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Well, forgive me for the delay with any updates about our new school year we’re in the midst of here!  Once we kicked it off at the beginning of September, we’ve been very occupied finding our groove, with our new schedules.  Things are quite different for us this year! With the kid’s respective

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Hatching butterflies is probably a pretty standard experiment and  study for students, in both formal and home school educations alike.  It’s one that can be used as a Science participation lesson more than once in the course of ones education, because the benefits of the lesson are different for various ages.

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Now Reporting

Posted by Laura on Thursday Jul 7, 2011 Under Home Schooling, Reading / Writing, The Big Picture

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It’s always nice to have friends, who care about your kids in a sincere way, almost as much as you do.  Don’t you think? I have had a friend in particular like that, for 13 years now or so.   About half-way into our friendship, I began home schooling our oldest, and at the

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A Baby Raccoon Study

Posted by Laura on Monday May 23, 2011 Under Home Schooling, Nature Study, Science

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Some of our most exciting lessons, often times turn out to be ones that were not part of my day’s lesson plan at all!  Like the countless opportunities of teachable moments  that pop up throughout every single day for us as parents/teachers, to utilize in educating and guiding our children down the right

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JFK Library & Museum / Field Trip

Posted by Laura on Wednesday Mar 16, 2011 Under Field Trips, Home Schooling, Politics and Government

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I’m a planner.  I plan everything.  Call me not-very-fun, but there is not much I do spontaneously.  Especially when it involves, like…..a whole day. Or traveling a small distance.  Or worse……changing plans I already planned!

So when a friend of mine sent me a message

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Puzzles: Building Important Skills

Posted by Laura on Monday Jan 10, 2011 Under Home Schooling

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I know I’ve blogged about puzzles before.  But, that was puzzles of a different kind.  I believe the studies, that all puzzles, are just good for our brain – young or old. (People, or puzzles, for that matter.)  They can help keep our brain active, quick, and sharp, and God knows I could use all of that. (Ask… (READ MORE......) | 2 Comments

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I’m sure I’ve been forthright about this before, as much as it makes me feel a little bad to say out loud.  (Figuratively speaking.)  But there always moments in time when these things come up, and there is some purpose in being truthful in the matter. Right?

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Boston Museum of Science / Field trip

Posted by Laura on Tuesday Oct 12, 2010 Under Field Trips, Home Schooling, Science

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One of our first field trips of this new school year, was to the Boston Museum of Science.  {JM, O & S} are at that age now, where I knew they would really benefit from going, on an educational level. {A}, of course, has been an appropriate age for

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“Let’s Have a Ball”.

Posted by Laura on Saturday Sep 25, 2010 Under Home Schooling, Phys Ed.

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I have this cyber-friend I met on a photography forum years ago.  I learned quickly, that she was just a hard-working, God-loving, sweetheart of a woman.  I had (and still have) lots, and lots of ‘friends’ there, because we all have that thing in common we are passionate about: photography.  But I became

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1st Day of School, & Some Old Time Schoolhouse Additions

Posted by Laura on Tuesday Sep 21, 2010 Under Home Schooling

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Every year on our first day of school, I take the kid’s school photos.   It’s amazing to see how much they change from year to year.  Or even from the beginning of the year, to the end!  But I don’t take school photos like this at the end of the year.  I only

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