Giving Thanks When Life Is Hard

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Background photo: Siddharth Mallya/Wikimedia Commons Last week I began planning our unit study on Thanksgiving.  I decided that I really want to take it slow and approach this holiday from all angles.  It is so important that my daughter learns to be thankful.  I decided we should memorize a verse on thankfulness.  I was going… 

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A New Focus on Intentional Parenting

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I am writing this post as a challenge to myself.  I have to be honest with you and with myself.  There have been way too many days lately where I after I put C to bed, I realized we didn’t have any intentional time together just for fun.  There may have been moments that we… 

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5 Tips for Homeschooling in a Small Space

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We live in a small two-bedroom apartment.  That doesn’t leave much space for a nice homeschool area. Over the last year I have had to get creative in order to come up with a functional homeschool space for us.  Since school time is fast approaching, I thought I would share a few tips I’ve learned for homeschooling… 

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God Stepped In

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 Photo Credit: Amanda44/Wikimedia Commons I don’t have many fond memories of my childhood.  My father was an abusive alcoholic, my mother was just trying to survive, and I didn’t have many friends.  I have a few memories of fighting, fear, and some especially traumatizing events.  I have even fewer memories of happy days.  I remember my… 

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Understanding My Gifted Child

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This year’s Great Homeschool Convention was fun and informative.  The most helpful session for me by far was “Uncaging the Cheetah: Homeschooling your Gifted Child” with Shelagh Gallagher.  When I first started homeschooling my daughter, I thought one of the benefits of homeschooling only one child would be that we could really take our time… 

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How to Find {or Start} a Homeschool Co-op

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I highly recommend participating in a homeschool co-op, especially if you homeschool an only child.  It is wonderful idea for so many reasons!  Co-ops offer: Support from the other moms A chance for your kids to see that other kids homeschool, too A chance for your kids to learn from someone else Field trips (at some… 

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Socialization and the Homeschooled Only Child

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  Is homeschooling an only child an issue? When I saw Carlie’s post on Facebook that she was looking for contributors from a homeschooling an only child perspective, I thought, “Hey! That’s me!”  I eagerly sent her an e-mail because I love this blog, but I didn’t expect to be chosen.  When I did receive… 

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6 Easy Ways to Brighten a Dull School Day

  It happens to most, if not all of us: the monotony of routine. Breakfast – Free Time – Calendar – Bible – Language Arts – Math – Spanish or Science – Lunch I’m sure dull school days happen to homeschool families of all sizes.  Sometimes, I feel like it gets especially bad with just… 

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