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Choosing extra-curriculars: When Good is Bad

We just went through that very painful process that must be undergone every school year – choosing extra-curricular activities.  When I was homeschooled there were few activities and resources available. Nowadays there is so much out there for homeschoolers that we have a very hard time not overscheduling!  Band?  Dance?  Martial arts?  P.E.? Sewing?  Drama?…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 12, 2016
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How To Self-Publish a Book

Please welcome a guest blogger – My own darling doll!  She has self-published her book and is kindly sharing the how-to’s with you. How To Self-Publish a Book Go to CreateSpace.com. Create Space is a free Amazon self publishing company. Click ‘Sign Up’. Fill in all information, and click ‘Create My Account’. Go to ‘Member…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 9, 2016

Secret Keeper Girls – 8 Great Dates for You and Your Daughter

I have something special for you today.  What if I told you that, for the investment of a paperback book and some time, you could create eight fun memories with your “tween” daughter that would also prompt serious discussion about important issues?  I have found exactly that in Talking with Your Daughter About Best Friends…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 8, 2016

My summer reading list

I had three books on my list to read this summer (besides reading Oliver Twist aloud to my girls).  I enjoyed all three:  The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity Meg Meeker, M.D.  I appreciated the unique perspective of a medical doctor.  She speaks extensively about the competition we imagine with other…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 6, 2016

Teaching History as the Hub of All Other Subjects

For all of my homeschool teaching years I have taken the chronological approach to teaching history.  Before I had children, when I was teaching my siblings, I was drawn to the idea that history should be taught in the order it happened.  As a child I always had trouble figuring out the timeline of history….

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Donielle By Donielle, September 1, 2016
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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
Have a happy homeschool co-op

Have a happy homeschool 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. Our Homeschool Co-op In our co-op a gifted ESOL teacher teaches Latin for all of…

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Donielle By Donielle, August 30, 2016
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND Long term homeschool plan

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND Long term homeschool plan

A long term educational plan, in writing, will clarify your homeschooling goals and get you where you want to be.

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Donielle By Donielle, August 26, 2016
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What About Socialization?

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
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