• Nature,  Resources

    100 Must-Have Nature Study Resources For Homeschooling Nature-Lovers

    Some families find it hard to incorporate nature into their home education studies. Rest assured, with this 100 Must-Have Nature Study Resources guide you’ll be able to raise a budding naturalist who is in tune with the world around them. We are a very nature-based homeschooling family as we believe we can learn so much from the great outdoors. Be it reading, writing, science, or pure inspiration, stepping outside always draws us closer to one another and deeper into our studies. We own and use most of the items below and are so happy to spread the word about these wonderful products! Many of these resources are created from home…

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  • 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…

  • 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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  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Misty Dixon

    Q + A with Misty Dixon from southeast North Carolina     How many children do you have and what are their ages?  I have 3 children. My oldest is 19, and currently away at University. Before that, he was homeschooled. My daughter is 14, and my youngest son is 8. What are the main reasons you chose to home educate?  We first chose to home educate because we weren’t 100% satisfied with any of the other options. Now we continue to home educate because it suits our family so well. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Do you follow a specific method or style of teaching?  I feel like…

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    Co-op,  Community,  Nature,  Unit Study

    Summertime

    Is school out for summer at your house? Growing up, I never had a concept of a ‘real kid’ summer. I had divorced parents, which meant two different households. All school year, I lived with my Mom, and for the summer, I went to my Dad’s. It was bittersweet because on the one hand, I missed all of my school friends (and would get quite jealous when I came back after summer break and heard about all the fun and wonderful adventures they had without me), but summers with my Dad were awesome because we took A LOT of trips and I got to see much of our beautiful country…

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