Resources for Studying Verdi and His Music

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The following is a post from contributing writer, Mary.  Mention OPERA and most people won’t be beating down the doors to learn more. This is sad, really, because opera is full of wonderful stories that are enchanting for children and adults. When you think about it, an ENTIRE story being told through singing is quite […]

Homeschool: When You Feel Like Giving Up

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The following is a post from contributing writer, Mary Prather. We all know homeschooling is DIFFICULT.  It is a unique type of stress we shoulder as homeschooling mothers. For the majority of last year I seriously considered GIVING UP.  Throwing in the towel.  Quitting.  It was just TOO HARD. I know what the tuition is […]

Beethoven Unit Study

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The following is a post from contributing writer, Mary Prather. This post contains affiliate links. Beethoven is one of the three great musical B’s (along with Bach and Brahms).  Born in the height of the Classical Music Era in 1770, his life was full of great success and much tragedy. Learning about this musical “character” […]

Give Your Kids Adventures

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  The following is a post from contributing writer Mary Prather. I have a child that is very strong-willed. The older she gets the more I see what an asset this is, and I’m trying to give her many and varied ways to use this will to her advantage. While it can be frustrating to […]

Getting a Grip on Planning

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The following is a post from contributing writer Mary Prather of Homegrown Learners.   During much of our “off” time this summer I have been thinking about and planning for the upcoming school year. The down side to immersing myself in homeschool reading (books, blogs, magazines, etc.) is the tendency to try and over schedule […]

Learn About Patriotic Music

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The following is a post from contributing writer Mary Prather. Summer is a perfect time for relaxed composer/music study. With Flag Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July, it is fitting to explore our country’s best patriotic music. Following are three ideas to learn about patriotic music. { These ideas are just springboards and […]

3 Ideas For Summer Homeschool

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 *The following is a post from contributing writer Mary Prather. Summer is upon us. I find that if my kids have a total break for too long everyone is at loose ends. We don’t technically school “year round,” but I definitely try to plan learning activities during those hot summer months.  It’s important, also, to […]

5 Ideas to Challenge Kids Who Love Math

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  The following is a post from contributing writer Mary Prather. You might have a “math kid.”  I do. You know the kid: loves math, obsesses on all things number related, views life through a very mathematical lens. That is not.  But, I am learning to think a little more like my math kid and […]

Changing With Your Child Through The Middle Grades

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The following is a post from contributing writer Mary Prather. Just when you know what you are doing in your homeschool, something changes. We hummed along for two and a half years in our homeschool.  I had figured out my children’s learning styles, what really made them tick, and which activities were sure to engage […]

Simple Ways To Get Moving With Your Kids

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The following is a post from contributing writer Mary Prather.   Does exercise (aka gym class or physical education) ever seem to come in last in your homeschool? At varying points in our homeschool experience, it has (I am sad to say). I’ve discovered that it’s not so much about giving them a physical education, […]

5 Tools For Schooling Your Boys

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—– The following is a post from contributing writer Mary Prather. A friend of mine told me when I was pregnant with my son, “A boy is a mother’s joy.” She was right. Yes, daughters are a joy, but there is something different about the mother-son relationship. What an honor it has been to homeschool […]