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Summertime Schooling in Eastern Virginia

Posted on Jul 22 2014 by admin

A Things to Do and Places to Go Around the Commonwealth Series – Part 1 Eastern Virginia by Michelle Crooker One of the great things about homeschooling is that homeschoolers can plan to take trips when other kids are back in school.  Lines are shorter and prices tend to be lower. But, what to do during […]

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Is a Summer Break Worthwhile?

Posted on Jul 15 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann Ever since we returned from the HEAV Convention, we’ve been slacking off around here! Partly because the weather has been lovely and we’ve all wanted more time outside, partly because we’ve had a lot of activities, but mostly because I was tired of school and wanted some time to think through the […]

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Summer Time Schooling

Posted on Jul 8 2014 by admin

by Michelle Crooker Everyone who homeschools is a little bit different.  We may use the same curriculum or have the same basic schedule as a friend, but each one of us does things a little differently. Summertime, for example, can be viewed in various ways. While some people take off for summer break, others will […]

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God Rested

Posted on Jul 1 2014 by admin

Creation Science – Day 7 by Michelle Crooker Well, it has finally come: “Creation Day 7–the Day of Rest!”  I don’t know about you, but pretty much anyone I know who has children could use a bit of rest.  If you missed the first six days of creation, that’s okay; here is a quick review: […]

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Five Steps for Successful Homeschool Planning

Posted on Jun 24 2014 by admin

Now that I’m home from the convention and we have finished up our last few subjects, my mind is turning to planning the new year and using all of the materials I purchased in June!   This is our fifth year of homeschooling, and although I’m starting to feel as though I finally have some […]

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God Made Man

Posted on May 28 2014 by admin

Creation Science – Day 6 God Made Man . . . but First, He Made Cattle, Insects, and Wild Animals Hello again, Science Lovers! We are back with day six of our series, Creation Science. Since we did a review last time, let’s just jump right in. So far, we have learned things for Day […]

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Birds that Fly and Creatures that Swim

Posted on May 13 2014 by admin

Creation Science – Day 5 Okay, it’s time for a quick review. Day 1 – Let There Be Light Day 2 – Separating the Waters Day 3 – Plant Science Day 4 – The Sun, the Moon and the Stars in the Sky I hope you have been having as much fun with this as […]

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Avoiding Sensory Overload at the Convention

Posted on May 6 2014 by admin

As you are no doubt aware, the HEAV Convention is coming up in just a few short weeks and I wanted to share with you some of the ways I prepare myself and the children to handle all of the wonderful and encouraging–and somewhat overwhelming–stimulation! The two older ones and I all struggle with staying […]

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The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars in the Sky

Posted on Apr 22 2014 by admin

Creation Science – Day 4 Here we are at day four of creation. At this point, God has made light, separated the waters, and made plants and fruit bearing trees – you can read my previous posts on the HEAV blog – Day 1 – Let there be Light, Day 2 – Separating the Waters, […]

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Plant Science

Posted on Apr 8 2014 by admin

by Michelle Crooker Here is the highly anticipated, anxiously awaited part three in the seven-part “Creation Science” series.  If you missed parts one and two, go check them out: Day 1 – Let there be Light and Day 2 – Separating the Waters.   Day 3: Plant Science “Then God said, ‘Let the waters below […]

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Finishing Strong

Posted on Apr 1 2014 by admin

I realized the other day that, despite all of the interruptions this year, Mouse (my six-year-old girl) is about thirty lessons away from the end of her second-grade year. How encouraging in these end-of-the-year doldrum weeks when I feel like we are spinning our wheels.   I started thinking right away about what we’ll study […]

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Separating the Waters

Posted on Mar 25 2014 by admin

by Michelle Crooker This post is part two of my seven-part, days-of-creation science series. If you missed the first part you can go back and read Creation Science Day 1 – Let There Be Light. Day 2: Separating the Waters “Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and […]

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Feeling Behind? That Can Be a Good Thing!

Posted on Mar 18 2014 by admin

So, last June, at the HEAV Convention, you saw these neat books with all kinds of activities and you thought, “Oh wow! The kids would really love these, and we would learn so much, and enjoy it, too!”   So you bought one and pre-ordered one that wasn’t in print yet and then spent a […]

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Let There Be Light

Posted on Mar 12 2014 by admin

by Michelle Crooker This semester at our co-op, I was asked to teach a science class—by the students themselves!  Apparently, I am the crazy science teacher. And I love it! My student group consists of fourth- and fifth-graders this semester. I decided to use the seven days of creation as my lesson guide. These students […]

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Getting Started Again

Posted on Mar 4 2014 by admin

By Kyndra Steinmann One of the great joys of homeschooling is its flexibility–but that is also one of its great dangers.. When life gets busy, it is often easy to let school–at least some of it–slide. This is especially true when there has been a large upheaval in the home or when the weather conspires […]

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Loving and Letting Go

Posted on Feb 18 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann Has it ever occurred to you that you could love your children too much? That you could do too much for them and make life too pleasant and easy? That sometimes the best way to love is to let them fall down as they learn to walk, or to let them fail […]

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So What is a Chemical Reaction Anyway?

Posted on Feb 11 2014 by admin

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, it makes sense that our thoughts turn to sweets and treats and good things to eat. However, in order to make sure you don’t ruin your appetite, this time we are going to have some fun with things that aren’t sweet–baking soda and vinegar!   I did this experiment first […]

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Outdoing One Another in Love

Posted on Feb 4 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann One of the hardest things to teach children (or remember ourselves) is that love isn’t a quid-pro-quo thing. Frequently, we interpret the “Golden Rule” as “We should only be as nice to others as they are to us!” The children certainly think so.   Of course, we could just spend a great […]

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Wintry Science – Part Two

Posted on Jan 29 2014 by admin

                    Two weeks ago, we talked about how to determine if it is cold where you live, and we talked about salt. We talked about why the Department of Transportation puts salt all over the roads and why businesses coat their parking lots and sidewalks with […]

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Wintry Science

Posted on Jan 14 2014 by admin

Is it cold where you live? If you aren’t sure, you can decide by this scale: You leave the house without a jacket. Do you not bother to go back in for one think about going back in for your jacket, but then decide it isn’t that far to the car so you just go […]

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Directing the Waters

Posted on Jan 7 2014 by admin

I grew up in a swamp. During the American Civil War, General McClellan lost wagons and cannons in the mud of my home county, and while I was growing up we had a constant task of improving the ditches and culverts that kept our country lane above water.   Here’s the thing about water: in […]

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Being Vs. Doing

Posted on Dec 18 2013 by admin

I remember when Buggle was about nine months old; he had a day when nothing would satisfy him but being held. I was teaching three days a week and was six months pregnant with Mouse and I did not have time to hold the baby all day!   Buggle wasn’t really a snuggler, either—and he […]

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M&M’S® Minus the “M”

Posted on Dec 10 2013 by admin

  Have you ever wondered how those little M’s are put onto M&M’S®? Okay, maybe you wonder about other things—like how to get the kids to clean up after themselves or what you are going to fix for dinner—but here, we wonder about odd things. In the planning for our chocolate class I came across […]

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Rainy-Day Math for Rambunctious Kids

Posted on Dec 3 2013 by admin

Oh, the winter doldrums! The weather is cold, the ground is likely muddy, or it is raining for the third day in a row. The wonders of the inventions bin have been exhausted and the energy level is off the wall! What is a mother to do in a small house full of stir-crazy children? […]

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Autumn Chromatography

Posted on Nov 27 2013 by admin

Have you ever wondered what makes leaves change colors in the fall? How do the leaves suddenly change from green to yellow or red? Where did those colors come from? Well, wonder no more–today we will find those colors! Materials: White vinegar Clear containers Fall leaves (Choose some from a few different trees, and try […]

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Turning Hindrance into Help

Posted on Nov 19 2013 by admin

One of the hardest things in a family with many little ones is figuring out how to incorporate everyone into the work of the household. It’s not too hard to train the older ones, but then the younger ones want to “help” and things can get sticky.   This is particularly true when the older […]

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It Melts in Your Mouth and Your Hands, and…

Posted on Nov 12 2013 by admin

by Michelle Crooker This experiment is pretty simple—it only requires one thing, and that one thing is tasty! Now, before we get too far, I do want to tell you one of my science rules. I tell this to all of the co-op classes that I have taught, and to my own children when they […]

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The Inventions Bin

Posted on Nov 5 2013 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann   One of the wonderful things about homeschooling is the way it enables me to give my children the gift of time—not just time with me and time with each other, but time for discovery and creation. All three big children love to make things. They use all the usual things, like […]

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Praying for Our Children

Posted on Oct 29 2013 by admin

by Julie Mendez There are a million things we could pray for our children, and probably should. But I just love this verse I read tonight and how it makes me think of my kids: I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our […]

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Snapology – Should Field Trips Be for Fun or Education?

Posted on Oct 22 2013 by admin

by Michelle Crooker At Snapology, you get the best of both worlds—fun and education. Snapology was started by two mothers who also happen to be sisters. Laura and Lisa Coe decided to combine their knowledge and love of science, math, sales, and technology to create centers that offer enriching classes and camps to kids. How […]

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