YMB #116 Summer Reading and Morning Time: A Match Made in Homeschool

Summer is for fun and what is more fun than a summer reading program and Morning Time. In this episode Pam and member success manager Laney Homan talk about the Traveling Through the Pages FREE summer reading program that encourages your kids to stretch outside their comfort zones and read widely this summer. Laney gives a number of great ideas of how to use the program and the accompanying Morning Time plans. Don't miss this practical episode.Links and resources from today's show: Traveling Through the Pages Summer Reading Adventure Summer Adventure Morning Time Plans The Metropolitan...

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Five Steps to a Fabulous Summer Plan

Get Organized for Summer with Kids Feature

Ah summer. Swimming pools, ice cream, and hours free to get bored do what you want. I loved summer because our days are more relaxed. I love a break from the structured school time and the feeling of needing to get a litany of school work accomplished each day. But if I am not careful our summers turn into a marathon of cartoons, video games, and YouTube (Does anyone else's kids like to look up their current passion on YouTube and watch all the videos?) This summer I have decided to try and stop those activities before they even begin. We are taking about eight weeks off our homeschool...

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YMB #115 Celebrating Cultural Heritage Through Art, Music, and Poetry: A Conversation with Amber O’Neal Johnston

Morning Time gives us a gift. It gives us a time in our day where we can enjoy the music, poetry, and art of a culture -- either our own or the culture of others. Today, I am joined by Amber O'Neal Johnston who talks about why exploring both are important, and she has a ton of examples and ideas of how we can do that in our Morning Time.Links and resources from today's show: Amber's website - Heritage Mom Amber's Instagram - @heritagemomblog A Place to Belong: Celebrating Diversity and Kinship in the Home and Beyond See Amber's family in Gather: Exploring the Wonder, Wisdom, and Worship...

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Getting Ready For Summer In Your Homeschool

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Summertime. where the living is easier (and summer homeschooling is easier too). Here are my top tips for making this summer in your homeschool the best yet! To begin, let's talk a little bit about homeschool scheduling and your homeschool year. One way to approach your summer is with year round homeschooling. What Is Year Round Homeschooling? Do all homeschoolers take a summer break? Not all homeschoolers take a summer break. Some homeschool year round. In my family however, the older my kids have gotten, the more we take a break in the summer. This is because the more activities they...

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May Themes and Resources

The siren's call of warm May weather beckoning us outside can sometimes make it a challenging month to homeschool in, but it is a great time to get a change of scenery and take your homeschool outside.  Whether you read on a picnic blanket, get out for a field trip, or simply add to your nature journal; embrace the lovely weather and show your children that learning can happen anywhere. We have nature study, liturgical living, food, books, and learning ideas will inspire you for a month of family learning fun. Nature Study In May The weather is getting warmer, but the days aren't at their...

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18 Fun And Educational Geography Activities For Preschoolers

Making Geography Fun For Your Preschooler

Including geography in your preschool lessons doesn't have to be difficult. These 18 geography activities for preschoolers are fun and educational. I just finished reading Why Geography Matters by Harm de Blij and I realized that even though I’ve always had an interest in the world of maps, not everyone shares this love and is often grossly lacking in knowledge of the subject. Geography isn’t even usually taught in schools these days, so it’s no wonder that late-night television shows have a field day interviewing people on the street who have no clue that Africa isn’t a country! Teaching...

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3 Top Tips For Choosing The Right Homeschool Curriculum

3 Top Tips For Choosing The Right Homeschool Curriculum

When people begin homeschooling, the very first question they often ask is, “How do I choose a curriculum?” I understand it's something that's on your mind when you're thinking about homeschooling, but it's not the place to start. Whether you are brand new to homeschooling or coming to the end of another year and starting to think about curriculum for next year, chances are you are worried about how to find the right curriculum for your homeschool. 3 Top Tips For Choosing The Right Homeschool Curriculum No matter what your circumstances or experience, before you pull out your credit card,...

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YMB #114 How Perfectionism Can Sabotage Morning Time

So often we set ourselves up to fail when we have unrealistic expectations and expect a perfect Morning Time. Sometimes we don't even realize that perfectionism is the problem we are fighting. In this episode, Pam breaks down what perfectionism can look like in your Morning Time and gives some tips on how to beat it so you can your kids can enjoy Morning Time together for years to come.Links and resources from today's show: Gather: Exploring the Wonder, Wisdom, and Worship of Learning at Home YMB #37 Loops, Blocks, and Other Schedule Options for Morning Time YMB #57 Morning Time on the Go...

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April Themes and Resources

The sun is shining more, spring bulbs are blooming, and the kids and adults alike are ready to get outside. It is undeniable that spring is in the air!  It is a great time to observe the changes in  nature, but weather can still be unpredictable--April showers do bring May flowers after all. Our nature study, liturgical living, food, books, and learning ideas will get you started for a month of family learning fun. Nature Study In April Animals that we have not seen all winter are out of hibernation and birds are migrating, what animals can you put in your nature journal? Don't forget the...

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My All-Time Favorite Books For Homeschool Moms

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This is one of my absolute favorite topics: books. More specifically, my favorite books for homeschool moms. Books and homeschoolers go together like peanut butter and jelly - and not just for our kids! Listen to the Podcast: Taking Time To Learn As A Homeschool Parent Reading homeschool books is something that we moms can do for our own personal and professional development. We may not be paid to homeschool, but we are taking this on as our job. It is our professional development to study how to do it. Reading these books will give you the inspiration and encouragement that you need. It...

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