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Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2022-2023

Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2022-2023

As my kids each tiptoe towards the teen years, their personal learning schedules begin to fill and our time learning together dwindles. I have to keep reminding myself that this is as it should be. Deep, layered work requires that each individual be given time to pursue their own passions. When they were younger, we were exploring and sampling lots of topics. Now in their teens, my oldest three kids need lots of space and time to chase a few specific things they are most interested in. And the younger two aren't too far behind.

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Fairy Tales Boys Love

Fairy Tales Boys Love

Boy oh boy…. take a look at this list of fairy tales boys love. And why wouldn’t they? These stories are filled with adventure and mystery! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but quite a lot of fairy tales have wonderfully strong female characters. There’s not a thing in the world wrong with that! However, when I set out to write my Character Building Chapter Books for Boys post, I had a hard time finding wonderful fairy tales with strong male characters to include in that list. So, I went on a quest to locate the best of the best fairy...

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How to use movies in your homeschool

How to use movies in your homeschool

187: How to use Movies in your Homeschool In this episode, guest Rachel van der Merwe, discusses how to use movies in your homeschool. Rachel is Assistant professor of media studies at the University of Groningen and FundaFunda’s teacher of the “I Spy: A Course in Visual Literacy” online class. Rachel starts off talking about Movies vs Documentaries – listen in for her interesting perspective. Some specific content areas we cover and the movies mentioned are: History movies – Newsies Geography movies – Michael Palin’s videos English – Movies based on books (eg Shakespeare plays by Kenneth Branagh and Akira...

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Declaration of Independence Unit Study

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Declaration of Independence Unit Study

Independence Day is a great inspiration for some summer homeschooling! Check out these ideas for a Declaration of Independence unit study and take advantage of the opportunity to discuss United States history, the founding fathers, government structure, and much more! A great resource for younger students, Ducksters.com offers a history lesson about the Declaration of Independence, along with additional activities and interesting facts. You’ll find a brief history of the timeline leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a short quiz to test your knowledge, a full list of the signers of the declaration, and a full...

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Homeschool High School Civics: In Which "Attend a Protest Together" is Checked Off My Parenting Bucket List

Homeschool High School Civics: In Which "Attend a Protest Together" is Checked Off My Parenting Bucket List

Vaxxed and boosted? It's time to protest!Remember that time that I happened upon an abortion rights march happening downtown and I got so excited that I literally hopped out of the car right then and joined them in my sweaty gym clothes?Since then, I've been keeping my eye out for ways to volunteer, and other protests that I can join--with a little more advanced notice this time, ideally!And by "advanced notice," I suppose that I meant 3 hours, because that's the approximate amount of time ahead of this particular protest that I announced to my homeschool that "Hey, there's an...

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