Homeschool Workboxes: Reorganization By Subject

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In the last weeks of school we realized something. Our homeschool room organization was off. Well, not only had we not kept up with the paper overflow but we realized we’d outgrown the current system. See, we still use workboxes with the younger three children. And a few here and there for the older two […]

Alphaphonics and More Learn-to-Read Resources

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Today, I’m sharing a quick photo collage of our Vacation Bible School week. But I’m also at The Curriculum Choice with a review of one of the longest-used resources in our homeschool. Alphaphonics was there to help each of our children learn to read. Our youngest, at four and a half, has been doing a […]

Homeschool Makeover Series and Celebrating Summer

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I’ve been sharing the stages of our homeschool makeover over the last months. Summer is the best time for assessing and reworking homeschool spaces, I think. Today, my helpful homeschool tip to share…Decorating and displaying the frugal way! Each year we contribute many entries in our state fair. Art pieces, flowers, baked goods, photographs. With […]

10 Days of Lasagna Learning: Teaching Multiple Ages

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If ever there was a week that was an example of lasagna learning, it was this. Lasagna learning being layers and levels of different ages, all together. The spices of learning all blending and complimenting. Take Columbus. I read this book from our Tapestry studies to the age range (pictured at top). We just read […]

Help for the Homeschool Mama

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As part of this weekly wrap up I’m sharing help for the homeschool mama. One help? We were on a semi-spring break this week. All I required was math and then let the rest just happen. We did some sprucing up in the yard and had some fun pulling out the plastic swimming pool (it […]

Homeschool Makeover: Maps as Window Treatments

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In our homeschool, I sometimes feel like geography is one of those things we need to work on more in our studies. Yes, we enjoy hands on geography and mapping activities to compliment our history studies. But, I also found a simple solution for emphasizing geography. A practical and beautiful solution. Plus it’s a visual […]

Homeschool Makeover the Frugal Way: The Family Room

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Today I am away at the Apologia Live Retreat here in Atlanta. I’m tweeting live from the event for Heart of the Matter. Just follow HOTMonline and the hashtag #apologialive for updates! While I’m away, I’m sharing the last part of our family room makeover. The family room being one of the rooms where much […]

Homeschool Makeover: History Shelf

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The Problem: Spending time searching for what we needed to start our history studies. History books scattered throughout the house. Supplemental material getting lost in my stacks. Answer: IKEA Expedit shelf! With two baskets for all those Tapestry of Grace extras (e.g., Map Aids and Writing Aids discs, Pop Quiz and more). Yes, on another […]

How to Get Back in a Routine

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That was the question this week. How to get back into a routine after a couple weeks of sickness. The answer? A hodgepodge. A mixture of these: Lower expectations. Do just the basics. Then, fall back into your habits. Leave room for spontaneity. Lower Expectations I reminded myself it was ok. Really it was ok, to […]

Why I Love Paper Plates

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Why do I love paper plates? Two doctor visits. Three dental visits. A trip to the bank. A stop at the library. And that was just by Monday afternoon. Two more doctor visits and another stop at the library by Tuesday. One more doctor visit on Thursday. Despite all those visits, it was a missing-it […]

Homeschool Makeover: Flag Art Over Mantel

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Many years ago we needed some art work for the family room. There was a big, empty spot over the mantel that needed just the perfect, happy, family-friendly piece. The flag was Nana’s suggestion. Back when we it was just the older three children, they all joined in the process. We got out a long […]

Homeschool Makeover: The Most Used Bookcase

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Former, wonderful, overflowing and overused bookcase in our most central location. My husband and I have been blessed with hand-me-down furniture. There is just an abundance of pieces on my side of the family. And, in the almost seventeen years of our marriage, this furniture has served us well. However, never, in the past, has […]