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5 Important Skills College Bound Kids Need

Guest Post by Groza Learning Center

These five life skills should help any student be more successful when they get into college. Encourage your child to practice these skills in their everyday lives.

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5 Important Skills College Bound Kids Need

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Although college prep classes teach your children the writing, math, and science skills that they will need for college, there are other skills that a child will need to focus on before leaving home. These skills will also be extremely important to employers after their college education is completed.
These skills focus on the ability to change and adapt to circumstances as well as having the willingness to learn through their own experiences. These five skills are important in all future aspects of their lives. Below, Groza Learning Center shares five most important skills for college-bound students to have.

Why Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Is Perfect for Our Homeschool

Looking for a homeschool math curriculum that your child can use independently? Teaching Textbooks may be the answer for you!

Why Teaching Textbooks is Perfect for Our Homeschool

Thank you to Teaching Textbooks for sponsoring this post and providing us with the newest 3.0 version. All opinions are 100% my own.
In all the years I've been homeschooling my kids, math has always been the one piece of curriculum that has never fit. Ever.

I've never been 100% pleased with anything. Lorelai is good at math all on her own, but that didn't help the fact that there was always an issue. There was that one curriculum that moved forward at a snail's pace. Then there was that one math book that seemed to start off at college level for 8 year olds. Nothing was ever just right.

That's all changed with Teaching Textbooks 3.0.

Teaching Textbooks is perfect for independent learning.

For a long time, Lorelai couldn't work independently. Between the dyslexia and the mental health issues, she needed me every step of the way. Now that we've overcome the mental health issues, and she's learned to navigate most of her dyslexia issues, she doesn't need me for all things. Since math comes easier to her than any other subject, she really doesn't need me for that.

Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is an online math program. She can just hop on the computer, tablet, or phone to do math whenever she wants. I've never been big on digital learning, and neither have my kids. In fact, they usually hate it. But that's not the case with this curriculum. 

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Lorelai actually enjoys this curriculum.Lately, it has become her go-to when she's bored. Also, it's the first thing she does when she wakes up. She jumps online to do math even before she's had breakfast!

You guys have no idea what that means in my world!

  • She feels good about her independence. (#1 reason!)
  • She can see her progress.
  • She can go out her own pace. (Some days, she does one lesson, while on others she'll do five.)
  • It's one less thing I have to worry about.

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I love that she can do her math ANYWHERE! 

Teaching Textbooks tracks progress.

I've never been big on grades in our homeschool. In fact, I don't grade anything until high school, and only because I need them for the transcript.

This program keeps the grades, which I can view from the Parent Page. 

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Teaching Textbooks is an affordable math curriculum.

As a single mom, one of my top considerations in anything is cost. Teaching textbooks is affordable.Just look at their pricing. Most of the time, it's less than $5 per month! I don't know about you, but that speaks to this mom's budget.

"Yes, Michelle, but you're only homeschooling ONE child. I have 7 kids."

Good news for large families! 

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Discount for large families.

The discount works for a family of 4-8 students. You will pay $199.08 for the year and have access to one level per student. Students will only receive access to one level per year. 

Why Teaching Textbooks Is Perfect for Our Homeschool

Teaching Textbooks offers free tutoring to struggling students.

Bet you didn't know this little fact: If your child is struggling with a concept, they can call Teaching Textbooks to speak with a free tutor who will help them work thru a problem area. We haven't had to use it, but how great is that! 

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Is Teaching Textbooks right for your family?

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Simplify Your Homeschool with Science Kits

Wish you could do more science experiments with your homeschool kids? Science kits may be the answer!
Wish you could do more science experiments with your homeschool kids? Homeschool science experiments are fun, but sometimes the very idea of planning, gathering supplies, and working out the kinks in the plan, can be overwhelming to homeschool moms.
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Homeschool science experiments are fun, but sometimes the very idea of planning, gathering supplies, and working out the kinks in the plan, can be overwhelming to moms.

One tool that can make your life easier: science kits for kidsWith all the supplies, and simple directions, science experiments can be fun!

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.

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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.


{This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.}

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

Getting started is sometimes the hardest part, so here are some story starters for your teen.
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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

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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?

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