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Discovering Pond Habitats: How To Do Nature Study in Real Life
Have you ever been to the same nature study destination so many times that you almost forget there are always new things to discover? My friend, Tracy, and her children had visited the same ponds many times over. They never really got tired of exploring, but she found a way to refocus their attention in…
Summer Nature Study Play Dough Mats for Your Homeschool
I’m thrilled to share these fantastic summer-themed play dough mats with you! Get ready to have a blast using the mats in your elementary homeschool for a fun and educational summer experience. Play dough mats offer a wide range of benefits. Beyond just being enjoyable, shaping and molding dough helps enhance fine motor skills. While…
10 Tips for Summer Homeschool Planning
Are you in homeschool planning mode this summer? I am. It’s a slow and steady process for me, which is why I love a long summer break so much. Year after year, I tend to follow the same simple steps to plan our upcoming school year. My exact method might not work for you, but…
Boyschooling Homeschool Curriculum for 5th and 12th Grades
I have another senior. How is that possible? It’s really, indescribably true when you hear that time flies and your kids will be grown in the blink of an eye. So, this year I’ve prepared boyschooling homeschool curriculum for a 12th grader and a 5th grader. These boys keep me so busy with music lessons,…
How to Keep Active Kids Busy During Read-Alouds
No matter what has changed in our homeschool over the years or how old my children have grown, one thing has remained constant… read-aloud time. My children still remember so many of the books we’ve enjoyed as a family – and so do I! Sometimes snuggled under blankets on the couch, sometimes lounging on a…
Garden Pest Nature Study
A garden pest is any insect, animal, or other organism that can cause damage to plants and gardens. They can be harmful to both ornamental plants and crops, and can negatively impact the health and productivity of the garden. Common garden pests include insects like aphids, caterpillars, and beetles, as well as animals like rodents,…