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Heroes of History: Benjamin Franklin {Review}

Over the past two years, The Butterfly (12) has been studying US History. We’ve used a variety of resources along the way, and one of our favorite ways to explore history is through reading great books, like historical novels and biographies. For the last several weeks we’ve been learning about Benjamin Franklin by using a […]

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It’s Almost Showtime, Again

So. I haven’t mentioned lately that my stage mom days aren’t quite over. The Butterfly (12) took the fall semester off from performing, but she decided to return to acting and voice lessons in January. The time off showed her just how much she missed being on stage and she couldn’t wait to get back […]

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Writers in Residence {Review}

Learning to write well is a priority in our house, so I was excited to try  Writers in Residence a new middle school writing curriculum from Apologia Educational Ministries. Meaningful learning happens easily with this homeschool resource that blends writing, vocabulary and grammar instruction in an easily digestible format. I was  given the Writers in […]

Mini-Courses with A+ Interactive Math {Review}

Many homeschool moms worry that somewhere along the way, their child may have missed something. Perhaps a math concept  didn’t “stick” in a student’s mind the way you thought it did and  a gap in learning  now needs to be filled.  My two younger daughters have different areas that need some extra work (and suspected […]

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Homeschool Middle School Science Resources from MIT

My middle school age daughter has a great love of science, but as she gets older, I realize that my knowledge in certain STEM topics that she would like to explore more deeply is, well, limited. I recently came across MIT+K12 Videos, which takes kids on a journey of sorts, into the world of science […]

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A Hot Chocolate Break {Gratitude Friday}

Capturing a smile from my littlest woman isn’t easy. When she sees my phone lifted, she immediately changes her expression, rebelling against my photo taking craziness in her own special way. I caught her today. And we laughed together because I won, and  because she’s “not smiling that much, mom,  so don’t get excited.” It […]

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Snow Day Reading with Dante {What Level of Hell is for Trump?}

I never talk politics here on the blog, but this election season is so ripe with material that I can’t hold myself back any longer. This beautiful, unexpected snow day has opened up a little free time for me to sneak in some light reading, and that reading has forced me to think about Heaven, […]

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7 Colleges for Homeschooled, Unschooled and Self-Directed Learners

  I began researching colleges last year, when my daughter began her Freshman year of homeschooling high school. Does that sound a bit early? I feel that the more I know about college requirements for homeschooled students, the more effectively I can prepare my daughter for the admissions process. I think as a homeschool parent, it’s essential to know all the options available. […]

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Captive DVD {a movie review}

My teen and I were recently given the opportunity to review a film from FishFlix.com. We chose Captive from their diverse collection of DVD’s, which includes hundreds of titles for  family entertainment. Captive is a thriller / drama that explores the complexity of determining right from wrong, finding the courage to make good choices and […]

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Never Give Up Naptime

I was lazing around online the other day, drinking coffee and keeping up with all that is exciting in the world by watching the trending topics on a search engine. Watching what other people search for obsessively can be both amusing and disturbing. On this day, I was shocked to find napping on the popular list. Yes, […]

Let Me Count the Ways {Flashback Friday}

The following post was originally published on BrookfieldPatch, in April 2011. Way back then, my little women were really little and still in public school. We had recently rescued a sweet, gentle dog, who still makes me smile everyday. She’s next to me as I type. I’ve been taking a lot of heat from my […]

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7 Colleges for Homeschooled, Unschooled and Self-Directed Learners

  I began researching colleges last year, when my daughter began her Freshman year of homeschooling high school. Does that sound a bit early? I feel that the more I know about college requirements for homeschooled students, the more effectively I can prepare my daughter for the admissions process. I think as a homeschool parent, it’s essential to know all the options available. […]

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How to Earn Dual Credit for High School and College

Disclosure: I received course materials for free in exchange for a  candid and honest review of this high school home school curriculum. All opinions are my own. Homeschooling through the high school years can feel like a daunting task. For the past year, I’ve been exploring the different ways for my daughter (14) to complete […]

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High School Homeschool Lessons with Uzinggo

There is one aspect of homeschooling high school that has worried me for quite some time. How do I teach higher level math and science? I am all for learning along side my girls, but algebra? Chemistry? Can you hear my whining voice? Do I have to relearn geometry? The answer is no! Homeschooling parents […]

Self-Directed Learning for Teens

What can a teen accomplish, given the right tools, resources and mentor support? Amazing things. Last week I wrote about designing your own high school curriculum and exploring self directed learning with my homeschooled teen. I know that this age group is capable of finding their way (with guidance). Recently, I  found this video profile […]

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