Category: Advice and Tips

April 2, 2020

Homeschooling while social distancing? I won’t lie – we are a family of homebodies. Besides a few classes and activities being done online, not much has changed for us. We have literally been training for this our whole homeschooling careers! With the exceptions of our occasional co-ops or field trip outings that have been interrupted, … Continue reading "Homeschooling While Social Distancing"

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March 19, 2020

All of a sudden, just about every family in the United States is now homeschooling. Or at least experiencing what I would call “temporary unexpected homeschooling”. The traditional homeschool families are pretty much running business as usual, minus their outside activities and co-ops,  but their neighbors may be struggling with this new and challenging experience. … Continue reading "Homeschool Tips for Traditionally Non-Homeschooling Families"

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April 7, 2019

As I am sure you are all aware, libraries are a fantastic resource for your homeschool life. They provide you and your children access to oodles of books, resources, and activities, all for free. And who doesn’t love free books? Libraries are also some of the largest supporters of literacy and knowledge for all. Therefore, … Continue reading "Yay Libraries! A Contemplation of Things Past."

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January 18, 2019

While the benefits of reading aloud to your children can not be denied, your children reading aloud to you is extremely important too. I have discussed the importance of reading aloud at great lengths, covering many different topics from why you should read aloud, to how to make it happen during your daily routine, how … Continue reading "No, You Read to Me"

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January 9, 2019

Back in October 2018 I recorded a podcast with Homeschool Snapshots and it was released in mid-December. It was a lot of fun and I hope you will check it out! HSP 074 Emily Cook: A Structured Approach to Interest-Led Learning The Homeschool Snapshots podcast is all about getting a glimpse into the lives of … Continue reading "A Structured Approach to Interest-Led Learning Podcast"

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January 26, 2018

Have you ever wondered why Denmark is considered one of the happiest countries in the world? Especially during the winter months, you wouldn’t expect such a cold, dreary place to be so cheerful. And yet, the Danish people have mastered the “art of coziness”. They call it hygge. Hygge is a word technically unable to … Continue reading "Happy, Hygge Homeschooling?"

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October 2, 2017

When my teens were very small, every morning we had Circle Time. It was our favorite part of the homeschool day. We would literally sit in a circle on the floor and I’d read them picture books, we’d sing songs, work on our letter of the day activities, practice memory work, and play games to practice … Continue reading "What’s in our Morning Basket?"

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June 19, 2017

Do you have a child who just doesn’t like to read? Maybe they had a hard time when they were learning to read and it burned them out, or perhaps they had a bad school experience with boring reading material. Whatever got them to this point, we need to take a step back and help them … Continue reading "How to Hook a Reluctant Reader"

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March 13, 2017

From the beloved Kermit the Frog to the wacky Oobi, kids love puppets. It can be a full-blown puppet show with a whole cast of characters or a single puppet assisting during a read-aloud. Puppets are a great way to enhance your child’s literary experience while completing their homeschool lessons. Our first family puppet was … Continue reading "Homeschooling with Puppets!"

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March 6, 2017

bibliophile – noun |  bib·lio·phile | \ˈbi-blē-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l\ Definition : a lover of books; one who loves to read, admire and collect books. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald    I saw a meme the other day that said that if you read one book to your child every day, you would have read … Continue reading "Bibliophile Training 101"

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Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history?

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