Archive for March, 2017

 

Teaching Character when facing difficult people

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Even as homeschoolers, our kids still face difficult situations where they need to deal with people who bully or try to make them feel like they are unworthy or lacking in some way. I teach my kids to always take the high road with people even the ones that are cruel to them. I tell […]

Bessie’s Pillow published by Strong Learning, Inc. : Book Review

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My 8th grader has been reading Bessie’s Pillow written by Linda Bress Silbert and published by Strong Learning, Inc. It is a story based on the life of Bessie Markman Dreizen which had been passed down to her granddaughter who wrote this historical account. In 1906, 18 year old Boshka Markman left her home in […]

Beauty and the Beast: Movie review

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One of mine and my kids’ favorite Disney movies happens to be Beauty and the Beast.  We have watched the animated version over and over again.  Every time  we have gone to WDW, we also made sure we saw the stage show.  So when we learned that Disney was remaking it as live action, we […]

Concept Maps

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Have you heard about or used concept maps before? When I first started looking into concept maps as a way to learn it reminded e a little of the flowcharts I used as a programmer. In the simplest sense, concept maps are basically like a flow chart. They are visual organizers that you use to […]

Creative Freewriting Adventure (Home School Adventure Co.): Product review

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Writing seems to be a difficult and often frustrating task for many students. There are many writing curriculums out there that focus on grammar and structure but not as many that help to motivate students to write creatively. Often what makes students frustrated with writing is that they often do not know how to start […]

Vocabulary Words: science

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habitat: the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism. omnivorous: eating both plants and animals refraction: to make (light) change direction when it goes through at an angle viable: capable of being done or used viscosity: thick or sticky : not flowing easily

Some of my favorite things to motivate me

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Winter and rainy days often leave me unmotivated and lethargic.  Sometimes are worse than others.  There are some things that help to get me past that and I created a basic easy list of things that I do in order to combat those times.   Use a planner – Defining goals, setting up to do […]