-on fashion. You … [Read more...]

JUL
20
2014

Heidi Unit Study

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Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun and games as her Aunt decides she needs to move to another home to better her education. But the optimistic Heidi manages to enjoy her time there and make some life long friends before returning to her first love, the home in the mountains. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Heidi Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using … [Read more...]

JUL
13
2014

The Prince and the Pauper Unit Study

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Looking for some fun summer reading? The Prince and the Pauper unit study is a perfect way to add in some reading fun!   Story Summary: The Prince and the Pauper is a charming story of two boys who look remarkably alike, but lead two very different lives! Edward is heir to the throne of England, while Tom’s father is a beggar and a thief. When the two boys meet by chance one day, they decide to change clothes for fun. Before they know it they’re involved in a case of mistaken identity and wind up trading places and lives! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Prince and the Pauper Classic Starts version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to … [Read more...]

JUL
09
2014

Summer Boredom Busters Part 3

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Hi all! I have one more day packed full of fun summer ideas for you and your kiddos! I say YOU because, I too like to get involved in these crafts and fun activities! It’s a great way to burn off a little energy, spark some super cool creativity, and today’s ideas are even great for cooling off a little!       This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series! Have a fun idea to share? Make sure to leave a comment below! … [Read more...]

JUL
08
2014

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids Part 2

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another day of Summer Boredom buster ideas for kids! This is a great series for anyone looking for some fun ideas to fill those long afternoons and rainy days this summer! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   Stick around tomorrow for more fun Summer Boredom Busters! … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2014

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

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Hi everyone! Need some ideas to keep your kiddos entertained this summer? Here is a great list of non-electronic ideas to help get them outside and put their creative energy to good use!http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/06/summer-boredom-buster-sidewalk-chalk-fun.html We’re well on our way into summer and we’re having a great time. We’ve actually been kind of busy so we’re still waiting for those “relaxing summer days” to roll around. But I wanted to share my Summer Boredom busters with you for those long afternoons, rainy days, and anyone looking to have a little extra fun! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   P.S. I have several to share, so I’ll be breaking them up into a few posts over the next couple of days so stay tuned for more ideas tomorrow! … [Read more...]

JUL
06
2014

Peter Pan Literature Unit Study and Lapbook

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I have a fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today it’s the imaginative classic Peter Pan unit study. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: The Darling’s were a normal, happy English family, until the arrival of a certain boy. Peter Pan ran away from home because he didn’t want to grow up, and since then he’s been living on the island of Neverland. One night the mischievous boy visits the Darlings and takes them on an adventure to his island. Find out what happens as the Darlings visit the island where they meet a band of pirates, their mighty captain Hook, and even a giant crocodile! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Peter Pan Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but … [Read more...]

JUL
01
2014

LEGO Education Land Yacht

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Hi everyone, it’s been a bit since I’ve shared what our boys LEGO Education co-op is doing, so I thought I’d give you all an update. This week’s assignment was to create a “land yacht” using the gear skills they’ve learned mixed with some of the wind mill creations they’ve made recently to create a wind powered vehicle that can cross on land.   With this assignment the boys created a few variations of propellers and then discussed which worked out the best and why.   there were a couple of boys missing so Strawberry Shortcake and Tinker Bell were able to fill in for them. They had a great time and enjoyed participating.   Here is a close up of Strawberry Shortcake’s machine…she had a sail type wind powered car.     tinker Bell was the “wind source” for the group that day. Each one got to run their machine using a hair dryer to create some wind. They all discussed which ones went farthest, fastest, and smoothest and why.   I’ll share … [Read more...]

JUN
30
2014

Homeschooling 101: Kindergarten & Elementary

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Make it fun! Elementary years can be an exciting time. Students at this age are eager to learn new things, but might also start to become reluctant when things start to get harder. With homeschooling you have the flexibility to take subjects that might otherwise be somewhat boring, and turn them into hands-on type activities that make the learning process much more exciting and memorable. Now that your student has entered into elementary school, you will need to check with your state laws regarding curriculum, subject requirements, testing, and any other regulations that might be relevant to your area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take the opportunity to make it fun. With a little bit of planning, you can add in relevant hands on projects, lap booking, note booking, field trips, science experiments, and anything else … [Read more...]

JUN
29
2014

Moby Dick Literature Unit and Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I have another fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. This one is on the classic Moby Dick. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Ishmael is a sailor seeking adventure, and he comes upon the Pequod and it’s one-legged captain. Moby Dick follows the thrills and dangerous adventures as the crew searches for riches and for the infamous Moby Dick. Set sail with Captain Ahab as he searches for the great white whale! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Moby Dick Classic Starts version as retold from the Herman Melville original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose. Watch my Moby Dick Lapbook Video to see more … [Read more...]