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Inside Fun

Inside Fun

If you've spent any time stuck in a house with children, though, you know that after a while they might need a little guidance if you're all going to escape with your sanity intact! Here are a few of our favorite creative ways to pass the inside time.

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Have you tried classes at the OKC Zoo?

Have you tried classes at the OKC Zoo?

In case you haven't tried out one of the zoo classes, I want to share a few things you need to know about them!

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Teaching about Hanukkah

Teaching about Hanukkah

This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are on the same day, so if you’re looking for something to learn about next week, I have some Hanukkah ideas to share with you today!

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Favorite Jan Brett books

Favorite Jan Brett books

Jan Brett has so many books that would be wonderful as either go-alongs or to base an entire unit study around!

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Favorite Oklahoma Field Trips

Favorite Oklahoma Field Trips

In honor of Oklahoma's 106th birthday, I wanted to share some of our favorite Oklahoma history field trips with you!

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Teaching about Veterans Day

Teaching about Veterans Day

Even though we have many men and women serving overseas, I would guess that most kids today don’t know much about this holiday unless they know a veteran. Here are a few ideas to help your kids learn about Veterans Day this year!

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Graphing with Young Kids

Graphing with Young Kids

Lately we have started making some bar graphs, which she thinks is really fun. I’m enjoying it because it gives her counting practice in a new way as well as introducing her to the concept of graphs, which is something very useful in real life.

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Teach Your Own Classes

Teach Your Own Classes

If you have friends or family members with expertise in a certain area, see how they would feel about sharing their knowledge with your kids. When homeschoolers help out homeschoolers, it's great for all of us!

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Fall Break Fun

Fall Break Fun

If you’ve been going strong since August, you may be feeling the need for some down time. You don’t have to do anything huge, just break out of your normal routine. Here are a few of the things that we’ve enjoyed doing on our short breaks from school.

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The Art Drawer

The Art Drawer

My four year old is the creative one in the house. Every day she makes something—a picture, a project, an invention, anything she can think of. I don’t know why it took me so long to think of it, but I finally set up an art drawer for her and it has been a lifesaver!

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Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels

Three reasons why graphic novels might be perfect for your reluctant reader or to introduce stories to teens and tweens.

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Number Practice

Number Practice

Remember that it’s going to take some time for most kids to master number recognition, so be prepared to practice a lot! Making it fun for your child will also make it a little less tedious for you, too!

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Drawn Together

Drawn Together

Next Saturday, September 28, you have the awesome opportunity to help raise money for tornado relief and meet some famous authors at the same time!

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy, Mateys! Next Thursday, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Of course it’s fun to just go around calling everyone and everything by ridiculous pirate words, but here are a few ideas for making your school day a little more interesting, too.

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Reading Logs

Reading Logs

However you choose to do it, I encourage you to have your kids keep track of their reading and challenge them to see if they can read even more!

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Get a Paper Plan

Get a Paper Plan

One of the things I never considered when I first started thinking about homeschooling was what I was going to do with all of my son’s work. If you’ve had a kid in any kind of school, you know what I mean.

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Support Groups

Support Groups

One of the earliest thoughts to consider when you’re beginning to homeschool is whether or not to join a support group of some kind. My answer? It depends on you!

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Artist Series

Artist Series

I’ve talked a bit about planning artist studies before, and since that’s what I’m busy doing right now, I thought I would share some book series that have been great additions to our learning!

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Oklahoma and the Civil War

Oklahoma and the Civil War

Hopefully these ideas will give you some simple ways to make history more interesting for your kids!

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New Experiences

New Experiences

One of the most common criticisms you hear about homeschooling is that the kids are too sheltered, and as just about any busy homeschooling mom can tell, you that’s not true. If you think my kids are always stuck at home, you should take a look at my car’s mileage each week—it can get pretty crazy.

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National Ice Cream Month

National Ice Cream Month

Just in case you needed an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth, July is National Ice Cream Month! There are plenty of learning opportunities to go along with ice cream, too!

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Book Series

Book Series

When you spend a great deal of time reading aloud, though, sometimes you run out of ideas of what to read next, which is one reason I enjoy finding good series to read with my kids. In case you find yourself in the same situation, I wanted to share some of the series we’ve been enjoying lately!

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Family Reunions

Family Reunions

This weekend we’re getting ready for our family reunion. Every other summer the descendants of my great-grandparents get together—no small feat since there were twelve children in the family! Here are some great resources for learning about families.

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Fourth of July

Fourth of July

I can’t believe we’re almost to July 4th! We’re not doing formal school right now, but I’m doing my best to sneak in some fun and educational activities here and there. Here are a few ideas I found to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

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Personal Conference

Personal Conference

I have been making plans for myself this summer. Setting aside a day or two isn’t going to work for me, but I think I can carve out some time here and there throughout the summer to listen, watch, read, and think on the direction I want our year to take.

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Saying Yes

Saying Yes

I’ve shared before that sometimes you need to learn to say no more often in order to really be at home to homeschool. Summertime, though, is Yes Time at our house.

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Pick Your Own Books

Pick Your Own Books

Hopefully by now you’ve picked up the latest issue of MetroFamily Magazine and have found some fun things to do with your kids this summer. This month, we shared about some great places to pick your own fruits and veggies this summer. Here are a few books you can use to sneak in some more learning with your yummy finds!

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Our Summer Plans

Our Summer Plans

Our last day of school was last Friday and we are ready for summer! We do some “regular school” during the summer—mostly math so the skills aren’t lost—but for the most part, summer means no formal lessons. Instead, here’s how we’re spending our summer...

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Words & Tornadoes

Words & Tornadoes

I almost didn’t write anything for this week. After Monday, it seemed like there were just no words.

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Buying Books

Buying Books

So how can you fill your home with good books without going broke? Here are four suggestions!

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Great Mother's Day Reads

Great Mother's Day Reads

Mother’s Day is here! I would like to say that means I’ll get a big vacation and a maid to come in and tackle all my hot spots while I’m sitting on a beach somewhere, but really it’s probably going to be pretty much a normal Sunday. This week and next we’re going to take some time to read some good books about mamas together.

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Celebrating Pretzel Day!

Celebrating Pretzel Day!

Sometimes we get so busy with school and activities that we need to stop and do something fun. One of my favorite things to do with my kids is celebrate crazy holidays!

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Science Experiments

Science Experiments

Let me start this post by saying that I am not a scientist and I don’t even play one at home. That role falls to my husband, who has a microbiology degree and is a doctor, which kind of makes my 10th grade biology award look crummy.

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Touch a Truck

Touch a Truck

Touch a Truck, one of our favorite events in the metro, is coming up next weekend! Held each year at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman, Touch a Truck raises funds to benefit the children’s section of the Norman Public Library, a place very near and dear to my heart.

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Teaching about Classical Music

Teaching about Classical Music

Sometimes homeschooling your kids means stepping out of your comfort zone and teaching subjects you’ve never taught before. Even if you’re somewhat familiar with a topic, teaching it to someone else makes you go another step to understand it better.

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Class Pet

Class Pet

Recently we took a big step and bought our first classroom pet. Since we’re homeschoolers, I guess any pet is technically a classroom pet, but since this one is confined to a terrarium, he stays in our school room all the time (unlike the cat, who mostly just comes in to stalk birds out the window). We’re now the proud owners of Leo, a juvenile leopard gecko! Since we’ve only had cats before, this is a step out of our comfort zone, but I think it’s going to be a good experience for the whole family.

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Just Ask

Just Ask

Think about places off the beaten path that might be fun and educational. You might be surprised about what’s out there if you just take a few minutes to ask!

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Weather

Weather

If you’ve lived in Oklahoma for more than a week, you know weather is a big deal here. It’s a little crazy all the time, it seems, but especially in the spring, which makes this a great time of year to study the weather!

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Stamps and Mail

Stamps and Mail

I recently stumbled across an activity I’d never heard of that went along perfectly with what we were doing that day so I wanted to share it with you!

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St. Patrick's Day Fun

St. Patrick's Day Fun

St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon! This year it falls on a Sunday, something I always loved when I was a classroom teacher, because who really wants to spend the day trying to keep 25 ten year olds from pinching each other? So while you may not be doing actual school work on St. Patrick’s Day, there are still fun ways to work it into your learning experience!

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Why You Should Attend the OCHEC Convention

Why You Should Attend the OCHEC Convention

Convention time is coming soon and if you haven’t ever been before, you really should give it a try! The Oklahoma City Homeschool Convention (OCHEC) is May 3-4 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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Artist Study Idea

Artist Study Idea

Not every artist is as easy to study with kids as someone like Picasso, but there are some simple things you can do to help make any artist study fun!

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5 Ways to Recharge

5 Ways to Recharge

However you recharge, don’t forget to take the time to do it! You will feel better and your family will always benefit from a happy mama!

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Resources for President's Day

Resources for President's Day

We spent most of 2012 learning about all of the presidents and along the way we found some great resources I’d like to share with you before Presidents Day!

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Audio School

Audio School

Between living outside of town and having a bit of a drive to get places and going on road trips around the state, our family spends a lot of time in the car, especially me and the kids. Sometimes we try to put that time in the car to some good use—not that talking or resting isn’t good use, but sometimes I try to use that time to actually get some things done.

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Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Festival

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, so this is the best time of the year to learn about chocolate—though I don’t think there’s ever really a bad time, do you?

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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and this week I have several good resources I’d like to share with you!

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New Year Goals

New Year Goals

The new year is here! We started back to school Monday and so far things are going smoothly. Thanks to my mom taking my kids for a few days over break I was able to get some major planning done for the semester and that always makes things easier! I have a few goals I am working toward for this new semester.

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Art Games

Art Games

I like art. I like to learn about art. The one formal art history course I took, though, was like being beaten over the head with my giant Gardner’s book (which I still have!) for an hour--three times a week. Since I’ve become my kids’ art history teacher, I’ve been on the lookout for games that help my kids learn about art without giving them the shocking feeling that something so beautiful can be so incredibly boring.

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Jennifer Geary is a wife of one and mom of two who is back home in Broken Arrow after Air Force-sponsored detours to Omaha and Oklahoma City.  An elementary education graduate from the University of Oklahoma, she decided to leave her “regular” teaching career behind to homeschool her son and daughter. 

When she’s not educating, feeding, or cleaning up after someone, Jennifer likes to read and scrapbook.  You can read about all of her adventures at Little Things.

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