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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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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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