• 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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  • 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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  • 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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    Summer Science

    What do you do during the summer in terms of home education? Are you 365-homeschoolers? Do you focus on just one subject for the summer? Do you take a break from academics for the season? Do your children participate in summer camps and special events? We like to take a more laid-back approach to give everyone a break from our routine. The state of Florida doesn’t require schooling over the summer, so I don’t log our attendance and record every activity we do. But, we do school year-round, so we pick a couple subjects and just focus on exploring those in a fun and interesting way. This season we chose…

  • Resources,  STEM,  Subscriptions

    Subscription Boxes-What Are They And Should I Get Them?

    Material Connection Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. I only recommend products or services that I have personally used and/or believe will benefit my subscribers. In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”    I don’t  know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of subscription boxes. They are an amazing tool and resource for our family. We are subscribed to three services and we look forward to them coming each month. It is like Christmas morning in here when the packages arrive. The first subscription box we ever signed up for was Little Passports and…

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    Community,  Nature,  Resources

    Global Tiger Day

    Today I want to bring awareness to something that is important. This blog post may be disheartening, but hopefully, by the end, you will leave with a sense of hope and some tools to help undo the devastating decimation of a particularly beautiful animal. The Tiger. July 29th is International Tiger Day. I know there has been a bombardment of various ‘holidays’ and dates coined by companies trying to push something or sell a product. This is different. This is concerning an issue that affects our earth and our ecosystem and our future. The Facts: According to the WWF there are only 3900 wild tigers left in the world. That’s…

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    Resources,  STEM

    Steam Kids Challenge

    STEM or STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art), and Math. It’s everywhere these days as children are interested in technology and the advancements we are making as a society. We are a very STEM-oriented homeschooling family in that we do a lot of science and technology-based lessons at home. My children are naturally very curious about science and love the hands-on learning that STEM guides provide. We often perform science experiments, incorporate themed math lessons and tie in art to our daily lessons. Roo’s favorite subject is math and Chickie always wants to craft and paint, so STEAM-based learning is perfect for us to combine academics with…

  • Resources,  STEM

    Do You Use YouTube To Homeschool?

    Some families have the no-or-limit screen policy, some use screens just for school or just for fun. We use screens for learning and fun in the format of YouTube videos. But, I do limit their use including days with no screens at all: no tv, no video or phone games, no iPad, no computer. Sometimes, all of us need a break from technology in order to reconnect with the Earth and ourselves. With that being said, I have found tablets to be a wonderful addition to our homeschooling routine. When we learn about geography or animals or historical landmarks, few resources can grab my child’s attention in an interactive way.…

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    Nature

    Getting Out In Nature

    There is no place on this earth that doesn’t have beauty and experience to offer. Sometimes, we get so involved in our daily responsibilities that we don’t stop and make time to go out and soak it in. As parents, it is our duty to ensure we equip our children with all the tools for them to grow into healthy adults and build a life of their own. THAT is our legacy. We live on through our children by what we’ve passed down to them. In order to do this, we must step outside. We must feel and learn and grow from nature. I know it is challenging to make…

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