Reading Escapades & Math Explorers

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3 WORST Things About Being a Homeschooling Family

I have been homeschooling my own children for over 15 years now as well as helping hundreds of families on their educational journey.  Before I start on this post, let me say that I LOVE home schooling and would never choose anything else for my family.  However, that doesn’t mean that there are not days […]

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Working Parents & Homeschooling: 4 Myths DEBUNKED

People are always telling me that they would LIKE to home school their children but they work, so they can’t.  To me, that’s one of the laziest excuses out there.  If that is you, take a moment to really examine what you are saying.  Do you REALLY want to home school your children?  Why?  Is […]

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Who Is Your Child’s Champion?

I was just reading an article in our local paper about how students succeed, even if the reports on the schools are bad.  The local schools where I live don’t do well, especially with the new “Common Core” testing standards, and the school boards wanted to  showcase that they have former students who are doing […]

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5 Easy Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

Summer slide happens to students every year who don’t do anything over the summer to help retain the information they learned during the school year.  On average, an American student loses 2 months of their education EACH AND EVERY SUMMER, putting them far behind students who review and even spend their summers learning new concepts and […]

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How To Make a Film Canister Rocket (The Perfect Summer Project)

One of my kids’ favorite activities to explore chemistry is to make film canister rockets. The hardest thing is to get the film canisters because most of us don’t have these laying around anymore. However, you can get them from a myriad of different places such as Amazon or Science Bob. You can use them […]

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When Is The BEST Time To Start Your Child’s Education?

Right NOW! Don’t delay to even read this if your child is interested in learning something. One of my favorite philosophies about education is from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, and they say that learning starts from birth. From the moment they are born, our children are learning about the world around […]

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41% of all students who start college will drop out – will your child be one of these?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 41% of all students who started college in 2006 had graduated by 2012!  That statistic is even worse for boys, who dropped out at a rate of 44%. Girls did better with a dropout rate of just 39%. I strongly believe that higher education is a […]

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Dinosaur Town

For those of you who either tried or wanted to try Bunny Town, here’s another complicated play area.  It took a lot of time, less time than my first venture in felt play areas because now I’m getting better, but probably more than was needed as Cole kept wanting me to add ‘features’.  He still […]

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Homemade Play Sand

Last weekend, Cole wanted to make some art projects with sand.  You know – those fun-looking jars with all the colored sand that your kids can make at fairs or the beach.  While I have lots of colored pasta and rice, I don’t have any sand.  While I was looking for ideas, I came across […]

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2015 Summer Camp Schedule Announced!

It’s OFFICIAL! School is almost out for summer and the weather is (slightly) warming up. You are probably starting to wonder how you will keep the kids busy this summer. You might even be wondering how you will keep them from the dreaded SUMMER SLIDE. *Summer Slide is what happens when a student FORGETS what […]