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December 15, 2014

2014 in Review: Top 10 Posts from the Homeschool Showcase

Welcome to the Homeschool Showcase 

This is where we spotlight all the encouraging, inspiring and just plain fun ways that homeschooling families live and learn together.

My top pics from a year of Homeschool Showcase editions.


As it turns out, everyone is quite busy and I didn't have a lot of submissions for this edition of the Homeschool Showcase. Rather than skip it all together, I decided to bring you my favorite posts from 2014. 

It's been a great year and we've share many posts. Narrowing it down to only a few wasn't easy. I've enjoyed nearly every post submitted. Unfortunately, I can't repost a year's worth of showcase submissions, so I'm going with ten. ;)

A Note to My Bloggy Friends

I'm involved with a talented community of bloggers and I want you to know I appreciate every minute of time your put into sharing your stories every day while still balancing the many other aspects of your life.

I always appreciate when you take the time to share your posts here at the showcase. I enjoy sharing them with my readers. I know they appreciate you, too.

Be sure to pin it!.
 

December 8, 2014

100 Reasons to Homeschool


When I decided to write this post for the 100 Things series, I went to my Facebook community for input. I asked their reasons for homeschooling. Between them and me, we have a list of 100 things!



  1. Children can learn in a style and at a pace that fits them.
  2. Freedom to learn in the real world.
  3. Freedom to live in a natural way rather than quietly sitting all day.
  4. Children are free to explore their own interests and talents.
  5. We can take field trips or travel whenever we want to.

  6. We can evaluate our children rather than test them.
  7. We don't have to teach to the test. 
  8. No state mandated curriculum.
  9. We can choose to teach religious studies or not.
 10. We can use our time efficiently. No busy work. 

100 Art Resources for Homeschoolers

A huge collection of all sorts of resources for studying artists and their art. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Art is a big thing in my family. Several of my kids are gifted with artistic talents such as drawing, painting, sculpting, composing music and singing. It's important to us.


The arts are an important part of education, as well. As parents (not just homeschoolers), we need to create an environment that offers them plenty of opportunity to explore the arts.



All children have a natural appreciation for beauty and creativity. We only need to nurture it.
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We need to have plenty of resources to do this, right? Right. That's why I'm sharing with you 100 art resources today.

December 6, 2014

Save 60% on These Adorable Flirty Aprons


Cute aprons in all sorts of style for every member of the family. Great as gifts! Save 60% Dec. 8-13, 2014 #giftideas

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I love Flirty Aprons and I know lots of you do, too. When I saw this offer, I just had to tell you about it. (Well, I'm not selfish, ya know! I can't keep this all to myself. Ya'll need aprons. And gifts!)

Right now you can save 60% at Flirty Aprons. That's huge ya'll.

December 2, 2014

Laugh and Learn Homeschool & Parenting Linkup - Week 10

Join the Laugh and Learn linkup for great homeschool and parenting resources. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Welcome to the 10th edition of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup!

The Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will go live at 6 am every Tuesday morningWhen you link your post with us, it will appear on four blogs!

My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup, so be sure to share something with us! You never know if you'll be featured next week. 

December 1, 2014

Are People with Bipolar Disorder Always Manic or Depressed?

It's Mental Health Monday again and I'm answering a question from a friend. 

Regarding bipolar disorder, she asks:

"Are people with bipolar disorder always either really high or really low with no in between? Or is that a stereotype?"

This article busts the myth that people with bipolar disorder are always either manic or depressed. www.HeartofMichelle.com

I've lived with and around quite a few people with bipolar disorder. Some don't even realize they have it, but most of them do. I've seen what it's like in adults and in children (there's a notable difference between the two), so I can answer this accurately.


November 30, 2014

Homeschool Showcase #145: Let's Get Practical

Welcome to the Homeschool Showcase 

This is where we spotlight all the encouraging, inspiring and just plain fun ways that homeschooling families live and learn together.


Practical homeschooling articles on a variety of topics. www.HeartofMichelle.com #homeschoolshowcase

The overall theme I detected in this edition of posts was practicality. We have several posts on varied topics, but they all seem to be loaded with practical advice, information or encouragement.

So.. on with the showcase! 
If you don't have time to read right now, pin it for later.
 

November 28, 2014

Gift Ideas for All Types of Moms

Moms are not one-size-fits-all and their gifts shouldn't be either. Here's a list of gift ideas for all types of moms. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Original Photos by Rohappyoksun70 and creatista

Last year, I put together a list of gift ideas for a homeschool mom. This year, my post is for moms in general and certain types of moms specifically.


Gifts Ideas for all Types of Moms


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For the Foodie Mom


www.FlirtyAprons.com

Flirty Aprons has been a favorite of mine for years, as you know. They carry so many types of aprons - cute, classy, fun, bright, trendy - how could you not want one? Or ten? 





eMeals is just the thing for a foodie mom. She can save time and money while creating a variety of healthy, delicious meals for her family. (See how eMeals saves me time and money.)

November 27, 2014

Art Supplies Every Homeschool Should Have

Every homeschool should encourage artistic creation. Here is a list of art supplies for young and older kids.  www.HeartofMichelle.com


The arts are a necessary and important part of education. Keeping your homeschool stocked with some basics will help nurture a love of the arts in your children. 

Art Supplies Every Homeschool Should Have


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Art Supplies for Little Artists



November 25, 2014

Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #9

Welcome to the 9th edition of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting linkup. Did we feature you post? Come see! www.HeartofMichelle.com

Welcome to the 9th edition of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup!

The Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will go live at 6 am every Tuesday morningWhen you link your post with us, it will appear on four blogs!

My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup, so be sure to share something with us! You never know if you'll be featured next week. 

November 21, 2014

Homeschooling My Autistic Son Is Worth the Challenges

A new homeschool mom discovers the rewards are worth the challenges of homeschooling her son who has autism.

I am a new-ish homeschooling mama to two awesome little boys. This is our second year homeschooling. My oldest has special needs, the most challenging when it comes to schooling is autism.

I always wanted to homeschool, but for years was scared I could not do him justice because of his special needs. I finally took a giant leap of faith after he was mistreated at school, and started homeschooling him beginning in fifth grade. It has been a challenge!