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Socialization and Your Gifted or Intense Child

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If you’ve been homeschooling for any length of time, you’ve likely been asked about your kids’ socialization. And, if you’re beyond your first year of homeschooling your kids, you likely find the question laughable. Not only is there rarely a problem getting your kids to talk to people, you often have to say no to […]

Moms, We’re in This Race Together…

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My friend Mary from Homegrown Learners wrote on her page about a comment made to her. That her blog readers may have the perception that all is perfect… and she assured us that her life {like all of ours} is not perfect. Her community {and if you’re not a follower – you’re missing out on […]

Preschool Science: Hands-On Dinosaur Study and Field Trip

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Do you work field trips into your homeschool routines? We try to as much as we can because we’re blessed to live near the city of Cleveland. There are museums, historical societies, working farms, and so much more nearby. Many of those places offer homeschool classes too. Lucky for us, when the kids were fully immersed […]

Preschool Science: Studying Bats with Hide and Sonar-Seek

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Bats are creepy…and really cool. Studying bats with the preschool set can help demystify this often misunderstood mammal. And it’s such a neat topic that big brothers and sisters will want to jump in and work alongside of their little siblings. Let’s face it, bats are strange. They’re mammals. With wings. And they have these […]

4 Simple Ways to Fit Science Into Your Day

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Let’s face it – science can be messy. It can take time. And, it can make the mundane subjects like math, memorization, and copywork seem agonizing in comparison…especially if you’re blowing things up. And, it’s not always easy to fit it in. With all the things you have going on as a homeschool mom, how […]

Teaching Kids to Welcome Others

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It’s so easy, despite our ultra-connected society, to feel isolated and alone. We are plugged in, and so are our kids. And the art of welcome conversation is getting lost. Teaching children to be welcoming to others encourages them to be sensitive to others’ needs and feelings. They are more likely to reach out to kids who […]

Teaching Kids to Organize for Others

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Children feel empowered when they are given the opportunity to help others. What a gift is it to show them that they can organize service projects themselves, counting on adults for assistance, but not direction. It really is a critical life skill to teach kids — that they can make a difference and they do […]

Teaching Kids to Play with Others

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Teaching kindness to kids through play is a great way to capitalize on what comes naturally to children, while bringing joy to others. And, while many adults won’t think of play as kindness towards others, that’s exactly what it is. Bringing joy to others is a form of service — so play is a child’s […]

Teaching Kids to Heal Others

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Healing can be spiritual, emotional, or physical. Oftentimes, people talk of the healing nature of kids, and how their presence soothes the soul and keeps them feeling young. Children have an enthusiasm for life and remind people of the good in life.      Acts of healing don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Simply […]

Teaching Kids to Befriend Others

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We tell our kids to love one another and be a friend to all. Love thy neighbor. Befriend the lonely. But few service programs allow young children to interact with the people whom they are helping. It’s just easier to organize toy drives and donation programs for young people. It’s also easier to count a […]

Teaching Kids to Advocate for Others

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Throughout the world, there are people who are poor, struggling, and need assistance. They need others to stand up for them, and help them get back on their feet. We can teach even our youngest to show love to others. In fact, it’s easy to incorporate ideas for being kind into our families and homeschools.  […]

Understanding the Cognitively Gifted Child

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Cognitive ability is less about specific knowledge bases, and more about the neurological skills needed to do anything — from the simplest to the most difficult task. It is how we learn, problem-solve, and pay attention. Each of the mental functions {cognitive abilities} we need to function relies on specific brain structures. So, if we’re […]