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Homeschooling - Imagination Turns To Reality!
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When I think about sharing what swirls around in my head and what I am so passionate about, I get plain giddy. I want to share a few pointers from my sweat and tears to help you put together a unit study.

Diving into Homeschool Unit Studies : the dos and don’ts list type of approach keeps things simple for me to remember. I hope a short list like this will keep things simple for planning a homeschool unit study.

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Newer homeschool families seem to now outnumber those of us that have homeschooled for 10 years or more. That is a good trend. However, there is another shift or trend that has gained momentum and that is hybrid homeschool co-ops, which are popping up and growing in popularity. Have homeschool co-ops turned private schools?

It is important that new homeschool families don’t bring with them their ideas of what they think homeschool co-ops should be. Embracing homeschooling is about valuing the principles of education that have not just worked for years for homeschoolers, but that breeds creative and independent learners. That sets us apart from a public school robot like mentality.

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When I can pull myself away from sharing our luv for history and geography, I love sharing other tips and resources like homeschool science ideas for K – 2 that we used. Also today, I have some fun and creative ways to keep science fun.

It’s important to adopt a philosophy for how you are going to teach science, not just at this age but throughout your homeschooling journey. Your method changes of course as your children grow, but some foundational things should never change. For example, during the K – 2 years, I think books should be used as guides and for the littles to poke their nose in them after they have had their delight of hands-on activities.

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I don’t want to sound corny, but some of the best forms I love to create are ones that help you and me both. Today, I created a homeschooled teen job performance evaluation form because I got an email about helping homeschool teens receive work evaluations.

I loved this idea because when I was in high school, evaluations by my employer were part of my grade too. I jumped on this idea and am excited about sharing this next form with you.

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The question should I let my homeschooled teen graduate early crossed my mind a few years before high school. My oldest son was the kind of teen that never needed to be reminded of deadlines and pretty well knew that he wanted to do some missionary type of work after graduation and before he pursued a career.

In other words, I just knew he was on the path to early graduation.  Do you know that my plan was for him to graduate early? But what to do when life gets in the way?

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Today – with the hint of spring in the air, we needed a fun change to welcome spring (well almost). Too, I rounded up some fun American Robin free printables, resources and crafts to kick off a spring unit study.

We read some online about American Robins and enjoyed listening to the sound of them too. We’ll be looking out to see one or two this year also. I gathered up some free and fun resources to help round out a unit study or quick study.

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Learning how to build the Alamo was another fun change to our schedule as we have continued in our series of hands-on homeschooling learning. We thought it would be fun to sketch a quick layout of the Alamo as we read about it.

Having studied about the Alamo before, we pulled out The Alamo, An Illustrated History, book by George Nelson and the other book, The Alamo, an Illustrated History by Edwin Hoyt to study a bit of the architecture.

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Today, I have the first color choice for the new school year. It is the 2017 to 2018 Year Round Homeschool Planning form and I named this color scheme Sea. Remember that I create both academic and planing calendars. Though they may seem similar they are not.

When you take a closer look, you will see they each have a different purpose. The form I’m sharing today is for you to PLAN your school year and track the number of days and weeks you’re kids are doing school.

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Because we are learning about life in Texas during the time of the Alamo and we have an upcoming desert unit study, we took time today to read about cactus. Exploring edible cactus was the next step because we have never tasted it and if anything involves food we are in.
First, we found a few sites and pictures to learn about cactus. See more of our resources in this unit!

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It’s hard for me to believe that I could’ve birthed a child who loathed history, but I did. Beginning to teach him the same way I had his older brother, my history hater pushed back. And he let me know there is absolutely no reason to learn history.

Explaining that history is all about the present, that fascinating treasure troves can be unearthed when we tap into the minds of brilliant people of the past and learning from both triumphs and tragedies in history sounded eloquent to only me. However, my history naysayer wasn’t budging from his mindset or attitude.

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