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The Importance of Music Education

I love music.  My undergraduate degree is in Music.  As a parent, very early on, I decided that music would be a major part of my children’s education.  We began music classes at age 4 or 5 and had a unique approach to piano practice.  Our girls’ morning chores went, and still go, something like…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 31, 2016

How to have a happy co-op

If you are familiar with homeschooling, you will probably be familiar with co-ops.  Co-ops are basically groups of families that come together, usually once a week, and pool the talents of the homeschooling parents to meet their kid’s educational needs.  In our co-op a gifted ESOL teacher teaches Latin for all of our children.  I…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 30, 2016


One of my favorite homeschool speakers has been Renee Ellison.  She speaks my language – practicality, efficiency, economy.  Sounds like a good school logo.  What is it in Latin, I wonder?  Assignment for my oldest! Mrs. Ellison, a gifted educator, said many wise things, many practical things, and one or two I disagreed with.  But…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 26, 2016
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A lovely lady from church called me recently and asked a great question.  Most parents seeking to homeschool want to know how to homeschool.  She asked WHY she should homeschool.  That is a question I love to answer.  I am not a chick who is good with details.  My gifts lie in global thinking.  The…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 25, 2016

Things NOT to say to large families

Homeschoolers often have large families.  In our little co-op, back when we started, we each had one or two kids (three for Lorri, but two were already grown).  Now I still have two, but the Molinas have seven, the Dorns have seven and the Hsiaos have six.  Our co-op has grown! I am the oldest…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 24, 2016
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What About Socialization?

Here it is.  I am going to address the question most commonly asked of any homeschooler: What about socialization?  Having been homeschooled for seven years, having helped homeschool seven brothers and sisters and having homeschooled my children, pretty much homeschooling in some form since 1985 – Sister, if I had a dime for every time…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 23, 2016

In Which I Explain the Name of This Blog or Playing with your kids!

My daughter has introduced to me the art of drafting titles for chapters in the fashion of Charles Dickens and A. A. Milne.  The above is my shout out to my wonderful kid and her writing talents.  She is amazing and has already published a children’s book (when she was 12 years old): On Ms. Mandy’s…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 23, 2016
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Your first curriculum

Moving up to the kindergarten years, I am sharing some of my favorite resources with you!  This is an awesome age!  Our objective is teaching children to read, write and add.   There are lots of choices!  You child’s learning style should  inform your choice.  These are my personal favorites: I taught my children to read…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 18, 2016
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More great resources for young children

Hey there, hard working parents!  My goal in this series is to save you time and money.  There is nothing worse than plunking down big bucks for a curriculum that your kid hated or that bored you to tears.  I will share my favorites working from the early years on up.  These are great whether…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 17, 2016

My favorite early education resources and exploring homeschooling

I had a blast speaking to the parents at the Mommy and Me Babycakes meeting today. I promised to share some of my favorite resources for parents of young children.  In the early stages it is all about emotional bonding – giving children a safe, loving place to learn and people to learn from –…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 17, 2016
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Hi! Donielle Mason Kazim here!
I am a lawyer, homeschool mom to two terrific dolls, wife to Gary, follower of Jesus. I love literature, researching, chocolate, iced tea and anything to do with the beach. Let's be email friends! Subscribe and leave your comments. I look forward to chatting!
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