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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.

Your Homeschool Kids Are Going To Be Weird

Your homeschool kids are weird.
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"Your kids will be weird if you homeschool them."

While you may not hear that statement from a homeschool parent, you may hear it from someone who doesn't approve of homeschooling.

I know I have.

Well, guess what! It's true! Your kids will be weird if you homeschool them.

I've homeschooled five kids over the last 17 years. Those kids are currently ages 30, 28, 25, 17 and 13. 

In all those years, I've noticed some differences between kids who go to school and kids who don't.

A Simple Way to Include Music Appreciation in Your Homeschool


If you've been a long-time reader here, you know I'm all about fine arts in the homeschool.

Music, art, composers, artists - I write about them all the time. I've raised several artists and composers.

It's what we do here.

So when I was approached to review Zeezok Publishing's music appreciation curriculum, I couldn't have been more excited!

How to Strike a Homeschool Balance (Without Losing Your Mind!)

Striking a balance isn't always easy when you're homeschooling. Here are six tips to help you find that balance.

How to Strike a Homeschool Balance without Losing Your Mind

Striking a balance in life can be a real challenge.

When you're homeschooling your kids this is especially true. It's very easy to get off track or let one aspect of life take over to the exclusion of all else.

Recently I faced this problem. 

I had been without a vehicle for a couple of months, so when I finally got one I needed to catch up on everything. Before I knew it, I was on the road all day, every day. 

Eye doctor, neurologist, cheerleading practice, go-go-go! We were so busy, we didn't eat one single meal at home for weeks! 

I had to slow down and get my act together.

Top 10 Homeschool Field Trips in Central Florida

If you live in, or are visiting, Central Florida, you'll want to take a look at this list of the 10 best homeschool field trip ideas for Central Florida homeschoolers.

One of the best things about being Central Florida homeschoolers is our access to local resources.

Homeschooling is such a norm in Central Florida, that nearly every organization offers something specific to homeschoolers.

I've been homeschooling for almost 17 years and have visited a lot of places. Whether you live here or plan to visit, you'll want to schedule some time to visit these places.


Top 10 Homeschool Field Trips in Central Florida

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In this post, Central Florida refers to the counties of Orange, Lake, Osceola, Seminole, Marion, Sumter, Volusia, and Brevard.

Orlando Science Center in Orlando - The science center offers four floors of live programming, giant screen movies, and hands-on, interactive science exhibits. Homeschoolers can even sign up for STEM classes!

Kennedy Space Center in Titusville - I'm not sure I need to write a description here. We all know what Kennedy Space Center is, right? If you have a science-loving kid, or a future space explorer, this is the place you'll want to visit. 

Barberville Pioneer Settlement in Barberville - I love history and visiting historical places which makes this one a favorite. This little "village" makes for a fun living history field trip. They hold events, classes, and themed field trips at reasonable rates.

Learning about 19th century jobs
at Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando - You'll find three floors (67,000 sq ft) of exhibitions in this history museum. They offer exhibitions, tours, and programs that trace our region’s roots and reflect on the history of the nation. Homeschool classes are available.

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford - Yes, it's a zoo, but with a lot of fun, educational events and activities! Have an adventure on the aerial adventure course or take a swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. Homeschool classes and workshops available.

Ocala National Forest - A place that is near and dear to my heart (I used to live in this forest), this is a perfect place to expose your young naturalist to the real Florida.

Long and Scott Farms - Great for farm tours, corn and sunflower mazes, and more! Homeschool groups welcome. (We love the sunflower maze!)

Sunflower mazes are
one of the BEST field trips!
Florida State Parks - Any of them. All of them. Take your pick. Many offer educational classes and there's always plenty to learn in our state's forests.

Gillespie Museum of Minerals in DeLand - One of Lorelai's favorites! Located at Stetson University, this museum boasts a collection of 20,000 mineral, rock, and fossil specimens. This was one of Lorelai's favorite field trips. (She loves science. And rocks.)

Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet - This center offers 4-part school tours: a tour through the exhibit gallery, a visit to the Sea Turtle and Seabird Rehabilitation areas, and an educational program beside the Ponce Inlet at Lighthouse Point Park beach.

What have been some of YOUR favorite homeschool field trips? Let me know in the comments.

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30 Ways Your Kids Can Enjoy 30 Minutes in Nature

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Kids these days aren't spending enough time outdoors.

Perhaps Miss Charlotte Mason and Mr. John Muir understood the importance of being outdoors, but modern people seem to be lacking in this knowledge.

Nature isn't just for naturalists. It's for everyone.

Nature was created for us. Therefore, we benefit from it. In fact, we need it. Nature is the key to good physical and mental health. 

Just google "children, outdoors, important" and you'll find a wealth of information on the social, cognitive, and health benefits of being outdoors.

So how can we get out kids outdoors more often?

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30 Ways Your Kids Can Enjoy 30 Minutes in Nature

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Here are some easy ways to add outdoor time to your day. 

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  • Make a nature shadow box or nature table.
  • Look for traces of animals (tracks and scat).
  • Sketch in your nature journal.
  • Collect items for your nature journal.
  • Listen for sounds in nature.

  • Eat outside. Always fun!
  • Observe spiders and their webs.
  • Take photos. Macro photos of flowers, spiders, icicles, or any other thing in nature, make for a great scrapbook or addition to your nature journal.
  • Climb trees.
  • Build a fort!

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  • Play outdoor games.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Explore shells and rocks at the beach.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Hike in a nearby state park.
What ideas would you add to the list?

More useful tasks that take little time!

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How Much Time Does Homeschooling Really Take?

mom and child homeschooling

"I could never homeschool. I don't have enough time."

  • Maybe you're a single mom.
  • Maybe you have to work outside the home.
  • Maybe you have a large family.
Not having enough time is a common reason for not homeschooling. 

Does homeschooling really take a lot of time? Is it necessary to school the children for 6 or 7 hours each day? How does that work?

What to Do When You Feel Like a Homeschool Failure

Sometimes life makes homeschooling difficult. Learn what to do when you feel like a homeschool failure.

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Life is going along smoothly. Homeschool plans and schedules are in place. Then suddenly, you find you just can't find the time to homeschool.

Or perhaps the picture looks like this: Maybe it's not a sudden change in life, but a slow progressive change that you barely notice. One day you realize you haven't done lessons in weeks!

It can happen to anyone at any time.

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