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Winter Survival

Winter Survival

To make it through the long, dark weeks until the weather finally starts to warm up again, I've had to be very intentional about making our school work more interesting or finding fun things to do. Here are a few ways I've tried to beat the winter blahs in the past!

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Christmas Fun

Christmas Fun

I'm so excited that Christmas is almost here! No, I don't have everything done yet, but at least we're ready for break. My daughter is still young enough that we've been doing Christmas-themed school for a couple of weeks, but I miss the days when I could do that with my son, too. If your kids are older or if you've been sticking with your normal school studies, here are a few ideas to get in some holiday fun before the big day arrives!

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History Pockets

History Pockets

As my kids get older and are taking on more school subjects, I'm finding that I'm more strapped for time than ever. Yes, they're becoming more independent, but there's only so much they do completely on their own. The fact is, I need to be either working with them or at least nearby for a good portion of our school day, which means less time for me to sit down and think and plan fun activities. Part of my solution for social studies lately has been Evan-Moor's History Pockets, so I wanted to share a bit about them with you!

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Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World

Somehow, there's less than a month left until Christmas. I'm not sure how it happened so quickly, but I know that that month is going to go by in about 17 hours, so it's time to get some planning done now to make sure we have some educational fun along the way!

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Celebrate Oklahoma at the Oklahoma History Center

This Sunday is Oklahoma's 107th birthday! In honor of this date, I'd like to share a bit about the Oklahoma History Center with you and why it may be one of the best field trips you can take your kids on to learn about our state.

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Ornament Exchange

Ornament Exchange

We've been participating in an ornament exchange with other homeschoolers all over the world since my son was 4 years old, and since we try to mail them out by Thanksgiving, it's time to get to work!

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DIY Bug Cages

DIY Bug Cages

Now that the temperature has dropped to levels I consider ideal, we're spending more and more time outside. We went camping for a few days over fall break so the kids and I made bug cages before we left. This was really easy and fun! You only need a few supplies and you'll be able to contain what you've caught so that you can actually observe it, unlike when you toss them in an old plastic container with a few holes punched in the lid!

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Homeschooling Through the Hard Times

Homeschooling Through the Hard Times

Even in the rare easy times of life, homeschooling can be a lot of time and work. When you add in extra stress, it can be overwhelming. This has been the case around our house lately as we prepare to move, but when I look around, my stresses are so small compared to many I see. Currently I have homeschooling friends dealing with cancer, depression, chronic illnesses and the loss of a job. This is how life is, though, and with homeschooling, our kids are along for the ride, seeing life's messes up close. Here are a few ideas to help you get through the hard times.
Letter Recognition Practice

Letter Recognition Practice

With a new kindergartner, letter recognition is a big thing in our house right now. My daughter knows most of her letters, but we're trying to get in lots of practice for reinforcement because she's eager to learn to read. Reviewing a skill like letter recognition can start to seem tedious sometimes (especially for mom!), so try to make it relaxed and enjoyable for your child. Scaring them away from formal learning experiences is definitely not something you want to do, especially when they're just reaching school age. Here are a few fun ways to work in some extra letter practice around your house.

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Start of the Year

By now, most of us have started our school year again. We started back just after Labor Day, which is a little later than we usually begin, but one of the biggest perks of homeschooling is setting your own schedule, and this year that's what worked best for us.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been enjoyed by children for decades, and they make a great way to introduce your kids to some history, too.
Monet at Philbrook

Monet at Philbrook

Whether you kick off your new school year with Monet or take a summer road trip to see the exhibit at Philbrook, take some time to get your hands messy, and make some fun art with your kids.

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Make Your Own Flying Contraptions

Make Your Own Flying Contraptions

If you’re looking for a fun and educational way to spend the afternoon, check out this cool book and try making your own flying contraptions. Here's how...

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Vacation Learning

Vacation Learning

When we travel somewhere I like my kids to have some background information about the place if possible, because it makes the experience mean a little more. Here are a few ideas for making your vacation an educational (but still fun!) experience.
Learning about San Antonio

Learning about San Antonio

This month MetroFamily's Exploring Beyond Oklahoma article focuses on San Antonio. I was lucky enough to get that assignment, and before our family made the trip I wanted my kids to know a little bit about the Alamo and some of the places they would see, so we headed to the library. Here are a few of the great books we found.

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Thanking Dads

Thanking Dads

It's not easy to be at home with the kids all the time, but it's also not easy to be the one to go out into the world every day to take care of everyone else, so thank you, dads, for all that you do!

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End of the Year

End of the Year

We've made it to the end of the school year! I also like to take some time to look back at what worked and what didn't work so I can start making some plans for the new year.

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Summer Goals for Me

Summer Goals for Me

Even though the heat seems to go on forever, the rest of summer flies by and I want to make the most of it!
Summer School Ideas

Summer School Ideas

To take some of the sting out of the idea of summer school, I'm trying to come up with some ways to make it a little more fun, so I thought I'd share some of my plans with you!
Mother's Day Advice

Mother's Day Advice

When you're a homeschooling mom you're in a tough spot, because if learning is a lifestyle, that kind of implies that everything is a learning experience, and so sometimes it's hard to switch that teacher mode off for a bit.
Make Your Own Summer Reading Program

Make Your Own Summer Reading Program

This year I'm trying to get my kids excited about reading some new books with our own summer reading plan. Hopefully this will allow us to walk the fine line of encouraging the kids to read specific books without it being too much of a chore or assignment situation—not that that's always a bad thing, but I want to keep it simpler over the summer.

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Making the Most of the OCHEC Convention

Making the Most of the OCHEC Convention

It's just about time for the OCHEC Convention! This year the Tulsa convention will be April 25-26 and the Oklahoma City convention will be May 2-3. Here are a few tips for making the most of your time.

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Educational Fun at the Norman Music Festival

Educational Fun at the Norman Music Festival

The OKC metro is full of fun events this spring and this week, I'd like to share with you about the Norman Music Festival! We decided to check it out and I am so glad we did. My kids have talked about it all year!
Celebrating the Land Run

Celebrating the Land Run

125 years ago this month the unassigned lands in the central part of Oklahoma were settled through the April 22 land run. If you've never studied this unique way that much of our state was settled, this is a great time to learn about it!

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Make Your Own "Stained Glass Window" Project

Make Your Own "Stained Glass Window" Project

One of our favorite yearly events, the Medieval Fair, is almost here! If you haven't been before, you really need to head out to Reaves Park in Norman and check out all of the great events and booths. Here's a fun craft to get you in the medieval mood!
6 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited about Reading

6 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited about Reading

March is National Reading Month. So, before the month ends, it is a great time to get your kids excited about books and reading, especially if they’ve been in a slump lately. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Mother Culture

Mother Culture

Unfortunately, most of us don't get many breaks. There are people to be fed, clothes to be washed, and floors to be swept; there's always something. If we don't take some time for ourselves, though, it all falls apart eventually. When time for myself is rare, though, I find that I need to be smart about how I'm spending that precious commodity, which is why I want to talk a bit about the idea of Mother Culture today.
Squeezing in Extra Learning

Squeezing in Extra Learning

If you're like many of us who are looking for little ways to help us be consistent with small things, though, I hope these ideas help you make the most of your time!

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Learning with Pancakes

Learning with Pancakes

One of our favorite things to do each winter is to go to the IHOP Pancake Day and enjoy free pancakes. Here are some pancake-themed learning activities to make it even more fun.
Homeschooling & Marriage

Homeschooling & Marriage

Really, romance can be a rare thing for any parent with small kids, but I think homeschooling marriages can really struggle with it because we face some issues that not everyone has, such as being with your kids all. the. time.
Finding Educational Treasure at Local Consignment Sales

Finding Educational Treasure at Local Consignment Sales

If you've been a mom for more than a year or so, you've probably visited one of the big consignment sales in the area. Consignment sales are a great way to save some money on clothes for your kids, but they can also be a great place to find items for homeschooling!
Teaching about Russia & the Olympics

Teaching about Russia & the Olympics

The Olympics are almost here! I wanted to share a few ideas for making the Olympics part of your homeschooling efforts.

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Super Bowl School

Super Bowl School

Just in case you hadn't heard, there's a really big football game coming up! Some football school is a great way to liven things up and sneak in some extras for school, too. Here are a few ideas you might want to try.

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More Than Just Fun & Games

More Than Just Fun & Games

Games are great because you can use them to help your kids learn new information, practice skills or review concepts they've already learned. They can even be a form of assessment! Some games may not be directly related to the content areas you're covering, but they help develop critical thinking skills that are so important for kids to have.

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Exploring Alexander Calder

Exploring Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder is best known for his mobiles, but until I started reading about him, I didn’t realize that he is actually the creator of the mobile art form. His work is bright and colorful and he has such a wide variety of artwork that there’s sure to be something that will interest each of your children.

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Two Great Book Series to Explore with Your Kids

Two Great Book Series to Explore with Your Kids

Earlier in the year we were in a reading slump and I couldn’t decide what our next read aloud should be. Like any modern homeschooling mom, the first place I went was Facebook.

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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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