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The Greatest Tip I Got From My Homeschooling Friends: Follow Your Kids’ Lead

Last year, I reluctantly began homeschooling my kids (a kindergartner and second grader). As a college composition instructor, I'm used to the idea of helping my elementary-aged kids with their academics, but am definitely not accustomed to being their full-time teacher. I knew that I had to put my best foot forward, create a schedule, and seek the help and resources from others. Luckily, I have a few friends who are real homeschoolers, so I sought their help immediately. They told me that the best thing I can do when trying to homeschool is to follow my kids' lead. So, I gave it a shot. One day I started an art-slash-science activity where my kids were to create a robin's...

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To the mama happy about sending her kids back to school—I’m with you

The end of summer is almost here. Sure, I will miss lazy mornings and unplanned afternoons filled with sprinklers, popsicles and just each other's company. But I know that those have their time, place, and literally their season, and to wish for them to last forever is to hold onto them a little harder than is probably best for all of us. I'm actually excited for my kids to go back to school—and it's not because of the break I will gain in exchange. Most of the year is already behind us, but I think the best is before us—fall colors, Halloween treats and the fun and family of holidays. We are back to the routines and traditions that create...

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Michael’s Free Kids’ Craft Class | Attend FREE Online Classes This Week!!

If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend then check this out! Head over to Michael’s Free Kids’ Craft Class! This is a family-friendly activity that you will want to attend. Don’t miss these events I have posted from Michael’s! Michael’s Free Kids’ Craft Class I always love it when Michael’s hosts these free Kids’ Craft classes! Our kids will love making different crafts and designs. PLUS, they are now offering FREE Craft classes online! You can access them completely FREE from your home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through August 6th. The lessons will begin promptly at 4PM CT each day, so be sure to mark your calendars! Tonight, July 30th, you can...

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Math Workshop Ideas for Upper Elementary

Whether you have 45 minutes or 90 minutes for your block math, how you set it up can make or break the progress you’re able to make with your students. I’ve had such varying setups for math, but for FIVE of the years I taught, I had split math blocks… all of those years, I had part of the block before lunch or specials and part of it after. Designing our math schedule was critical to make the most of every single minute. This is also such a common question I get, so today I’m chatting about how I organize my math workshop block! Even though this is geared toward upper elementary, you can truly adapt it to just about...

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Shell Painting Process Art in Preschool

Shell painting is simple, but fun, process art for the kids to do over the summer.  Be sure to add this vibrant art idea to your preschool ocean theme. Are you following Fun-A-Day’s Ocean Theme Pinterest board? Related: Ocean Sensory Bottle Shell Painting When painting shells in previous years, I’ve used tempera or acrylic paints.  Those paints worked well, but I decided to change it up during the 2013-2014 school year.   The reason? Because I wanted to incorporate more liquid watercolors into our art activities! Doing so really let the kids explore the concept in more ways than we’d done in the past. Materials We Used for Painting Shells Before I jump into what we did, I wanted to...

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