Crossing the Finish Line

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 by
Crossing the Finish Line
Homeschool in the Strachan house is about to roll to a stop for a brief summer break, and I’m extremely excited, probably even giddy with delight. Five-year-olds hyped up on cotton candy and orange soda while riding bumper cars at the carnival can’t quite rival my excitement. I’m ready for a few weeks where there

Creative Ways to Practice Academics

Monday, 27 June 2016 by
Creative Ways to Practice Academics
  From the time the temperature begins to warm in the spring, until the chill of fall sets in, my children are usually found outside. Between exploring the wonders of nature and expending energy at play, I have to find creative ways to practice academics. Although my children love a good book, they would rather
#1 Explore the World From Home
  As homeschoolers, we often seek positive learning experiences outside of traditional academic work. One of the ways our family learns about the world is through hosting International Students. We’ve been borrowing other people’s children for many years. We started with fostering and later began hosting secondary school students from other countries. We’ve had students
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  I have to admit that I’ve never been an “outdoorsy” person. Bugs, pollen, dirt- I’m not a big fan of these. But I have wanted to expose my kids to nature and guide them to learn about and appreciate the things that God has made. So I’ve always made a deliberate effort to get

A Broad Horizon

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 by
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  The possibilities can be limitless, fueled by your imagination and passion! That is what it means to homeschool; the horizon is indeed broad! Doing something new or unknown can produce amazing results. If you are uncomfortable with your current school situation, want to provide your children with the most effective curriculum for their ability,
Mission Possible
  Stay at home mom’s have a reputation for being thrifty and resourceful.   As more and more families join the ranks of homeschoolers, these moms see their time out of the traditional workforce being extended, and many of them (us!), are reimagining what it means to earn income while raising our kids.  In this

Momma Needs Her Rest

Monday, 20 June 2016 by
  We moms can all agree that when it comes to getting a bit of rest, it’s  “easier said than done.”  Yet we all need it. And it’s something we have to choose to do. We will never get that rest unless we are intentional about it. We simply have to determine that we will
  As a piano teacher, I see the values of music every day.  What I often see in parents is a struggle.  They try piano for a short while and when the child loses interest another activity is found to supplant it.  I meet parents painfully unaware of what learning an instrument, especially the piano,

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