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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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About This Blog

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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