Book of the Week #3 – “Big Plans”

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This week’s book recommendation is titled “Big Plans” and is written by Bob Shea and illustrated by Lane Smith. This is a fun book to have your child discuss book illustrations, and help them set goals. It can also help to remind you that they are only a little once (if this winter indoor weather has you questioning yourself).  […]

Book of the Week #1 – “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”

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Hi!! I’m Mandee Turrell and this month is  National Library Lover’s Month! I plan to highlight a book each week this month that your family may enjoy! The first book I have chosen is titled “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”. The author is Carol McCloud. This book encourages kindness, appreciation, and positive behavior. It […]

Book of the Week #2 – “Bud, Not Buddy”

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This week’s book recommendation is titled “Bud, Not Buddy” and is written by Christopher Paul Curtis. It is a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father. Hear from Ms. Mandee in the video below as she explorers this book with us! […]

Maintaining Focus and Momentum

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Written by: Danni Lusk Search “maintaining focus in homeschooling” on Google and you’ll get three solid pages of results about how to keep your kids focused, but not a single one about us as parents. Juggling the many responsibilities of educating our children, maintaining a household, and, for some, working outside the home can be […]

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10 Fun Homeschooling Tips

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It’s 2020… We’ve experienced political turmoil, Australian wildfires, tornado damage, murder hornets, a worldwide pandemic, canceled sports, virtual graduations, and now homeschooling! Don’t let homeschooling add to the stress – let these tips inspire you to have your best year ever! 1. Play lots of games together. When you’re playing games, you are developing listening […]

When All Else Fails, Bake Cookies

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Picture this: You have your perfect schedule for your homeschool day… You wake up late, your husband is sick, the kitchen is a mess, the toilet overflowed… but your children must be educated! You’re already 2 hours behind schedule. It’s obvious today’s schedule is not going to work. Save the Instagram post for another day. […]

Homeschool Room Must-Haves

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What must you have? Absolutely nothing! You and your children are the two most important assets to successful homeschooling. Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook… Those perfect rooms are not required. Umkay? As I was looking at the homeschool room ideas, this stuff was so depressing to me. Use what you got! As my grandmother said – you […]