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Capturing Memorable Back to School Photos

Memorable Back to School Photos via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

Has your school year started? We’ve been easing back in because, while I had every intention of schooling throughout the summer, we just had too much fun to stop for math. We decided to extend the fun with a personality-filled back to school photo shoot to get us in the mood to start next week. [...]

Afternoon Refueling for a Tired Homeschool Mom

Afternoon Refueling for the Tired Homeschool Mom via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

Afternoons are tough for a tired homeschool mom. I don’t know about you, but I reach a point around 2:00 or 3:00 where I am exhausted, and wonder if I can keep myself going any longer.     My kids get this way, too, but it’s easy for me to give them a snack and  [...]

Organizing Your Homeschool in a Tiny House

Organizing Your Homeschool in a Tiny House via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

This is our third homeschool year in Teeny House. Four kids, two adults, a dog, and three red-eared sliders share 790 square feet. When you live in a tiny house – AND homeschool four children – you need to be a creative organizer or you’ll get overrun quickly.       Each year during this [...]

Easy Snack Foods for Busy Moms of Toddlers

Happy Family Toddler Snack Food Giveaway via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

We try really hard to stay away from processed food, making most of our meals from scratch and baking snacks for both the counter and the freezer. But, at the start of the new homeschool year, as we try to make sense of new schedules, I often need a little help.     Packaged snacks [...]

Magnet Play for Little Ones

Hands On Fun for Little Ones - Magnet Play via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

With a preschooler and a toddler to keep occupied while homeschooling the big kids, my mind is in overdrive trying to find ways to keep them busy. A few years ago I pulled out my magnet set to give Logan {three at the time} a chance to enjoy some magnet play with real school materials. [...]

Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Homeschool Curriculum Choices via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

There are so many different ways to homeschool – almost as many ways to school as there are homeschoolers. It can be overwhelming, especially to a new homeschooler {though, even veterans aren’t immune}. When something isn’t working the vast amount of homeschool curriculum choices available can be overwhelming.     All throughout the year, bloggers [...]

Teaching Preschool at Home

Teaching Preschool at Home via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

Do you have preschool-aged kids? Are you struggling with what to do for the upcoming school year? Plan to homeschool, but aren’t sure exactly where to start, and worry that your kids will miss out on something by not going to a normal preschool? Relax. Teaching preschool at home can be easy, rewarding, and one [...]

Getting Ready for Back to School with Hands-On Science Fun

Hands On Science Gift Basket Giveaway via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

As we’re busy getting ready to dive into the 2014-2015 school year here at the Kessler house, we pulled together some fun resources to kick-start one lucky reader’s science plans.       It’s no secret that we love science around here. Science encompasses so much of the world around us. There’s physical science like electricity, [...]

Creating Your Own Interest-Based Middle School Curriculum


We’ve been homeschooling Trevor for four and a half years now, and we’ve tried a lot of different things. Now that we’re designing a middle school curriculum, we decided that he needed to take more responsibility for his own learning. This year, we’re combining the best of what has worked in the past, and giving [...]

5 Tips for Helping Gifted Children Make Friends


Making friends can be hard for any child, but for socially awkward gifted children or twice-exceptional kiddos, the challenge is only multiplied. While their brains are working on overdrive, and they can have an intelligent conversation with an adult expert in the field in which they are interested, put them in the same room with [...]