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2nd Grade Mid Year Update

I thought I would do a little mid year update of our homeschool plan. You’re probably thinking, “Mid year? Aren’t you about a month late for that?” Well no actually. We start the day after Labor Day and go through the end of July, so this is about our mid-point….

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Starting Cursive!

Today was the day….the day I have been waiting for…the day I hoped would make a difference for my son. If you’ve ever heard me talk about my son’s antipathy for handwriting you would know my son HATES it. Like white hot hate….procrastinates…complains…man it’s like pulling teeth and beating my…

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New Year, New Goals

It’s a new year and that means for our family, our yearly planning meeting. I was recently a part of a group session where New Years Resolutions were brought up. We’ve never been on the Resolution bandwagon. To me they seem like you are setting yourself up for failure. Resolutions…

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Got Game?

As I post this, we are on our way back to Ohio after spending 9 days with my sister-in-law and her family in a suburb of Chicago. Last year they came our way for Christmas to see our new house and in general one of us tries to go to…

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Taekwondo Pictures

At the end of our Thanksgiving break, we were surrounded by Taekwondo pictures…but not only the ones you would expect. I’ve talked about All About Learning Press and their great products, All About Reading and All About Spelling. We no longer use AAR as Stephen reading level has advanced, but…

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Christmas Time Is Here

So how was everyone’s Thanksgiving week? We had a week of low key activities and relaxation. We had some Taekwondo classes and some house clean up and decorating thrown in there (we always start decorating on Black Friday for Christmas), but for the most part I had planned to tackle…

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Where Did Fall Go?

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to post….we’ve had a multitude of yearly appointments and busyness that has been taken over most of my days. October is always our busiest month of the year. Between Stephen’s birthday, Halloween,parties, fall activities (pumpkin patch, etc), yearly check-ups, etc I…

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Brown Belt in the House!

We have a brown belt in the house! I am so proud of this kid, I can’t even tell you. Last testing cycle he missed getting his belt with his class and barely passed on a 2nd chance with individual make up testing because his self confidence was a bit…

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Public School VS Homeschool Mindset

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about public school mindset versus homeschool mindset. What do I mean? Well in public school you learn in a classroom, often filled with lots of desk work where you do worksheets and work from a book. Children go home at the end…

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First Day of 2nd Grade!

Today was the official start of our 2nd grade year. We are doing a lot of subjects and I didn’t know exactly how long our school day would run. Last year we averaged between 1 1/2 and 2 hours. Occasionally up to 2 1/2 hours, but that was often on…

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