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    Literacy,  Resources

    New Releases For Early Readers

    I love our collection of classic and vintage children’s books. Nothing beats cuddling up on the couch and reliving the stories of my childhood with my own children. But, when choosing books for our children, we mustn’t only look to the past. There are always beautiful and engaging titles coming out that will soon become the ‘classics’ of the future generations. Today I am sharing with you 5 brand new picture books for early readers that you are going to love! (and since it’s the season of gift-giving, you might consider picking these up as presents!) The List The Rough Patch by Brian Lies A Parade Of Elephants by Kevin…

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  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Jessica from The Waldock Way

    What is your name and general location? My name is Jessica Waldock from The Waldock Way. We live in Florida near the east coast.   How many children do you have and what are their ages?  My husband and I have one daughter and she is six years old, although she thinks she is sixteen.     What are the main reasons you chose to home educate?  It started out as me not wanting to let go of my baby. She was so tiny at four and preschool was so long. I was not ready to let go so I talked my husband into letting me teacher the alphabet and…

  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Shanda

    What is your name and general location My name is Shanda and I’m from the Mitten State – Michigan!   How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have three kiddos ages 5, 2 and 4 months.   What are the main reasons you chose to home educate? Education is so important. I wanted to make sure that both the mind AND heart were being nurtured and grown. I believe it’s my job as a parent to help bend my children’s hearts toward God. There is no greater calling or purpose of being a mother than that.   Do you follow a specific method or style…

  • Resources,  Subscriptions,  Unit Study

    Creating A Unit Study with Letters From Afar

    What Is Letters From Afar? If you haven’t heard of this incredible company, then you’re in for a real treat! Started by a wonderful woman named Shawnee, Letters From Afar is a beautiful collection of travel letters delivered to you each month! Shawnee is the author and illustrator of each letter and they are absolutely gorgeous! She writes to you as ‘Isabelle’ based on the historical world traveler Isabella Bird. Each month you get a glimpse of a new location complete with bits of geography, history and culture. As an extra cherry on top, a portion of the subscription fee is donated to Pencils Of Promise. So, supporting Shawnee and…

  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Carla from Little Learner

    What is your name and general location? I’m Carla from sweet South Carolina How many children do you have and what are their ages?  I have 3 precious littles- Macie Jane (5) Sadie Grace (3) and Rutledge (2) What are the main reasons you chose to home educate?  I absolutely love being a mama and spending my days together with my children. I taught early elementary grades before staying home after having my first and it’s a dream come true to get to teach my own children! It’s definitely different from the classroom but I really love it! Do you follow a specific method or style of teaching?  I loosely…

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  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Leah Massey

    What is your name and general location? My name is Leah Massey.  I live in the Metro Detroit area of southeast Michigan. How many children do you have and what are their ages? Our oldest, Sabrina is 20 now.  I call her Rookie Woman.  Tyler, our Man Cub, is 9.  Anara is our youngest at 4.  Her personality has gotten her the name of Tiny Tyrant. 🙂   What are the main reasons you chose to home educate? I originally started thinking about home education when Rookie Woman was about three years old.  I realized she was just starting to get really fun as her personality started blossoming.  When I…

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  • Co-op,  Community

    Our Homeschool Week During Co-op Semester

    Are you a member of a homeschool co-op? We have been a part of BLHC for 2 1/2 years and we absolutely love it! I have been an educator with our co-op for 2 years and truly enjoy the opportunity to teach my own kids alongside other children in a classroom setting. We host our co-op classes at local parks so the kids can run and play on the playground in between classes. It is almost a ‘high school’ scheduling system and I believe this helps teach kids time management and independence. Although we are so busy during co-op semester, we all love it and look forward to it each…

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  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Laura Stroup

    What is your name and general location? My name is Laura Stroup. We live in the  Missouri Ozarks. How many children do you have and what are their ages?  3 kids – 9, 6, and 6 months. We have adopted all of our kids. Being a multiracial family has its challenges, but they are such a blessing to us. Our family is perfect just the way it is. What are the main reasons you chose to home educate?  We want our kids to have the freedom to be themselves and learn in ways that best suit them and our family as a whole. We also like that our kids can…

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  • Resources,  STEM,  Unit Study

    State Studies

    How State Studies Started As I’ve said before, unit studies are my life. They are how I think, how I plan, how I teach my kids and how my kids love to learn. When my son was 4 1/2, I decided I wanted to do something more interesting, something big, something more cohesive for his Kindergarten year of homeschooling. Numbers, letters and shapes were fun, but I thought he’d progress in a more meaningful way if that information was part of something larger, if he could see how it fits in and applies. I thought long and hard and came up with my own program which I dubbed State Studies.…

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  • Self-Care & Parenting

    Daily Kindness

    Do your kids constantly bicker? Do they fight and argue? I think anyone with more than one child will say this happens more often than they’d like. My kids are definitely ‘frenemies’; absolutely best friends one minute and fighting the next. So, how do you promote daily kindness amongst your children? Do you have a reward system? Do you dish out consequences when they’re due. Or do you repeat yourself over and over to no avail? I most certainly do not have the answer to this question, so I’m honestly asking you all for your input! I have learned a few simple ways to at least temporarily calm the storm…

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