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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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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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10 TED Talks Your Teen Needs to Watch Before Graduation

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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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So, say you’ve been rolling along with this homeschool thing for years…  You’ve managed to teach the kids to read, had a blast doing hands-on projects and engaging unit studies, and managed to max-out the educational value of even your most-fun vacations. Arriving at the middle school  portal, you’ve tweaked your approach and curriculum to their […]

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Creative Electives for Your High School Student

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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 teaching life skills with a creative flair?

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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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Did you ever have something (a class, a book, a product) that you came across over and over again and kept putting off for one reason or another? I’ll wait ‘till vacation to read that, when we have more time… I’ll wait to buy that ‘till I win the lottery (which, of course, you may […]

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Try “treasure-hunt learning” Through Geocaching!

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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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Over the years I’ve always felt the importance of teaching my kids about the world we live in – geography’s been both a cornerstone and a foundation of our studies. It is just as accurate to say that geography and studies of world cultures have been the lens through which I approached our homeschooling.  After […]

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Why and How to Use American Heritage Girls Badges 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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Many years ago 2 of our boys were active Cub Scouts. It was so very cute…but that’s not what I’m talking about today. Actually, from way back we had begun to formulate a lifestyle of learning in our family, and being that the boys were so interested and engaged in their badge work, I decided […]

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How to make learning chemistry “cool” this summer

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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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Summertime…and the living is easy… (I LOVE that song, don’t you?) But not always if you’re the proud owner of a swimming pool. I know, I know, that sounds silly, doesn’t it? I mean, all my life I dreamed of owning a swimming pool…and when we found the house we currently live in 8 years […]

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TED Talks For Aspiring Student Leaders

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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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Leadership… …during this election year, it’s becoming more and more apparent that we have a great lack of leadership in our country. Sure, we have plenty of people holding leadership positions. But as I listen to speeches and soundbites on the radio, TV or internet, I often find myself wondering…what happened? It’s amazing to me how some […]

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Beyond Books – Confessions of a Closet Unschooler

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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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So the other day a few homeschooling mamas were talking together at our co-op, and one of the new moms starts asking the usual “So what (curriculum) do you use?” question. As 2 of us were sharing some ideas, she looked at us both and said “Oh, so you ‘unschool’, right?” My friend and I […]

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