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Cindy West
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Here's another edition of how to use picture books to teach writing to middle school and homeschool students!

Let's help them rock expository writing. It's really not all that hard when we give them simple-to-use tools!

https://ourjourneywestward.com/teach-expository-writing/

#homeschool #highschool #middleschool #writing #picturebooks #livingliterature #writinglessons #ihsnet 
Why would anyone use picture books to teach expository writing? Because picture books are written by master authors who can teach us clearly through their examples. Not to mention, it doesn’t…
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Wow. All kinds of homeschool math goodness in one place! The authors of the +Curriculum Choice have pulled together their favorite math advice, curriculum reviews, lesson ideas and more!

Don't miss the giveaway of Loving Living Math!

http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com/choosing-homeschool-math-curriculum/

#homeschool #math #livingmath #curriculumreviews #ihsnet
Homeschool math curriculum options to suit a variety of needs! With options such as hands-on, textbook, and video for all ages.
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The Our Journey Westward Thanksgiving Weekend Sale is LIVE!

Get 25% off all Christmas and winter themed curriculum through Cyber Monday. No coupon necessary!

https://ourjourneywestward.com/eshop/

Look for:
➤Nature Study for the Holidays: Advent - only $5.60
➤Snow and Ice NaturExplorers Guide - only $7.50
➤Coping with the Cold NaturExplorers Guide - only $7.50
➤Constant Conifers NaturExplorers Guide - only $7.50
➤Beautiful Birds NaturExplorers Guide - only $7.50
➤Hard as a Rock NaturExplorers Guide - only $7.50
➤PK/K Nature By the Season: Winter - only $5.60

#homeschool #curriculum #winter #Christmas #naturestudy #CharlotteMason #unitstudy #ihsnet #sale #blackfriday #cybermonday 
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If you have boys, you know they crave adventure. Here are some great gift ideas to fill up their cravings!

Be still my momma's heart.

https://ourjourneywestward.com/boy-gifts/

#ihsnet #homeschool #boygifts #birthdaygiftideas #christmasgiftideas #adventuregifts #momofboys
Do you have a rough and tumble son? Me, too. Two of them, in fact. It’s always been hard on this momma to watch them “do what boys do” without cringing. While I certainly would ra…
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When we first started homeschooling, people thought we were crazy. Heck, some of them still do! Here's our story.

https://ourjourneywestward.com/when-your-family-thinks-homeschooling-is-crazy/

#homeschool #ihsnet #encouraginghomeschoolers
When my husband and I first set out to homeschool, many eyebrows were raised within our extended family. My mom and dad were horrified that my children would miss out on their entire childhood – yo…
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Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in following a homeschooling method that we lose our joy and effectiveness. Learn how to make the method work for you!

https://ourjourneywestward.com/legalism-in-homeschooling-methods/

#homeschool #ihsnet #homeschoolmethods #CharlotteMason #legalism
You don’t normally hear the word legalism in homeschooling circles unless the discussion is about religion. I’m not talking about religion today…or maybe I am. Legalism in Homesc…
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Great review of Coping with the Cold from +Shirley Ann at +Curriculum Choice!
 
Coping with the Cold NaturExplorers Unit Study
"It’s the perfect time of year to take on a winter themed nature study in our homeschools. I’ve chosen a NaturExplorers product from Shining Dawn Books and +Cindy West to look at how animals cope with the difficult winter season. We often watch the birds visiting our feeder during winter and wonder how they survive such bitterly cold conditions so this seemed like the perfect unit study for us to tackle."

Review by +Shirley Ann: http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com/naturexplorers-unit-study/
Pin it: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/179018153918348445/
It’s the perfect time of year to take on a winter themed nature study in our homeschools like a NaturExplorers product from Shining Dawn Books.
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I LOVE to dive into my analytics at the end of the year to see what YOUR favorite posts were on Our Journey Westward. I'm always so glad to find that your favorites are usually pretty close to my favorites!

What would you like to see me write about in 2017???

https://ourjourneywestward.com/favorite-posts-2016/

#homeschool #ihsnet #creativehomeschooling #charlottemason #livingliterature
As I sat down plan what write about this coming year here at Our Journey Westward, I took a peek to see what your favorite posts of 2016 were. As you’ll see below, it’s pretty clear you…
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I'm tidying up some of my curriculum reviews and ran across this one of Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick. Oh, what a good book this was! I can't wait to read it again with my youngest in a few years!

http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com/adam-and-his-kin/

#ihsnet +Curriculum Choice #homeschool #Biblehistory #ancienthistory #livingliterature #historicalfiction #history
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How to you combat the bad attitudes that can drain so much joy from your homeschool? I have a few ideas for you!

https://ourjourneywestward.com/bad-attitudes-in-your-homeschool/

#homeschool #ihsnet #homeschoolencouragement 
Do you ever have bad attitudes in your homeschool? I love homeschooling and my children usually do, too. But, sometimes the homeschooling attitudes in our house just stink. Have you ever wanted to …
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I can't believe the Thanksgiving season is already upon us! I've been gathering our stack of must-read Thanksgiving books that Eli and I will read over the next couple of weeks.

I only keep living literature on our shelves these days. Wanna see what I've found worthy?

https://ourjourneywestward.com/thanksgiving-living-books/

#homeschool #Thanksgiving #livingbooks #ihsnet #holidays
Even holiday reading must pass the living literature test around here! These Thanksgiving living books have been favorites around our house for years. Some help explain the history of our Thanksgi…
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Need practical ideas for teaching HOW to write various text structures like cause/effect, compare/contrast, sequencing and more? How about using picture books as mentor texts?? Yes, even with high school students!

https://ourjourneywestward.com/using-picture-books-to-teach-text-structure/

#homeschool #highschool #middleschool #ihsnet #writing #livingliterature #picturebooks #mentortexts #writinglessons
It’s time for another post in my series about using picture books to teach writing to middle and high school students! Today’s topic is using picture books to teach text structure. Wha…
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Homeschool Mom / Author / Speaker
Introduction
I'm an eclectic Charlotte Mason homeschool mom of three children currently in 12th, 9th and 2nd grades.  I've been blogging about our style of homeschooling at Our Journey Westward since 2006. 

I write and publish the NaturExplorers series, 100+ Creative Nature Walks, Nature by the Season, Nature Study Through the Holidays, Loving Living Math, Living Literature Grammar Packets and Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 Easy Lessons.   

I speak regularly at homeschool conferences and gatherings on a variety of encouraging and practical topics. I particularly enjoy offering half and full-day "hands-on" workshops to smaller groups.  My private consultations allow time to specifically address someone's questions and needs.

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5 years public school teaching experience, 13 years homeschooling
Education
  • OurJourneyWestward.com
    present
  • Eastern Kentucky University
    Elementary Education
  • Georgetown College
    Masters of Education
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Occupation
I encourage homeschool families through blogging, creative curriculum and practical workshops.
Skills
Teaching (M.Ed.), curriculum writing, speaking, workshop training, homeschool consulting, blogging
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  • OurJourneyWestward.com
    Owner, 2008 - present
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kentucky