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Family Scrapbooks from Scratch

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Scrapbooks have been around since before the invention of the camera. Thomas Jefferson kept scrapbooks during his presidency, in which he clipped and saved poems and newspaper articles.  Mark Twain was an avid scrapbooker and even patented a pre-glued scrapbook ...

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What Not to Put on Your High School Transcript

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High School Transcript Fun! When preparing your high schooler’s transcripts for college admission, there are a few things you simply must include (English, Math, and History, spring to mind), and several more that you can safely leave off (no matter ...

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5 Tips for Planning your Homeschool Year

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While a scheduled plan can never produce homeschooling perfection, it can certainly help to bring freedom and flexibility to a harried homeschool day and ensure that both you and your children have a goal to strive towards. And just how ...

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Hume Lake Christian Camps

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November 2008, I was searching for possible retreat locations for my husband and me to get away during his furlough from deployment in Iraq. I looked at beach resorts, mountain chalets, and big-city hotels. None of those fit the bill. At ...

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HELP! I Can’t Afford Homeschool Curriculum

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10 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Homeschool Curriculum You’ve made your wish list of curriculum for all your sweet children, looked at the checkbook balance, and realized there was no reconciling the two. What do you do? Before you ...

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Take a Second Look

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Outside of the Bible, I have several books that I consider my own God-sends in terms of how we approach homeschooling. Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer’s The Well Trained Mind is one. There are others: Honey for a Child’s ...

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The PTA Chronicles: Parent Teacher Advice

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Have a question that needs answers? Need to vent? Anxious about this homeschooling journey you’re on? Ask Melyssa: she’s been through it, too, and she knows how you’re feeling. So, take a breath, relax, pour some tea, and send your ...

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History via the Scenic Route

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By adopting a more relaxed pace, children can explore and discover and watch history come to life. This makes history both more meaningful and more memorable. Learn more on this episode of Life Plus Homeschooling.

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180 Days

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Recently, I was talking with a public school mom whose kids were now home for the summer. She mentioned that they were supposed to get out of school a day before they did, but they went to school one extra ...

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Why You Should Teach High School at Home!

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The Rewards of Teaching High School at Home I define “homeschooling in high school” as: Approximately ages 14-18 Approximately grades 9-12 At home instruction at least 50% of the time Thus participation in a coop for three days a week ...

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The Case for Organization

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Take a look outside. No, seriously, take a break from all the schoolwork and step outdoors for a moment. Now, here’s your assignment: look at the nature around you and try to see how many systems you can identify. For ...

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10 Most Important Books for College

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While there is a veritable deluge of different college prep reading lists, all recommend classics. Classics share these four characteristics: Have timeless application. Survive multiple readings. Concern world view issues. Are the first of a theme or genre. Other than ...

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