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Brian Chase Week One

Do you know what it is to chiffonade?  Have you done it?  Thanks to Brain Chase and their cooking elective, my 9 year old used the chiffonade method to cut basil for our cauliflower pizzas.  In fact he not only … Continue reading →

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Barnes and Noble- Get Your Free Book for Summer Reading

Last year I shared with you some great cheap or free summer activities and programs. We have always participated in the summer reading programs through Barnes and Noble. Usually the kids need to read and record ten books to achieve … Continue reading →

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Stop the Summer Slide with this $10K Treasure Hunt

The summer slide is not exactly a fun ride at a water park, but it is, however, a reality for most students.  As a teacher, I have tried everything to keep the kids up with academics over the summer.  Usually … Continue reading →

Light Math Before Bed?

A friend recommended the app and website Bedtime Math.  I am not sure about at your house, but we have been seeing an increase in the amount of time our school is spending on problem solving.   Don’t you remember … Continue reading →

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5 Reasons to Read to Older Children

Students who enjoy reading and those that reading comes easily to can gobble up books at lightning speed.  I am amazed at what the fifth graders are reading and just how quickly they move from novel to novel.  A quick … Continue reading →

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TouchMath Takes the Tough Out of Learning Math

When I was a young child, we lived right around the corner from a small candy shop.  Every few weeks, we would ride our bikes to “Cam’s” with a pocket full of change.  Our coins would be transitioned into delicious … Continue reading →

The Top 15 Things You No One Will Tell You About Homeschooling-Guest Post

The top 15 things you no one will tell you about homeschooling: 1.You will be amazed by your kids and annoyed by your kids. You are there for every “light bulb” moment and every time their little faces light up … Continue reading →

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“Our Education” My Homeschool Journey Guest Post

An amazing guest post, to learn more check out Vicky’s blog The Trek Thru Life. My Homeschool Journey, My two daughters went to Methodist nursery school and were well prepared for Kindergarten in our township, one slid right into public … Continue reading →

Should I Make a Teacher Request?

Every day I dreaded the hour that I had to spend in her room.  Watching her teach was like watching paint dry.  I was a grown woman, how could these nine year olds be managing the whole day like this?  … Continue reading →

My new favorite for beginnng readers, it has been such a help with getting Cecily excited to read!

Should You Red Shirt Your Child?

Initially published February of 2014. I was a September baby as was my brother, which means we both officially started Kindergarten at 4 years old.  We both graduated high school at 17 and didn’t officially turn 18 until we had … Continue reading →