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Homeschooling

We Need To Homeschool Through the Summer {sigh}

We Need To Homeschool Through the Summer {sigh}

Homeschooling looks different for every family, and this year we will have a “homeschooling first” because we are going to continue to homeschool during the summer. I know. I got a knot in my stomach, too, when I realized that this is what we need […]

Five Questions Every Homeschooling Mom Should Ask Before Choosing Curriculum

Five Questions Every Homeschooling Mom Should Ask Before Choosing Curriculum

We are almost to the end of our homeschool year, and this is NOT the time that I want to be thinking about next years curriculum, but alas, the MassHope Convention is in town and instead of checking out and heading to the beach, I […]

How To Make Cloud Dough

How To Make Cloud Dough

Looking for a fun diversion for your young ones this weekend? You’ll love this project for kids called: Cloud Dough. I found the idea on Pinterest and knew that my “hands-on” Holly would love it. You need: 4 cups of white flour 1/2 cup Johnson’s baby […]

An Example Of A Charlotte Mason Narration

An Example Of A Charlotte Mason Narration

Many of you know that I tend toward the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling, and one of the things that I LOVE about the method is narration. Narration can be tricky for some reason, so I wanted to show you two examples of what it […]

Thanksgiving Mini Unit Study

Thanksgiving Mini Unit Study

Okay, so everywhere I look, people are gearing up for Christmas–and right now,  I am drawing my virtual line in the sand here to stop the craziness and to just say no to Christmas until after Thanksgiving!! lol. I am going to relax, breath and just […]

Cranberry History Lesson: The Kids Using the 1920’s Hand Separator

Cranberry History Lesson: The Kids Using the 1920’s Hand Separator

We had the loveliest of days today. We went out for lunch, then headed to a local farm to see some fall displays, then over to my dad’s cranberry bogs to watch the harvest. The kids got a special treat today when Grandpa let them […]

A Normal Homeschooling Magazine!

A Normal Homeschooling Magazine!

A few days ago, I was with my friend at our home schooling co-op and I mentioned to her that I had never found a home schooling magazine that I really  loved. I went down the laundry list of things that turned me off with […]

One Reason I Love Homeschooling

One Reason I Love Homeschooling

One of the perks of homeschooling is that we can take fun family trips and call them a day of school. (You think I am kidding?) Yesterday, we took the kids to the Big E . {Big Eastern Agricultural Fair} Here are some of the […]

Cranberry Mini Unit Study

Cranberry Mini Unit Study

Cranberry Mini Unit Study In my previous post, I added pictures of my son Matt helping his grandfather with the cranberry harvest. here My dad is a third generation cranberry grower. My great grandparents, Fiilus and Lempi Harju  were Finnish immigrants who came to America […]

Home School Daze

Home School Daze

Well, I had intended to rest after our long trip to SC. But, things have been a whirlwind of planning around here, and there has been precious little time to rest when there is laundry galore, and so much to do before school starts! My […]