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Summer Reading Programs Guide

Summer Reading Programs Guide

Summer vacation does not have to mean a vacation from reading! The summer months are a great time to expand your child's literary world, teach them to enjoy reading for pleasure, help sharpen school skills and bridge the gap between school years. There are also many programs available to reward your reader this summer!
Kid Review: Hafer Park

Kid Review: Hafer Park

I had never been to a park before with so many different playgrounds. There’s also a lake with fish in it and a lot of unusual birds. I’ve seen ducks and geese before but these were more colorful and it was interesting to watch them, walk under the covered bridge and try out three different play areas.
Kid Review: iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Kid Review: iFLY Indoor Skydiving

iFLY Oklahoma City is an indoor sky diving venue. Its vertical wind tunnel simulates freefall sky diving but the activity is actually flying instead of falling. Flights are scheduled in one-minute increments and take place in a controlled environment.
Goodbye from Jennifer Geary

Goodbye from Jennifer Geary

This post is a bittersweet one for me to write, as it is my last Adventures in Homeschooling post for the MetroFamily Magazine website.
First Folio

First Folio

If you've read this blog much over the years, you know I love to add in field trips to different places and events around the state to go along with what we're learning about at home. This is really easy to do when kids are young and learning about a huge variety of topics, but as they get older and their studies are more focused, it seems a little more difficult. January brings a really unique and exciting opportunity that may work really well for your older kids.
Brave Writer

Brave Writer

This week I want to share with you a bit about Brave Writer, where you can spend time and money, but, like Read Aloud Revival, you don't have to. You can still come away refreshed and ready to jump into new things with your kids!
Read Aloud Revival

Read Aloud Revival

I've always been a huge read aloud fan. My best memories of school are listening to my second and fifth grade teachers read aloud each day after lunch. Some of those stories stuck with me so much I read them to my own students when I was in the classroom and then to my own kids on our homeschooling journey.
Storybook Art

Storybook Art

One of my favorite resources is Storybook Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter. This book is full of art projects for kids based on 100 picture book illustrators. Yes, you can go on to Pinterest and find book-based art projects, but I've used this book for years and I think there are several advantages to it.
Living Books: Math

Living Books: Math

This week I want to share with you about living books for math! Most kids enjoy these books, but they're especially great for kids who might need a story to help them focus or those who need a more in-depth explanation of a concept. These kinds of books are plentiful for younger learners, but there are also good ones out there for older kids, too!

OKC Kids Giving Back

We love providing volunteer opportunities to Oklahoma City metro families because we know how much children and their parents benefit from giving back to their community. Here are two incredible local kids who have gone above and beyond in sharing their time and talents with others.
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