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Home Business And Home School – Making It Work

How do you run a home business and home school? Finding a balance between work and school is the goal for any homeschool family, but especially for homeschool families that also run home businesses. It is wonderful to be able to have a flexible schedule, but also important to be able to set realistic boundaries (ones that honestly, not everyone will respect or even understand). Do you run a home business and home school? How do you make it work? Home Business and Home School – Making It Work Our family has been building Honeycomb Design Studio for the last few …

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Organizing Our Homeschool Again

Yes, you read that right, we are organizing our homeschool again. We have tried so many different ways of organizing our homeschool, almost as many ways as we have tried to arrange our living room (yeah, that’s a high number). The system we have hit on now is actually working. And get this, it is very easy to use. I mentioned the other day that we are doing a variation of workboxes – Family Workboxes. Right now we have 6 large buckets and they are labelled as follows: Bible, Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and French. We alternate weeks for …

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Family Workboxes

I have been a fan of workboxes, since the very beginning, and we have tried them in a variety of different ways in our homeschool. This year we are trying something new: Family Workboxes. When Jonah and I were discussing how we were going to do school for the rest of this term, we hit upon the idea of everyone doing the same subject at the same time. We created a big plastic bucket for each subject and filled it with everything needed to complete that subject. Some things we do together and some things we just do at the …

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Creative Learning Experiences

Worksheets are often boring, I do know this, so my goal is always to use them as a guide for the discussion and learning process and not to require page after page of writing. Elisha (our oldest) has autism and has always struggled with putting pen to paper due to a combination of muscle fatigue (diagnosed by an orthopaedic specialist) and sensory issues (diagnosed by two different occupational therapists). For these and other reasons, we are always looking for creative learning experiences that don’t require putting pen to paper. Creative learning experiences can often be found by thinking outside the box …

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Making School Fun

I will be the first to admit that school is not always fun. Sometimes the things we are learning are hard for me to teach and sometimes things are hard for the kids to learn. Since I really want my kids to enjoy learning, I work hard at making school fun or at least as enjoyable as possible (sometimes that is SO hard, trust me). When you are home learning or in any learning environment, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome or compensate for is the variety of learning styles. Everyone has their own “way” that they learn best …

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A New Year Of Home Learning

It is hard to get into a routine after you have taken a break from formal home learning. We are slowly getting back into the swing of things now after our busy Christmas break. Welcome to an exciting new year of home learning! Bible For Bible today we discussed Proverbs 15:1. Download a pdf of the memory verse poster here – – >View on Store Math Math is currently being taught via videos on Khan Academy and worksheets from a paid subscription @ The Math Worksheet Site. When I first sat down this morning to que up the video for today, …

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This Week In Review

Not in any particular order this week:  A Death Jonah’s grandpa passed away this week. Here is the obituary. The funeral is on Monday. We will not be travelling to the funeral, but will support our family via telephone and skype. We have been learning about family this week. There has been lots of chatter with the kids about the history on Jonah’s side of the family. Good discussions with historical information. A Birthday I had a birthday this week. Check out the birthday movie that my husband made for me. My sister came over and brought me a really neat …

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Weekly Portfolio

Not in any particular order this week:  Grapevine Studies We are using Grapevine Studies. I recently purchased an Old Testament Study from the Grapevine Studies website. Math We are plugging along in our JUMP Math Workbooks. The goal is to finish them during our summer term. Language Arts – Grammar & Creative Writing We had some oral discussions this week. We covered prepositions, nouns, and adjectives. We did an adjective worksheet. We used the discussion to play a story game, which led into the kids writing a story as a group. Social Studies We did all of the reading for …

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