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Being Honest with Your Children

Posted on Dec 16 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann The other day I was talking to another homeschool mom about the difficulties her eldest child is having in learning to read. The child shows multiple signs of dyslexia, with a possible secondary issue with processing language, and we were brainstorming curricula and aids that might help her. In the course of […]

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Let it Glow!

Posted on Dec 9 2014 by admin

By Michelle Crooker What can you find at a dollar store and deep in the ocean? Today, we are going to explore the amazing world of glowing stuff. Start off by asking your kids the question “What is light?” This question can lead to a variety of answers, from “Light is the sun shining,” or […]

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But Where Did All the Pencils Go?

Posted on Dec 2 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann   This morning was one of those school days that “did not go well” . The fourth-grader argued with the assignments and the textbooks. The third-grader dawdled and ate her pencils. The first-grader suddenly couldn’t remember any of the phonics he’d known perfectly the day before, and the toddler had a tantrum […]

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The Effects of Omega-3 on Health, Behavior, and School

Posted on Nov 18 2014 by admin

by Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP Sometimes a subject comes up that is so wide-reaching in its impact that it can’t be ignored. As a special educator for more than thirty years as well as a nutritionist, I am always on the lookout for ways to relieve suffering in kids who are struggling with learning or […]


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“Weather” or Not

Posted on Nov 11 2014 by admin

by Michelle Crooker This year, Bug and Princess are both studying biology in NOEO Science, sold through Logos Press, and they are currently learning about weather. One of the things I like about NOEO Science is their name. “Noeo” is a Greek word that means, “to perceive with the mind, to understand, to have understanding to […]

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Organizing for Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 4 2014 by admin

- By Florence Feldman, www.organizedtimes.com  Sometimes the turkey is not the only thing that gets stuffed at Thanksgiving. When making room for holiday company, we stuff our closets, attics, basements, showers, and other out-of-sight spaces with “stuff” we just don’t have time to sort before the festivities begin.   As we prepare for company, we […]

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Apprenticeship and Mentorship Making a Comeback

Posted on Oct 28 2014 by admin

by Mike Cheney In the 250 years since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution when the fragmenting of the family into individual labor units began in earnest, the concepts of apprenticeship and men- torship largely disappeared from the American culture. The common practice of children being trained up for their lives’ work by parents, relatives, […]

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Learning to Be Wrong

Posted on Oct 21 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinman Does this ever happen at your house? You are teaching a math lesson and ask your student, “What number, plus six, equals fourteen?” “Seven,” he replies positively. “No,” you say, “that’s incorrect.” And the arguing commences… “I know that’s right; I counted!” “You’re wrong, Mom.” “The book is printed wrong.” And so […]

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History to Science

Posted on Oct 14 2014 by admin

by Michelle Crooker This year Six Hands is studying U.S. History. One of the reasons for this is that he requested to do so, but the other reason is because I really wanted to get out of the ancient world. Between Six Hands, Princess, and Bug we have been studying ancient history for several years now. […]

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Recognizing Progress

Posted on Oct 7 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinman The other day, we had one of those days when all of the interactions with a particular child go badly. You know–the days when the child in question starts trying to run the world before he’s even out of bed, and continues trying to run the world despite his attempts failing every […]

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Nature Study

Posted on Sep 23 2014 by admin

By Michelle Crooker Although we don’t do it nearly often enough, the kids and I enjoy going on nature walks.  Six Hands and I go on plenty of hikes with his scout troop, but there tends to be a difference between a “hike” and a “nature walk.”   The main differences are speed and distance. […]

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What Are Your Goals

Posted on Sep 16 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann   So, here we are–a month into the new school year for most of us–and I have a question: What are your goals this year?   Oh, I know, I know–you want to finish the grade-level-appropriate work, teach Johnny to read, and have some fun along the way. Me too!   But […]

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Summertime Schooling in Southwest Virginia

Posted on Sep 9 2014 by admin

A Things to Do and Places to Go around the Commonwealth Series – Part 4 – Southwest VA If you have been following my series of Summertime Schooling, that you will know that so far we have covered: Summer Time Schooling Part 1 – Summertime Schooling in Eastern Virginia Part 2 – Summertime Schooling in […]

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Does Attitude Matter?

Posted on Sep 2 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann A question was brought up by a friend after my recent post about getting back into routine:   “I focused on attitude almost exclusively, figuring that jobs would be well done if the attitudes were right. For some of the children this meant a LOT of doing jobs over until they were […]

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Summertime Schooling in Northern Virginia

Posted on Aug 26 2014 by admin

Things to Do and Places to Go around the Commonwealth Series – Part 3 – Northern VA Welcome back to Summertime Schooling Series. As the end of summer approaches, many people are thinking and planning for back to homeschool, and the same goes for us – but we’re not done yet with summertime. This is […]

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Planning for Off Days

Posted on Aug 19 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann   It’s the time of year to plan school for next year. One of the things I’ve realized as I’ve worked on this coming year is that I need to have a plan in place for weeks when life is going to make homeschooling hard! I’ve never been very good at working […]

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Summertime Schooling in Central Virginia

Posted on Aug 12 2014 by admin

A Things to Do and Places to Go around the Commonwealth Series – Part 2 – Central VA Let’s start this part of the series with a summertime tip – be sure to take it easy. Even if it’s just for a little while, take a few minutes, sit down, and relax. Let’s take a […]

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Rebuilding the Routine

Posted on Aug 5 2014 by admin

by Kyndra Steinmann Last time I told you how taking a break from school had morphed into taking a break from responsibilities and routines altogether, and how that had given us an unhealthy family atmosphere. We’re on the road to recovery now and I thought I should share with you some of the things we […]

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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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