Backyard Bees & Beekeeping

by Megan Bittner Bees are one of the most important creatures to humans on earth. It is estimated that one third of the food we eat relies on pollination primarily by bees (though other insects, birds, and bats play a…

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Powerful Keys to Emergency Preparedness

by Megan Bittner We don’t want to consider the possibility of a tragedy such as a natural disaster affecting our families. But preparing for emergencies ahead of time and talking about emergency plans with all the members of your family…

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Simple Living and Homeschooling

by Megan Bittner Does the thought of surprise guests make you want to draw the blinds and lock the door? Is your “quality family time” overshadowed by looming chores and unfinished tasks? Do you slip through the drive-through or throw…

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Teaching Foreign Language In Your Homeschool

by Megan Bittner Ciao! Comment allez-vous? Gracias a todos por leer nuestro blog! What better time to start a new language course than the start of the new school year? Though it may seem impossible to teach a foreign language…

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Gearing Up for Fall

by Megan Bittner What does your homeschool plan look like? How does it flow through the year? Whether you’re a natural planner or more inclined to go with the flow of things, there is something for you in this Homeschool…

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Summer Art: Capturing Color with Pointillism

by Megan Bittner Whether or not you break from homeschooling over the summer, lesson topics that lend themselves to incorporating multiple subjects are excellent ways to engage children who have different interests or to slip some “school” into a more…

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Light Up the Night Sky: Homeschool Astronomy

by Megan Bittner Next weekend, August 11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak visibility, offering the perfect opportunity to explore astronomy with your homeschoolers and enjoy some summer science fun. Check out this Homeschool Living and try your…

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The Dog Days of Summer

by Megan Bittner Have you ever wondered where this phrase comes from? You might be surprised to find out that it doesn’t actually have anything to do with real dogs! In ancient Rome, the hottest, most humid days of the…

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Swimming: Taking Homeschooling to the Water

Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities, and for homeschoolers it can be much more than a “fun-in-the-sun” afternoon at the pool. Learning to swim provides the opportunity to practice physical fitness, self motivation, water safety, and more….

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Celebrating Independence

Celebrate the 4th of July—Independence Day—with more than picnics and fireworks this year! Check out the Homeschool Classroom for some great ideas for teaching the history and meaning of Independence Day. Learn about the Declaration of Independence, explore our country’s…

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Water Works: Teaching Sustainable Living

by Megan Bittner  Water is one of our most precious resources and conserving and using it wisely is a great responsibility. Simple water conservation and collection techniques can help cut your family’s water usage by half, which helps conserve energy…

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Father’s Day

by Megan Bittner Father’s Day is this weekend! Explore this week’s Virginia Homeschool Classroom for some great ways to spend time with dad, recipes and ideas to make a special meal, sweet books to share and gift, and awesome projects…

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Bubbles & Balloons: Fun Summer Experiments for Your Homeschool

by Megan Bittner Bubbles and balloons are the perfect tools for some “lazy” summer learning! You can use them to explore science, mathematics, art, and more. Learn the science behind bubbles and balloons, experiment with their structure and formation, and…

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Honoring Memorial Day In Your Homeschool

By Megan Bittner In the Old Dominion, we live in a very diverse community that includes many military families stationed at various bases throughout our state. As homeschoolers, we have the opportunity to teach our children the importance of the…

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Biking Adventures for Homeschoolers

May is National Bike Month. As the school year comes to a close and the warm weather has finally arrived in Virginia, homeschoolers across the state can turn their studies to outdoor activities such as biking. Check out some awesome…

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Mother’s Day!

by Megan Bittner Happy Mother’s Day! There are tons of great ways to share some quality time with your family this weekend. Kids can browse this Homeschool Classroom for awesome gift ideas and recipes to help make this Mother’s Day…

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Samuel Morse: Morse Code and Secret Codes

by Megan Bittner Codes have been used throughout history to communicate, signal distress, and transmit secret information. One of the most recognizable codes is Morse code, developed by Samuel Morse in 1836 as a means of long-distance communication. It was…

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Count Me In: Teaching Kids About Money and Finances

by Megan Bittner Is it ever too early to start learning how to save and spend money wisely? Answer this question in this week’s Homeschool Classroom, and discover some great tips for how and why to include financial budgeting in…

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Growing Selfless Children

by Megan Bittner “How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank And how wonderful it is that there are so many countless ways to volunteer and make…

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National Library Week

by Megan Bittner Next week is National Library Week. Take the opportunity to explore, rediscover, and share the importance and impact of libraries in your homeschool and your community. Check out this week’s Homeschool Classroom for cool facts about libraries…

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STEM Basics: Computers, Coding & Application

by Megan Bittner With the increasing application of computers and technology in many career fields, teaching computer science–basics and beyond–has become more important than ever. But it can be a daunting idea, especially if this is not your area of…

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13 Experiments and Activities for Teaching Dental Health

by Megan Bittner With February being National Dental Health Month and National Dentist Day coming up on March 6, now is the perfect time to incorporate lessons on dental health and teeth into your homeschool. Try these 13 wacky experiments…

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Hands-On Reading Making it Fun for Everyone

by Megan Bittner There is a plethora of benefits you can gain from everyday reading, including mental stimulation, knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking skills, better focus and memory, improved writing skills, creativity, and good old-fashioned entertainment. A…

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Black History Month

by Megan Bittner February is Black History Month! Enjoy these ideas for incorporating lessons on African-American influence into your homeschool. Here are some ideas to apply across your curriculum, including science and invention, music and arts, literature and poetry, and…

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Valentine’s Day

by Megan Bittner The Art of Love These yarn-wrapped hearts from Fynes Designs are a versatile craft that can be created by even the youngest children and used in garlands, wreaths, and centerpieces. These adorable heart-shaped animals from Housing A…

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Groundhog Day and Other Weather Prediction Folklore

by Megan Bittner Groundhog Day is celebrated each February 2 throughout the United States and Canada, and is a fun example of a folk legend weather prediction. This week’s Homeschool Classroom includes activities, crafts, and resources to use in teaching…

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Homeschool Resolutions, Goals, and Planning

The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to evaluate your homeschool lifestyle and habits, celebrate the past year’s successes, and resolve to improve on your shortcomings. One of the most important parts of making resolutions and setting…

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