Mom’s Corner – January 6, 2016

1.1 Article: “Start Your Homeschool Fresh in the New Year” 1.2 Online Photoshop-like Photo Editor 1.3 Signs and Symptoms of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, and Dysgraphia   1.1 Article: “Start Your Homeschool Fresh in the  New Year” You may or may…

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Around the State – December 16, 2015

3.1 Programs at the Library – Chesterfield – In Progress 3.2 “Classes by Beth” Discounted Classes – Online – Begin January 11 3.3 Keep Prince William Beautiful Art Contest – Prince William – Deadline is February 1 3.4 HSLDA 2016…

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The Homeschool Classroom – December 16, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Free Preschool Sight Word Game 2.2 Handprint and Footprint Crafts   2.1 Free Preschool Sight-Word Game You can give your pre-reader a little help to master sight words and have fun while doing it. Download the…

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Mom’s Corner – December 16, 2015

1.1 Article: “10 Free Christmas Gifts” 1.2 Institute for Excellence in Writing’s “Twelve Days of Christmas Giving 2015” 1.3 Activities for a Christ-Centered Christmas   1.1 Article: “10 Free Christmas Gifts” It’s easy for children to become distracted during the…

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Around the State – December 9, 2015

3.1 Homeschool Gymnastics Classes – Rockville – Registration Is Ongoing 3.2 Classical Conversations Mini-Homeschool Conference – Palmyra – Registration Deadline Is December 10 3.3 National History Bee – Online and at Multiple Venues – Registration Deadline Is December 18 3.4…

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The Homeschool Classroom – December 9, 2015

Preschool & Kindergarten 2.1 Imaginative Play 2.2 Name Writing Practice for Preschoolers   2.1 Imaginative Play Small children learn to express themselves verbally, learn to empathize with other people, and experiment with social and emotional roles when they engage in…

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Mom’s Corner – December 9, 2015

1.1 Article: “Tips for Homeschooling Through the Holidays” 1.2 Free Download from Peace Hill Press: Jim Weiss Reads “The Nativity Story” 1.3 Household Cleaning Hacks   1.1 Article: “Tips for Homeschooling Through the Holidays” The joy of the holiday season…

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Around the State – December 2, 2015

3.1 Colonial Christmas at Scotchtown – Beaverdam – December 12 & 13 3.2 Court End Christmas at the John Marshall House – Richmond – December 13 3.3 Such a Time Women’s Conference – Williamsburg – Best Price by December 31…

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The Homeschool Classroom – December 2, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Advent Cards 2.2 Drinking Straw Activities for Preschoolers   2.1 Advent Cards Names in the Bible are very important, and the names of Jesus even more significant. It’s not too late to jump in and teach…

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Mom’s Corner – December 2, 2015

1.1 Article: “Altogether Joyful: Finding Joy in the Journey” 1.2 Christmas Cookie Recipes   1.1 Article: “Altogether Joyful: Finding Joy in the Journey” How many songs can you think of that contain the word “joy”? “Joy to the World,” “Christmas…

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Around the State – November 18, 2015

3.1 Seasonal Events at Henricus – Chester – some events require early registration 3.2 The Grand Illumination of Cape Henry Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – December 3 3.3 Christmas at Bacon’s Castle – Surry – December 5 3.4 Contest: “A…

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Homeschool Classroom – November 18, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Lego Learning 2.2 Free Thanksgiving Printables   2.1 Lego Learning These 30 Lego activities teach letter recognition, math, reading, science, and more, and can help make learning fun. www.happinessishomemade.net/2014/06/20/lego-learning-activities/#_a5y_p=1868496 Back to top   2.2 Free Thanksgiving…

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Mom’s Corner – November 18, 2015

1.1 Article: “Dear Worried Homeschool Mom: You Can Do This!” 1.2 DIY Heating Pads 1.3 A Prayer of Thanksgiving   1.1 Article: “Dear Worried Homeschool Mom: You Can Do This!” Amy Blevins at Homeschool Encouragement.com encourages you to stop worrying…

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Around the State – November 11, 2015

3.1 Veterans Day at Cape Henry Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – November 11   3.1 Veterans Day at Cape Henry Lighthouse – Virginia Beach – November 11 Cape Henry Lighthouse Virginia Beach, VA Wednesday, November 11, 2015, from 10 a.m….

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Homeschool Classroom – November 11, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 21 Thanksgiving Crafts 2.2 50 Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Preschoolers   2.1 21 Thanksgiving Crafts Thanksgiving is a perfect time for crafts. The fall colors lend themselves beautifully to creating festive garlands, turkey creations…

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Mom’s Corner – November 11, 2015

1.1 Article: “5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Family Time” 1.2 DIY Bath Salts 1.3 Including Your Kids in the Holiday Preparations   1.1 Article: “5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Family Time” We all have…

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Around the State – November 4, 2015

3.1 2015 Holiday Shoppers Fair – Henrico – November 5-7 3.2 Christian College Fair – Norfolk – November 12 3.3 Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s Homeschool Fun Day – Newport News – Register by December 1 3.4 Bland Music Scholarship Contest…

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The Homeschool Classroom – November 4, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Preschool STEM Activities 2.2 Inexpensive Counting Sticks   2.1 Preschool STEM Activities It is never too early to give your child a love for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Use these activities to build their curiosity…

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Mom’s Corner – November 4, 2015

1.1 Article: “The Most Important Ingredient in Family Relationships” 1.2 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes 1.3 Occupying Toddlers During School Hours   1.1 Article: “The Most Important Ingredient in Family Relationships” What would you say is the most important ingredient in…

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Around the State – October 28, 2015

3.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – November 9 3.2 Henricus Historical Park Activities – Chester – November 21 & 28   3.1 Foster Parent Orientation – Richmond – November 9 Virginia Baptist Resource Center Richmond, VA Monday, November 9,…

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The Homeschool Classroom – October 28, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Bears and Hibernation 2.2 Spider Web Art   2.1 Bears and Hibernation Where do bears go in the winter? Teach your preschooler about bears and hibernation with this list of books. www.pre-kpages.com/bears-hibernation-theme-preschool Search for additional ideas…

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Mom’s Corner – October 28, 2015

1.1 Article: “Your Child Is Your Neighbor” 1.2 Scents of the Season 1.3 Copycat Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings   1.1 Article: “Your Child Is Your Neighbor” When asked by an expert in the law, “What is the greatest commandment?”…

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Around the State – October 21, 2015

3.1 Short Story Contest – Gaithersburg, MD – Deadline Is February 19, 2016   3.1 Short Story Contest – Gaithersburg, MD – Deadline Is February 19, 2016 Grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall Gaithersburg, MD Deadline for submission is Friday, February…

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The Homeschool Classroom – October 21, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Hands-on Math for Preschoolers 2.2 Melted Crayon Pumpkin Decoration   2.1 Hands-on Math for Preschoolers For preschoolers, who have very short attention spans, these activity-based math lessons are fun ways to teach important math concepts. http://teachingmama.org/15-hands-on-math-activities-preschoolers…

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Mom’s Corner – October 21, 2015

1.1 Article: “Allow Yourself to Rest” 1.2 50 Calorie-Conscious Pumpkin Recipes 1.3 Article: “New Research Shows Quebec Daycare Harms Children” 1.4 YouTube Art Instruction   1.1 Article: “Allow Yourself to Rest” Do you find resting hard? Do activities and responsibilities…

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Around the State – October 14, 2015

3.1 Homeschool Day at Green Hand Farm Park – Gloucester – Registration Deadline Is November 1 3.2 Upward Basketball & Cheerleading – Richmond – Registration Deadline Is November 7 3.3 The Nutcracker – Roanoke – Deadline Is November 10 3.4…

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The Homeschool Classroom – October 14, 2015

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN 2.1 Ideas for Play-Based Learning 2.2 Free Preschool Worksheets   2.1 Ideas for Play-Based Learning What comes more naturally to a preschooler than play? Why not take advantage of this natural tendency and teach while having fun?…

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Mom’s Corner – October 14, 2015

1.1 Article: “Home Schooling with Diligence” 1.2 Identifying Learning Styles 1.3 Simple Knitting Patterns   1.1 Article: “Home Schooling with Diligence” Merriam-Webster defines diligence as “persevering application.” What does diligence have to do with homeschooling? Everything, says Peggy Ployhar. She…

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One School Refuses to Accept ACT and SAT Scores

Here is a great reminder of the freedom we have as homeschool families to innovate–let’s not fall into the trap of doing school at home and teaching to the tests. “If we reduce education to the outcomes of a test,…

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