Top 5 Influential Home Education Books

There are a lot of homeschooling books on the market. So many, in fact, that one gets bogged down just scanning the Amazon search results. There are several reasons why there are so many books.

  • There is no one “right way” to homeschool.
  • Homeschooling educational philosophies vary.
  • Different states have different requirements.
  • Homeschooling has become more commonplace.
  • Veteran homeschoolers desire to share their wisdom.
  • Curriculum options are endless and ever-changing.
  • Available choices for charter schools, hybrid schools, university model schools, and homeschooling co-operatives have exploded in recent years.

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Speech Therapy At Home: Three “s” Activities

You know your child is having trouble saying the “s” sound. They might even be getting therapy at school or through a clinic.  

Speech therapists love it when parents practice at home. It will increase your child’s progress so much, by helping in two ways. The first is carryover. Your speech therapist might have your kiddo saying “s” perfectly in the session – but only YOU can help them carry it over in the home. And that’s what you and the therapist want – to see progress with that sound in every area of your child’s life. The second is muscle memory. Your child has probably been saying the sound wrong long enough that their muscles want to say it that way automatically even if they have learned the correct way to say it.  

But how do you help? Here are three easy activities to help practice that tricky “s”. Your kiddo might not even know that they’re working!

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Reading Nonfiction with Your Toddler

On your next trip to the library, don’t just stop at the picture book aisles, wander on over to the nonfiction for kids or juvenile nonfiction. Nonfiction reading for kids does not have to be boring. In fact, we’ve found that toddlers love it! Their little brains are sponges just waiting to absorb all the information about the world that they can. Fill that brain with more than just stories. Fill it with knowledge. It is never too early to start a love for learning and a desire to obtain new information. As you will see, the benefits of nonfiction reading are priceless and there are some simple and fun ways you can encourage this type of reading in your toddler.

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6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Library Visit

In this digital information age, many people may dismiss the advantage of library attendance. Clearly, hopping on the internet for information while in your pajamas sounds much more appealing than wrangling everybody into clean clothes and dealing with wandering children in a public place. But there are still benefits to reap from your local library! Read on to see how you can make the most of your library visits.

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“Everyone Wants to Quit in November and February” Time Management Tips (for homeschoolers and more!)

While this post is geared towards scheduling for homeschoolers, don’t click away if you don’t homeschool! These tips are useful for anyone wanting to improve their time management skills.

If you’ve been homeschooling for any length of time, you’ve probably heard that “Everyone wants to quit in November and February.” While Susan Wise Bauer may have quipped this during a live seminar, her blog actually says, “My mother [Jessie Wise] always says that everyone wants to quit home schooling in November, February, and May.”

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Keepsake Bins: Organizing Your Child’s School & Art Work

Masterpiece after masterpiece has been posted to your refrigerator door. Second grade poems of “Roses are red, violets are blue, you’re my mom, and I love you!” and finger painted butterflies have been strewn on intricately designed clotheslines on your walls (thanks, Pinterest!), or placed in frames to be displayed for a short while until the next A+ comes along. While it is so important to display your child’s hard work and creativity, we know the question on every parent’s mind when another piece comes home stuffed inside their backpack — Am I supposed to save e v e r y t h i n g? The answer is no, but there is an efficient way that you can save the important pieces all in one place where they will be kept safe and organized for you and your child to look back on for years to come. 

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3 Stages of Learning for Children

If you have small children, you have probably already noticed their propensity for asking “Why?” While the barrage of these “why”s can be exhausting some days, you understand that you are pouring information into little sponges who are anxious to learn about the world around them. But what about elementary age children? Or middle school? Or high school? How are these bigger kids learning?

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5 Ways to Raise Money for Your Kid’s School


This is a sponsored conversation written by us on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all ours.

As a parent of school aged children, you are well aware that every year school’s run short on funds and have to raise money for things needed to educate your children. We hope you are involved in your child’s school. If you are not, consider getting involved with raising money for the school. Here are 5 Ways to Raise Money for Your Kid’s School to help get you started.

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5 Hands-On Math Helps

For some children, math comes easily. For others, it is a bit more of a struggle. Why? Why do some children just “get it” when their teacher explains a new concept and others don’t? The trouble may lie in that word: concept. Children who are able to conceptualize new ideas quickly will naturally do better than those that don’t.

In preschool through elementary age, an easy way to bridge this conceptualizing gap is through the use of manipulatives—something concrete or tactile to hang ideas on before moving on to the pictoral representations or abstract concepts in the math book and worksheets. These 5 hands-on helpers can help your child bridge that gap.

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Shopping Smart for Back to School

 

Back-to-school shopping can be fun and exciting: cool gear, the latest back-to-school fashions, and blank notebooks just waiting to be filled with the year’s work. On the other hand, sometimes back-to-school shopping is the exact opposite of fun and exciting: long lists of needed supplies, driving all over town to find all of the needed supplies, and waiting in long lines with other equally tired and frustrated parents. Instead of the mental anguish that often accompanies back-to-school shopping, make sure you’re at the head of the class with these smart shopping helps.

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Care-Package Must Haves for The College Girl

Care Package Must Haves for The College Girl

Do you have a daughter or granddaughter that just flew the nest away to college? If you don’t have kids that age yet, perhaps you are looking for a unique gift idea for your faithful babysitter as she leaves for college, or know someone overseas with the military. Regardless of the exact situation, care packages are a simple way to tell someone that you are thinking about them when you are apart. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite brands to feature in our college girl care package must have roundup for this fall.

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Back to School: Meal Planning 101

The lazy days of summer are behind us. Looking ahead, a full schedule looms: school, sports, work, music lessons, homework, performances, field trips, school volunteering, holidays, etc. Maybe dinner (and meals in general) have gotten a bit lax during the summer—no one wanted to leave the pool, or do any work after such a relaxing afternoon—so dinner was take-out… again.

But with all these upcoming activities on top of schoolwork, you know you want to fuel your kids with healthier food, which usually means cooking more meals at home.

Don’t be afraid, though! Just follow these simple steps for Back-to-School meal planning, and you’ll be set.

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Becoming Involved in Your Child’s Learning

When it comes to back to school, parents are probably the most excited: let’s be honest, we’re in dire need of some time to ourselves by the end of summer and somewhat of a normal routine. When the time comes though, we place a lot of trust and faith in our schools and teachers each year, and often don’t realize how much of an impact we as parents have on our child’s learning, or just how many opportunities we have to become involved in our child’s learning. The truth is, parent involvement has more of an impact on the overall child’s well-being than that of the teacher they see every day. Here’s why and how.

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