Homeschooling with a Chronic Illness

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I’m a chronic migraine sufferer.  I’ve had them since I was a child, and according to my neurologist (and several scans), I will have them until the day I die.  This adds some unique challenges to homeschooling my children, but we are finding ways to make it easier.  These only work with school age kids.  I did things differently when mine were younger. Continue reading “Homeschooling with a Chronic Illness”

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Science and the Bible: Part 1 Teaching the States of Matter from a Christian Perspective

Science and the Bible: Part 1 Teaching the States of Matter from a Christian Perspective

Co-op is starting again and I’m really enjoying planning science lessons.  I decided to start at the beginning with the creation of matter.   Continue reading “Science and the Bible: Part 1 Teaching the States of Matter from a Christian Perspective”

Homeschooling and the Olympics

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Our family loves to watch the Olympics.  We watch more TV when they are on than at any other time.  When they started last week I hadn’t really thought about how they would fit into our schedule.  We do not have cable, so we watch every evening from 6:30 to 11:00 (9:30 for Sparkle Girl).  This throws off bedtime, which throws off the rest of our schedule. So our school schedule has been turned on its head.  I decided to embrace it.  We are taking time off from our books and doing an Olympics unit. Continue reading “Homeschooling and the Olympics”

Things That Help School Go Smoothly Part 3: Staying Active

Things That Help School Go Smoothly Part 3: Staying Active

Disclaimer: there is a great deal that I don’t know. I do know that every family is different and that the things that help my family are not universal. Hopefully this series will be a blessing for some. Any links to amazon are affiliate links.

My kids are extremely active. Wildcat has been that way since the womb, sitting still for school would make him miserable. So, we don’t do that. Continue reading “Things That Help School Go Smoothly Part 3: Staying Active”

Starting a Hydroponic/Aquaponic Garden: Part 1 Cleaning the Tank

My kids really want to learn about plants.  So, I decided to start a garden.  Unfortunately, growing season where we live is not for months yet.  Thankfully, I had been researching uses for our fish tank, and I came upon the idea of a hydroponic garden.
Gradually this morphed into an aquaponic garden as my kids really want to have fish again.  Our tank was extremely dirty to start with: tank1

Continue reading “Starting a Hydroponic/Aquaponic Garden: Part 1 Cleaning the Tank”

Things That Help School Go Smoothly: Part 2 Having a Set End Time

 

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Disclaimer: there is a great deal that I don’t know. I do know that every family is different and that the things that help my family are not universal. Hopefully this series will be a blessing for some. Any links to amazon are affiliate links.

One of the greatest blessings of homeschooling is that the actual schoolwork takes so much less time than public/private/charter schools.   Continue reading “Things That Help School Go Smoothly: Part 2 Having a Set End Time”