5 tips for taking the stress out of Christmas

Less-Stressful-Christmas

Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

As beautiful as the Christmas season is, it can also be an extremely stressful time of year.

There are often many more commitments than normal – plays, parties, service opportunities – and then there is the pressure to find special gifts for the people in our lives. Trying to maintain a normal school schedule becomes much more difficult.

How do you enjoy the season, individually or as a family, without all the stress? [Read more...]

4 keys to a good homeschool day

4 keys to a good homeschool day
Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

In the day-to-day of life, every homeschool parent hopes for good homeschool days.

Sure, we know they aren’t all going to look like that photo on the front of the homeschooling magazine. We also know that bad days are inevitable. However, there are steps we can take to ensure that that good days outweigh the bad.

Our family works on a six weeks on/one week off schedule. Last week was our break week. You’d expect that it would have been a great week, but, surprisingly enough, the week before went more smoothly and was far less stressful than break week.

In considering what might be the cause behind break week being more stressful than a school week, I identified a few key factors that seem to contribute to a good day, homeschool or otherwise.
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Using technology in your homeschool

teens and technology

Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

A couple of weeks ago, I had finally saved enough money to do something that I’d wanted to do for several months – get my two younger kids laptops. We don’t spend a lot of money on curriculum and, now that they’re both in middle school, I saw a lot of positives to them each having their own computers (rather than using mine or the ancient desktop that’s on its last leg).

The two immediate benefits I saw were math and typing. We use computer-based math programs and both kids are going to be learning typing this year. The fact that the kids are now able to do those things on their own devices is definitely a sanity-saver. However, I’m seeing lots of other benefits as well.
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5 ideas for beating the summer heat

5 ideas for beating the summer heat
Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unscocialized Homeschoolers

Now that the season is in full swing, beating the summer heat can be difficult.

These suggestions should give you some ideas for ways to keep boredom at bay without sweltering in the hot sun.

Water fun

Playing with water, in some form or fashion, is always a great way to cool off during the hot summer months. Some ideas:
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How to help your kids fall in love with history

how to help your kids fall in love with history
Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

History is boring!

Okay, not really, but that’s definitely how I felt when I was in school. Now, history is my favorite subject to learn alongside my kids and one of their favorite subjects, as well.

What’s made the difference?

In large part, it’s due to learning history through historical fiction and biographies, rather than a textbook. Nothing puts a reader in a particular place or time better than getting engrossed in a great story.
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