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Homeschool 101: First Grade Curriculum

First Grade is Finally Here Around ages 5-6, first grade begins. First grade marks a big step forward into homeschool. Along with the academic instruction, I also start to train my girls in taking charge of their own education. My priority for homeschooling is always independence in learning. I teach…

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Homeschool 101: Junior Kindergarten aka K4

Skip Junior Kindergarten? I don’t normally do a Junior Kindergarten year, but for darling #5, her preschool year wasn’t enough to get her ready for my usual Kindergarten program. So this year, she will be doing a junior kindergarten year. Junior kindergarten or K4 is meant for 4 year olds…

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Homeschool 101: Preschool at home

Starting Preschool Preschool, for us, starts somewhere after their 3rd birthday, whenever we start school for the year, that year. My oldest was 3 in December, so we started school in January. When my 3rd was 3 in March, she started with us in September. My 4th was 3 in…

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Homeschool 101: Curriculum shopping

There are many homeschool curriculum choices. It would be impossible to list every single option for homeschooling curriculum.  As homeschooling has grown, so have the amount of choices.  It’s very easy to get overwhelmed.  Which program is best? Which one gives me the best value for my money?  Are there…

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Homeschool 101: Moving while homeschooling

Moving isn’t always pleasant. I’ve done variations of major and minor moves, on average, of twice a year since I moved out of my parents’ home. I have moved with the clothes in a suitcase, and I’ve downsized a 4 bedroom house with 5 children. Moving is not the most…

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Homeschool 101: What to Expect on Your First Day

All the preparation is done, and you’re ready.. maybe. Your first day of homeschool is here. You researched and read and taken notes and asked questions. You’ve joined Facebook groups and local support groups, maybe even met up with another homeschool mom or two, and talked about it. You’ve gone…

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