Art lessons with Geography, History, Nature Studies, Astronomy & More!

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Chalk PastelsLast year I was looking for something a little more unique or “meatier” when it came to art in our little homeschool.  Drawing, painting, clay work we had done.  I happened upon this site for chalk pastels.  ChalkPastel.com 

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Do You Let Your Kids Write in Colored Pens on their Schoolwork?

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Colored Pens
Do you let your kids write with colored pens on their schoolwork?  GASP!  Well, never fear – erasable pens are here!!

Why is that a rule anyway in public school – blue or black ink only –  #2 pencils only?  I think the #2 pencils are for those lovely bubble sheets to be read by a machine, but what’s up with the pen color?

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Top 5 Tips for Scheduling Your Homeschool Year

Homeschool ScheduleHave you planned your homeschool schedule yet?  I’m looking at it this way:  remember when you were pregnant and didn’t feel like doing anything late in your pregnancy, and then right before you gave birth you went into hyper-everything-mode and got the whole house and universe ready? That’s gonna be me this year.  I’m just enjoying summer too much. Continue reading

Easy Craft Project – Bamboo Wind Chimes – DIY and Cheap

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Bamboo Wind ChimesI love the sound of bamboo wind chimes.  I’ve been wanting one for a long while.  Being a DIY-er, I’d also been eyeing up some bamboo growing at our local ball field.  Everything came together when I decided that this could be a great project for my Craft/Shop class last year at our homeschool co-op.

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How to Teach Economics to Elementary and Middle Grades

EconomicsPlay Dough Economics a cool little class that I happened upon last year that was written back in 1988!  Economics being what they are, all the principles still apply today.  I don’t even remember how I came to know about it, but I think another homeschool mom may have pointed me in it’s direction.  I have the PDF for you FREE below.

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Does the Idea of Setting up a Pool Overwhelm You?

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Above Ground PoolDoes the idea of setting up a pool overwhelm you? What do you think about pools for your backyard?  Are you scared at the idea of setting one up?  I have been.  I really haven’t felt like getting one, but it’s been a request of the kids and hubby for a few years.  Continue reading

Quick and Easy DIY Lap Desk

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DIY Lap DeskI was procrastinating hard today.  I was supposed to be writing posts, and getting ahead.

But, my brain didn’t want to.  You can all relate, right?

So, what do I do when I procrastinate?  Usually get myself into a project.  Sewing, building etc.  It’s been a while since I got my building fix on, and that’s all I could think about.  So today, I made some lap desks for the kidos. Continue reading