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5 “Old School” Subjects for Today’s Homeschool

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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There is not doubt that the face of education today is changing. Even considering our own family, the methods and materials we used to teach our two eldest are pretty different than what I use today – and that’s only with a space of about 9 years between our two oldest and three younger kids. […]

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Summer Learning Roundup

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Welcome to Homeschool Freedom Fridays! Homeschool Freedom Friday takeaways Here are links to the resources mentioned in the video: From the iHomeschool Network – Stealth Summer Learning – from Homeschool Your Boys Nature Studies – from Learning Mama Summer Reading Fun (with printable lists by age) – from StartsAtEight How to Have Your Summer and […]

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Letter From a Homeschool Graduate

Letter from a Homeschool Graduate

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Lauren Meeks is a travel junkie and life enthusiast. She believes that everyone has a story, and writes to share her story and help others develop theirs. To get more inspiring articles delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for her newsletter at Forging Significance. You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
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Note: Graduation season is once again upon us.  A few years ago, I received a copy of an essay my oldest daughter did for one of her college classes. Now if you homeschool for almost any length of time, occasionally there will fly through your consciousness the nagging thought that you are somehow ruining your […]

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Reviving The Lost Art of Mentoring

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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The concept of mentoring is often focused on mentoring youth,  And while it is admittedly an important and somewhat neglected activity in our society, a terrific sermon I heard awhile back on the concept of discipleship got me to thinking about “us women.” Many years ago, as a young wife and mother, I sought out some older Christian […]

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PITSCO has some absolutely wonderful STEM kits for homeschoolers! Some of them include curriculum guides, to give non-STEM-oriented moms (like me!) a boost.

Why Hands-on STEM Activities Are Important

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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I have to admit that being a student of STEM subjects and “best teaching practices” is a very new topic for me. It was only this past year, as a matter of fact, that I realized just how interested our youngest daughter was in science and technology (the S and T in STEM). (Yes, she […]

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How do Standardized Tests Fit in With your Homeschool?

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Standardized tests assess how your children are doing in comparison with others in the same grade level. There are many tools available, and some factors that homeschoolers should keep in mind when considering how ~ and if ~ to administer them. Understanding how well your child is learning, and how to tell if they’re ready […]

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How to accommodate for the lack of a guidance counselor

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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One of the obvious potential limitations to homeschooling high school is the absence of a guidance counselor’s office. A good guidance counselor can provide much-needed assistance for both teens and parents as students begin preparing for college and life beyond high school.   There is no denying that getting your kids on a good path […]

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Homeschooling Through Chronic Illness

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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.
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Illness strikes whomever it pleases, whenever it pleases. And homeschoolers certainly don’t have an immunity against it. My own family has lived through our share of illness. From our three-year-old’s diagnosis of MAE (myoclonic astatic epilepsy) to my own battle with a very aggressive form of breast cancer, we have learned how to “keep on keepin’ […]

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Knowing How and When to Outsource Homeschool Subjects

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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Are you paralyzed by the thought of teaching physics? Does the concept of tutoring high school chemistry cause your palms to sweat? Does teaching upper levels of math cause your mind to race in fear and panic? If so, my friend, know that you’re not alone. But also rest assured: you don’t have to do […]

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Enjoy Some “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” Fun and Food

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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.
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Did you know that today, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? (And it has been each year since 2002!) How appropriate that it’s on a Monday this year – just in time to banish those “Monday morning blues”…

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