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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! - 5 Tips For The Transition

 

 

As we savor the remaining moments of summer, and launch a new homeschool year, I'd like to offer some down-to-earth, real-life encouragement to you.

 

Teach With All Your Might

Maybe you're getting ready to start homeschooling for the very first time, or perhaps you're coming back to a regular routine after a much-needed summer break. Whether you've opted to do a little bit of school throughout the summer months, having concentrated on one area such as math or reading, or taken a completely unstructured approach to summer learning, we all come to that moment when we reflect on what's ahead, and how we'll orchestrate everything for the upcoming months... 

A Summer's Day: 7 Ideas For Fun

 

The heat waves rise up from the street, the sun blazes hotter than ever, and the kids look up at you after breakfast wondering what's in store for the day. Well, don't let the heat get you down! Revive your spirit of adventure and think of some fun activities that are free (or practically free) to enjoy while you take a break from school.

The Pilot & The Passengers, Part II

 

As typical six-year-old girls, my twin sister and I bobbed up and down like little jumping beans while we watched the Stinson gracefully touch down on the runway. "Never mind the plane. You stay right here, and don't walk through that door!" Ms. P cackled with her eyes fixed on our every move.

 

Celebrate Independence Day

 

What are your plans for July 4th? A back-yard cook-out or picnic? Fireworks? Well, whatever your family does this Independence Day, I encourage you to talk to your kids about what this holiday is really all about.   

 

The Pilot & The Passengers, Part 1

I grew up in the sprawling Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., and as a pilot's daughter, we spent many Saturdays flying. I still think that my dad wanted to give my mom a much needed break on Saturday mornings, and that's why he faithfully loaded all five of us kids into the endlessly long Dodge station wagon for an entire morning of flying and hanging out at the airport...

Teaching Takes Time

 

There are no trivial things in mothering. Whether it's being there to bandage our toddler's skinned knee, to hear our children read for the first time, or to watch our kids swing and skip with reckless abandon — these are priceless memories which are here only for a moment, then fade as fast as a morning dream...

 

Congratulations As You Wrap Up Another Year

 

 

To all of you who are finished (or almost finished) homeschooling for the year − congratulations! Way to go for homeschooling your kids! Way to go for teaching, managing, coordinating, and nurturing! You've made it through May. 

 

A Reward For Hard Work

Today, I sit in our old school room (a spare bedroom that we converted twelve years ago) which is now my office. Office? Do offices have old rock collections, all levels of textbooks, and NASA pictures all around? Okay, I'm in the process of changing it.

Meanwhile, I reach into the depths of the closet to retrieve my day-planner from our first year homeschooling − 2001. I open it and see Friday 3/8  

Build Your Child's Creativity

It was a great brainstorming session for young elementary kids. After lunch, we opened a few cans of Play-Doh, and began to twirl and knead a few colors as we discussed some ideas on how to best reach out to our new neighbors. After that interchange, we challenged ourselves to name as many varieties of birds that we could think of in forty seconds. And after that, we settled in for a history lesson and our own made-up "globe game" for geography... 

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