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Middle School Reading – Raising the Bar

When we started our Co-op program for our middleschoolers (seventh and eighth graders), which we call “Colloquium”, I was determined to prepare them for some challenging high school reading.  I had already taught some highschool classes to my siblings and was disappointed in the amount we were able to cover, because I had not laid…

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Donielle By Donielle, October 5, 2016

Productive Middle School Years

Think back to your middle school years.  Yeah, I do not want to dwell there too long either.  I was a sensitive kid, so everything every other insecure child spewed at me stung badly.  Fortunately, I was homeschooled, so the instances were rare.  But the middle school years are a tremendous blessing to homeschooling parents….

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Donielle By Donielle, October 1, 2016

Backyard Chickens

When my oldest daughter first approached me with the idea of raising chickens I thought she had come up with another grandiose idea that would never come to fruition.  My vintage doll is an idea person.  She has colossal ideas like other people have a glass of water.  It is a regular occurrence.  Her best…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 28, 2016

The Truth About Miscarriage

I want to talk about what no one wants to talk about: miscarriage.  As women we feel many different things when we experience miscarriage:  disappointment, feeling like a failure, feeling physically broken, guilt because we are afraid we did something to cause it, relief over not having to endure a difficult pregnancy, then guilt over…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 27, 2016

Grammar Curriculums

In an earlier post I shared what I like to use for elementary grade English grammar curriculums.  See my post on First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 1 over here.  But when we have been through the four levels of First Language Lessons, what is next? For fifth grade my oldest doll went through Simply Grammar:…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 24, 2016
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The Importance of Grandparents

Think back to the important and influential people in your childhood.  On my list, right after my parents, come my grandparents.  I was blessed to live in the same state as all of my grandparents and to even know three of my great-grandparents.  My maternal grandmother had slumber parties for us, my paternal grandmother let…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 22, 2016

Planning a Mom’s Night Out

After a very busy, yet very productive year of co-op I wanted to reward the moms with some “us” time.  My fun idea?  Put together a food tour.  My goal was to find a couple of delicious, but affordable food stops that offered unique culinary experiences and had a little something for every dietary restriction….

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Donielle By Donielle, September 19, 2016

Scholarships for homeschoolers

What does nearly every homeschool student really need as they near graduation?  Scholarships!  If you have a student in highschool or know someone with a homeschooled highschool student, forward them this post!  The cost of higher education has become unbelievable. There are three scholarships available exclusively to homeschool graduates.  These scholarships are offered by the…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 16, 2016

What to get done when we can’t get it all done

I encourage parents to aim high.  But there are times in life where we cannot get it all done.  They are times when we are just hanging on.  Fortunately, homeschool schedules can be flexible.  But during times of illness, moves, and life changes school must go on. What should the priorities be?  What are the…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 15, 2016

Making Art Museums Fun

Now we all have this idea in the back of our mind that we should enjoy art museums.  But sometimes they leave us scratching our head and moaning at the lack of lovely Monet and the proliferation of weird, abstract modern art.  How do we instill an appreciation for art in our children?  Why bother?…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 13, 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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