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About Angie Kauffman

Angie, a domestically challenged nerd, writer, and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home, as well as the Real Life at Home Podcast. She loves music, lives on caffeine, and is married to her best friend. Angie can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

Authentic writing activities for kids and teens

Authentic Writing Activities for Kids and Teens

Written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home

I have loved writing since I was a little girl. I was always writing stories and creating projects. It was just how I was naturally bent.

Most of my kids have been considerably less enthusiastic about writing. Because of their natural inclination against writing, I have sought out a variety of authentic writing activities beyond the standard five paragraph essay in order to encourage a love (or at least like) of writing.

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Angie’s homeschool day in the life (with a 10, 13, and 15-year-old)

Angie's homeschool day in the life (with a 10, 13, and 15 year old)

The following is written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home.

I would never have guessed a few years ago that our homeschooling days would look like they look this school year.

When I pulled my boys out of public school as they finished first and second grade, with a daughter almost preschool-aged, I just assumed we would exclusively homeschool for the duration.

Family Field Trip to the Museum

In recent years, my boys continued to be convinced that they would be homeschooled through graduation, while my now elementary-aged daughter talked about a desire to be homeschooled through middle school, and then to attend high school.

However, last year, just before starting third grade, she requested to try school outside of our home for the first time, while her brothers stayed home.  It was odd to have days of only middle school work with my boys, while she went away.

homeschoolday

This year, our days have looked even more different. While my daughter has continued to go to school full time, my sons decided to do more of a hybrid homeschooling approach this year.

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Art museums: A perfect field trip destination

Art Museums: A Perfect Field Trip Destination | SimpleHomeschool.net

Written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home.

I have loved art for as long as I can remember. While I haven’t always been very adept at creating my own art, I have loved looking at and studying art.

It’s probably not surprising that this also translated into a love of art museums. Despite this, because my children weren’t particularly interested in art and I was afraid of their boredom, I resisted taking them to an art museum. Even though we were within easy driving distance of a large art museum, I kept skipping out on this amazing field trip opportunity.

Maybe you’ve resisted art museums for some of the same reasons. After taking my children to an art museum, I would urge you to reconsider as well.

You just might be surprised by what happens, if it’s anything like our art museum experience.
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Things to do when you’re feeling discouraged as a homeschooler

Things to Do When You're Feeling Discouraged as a Homeschooler

The following is a post by contributor Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home.

Homeschooling is such an amazing educational and lifestyle choice. The benefits of it are plentiful, and often get touted by homeschoolers.

There’s another side to homeschooling, however. That other side is that homeschooling can be challenging.

It can drain you mentally and physically. Even if it’s worth it, it is not an easy lifestyle to choose.

On the up side, however, there are things you can do when you’re feeling discouraged in your homeschooling lifestyle to help change your mindset and lighten your mood.  Sometimes, it’s just about making changes in logistics and in your thinking.

As an added bonus, it may also help your children feel better too.

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Learning to be more committed to our kids than to our educational ideals

Being More Committed to Our Kids Than to Our Educational Ideals

The following is a post by contributor Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home.

We never set out to be homeschoolers.  I had never even heard of homeschooling until I was in college.  I was working on my first degree in education, and when I heard about it, I thought it sounded ridiculous.  How did people think they could teach their children at home when I was spending years in college to become a credentialed teacher?

Life is often funny like that, isn’t it?  I can still picture sitting in a class thinking how insane that was.

Little did I know that my views would soften once I started having children.  Eventually, they would soften so much that I would not only stop thinking that homeschooling was insane, but I would think it sounded like a pretty good idea for my family.
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