A homeschool mom’s letter to Saint Nick

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Written by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.

Hey there, Santa.

This is little Kara Anderson (Barbie Dream House, 1982).

I wanted to let you know that I have been pretty good this year, all things considered.

I have stopped trying to do all the things on Pinterest.

I have been generally responsible with my Amazon Prime account, forcing myself to wait 24 hours before impulse-ordering curriculum materials.

I currently owe the public library just $9.75!

(But I do have 16 items on hold …)

And so, because I’ve been a pretty good homeschooler, I was kind of hoping I could ask you for a few extra things this year:

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PE ideas for homeschoolers who don’t live on 5 acres

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Written by Rozanne Dioso-Lopez of Tomfoolery and Shenanigans.

The dining room table begins to shake.

Someone keeps re-adjusting themselves in their seat.

Then it’s the finger-tapping.

My coffee, previously still, begins to sway in its cup.

Shortly after the table movement, the accusations begin, “Who took my eraser?”

The bickering follows.

And I grab my coffee before it spills and say, “Everybody UP! Time to MOVE!”

A morning of lessons needs to be broken up with time to move their bodies.

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Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World
Written by Heidi Scovel of Mt. Hope Chronicles

Christmas is a beautiful season of celebration. I love the comfort of familiar traditions, but I also enjoy discovering new ways to share the delights of the season with my children while learning about the world around us.

We read stories, listen to music, and research online to discover how families in other countries celebrate Christmas. Often, we are inspired to go a little further, such as learning how to fold origami cranes with which to decorate our tree.

While we’ve enjoyed our brief ‘visits’ to other countries, three celebrations in particular have become family traditions that we look forward to every year.

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How to create a stress-free homeschool this December

 

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

This is the time of year when my kids appreciate the fact that we started school in early July. We have been off since last week and will be off until after New Year’s.  We do this so that we can slow down and enjoy the Christmas season with less stress.

Many homeschooling families stick to their regular schedule throughout December because their kids do better with a consistent routine.

However, I know a lot of families are either taking some time off or are drastically scaling back their academic schedule.  If you fall into the latter group, you may be looking for ideas on how to create stress-free learning opportunities this month.

Before I offer my suggestions, let me first offer a disclaimer for families like mine so that you can carry on your December plans, guilt-free as well as stress-free. We start school in early July so that we can take December off. It is a scheduled school break for us.

That means there is lots of video game playing, TV watching, staying up late, and sleeping in. We sometimes bake together or do fun art projects (the girl, not the boy), but that’s the extent of December school for us.

If that describes your family, you may now resume watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, playing Words with Friends, or playing Just Dance with your kids and enjoy your time off. Do not feel an ounce of guilt from the following suggestions.

Now, for those of you who are still doing school, but want to scale back your academic schedule for December, may I suggest the following:
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The 10 commandments of a family road trip

The 10 commandments of a family road trip
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

My personal love of road trips stems from childhood–when Dad and I would hop into his rusty Toyota Celica, often without a destination in mind, and hit the open road most weekends. Though we never went far, I loved those hours spent in the car together.

But as a parent myself–with three children less than two years apart in age–my own growing family stayed away from road trips for quite some time, only venturing for a two day drive to see relatives in North Carolina now and then.

Our first experience planning, executing, and living through a lengthy family road trip came this past summer on our Little House road trip through the Midwest–nine days in the van together, eight nights sharing one hotel room.
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