How to Celebrate Earth Day all year long

Earth Day is April 22, but we should teach our kids to value the Earth all year-long!

I am not a fan of one-off holidays. Valentine’s Day isn’t my thing. April Fool’s Day is annoying, and our love of America is all year, not only on Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Veteran’s day. I find Earth Day to be one of those one-off holidays. We should value the Earth and the environment all year-long. Instill in our kids to respect and honor mother nature. Today’s blog post shares 5 quotes and ideas on how you and your family can celebrate Earth Day all year round.

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10 Boredom Busters for Homeschoolers

A fun, daily boredom buster will spare you from hearing the dreaded words “I’m bored!”

Nothing irritates a homeschool parent more than hearing the phrase, “I’m bored” or “I don’t know what to do.” Afterall, homeschooling is about exploring your passion and interests. About learning and growing in all aspects of life. Being bored isn’t an option. Louis CK spoke of boredom in the following way: “’I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”

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An Easy Way to Transform the Way you Homeschool

An easy no frills, no prep, no cost method to introduce to your homeschool.

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Honestly guys, I think I have found it. An idea that will revolutionize the way you homeschool. It’s easy, it’s flexible, and best of all it is completely, 100%, totally, frugally, free!!! Are you ready?! Hold on to your feet because I am about to blow your socks off. I present to you: office hours!!

Office hours in a college sense, not a business sense. Office hours, for those who don’t know, are a set period of time that professors are in their offices to help students with any problems, questions, or concerns they have about their course work.

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So you think you want to homeschool. . .

So you think you want to homeschool?! Well, first of all, welcome to the club. I, for one, love homeschooling and think everyone should do it! Ok. Maybe not everyone, but I think it’s pretty awesome. I never thought I would homeschool my kids, so I know all the thoughts and feelings that go through your mind when your contemplating this decision. While brainstorming a post to offer my advice, I thought of 5 things to keep in mind if you want to homeschool.

TIME

Homeschooling is an investment in your children but it is also a huge investment in your time. In the beginning, it seems like it takes up all of your time. Reading up on homeschool laws. Time to research all the methods of homeschooling. Price comparing curriculum. Researching which curriculum will fit your kids! So much research to do, so little time. Granted you really only have to do all this research once. Over the years you will do some tweaking and adjusting, but not the all out planning/research extravaganza you begin with.

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We Haven’t “Done School” in Six Months, and I’m totally ok with it.

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In the last six months we have completed about 5 days of traditional sit down schoolwork. And you know what? I am totally ok with this. As I was looking through my calendar, I was a bit surprised at first, because I know they have gained so much during the past six months I couldn’t possibly feel guilty about our lack of “school.”

Independence

My kids gained so much independence these past six months which was huge help as I was recovering from an endometrial ablation and anemia. A huge piece of their independence came from learning to swim. They started the summer having a basic idea how to swim i.e. not drown in three inches of water. By the end of summer they could swim in the deep end, jump off the diving board, and have a free reign of the pool. We hardly missed a day of going to the pool. It was a perfect summer. One I hope they remember forever.

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