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Homeschool Record Keeping {MySchoolYear.com Review}

Do you have a plan for the upcoming school year or are you still in the process of planning (like me)?  Putting together a year long plan for multiple children can sound overwhelming and intimidating.  Over the years (this will be my  7th year as a homeschool mom) I’ve realized one thing that is most […]

LearnBop for Families {Math Review}

One of the challenges of homeschooling in our family has been finding the right approach for math for each of my kids. What works for one generally doesn’t work for the others. With a little extra effort, keeping them engaged and practicing consistently with a minimal amount of stress can be done!  LearnBop has a […]

Lighthouse on Goat Island

Island Lighthouse {Photo Friday}

My girls and I took a desperately needed break from our daily life this week and spent a few days in Newport, Rhode Island. We managed to catch two sunsets over Newport Harbor. The photo above is a tiny lighthouse on Goat Island, a small island in the harbor, and home to the Hyatt Regency […]

My 9 year-old, enjoying using Forbrain

Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd {Review}

  I was delighted to have an opportunity to review Forbrain – Sound For Life LTD and try out their bone conduction headset with my youngest daughter. I had read about the many benefits of this product, particularly for children with with sensory and auditory processing issues, so I was curious to see if it would be an effective learning aid for […]

Enjoying her daily shinrin-yoku.

Bring A Little Shinrin-Yoku Into Your Life

My grandmother knew this to be true: spending time in nature is essential for your well-being. In her late 80’s she came to live with us, and I saw how she incorporated this into her life. She required herself, as a rule, to spend an hour a day outside, connecting with nature. I could see […]

Homeschooling Life

Cherry Blossoms

To Sakura Matsuri and Back Again

Last week, three teens, a tween and I piled into the car and headed for Brooklyn to attend Sakura Matsuri, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Driving from Connecticut to Brooklyn can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 17 hours, depending on traffic. Sometimes it’s worth the effort. The festival is […]

After the final bow for Into The Woods.

Curtain Call {Photo Friday}

Every actor dreams of that moment, that one moment when the audience erupts into cheers and you step forward, center stage to take the last bow of the night. My girl has waited for this, for her moment to play the lead, and to be the last actor to come forward at the end of […]

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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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My 9 year-old, enjoying using Forbrain

Forbrain – Sound For Life Ltd {Review}

  I was delighted to have an opportunity to review Forbrain – Sound For Life LTD and try out their bone conduction headset with my youngest daughter. I had read about the many benefits of this product, particularly for children with with sensory and auditory processing issues, so I was curious to see if it would be an effective learning aid for […]

fishflix

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 […]

Cat in a bowl

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, […]

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Homeschooling High School

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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. […]

Connecticut College

9 {More} Colleges for Homeschooled, Unschooled and Self-Directed Learners

Due to the overwhelming  response to my last post 7 Colleges for Homeschooled, Unschooled and Self-Directed Learners, I have decided that a series of follow-up posts are needed to cover this topic accurately!  My next list covers a wider geographic area and isn’t limited to the North East (though it still isn’t balanced).  Many schools […]

Dual Credit at Home

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 […]

Uzinggo Math and Science Review

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 […]

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