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10 Online Homeschool Resources

With homeschooling becoming a more popular alternative to public or private schools, it can be overwhelming when researching sites that are helpful to both parents and homeschoolers. Below is a compilation of websites that are full of information regarding homeschool education. 10 Online Homeschool Resources 1. The Old Schoolhouse Magazinewww.theoldschoolhouse.comFree online homeschool magazine, links to …

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How to Create a Homeschool Routine and Schedule

Creating a homeschool routine and schedule can make for an easy year. Do you know how to make one that works for your family? They key to making homeschooling work for your family is to figure out the balance that you need during the day. Does that sound challenging? It should, because finding balance is …

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Printable Chore Charts for Older Children

Our printable chore charts for preschoolers are great for the younger crowd, but for your older children you need something that encourages a bit more responsibility. Check out the two chore charts below to help you do just that. The first chart is filled in with activities and chores that are appropriate for those in …

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Common Core State Standard Aligned iPad Apps for Kindergarten

Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure that the apps being used in the classroom are aligned to those standards. PunFlay’s new apps, Measurement and Word Wall, are two perfect examples of how education technology has worked to align itself with the CCSS to make teachers’ lives easier while educating children. Mathomatix’s Measurement Focusing …

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Dorm Living: 5 Things You Can’t Live Without

Trying to get ready, you have gone over checklist after checklist. Even though you have the basics covered (clothes, school supplies, laptop, etc), it’s possible a few essentials have been overlooked. If this is your first time away from home, and you’re just not sure, here are some items you should not forget. 1. Dry …

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10 Educational iPad Apps for Children

Occupy and engage their curious minds with some of the educational iPad apps below. They are sure to keep your little one learning long after the school day is done. 1. iWriteWords A handwriting game designed for preschoolers that teaches proper letter formation. Platforms: iPhone, iPad Also available: iWriteWords Lite 2. Operation Math Math practice with a …

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How to Make Paint Chip Bookmarks for Kids

Paint chips have become a go-to craft supply, because they are free, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are any color you could possibly imagine. With back-to-school quickly approaching, it only seemed right to create a school-related craft. To encourage reluctant readers to have fun with their books of choice, we created …

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How to Make “Look What I Made” Magnet Clips

Do you have a child’s artwork that needs to find a spot on the refrigerator for display?  Regular, everyday magnets will work, but they lack that certain something that makes your child feel special.  An easy fix to that is to create “Look What I Made” Magnet Clips.  They are quick, easy to make, and …

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20 Olympic Crafts, Activities, and Learning Ideas for Kids

With the Olympics on day and night for the next couple of weeks, it is a great time to introduce your children to some fun Olympics-inspired crafts, activities, and snacks.  Check out the great collection of crafts we’ve gathered from around the Internet and be inspired.  How are you celebrating the Olympics? 20 Olympic Crafts, Activities, and …

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How to Make Backpack Tags for School and Sports

There are only so many different types of backpacks out there and with the start of school, chances are that someone else is going to have the exact same backpack as your child. Visions of someone else’s child’s half-eaten lunch and smelly gym clothes can make any parent want to start labeling everything – and fast! Instead …

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How to Recycle and Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags

Oh those plastic bags! You know the ones I’m talking about. They’re either overflowing that not-so-handy bag organizer or pouring out of your drawers and cabinets. Well get ready to give them a new life with some of these ideas! The average grocery store plastic bag can be transformed into many things. To get your …

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50 Ways to Praise and Encourage Your Child

There may be families who save the praise and encouragement for special times, but in our house, that praise and encouragement flows freely. That’s not to say that we have the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality, because we don’t, but our kids do know that we support them in their achievements and endeavors. If you’re …

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10 Kid-Friendly, Picky-Eater Approved Lunches

I think, in the wee hours of the morning, my children gather and form a “Picky Eaters Club” that is intent on the demise of lunch as we know it. They plot their revenge on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pinky swear that they won’t let vegetables anywhere near their mouths. They stand united. …

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Free Printable Chore Charts for Preschoolers

That being said, I’m also a strong believer in kids being given chores they are developmentally able to do. Assigning a 4 year old to unload the dishwasher? Probably not a good idea. Having the 4 year old make her bed? Absolutely! The two chore charts below are perfect for getting your little one started. They limit …

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