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How to Keep Your Homeschool Kids Motivated

Guest Post by Mary of Growing As They Grow.

Sometimes our kids just don't want to do their homeschool lessons. The key lies in motivation.

How to keep your homeschool kids motivated.

How many of you have kids who always eagerly do their school work with no complaining? What? No one?

Okay, then. Let’s talk motivation.

5 Things I Don't Do in Our Homeschool

From curriculum to homeschooling methods, I've done a lot of things in my homeschool, but there are 5 things I do not do.

From curriculum and homeschooling methods, I've done a lot of things in our homeschool. But there are 4 things I do not do.

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I've switched curricula many times. I've tried different methods. I've even gotten my kid to hate learning. And gotten my kids to love learning.

While there are plenty of things I've done, there are a few things I do not do.

Should You Really Homeschool Year-Round?

Guest Post by Mary of Growing As They Grow.

Whether to homeschool year-round or not is an important decision, so take the time to consider all the factors.

Should you really homeschool year-round?

To School Year-Round or Not? That is the Question.

Summer is here! One big decision homeschoolers need to make is whether to homeschool year-round or to stick with a traditional school year. There are benefits to both ways of thinking, so it all boils down to what fits your family’s lifestyle the best.

Here are some things to consider when making the decision.

Homeschooling Middle School Kids with GrammarFlip

A simple, straight-forward homeschool grammar program that is perfect for independent learning in the middle school years.


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Over the years, I've pretty much stuck with grammar books that fit with our Charlotte Mason philosophy. And I still like those books.

But the world is more technology-oriented these days, which means we have more options when it comes to homeschool curriculum choices.

As most of you know, my kids and I prefer real books and pencil/paper over online learning. Every now and then, however, we try out an online learning program.

This time, it's GrammarFlip.

TLTR Synopsis: This grammar program is fantastic for middle school kids. We loved it and you can get a 30-day trial here.

50 Story Starters for Teens

Because sometimes getting started is the hardest part.

story starters for teens

Sometimes the hardest part of creative writing is coming up with the opening line.

Where do I start? 
How do I draw the reader in? 
How do I make the introduction interesting?

Sometimes a prompt is helpful.

Notebooking for Reluctant Writers

Guest Blogger, Kaylene, joins us today to share her experience with
notebooking for reluctant writers

child writing on notebooking page
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Mr. C absolutely loves to learn, but he's always been a struggling writer. Well, struggling, reluctant, unmotivated, something. 

He's always been my "writing is not my favorite" kiddo. You can imagine my surprise when my struggling writer asked about notebooking. I'd been Pinteresting, and he read the blog post I found over my shoulder. 

I explained what it was and he decided he wanted to try, but only if "it was a really cool topic and the sheets looked cool."  Oh dear. I'm the farthest thing from "cool!"

I drive a minivan. How was I going to get notebooking pages "cool" enough to inspire my struggling writer to use them?

Learning about U.S. Elections with Homeschool in the Woods

Guest Blogger, Kaylene, joins us today to share her experience with Homeschool in the Woods U.S. Elections Pak.


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"Mom, what's Trump?"

Caught off guard I tried to figure out what my six year old was asking me. Apparently he read "Trump" on a sign while we were driving and was curious what it was.

10 Supplies that Changed Our Homeschool Forever


I've been homeschooling for 17 years. In that time, I've been through a lot of products, books and curriculum.

Only a few have been what I would consider life changing.

The following is a list of products that had a profound effect on our homeschool in one way or another.

How to Easily Bring Life to Your Teen's Artist Studies

child drawing

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know we're big on art in this family. I appreciate it; my kids create it.

Therefore, I'm always sharing art resources. 

Today I want to tell you about this AWESOME art course my kids are taking. Specifically, Lorelai will be taking it, but if Alexis wants to, she can. Alexis is finished with high school, and as the creator of this course said, Alexis "...could probably teach this course." But being an artist, she is always looking to learn more.

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Introducing Mixing with the Masters

While I love artist and art studies conducted in the Charlotte Mason style, Mixing with the Masters adds a new dimension to learning. Kids love learning through hands-on activities. 

Since my kids have dyslexia and dysgraphia, they appreciate hands-on learning. They much prefer it to reading and writing. (Of course, they still have to do those things, but you get what I'm saying.)

By adding hands on activities to your child's learning, you're stimulating different parts of the brain. By allowing them to create art, you're bringing their art lessons to life!

So what's so great about this art course?

Children will still learn about six artists - about their lives, art styles, techniques, mediums, and genres. But - and this is the fun part - Your children will create a work of art! 

With this program, you'll be able to
  • ignite a love, even passion, for the old masters and their works
  • encourage kids and teens to actively engage in the art process and have FUN doing so
  • inspire them to utilize and further develop their own natural creativity

About Mixing with the Masters Art Course

This course is designed for ages 8 to adult. The lessons include:
  • A short biographaphical video on each artist
  • Printable PDF study guides
  • A weekly student “challenge”
  • Printable patterns and templates
  • Inspirational quotes by each artist
  • Suggested books, videos, and websites for further learning
  • Private Facebook group in which to share students’ works of art

The artists your child will study are:
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Claude Monet
  • Vincent van Gogh (our FAVORITE!)
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Georgia O'Keefe

Your child will experiment with the following art forms:
  • Sketching & charcoal drawing
  • Acrylic painting techniques, such as:
  • Fresco
  • Chiaroscuro
  • Impasto
  • Alla Prima
  • Gradient
  • Watercolor painting
  • Pastel painting
  • Wax resist
  • Collage art
  • And MORE!
Register today! Classes begin August 1st, 2016.

  • Early registration price = $48 for entire Volume One;
    or $10 per individual artist
  • Regular price (after July 31st) = $60 for entire Volume One;
    or $12 per individual artist

Complete your registration today and I'll see you in the Facebook group! 

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