How to Encourage Kids to Develop their Passions in the Kitchen

Our seven year old won tickets to the local festival, including an Iron Man Chef Competition. We sat in the front row and watched the final showdown: Terra Restaurant vs. Delta Sun Peaks Restaurant. It was like a live Chopped show. The tension was palpable, the swear words forthcoming, and prettily-presented plates. The chefs were given a mystery ingredient…

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a simple guide to unschooling your holiday homeschool

Unschooling your homeschool during the holidays? This is a homeschool necessity. We gear down homeschool, because we’re mentally gearing up for Christmas. I don’t think it’s the increased sweets factor, the candy canes coming from every direction, the Hershey’s almond kisses, the gingerbread cookies slathered in icing sugar…we tend to be conservative in our consumption. Is…

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Choosing Homeschool Christmas Gift Ideas for A Builder-Based Learner

Have a kinesthetic learner in your homeschool? Let me introduce you to my eleven-year-old’s Christmas wish list. Here are homeschool Christmas gift ideas. Lego. (You knew I would add this product.) It’s so versatile, facilitates curiosity, and gets boys and girls thinking. Since it’s made of some form of hard plastic, I’m pretty sure this…

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a homeschool field trip: remembering World War 1 in Ypres

Once upon a time, for seven years of our homeschool journey, our family travelled on the regular. During this Remembrance season, I share our experience into world war sites. There’s nothing like a developing world experience, a dose of traveler’s diarrhea, malaria, a military coup an hour away, airport scanning for Ebola, and visiting World…

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how to homeschool more than one grade: a tale of four grades

How to homeschool more than one grade? I learned eleven things about engaging more than one grade: a tale of four grades.

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why choose homeschool? the biggest benefit: freedom

I have my Ph.D. research paper thesis topic in mind: “Senility in aging homeschooling parents: Is the incidence lower with increased homeschooling years?” My hypothesis: the more years we homeschool, the more likely we develop neural networks in our adult brains; therefore, lower incidence of senility. Ok, so it’s just a hypothesis. Why choose homeschool? Mama has…

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