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Science, Instilling Wonder

Science, Instilling Wonder

Do you and your kids love science? We do at our house. In fact, several of our kids have expressed this love by completing further studies in science in college. One son currently works in a Lab at Columbia University with his Biology degree and one daughter is a...

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Teach Your Child to Read

Teach Your Child to Read

There are a variety of ways to begin teaching your children to read.  I have used the book Teach Your Child to Read in a 100 Easy Lessons successfully with six of our seven children (our oldest went our parish school for Kindergarten but that is another story). I...

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How to Begin Homeschooling

How to Begin Homeschooling

As a home-educating mom for over 25 years, I have the unique position of being both parent and teacher, simultaneously. This affords me with the privileged position of knowing my children as lifelong learners in a grace-filled and intimate way. I am unlike any teacher...

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Math: A Great Beginning Process

Math: A Great Beginning Process

Experience, lots of it, has taught me time and time again that much of learning math skills and concepts in the early formative years is going to be learned through manipulatives, not workbooks. Granted, there may be children who already understand the connection...

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Introducing Littles to History!

Introducing Littles to History!

With the younger set, I really love to begin an introduction of history, and the concept of time, by simply telling stories.   What kind of stories? I often began with the stories of my own family.  My little ones and yours LOVE to hear the stories about "when mommy...

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3 Tips to Overcome the End of Year Struggle

3 Tips to Overcome the End of Year Struggle

The struggle is REAL. Do you ever feel as though you are not doing enough for your homeschooled kiddos? Or you are not sure if what you are currently doing is the right thing? Do you ask yourself, "Am I ruining my kids for life?  Am I setting them up for failure?"...

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Top Picks Medieval Books

Top Picks Medieval Books

For many years I had the rich treasure of reviewing books for our family's book business, Emmanuel Books. It is a joy to read and review thousands of books offered today to choose the very best ones that fit not only our family, but the needs of the thousands of...

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Top Picks Ancient Egypt Books

Top Picks Ancient Egypt Books

For many years I had the rich treasure of reviewing books for our family's book business, Emmanuel Books. It is a joy to read and review thousands of books offered today to choose the very best ones that fit not only our family, but the needs of the thousands of...

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One Thousand Gifts & Easter Joy

One Thousand Gifts & Easter Joy

Having a Thankful Heart In my preparation for Easter this Holy Week, I recall picking up Ann Voskamp’s bestselling book, One Thousand Gifts, for the first time.  I was familiar with it as I had often read quotes from it in the Magnificat's daily meditations. They were...

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Achieving a Fruitful Holy Week

Achieving a Fruitful Holy Week

It's coming! That most sacred of weeks in the liturgical year, Holy Week! When the kids were little, I was much more on top of the liturgical colors and the upcoming liturgical seasons. Why? Well, because I made it part of my curriculum. Just like we teach our...

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Feast Day Resources: Annunciation

Feast Day Resources: Annunciation

Mary's Yes and Our Yes! The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is a beloved feast day, for it is the day we rejoice in Mary’s YES to God!  It only stands to reason that we and the Church rejoice as it is the day that the “Word was made Flesh!” Yes, especially...

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How to Make Read Aloud Time Work

How to Make Read Aloud Time Work

Are you too tired, too busy, or too distracted to make time to read aloud? You spend all day as teacher, chef, housekeeper, peacemaker, chauffeur, you name it--- There are countless benefits to family read aloud sessions that go well beyond the educational, and these...

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Homeschool Reading Plan for Lent

Homeschool Reading Plan for Lent

Wow!  It always seems that Lent arrives just when I need it most!  Tomorrow is ASH WEDNESDAY...am I ready??? It always happens that I feel so dry right about now; I feel overwhelmed. Then, by the grace of God, in comes the season of Lent. God is so good to us. He gave...

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Is Homeschool Doubt Setting in Now?

Is Homeschool Doubt Setting in Now?

I can remember vividly thinking that my mom knew everything.  She was my superhero, who lived by the motto, “Things will always work out!” How did she do it all? My mom worked the tough job as a teacher in a New York City public middle school (visualize pre-teenagers,...

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Homeschooling Lifestyle: All Souls’ Day with Children

Homeschooling Lifestyle: All Souls’ Day with Children

This past year we had quite a few funerals, more than I can ever remember. I suppose in part it is due to my “getting on in years.” In part though, it was because some very dear ones died way too soon. I am especially missing some very dear, soul sisters in Christ,...

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Discipline: Where does it come from?

Discipline: Where does it come from?

What we do is never about us… I was praying the joyful mysteries at Adoration. As I prayed, I was struck by the fourth Joyful Mystery, which is the Presentation in the Temple…and the fruit of this mystery, which is obedience!   Santa Maria della Salute (Venice) –...

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5 Tips to Get the Most From a Virtual Homeschool Conference

5 Tips to Get the Most From a Virtual Homeschool Conference

Have you been to any virtual conferences lately? I have been able to attend several inspiring conferences recently, because I can do so without ever leaving my home, paying for a hotel, or gas. While I LOVE meeting fellow Catholic homeschool families in person, I will...

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Is God asking you to Homeschool?

Is God asking you to Homeschool?

Do you ever feel like Jonah? If I really am honest with myself, I know what God is asking me to do. But like Jonah I run the other way. I hide myself, escape by hopping aboard the boat of distraction and otherness. As a busy mom (and grandma) I have plenty to keep me...

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