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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Homeschool Lessons for the Winter Blahs

Frigid temperatures and slushy roads will eventually make anyone start longing for spring, but don’t wish that snow and ice away just yet! It’s full of inspiration for fascinating math and science lessons and beautiful visual and language art. Here…

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Gratitude: Counting Your Blessings

Gratitude: Counting Your Blessings Learning to be grateful and say “thank you” isn’t always the easiest lesson to teach–or learn. In a season that often seems to focus on over-indulgence, being thankful for the things we already have can be…

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Learning to Give – Homemade Gifts and Crafts

Learning to Give – Homemade Gifts and Crafts A lot of children are very familiar with the joy of receiving gifts—especially around holiday time! But these handmade gifts are beautiful tools to help you show that the joy of giving…

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Advent Activities for the Whole Family

Advent is a time of anticipation and reflection. This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, and ends on Sunday, December 24, although a lot of Advent plans include daily activities, crafts, or readings beginning the first of the month….

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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids Ages 2 to 92

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids Ages 2 to 92 Thanksgiving is only a week away, so now’s the time to demonstrate–and learn–a spirit of thankfulness. These fun Thanksgiving lessons, crafts, recipes, and games offer too many activities for just one day!…

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10 Ideas for Making Writing Fun

Have you spent what seems like countless hours coaxing sentences out of your reluctant writer? Have you struggled to help a runaway imagination build structure? Browse these creative ways to jumpstart the writing process, take new twists on non-fiction writing…

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Where Did The Time Go?

1.1 More Sun!: Learning About Daylight Saving Time 1.2 Benjamin Banneker and Clock Building 1.3 Clockwatchers: Time Management for Teens and Teachers This Sunday, we will be turning back time (if only for a few months!). Yes, it’s the end…

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