Homeschooling When Life Blows Up

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. Everyone has good days and bad days.  Homeschoolers are no different.  Some days flow with ease, while others sputter and chaos ensues.  At the end of the tough days, you go to bed knowing you can start with a clean slate the next […]

Easy Preschool Science Ideas

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. In the early childhood years, science education can easily follow an interest-based model.  Children this age are naturally hands-on, active learners with eyes wide open to the wonders of the world around them.  These ages are ripe for nature studies and observational learning, […]

French Language Resources for Young Children

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. When we decided homeschooling would be best for our oldest child, it took a while for me to actually pull her out of school, because we have some wonderful public school French immersion programs here.  I could do a lot of things with […]

Homeschooling with the Seasons: Summer

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. Homeschooling with the seasons means working with nature and our natural tendencies to develop a comfortable rhythm.  Part of that development is deciding what each season means to you.  When it comes to summer and homeschooling, it’s easy to get stuck in the […]

End of the Year Portfolio Photo Collage

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. A lot of what we do as homeschoolers doesn’t happen on a sheet of paper and doesn’t fit in a three-ring binder.  My kids like to look back and see a record of the places we went and the things they did, so I take lots of […]

How to Build Homeschool Habits

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. You’ve probably heard that you need to turn actions into habits if you want to make lasting change.  The same truth applies to decluttering, health, or cleaning habits as well as learning activities.  I hear a lot of people say they’d like to […]

Homeschooling with the Seasons: Spring

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—– The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. Spring is a time of renewed energy.  It’s time to throw off the heavy blankets of winter and shake out the picnic blanket.  While winter invited reading and resting, spring invites us to run outside with our arms spread wide and enjoy […]

Starting a Kids’ Book Club

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. Recently, I began a book club for some of the children in our homeschooling co-op.  At first, I felt a little nervous about how the kids would respond.  Would they like the books I selected?  Would they participate in the discussions?  Would they […]

5 Ways Adopting a Dog Can Benefit Your Homeschool

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. When our family dog passed away this past spring, I didn’t think I’d be ready for a new dog for a very long time.  But as summer came along and we took a break from lessons, we started to think more about what […]

Homeschooling with the Seasons: Winter

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. While many homeschoolers take some time off from formal lessons during the beginning of winter to relax and process major holidays, the rest of winter is also a wonderful time to shift gears and adjust your learning rhythms to better fit with the […]

Scheduling Project Days

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. Probably the most important change to our homeschooling routine this year has been the addition of project days.  Project days are basically whatever your children want them to be.  They can do an experiment, create an artistic masterpiece, sew a cat toy, craft […]