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Fall is just beginning to come to the beautiful rolling farmland of Ohio. The last few days the air has begun to turn crisp, the nights are cool, and soon the trees will turn the most fantastic hues. I never tire of it.
For our family, fall also means apples! Many years ago, we started making apple cider, which as become a much-cherished tradition. We all look forward to apple cider time!
As busy homeschooling mothers of many children, Rachel and I have found that having a simple system in place to help our children work independently is a MUST! I once heard someone say that one of our chief responsibilities as mothers is to "work ourselves out of a job" and I couldn't agree more. From the moment our children are tottering around on chubby little legs, we should be training them to be helpers and workers. By the time our children are young teens, they ought to be able to take over lawn care, meal preparation and many other household tasks completely independent from Dad and Mom. Sound like a dream come true?
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On the 12th Day of Homeschool the Sisters gave to me..............
50 States Flashcards & Game!!
Today is the final day of our 12 Days of Homeschool. Are you as sad to see it end as we are? Thank you so much for the opportunity to encourage and inspire you over the past 12 days.
And now, the winners of the American History Timeline Notebook are..............
On the 11th Day of Homeschool the Sisters gave to me..............
Inspirational Copywork for FREE!
Copywork is a simple, gentle way to improve your child's handwriting and spelling over time. I have used it with all of my children up to a certain age with great success.
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On the 10th Day of Homeschool the Sisters gave to me..............
3 American History Timeline Notebooks-FREE!
If you've been following our 12 Days of Homeschool, you've probably already read about our FREE World History Timeline Notebooks. If not, you can read the post HERE. Today we are featuring another great timeline giveaway!! Speaking of giveaways, today is the last day to enter our Jonathan Park Audio Adventures: The Adventure Begins Giveaway! Don't forget to enter before leaving.
During my 10+ years of homeschooling, I have tried many different styles of history lap books, unit studies and timelines, most of which were abandoned at some point in the course of each school year because they were just too much. Too much cutting. Too much gluing. Too much journaling. Too much trying to make sure the timeline figure was matched exactly with the timeline date and getting frustrated when our history book date didn't match the date on our timeline. Too much everything! We like to keep things simple here. Simple for busy mamas and simple for the kiddos.
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On the 9th Day of Homeschool, the Sisters gave to me..............
33 Freebies to Teaching Spelling!
Don't forget: Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win Jonathan Park Audio Adventure!
Spelling is one of those things that, for me, often has fallen into the category of How much? How often? What do I really need to teach here? There are some children who, simply from reading a lot of good literature, seem to intuitively learn and apply the rules of good spelling.
And then there are the ones who don't.
If your child falls into this latter category, here are 33+ fabulous and free resources for improving his or her spelling.
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On the 8th Day of Homeschool the Sisters gave to me..............
50 States Notebooking Pages!
We hope you are enjoying the 12 Days of Homeschool! If you haven't already entered, there are still three days to enter the Jonathan Park Audio Adventure giveaway.
Both of us Sisters LOVE American History! It probably comes from our parents. We can both still remember the many, many history museums, famous battlefields, and monuments that we visited on summer vacations.
Disneyland? What's that?
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On the 7th Day of Homeschool the Sisters gave to me..............
A Jonathan Park Audio Adventure Giveaway!!
This is the last day to enter toLittle Seedlings Press Foundational Phonics giveaway! Be sure also to check out Little Seedlings Press to read the story behind this awesome reading curriculum.
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Are we having fun yet? We promised you 12 days of freebies, awesome resources and giveaways and I hope you'll agree that today's freebie really delivers! Speaking of giveaways, there are only 2 more days to enter our wonderful Foundational Phonics Giveaway! Don't miss this opportunity to win a FREE copy of Foundational Phonics from Little Seedlings Press. In addition to our giveaway, you can also take advantage of this coupon toward your purchase of Foundational Phonics. Just enter SistersTake5 to receive 5% off your order today! (Read our review HERE.)
Today's post is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. From the first moment I heard about the idea of Nature Journaling, I was captivated by it. All of my life, I have considered myself to be a person uninterested in science. I mean, I enjoy a good experiment or science museum trip as well as the next person, but science definitely doesn't get me excited the way history or literature does.
Then I discovered nature journaling.
And the heavens opened. Suddenly I was John Audobon reincarnated.
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On the 5th Day of Homeschool, the Sisters gave to me..............
How to Teach Preschool for FREE
There are only 3 days left to enter the Foundational Phonics giveaway!
With the beginning of a new school year rapidly approaching, I realized recently that I *really* need to get busy with homeschool planning!
This year I am tackling my most important planning first: Fun stuff for my littles. With a tenth grader and two eight graders in the house, I feel like the majority of my time and energy often goes into the "serious" business of career exploration, high school credits, and pursuing weightier subjects. Planning fun educational things for the little ones is often last minute and doesn't receive as much of my attention as I would like. So, this year I've decided to start with my littlest guy (who'll be starting preschool this year) and working my way up.
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