Homeschool inspiration: The homegrown pumpkins edition

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We rather unsuccessfully grew pumpkins this year for the first time! (Can’t take credit for the big one, sadly.) Not too much of a result, but at least I got a pretty picture out of our efforts!

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Giveaway: $100 package from Great Homeschool Conventions

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Welcome to today’s giveaway–sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions:

Great Homeschool Conventions will hold this year’s regional conventions in Texas (February), South Carolina (March), Ohio (April) and California (June).

Each convention features a huge (and I mean huge!) Homeschool Curriculum exhibit hall.

This year’s featured speakers include Dr. Benjamin Carson, Heidi St. John, Michael Gurian, Cathy Duffy, Jim Weiss and many more.
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The 5 love languages of homeschooling

The 5 love languages of homeschoolingJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

A few weeks ago an issue with one of my children kept me up late into the night. You know, one of those little things that you can’t quite figure out.

After pondering, praying, and a bit of crying, I eventually reached out to my friend and homeschooling mentor, Rachel DeMille.

In just a sentence or two I outlined the problem and asked if she had any advice. And in one sentence she solved it for me:

“What’s your child’s love language?” 

Hmmmm. Love languages? I had that filed back in my brain somewhere as it relates to marriage, but I had never paid it much attention when it comes to my children.

And after some research into my child’s love language and a little attention in that area, this so-called “issue” pretty much vanished. Vanished, I tell you!

So what is a love language and how can I determine my child’s?

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Homeschool inspiration: The baking with boys edition

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Elijah and I have been devoting time to his baking lessons weekly – I love seeing my boys work confidently in the kitchen

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60 TV shows recommended for ages 8-12 (with a printable chart)

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60 TV shows for ages 8-12Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

After a decade of use and about a year of saving, Steve and I finally entered the 21st century a few weeks ago when we purchased a new widescreen television and got rid of our old tube model–the one my nana bought for us right after Jonathan (now 10) was born!

This purchase was both exciting and overwhelming. We knew we could stream our Netflix membership and Amazon Prime account to the set, but with Apple TV we can also stream other channels–many of which we would not normally watch. (This is even without having cable!)

Our kids, who generally choose one show each on Saturdays and Sundays, were clamoring at their newfound options. And I knew I needed to undertake a tv research project to sort it all out and make sure we use our new screen intentionally.

I asked on my Facebook page about your favorite shows for the 8-12 age range, then went through the responses one by one. After two weeks I’ve finally finished this undertaking for our family, and I hope you’ll find it helpful for yours, too.

In the list below I’ve included shows that can be found on Amazon Prime Streaming, Discovery Education Streaming, Netflix Streaming, and Netflix DVD.
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